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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

15th FC led by NK-Singh Submitted its 5yr Report for 2021-26 to President, Ram Nath Kovind; Centre released Rs 2,200 cr for 42 cities to improve air quality15th Finance Commission submits its Report for 2021-22 to 2025-26 to the President of India

i.On November 9, 2020, the Fifteenth Finance Commission (XVFC) led by Chairman Nand Kishore (NK) Singh submitted its Report titled “Finance Commission in Covid Time” for the period of five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26 to the President of India  Ram Nath Kovind. The cover of the report has a figure of scales indicating the balance between the States and the Union.
ii.According to the XVFC’s terms of reference (ToR) set by the President, the commission has examined and recommended the devolution of funds between the Centre and the States for a five years period along with wide-ranging recommendations in different sectors.
iii.It should be noted that this is the first time that a chapter on the health care scenario of the country is introduced to boost public-health spending in a post-pandemic era.
iv.Based on the recommendations of XVFC, the central government on November 9, 2020 released Rs 2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states for the improvement of air quality measures in their cities. Greater Mumbai (Maharashtra) receive the highest allocation of Rs 244 crore
About Fifteenth Finance Commission (XVFC):
The Fifteenth Finance Commission was constituted by the President of India on November 27, 2017 in pursuance of clause (1) of Article 280 of the Constitution and Finance Commission (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1951.
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Labour Ministry notifies Draft rules for Industrial Relations Code, aims for April 2021 implementation

Centre notifies draft rules Industrial Relations Code newThe Ministry of Labour and Employment notified the draft rules for the Industrial Relations Code, 2020 in the Official Gazette of India on September 29, 2020.The ministry sought comments from various stakeholders within 30 days for finalizing the rules. Government aims to implement the four labour codes from April 1, 2021.
Key Points:
i.In September 2020, Parliament had approved the Three Labour Codes – Code on Industrial Relations, the Code on Social Security and the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions.
ii.The Industrial Relation (Central) Rules, 2020 will replace the Industrial Tribunal (Procedure) Rules, 1949, the Industrial Tribunal (Central Procedure) Rules, 1954, the Industrial Disputes (Central) Rules, 1957 and Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946.
iii.Industrial Relations Code will provide greater flexibility to employers to retrench (reduce) workers and makes it mandatory for unions to give prior notice before a strike.
Changes to be made:
i.Establishments with 300 or more workers need to seek government approval for lay-offs 15 days prior to the intended action. The earlier limit was 100 employees.
ii.Moreover, for retrenchment and closure the establishments would have to seek permission 60 daya and 90 days in advance respectively.
About Ministry of Labour & Employment:
Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) – Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Headquarters – New Delhi

Govt plans to Set Up 14 More Water Aerodromes for Seaplane Services Under RCS UDAN SchemeGovt looks to set up 14 more water aerodromes for seaplane services

i.The Government of India plans to set up 14 more aerodromes across India under the Regional Connectivity Scheme(RCS) UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) of Ministry of Civil Aviation. This follows the launch of the maiden seaplane service between the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya of Narmada Gujarat and Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad
ii.These 14 aerodromes will enable seaplane services on multiple routes which includes, lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand.
About Ministry of Civil Aviation:
Union Minister– Hardeep Singh Puri
About Airport Authority of India(AAI):
Chairman- Arvind Singh
Headquarters– New Delhi
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Rajasthan Government signs MoU with NTPC, SECI to setup 8000 MW Renewable park to illuminate India-Pakistan Border8000MW renewable park to light up India-Pak border areas in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to establish Ultra Mega Renewal Energy Power Park to illuminate India’s border areas with Pakistan in Rajasthan.
The park will be of 8, 000 MegaWatts (MW) capacity, and will comprise of 4, 310 MW of Wind Energy, 3, 760 of Solar Energy and 120 MW of Power from Biomass.
About Rajasthan:
Fair/Festivals – Camel Festival, Kite Festival, Braj Holi, Pushkar Fair
Folk Dance – Ghoomar Folk Dance, Kalbelia Folk Dance, Bhavai Folk Dance, Chari Folk Dance, Kathputli Folk Dance
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UP’s Gorakhpur is Set to Host the International Bird Festival in February 2021

Gorakhpur to host the International Bird festival in February new

On 9th November 2020, Dara Singh Chauhan, Uttar Pradesh Minister of Forest and Environment announced that the International Bird Festival will be organized in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh(UP) in February 2021.

