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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Ayush Ministry Ties Up With Invest India to Setup Strategic Policy UnitAyush Ministry ties up with Invest India to set up strategic policy unit

i.The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) and Invest India will collaborate to set up a strategic policy unit called “Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau (SPFB)” to facilitate planned and systematic growth of Ayush Sector means SPFB Bureau will support the AYUSH ministry in strategic and policy making initiatives.
ii.Both entities will frame the work plan of the Bureau and define its short-and long-term targets.
Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy):
Founded– 2014
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)– Shripad Yesso Naik
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IISc and R&D Centre of IOCL Sign MoU for Hydrogen Generation TechnologyIISc, IOCL sign MoU for hydrogen-generation technology

i.On October 29, 2020 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Research and Development(R&D) Centre of IndianOil Corporation Limited(IOCL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU).
ii.MoU was signed to develop and demonstrate biomass gasification-based hydrogen generation technology to produce fuel cell-grade hydrogen at an economical price.
About Indian Institute of Science (IISc):
Location– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Director– Govindan Rangarajan
About Indian Oil Corporation Limited(IOCL):
HeadQuarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
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Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, CSIR-CSIO sign MoU for joint development of futuristic solutionsDynamatic inks pact with CSIR-CSIO for joint development of futuristic solutions

i.On October 31, 2020, Bangalore-based Dynamatic Technologies Ltd and CSIR-CSIO (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Scientific Instruments Organisation) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for designing, developing and manufacturing futuristic solutions for defence and aerospace, healthcare and agriculture industries.
ii.The partnership with CSIO is aligned to Government of India’s vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
About Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO):
Director – Anantha Ramakrishna
Location – Chandigarh (Union Territory & Capital city of Haryana, Punjab)
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CJI SA Bobde Inaugurates India’s First-ever e-resource center ‘Nyay Kaushal’ & Virtual Court in NagpurCJI SA Bobde Inaugurated India's First-Ever E-Resource Center Nyay Kaushal In Nagpur

On October 31, 2020, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde inaugurated ‘Nyay Kaushal’ – India’s first ever E-resource centre and a virtual court for the Maharashtra Transport and Traffic Department at Judicial Officers Training Institute in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
i.Nyay Kaushal will facilitate electronic-filing of cases in Supreme Court, High Court and district courts across the country.
ii.The virtual court will deal with all traffic challan cases from every corner of Maharashtra online.
About Supreme Court:
Chief Justice of India (CJI)– Sharad Arvind Bobde
Location– New Delhi
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BANKING & FINANCE

Govt Provided Rs 670cr to Regional Rural Banks to Meet Regulatory Capital RequirementGovt provides Rs 670-cr support to Regional Rural Banks to meet regulatory capital

i.On November 1, 2020, the Central Government has provided Rs 670 crore to Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) in order to raise the Capital to Risk (Weighted) Assets Ratio (CRAR) of about one-third of the 43 RRBs who are suffering losses especially from north-eastern and eastern regions and need funds to meet regulatory capital requirement of 9%. This infusion would take care of their capital needs till March 31, 2021.
ii.As of end March 2020, 17 out of the 45 RRBs had CRAR of less than 9%, of which six RRBs had negative CRAR.
iii. In accordance with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), RRBs as a group reported net loss of Rs 2,206 crore in the FY20, as against Rs 652-crore net loss in FY19.
About Regional Rural Banks (RRBs):
Formulated under the RRB Act, 1976, these banks aim to provide credit and other facilities to small and marginal farmers, agricultural labourers, micro and small enterprises (MSMEs), artisans and weaker sections of the society in rural areas.
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Dinesh Katre, Senior Director of C-DAC Won Emmett Leahy Award 2020Pune tech expert Dinesh Katre wins Emmett Leahy award

i.On 29th October 2020, Dr. Dinesh Katre, Senior Director & Head of Department (HOD), Human-Centred Design and Computing Group, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune won the Emmett Leahy Award for 2020. Dr. Vijay P Bhatkar Founder Executive Director of C-DAC and Chancellor of Nalanda University presented the award to Dinesh Katre.
ii.He was honoured with the award for his sustained leadership on the issues of digital stewardship and preservation over the past years
iii.He led the team that developed Digitalaya, e-library and Archiving system.
About Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):
Director General– Dr. Hemant Darbari
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra
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ENVIRONMENT

Periclimenella agattii & Urocaridella arabianesis: New Species of Shrimp Discovered from Lakshadweep Islands, India New shrimp species found in Indian coral reef

Scientists associated with the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources(NBFGR) have discovered two new species of Shrimps from the coral reefs in Agatti island of Lakshadweep islands, India. The two species were named Periclimenella agatti and Urocaridella arabianesis after the Agatti island and Arabian Sea respectively.

