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November 2019 - 17th - 21st

INTERNATIONAL

1. Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential election 

  • Sri Lanka's former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won the Presidential election. He is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  • Gotabaya got 52.25 per cent of the total valid votes. According to the final vote count released by the country's Election commission, he received around 6.9 million votes against his main rival, Sajith Premadasa who got around 5.56 million votes.
  • Gotabaya served as the Defence Secretary during the end of the LTTE War.
  • Sri Lanka's Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; Currency: Sri Lankan rupee.
  • Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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NATIONAL

1. Union Minister for Rural Development inaugurates SARAS IITF 2019 

  • The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Agriculture inaugurated the SARAS India International Trade Fair (IITF) Mela 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
  • SARAS stands for Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans Society
  • SARAS IITF Mela empowering rural women through Self-Help Groups is one of the top priorities of the government.
  • More than seven crore women have joined Self-Help Groups so far and the Ministry is making all efforts to take this number to 10 crores.
  • Women self-help groups play a very crucial role in the fulfilment of two important goals, namely poverty alleviation and women empowerment.
  • The "didis" (sisters) from the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) possess a lot of positive energy and willpower and the same should be utilised for the progress of the nation.
  • Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Agriculture: Narendra Singh Tomar..

2. Health ministry launched SAANS campaign in Gujarat

  • HUnion Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched 'SAANS' campaign in Gujarat during the inauguration of 6th National Summit on Good, Replicable practices and innovations.
  • The aim of SAANS to reducing child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% of deaths annually of children under the age of five. SAANS, short for 'Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully'.
  • The government aims to achieve a target of reducing pneumonia deaths among children to less than three per 1000 live births by 2025.
  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare: Harsh Vardhan.


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

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the supply of special winter-grade diesel for high altitude Ladakh, which faces sub-zero temperatures during the winter months.
  • Motorists in high-altitude areas like Ladakh, Kargil, Kaza and Keylong face the problem of freezing of diesel in their vehicles when winter temperatures drop to as low as minus 30-degree celsius.
  • Lt. Governors & Administrators of Ladakh (UT): Radha Krishna Mathur.


4. Home Ministry launches campaign to End Violence Against Women

  • The Home Ministry in collaboration with the UN Women flagged off an awareness campaign To End Violence Against Women from Sultanpur metro station in Delhi.
  • The initiative is part of the #OrangeTheWorld global campaign.
  • As part of the campaign, people would be made aware about India's single emergency helpline 112, an internationally recognised emergency number used in several countries. Under the campaign, people would be made aware of India's single emergency Response Support System helpline 112, which is launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs earlier in 2019.
  • The 112 helpline services, available in 27 States/UTs (Union Territories), can be reached through voice call, 112 India App, SMS (Short message service), email, respective state's 112 websites, and the panic button on mobile phones.
  • Formation of United Nations Women: 2 July 2010.
  • Headquarters: New York City, United States.


5. Meghalaya-based insurgent group HNLC banned by government

  • Meghalaya-based insurgent group, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has been banned by the central government for its increased activities of violence and other subversive acts.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the HNLC along with all its factions, wings and frontal organisations has been openly declaring as its objective the secession of the state's areas, which are largely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals, from the Indian Union.
  • The group continues to intimidate and bully civilians to extort funds, maintains links with other insurgent groups of the Northeast to carry out acts of extortion and intimidation, and maintains camps in Bangladesh to give sanctuary and training to its cadre.
  • The central government is also of the opinion that HNLC's activities are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India.


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

  • Parliament has passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
  • The Bill seeks to amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.
  • It has a provision to remove the President of the Congress party as a trustee and clarifies that when there is no Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the leader of the single largest Opposition party will be the trustee.
  • The Bill also allows the Central government to terminate the term of a nominated trustee before the expiry of the period of his term, without assigning any reason.


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

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the establishment of the National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa in Leh, Ladakh.
  • The Institute will be an autonomous National Institute under Ministry of AYUSH with the mandate to undertake interdisciplinary education and research programmes in Sowa-Rigpa in collaboration with premier national and international Institutes and facilitate the integration of different systems of medicine.
  • The objective is to establish the National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) as an apex Institute for Sowa-Rigpa with aim of bringing a valid and useful synergy between Traditional Wisdom of Sowa-Rigpa and modern science, tools and technology.
  • It will help to promote interdisciplinary research & education of Sowa-Rigpa.
  • Minister of AYUSH: Shripad Yesso Naik.