  • He also informed that Gorakhpur is developing in the tourism and ecotourism sector and it is set to have a zoological park in 2021.
  • The International bird festival will attract international level tourists for Gorakhpur lake and bird watching.
  • The forest department of Uttar Pradesh has been instructed to materialize this bird festival.

Note:
Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Zoological park and Ramgarh Lake were declared as the first notified wetlands of the state.
About Uttar Pradesh:
Chief Minister– Yogi AdityanathLucknow
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
Capital– Lucknow

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Unveiled A-Sat Missile Model in  New DelhiRaksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh Unveils A-Sat Missile Model

On November 9, 2020, a model of Anti Satellite (A-SAT) Missile installed inside the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Bhawan premises, New Delhi, was unveiled by Union Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) Rajnath Singh.

  • It was unveiled in the presence of Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Jairam Gadkari and Secretary Directorate for Defense Research And Development (DDR&D) & Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy.​

Point to be noted:
India’s first-ever Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Tested under the operation code ‘Mission Shakti’ on 27th March 2019 from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, where a fast-moving Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was neutralised with pinpoint accuracy.

  • With this, India became the fourth nation in the world with the capability to defend its assets in outer space.

About Ministry of Defence (MoD):
Rajnath Singh Constituency– Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh
Minister of State (MoS)– Shripad Yesso Naik

MNRE scales up PM-KUSUM scheme goal to 30.8 GW of solar capacity by 2022MNRE scales up PM-KUSUM scheme goal to 30-8 GW of solar capacity by 2022

On November 9, 2020, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued an order for scale-up and expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme. It had set a target of the enhanced solar capacity of 30.8 GigaWatt (GW) by 2022 with revised Central Financial Support of INR 34, 035 crores.
MNRE launched the PM KUSUM Scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar and other renewable power plants in India.
About Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE):
Minister of State (MoS), (Independent Charge) – Raj Kumar Singh
Headquarters – New Delhi
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Interstate Migrant Policy Index (IMPEX) 2019 released by India Migration Now, Kerala Top

Migrant Policy Index Kerala on top, Delhi near bottom new

i.The Mumbai (Maharashtra) based research non-profit India Migration Now has released “Interstate Migrant Policy Index (IMPEX) 2019” stating integration of interstate migrants. In accordance to this, the states of Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh (AP) have been most successful in integrating migrant workers.
ii.India’s average IMPEX 2019 score for 28 states and the Union Territory (UT) of National Capital Territory (NCT) Delhi is 37 out of 100.
Static Points:
–The IMPEX is a regional adaptation of the international Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX).
–India Migration Now is a venture of the South East Migration Foundation.
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High Biodiversity in 49% of Ganga River: Wildlife Institute of India SurveyWildlife-Institute-of-India's-survey-of-the-entire-main-stem-of-the-Ganga

Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in the second phase of its survey of the entire main stem of Ganga river (Main river without its tributaries) found that 49% of the river has high biodiversity and increased biodiversity sightings. Scientists have stated that this indicated reduction of pollution levels and a healthier state of the river.
i.The study was initiated by WII on behalf of the National Mission for Clean Ganga.
ii.This is the first ever study done in India on the entire Ganga river, and first of all its biodiversity.
About National Mission for Clean Ganga:
Director General – Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Wildlife Institute of India (WII):
WII is an Autonomous Institution of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
Chairman – R.P. Gupta (Secretary of Environment, Forest and Climate Change)
Location – Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Virgin Hyperloop completes First-ever Human Trial in Hyperloop Pod in USVirgin Hyperloop completes first-ever human trial in hyperloop pod in US

