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News in Short - 19-October-2021

Sunil Chhetri equals Lionel Messi’s record

Date: 19 October 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri equalled Lionel Messi with his 80th international strike against Nepal in the final clash of SAFF Championship.
  • Chhetri has equalled Messi, becoming the second-highest goal-scorer in international football among active players.
  • Chhetri is now also tied second with Lionel Messi behind Cristiano Ronaldo on the list for most goals among active players.

More than 4 crore workers on e-Shram portal

Date: 19 October 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • More than four crore workers have registered themselves with the government’s newly launched e-shram portal, with maximum registrations coming from states like Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Agriculture and construction are the two sectors from which the largest number of workers have registered themselves with the portal.
  • Apart from these two sectors, workers involved with diverse activities like manufacturing, domestic work, street vending and fishing have also registered with the portal.
  • The Labour Ministry had started this portal with the aim of registering casual workers across the country involved in unorganised sectors, in order to make them beneficiaries of its various social sector schemes.

Former US secretary of State Colin Powell passes away

Date: 19 October 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Colin Powell, the first black United States’ Secretary of State and top military officer, died at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications.
  • As a four-star Army general, he was chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush during the 1991 Gulf War.
  • Mr. Powell, a moderate Republican and a pragmatist, later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.

India introduces resolution in UNGA for granting observer status to ISA

Date: 19 October 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India introduced a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly for granting Observer Status for International Solar Alliance.
  • The ISA was jointly launched by India and France in 2015 at the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) held in Paris.
  • The granting of Observer Status to the ISA in the General Assembly would help provide for a regular and well-defined cooperation between the Alliance and the United Nations that would benefit global energy growth and development.

ICC joins hands with UNICEF to raise awareness on mental health of children

Date: 19 October 2021 Tags: Sports
  • The ICC has partnered with UNICEF to amplify awareness around mental health and well-being of children and adolescents throughout the men’s T20 World Cup.
  • The partnership will amplify UNICEF’s global campaign #OnYourMind which calls for commitment, communication and action to promote good mental health for every child.
  • The T20 World Cup comprises 45 matches across four venues.The partnership will highlight the need for more conversations around mental health and well-being.