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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Modi Virtually Addressed the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum 2020PM Modi addresses 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum

i.On November 17, 2020, the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum 2020 was held virtually where India was represented by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.
ii.The focus of the forum was to restore the economy and charting a course for the future amid COVID-19 pandemic.
iii.It should be noted that the inaugural Forum was held in Singapore, and the second annual Forum was hosted in Beijing, China.
About Bloomberg New Economy Forum:
Initiated in 2018 by Michael Bloomberg It seeks to build a community of leaders to engage in real conversations leading to actionable solutions about the critical challenges facing by the world.
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Arunachal Pradesh Records Best Sex Ratio in India: Annual Report from Office of Registrar General & Census CommissionerArunachal records best sex ratio, Manipur the worst

According to Annual Report on ‘Vital Statistics on India based on Civil Registration System 2018’, Arunachal Pradesh recorded the Highest Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) in the country with 1,084 females born per thousand males. It was followed by Nagaland (965) & Mizoram (964), Kerala (963), and Karnataka (957).
The report was released by the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
States with High SRB:

                               State Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB)
Arunachal Pradesh 1,084
Nagaland 965
Mizoram 964

States with Low SRB:

                               State Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB)
Manipur 757
Lakshadweep 839
Daman & Diu 877

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Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Education Virtually Launched AICTE’s Lilavati Award 2020

Union Minister of Education launches Lilavati AwardOn 17th November 2020, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Education virtually launched the Lilavati Award 2020, an initiative by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to promote women empowerment in India.
Theme of Lilavati Award 2020:
The Theme of the Lilavati Award 2020 is  “women empowerment”.
Objective of the theme:
i.To create awareness about the issues like sanitation, hygiene, health and nutrition using “traditional Indian values”.
ii.To create awareness on issues like literacy, employment, technology, credit, marketing, innovation, skill development, natural resources, and rights among women.
iii.To promote and practice the idea of gender equality.
iv.To work towards the wellbeing of women and focus on their development.
About Lilavati Award 2020:
i.The Lilavati award was established by the AICTE to promote women empowerment in india.
ii.The Lilavati award is presented to multiple categories,

  • Women Health
  • Self Defence
  • Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Literacy
  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Legal Awareness

iii. In each sub-category, the top three winners will be awarded certificates and cash awards. The first prize winner will get Rs 1 lakh, the second winner will get Rs 75,000 and the third winner will get Rs 50,000.
Benefits:
i.This ensures the participation of women and enables them to reach higher positions in educational institutions.
ii.This will provide a unique opportunity to the institution to present solutions to the prevalent issues.
Click here to know more about Lilavati Award 2020
About All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):
Chairman– Prof. Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe
Headquarters– New Delhi

EESL Signs MoU with DNRE of Goa Govt to Implement India’s 1st 100 MW  Convergence Project in GoaEESL, DNRE Goa join hands for India’s first decentralised solar convergence project

i.On November 17, 2020 Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the Department of New & Renewable Energy (DNRE), Government of Goa to discuss the implementation of India’s First 100 MW(MegaWatt) decentralised solar convergence project under the newly formed Convergence Energy Services Limited (Convergence) in Goa.
ii.Goa is the first state to adopt the concept of amortising the cost of pumps and LED lights into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
About  Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL):
Founded- 2009
Chairman–  Rajeev Sharma
Managing Director(MD) -Rajat Kumar Sud
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
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L&T delivers India’s first launch hardware for Gaganyaan Mission to ISROL&T has delivered India’s first launch hardware for Gaganyaan launch vehicle

