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Important Current Affairs 21st November 2019

NATIONAL NEWS

Two fast patrol vessels for Indian Coast Guard launched

• The vessels, named ICGS Amrit Kaur (102nd warship) and ICGS Kamla Devi after freedom fighters, are the third and fourth in a series of five fast patrol vessels being built by GRSE for the Indian Coast Guard Ships(ICGS).

• These two fast patrol vessels manufactured by Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers for Indian Coast Guard were launched Thursday.

• The vessels are 50 metres long, 7.5 metres wide with a displacement of around 308 tons.

• These ships are designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.

• ICGS Priyadarshini and ICGS Annie Besant are the first two FPV in the series which has already been delivered to ICGS.

• The last two FPVs namely ICGS Kamla Devi and ICGS Kanaklata Barua will be commissioned shortly, after successful sea trails.

CCEA  Approved Bills: November 20

Approvals made by The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCAE) chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on November 20, 2019 are as follows:-

• Establishment of the National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa in Leh as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH

• Ex-post facto approval for the proposal that has been approved under Rule 12 of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961 with regard to removing difficulty arising in giving effect to the provisions of the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 with regard to section 3 of the Act

• Extension/renewal of the extant Pharmaceuticals Purchase Policy (PPP) with the same terms and conditions while adding one additional product namely, Alcoholic Hand Disinfectant (AHD) to the existing list of 103 medicines till the final closure/strategic disinvestment of the Pharma CPSUs

• Approved the proposal for introducing the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in order to replace the Ordinance.

• Adoption of the Patent Prosecution Highway programme

• Mitigating financial stress being faced by the Telecom Services Sector

• Introduction of International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha, after withdrawal from Rajya Sabha

• Introduction of the Industrial Relations Code, 2019 in the Parliament.

• Amendments and modifications in the Toll-Operate-Transfer model and securitization of user fee receipts of NH

•  ‘In-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment in select CPSEs: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR), Tehri Hydro Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO)

• Reduction of Government of India equity shareholding in select CPSEs below 51% by retaining management control

• Proposal for enactment of Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 and accession to the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009.

• MoU between India and Finland for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.

• MoU between India and Comoros on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine

Kolkata Becomes First City to Install 'Third Umpire' RT-PCR Machines for Speedy Detection of Dengue

• In a major step towards upholding public health, 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 accurate DNA report on blood tests in order to ascertain the exact cause of illness,”

• Tests will be conducted free of cost said Deputy Mayor of KMC, Atin Ghosh.

• Four machines have been installed in the initial stages of the project at Hatbagan in North Kolkata, Behala, Jadavpur and at Haji Mohammad Mohsin Square in central part of the city.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Greta Thunberg and Divina Maloum receive 15th International Children’s Peace Prize

• This year, there are two different winners.

• Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) and peace activist Divina Maloum (15) received the prize from Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi.

• Last year, for the first time, the prize was awarded not to an individual, but to a collective (March For Our Lives)

Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 Awards

• The top ranked state in the list is Tamil Nadu.

• The top ranked district is Peddapalli (Telangana).

•  The state with the maximum citizen participation was given to Uttar Pradesh.

• Corporates for contribution under the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign 2019 areCement Manufacturers Association (CMA), Hindustan Unilever Limited and AMUL

SPORTS

ISSF World Cup Final: India tops medal tally with five gold, two silver and a bronze

• Manu Bhaker bagged India's first gold medal at the tournament this year in Women's 10m Air Pistol.

• Manu Bhaker broke the junior world record with her total of 244.7.

• Manu Bhaker also became only the second Indian shooter after Heena Sidhu to win a gold medal Women's 10m Air Pistol at the ISS World Cup.

• Divyansh Singh Panwar, 17, Bags India's 3rd Gold Medal at ISSF World Cup Finals of 10m Air Rifle event on Thursday.

• Divyansh won gold in the men's category after he shot a score of 250.1 in the final round

• Earlier, 20-year-old Elavenil clinched the gold in the women's 10m Air Pistol category with a score of 250.8 in the final round

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missile successfully testfired off Odisha coast at night

• The trial of the surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the ITR at 7:05 pm

• It is capable of carrying 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads and is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. The state-of-the-art missile uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering orbit to hit its target.

• Prithvi was inducted into the Armour of the defence forces in 2003.