8. Census 2021 to be conducted in 16 languages

  • HUnion Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed that Census 2021 will be conducted in 16 languages.
  • During Census 2021, a mix mode approach is being adopted for data collection. Census will be conducted in two phases House-listing and Housing Census from April to September 2020 and Population Enumeration during February 09-28, 2021.
  • The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has recommended an amount of Rs. 8754.23 crore for conducting Census 2021 in 16 languages.
  • Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India: Vivek Joshi.

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STATES

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

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India's first sugar mill which will produce ethanol direct from sugarcane.
  • The mill was inaugurated in Pipraich area of Gorakhpur, which is a unit of Uttar Pradesh Sugar and Sugarcane Development Corporation Limited.
  • The mills, which previously produced around 8,000 quintals of sugar, will now produce more than 50,000 quintals of sugar every day.
  • Governor of Uttar Pradesh: Anandiben Patel.

2. Defence Minister inaugurates Sisseri Bridge built by BRO

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Sisseri Bridge, built by the Border Road Organisation (BRO) on Pasighat-Bomjir Highway, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The 200-metre long bridge between Jonai-Pasighat-Ranaghat-Roing road will provide connectivity between Dibang Valley and Siang to meet the long-pending demand of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Director-General of BRO: Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Founder of BRO: Jawaharlal Nehru.


3. NHM Jammu & Kashmir launched BMEWMP programme in J&K, Ladakh 

  • National Health Mission Jammu & Kashmir, has launched the Bio-Medical Equipment Waste Management Programme (BMEWMP) in the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
  • The biomedical equipment management was the need of the hour to improve the patient care facilities in the health care institutions.
  • The objectives of the program are designed in a way that the equipment in the district level health care facility will have an uptime of 95%, in sub-district hospital 90% and in PHC 80%.


4. International cherry blossom festival 2019 celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya 

  • Meghalaya Chief Minister has Inaugurated the 4th International Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 held in Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • For the 1st time, India & South Korea jointly celebrated this festival that witnessed the celebration of unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms (scientifically known as the Prunus serrulata).
  • South Korea Ambassador to India Shin Bong-Kil joined the celebration.
  • Chief Minister of Meghalaya: Conrad K Sangma; Governor: Tathagata Roy.


5. Darjeeling's green and white teas get GI tag 

  • The green tea and white tea of Darjeeling have been registered as a 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.
  • This will œstrengthen the protection of the intellectual property rights of the Darjeeling tea which is considered as œniche and luxury products in the country and abroad.


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

  • Assam Govt approves Arundhati scheme to provide 1 Tola Gold to Brides free of cost.
  • In a cabinet meeting held in Guwahati. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal approved this scheme to give 1 tola Gold (11.66 grams) to brides parents belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society.
  • With the aim to reduce child marriage under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act that a girl in India can get married only after attaining 18 years of age, and a boy can get married only after attaining 21 years of age, this scheme can be availed by formal registration of the marriage under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 at the time of marriage.
  • This is only limited to the weaker section of the society whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc.
  • Assam Governor: Jagdish Mukhi; Capital: Dispur.


7. DSEJ launches special enrollment drive under 'Aao School Chalein' 

  • In Jammu, the Directorate of School Education (DSEJ) has launched a special enrolment drive under the banner 'Aao School Chalein' for increasing the enrolment in government schools.
  • As per the Directorate of School Education, the special enrolment drive would be conducted across all the villages and catchment areas of the government schools, under the supervision of chief education officers of all the districts of Jammu Division.
  • Apart from increasing the enrolment in the Government schools, the prime focus of the drive is on the strengthening of pre-schooling of children in the age group of 3 to 5 years.


8. Uttarakhand CM launches virtual classes project 

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a project that will connect 500 secondary schools to virtual classrooms and schools in the state facing a shortage of teachers will benefit from the new technology.
  • Virtual classes are attended through video conferences where students can meet the teacher on a real-time basis and ask questions.
  • An estimated 1.90 lakh students of 500 government-run secondary schools in the state will benefit from the project.
  • Capital of Uttarakhand: Dehradun; Governor: Baby Rani Maurya.