  • The scientists have also found two new records of hippolytoid shrimps, Lysmata hochi Baeza & Anker, 2008 (Decapoda: Lysmatidae) and Lysmata amboinensis (de Man, 1888) from Lakshadweep Islands, India with more taxonomic information.

The findings of the research are published in the Zootaxa, an international peer-reviewed journal.
Key Points:
i.The team of scientists associated with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-NBFGR made the discoveries during the exploratory survey.
ii.The shrimps were found at a depth of 0.5 – 2 meter from the intertidal region of Agatti Islands of Lakshadweep group of islands, India.
Note:
With an aim to conserve the biodiversity the Department of Biotechnology has funded the development of the germplasm resource centre for marine ornamental invertebrates.

SPORTS

Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for 93rd F1 win; Mercedes wins 7th consecutive Constructor’s TitleLewis Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for 93rd Formula One win

On November 1, 2020, British Driver Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio dell’Emilia Romagna 2020) held at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. This was Hamilton’s record extending 93rd F1 victory. The Championships are organized by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
i.Finland Driver Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) finished second, while Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) finished third. 
ii.The One-Two Finish of Mercedes drivers gave the Mercedes team their 7th Successive Formula One Constructors title, which is a new all-time record.
iii.It was the 13th round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship.
About Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA):
President – Jean Todt
Headquarters – Paris, France
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OBITUARY

R. Doraikkannu TN Agriculture Minister Passed Away at 72Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister Doraikkannu no more

On 31st October 2020, R. Doraikkannu, Agriculture Minister of Tamil Nadu(TN) and a member of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) passed away at the age of 72 at a private Hospital in Chennai. He died due to COVID-19 related complications. He hails from Rajagiri near Papanasam in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
About R. Doraikkannu:
i.R. Doraikkannu is a 3-time Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) elected from the Papanasam Assembly constituency in 2006, 2011 and 2016 Assembly elections as a member of AIADMK.
ii.He served as the secretary of the papanasam union of the party for 25 years.
iii.He also served as the president of the Agriculture Marketing Committee of Thanjavur.
iv.He was inducted into the state cabinet under former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in 2016 and continued to serve under O. Pannerselvam and Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
Reforms:
i.He played a major role in the declaration of Cauvery delta as a protected special agricultural zone.
ii.Amid COVID-19 lockdown he piloted several reforms to handle and manage the agricultural produce and livestock services in Tamil Nadu.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery, James Bond Actor & Oscar Winner Passed Away at 90Sean Connery James Bond actor passes away at 90

On October 31, 2020 Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor & Oscar Awardee who portrayed in James Bond, fictional British secret agent in film in 7 bond films between 1962 and 1983 passed away at the age of 90 in Nassau, The Bahamas(officially- The Commonwealth of The Bahamas). He is the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen. He was born on 25th August 1930 at Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • He received Academy Awards(Oscar) for the films the Untouchables(1987) and the Name of the Rose(1986).

7 bond films(1962-1983): 
i.He portrayed British agent 007-James Bond in the 1st 5 Bond films, namely, Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967).
ii.He again appeared as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
About Sir Sean Connery:
i.He has also acted in non-Bond films including, Marnie (1964), The Wind and the Lion (1975), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) among others.
ii.His last movie was ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ in 2003.
iii.His son Jason Joseph Connery is a British actor, voice actor and director.
Awards and Honours
He has received many awards and honours, few of them are mentioned below:
i.He received BAFTA( British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Fellowship, or the Academy Fellowship in 1998.
ii.He was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 1987.
iii.In 2000 he received Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
iv.He was awarded an honorary rank of Shodan (1st dan) in Kyokushin karate.
About Scotland
Capital–  Edinburgh
Currency–  Pound sterling

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book Titled “Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy” Authored by Tamal BandyopadhyayPandemonium  The Great Indian Banking Tragedy by Tamal Bandyopadhyay

“Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy” authored by Tamal Bandyopadhyay provides an insider perspective on the forces that are restructuring the banking system in India, Asia’s 3rd largest economy. This book, published by Roli Books, provides an understanding about the challenges and economic potential of India.
It is set to release in November 2020.
About the Book:
i.The book “Pandemonium” accounts how many promoters had swapped equity with debt while the managements of the banks were finding a way to protect their balance sheets until the intervention of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) against their bad loans.
ii.The Same issue trouble also affected the developing non-banking financial companies of India who were quick to identify the post demonetisation easy liquidity and the reluctance of banks to lend which promoted them to borrow short to lend long.
About Tamal Bandyopadhyay:
i.Tamal Bandyopadhyay is a reporter, journalist and a bestselling author.
ii.He is a consulting editor at the Business Standard in which he writes a weekly column – “Banker’s Trust”
iii.He hosted a weekly TV show “Banker’s Trust” in 2011 which featured bankers, economists, policy makers and regulators.
iv.He is a senior advisor in Jana Small Finance Bank Ltd and as an adviser on Strategy for Bandhan Bank Ltd.
v.He witnessed the first ever transformation of microfinance institutions in India into universal banks.
Awards:
i.He received Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (commentary and interpretative writing) 2016 for “Banker’s trust” a weekly column that analyses the banking and finance decisions in India.
ii.He was named as one of the “Most Influential voices in India” in 2019 by Linkedin.
Books:
i.He had contributed to the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Economy and Making of New India: Transformation Under Modi Government.
ii.His other books include, HDFC Bank 2.0, Bandhan: The Making of a Bank, From Lehman to Demonetization, etc.

‘Till We Win’ – Book on COVID-19 by AIIMS Director to release in November, 2020Till We Win' Book on COVID-19 by AIIMS Director to hit stands this month

Till We Win– India’s Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic – a New book written by AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) New Delhi, Director, Randeep Guleria and co-written by Chandrakant Lahariya, who is a leading public policy and health systems expert and Gagandeep Kang, a renowned vaccine researcher and virologist is set to be released in November, 2020.
The book will provide a definitive account of India’s fight against COVID-19 and how to deal with the pandemic in the coming days.
Key Points:
i.The book will be published by Penguin Random House, India.
ii.The book will deal with “realization of inner strength and unity” amongst people of all walks of life in a country.
iii.It will answer essential questions, like “How long will we have to go on wearing masks?”, “Will we need to wear a mask even after we get a vaccine?” or “What if there is no effective treatment against Covid-19?”.
iv.The book has the potential to transform the public health sector in India, it offers a clear roadmap for the future.
Authors:
i.Gagandeep Kang is clinician Scientist, Professor in Department of Gastrointestinal Science at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.
ii.Chandrakant Lahariya is an Indian Medical Doctor, epidemiologist, vaccinologist, public health & policy expert and writer.
iii.Randeep Guleria is an Indian Pulmonologist credited with establishment of India’s first centre for pulmonary medicines and sleep disorders.
iv.Randeep is part of India’s COVID-19 response effort. He is a recipient of Padma Shri (Fourth Highest Indian civilian award) & Bidhan Chandra Roy Award (known as Dr. B. C. Roy Award) given by Medical Council of India.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Vegan Day Observed on November 1, 2020; Global Vegan Business Expo 2020 held VirtuallyWorld Vegan Day 2020

i.World Vegan Day is observed annually on November 1 all over the world to encourage people to follow a vegan lifestyle which is not only for the welfare of animals but also for an environment. It is celebrated by organizing a number of festivals and exhibitions by vegan societies.
ii.This day also marks the founding day of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom (UK) which was established in 1944.
iii.The day was mooted by Louise Wallis, the then Chair of The Vegan Society during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Society, which also marks its first observance.
About The Vegan Society:
Chair– Stephen Walsh
Headquarter– Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK)
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2020: November 2International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists 2020

i.The United Nations(UN) International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists(IDEI) is observed annually across the globe on November 2 to end impunity(exemption from punishment from the injurious consequences of an action) for crimes against journalists.
ii.The day also aims to  raise awareness about all attacks against journalists and media workers.
iii.The date, November 2 was chosen to commemorate the assaniation of 2 french journalists namely, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali on November 2, 2013.
About United Nations(UN):
HeadQuarters– New York, United States
Secretary-General– António Guterres(9th Secretary-General of UN)
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STATE NEWS

