Current Affairs



CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 5th DECEMBER

National News



1. Vice Prez M Venkaiah Naidu launches Bharatiya POSHAN Anthem

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the ‘Bharatiya Poshan Anthem’ in New Delhi.

• The aims towards taking the message of making India malnutrition free to all corners of the country

• The anthem was conceptualised by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) and has been penned by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi and sung by Shankar Mahadevan.



2. EC to implement Political Parties RTMS

The Election Commission of India will implement the political parties Registration Tracking Management System (RTMS).

• It will be implemented through an online portal to facilitate tracking of the status of the application by applicants.

• The Commission said, the applicant who is applying for party registration from 1st January 2020 onwards will be able to track the progress of his or her application and will get status through SMS and email.


International News



1. Pritivirajsing Roopun elected as new President of Mauritius by parliament

The National Assembly of Republic of Mauritius has unanimously elected Prithvirajsing Roopun, as new President of the island nation, a largely ceremonial post

• He was former arts and culture minister of the country. In Mauritius, Prime Minister is head of government and holds most political power while the president is head of state but has no executive role and is considered guardian of the constitution.


State News



1. UP govt announces 25% subsidy & full stamp duty waiver for defence industry

Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide 25 per cent subsidy and 100 per cent stamp duty waiver for setting up the defence industry in the state.

• The state government will also provide all facilities including power, road and fencing of land to the companies that will set up defence industries.


Appointments



1. Masatsugu Asakawa elected ADB President

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) board has unanimously elected Masatsugu Asakawa as its new president.

• He is currently a special advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, will assume office as ADB’s 10th President on January 17, 2020.

• He will succeed Takehiko Nakao, who will leave office on January 16, 2020.

• He served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo from 2012 to 2015 and at Saitama University from 2006 to 2009.



2. Sundar Pichai promoted as Alphabet Inc. CEO

Sundar Pichai promoted as Alphabet Inc. CEO after Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of the parent company Alphabet.

• Google CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai will be assuming the role of Alphabet Inc CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.

• Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President and Sundar Pichai will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet


Agreements



1. ADB provides $206m loan to finance Tamil Nadu Urban Investment Programme

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to advance a loan of US $206 million to develop water supply and sewerage infrastructure in Tiruchi and other cities in Tamil Nadu.

• It will also strengthen the capacities of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for improved service delivery.

• The project initiatives are also expected to help the state develop the requisite ecosystem for economic growth

• The project will target cities namely Ambur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, and Vellore for developing sewage collection and treatment and drainage systems

• Improvement to water supply systems would be targeted in the cities of Madurai and Tiruppur.


2. Walmart launches credit card in partnership with HDFC Bank

• Walmart India, in partnership with HDFC Bank, launched a co-branded credit card exclusively for members of its Best Price Modern Wholesale “B2B Cash & Carry” stores, offering “free credit up to 50 days.

• The card is being supported by Diners Club International which has acceptance of its own membership card in 185 countries.



Awards



1. Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or for 6th time

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record 6th time.

• It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga

• Virgil van Dijk was second-one of four Liverpool players in the top seven, including Sadio Mane in fourth.

• Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, was third in the voting.nce.


Defence



1. India successfully test-fires indigenously developed nuke-capable Prithvi-II missile

• The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user trial of the 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

• The missile weighs about 4,600 kg, is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kilograms of warheads and is thrust by liquid propulsion twin engines

• The 9 meters tall, single-stage liquid-fueled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.

• This missile is developed under the joint collaboration of Defence Research and Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited, the missile was first test-fired on 27 January 1996.



Schemes and Committees



1. Govt launches 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN

The government has launched the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country.

• The focus in this round will be North East Region, Hilly States, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Islands.

• The scheme was launched in October 2016, which seeks to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served regions through the revival of existing airstrips and airports.



Business



1. World Bank arm IFC invests $200 million in Mahindra Finance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a unit of the World Bank Group, has anchored an investment round of $200million in Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL).

• Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL) is a Rural NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company) with the objective to create a ‘pool’ specifically for financing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in low-income states.

• IFC is investing $75 million from its own account and mobilizing another $125 million as parallel loans.

• At the same time, Mahindra Finance has committed to invest $225 million in this fund

• At least $ 100 million of this would be for women-owned MSMEs & it will be supported by blended finance from the IFC-Goldman Sachs’ Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility.



Obituries



1. Veteran journalist Bhaskar Menon passes away

Baskar Menon, Veteran Journalist in the Press Trust of India (PTI) passes away.

• He was the Regional Manager in the south division of the PTI.

• He has also handled many crucial news like the assassination of former Prime Minister (PM) of India, Rajiv Gandhi in the year 1991.



Important Days



1. Indian Navy Day: 4 December

Navy Day is being celebrated in India on 4th December.

• The day is celebrated in honour of the maritime force’s role during the war with Pakistan in 1971 when Indian warships attacked Karachi port and successfully hurt Pakistani operations in the western coast.

• The Day is also celebrated to highlight the role the Navy plays in securing the country’s marine borders during peacetime and carrying out humanitarian missions.

• As per the recent Data, since 2008, 70 Indian naval warships have been deployed, which safely escorted over 3440 ships with over 25,000 mariners on board.



Miscellaneous



1. 35th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy

The 35th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy is being observed across the country.

• It is one of the world’s worst industrial disaster that claimed thousands of lives on the night of December 2, 1984.

• The disaster took place in a pesticide production plant, named the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL).

• The leak of 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate gas on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984.

• The gas cloud killed 3,787 people in and around Bhopal, according to Madhya Pradesh government’s estimates.

• However, other reports suggest the actual death tally to be anywhere between 16,000 and 30,000, and the injury count close to 500,000.



CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 2ND DECEMBER

NEW RECRUITMENT



1. HARI MOHAN NEW CHAIRMAN OF ORDNANCE FACTORY BOARD

• Senior officer Hari Mohan on Sunday took charge as the Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board. He succeeded Saurabh Kumar who superannuated from the services.



2. GOVT APPOINTS SOMA ROY BURMAN AS NEW CONTROLLER GENERAL OF ACCOUNTS

• The government on Sunday said it has appointed Soma Roy Burman, a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service Officer, as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA). Ms. Burman is the 24th CGA and is the seventh woman to hold this position.


INDIA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES



1. INDIA’S PAVILION INAUGURATED AT INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR IN MEXICO

• Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay Dhore inaugurated the Indian Pavilion at International Book Fair in Guajaljara, Mexico. India is the Guest of Honour Country in book fair & becomes the first Asian country to participate as Guest of Honour in the Fair. This fair is the biggest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world.


