Current Affairs – October, 2019

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Girish Chandra Murmu sworn in as first Lieutenant Governor of J&K

Girish Chandra Murmu (59) took oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on 31 October 2019. He was administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy by Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court at function held at Raj Bhawan at the foothills of the Zaberwan range. He will preside over the last Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (position now abolished), Satya Pal Malik who now moves to Goa for the remainder of his tenure as the governor.

The reorganization of erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir into Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh came into existence on the birth anniversary of Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The creation of two new UTs of J&K and Ladakh follows a landmark decision by centre to abrogate Article 370 and 35A of constitution on 5 August 2019.

About Girish Chandra Murmu

Born 21 November 1959, G C Murmu is an MBA in public service and also holds a post graduate in political science. He is a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Gujarat cadre and has served as principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

He took charge as the first Lieutenant Governor of J&K after the formation of new Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.

NOTE:  Lieutenant Governors are appointed by President of India for a term of 5years.

PM Modi to visit Thailand for ASEAN, East Asia and RCEP summits

PM Modi will embark a three-day visit to Thailand to participate in the ASEAN, East Asia and RCEP summits. In 2018, India had hosted the Indo-ASEAN summit commemorating its 25th anniversary, where all the 10 ASEAN leaders participated. Later the Delhi Declaration was adopted where the leaders agreed to further strengthen and deepen ASEAN-India strategic partnership.

Highlights: ASEAN

  • The Prime Minister is to co-chair the summit on the first day
  • He will release a commemorative coin marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev
  • He will also release the Thai translation of classic Tirukkural
  • PM will also co-chair the ASEAN-India summit along with Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha

Highlights: East Asia Summit

  • The theme of the East Asia summit was chosen by Thailand and the theme is “Advancing Partnerships for sustainability”. In September 2019, India co-hosted the India-ASEAN workshop on the theme “Sustainable use of marine resources”
  • This year, in 2019, the 14th East Asia summit is to focus on reviewing the future direction of East Asia cooperation and exchange views on regional and international issues

Highlights: RCEP

  • The leaders of RCEP will discuss and review the state of negotiations that are ongoing in Bangkok.