SUMMITS AND MOU’S

India to organize NuGen Mobility summit 2019 in November

• India's International center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) will organize a NuGen Mobility summit 2019 in November this year in association with SAENIS, SAE INDIA, SAE International, NATRiP, DIMTS, DHI, MoRTH, SIAM and ACMA

• Theme of 2019 is “Smart & Green Mobility”

• The heavy industries and public enterprises ministry said the summit would be held at Manesar, falling in the national capital region (NCR) of Indian capital - New Delhi from November 27 to 29.

• "The objective of the summit is to share new ideas, learnings, global experiences, innovations and future technology trends for faster adoption, assimilation and development of advanced automotive technologies for a smarter and greener future,"

• This event will help in building a platform for bringing together all stakeholders in the automotive industry to understand global advancements in technologies.

Keynote address by Secretary (East) at the BIMSTEC Coastal Security Workshop (November 20, 2019)

• The first ever "BIMSTEC Conclave of Ports” was held recently at Vishakhapatnam on 7-8 November 2019.

• At this Conclave three MoUs between Ranong Port of Thailand on the West Coast and the Ports of Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata on the Indian East Coast were signed.

• The workshop aims at sharing views, best practices and experiences on issues of common maritime interest.

• The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, BIMSTEC is an international organisation of seven nations - Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

•  Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh  said BIMSTEC nations have to be mindful of security challenges, both at sea and at the coastline. She said that in the last three years, BIMSTEC has developed full security cooperation and this should continue, deepen and diversify, be it in cybersecurity, or maritime security.

New Delhi to Host First 3-day “Global Bio-India 2019” Summit from 21st - 23rd November

• The DBT, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India along with its Public Sector Undertaking, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is organizing this event.

• The event has been structured to bring together stakeholders from 30 countries, 250 start-ups, 200 exhibitors. Central and State ministries, regulatory bodies, investors, totalling to 3500 participants is anticipated.

• The event is expected to strengthen the indigenous research capabilities, bio-entrepreneurship, investments and last-mile-delivery of technology across rural India and tier-2, 3 cities.

• Theme: Power to Transform Lives: Bioscience to Bioeconomy – USD 100 Bn by 2025

Date

Day

November 01

World Vegan Day

November 08

World Radiographer Day

November 09

Legal Services Day,

World Freedom Day

November 14

Children’s Day,

Diabetes Day

November 16

International Day for Tolerance

November 17

National Epilepsy Day,

International Students Day

November 18

Sapper’s Day

November 19

World Toilet Day,

Citizens Day,

International Men’s Day

November 20

Africa Industrialisation Day,

Universal Children’s Day

November 21

World Hello Day,

World Fisheries Day

World Philosophy Day 2019

World Television Day

November 29

International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

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Important Current Affairs 20th November 2019

Lt Col Jyoti Sharma becomes first female JAG officer from Army to be deployed on foreign mission

• Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Sharma has been appointed as the Indian Army’s female Judge Advocate General officer.

• She became the first female officer from the army to be deployed on a foreign mission.

• Lt Sharma will be appointed as the military legal expert with the government of Seychelles.

• Wing Commander Anjali Singh joined Indian Embassy in Russia as India’s first female military diplomat in an abroad mission in Sep.

Kolkata Becomes First Indian City to Install ‘Third Umpire’ RT-PCR Machines

• The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed India’s first-of-its-kind high-end Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machines for quick detection of diseases like dengue, tuberculosis and swine flu.

• The RT-PCR machines will serve as a ‘third umpire’ in situations when medical reports and blood tests reveal contradictory results.

• These machines will give accurate DNA report on blood tests in order to ascertain the exact cause of illness.

IRCTC Signs MoU with Karnataka Tourism to market & run Golden Chariot train

• Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), a tourism arm of Indian Railways, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) to market and operate the Golden Chariot Train in New Delhi .

• Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) will soon hand over the reins of the train to IRCTC. IRCTC is planning a revamp of the train itineraries also to add different flavours that Karnataka has to offer.

• The new itineraries shall be a mix of history, culture, wildlife and nature. It is proposed to include Bandipur, Mysore, Halebid, Chikmagalur, Hampi, Bijapur and Goa in the itinerary.

Virat Kohli named PETA India’s 2019 Person of the Year

• Indian Cricketer, Virat Kohli has been named as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year 2019.

• Virat Kohli is a fierce animal rights proponent who never hesitates to run out cruelty to animals any way he can.

• Earlier, this accolade has been received by Shashi Tharoor, Anushka Sharma, Sunny Leone, Sonam Kapoor, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, Jacqueline Fernandez and former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan.

Football Delhi 1st in India to Launch Academy Accreditation and Licensing System

• In a bid to improve football, professionalise the set-up and to reach out to every stakeholder in the National Capital Region (NCR), Football Delhi has implemented the Academy Accreditation and Licensing System.