On November 17, 2020, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) delivered First Hardware – a Booster Segment – ‘S-200’ for Gaganyaan Launch Vehicle to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in a virtual flag-off ceremony.
The Virtual flag-off ceremony was presided over by Dr K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO.
i.The Booster segment was produced at L&T’s Powai Aerospace Manufacturing Facility, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
ii.The Critical booster segment has a diameter of 3.2 meters, 8.5 meters in length and weighs 5.5 tons.
Gaganyaan –  India’s Human Space Flight Programme (HSFP):
ISRO’s Gaganyaan mission aims to send a three-member crew to space for a period of 5-7 days by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence.
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Chairman – Dr. K. Sivan
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Larsen & Toubro (L&T):
Chairman – Anil Manibhai Naik
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director – S. N. Subrahmanyan
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
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INTERPOL-WCO’s Operation Thunder 2020 Concluded; India Customs intercepts 18 tonnes Red SandalwoodOperation Thunder 2020

i.The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) conducted Operation Thunder in 103 countries between September 14, 2020, and October 11, 2020, against environmental crimes. It resulted in large seizures of protected forestry and wildlife specimens and triggered arrests and investigations worldwide, including India.
ii.During the Operation, India Customs along with INTERPOL and WCO intercepted an 18-tonne shipment of red sandalwood destined for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
iii.The participating countries focused mainly on the species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
About International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL):
Secretary General– Jurgen Stock
Headquarter– Lyon, France
Member Countries– 194
About World Customs Organization (WCO):
Secretary General– Kunio Mikuriya
Headquarter– Brussels, Belgium
Member Countries– 183
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MoYAS Introduced an Incentivisation Structure to Fund 500 Private Academies Through Khelo India Scheme for Next 4 yearsSports Ministry announces new incentive structure to fund 500 private academies

On November 13, 2020  The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports(MoYAS), Government of India introduced an incentivisation structure to fund 500 private academies, through the Khelo India Scheme over the next four years starting 2020-21. Under the scheme, SAI(Sports Authority of India) and NSFs(National Sports Federations) will work together.
Aim of the Initiative– To encourage all academies, particularly the private academies to continue to improve the level of infrastructure, resources and sports science support, thus athletes can get best in class training.
Points to be Noted
The 14 priority disciplines identified for excellence in the 2028 Olympics are eligible to receive the support in the first phase.
Key Info:
Categorisation and Gradation
i.In the incentivisation model, the private academies will be graded into different categories on the basis of, quality and achievement of players trained by the academy, availability of coaches at the academy, quality of field of play and allied infrastructure & availability of sports science facilities and staff.
ii.SAI will hold discussions with NSFs and implement the categorisation and gradation of the academies.
Academies to be Funded & Quantum of Funding
i.An objective evaluation will determine the number of academies to be funded and the amount of funding under each department,
ii.The objective evaluation comprises the need of investment and each NSF’s capabilities to leverage the incentivisation model and promote excellence in Olympics in their respective discipline.
Focus on developing sports science facilities
In order to improve the overall quality of training, there will be a  special focus on developing sports science facilities at all the academies
About Ministry of Youth Affairs And Sports:
Minister of State (Independent Charge)– Kiren Rijiju(Constituency- Arunachal West, Arunachal Pradesh)

Indian Railways Assigns RailTel to implement Hospital Management Information System Across its Health FacilitiesIndian Railways engages RailTel to implement an HMIS

On November 10, 2020 Indian Railways(IR) assigned RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel) to implement the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS), an integrated clinical information system in its 125 health facilities and 650 polyclinics across India. This is to improve hospital administration and patient healthcare.
Objective – To bring hospital management on a single architecture to prevent pilferage and make operations seamless
MoU Signed between Ministry of Railways and RailTel
With regard to the methods to execute the work, RailTel and Ministry of Railways have signed an MoU
Important Info
i.The open source HMIS software is to be deployed over the cloud.
ii.The HMIS platform will be connected to the Unique Medical Identity System.
iii.A Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence (AI) will drive technological changes in artificial intelligence, data analytics or app based services.
About HMIS software
i.The features of the software allows to customise the clinical data as per the departments and laboratories.
ii.The multi hospital feature provides cross consultation, seamless interface with medical other equipment.
iii.The patients can access all their medical records on their mobile device
About RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel): 
HeadQuarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman & Managing Director– Puneet Chawla
About Ministry of Railways:
Union Minister – Piyush Goyal(He is also the union minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and recently took additional charge of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Constituency of Piyush Goyal– Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