Virgin Hyperloop successfully completed the first-ever human trial in the hyperloop pod at the 500 metre DevLoop test facility in the Las Vegas,United States (US) on November 8, 2020. Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Virgin Hyperloop and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience of Virgin Hyperloop, were the first people in the world to ride on Hyperloop.
i.They travelled 500 metres in 15 seconds in newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, reaching 107 mph (172 Km per hour).
ii.The testing campaign will continue with Pune native and Virgin Hyperloop Power Electronics Specialist, Tanay Manjrekar to ride next in Hyperloop.
About the Vehicle:
i.The 2 passengers made their maiden voyage on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, which was custom-built with occupant safety and comfort in mind.
Hyperloop:
i.It is a next-generation travel system which uses pods or capsules travelling at high speeds through low-pressure tubes erected on columns or tunnelled underground using magnetic levitation.
ii.It is fully autonomous and sealed eliminating driver-related errors.
iii.The idea of ‘Hyperloop’ was first publicly mentioned by Elon Musk in 2012.
iv.The concept has been “open-sourced” by Musk and SpaceX to encourage others to take the ideas and develop them.
Hyperloop in India:
i.Maharashtra Government recognized hyperloop as a public infrastructure project and approved the Virgin Hyperloop-DP World Consortium as Original Project Proponent (OPP) for the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project. It was expected to run along Mumbai-Pune Express Highway.
ii.In October, 2020 Virgin Hyperloop announced a partnership with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to conduct feasibility study for a proposed hyperloop corridor from Bangalore Airport.
iii.In 2019, Virgin Hyperloop signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Punjab’s Transport Department.
About Virgin Hyperloop:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Jay Walder
Headquarters –  Los Angeles, United States

UK’s Lord Gerry Grimstone launched UKIBC’s ‘Doing Business in India Report 2020’; Maharashtra Showed max incremental improvementUK Investment Minister launched The 'Doing Business in India Report 2020' UKIBC

i.The 6th edition of United Kingdom India Business Council’s (UKIBC) Doing Business in India Report 2020 titled “Doing Business in India: The UK Perspective” was virtually launched by the UK Investment Minister Lord Gerry Grimstone at a roundtable with Indian industrialists during his virtual visit to India.
ii.In accordance to the report, 66% of the surveyed UK businesses found easier to do business in India due to progressive reforms and improvements in components such as the availability of support and service providers, skilled labour, and supply chain.
iii.Notably, for the third year running, Maharashtra came out as the state with maximum incremental improvement, followed by Karnataka, Delhi, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.
About United Kingdom India Business Council’s (UKIBC):
Chair– Richard Heald
Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Jayant Krishna
Headquarter– London, UK
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Nirmala Sitharaman Attended 1st BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting VirtuallyFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attends 1st BRICS

On November 9, 2020, Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman virtually participated in the 1st BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the Chairmanship of Russia.

  • Agenda: To discuss the outcomes of G20 (Group of Twenty) Saudi Presidency in 2020, a digital platform to encourage infrastructure investments and expansion of the membership of the New Development Bank (NDB).

