PROTON

November 2019 - 26th to 30th

INTERNATIONAL

1. EU Parliament declares climate emergency 

  • 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 parliament voted 429/225 with 19 abstentions to call the increasing environmental challenges linked to climate change an emergency.
  • The climate declaration was passed in Strasbourg during a European Parliament debate on the upcoming United Nations' COP25 climate summit.
  • The summit kicks off on 2nd December in Madrid. EU lawmakers urged the European Commission to fully ensure all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the 1.5C target limit on global warming.
  • The resolution calls on the EU to cut emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 to become climate neutral by 2050.
  • European Union Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.
  • European Parliament president: David-Maria Sassoli..

Proton Training Solution

NATIONAL

1. Constitution Day of India 2019 

  • Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas is celebrated 26 November cross the country to mark the adopting of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949.
  • In 2019, it marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.
  • It came into force on 26th January 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of the Indian Republic.
  • It is aimed at reiterating and reorienting the citizens towards the values and principles expressed in the Constitution and encouraging all Indians to play their rightful role in strengthening the Indian Democracy.
  • It also aims to create awareness of Fundamental Duties as enshrined in the Constitution.
    India's constitution is the longest written constitution in the world. It took around 2 years, 11 months and 17 days to complete the Constitution.

2. GOI launches Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal

  • Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal, CLAP, in New Delhi.
  • The portal provides a transparent and robust real-time web-based monitoring system for credit-linked Subsidy Services, CLSS, beneficiaries. Using the portal, a beneficiary can track his application status in real-time.
  • The initiative would also benefit other stakeholders to work in synergy to release subsidy to beneficiaries on time.
  • Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs: Hardeep Singh Puri.


3. HRD Ministry launches Kartavya Portal

  • Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister launched the 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.
  • Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister: Ramesh Pokhriyal ˜Nishank'.


4. Rajnath to inaugurate 3rd edition of Military Literature Festival

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the 3-day-long Military Literature Festival (MLF) on 13 December 2019 at Chandigarh.
  • The event would present an international level forum to foster and preserve the exchange of knowledge related to military literature and associated works.
  • The 10 books of noted defence and literary authors would also be released on occasion.
  • This year, the event would commemorate Indian participation in the Burma Campaign in World War II, the 75th anniversary of which falls next year.

5. India to host 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup

  • India wins bid to host 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Rourkela to be the venues for the tournament.
  • The state capital is also one of the venues for the 2020 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup.
  • Bhubaneswar has hosted some big international sporting events, including the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, 2017 FIH Hockey World League Final, FIH Men's Series Finals in 2019 and the recently-concluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
  • Odisha CM: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.


6. Central Govt extends deadline for FASTags to 15th December

  • The Transport Ministry has extended the 01st December deadline for 100% electronic toll collection across National Highways in the country by two weeks (15th December). This comes as the government wants to allow a 15 days' breather for vehicle owners to switch to FASTags.
  • FASTag is a sticker that has to be put at the front windshield of your vehicle. This sticker becomes the radio frequency identity of your car which is automatically read by the sensors placed at the toll plazas.
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari is the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Government of India.
  • The total expenditure on the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for 2019-20 is estimated at Rs 83,016 crore.


Proton Training Solution

STATES

1. Madhya Pradesh govt to give 5% reservation to sportspersons in jobs 

  • Madhya Pradesh government 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.
  • Madhya Pradesh CM: Kamal Nath; Governor: Lal Ji Tandon.

2. Etawah Lion Safari inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

  • 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).
  • It has been developed as an educative tourist destination for children as well as youths.
  • The safari is expected to attract tourist and make Etawah a major tourist centre in the country.
  • UP Present CM: Yogi Adityanath, Governor: Anandiben Patel.

