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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Navies of India, Thailand begin 32nd Edition of CORPAT 32nd EDITION OF INDO-THAI COORDINATED PATROLThe 32nd edition of the India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy is being conducted from 12 to 14 November 2021 in Andaman Sea to reinforce the maritime links between the two countries.

  • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously built Missile Corvette, His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Tayanchon, a Khamrosin Class Anti-submarine Patrol Craft, and Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both navies are participating in the CORPAT.

Key Points:
i.The navies of both the countries have been undertaking CORPATs bi-annually since 2005 along their International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).
ii.CORPAT would develop understanding and interoperability between navies and facilitate measures to prevent and reduce unlawful activities such as Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug trafficking, maritime terrorism, armed robbery, and piracy.
iii.As part of the Government of India’s vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been engaging with the countries in the Indian Ocean Region towards enhancing regional maritime security through bilateral and multilateral exercises, CORPATs, Joint EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) Surveillance, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
iv.The 32nd Indo-Thai CORPAT will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to combine inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship between India and Thailand.
About Ministry of Defence (MoD):
Union Minister – Raj Nath Singh (Constituency – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State – Ajay Bhatt (Constituency – Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)

Ministry of Tourism Signs MoU with IRCTC to Strengthen Hospitality sector

Ministry of Tourism Signs MoU with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to strengthen the hospitality and tourism industry.

Objective – To provide visibility to accommodation units self-certified under System for Assessment, Awareness & Training for the Hospitality Industry (SAATHI) on the Online Travel Aggregator (OTA) platform.

  • The MoU was signed during an event organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Quality Council of India (QCI).

Signatories – Deputy Director General (Hotels & Restaurants), Ministry of Tourism & JGM, Tourism, IRCTC in the presence of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.
Key highlights
i.An extensive coverage on accommodation units will be provided under SAATHI for safe and sustainable tourism.
ii.Both organisations will encourage  accommodation units to get registered to the National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry (NIDHI) and SAATHI.
Note – Ministry of Tourism has already signed similar MOUs with Easy My Trip, Cleartrip, Yatra.com, Make My Trip and Goibibo.
About IRCTC:
Chairman – Rajni Hasija
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Ministry of Tourism
Union Minister – G. Kishan Reddy (Secunderabad, Telangana)
Minister of State – Shripad Yesso Naik (North Goa, Goa), Ajay Bhatt (Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand).

NTPC Ties up with IOCL to Collaborate in Renewable EnergyNTPC ties up with Indian Oil to collaborate in renewable energyOn November 12, 2021, NTPC (formerly National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to collaborate in the field of Renewable Energy (RE) and mutually explore opportunities for supply of low carbon/RE RTC (round the clock) captive power.

  • This is a first-of-its-kind novel initiative by two leading national energy majors of India, to support the country’s commitment to achieving renewable energy targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Signatories:
The MoU was signed by Sangeeta Kaushik, Chief General Manager (BD) NTPC, and VK Raizada, Executive Director (M&I) Indian Oil in the presence of Gurdeep Singh, CMD (Chairman & Managing Director) NTPC; Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman, Indian Oil; and other officials of the companies .
Key Points:
i.NTPC is taking various steps to make non-fossil fuel-based capacity at par or greater than its thermal portfolio by 2032.

  • It is India’s largest integrated energy company with installed capacity of 67,657.5 MW comprising 47 NTPC stations.

ii.Through this MoU, both entities will utilize their strengths to achieve net-zero commitments of nation.
iii.Both organizations will generate and store RE or other forms of energy, including gas-based power, primarily to cater for Indian Oil refineries or other installations.
About Indian Oil:
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG)
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi

President Ram Nath Kovind Confers Honorary Rank of General of Indian Army on Nepal Army Chief Prabhu Ram SharmaPresident Kovind confers honorary rank of General of Indian ArmyNepal Army Chief General Prabhu Ram Sharma was conferred with the honorary rank of ‘General of the Indian Army’ by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (It is a continuation of a tradition that started in 1950)

  • Nepal Army chief Gen Prabhu Ram Sharma was on a 4-day visit on an official invitation extended by General Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army to India to improve the defence ties between both nations.
  • Chief General Sharma had meetings with defence secretary Ajay Kumar, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army chief Naravane and Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhary.
  • Nepal relies on India for the transportation of goods and services. Nepal’s access to the sea is through India, and it imports a major proportion of its requirements from and through India.

