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27 October: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is observed every year on 27 October.

  • The Day fulfils UNESCO’s constitutional mandate to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image” as a representation of India's shared heritage and memory.

24 October: World Polio Day

World Polio Day is celebrated every year on 24 October.

  • It was initiated by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who developed a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

Konkan Shakti 2021

Konkan Shakti 2021 is the first ever tri-services joint exercise between India and the UK.

  • It is being conducted off the west coast of India from 21-27 October 2021.

J.A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research

Dr. Rajiv Nigam (Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India), has been selected as 2022 recipient of J.A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research.

  • Dr. Rajiv Nigam is the first Indian Citizen who is selected for this lifetime achievement award.

Mole Day

Mole Day is observed to promote the study of chemistry.

  • Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10²³), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

23 October: International Snow Leopard Day

International Snow Leopard Day, also known as the World Snow Leopard Day, is an annual observance that takes place on 23rd October, the day a declaration for the conservation of the snow leopard was adopted in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

  • Snow Leopards are found in 12 Countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Flight Test of High-Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) - ‘ABHYAS’

On 22nd October 2021, ABHYAS - the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha.

Sakharov Prize 2021

Alexei Navalny, currently imprisoned in Russia has been awarded Sakharov Prize 2021 by the European Union.

  • The EU's award to a member of the Russian opposition movement comes after Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize, a recognition that some of the jailed dissident's supporters described as "undeserving". Muratov himself said he would have given the prestigious honour to Navalny.

China launches First Solar Observatory

On 14th October 2021, China launched the Chinese H-alpha Solar Explorer (CHASE) and 10 other satellites into orbit during its 37th orbital launch of the year.

  • CHASE is the country's first solar observatory equipped with a solar telescope that will observe the deep-red H-Alpha line of the solar spectrum that will help scientists in observing and studying solar flares.

‘Takachar’ Project from India won inaugural ‘Earthshot Prize’

A Delhi-based entrepreneur’s agricultural waste recycling project was named among the winners of Prince William’s inaugural Earthshot Prize, dubbed the “Eco Oscars”, at a ceremony in London on October 17.

  • Vidyut Mohan led ‘Takachar’ was named the winner of the GBP 1 million prize for its cheap technology innovation to convert crop residues into sellable bio-products in the “clean our air” category.

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