• Delhi is the first state association to do so.

• This is an effort to ensure that every small football academy in the city, including schools and NGO-operated football training centres in the NCR, benefits as Football Delhi tries to spread the sport.

Sudhir Mital elected president of Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI)

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

• KaushikBidiwala was elected as treasurer, defeating Ashok Kumar Sahoo by 42 votes to 2.

• Mital, a retired IAS officer of Punjab cadre, was a former president and served as GFI chief from 2003 to 2007. He served as chairman of Competition Commission of India in 2018 after joining the organisation in 2014 as a member.

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

Satya Nadella tops Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list

• Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer SatyaNadella has topped the Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list. The list features 20 Businesspersons.

• Elizabeth Gaines of Fortescue Metals Group is on second, Brian Niccol is on third.

• Ajay Banga the CEO of Mastercard is the top Indian in the list and is ranked at 8th spot. JayshreeUllal of Arista is ranked at 18th.

Universal Children’s Day – 20 November

• Universal/World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November annually to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

• The day also marks the anniversary of adoption of Declaration and Convention of the Rights of the Child.

• In 1959, UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child

• In 1989 UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

• 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Important Current Affairs 19th November 2019

Darjeeling Green Tea & White Tea receive GI Tag

• Darjeeling Tea Association said green and white tea of the hills have been registered as geographical indication (GI) products in the country.

• These two varieties of Darjeeling tea have been registered under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999, with effect from October 2019, it said.

• The Tea Board had filed an application in this regard on December 2017, the DTA said.

• This will “strengthen the protection of the intellectual property rights of the Darjeeling tea”, which is considered as “niche and luxury” products in the country and abroad.

• Of the total annual production of 8.5 million kilograms of Darjeeling tea, green tea comprises one million kilogram and white tea one lakh kilogram.

Joint Exercise between Qatar and India (Zair-Al-Bahr 2019)

• Indian Navy Guided Missile Stealth Frigate INS Trikand and Patrol Aircraft P8-I arrived at Doha for the inaugural edition of the Bilateral Maritime Exercise Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea) being conducted from 17 to 21 Nov 19 between the Indian Navy and Qatari Emiri Naval Forces.

• Za’ir-Al-Bahr 2019 would strengthen cooperation and enhance interoperability between the two navies.

• The Exercise will include a three-day Harbour Phase and Two days Sea Phase.

• The activities during the harbour phase will include a seminar, professional interaction, official visits, sports fixtures along with social and cultural events.

India ranked 59 in IMD World Talent Ranking Report

• India has been ranked at 59 in the IMD World Talent Ranking out of 63 countries. Switzerland has topped the ranking.

• Denmark was placed second and Sweden was in the third place.

12th Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019

• The 12th Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019 was held from November 15 to 17 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

• The conference was organised by Institute of Urban Transport (IUT) under the aegis of Union Ministry of Urban Development.

• The theme of the conference was “Accessible and liveable Cities”.

International Principal’s Education Conference (IPEC) Inaugurated in Nagpur

• The 3-day International Principal’s Education Conference (IPEC) was inaugurated in Nagpur, Maharashtra by the RSS Chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat on November 19, 2019.

• The conference is based on the theme “Scripting the Legends of Human Excellence through Schools.”

Meghalaya-based insurgent group HNLC banned by govt

• The central government of India has banned the Meghalaya-based insurgent group Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for its increased activities of violence and other and other anti-India programmes

• The notification released by the MHA said “The HNLC along with all its factions, wings and frontal organisations has been banned for their involvement in activities aimed at breaking away those parts of Meghalaya which are inhabited by Khasi and Jaintiatribals, from India.”

ISRO To Launch Cartosat-3 Satellite and 13 Commercial Nano Satellites

• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its earth imaging and mapping satellite named Cartosat-3 on November 25 from the SatishDhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

• In addition to this, 13 commercial nano satellites from the US would also be launched.

• The launch would take place onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C47).

• This will be the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors).

• The Cartosat-3 is a “third generation agile advanced satellite” with high resolution imaging capability.

• The satellite would be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degree.

Max Verstappen wins Brazilian Grand Prix 2019

• Max Verstappen (Red Bull – Belgian-Dutch) has won the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix 2019.

• The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc clashed in the race due to which Verstappen was able to take the lead and ultimately win the race.

• Pierre Gasly of France was on second position and was the first podium position for him while Lewis Hamilton remained on third.

