Current Affairs

Published on 24th Nov, 2019

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National News

1. 11th edition of Agro Vision inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurating the 11th edition of Agro Vision-2019, an Agricultural exhibition at Reshimbag Ground of Nagpur, Maharashtra.

·The 4-day event will comprise of national Agri exhibition workshop for farmers and seminars.

·Pavilion dedicated to Micro Small Medium Enterprise and display of livestock will be a special attraction in Agro Vision 2019.

·Union Minister has stressed upon the importance of Agricultural allied businesses for the development of farmers in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

·Emphasizing the need for a permanent venue for training on best practices in agriculture & extension activities for the farmers in Vidarbha.

State News

2. J&K achieves highest road length under PMGSY in 2019

Jammu and Kashmir have achieved the highest road length in the country this year so far under a Centre’s rural roads’ programme with the completion of around 11,400 kilometres covering 1,838 habitations.

·The work is being carried under the centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which is a mega flagship programme with the main objective of providing connectivity to rural areas.

3. Kalaburagi Airport inaugurated under UDAN / RCS

The first flight from Kalaburagi Airport to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru took off after the inauguration of Kalaburagi airport by the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

·The airport has been built under the UDAN-RCS Scheme of Govt. of India. Kalaburagi Airport will act as a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and, Gulbarga Fort.

Awards

4. Greta Thunberg awarded international children’s peace prize

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg was awarded an international children’s peace prize, for her work in the struggle against climate change which has resonated with schoolchildren across the world.

·Cameroonian peace activist Divina Maloum, aged 15, also received the International Children’s Peace Prize, for her fighting spirit and ‘Peaceful struggle’ against Boko Haram jihadist group.

·The prizes were distributed by Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

·The award ceremony was organized by the Dutch Kids Right Organization.

Appointments

5. Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as CM of Maharashtra

Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP has taken oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister for a second time.

·Ajit Pawar of the NCP has also taken oath as Deputy Chief Minister.

·Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to the two leaders.

·The BJP and NCP have formed an alliance to give a new government to Maharashtra after nearly a month-long wait after the results.

Sports

6. Bodybuilder Chitahresh Natesan crowned Mr Universe 2019

Chitahresh Natesan 33yr old former hockey player turned bodybuilder also known as the ‘Indian Monster’ by bodybuilding circles became the first Indian to win ‘Mr. Universe (Pro) 2019’ in 90kg category at the 11th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship(WBPF) in South Korea.

·India secured the second position in the team championship category at the same event.

Books and Authors

7. Jal Shakti Minister releases short documentary film named ‘SHIKHAR SE PUKAR’

Union Minister for Jal Shakti released a short documentary film on Water Conservation named ‘SHIKHAR SE PUKAR’ in New Delhi.

·The film has been made to promote ‘Jalshakti Abhiyan’ and is based on the Journey of an IAS Officer Ravindra Kumar, who climbed Everest this year to attract the attention of people from the top of the Everest on the serious issue of Water Conservation and stopping Water Pollution.

·The film also gives a glimpse of the significance of Himalaya as the main source of water needs of India by means of the river.

·It also picturizes the difficulties and challenges in climbing the highest peak in the world.

Miscellaneous

8. World’s biggest Islamic Congregation begins in Bhopal

In Madhya Pradesh, the 4-day Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima, world’s biggest Islamic Congregation began in Bhopal.

·More than one million people from 54 countries are expected to attend the congregation which will continue till 25th November.

·It is a forum for delivering some important religious-spiritual messages to Muslims around the world.

·Ijtima started in the era of Nawabs in Bhopal and now it has become the identity of Bhopal worldwide.

·The first Alami Tablighi Ijtima took place in Bhopal in 1944 and only 14 people attended it then.

·Now the number has increased to millions. Thousands of people from various countries across the world including Russia, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reached Bhopal to participate in this event.

9. Lieutenant Shivangi is the first-ever woman pilot for Navy

The first woman pilot, Lieutenant Shivangi, will join naval operations on completion of operational training here on December 2. She hails from Muzzafarpur, Bihar.

·She was inducted into Indian Navy as SSC (Pilot) as part of 27 NOC course in Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala.

·She, who had been undergoing training at the Southern Naval Command, will get authorisation on December 2 to fly Dornier aircraft.

10. Oxford Dictionary names ‘Climate Emergency’ its 2019 Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionaries has named “climate emergency” as its 2019 Word of the Year, choosing it from an all-environmental shortlist that also included “climate action,” “climate denial,” “eco-anxiety,” “extinction” and “flight shame.

·The word is selected because it shows the increase in usage since 2018. Climate emergency defines as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and also to avoid the possible irreversible environmental loss resulting from it.

Published on 23rd Nov, 2019

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National News

1. Jitendra Singh to inaugurate ‘Destination North East’ Festival

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the ‘Destination North East’ Festival in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 23rd November 2019.

·All 8 North East states will be present at the event along with their handicrafts, handloom, organic products and cultural troupes.

·During the festival, the visitors will have live experiences of the artisans and artists from the NE states working on their looms and crafts, performing their songs and dances in the open stage during the day.

·Indigenous games will also be performed where visitors can also participate.

State News

2. Assam government releases the new Land Policy 2019 after 30 years

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal released the new Land Policy 2019 prepared by Revenue and Disaster Management Department.

·The Land Policy was approved by Cabinet on 21st October and it has been prepared by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department after 30 years. It was last prepared in 1989.

·The state government has been putting a lot of emphasis in preparing the Land Policy to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people and the Policy would remove complications regarding land allotments and settlements.

Awards

3. Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2019

The Union Minister of the Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers, conferred the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 awards to top-ranked states, union territories, and districts in the various categories on the occasion of World Toilet Day at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.

·The top-ranked state: Tamil Nadu, and the top-ranked district: Peddapalli (Telangana), along with the state with the maximum citizen participation: Uttar Pradesh.

Agreements

4. IIM Indore inks MoU with Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy

IIM Indore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

·The MoU has been signed with a view to exchange faculty members for various training programmes.

·The MoU is in line with the vision to remain socially conscious and contribute to the society and nation.

·The two organisations have agreed for joint participation in research activities of common interest in the areas of public administration, management and public policy.

·The motive behind the training programme is to bring together representatives from these three fields, help them understand one another’s problems and find solutions.

Defence

5. Indian Naval Academy awarded President’s Colour

President Ram Nath Kovind and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces awarded President’s Colour to Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala at Kochi, Kerala.

·The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed upon a military unit.

·It was awarded to INA in recognition of the yeoman service rendered by the institution in training and shaping Indian Naval officers over the last 50 years at three different locations – Goa, Kochi and Ezhimala.

6. The NIA will host the first-ever counter-terrorism (CT) exercise

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will host the first-ever counter-terrorism (CT) exercise for the Quad countries in New Delhi.

·The Quad countries include the United States (US), India, Australia, and Japan.

·According to the NIA, the exercise is to assess and validate CT response mechanisms in the light of emerging terrorist threats.

·It also aims to provide opportunities to share the best practices and to explore areas for enhanced cooperation amongst participating countries.

Summit and Conferences

7. Global Bio-India Summit begins in Delhi

Three-day Global Bio-India Summit 2019 begins in New Delhi.

·It will be one of the largest biotechnology stakeholders conglomerate to be held in India for the first time.

·It will bring academia, innovators, researchers, start-ups, medium and large companies together on the same platform. Over three thousand delegates from around 25 countries and over 15 states of India will participate in the mega event.

Banking

8. RBI supersedes DHFL board to initiate insolvency proceedings

The Reserve Bank of India superseded the board of debt-laden Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) as it intends to shortly initiate the process of resolution of the company under the insolvency and bankruptcy rules.

·The company is all set to become India’s first financier to land up in bankruptcy courts.

·The central bank superseded the board “owing to governance concerns and defaults by DHFL in meeting various payment obligations.

·R Subramaniakumar, ex-MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank has been appointed as the administrator.

Ranks and Reports

9. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tops Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list

Microsoft’s India-born Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has occupied the top spot in Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list.

·The list also includes Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga and Arista head Jayshree Ullal. Banga is ranked 8th, while Ullal comes in at the 18th spot in the list for which Fortune looked at 10 financial factors ranging from a total return to shareholders to return on capital. Both Banga and Ullal are of Indian-origin.

·Fortune’s annual Businessperson of the Year list features 20 business leaders “who tackled audacious goals, overcame impossible odds, found creative solutions”.

Sports

10. Elavenil Valarivan, Divyansh Panwar win gold medals at ISSF World Cup

Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Panwar clinching gold medals in their events to give the country its best ever single-day show in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Putian, China.

·The 20-year-old Elavenil claimed the top honours in the women’s 10 metres air rifle competition.

·Later, another teen sensation Divyansh finished on top in the men’s 10 metres air rifle competition.

·India is currently top of the table with 3 gold medals, followed by China 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze.

Important Days

11. World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD) Day

The WHO (World Health Organization) and Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) organize World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Day on the third Wednesday of November every year.

·It was first launched in 1997 by WHO, GOLD and other institutes in the US.

·This year the day is marked to create awareness in the Theme: All Together to End COPD.

·COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It causes severe breathlessness and predisposes to exacerbations.

Miscellaneous

12. Russia is the focus country at IFFI 2019

International Film Festival of India 2019, IFFI features a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular country every year and this year, the country of focus is Russia.

·The section will showcase eight movies from Russia.

13. I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Film Bazaar on IFFI 2019

The Film Bazaar, which is being organised by the National Film Development Corporation, was inaugurated by the Information and Broadcasting Minister on the sidelines of the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India.

·The Film Bazaar encourages creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities.

Over the years, films such as Lunch Box, Margarita With A Straw, Chauthi Koot, Qissa, Miss Lovely, Dum Lagake Haisha and Thithi have been through one or more programmes of the Bazaar.

Published on 22nd Nov, 2019

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National News

1. Parliament passes Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill 2019

Parliament has passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

·The Bill seeks to amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.

·It has a provision to remove the President of the Congress party as a trustee and clarifies that when there is no Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the leader of the single largest Opposition party will be the trustee.

·The Bill also allows the Central government to terminate the term of a nominated trustee before the expiry of the period of his term, without assigning any reason.

2. Cabinet approves establishment of the National Institute of Sowa Rigpa (NISR)

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister  Narendra Modi approved the establishment of the National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa in Leh, Ladakh.

·The Institute will be an autonomous National Institute under Ministry of AYUSH with the mandate to undertake interdisciplinary education and research programmes in Sowa-Rigpa in collaboration with premier national and international Institutes and facilitate the integration of different systems of medicine.

·The objective is to establish the National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) as an apex Institute for Sowa-Rigpa with aim of bringing a valid and useful synergy between Traditional Wisdom of Sowa-Rigpa and modern science, tools and technology.

·It will help to promote interdisciplinary research & education of Sowa-Rigpa.

3. Census 2021 to be conducted in 16 languages

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed that Census 2021 will be conducted in 16 languages.

·During Census 2021, a mix mode approach is being adopted for data collection. Census will be conducted in two phases – House-listing and Housing Census from April to September 2020 and Population Enumeration during February 09-28, 2021.

·The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has recommended an amount of Rs. 8754.23 crore for conducting Census 2021 in 16 languages.

State News

4. Kolkata becomes first city to install ‘Third Umpire’ RT-PCR Machines

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed first of its kind high-end reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines in India for quick detection of diseases like dengue, tuberculosis and swine flu.

·These machines are to serve as a ‘third umpire’ in situations when medical reports and blood tests reveal contradictory results.

·The purpose is to give an accurate DNA report on blood tests in order to ascertain the exact cause of illness.

Awards

5. Naturalist Sir David Attenborough will receive Indira Gandhi peace prize 2019

The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2019 will be conferred on renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough for his tireless work to preserve and protect biodiversity.

·His name was selected for the prize by an international jury chaired by former president Pranab Mukherjee, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

·This prestigious award, named after former prime minister (PM) Indira Gandhi, has been accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Trust since 1986.

·It is awarded to individuals or organizations in recognition of their creative efforts towards promoting international peace, development.

·The award consists of a monetary award of 25 lakhs and a citation. The 2017 Prize had gone to former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.

6. Virat Kohli named PETA India’s Person of the Year

India captain Virat Kohli was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s ‘Person of the Year for 2019’ for his animal advocacy efforts.

·Kohli’s efforts to improve conditions for animals include sending a letter on PETA India’s behalf to officials calling for the release of Malti, an elephant used for rides at Amer Fort, who was reportedly violently beaten by eight men.

·The PETA awards are given to people or organisations that take initiative in the welfare of animals and violence against animals.

Agreements

7. Health ministry signs pact with Gates Foundation for support in innovation

·The Union ministry of health and family welfare signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

·Under the MoC, Gates Foundation will provide technical, management and program design support through its grantees and other partners, with a special focus on innovation, best practices and enhancing performance management, while working closely with the government.

·The Foundation will support the ministry’s work towards strengthening the primary health aspects such as reducing maternal and child mortality, improving nutrition services and increasing the immunization reach.

Defence

8. GRSE delivers ICGS ‘Amrit Kaur to Indian Coast Guard

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered to the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Amrit Kaur’, the third in a series of five ‘Fast Patrol Vessels’ (FPV).

·ICGS ‘Amrit Kaur’ is a 50-metre-long and 7.5-metre- wide medium-range surface vessel, with a displacement of around 308 tonnes.

·It is capable of performing a rescue, patrolling, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations in the maritime zones of the country.

·The vessel can attain a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles.

·The ship is equipped with three main engines and has advanced control systems, water jet units and an ‘Integrated Bridge System’ constituting all communication and navigation systems.

Summit and Conferences

9. Smriti Irani addresses South Asia Safety Summit

The Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani was addressing the 2nd edition of South Asia Safety Summit in New Delhi.

·She has stressed the need to ensure the safety of women and children within their homes, and create safe neighbourhoods to protect them against violence and abuse.

·The summit was joined by over 100 organisations from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and India.

·The South Asia Safety Summit is Facebook’s annual event to host critical conversations on digital safety and security.

Sports

10. Manu Bhaker bags gold medal in ISSF World Cup Finals

India’s Manu Bhaker created history at World Cup Finals in Women’s 10m Air Pistol event.

·She bagged India’s first gold medal in the tournament this year.

·She shot 244.7 to claim the top prize in the season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation at Putian in China.

·Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze.

11. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (Netherlands) won F1 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil.

·Verstappen was followed by Pierre Gasly (France) and Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro (Spain) in the second and third place respectively.

Important Days

12. World Television Day: 21 November

World Television Day is observed on 21 November every year. The day is observed to acknowledge the role of broadcast media.

·On this day, the journalists, writers, bloggers, and others who are associated with the medium promote the role of television in communication and globalization.

13. World Philosophy Day

The World Philosophy Day is observed globally on the third Thursday of November every year.

·This year it was observed on 21st November. On this day, UNESCO highlighted the value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and individual.

·The 2019 edition aims to highlight the importance of philosophy in different regional contexts.

·The goal is to obtain regional contributions to global debates on contemporary challenges that support social transformations. World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO.

14. World Children’s Day: 20 November

·World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

·November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

·It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Miscellaneous

15. IRCTC & KSTDC signs MoU to operate Golden chariot train

·The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corp (KSTDC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to market and operate the Golden Chariot train. The luxurious Golden Chariot train will start plying from March 2020.

·The Golden Chariot is South India’s only luxury train. The Golden Chariot, which started plying in 2008, began as a joint initiative of the Karnataka government and the Indian Railways.

It is an 18-coach-long train with 44 guest rooms. At least, 84 passengers can enjoy the train ride at one time.

Published on 21st Nov, 2019

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National News

1. Amit Shah launches special winter-grade diesel for Ladakh

Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the supply of special winter-grade diesel for high altitude Ladakh, which faces sub-zero temperatures during the winter months.

·Motorists in high-altitude areas like Ladakh, Kargil, Kaza and Keylong face the problem of freezing of diesel in their vehicles when winter temperatures drop to as low as minus 30-degree celsius.

2. Home Ministry launches campaign to End Violence Against Women

The Home Ministry in collaboration with the UN Women flagged off an awareness campaign To End Violence Against Women from Sultanpur metro station in Delhi.

·The initiative is part of the #OrangeTheWorld global campaign.

·As part of the campaign, people would be made aware about India’s single emergency helpline 112, an internationally recognised emergency number used in several countries. Under the campaign, people would be made aware of India’s single emergency Response Support System helpline 112, which is launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs earlier in 2019.

·The 112 helpline services, available in 27 States/UTs(Union Territories), can be reached through voice call, 112 India App, SMS (Short message service), email, respective state’s 112 websites, and the panic button on mobile phones.

3. Meghalaya-based insurgent group HNLC banned by government.

Meghalaya-based insurgent group, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has been banned by the central government for its increased activities of violence and other subversive acts.

·The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the HNLC along with all its factions, wings and frontal organisations has been openly declaring as its objective the secession of the state’s areas, which are largely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals, from the Indian Union.

·The group continues to intimidate and bully civilians to extort funds, maintains links with other insurgent groups of the Northeast to carry out acts of extortion and intimidation, and maintains camps in Bangladesh to give sanctuary and training to its cadre.

·The central government is also of the opinion that HNLC’s activities are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India.

State News

4. Assam Govt approves 1 Tola Gold to Brides free of cost under Arundhati scheme

Assam Govt approves Arundhati scheme to provide 1 Tola Gold to Brides free of cost.

·In a cabinet meeting held in Guwahati. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal approved this scheme to give 1 tola Gold (11.66 grams ) to brides parents belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society.

·With the aim to reduce child marriage under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act that a girl in India cant get married before the age of 18, and a boy cant get married before 21 years of age, this scheme can be availed by formal registration of the marriage under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 at the time of marriage.

·This is only limited to the weaker section of the society whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc.

5. DSEJ launches special enrollment drive under ‘Aao School Chalein’

In Jammu, the Directorate of School Education (DSEJ) has launched a special enrollment drive under the banner ‘Aao School Chalein’ for increasing the enrollment in government schools.

·As per the Directorate of School Education, the special enrollment drive would be conducted across all the villages and catchment areas of the government schools, under the supervision of chief education officers of all the districts of Jammu Division.

·Apart from increasing the enrollment in the Government schools, the prime focus of the drive is on the strengthening of pre-schooling of children in the age group of 3 to 5 years.

6. Uttarakhand CM launches virtual classes project

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a project that will connect 500 secondary schools to virtual classrooms and schools in the state facing a shortage of teachers will benefit from the new technology.