London (UK) Topped the 2021 World’s Best Cities Ranking; Delhi Placed at 62nd: Resonance Consultancy Ltd

World’s Best Cities 2021

i.In accordance with the annual report and ranking of best cities around the world titled “2021 World’s Best Cities” by Resonance Consultancy Ltd, London, United Kingdom (UK) is at top spot for the 6th consecutive year. It was followed by New York, United States (US) and Paris (France) at 2nd and 3rd rank respectively.
ii.Notably only one Indian city, Delhi, is listed in the ranking at 62 which was ranked 81st in previous year ranking.
iii.The report has ranked 100 cities around the world with a population of more than 10 lakh. The ranking was based on the 25 ranking factors grouped into six core categories.
iv.Notably, for the first time, the cities were also ranked on new criteria such as unemployment, the rate of COVID-19 infections (as of July) and income disparity.
About Resonance Consultancy Ltd:
Resonance Consultancy Ltd. is a Vancouver, Canada based company which has specialties in destination development, branding, marketing, design, tourism, data, and travel reports.
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Chris Fair
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12th BRICS Summit 2020 Virtually Hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin; Narendra Modi Participated12th BRICS summit

i.The 12th BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Summit 2020 held virtually on November 17, 2020 which was attended by heads of state of the five-member states. The summit was hosted by Vladimir Putin, President of Russia on the theme “Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth” where India was represented by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi
ii.The virtual summit comes in the backdrop of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN) and amid COVID-19 pandemic.
iii.Importantly, Vladimir Putin announced the approval of the Moscow Declaration, the BRICS Anti-Terrorism Strategy and the BRICS updated strategy for the economic partnership until 2025.
About BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa):
The BRICS represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world”s population. The BRICS countries have a combined GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.
Establishment– 2009
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India, Kazakhstan hold 7th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FoC) Virtually7th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FoC) between India & Kazakhstan

On 17th November, 2020, India and Kazakhstan held their 7th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FoC) through video-conference. The Indian side was led by Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West), and Kazakh side was led by Shakhrat Nuryshev, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
i.Both sides reviewed the progress made in bilateral cooperation in areas which fall under the framework of Strategic Partnership.
ii.The two sides signed a MoU on “Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of High Impact Community Development Projects in Kazakhstan”.
India-Kazakhstan Relations:
As of 2018, The total bilateral trade between India and Kazakhstan amounted to USD 1.2 Billion, exports from Kazakhstan stood at USD 954.08 Million, and exports from India was USD 242.78 Million.
About Kazakhstan:
President – Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Capital – Nur-Sultan
Currency – Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT)
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4 Indian Cities among 36 Global Cities selected by WEF to pioneer roadmap for Smart Cities 4 Indian cities among 36 selected by WEF

4 Indian Cities namely Bengaluru, Faridabad, Indore and Hyderabad figure in the 36 cities selected by World Economic Forum (WEF) for pioneering a new global policy roadmap for smart cities. They will be developed by G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance.
i.The 36 cities have been selected from 22 Countries & 6 Continents.
ii.Cities such as London, Moscow, Toronto, Brasilia, Dubai and Melbourne have figured in the list. The full list of cities can be accessed here.
iii.The G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance was established in June 2019 to establish and advance global policy norms to accelerate best practices, mitigate potential risks, foster greater openness and public trust.
About World Economic Forum (WEF):
Founder & Executive Chairman – Klaus Schwab
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
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BANKING & FINANCE