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Important Current Affairs 18th November 2019

Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn-in as 47th Chief Justice of India

• Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn-in as the 47th Chief Justice of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

CJI Bobde has in the past served as Additional Judge at the Bombay High Court and Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

• He was elevated as a Judge of Supreme Court in April 2013.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka presidential election

• Sri Lanka’s ruling party presidential candidate has conceded defeat to rival Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Indian Ocean island nation’s election.

• Rajapaksa reached the threshold for victory of 50% plus one vote, with most of Premadasa’s electoral strongholds counted.

Joker Bagged Golden Frog Award For Best Cinematography At EnergaCamerimage Festival

• Joaquin Phoenix starrer ‘Joker’ won the Golden Frog Award for cinematography in the main competition at the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival in Torun, Poland.

• ‘Joker’, which was directed by Todd Phillips, also won the Audience Award at the festival.

• Joker is the fourth DC comic title to cross 1 billion USD, after Aquaman (USD 1.15 billion), The Dark Knight Rises (USD 1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight (USD 1.005 billion).

IAAF officially changes its name to World Athletics

• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will now officially be known as World Athletics, a statement said.

• The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation but changed its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2001.

• It is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, racewalking, mountain running and ultra running.

UP CM Inaugurates North India’s First Ethanol Producing Sugar Mill in Gorakhpur

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

• The Pipraich Sugar Mill inaugurated in Gorakhpur is a unit of Uttar Pradesh Sugar and Sugarcane Development Corporation Limited.

India extends visa-on-arrival facility to UAE nationals

• The Indian government has decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to the United Arab Emirates nationals.

• It will be available to UAE nationals for up to 60 days with double entry for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes.

• It will be available only to those UAE nationals who have earlier obtained an e-Visa or a normal paper Visa for India.

• Japan and South Korea are the other two countries whose citizens are offered the visa-on-arrival facility by India.

• Citizens of around 170 countries are given e-Visa facility.

India Inks $91 Million Loan with ADB for Comprehensive Water Management in Karnataka

The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed USD 91 million loan under Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program (IWRM)

Harmeet Desai Wins 2019 Indonesia Open TT Championship

• In table tennis, India’s Harmeet Desai, defeated Anthony Amalraj, in the final at ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open table tennis championship 2019 held in Batam, Indonesia.

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Important Current Affairs 17th November 2019

Bill Gates just overtook Jeff Bezos to reclaim his spot as world's richest person

• Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft Corp. co-founder, Bill Gates has surpassed Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person on Earth with a net worth of $110 billion, according to the latest Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

• Gates, 64, had briefly topped Bezos (55), whose net worth stands at $109 billion.

• Europe’s richest person, Bernard Arnault, is third with $102.7 billion.

• Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the richest Indian in the list positioned at 14th spot with net worth of $56.7 billion.

NHM Summit on public healthcare systems: SAANS campaign against pneumonia launched

•  Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan has launched SAANS Campaign which stands for ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’.

• The aim of the campaign is to reduce child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% deaths annually of children under the age of five.

• The campaign was launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat at the 6th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations.

• The HMIS data for 2018-19 ranked Madhya Pradesh on top in the number of child deaths due to pneumonia, followed by Gujarat on second.

Vodafone Idea posts India’s biggest ever quarterly loss at Rs 50,921 crore

• Telecom firm Vodafone Idea has reported a record loss of Rs 50,921 crore for the July- September quarter 2019. This is the highest ever quarterly loss for any Indian company.

• The loss was reported as the company made a provision for the Supreme Court’s ruling on payment of average gross revenue (AGR) dues. Rs 30,774.5 crore was a one-time loss the company incurred due to the recent Supreme Court verdict.

• Reliance Communications posted a mega loss of Rs 30,142 crore, registering India’s second biggest quarterly loss after Vodafone Idea. The firm was mainly hit due to provisioning for liabilities after the Supreme Court ruling on the AGR issue. Anil Ambani has submitted his resignation as director of Reliance Communications, even as the firm continues to remain under CIRP (Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process). Four other directors, including Smt. Chhaya Virani, Ryna Karani, Manjari Kacker and Suresh Rangachar have also submitted their resignation

• Bharti Airtel posted a loss of Rs 23,044 crore for the quarter ended September 30, due to Rs 28,450 crore provisions towards adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.

Amit Shah inaugurated 2019 Aadi Mahotsav at Dilli Haat

•  Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah has inaugurated the 15 day National Tribal Festival ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ in New Delhi on November 16, 2019.

• The theme of the event is: “A celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce”.