2. INDIA BECOMES 1ST COUNTRY TO MAKE ENTIRE HAJ PROCESS DIGITAL

• India has become the 1st country to make the entire process for pilgrims going on Haj completely digital. An online application, e-visa, Haj mobile app, e-MASIHA health facility, e-luggage pre-tagging providing all information in India itself regarding accommodation & transportation in Mecca & Madina will be provided to 2 lakh Indian Muslims going for Haj in 2020.Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi signed the bilateral annual Haj 2020 agreement between India & Saudi Arabia with Haj & Umrah Minister of Saudi Arabia.


3. MITRA SHAKTI: INDIA SRILANKA JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE

• The Seventh Indo-Sri Lanka joint military exercise was held at Aundh military station. The main objective of the exercise is to build and promote positive relations between the countries. The exercise is scheduled to be conducted at the Foreign Training Node in Pune between December 1 and December 14, 2019. The Mitra Shakti exercise was started in 2013 and is conducted annually as a part of military diplomacy and interaction between the armies of India and Sri Lanka. It is important for India to maintain good relations with its neighbors in political, economic, social ways. This will also help India in implementing its Neighbourhood first Policy with China increasing its presence in Sri Lanka (Hambantota port), it becomes vital for India to revive and boost historical ties.



4. FIRST INDIA-JAPAN 2+2 FOREIGN & DEFENCE MINISTERIAL MEETING HELD IN NEW DELHI

• India’s private news channel NDTV has been awarded International Press Institute (IPI) India award for excellence in journalism by the India chapter of the Vienna-based International Press Institute. NDTV was awarded for its expose of the conspiracy to scuttle the Kathua rape and murder case probe. A jury of eminent editors headed by Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India considered entries received and unanimously selected NDTV for the prestigious award.

• India and Japan held their first ever Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) in New Delhi. During the meet the two sides discussed about boosting defence and security ties besides other issues of mutual interest. This India-Japan ministerial meeting comes ahead of annual summit of two prime ministers scheduled to be held in Guwahati, Assam in December 2019. India has a similar ministerial level 2+2 dialogue with the USA as well. Indian delegation was led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar while Japanese side was led by Japan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Taro Kono.



5. INDIA & SWEDEN TO SIGN POLAR SCIENCE COOPERATION AGREEMENT

• India and Sweden are to sign their first maritime cooperation agreement during the Swedish Royal couple visit. The agreement includes cooperation between the countries in both Arctic and Antarctic regions and hence the name Polar Science.


6. MMTC TO IMPORT 11000 METRIC TONNES OF ONIONS FROM TURKEY

• Public Sector trading firm MMTC has ordered import of 11,000 metric tonnes of onions from Turkey. This has been done on the directions of The department of Consumer Affairs. The decision has been taken to moderate the rising prices of onion across the nation.



SPORT & GAMES



1. SOUTH ASIAN GAMES BEGINS IN KATHMANDU

• President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari opened the South Asian Games in Kathmandu. The event is scheduled to be conducted for 10 days. Around 487 athletes are participating from India. The South Asian Games is a biennial multi-sport event that is held among the South Asian countries. It is being conducted since 1983. Currently there are eight members in the event. It includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Maldives. The governing body of the event is South Asia Olympic Council.


2. SYED MUSTAQ ALI TROPHY: KARNATAKA LIFT TROPHY AFTER THRILLING 1 RUN WIN OVER TAMILNADU IN THE FINAL

• Karnataka lifted the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday after a thrilling one-run win over Tamil Nadu in the final. The encounter went to the last over in which off-spinner K Gowtham was asked to defend 13 runs. Despite being hit for boundaries in the first two deliveries of the over, Gowtham conceded three runs in the remaining four deliveries, and thus helped his side win the title. This is the second consecutive title win for Karnataka.


3. LEWIS HAMILTON WINS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

• Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has claimed his 84 career victory & 11 in 21 races of this year. Max Verstappen of Red Bull finished 2nd in the race while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished 3rd in the race.



IMPORTANCE OF THE DAY



1. 2 DECEMBER: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

• Every year 2 December is observed as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, across the world. The yearly event is organized by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and was first celebrated in 1986.


2. 2nd DECEMBER: NATIONAL POLLUTION CONTROL DAY

• Every year 2 December is observed as National Pollution Control Day to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy that occurred on this day in 1984.



INTERNATIONAL NEWS



1. SAUDI ARABIA TAKES OVER G20 PRESIDENCY FROM JAPAN

• The G20 Presidency has been taken over by Saudi Arabia from Japan. Saudi Arabia has become the first Arab Nation to assume the G20 Presidency. The Saudi G20 presidency is committed to continue the work from Osaka (Japan) & promote the multilateral consensus. The G20 presidency, which Saudi Arabia has taken over from Japan, will host world leaders for a global summit in its capital Riyadh in 2020.



CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 30th NOVEMBER

DEATH



1. FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN, YASUHIRO NAKASONE PASSED AWAY

• Yasuhiro Nakasone, one of Japan’s longest reigning Prime Ministers & known for his friendship with Ronald Reagen, has passed away at the age of 101. Nakasone, Prime Minister from 1982 to 1987, shared the world stage with Reagen & Margaret Thatcher while battling with bureaucrats over domestic reforms. In 1983, he became the first Japanese Prime Minister to officially Visit South Korea, mending fences with a country that Japan had brutally colonized from 1910-1945.

  • Prime Minister of Japan: Shinzo Abe
  • Currency of Japan: Yen

  • NEWS ABOUT ECONOMICS



    1. ADITYA BIRLA FINANCE BECOME FIRST COMPANY TO LIST COMMERCIAL PAPERS ON STOCK EXCHANGES

    • Aditya Birla Finance Ltd (ABFL), the Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) arm of Aditya Birla Capital, has now become the first company to list its commercial papers (CPs) on stock exchanges. The move comes after stock exchanges- the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and NSE (National Stock Exchange), came out with a framework for listing of commercial papers , in a bid to broaden investors’ participation in such securities.


    2. FORMER RBI DEPUTY GOVERNOR H R KHAN TO CHAIR MICRO-FINANCE PANEL

    • H R Khan, former deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been appointed as first chairman of steering committee panel on Code for Responsible Lending (CRL) in Micro-Credit. Members of panel include: P Satish of Sa-Dhan, Sonia Krishnankutty of L&T Finance, Harsh Shrivastava of MFIN and Srinivas Bonam of IndusInd Bank among others.