9. Kolkata becomes first city to install 'Third Umpire' RT-PCR Machines 

  • The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed first of its kind high-end reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines in India for quick detection of diseases like dengue, tuberculosis and swine flu.
  • These machines are to serve as a ˜third umpire' in situations when medical reports and blood tests reveal contradictory results.
  • The purpose is to give an accurate DNA report on blood tests in order to ascertain the exact cause of illness.
  • Jagdeep Dhankhar is the governor of West Bengal.
  • Mamta Banerjee is the CM of West Bengal.

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AGREEMENTS

1. ADB to provide USD 91 million loan for Vijayanagara Channel 

  • The Centre and Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement to extend 91 million US dollar loan to modernize the Vijayanagara Channel Irrigation Systems and prepare river basin management plans in the Krishna river basin.
  • It will help improve irrigation water use efficiency and contribute to improving sustainable water security in Karnataka.
  • The investment programme will help Karnataka Government strengthening its institutions involved in integrated water resource management and modernizing the irrigation system infrastructure for improving water use efficiency in the State.
  • Capital of Karnataka: Bengaluru; CM: BS Yediyurappa; Governor: Vajubhai Vala.

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

  • ICICI Lombard has been partnering with Fino Payments Bank to offer non-life insurance solutions to its customers.
  • As part of this association, ICICI Lombard has introduced several innovative insurance solutions that complement Fina's technology-enabled platforms and harness its customer reach.
  • Some of these offerings include Hospicash that provide customers with the means to cover their loss of income, especially in the case of migrant workers, if they are hospitalized.
  • ICICI Lombard and Fino also launched Dengue and Malaria policy which covers treatment to Dengue and Malarial diseases up to Rs. 10,000 at a premium as low as Rs. 49.
  • Chairman of Fino Payment Bank: Mahendra Kumar Chouhan.
  • MD & CEO of Fino Payment Bank: Rishi Gupta.


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

  • The Union ministry of health and family welfare signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
  • Under the MoC, Gates Foundation will provide technical, management and program design support through its grantees and other partners, with a special focus on innovation, best practices and enhancing performance management, while working closely with the government.
  • The Foundation will support the ministry's work towards strengthening the primary health aspects such as reducing maternal and child mortality, improving nutrition services and increasing the immunization reach.


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APPOINTMENTS

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

  • Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan took oath as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
  • Justice Ranjan has been appointed as the 13th Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
  • The post was lying vacant since May this year after the former Chief Justice, Anirudh Bose was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan was a judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • He was elevated to Additional Judge of the Patna High Court on July 14, 2008.
  • Later, he was appointed as a permanent judge on January 16, 2010.
  • He also served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Patna High Court for a brief period last year.
  • Governor of Jharkhand: Draupadi Murmi; Chief Minister: Raghuwar Das.

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

  • HJustice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura.
  • Justice Kureshi was serving as a judge of the Bombay High Court before his transfer to Tripura.
  • The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice
  • Kureshi's elevation as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, but the recommendation was not approved by the Department of Justice.


3. Sudhir Mital elected president of Gymnastics Federation of India

  • Former Competition Commission of India chairman Sudhir Mital and Shantikumar Singh were elected as president and general secretary respectively, of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI).
  • Sudhir Mital is a retired IAS officer of Punjab cadre, was also a former president and worked as GFI chief from 2003 to 2007.
  • He served as chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI) in 2018 after joining the organization in 2014 as a member.
  • Shantikumar was a former national level gymnast from Manipur, had served as GFI treasurer from 2011 to 2015 and then got elected as secretary in the 2015 elections.
  • Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Founded: 1952.


4. Justice SA Bobde takes oath as 47th Chief Justice of India

  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde took oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind administered him the oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Justice Bobde succeeds Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who retired on 17 November.
  • Justice Bobde will have a tenure of around 18 months till his retirement on April 23, 2021.
  • Justice Bobde was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 12, 2013.
  • He was part of the five-judge constitution bench which delivered the landmark Ayodhya verdict.

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AWARDS

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

  • The veteran actors Sridevi and Rekha were conferred with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao National Award for 2018 and 2019 respectively.
  • The award was presented by renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi.
  • The award is instituted by the Akkineni International Foundation and honours those who have made a lasting impact on Indian cinema.