RBI Commenced 1st Test Phase of Regulatory Sandbox retail payments with Two Entities via ‘eRupaya’ & ‘PaySe’RBI commences first Test Phase of Regulatory Sandbox retail payments

i.On November 4, 2019, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the opening of the first cohort under the Regulatory Sandbox (RS) with “Retail Payments”, as its theme.  In this regard, Reserve Bank received applications from 32 entities of which six have been selected for the ‘Test Phase’.
ii.Therefore as of November 16, 2020, two sandbox entities viz. Natural Support Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. of Jaipur, Rajasthan and Nucleus Software Exports Ltd. of New Delhi have started the first test phase of their products viz. “eRupaya” and “PaySe” respectively.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
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RBI placed LVB under 1-month moratorium & announced Draft Scheme to amalgamate LVB with DBIL

Lakshmi Vilas Bank brought under moratorium new

i.On November 17, 2020, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proposed a draft scheme of amalgamation of the capital-starved Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd. (LVB) with DBS Bank India Ltd. (DBIL).
ii.This decision has been taken after the Central Government has imposed a one-month moratorium on LVB on November 17, 2020 that temporarily capped withdrawals at Rs 25,000. The moratorium will be effective upto December 16, 2020.
iii.The draft scheme invited suggestions and objections from members, depositors and other creditors of LVB and DBIL by November 20.
iv.RBI also appointed Thothala Narayanaswamy (T.N.) Manoharan, a former Non Executive Chairman of Canara Bank, as Administrator of LVB.
About DBS Bank India Ltd. (DBIL):
DBIL is a wholly owned subsidiary of DBS Bank Ltd, Singapore (“DBS”), which in turn is a subsidiary of Asia’s leading financial services group, DBS Group Holdings Limited.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Piyush Gupta
Registered Office– New Delhi
About Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB):
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer – Subramanian Sundar
Tagline – The Changing Face Of Prosperity
Head Quarter – Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
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Karnataka Bank Launches CASA Mobilisation CampaignKarnataka Bank launches CASA campaign

i.On November  17, 2020 Karnataka Bank Limited(KBL) launched CASA (current account, savings account) mobilisation campaign, that will begin from November 17, 2020 to March 4, 2021.
ii.Objective of the Campaign:

  • To enable the basic banking services to the unbanked(not use banks or banking institutions) sections of the society.
  • To popularize bank’s digitally powered CASA products to the next level of customers on the basis of their requirements.

About Karnataka Bank Limited(KBL):
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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YES Bank in Partnership with Neokred Technologies Launched ‘YES BANK Neokred Card’, a Co-Branded Prepaid CardYes Bank launches co-branded prepaid card

i.On November 17, 2020 YES Bank launched ‘YES BANK Neokred Card’, a Co-Branded Prepaid Card in partnership with Neokred Technologies to encourage cashless payments.
ii.The prepaid card will be offered to the corporate partners of Neokred across various sectors.
iii.The card offerings can be personalized to suit the needs of companies looking for salary cards or expense cards for their employees
About YES Bank:
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)–  Prashant Kumar
Incepted– 2004
Tagline– Experience our expertise
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Goldman Sachs raises India’s FY21 GDP forecast to -10.3%Goldman Sachs raises India's FY21 GDP forecast to -10-3%

In accordance with the latest revision by Goldman Sachs, India’s growth forecast for FY21 is upgraded to 10.3% contraction (-10.3%) from -14.8%.On the other hand, it downgraded India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 13% in FY22 as compared to 15.7%.

  • Recently, Moody’s Investor Service also upgraded its estimate for the Indian economy to an 8.9% contraction for the calendar year 2020 against previous estimates of a 9.6% contraction.