    3. INDIA’S GDP GROWTH FURTHER DIPS TO 4.5% IN JULY-SEPTEMBER

    • India’s GDP growth hit an over six-year low of 4.5% in July-September 2019, dragged mainly by the deceleration in manufacturing output & subdued farm sector activity. The GDP growth was recorded at 7% in the corresponding quarter of financial year 2018-19. In the previous quarter of the ongoing fiscal, economic growth was 5%. This GDP grown data for the September 2019 quarter is the lowest since January-March of 2012-13 when it was registered at 4.3%.


    4. RBI IMPOSED RS 1.50 CRORE PENALTY ON CORPORATION BANK

    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs. 1.50 crore on Corporation Bank for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions issued by RBI. The penalty has been imposed in the exercise of powers vested in the RBI under the provisions of Section 47 A (1) (C) read with Section 46 (4) (i) & 51(1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. This action is based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance & is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers.

  • CEO of Corporation Bank: PV Bharathi
  • Headquarters: Mangalore

  • AWARD



    1. NDTV WINS INTERNATIONAL PRESS INSTITUTE INDIA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

    • India’s private news channel NDTV has been awarded International Press Institute (IPI) India award for excellence in journalism by the India chapter of the Vienna-based International Press Institute. NDTV was awarded for its expose of the conspiracy to scuttle the Kathua rape and murder case probe. A jury of eminent editors headed by Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India considered entries received and unanimously selected NDTV for the prestigious award.

    • The annual award was instituted by IPI India in 2003 was given to The Indian Express for its reporting of the Gujarat riots and its aftermath.

    • NDTV had also won the award in 2004 for its expose of baby-swapping racket in Hyderabad, and corruption trial of Telgi stamp scam.

    • The award comprises of a trophy, a citation and a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.


    INDIAN STATES, UNION TERRITORIES & CITIES IN NEWS



    1. GOVT OF INDIA & ADB INKED $451 MILLION LOAN TO ENHANCE POWER CONNECTIVITY IN TAMILNADU

    • On November 28, 2019, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $451 million loan agreement to strengthen power connectivity between the southern and northern parts of the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC), a part of the East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC), in Tamil Nadu. ADB is acting as the lead partner of the Government of India for developing ECEC.

    About ADB :

  • Established: 1966
  • Members: 68
  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Takehiko Nakao

  • 2. UNDP LAUNCH ACCELERATOR LAB IN NEW DELHI

    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched Accelerator Lab in India to work on tackling pollution. The laboratory will be housed in the UNDP India office in New Delhi and has partnered with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of the Indian govt.

    About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

  • Founded: 22 November 1965.
  • Headquarters: New York, United States (US).
  • Administrator: Achim Steiner.

  • 3. DELHI BECOMES 1ST IN INDIA TO HOST 10TH COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PARLIAMENT

    • The 10th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament (#CYP10) was held in New Delhi, for the first time in India. It was hosted by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) & the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Over 40 Commonwealth youth delegates aged 18 to 29 years attended the CYP10. The objective of the #CYP10 was enhance the youth & introduce them to a professional sphere to assume a position in public office.


    INDEX & RANKING



    1. INDIA CORRUPTION SURVEY 2019

    • As per the India Corruption Survey 2019, Rajasthan and Bihar fared the worst in country with 78% and 75% of respondents admitting to paying bribes, while Telangana topped the list in South India. The survey was carried out between October 2018 and November 2019 and was conducted by Local Circles, a social media firm and the Transparency International India. It had a total of 1.9 lakh responses from nearly 81,000 unique respondents in 248 districts across 20 Indian states. As compared to 2018, India’s overall ranking in Corruption Perception Index has risen 3 places to 78 out of 180 countries. While an average of 56% of respondents admitted to paying bribes in 2018, the number has come down to 51% in 2019. According to the list, Kerala is one of the least corrupt states, where only 10% of people admitted to paying a bribe to get their work done.


    MISCELLANEOUS



    1. INDIAN NAVY TEST-FIRES BRAHMOS SUPERSONIOC CRUISE MISSILE

    • Indian Navy test-fired the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, from the Navy’s stealth destroyer INS Kochi. The supersonic missile successfully hit a decommissioned target ship in Arabian Sea. Moreover, the second ship of Project 15-A Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer test-fired advanced missile during a naval drill in West Coast.


    CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 29th NOVEMBER

    NEW APPOINTMENT

    1. UDDHAV THACKERAY TAKES OATH AS MAHARASHTRA CHIEF MINISTER


    • Shiv Sena Chief & Maha Vikas Aghadi nominee Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He is the 29 Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He was named as the leader of the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress alliance called the Maha Vikas Aghadi. Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to Thackeray at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Central Mumbai. He is the first Thackeray family member to become Maharashtra’s Chief Minister.


    2. TATA COMMUNICATION BOARD APPOINTS A S LAKSHMINARAYAN AS MD & CEO


    • The Board of Tata Communications (Tata Comm) appointed Amur Swaminathan Lakshminarayanan as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the telecom company for a term of five years with effect from 26 November 2019. Prior joining Tata Comm, Lakshminarayanan was the president & CEO of TCS, Japan where he was in charge of accelerating the company’s market opportunity & developing the brand in the region.


    INDEX & RANKING

    1. QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS-ASIA 2020: 96 INDIAN UNIVERSITIES PLACES IN LIST


    • QS World University Rankings-Asia 2020 was released. It is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), ranking the best universities of 2020 in the Asian region. Among the Indian Universities, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) was ranked as the top performer ranking 34th in the list. The list was topped by National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore for the second consecutive year.

    • 96 Indian universities including IIT Delhi (IIT-D) in the 43rd rank and IIT Madras (IIT-M) in the 50th rank.


    2. GLOBAL DIPLOMACY INDEX 2019


    • The 2019 Global Diplomacy Index was released by Sydney-based Lowy Institute. The index gives the latest statistics and marking about how the world’s diplomatic networks are expanding and, in certain cases, shrinking. The index ranked 61 countries across the world.

    • China now has more diplomatic posts across the world than United States in 2019. China has overtaken United States with 276 embassies and consulates worldwide, which is 3 more than US (both countries have an equal number of embassies but China has 3 more consulates).

    • India was ranked 12th among the 61 countries. As of 2019, India has 123 embassies and high commissions and 54 consulates globally.