• The aim of the event is to provide direct market access to the tribal master-craftsmen and women in large metros and state capitals.

National Agrochemicals Congress

• The 1st National Agrochemicals Congress was held in New Delhi between November 13-16, 2019.

• The theme of the event was: Country’s Status on Various Fronts of Agrochemicals.

Mumbai tops Water Quality Report for State Capitals by BIS

• The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan has released the Water Quality Report for State Capitals & Delhi as analysed by Bureau of India Standards (BIS).

• Mumbai has topped the ranking, Hyderabad and Bhubaneshwar share the joint second spot while Ranchi is on the third. Delhi is ranked at 15th.

India successfully conducts first night trial of surface-to-surface medium-range missile Agni-II

• First night trial of surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile Agni-II from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. This 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 Agni-II is an intermediate-range two-stage ballistic missile (IRBM) which can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.

NCAER predicts India’s GDP growth at 4.9% in FY20

• The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has predicted India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 (FY20) at 4.9%.

• This comes a day after Moody’s cut its calendar year 2019 GDP forecast for India to 5.6 per cent from 6.2 per cent.

2019 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – November 17, 2019

• Purpose – to remember those killed and injured on the roads, together with their families, friends, and others affected.

• Theme 2019 – Life is not a car part

• The day was started by the British road crash victim charity, Road Peace, in 1993 and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.

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Important Current Affairs 16th November 2019

National Mission ‘NISHTHA’ launched in Jammu and Kashmir

• National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with its formal inauguration by Commissioner Secretary, School Education Department, SaritaChauhan.

• NISHTHA is a National Mission aimed at “Improving learning outcomes at Elementary level” through Integrated Teacher Trainings.

• It brings competencies among all the teachers and school principals at the elementary stage to address the diverse needs of children through multiple pedagogies.

National Tribal Festival AadiMahotsav to begin in New Delhi

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

• The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav being held at DilliHaat in INA, is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.

• 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.

Senior Journalist Rajat Sharma Quits as DDCA Chief

• Senior journalist Rajat Sharma has resigned from the post of President of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) on November 16 citing his inability to continue amidst “various pulls and pressures” within the organisation.

• Rajat Sharma said : “It seems that it may not be possible to carry on in DDCA with my principles of integrity, honesty and transparency, which I am not willing to compromise at any cost.”

Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Bhonsle’ Wins Two Awards At The Asian Film Festival Barcelona

• Manoj Bajpayee starrer critically accalimed movie Bhonsle has won two prestigious awards at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona.

• The DevashishMakhija directed film Bhonsle won Best Screenplay and Best Director awards at the festival.

• The Barcelona Asian Film Festival was the 7th edition featuring more than a hundred films from 25 countries of the Asian continent.

Rs 12,000 crore Nadu-Nedu programme in Andhra Pradesh

• Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy launched the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme to introduce English medium from classes 1 to 6 in state-run schools.

• Under the scheme, the government will transform all its schools with the required infrastructure, including setting up English Labs, besides providing basic amenities like furniture, toilets, running water, compound wall, blackboard, renovation.

• In the first phase, the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme will be implemented in 15,715 schools. It will cover all schools in three years under a budget of Rs 12,000 crores. For the first year in the initial phase, Rs 3,500 crores will be spent for infrastructure development, according to an official statement.

India’s first-ever day-night pink ball Test match to be played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens from November 22

• In a historic move, the first-ever day-night pink ball Test match on Indian soil will be held at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 22–26 November 2019 against Bangladesh.

• India has not played a day-night Test match before.For Bangladesh also, it will also mark their debut test with the pink ball on the international stage.

International Day for Tolerance: November 16

• The International Day for Tolerance is observed annually on 16 November.Theday was declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

National Press Day: November 16

• National Press Day is observed on November 16 every year to celebrate free and responsible press in India.It also commemorates the day when the Press Council of India started functioning.

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Important Current Affairs 15th November 2019

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

SL Takes Step Towards Combating Fixing & Betting, Is 1st South Asian Nation To Criminalise Them.

• The Sri Lanka Parliament has passed all three readings of a bill entitled "Prevention of Offences Related to Sports" in which offences related to corruption in sports will carry a prison term of up to 10 years, as well as various fines, reports ESPNcricinfo.

• The bill not only seeks to punish "any person related to a sport" who is directly involved in fixing, but also those who "provide...inside information", curators who prepare playing surfaces to suit betting operators, and match officials who "deliberately misapply the rules" for money.

• According to the bill, "acts of omission", which includes failure to report corrupt approaches, are also criminalised.

