Person in News in October 2020 Current Affairs

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Current Affairs-Person in News- 31st October 2020

Harpreet A De Singh becomes the first woman to head an Indian Air Carrier.

Harpreet A De has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alliance Air, which is a subsidiary of Air India. The existing post held by Harpreet will be taken over by Senior Commander, Captain Nivedita Bhasin as the new Executive Director of Flight Safety.

Date of Appointment- 31st October 2020

Order Issued by- Rajiv Bansal (Managing Director and Chairman of Air India)

Tenure-Till further orders

Key Highlights-

  • Harpreet A De Singh became the first female commercial pilot of Indian Airlines in 1988.
  • Alliance Air is a fully owned subsidiary of Air India. It made its first international flight last year from Chennai to Jaffna.
  • Captain Nivedita Bhasin currently flies a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • According to the 2018 report released by International Society of Women Airlines Pilots, India has the maximum number of female pilots which is more than double the global average.


Current Affairs-Person in News- 30th October 2020

PVG Menon appointed as the new CEO of ESSCI.

PVG Menon has been appointed as the CEO of Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (EESCI). He will succeed N K Mohapatra and will be responsible for overseeing the operations of ESSCI and strategic issues related to Electronic Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry in India.

Date of Appointment- 30th October 2020

About ESSCI-

  • ESSCI works with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for providing skill-based services to the industry.
  • It is headquartered at New Delhi and has two government nominees in the board of members.
  • Ajay Chowdhry is the Chairman of ESSCI.

Key Points-

  • PVG Menon was currently holding the post of President and CEO of VANN Consulting.
  • He was the head of India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA)
  • He has more than 30 years of experience in the development, marketing and management of technology.

#CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 21st  October 2020

Ansu Fati youngest player to score 2 goals in UCL

Ansumanne Fati the 17 year old wonderboy in football, has yet again broken records in his latest UEFA Champions league game for FC Barcelona. The young striker became the only player under 18 years to score twice in the coveted cup competition. Ansu Fati had already been setting records sicne his debut last year. He now stands as Barcelona's second-youngest debutant and goalscorer in La Liga and the youngest player to do either in the Champions League for the club, as well as holding the distinction of being the youngest player ever to score twice in a Liga match for any club.

At international level too he has made his presence felt, in September breaking a mark that had stood for 95 years to become Spain's youngest goalscorer when he netted against Ukraine. The left winger came in as answer to the departure of Neymar Jr. from the club. He is yet another addition to the Barca ranks from La Masia, their youth academy, the very same that produced Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and other world class players.


 #CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 20th October 2020

Jacinda Ardern reelected as Prime Minister of New Zealand

Current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern secured the position in a landslide victory against Judith Collins. A world renowned liberal, PM Ardern had been in the spotlight for successfully keeping the COVID-19 pandemic at the bay in New Zealand successfully. This factor contributed dearly in her landmark victory.

Jacinda Ardern, 40, stands almost alone as having all but eradicated community transmission of Covid-19 in the country. She also became the second leader of the state in history to bear a child during the term, and also became the first Prime Minister to bring their child to the UN General Assembly. PM Ardern had also rocked the world with a moving, emotional speech after the Chirstchurch Mosque shootings that took place in 2018. She is also a major difference from leaders like Donald Trump, who are outright conservationists and nationalists.


 #CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 12th October 2020

 PM Modi releases Rs.100 coin in memory of Rajamata Vijaya Raje Scindia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin of ₹100 in honour of Vijaya Raje Scindia on October 12th through a virtual ceremony. Vijaya Raje Scindia is popularly known as the Rajmata of Gwalior. The coin is being released in celebration of birth centenary of Vijaya Raje Scindia. The special commemorative coin was minted by the Finance Ministry as a part of these celebrations.

Born on October 12, 1919, she was a Jana Sangh leader and one of the founding members of the BJP. Coming in from the Royal family of Gwalior, Vijaya Radhe Scindia was one of the major players in the BJP during the initial stages of the party and also was a very strong advocate of its core Hindutva principles, which are being held on vehemently by the party. Her daughter Vasundhara Raje and grandson Jyotiraditya Scindia are also senior leaders of the BJP.


