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PM Modi launched “Har Ghar Nal Yojna” drinking water projects in UP’s Mirzapur, SonbhadraHar Ghar Nal Yojna PM Modi launches drinking water projects

i.On November 22, 2020, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi launched “Har Ghar Nal Yojna” (tap water to every household) worth Rs 5,555.38 crore for drinking water projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts in Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
ii.In this regard, Rs 3212.18 crore will be spent in Sonbhadra and Rs 2343.20 crore will be utilized in Mirzapur.
iii.This will benefit 41,41,438 families in both the districts by ensuring water supply through pipelines to 2,995 villages.
iv.The scheme will be completed within the next two years (24 months).
About Uttar Pradesh:
Capital– Lucknow
Tiger Reserve– Etawah Lion Safari, Chuka Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
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FICCI’s FLO signs MoU with IESC of IIM Shillong to mentor women entrepreneursFICCI-FLO-inks-pact-with-IESC,-IIM-Shillong-to-mentor-women-entrepreneurs

On November 22, 2020, FLO (FICCI Ladies Organization), the women’s wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Incubation and Enterprise Support Centre (IESC) of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong to mentor women’s entrepreneurs.
Through this MoU, FLO aims to create an independent Entrepreneurial ecosystem to empower women, make themselves self-sufficient and  to transform women into Job Creators.
About  FLO (FICCI Ladies Organization):
President – Jahnabi Phookan
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI):
President – Sangita Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (IIM):
Director – Prof DP Goyal
Chairperson of Board of Governors– Shishir Kumar Bajoria
Location  – Shillong, Meghalaya
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Govt of Karnataka issued notification to rename Haveri Railway station as Mahadevappa Mailara Railway StationHaveri-rly-station-renamed-Mahadevappa-Mailara-Railway-station

On 20th November 2020, the Government of Karnataka issued a notification to rename the Haveri Railway station as Mahadevappa Mailara Railway Station, after Mahadevappa Mailara, a freedom fighter from Haveri district, Karnataka.
The notification was issued by S Veena, Under secretary to Government.

  • Following the State Government’s request to rename, The Ministry of Home affairs issued the no objection for the name change of the Haveri Railway station as Mahadevappa Mailara Railway Station in July 2019.
  • The government has issued a gazette notification for the name change with the spelling of the new name in Devnagri(Hindi), Roman(English) and Regional Language(Kannada).

About Mahadevappa Mailara:
i.Mahadevappa Mailara was born in 1911 in Motebennur village of Haveri district who was popularly known as “Karnataka’s Bhagat Singh” for his revolutionary acts against British Rule in Karnataka.
ii.He was the only representative from Mysore state in the Dandi March of Mahatma Gandhi.
iii.He had attacked the railway station at Byadagi in Haveri and the Britishers had announced a Rs.300 reward to capture him.
About Karnataka:
Chief Minister– B S Yediyurappa
Governor- Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala


‘4th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies‘organized by Interpol, Europol and Basel Institute held virtually4th-Global-Conference-on-Criminal-Finances-19

The 4th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies organised by Interpol (also known as International Criminal Police Organization), Europol (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) & Basel Institute on Governance (Switzerland)  took place virtually from November 18-19, 2020.
Around 2, 000 representatives from 132 countries attended the Virtual Conference.
To strengthen the knowledge, expertise and enable sharing of best practices for investigations into financial crime and intelligence on virtual assets and cryptocurrencies.
About Interpol:
President – Kim Jong Yang (South Korea)
Headquarters – Lyon, France
About Europol:
Executive Director – Catherine De Bolle
Headquarters – The Hague, Netherlands
About Basel Institute on Governance:
Managing Director – Gretta Fenner
Headquarters – Basel, Switzerland
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NSDL Payments Bank Partnered with HDFC ERGO General Insurance to Offer Customised Insurance Solutions to its CustomersNSDL-Payments-Bank,-HDFC-ERGO-join-hands-to-offer-customised-insurance-solutions-to-customers