Trace Bribery Risk Matrix 2019: Bangladesh tops the list in South Asia.

Key Highlights of Report

• Bangladesh is in 178th position among 200 countries. The report suggests that Bangladesh has a high expectation of bribes and a high degree of government interaction in business.

• The report informs that the high risk of bribery is there due to high regulatory burden on business.

• Afghanistan (168) and Pakistan (153) are other countries where bribery risk is high in South Asia.

• In South Asia, Bhutan (52) has the least risk of bribery as it is placed at 52 in the ranking.

• India is in 78th place with a total risk score of 48.

• Bangladesh gets a score of 86 in Business Interactions with Government domain. The ranking was based on a high level of government’s interaction and high regulatory burden.

NATIONAL NEWS

India pledges $13.5 million to UN in 2020 for development activities

• India has pledged to contribute USD 13.5 million for various operational activities of development across the UN agencies for the year 2020.

• Modi had announced a 14 million dollar grant for community development projects in the CARICOM and another 150 million dollar Line of Credit for solar, renewable energy and climate-change related projects.

• About 16 countries pledged a total of USD 516 million at the 2019 United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities, representing a considerable increase over 2018 which saw USD 425.69 million promised.

CBI sets up Unit to counter growing menace of child porn

• The Central Bureau of Investigation has a set up an Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (OCSAE) Prevention and Investigation Unit at its headquarter in New Delhi to counter the growing menace of child porn on the internet.

• The new specialized unit under the Special Crime Investigation Wing of the agency will collect intelligence on those who are allegedly creating and transmitting such material on the internet. The unit also looks an eye on who are browsing and downloading such material.

• The perpetrators will be booked under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and the Information Technology Act, 2000.

India to host the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics in New Delhi

• The 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi from 18th to 21st November 2019.

• Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra DG ICAR & Secretary DARE informed that the conference will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.

• Chief Guest will be Bill Gates.

•  The conference will be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, ISI-CAS, FAO, the USDA, ADB, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eurostat, AfDB and various other organizations.

• The theme of this year’s ICAS is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’

DPIIT establishes Development Council for Bicycle

• Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, has set up a Development Council for Bicycle for vision planning in design, engineering and manufacturing of lighter, smarter, value added, safe and faster premium bicycles which are comparable with global standards for exports and domestic market.

• A Twenty-three-member Council will be headed by Secretary DPIIT.

• The constitution of the Council is for a period of two years.

• Joint Secretary, Light Engineering Industry Division in DPIIT will be Member-Secretary. The Council will have 9 ex-officio members from DPIIT and Department of Commerce, Ministries of Housing and Urban Affairs, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Health and Family Welfare, Road Transport and Highways, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Bureau of Indian Standards.

BNP Paribas mutual fund & Bank of Baroda (BOB) Mutual Fund: Merger gets CCI nod.

• Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves merger of BNP Paribas (BNPP) Mutual Fund and the Baroda (BOB) Mutual Fund, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.

CSIR-IMTECH signs MOU with IIT Bombay for collaborative research

• CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here today with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay to promote collaborative research.

•  The MoU will facilitate exchange of ideas, development of new knowledge and enhance high quality research acumen between the researchers and faculty of both the institutes.

• The objective of this collaboration is to carry out state of the art research in areas of healthcare especially in projects and mission where both the institutes can significantly complement each other.

Union Minister for Defence, Rajnath Singh inaugurating Sisseri River bridge.

• Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh was on two-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh on 14-15 November 2019.

• The minister inaugurated the Sisseri River bridge in the state that will connect the Lower Dibang Valley with Siang.

• The 200-metre long bridge is constructed between Jonai-Pasighat-Ranaghat-Roing road in East Siang District.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Dr Cyrus Poonawalla conferred with ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award.

• In a befitting celebration that complements the ‘Year of Tolerance’, the 12th edition of the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) presented its prestigious ABLF Awards to visionary leaders from across Asia, who inspire and set high standards in leadership excellence.

• Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, founder and chairman of Serum Institute of India, was conferred with the ABLF Lifetime Achievement Award in Dubai, UAE at a glittering ceremony on Thursday.

• It was in 1966, that Dr Poonawalla embarked on his journey to establish Serum Institute of India, which is now the world’s largest producer of vaccines by number of doses, producing at least 1.5 billion doses a year of life-saving vaccines used in over 170 countries to combat infection from rabies, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, tuberculosis, influenza, meningitis, rotavirus and hepatitis B vaccines among others,thus saving the lives of at least 40 million, mostly under-privileged children across the globe, who would have otherwise perished without the availability of affordable vaccines.