    DEATH

    1. RENOWNED CARTOONIST SUDHIR DAR PASSES AWAY


    • Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar whose works graced several newspapers in a career spanning 58 years, passes away. He began his career with The Statesman in 1961 after which he moved to Hindustan Times. His cartoons have also appeared in The Independent, The Pioneer, Delhi Times, New York Times, Washington Post & Saturday Review among others.


    2. TAMIL ACTOR & THEATRE ARTIST BALA SINGH PASSES AWAY


    • Veteran Tamil actor & theatre artist Bala Singh passed away. Bala, an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD) started his career as a theatre artist. He rose to fame in actor Nasser’s Avatharam (1995), where he played the role of a villain. It was also his debut film.


    3. WORLD-RENOWNED ROCK CLIMBER BRAD GOBRIGHT PASSES AWAY IN MEXICO FALL


    • A world-renowned rock climber, United States national Brad Gobright, fell to his death while climbing a sheer rock face in Northern Mexico. He was known for his gravity-defying solo ascents with no ropes.


    NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

    1. G20 FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETING 2019 HELD IN JAPANESE CITY OF NAGOYA


    • External Affairs Minister (EAM) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has attended the 2-day G20 (or Group of 20) foreign ministers meeting 2019 held in Japanese city of Nagoya from November 22-23, 2019. Jaishankar held talks with his counterpart ministers from several countries.

    • The two-day event, the last of the eight ministerial G20 meetings chaired by Japan this year (2019). The meeting was held with the focus on the promotion of free trade, implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals) and how to best assist rapidly growing economies in Africa. All ministers agreed to reform the Geneva (Switzerland) Headquartered World Trade Organization (WTO).

    • EAM S Jaishankar met Japan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Shigeru Kitamura and discussed foreign policy cooperation.


    2. G K REDDY INAUGURATES 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANDSLIDES RISK REDUCTION & RESILIENCE


    • Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 1st International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience in New Delhi today. While addressing the Conference, Mr Reddy called for developing technology to anticipate disasters like landslides and develop infrastructure to quickly respond to minimise the damage.


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    1. RENOWNED CARTOONIST SUDHIR DAR PASSES AWAY


    • The European Union’s legislature has declared a climate emergency, in a symbolic move aimed at increasing pressure on the incoming European Commission to take a stronger stance on climate change.

    • The climate declaration was passed today in Strasbourg during a European Parliament debate on the upcoming United Nations COP25 climate summit. The summit kicks off on 2nd December in Madrid.

    European Union Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium

    European Parliament President: David Maria Sassoli


    NATIONAL NEWS

    1. RAJNATH TO INAUGURATE 3rd EDITION OF MILITARY LITERATURE FESTIVAL


    • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the 3-day-long Military Literature Festival (MLF) at Chandigarh. The event would present an international level forum to foster & preserve the exchange of knowledge related to military literature & associated works.

    • The 10 books of noted defence & literary authors would also be released on occasion. This year, the event would commemorate Indian participation in the Burma Campaign in World War 2, the 75th anniversary of which falls next year.


    AWARD

    1. PARTICLES WINS THE GOLDEN PEACOCK AWARD AT IFFI 2019


    • Particles directed by Blaise Harrison and produced by Estelle Fialon has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa on November 28, 2019. The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs to be shared equally between the Director and the Producer, Trophy and the citation. Particles is an ambitious yet modest film about the mysteries of being a teenager.


    CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 28th NOVEMBER

    NATIONAL NEWS

    1. LOKPAL LOGO & MOTTO LAUNCHED


    •The Chairman of Lokpal, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose launched the logo of Lokpal, at an event held in New Delhi. The motto of Lokpal Maa Gridhah Kasyasvidhanam (Do not be greedy for anyone’s wealth) was also adopted. The Logo design of Prashant Mishra, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh was selected for adoption as Logo of Lokpal.


    2. 2019 CRY REPORT


    • An analysis by Non-govt Organisation (NGO) Child Relief and You (CRY), released its report on crimes against children in India. As per the report, crimes against children rose by 20% which is higher than the overall number of crimes that rose by 3.6%. Among the Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh topped the list for overall crimes in India.

    • About Child Rights and You (CRY)

    • Founded: 1979.

    • Motto: Stand up for what is right.

    • Location: New Delhi.

    • Founder: Rippan Kapoor.


    3. HRD MINISTRY LAUNCHES KARTAVYA PORTAL


    • Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched Kartavya.ugc.ac.in portal for holding monthly essay competitions for students. The portal was launched as part of year-long Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan being observed throughout the country.

    • The portal will be used primarily for holding monthly essay competitions for students as well as other activities including quizzes, poster making, debates pertaining to Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan. The department of Higher Education under HRD Ministry will be holding 11 rounds of National Essay Competitions during the year. The topics of the essay will be based on one Fundamental Duty every month.


    INDIAN STATES, UNION TERRITORIES & CITIES IN NEWS

    1. BIHAR TOPPED IN ACUTE RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AMONG CHILDREN UNDER-5 YEARS


    • Non-Government Organisation(NGO), Save the Children released a report titled Situation Analysis of Pneumonia in India. The report was on respiratory infections in children. As per the report, Bihar recorded the highest prevalence of acute respiratory infections (ARIs) among children under the age of 5 years when compared with the 5 high burden states between September 2018 and June 2019.


    • Capital: Patna

    • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar

    •Governor: Phagu Chauhan


    2. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK APPROVES 2nd TRANCHE OF USD 150 MN FOR WEST BENGAL


    • The Asian Development Bank (ABD) has approved the 2nd tranche of USD 150 million (about Rs 1,065 crore) for West Bengal to boost capital investment & infrastructure in the state. The board of ADB approved a loan of $300 million (about Rs 2130 crore) to continue a comprehensive series of fiscal reforms in West Bengal to revive financial health of public sector enterprises, the introduction of medium-term expenditure frameworks in two departments, & implementation of an integrated tax monitoring system, among others.

    • Asian Development Bank Headquartes: Manila,Philippines

    • President: Takehiko Nakao


    3. CABINET APPROVES LOAN WAIVER OF WORTH RS.4 CR AGAINST SIKKIM MINING CORPORATION


    • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved waiver of repayment of loan and interest thereon, of nearly worth Rs.4 crore outstanding against Sikkim Mining Corporation (SMC) including interest accrued on total amount from 1 April 2019, till this approval outstanding against SMC. CCEA is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    • SMC was established on the 27 February 1960 as Joint Venture undertaking of Government of Sikkim and Centre Government. SMC has been incurring losses every year since its inception.