2. Rezwana Choudhury Bannya gets ICCR Alumni award in Dhaka

  • Renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent from Bangladesh Rezwana Choudhury Bannya has conferred the ICCR distinguished alumni award in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • The award was given away by the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das in a musical function organised by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC).
  • Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is widely recognised as a great exponent of Rabindra Sangeet.
  • She is known for her distinctive style of singing. She has established a musical school 'Shurer Dhara' in Bangladesh to carry forward the Guru-Shishya tradition as practised in Shantiniketan.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award was instituted in 2015 to recognise foreign students who have studied in various Indian Universities under the ICCR sponsored scholarship schemes and made an exemplary contribution in varied fields.


3. Bajrang Punia, Mahant Gaurav Sharma honoured in Dubai 

  • Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has been conferred the Indian Personality of the Year Award (Sports) at the Indo Arab Leaders Summit & Awards 2019 in Dubai.
  • World powerlifting champion Mahant Gaurav Sharma was also honoured with Visionary Leaders of the Year (Sports) award.
  • President of UAE: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Capital: Abu Dhabi.
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham.


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

  • The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2019 will be conferred on renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough for his tireless work to preserve and protect biodiversity.
  • His name was selected for the prize by an international jury chaired by former president Pranab Mukherjee, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
  • This prestigious award, named after former prime minister (PM) Indira Gandhi, has been accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Trust since 1986.
  • It is awarded to individuals or organizations in recognition of their creative efforts towards promoting international peace, development.
  • The award consists of a monetary award of 25 lakhs and a citation. The 2017 Prize had gone to former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.


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

  • The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been conferred with two awards for its commendable initiatives in promoting the metro as a green and sustainable mode of transport among the masses.
  • DMRC was awarded for the 'Last Mile Connectivity' project in the category of best non-motorised transport and the 'Green Metro project An Initiative for Sustainable and Viable Urban Transport' in the category of best green initiative in urban transport, at the 12th Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019 held from November 15 to 17 in Lucknow.
  • The Delhi metro's first service began in December 2002 on Shahdara-Tis Hazari corridor of Red Line, Delhi. It currently spans over 350kilometers having over 250 metro stations.
  • Founded: 3 May 1995; Headquarters: New Delhi.


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

  • India captain Virat Kohli was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's 'Person of the Year for 2019' for his animal advocacy efforts.
  • Kohli's efforts to improve conditions for animals include sending a letter on PETA India's behalf to officials calling for the release of Malti, an elephant used for rides at Amer Fort, who was reportedly violently beaten by eight men.
  • The PETA awards are given to people or organisations that take initiative in the welfare of animals and violence against animals.
  • PETA established: March 22, 1980
  • Headquarters: Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

 

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DEFENCE

1. First night trial of Agni II missile conducted successfully 

  • India has successfully conducted the first night trial of Agni-II, its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
  • Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), has already been inducted into the armed forces.
  • The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point in the down-range area of Bay of Bengal.
  • The test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The two-stage ballistic missile can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.

2. Indian Army conducts ˜Sindhu Sudarshan' exercise in Rajasthan

  • The Sudarshan Chakra Corps of the Indian Army conducted 'Sindhu Sudarshan' exercise in Barmer, Rajasthan.
  • Around 40,000 jawans of the Indian Army are participating in the exercise. 'Sindhu Sudarshan' exercise will continue till December 5th.
  • The aim of the exercise was to evaluate the capability and battle readiness of the defence forces in an integrated air-land battle in a semi-developed terrain of the desert.
  • Newly inducted armed helicopter Rudra, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) equipped with electro-optical pods, helmet-mounted sights and night vision goggles was used in the exercise.
  • Apart from Rudra, newly inducted K9 Vajra (South Korean self-propelled 155 mm howitzer) was also used in the exercise.
  • Motto of Indian Army: 'Service Before Self'; Founded: 1 April 1895.
    Headquarters: New Delhi.


3. Lt Col Jyoti Sharma appointed as Army's first female JAG officer

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Sharma has been appointed as Indian Army's first female Judge Advocate General officer to be deployed on a foreign mission.
  • She will serve the government of the East African country of Seychelles as a legal expert & would give her opinion about defence and military act.