• Recently Dr Poonawalla, was also conferred with the prestigious 'Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa' by the University of Oxford, UK at a ceremony in June.

• He was also conferred with the honorary degree of 'Doctor of Humane Letters' by the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA last year for his outstanding contribution in improving the public health for all communities.

11.       Tobacco Board of India awarded the Golden Leaf award 2019 in the ‘Public Service Initiative’ category at Tab Expo 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

SPORTS

Arsene Wenger to head FIFA’s Global Football Development

• In his new role, Wenger will be chiefly responsible for overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around the world.

• He will also be the leading authority on technical matters, both as a member of the Football and Technical Advisory Panels involved in The IFAB’s review and decision-making process on potential changes to the Laws of the Game

• Leaning on a highly distinguished coaching career, Wenger’s role will include a particular focus on coach education, while he will also offer invaluable contributions to an executive programme – currently in its inception phase – tailored to encourage former professional players to enter management and which will support them through the post-career transition and bridge the gap between managerial and technical positions in football.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS

Kamala Vardhana Rao: New Chairman and Managing Director at ITDC

• India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has appointed G Kamala Vardhana Rao as the new Chairman and Managing Director.

• Prior to this, Rao, an IAS officer 1990 batch from Kerala Cadre, was the Principal Secretary, Kerala government. He has also served as the Secretary of Kerala Tourism in 2014-15.

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Important Current Affairs 14th November 2019

Food ATMs Come Up In Odisha To Feed Poor

• YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has launched the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme which aims at transforming government schools into vibrant and competitive institutions.

UP govt launches e-Ganna app, web portal

• Uttar Pradesh government has launched a web portal and a mobile application named e-Ganna App, for sugarcane farmers of the state.

Sishu Suraksha App launched in Assam

• Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) has launched a mobile app named ‘Sishu Suraksha’ for the protection of rights of children of Assam.

Retail inflation jumps to 16-month high of 4.62% in October on higher food prices; reduces RBI's headroom for rate cut

• India’s retail inflation in October rose to 4.62%, breaching the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) medium-term target of 4% for the first time in 15 months.

• However, core inflation, which reflects demand in the economy, fell sharply due to weak economic conditions.

Brazil President, Jair Bolsonaro to be the Cheif Guest at Republic Day 2020

• Prime Minister Modi invited the President of Brazil, Mr. Jair Messias Bolsonaro to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day 2020. The Brazilian President has accepted the invitation with pleasure.

• Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met H.E. Mr. Jair Messias Bolsonaro, President of Brazil on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS summit at Brasilia on 13 November 2019.

Moody’s revises India GDP forecast to 5.6 % in 2019

• Moody’s Investors Service has revised its GDP growth rate prediction for India for Calender Year 2019 to 5.6% from its earlier prediction of 5.8%.

• India’s GDP growth rate prediction for 2020 as per Moody’s- 6.6%.

• India’s GDP growth rate prediction for 2021 as per Moody’s- 6.7%.

• The rates have been released in the Global Macro Outlook for 2020-21 by Moody’s.

NCDEX ties up with NSE Indices to launch AGRIDEX, India's first agri index

• National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) has partnered with NSE Indices Limited and launched  India’s first agri index — ‘NCDEX Agridex’, for easy reference to price variations in agricultural commodities.

• The AGRIDEX tracks and replicates the performance of the ten most liquid commodities traded on the NCDEX’s platform.

World Diabetes Day : November 14, 2019

• World Diabetes Day is observed every year on November 14.

• World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world.

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Important Current Affairs 13th November 2019

Prakash Javadekar gets heavy industries portfolio as Arvind Sawant quits

• Arvind Ganpat Sawant who till now held the portfolio of the Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has resigned.

• President Ramnath Kovind has now assigned the portfolio of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.he is already in charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Indian wins BRICS-Young Innovator Prize

• India has received the first prize at BRICS Young Scientist forum’s conclave in Brazil from 6- 8 November.

• Ravi Prakash, who is a PhD scholar from Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Dairy Research Institute, has bagged the first position for inventing an affordable indigenously designed milk chilling unit for small to marginal rural dairy farmers.

39th India International Trade Fair to begin in New Delhi 

• The Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Nitin Gadkari, will inaugurate the 39th India International Trade Fair 2019 (IITF 2019) in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan on November 14, 2019.

• Theme- The theme of the 14-day fair (November 14-27, 2019) is ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance held in New Delhi

• The 6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance was held in New Delhi on November 12 and 13, 2019.