    4. MADHYA PRADESH’S DEVI AHILYA UNIVERSITY GETS A+ GRADE FROM NAAC


    • The Indore-based Devi Ahilya University becoming Madhya Pradesh’s first varsity to be accorded A+ grade by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC). The Centre of higher learning now became entitled to several other facilities. It may introduce courses recognised by the University Grants Commission without the latter’s permission besides commencing open distance-learning courses.

    • Director of NAAC: S.C. Sharma

    • Headquarter of NAAC:Bengaluru

    • Founded: 1994


    INDIA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES

    1. INDIA-MYANMAR MOU ON BILATERAL COOPERATION FOR PREVENTION OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS


    • Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Myanmar on bilateral cooperation for Prevention of Trafficking in Persons; Rescue, Recovery, Repatriation and Re-integration of victims of Trafficking. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


    • Capital: Naypyidaw

    • President: Win Myint


    2. CABINET APPROVES DOUBLE TAXATION AVOIDANCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA-CHILE


    • Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and Protocol between Republic of India and Republic of Chile. This will help in elimination of double taxation as well as prevention of fiscal evasion and avoidance with respect to taxes on income.

    • Capital: Santiago

    • President:Sebastian Pinera


    3. INDIA & JAPAN HOLDS MINE COUNTERMEASURE EXERCISE (MINEX) 2019


    • A maiden bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy & the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have conducted Mine Countermeasure Exercise (MINEX) 2019 at Kochi, Kerala. Officials of the Indian Navy & from the warships Bungo & Takashima of JMSDF’s Minesweeper (a naval ship that is deployed in removing naval mines) Division 3, commanded by Captain Seiji Ikubu took part in the exercise.

    • Capital: Tokyo

    • Currency: Japanese Yen

    • Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe


    4. CABINET APPROVES MOUS WITH SAUDI ARABIA TO COMBAT SMUGGLING OF NARCOTIC DRUGS


    • Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between Republic of India and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in field of combating illicit trafficking and smuggling of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Chemical Precursors.

    It will facilitate as well as enhance cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia in combating smuggling and illicit trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) and Precursors Chemicals as defined by United Nations (UN) International Drug Control Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988. These are Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961; Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971; Convention against the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1988.


    NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

    1. 8th WATEC ISRAEL 2019


    • Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat represented India at the 8 WATEC (Water Technology and Environment Control) Conferences 2019. The theme of the conference is Water Stewardship and Innovation–driving global leadership in the responsible planning management, and protection of water. The conference held at David Intercontinental in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    • The conference, organized by Kenes Exhibitions, aimed to get updates on technologies related to water and environmental management. Several countries participated in the conference & showcased their new-age technologies and solutions


    2. 47th All India Police Science Congress begins in Lucknow


    • The 47th All India Police Science Congress (AIPSC) begins in Lucknow. The event will be inaugurated by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor and retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi. Uttar Pradesh Police in association with the Home Ministry and the Bureau of Police Research and Development is organising the event at the police headquarters in Lucknow. The last time Lucknow was the host for AIPSC was in 1997. During 6 sessions of the event, police officers, academicians, researchers, judicial and scientific experts will present their papers.


    2. 47th All India Police Science Congress begins in Lucknow


    • The 47th All India Police Science Congress (AIPSC) begins in Lucknow. The event will be inaugurated by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor and retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi. Uttar Pradesh Police in association with the Home Ministry and the Bureau of Police Research and Development is organising the event at the police headquarters in Lucknow. The last time Lucknow was the host for AIPSC was in 1997. During 6 sessions of the event, police officers, academicians, researchers, judicial and scientific experts will present their papers.


    3. NUGEN MOBILITY SUMMIT


    • The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is organizing a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019 in Gurugram, Haryana. NuGen is a platform to showcase the capabilities and explore the new generation technologies.

    • ICAT Director: Dinesh Tyagi

    • ICAT Headquarter: Gurugram, Haryana


    4. DEFCOM INDIA 2019


    • The DEFCOM INDIA 2019 seminar commenced at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. The theme for the seminar is Communications: A Decisive Catalyst for Jointness. The seminar is devoted to the seminal theme of leveraging communications for achieving jointness between the three services.

    • DEFCOM 2019 witnessed active participation from the armed forces, industry, research and development organisations and the academia. It provided an excellent opportunity for the industry to understand the requirements of the Armed Forces. The DEFCOM exhibition showcased cutting edge communication solutions from the industry and gave officers from the three services an opportunity to gain insights on technology and industry capabilities.


    NEW RECRUITMENT

    1. BIPIN RAWAT TO BE FIRST CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF


    • General Bipin Rawat to be first chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He will end his tenure as the Army Chief in December 2019. He will take over as the first Chief of Defence Staff- a four star position being created as part of a defence management overhaul. He will get a term of 2 years as the CDS. He took over as the 27th Chief of Army Staff on 31 December 2016 after General Dalbir Singh retired.


    DEATH

    1. AUSTRALIAN WRITER & BROADCASTER CLIVE JAMES PASSES AWAY


    • Australian writer & broadcaster, Clive James passed away. He was born in 1939; he moved to England in 1961 & rose to prominence as a literary critic & TV columnist. He went on to deliver wry commentary on international programming in such shows as Clive James on Television.


    CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 27th NOVEMBER

    INTERNATIONAL

    1. SUMATRAN RHINOS GO EXTINCT IN MALAYASIA


    • The last surviving Sumatran Rhino in Malaysia, Iman, died in Borneo Rhino Sanctuary. The Rhino died of cancer. With this Sumatran rhino have become extinct in Malaysia. Iman was captured in 2014 from Danum Valley in Malaysia.

    • The Sumatran Rhinos are the smallest of the five extant rhino species in the world. The other rhino species include Black Rhinos, White Rhinos, Greater on-horned Rhinos and Javan Rhinos.

    • With the death of Iman, there are only 80 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world. All the 80 are currently in Indonesia in the Indonesian part of Borneo and Sumatra Island.

    • In India the Sumatran Rhinos occurred in parts of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Chittagong hills in the 19th century. However, the last Sumatran Rhino of India was killed in 1967. The species is now extinct in India.

    • The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has put the Sumatran Rhinos in the Critically Endangered category.