·Virtual classes are attended through video conferences where students can meet the teacher on a real-time basis and ask questions.

·An estimated 1.90 lakh students of 500 government-run secondary schools in the state will benefit from the project.

Awards

7. Bajrang Punia, Mahant Gaurav Sharma honoured in Dubai

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has been conferred the Indian Personality of the Year Award (Sports) at the Indo Arab Leaders Summit & Awards 2019 in Dubai.

·World powerlifting champion Mahant Gaurav Sharma was also honoured with Visionary Leaders of the Year (Sports) award.

8. Delhi Metro wins 2 awards at Urban Mobility India Conference

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been conferred with two awards for its commendable initiatives in promoting the metro as a green and sustainable mode of transport among the masses.

·DMRC was awarded for the ‘Last Mile Connectivity’ project in the category of best non-motorised transport and the ‘Green Metro project – An Initiative for Sustainable and Viable Urban Transport’ in the category of best green initiative in urban transport, at the 12th Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019 held from November 15 to 17 in Lucknow.

Appointments

9. Sudhir Mital elected president of Gymnastics Federation of India

Former Competition Commission of India chairman Sudhir Mital and Shantikumar Singh were elected as president and general secretary respectively, of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI).

·Sudhir Mital is a retired IAS officer of Punjab cadre, was also a former president and worked as GFI chief from 2003 to 2007.

·He served as chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI) in 2018 after joining the organization in 2014 as a member.

·Shantikumar was a former national level gymnast from Manipur, had served as GFI treasurer from 2011 to 2015 and then got elected as secretary in the 2015 elections.

Agreements

10. ICICI Lombard partners with Fino to offer sachet based insurance products

ICICI Lombard has been partnering with Fino Payments Bank to offer non-life insurance solutions to its customers.

·As part of this association, ICICI Lombard has introduced several innovative insurance solutions that complement Fina’s technology-enabled platforms and harness its customer reach.

·Some of these offerings include Hospicash that provide customers with the means to cover their loss of income, especially in the case of migrant workers, if they are hospitalized.

·ICICI Lombard and Fino also launched Dengue and Malaria policy which covers treatment to Dengue and Malarial diseases up to Rs. 10,000 at a premium as low as Rs. 49.

Defence

11. Lt Col Jyoti Sharma appointed as Army’s first female JAG officer

Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Sharma has been appointed as Indian Army’s first female Judge Advocate General officer to be deployed on a foreign mission.

·She will serve the government of the East African country of Seychelles as a legal expert & would give her opinion about defence and military act.

12. 1st Indo-Qatari joint Naval Exercise Za’ir-Al-Bahr begins in Doha, Qatar

Navies of India and Qatar have started a 5-day bilateral maritime exercise “Za’ir-Al-Bahr” begins in Doha, Qatar.

·The inaugural edition of the bilateral maritime exercise would further strengthen the robust defence co-operation between the two countries, especially in the fight against terrorism, maritime piracy and security.

·Indian Navy Ship (INS) Trikand captained by Vishal Bishnoi, Patrol Aircraft P8-I is participating in the inaugural edition of the exercise.

Economy

13. NCAER forecasts India’s GDP growth at 4.9% for FY20

The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has pegged India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019-20 at 4.9% as against 6.8 % in 2018 (or FY-19).

·It lowers its outlook due to the slowdown in almost all sectors & it is primarily driven by a simultaneous deceleration of all the drivers of aggregate demand.

Ranks and Reports

14. India ranks 59th on IMD World Talent Ranking Report

The International Institute of Management Development’s (IMD) World Talent Ranking (WTR) report for the year 2019 was released.

·In the released report, India was ranked at 59th position, a slip by 6 places on a global annual list of 63 countries. The list was topped by Switzerland.

·The top 10 countries that followed Switzerland were Denmark(2nd), Sweden(3rd), Austria(4th), Luxembourg (5th), Norway(6th), Iceland(7th), Finland (8th), Netherlands (9th) and Singapore(10th).

Sports

15. Brazil beats Mexico to lift U-17 World Cup title

The Brazilian football team defeated the football team of Mexico in the finals for 2-1, to win the 18th edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) under 17 World Cup trophy held in Brasilia, Brazil.

·The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as it moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.

Important Days

16. Africa Industrialization Day: 20 November

Africa Industrialization Day is celebrated on November 20 each year.

·It is a time when governments and other organizations in many African countries examine ways to stimulate Africa’s industrialization process.

·It is also an occasion to draw worldwide media attention to the problems and challenges of industrialization in Africa.

2019 Theme: “Positioning African Industry to Supply the AfCFTA Market” will raise awareness in the international community on the challenges and opportunities for Africa’s industrialization within the framework of the newly created African Continental Free Trade Area.

Published on 19th Nov, 2019

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International News

1. Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential election

Sri Lanka’s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won the Presidential election. He is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

·Gotabaya got 52.25 per cent of the total valid votes. According to the final vote count released by the country’s Election commission, he received around 6.9 million votes against his main rival, Sajith Premadasa who got around 5.56 million votes.

·Gotabaya served as the Defence Secretary during the end of the LTTE War.

State News

2. Yogi Adityanath inaugurates North India’s 1st sugar mill which will produce ethanol

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India’s first sugar mill which will produce ethanol direct from sugarcane.

·The mill was inaugurated in Pipraich area of Gorakhpur, which is a unit of Uttar Pradesh Sugar and Sugarcane Development Corporation Limited.

·The mills, which previously produced around 8,000 quintals of sugar, will now produce more than 50,000 quintals of sugar every day.

3. Defence Minister inaugurates Sisseri Bridge built by BRO

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Sisseri Bridge, built by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) on Pasighat-Bomjir Highway, Arunachal Pradesh.

·The 200-metre long bridge between Jonai-Pasighat-Ranaghat-Roing road will provide connectivity between Dibang Valley and Siang to meet the long-pending demand of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Awards

4. Veteran actors Sridevi and Rekha conferred with ANR National Award

The veteran actors Sridevi and Rekha were conferred with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao National Award for 2018 and 2019 respectively.

·The award was presented by renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi.

·The award is instituted by the Akkineni International Foundation and honours those who have made a lasting impact on Indian cinema.

5. Rezwana Choudhury Bannya gets ICCR Alumni award in Dhaka

Renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent from Bangladesh Rezwana Choudhury Bannya has conferred the ICCR distinguished alumni award in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

·The award was given away by the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das in a musical function organised by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC).

·Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is widely recognised as a great exponent of Rabindra Sangeet.

·She is known for her distinctive style of singing. She has established a musical school ‘Shurer Dhara’ in Bangladesh to carry forward the Guru-Shishya tradition as practised in Shantiniketan.

·Distinguished Alumni Award was instituted in 2015 to recognise foreign students who have studied in various Indian Universities under the ICCR sponsored scholarship schemes and made an exemplary contribution in varied fields.

Appointments

6. Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan takes oath as Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC

Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan took oath as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.

·Justice Ranjan has been appointed as the 13th Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.

·The post was lying vacant since May this year after the former Chief Justice, Anirudh Bose was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

·Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan was a judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

·He was elevated to Additional Judge of the Patna High Court on July 14, 2008.

·Later, he was appointed as a permanent judge on January 16, 2010.

·He also served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Patna High Court for a brief period last year.

7. Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi sworn in as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court

Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura.

·Justice Kureshi was serving as a judge of the Bombay High Court before his transfer to Tripura.

·The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice Kureshi’s elevation as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, but the recommendation was not approved by the Department of Justice.

Defence

8. First night trial of Agni II missile conducted successfully

India has successfully conducted the first night trial of Agni-II, its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

·Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), has already been inducted into the armed forces.

·The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point in the down-range area of Bay of Bengal.

·The test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

·The two-stage ballistic missile can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.

Summit and Conferences

9. 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics to be held in India

The Ministry of Agriculture will organize the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) in New Delhi.

·The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar will inaugurated the conference and Bill Gates will be the Chief Guest at the Conference.

·The conference will be held with the theme of ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.

Banking

10. New rules framed under IBC for rescue of non-bank lenders

The Government of India has issued fresh rules under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) to govern the rescue of non-bank lenders.

·The new rules are likely to help out distressed shadow banks and housing financiers, which have been battling a liquidity crunch for a year.

·These entities will be covered by a special window under the bankruptcy code, which will be notified from time to time.

·Reserve Bank of India has been given the authority to decide which companies will be taken up to a bankruptcy tribunal under these rules.

·The bankruptcy tribunal will appoint an administrator who will be nominated by the regulator, will try to stitch together a turnaround plan.

·In case a turnaround of the financial institution is not possible, the tribunal will gather the views of the regulator before deciding to liquidate it.

Sports

11. IAAF officially changes its name to “World Athletics”

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has officially changed its name and will now be known as “World Athletics”.

·The name has been changed in a bid to make the sport more accessible.

·The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and changed its name to the “International Association of Athletics Federations” in 2001.

12. Spain’s striker David Villa retires from football

Spain’s striker David Villa has announced his retirement from football.

·He represented Spain in three World Cups and was also a member of the Spanish side that lifted the trophy in 2010, and won the European Championships in 2008.

·He netted 59 times for Spain which is a national record.

·His achievements also includes a Champions League title with Barcelona, as well as two La Liga wins and a World Club Cup medal.

13. Harmeet Desai claims Indonesia Open TT Championship

Indian paddler Harmeet Desai  wins men’s singles title at International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 Table Tennis tournament held at Batam, Indonesia.

·Harmeet had defeated compatriot Amalraj Anthony by 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 score.

14. Sarita Devi elected as member of AIBA athletes commission

Laishram Sarita Devi (Manipur) is among the 6 boxers from 5 continents who were elected as members of AIBA Athletes Commission.

·She was inspired by Muhammad Ali’s achievements and turned professional in boxing in the year 2000. She is DSP in Manipur Police.

·The election of the Athletes Commission members was organized during AIBA Men and Women World Boxing Championships 2019 in Russia.

·Boxers from all over the world voted for new members – one per continent, except Europe which has two representatives.

Important Days

15. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: 17 November

The United Nations observes “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims” on 17 November every year.

·The day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties.

·It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services.

·The theme is based on Pillar 3 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety – Safer vehicles.

Published on 17th Nov, 2019

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National News

1.   India to contribute $13.5 mn for UN development activities for 2020

India will contribute USD 13.5 million for various operational activities of development across the UN agencies for the year 2020.

·The contribution was announced at the UN General Assembly Pledging Conference for Development Activities. The contribution is in line with the country’s long-standing tradition of supporting development activities across the UN system.

·About 16 countries pledged a total of USD 516 million at the 2019 United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities.

Awards

2. Movie “Bhonsle” Wins awards at Asian Film Festival Barcelona

The Critically acclaimed movie “Bhonsle” has won prestigious awards at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona.

·The film has bagged two awards in the ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Director’ categories at the festival. The film is directed by Devashish Makhija.

·Bhonsle revolves around a police constable played by Manoj Bajpayee, who tries to help in the struggles of migrants and their battles with the local politicians.

3. Tobacco Board of India wins Golden Leaf Award

The Tobacco Board of India, Guntur, has been awarded the Golden Leaf Award at Tab Expo 2019 event in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

·Executive Director of Tobacco Board, K. Sunitha, was presented the award. The award was presented to the board for its efforts to initiate various sustainability (green) initiatives in Flue-Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco cultivation in India.

·The award was given in the most impressive public service initiative category for the year 2019.

·This is the 2nd time the board has bagged the award. In the year 2014, the board bagged the award for its implementation of an electronic auction system, which has made the marketing of flue-cured tobacco in India more transparent and accountable.

Summit and Conferences

4. Conference on “Replication of Good Governance Practices in Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh” begins

Regional Conference on the theme “Replication of Good Governance Practices in Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh” begins in Jammu.

·The Conference is being organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

·The Conference aims to bring national and state-level organizations on a common platform and to share experiences in Digital Governance, Citizen-Centric Governance, and Capacity Building and Personnel Administration etc. Delegates from 19 states and 4 Union Territories are participating in the Conference.

Schemes and Committees

5. National Mission ‘NISHTHA’ launched in J&K

National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) has been launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

·NISHTHA is aimed at improving learning outcomes at Elementary level through integrated Teacher Trainings.

·NISHTHA is a pioneer scheme being launched across the country, with a total of 86000 Elementary teachers of Government Schools being trained in J&K under the programme.

Important Days

6. International Day for Tolerance: 16 November

The United Nations observes “International Day for Tolerance” on 16th November every year. The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.

·In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

·The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

·The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November.

7. National Press Day: 16th November

India celebrates “National Press Day” on 16th November every year. The day is symbolic of a free and responsible press.

·On this day the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintains high standards and is not constrained by any influence or threats.

·To celebrate the day, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will confer excellence in journalism awards.

Miscellaneous

8. National Tribal Festival Aadi Mahotsav to begin in New Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate the National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” in New Delhi.

·The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce. It will be held at Dilli Haat in INA, New Delhi.

·The tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East will be the main attractions. 

Published on 16th Nov, 2019

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National News

1.Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates Khadi Pavilion at I.I.T.F

Union Minister of MSME and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Khadi Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi.

·The Pavilion entrance has been themed upon Sabarmati Ashram, with melodious Shehnai celebrating the ‘spirit of Indianness’.

·A wide range of products which includes food, handicrafts, leather, textiles and hosiery, readymade garments, wooden toys, cosmetics and herbal products offering a discount of up to 20% are being displayed in the Khadi Pavilion at IITF 2019.

State News

2. Andhra Pradesh government launches ‘Nadu-Nedu’ scheme

Andhra Pradesh government has launched the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme.

·The programme aims to introduce English medium from classes 1 to 6 in state-run schools.

·The scheme will be implemented in 15,715 schools in the first phase.

·It will cover all schools in three years’ time with a budget of Rs 12,000 crores.

·The decision to switch over to the English medium in government schools has been taken to uplift the marginalised section of society.

Appointments

3. FIFA names Arsene Wenger as global football development chief

Veteran coach Arsene Wenger has been named FIFA’s Chief of global football development.

·The former Arsenal and Monaco coach would be responsible for the growth of the game for both men and women around the world and would also be the leading authority on technical matters, including potential changes to the sport’s laws.

·Wenger made the English Club Arsenal one of the strongest football clubs in Europe, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups and taking his team to the 2006 Champions League final.

·He also won the French league in 1987 with Monaco, adding the French Cup four years later before departing for Japan in 1995.

4. Nilam Sawhney appointed as Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary

Senior IAS officer Nilam Sawhney has been appointed as the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh.

·She has become the first woman Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh.

·She belongs to the 1984 batch of the IAS and from AP Cadre.

·She will replace Neerabh Kumar who is holding the additional charge as the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh.

Economy

5. Moody lowers India’s GDP growth forecast to 5.6 per cent for 2019

Moody’s Investors Service has slashed India’s economic growth forecast to 5.6% for the fiscal year 2019.

·It stated that the government measures do not address the widespread weakness in consumption demand, as a reason for lowering the growth forecast.

·It also stated that the economic activity in India will pick up in 2020 and 2021 to 6.6 % and 6.7 % respectively.

Ranks and Reports

6. Bangladesh tops business bribery risk in South Asia

Bangladesh has topped the business bribery risk in South Asia according to the Trace Bribery Matrix.

·Bangladesh has the highest business bribery risk among South Asian courtiers according to the annual ranking for 200 countries.

·Bangladesh has been placed at 178th position among 200 countries in terms of business bribery risk. Overall, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland presented the lowest bribery risk.

·TRACE is a US-based organisation which provides ranking to various countries in terms of the risk of bribery companies face in doing business in those countries.

·The Trace Bribery Matrix evaluates the countries under 4 parameters i.e. business interaction with the government, anti-bribery deterrence, transparency and civil society oversight.

 Defence

7. India-U.S. tri-services exercise Tiger Triumph begins

The India-U.S. tri-services amphibious exercise “Tiger Triumph” has begun in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

·Tiger Triumph will go on for 9 days off the Visakhapatnam and Kakinada coasts.

·The training events will enhance U.S.-India military-to-military relations and hone individual and small-unit skills in humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

·This kind of training is expected to build the capacity of both the U.S. and Indian participants as well as improving their ability to operate together.

8. Lt. Cdr. Karabi Gogoi posted as Assistant Naval Attache in Moscow

·Lt. Cdr. Karabi Gogoi has been posted as the Assistant Naval Attache at the Indian embassy in Moscow.

·She will become the first woman officer from the Indian Navy to be posted as a Defence Attache at an Indian mission abroad.

·Lt. Cdr. Gogoi was commissioned into the Navy in 2010 and is currently posted at Karwar.

Published on 14th Nov, 2019

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National

 1.Chief Justice’s office comes under RTI, rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled that the office of Chief Justice comes under the transparency law, the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

·         The decision by the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, led Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who retires on November 17, comes on a petition filed by Central Public Information Officer of the Supreme Court against a Delhi high court ruling of 2010 that held the office of the CJI was a public authority and directed the secretary-general of the top court to disclose details of the assets of judges sought by RTI activist SC Agarwal.

2. Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates exhibition of Technologies in Food Processing

Union Minister for Science and Technology  Harsh Vardhan inaugurated an exhibition of Technologies in Food Processing developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

·         The exhibition organized in New Delhi showcases CSIR technologies in the food sector to the industries and MSMEs.

·         It also highlights the latest research and development being done in the food processing sector in the country. The products developed through these technologies and innovations are cost-effective and healthier for people.

3. Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan

Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is undertaking a mass cleanliness-cum-awareness drive in 50 identified beaches under the programme called ‘Swachh- Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan’, from 11 -17 November 2019.

·         The Objective of Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan to strive to make coastal areas across the country clean and to create awareness amongst citizens about the importance of coastal ecosystems so as to save marine creatures from plastic waste, industrial effluents and other harmful substances.

4. 39th India International Trade Fair 2019

39th India International Trade Fair 2019 begins in New Delhi.

·         The theme for the 39th edition of the fair is ‘Ease of Doing Business’ inspired by India’s unique achievement of rising to 63rd rank on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 142nd rank in the year 2014.

·         The fair will be inaugurated by Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari.

·         This year the status of ‘Partner Country’ has been accorded to ‘The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’ and ‘The Republic of Korea’ will be the ‘Focus Country’. Bihar and Jharkhand will be the focus states in this edition of the fair.

5. Union Cabinet recommends President’s rule in Maharashtra

President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the proclamation imposing President’s rule in Maharashtra.