Note –  Ram Nath Kovind became the 14th President of India on 25 July 2017.
About Nepal:
Capital –  Kathmandu
Currency – Nepalese rupee
President – Bidhya Devi Bhandari

IIT Guwahati to Collaborate with OIL to Boost Technology in Energy SectorIIT Guwahati, Oil India Ltd. Collaborates To Develop Technologies On Energy, Allied SectorsIndian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT)Guwahati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oil India Limited(OIL) to collaborate on development and introduction of new technologies in energy and related sectors.

  • The MoU was signed by Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director of IIT Guwahati, and Sasanka Pratim Deka, Executive Director of OIL.
  • The Joint research activities should be aimed to reach the common people of India and pave the pathway for the upliftment of society.

Note:
IIT Guwahati is one of the top Indian institutes dedicated to develop the state of the art technologies and skilled manpower in the field of petroleum and allied industries.
Features of the partnership:
i.The collaborations will benefit the oil and gas industries since this will lead to the development of indigenous technologies.
ii.This partnership will focus on the cooperation in transfer of existing technologies, knowledge upgradation and innovation partnership, Training and skill development  and other areas of mutual agreement.
iii.Under this MoU, OIL will facilitate a new path for exploring various opportunities in applied and translational research for the sustainable energy sector.
Additional info:
The Engineering Service Group of OIL constitutes engineering departments like Electrical, Civil, Field Engineering, Instrumentation, Field Communication, Information Technology, and Logistics.
The group offers various services like Exploration, Drilling, and Production of Crude Oil and Natural Gas, Transportation of crude oil and production of LPG.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

UNEP & European Commission Launched IMEO to Curb Methane Gas Emission 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the European Commission launched the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) at the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit 2021.

  • IMEO is a data-driven, action-focused initiative to catalyse dramatic reduction of methane emissions, starting with the energy sector.
  • IMEO is hosted by UNEP & is budgeted at EUR 100 million over five years.
  • Its aim is to slash methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

BANKING & FINANCE

HDFC Bank integrates with E-NAM to Facilitate Agri Commodity Trading

HDFC Bank integrates with government's e-NAM platform

On 12th November 2021, HDFC Bank integrated with the Central Government’s National Agriculture Market (eNAM) to enable digital collections and settlement of funds to various agricultural transactions carried out through eNAM by farmers, traders, Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs).

  • HDFC Bank has partnered with Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) to further improve the ease of doing business on e-NAM platform by offering the Multi-Netbanking, Debit card, NEFT/RTGS and UPI/IMPS collection modes.

Features:
i.The bank provides details of around 50 % of branches in Semi-Urban and Rural areas to support trading activities of farmers and traders on the eNAM platform.
ii.The integration helps farmers, traders, Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs), commission agents, institutional buyers and other Mandi level service providers for easy settlement mechanisms.
Note – In 2001, HDFC Bank became the first agency bank to digitize tax collections for the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
About National Agriculture Market (eNAM):
i.eNAM was launched in 2016 with SFAC as the nodal implementing agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
ii.Currently e-NAM is integrated with over 1,000 Mandis across the country and the  total value of agri-produce traded on eNAM is around Rs. 1.3 lakh crore till Financial Year (FY) 2020-21.
About Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC)
Managing Director – NeelKamal Darbari
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
About HDFC Bank:
Established – 1994
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Sashidhar Jagdishan
Tagline – We Understand Your World

RBI Issued Directions on Laxmi Cooperative Bank with Withdrawal Cap of Rs 1000 

On November 12, 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued certain Directions to The Laxmi Cooperative Bank Limited, Solapur, Maharashtra, and capped the withdrawal for customers at Rs 1,000.