    INDIAN STATES, UNION TERRITORIES & CITIES IN NEWS

    1. STATE’S 1st VULTURE CONSERVATION TO SET UP UTTAR PRADESH GOVERNMENT


    • In a major step to conserve the endangered vulture population, the Uttar Pradesh government will set up the state’s first vulture conservation & breeding centre in Farenda area of Maharajganj district. According to Environment Minister Dara Singh Chauhan, there has been a sharp decline in the population of vultures in the country which has come down from 40 million to 19,000 in a span over three decades.

    • The renaming of the tunnel aims to preserve Mukherjee’s heritage and memory as well as a tribute for his sacrifice for the nation.


    2. CHATTISGARH DECLARES GURU GHASIDAS NATIONAL PARK AS TIGER RESERVE


    • The Chhattisgarh Government has decided to declare Guru Ghasidas National Park (GGNP) as Tiger Reserve. The Guru Ghasidas National Park is located in the Koriya district in Chhattisgarh and it is the 4th Tiger reserve in the state. The decision was taken by Bhupesh Baghel, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in the 11th meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board.

    About Chhattisgarh:
    
Capital: Raipur
    
Governor : Anusuiya Uikey


    3. GLOBAL EXHIBITION ON SERVICES-2019 ORGANISED IN BENGALURU


    • Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways inaugurated the Global Exhibition on Services (GES) 2019 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The year 2019 is the 5th edition of GES. The inaugural function was also attended by Chief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yediyurappa.

    • GES is an annual event established by Department of Commerce, Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry in association with Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).


    AWARDS

    1. DRDO CHAIRMAN G SATHEESH REDDY AWARDED HONORARY FELLOWSHIP BY ROYAL AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY OF UNITED KINGDOM


    • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chairman G Satheesh Reddy was awarded honorary fellowship by Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) of United Kingdom (UK) during the Medals and Awards presentation ceremony in London. He is the first Indian recipient of the prestigious award in more than 100 years.

    • The first Honorary Fellowship was awarded in year 1917. Eminent persons conferred with this award includes doyens of Aerospace such as Orville Wright, aviation pioneer known for inventing airplane with his brother, Wilbur.


    2. BILLIE EILISH IS BILLBOARD’S 2019 WOMAN OF THE YEAR


    • Singer Billie Eilish will be honoured as Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the year. Pop star Taylor Swift will also be honoured at Billboard’s event, receiving the inaugural Woman of the Decade award.


    3. INDIAN JOURNALIST NEHA DIXIT RECIPIENTS OF INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM AWARD


    • Indian journalist Neha Dixit has receipt 2019 International Press Freedom Awards. This award is awarded by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a non-profit organization whose aim is to enable journalists to work without the fear of reprisal. She received the award for her reports on sex trafficking scandals in India by Investigative reporter in Miami Herald, Julie K.Brown.

    Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Formation: 1981
    Headquarters: New York, United States of America.


    4. MANISHA KULSHRESHTHA WINS 28th BIHARI PURASKAR


    • Noted writer from Rajasthan, Manisha Kulshreshtha, was awarded the 28th Bihari Puraskar for 2018 for her novel Swapnapash. The award is presented by the KK Birla Foundation & is for writers of Rajasthani Origin. It is given annually to an outstanding work in Hindi or Rajasthani published in the past 10 years. Named after famous Hindi poet Bihari, the award carries a cash prize 2.5 lakh, a citation, & a plaque.


    5. SURESH KRISHNA GETS QUALITY RATNA AWARD


    • India’s first Quality Ratna award to Suresh Krishna, Chairman, Sundram Fasteners Ltd. He has been a role model for society in embracing the principles of quality in both personal & professional life. He pioneered the constitutions of the TPM Club of India in collaboration with the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance in 1998 & was its first Chairman. This award was awarded by trade body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Institute of Quality, in its 27th Quality Summit held in Bengaluru.

    CII Formation: 1895
    Headquarters: New Delhi


    5. EKLABYA AWARD 2019 FOR ODIA WEIGHTLIFTER JHILLI DALABEHERA


    • Odia women weightlifter Jhilli Dalabehera, who has brought laurels for both the State & the country in several national & international events, will receive the 27th Ekalabya Award for 2019. The annual award instituted by Indian Metal Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) comprises a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation. She has won two gold, three silver & a bronze medal in different International weightlifting events held between April 1, 2017 & March 31, 2019.

    • Eklabya award was instituted in 1993.


    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    1. ISRO LAUNCHES CARTOSAT-3


    • India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47 launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) rocket carrying advanced earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 & 13 United States nano satellites lifted off from the second launch pad of the rocket from Shriharikota.

    • PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the XL configuration.

    • Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.

    • PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States of America as part of commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.

    CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 25th NOVEMBER

    INDIAN STATES, UNION TERRITORIES & CITIES IN NEWS

    1. MANIPUR SANGAI FESTIVAL 2019 BEING ORGANISED IN IMPHAL


    • The 2019 edition of Manipur Sangai Festival is being organised from 24-30 November in Imphal. Every year in November, Gateway of North-East region, Manipur celebrates the Sangai Festival, which was named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.


    Capital of Manipur: Imphal.

    Chief Minister of Manipur: N. Biren Singh

    Governor of Manipur: Najma Heptulla


    2. MADHYA PRADESH: SPORTSPERSONS WILL GET 5% RESERVATION IN GOVERNMENT JOBS


    • The state government of Madhya Pradesh has announced 5% reservation to national and international medallists sportspersons in state government jobs. The announcement in this regard was made by Madhya Pradesh Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Jitu Patwari while inaugurating the Regional Olympic Games at Kampoo sports complex in Gwalior.

    Capital of Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal.

    Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath

    Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lalji Tandon


    3. ETAWAH LION SAFARI INAUGURATED IN UTTARPRADESH


    • The Etawah Lion Safari, formally known as Etawah Safari Park was thrown open for public in Uttar Pradesh without the lion segment. It is a drive-through safari park located in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh and is one of the biggest safari parks in Asia with an area of 350 hectares (860 acres).

    Capital of Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow.

    Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath

    Governor of Uttar Pradesh: Anandiben Patel


    4. DESTINATION NORTH EAST FESTIVAL HELD IN VARANASI


    • The Ministry of Development of North East Region conducted a four day long North East festival in Varanasi. The festival is to be conducted between November 23, 2019 and November 26, 2019. It aims to fuse the cultures of Ganga and Brahmaputra.

    The previous editions of the event were held in Chandigarh and Delhi. All the eight states of North East are participating in the event with their exhibitions of handloom, handicrafts, cultural troupes and organic products.

    Central Government Agencies like North East Regional Agricultural Marketing Cooperation Limited (NERAMAC), North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP), International Centre for Cultural Relations are participating in the event.


