Current Affairs 11th November 2020

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1. National Education Day: 11 November

Every year, India celebrates National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was the first Union Education Minister of India. The first National Education Day celebrations were inaugurated by then President of India Pratibha Patil on November 11, 2008, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

2. COVID recovered cases highest in world: India

The recovered cases in India have crossed 79 lakhs which is the highest in the world. India’s case per Million Population is amongst the lowest in the world. Case per Million Population stands at 6,225 for India, whereas the global average is 6,439. India’s active COVID19 cases account for 5.83 percent of the total infections and over 92 percent of patients have recovered.

3. ‘Lockdown’ chosen as Word of the Year 2020

Collins Dictionary has declared lockdown’ as its Word of the Year 2020 after it was used frequently due to the COVID pandemic. From just 4,000 in 2019, the usage of ‘lockdown’ in 2020 rose to 250,000. Definition of lockdown: Collins Dictionary defines the word as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces”.

4. Tezpur Litchi gets Gl tag

Tezpur Litchi of Assam has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Litchi (Litchi Chinensis) is one of the most important sub-tropical evergreen fruits produced in Tezpur. The fruit is known for its excellent quality pleasant flavor, juicy pulp with attractive red color. Litchi consists of 60% juice, 8% rag, 19 % seed, and 13% skin varying upon variety and climate.

5. Azim Premji: Most generous Indian in FY20

Wipro’s Azim Premji donated Rs 22 crore a day or Rs 7,904 crore in a year to emerge as the most generous Indian in FY20 and top a list of philanthropy. Premji pipped HCL Technologies’ Shiv Nadar, who had earlier topped the list collated by Hurun Report India and Edelgive Foundation. Nadar’s donations stood at Rs 795 crore for FY20 as against Rs 826 crore in the year-ago period.

6. Online films now under I&B Ministry

The Govt has issued an order, bringing digital or online Media, films and audio-visual programmes, news and current affairs content under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Currently, there is no law or autonomous body governing digital content. At present, the Press Council of India looks after the print media and the News Broadcasters Association takes care of the news channels.

7. World’s first 6G Satellite launched

China has launched the first 6G satellite into space. It was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province on 6 Nov’20. The experimental satellite was carried in a Long-March 6 rocket along with 12 other satellites. The satellite was carrying several experimental devices with the aim of testing out the high-frequency waves that the network will use terahertz waves.

8. NDA to form govt with absolute majority

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was announced as the winner of the Bihar Assembly election. According to data on the Election Commission’s website, the BJP won 72 seats to emerge as the senior member in its alliance with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JDU, which managed just 42. However, with 75 seats the RJD is the single-largest party.

9. Lebanon plans to introduce digital currency

The Governor of The Central Bank of Lebanon Riad Salameh has announced that the central bank, also dubbed Banque du Liban, may launch a digital currency by 2021. With little details available concerning Lebanon’s planned digital currency, Salameh also requested that banks operating in Lebanon should recapitalize by 20%.

10. Walmart teams up with GM’s Cruise

Walmart announced that the company has joined forces with self-driving car company Cruise to test out autonomous grocery delivery in Arizona. Under the program, customers in Scottsdale will be able to order from their local Walmart store and have it delivered via one of Cruise’s all-electric self-driving cars. Cruise, which is largely owned by General Motors Co. and other companies.

11. NASA Researcher Discovers Jupiter’s Moon

Indian origin NASA researcher discovers Jupiter’s moon Europa glows in the dark. We all know that Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Moreover, it is also the planet with 79 moons. The gargantuan planet is far from being a hospitable planet with its surface filled with gases and liquids. However, researchers believe that one of its moons, Europa could possess life.

12. Women help desk launched at Hyderabad airport

A 24-hour help desk for women has been set up at GMR led Hyderabad International Airport. Dedicated to providing assistance to women in need of help or distress, the service will be manned by police personnel round the clock. Hyderabad airport works closely with stakeholders like the state police, the Central Industrial Security Force and the Security Agency.

13. Binny Bansal India’s youngest philanthropist

Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, who has debuted on the 2020 Hurun India and EdelGive list of top philanthropists, is also the youngest on the list. Among the leading philanthropists in the country, startup consultancy x to 10x Technologies’ Co-fournder Bansal was ranked 109th. Donated Rs 5.3 crores during the financial year 2020 for education as the primary cause.