i.On November 23,2020 NSDL Payments Bank Limited, digital-first payments bank entered into partnership with HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited to offer a customised, affordable and whole range of general insurance products to its customers through NSDL Jiffy, mobile banking application.
ii.Aim of the Partnership
To integrate NSDL Payment Bank’s deep distribution network and HDFC ERGO’s strong innovation pipeline to contribute to financial inclusion in India.
About NSDL Payments Bank Limited:
It is the first and largest depository in India.
Subsidiary of– National Securities Depository Ltd. (NSDL)
Commenced operations– October, 2018
Chairman–  G. V. Nageswara Rao
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Mr. Ashutosh Singh
Licensed Under– Section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited:
It is a 51:49 Joint Venture(JV) between HDFC Ltd., and ERGO International AG, the primary insurance entity of Munich Re Group. It was formerly called as HDFC General Insurance Limited from Sept 14, 2016 and as  L&T General Insurance Company Limited upto Sept 13, 2016
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ritesh Kumar
Chairman– Deepak S. Parekh
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Incorporated– February, 2002.
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Muthoot Finance in Partnership with BAGIC Launched “Muthoot Gold Shield” to Insure Gold JewelleryMuthoot-Finance-partners-with-Bajaj-Allianz-General-Insurance-to-launch-gold-jewellery-insurance

i.Gold loan Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) Muthoot Finance in collaboration with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance (BAGIC) has launched “Muthoot Gold Shield” to provide insurance to its customers on gold jewellery.
ii.This scheme is backed by Group Affinity All Risk policy of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.
iii.It is launched as a part of Muthoot Finance’s ongoing customer loyalty programme and social commitment.
iv.The policy will cover burglary, robbery, theft from insured person’s home, loss-in-transit and 13 other disasters (natural calamities).
About Muthoot Finance:
Managing Director (MD)– George Alexander Muthoot
Headquarter– Kochi, Kerala
About Bajaj Allianz General Insurance:
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Tapan Singhel
Headquarter– Pune, Maharashtra
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India can Attract $120-160 billion FDI annually by 2025: CII-EY reportIndia-can-attract-$120-160-billion-FDI-annually-by-2025

In accordance with the report titled “FDI in India: Now, Next and Beyond” by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY), India may attract foreign direct investment (FDI) of $120-160 billion per year by 2025. This is on the condition to increase the FDI to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio between 3-4% from less than 2% now.

  • Notably, India’s GDP grew 6.8% in the past 10 years with FDI to GDP at 1.8%.
  • India’s GDP growth could also improve to 7-8% growth if the investments come in.

Key Points:
— India’s workforce, political stability, cheap labour and policy reforms are influencing investments.
–The investors ranked India third in terms of attractiveness and 80% of them have planned for investment in India in the next two to three years. Out of them 25% investments are worth over $500 million.
–States-wise Maharashtra remains the most attractive destination (28%), followed by Karnataka (19%), Delhi (16%) and Gujarat (10%). These four alone received 75% of the FDI between October 2019 and June 2020.
–A boost in manufacture of electric vehicles (EVs), manufacture of high end machinery, and diversification of service and regionalisation of cotton textile and mining value chains can increase FDI in flows post-COVID.
About Confederation of Indian Industry (CII):
Establishment– 1895
Headquarter– New Delhi
President (2020-21)– Uday Kotak


‘Delhi Crime’ Wins 48th International Emmy® Awards 2020; This is 1st Emmy for an Indian ProgramDelhi-Crime-bags-Best-Drama-Series-at-the-International-Emmy-Awards-2020

i.On November 23, 2020 The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 48th International Emmy® Awards 2020  during a live ceremony hosted by actor Richard Kind in New York City, USA.
ii.Netflix’s India Original series ‘Delhi Crime’ written and directed by Richie Mehta won the award under the ‘drama series’ category. Delhi Crime wins the 1st Emmy® for a program from India.
About The International Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences:
Founded– 1969
President & CEO International Academy of Television– Bruce Paisner
HeadQuarters– New York City, United States
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Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched UMANG International App for 9 Countries during Online ConferenceUMANG’s-international-version-launched-during-Online-Conference-organised-to-mark-3-years-of-UMANG (1)