    5. NATIONAL TRIBAL CRAFT MELA-2019 BEING HELD IN BHUBANESWAR


    • Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela at State Tribal Museum Complex in Bhubaneswar. The seven-day long event will be opened for public from 2.00 PM to 8.00 PM every day from 23 to 29 November.

    As a part of Odisha Government’s 5Ts initiative, (which is aimed at achieving progress through Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation) 45 Supplementary Readers prepared in 21 Tribal languages were released simultaneously by Chief Minister on the occasion of Tribal Mela. These supplementary Readers will be used as Learning Materials for Multi-Lingual Education (MLE) of Scheduled Tribe (ST) Students.


    6. AMRAVATI INCLUDED IN INDIA MAP AS THE CAPITAL OF ANDHRA PRADESH


    • The Survey of India, India’s central engineering agency in charge of mapping & surveying has released an updated map of India with Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh (AP). The state of AP was bifurcated in the year 2014 & while it was initially decided that Hyderabad would serve as the common administrative capital for a period of 10 years for Andhra Pradesh & Telanghana.

    Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswabhusan Harichandan.

    Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy


    IMPORTANCE OF THE DAY

    1. INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: 25 NOVEMBER


    • The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed across the world on 25 November annually.


    Theme: Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.


    DEATH OF PERSONALITY

    1. FORMER WEST BENGAL MINISTER KSHITI GOSWAMI PASSES AWAY


    • The General Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) & former West Bengal Minister Kshiti Goswami passed away. He was PWD Minister in Jyoti Basu & Buddhadev Bhattacharjee’s cabinet in the Left Front Government in the state.


    2. FORMER MADHYA PRADESH CHIEF MINISTER KAILASH JOSHI PASSES AWAY


    • Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kailash Joshi has passed away. He was called as the saint of politics served as the state’s Chief Minister from 1977 to 1978. He was MLA for eight terms & also served as a member of both the Rajya Sabha & the Lok Sabha.


    INDIA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES

    1. MINE COUNTER MEASURE EXERCISE-FIRST TIME BETWEEN INDIA & JAPAN


    • The Indian Naval Forces and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) was held for the first time an explosive ordnance disposal and mine counter measure.


    2. AIIA SIGNS MOU WITH WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY TO PROMOTE AYURVEDA


    • The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australia’s Western Sydney University with aim to promote collaboration in research and developing guidelines for integrating Ayurveda principles with modern medicine. The MoU was agreed and exchanged on the occasion of event India Australia International Education and Research Workshop at Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi.


    3. CHINA WARNS CATTLE IMPORTS AS INDIA NOTIFIES WORLD ORGANIZATION OF ANIMAL HEALTH (OIE) ABOUT CATTLE DISEASE IN ODISHA


    • The Chinese Government has issued warnings against import of cattle and related products from India. The warning comes after India submitted its notification about lumpy skin disease virus in cattle to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE).

    • China does not officially import buffalo meat from India. However, a large quantity of beef gets smuggled into China through roads and ports.


    SPORTS

    1. LAKHSYA SEN WINS SCOTTISH OPEN TITLE


    • India’s Lakshya Sen has won the Scottish Open men’s singles title, defeating Brazilian Ygor Coelho to seal his fourth title in 3 months.Entering the tournament as the top seed, the world number 41 registered an 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 win in 56 minutes to claim the title in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Capital of Scotland: Edinburgh.

    Currency of Scotland: Pound Sterling


    2. RAFAEL NADAL WINS DAVIS CUP TITLE 2019


    • Rafael Nadal has clinched 6th Davis Cup title for Spain after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada in front of a jubilant home crowd in Madrid. Nadal defeated Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6, (9-7) to clinch Spain’s 2-0 win against Canada.


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    1. OCEAN DANCE FESTIVAL 2019 STARTS IN COX BAZAR


    • The Ocean Dance Festival 2019 kicked off in Cox Bazar of Bangladesh. Ocean Dance Festival is the largest International dance festival of Bangladesh in which more than 200 dancers, choreographers & scholars from 15 countries are participating. Theme: Durotter Setubandan or bridging the distance.


    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

    1. INDIA TO HOST SCO FORUM OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS & INNOVATORS 2020


    • India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum of Young Scientists & Innovators in 2020. The 5th Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States Head of Ministries & Departments of Science & Technology & Permanent Working Group on S&T Cooperation concluded in Moscow, Russia.

    Secretary General of SCO: Vladimir Norov.

    Founded: 19 September, 2003

    Headquarters: Beijing, China


    NATIONAL NEWS

    1. NCC CELEBRATES ITS 71st RAISING DAY


    • The National Cadet Corps (NCC), the world’s largest uniformed youth organization, is celebrating the 71st Raising Day on 24 November. The celebrations began, with Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar & DG NCC Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra paying homage to the martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation, at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.

    Founded: 16th April 1948

    Headquarters: New Delhi


    ECONOMICS NEWS

    1. RBI ENHANCES SCOPE OF NON-RESIDENT RUPEE ACCOUNTS


    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) expanded the scope of Special Non-Resident Rupee Accounts (SNRR account) by permitting non-residents to open such accounts for rupee-denominated overseas borrowings, trade credit & trade invoicing for popularising cross-border transactions in the domestic currency.


    2. MUTHOOT FINANCE TO ACQUIRE IDBI MUTUAL FUND FOR RS 215 CRORE


    • Muthoot Finance Ltd, the largest gold loan non-banking finance company in the country, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IDBI Asset Management Ltd & IDBI Mutual Fund Trustee Company Ltd.

    • Muthoot Finance will purchase 100% equity shares of IDBI Asset Management & IDBI Mutual Fund Trustee for a total consideration of RS 215 crore. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of February 2020. The deal is subject to receipt of approval from regulators including the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

    Managing Director (MD) of Muthoot Finance Ltd: George Alexander Muthoot

    Founded: 1939

    Headquarters: Kochi,Kerala


    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    1. MICROSOFT ROLLS OUT THE K12 EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION FRAMEWORK IN INDIA


    • Microsoft rolled out its K12 Education Transformation Framework more widely to schools across India at the Second edition of the Microsoft Education Days in Gurgaon. Microsoft Education Days 2019 brought together more than 700 school leaders, educators, students & Microsoft partners to deliberate on the future of learning.