C”garh CM Launched Fortified Rice Distribution & English Medium School Schemes during Rajyotsav on Nov 1, 2020C''garh CM launches scheme for distribution of fortified rice,English Medium School Scheme

i.On the occasion of statehood day (Rajyotsav) of Chhattisgarh i.e. on November 1, 2020, the state’s Chief Minister (CM) Bhupesh Baghel virtually launched welfare initiatives for their people which include two key schemes viz. distribution of fortified rice through Public Distribution System (PDS) and Swami Atmanand Government English Medium School Scheme.
ii.The CM also felicitated 30 individuals and three organisations with ‘Rajya Alankaran Samman’ (state awards) for their exemplary contribution in 24 different disciplines.
iii.Notably, Chhattisgarh came into existence on November 1, 2000 after the bifurcation of Madhya Pradesh (MP).
About Chhattisgarh:
Capital– Raipur
National Parks– Guru Ghasidas National Park, Kanger Valley National Park
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Jitendra Singh laid Foundation Stone Virtually for the Comprehensive Mansar Lake Development Plan, JammuUnion Minister Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates Mansar Lake Development Plan in Jammu

i.On November 1, 2020 Jitendra Singh, Union MoS(Minister of State) PMO(Prime Minister’s Office), Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space laid foundation stone of ‘Comprehensive Mansar Rejuvenation/Development Plan’ in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) worth Rs.198.37 Crores through virtual mode.
ii.The plan aims to boost the socio-economic development of Jammu region.
iii.The plan includes upgradation of existing facilities and development of new projects.
About Jammu & Kashmir(J&K):
Airport – Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar (Srinagar International or Budgam airbase).
Wildlife sanctuary– Achabal Wildlife Sanctuary, Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary,  Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Telangana govt’s 1st Rythu Vedika Inaugurated by K Chandrashekhar Rao to Address Farmers’ IssuesTelangana CM to inaugurate Rythu Vedika scheme to address farmers’ issues

i.On October 31, 2020, the Chief Minister (CM) of Telangana, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao, inaugurated the state’s first Rythu Vedika at Kondakandla village in Jangaon district of Telangana.  Rythu Vedika is Telangana government’s initiative to address the issues faced by farmers by bringing them under one platform and help them to attain higher returns.
ii.The state has earmarked Rs 572.22 crores towards the total construction cost at Rs 22 lakh per Rythu Vedika.
iii.Mission Bhagiratha will provide tap water to Rythu Vedikas. Each Rythu Vedika will have two rooms and two toilets with a plinth area of 2,046 sq feet.
iv.Notably, Telangana is the only state which is purchasing grains from the farmers directly that will also help them in the long run.
About Telangana:
Capital– Hyderabad
National Park– Mrugavani National Park, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Kasu Bramhananda Reddy National Park
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S.no  Current Affairs 3 November 2020
1 Ayush Ministry Ties Up With Invest India to Setup Strategic Policy Unit
2 IISc and R&D Centre of IOCL Sign MoU for Hydrogen Generation Technology
3 Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, CSIR-CSIO sign MoU for joint development of futuristic solutions
4 CJI SA Bobde Inaugurates India’s First-ever e-resource center ‘Nyay Kaushal’, Virtual Court in Nagpur
5 Govt Provided Rs 670cr to Regional Rural Banks to Meet Regulatory Capital Requirement
6 Dinesh Katre, Senior Director of C-DAC Won Emmett Leahy Award 2020
7 Periclimenella agattii & Urocaridella arabianesis: New Species of Shrimp Discovered from Lakshadweep Islands, India
8 Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for 93rd F1 win; Mercedes wins 7th consecutive Constructor’s Title
9 R. Doraikkannu TN Agriculture Minister Passed Away at 72
10 Sir Sean Connery, James Bond Actor & Oscar Winner Passed Away at 90
11 Book Titled “Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy” Authored by Tamal Bandyopadhyay
12 ‘Till We Win’ – Book on COVID-19 by AIIMS Director to release in November, 2020
13 World Vegan Day Observed on November 1, 2020; Global Vegan Business Expo 2020 held Virtually
14 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2020: November 2
15 C”garh CM Launched Fortified Rice Distribution & English Medium School Schemes during Rajyotsav on Nov 1, 2020
16 Jitendra Singh laid Foundation Stone Virtually for the Comprehensive Mansar Lake Development Plan, Jammu
17 Telangana govt’s 1st Rythu Vedika Inaugurated by K Chandrashekhar Rao to Address Farmers’ Issues