i.On 23rd November, 2020 Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Communications launched the International version of UMANG App termed, ‘UMANG International’ App to during the Online conference to celebrate 3 years of UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-Age Governance) and it’s more than 2000 services milestone.
ii.‘UMANG International’ App is extended for 9 countries United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Netherlands, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The occasion saw the launch of UMANG’s international version by Ravi Shankar Prasad in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
iii. The minister also launched an e-Book “3 Saal Umang Bemisaal- #3YearsofUMANG” which presents major milestones of UMANG and its services available for different segments of society.
About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY):
Minister of State (MoS)– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
Secretary– Ajay Prakash Sawhney
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Chang’e-5: China Successfully Launched its 1st spacecraft to Collect Samples from Moon; Also World’s 1st since 1976China-successfully-launches-Chang'e-5-its-first-spacecraft-to-moon-to-collect-samples,-return-to-earth

i.On November 24, 2020, China National Space Administration (CNSA) has successfully launched the 8.2 tonne lunar probe namely “Chang’e-5” through Long March-5, China’s largest carrier rocket.
ii.The launch took place from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan, China. Its task is to bring 2kgs of sample soil and rock of moon to earth in a mission of around 23 days.
iii.Notably it is the world’s first moon-sample mission in 44 years i.e. since 1976. Only two other countries, the United States (US) and the former Soviet Union, have brought samples back from the moon.
iv.The landing site of Chang’e-5 will be near Mons Rumker, a volcanic mound in the Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) located in the northwest region of the moon.
About China:
Capital– Beijing
Currency– Renminbi
President– Xi Jinping
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DRDO Chairman Satheesh Reddy flags off First ‘Varunastra’ –   Heavyweight Torpedo at BDL, Visakhapatnam UnitDRDO-flags-off-first-Varunastra,-a-heavy-weight-torpedo

On November 21, 2020, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development (R&D) and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), G. Satheesh Reddy flagged off the first ‘Varunastra’, heavy weight torpedo to be delivered to the Indian Navy  during a ceremony held at Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Visakhapatnam Unit, Andhra Pradesh.
i.The Varunastra has been designed and developed by Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam.
ii.‘Varunastra’ –  is an Indian advanced heavyweight anti-submarine Torpedo and is capable of being launched from both Ships and Submarines.
iii.It is powered by an electric propulsion system
iv.It is made of 95% Indigenous contents.
About Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL):
BDL is the Lead Integrator for the Akash Weapon System of Indian army.
Chairman and Managing Director– Siddharth Mishra
Head Office– Hyderabad, Telangana
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 2020 ATP Finals – OverviewDaniil Medvedev beat Dominic Thiem to win ATP Tour Finals

The 51st Edition (51st edition of Singles, 46th edition  of doubles) of 2020 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) officially known as 2020 Nitto ATP Finals took place from November 15-22, 2020 at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom. It is organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals  (ATP).
i.ATP Finals is an Annual season-ending event for the 8 highest ranked singles players and double teams on the  ATP Tour.
ii.London has held ATP Finals for the last 12 years,  the 2021 tournament is set to be  moved to Turin in Italy.
iii.The Tournament is played on Hard Court and is a men’s tennis tournament.
Winners of 2020 ATP Finals:

Men’s SinglesDaniil Medvedev (Russia)Dominic Thiem (Austria)
Men’s DoublesWesley Koolhof (Netherlands), Nikola Mektic (Croatia)Jurgen Melzer (Austria), Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France)

About Association of Tennis Professionals:
Chairman – Andrea Gaudenzi
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom
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Tarun Gogoi, Former Assam Chief Minister Passed AwayFormer Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi passes away

On 23rd November 2020, Tarun Gogoi, the longest serving chief minister of Assam and popular leader of Indian National Congress (INC) passed away at a hospital in Gauhati, Assam. He passed away due to post COVID-19 complications and multiple organ failures. He was born in Assam Province, British India(now Assam, India).
About Tarun Gogoi:
i.Tarun Gogoi served as the Chief minister of Assam for three terms from 2001 to 2016,He has served as the Member of Legislative Assembly from the Titabor Constituency since 2001.
ii.He also served as the member of Parliament for 6 terms and served as a Union Minister for two terms.
iii.He represented the Jorhat constituency in the Parliament from 1971 to early 1980’s and Kaliabor constituency between 1991 to 1996.