  • RBI issued the directions in the exercise of powers vested in it under subsection (1) of Section 35 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949

Key Points:
i.The bank was not allowed to write, grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment, incur any liability including borrowal of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits without prior approval of RBI.
ii.Withdrawal was not allowed for a sum exceeding Rs 1,000 from the total balance across all savings bank or current accounts or any other account of a depositor but they are allowed to set off loans against deposits (with certain directions).
iii.Without RBI’s approval the bank also couldn’t disburse or agree to disburse any payment whether in the discharge of its liabilities and obligations or otherwise, enter into any compromise or arrangement and sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its properties or assets.
iv.The bank was allowed to continue its banking business with restrictions till its financial position improves.
v.The restrictions under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 will remain in force for the bank for 6 months from the close of business on November 12, 2021.
About Laxmi Cooperative Bank Limited:
Establishment – 6th June 1929
Headquarters – Solapur, Maharashtra
Chairman – B. V. Nerlekar

NSO Projected CPI Based Inflation Rate for October 2021 at 4.48%; RBI Projected CPI Inflation for FY22 at 5.3%RBI projects CPI inflation at 5.3% for 2021-22National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has released the All India Consumer Price Index (CPI) (with Base 2012=100) and corresponding Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) for Rural (R), Urban (U) and Combined (C) for the month of October 2021.

  • As per the release, India’s retail inflation rate, measured by the CPI increased in October 2021 to 4.48 percent year-on-year from 4.35 percent in September 2021 due to a rise in food prices.
  • Note – In October 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has projected the CPI inflation for the financial year 2022 at 5.3 percent.

All India Inflation rates (%) based on CPI (General) and CFPI:

Indices October 2021 (Provisional) September 2021 (Final) October 2020
R U C R U C R U C
CPI General 4.07 5.04 4.48 4.13 4.57 4.35 7.75 7.33 7.61
CFPI 0.31 1.72 0.85 0.69 0.67 0.68 11.12 10.86 11.00


Inflation rate in October 2021:
i.The inflation rate for Consumer Food Price Index increased to 0.85 percent in October from 0.68 percent in September 2021.

  • Food inflation contributed nearly 48 percent to the monthly increase in headline retail inflation.

ii.The inflation rate for Oils and Fats was recorded at 33.5 percent from 34.2 percent in September 2021 and pulses recorded 5.42 percent of inflation rate against 8.8 percent in September 2021.
iii.The inflation rate of Clothing and footwear was about 7.53 percent and the rate for Fuel and light was about 14.3 percent.Click here to read more about the rates.
About Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI):
Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurugram, Haryana)

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Tata Projects bags $120mn order for Power Transmission Project in BangladeshTata Projects bags $120mn order for power transmissioni.Tata Projects Limited secured an order on a turnkey basis from the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) for a 400kV (kilovolt) double circuit transmission line project worth Rs $120 million (around Rs 900 crores).
ii.It is a 120-km project from Barapukuria to Bogura in Bangladesh to be executed in 30 months. The funding for the same will be provided by EXIM (Export Import) Bank India under Indian Line of Credit (LoC).
About TATA Projects:
Managing Director– Vinayak deshpande
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

EX CBDT Chairman PC Mody appointed as Secretary General of Rajya Sabha

Former CBDT chairman PC Mody appointed

On 12th November, PC Mody, the former chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), was appointed as the  new Secretary General of Upper House (Rajya Sabha) for a 1-year term. He will succeed PPK Ramacharyulu, who was appointed just weeks before on 1st September 2021.

  • The Chairman of Rajya Sabha , M Venkaiah Naidu, who is the appointing authority made the appointment of PC Mody.
  • PPK Ramacharyulu has now been appointed as an Advisor in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for 1-year term.
  • PC Mody is the 1st Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officer to hold the post of Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, which is normally held by a Senior IAS Officer.