14. Lutfi Elvan new treasury and finance minister

Lutfi Elvan, head of parliament’s planning and budgetary committee, was named as new treasury and finance minister of Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed a new finance minister after accepting his son-in-law Berat Albayrak’s resignation. The 58-year-old held several posts under the ruling AKP government, including deputy prime minister and development minister.

15. Japan:Crown Prince Akishino heir to the throne

Japan formally proclaimed Crown Prince Akishino the first in line as heir to the throne. After his elder brother, Emperor Naruhito became monarch following their father’s abdication. The day-long ceremonies took place at the royal residence, the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The event included the traditional rite of inheriting a “guardian sword” for the crown prince.

16. Indian Army gifts horses to Bangladesh Army

Indian Army gifted 20 fully trained military horses and 10 mine detection dogs to Bangladesh Army. These equines and canines were trained by the Remount and Veterinary Corps of Indian Army. The Indian Army has also trained Bangladesh Army personnel for training and handling these specialist dogs and horses.

17. Babar Azam replaces Azhar Ali as Test captain

Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Babar Azam as captain of the Test team replacing Azhar Ali. The experienced player with white-ball skipper Babar Azam ahead of the upcoming tour of New Zealand which will be played in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch from December 26-30 and January 3-7. Azhar also led Pakistan in ODIs from 2015-2017 before deciding to step down due to poor results.

18. Sweden 5G: Huawei wins stay against exclusion

A Swedish court has suspended a decision banning Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G network. While it considers the merits of the case against the Chinese telecoms giant. Huawei contests its ban as a security risk, claiming that it “lacks legal basis, violates fundamental human rights, violates fundamental EU legal principles… and is incorrect in substance”.

19. Sony to launch it’s first drone Airpeak

Sony will soon unveil a drone ‘Airpeak’ for video cotent creators. Sony certainly keeps a tab on the latest trends and now, wants to enter into the drone market. The imaging brand has given the name ‘Airpeak’ to its new venture. Sony Airpeak could face tough competition from DJI drones. Sony Japan has shared an official teaser of Airpeak as well.

20. Sebi forms expert group

Sebi has set up an expert group to review the framework of share-based employee benefit and the issue of sweat equity. The seven-member expert group would be chaired by Sandip Bhagat Partner at S&R Associates. The expert group would revisit the framework of share-based employee benefit and suggest policy changes.

21. Amazon Prime Video forays into live sports

Amazon Prime Video has announced its debut into live sports in India by acquiring the India territory rights for the New Zealand Cricket through 2025-2026. It has become the first Indian streaming service to secure exclusive live cricket rights from a major cricketing board. The deal between Amazon and the NZC will give Prime Video the right to stream all international cricket matches.

22. Maharashtra announces ₹1,000cr package

The Maharashtra govt has announced ₹1,000 crore financial package for the cash- strapped Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) for the next six months. This financial package will help the transport body get back track and will meet expenses such as salaries of employees and fuel costs for the next six months.

23. Ken spears passes away

American television editor Ken Spears passed away in November 2020. He is best known as the co-creator of the much-acclaimed animated series Scooby-Doo. In 1977, writing partners Ken Spears and Joe Ruby founded their own company Ruby-Spears Productions and created a myriad of famous shows such as Mister T, Fangface, and Sectaurs.

24. Sugam Swasth Scheme launched

With an aim to help villagers in Naxal-affected areas of Dantewada, the district administration has launched a unique scheme ‘Sugam Swasth’ to help them reach medical facilities. Under the scheme, the district administration has entered into a collaboration with 95 private vehicle owners in the rural region who ferry critically ill patients to doctors and health facilities in emergencies.

25. Prabhat Singh joins Reliance-BP Joint venture

Former Petronet LNG Ltd. Chief Executive Prabhat Singh has joined the joint venture of Reliance Industries Ltd. and BP Plc. He has become the 2nd top oil-and-gas executive to join the Mukesh Ambani-run group within weeks of demitting office. India Gas Solutions Private Limited is a 50:50 joint venture of supermajor BP and RIL that is focused on sourcing and marketing of natural gas in India.