Gautam Choubey Translates ‘Phoolsunghi’, a Bhojpuri Novel Written by Pandey Kapil; 1st Bhojpuri novel Translated to EnglishPhoolsunghi

Gautam Choubey has translated ‘Phoolsunghi’, a Bhojpuri Novel written by Pandey Kapil. It is the first ever translation of a Bhojpuri novel into English. The book is published under Penguin’s Hamish Hamilton.
About the Book
i.It is an historical novel set in Bihar, that narrates the tale of an unfulfilled love between Mahendra Mishra, one of the most popular yet enigmatic Bhojpuri poets, and the tawaif Dhelabai.
ii.The readers can discover an aspect of Bhojpuri culture in this book. The book is the finest work of Bhojpuri literature.
Phoolsunghi is the flower-pecker that  can never be held captive in a cage. It sucks nectar from a flower and then flies on to the next.
About Pandey Kapil
i.Pandey Kapil (1930-2017) was a doyen of Bhojpuri literature.
ii.He was the  long-serving visionary editor of Bhojpuri Sammelan Patrika and the founder of Akhil Bharatiya Bhojouri Sahitya Sammelan.
iii.He established his own publication house, Bhojpuri Sansthan.
About Gautam Choubey
i.Gautam Choubey, an academic, translator and columnist teaches at A.R.S.D(Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma) College (University of Delhi).
ii.He writes on Gandhi, popular culture and Indian literature.
iii.Previously , he  translated the writings of Andre Beitelle into Hindi.
iv.Presently, he works on the history of Bhojpuri literature and a monograph tentatively titled Using Mahatma.


National Pharmacy Week (NPW) 2020 – November 16 to 22National Pharmacy Week

The National Pharmacy Week(NPW) is annually celebrated across India on the 3rd week of November to create awareness to the stakeholders about the presence of the pharmacists in the society and to acknowledge the importance of the role of registered pharmacists with respect to medicine, its usage , handling and dispensing.
The Indian Pharmaceutical Association(IPA) organised the 59th National Pharmacy week on the 3rd week of November(from 16th November to 22nd November 2020).
The theme of the National Pharmacy Week 2020 is “Pharmacists: Frontline Health Professionals”.
To build a professional image for the pharmacists.
Objective of the NPW 2020:

  • To create awareness about the role of the pharmacist, as a frontline health professional.
  • To highlight the role of the pharmacist in the pandemic from researcher to manufacturer, in the supply chain, dispenser and counsellor
  • To enhance the role of the pharmacist in health promotion and self care.

The National Pharmacy week 2019 was observed from 17th November 2019 to 23rd November 2019.
The National Pharmacy week 2021 was observed from 15th November 2021 to 21rd November 2021.
Events 2020:
The Indian Pharmaceutical Association(IPA) has organised various seminars, webinars, virtual talks, and competition for registered pharmacists and pharmacy students.
As a part of the National Pharmacy Week, an International Pharmacist Webinar on “Pharmaceutical Care”, a very trending discipline, was organised on 21st November 2020.

Aviation Safety Awareness Week 2020:  November 23- 27Aviation Safety Awareness Week

i.Airports Authority of India (AAI) has commenced Aviation Safety Awareness Week 2020 from 23rd November to 27th November 2020 to raise awareness on Aviation Safety.
ii.The week will be celebrated across all airports and ANS(Air Navigation Service) locations managed by AAI across India.
iii.Arvind Singh, Chairman of AAI virtually inaugurated the celebrations of Aviation Safety Awareness Week.
About Airport Authority of India(AAI):
Chairman– Arvind Singh
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
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World Heritage Week 2020 – November 19 to 25World Heritage Week

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO)’s World Heritage Week is annually observed across the globe from 19th November to 25th November to create awareness among the general public about the importance of rich heritage and to make them strive for the preservation of their heritage.
To raise awareness about the value and importance of the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage, monuments and archaeological sites.
UNESCO World Heritage sites:
China and Italy have the highest number of world heritage sites with 55 entries on UNESCO’s World Heritage site list.
India has around 38 entries in UNESCO’s World Heritage site list with 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites and 1 mixed site.
Importance of Heritage Sites:
The heritage sites provide an identity and continuity for the younger generations and enables them to connect with their  ancestors.
They have an impact on the society, economy, education, scientific outlook, since they provide a glimpses of our achievement and shortcomings from the past.
Events 2020:
The  Directorate of Archeology organised a central programme on 19th November 2020 at Na Pukhuri, a Heritage Site in Sivasagar
As a part of the celebration of the World Heritage week 2020, for the first time, The Directorate of Archeology, Assam will award three monumnets mitro awards to two individuals and one organisation.
Winners of the Monuments Mitro:
i.Krishna Kumar Singha of Rajbari in Hojai district
ii.Nabin Buragohain of Sivasagar district
Ghuguha Dol Unnayan Committee of Dhemaji district.

