15 October Current Affairs Today News Headlines –
- International Day of Rural Women is celebrated every year on 15 October.
- The day recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development
- The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008.
- 2019 Theme: Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resilience
- Bangladesh has become the second-fastest growing economy in South Asia after Bhutan.
- World Bank in its report ‘South Asia Economic Focus, Making (De) Centralization Work’ says that GDP growth rate of the country is projected to moderate to 7.2 per cent this fiscal year and 7.3 per cent in 2020 in Bangladesh.
- In Bhutan, GDP growth is expected to jump to 7.4 per cent this fiscal year.
- Growth in South Asia is projected to fall to 5.9 per cent in 2019.
- Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a conference on ‘One Nation One Tag – FASTag’ in New Delhi.
- The meeting has been organised to roll out the process for having a unified electronic system across the country.
- Under this system the same FASTag affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle can be used to pay toll across all toll plazas in the country.
- The 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics has been jointly won by Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer of the United States ‘for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty’.
- 58-year-old Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru
University and Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 1988.
- He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and
Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab’s directors.
- Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize.
- British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic ‘Quichotte’ was among the six books shortlisted for the prize.
- The Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they could not separate
Atwood’s – ‘The Testament’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Evaristo, who is the first black woman to win the prestigious award since its creation in 1969.
- The rules were changed after the last tie in 1992, and organisers told this year’s judges that they were not allowed to pick two winners.
- The International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed the super overrule for all its major events.
- The decision came after the uproar over the outcome of the men’s World Cup final this year when England was declared winners against New Zealand on boundary count.
- As per new rule, in case of a super over the tie, there will be a repeated super over until one team has more runs than the other.
- In July this year, England won their first-ever World Cup title. In the final, the winner was not decided
after the 50-over and super over action, both of which were tied.
- In the end, England was announced as the winner as they had hit more boundaries, 26, as compared toNew Zealand’s 17 boundaries in the match.
- Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has been unanimously nominated as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI.
- Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat claimed the men’s singles title at the Bahrain International Series Badminton at Isa Town.