·         The Union Cabinet has recommended the President rule on the report of the Governor invoking Article 356 of the constitution in the state.

·         Article 356, commonly known as President’s rule, deals with ‘failure of constitutional machinery in the state’

·         The Governor’s office stated that the government cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution, and submitted a report as contemplated by the provision of Article 356 of the Constitution.

International

6. Pravind Jugnauth sworn in as Mauritius PM

Mauritius’s incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for a five-year term after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament.

·         Jugnauth took over from his father in 2017 without going through a vote, and the decisive victory of his centre-right Morisian Alliance in the November 7 elections have strengthened his legitimacy.

·         Since attaining independence from Britain in 1968, Mauritius has become one of the most stable democracies in Africa.

7. Iran discovers new oil field with 53 Bn barrels of reserves

Iran has discovered a new oilfield with 53 billion barrels of crude oil in Khuzestan province, home to Iran’s Khuzestan’s crucial oil industry.

·         The announcement, however, did not reveal how much oil could be produced from the reservoir but the find could boost the country’s battered economy amid stringent US sanctions.

·         The new oil field discovered is 2,400 square kilometres (925 square miles), with the deposit some 80 metres (260 feet) deep.

State News

8. Sishu Suraksha APP to be launched in Assam

The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights is going to launch a mobile app Sishu Suraksha on the occasion of Children’s Day.

·         The purpose of the app is to empower citizens to take moral responsibility for protecting future generations.

·         The app can be used by anyone in the state to lodge a complaint which will be directly registered at Commission.

Appointments

9. Mohammad Imran appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

Mohammad Imran has been appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India.

·         He is currently Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He succeeds Syed Muazzem Ali.

·         The announcement was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

Agreements

10. FICCI signed MoU with Singapore Fintech Association

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Fintech Association (SFA) as part of the growing Singapore-India fintech ecosystems.

·         The MoU was signed during the Fourth edition of Singapore Fintech Festival, the world’s largest financial technology platform along with Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology conducted from November 11-13, 2019.

Banking

11. SBI’s economic research team revised India’s FY20 GDP forecast to 5%

The economic research team from the State Bank of India (SBI) has revised India’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) to 5% from its earlier estimate of 6.1% for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20).

·         This downgrade was due to global slowdown in the index of industrial production (IIP).

·         The SBI economic research team group has projected the second quarter (July-September) GDP growth at 4.2% in their report titled “EcoWrap”.

·         It expects the growth rate to pick up in FY2021 to 6.2%.

Summit and Conferences

12. Air Chief to inaugurate ISAM Conference in Bengaluru

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will inaugurate the 58th Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM) Annual Conference.

·         The aims of the conference to address contemporary issues and applications in the subject of aerospace medicine.

·         The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Changing Paradigms in Aerospace Healthcare’.

·         The event will take place at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Indian Air Force, Bengaluru from November 14-16.

13. India to host 19th council of heads of government of SCO 2020

India will host the 19th council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation 2020.

·         The first such high-level meeting of the 8-member grouping to be organised by New Delhi after its admission into the grouping in 2017.

·         The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc in which India and Pakistan were admitted as full members in 2017.

·         Its founding members included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

·         The latest Summit of heads of government was held in Tashkent in November 2019.

·         It was proposed in Tashkent Summit that India would take the initiative to hold the 2020 meetings of the Heads of Government.

Important Days

14. World Kindness Day: 13 November

November 13 is celebrated as the World Kindness Day.

·         World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human circumstances which bridges the divides of race religion, politics, gender and zip codes.

·         The Theme of 2019 for this World Kindness Day 2019 is empathy, encouraging people across the globe to better understand “the pains of others” and touch their lives “positively”.

·         World Kindness Day was first introduced in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference by the like-minded kindness organisations from around the world.

·         In 2019, the organization was registered as an official NGO under Swiss law.

·         There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement.

15. World Pneumonia Day: 12 November

World Pneumonia Day, marked every year on November 12. The year 2019 marked the 10 anniversary of World Pneumonia Day to fight against pneumonia.

·         The theme for the year 2019 is “Healthy lungs for all”.

·         It was organized by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia in 2009.

·         This day makes an awareness about pneumonia, how it is caused, treatment and prevention.

·         Pneumonia is an infectious disease that causes infection in one or both lungs. It can be serious and life-threatening.

Miscellaneous

16. Suranga Bawadi selected as World Monument Watch list for 2020

Suranga Bawadi in Bijapur, Karnataka was selected as the World Monument Watch List for 2020, by the New York-based non-governmental organisation.

·         Suranga Bawadi was selected under the category of “Ancient Water System of the Deccan Plateau” along with 24 monuments across the world.

·         It is one of the integral parts of the ancient Karez system of supplying water through subterranean tunnels, is now set to get funding for restoration.

It was built in the 16th century of Adil Shahi-I in Vijayapura.

Published on 12th Nov, 2019

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National

1.5th edition of GES 2019 to be held in Bengaluru

The 5th edition of Global Exhibition on Services, GES 2019 is being held from November 26 to 28 at Bengaluru, Karnataka.

·         The Global Exhibition on Services is an annual event which aims to engage industry and governments across the world and to promote greater exchange of trade in services between India and the rest of the world.

·         India is looking to attract investments and partnerships in strategic areas like aviation and space programme, infrastructure, and telecom projects.

Appointments

2. Anjani Kumar appointed as next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali

The Ministry of external affairs (MEA) announced Anjani Kumar was the next ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali.

·         He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of batch 2003. He will replace Pradeep Kumar Gupta.

3. Justice Sanjay Karol sworn in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court

Justice Sanjay Karol was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

·         Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office to Justice Karol at the Raj Bhavan.

·         He was earlier posted as Chief Justice of Tripura before this appointment.

Awards

4. Tata Literature Live! to honour Shanta Gokhale with Lifetime Achievement award

The Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 was conferred on writer, translator and film critic Shanta Gokhale.

·         She, born in 1939 in the town of Dahanu in Maharashtra, recently published her memoir One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told Through the Body.

·         She received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2015.

·         Poet K Satchidanandan was named the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate for 2019.

 Defence

5. Defence innovations conference to showcase accomplishments of iDEX

The defence ministry is organising Def-Connect in New Delhi to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative.

·         The conference aims to bring together all stakeholders of the iDEX ecosystem, Ministry of defence, iDEX selected startups, Partner Incubators, Defence Innovation Organisation, Nodal agencies (Indian Army, Navy, Airforce), Defence Research and Development Organisation and Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Indian Ordnance Factories.

·         The launch of iDEX Portal and launch of Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC)-III are some of the major activities planned during this day-long event.

Banking

6. Karnataka Gramin Bank initiates ‘mobile ATMs’ in rural areas

The Karnataka Gramin Bank (KGB) has launched ‘mobile ATMs’ in Kalaburagi, among several other districts in the Karnataka. The special vehicle includes an ATM and a screen to show videos of different banking schemes.

·         The mobile ATMs will go to the doorsteps of the farmers and make them aware of the banking schemes and digital operating systems.

·         A bank official would be present in the van, who will provide information regarding the digital operating systems and schemes.

7. Banks cannot charge on NEFT transactions from January 2020

As per the report titled “Furthering Digital Payments” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), With a view to promoting digital transactions on the 3 anniversary of demonetisation, the Reserve Bank has moved a proposal in this regard.

·         From January 2020, banks can no longer charge savings bank account holders for online transactions in the NEFT system.

·         The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now mandated banks to do this. RBI stated that it is doing this to promote digital payments.

Summit and Conferences

8. Sanskrit Bharati Vishwa Sammelan begins in New Delhi

Sanskrit Bharati Vishwa Sammelan, a mega event for discussing ideas, theories and research findings in the ancient Sanskrit language, begins in New Delhi.

·         Thousands of Sanskrit lovers from 17 countries are attending Sanskrit Bharati Vishwa Sammelan.

·         An exhibition ‘Sanskriti Pradarshini’ has also been put up displaying manus, models and charts that establish different phases of the development of Sanskrit as a popular language, not only in India but also across the globe.

Sports

9. Hat-trick man Deepak Chahar records best-ever figures in T20

India pacer Deepak Chahar recorded the best-ever figures in the Twenty20 Internationals when he returned figures 6 for 7 runs in 3.2 overs against Bangladesh at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.

·         The previous record of 6 for 8 by Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis against Zimbabwe in 2012.

·         Chahar also became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in the shortest format of the game as he wrapped up the Bangladesh innings with the wickets of Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam in three consecutive deliveries.

Books and Authors

10. CJI Ranjan Gogoi releases Assamese version of book ‘Courts of India: Past to Present’

Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi released the Assamese version of the book ‘Courts of India: Past to Present’ in Guwahati, Assam.

·         The book has been published by the Publication division. The various chapters of the book narrate the historical events of the court.

Obituaries

11. Padma Shri Dhrupad vocalist Ramakant Gundecha passes away

Padma Shri-awardee Dhrupad vocalist Ramakant Gundecha passed away.

·         He was awarded the Padma Shri for 2012 in the field of Art – Indian Classical Music – Vocal along with his brother Umakant Gundecha.

·         Dhrupad is a genre in Hindustani classical music from the Indian subcontinent and is related to the South Indian Carnatic tradition.

12. Former chief election commissioner TN Seshan passes away

Former chief election commissioner TN Seshan passed away. A 1955 batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, Seshan had led the Election Commission from 1990 to 1996.

·         He held various key posts in the government including that of Defence Secretary and Cabinet Secretary.

Important Days

13. World Science Day for Peace and Development: 10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated every year on 10 November.

·         The theme for 2019 is “Open science, leaving no one behind”.

·         The day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.

·         It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. The day was proclaimed by UNESCO in 2001.

14. National Education Day: 11th November

The National Education Day is celebrated on 11 November on the birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Education Minister, freedom fighter, scholar and eminent educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

·         He was a freedom fighter, scholar and the first Education Minister of independent India.

·         The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on September 11, 2008, announced, “The Ministry has decided to commemorate the birthday of this great son of India by recalling his contribution to the cause of education in India.”

·         Abul Kalam Ghulam Muhiyuddin served as the first education minister of independent India from 1947 to 1958.

Miscellaneous

15. Indian Oil to set up 2G ethanol plant in Panipat

The Ministry of Environment has granted clearance to the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) to set up a ₹ 766-crore 2G ethanol plant in Haryana’s Panipat district.

·         The Ethanol produced in the plant will be exclusively used to blend transportation fuels. The project also aims at doubling farmers income.

Published on 10th Nov, 2019

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National

 

    1.   Indian Railways launches 3 online applications for all-India rollout

    2.   Indian Railways has launched three applications for all-India roll out to strengthen its IT-enabled services which will help ensure proper monitoring of projects being undertaken by Railways.

·         The applications, namely CRS Sanction Management System, Rail-road crossing GAD approval system and TMS for construction aim at beefing up IT-enabled services.

·         The CRS Sanction Management System is an important aspect in construction, maintenance and up-gradation of railway assets, whereas Rail-road crossing GAD approval system will expedite preparation, processing and approval of general agreement drawings related to the construction of Road Over Bridges and Road Under Bridges.

·         Application TMS for construction has been developed for new assets being constructed by the construction organization.

Appointments

3. Sanjay Gupta appoints country manager at Google India

Google India has appointed Sanjay Gupta as its new country manager and vice-president of sales and operations for India. Gupta, the former Star and Disney India managing director, will contribute to Google’s efforts to expand the internet ecosystem in the country.

·         He will take on the role early next year, working closely with the teams based in Gurugram, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

·         He replaces Rajan Anandan, who left Google to join Sequoia Capital India.

Agreements

4. Indian Bank, Muthoot Microfin sign MoU

Public sector Indian Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with Muthoot Microfinance to serve Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME).

·         Under the memorandum of understanding, the bank and the non-banking finance company will jointly lend to the MSME borrowers.

·         The agreement was signed by Sudhakar Rao, Indian Bank general manager-MSME &Praveen T, Muthoot Microfin deputy CFO (Chief Financial Officer)in the presence of the bank’s managing director (MD) and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Padmaja Chunduru.

Awards

5. Kumar Mangalam Birla conferred ABLF Global Asian award

Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, was conferred the ABLF Global Asian Award, for “powerful individual whose business footprint and commitment to excellence have engaged international interest and attention”.

·         The Asia Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) is backed by the UAE government and currently runs in three forms- talks, awards, and publications.

·         The previous awardees include Dhirubhai Ambani, Lakshmi Mittal, Mohamed Ali Alaber, chairman of Emaar group, and Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates.

Defence

6. Indian Coast Guard conducted Exercise ReSAREX-2019

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) tested its efficiency and preparedness during the Regional Level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise 2019 (ReSAREX- 19) conducted off the Goa coast.

·         ICG participation: 5 ships of ICG, 2 Chetak helicopters were used for the workshop while resources from State Marine Police, Indian Mission Control Centre (IMCC) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, Captain of Ports, state administration of Goa, Goa medical college and Goa’s Mormugao Port Trust were used in the service.

Rank and Reports

7. India Justice Report 2019: Maharashtra holds top, UP ranks bottom

According to ‘India Justice Report 2019’, Maharashtra is the top state in delivering justice to its citizens followed by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana in the first-ever ranking of states on their capacity to deliver justice to citizens.

·         The list of seven small states (population less than one crore each) was topped by Goa, followed by Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.

·         In this classification, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are at the bottom.

·         The ranking is part of the India Justice Report (IJR) 2019, an initiative of Tata Trusts in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, TISS- Prayas and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

·         The India Justice Report brings together, in the first such exercise, otherwise soiled statistics, from authoritative government sources, on the four pillars of justice delivery – police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid.

Summit and Conferences

8. PM Modi to visit Brazil for BRICS summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a 2-day visit to Brazil from the 13th of this month to attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil.

·         The theme of the Summit this year is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”.

·         This will be the sixth time that Mr Modi participates in the BRICS Summit.

 

Sports

9. India to host 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup

India will host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup from 13th to 29th of January.

·         The International Hockey Federation (FIH) India will play host to the men’s tournament while Spain and the Netherlands have been named as the co-hosts of the 2022 Women’s World Cup scheduled to be held from 1st to 22nd of July.

·         The decisions were made during FIH’s Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Obituaries

10. Sahitya Akademi awardee writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen passes away

Sahitya Akademi awardee writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen passed away.

·         A poet, novelist and short-story writer, Dev Sen won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1999 for her book ‘Naba-Nita’. She was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2000.

·         She is the founder and president of the West Bengal Women Writers’ Association. Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s 1978 book on ‘Naxal movement in Bengal’ was published in English.

Miscellaneous

11. IFFI 2019 to screen 3 films for differently-abled

This year, at the Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), will have the screening of Accessible India Films.

·         This is a collaboration between IFFI, Saksham Bharat and UNESCO with the aim to promote the creation of inclusive spaces for the differently-abled to access the joy of cinema through Audio Deion.

·         Audio Deion is an additional narration that translates images, visual information or non-dialogue portions of film into spoken words so that visually-impaired people can access, enjoy and learn from works of popular films.

This unique film section will witness the screening of three films, two in Hindi – Lage Raho Munna Bhai and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and one in Konkani- Questao De Confusao in Konkani.

Published on 8th Nov, 2019

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State News

1. PM Modi inaugurates two-day Global investors’ meet in Dharamshala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a two-day Himachal Pradesh Global investors’ meet – ‘Rising Himachal’ in Dharamshala.

·         The event is being organised by the Himachal Pradesh government to attract investment and create employment opportunities in the state.

·         Ambassadors from 16 countries, 209 foreign delegates along with local entrepreneurs will participate in the mega event.

2. Lucknow railway station gets ‘Health ATM’

The Indian Railways has installed two ‘Health ATMs’ at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow. The kiosks, promoted by YOLO Health ATM, provide 16 health check-ups for Rs 50-100.

·         There are two types of check-ups a 9-minute one that costs Rs 100, and a 6-minute one that costs Rs 50. The report is delivered instantly to the email or smartphone of the user.

·         The check-ups include body mass index, blood pressure, body fat, haemoglobin, metabolic age, muscle mass, weight, height, temperature, muscle mass, basal metabolic rating, visceral fat, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, blood glucose, and bone mass.

·         Health ATMs can be defined as private, walk-in medical kiosks with integrated medical devices for basic vitals, cardiology, neurology, pulmonary testing, gynaecology, basic laboratory testing and emergency facilities and staffed by a medical attendant.

3. Odisha government signs pact with Tata Strive, Tech Mahindra for skill upgradation

The Odisha state government signed agreements with Tata Strive and Tech Mahindra to add new dimensions in skilling and employability of the youth.

·         The agreement between Directorate of Technical Education and Training and Tata Strive is aimed at imparting life skills to the students of all 49 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state.

·         The pact between Tech Mahindra and the Biju Patnaik University of Technology will see setting up of a centre for excellence in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

·         It will work on the proof of concept for real-life business problems to keep up with the market demand and enhance employability of engineering students.

Agreements

4. Tech Mahindra acquires New York-based BORN Group for $95 million

IT services firm Tech Mahindra Ltd (Tech M) has acquired BORN Group, a New York-based digital content and production agency, for $95 million.

·         The acquisition will help to boost the electronic and mobile commerce segment globally, and equipped to deliver enhanced user experience to customers of Tech Mahindra globally.

·         BORN’s services include consulting, content creation, maintenance and hosting services, digital and social marketing, among others. It has clients such as Google, Tata, Red Bull and TAG Heuer.

Banking

5. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches Instant Digital Savings and Instant FD Account

The finance service company, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank(SFB) has launched an instant digital savings account (SA) along with Fixed Deposit (FD) and Privilege Savings Account to offer distinctive banking and digital services to its customers.

·         Instant Digital SA account: This account has the restriction of Rs 1 lakh deposit & has the unlimited free transactions on the bank’s own ATM (automated teller machine) and 6 free transactions for other bank ATMs per month.

·         Instant Fixed Deposit (FD): With interest rate ranging from 5.5% (7days to 29 days) & up to 8.3% (799 days), the customers can invest in this account up to a maximum of Rs. 1 Lakh without a Savings Account.

·         Privilege SA: This account comes with the eligibility for a monthly salary of Rs. 30,000 or above /on maintaining a Monthly Average Balance of Rs 25,000 / opening a Fixed Deposit of Rs. 10 Lakh. It provides a higher accidental insurance cover of Rs. 2 Lakh.