72nd NCC Raising Day 2020:November 22Raising Day National Cadet Corps

The National Cadet Corps (NCC)’s Raising Day is observed annually on the 4th Sunday of November. This year(2020) falls on November 22 and also marks the 72nd Edition.

  • The 2019 NCC raising day was celebrated on November 24.
  • The 2021 NCC raising day will be celebrated on November 28.

Key Info
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a scheme for expansion of National Cadet Corps coverage, in Border and Coastal regions of the country on August 15, 2020.
About NCC Cadets
The cadets participated in ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’, ‘Mega Pollution Pakhwada’.
They have also played an important role to spread awareness about various government initiatives like ‘Digital Literacy’, ‘International Day of Yoga’, ‘Tree Plantation’ and immunisation programs.
About  National Cadet Corps (NCC):
i.NCC is the youth wing of the Armed Forces.  It is open to school and college students on a voluntary basis.
ii.It is a Tri-Services Organisation, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Wing to make the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.
iii.Then Colonel (later Chief of Army Staff) GG Bewoor was the 1st Director (now called Director General) of NCC
Came into existence– April 16, 1948 under the The National Cadet Corps Act 1948
Headquarters– New Delhi
Motto-Unity and discipline
Lieutenant General– Rajeev Chopra


AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches Abhayam App for safety of Women travelling by Auto & Taxis; 1st IoT enabled app for safety of Women

Abhayam' app for safety of women passengers launched in Andhra PradeshOn November  23, 2020 Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (CM) Jagan Mohan Reddy virtually launched the ‘Abhayam App’ for the safety of women Travelling by Auto & Taxis. The app will help women to raise an alarm in case of any emergency.
This is the First Internet of  Things (IoT) based women safety project.
ii.The app was launched as part of the First Phase of the Abhayam Project.
During the First Phase 1000 auto rickshaws equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System)/Internet of Things (IoT) devices have been linked to the Abhayam app in Visakhapatnam.
Nirbhaya Scheme:
The project has been sanctioned by the Central Government under the Nirbhaya Scheme.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Governor – BiswaBhusan Harichandran
Stadium – Visakhapatnam ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces ‘Duare Duare Paschim Banga Sarkar Scheme’ & “Karmai Dharma” schemeMamata announces schemes ahead of assembly polls

On November 22, 2020, West Bengal (WB) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced two schemes “Duare Duare Paschim Banga Sarkar Scheme” (West Bengal government at every doorstep)  & “Karmai Dharma” (Work is Worship) scheme at a programme held at Sidhu Kanhu Indoor Stadium, Durgapur.
Mamata Bannerjee also announced 100 % scholarship to People in need of it.
i.“Duare Duare Paschim Banga Sarkar Scheme” (West Bengal government at every doorstep) – To address the grievances of the people starting from the block level.
ii.“Karmai Dharma” (Work is Worship) – Providing Motorbikes for the youth to enable them to do small scale businesses.
About West Bengal:
Festivals – Durga Puja, Chhat Puja, Kaali Puja, Basant Panchami
Dance – Brita Dance, Gambhira Dance, Santhal Dance, Lathi Dance, Chhau Dance
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Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami Launched “Thee” Mobile App For Public To Reach TN Fire & Rescue ServicesTamil-Nadu-CM-launches-‘Thee’-app

Edappadi K. Palaniswami , Chief Minister(CM) of Tamil Nadu(TN) launched a mobile application “Thee” to support the general public to reach out the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services.The app has been developed with Amtex technology.
Key People:
K. Shanmugam, Chief Secretary; J.K. Tripathy, Director General of Police, M.S. Jaffar Sait, Director of Fire and Rescue Services and other senior officials.
About “Thee” app:
To help the people in case of fire accidents, flood, mishaps in deep well, rescue in wildlife, chemical or gas leaks and others.
The required arrangement has been made to support the people within 10 seconds on the usage of Thee app.
This “Thee” app can be downloaded at free of costs and can also be used to alert accident.
Additional info:
CM K. Palaniswami, handed over cheques of Rs.25 Lakh each to the families of the deceased firemen K. Sivarajan and P. Krishnamoorthy, who died while fighting a fire accident in Madurai on November 14.
He also announced that one person of each family will be granted a government job as per their educational qualification.