Key Points:
–The Indian side has supported the expansion of the membership of NDB
India also laid emphasis on a consensus solution that will play an important role in ensuring fairness, equity and sustainability of tax systems.
–India side appreciated the G20 Action Plan in response to COVID-19 and the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative which ensured immediate support to address the liquidity needs of low-income countries
–It should be noted that all BRICS countries are members
About BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa):
Chairman (2020) – Russia
President of New Development Bank (formerly BRICS Bank) – Marcos Prado Troyjo (Brazil)

BANKING & FINANCE

Karnataka Bank Launches its 1st Contactless, RuPay Debit Card, ‘National Common Mobility Debit Card’Karnataka Bank launches National Common Mobility Debit card

i.On November 9, 2020 In accordance with the vision of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA),Karnataka Bank Limited launched a new indigenous RuPay debit card- National Common Mobility Card(NCMC).
ii.This card is the bank’s 1st ever contactless debit Card.
iii.The card is an international Contact-less, debit cum prepaid and interoperable transport card, a ‘One Nation One Card i.e., a card with many benefits’.
About Karnataka Bank Limited:
Headquarters– Mangaluru(Mangalore), Karnataka
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Mahabaleshwara M.S.
Incorporated– February 18th, 1924
Tagline– ‘Your Family Bank Across India’
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Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance Launches ‘Covid Shield+’, India’s First Individual Covid-19 Life Insurance PolicyEdelweiss Tokio launched Covid-19 life insurance product 'Covid Shield+'

On November 9, 2020 Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance Company Limited launched, ‘Covid Shield+’, India’s First Individual Covid-19 Life Insurance Policy. The comprehensive solution provides financial protection against the impact of COVID-19 diagnosis.
About Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance Company Limited:
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)–  Mr. Sumit Rai
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Established– 2011
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Mobikwik Partners with Amex to launch its 1st card, ‘MobiKwik Blue American Express Card’, a Digital Prepaid CardAmex-partners-Mobikwik-to-issue-prepaid-payments-card-with-flexible-credit-limit

i.On November 10, 2020 Mobikwik partnered with American Express (Amex) to launch its first ever Card, ‘MobiKwik Blue American Express Card’, a digital prepaid Card on Amex network.
ii.It is the 1st prepaid payments card of Amex with a flexible credit limit.
iii.With this launch, MobiKwik becomes the first non-bank Indian company to become a member of the American Express network and issue Cards in India.
About MobiKwik:
Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana
Co Founder & CEO – Bipin Preet Singh
Co-Founder & COO(Chief Operating Officer)– Upasana Taku
Founded– 2009
About American Express (Amex):
Chairman & CEO– Stephen J. Squeri
HeadQuarters– New York, United States of America.
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Dr Satish Mishra from CSIR-CDRI won the Dr. Tulsi Das Chugh Award 2020CSIR-CDRI Scientist Dr Satish Mishra bags DrTulsi Das chugh Award

National Academy of Medical Sciences(NAMS) (India) announced that Dr Satish Mishra the Principal Scientist of the Division of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI), Lucknow has won the “Dr. Tulsi Das Chugh Award 2020” for his research work on the life cycle of Malaria Parasite which involves two hosts and 3 invasive stages.
Note:
The invasion of mammals and mosquitoes needs a coordinated sequence of events.
Research of Satish Mishra:
i.The research was focused on “Secreted Protein with Altered Thrombospondin Repeat (SPATR) which is Essential for Asexual Blood Stages but not Required for Hepatocyte Invasion by the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium Berghei”.
ii.The study was focused on the dispensability of SPATR in Plasmodium berghei sporozoite and its importance for the establishment of blood stage infection.
About Dr. Satish Mishra:
i.Dr. Satish Mishra was elected as the member of National Academy of Medical Science(NAMS), India in 2019.
ii.He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Science, India in 2018.
Awards:
i.He received the Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize from Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) in 2018.
ii.He was awarded the Ramalingaswami re-entry Fellowship by the Department of Biotechnology in 2013.
About Dr. Tulsi Das Chugh Award:
i.Dr. Tulsi Das Chugh Award was instituted by Dr. T.D. Chugh, FAMS in 2018 to recognise the best published work in the field of Infectious Diseases which includes, epidemiology, pathogenesis, Translational studies on clinical development of modalities for prevention, control and treatment.
ii.The award comprises a Scroll, a commemorative medal and Cash incentive.
About National Academy of Medical Sciences(NAMS) (India):
President– Dr. Saroj Chooramani Gopal
Headquarters– New Delhi