Key Points:
–As per Goldman Sachs, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing hit a record 13-year high of 58.9 in October, while services PMI touched 54.1.
–There will be a meaningful recovery in the services sector.
–The report forecast inflation at 6.2% in the FY21 and 4.6% in FY22.
–The fiscal deficit will be at 8% of GDP in FY21 and 6.5% in FY22.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

DRDO successfully test-fires QRSAM system for the Second Time from Chandipur, Odisha

India successfully test-fires QRSAM for second time in 4 days new

On November 17, 2020, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha for the Second Time.  It demonstrated the warhead’s performance on proximity detection.
The first test conducted on November 13, 2020 showcased the Radar and Missile’s capabilities.
i.The missile has a range of 25 -30Kms.
ii.It is an indigenous Missile System developed by DRDO in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman – Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy
Motto – “Strength’s Origin is in Knowledge”
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SPORTS

Indian Cricketer Sudeep Tyagi announces retirement from all forms of CricketSudeep Tyagi announces retirement from all forms of cricket

On November 17, 2020 Indian Fast Bowler Sudeep Tyagi announced retirement from all forms of Cricket.
i.Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Tyagi represented India in 4 One-Day Internationals (ODI) & 1 Twenty20 International Scalping Three wickets in the ODI format.
ii.He represented his state Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy and played for Chennai Super Kings & Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
iii.The Right-arm pacer made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in December 2009, and played his last game for India against South Africa in 2010.
iv.Tyagi played 41 first-class matches and picked up 109 wickets.

India to host 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India to host FIFA U-17 Women World Cup 2022

On November 17, 2020, World Football Governing body FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) approved India as the host of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2022.
FIFA announced that the U-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place in India in 2021 was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the next edition of the tournament will be held in 2022.
i.This is the First time that India will host a FIFA women’s football tournament.
ii.India is hosting a FIFA Tournament for the Second Time after the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
iii.FIFA has also approved Costa Rica as host of the 2022 U-20 Women’s World Cup.
iv.Spain are the defending champions, they won their first title in 2018.
v.FIFA Club World Cup 2020 has been rescheduled, it will now be held from 1 to 11 February 2021 in Qatar.It is the second successive Club World Cup to be held in Qatar
India’s Ranking in Football
According to Rankings released by FIFA, The Indian men’s Team currently ranks at its 108th position (as of October, 2020) whereas the women’s team ranks at 55th Position (as of August 2020).
FIFA’s Approvals

Event Host
2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India
2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica
2020 FIFA Club World Cup Qatar


FIFA Ranking:
FIFA Men’s Ranking (as on October, 2020) – Belgium (Rank 1), France (Rank 2), Brazil (Rank 3)
FIFA Women’s Ranking (as on August, 2020) – United State of America (Rank 1), Germany (Rank 2), France (Rank 3)
About Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA):
President – Infantino Gianni
Headquarters – Zurich, Switzerland

OBITUARY

Senior Rajasthan Minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal passed Away at 72Rajasthan min Bhanwar Lal Meghwal dies

On 16th November 2020, Bhanwar Lal Meghwal, Rajasthan’s Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment and the leader of Indian National Congress (INS) of Rajasthan passed away at the age of 72 in a private hospital in Gurugram, Haryana due to prolonged illness. He was born on 2nd July 1948 in Sujangarh in Churu district, Rajasthan.
About Bhanwar Lal Meghwal:
i.Bhanwar Lal Meghwal served as Rajasthan’s Education minister in 2009-2013 cabinet led by Ashok Gehlot.
ii.He was elected as the member of the Rajasthan’s legislative assembly from the Sujangarh constituency in Churu district for 5 times(1980, 1990, 1998, 2008 and 2018).