Defence

6. GRSE delivers fast patrol vessel, ‘Annie Besant’ to Indian Coast Guard

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS Annie Besant, the second in the series of five such ships, to the Indian Coast Guard.

·         A medium-range vessel with a length of 50 metres, a width of 7.5 metres and displacement of around 308 tonnes, the FPV is capable of operations in the maritime zones of the country.

·         These powerful, fuel-efficient platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations.

·         ICGS Annie Besant is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.

Summit and Conferences

7. Lok Sabha Speaker addresses 6th Speakers’ Summit of G 20 Countries

Lok sabha speaker Om Birla composed the Indian Parliament delegation for 6th parliamentary summit of G20 countries, held in Tokyo, Japan 2019. G20 presiding officer of parliament attended the summit.

·         The summit had three sessions on separate themes related to trade, technology and sustainable development.

·         The gathering of this summit was about the terrorism which destroying the system of economy.

Science and Technology

8. IIT-Madras launches affordable standing wheelchair

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems, launched the country’s first indigenously-designed standing wheelchair.

·         wheelchair named “Arise”, was designed and developed by the TTK Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), headed by Sujatha Srinivasan, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Madras.

·         The wheelchair is priced at Rs 15,000. The assistive device helps the wheelchair-bound move from a sitting to standing position, and vice-versa, independently.

Sports

9. Manu Bhaker bags gold medal in Asian Shooting Championships 2019

Manu Bhaker won gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event. She put up a dominant showing, shooting 584 in qualification and 244.3 in the final to take gold.

·         While Vivaan Kapoor and Manisha Keer also won the yellow metal in junior trap mixed event at the Asian Shooting Championships 2019.

Important Days

10. International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is an international day observed annually on November 6.

·         The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict was established on November 5, 2001, by the United Nations General Assembly.

·         At the time of war, it affects the ecosystem such as water supply is poisoned, the forest is burnt, animals killed, etc.

·         Though humanity has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.

Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.

Published on 7th Nov, 2019

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    1.   CARAT-2019: US-BANGLADESH NAVY EXERCISE

 The biggest US-Bangladesh Navy exercise dubbed as Corporation Afloat Readiness & Training (CARAT)-2019 is being held in Chittagong in Bangladesh. The CARAT is a yearly exercise conducted between the navies of Bangladesh & United States in the Bay Of Bengal. The first edition of exercise was held in 2011.

 2.   CHINA LAUNCHES SUDAN’S FIRST EVER SATELLITE SRSS-1

 Sudan’s first ever satellite for conducting research in military, economic & space technology has been launched by China. Sudan’s Remote Sensing Satellite (SRSS-1), was developed by the Shenzhen Aerospace Oriental Red Sea Satellite Co. The satellite was launched abroad China’s Long March-4B rocket.

Capital of Sudan: Khartoum

President of Sudan: Omar al-Bashir

Currency: Sudanese Pound

 3.   CHINA APPROVES DRUG TO CURE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

 China’s National Medical Products Administration has officially approved an indigenously developed Alzheimer’s drug called GV-971 (sodium oligo-mannurarate). The Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM)under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which has developed the drug jointly with the Ocean University of China & Green Valley Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, after 22 years of research. Extracted from brown algae, the oral drug is the world’s first multi-targeting & carbohydrate based drug, which will now be available to patients from December 29, 2019.

  SPORTS

 1.   OFFICIAL EMBLEM UNVEILED FOR FIFA U17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP INDIA 2020

 The official emblem of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the year 2020 which is to be conducted in India was unveiled. The emblem was unveiled by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) & Local Organising Committee (LOC) at the launch event in the gateway of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

2.   MANU BHAKER BAGS GOLD MEDAL IN ASIAN SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

 Manu Bhaker won gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event. She put up a dominant showing, shooting 584 in qualification & 244.3 in the final to take gold. While Vivaan Kapoor & Manisha Keer also won gold in junior trap mixed event at the Asian Shooting Championships 2019.

Published on 6th Nov, 2019

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National News

1.First-ever movement of container cargo on Brahmaputra

The first-ever containerised cargo movement via Indo-Bangladesh protocol route and Brahmaputra river will start from West Bengal’s Haldia.

· The vessel MV Maheshwari, carrying 53 containers of petrochemicals, edible oil and beverage will take 12-15 days to reach the IWAI terminal at Pandu in Assam’s Guwahati.

· National Waterway 2 (NW-2) is a section of the Brahmaputra River having a length of 891 km between the Bangladesh border near Dhubri and Sadiya in Assam.

State News

2. Amarinder Singh launches first of its kind ‘Punjab job helpline’for job seekers

The Punjab Chief Minister(CM) Amarinder Singh has launched a first of its kind job helpline number 76260-76260 for the unemployed youth of the state under ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ programme.

· The objective of this helpline is to reach every house in Punjab and it can be contacted on 75 thousand mobile numbers daily.

· In this process, a 110-seat call centre of Punjab Job Helpline has also been created for the data to be prepared.

Appointments

3. Aditya Mishra appointed as chairman of Land Ports Authority of India

Senior IPS officer Aditya Mishra was appointed as the chairman of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI).

· He is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mishra as the chairman of the LPAI on the recommendations of a search-cum-selection panel.

· He has been appointed for a period of five years from the date of assumption of the charge.

· LPAI develops, sanitises and manage the facilities for cross-border movement of passengers and goods at designated points along the international borders of India.

4. IndusInd Bank appointed Sumant Kathpalia as new MD & CEO

A private sector lender, IndusInd Bank has appointed its consumer banking head Suman Kathpalia, as its new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

· He will replace Romesh Sobti, who will be retired in March 2020. Before joining IndusInd Bank, Sumant Kathpalia headed consumer loans vertical at ABN Amro Bank and joined IndusInd Bank in 2008.

Awards

5. Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel ‘The Far Field’ wins 2019 JCB prize for Literature

U.S. based-Indian author Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel, “The Far Field” bagged this year’s JCB prize for Literature, the most expensive Indian award for writing.

· The novel, published by Fourth estate India , sets a complex personal story against the backdrop of the conflict in the 1990s in Kashmir.

· She also received the Rs 25 lakh as the prize money, a sculpture by Delhi artist duo Thukral & Tagra entitled Mirror Melting.

· JCB prize is an annual Indian literary award instituted in 2018. It is awarded to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer working in English or to a translated fiction by an Indian writer.

· The award is funded by English construction manufacturing group JCB, which established the JCB Literature Foundation to maintain this award.

· In 2018, the JCB Prize for Literature was awarded to Jasmine Days by Benyamin, translated from Malayalam by Shahnaz Habib.

Economy

6. Finance Minister launches two IT initiatives ICEDASH and ATITHI

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled two new IT Initiatives – ICEDASH and ATITHI for improved monitoring and pace of customs clearance of imported goods and facilitating arriving international passengers.

· ICEDASH is an Ease of Doing Business monitoring dashboard of the Indian Customs helping the public see the daily Customs clearance times of import cargo at various ports and airports.

· The ATITHI app will facilitate hassle-free and faster clearance by Customs at the airports and enhance the experience of international tourists and other visitors at the airports.

7. Former President of FICCI & Industrialist K.K. Modi passes away

Former President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chairman of Modi Enterprises Krishnan Kumar Modi(K.K.Modi) passed away.

· He was also the president of the confederation of Asia-pacific chambers of commerce and industry from 2002 to 2006. He hailed from Patiala district, Punjab.

Important Days

8. World Tsunami Awareness Day: 5 November

The World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed across the world on 5 November.

· The day is celebrated to spread awareness among people across the world in matters related to the dangers of tsunami. In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

· In 2019, World Tsunami Awareness Day promotes Target of the “Sendai Seven Campaign,” which focuses on reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

· World Tsunami Awareness Day was the brainchild of Japan, which due to it’s repeated, bitter experience has over the years built up major expertise in areas such as tsunami early warning, public action and building back better after a disaster to reduce future impacts.

Miscellaneous

9. IFFCO introduces India’s first nanotechnology-based products for on-field trials

The world’s largest fertilizer cooperative Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) introduced India’s 1st nanotechnology-based product range by introducing Nano Nitrogen, Nano Zinc, Nano Copper for on-field trials at an event held at its Kalol unit in Gujarat.

· The products were produced at IFFCO’s Nano Biotechnology Research Centre (NBRC) in Kalol unit.

· The first phase of the launch was tested with support from Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK)/Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

· These nanostructured formulations effectively deliver nutrients to the plants.

Other benefits of these Nano-products include a reduction in the requirement of conventional chemical fertilizer by 50%, up to 15-30% increase in crop production, improvement in soil health, reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases.

Published on 5th Nov, 2019

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National News

1.AYUSH Minister Inaugurates (NRIUMSD)

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH inaugurated National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders (NRIUMSD) upgraded from Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine (CRIUM) at Erragadda, Hyderabad.

· AYUSH Minister lauded the success of the CRIUM in the treatment of vitiligo and other chronic and stubborn diseases and it’s perhaps the only medical institution in the world which has treated more than 1.5 lakh patients of Vitiligo alone.

2. Govt releases maps of newly-created UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh

The Government of India released the maps of newly created union territories of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh and the map of India depicting these union territories.

· According to the Home Ministry, the new Union Territory of Ladakh consists of Kargil and Leh – two districts. The rest of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir is in the new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

· The maps prepared by Survey General of India depicting the new UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, as created on October 31, 2019, along with the map of India.

Agreements

3. Siemens signs MoUs with NTPC, TERI on decarbonisation, energy transition

Siemens Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with NTPC Limited to identify, evaluate and set up reference use cases of hydrogen sector-coupling for various upstream and downstream applications.

· The collaboration is aimed at developing innovative technologies, solutions and techniques to reduce the dependence on Hydrocarbons in India.

· Siemens Limited has also inked a separate MoU with TERI for collaboration on technologies to support the energy transition in India including sector-coupling.

· Among the objectives of the MoU with TERI is realizing the research and technology development projects to enable energy transitions across the electricity, transport and industrial sectors.

Awards

4. Writer Anand selected for 27th Ezhuthachan Puraskaram 2019

Noted writer Anand has been selected for the 27th Ezhuthachan Puraskaram 2019.

This award is given by Kerala Sahitya A

· Akademi Award and the Government of Kerala.

· He was chosen for his overall contributions to Malayalam language and Literature. His real name is P.Satchidanandan uses the pseudonym, Anand.

· Anand retired as Planning director from the Central Water Commission in New Delhi. His native is Iringalakkuda, Thrissur at Kerala.

· His first novel was Alkkoottam. He is also a recipient of Vayalar Award and Yashpal Award.

5. Documentary on Real Kashmir Football Club bags BAFTA & Scotland Awards

A documentary on Real Kashmir Football Club has bagged the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) and Scotland Awards at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland.

· The documentary narrates the journey of former Rangers ace David Robertson as the coach of Real Kashmir FC, which in its first season finished third in the I-League, which is currently India’s second-tier football league.

· The hour-long film won in the ‘Single Documentary’ category.

6. Sudarsan Pattnaik selected for Italian Golden Sand Art Award

International acclaimed Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik who belongs to Odisha has been selected for the prestigious Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019.

· He will be felicitated during the International Scorrana Sand Nativity festival in Italy which is to be held from November 13 to 18, 2019.

· He was honoured by the union government with the fourth highest civilian ‘Padma Shri’ award in 2014.

7. Neeraj sharma wins ‘Early career researcher of the year 2019’ award

Indian-origin researcher Neeraj Sharma has been given the ‘Early Career Researcher of the Year award’ by the Australian government.

· This award is given for developing next-generation battery systems such as a sodium-ion battery that will leave a minimal environmental impact.

· He is a professor at the University of South Wales (UNSW)’s School of Chemistry.

· Neeraj Sharma, considered one of the global leaders in the use of neutron and X-ray scattering methods, is also exploring inherently safe solid-state batteries, energy-dense lithium-sulfur batteries, dual function solar batteries and methods for recycling.

Defence

8. India-Uzbekistan 1st-ever joint military exercise Dustlik-2019 begins

The first-ever India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise Dustlik-2019 begin at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

· The exercise, which will be focused on counter-terrorism, will continue till November 13.

· During the exercise, an Indian Army contingent will train along with Uzbekistan Army.

· The exercise will enable the sharing of best practices and experiences between the Armed Forces of the two countries and will lead to greater operational effectiveness.

Sports

9. Maisnam Meiraba clinches Korea Jr Open Title 2019

India’s Maisnam Meiraba Luwang clinched the boys’ singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open Badminton International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea.

· The top seed Maisnam from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10 21-13 win.

· Meanwhile, the eighth seed, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in the semi-final claimed bronze in the same category.

10. Pooja Gehlot wins silver in UWW Under-23 World Championships

Pooja Gehlot (53kg) in wrestling claimed India’s second silver medal after going down to Japan’s Haruna Okuno in the finals of the UWW Under-23 World Championships in Budapest.

· She lost 0-2 to Okuno in the summit clash. Ravinder (61kg), had won India’s first silver earlier this week.

11. Novak Djokovic won the Paris Masters 2019 title

Novak Djokovic won the Paris Masters 2019 title. He won the title for the fifth time.

· He sealed his 34th Master’s title and fifth overall ATP victory of the year 2019.

· He defeated Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. He secured 6-3 6-4 to win the title.

12. Lakshya Sen wins SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament

India’s Lakshya Sen has won the SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament at Saarbrücken in Germany.

· He defeated Sen Weng Hong Yang of China. Lakshya, seeded eighth, needed 59 minutes to overcome Weng 17-21 21-18 21-16 in the summit clash for his third successive singles title of the season.

13. South Africa wins Rugby World Cup 2019

South Africa defeated England’s team by 32-12 scores in the final of the 9 edition of Rugby World Cup 2019 held at International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan.

· This was the 3 time the South African(SA) team reached the final of the World Cup and won the tournament.

· The SA team, which won the World Cup for the first time in 1995, also won the final in 2007.

· With this, the team also equalled New Zealand’s record of winning the World Cup three times.

Miscellaneous

14. Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurates Guru Nanak Chair at University of Birmingham

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs has inaugurated a new Guru Nanak Chair by the support of Indian government, at the University of Birmingham to enable research around the teachings of the founder of the Sikh religion.

· He announced the new Chair to mark the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak. 

Published on 4th Nov, 2019

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SPORTS

INDIAN MEN & WOMEN HOCKEY TEAM QUALIFYING FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPIC

 Indian Women Hockey Team qualify for the Tokyo Olympic 2020 by beating USA in aggregate 6-5 in their two leg match despite that being lost in their second leg match by 4-1.

Captain of Indian Women Hockey Team:  Rani Rampal

Coach of Indian Women Hockey Team:  Sjoerd Marijne

Indian Men Hockey Team also qualify for the Tokyo Olympic 2020 by beating Russia in aggregate 11-3 in their two leg match & beating 7-1 in second leg matches in Bhubaneswar.

Captain of Indian Men Hockey Team: Manpreet Singh

Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team: Graham Reid

 RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 : SOUTH AFRICA MAKES HISTORY BY DOING THE DOUBLE

 South Africa made history after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan. No team has ever won the Rugby championship, or its previous incarnation the Tri Nations, & the world cup in the same year until now. South Africa won Rugby World Cup for Third time.

Captain of South African Rugby Team:  Siya Kolisi

Coach of South African Rugby Team:   Rassie Erasmus

ASHLEIGH BARTY WON WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

 Australian Ashleigh Barty finished the season in style by beating defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 to add the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Finals title to her end of year World No. 1 ranking.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC WON THE PARIS MASTERS 2019 TITLE

 Novak Djokovic won the Paris Masters 2019 title. He won the title for fifth time. He sealed his 34th Master’s title & fifth overall ATP victory of the year 2019.He defeated Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. He secured 6-3, 6-4 to win the title.

POOJA GEHLOT WINS SILVER IN UWW UNDER-23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pooja Gehlot (53 kg) in wrestling claimed India’s second silver medal after going down to Japan’s Haruna  Okuno in the finals of the United World Wrestling Under-23 World championships in Budapest, Hungary. She lost 0-2 to Okuno in the summit clash. Ravinder(61 kg), had won India’s first silver earlier this week.

 LAKSHYA SEN WINS SAARLORLUX OPEN BADMINTON TOURNAMENT

 India’s Lakshya Sen has won the SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament at Saarbrucken in Germany. He defeated Sen Weng Hong Yang of China. Lakshya, seeded eighth, needed 59 minutes to Overcome Weng 17-21, 21-18, 21-16. It is his third successive singles title of the season.

 MAISNAM MEIRABA CLINCHES KOREA JR OPEN TITLE 2019

 India’s Maisnam Meiraba Luwang clinched the boy’s singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open Badminton International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea.The top seed Maisnam from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10, 21-13 win.

Meanwhile, the eight seed, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in the semi final claimed bronze in the same category. 

CENTRAL GOVT’S PROGRAMS

GOVT TO SET UP ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNITS IN ALL DISTRICTS WITH NIRBHAYA FUND

Union Ministry of Women & Child Development will be setting up anti-human trafficking units in all districts of the country with the help of Nirbhaya Fund. The announcement in these regard was made by Minister of Women & Child Development Smriti Irani.

 GOVT RELEASES MAPS OF NEWLY-CREATED UTs OF JAMMU & KASHMIR,LADAKH

The Government of India released the maps of newly created union territories of Jammu-Kashmir & Ladakh & the map of India depicting these union territories. According to the Home Ministry, the new Union Territory of Ladakh consists of Kargil & Leh- two district. The rest of the former state of Jammu & Kashmir is in the new Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The maps prepared by Survey General of India depicting the new UTs of Jammu & Kashmir & Ladakh, as created on October 31,2019, along with the map of India.

HARDEEP SINGH PURI INAUGURATES GURU NANAK CHAIR AT UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has inaugurated a new Guru Nanak Chair by the support of Indian government, at the University of Birmingham to enable research around the teachings of the founder of the Sikh religion. He announced the new chair to mark the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak.

 AYUSH MINISTER INAUGURATES (NRIUMSD)

Union Minister of state (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders (NRIUMSD) upgraded from Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine (CRIUM) at Erragadda, Hyderabad.

Direcor-General, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM):  Asim Ali Khan.

Published on 3rd Nov, 2019

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 National

2. Health Minister launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 portal

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 portal in New Delhi.

·This portal start from December 2019-March 2020. The IMI2.0 is a rechristened version of mission Indhradanush Universal Immunization Programme(UIP) that aims to achieve 100% immunization.

·The portal was launched during the celebration of the silver jubilee of the Pulse Polio Programme.