Tamil Nadu Won the Best State at 2nd National Water Award 2019 for Water Management Tamil-Nadu-bags-‘Best-State’-award-for-water-management

i.Tamil Nadu won first place in the Union ministry of Jal Shakti’s 2nd National Water Awards for 2019 under the best state (normal) category for the conservation and management of water.
ii.K Manivasan, PWD Secretary will receive the Best State Award on behalf of Tamil Nadu Government.
iii.The Awards will be presented during the 2-day virtual ceremony on 11th and 12th November 2020
iv.Around 98 awards in 16 different categories will be presented during the virtual event.
About Tamil Nadu:
Tiger Reserve– Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
Nuclear & Atomic Power Plant– Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant & Madras Atomic Power Station
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

IRDAI Setup a 9 member Working Group headed by R Chandrasekaran to Revisit the Retail Business of Engineering TariffIRDAI sets up panel headed by R Chandrasekaran

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has set up a 9 member working group headed by R Chandrasekaran to revisit the product structures of engineering tariffs relevant to the retail businesses and provide suitable recommendations to revise them. The committee will submit the report within 3 months.

Need for forming the Group:

i.Engineering insurance requirements are constantly evolving with continuous advancement in technology this resulted to the changes in the customers’ expectations regarding the insurance.

ii.So, the Working Group will revisit the Engineering products (which are as per the erstwhile tariffs) for the Retail segment of products.

About the Panel:
i.The panel will recommend new suitable and appropriate standards products in line with the technology advancement in retail businesses.
ii.The panel will also make recommendations regarding the general regulation in the traffic as per the terms of reference of the group.
About Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI):
Chairman- Dr. Subhash C. Khuntia
Headquarters- Hyderabad, Telangana

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

TCS to Acquire 100% shares of  Postbank Systems AG from Deutsche BankTCS-to-acquire-Postbank-Systems-from-Deutsche-Ban

i.On November 9, 2020 Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) signed an agreement with Deutsche Bank AG, under which TCS will acquire a 100% of the shares of Postbank Systems AG(PBS) from Deutsche Bank AG. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
ii.PBS is the IT(Information and Technology) service provider of  Deutsche Bank
iii.Deutsche Bank is an existing IT services partner of TCS.
About Deutsche Bank:
Headquarters– Frankfurt, Germany
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Christian Sewing
President– Karl von Rohr
Founded– 1870
About Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) 
CEO & MD(Managing Director)– Rajesh Gopinathan(Non-Independent, Executive)
Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons– N. Chandrasekaran(Non-Independent, Non-Executive)
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Launched– April 1, 1968 as a division of Tata Sons
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OBITUARY

Satyajit Ghosh, Former India and Mohun Bagan Football Player Passed Away at 62

Former India defender Satyajit Ghosh dies new

On November 9, 2020 Satyajit Ghosh, former football player of India and Mohun Bagan passed away at the age of 62 at Bandel, West Bengal due to cardiac arrest. The defender represented India in the 1985 Nehru Cup.
Key Info about Satyajit Ghosh:
i.Satyajit Ghosh started his career with Railway FC in 1980.
ii.He later switched on to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, an Indian professional multi-sport club, where he formed the core of their backline alongwith star Indian defender Subrata Bhattacharya.
iii.He played  for Mohun Bagan from 1982 till 1986 and in 1988 till 1993.
iv.His career was cut short with Mohun Bagan in 1986 due to his injuries.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Bidhya Devi Bhandari Releases Pictorial Anthology on Mahatma Gandhi in Nepali language titled ‘Maile Bujheko Gandhi’ Nepal President Bidhya Devi releases special anthology