Vice Admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira, Ex-Navy Officer who Served During World War II Passed Away at 97Ex-Navy Officer Who Served During World War II Dies At 97

On November 16, 2020  Vice Admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira,  Indian Navy’s former Chief of Materials(COM) passed away after a brief illness. He was among the last surviving naval officers who served during World War II(1939 to 1945). He was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for distinguished service during the war. He was born on February 15, 1923 in Kannur, Kerala.
Current COM– Vice Admiral SR Sarma
About Vice Admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira
i.He was commissioned in the navy on May 1, 1944.
ii.He was known as ‘JTG’ in Navy circles.
iii.He served in every rank at the Naval Dockyard Bombay(Mumbai), Maharashtra.
iv.During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 he was the Chief Staff Officer (Technical), of the Western Naval Command .
v.He retired in 1979 as a COM.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD-Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi, India

BOOKS & AUTHORS

The Book “Reporting India: My Seventy Year Journey as a Journalist” authored by Prem Prakash has been LaunchedThe book Reporting India

Veteran Journalist Prem Prakash’s new book titled “Reporting India: My Seventy Year Journey as a Journalist” has been launched. The book was published by Penguin Random House India. The book accounts the life events of Prem Prakash, a pioneer in the field of Indian journalism.
Prem Prakash is currently serving as the Chairman of ANI (Asian News International), leading news agency of India.
About the book:
i.The book provides a detailed account of the personal and professional life of Prem Prakash along with the defining moments of Indian history.
ii.The book features his stories from the 1962 Indo-China war to 1965 and 1971 Pakistan War, from the Emergency period to the assasination of Indira Gandhi, and the Tashkent journey of Lal Bahadur Shastri to the liberation of Bangladesh.
iii.The book also features his stories from the demise of Jawaharlat Nehru to the rule of Narendra Modi.
About Prem Prakash:
i.Prem Prakash has reported the major events of India from the 1950’s to the turn of the century (2001).
ii.He worked with foregin broadcasters like Gaumont Actualités in France, Deutsche Wochenschau in Germany and Warner-Pathé News in the United States(US).
iii.He was a part of the team that launched the Visnews in London in 1957.
iv.While working as the cameraman of Visnews, He started the Asian News International.

IMPORTANT DAYS

3rd Naturopathy Day 2020 – November 18Naturopathy day

i.The Naturopathy Day is annually observed across India on 18th November to promote health through the drug free form of treatment without the use of any form of  medicine. The 18th November 2020 marks the 3rd Naturopathy Day of the ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH).
ii.The Ministry of AYUSH celebrated the first Naturopathy Day in 2018, AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the first Naturopathy Day programme in New Delhi.
iii.The theme of the 3rd Naturopathy Day 2020 is “Nurturing Vitality Through Naturopathy”.
About Ministry of (AYUSH):
AYUSH – Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy.
Minister Of State (Independent Charge)– Shripad Yesso Naik(North Goa Constituency)
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World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 – 18th – 24th NovemberWorld Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

i.The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week(WAAW) is annually celebrated across the globe from 18th to 24th November to create and increase the awareness of global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and to encourage the best practices among the general public, healthcare workers and policymakers to stop the emergence and spread of drug resistant infection.
ii.The theme of the WAAW 2020 for the human health sector is “United to preserve antimicrobials”.
iii.The slogan of the week-long campaign of WAAW is “Handle Antimicrobials with Care”.
About World Health Organization (WHO):
Director General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Director-General– QU Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
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AC GAZE

Sonu Sood Appointed as State Icon of Punjab by Election Commision of India

The Election Commision of India(ECI) approved the appointment of Sonu Sood as the State Icon of Punjab. The proposal for the appointment was made by S Karuna Raju, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer(CEO). Sonu Sood hails from the Moga district of Punjab.

Japan, Australia sign defense pact to counter China’s influence

Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison signed a defence pact “Reciprocal Access Agreement” to counter China’s growing influence in the South China Sea and over Pacific Island Nations. The agreement will strengthen security ties and facilitate cooperation between defence forces of the two countries. The pact allows Japanese and Australian Troops to visit each other’s countries and conduct training and joint operations. The two sides also agreed on the need of a  framework  to allow Japanese Military to protect Australian Forces if need arises. Both Japan and Australia are part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD – India, Japan, Australia and United States) to counter China’s dominance in the East and South China Seas.

