Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the Important Current Affairs of 25 October, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IBPS PO VI Mains, IBPS Clerk VI Mains, IBPS RRB Mains and NICL and IPPB Mains 2016.
Union Government amends election rules enabling armed forces to get e-postal ballot
- The Union Government on 24 October 2016 issued a notification amending rule 23 of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961. The amendment enables service voters, including armed forces personnel, to cast their vote in elections through e-postal ballot.
- With this, the service voters, including personnel from armed forces, can now download the blank post ballot sent to them electronically, mark their preference and post the filled-up ballot back to their respective returning officers.
- This will cut short the delay experienced in the present system of two-way transmission of ballot paper by the postal services.
- The technical team of the Election Commission has developed a system whereby a blank postal ballot could be electronically transmitted to the voter.
- Voters entitled to postal ballot, such as service voters, can download the postal ballot and print the blank postal ballot.
- After marking his vote in the blank postal ballot, the same would be returned to the concerned Returning Officer by post as in the present system of postal ballot.
World Development Information Day observed
- World Development Information Day was observed on 24 October 2016. The day is annually observed to draw attention of world public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.
- The General Assembly in 1972 instituted World Development Information Day via resolution 3038 (XXVII). The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide in principle with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.
- The Assembly felt that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people, would lead to greater awareness of the problems of development, thus, promoting efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.
Disarmament Week observed
- Disarmament Week is an annual event that is observed from 24 October to 30 October in various parts of the world. The annual observation of the Week starts on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, which is observed as the United Nations Day.
- On the occasion, the United Nations invites states to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.
- The week was established by the General Assembly in 1978 through resolution S-10/2. In 1995, the General Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week (resolution 50/72 B, 12 December 1995).
- It invited the Secretary-General to continue using United Nations information entities as widely as possible, to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament problems, and the aims of the Week.
Awards & Honors –
Bill Murray wins Mark Twain Prize for American Humour
- Comedian Bill Murray on 23 October 2016 was honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. He was presented with the award at the ceremony organised at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC.
- Murray was awarded the 19th Mark Twain Prize for making an impact on U.S. society similar to Mark Twain's.
- The Mark Twain Prize for American Humour is an American award for humour awarded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
G Balakrishna, Bengaluru water tanker driver, crowned Mr Asia 2016
- G Balakrishna in October 2016 won the Mr Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines. 25-year-old Balakrishna is a Bengaluru-based water tanker driver.
- In 2013, he won Mr Universe Under-24 junior contest in Germany
- In 2014, he won Mr Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens
- As per reports, he is known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger of Whitefield
North Korea wins 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
- North Korea's women's U-17 team on 21 October 2016 won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. The North Koreans defeated Japan in penalty kicks to grab the title.
- This is North Korea's second U-17 Women's World Cup title. The country won the first ever U-17 Women's World Cup in 2008.
- The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup was held in Jordan from 30 September to 21 October 2016.
Portugal's Renato Sanches wins 2016 European Golden Boy Award
- Portugal’s Renato Sanches on 24 October 2016 was awarded the 2016 European Golden Boy award.
- Sanches will be handed a trophy at a Monte Carlo ceremony. He defeated Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Bayern's Kingsley Coman and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to bag the prize.
- Sanches was selected following a vote by journalists from 30 newspapers across Europe to name the best player in 2016 under the age of 21.
Rajeev Misra appointed as Head of Softbank Vision Fund
- India-born Rajeev Misra in the third week of October 2016 was appointed the SoftBank Vision Fund, constituted by Japanese telecom and Internet major Softbank Corp.
- The SoftBank Vision Fund intends to make investments in the technology sector globally. It is managed in the United Kingdom by a subsidiary of the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG). It is reportedly one of the world's largest of its kind and will be operated from London.
China's space lab launches micro-satellite, Banxing-2
- Tiangong-2, the experimental space lab of China, on 23 October 2016 successfully launched a micro-satellite, Banxing-2 (the word means Companion Satellite). The micro-satellite is roughly the size of a desktop printer.
- At present, Tiangong-2 is orbiting the Earth with two astronauts on board.
Anti-Vietnam War activist Tom Hayden died
- Peace activist Tom Hayden, whose radical views were at the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s, passed away on 23 October 2016 following a prolonged illness in Santa Monica, California. He was 76.
- He was a stalwart of America's New Left who served 18 years in California's State Legislature and gained a dash of Hollywood glamour by marrying actress Jane Fonda.