October 2011 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs October 2011: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of October 2011 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Union Agriculture Commissioner Gurbachan Singh was in october 2011 appointed Chairman of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board for a seven-year term until further orders or till he attains the age of 65, whichever is earlier.
  • Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma was re-appointed to the coveted post. The Commonwealth Leaders agreed to re-appoint him at the 21st Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth in Australia.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • British novelist Julian Barnes was declared the unanimous winner of the 2011 £50,000 Man Booker prize for his novella, The Sense of an Ending. The novel is about a 60-something man forced to confront buried truths about his past after the unexpected arrival of a letter.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Weiss Umwelttechink of Germany launched its Indian subsidiary Weiss Technik India Pvt. Ltd. with the objective of catering to the growing needs of the Indian market. Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH is a subsidiary of the Shcunk Group and a manufacturer of testing chambers and systems for environmental simulation.
  • Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited announced the launch of its Chola Critical Healthline Policy, which provides for a reasonable amount on being diagnosed with any of the named critical illnesses.
  • Egypt and Israel reached an agreement to swap an alleged Israeli spy for 25 Egyptians held in Israeli jails.  Egypt agreed to release Ilan Grapel and at Egypt’s request, Israel  agreed to free 25 Egyptian prisoners. Grapel is a former paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces. 
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • India signed three agreements with Afghanistan for both the countries greater strategic partnership. The agreements were singed between Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in new Delhi when President Karzai was on a two day visit to India.

Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar visited India from 12 October 2011 to 15 October 2011. This was the first State visit of any political head from Myanmar to India following the swearing in of a new government in Myanmar in March 2011.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. died at age 56 from pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs had stepped down as Apple’s chief executive on 24 August 2011.
  • Renowned litterateur Srilal Shukla died at a hospital in Lucknow following prolonged illness. He was 86. Srilal Shukla wrote Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj (1957), Agyaatvaas (1962), Rag Darbari (1968), Aadmi Ka Zahar (1972), Bisrampur Ka Sant (1998), Raag Viraag (2001) and many other novels. English translation of his novel Rag Darbari was published under the same title in 1993 by Penguin Books.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Eminent Malayalam novelist George Varghese Kakkanadan who was one of the pioneers of modern Malyalam literature breathed his last in Kollam.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Egypt's military council amended a contentious election law to allow parties to contest a third of the seats in Parliament reserved for independents. Egypt’s military decided to cancel Article 5 of the election law, which reserved a third of seats for independents.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna, jointly sponsored by the Centre and State governments was formally launched by State Health and Family Welfare Ministry in Srinagar.
  • The Minority Affairs Ministry in its official release stated that the 7 States have utilized over 60 percent of the total Funds till September 2011, which was released to them under Multi Sector Development Programme, MSDP, for the Welfare of Minorities.
  • Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, won re-election. He is a member of the Republican Party. Jindal won 66% of the vote with his nearest challenger, Tara Hollis of the Democratic party, got 18%. On 20 October, 2007, Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana for the first time.
  • Uttarakhand state cabinet cleared Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, 2011 with the objective of curbing corruption in the state. The Chief Minister of the state, all ministers, MLAs and lower judiciary will be under the purview of Lokayukta.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • The agitation for Telangana gained some momentum with three Congress legislators joining the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • Scientists claimed to have reconstructed the genome of the bug that caused the bubonic plague (often referred as black death) in Europe. The bug was discovered to be an ancient strain of a bacterium called Yersinia pestis and not so much different from today’s.
  • Astronomers discovered a mysterious little dwarf planet which is believed to be covered in ice. The planet was nicknamed Snow White. It orbits the Sun as part of the Kuiper belt( the ring of the icy body that orbit the Sun beyond Neptune).
  • Astronomers discovered a mysterious little dwarf planet which is believed to be covered in ice. The planet was nicknamed Snow White. It orbits the Sun as part of the Kuiper belt( the ring of the icy body that orbit the Sun beyond Neptune).
Top Special Day Current Affairs
  • The World Mental Health Day is anually observed. World Mental Health Day was observed with the theme, The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • The ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the decision to set up the National Institute of Sports Science and Medicine (NISSM). NISSM will have its premises at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in New Delhi.
  • McLaren’s Jenson Button won the Japanese Grand Prix in his adopted homeland, Japan. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel who stood third in the Formula 1 race became the youngest double world champion with four races to spare.
  • The 2011 Durand Cup, the 124th edition of the Durand Cup which is the third oldest association football competition in the world was won by the Churchill Brothers. Churchill Brothers won the 2011 Durand Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium with a 5-4 tie-break win over Prayag United by defeating Prayag United.
  • Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Krishna Poonia produced an impressive season’s best effort of 62.25m to win gold at Halloween Throws Meet at Portland, United States. In the process, she also crossed the A qualifying standard for the London Olympics (62m).
  • India won 5 matches one-day series by 5-0 by defeating England in 5th and final match played in Kolkata. India scored a challenging 271 for eight and stopped England at 176 in 37 overs in the day-night match at the Eden Gardens.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • Tata Motors announced the launch of luxurious Tata Manza sedan and the international Tata Prima range of premium commercial vehicles at the Johannesburg International Motor Show 2011.
  • European Union launched a Visa Information System (VIS) for Indians and other non-EU citizens applying for a Schengen visa. It will help prevent fraud and process visa applications faster due to the use of biometrics (fingerprints and a digital facial image).
Top World Current Affairs
  • Russia and China vetoed UN Security Council draft resolution recommending sanctions against Syria for the ongoing crackdown on Protesters.The resolution was moved by EU (European Union) member countries and backed by USA.
  • The 125th Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary union was held in Bern, Switzerland from 16 October 2011 to 19 October 2011. Bern was also the headquarters of the IPU from 1892 to 1911
  • UNESCO decided Audiovisual Heritage: See, Hear, and Learn as theme for celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2011. On the occasion of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2011, the Radio Heritage Foundation released six new features celebrating AFRS radio stations in India and Burma during the 1940's at its global website www.radioheritage.com.
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