·The health minister also launched Operational guidelines for ‘Strengthening immunization systems to reach every child’ and ‘Operational guidelines for Strengthening Td10 and Td16 vaccine implementation.

State News

3. Kolkata International Film Festival to start on Nov 8

The 25th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will start on November 8.

·Germany is the Focus Country of this year’s festival. In all, 214 Feature Films and 152 Short and Documentary Films from 76 countries will be screened at 17 venues.

·The important segment of the festival includes Homage, Centenary Tribute, Retrospective, Contemporary World Cinema. Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Noted Film Personality Kumar Sahani.

Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has signed MoU with Indian Bank and Canara Bank.

·The MoU will facilitate a cashless, paperless and transparent payment system on the portal and would create an efficient procurement system for government entities.

·Through this partnership, both the banks will be able to offer an array of services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts (GPA), advising of Performance Bank Guarantees (e-PBG), Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) and Payment Gateway to the registered users on the portal.

8. IIT Delhi to set up space technology cell in collaboration with ISRO

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) will set up a space technology cell (STC) in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

·This collaboration is to contribute to the space technology research areas such as AI (Artificial Intelligence), nanotechnology, functional textiles, smart manufacturing at its campus.

·It is also proposed that IIT, Delhi as an Institute becomes an academic partner of ISRO.

Awards

9. Pepsico India wins US award for saving water

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented the prestigious Award for Corporate Excellence to Pepsico India.

·This award is given for its efforts to save more than 17 billion of litres of water by conducting various community programs and replenished over 5 billion litres of water, by impacting 60,000 community members.

·This award is given by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

10. Rajinikanth to be honoured special Icon award at IFFI

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee Award and the Life Time Achievement Award for a Foreign Artiste will be conferred to French Actress Isabelle Huppert.

·The festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to 28. Russia will be the partner country at the festival this year.

Obituaries

11. Film producer Champak Jain passes away

Film producer Champak Jain passed away. He was one of the owners of Venus Records and Tapes which produced hit films like the 1994 blockbuster Main Khiladi Tu Anari starring Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar.

Important Days

12. International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is a UN-recognized day observed annually on 2 November.

·The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers, estimated at only one in every ten cases.

·This year’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, is focused on local journalists.

Miscellaneous

13. UNESCO designates Mumbai and Hyderabad as member of UCCN

UNESCO has designated Mumbai as a member of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of FILM and Hyderabad in the field of GASTRONOMY.

·The 7 categories for recognition under UCCN are Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Music, Media Arts and Literature.

·Previously, 3 Indian cities were recognized as members of UCCN, namely- Jaipur-Crafts and Folk Arts(2015), Varanasi-Creative city of Music (2015), Chennai-Creative city of Music(2017).

UCCN, created in 2004, is a network of cities which are thriving, active centres of cultural activities in their respective countries. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 246 cities.

Published on 1st Nov, 2019

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 National News

1.India now has 28 states and 9 UTs

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the appointed day for the two Union Territories J&K and Ladakh was October 31.

·This is for the first time that a state is converted into two Union Territories. The total number of states in the country will now be 28 while the total Union Territories will go up to nine.

State News

2. TN becomes first State to enact law on contract farming

President of India Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2019.

·Now Tamil Nadu has become the first state in the country to enact a law on contract farming.

·The aims of this Act is to set a policy framework and institutional mechanism on agricultural produce and livestock contract farming.

Appointments

3. Rafael Grossi elected as the new IAEA head

Rafael Mariano Grossi of Argentina has been elected as the new Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

·He succeeds Yukiya Amano of Japan, who passed away in July. He will be the 6th head of IAEA since it was founded more than six decades ago in 1957.

4. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar appointed as Deputy NSA

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner and Maharashtra DGP Datta Padsalgikar have been appointed as Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA).

·The 1982-batch IPS officer had earlier served in the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

·He had also served as DCP (Detection) in crime branch, and in EOW (Economic Offences Wing). He retired as the Director-General of Police (DGP) in 2018.

Sports

5. Shiva Thapa, Pooja Rani clinch gold in Olympic Test event for Boxing

Indian boxer Shiva Thapa and Pooja Rani clinched gold medals in Olympic Test Event for Boxing in Tokyo, Japan.

·While Ashish settled for a silver, ending India’s brilliant campaign at the Olympic Test Event.

·Four-time Asian medallist Thapa outpunched Kazakhstan’s national champion and Asian bronze-winner Sanatali Toltayev 5-0 to claim the top honours in the 63-kilogram category.

·Former Asian Games bronze-medallist Pooja Rani edged past Australia’s Caitlin Parker in 75-kilogram category to ensure that the Indian women’s contingent also had gold in its kitty.

·In 69 kilogram category, Ashish, however, lost to Japan’s Sewon Okazawa to sign off with a silver medal.

 Defence

6. Indo-French joint exercise ‘Shakti-2019’

The bilateral ‘Exercise SHAKTI’ between the armies of India and France will be conducted from 31st October to 13th November 2019 at Foreign Training Node in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan.

·The joint exercise will focus on counter-terrorism operations in semi-desert terrain.

·The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two armies.

·While a contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command will represent Indian Army in this exercise, the French Army delegation will be represented by troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Armoured Brigade.

Obituaries

7. Former Karnataka Lokayukta N. Venkatachala passes away

N. Venkatachala, former judge of the Supreme Court and former Lokayukta of Karnataka passed away.

·Venkatachala was known for bringing to light the existence of Karnataka’s autonomous anti-corruption wing as the Lokayukta by conducting raids on public servants and disclosing their names and particulars of seized assets.

·He also functioned as the head of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, during 1990. He was Lokayukta from July 3, 2001, to July 2, 2006.

8. Actor and comedian John Witherspoon passes away

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon passed away recently. He was best known best known for the hit Friday franchise and The Wayan Brothers.

·He made his feature debut in the film The Jazz Singer (1980) and entered showbiz through stand-up comedy and started acting in the late 1970s with guest-starring TV roles.

Important Days

9. India celebrates “National Unity Day” on 31st October

India is celebrating the 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel as National Unity Day.

·The birth anniversary of Sardar Patel i.e. 31st October is observed as the National Unity Day every year.

·Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sardar Patel at the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Kevadiya, Gujarat and also witnessed the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade‘ by personnel of Gujarat Police and central armed forces.

·Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel is also known as the Iron Man of India. At the time of independence, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played an instrumental role in India’s struggle for independence, and later during the integration of the country by convincing several princely states to align with the Indian Union.

10. World Cities Day: 31 October

The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st October as World Cities Day.

·The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

·This year, the United Nations has selected the theme “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations” to discuss how urbanization can be used to achieve sustainable development.

Miscellaneous

11. IIIT Hyderabad create first ever Indian Brain Atlas

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIIT-H), Telangana have created the first-ever ‘Indian brain atlas’(IBA).

·The Indian brain atlas was constructed in collaboration with the Department of Imaging Sciences and Interventional Radiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

·The study has revealed that the Indian brain, on an average, is smaller in height, width and volume when compared to Western and other Eastern populations.

·This will help in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other brain-related ailments.

Published on 31st Oct, 2019

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1. ‘Aarambh’, common foundation course for IAS probationers held in Statue of Unity

The Centre’s first-ever common foundation course “Aarambh” (Beginning) for 2019 batch probationer civil servants has begun at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat.

·There are around 500 newly recruited bureaucrats are undergoing six-day training. The theme this year is ‘How to achieve the goal of making India a 5 trillion dollar economy’. 

Banking News

2. RBI Fined Rs 35 lakh penalty on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank

The Reserve Bank has imposed a penalty of Rs 35 lakh on Tamilnad Mercantile Bank for violating norms on fraud classification and notification.

·It stated that the bank has been penalized for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions issued by RBI on fraud classification and reporting by commercial banks and select FIs directions 2016.

Appointments

3. Birender Singh Yadav to be next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Iraq

Birender Singh Yadav has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Iraq.

·The 1997 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Birender Singh replaced Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit as the ambassador.

4. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde Appointed as 47th Chief Justice of India

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde will take oath as the CJI on November 18th, a day after incumbent Ranjan Gogoi demits office. He will have a tenure of 17 months and would demit office on 23rd April 2021.

·A judge since 2000, Justice Bobde joined the Bombay High Court as an additional judge. He was appointed as the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 2012. In April 2013, he was elevated to the Supreme Court.

Important Takeaways for RBI Grade-B and LIC Assistant 2019:

·Ranjan Gogoi is the 46th and current Chief Justice of India.

·The Supreme Court of India came into existence on 26th January 1950 and is located in New Delhi.

·KK Venugopal is present Attorney General of India.

5. G C Murmu and R K Mathur appointed as new Lt Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively

The Union Government has appointed former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur as the first Lieutenant (Lt) Governors of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh respectively.

·These newly appointed governors succeed Satya Pal Malik. These Union Territories will come into existence on October 31, 2019.

·Satya Pal Malik has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa, succeeding Mridula Sinha. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kerala state president P S Sreedharan Pillai was appointed as the 15th governor of Mizoram succeeding Jagdish Mukhi.

New Governors

S. No.

State/UT

Governor

Predecessor

1.

J&K

Girish Chandra Murmu

Satya Pal Malik

2.

Ladakh

Radha Krishna Mathur

Satya Pal Malik

3.

Mizoram

P S Sreedharan Pillai

Jagdish Mukhi

4.

Goa

Satya Pal Malik

Mridula Sinha

Ranks And Reports

6. HBR’s list of 10 best performing CEOs has 3 Indian-origin CEOs

The Best-Performing CEOs in the World, 2019′ list compiled by the Harvard Business Review (HBR) features 100 CEOs. The list has been topped by American technology company NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang. Among the top 10 chief executives on the list, 3 spots have been occupied by the Indian-origin CEOs.

·Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen was ranked 6th, followed by MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga was ranked 7th and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella on the 9th spot. The list also features India-born CEO of DBS Bank Piyush Gupta on the 89th spot. Apple CEO Tim Cook was ranked 62nd in the list. The 2019 list has 4 female CEOs in the top 50 of the rankings.

·The HBR took into account three metrics for each CEO’s tenure: the total shareholder return (including dividends reinvested) adjusted by country and by industry and change in market capitalisation (adjusted for dividends, share issues, and share repurchases), measured in inflation-adjusted USD.

Sports

7. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty bags silver medal at French Open

Indian men’s doubles pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has won the silver medal in the men’s doubles event at French Open.

·The Indian pair lost the summit clash to the Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo by 18-21, 16-21.

Obituaries

8. Padma Shri awardee & India’s oldest Yoga teacher Nanammal passes away

Padma Shri awardee & India’s oldest Yoga teacher Nanammal passed away at 99. She had bagged 150 awards, 6 national-level gold medals and Yoga Ratna award of the Government of Karnataka in 2014.

·She was also conferred the Padma Shri in January 2019 for her efforts to make people lead a healthy life.

Miscellaneous

9. Nirmal Purja climbs world’s 14 highest peaks in record-breaking 189 days

The mountaineer from Nepal, Nirmal Purja, created a new speed record by climbing the world’s 14 highest peaks over 8,000 metres (26,250 feet) in just 189 days.

·The 14th peak which he climbed was Shishapangma, located at Nyalam County, China. The other 13 peaks are Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu and Manaslu.

10. Finance Minister releases Commemorative Coin on Paramahansa Yogananda

The Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman has released a special commemorative coin on Paramahansa Yogananda. The coin has been released to mark Paramahansa Yogananda’s 125th birth anniversary.

Paramahansa Yogananda is known as the Father of Yoga in the West. He was the founder of two organisations: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and Self-Realisation Fellowship, belongs to the line of gurus whose message is universal transcending nations and religions

Published on 24th Oct, 2019

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National News

1. Union Cabinet approves merger of BSNL and MTNL

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the merger of loss-making telecom firms BSNL and MTNL as part of a revival package.

·The Cabinet has also given in-principle nod to the merger of BSNL and MTNL and till modalities are in place, MTNL will be a subsidiary of BSNL

·The revival package includes raising sovereign bondsmonetising assets and voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for employees.

·The revival package for BSNL and MTNL includes raising of Rs 15,000 crore sovereign bonds and monetising Rs 38,000 crore of assets in next 4 years. Under the package, 4G spectrum worth Rs 20,000 crore will be administratively allotted to the two firms.

Agreements

2. GeM and Federal Bank sign MoU for payment related services

The Government e-Marketplace (GeM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Federal Bank to offer a number of services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts (GPA), advising of Performance Bank Guarantees (e-PBG) and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to the registered users on the portal.

·The MoU will facilitate a cashless, paperless and transparent payment system on the portal and would create an efficient procurement system for government entities.

Awards

3. Mohun Bagan confers life membership to Abhijit Banerjee

The Mohun Bagan Athletic Club has conferred life membership to Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee.

·The club handed him the First Day Cover of 1911 and the maroon green jersey with his name written on it. He was also given a book on the history of the club.

·In 1911, Mohun Bagan became the first Indian club to win the Indian Football Association (IFA) Shield beating the East Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army in the final.

Banking News

4. Vreedhi Financial Services receives an NBFC licence from RBI

Vreedhi Financial Services (VFS) has secured a non-banking finance company licence from the Reserve Bank of India.

·It’s objective is to provide credit and other services to micro-enterprises operating in tier two-three cities and small towns.

·The company will create a digital lending model by the next financial year.

·It will address the gap between the addressable and viable credit in the micro-enterprises space which is $123 billion as per the study conducted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Defence

5. Indian Army to conduct 2019 “Sindhu Sudarshan” exercise 2019 in Rajasthan deserts

The Indian Army (IA) is to conduct exercise codenamed “Sindhu Sudarshan” for the year 2019 in the deserts of Rajasthan from November 29 to December 4, 2019.

·The aim of this exercise is to evaluate the capability of the defence services in an integrated air-land battle.

·In the Sindhu Sudarshan exercise, operational efficiency of the Strike Corps fighting in the desert terrain will be assessed and the Indian Air Force(IAF) will provide support in terms of destruction of targets and airlifting troops.

·The exercise showcasing a high degree of synergy between the Army and Air Force will be reviewed by Lieutenant General SK Saini.

Sports

6. Abhishek Nayar retires from all forms of cricket

Veteran Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

·He represented India in 3 One Day Internationals but his record as a First Class player is more promising.

·He played 103 first-class games, most of them for Mumbai, and scored 5749 runs with 13 centuries and 32 fifties while taking 173 wickets in a career spanning a decade and a half.

·He also played 99 List-A games in which he amassed 2145 runs and picked 79 wickets.

Books and Authors

8. A new book entitled “Ten Studies in Kashmir: History and Politics” released

An Indian historian, educationist and Padma Shri recipient, Kashi Nath Pandit’s new book entitled “Ten Studies in Kashmir: History and Politics”, published by Academic Foundation.

·A new book looks at the riveting history of Jammu and Kashmir from the time of its political and geographic consolidation to the abrogation of the state’s special status.

·The book, which comes after the scrapping of Article 370 provisions in August, will shed light on the happenings from 1947 till the revocation of the special status of the state.

Important Days

9. World Development Information Day: 24 October

The United Nations observes World Development Information Day on 24 October every year.

·The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.

·The General Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day i.e. 24 October.

10. United Nations Day: 24 October

24th October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.

·The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all.

·United Nations will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 with inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.

Miscellaneous

12. Deepika Padukone, PV Sindhu named as ambassadors for ‘Bharat Ki Laxmi’ initiative

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and Indian badminton player PV Sindhu were named the ambassadors for Bharat Ki Laxmi. It is an initiative by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

·The aim of this initiative is to celebrate the contribution & accomplishments of women of the nation for the public good. The hashtag for the initiative is #BharatKiLaxmi.

13. Amazon’s male white bellbird is the world’s loudest bird

The male white bellbird is the world’s loudest bird which hits 125.4 decibels.

·This study was published in the journal Current Biology. This was recorded by Biologist Jeff Podos at Brazil in the mountains of the northern Amazon.

·The call by the bird is made as part of their mating rituals and it’s mating call is about three times louder than screaming phias.

·The screaming phias (Lipaugus vociferans), also an Amazonian species, previously held the record of being the world’s loudest bird.

14. Vijaya Bank Museum inaugurated in Bengaluru

The Vijaya Bank Heritage Museum has been inaugurated at the headquarters of the erstwhile Vijaya Bank i.e. Bengaluru.

·The museum has a rare collection of photos through which the growth of the bank is showcased.

·The memories of the erstwhile Vijaya Bank can now be refreshed at a museum dedicated to its history. Vijaya Bank was one of the premier nationalised banks in the country.

·The erstwhile Vijaya Bank, along with the erstwhile Dena Bank, was amalgamated with Bank of Baroda on April 1, 2019.

 

Published on 23rd Oct, 2019

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 National News

1. Indian Railways install Electronic Interlocking System on Grand Chord route

Indian Railways has installed the most advanced Electronic Interlocking System on the Grand Chord route.

·The measure is expected to help Indian Railways speed up trains and achieve the objective of reducing the travel time between Delhi and Howrah to about 12 hours from the existing 17 to 19 hours.

·Grand Chord is part of the Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line and Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line.

·The new Electronic system has replaced outdated 65-year old mechanical signalling system at Tundla Junction in Uttar Pradesh on the route.

2. IIM Kozhikode & MRPL to support women entrepreneurs

IIM Kozhikode and Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd. have announced a special drive Labelled as “La Eve (meaning The Woman)” to support women entrepreneurs in the country.

·The initiative aims to identify innovative, promising women-founded start-ups to provide a comprehensive start-up support programme. The initiative would be steered by the institute’s entrepreneurship development centre, Laboratory for Innovation, Venturing and Entrepreneurship or IIMK LIVE.

·Under the drive “La Eve” IIMK LIVE would identify women-founded, innovation-led start ups and provide incubation that would provide access to the institutes intellectual, network and infrastructural resources. MRPL would provide seed fund assistance from the start funding initiative under start-up India Program.

States News

3. No govt. jobs in Assam for people with more than two children

The State Cabinet of Assam has decided to make government jobs out of bounds for people with more than 2 children.

·The policy will come into effect from January 1, 2021.

·The Cabinet also adopted a new land policy that will make the landless indigenous people eligible for 3 bighas (43,200 sq. ft.) of land for farming and half a bigha for constructing a house. The beneficiary will be able to sell the given land only after 15 years of use.

