Current Affairs Update for 20 October

Published on Monday, October 20, 2014
Current affairs update for today


  • Union Environment Ministry launched the National Air Quality Index under the recently launched Swacch Bharat Mission. 
  • Home Ministry of Government of India announced to rename 12 cities and towns of the State of Karnataka. 12 cities and towns with replaced names are: 
  1. Bangalore to Bengaluru 
  2. Belgaum to Belagavi 
  3. Bellary to Ballari 
  4. Bijapur to Vijayapura 
  5. Chikmagalur to Chikkamagaluru 
  6. Gulbarga to Kalaburagi 
  7. Hospet to Hosapete 
  8. Hubli to Hubballi 
  9. Mangalore to Mangaluru 
  10. Mysore to Mysuru 
  11. Shimoga to Shivamogga 
  12. Tumkur to Tumakuru 
  • TIME released its annual report recently and declared 25 most influential teens of the year 2014. Sasha Obama, daughter of the President of United States of America Barack Obama and Noble Prize Winner of Pakistan Malala Yousafzai are one of them. 
  • Bharatiya Janata Party became the single largest party in the Assembly Election of Maharashtra with 122 seats and also became the first party after 25 years who cross the figure of 100 Assembly seats. 
  • Bharatiya Janata Party successful to get the full majority to formed the government in the State of Haryaya with 47 Assembly seats. 
  • All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party also won 2 Assembly seats for the first time in the Assembly Elections in the State of Maharashtra. 
  • Pritam Munde of BJP set a new record by won the Lok Sabha seat with the highest margin i.e. 6,92,245 votes. The margin is the highest margin in India’s electoral history. Pritam Munde is the daughter of former Union Minister Gopinath Munde who died in a car accident recently. 
  • United Nations Women launched ‘HeForShe’ campaign to ensure the gender equality. 

Business and Economy

  • Reserve Bank of India signed an agreement with Central Bank of Kenya for Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information in the presence of RBI Governor Dr.Raghuram Rajan and Central Bank of Kenya Governor Prof. Njugna Ndung’u. 


  • Dr.Raghuram Rajan, the Governor of Reserve Bank of India conferred with Euromeny Award for the Best Central Bank of Governor for the year 2014. Dr.Raghuram Rajan is 23rd Governor of Reserve Bank of India. 


  • P.S.N. Rao appointed as Chairman of Delhi Urban Art Commission which is constituted under the provisions of Delhi Urban Art Commission Act, 1973. 
  • Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Union Finance Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs. 
  • Ron Klain appointed as Ebola ‘Czar’ by the President of U.S.A. Barack Obama to oversee the Ebola response.

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