Daily Current Affairs - 21st Oct 2019

Canada goes to poll to elect new Parliament

  • Voters in Canada are going to elect 338-member House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament. One hundred and seventy seats are needed to form a majority government. The poll is largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • The poll is expected to be a close race between Trudeau's Liberals and Andrew Scheer's Conservatives, with Jagmeet Singh's New Democratic Party making gains in the final week of the campaigning.

FPIs pour in Rs 5,072 crore in Indian Capital markets

  • Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), have infused a net sum of 5,072 crore rupees into the Indian capital markets this month so far amid the union government's efforts to revive domestic demand. As per the latest depositories data, foreign investors put in a net sum of 4,970 crore rupees in the equities and a net 102 crore rupees in the debt market during 1st to 18th of this month.
  • In the preceding month, FPIs had invested about 6,558 crore rupees in the domestic capital markets (both equity and debt).

Green Party see initial gains in Swiss polls

  • Switzerland’s Green Party have made historic gains in national elections, while the anti-immigrant rightwing remained the largest party in parliament despite a slip in its support. The Greens garnered 13.2% support, exceeding their pre-election projection and marking a six-point bump on their 2015 performance.
  • The Green Party rode on voters’ concerns about climate change and could dilute the centre-right parties’ grip on power.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo sworn in for final term

  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been sworn into office for his second and final five-year term amid a string of fresh challenges around security, corruption and economic slowdown. Widodo who was re-elected in polls that took place in 17th April, was sworn into office along with 76-year-old vice president Maruf Amin, who replaces Widodo's vice president in his first term, Jusuf Kalla.
  • Widodo clinched victory with 55.5 percent of the vote in the April presidential election.

Kuhoo Garg-Dhruv Rawat win Egypt International mixed doubles title

  • Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat put up a brilliant effort to win the mixed doubles badminton title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo. The unseeded Garg and Rawat held their nerves for a tight 21-16, 22-20 victory over the third seeds Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar in an all-Indian final.

Marc Marquez wins Japanese MotoGP

  • MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has won the Japanese Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag ride as Honda secured the constructors' title at their home Motegi circuit.
  • The constructors' title was Honda's 25th, coming as the company celebrates 60 years in motorcycle racing.

Marc Marquez wins Japanese MotoGP

  • MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has won the Japanese Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag ride as Honda secured the constructors' title at their home Motegi circuit.
  • The constructors' title was Honda's 25th, coming as the company celebrates 60 years in motorcycle racing.

MMTC offers discount on India Gold Coin to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

  • The Public sector Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC) is offering a three per cent discount on the India Gold Coin to mark the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • MMTC Chairman Ved Prakash said that despite the global slow down, MMTC witnessed a record selling of gold.

Raunak Sadhwani becomes India's 65th Grandmaster

  • Raunak Sadhwani at the age of 13 years, nine months and 28 days has become India’s 65th Grand Master. He crossed the required mark for achieving this feat and earned a rating of 2500. Sadhwani stunned Russian GM Alexander Motylev to reach five points.
  • Sadhwani, was a part of the recent training camp for chosen Indian teenagers under former World champion Vladimir Kramnik.

Rugby World Cup: SA breaks Japanese hearts

  • South Africa broke Japanese hearts with a 26-3 quarterfinal victory to set up a rugby World Cup semifinal against Wales.
  • Japan showed its trademark pace and adventure in a promising first half, but was worn down by the two-time World champion, who scored 21 unanswered points in the second period.

Trump drops plan to hold G7 world leaders' meet at his Doral Golf Resort

  • US President Donald Trump has abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven (G-7) world leaders' meeting at his golf resort at Doral in Florida next year. Mr Trump announced a rare backtrack after facing accusations that he was using the Presidency to enrich himself by hosting the International summit at a private resort owned by his family.
  • He said, his administration will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.

Two panels formed to revamp ‘British-era’ IPC

  • The Union Home Ministry is all set to overhaul the Indian Penal Code (IPC) designed by the British. Recently the Ministry wrote to all States and Union Territories seeking suggestions to amend various sections of the IPC. Two committees comprising legal luminaries have also been constituted by the Ministry.
  • A senior government official said rebooting the code introduced by the British in 1860 was necessary as it is primarily based on the spirit of “master and servant.”
  • Home Minister Amit Shah had earlier said that the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) should work on a proposal to amend various sections of the IPC and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) after seeking suggestions from people across the country.