About secretary-general :
i.The secretary general heads the secretariat of the House and is the key lieutenant to the chair for running the affairs.
ii.A secretary-general is appointed by the Speaker or Chairman of the respective House( Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha).
About Rajya Sabha (Upper House):
i.Rajya Sabha’ or the ‘Council of States’ is the second chamber of the Indian Parliament, which traces its origin to the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms, 1919.
ii.Rajya Sabha is the permanent house (it never dissolves like Lok sabha and one-third of its members retire every two years).
Special powers of Parliament:

  • Transfer a subject from the State List to Union List for a specified period (Article 249).
  • Can create additional All-India Services (Article 312).

Prof. Bimal Patel elected to International Law Commission for 5-yr term

Prof. Bimal Patel elected to International Law Commission for 5-yr term

The Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Raksha University and Member of National Security Advisory Board (NSA) of India, Professor Bimal Patel  elected to the International Law Commission (ILC) for a five-year term starting from January 1, 2023 to 2027.

  • He has secured 163 votes out of 192 members present and voting. He has topped in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Asia-Pacific group.
  • He was one of the 8 members selected by UNGA from the Asia-Pacific region.

Key Points
i.India topped the group with 163 votes for Patel, followed by 162 votes for Thailand

  • Other 6 representatives selected for Asia Pacific where from Japan, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Cyprus & Mongolia

About  Bimal Patel:
i.Bimal Patel has worked for 15 years at various global organisations  including United Nations of Youth and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at the Hague, Netherlands.
ii.He has also served as the Director at the Gujarat National Law University and member of the 21st Law Commission of India.
Note – The International Law Commission (ILC) was founded by the United Nations in 1947. 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Ministry of Culture launches Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Mobile AppMinistry of Culture launches Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav mobile appOn November 12, 2021, Minister of State Meenakashi Lekhi, Ministry of Culture and External Affairs launched the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) mobile App which is a  single point access to all information, activities and events related to the 75th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence.

  • The app available in android and iOS is a free for download app with no age restrictions.
  • The details of the app were highlighted through a presentation by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture Rohit Singh.

Key Points:
i.The app also provides info on Digital District Repository and Unsung Heroes under the History Corner section.
ii.The Events and Activities Section has details of the Amrit Mahotsav celebrations organised by the various Ministries and States/ Union Territories.
iii.The government is also organizing competitions to encourage the use of mother tongue, other languages, and creative expressions. viz. writing patriotic songs ‘DeshbhaktiGeet Writing Competition’, ‘Lori Writing Competition’ and ‘Rangoli Making Competition’.
About AKAM:
It is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence, and also to enhance Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign.

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju launches “Citizens’ Tele-Law Mobile App”

Kiren Rijiju launches Citizens’ Tele-Law Mobile App

On 13th November, the Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju launched “Citizen’s Tele-Law Mobile App’’. The app will empower the citizens regarding pre-litigation cases and timely redressal of grievances. He also felicitated the Tele-Law 124 Frontline Functionaries including para legal workers and village level entrepreneurs.

  • A special mobile van with the message ‘Tele-Law on Wheels’ of the campaign was also flagged off, to empower people seeking legal advice.

About Tele-Law Mobile App:
i.It will provide efficient legal advice and consultation from the panel of lawyers.
ii.A special “Login” week is being organised throughout the country for encouraging those in need to seek legal advice and consultation through teleconferencing and video conferencing through Common Service Centres (CSCs).
About Ministry of Law & Justice:
Union Minister – Kiren Rijiju
Minister of State – S. P. Singh Baghel
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SPORTS

India to Host 1st World Yogasana Championship in June 2022India to Host First-ever World Yogasana ChampionshipIndia is all set to host the first-ever yogasana world championship in June 2022. The announcement for the same was made during the India’s first Physical National Yogasana Sports Championships in Bhubaneswar, Odisha being held from November 11 to 13, 2021.The event is organised by the National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF) in association with the Odisha government.

  • Over 500 competitors are taking part in the National Yogasana Championships.
  • Notably this is the 2nd National Yogasana Sports Championship. The 1st was held virtually in 2020.

Key Points:
i.It should be noted that NYSF is recognized by the Ministry of Sports making it eligible for financial assistance to conduct national championships in all categories.