Agreements

4. AYUSH, Defence ministries ink MoU to provide traditional medicine services

The AYUSH ministry has signed an MoU with the Defence Ministry to provide traditional medicine services at the armed forces’ hospitals and dispensaries.

·Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik inaugurated an Ayurveda Palliative Care Unit at the Base Hospital in the Delhi Cantonment.

·Under the MoU, Ayurveda units will also be established at palliative care centres at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Air Force Hospital, Hindon in Ghaziabad and five identified ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinics in Delhi–NCR.

5. Grasim partenered with German’s MR to produce insulators

Grasim Industries Limited has signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture company in India with Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (MR) of Germany.

·The joint venture is for the manufacturing and sale of Composite Hollow Core Insulators to serve the power transmission and distribution (T&D) industry globally.

·This joint venture will bring together Aditya Birla Insulators (a unit of Grasim) and Reinhausen Power Composites (a unit of MR).

·ABPCL will build a fully integrated CHCI plant at Halol, bringing the latest technology for Composite Hollow Insulators from Europe.

·It will serve the insulator requirements of Indian and global OEMs in the power equipment industry.

Appointment

6. Ashok Malik appointed as Policy Advisor in MEA

Ashok Malik has been appointed as the Policy Advisor in the External Affairs Ministry in the rank of Additional Secretary.

·The Distinguished Fellow of the prominent think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) will have a 2-year tenure.

·Ashok Malik has previously served as the Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2019.

7. Pankaj Kumar appointed as new CEO of UIDAI

The Government of India appointed IAS officer Pankaj Kumar as the new CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

·He is currently Additional Secretary in the Ministry Of Electronics and IT.

·The UIDAI is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 by the government under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, with the mandate to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), or Aadhaar, to all residents of India to eliminate duplicate and fake identities.

8. Sourav Ganguly take Charges as new BCCI President

One of India’s most decorated captains Sourav Ganguly takes over as the 39th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

·Ganguly is the unanimous nomination for the post of BCCI President along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah as the Secretary.

·Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand is the new Vice President of BCCI.

Defence

9. DRDO starts work on ‘next-gen’ hypersonic weapon

The Defence Research and Development (DRDO) has started work to produce hypersonic weapon missiles that travel at 5 times speed of sound, or a little over a mile every second.

·A wind tunnel to test and fine-tune the technology will be operational soon.

·Hypersonic weapons are specifically designed for increased survivability against modern ballistic missile defence systems.

·These missiles are capable of delivering conventional or nuclear payloads at speeds not imagined hiterto over long ranges.

Summit and Conference

10. 1st India-Bangladesh Stakeholders’ meet in Guwahati

The 1st India-Bangladesh Stakeholders’ meet was held in Guwahati. Bangladesh was represented by Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi.

·India is the second-largest trading partner of Bangladesh.

·A 70-member delegation from Bangladesh is participating in the meet, while a similar top-level team will represent the host nation.

·The idea of the meet is to put Assam at the focus point of India’s trade expansion with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Ranks and Reports

11. IIT-Bombay again tops this year’s QS India University Rankings 2020

The latest 2 edition of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) India University Rankings 2020 released.

·The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) has again topped all Indian Institutes in the list with an overall score of 88.5 followed by IISc- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (ranked 2 with 84.7 score) & Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD),which has improved a notch to rank 3 with 82.2 scores.

Sports

12. Graeme Smith has been elected as MCC Honorary Life Member

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has been elected an Honorary Life Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

·Smith has an impressive record in One-Day International, scoring 6,989 runs including ten centuries and also became South Africa’s youngest ever captain at 22.

·Former Australian off-spinner Tim May was also awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his outstanding achievements in cricket.

·The pair follows Paul Collingwood, AB de Villiers, Mitchell Johnson and Adrian Morgan in being awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC in 2019.

13. Anandan wins 2 golds at the 7th CISM World Military Games

Para-athlete Anandan Gunasekaran has won 2 gold medals at the 7th CISM World Military Games held in Wuhan, China.

·He won the medal in the disabled men’s 100m and 400m IT1 events.

·Gunasekaran finished the 100m race in 12 seconds and won India’s 1st medal in the ongoing Games.

·He clinched his 2nd gold clocking 53.35s in the disabled men’s 400m IT1 event.

14. Bengal Warriors wins 7th season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2019

In the final of 7th season of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2019, Bengal Warriors won their first title by defeating Dabang Delhi by 39-34 at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

·Most Valuable Player award of the League was bagged by Naveen Kumar from Dabang Delhi, Best raider to Pawan Kumar Sherawat from Bengaluru Bulls; Best defender award to U Mumba’s Fazel Atrachali and New Young Player of the season to UP (Uttar Pradesh) Yoddha’s Sumit.

15. 2024 Olympic Games logo unveiled in Paris

The logo for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games unveiled at a ceremony in the French capital.

·The circular design with Paris 2024 in the art deco style which was in vogue in 1924 when Paris last hosted the Games, also incorporates the lips and outline of Marianne, the personification of the French Republic since the revolution in 1789.

Published on 22nd Oct, 2019

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 National News

1. Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu inaugurated in Ladakh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu (Bridge) which has been constructed at an altitude of 14,650 feet in the forward area of Ladakh region.

·It is named in honour of Colonel Chewang Rinchen who was one of the highly decorated officers in Indian Army from Ladakh. He was also a Maha Vir Chakara awardee (1952).

·The Bridge, which is 1400 feet span, is constructed by the Border Road Organization.

·According to BRO, micropile technology was used during the foundation of the bridge to overcome the technological challenges in this remote area of Ladakh.

·The construction of the Bridge was completed within 15 working months using 6900 cubic meters of concrete and 1984 metric tons of steel.

International News

2. Sri Lanka has removed from FATF’s Grey List

Sri Lanka has been removed from the “Grey List” of the international terror financing watchdog FATF.

·The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), whose five-day plenary concluded in Paris, France stated that Sri Lanka made significant progress in addressing the strategic AML/CFT deficiencies identified earlier.

·In October 2016, the FATF announced that Sri Lanka will be subjected to a review of the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) of the terror financing watchdog to assess the progress of AML/CFT effectiveness in the country.

Appointments

3. SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar elected as the new chairman of IBA

SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar has been appointed as the new chairman of Indian Banks’ Association.

·He will succeed Sunil Mehta, who was the MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank.

·The MD & CEO of IDBI Bank Rakesh Sharma will be honorary secretary of IBA for 2019-20.

4. Upender Singh Rawat elected as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Nicaragua

The Ministry of External Affairs appoints Upender Singh Rawat (IFS: 1998), Ambassador of India designate to the Republic of Panama will be concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Nicaragua. He will replace Yogeshwar Varma.

Awards

5. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presents Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award to K Parasaran

The Vice President Shri Venkaiyah Naidu presented the “Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award” to the scholar, legal luminary and former Attorney General of India  K Parasaran.

·He was honoured with the award on the occasion of Elder’s Day celebration organized by Age Care India.

·He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011.

Defence

6. India-Myanmar Naval Exercise: IMNEX-2019

The India-Myanmar Naval Exercise called IMNEX-2019 is being organised in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

·The opening ceremony of the second edition of Indo-Myanmar joint naval exercise was conducted onboard INS Ranvijay.

·Myanmar naval ships UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F-14) and UMS Tabinshweti (773) arrived at Visakhapatnam.

·The exercise would be conducted in two phases: Harbour phase and Sea Phase.

·The joint exercise will encompass a variety of operations including anti-air and surface firing exercises, flying exercises using integral helicopter and seamanship evolutions at sea.

7. Sudarshan Chakra Vahini War exercise begins in Jaisalmer

Two-day long manoeuvres by Sudarshan Chakra Vahini of Indian Army Started at Jaisalmer, field firing range in Rajasthan.

·In this war exercise, the army is going to exhibit its strength regarding Agni Missile and artillery.

·Artillery, Arms and mechanized forces, Army air defence and helicopters of army aviation are participating in this exercise to test mutual coordination.

·Endogenously manufactured light helicopter Rudra and self-propelled artillery gun system K-9 vajra are also taking part in this exercise.

Books and Authors

8. PM Modi releases book titled ‘Bridgital Nation’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a book titled ‘Bridgital Nation’ in New Delhi.

·The book has been authored by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Roopa Purushothaman Eminent industrialist.

·He presented books’ first copy to eminent industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Tata. 

·The book presents a powerful vision of the future where technology and human beings co-exist in a mutually beneficial ecosystem.

·The cutting edge digital tools can act as a bridge between aspirations and achievements – hence the term ‘bridgital’.

Sports

9. Kuhoo Garg-Dhruv Rawat pair wins Egypt International mixed doubles title

Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat win the badminton mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo,  Egypt.

·The unseeded Garg and Rawat held their nerves for a tight 21-16, 22-20 victory over the third seeds Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar in an all-Indian final.

10. Ronaldo Singh wins gold medal at Asian Track Cycling Championships

Indian cyclist Ronaldo Singh bagged a gold medal in the men’s junior Keirin event at the Asian Track Cycling Championships being held at Incheon in South Korea.

·Apart from Ronaldo, James Singh clinched a bronze medal in the event.

11. Great Britain wins 9th Edition of Sultan of Johor Cup hockey Tournament 2019

Great Britain defeated India in the finals by 2-1 in the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2019, an international men’s under-21 field hockey tournament, was held at Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It was their 3rd title.

·India’s Shilanand Lakra with 5 goals emerged as a top scorer; Japan’s Kosei Kawabe was named as the Best Player of the tournament and Oliver Payne of Great Britain was named as the GoalKeeper of the tournament. 

Obituaries

12. Writer and philosopher K.B. Siddaiah passes away

Writer and philosopher K.B. Siddaiah passed away. He was one of the founder members of Dalitha Sangharsha Samithi (DSS) during the ’80s and co-authored many songs to inspire the movement.

13. Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd passes away

Former Co-Chief executive Officer(CEO) of Oracle Mark Hurd, passed away.

·He was previously served as chairman, CEO, and president of Hewlett-Packard (HP). He was also in the Board of Directors of Globality and a member of the Technology CEO Council and board of directors of New Corporation.

Important Days

14. World Statistics Day: 20 October

World Statistics Day is observed on October 20, once every 5 years. The next World statistics Day celebrates on 20 October 2020.

·The day acknowledges the fundamental importance of sustainable national statistical capacity.

·This year World Statistics day theme is “Better Data, Better Lives”.

·The first World Statistics Day was celebrated in 2010, as decided in resolution 64/267, and was deemed an overwhelming success, with activities organized in more than 130 Member States and by at least 40 international and regional organizations and entities.

Miscellaneous

15. IIT Kharagpur graduate develops unique device “PM 2.5” to curb vehicular air-pollution

IIT Kharagpur graduate Debayan Saha has invented a device called “PM 2.5” which he claimed when fitted near the silencer pipe in vehicles will curb air pollution.

·The technology developed by uses a combination of electric energy and wave energy to influence the pollutants like PM 2.5 such that they act like a magnet attracting other particulate pollutants from the ambient atmosphere to get attached to it.

·This device can neutralise the pollution emitted from 10 cars in its vicinity.

Published on 20th Oct, 2019

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 International News

1. United Nation General Assembly Elects 14 Member States to Human Rights Council

The United Nation General Assembly has elected 14 States to the 47 member body of UN Human Rights Council(UNHRC). The UNHRC is responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe.

· The Assembly elected Armenia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Libya, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of Korea, Sudan and Venezuela.

· All 14 members will serve three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2020.

· The newly-elected States are replacing the following outgoing members: China, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

· The 14 new members were elected according to the following pattern: 4 seats for the African States; 4 seats for the Asia-Pacific States; 2 seats for the Eastern European States; 2 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States; and 2 seats for Western European and other States.

2. NASA Astronauts complete All-Woman Spacewalk

Nasa astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have made history by completing the first-ever all-female spacewalk. They spent 7 hours outside the International Space Station (ISS) replacing a failed power control unit.

· Ms Koch had already carried out four spacewalks but it was the first such mission for Ms Meir, who became the 15th woman to walk in space.

Appointments

3. Anup Kumar Singh appointed as Director-General of NSG

A senior 1985-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre Anup Kumar Singh has been appointed as Director-General of the National Security Guard (NSG).

· The appointment of Mr Singh as the DG of the ‘black cats commando’ force was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

· The appointment will be from the date of joining the post and up to September 30, 2020. The NSG was raised as the federal contingency force to counter-terrorists.

4. Sudhaker Shukla appointed as whole-time member of IBBI

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Sudhaker Shukla as Whole-Time Member, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).

· He is a 1985 Indian Economic Service officer. His period of service for 05 years or up to the age of 65 years.

5. Former IMF chief Christine Lagarde appointed head of European Central Bank

European Union leaders confirmed the appointment of Christine Lagarde as the new chief of the European Central Bank.

· She will be replacing Mario Draghi (Italy) from November 1. Lagarde’s confirmation for a non-renewable term of 8-years.

· She served 8-years as the head of IMF since 2011.

Summit and Conferences

6. India to host Interpol General Assembly in 2022

India will host the 91st Interpol General Assembly in 2022 after a proposal received the overwhelming support of member countries at this year’s congregation at Santinago in Chile.

· The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) had hosted the general assembly, where representatives of all member countries converge, in India in 1997.

· The general assembly of Interpol is an annual exercise hosted by member countries.

· All major decisions affecting general policy, the resources needed for international cooperation, working methods and finances are deliberated and discussed by representatives.

7. Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates 11th Nuclear Energy Conclave

The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the 11th Edition of Nuclear Energy Conclave 2019 in New Delhi.

· The theme of the Conclave: “Economics of Nuclear Power- Innovation towards Safer & Cost-Effective Technologies”. It was organized by India Energy Forum (IEF).

· Government is setting up the nuclear plants in other parts of the country. A nuclear plant is coming up in the Gorakhpur of Haryana.

· A “Hall of Nuclear Energy” was opened to educate the students and the general public about the applications of nuclear energy, in Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

Books and Authors

8. A book titled “Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life” penned by Viswanathan Anand

Indian Chess player, Viswanathan Anand has penned a book titled “Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life”. The book, published by Hachette India, is releasing on December 11.

 Defence

9. Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands exercise 2019 (Danx-19)

Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) has conducted the 2nd edition of Defence of Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2019 (DANX-19).

· The components of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard carried out mobilisation and field manoeuvres to validate defensive plans of Headquarters ANC towards pursuance of the Command’s responsibility, namely ensuring the territorial integrity of the A&N Islands.

· In addition to internal forces from ANC, accretional forces from Mainland comprising ships and aircraft, Special Forces from the newly formed Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD), also participated in this edition.

Miscellaneous

10. Livestock population in India rises 4.6 per cent in 20th Livestock Census

India’s livestock population has increased to over 535.78 million showing an increase of 4.6 per cent over Livestock Census-2012.

· The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying released the 20th Livestock Census -2019.

· The data revealed that the livestock population in India has grown by 4.6% from 512 million in 2012 to about 535.78 million in 2019.

· Total Bovine population (Cattle, Buffalo, Mithun and Yak) is 302.79 Million in 2019 which shows an increase of 1.0% over the previous census.

· Among the States, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of livestock of 67.8 million (68.7 million in 2012), followed by Rajasthan 56.8 million (57.7 million), Madhya Pradesh: 40.6 million (36.3 million) and West Bengal: 37.4 million (30.3 million).

· The census usually covers all domesticated animals and headcounts of these animals are taken.

· The 20th Livestock Census was carried out in about 6.6 lakh villages and 89 thousand urban wards across the country

Published on 19th Oct, 2019

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 National News

1. NITI Aayog launches India Innovation Index 2019

NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019. Karnataka is the most innovative major state in India.

·Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana, Haryana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh form the remaining top ten major states respectively.

·Sikkim and Delhi take the top spots among the northeastern & hill states, and union territories/city-states/small states respectively.

·Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh are the most efficient states in translating inputs into output.

·The study examines the innovation ecosystem of Indian states and union territories.

·The aim is to create a holistic tool which can be used by policymakers across the country to identify the challenges to be addressed and strengths to build on when designing the economic growth policies for their regions.

2. Commemorative stamp on centenary of NIN released

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan released a postal stamp to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the city-based ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) at a function held at Indian Council of Medical Research in New Delhi.

·The postal stamp has been brought out under the ‘Corporate My Stamp’ scheme of India Posts.

·About 5,000 stamps with a face value of ₹5 each have been printed and the India Posts would print an additional 1,000 sheets for sale online at the e-post office and for display and sale at national and global philately exhibitions by the Department.

3. NH No. 703AA in Punjab named as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced the naming of new National Highway No. 703AA as “Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg.”

·The road starting from Kapurthala connecting Goindwal Sahib and terminating near Taran Taran in Punjab. The naming would be effective from next month.

·The decision has been taken to mark the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev.

  International News

4. Italy set to introduce web tax on digital giants from 2020

Italy approved a new tax on digital companies, including U.S. tech giants, as part of its 2020 draft budget on October 16.

·The levy, due to be introduced from next year, will oblige companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, to pay a 3% levy on internet transactions, according to a text of the draft budget.

·The Italian scheme is expected to yield about 600 million euros ($662 million) a year.

 State News

5. Odisha’s first Robot Restaurant opens in Bhubaneswar

Odisha’s smart city Bhubaneswar gets it 1st Robo Chef Restaurant in Odisha.

·The Robot Restaurant opened at the Infocity DLF tower of Bhubaneswar claims to be the first restaurant in Eastern India where two indigenously developed robots, ‘Champa’ and ‘Chameli’ are engaged.

·The robots are developed at a Jaipur-based startup using SLAM technology, and It automatically navigates like humans, follows the routes and instructions.

·Not only this, after serving the food, the robots will also ask you for feedback in Odia that ‘Are you happy’.

·Earlier Chennai and Bengaluru had introduced smart restaurants with robots machines imported from China.

6. CM Kamal Nath inaugurates “Magnificent Madhya Pradesh Conference”

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath formally inaugurated the 2-day Magnificent Madhya Pradesh Conference started.

·Many well-known industrialists are attending this conference held in Indore.

·The event showcasing various opportunities that exist in the state in variegated sectors, including food processing, pharmaceuticals, textile and garment, warehousing and logistics, IT &ESDM, urban development and renewable energy.

·Chief Minister Kamal Nath also inaugurated the Global Trade Exhibition at the Brilliant Convention Centre, Indore.

7. Tamil Nadu constitutes two panels over water disputes with Kerala

The Tamil Nadu government constituted two committees to deal over water disputes with Kerala relating to the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) and the Pandiyar-Punnampuzha project.