Bipal Kumar Deb Launches Rs 280 Crore Phase II Project of Indo-German Development Cooperation in Tripura

On November 13, 2020 Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister(CM) of Tirpura launched Phase II of Indo-German Development Cooperation (IGDC) project at Ambassa in Dhalai district, Tripura. The Rs 280 crore project has been labeled as ‘Climate Resilience of Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity & Adaptive Capacities of Forest Dependent Communities in Tripura’. Of the amount of Rs 280 crore, the KFW, a Germany based national bank, has a stake of Rs 200 crore. Phase II that was approved in June 2020 will be implemented under direct supervision of the State Forest Department. This was approved in June 2020 and. The Phase I of the IGDC project in Tripura was introduced in 2009.

HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank in ‘red flag’ list 

HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank have been mentioned in the ‘red flag’ list, a system used for monitoring Foreign Portfolio Investor (FPI) limits. A red flag will be activated whenever the foreign investment in Indian companies exceeds the permissible limit i.e within 3% or less than 3% of the aggregate NRI/FPI limits or the sectoral cap. As per the data provided by NSDL(National Securities Depository Ltd.) the current FPI shareholding of HDFC  is 71.3% and 73. 1% for IndusInd Bank. FPIs can invest up to 74% in both HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank. Apart from them,Novartis India and Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care are the only other companies in the red-flag list.

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S.no Current Affairs 19 November 2020
1 PM Modi Virtually Addressed the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum 2020
2 Arunachal Pradesh Records Best Sex Ratio in India: Annual Report from Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner
3 Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Education Virtually Launched AICTE’s Lilavati Award 2020
4 EESL Signs MoU with DNRE of Goa Govt to Implement the India’s 1st 100 MW  Convergence Project in Goa
5 L&T delivers India’s first launch hardware for Gaganyaan Mission to ISRO
6 INTERPOL-WCO’s Operation Thunder 2020 Concluded; India Customs intercepts 18 tonnes Red Sandalwood
7 MoYAS Introduced an Incentivisation Structure to Fund 500 Private Academies Through Khelo India Scheme for Next 4 years
8 Indian Railways Assigns RailTel to implement Hospital Management Information System Across its Health Facilities
9 London (UK) Topped the 2021 World’s Best Cities Ranking; Delhi Placed at 62nd: Resonance Consultancy Ltd
10 12th BRICS Summit 2020 Virtually Hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin; Narendra Modi Participated
11 India, Kazakhstan hold 7th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FoC) Virtually
12 4 Indian Cities among 36 Global Cities selected by WEF to pioneer roadmap for Smart Cities
13 RBI Commenced 1st Test Phase of Regulatory Sandbox retail payments with Two Entities
14 RBI placed LVB under 1-month moratorium & announced Draft Scheme to amalgamate LVB with DBIL
15 Karnataka Bank Launches CASA Mobilisation Campaign
16 YES Bank in Partnership with Neokred Technologies Launched ‘YES BANK Neokred Card’, a Co-Branded Prepaid Card
17 Goldman Sachs raises India’s FY21 GDP forecast to -10.3%
18 DRDO successfully test-fires QRSAM system for the Second Time from Chandipur, Odisha
19 Indian Cricketer Sudeep Tyagi announces retirement from all forms of Cricket
20 India to host 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
21 Senior Rajasthan Minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal passed Away at 72
22 Vice Admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira, Ex-Navy Officer who Served During World War II Passed Away at 97
23 The Book “Reporting India: My Seventy Year Journey as a Journalist” authored by Prem Prakash has been Launched
24 3rd Naturopathy Day 2020 – November 18
25 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 – 18th – 24th November
26 Sonu Sood Appointed as State Icon of Punjab by Election Commision of India
27 Japan, Australia sign defence pact to counter China’s influence
28 Bipal Kumar Deb Launches Rs 280 Crore Phase II Project of Indo-German Development Cooperation in Tripura
29  HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank in ‘red flag’ list