3. Naveen Patnaik inaugurates National Tribal Craft Mela 2019 

  • Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the National Tribal Craft Mela 2019 in Bhubaneswar.
  • The objective of the Mela is to preserve, promote and popularise traditional tribal art and craft and help the artisans to find better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for commercial viability of their products.
  • More than 240 tribal artisans from 18 states including Sikkim, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are participating in the Mela.
  • Handicraft items, handloom products, iron, bamboo products, puppetry, lacquer craft, along with tribal jewellery, craft and textiles will be displayed by artisans.
  • Utkal Divas or Odisha Day falls every year on 01st April.
  • Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

4. UP govt launches immunisation campaign against Filaria 

  • Uttar Pradesh government is launching a massive immunisation campaign against the filariasis or Filaria.
  • The central government has set the year 2021 as the deadline for complete eradication of filaria in the country. Filaria is spread by infected mosquitoes, especially through the parasitic Culex fatigans female mosquito.
  • When this mosquito bites a person suffering from Filaria, it becomes infected.
  • This campaign more than 65 thousand teams of health workers will distribute medicines to around 6.5 crore people till 10 December in 19 districts.
  • There are 1.25 lakh cases of filaria in these 19 districts.
  • This time these 19 district have been divided in double drug and triple-drug categories in which they will be provided DEC tablet, Albendazole and ivermectin.

5. State's 1st Vulture Conservation to set up by UP Government 

  • In a major step to conserve the endangered vulture population, the Uttar Pradesh government will set up the state's first vulture conservation and breeding centre in farenda area of Maharajganj district.
  • According to Environment Minister, 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 of over three decades.

6. Chattisgarh declares Guru Ghasidas National Park as tiger reserve

  • The Chhattisgarh government has decided to declare Guru Ghasidas National Park in the state's Korea district as a tiger reserve.
  • The decision was taken at a meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
  • Presently the state has three tiger reserves, namely Indravati in Bijapur district, Udanti-Sitanadi in Gariaband and Achanakmar in Bilaspur.
  • The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had approved to declare Guru Ghasidas National Park as a tiger reserve in 2014.
  • Governor of Chhattisgarh: Anusuiya Uikey.

 

Proton Training Solution

AGREEMENTS

1. Ashok Leyland Ltd, ICICI Bank ink MoU for vehicle financing 

  • Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland Ltd. (ALL) has entered into a two­ year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICICI Bank to offer customised financial solutions to customers across India with a focus on semi­urban and rural geographies.
  • The bank will work in close coordination with the authorised dealers of Ashok Leyland to provide financial solutions to the customers.
  • Parent organization of Ashok Leyland Ltd: Hinduja Group; Headquarters: Chennai.
  • Founder: Raghunandan Saran.

2. India-Uzbekistan sign pact on counter-terror cooperation

  • India and Uzbekistan have signed a pact for further strengthening of cooperation in the fields of counter-terrorism and organised crime.
  • The agreement was signed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his Uzbekistan counterpart Pulat Bobojonov here to further increase cooperation between India and Uzbekistan in diverse fields including counter-terrorism, organized crime and human trafficking.
  • The two sides discussed issues of mutual interest including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, capacity building and training for Uzbek security personnel in Indian institutions, border guarding and disaster management.
  • Capital of Uzbekistan: Tashkent;
  • Currency: Uzbekistani so'm


3. SBI & U GRO ink loan co-origination agreement

  • NewQuest-backed U GRO Capital inked an SME loan co-origination agreement with State Bank of India to facilitate broader credit outreach and faster disbursal.
  • The alliance to leverage U GRO Capital's proprietary technology platform 'GRO-Xstream' to provide in-principle loan approval within 60 minutes.
  • U GRO Capital, a BSE listed, technology-enabled small business lending platform entered into a loan co-origination.
  • Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of U GRO Capital: Abhijit Ghosh.
  • U GRO Capital Launch: December 2017.

Proton Training Solution

APPOINTMENTS

1. Kerala cadre IAS officer to head UN tourism body 

  • Kerala cadre senior IAS officer Suman Billa is set to join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
  • He will take charge next week as Director, Technical Cooperation and Silk Road Development at the D1 level at UNWTO, a specialised agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
  • UNWTO's membership includes 158 countries.
  • Founded: October 1975.

