Current Affairs – October 2016

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Fishing cat sighted in Andhra Pradesh

A fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) was sighted in the moderately dense mangrove surrounding of the Gilalakalandi harbour near Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

The movement of the fishing cat was sighted moderately dense mangrove area which is home for Asian sea bass fish species seed.

About Fishing cat

  • The fishing cat is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia. It is the state animal of West Bengal.
  • They live foremost in the vicinity of wetlands, along rivers, streams, oxbow lakes, in swamps and mangroves.
  • Threat: Destruction of wetlands and over-exploitation of local fish stocks.
  • Protection Status: International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified it as ‘vulnerable’ species and is protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.

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October 31: Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) is observed across India on 31 October to commemorate birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

Observance of the day provides an opportunity to re-affirm inherent strength and resilience of our nation to withstand actual and potential threats to unity, integrity and security of our country.

2016 Theme:  “Integration of India”.

To mark this occasion various activities and events are being organised across ministries and departments all over the country. Besides, Run for Unity was organised in New Delhi.

The idea of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was mooted by PM Narendra Modi in October 2014 to mark the birth anniversary of country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

  • He was born on 31 October, 1875 at Karamsand, Gujarat. He is known as the Iron Man of India or Bismarck of India.
  • By profession, he was a barrister and had successfully practiced law. Later he left law practice and joined the Indian national movement under leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • In India’s independence struggle, he played a major role in organizing peasants’ movements on Gandhian principles in Bardoli and Kheda in Gujarat and during the Quit India movement.
  • His biggest contribution to India was his role in the integration of the over 500 princely states with India during 1947-49.
  • He is also remembered as the Patron Saint of India’s civil servants for establishing modern All-India services.

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October 31: World Cities Day

The World is observing Cities Day globally on 31st October to work together for a planned and sustainable urban life in the wake of rapid growth of population and problems.

The day aims to promote international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

2016 Theme:Inclusive Cities, Shared Development“. It highlights the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.

Background

The General Assembly designated 31st October as World Cities Day by passing resolution 68/239 in December 2013. This day was constituted in recognition of the significance of urban basic services as a foundation for the overall social and economic development. The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, to promote successes of urbanization and address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.

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