4. 1st Indo-Qatari joint Naval Exercise Za'ir-Al-Bahr begins in Doha, Qatar

  • Navies of India and Qatar have started a 5-day bilateral maritime exercise œZa'ir-Al-Bahr begins in Doha, Qatar.
  • The inaugural edition of the bilateral maritime exercise would further strengthen the robust defence co-operation between the two countries, especially in the fight against terrorism, maritime piracy and security.
  • Indian Navy Ship (INS) Trikand captained by Vishal Bishnoi, Patrol Aircraft P8-I is participating in the inaugural edition of the exercise.
  • Navy, Day in India is celebrated on 4th December.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.


5. GRSE delivers ICGS ˜Amrit Kaur' to Indian Coast Guard

  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered to the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ˜Amrit Kaur', the third in a series of five ˜Fast Patrol Vessels' (FPV).
  • ICGS ˜Amrit Kaur' is a 50-metre-long and 7.5-metre- wide medium-range surface vessel, with a displacement of around 308 tonnes.
  • It is capable of performing a rescue, patrolling, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations in the maritime zones of the country.
  • The vessel can attain a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles.
  • The ship is equipped with three main engines and has advanced control systems, water jet units and an ˜Integrated Bridge System' constituting all communication and navigation systems.
  • Chairman cum Managing Director: Admiral Vipin Kumar Saxena.
  • GRSE Founded: 1934.


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ECONOMY

1.NCAER forecasts India's GDP growth at 4.9% for FY20 

  • The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has pegged India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019-20 at 4.9% as against 6.8 % in 2018 (or FY-19).
  • It lowers its outlook due to the slowdown in almost all sectors & it is primarily driven by a simultaneous deceleration of all the drivers of aggregate demand.
  • President of NCAER: Nandan M Nilekani.
  • Headquarters of NCAER: New Delhi;
  • Founded: 1956.


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RANKS AND REPORTS

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

  • The International Institute of Management Development's (IMD) World Talent Ranking (WTR) report for the year 2019 was released.
  • In the released report, India was ranked at 59th position, a slip by 6 places on a global annual list of 63 countries. The list was topped by Switzerland.
  • The top 10 countries that followed Switzerland were Denmark (2nd), Sweden (3rd), Austria (4th), Luxembourg (5th), Norway (6th), Iceland (7th), Finland (8th), Netherlands (9th) and Singapore (10th).
  • President of IMD: Jean Francois Manzoni;
  • Established: 1990
  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

1. ISRO to launch Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano satellites on Nov 25th 

  • India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47 will launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into Sun Synchronous orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on 25th November.
  • Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.
  • This will be the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
  • PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in ˜XL' configuration, that is with 6 solid strap-on motors.
  • PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States of America as part of a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.
  • ISRO Director: K. Sivan; Headquarters: Bengaluru; Established: 1969.


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SUMMIT AND CONFERENCES

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

  • The Ministry of Agriculture will organize the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) in New Delhi.
  • The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar will inaugurated the conference and Bill Gates will be the Chief Guest at the Conference.
  • The conference will be held with the theme of 'Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.
 
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SPORTS

1. Korea's Kim Joo Hyung wins Panasonic Open 

  • South Korea's Kim Joo Hyung has won the Panasonic Open held at the Classic Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, India.
  • India's Shiv Kapur finished tied runner-up with S. Chikkarangappa.
  • The victory has made Hyung the second-youngest winner behind Thailand's Chinnarat Phadugsil on the Tour at 17 years and 149 days.

2. IAAF officially changes its name to "World Athletics"

  • HThe International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has officially changed its name and will now be known as œWorld Athletics.
  • The name has been changed in a bid to make the sport more accessible.
  • The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and changed its name to the œInternational Association of Athletics Federations in 2001.


3. Spain's striker David Villa retires from football 

  • Spain's striker David Villa has announced his retirement from football.
  • He represented Spain in three World Cups and was also a member of the Spanish side that lifted the trophy in 2010, and won the European Championships in 2008.
  • He netted 59 times for Spain which is a national record.
  • His achievements also includes a Champions League title with Barcelona, as well as two La Liga wins and a World Club Cup medal.


4. Harmeet Desai claims Indonesia Open TT Championship 

  • Indian paddler Harmeet Desai wins men's singles title at International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 Table Tennis tournament held at Batam, Indonesia.
  • Harmeet had defeated compatriot Amalraj Anthony by 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 score.


