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Trivia | World Current Affairs | In Short | 17th October

October 17:  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance celebrated each year on October 17 throughout the world. The first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence, and fear at the unveiling of a commemorative stone by Joseph Wresinski, founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. In 1992, four years after Wresinski's death, the United Nations officially designated October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme for 2020 is "Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all".

O blood group less vulnerable to COVID-19

As the whole world is reeling in the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientists have been keen on recognizing patterns to try and keep the pandemic at the bay. Through 2 such studies, scientists have claimed that the O blood group are significantly less vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. The studies, done by Odense University Hospital and the University of Southern Denmark, have claimed that the people with both O+ and O- blood groups are at low risk of contracting the virus severely, while the A and AB blood group holders are the most vulnerable.

NHS to roll out potential vaccine from December

The National Health Service (NHS) is in talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) and others around mobilising the rollout of a potential COVID-19 vaccine from December in and around the United Kingdom (UK). There is optimism around the first cohorts being given a vaccine in December but there is a 50/50 chance of the vaccine being available by that time. The vaccine, reported to be Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, is also the forerunner of the Worlds quest to find a vaccine to end the pandemic.

India to provide Myanmar with INS Sindhuvir

India will be delivering a kilo class submarine, the INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy and this will be the first submarine of the neighbouring country. The step is in solidarity with India's vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and also in line with India's commitment to building capacities and self-reliance in the neighbouring countries. Addressing the weekly press conference here, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said cooperation in the maritime domain is a part of India's diverse and enhanced engagement with Myanmar.

Vishal V Sharma appointed next UNESCO permanent rep of India

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday announced that India’s next envoy to the UN’s cultural body will be Vishal V. Sharma, a ruling party official who had also been an officer on special duty to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was heading Gujarat. A communication specialist in the BJP, Sharma had been an officer on special duty in the early years of the Modi regime when he was the Gujarat chief minister. He is also known as the brain behind Modi’s public meetings via holograms in the 2014 election.

Bank of Ghana awarded best Central bank

The Bank of Ghana has been presented with the prestigious Central Bank of the Year Award by the Central Banking Awards Committee. The award was given after the bank’s successful implementation of its monetary policy and an impressive achievement in reforming the banking sector in Ghana. The usual awards dinner which was slated for March 2020, in Brussels, Belgium to highlight the outstanding performance and achievements of awardees was called off due to the emergence and worldwide effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Central Banking Awards were set up to highlight the outstanding performance and achievements of individuals and organisations within the central banking community.

Australian Open Golf 2020 to be cancelled 

The Australia Open will be absent from the sporting calendar for the first time since World War Two this season after Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia cancelled all of their top events on Friday because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 105th edition of the country’s oldest and most prestigious tournament, scheduled to take place at Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club, had already been postponed from its usual slot in November. This will be the first time since World War 2 that this prestigious sporting event will not happen.

 Pablo Zabaleta announces retirement

 Former Manchester City and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta announced his retirement from professional football after 18 years of an illustrious career. After leaving West Ham United at the end of last season, the 35-year-old right-back was linked with a return to Espanyol but has now decided his playing days are over. Zabaleta spent nine years at City after joining from Espanyol in 2008, making 333 appearances and scoring 12 goals to become a crowd favourite at the Etihad Stadium. Zabaleta was an integral part of City's defensive unit along with captain Vincent Kompany as the club won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the 2011 FA Cup.

 Astronauts reach space in record time

 A three-person crew reached the International Space Station on Wednesday, the Russian space agency said, after a journey of just over three hours that was the fastest ever for a manned craft to the orbital lab. Roscosmos confirmed the successful docking of the Soyuz spacecraft in a tweet which stated that the journey took a record short three hours and three minutes. Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and NASA's Kathleen Rubins launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0545 GMT on Wednesday. Journeys to the ISS usually take around six hours -- a time that was a vast improvement on the two-day flights that prevailed prior to 2013.