  • NYSF President is Udit Sheth

ii.Yogasana sport for both male and female categories has been included in the Khelo India Youth Games, 2021.
Introduction of World’s first comprehensive rulebook for Yogasana Sports
During the Championship, the world’s first comprehensive rulebook for Yogasana Sports was also introduced which is a stepping stone for India to eye a spot as future Olympics Sports.

USA’s Erik Kynard to get 2012 High Jump Gold Medal after Russian Doping allegation

On 12th November 2021, Erik Kynard (USA) got his gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reallocated the results of five events including Men’s and Women’s High jump due to Russia’s state sponsored doping event.

i.Erik Kynard with a jump of 2.33 meters received the Silver medal in the 2012 London games, behind Ivan Ukhov (Russia) with a height of 2.38 metres.

  • Ivan Ukhov was banned for four years in 2019 at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being proven to be a part of Russia’s State sponsored doping event.

Other Reallocated Medals:
i.After Kynard was upgraded to Gold medal, the 3 bronze medalists in 2012 Derek Drouin of Canada, Robbie Grabarz of Britain and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar were given silver.
Note – Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar) won High Jump Gold in 2020 Olympics
iii.In Women’s High Jump, after the Russian athlete Svetlana Shkolina’s disqualification for doping, Spain’s Ruth Beitia was reallocated with a bronze medal.
About International Olympic Committee
President – Thomas Bach
Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland

Tennis: Alexander Zverev of Germany wins Vienna Open 2021; 5th ATP title of 2021 

Alexander “Sascha” Zverev (Alexander Zverev), a German professional tennis player, won the fifth ATP title of the season(2021) and 18th overall at the Vienna Open 2021 or Erste Bank Open 2021 defeating Frances Tiafoe of United States of America(USA).
At present, Alexander Zverev is ranked 3rd in the ATP world Ranking.

  • Vienna Open 2021 (currently sponsored by Erste Bank and called the Erste Bank Open 2021) was held at Vienna, Austria from 25th to 31st October 2021.
  • The Vienna Open is played each year in late October, and is regularly frequented by the world’s Top 10 players.

Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia have won the doubles competition at Erste Bank Open 2021 defeating Joe Salisbury of the United Kingdom(UK) and Rajeev Ram of USA.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Defence Secretary Releases a Book Titled ‘Force in Statecraft’ at NDC

On 13th November 2021, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar released a book titled ‘Force in Statecraft’ at National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi.

  • The book contains essays on counter-insurgency operations, conflict in the North East, air power, nuclear posture etc,.

Editors of the book – The book is an edited volume by Commandant of NDC Air Marshal, Diptendu Choudhury and President’s Chair of Excellence at NDC Air Vice Marshal Dr. Arjun Subramaniam (Retd).
Overview of the Book:
i.The Book gives a wider national security discourse which would generate better ideas to proliferate and morph into better policies, strategies and doctrines and how they can best be employed in current and future scenarios.
ii.It is a go-to book for policy makers, legislators, diplomats, academics, leadership at all levels in the various national security verticals.
About National Defence College (NDC):
Established – 1960
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Commandant – Air Marshall D Choudhury

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Kindness Day 2021 – November 13World Kindness Day 2021World Kindness Day is annually observed across the globe on November 13 to highlight the act of kindness in the community. The day aims to promote the importance of being kind to each other, yourself and to the world.
Purpose:
The purpose of the day is to reinforce that compassion links us all together and has the power to bridge the gap between nations.
Background:
i.The idea of World Kindness day originated during the first conference of the World Kindness movement hosted in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan.
ii.World Kindness Day was introduced by the World Kindness Movement(WKM), then a coalition of national NGOs with a primary focus on kindness on 13th November 1998.
iii.The day became an annual observance in 1999.
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World Quality Day 2021 – November 11World Quality Day 2021World Quality Day is annually observed across the globe on 2nd Thursday of November to offer an opportunity to focus on the significance of quality management in day to day life.
The day aims to raise quality awareness and to support economic prosperity for individuals and organisations across the globe to adopt high quality standards.
World Quality Day 2021 falls on 11th November 2021.