 #CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 9th October 2020

 Central Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passes way

Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet and the founder of the Lok Janshakti Party died on Thursday at a Delhi hospital where he was recuperating from heart surgery.

Considered as one of the most important leaders of the Bihar political scenario, he was also a key ally to the Narendra Modi led BJP government. Ram Vilas Paswan has been a minister in almost all Central governments formed since 1989 and served six Prime ministers, starting with the cabinet of VP Singh. His great vision and tactics used in politics also lifted his party LJP to a pivotal position in Bihar. A powerful Dalit leader from Bihar, Mr Paswan was among the young leaders along with Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar who was inspired and nurtured by the JP movement in the '70s.


 #CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 7th October 2020

 M Rajeshwar Rao appointed RBI Deputy Governor

The central government appointed M Rajeshwar Rao as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India on Ocotber 7th 2020. Rao succeed NS Vishwanathan as the fourth deputy governor. He was currently operating as the executive director of the central banking institution of India.

Rao had been associated with the Reserve Bank since 1984, holding various positions throughout the years. At present, he is in charge of the internal debt management, financial markets operations, international and secretarial departments at the central bank. Prior to taking over this position, Rao was the chief general manager, financial markets operations department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from University of Cochin. He is also a Certificated Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. Rao also has experience working as the Banking Ombudsman in New Delhi and in the Reserve Bank’s regional offices at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi.


Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to three Physicists

Nobel Committee announced that the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics will be awarded to three scientists – Sir Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez – who helped discover the answers to such profound questions. Andrea Ghez is only the fourth woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics.

Robert Penrose is a theoretical physicist who works on black holes, and his work has influenced not just me but my entire generation through his series of popular books that are loaded with his exquisite hand-drawn illustrations of deep physical concepts.

The remaining half of the prize was shared between astronomers Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, who each lead a team that discovered the presence of a supermassive black hole, 4 million times more massive than the Sun, at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. They both independently discovered that an invisible object 4 million times more massive than our Sun is pulling on these stars, making them move in very unusual ways. This is considered the most convincing evidence of a black hole at the center of our galaxy.


2 Women share Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2020

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which honours their work on the technology of genome editing. Their discovery, known as Crispr-Cas9 "genetic scissors", is a way of making specific and precise changes to the DNA contained in living cells. This year is the first time any of the science prizes has been awarded to two women without a male collaborator also listed on the award.

During Prof Charpentier's studies of the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, she discovered a previously unknown molecule called tracrRNA. Her work showed that tracrRNA is part of the organism's system of immune defence. This system, known as Crispr-Cas, disarms viruses by cleaving their DNA - like genetic scissors. In 2011, the same year she published this work, Prof Charpentier began a collaboration with Prof Doudna, from the University of California, Berkeley. Together, they recreated the bacterium's genetic scissors in a test tube. They also simplified the scissors' molecular components so they were easier to use.


 #CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 3rd October 2020

SS Kalpna Chawla embark on mission to ISS

A commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) launched on Friday night carrying the name of deceased NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to enter space, for her key contributions to human spaceflight.

The spacecraft, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus, will arrive at and be attached to the space station two days later. On the NG-14 mission, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla will deliver approximately 3,630 kilograms of cargo to the station. The spacecraft carries 6,000 pounds of cargo including refined radishes and a 3D camera, that's going to go on the outside of the space station to take images when the crew is doing a spacewalk.

Kalpana Chawla first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the accident when the Columbia spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.


#CurrentAffairs – Person in News – 2nd October 2020

Donald Trump contracts COVID-19

 Donald Trump, the President of the United Staes was among the top profile people who got contracted with the coronavirus, along with his wife Melania Trump. President Trump who had constantly been downplaying the severity of the virus even when it was tearing his country apart, has to face the very same virus.

Donald Trump, the owner of the Trump industries and many other institutions, is the 45th President of the United States of America. He also is the most controversial and outspoken US President of recent times. If the infection by any chance will be fatal, it will invoke the 25th amendment of the law in the USA, which will deem Vice-President Mike Pence as the new president. Such a scenario will be chaotic as the Presidential elections are very near.