Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 31, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 31, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

October 31: World Cities Day

The United Nations’s World Cities Day (WCD) is observed every year on October 31 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. The theme selected for this year is “Innovative Governance, Open Cities”. It highlights important role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion. The general theme of day is ‘Better City, Better Life’.

Y.C. Modi is new NIA Director-General

Senior IPS officer Yogesh Chander Modi took over as new Director-General of National Investigation Agency (NIA), country’s premier anti-terror organisation.  He succeeds Sharad Kumar. Mr Modi is a 1984-batch IPS officer  of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Earlier he had worked with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for 10 years in two stints (2002-2010 and 2015-2017) where he handled special crime and economic offences besides anti-corruption cases. He has also worked with Cabinet Secretariat between 1991 and 2002 which included a foreign posting.

Neelamani N. Raju becomes Karnataka’s first woman police chief

Neelmani N. Raju was appointed as Karnataka’s first woman Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG and IGP). She will take over from Rupak Kumar Dutta, who is retiring from service. She is a 1983-batch IPS officer. She is second woman IPS officer to join the Karnataka cadre. She is native of Uttar Pradesh. She had served in Karnataka for 10 years before going on deputation to the Intelligence Bureau in 1993. She had served in IB for 23 years and in 2016, after reachingpost of joint director in IB, she returned to her home cadre as a DGP rank officer.

Heena Sidhu wins 10m air pistol gold medal at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships

Heena Sidhu won 10-metre air pistol gold medal at Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, Australia. Sidhu shot combined score of 626.2 to claim the top honours. This was Sidhu’s second successive international gold after she along with Jitu Rai, had won 10-metre air pistol mixed team event in ISSF World Cup Finals in Delhi held in October 2017. Among other Indians, Deepak Kumar won a bronze medal in the 10-metre air rifle event. London Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang finished fourth, while Ravikumar ended fifth.