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Current Affairs Date: 24 October 2021


Book 'Gita Govinda: Jaydeva’s Divine Odyssey'

⇒ Union Minister of Culture Shri Kishan Reddy Gangapuram and Union MoS for Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal launched the book ‘Gita Govinda: Jaydeva’s Divine Odyssey’ by Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee at IGNCA, New Delhi, on 07 September 2021.

The Union Minister also launched an exhibition on ‘Gita Govinda’ and program ‘BujurgonkiBaat–DeshKeSaath’.

‘BujurgonkiBaat–DeshKeSaath’ program:

The programme ‘BujurgonkiBaat–DeshKeSaath’ aims at enhancing the interaction between the youth and the elder persons who are 95 years and above and thus have spent around 18 years in India before independence.

‘Gita Govinda’ exhibition:

The exhibition showcases collection of paintings on the theme of Krishna from various schools of art including Amber, Kangra among others. Gita Govinda is originally written by 12th century poet Jayadeya.

World's first professional golfer to get the prestigious 10-year Dubai Golden Visa

⇒ Four-time winner on the European Tour, Jeev Milkha Singh became the first professional golfer in the world to get the prestigious 10-year Dubai Golden Visa in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the sport.

During the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic, the Chandigarh golfer had established a world record at that time when he completed the four rounds with just 94 putts while finishing tied sixth.

The visa, which was launched in 2019 by the UAE authorities, allows foreigners to live, work, or study in the Gulf country without the need for a national sponsor.

Strategic Partnership between IPPB & LICHFL

⇒ Recently, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) under Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and LIC Housing Finance Ltd (LICHFL), the country’s premier housing finance player, announced a strategic partnership for providing home loan products to over 4.5 crore customers of IPPB.

Through its robust and extensive network of 650 branches and more than 136,000 banking access points, IPPB will make LICHFL’s home loan products accessible to its customers pan-India.


4th edition of AUSINDEX

⇒ The Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy participated in the 4th edition of AUSINDEX from 06 to 10 September 2021.


The Indian Navy Task Group comprised of IN Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt. The participated Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt are the latest indigenously designed and built Guided Missile Stealth Frigate and Anti-Submarine Corvette respectively.

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Warramunga which participated in Exercise MALABAR along with the IN units was also part of the exercise.

About AUSINDEX Exercise:

This edition of AUSINDEX included complex surface, sub-surface and air operations between ships, submarines, helicopters and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

In the fourth edition, the surface units of both the countries exercised with HMAS Rankin, a Collins Class Australian Submarine, Royal Australian Air Force P-8A and F-18A aircraft, along with integral helicopters of both the Navies.

The exercise provided an opportunity for both Navies to further bolster inter-operability, gain from best practices and develop a common understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations.

Commenced in 2015 as a bilateral IN-RAN maritime exercise, AUSINDEX has grown in complexity over the years.

INS Tabar conducts maritime partnership exercise with Egyptian Navy

⇒ On leaving the port of Alexandria on 05 September 21, INS Tabar undertook a maritime partnership exercise with ENS Alexandria, a frontline frigate of the Egyptian Navy, in the Mediterranean Sea.

The exercise involved multiple activities covering a wide range of naval operations. These included drills for transit through asymmetric threat environment, operations for interdicting suspect vessels at sea, communication procedures, joint development of maritime domain picture and replenishment at sea drills.

The maritime partnership exercise culminated with a ‘Steam Past’ between the two ships, as per naval custom.

MoU for appointment of Academic Chair in Ayurveda

⇒ All India Institute of Ayurveda under Ministry of Ayush, signed a MoU in coordination with NICM Western Sydney University Australia, in virtual mode, to appoint an Academic Chair in Ayurveda.

The new Academic Chair will undertake academic and collaborative research activities in Ayurveda, including herbal medicine and yoga, as well as design academic standards and short-term/medium-term courses and educational guidelines.

This Ayurveda Academic Chair will be based at Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute, located on the West mead campus, with tenure for a period of three years.

The appointment of the chair is jointly funded by the Ministry of Ayush and Western Sydney University and anticipated to commence early in 2022.

Best Research-Based Documentary at the First Hermetic International Film Festival, Venice

⇒ Vedic-GPS, a documentary film that was commissioned by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, won the award for Best Research-Based Documentary at the recently held 2021 First Hermetic International Film Festival, Venice.

    • Best Research – Eco Award: Vedic GPS

The 50-minute documentary was produced under the banner of Krishnaswamy Associates (P) Ltd, Chennai, and directed by Latha Krishna.

Important Day

International Literacy Day 2021

⇒ International Literacy Day or World Literacy Day is celebrated every year on 8 September.

Theme of International Literacy Day 2021:

The theme of International Literacy Day 2021 was ‘Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide’.

Read More About International Literacy Day 2021

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