·Secretary of Tamil Nadu’s Public Works Department (PWD) K. Manivasan would lead both the committees constituted by the State government.

·Cauvery Technical Committee chairperson R. Subramanian is also part of both the panels.

8. Satya Pal Malik inaugurates J&K Bazar

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has inaugurated J&K Bazar.

·J&K Bazar is a retail showroom of authentic Jammu Kashmir Handicrafts, Handlooms, Silk, Agro-based products and Restaurant serving Authentic Kashmiri Cuisine at J&K House in New Delhi.

·The newly constructed state-of-the-art showroom is for promoting J&K specific products of handicrafts and authentic cuisine.

·The newly inaugurated showroom shall cater to the people who cherish the Kashmiri handicraft and relish the traditional Kashmiri food which is now available in the heart of Delhi.

·Other handicraft products in the showroom which are on display include-Paper Mache items, carved walnut-wood items, Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri embroidery sarees.

Appointments

9. World Steel Association elected Sajjan Jindal as vice Chairman

The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has elected Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director, JSW Steel, as Vice-Chairman of the association for one year.

·The association has also appointed Tata Steel CEO and MD T V Narendran and Arcelor Mittal Chief L N Mittal as its members.

·The board also elected a 14-member Executive Committee.

Agreement

10. Home Credit India join hand with Karur Vysya Bank for joint lending

·Home Credit India (HCIN), a local arm of the international consumer finance provider, has tied-up with Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) for joint lending using end-to-end automated processing which will help the customer get real-time approval and disbursement.

·Under the agreement, HCIN and KVB will disburse loans in a single amount to customers.

·With this partnership and by leveraging the lower cost of funds of KVB, Home Credit India will be able to reach out to a new segment of customer.

·Home Credit India has operations spread over 179 cities across 20 States in India.

Awards

11. Hong Kong’s orchestra wins “Orchestra of the year award 2019” at Gramophone Awards

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has been named orchestra of the year at the 2019 Gramophone Awards.

·The group is the first Asian orchestra to win the award, a fact noted by its Dutch-born conductor Van Zweden, who has been its Music Director since 2012.

·The category is the only one of the classical music magazine’s awards open to the public vote. This award is often likened to the Oscars for the classical music world.

Defence

12. India, Japan joint Air Force exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ 2019 began in West Bengal

Indian Air Force and Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) carrying out a joint military air force exercise named ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ began from October 17 to 23, at the air force station, Arjan Singh in Panagarh town in West Bengal.

·C-130 J aircraft of the Special Operations Squadron of IAF and C-130 H of Tactical Airlift Squadron of JASDF will participate in the exercise.

·The focus of the exercise will be to undertake Joint Mobility and Tactical interoperability among the two forces.

13. India-Oman begin joint training exercise ‘EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V’

Indian Air Force (IAF) kickstarted its bilateral joint exercise with Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO), named ‘EX EASTERN BRIDGE-V’ at Air Force Base Masirah, Oman.

·The exercise will be held till October 26. The IAF contingent comprises of MiG-29 and C-17 aircraft.

·MiG-29 will be exercising with Royal Air Force Oman’s Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 and Hawk.

·For the first time, MiG-29 fighter aircraft will be participating in an international exercise outside India.

·The exercise will enhance inter-operability during mutual operations between the two Air Forces and will provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices. Last time, the bilateral exercise was held in 2017 at Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Books and Authors

14. A new book titled “India in a Warming world: Integrating Climate Change and Development” set to release

A new book titled “India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development” is set to release on November 2019.

·This book is featuring a collection of articles by climate experts including Sunita Narain, Anil Agarwal, Dr Friederike Otto & Shibani Ghosh, edited by Navroz K Dubash.

· It is published by Oxford University Press(OUP).

·This book aims to bring together the many and growing, voices that seek to find the language and ideas with which to engage climate change and to do so from a perspective that resonates with broader Indian development policy discourses.

Sports

15. England all-rounder Jennifer Louise Gunn announces retirement from international cricket

England all-rounder Jennifer Louise Gunn has announced her retirement from international cricket.

·Gunn, who is England’s most capped player in T20Is, made 259 appearances for her country, winning 3 World Cups and five Ashes series.

·She was a member of the England side that won the inaugural Women’s World T20 in 2009, and also featured in her country’s Women’s World Cup-winning campaign that same year.

Miscellaneous

16. NCERT to revise 14-year-old curriculum framework

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is planning to review the 14-year-old National Curriculum Framework (NCF) in accordance with new national education policy (NEP) and set up a committee for the purpose.

·The NCF has been revised four times so far – in 1975, 1988, 2000 and 2005. A panel led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan had submitted the draft of the new national education policy to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

·The new proposed revision will be a 5th of the framework. The council is also undertaking a survey in six blocks to analyse the quality of primary education available and the areas that need change.

·The revision of NCERT textbooks has also been recommended in the new education policy draft.

Published on 18th Oct, 2019

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National News

1. J&K’s Chenani-Nashri Tunnel to be renamed after Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee

India’s longest Tunnel Chenani- Nashri on NH 44, in Jammu and Kashmir will be named after Bhartiya Jansangh Founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

· Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 had dedicated to the nation this 9.2 km long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km.

2. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off 9 ‘Sewa Service’ trains

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off 9 ‘Sewa Service’ trains. These trains are connecting small towns to major cities and one of those, the Vadnagar-Mehsana train, was the railways’ gift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who sold tea at the Vadnagar station during his younger days.

· The 9 “Sewa Service” trains were launched without any additional investment by the railways and it was an example of how to use existing resources to the maximum.

· The trains are – Delhi to Shamli, Bhubaneswar to Nayagarh town, Murkongselek to Dibrugarh, Coimbatore to Palani, Coimbatore to Pollachi, Vadnagar to Mehsana, Asarya to Himmatnagar, Karur to Salem, Yesvantpur to Tumkur.

International News

3. UAE announces establishment of world’s 1st AI university

UAE announced the establishment of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence( MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi.

· This is the first graduate-level, research-based AI university in the world. MBZUAI will enable graduate students, businesses and governments to advance the artificial intelligence field.

· MBZUAI will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of the world’s most advanced AI systems to unleash its potential for economic and societal development.

· The University is named after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has long advocated for the UAE’s development of human capital through knowledge and scientific thinking to take the nation into the future.

4. India hands over 2nd pair of Mi-24V helicopters to Afghan Air forces

India handed over the second pair of Mi-24V helicopters to war-torn Afghanistan, boosting the capability of the Afghan Air forces.

· The helicopters were officially handed over by Indian Ambassador Vinay Kumar to Afghanistan’s acting Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid at a ceremony held in the military airport, Kabul.

· These helicopters are a replacement for the four attack helicopters previously gifted by India to Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016.

· The combat performance and offensive firepower that the helicopters provide will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in ensuring that the ANDSF maintain an agile and robust Counter-Terrorism capability.

Awards

5. Lionel Messi wins 3rd straight Golden Shoe as top scorer in European Leagues

Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his 6th Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues.

· Messi won the trophy for a 3rd straight year after scoring 36 goals, 3 more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

· Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio.

Agreement

6. Mastercard and MS Dhoni partner to build ‘Team Cashless India’

Mastercard, along with cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, launched a nationwide initiative  ‘Team Cashless India’ to accelerate the acceptance and adoption of digital payments.

· The initiative ‘Team Cashless India’ brings consumers and merchants to the forefront of the digital payments dialogue. The campaign encourages all Indians to nominate one or more merchants who currently do not accept digital payments.

· Mastercard will work together with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), acquirer banks and fintech companies to support nominated merchants to deploy digital payments acceptance infrastructure.

Banking

7. India Post launches mobile banking facility for savings accounts

The Department of Post announced that it has launched mobile banking for its savings account customers.

· The facility will be available all the post office savings account holders of the CBS (core banking solutions) post offices.

· The launch of the mobile banking facility comes almost a year after the Department of Post launched Internet banking facility for its savings account holders.

Ranks and Reports

8. India ranked 82 in the 2019 World Giving Index

India ranked 82 spots among the 128 countries surveyed in the World Giving Index (WGI).

· The average figures for India over the past decade show that 34 per cent people helped a stranger, 24 per cent donated money and 19 per cent volunteered or donated their time.

· According to the WGI, the USA stood at the top followed Myanmar, New Zealand and Australia.

Important Days

9. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty : 17 October

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993.

· It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

· 2019 Theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty.

Sports

10. Mumbai’s Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest cricketer to score double hundred in One Day cricket

The 17-year-old Mumbai teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal make history as he became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a double century in One Day cricket.

· He playing in his debut Vijay Hazare season. He scored 203 off 154 balls against Jharkhand at Alur, Karnataka. His score comprised 12 sixes and 17 fours.

11. Indian Women football Team wins 3rd SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship 2019

The Indian football team won the 3rd Edition of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championships 2019 by beating Bangladesh by 5-3 in the penalty shoot-out.

· The tournament was organized by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) and was held at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu, Bhutan.

· Indian captain Shilky Devi slotted home from the final spot-kick to hand her side 5-3 win.

Miscellaneous

12. Kiran Uniyal, w/o a serving Colonel of Indian Army sets Guinness World Records

Kiran Uniyal, w/o a serving Colonel of Indian Army has created Individual Guinness World Records for “The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female), 263 strikes” & “The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute(female),120 strikes”.

· The earlier records were of 177 strikes and 102 in female category respectively.

· The objective of both her records were to promote martial arts for girls and women safety and self-defence.

· While creating the record for the most full contact knee strikes for three minutes, she surpassed the existing male category record of 226 knee strikes. She has so far achieved 15 World Records, including 10 Guinness World Records in Martial Arts, Fitness and Social Work.

13. Death Anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shah observed in Bangladesh

The 129th death anniversary of the mystic bard Fakir Lalon Shah is being observed in Bangladesh. He is believed to be born in 1774 though no written records exist.

· He died in 1890. He was born Hindu but he was raised by a Muslim family after he was abandoned by his own family.

· Fakir Lalon Shah songs talk about humanism, love and equality going beyond the limitations imposed by religion, caste and creed.

· He created and composed more than 2000 songs which were popularised by Bauls who sang his songs while wandering in the countryside of Bengal and parts of Assam of those days.

· His contemporary Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore got some of his songs transcribed and published.

Published on 16th Oct, 2019

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National News

1. Govt launches Food Safety Mitra Scheme

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan launched Food Safety Mitra Scheme, Eat Right Jacket and Eat Right Jhola. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has introduced the scheme of Food Safety Mitra (FSM) through which it plans to engage motivated individuals with the food safety ecosystem at ground level.

· During the event, the Minister also launched Eat Right Jhola which is a reusable, washable and bio-degradable bag. Eat Right Smart Jacket has been introduced to giving an identity to FSSAI staff to ensure transparent inspection. It’s embedded with an RFID tag and QR code.

2. Indian Railways to become net zero carbon emitter by 2030

Indian Railways (IR) has announced that it will become a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030. The move will be a part of India’s strategy to combat climate change.

· The announcement was made by railways and commerce minister Piyush Goyal at the India Energy Forum by CERAWEEK in New Delhi. India is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China, and is among countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Appointment

3. Kishan Dan Dewal concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Georgia

Kishan Dan Dewal (IFS officer of 2003 batch), has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Georgia. He will replace Yogeshwar Sangwan.

· Dewal is presently serving as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Armenia.

4. Anoop Kumar Mendiratta appointed as new Law Secretary

Anoop Kumar Mendiratta has been appointed as the new Law Secretary (Secretary, Legal Affairs) in the Union Law Ministry. He is presently the District and Sessions Judge, North-East District, Karkardooma Courts, Delhi. He will serve in the position till 30 March 2023, or until he attains the age of 60.

Awards

5. India wins four UNESCO heritage awards

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation awards were announced at a ceremony held in Penang, Malaysia. 4 heritage landmarks from India were chosen for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2019.

Heritage landmark  

 Award category

Place 

Flora Fountain

Honourable mention

Mumbai

KenesethEliyahoo Synagogue

Award of Merit

Mumbai

Our Lady of Glory Church

Award of Merit

Mumbai

Vikram Sarabhai Library from (IIM)

Award of Distinction

Ahmedabad

· Renewal of Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in Hong Kong received the Award of Excellence, which is the highest award among all categories.

Important Days

6. World Food Day: 16 October

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945.

· The theme for WFD 2019 is “Our Actions Are Our Future”.

· This day generates awareness globally for those who suffer from hunger and to ensure the need for food security and nutritious diets for all. The main focus of this day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right.

Ranks and Reports

7. India ranked 102 in Global Hunger Index 2019

The 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI) indicates that the level of hunger and undernutrition worldwide falls into the serious category. As per the index, India ranks 102nd out of 117 qualifying countries, with a score of 30.3.

8. IMF cuts World and India growth rates

The World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings kicked off on a somber note, with the IMF downgrading global growth in 2019 to 3%, the slowest since the global financial crisis.

· India’s growth projections have also been downgraded to 6.1% and 7.0% in 2019 and 2020 respectively, down by 1.2 percentage points and 0.5 percentage points relative to April projections, owing to weaker than expected domestic demand. India’s growth rate in the April-June quarter had hit 5%, the lowest in six years, as per government data. Consumption, investment and exports were down.

· The IMF projected the U.S. would grow at 2.4% and 2.1% in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

· For China, growth was projected to grow at 6.1% and 5.8% in 2019 and 2020.

Sports

9. Zimbabwe, Nepal readmitted as ICC members

Zimbabwe and Nepal were re-admitted as ICC members in a meeting held in Dubai.

· Zimbabwe will now be able to take up their place in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup in January and the ICC Super League later in 2020.

· Zimbabwe Cricket had been suspended from membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect in July this year. Nepal had been banned in 2016 for “governmental interference” as well.

Published on 14th Oct, 2019

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National News

1. 10th National Cultural Festival begins in Madhya Pradesh

10th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-National Cultural Festival is being organized by the Union Ministry of Culture from 14th to 21st of October under the ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ campaign in Madhya Pradesh.

·The National Cultural festival will display diverse forms of folk, art and culture of 22 states. The concept of National Cultural Festival was conceived in the year 2015.

Awards

2. The Nobel Prize in Economics 2019

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Economics 2019.

·The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019 was awarded jointly to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”

·Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee is an American citizen while Esther Duflo is French-American.

·Michael Kremer is also from the US. Abhijit Banerjee, 58, was born in India and has a PhD from Harvard University.

·He is a Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.

3. Chandi Prasad Bhatt to get Indira Gandhi award for national integration

The 31st Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the years 2017 and 2018 will be awarded to the pioneer of the Chipko Movement Chandi Prasad Bhatt for his services in promoting and preserving the national integration.

·He is a Ramon Magsaysay award recipient for the year 1982. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 1986, the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and the Gandhi Peace prize in 2013.

·The award consists of a citation and cash of Rs 10 lakh to be given to the awardee by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on October 31, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Banking

4. Life Insurance Council plan to launch life insurance industry’s first joint mass media campaign ‘Sabse Pehle Life Insurance’. Life Insurance Council has decided to launch the Indian life insurance industry’s first joint mass media campaign with the slogan ‘Sabse Pehle Life Insurance’.

Appointments

5. K Satish Reddy appointed Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance president

K Satish Reddy, Chairman of Dr Reddy’s has been appointed as President of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) for 2019-2021. Mr. Reddy, the past president of IPA (2013-2015), played a major role in shaping policies concerning the pharmaceutical sector and the economy.

6. Mastercard India elevates Vikas Varma to COO

Mastercard India, payment technology major, elevated Vikas Varma as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the firm. He will lead initiatives related to new partnerships and the development of digital payments solutions in the country.

·Recently, Mastercard announced an investment of USD 1 billion (around Rs 7,100 crore) over the next five years in India.

Defence

7. 2nd edition of Indo-Japan joint military exercise “Dharma Guardian 2019” to be held in Mizoram

The 2nd joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2019’ to promote military cooperation between India and Japan will be held in Mizoram from 19 Oct to 02 Nov 2019.

·Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) comprising 25 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various Counter-Terrorism Operations in respective Countries.

·The joint military exercise will enhance the level of defence co-operation between the Indian Army and Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces (JGSDF) which in turn will further foster the bilateral relations between the two nations.

8. 10th edition of Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar 2019‘ begins in Seattle, US

The 10th edition of the joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar 2019’ between India and the US will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle, US.

·‘Vajra Prahar’ is a Special Forces joint training exercise conducted alternately in India and the US. Last year, the exercise had taken place in Jaipur.

·These exercises will enable the sharing of best practices and experience in areas such as joint mission planning capabilities and operational tactics.

·Bilateral military exercises and defence exchanges are an important aspect of deepening bilateral defence cooperation between India and the US.

 Sports

9. Manju Rani wins silver medal in World Women’s Boxing Championships

Manju Rani settled for silver medal in World Women’s Boxing Championships at Ulan-Ude in Russia. Russian Ekaterina Paltceva defeated Rani 4 -1 in the 48-kilogram category in the final match of the tournament.

10. Lakshya Sen wins maiden BWF World Tour title

Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men’s singles at Almere in the Netherlands. He rallied from a game deficit to defeat Yusuke Onodera of Japan 15-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a final.

Obituaries

11. Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space passes away

Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space passed away. He was the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago.

·During this mission, on 18 March 1965, Leonov exited the spacecraft and walked for 12 minutes and 9 seconds.

12. First female head of Nobel’s Literature Award Body, Sara Danius passes away

First female head of Nobel’s Literature Award Body, Sara Danius passed away.

·She was a literature critic, professor and writer, served as the first female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy between 2015 and 2018.

Books and Authors

13. Bill Gates book on climate change to be released in 2020

The founder of Microsoft Corporation and American philanthropist Bill Gates’ new book titled “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need” will be released on June 2020.

·It will be published by UK-based Allen Lane publishers. The book is about climate change and the possible solutions to prevent an environmental crisis.

Miscellaneous

14. PM Modi launches commemorative stamp to honour Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp in honour of Marshal of the Indian Air Force late Arjan Singh.

·He served as the Chief of Air Staff from August 1964 to July 1969. Government of India designated him as the Marshal of the Air Force in January 2002. He remains the only officer of the IAF to be given a Five-Star rank.

·Arjan Singh is an icon of Indian military history and the best remembered for providing excellent leadership to a young IAF during the 1965 war.

·Even after retirement, he continued to serve in various positions including India’s Ambassador to several countries.

