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Daily Current Affairs of 31st October 2023 in English

Daily Current Affairs of 31st October 2023 in English

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October 31, 2023, witnessed a series of significant events across various domains, ranging from infrastructure development to geopolitical concerns, cultural celebrations, and scientific discoveries. Here's an in-depth look at the noteworthy occurrences of the day.

National Developments:

PM Modi Unveils ₹5950 Crore Worth of Projects in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a spectrum of developmental projects in Mehsana, Gujarat, collectively valued at ₹5,950 crore. Notable among these initiatives was the launch of the Western dedicated freight corridor and the expansion of a critical railway line in Ahmedabad. Additionally, the Gujarat Railway Infrastructure Development Corporation introduced a pivotal railway project, benefitting the Mandal-Bechraji Special Investment Zone. The day also saw the unveiling of water-related projects, including lake recharging and the Valasana barrage in Mehsana.

Statue Of Unity Marks Its Fifth Anniversary

On its fifth anniversary, the "Statue of Unity," India's tallest statue commemorating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, stood as a testament to national pride and historical significance. Soaring at 182 meters, this iconic structure has welcomed nearly 1.5 crore visitors since its inauguration.

Chinese Vessel Conducts Research off Sri Lankan Coast

The arrival of the Chinese research vessel Shiyan 6 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, raised concerns in India and the United States. The vessel embarked on a two-day research mission, focusing on geophysical exploration in collaboration with Sri Lankan authorities. Shiyan 6, added to the fleet in 2020, specializes in geophysical research, spanning an extensive 80-day operation.

Bangladesh Nears Completion of 1971 Liberation War Memorial

A memorial dedicated to the Indian soldiers who played a pivotal role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 is nearing completion in Ashunganj, Bangladesh. This monument signifies the strong historical bond and shared history between the two nations. It is set to be inaugurated by both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina in a landmark gesture of unity and remembrance.

State Achievements:

Mera Houchongba Celebrations in Manipur

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh actively participated in the Mera Houchongba celebrations in Imphal, emphasizing the unity between the diverse communities of the state. The festival, rooted in Manipur's history, holds cultural and religious significance, embodying the spirit of unity and amalgamation.

Kerala Achieves Hallmarking Milestone

Kerala has achieved a remarkable milestone by inaugurating a hallmarking centre in Idukki, becoming the first state in India to establish such centers in all of its 14 districts. This move, mandated by the Bureau of Indian Standards, aims to protect consumers, especially those less familiar with the intricacies of the gold market, from potential exploitation.

National Security and Defense:

India Seeks Rafale-M Naval Fighter Jets from France

India has formally communicated its intent to acquire 26 Rafale Marine fighter aircraft for the Indian Navy by submitting a Letter of Request (LoR) to the French government. This significant step, valued at approximately Euro 5.5 billion, is poised to enhance India's naval capabilities significantly.

IAF Deploys S-400 Missile Units Along Borders

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has taken substantial measures to fortify its air defense capabilities along the borders with China and Pakistan by deploying three out of the five agreed-upon S-400 air defense missile squadrons. This strategic move is in line with India's commitment to bolster its national security.

Economic Outlook:

IMF Forecasts Global Growth Slowdown

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed its latest economic projections, indicating an anticipated global growth slowdown to 2.9% in 2024. This signifies one of the lowest growth rates witnessed in decades, with advanced economies also projected to experience a decline.

Important Observances:

Vigilance Awareness Week 2023

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in India has initiated Vigilance Awareness Week 2023, emphasizing the theme "Say no to corruption; commit to the Nation." This observance serves as a critical platform for reinforcing the nation's commitment to combating corruption and promoting integrity.

National Unity Day Honors Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

India celebrates National Unity Day on October 31, paying tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's monumental contributions to the nation's unity and integrity. This occasion reaffirms the nation's strength and resilience in the face of threats to its unity, integrity, and security.

Ranks, Reports, and Recognitions:

BigBasket Tops Fairwork Index for Gig Workers

The Fairwork India 2023 Report sheds light on disparities in fair pay, conditions, contracts, management, and representation among digital platforms. BigBasket emerges as a standout performer in fair pay, while others like Ola and Porter receive lower scores, indicating a need for industry-wide improvements.

International Affairs:

Renowned Bangladeshi Scientist Saleemul Huq Passes Away at 71

Saleemul Huq, a distinguished Bangladeshi-British scientist known as a "climate revolutionary," has passed away in Dhaka. His efforts focused on pressuring high-polluting nations to support vulnerable states in dealing with the impacts of climate change. Dr. Huq contributed significantly to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sports Triumphs:

Max Verstappen Dominates Mexico City Grand Prix

Red Bull's Max Verstappen displayed extraordinary skill at the Formula One Mexico City Grand Prix, securing his record-breaking 16th victory of the season. This triumph solidifies his position as a force to be reckoned with in the world of Formula One racing.

Lionel Messi Wins Eighth Ballon D'Or 2023

Lionel Messi, a football legend, and Aitana Bonmati have been honored as the 2023 Ballon d'Or recipients. Messi's eighth Ballon d'Or is a testament to his exceptional contributions, particularly in leading Argentina to their first World Cup victory since 1986.

National Achievements in Athletics:

Jyothi Yarraji Clinches Gold in 100m Hurdles in Record Time

At the 37th National Games, Hangzhou Asian Games silver medallist Jyothi Yarraji exhibited an outstanding performance by breaking her own record in the 100m hurdles, finishing in just 13.22 seconds. This remarkable feat highlights her exceptional speed and technique.

Zahid Hussain, Hailing from South Kashmir, Secures Silver at Asian Shooting Championship

Zahid Hussain, hailing from Anantnag, Kashmir, achieved a significant feat by securing the silver medal at the prestigious Asian Shooting Championship held in South Korea. His impressive performance in the men's 50M rifle prone event underscores his talent and dedication.

Scientific Advancements:

New Mushroom Species Discovered In Western Ghats

Researchers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) in Kerala have identified a new species of mushroom, named Candolleomyces albosquamosus, found on the JNTBGRI campus in the Western Ghats. This discovery adds to the rich biodiversity of the region.

Educational Endeavors:

Aligarh Muslim University Initiates Its Own Satellite Program

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has embarked on the 'SS AMU SAT' project, approved by the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe). This pioneering space initiative aims to develop a 3U CubeSat, named after AMU's founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, and has far-reaching objectives including economic growth studies and technology testing.

In Memoriam:

Former Assam Minister and retired educator, Sarat Barkotoky, has passed away.

The state of Assam mourns the passing of a prominent political figure, Sarat Barkotoky, a former MLA, and minister who passed away on October 30. His legacy includes unwavering dedication to the Indian National Congress and a distinguished political career.


October 31, 2023, unfolded as a day marked by a diverse array of events, encompassing infrastructure development, cultural celebrations, scientific discoveries, and sports triumphs. These milestones collectively serve as a testament to the dynamism and progressiveness of India and its global impact across various fields.

This comprehensive overview provides a detailed glimpse into the notable occurrences of the day, reflecting the multifaceted nature of India's growth and contributions in both national and international spheres. From significant strides in defense capabilities to groundbreaking scientific discoveries and exemplary performances in athletics, October 31, 2023, stands as a day of significance and achievement.

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