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft: Satya Nadella

    Founded: April 4, 1975

    Headquarters: Washington, United States


    2. VIDIA ANNOUNCES WORLD’S LARGEST GPU-ACCELARATED CLOUD-BASED SUPERCOMPUTER


    • NVIDIA has announced a new kind of GPU-accelerated supercomputer in the cloud on Microsoft Azure. NDv2 supercomputer is designed to handle demanding Artificial Intelligence & high performance computing applications, using up to 800 NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs interconnected on a single. Mellanox InfiniBand backend network, making it the world’s largest GPU-accelerated cloud-based supercomputer. It enables customers to rent an Artificial Intelligence supercomputer on-demand from their desk, & match the capabilities of large-scale on-premises supercomputers.

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) NVIDIA: Jensen Huang

    Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United States (US)


    CURRENT AFFAIRS OF 13th NOVEMBER

    SPORTS

    1. IOCL WINS 123rd ALL INDIA BEIGHTON CUP HOCKEY TOURNAMENT WITH 2-0 VICTORY OVER PNB IN FINAL


    • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) retained the coveted the All India Beighton Cup Hockey tournament-2019-123rd edition after beating Punjab National Bank by 2-0 in the final held at Kolkata.

    • In the third quarter of the play two goals scored by Karajwinder Singh (41 minutes) & Gurjinder Singh ensured further lead through penalty corner helped the IOCL win championship in style.


    2. MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING WIN 2-1,CLINCH GOLD CUP


    • Mohammedan Sporting Club (MSC) edged past Sikkim Himalayan FC 2-1 to claim the 39th Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup at the Pajjor Stadium in Gangtok.

    • Vanlalbiaa Chhangte (4th & 79th), who was adjudged as the player of the tournament, scored twice after Sikkim Himalayan equalized through Eugene Nimako (62nd).


    RECENT APPOINTMENTS

    1. IOCL WINS 123rd ALL INDIA BEIGHTON CUP HOCKEY TOURNAMENT WITH 2-0 VICTORY OVER PNB IN FINAL


    • 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.

    Capital of Bangladesh: Dhaka

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina

    President of Bangladesh:Abdul Hamid


    2. 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 & 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.

    Capital of Mauritius: Port Louis

    Currency of Mauritius: Mauritian Rupee


    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & TRADE

    1. 39th INDIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR 2019


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

    Theme: Ease of Doing Business

    • Theme is 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 & Medium enterprises Nitin Gadkari.

    Partner Country: The Islamic Republic of Afganistan

    Focus Country: The Republic of Korea

    Focus States: Bihar & Jharkhand


    2. INDIA TO HOST 19th COUNCIL OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF SCO 2020


    • India will host the 19th council of heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) 2020. The first such high-level meeting of the 8-member grouping to be organized by New Delhi after its admission into the grouping in 2017.

    • The SCO is a China led eight-member economic & security bloc in which India & Pakistan were admitted as full members in 2017. 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 meeting of the Heads of Government.

    SCO Secretary-General: Vladimir Norov


    3. 6th WORLD CONGRESS ON RURAL & AGRICULTURAL FINANCE


    • The 6th World Congress on Rural & Agricultural Finance (WCRAF) began in New Delhi. It aims at bringing together stakeholders of rural & agricultural finance all over the world. The Congress is an opportunity to strengthen business relations & to promote products & services.

    • The Congress is held at regular intervals of 3 year period.

    • The first Congress was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2005.

    • Theme: Rural & Agricultural Finance: Critical Input to achieve Inclusive & Sustainable Development.


    4. INTERNATIONAL LAVI FAIR BEING ORGANISED IN HIMACHAL PRADESH


    • The four-day long International Lavi fair is being organised in Rampur district of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya. The governor also inaugurated Kinnauri Market & an exhibition organised by various government departments.

    • Every year, the main attraction during the fair is sale & purchase of Chamurthi horses-an endangered species of horse which traces its origin to the Tibet region. Chamurthi horses are also known as the Ship of the cold desert.


    5. 2nd EDITION OF PARIS PEACE FORUM HELD IN FRANCE


    • The 2nd edition of annual Paris peace Forum is being held at la Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, France. It included two day event of debate sessions aimed at finding global solutions for global issues. More than 30 heads of state & government attended the forum & India was represented by External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar.


    6. 9th BRICS TRADE MINISTERS MEET HELD IN BRAZIL


    • The 9th BRICS Trade Ministers Meet was held in Brasilia, Brazil. It was attended by Union Minister Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal, during which he deliberated on global economic climate with his counterparts from other member nations.

    BRICS Headquarters: Shanghai


    7. INDIA ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL TREATY OF PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD & AGRICULTURE


    • India attended the eighth session of the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture (ITPGRFA) at Rome, Italy. Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Tomar attended the session representing India.

    • The Treaty is in harmony with the convention on Biological Diversity. The treaty was negotiated through Food & Agriculture Organisation.


    UNION GOVERMENT’S PROGRAMME

    1. SWACHH-NIRMAL TAT ABHIYAAN


    • Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & 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 & to create awareness amongst citizens about the importance of coastal ecosystems so as to save marine creatures from plastic waste, Industrial effluents & other harmful substances.

    • Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar


    2. 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 & applications in the subject of aerospace medicine.

    • Theme: Changing Paradigms in Aerospace Healthcare

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


    3. DR HARSH VARDHAN INAUGURATES EXHIBITION OF TECHNOLOGIES IN FOOD PROCESSING


    • Union Minister for Science & Technology Harsh Vardhan inaugurated an exhibition of Technologies in Food Processing developed by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). The exhibition organized in New Delhi showcases CSIR technologies in the food sector to the industries & MSMEs. It also highlights the latest research & development being done in the food processing sector in the country. The products developed through these technologies & innovations are cost-effective & healthier for people.

    • Director-General of CSIR: Shekhar C.Mande


    INDIAN STATES, UNION TERRITORIES & CITIES IN NEWS

    1. 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-1 in Vijaypura.


    2. 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 pupose 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.

    • Capital of Assam: Dispur

    • Chief Minister of Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal

    • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi


    3. 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, & submitted a report as Contemplated by the provisions of Article 356 of the constitution.

    • Governor of Maharashtra: Bhagat Singh Koshyari


    4. BHAVANTAR BHARPAYEE YOJNA SCHEME: HARYANA INCLUDES MORE CROPS


    • The state government Haryana has decided to bring more crops under its Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojna (BBY) scheme. The decision was taken at a BBY’s review meeting which was presided by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

    • For getting the scheme benefits, the state’s farmer have to register themselves on Meri Fasal Mera Byora (MFMV) portal.


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