 

Published on 13th Oct, 2019

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International News

1. Typhoon Hagibis strikes northern Japan

Typhoon Hagibis strikes Tokyo, capital of Japan after fierce rain and wind paralysed the capital.

· The cyclone Hagibis which caused floods, landslides and emergency disaster warnings, could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958.

· Authorities issued evacuation advisories and orders for more than 6 million people across the country as the storm unleashed the heaviest rain and winds in years. Train operators has suspended bullet train services extensively.

· “Hagibis” means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog..

Agreements

2. ADB & India signs $190 million loan for projects in Rajasthan

The Asian Development Bank and the Government of India has signed a $190 Million loan.

· The amount will be used to upgrade 754 km of state highways and major district roads (MDRs) to benefit about 26 million people in 14 districts of Rajasthan.

· For the benefit of commuters and pedestrians, particularly women and children, the project provides for constructing more than 200 bus stops, 70 km of hard shoulder, and 2 km of raised sidewalk on project roads

Important Days

3. International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: 13 October

The United Nations observes International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October every year.

· The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

· The day also promotes a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.

· Theme for 2019: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

· The 2019 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign (launched in 2016), centred on the 7 targets of the Sendai Framework.

· This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.”

Summits and Conferences

4. PM Modi chairs meeting on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ programme in Delhi. Under the initiative, the government plans to hold people-to-people exchange between states to enhance knowledge about each others culture.

· ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ highlights India’s diversity and furthers national unity. The goal of the initiative is to develop a holistic national perspective on important issues and encourage the celebration of India’s vibrant regional cultures.

Sports

5. M C Mary Kom wins bronze in World Women’s Boxing Championships

M C Mary Kom has won the bronze medal in the 51kg event of World Women’s Boxing Championships held in Ulan-Ude, Russia.

· She lost in an intense semifinal bout to Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu. This bronze is her first world medal in the 51kg category.

Published on 11th Oct, 2019

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National News

1. SARAS Aajeevika Mela begins in New Delhi

SARAS Aajeevika Mela has begun at India Gate Lawns, in New Delhi. It has been organized by the Ministry of Rural Development under the initiative of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

·It aims to bring the rural women Self Help Groups (SHGs) formed with support of DAY-NRLM, under one platform to show-case their skills, sell their products and help them build linkages with bulk buyers.

·Over 200 stalls have been set-up at the Mela venue, where nearly 500 rural SHG craftswomen from 29 States and UTs will show-case varied range of products like handicrafts, handlooms, natural food products and a food court with regional cuisines at India Gate Lawns.

2. GoI launches Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) initiative

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) initiative in New Delhi.

·The initiative was launched during the 13th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare.

·The initiative aims to assure dignified, respectful and quality health care at no cost for every woman and newborn visiting the public health facility in order to end all preventable maternal and newborn deaths.

·It also provides a positive birth experience to both mother and infant. With the initiative, the government is committed to achieve the target of reducing the maternal mortality and child mortality.

Economy News

3. Moody’s cuts India’s GDP growth forecast to 5.8% for FY20

Moody, the rating agency has lowered its 2019-20 GDP growth forecast for India to 5.8% from 6.2%.

·It stated that the Indian economy is experiencing a pronounced slowdown partly due to long-lasting factors.

Agreements

4. GeM signs MOU with Union Bank of India

Government e-Marketplace signed an MoU with Union Bank of India. As per the MoU, UBI will be able to offer an array of services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts, advising of Performance Bank Guarantees and Earnest Money Deposit to the registered users on the GeM portal.

·The MoU will facilitate a cashlesspaperless and transparent payment system on the portal and will create an efficient procurement system for government entities.

·GeM is an initiative of the Government of India offering one stop platform facilitating online procurement of common use goods and services required by various government departments, organisations, Public Sector Units.

Awards

5. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2019

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. He has been awarded for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

·The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

·He will receive a full cash prize, valued this year at 9-million kronor ($918,000), a gold medal and a diploma.

6. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 and 2019

The Nobel Prizes in Literature 2018 and 2019 were announced at The Swedish Academy in Stockholm. Both winners will receive a full cash prize, valued this year at 9-million kronor ($918,000), a gold medal and a diploma.

·The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. She has been awarded “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”

·The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 is awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke. He has been awarded “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”

 Important Days

7. International Day of the Girl Child: 11 October

The United Nations observes International Day of the Girl Child on 11th of October every year. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

·The theme for 2019: GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

8. 9th RCEP Intersessional Ministerial Meeting to be held in Thailand

The 9th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intersessional Ministerial Meeting will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.

·This will be the final Ministerial meeting before the 3rd Leaders’ Summit which will be held on November 4, 2019 in Bangkok.

·Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal will represent India in the meeting.

·He will also hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Japan, Singapore, China, Australia and New Zealand during the Bangkok Ministerial.

Miscellaneous

9. Railway police’s website & mobile app “Sahyatri” launched

Union Minister Nityanand Rai has launched a Government Railway Police’s website “railways.delhipolice.gov.in” and a mobile application “Sahyatri”.

·The database of criminals, including their photographs, active in railways’ jurisdiction all over India would be uploaded on the Railway police’s website. It will also have the facility to scan and read QR codes and make an emergency call.

·The Sahyatri app will help railway passengers find out the jurisdiction of a police station and the details of GRP officials by geo-tagging with Google Maps.

·It will also help the railway police in addressing complaints of passengers from across India and crime detection by integrating the criminal database online.

10. 38th India Carpet Expo begins in Varanasi

The 38th India Carpet Expo will be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The expo will be organized by the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC).

·The India Carpet Expo aims to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings for the visiting overseas carpet buyers.

·India carpet expo also acts as a platform for international carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish business relationship.

11. Maharashtra & Goa Circle celebrating National Postal Week

The Maharashtra and Goa Circle of the India Post is celebrating National Postal Week.

·The postal circle is observing the National Postal Week in each of the six regions under its jurisdiction – Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa.

·The week is being celebrated to spread awareness about services provided by the department and efforts made to meet changing requirements of customers.

·The week also commemorates the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss capital Berne.  

Published on 10th Oct, 2019

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National News

1. Dearness allowance of government employees hiked by 5%.

The Central government has increased the Dearness Allowance (DA) of Central government employees and pensioners. The government has hiked DA by 5%, which means the dearness allowance has been increased from 12% to 17%. The decision was approved in a cabinet meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The hike would be effective from July 2019. The cost to the exchequer will be Rs 16,000 crore.

· The cabinet also approved inclusion of 5,300 families under the development package of Jammu & Kashmir, who initially opted to move outside the state, but later returned and settled in the Jammu & Kashmir. This will enable such development package families to become eligible to get one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.5 lakh under the existing scheme.

· Cabinet has also relaxed the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar-seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. The relaxation will be till 30th November 2019. It will enable immediate release of benefits to a large number of farmers who are not able to avail the same due this requirement.

2. “DHRUV” a Learning Programme launched from ISRO, Bengaluru

 “DHRUV” a Pradhan Mantri Innovation Learning Programme has commenced from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru and will conclude at IIT, Delhi.

· The programme aims to further sharpen innovative imagination, skills and knowledge of the students who are expected to contribute to bringing solutions to socio-economic, political and environmental issues in the country.

· 60 brightest and talented students from Science, Mathematics and Performing Arts have been chosen for the programme.

3. GoI launches “Ganga Aamantran: Open Water Rafting Expedition”

Jal Shakti Minister has launched an initiative ‘Ganga Amantran’. The initiative has been launched to connect with the stakeholders of the river.

· It is a pioneering exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition on the Ganga river. The expedition will start at Devaprayag and culminate at Ganga Sagar covering the entire stretch of over 2500 kms of the River.

· Ganga Aamantran is the 1st ever effort by National Mission for Clean Ganga to raft across the entire stretch of the river.

· It is also the longest ever social campaign undertaken through an adventure sporting activity to spread the message of River Rejuvenation and Water Conservation on a massive scale.

4. Govt constitutes panel for measures to raise GST revenue

The Central Government has constituted a committee of officers to suggest measures to augment GST revenue collections and administration.

· The terms of reference of the panel includes making suggestions related to systemic changes in goods and services tax (GST) including checks and balances to prevent misuse and measures to improve voluntary compliance.

· The panel has also been given the task to give inputs on measures for the expansion of the tax base. The committee have to submit its 1st report within 15 days to the GST Council Secretariat.

Business News

5. RBI rejects Indiabulls Housing & Lakshmi Vilas Bank merger deal

The Reserve Bank of India has rejected the merger proposal of Indiabulls Housing Finance and Lakshmi Vilas Bank.

· RBI has rejected the application for voluntary amalgamation of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. and Indiabulls Commercial Credit Ltd. with the Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd.

· The merger was crucial for Lakshmi Vilas Bank as it is now under the prompt corrective action framework of the RBI due to a high level of bad loans and insufficient capital.

Ranks and Reports

6. RBI released Consumer Confidence Survey (September 2019)

The Reserve Bank of India has released the results of the September 2019 round of its Consumer Confidence Survey.

· The survey was conducted in 13 major cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram.

· Perceptions and expectations on the general economic situation, the employment scenario, the overall price situation and own income and spending are obtained from households across these cities.

Highlights of the survey:

· Consumer confidence weakened in September with both the current situation index and the future expectations index recording declines.

· Households’ sentiments on the general economic situation and the employment scenario declined. They were less optimistic on their income over the year ahead than in July 2019.

· Respondents perceived an increase in the price level over the last 1 year and a majority of them expect prices to rise further in the coming year.

· Respondents sentiments on overall spending as well as essential spending remain strong, though sentiments on discretionary spending weakened..

     Banking

7. RBI approves merger of DCBs to form ‘Kerala Bank’

The Reserve Bank of India has given the go-ahead to the Kerala government to amalgamate 13 district cooperative banks (DCBs) with the Kerala State Cooperative Bank to form the proposed “Kerala Bank”.

· Except the Malappuram District Cooperative Bank, all district banks had approved the scheme of amalgamation proposed by the State government at their respective general body meetings.

· Now, the government have to complete the stipulations laid for merger and submit a compliance report to the apex bank before March 31, 2020.

· RBI also insisted that the State government would have to consistently infuse additional capital and also put in place a well-defined governance structure by amending the KSCS Act..

Awards

8. Russia honors astronaut Nick Hague with “Order of Courage”

Russia has honoured NASA astronaut Nick Hague with one of its highest honours, “The Order of Courage“.

· Nick Hague survived an aborted space launch with Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin when their Soyuz rocket failed minutes after blast-off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October 2018.

· Hague has been awarded for his “courage and high professionalism” shown during life-threatening conditions.

Sports

9. German Footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger announces his retirement

German World Cup champion Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from soccer.

· Schweinsteiger spent a major part of his career with European giants Bayern Munich, where he won 8 Bundesliga titles and 7 German cups as well as the Champions league in 2013.

· He made over 300 appearances for the Bavarian side, scoring 45 goals from 2002-2015.

Important Days

10. World Mental Health Day: 10 October

World Health Organization observes World Mental Health Day on 10th of October every year. The day is celebrated with an objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

· The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

· The theme selected for this year’s Day: Suicide Prevention.

· This year’s Day is supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health. World Mental Health Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health.

11. World Space Week: 4th-10th October

The United Nations (Office for Outer Space Affairs) observes 4-10 October every year as World Space Week. It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.

· The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week (WSW) will be held each year from October 4-10. The dates were in recognition of the October 4, 1957 launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1.

· The theme for 2019 is: The Moon: Gateway to the Stars

· During World Space Week space education and outreach events are organised by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world.

Science and Technology

12. Saturn overtakes Jupiter as planet with most moons

A team of astronomers has discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, Saturn. This discovery has brought its total to 82 moons, while Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites.

· The moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii.

· Each of the newly discovered objects in orbit around Saturn is about 5 km in diameter and 17 of them orbit the planet “backwards” i.e. retrograde direction. The other three moons orbit in a prograde direction i.e. the same direction as Saturn rotates.

· Dr Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC led the team of astronomers including David Jewitt of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Jan Kleyna of the University of Hawaii.

 Miscellaneous

13. Vishnu Nandan among 300 researchers to join MOSAiC Expedition

Vishnu Nandan, polar researcher from Kerala will join largest ever Arctic expedition “MOSAiC Expedition“. He will be the only Indian aboard among the 300 researchers for multidisciplinary drifting observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate expedition.

· Vishnu Nandan will aboard the German research vessel Polarstern, anchored on a large sheet of sea ice in the Central Arctic, drifting along with it during the pitch-black Polar winter.

· Led by the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, MOSAiC, the largest ever Arctic expedition in history, will be the first to conduct a study of this scale at the North Pole for an entire year.

· The expedition will help the researchers better understand the impact of climate change and aid in improved weather projections.

14. “GEMINI” system to warn fishermen of danger

GEMINI is a portable receiver developed to avoid communication blackouts. It linked to ISRO-satellites and is “fail-proof” and warn fishermen of danger.

· The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services collaborated with Accord, a private company, to develop a box-shaped receiver that has an antenna and in-built battery that can last 3 to 4 days.

· GEMINI works on GAGAN, developed by ISRO and the Airports Authority of India and is an India-made global positioning system and relies on the positioning system by ISRO’s GSAT satellites.

· When GEMINI is connected to an app, it also lets fishermen know the probability of fish-catch in the surrounding seas.

 

Published on 3rd Oct, 2019

NEWS AT A GLANCE

Appointments

1. RBI appoints Jai Bhagwan Bhoria as administrator for PMC Bank

The Reserve Bank of India has superseded the Board of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Limited, Mumbai and appointed Jai Bhagwan Bhoria as the bank’s administrator with all powers of the board. Jai Bhagwan Bhoria replaces S.Waryam Singh.

·RBI had recently increased the amount of withdrawal allowed to the depositors of PMC from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 and the directives will remain in force for a period of six months.

2. KS Dhatwalia appointed as PIB’s Principal DG

Senior Indian Information Service officer, KS Dhatwalia, has been appointed as the Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau.

·He will succeed Sitanshu Kar and will be the 28th Principal Spokesperson of the government.

·He has worked in key positions in various Media Units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Banking

3. SBI becomes first Indian bank to have office in Australia’s Victoria

The State Bank of India opened its Melbourne office and becoming the first Indian bank to have a branch in the Australian state of Victoria.

·The Melbourne office will assist the growing trade and investment relations between Victoria and India and is the outcome of the state’s 10-year India Strategy.

·This investment by India’s largest commercial bank is a testament to our thriving financial services sector and our highly skilled workforce.

Defence

4. Land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic missile successfully test-fired

India successfully test-fired a land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic missile from Chandipur coast in Odisha’s Balasore district.

·DRDO conducted the test-fire successfully. The missile, with a strike range of 290km, can be fired from land as well as sea-based platforms. BrahMos is a joint venture between the DRDO and the NPOM of Russia.

Ranks and Reports

5. Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s School Education Quality Index

Kerala has topped the “School Education Quality Index” launched by NITI AayogUttar Pradesh was ranked at the bottom of the list. Chandigarh has topped the list of Union Territories.

·The School Education Quality Index assesses States on the basis of learning outcomes, access, equity and infrastructure and facilities, using survey data, self-reported data from States and third-party verification.

·Tamil Nadu was the top performer in access and equity outcomes, while Karnataka led in learning outcomes. Haryana had the best infrastructure and facilities.

Sports

6. Wilson-Satish pair wins gold at Asian Age Group Championships

India’s N. Wilson Singh and Satish Kumar Prahapati won the gold medal in the 10m platform synchronised diving event at the Asian Age Group Championships held in Bengaluru.

·The duo of Wilson and Satish scored 290.19 score to beat Uzbekistan’s Zaynetdinov Marsel and Khasanov Botir, who scored 280.53 points. The bronze medal went to Mojtaba Valipour and Masood Vakili of Iran with a score of 266.16.

7. Fraser-Pryce wins World Championship 100m gold

Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won gold medal in 100m race of 2019 IAAF World Championships held in Doha.

·This was her 4th women’s 100 metres world title. She defeated Britain’s European champion Dina Asher-Smith who took silver medal while Marie-Josee Ta Lou finished 3rd.

8. Fencer Bhavani Devi wins silver medal at Tournoi satellite competition in Belgium

Indian fencer Bhavani Devi wins the silver medal in the women’s sabre individual event at the Tournoi satellite competition in Belgium. She lost 15-10 to Anna Bashta of Azerbaijan in the final.

10. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won 2019 Russia F1 Grand Prix

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the 2019 Russia F1 Grand Prix (Formula 1 GP) at Sochi Autodrom race track in Russia.

·Mercedes Valtteri Bottas (Finland) and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc (Monaco) won the second and third spot respectively. The victory was the 82nd of Hamilton’s career, and ninth of the season, leaving him nine short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.

 Obituaries

11. INA veteran from Tamil Nadu V Ganesan passes away

Indian National Army (INA) veteran V Ganesan passed away. He joined Netaji’s INA at the age of 18 and received six months of military training in Singapore.

·While participating in the battle against the British Army in Myanmar, he was arrested and was imprisoned for 10 months in Yangon jail and was later repatriated to India.

·He was honoured by the President of India in 2012 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also a recipient of Copper Plaques from both the central and state governments.

12. Legendary singer Jose Jose passes away

Legendary Mexican singer Jose Jose who was often called ‘El Principe de la Cancion’ or ‘The Prince of Song, passes away.

·In a career of more than four-decade, the singer sold millions of albums and picked by 6 Grammy nominations.

13. Grammy-winning opera star ‘Jessye Norman’ passes away

Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her 4 Grammy awards and the national medal of arts, passed away recently.

·She was a trailblazing performer and one of the rare black singers to attain worldwide stardom in the opera world.

·Jessye Norman made her operatic debut in 1969 in Berlin, wowing audiences around the world on stages in Milan, London and New York. Norman, at 52, became the youngest person to earn the Kennedy Center Honor in the organization’s 20-year history.

   Important Days

14. International Day of Older Persons: 1 October

The United Nations observes 1 October every year as International Day of Older Persons.

·The International Day of Older Persons is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

·2019 ThemeThe Journey to Age Equality.

·The theme focuses on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequalities.

Miscellaneous

15. UNESCO, DD Join Hands for TV Show on Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Doordarshan, country’s public service broadcaster have joined hands to telecast TV bilingual programme ‘Mahatma Lives‘ or ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ on 1-2 October 2019.

·UNESCO and Doordarshan will telecast TV bilingual programme to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

·The objective of the programme is to celebrate his ideas and teachings and how it has shaped the lives of people in India as well as around the world.

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