2. Devendra Fadnavis announces to resign as Maharashtra CM

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis announced his resignation after the Supreme Court asked him to face a floor-test to test the strength of his BJP-led government's position.
  • His deputy, Ajit Pawar of the NCP, had resigned minutes before.


3. Bipin Rawat to be first Chief of Defence Staff

  • General Bipin Rawat to be first Chief of Defence Staff. 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.


4. Tata Comm board appoints A S Lakshminarayanan as MD and CEO

  • The Board of Tata Communications (Tata Comm) appointed Amur Swaminathan Lakshminarayanan as the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of the telecom company for a term of five years with effect from 26 November 2019.
  • Prior to joining Tata Comm, Lakshminarayanan was the president and CEO of TCS, Japan where he was in charge of accelerating the company's market opportunity and developing the brand in the region.


5. Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as Maharashtra CM

  • Shiv Sena Chief and Maha Vikas Aghadi nominee Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
  • He is the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
  • He was named as the leader of the Shiv Sena-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 CM.
  • The alliance is yet to decide the candidate for the Deputy CM post.


Proton Training Solution

AWARDS

1. Floating school project of Bangladesh wins Aga Khan Architecture Award 

  • Floating school project of Bangladesh wins Aga Khan Architecture Award. Bangladesh is a land of water.
  • A large part of its landscape remains submerged underwater during the monsoon months.
  • When Razia Alam came back from England after retirement as a teacher, she wanted to build a school for children which is spacious, modern and healthy for learning.
  • Razia also wanted it to be built at the land which was underwater for about six months of the year during the monsoon period.
  • She contacted the internationally renowned architect of Bangladesh Saif Ul Haque to design the school.
  • He took up the project and came with a school which has won many prestigious awards including the Aga Khan award.
  • It is a floating school named 'The Arcadia Education Project'.
  • 'The Arcadia Education Project' in South Kanarchor of Bangladesh is an innovative concept.
    It is an amphibious school built with local material and expertise near the capital city Dhaka.
  • The floating school is unique in its design and novel in its concept. The school also serves as a shelter, a daycare centre and a vocational training centre for the local people.


2. 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 and 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 of 2.5 lakh, a citation, and a plaque.
  • The K.K Birla foundation is named after Krishna Kumar Birla, famous Indian industrialist.
  • Established: 1991, Delhi.


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.
  • Dixit received the award for her reports on sex trafficking scandals in India by Investigative reporter in Miami Herald, Julie k. Brown.
  • Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) formation: 1981.
  • Headquarters: New York, United States.


4. Sundram Fasteners' 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 and professional life.
  • He pioneered the constitution of the TPM Club of India in collaboration with the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance in 1998 and 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, India.


5. Ekalabya award 2019 for Odia weightlifter Jhilli Dalabehera 

  • Odia women weightlifter Jhilli Dalabehera, who has brought laurels for both the State and the country in several national and international events, will receive the 27th Ekalabya Award for 2019.
  • The annual award instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) comprises a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.
  • She has won two gold, three silver and a bronze medal in different International weightlifting events held between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2019.
  • The award is given to encourage and inspire young sportspersons to perform at National and International platforms.
  • Ekalabya award was instituted in 1993.


6. 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.
  • Billie has disrupted the entertainment industry through her music and social media platforms, leaving an indelible impact on the global cultural zeitgeist.


7. Royal Aeronautical Society honour for DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy 

  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) London has conferred the Honorary Fellowship of the Society for the year 2019 to G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO.
  • He is the first Indian recipient of this prestigious award in over 100 years.
  • The Society's highest award is bestowed in recognition of Reddy's pioneering technological contributions over the past three decades which has enabled the country to realise frontline military systems and world-class missile technologies.
  • This fellowship is considered as Nobel Prize in the aerospace.
  • It is the world's highest distinctions for aerospace achievement awarded for only most exceptional contributions to the aerospace profession.
  • The first Honorary Fellowship was awarded in the year 1917.
    DRDO formed: 1958, Headquarters: New Delhi.


8. '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,".

