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One Liners of the Day, 24 October 2020

Important Day

  • United Nations Day - 24 October.
  • World Development Information Day - 24 October.
  • Theme for World Polio Day 2020 (24 October) - One Day. One Focus:  Ending Polio.


  • The Reserve Bank barred Payment System Operators (PSOs) from launching any new ____ for payment transactions - Proprietary QR code.
  • In India, QR Code Payment Systems broadly support three different types of QR code payments - Bharat QR, UPI QR, and Proprietary QR.
  • The Reserve Bank of India issued final guidelines, including the framework, to set up a self-regulatory organisation for ______ as part of its payment and settlement systems vision - Payment system operators (PSOs).


  • First position on the list of Indian PSUs under Forbes’ 'World's Best Employer 2020' - NTPC.
  • Britain and this Asian country formally signed the first new free trade agreement on 23 October, marking Britain's first big post-Brexit deal on trade - Japan.


  • “Life in Miniature” project, under which several hundred miniature paintings from the National Museum can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people, was launched in collaboration between the National Museum (New Delhi), ____ , and Google Arts & Culture - Ministry of Culture.
  • This railway division is going to launch ‘Bags on Wheels’ to ferry passenger luggage Passengers can avail this app-based service to carry their luggage from home to train coach and vice-versa at a nominal cost - Northern Railways.

Persons in News

  • Person who is elected as fellow of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and known for her outstanding work for understanding the malaria parasite - Dr. Saman Habib (Chief Scientist in Molecular Biology Division, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow).
  • Indian who has been elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the period October 2020 - June 2021 - Apurva Chandra, Secretary (Labour and Employment).
  • Person who was awarded the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize by USA for her work defending the rights, ancestral lands and culture of indigenous people in Brazil - Alessandra Korap (Munduruku tribe in the Amazon).
  • Person who is the first artist working in photography to be recognized with the Hugo Boss Prize in its history, instituted by the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York City - Deana Lawson.

State Current Affairs

  • Prime Minister Narenda Modi on 24th October launched the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ to provide day-time power supply for irrigation for the farmers of - Gujarat.
  • In its continuous endeavour to cover more workers under ESI Scheme, Govt. of India has now extended the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Scheme for the first time to - Arunachal Pradesh (with effect from 1st November 2020).
  • This state government will develop Udutadi, the birthplace of Akkamahadevi, the 12th-century poet of Vachana movement, in Shikaripura taluk in Shivamogga District - Karnataka.
  • In memory of the legendary vocalist Sunanda Patnaik, This state government instituted the annual ‘Sunanda Samman’ award - Odisha.

Science and Technology

  • This Indian company has joined hands with Merck KGaA, Germany, and IAVI, a non-profit research organisation, to develop SARS-CoV-2 neutralising monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) - Serum Institute of India.

General Knowledge

  • Inventor of the QR code (Quick Response code) in the 1990s - Denso Wave (Japanese company).
  • NTPC Limited (formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) - Founded: 7 November 1975; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) - Founded: 24 February 1952; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • National Museum (New Delhi) was established on - 15 August 1949.
  • Charter of the United Nations - Signed: 26 June 1945; Effective: 24 October 1945.

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