Airtel buys 5.2% stake in Avaada Energy’s arm

Bharti Airtel Limited, an Indian multinational telecommunications services company has picked up a 5.2% stake in Avaada MHBuldhana Private Limited, a solar power firm for INR 4.55 Crore. Avada Energy Pvt Ltd is developing a captive solar power plant in Maharashtra and will become operational by March 2021. The Acquisition was an all-cash deal.

RBI Becomes World’s 1st Central Bank to Reach 1 million Followers on Twitter

On September  27, 2020, the number of followers of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI)has increased from 9.66 lakh to one million or 10 lakh on Twitter. With this, the central bank of India is now the first-ever such bank in the world to reach these many followers in the micro-blogging site. The US Federal Reserve has about 6.67 lakh Twitter followers and the Frankfurt-headquartered European Central Bank (ECB), the second most powerful monetary authority in the world, has about 5.91 lakh followers. Currently, the RBI handle is followed by over 1 million  people.

Karnataka Cabinet approves the creation of Vijayanagara as its 31st District

The cabinet of Karnataka has in principle agreed the creation of Vijayanagara district as the 31st District of Karnataka. The Vijayanagara district, will be carved from the Ballari  district and will include Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagara empire. The new district will have 6 out of the 11 taluks in Ballari with Hospet as its headquarters.

5th India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 in Shillong Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

India International Cherry Blossom Festival is the annual event of Meghalaya that attracts a record number of tourists in Shillong.  5th India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya hosts the only Cherry Blossoms festival in India.  Meghalaya people celebrate festivals through virtual mode. These flowers can be spotted across Meghalaya during this time of the year. These flowers are expected to continue to bloom till the end of November.


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S.noCurrent Affairs 25 November 2020
1PM Modi launched “Har Ghar Nal Yojna” drinking water projects in UP’s Mirzapur, Sonbhadra
2FICCI’s FLO signs MoU with IESC, IIM Shillong to mentor women entrepreneurs
3Govt of Karnataka issued notification to rename Haveri Railway station as Mahadevappa Mailara Railway Station
4‘4th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies‘organized by Interpol, Europol and Basel Institute held virtually
5NSDL Payments Bank Partnered with HDFC ERGO General Insurance to Offer Customised Insurance Solutions to its Customers
6Muthoot Finance in Partnership with BAGIC Launched “Muthoot Gold Shield” to Insure Gold Jewellery
7India can Attract $120-160 billion FDI annually by 2025: CII-EY report
8‘Delhi Crime’ Wins 48th International Emmy® Awards 2020; This is 1st Emmy for an Indian Program
9UMANG’s International Version Launched for 9 Countries by Ravi Shankar Prasad during Online Conference
10Chang’e-5: China Successfully Launched its 1st spacecraft to Collect Samples from Moon; Also World’s 1st since 1976
11DRDO Chairman Satheesh Reddy flags off First ‘Varunastra’ –   Heavyweight Torpedo at BDL, Visakhapatnam Unit
12 2020 ATP Finals – Overview
13Tarun Gogoi, Former Assam Chief Minister Passed Away
14Gautam Choubey Translates ‘Phoolsunghi’, a Bhojpuri Novel Written by Pandey Kapil; 1st Bhojpuri novel Translated to English
15National Pharmacy Week (NPW) 2020 – November 16 to 22
16Aviation Safety Awareness Week 2020:  November 23- 27
17World Heritage Week 2020 – November 19 to 25
1872nd NCC Raising Day 2020:November 22
19AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches Abhayam App for safety of Women travelling by Auto & Taxis; 1st IoT enabled app for safety of Women
20West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces ‘Duare Duare Paschim Banga Sarkar Scheme’ & “Karmai Dharma” scheme
21Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami Launched “Thee” Mobile App For Public To Reach TN Fire & Rescue Services
22Airtel buys 5.2% stake in Avaada Energy’s arm
23RBI Becomes World’s 1st Central Bank to Reach 1 million Followers on Twitter
24Karnataka Cabinet approves the creation of Vijayanagara as its 31st District
255th India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 in Shillong Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic