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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

ESIC Extended ABVKY scheme by one year i.e. up to June 2021ESIC-extends-ABVKY-scheme-up-to-June-2021

i.The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has extended the “Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY)” by another one year i.e. from 1st July, 2020 to 30th June, 2021 amid COVID-19. It has also relaxed the eligibility conditions for the period between March 24, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
ii.The rate of unemployment relief under the scheme has also been enhanced to 50% of wages from earlier rate of 25%.
iii.ABVKY is a welfare measure for employees covered under Section 2(9) of ESI Act, 1948, in the form of relief payment upto 90 days, once in a lifetime.
About Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC):
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Labour & Employment
Director General– Anuradha Prasad
Headquarter– New Delhi
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India, US Extended Nuclear Energy Partnership “GCNEP” by 10 more yearsIndia,-US-extend-nuclear-energy-partnership-by-10-more-years

i.On November 24, 2020, India and the United States of America (USA) extended the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning cooperation with the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) India, for 10 more years.
ii.This MoU, inked on November 7, 2010 in New Delhi also marked the 10 years of partnership on nuclear energy cooperation.
iii.The extension of this MoU recognized cooperation on initiatives aimed at accelerating nuclear safety and security, research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and technology under GCNEP.
About United States (US):
Capital– Washington, D.C.
Currency– United States Dollar
President-elect– Joseph Robinette Biden Jr
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MEITY issues order for blocking 43 Mobile apps under Section 69A of Information Technology ActGovernment-of-India-blocks-43-mobile-apps-from-accessing-by-users-in-India

On November 24, 2020, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), Government of India issued orders to block 43 mobile apps from accessing by users in India, under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. These apps have been blocked for engaging in activities prejudicial to India’s Sovereignty, Integrity, Defence, Security and Public Order.
i.The apps have been blocked based on reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.
ii.This is the Third time that India has blocked apps for carrying activities prejudicial to India’s Sovereignty, Integrity, Defence, Security and Public Order.
iii.On 29th June, 2020, The Government of India had blocked 59 Mobile apps and on September 2, 2020 it had blocked 118 more apps.
iv.AliSuppliers Mobile App, Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress – Smarter Shopping, Better Living, Alipay Cashier are some of the apps that were banned now.Click here to read the entire list of blocked apps
About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY):
Union Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of State (MoS) – Sanjay Dhotre

Indian Railways Collaborates with ISB for a Study on ‘An Integrated Coal-Freight Optimization Model’ to Increase Network ThroughputIndian-Railways-collaborate-with-ISB-for-a-study-on-an-integrated-coal-freight-optimization-model

i.On November 24, 2020 Indian Railways(IR) collaborated with Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad for a study on ‘An Integrated Coal-Freight Optimization Model’ to increase network throughput and optimize freight transportation over Indian Railways.
ii.In this regard, Letter of Agreement (LoA) was exchanged between Shiva Prasad, Principal Chief Operations Manager, South Central Railway (SCR) and Milind Sohoni, Deputy Dean, Indian School of Business.
About Indian Railways(IR):
Headquarters – New Delhi, India
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indian Railway Board – Vinod Kumar(V.K) Yadav
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Afghanistan Conference 2020 held Virtually; India Announced over 100 High-Impact Projects worth USD 80 mn for AfghanistanForeign-minister-S-Jaishankar-to-represent-India-at-Afghan-conference-in-Geneva

i.On November 23-24, 2020, the ministerial pledging conference namely “2020 Afghanistan Conference” was co-hosted by the United Nations (UN), the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the Government of Finland.
ii.It was held over Video teleconferencing (VTC) amid COVID-19 while the technical arrangements and translation were observed from Palace of Nations (Palais des Nations), home of the UN headquarter office at Geneva, Switzerland.
iii.The conference was co-chaired by Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Janez Lenarcic, European Commissioner for Crisis Management.
iv.The Indian side was represented by the Union Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
v.During the conference, India emphasized it’s long term commitment for the development of Afghanistan through reconstruction and rehabilitation. As a part of this, India announced the Phase-IV of High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) in Afghanistan worth USD 80 million (Rs 592 crore), which envisages more than 100 projects.
About Afghanistan:
The UN Mission in Afghanistan is known as United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Capital– Kabul
Currency– Afghan afghani
President– Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
About United Nations (UN):
Secretary General– Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)
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BANKING & FINANCE

HDFC Bank and ICCI Signs MoU to Empower SMEs and Start-ups

HDFC-bank-,ICICI-tie-up-to-empower-SMEs-and-startup

i.On November 24, 2020 In its effort to support SMEs(Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and Start-ups  ICCI (Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce and Industries) has signed MoU(Memorandum of Understanding) with HDFC Bank
ii.Aim of the MoU– To empower SMEs and Startups
iii.Through this association ICCI engages, enrols and supports various Startups /SMEs /MSMEs(Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) to facilitate financial and other facilities to/from HDFC Bank.
About ICCI (Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce and Industries):
HeadQuarters– New Delhi, India
President– Ritika Yadav
About HDFC Bank:
Incorporated– August 1994
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)–  Sashidhar Jagdishan(Succeeds Aditya Puri)
Tagline– We understand your world
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IPPB partnered with PNB MetLife India to launch Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima YojanaIndia-Post-Payments-Bank-(IPPB)-has-joined-hands-with-PNB-MetLife-India-Insurance-Company-Limited

i.The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has collaborated with PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited to launch Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana.
ii.This scheme provides life cover of Rs 2 Lakh on death of the insured member due to any reason. It is optional for all the savings account holders with IPPB.
About India Post Payments Bank:
Establishment-2018
Managing Director (MD) and chief Executive Officer (CEO)– J. Venkatramu
Tagline– Aapka Bank, Aapke Dwaar
Headquarter– New Delhi
About PNB MetLife:
Managing Director (MD) and chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ashish Kumar Srivastava
Headquarter– Mumbai,Maharashtra
Tagline– Milkar Life Aage Badhaein
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HDFC Life, HDFC Ergo Launched Combi Health Insurance Policy “Click 2 Protect Corona Kavach”Corona Kavach health insurance policy

i.HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Life and HDFC Ergo joined hands to launch a combi insurance product ‘Click 2 Protect Corona Kavach’ which offers a complete financial protection package in the current pandemic environment.
ii.This policy will provide all the benefits and features of HDFC Life’s Click 2 Protect 3D Plus and HDFC Ergo’s Corona Kavach policies.
iii.The policy term and Sum Assured of C2P 3D plus & Corona Kavach are independent of each other.
About HDFC Life:
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Vibha Padalkar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About HDFC Ergo:
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ritesh Kumar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Mercedes-Benz India Partnered with SBI in 1st of its kind Retail Marketing Pact

India’s top luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India has joined hands with State Bank of India (SBI) in a retail marketing pact to access latter’s HNI (high net-worth individual) customer base for selling its premium cars. This is the first-of-its-kind collaboration to generate enquiries as well as to provide an online booking facility.

  • This collaboration will help Mercedes-Benz to reach potential customers through the bank’s national penetration in all 17 circles.

Key Points:
–This partnership will enable the customers to avail online and offline benefits from the bank during the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.
–The bank will offer attractive interest rate for a loan of tenure 2-5 years and benefits on the processing fees
–Also, customers booking a Mercedes-Benz car online through YONO will get an additional benefit of Rs 25,000 at Mercedes Benz dealership.
About Mercedes-Benz India:
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Martin Schwenk
Headquarter– Pune, Maharashtra
About State Bank of India (SBI):
Chairman– Dinesh Kumar Khara
Headquarter- Mumbai, Maharastra
Tagline– The Nation banks on us ;Pure Banking Nothing Else ;With you all the way

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Received TX2 Award 2020 for Doubling Tiger Population; TraMCA Conferred with Conservation ExcellencePilibhit-Tiger-Reserve-gets-global-award-for-doubling-tiger-population

i.On 23 November 2020 to mark the 10 anniversary of “Tigers times two” or TX2 under the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to double the population of the tiger by 2022, two categories of awards were distributed.Philibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department from India has won the first International award TX2. Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan and the Manas Tiger Reserve in India received the Tiger Conservation Excellence Award. The PTR had 25 tigers in 2014 which went up to 65 in 2018.
iii.The award was virtually presented to the principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) of the state, Sunil Pandey, by UNDP’s (United Nations Development Program) head of ecosystems and biodiversity, Mindori Paxton.
iv.A 1,500-sq. km. conservation area straddling the India-Bhutan border namely “Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA)” has received the Tiger Conservation Excellence Award for 2020.
About World Wildlife Fund (WWF):
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Carter Roberts
Headquarters– Gland, Switzerland
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS         

NITI Aayog forms panel headed by VK Saraswat to study Feasibility of Virgin Hyperloop in IndiaNiti-Aayog-forms-panel-to-study-feasibility-of-ultrahigh-speed-travel-in-India-using-hyperloop-tech-by-VK-Saraswat

On November 24, 2020, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) constituted a High-level committee  to explore the technological and commercial viability of Virgin Hyperloop Technology for ultrahigh speed travel in India, Vijay Kumar Saraswat (V.K. Saraswat), NITI Aayog member & Chairman of Technology Information,  Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) was appointed as the Chairman and Adviser of the committee & Sudhendu Jyoti, Adviser, NITI Aayog as its convener.
The committee will submit a report within six months time of its first meeting.
Objective:
i.The Committee will look into the Technological, Commercial, Financial viability and assess the safety standards and regulations required to procure new technology.
ii.The report will act as a blueprint for taking forward the hyperloop technology in India.
Other Members of the Committee:
i.Railways Board Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), V.K. Yadav, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),  Mangu Singh, Delhi Metro’s Managing Director,   Dr. Ramgopal Rao, Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi)
ii.Secretaries of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Road Transport and Highways, and Maharashtra Government’s Transport Secretary have also been appointed as members of the committee.
Hyperloop:
i.It is a next-generation travel system which uses pods or capsules travelling at high speeds using magnetic levitation.
About NITI Aayog:
Chief Executive Officer – Amitabh Kant
Headquarters – New Delhi
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India successfully Test-Fires Land-attack version of BrahMos Missile from A & N Island TerritoryIndia successfully test-fires land-attack version of BrahMos missile

On November 24, 2020, Indian Army successfully test-fired the land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise Missile from the Andaman and Nicobar (A  & N) Island Territory. The range of the land-attack version of Brahmos supersonic cruise Missile has been extended to 400 Kms from the original 290 kms.It is a surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile.
The missile hit the target in the Bay of Bengal accuracy.
Key Points:
i.The Supersonic Missile has a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach (around 3, 450 Kmph).
ii.The Missile has been indigenised to a large extent by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under its Project PJ 10.
About Indian Army:
Chiefs of Army Staff –General Major Manoj Mukund Naravane
Headquarters – New Delhi
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OBITUARY

Ahmed Patel, Senior Congress Leader & Rajya Sabha MP Passed Away at 71

On November 25, 2020, Ahmedbhai Mohammedbhai Patel(Ahmed Patel), a senior leader of Indian National Congress Party and  Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament(MP) from Gujarat passed away at the age of 71 at Medanta Hospital, Delhi due to complications from COVID-19. He was the treasurer of the All India Congress Committee (2018 – 2020). He was born on 21st August 1949 in Gujarat.
About Ahmed Patel:
i.Ahmed Patel represented Gujarat for 8 terms in the Parliament of India.
ii.He served 3 terms in Lok Sabha and 5 terms in Rajya Sabha.
iii.He was the political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi
iv.He is popularly known as  ‘Ahmed Bhai’ or ‘AP’ in political circles.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Awaas Diwas 2020: November 20; Awaas Week/Saptah 2020: November 16 – 22 Awas Diwas 2020

i.Awaas Diwas is celebrated annually on November 20 across India to commemorate the launch of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), that aims to provide ‘Housing for All’ by 2022.
ii.Awaas Week / Saptah 2020 is celebrated from 16th November to 22nd November.
iii.Awaas Diwas/ Awaas week was celebrated in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
About PMAY-G:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20thNovember 2016 launched PMAY-G at Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It functions under the Ministry of Rural Development.
About Ministry of Rural Development:
Union Minister- Narendra Singh Tomar(Constituency- Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State(MoS)– Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020: November 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

i.United Nations(UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is annually observed around the world on November 25 to raise awareness about the fact that women globally are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.
ii.The UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign of UN Secretary-General will commemorate the day.
iii.Theme of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020– “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”
About United Nations(UN):
Secretary-General– António Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States of America(USA)
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STATE NEWS

Himachal Pradesh CM Launched ‘Him Suraksha Abhiyan’, a Campaign for People’s Safety Against COVID-19 

On November 24, 2020  Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister(CM) of Himachal Pradesh(HP) launched ‘Him Suraksha Abhiyan’ a door-to-door campaign in the state to ensure safety of the people against Covid-19 and to screen people for symptoms of COVID-19. The campaign will be from November 25 to December 27, 2020.
Aim of the Campaign

  • To raise awareness regarding COVID-19 pandemic to people
  • To check people whether they have COVID-19 symptoms
  • To collect real-time information regarding symptoms of diseases like TB(Tuberculosis), Leprosy, sugar, blood pressure etc.

About 8000 Teams do data collection 
i.About 8000 teams comprising Health, Ayurveda, Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj Departments, District Administration and NGOs will be involved in the campaign.
ii.They will ensure door to door data collection of health parameters of the people.
Additional Info
In 2019, the state was ranked as the best state in India for effective implementation in TB eradication programme.
About Himachal Pradesh(HP):
Airports– Bhuntar airport, GaggalAirport(Kangra Airport), Jubbarhatti Airport(Shimla Airport)
Stadium– Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCAS)

AC GAZE

RBI Rejects Muthoot Finance Proposal to Acquire IDBI MF 

On November 24, 2020 Reserve Bank of India(RBI) rejected the proposal of Muthoot Finance Limited to acquire 100% equity share of IDBI Asset Management and IDBI MF( Trustee Company from IDBI Bank, IDBI Capital Markets and Securities. The deal was estimated at Rs 215 crore. In this regard, Muthoot Finance in November 2019, had entered into a share purchase agreement with IDBI Bank, IDBI Capital Markets and Securities, IDBI Asset Management and IDBI MF Trustee Company .

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S.no Current Affairs 26 November 2020
1 ESIC Extended ABVKY scheme by one year i.e. up to June 2021
2 India, US Extended Nuclear Energy Partnership “GCNEP” by 10 more years
3 MEITY issues order for blocking 43 Mobile apps under Section 69A of Information Technology Act
4 Indian Railways Collaborates with ISB for a Study on ‘An Integrated Coal-Freight Optimization Model’ to Increase Network Throughput
5 Afghanistan Conference 2020 held Virtually; India Announced over 100 High-Impact Projects worth USD 80 mn for Afghanistan
6 HDFC Bank and ICCI Signs MoU to Empower SMEs and Start-ups
7 IPPB partnered with PNB MetLife India to launch Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
8 HDFC Life, HDFC Ergo Launched Combi Health Insurance Policy “Click 2 Protect Corona Kavach”
9 Mercedes-Benz India Partnered with SBI in 1st of its kind Retail Marketing Pact
10 Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Received TX2 Award 2020 for Doubling Tiger Population; TraMCA Conferred with Conservation Excellence
11 NITI Aayog forms panel headed by VK Saraswat to study Feasibility of Virgin Hyperloop in India
12 India successfully Test-Fires Land-attack version of BrahMos Missile from A & N Island Territory
13 Ahmed Patel, Senior Congress Leader & Rajya Sabha MP Passed Away at 71
14 Awaas Diwas 2020: November 20; Awaas Week/Saptah 2020: November 16 – 22
15 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020: November 25
16 Jai Ram Thakur Launched ‘Him Suraksha Abhiyan’, Door-to-Door Campaign to Ensure People’s Safety Against COVID-19 & Other Comorbidities
17 RBI Rejects Muthoot Finance Proposal to Acquire IDBI MF