Proton Training Solution

BANKING

1. SEBI slaps Rs 40.5 lakh fine on 7 firms for fraudulent trading 

  • Markets regulator SEBI imposed a total fine of Rs 40.5 lakh on 7 companies for indulging in fraudulent trading in the illiquid stock options segment on the BSE.
  • The total fine levied on the firms, Rs 10.5 lakh was levied on Green Venture Securities Management Pvt Ltd while Morgan Financial Services, Niranjan Housing, Navrang Tradelinks, Niranjan Metallic, Nishu Leasing and Finance and Midpoint Tradelink faced a fine of Rs 5 lakh each.
  • The reversal trades executed by the Notice were non-genuine in nature and created an impression of genuine trading volumes in respective contracts.
  • Chairperson of SEBI: Ajay Tyagi; Founded: 12 April 1992.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai.

2. Reserve Bank flags rising bad assets from Mudra loans

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expressed concern over rising bad loans from Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY).
  • This scheme was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015, which offers faster credit, with ticket sizes starting from ₹50,000 and going up to ₹10 lakh, to small businesses.
  • According to RBI, the percentage of MUDRA loans were at 2.52% in 2017-18, It has now raised to 2.89% in 2018-19.
  • It also says that the number of loans being sanctioned under the scheme has increased greatly.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das, Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.


3. RBI Imposes Rs 1.50 crore penalty on Corporation Bank

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


4. India's GDP growth further dips to 4.5% in July-Sept

  • India's GDP growth hit an over six-year low of 4.5 percent in July-September 2019, dragged mainly by deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was recorded at 7 percent in the corresponding quarter of FY 2018-19. In the previous quarter of the ongoing fiscal, the economic growth was 5 percent.
  • This GDP growth data for the September 2019 quarter is the lowest since January-March of 2012-13, when it was registered at 4.3 per cent.


5. Aditya Birla Finance becomes first NBFC to list commercial paper on bourses

  • Non-bank lender Aditya Birla Finance became the first company to list its commercial papers borrowing of Rs 100 crore on the bourses. The Kumarmangalam Birla-led company listed its CPs on NSE with a value date of November 28, 2019 and maturity date on February 7, 2020 on BSE and NSE, both the bourses.
  • ABFL is a diversified non-banking finance company (NBFC) with a long-term credit rating of AAA (Stable) from both Icra as well as India Ratings.


6. HR Khan Appointed as chairman of MFI panel

  • Former deputy governor of RBI, HR Khan has been appointed as the first chairman of the steering committee of the Code for Responsible Lending (CRL) in micro-credit. The CRL is a self-regulatory step for the micro-credit industry making diverse entities like banks, NBFC-MFIs and NBFCs adhere to standards of customer protection.
  • CRL was launched in September by MFIN and Sa-Dhan, an RBI-recognised association of MFIs, along with Finance Industry Development Council, an association of NBFCs.


Proton Training Solution

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

1. Book titled "Hemant Karkare -A Daughter's Memoir" by Jui Karkare Navare released 

  • On 11th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, a book titled "Hemant Karkare -A Daughter's Memoir" by his daughter Jui Karkare Navare was released in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The book has been published by The Write Place. The book portrays former Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare's life as a father to Jui Karkare Navare.
    18 security personnel lost their lives in the 26/11 terror attacks, also known as the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
  • The attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, in 8 places of Mumbai.

2. MHRD launches 3 books for children namely Kumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul

  • Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ˜Nishank' launched 3 books which are a collection of stories for Children namelyKumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul (Sindhi edition) in New Delhi.
  • Authored by a popular writer of children's books and travelogues Dr Anita Bhatnagar Jain.
  • She is an officer of Indian Administrative Services (1985 batch).
  • The three books are a collection of stories for children and have brought out environmental issues and topics like socio-cultural unity& cultural heritage in a very simple and interesting manner.


Proton Training Solution

BUSINESS

1. RIL market cap hits ₹9.5 lakh crore, a first for an Indian company 

  • Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the first Indian company to cross Rs.9.5 lakh in market capitalization (m-cap).
  • Recently Vodafone India and Bharti Airtel had announced their tariff hike which will be implemented from December 2019.
  • This has increased the share price of RIL in the market and is believed to attract more subscribers for Reliance Jio.
  • On 26 Nov 2019, its m-cap touched Rs 9,99,045 crore nearing the Rs 10 lakh crore mark.
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), RIL's closest rival in market capital had a share price of Rs.2,110, 2% lower on BSE and m-cap of Rs.7,71,996.87 crore.
  • Reliance Industries Limited Founded: 8 May 1973.
  • Founder (Reliance Industries Limited): Dhirubhai Ambani.
  • CEO: Mukesh Ambani; Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 

Proton Training Solution

DEFENCE

1. India to host naval drill Milan 2020 

  • The Indian Navy will host military drill 'Milan 2020' in March which will witness the participation of several countries.
  • 41 nations from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe that share defence cooperation with India have been invited for the drill.
  • MILAN stands for 'Multilateral Naval Exercise'.
  • The government pursues cooperation initiatives with friendly foreign countries, including in the Indian Ocean Region, through structured interactions like Staff Talks, Empowered Steering Group.
  • The areas of cooperation include capacity building, marine domain awareness, training, hydrography, technical assistance, operational exercise.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

2. 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 and 13 US nano satellites lifted off from the second launch pad of the rocket port from Sriharikota.
  • At about 9.28 a.m. the 44.4 meters tall, weighing 320-ton rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the country's rocket port.
  • The launch was normal despite a clouded sky.
  • According to ISRO, the 1,625 kg Cartosat-3 is an advanced agile satellite to obtain panchromatic and multispectral imagery with an operational life of five years.
  • Important Points:
    1. PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the 'XL' configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors). This will be the 74th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota.
    2. Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability. The satellite will be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees.
    3. PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States of America as part of commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.
  • Headquarters of ISRO: Bengaluru.
  • Chairperson of ISRO: Kailasavadivoo Sivan.


3. India & Japan holds Mine Countermeasure Exercise (MINEX) 2019

  • A maiden bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have conducted Mine Countermeasure Exercise (MINEX) 2019 at Kochi, Kerala.
  • Officials of the Indian Navy and from the warships Bungo and 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 of Japan: Tokyo.
  • Currency of Japan: Japanese yen.
  • Prime Minister of Japan: Shinzo Abe.


4. Indian Army successfully test-fired 2 Spike LR missile in MP

  • The Indian Army has successfully test-fired 2 Spike long-range anti-tank missiles at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Spike is a 4th-generation missile which can engage any target with precision at ranges up to 4 km. India became the 33rd country to have the Spike missile as part of its inventory.
  • The missile has the ability to fire, observe and update, providing substantial flexibility to the firer to pinpoint the impact point.
  • It also has the ability to switch to a different target mid-flight.
  • The firer has the option of firing from a low or high trajectory.
  • The motto of Indian Army: œService Before Self.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind.


Proton Training Solution

ECONOMY

ADB approves 2nd tranche of USD 150 mn for West Bengal 

  • The Asian Development Bank has approved the 2nd tranche of USD 150 million (about Rs 1,065 crore) for West Bengal to boost capital investment and infrastructure in the state.
  • The board of ADB approved a loan of $ 300 million (about Rs 2,130 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, and implementation of an integrated tax monitoring system, among others.
  • Asian Development Bank Headquarters: Manila, Philippines; President: Takehiko Nakao.

1. Moody's expects Centre's fiscal deficit to rise to 3.7%

  • Global rating agency Moody's expects the Centre's fiscal deficit to touch 3.7% of the GDP.
  • The Centre has targeted to keep the deficit at 3.3 per cent for the current fiscal (2019-20), but it has already reached 92.6 per cent of the Budget estimate in first six months of the current fiscal.
  • For all the state governments, the fiscal deficit estimated to be around 3 %.
  • A fiscal deficit is a shortfall in a government's income compared with its spending.
  • It is calculated as a percentage of GDP, or simply as total dollars spent in excess of income.
  • Moody's founder: John Moody.
  • Headquarters: New York City, United States; Moody's founded: 1909.


Proton Training Solution

RANKS

1. Global prosperity index 2019 

  • The first-ever Prosperity & Inclusion City Seal and Awards (PICSA) Index, released in the Basque Country capital of Bilbao in northern Spain.
  • The Index is designed to showcase not only the quantity of economic growth of a city but also its quality and distribution across populations.
  • Bengaluru emerged as India's highest-ranked city at No. 83 in a new index of the world's 113 cities in terms of economic and social inclusivity, topped by Zurich in Switzerland.
  • Delhi at 101 and Mumbai at 107 are the other Indian cities to make at the index, with the top 20 awarded a PICSA Seal as the world's highest-ranked cities building inclusive prosperity.
  • Vienna, the Austrian capital in second place, scores close to top marks on healthcare.
  • Copenhagen, Luxembourg and Helsinki complete the top five.

Proton Training Solution

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

ISRO transfer space-grade Li-Ion cell technology to BHEL 

  • SISRO has transferred its indigenous technology to produce space-grade Li-Ion cells to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
  • In March 2018, BHEL signed the Technology Transfer Agreement with ISRO for acquiring the Li-Ion Cell production technology.
  • This production facility is primarily targeting to meet Li-Ion Cell requirements for ISRO and other strategic sectors.
  • BHEL can also produce and sell Li-Ion cells for meeting other national/commercial applications by suitably modifying the space-grade cell which can lead to cost reduction.
  • BHEL is in the process of establishing the Li-Ion production facility near Bangalore in Karnataka.
  • Chairman & MD of BHEL: Nalin Shinghal.
  • Founded in: 1964; Headquarters: New Delhi, India.

Proton Training Solution

SPORTS

1. Sangram Dahiya, Varsha Varman win double trap national titles 

  • Sangram Dahiya and Varsha Varman clinched double trap titles, winning gold at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi.
  • In men's category, Sangram shot 142 out of 150 targets to leave behind former world champion Ankur Mittal, who managed 137 hits over the five rounds of 30 targets each to win a silver.
  • Varsha, in the women's category of 120 targets each, had 97 to her name to clinch the gold ahead of state-mate Manisha Keer, who had 93 hits winning Silver.

2. Indian archers bag recurve bronze at Asian Championships

  • Indian archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das won a bronze medal in the recurve and compound mixed event at the Asian Archery Championships in Kolkata.
  • They defeated China by 6-2 to clinch the medal in the championships.


3. Abhishek-Jyothi wins compound mixed pair gold at Asian Archery C'ships

  • Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam claimed the gold in compound mixed pair event at the 21st Asian Archery Championships, which ended in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The Indians defeated Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151 in the final clash.
  • India picked up seven medals including one gold, two silver and four bronze meddles in the event.


4. Australian Steve Smith becomes fastest Cricketer to reach 7,000 Test runs

  • Steve Smith became the fastest crickter to score 7,000 Test runs, shattering a record that had stood since 1946, while moving past Donald Bradman to become Australia's 11th highest scorer.
  • The 30-year-old took a single off Muhammad Musa during the second Test against Pakistan in Adelaide to reach the milestone and take possession of a record held for 73 years by English great Wally Hammond.
  • ii. Hammond reached the mark in 131 innings, while Smith, who played his first Test nine years ago, made the grade in his 126th. India's Virender Sehwag is the third fastest in 134 innings.


Proton Training Solution

SUMMIT AND CONFERENCES

1. 8th WATEC Israel 2019 

  • Union Minister of Jal Shakti, represented India at the 8 WATEC (Water Technology and Environment Control) Conference 2019.
  • The theme of the conference is "Water Stewardship and Innovationdriving 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.
  • Union Minister of Jal Shakti: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

2. 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.


3. 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.
  • Subjects selected for the congress include:
    Reforms in Policing: Challenges at field level and required measures.
    Forensic sciences: Resources up-gradation and effective use in the investigation.
    Safety of women and children: fresh initiatives and dividends.
    Role of social media in countering radicalisation and terrorism.
  • Inculcating right kind of attitudes in police officers training and beyond and use of CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems).
  • Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) in the advancement of criminal justice.