• The Congress was jointly hosted by Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Ministry of Agriculture Farmers Welfare and Cooperation.

• APRACA Headquarters- Manila, Philippines

Gov. Gives Nod for Four Medical Device Parks For Affordable Treatment

• The Central government has approved setting up of four medical device parks in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to support Make in India initiative and provide world-class treatment at affordable prices.

• India is largely an importer of medical devices, with domestic industry accounting for about 2 percent (USD 5.2 bn) of the global industry which stands at USD 250 billion.

2019 World Kabaddi Cup to be held from December 1 to 9 in Punjab

• Punjab government will organise the 2019 World Kabaddi Cup from December 1 to 9, 2019.

• The tournament would be dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji.

• Nine teams – India, USA, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan and Canada — are expected to take part in the tournament.

India Finishes Fourth in Medal Tally with 26 Medals in 2019 Asian Shooting Championships

The 14th edition of the Asian Shooting Championships, 2019 was held from 5 to 13 November 2019 in Doha, Qatar.

• India won total 26 medals (5G-10S-11B) to be placed at fourth spot in the medal table.

• China stood first with highest number of medals (45), followed by South Korea (21) and North Korea (11).

Luka Modric Wins The 2019 Golden Foot Award

• Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been announced as the 17th winner of the 2019 Golden Foot Award.

• The Golden Foot Award is an international football award given to active players of at least 28 years of age for their outstanding on-field achievements, both as an individual and a team player and for their personality.

World Kindness Day

• The theme for 2019 World Kindness day is empathy, encouraging people across the globe to better understand “the pains of others” and touch their lives “positively”.

Mohammad Imran appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

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

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

NASA Captures the Brightest X-Ray Burst Ever Observed

• NASA has detected a massive thermonuclear explosion coming from outer space, caused by a massive thermonuclear flash on the surface of a pulsar — the crushed remains of a star that long ago exploded as a supernova.

• The X-ray burst, the brightest seen by NICER so far, came from an object named “J1808”, located about 11,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Important Current Affairs 12th November 2019

NATIONAL NEWS

PM Modi to Visit Brasilia, Brazil to Attend BRICS Summit 2019

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 11th edition of the BRICS summit to be held in Brasilia, Brazil on 13-14 November 2019.

• The theme of the BRICS summit 2019 is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future.”

• PM Modi will be participating for the sixth time at the BRICS summit. He participated in BRICS summit for the first time at Fortaleza in Brazil in 2014.

Maharashtra under President’s rule for 3rd time

• This comes after Pre-poll allies BJP and the Shiv Sena who had won 161 seats were unable to form the government till such a long time after declaration of result on October 24, 2019.

• In the election,the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats followed by the Shiv Sena 56, the NCP 54 and the Congress 44.

• Overall, this is third time that Maharashtra has come under the central rule.

The inaugural conclave on “National Capital Region -2041” was held in New Delhi

• It was organized by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).

• The theme of the conclave was “Planning for Tomorrow’s Greatest Capital Region”.

BANKING AND ECONOMICS

SBI Report predicts India’s GDP for FY20 at 5% and FY21 at 6.2%

• An SBI research report has predicted the GDP Growth rate of India for 2019-20 (FY20) at 5%. Earlier the projection was 6.1%.

• As per the report, India is expected to grow at 6.2% in 2020-21 (FY21).

DAYS

World Pneumonia Day: November 12

• The World Pneumonia Day is observed across the world on November 12 every year to raise awareness, promote prevention and treatment and produce action to combat the disease.

• The theme for World Pneumonia Day 2019 is “healthy lungs for all”.

Public Service Broadcasting Day: November 12

Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated every year on November 12 to commemorate the first and only visit of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947.

SPORTS

Javelin thrower Sundar Singh won gold in World Para Athletics Championships

• Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar has won India’s second gold defending his World Para Athletics Championships title in the men’s F46 javelin throw event in Dubai. With this, India has secured three Tokyo Paralympic Games quota, along with the bronze winner Ajeet Singh and Rinku.

• India now have two gold, two silver and a bronze in the Championships.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS

Goldman Sachs India co-head Vijay Karnani to retire after 21 yrs

• The co-head of Goldman Sachs Group’s India business, Vijay Karnani, is retiring after working with the bank for 21 years, as per a memo seen by the Bloomberg and confirmed by the firm.

• Karnani, who joined Goldman Sachs in 1998, became its Indian unit’s co-CEO in 2011.

• The role will then be solely occupied by co-CEO and Chairman Sonjoy Chatterjee.

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