On November 9, 2020 Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal released a pictorial anthology on Mahatma Gandhi in Nepali language, titled ‘Maile Bujheko Gandhi’(the Gandhi as I understood or ‘My understanding about Gandhi’)at a special function in Shital Niwas, Kathmandu in the presence of Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to Nepal.
The book was published by the Embassy of India along with B. P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation.
Points to be Noted
The special anthology was released to celebrate the  151st birth anniversary of  Mahatma Gandhi, the  Father of Indian Nation and also to mark the culmination of the two years long celebrations of ‘150 years of Mahatma’ – [email protected]
Key Info
i.The publication for the 1st time brings together the unique Nepali perspectives on Mahatma Gandhi, the revered global icon in the form of personal contributions from 25 eminent and distinguished personalities.
ii.The publication also expects that this book will bring the Nepal youth closer to Mahatma Gandhi, whose life and ideals remain timeless, universal and relevant for today’s world.
About Nepal:
Capital – Kathmandu
Currency– Nepalese Rupee(NPR)

Bhagat Singh Koshyari released the Book ‘Majhi Bhint’ Authored by Rajendra Darda, Former Maharashtra Minister of Education

 

On November 9, 2020 Bhagat Singh Koshyari, governor of Maharashtra released the  Marathi language book ‘Majhi Bhint’ (My Wall) authored by Rajendra Darda, former Maharashtra Minister of Education at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The book is a compilation of selected Facebook posts of Rajendra Darda that pertains to a range of issues written over the last four years.
Key People
Maharashtra’s Minister for Revenue Balasaheb Thorat, Minister of Public Works Ashok Chavan, Minister of Water Resources Jayant Patil, Chairman of Lokmat Media Group Vijay Darda, among others were present on the occasion.
About the Book:
i.The book contains the experiences of the author’s world travel. This will give the readers the same joy of world travel.
ii.The interspersing of the Marathi write-ups with Hindi couplets by the author has further enriched the book.
iii.The book attempts to break the invisible wall created among people due to CoronaVirus pandemic and connect to the readers.
Additional Info
Bhagat Singh Koshyari also released the Diwali issues of Lokmat Deepotsav and Deep Bhava on the occasion.

Ruskin Bond Authored Book Titled, ‘How to Be a Writer’Bond has come out with yet another book How To Be A Writer

The book titled ‘How to Be a Writer’ authored by Ruskin Bond was published by HarperCollins India. The book gives practical advice for every person who is aspiring to write and be published.
About the Book:

  • The book gives a glimpse into the writing credo of Ruskin Bond, the author who has over 70 years of successful writing career.
  • The book has been written in the humorous style of Ruskin Bond.

As per Ruskin Bond, to become a writer, the person must have the following qualities-love of books, languages and life, an observant eye, a good memory, enthusiasm, optimism and persistence.
About Ruskin Bond:
i.Ruskin Bond, Indian author of British descent, is one of India’s most well-known children’s writers.
ii.His first novel was ‘The Room On the Roof’. His first children’s book, ‘Angry River’, was published in the 1970s.
iii.Awards– He received the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

HarperCollins to publish Kiwi PM Jacinda’s Biography ‘Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy’Jacinda Ardern Leading with Empathy

Jacinda Ardern:Leading with Empathy’ – A Biography of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be published in 2021 by HarperCollins.The book will be authored by Supriya Vani and Carl A Harte.
About the Book:
i.The Biography will give readers an insight into the inner world of Jacinda Ardern.
ii.It will examine the Prime Minister of New Zealand through the Author’s Interview, multitude of public statements and speeches.
iii.The book aims to take the reader to the places, to meet the people and see the culture, and understand the events that propelled this daughter of a small-town policeman to high office.In October, 2020, Jacinda Ardern was re-elected in the 2020 New Zealand General Elections.
iv.HarperCollins Publishers India has announced the acquisition of the book.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020 – November 10World Science Day for Peace and Development

i.United Nations(UN)’s World Science Day for Peace and Development is annually celebrated across the globe on 10th November to highlight the role of Science in society and the need to engage the public on the discussion on the emerging scientific issues.
ii.The first World Science Day for Peace and Development was observed on 10 November 2002 under United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) auspices.
iii.The theme of the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020 is “Science for and with Society” with the focus on the “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic”.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) :
Director General– Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters– Paris, France
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STATE NEWS

CM Naveen Patnaik Launched 4 Online Service for Farmers, includes Mobile App -Secha SamadhanOdisha-CM-launches-'Secha-Samadhan'-app-for-irrigation-related-problems

i.On 9th November 2020, Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister of Odisha launched a mobile application – “Secha Samadhan” to enable farmers to directly connect with the Water Resources Department.
ii.He also launched 3 other online services to solve the issues on water distribution for industries, commercial establishments and other institutes.
iii.With this application the farmers can send their grievances through photographs or videos and immediate steps will be taken regarding the grievances of the farmers.
About Odisha:
Chief Minister– Naveen Patnaik
Governor– Ganeshi Lal
Bird Sanctuary– Chilika bird Sanctuary
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1 15th FC Submitted its 5yr Report for 2021-22 to 2025-26 to Indian President; Centre released Rs 2,200 cr for 42 cities to improve air quality
2 Labour Ministry notifies Draft rules for Industrial Relations Code, aims for April 2021 implementation
3 Govt plans to Set Up 14 More Water Aerodromes for Seaplane Services Under RCS UDAN Scheme
4 8000 MW renewable park to light up India-Pakistan Border areas in Rajasthan
5 UP’s Gorakhpur is Set to Host the International Bird Festival in February 2021
6 Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Unveiled A-Sat Missile Model in DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi
7 MNRE scales up PM-KUSUM scheme goal to 30.8 GW of solar capacity by 2022
8 Interstate Migrant Policy Index (IMPEX) 2019 released by India Migration Now, Kerala Top
9 High Biodiversity in 49% of Ganga River: Wildlife Institute of India Survey
10 Virgin Hyperloop completes First-ever Human Trial in Hyperloop Pod in US
11 UK’s Lord Gerry Grimstone launched UKIBC’s ‘Doing Business in India Report 2020’; Maharashtra Showed max incremental improvement
12 Nirmala Sitharaman Attended 1st BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting Virtually
13 Karnataka Bank Launches its 1st Contactless, RuPay Debit Card, ‘National Common Mobility Debit Card’
14 Edelweiss Tokio Life Launches ‘Covid Shield+’, India’s First Individual Covid Life Insurance Policy
15 Mobikwik Partners with Amex to launch its 1st card, ‘MobiKwik Blue American Express Card’, a Digital Prepaid Card
16 Dr Satish Mishra from CSIR-CDRI won the Dr. Tulsi Das Chugh Award 2020
17 Tamil Nadu Won the Best State at 2nd National Water Award 2019 for Water Management
18 IRDAI Setup a Working Group to Revisit the Retail Business of Engineering Tariff; Headed by R Chandrasekaran
19 TCS to Acquire 100% shares of  Postbank Systems AG from Deutsche Bank
20 Satyajit Ghosh, Former India and Mohun Bagan Football Player Passed Away at 62
21 Bidhya Devi Bhandari Releases Pictorial Anthology on Mahatma Gandhi in Nepali language titled ‘Maile Bujheko Gandhi’
22 Bhagat Singh Koshyari released the Book ‘Majhi Bhint’ Authored by Rajendra Darda, Former Maharashtra Minister of Education
23 Ruskin Bond Authored Book Titled, ‘How to Be a Writer’
24 HarperCollins to publish Kiwi PM Jacinda’s Biography ‘Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy’
25 World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020 – November 10
26 CM Naveen Patnaik Launched a Mobile App -Secha Samadhan & 4 Online Service for Farmers