  • The World Quality Day 2020 was observed on 12th November 2020.
  • The World Quality Day 2022 will be observed on 10th November 2022.

The theme for World Quality Day 2021 is “Sustainability: Improving Our Products, People, and Planet”.
World Quality Week 2021 – 8 to 12 November 2021:
World Quality Week recognised in the 2nd week of November is the flagship brand awareness campaign of Chartered Quality Institute(CQI) to celebrate the quality management profession.

  • The 2021 World Quality Week will be observed from 8th to 12th November 2021.

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STATE NEWS

Gujarat Govt. launches Healthcare Scheme – ‘Niramay Gujarat’Gujarat State to screen people above 30 yrs under Niramay Gujarat YojanaOn 12th November 2021, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel launched a new healthcare scheme named – ‘Niramay Gujarat Yojana’ to protect people over 30-years from Non-Communicable diseases. The scheme was launched during a function in Palanpur city in Gujarat, and targets to cover over 3 crore citizens of Gujarat.
Objective – To provide free medical checkups to eligible citizens at the Primary & Community Health Centers, and diagnose for Non-Communicable diseases.

  • Gujarat Cabinet is also set to launch ‘Atmanirbhar Gram Yatra’, a programme under which Rs 500 crore worth development works will be conducted in rural districts of Gujarat.

About Niramay Gujarat Yojana:
i.Citizens over 30 years can undergo free health checkups for detecting Non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, Anemia, Cancer, Heart diseases, Blood pressure, etc.
ii.Free diagnosis will be conducted at primary & community health centers on every Friday, called as ‘Mamta Divas’, and patients will be issued with Niramay Cards with their health details.
Note – In June 2021, Gujarat govt. e-launched the Agricultural Diversification Scheme-2021 to benefit more than 1.26 lakh Tribal-farmers.
About Gujarat:
Governor – Acharya Dev Vrat
Monuments – Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell); Somnath Temple; Dwarkadhish Temple
Lothal, known as the “Manchester of Indus Valley Civilization” is located in Gujarat

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S.no Current Affairs 14 & 15 November 2021
1 Navies of India, Thailand begin 32nd Edition of CORPAT
2 Ministry of Tourism Signs MoU with IRCTC to Strengthen Hospitality sector
3 NTPC ties up with Indian Oil to collaborate in renewable energy
4 President Kovind Confers Honorary Rank of General of Indian Army on Nepal Army Chief Prabhu Ram Sharma
5 IIT Guwahati to Collaborate with OIL to Boost Technology in Energy Sector
6 UNEP & European Commission Launched Observatory to Curb Methane Gas Emission 
7 HDFC Bank integrates with E-NAM to Facilitate Agri Commodity Trading
8 RBI Issued Directions on Laxmi Cooperative Bank with Withdrawal Cap of Rs 1000 
9 NSO Projected CPI Based Inflation Rate for October 2021 at 4.48%; RBI Projected CPI Inflation for FY22 at 5.3%
10 Tata Projects bags $120mn order for Power Transmission Project in Bangladesh
11 EX CBDT Chairman PC Mody appointed as Secretary General of Rajya Sabha
12 Prof. Bimal Patel elected to International Law Commission for 5-yr term
13 Ministry of Culture launches Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Mobile App
14 Law Minister Kiren Rijiju launches “Citizens’ Tele-Law Mobile App”
15 India to Host 1st World Yogasana Championship in June 2022
16 USA’s Erik Kynard to get 2012 High Jump Gold Medal after Russian Doping allegation
17 Tennis: Alexander Zverev of Germany wins his 5th ATP title of 2021 at Erste Bank Open 2021 
18 Defence Secretary Releases a Book Titled ‘Force in Statecraft’ at NDC
19 World Kindness Day 2021 – November 13
20 World Quality Day 2021 – November 11
21 Gujarat Govt. launches Healthcare Scheme – ‘Niramay Gujarat’