4. NuGen Mobility Summit 2019

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ethanol, Methanol, Bio-diesel and Bio-CNG will support the future technology to be utilized in the auto sector.
  • ICAT will also demonstrate world-class testing facilities and capabilities in its state of the art test laboratories.
  • International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) Director: Dinesh Tyagi.
  • ICAT headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana.


5. G K Reddy inaugurates 1st Intl. Conf on "Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience"

  • Minister of State for Home Affairs, inaugurated the 1st International Conference on "Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience" in New Delhi.
  • The Conference called for developing technology to anticipate disasters like landslides and develop infrastructure to quickly respond to minimise the damage.
  • The landslides have attracted global attention as they may cause huge havoc on communities, livestock, environment leading to huge loss of lives.
  • This conference will go a long way in finding long term solutions to natural disasters.
  • Minister of State for Home Affairs: G Kishan Reddy.


Proton Training Solution

MISC.

1. Railways sets up Institute for Financial Management in Hyderabad 

  • The Indian Railway Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM) has been set up in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • This new entity is set up to impart professional training in the management of railway finances.
  • The project was conceived and constructed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) at a cost of Rs 85 crore.
  • IIRFM marks an important addition to the list of premier professional institutions in the country in the field of financial management in Indian Railways.
  • The ensuing batch of probationers belonging to Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) will have the opportunity to get trained.
  • Railway Minister: Piyush Goyal.
  • John Mathai was the first Railways Minister of Independent India.

2. Logo, motto introduced for Lokpal

  • Lokpal Chairman Justice (retired) Pinaki Chandra Ghose launched the new logo and motto for the apex anti-corruption ombudsman.
  • A new motto, œMa Gridhah Kasyasvidhanam (Do not be greedy for anyone's wealth), was also adopted.
  • Earlier, an open competition was conducted, inviting entries for the logo and the motto.
  • A total of 2,236 entries for the logo and 4,705 entries for the motto were received.
  • A logo designed by Prashant Mishra, a resident of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, was finally selected.
  • The logo symbolises how Lokpal protects and cares for the people of India by establishing justice as per law.
  • Headquarters of Lokpal: New Delhi, India.


3. Indian Women's Association donates two electric vehicles in Nepal

  • Indian Women's Association (IWA) has donated two electric vehicles to Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) in Nepal.
  • President of IWA, Namrita Puri handed over vehicles to Dr Pradip Dhakal, Member-Secretary of PADT in Kathmandu.
  • These eco-friendly vehicles will be very helpful for the pilgrims visiting holy Pashupati temple especially for elderly and differently-abled people, women and children.
  • The vehicles will also create employment opportunity for women. Handing over of e-vehicles will be another milestone in strengthening age-old cultural and religious ties between India and Nepal and bringing people of the two countries closer.


4. Madhya Pradesh's Devi Ahilya University gets A-plus grade from NAAC

  • The Indore-based Devi Ahilya University becoming Madhya Pradesh's first varsity to be accorded A-plus grade by the National Assessment and 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.
  • NAAC Headquarters location: Bengaluru; Founded: 1994.


Proton Training Solution

OBITUARIES

1. Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar passes away 

  • Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar whose works graced several newspapers in a career spanning 58 years, passed 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 and Saturday Review among others.

2. Tamil actor & theatre artist Bala Singh passes away

  • Veteran Tamil actor and 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, US 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.


4. Former PM of Japan, Yasuhiro Nakasone Passed Away

  • Yasuhiro Nakasone, one of Japan's longest-reigning Prime Ministers and known for his friendship with Ronald Reagan, has passed away at the age of 101. Nakasone, Prime Minister from 1982 to 1987, shared the world stage with Reagan and Margaret Thatcher while battling with bureaucrats over domestic reforms.
  • In 1983, he became the first Japanese premier to officially visit South Korea, mending fences with a country that Japan had brutally colonised from 1910 to 1945.
    Shinzo Abe is the current Prime Minister of Japan.
  • The Yen is the official currency of Japan.


5. Australian writer & broadcaster Clive James passes away

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


Proton Training Solution
TOP