5. Sarita Devi elected as member of AIBA athletes commission 

  • Laishram Sarita Devi (Manipur) is among the 6 boxers from 5 continents who were elected as members of AIBA Athletes Commission.
  • She was inspired by Muhammad Ali's achievements and turned professional in boxing in the year 2000.
  • She is DSP in Manipur Police.
  • The election of the Athletes Commission members was organized during AIBA Men and Women World Boxing Championships 2019 in Russia.
  • Boxers from all over the world voted for new members one per continent, except Europe which has two representatives.
  • International Boxing Association Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.


6. Shooter Shreyasi Singh crowned National Champion in Women's Trap
 

  • Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Shreyasi Singh won the women's Trap Gold at the ongoing 63rd National Shooting Championship for shotgun events in New Delhi.
  • Shreyasi representing Bihar shot 42 out of 50 birds to claim the crown, while Rajeshwari from Punjab managed 38 hits to settle for silver.
  • Pragati Dubey of Madhya Pradesh won bronze with a finals score of 31.
  • This was Shreyasi's fourth individual career National title but her first in Women's Trap.


7. Brazil beats Mexico to lift U-17 World Cup titlet 

  • The Brazilian football team defeated the football team of Mexico in the finals for 2-1, to win the 18th edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) under 17 World Cup trophy held in Brasilia, Brazil.
  • The victory added to Brazil's successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as it moved within one of Nigeria's record of five championships.


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

  • India's Manu Bhaker created history at World Cup Finals in Women's 10m Air Pistol event.
  • She bagged India's first gold medal in the tournament this year.
  • She shot 244.7 to claim the top prize in the season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation at Putian in China.
  • Serbia's Zorana Arunovic won the silver while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze.

9. Red Bull's Max Verstappen won F1 Brazilian Grand Prix 

  • Red Bull's Max Verstappen (Netherlands) won F1 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Verstappen was followed by Pierre Gasly (France) and Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro (Spain) in the second and third place respectively.

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MISCELLANEOUS

1. Pakistan becomes 1st country to introduce new vaccine to combat typhoid 

  • Pakistan became the 1st country in the world to introduce a new Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) in an effort to combat a drug-resistant strain of the potentially fatal disease in the Sindh province.
  • The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2018, will initially be used during a two-week immunisation campaign starting from November 18 to November 30 in the urban areas of Sindh.
  • Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) is a one-dose vaccine, that will be injected intramuscularly.
  • The vaccine cost is low and it has high efficiency.
  • It is expected to provide long-lasting immunity power in adults, children and 9-month infants.
  • Capital of Pakistan: Islamabad; PM of Pakistan: Imran Khan.
  • President of Pakistan: Arif Alvi.

2. ECI to establish a visiting chair in memory of TN Seshan

  • The Election Commission has decided to establish a visiting chair on the inter-disciplinary approach to electoral studies to commemorate former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) TN Seshan's "special connect with the young and aspiring India".
  • Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) TN Seshan who passed away recently on November 10, 2019.
  • It will be established in the Centre for Curriculum Development at India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM), New Delhi from 2020-2025.
  • N Gopalaswami, former CEC will be the mentor of the chair. The chair is expected to be functional by August-September 2020.
  • Election Commission formed: 25 January 1950 (also the day is celebrated as national voter's day).
  • Headquarters of Election Commission: New Delhi.
  • Chief Election Commissioner: Sunil Arora.


3. UNICEF releases a booklet named 'From Uttapam to Sprouted Dal Parantha'

  • UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) has released a 28-page booklet called "From uttapam to sprouted dal parantha".
  • It explains that nutritious food prepared at less than 20 rupees will help in dealing with problems like underweight, obesity and anaemia in children.
  • The book is based on the findings of the overall National Nutrition Survey 2016-18, according to which 35 % of children under the age of five are stunted (low height for age), 17 % are wasted (low weight for height)and 33 % are underweight.
  • UNICEF Formation: 1946; Headquarters: New York City, U.S.


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

  • The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corp (KSTDC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to market and operate the Golden Chariot train. The luxurious Golden Chariot train will start plying from March 2020.
  • The Golden Chariot is South India's only luxury train. The Golden Chariot, which started plying in 2008, began as a joint initiative of the Karnataka government and the Indian Railways.
  • It is an 18-coach-long train with 44 guest rooms. At least, 84 passengers can enjoy the train ride at one time.
  • IRCTC Parent organization: Indian Railways.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.

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