26. Alia Zatar: First female member of PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Alia Zafar as one of the four independent members in the Board of Governors. This makes her the first female to hold the post. Besides Zafar, the three independent members are Javed Kurieshi, Asim Wajid Jawad and Arif Saeed. Kurieshi and Saeed are appointed for three years while Alia and Wajid retain the position for two years.

27. RailTel to implement an HMIS

Indian Railways has entrusted Rail Tel Corporation of India Limited with the implementation of hospital management information system (HMIS). It will be an integrated clinical information system for its 125 health facilities and 650 polyclinics across India for improved hospita administration and patient healthcare. RailTel and Ministry of Railways have signed an MOU in this regard.

28. 14th Foundation Day of NIPER-Hyd

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad celebrated its 14th Foundation Day on 10 Nov 2020. The institute is introducing Medical Devices (M.Tech) as a course. It will contain topics related to biology, chemistry, mathematics, clinical science and engineering which are essential for developing Medical Devices. It also released its Annual Report 2019-20.

29. Godrej to invest ₹1,500 cr in a new unit

Godrej Group has launched its housing finance business and aims to build a loan book of ₹10,000 crores, with a customer base of 40,000 within the next 3 years. The new entity, Godrej Housing Finance (GHF), plans to infuse ₹1000-1,500 crore in the next three-four years and, subsequently, borrow at competitive rates. The company will extend home loans at 6.69% as an introductory offer.

30. EU to buy up to 300 million doses of vaccine

The European Commission will sign a deal to secure up to 300 million doses of the experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer. The European Commission had already secured three other deals with pharmaceutical companies allowing its 27 member states to buy nearly one billion doses of a potential Coronavirus vaccine.

31. Singapore’s air travel bubble with Hong Kong

Hong Kong and Singapore will start an air travel bubble that will replace quarantine with Covid-19 testing from Nov 22, 2020. There will be several flights a week on Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific ways Ltd. from that date, rising to daily from 7 Dec 2020. A maximum of 200 people will be permitted on each flight and details of the arrangement will be reviewed after one month.

32. FrontRow raises $3.2 million

FrontRow has raised seed funding of $3.2 million led by venture capital firms Lightspeed and Elevation Partners, along with actor Deepika Padukone’s family office. It is a learning and community platform focused on creative arts and sports. FrontRow will use the funds to add more courses and categories, expand their community offering and go deeper into various course formats.

33. 12 Indian stocks to be in MSCI index

MSCI will add 12 Indian stocks and delete two as part of its semi-annual index review of its MSCI Global Standard Index. The changes in constituents for the MSCI Global Standard Indexes will take place as of the close of November 30, 2020. BOSCH and LIC Housing Finance are being removed. Morgan Stanley had informed that India’s stock market will see a net inflow of about $2.5 billion.

34. Covaxin phase 3 trials begin

The third phase of clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine, Covaxin, has started. The Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Professor Tariq Mansoor got himself registered to be the first volunteer for the trials. Covaxin is being developed by pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

35. Health certificate for milk product exports

India has made a health certification mandatory for all milk and milk product exports that will be subject to stringent quality control, inspection, and monitoring. Export of milk and milk products that do not comply with the standards will be prohibited as per rules notified by the commerce and industry ministry.

36. UMI 2020 Conference inaugurated

On November 9, 2020, Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs inaugurated the 13th Urban Mobility India Conference on “Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility”. He informed that in the aftermath of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, India is likely to experience a behavioral change in urban mobility. Investment in infrastructure will have an economic multiplier effect.

37. Fifth Narrow Gauge locomotive manufactured

In Maharashtra, the Central Railway workshop at Parel in Mumbai has manufactured a fifth Narrow Gauge locomotive which will chug between Kalka to Shimla route. It is the fifth locomotive which has been manufactured in this workshop for the Northern Railway in one of the most sought after hill stations in the country. A total of 12 locomotives will be produced by Central Railway.

38. Maharashtra to distribute 75% budgetary fund

Maharashtra Govt has given a green signal to distribute 75% of the budgetary fund for the capital expenditure to the depts which are at the forefront in generating wealth and employment. Similarly, the approval for distributing 100 percent amount for the local development funds of MLA and MLC’s and District Annual Scheme (General/ SC/ST/ programs) was also accorded.

39. Armenia, Azerbaijan sign a peace deal

Armenia and Azerbaijan have signed an agreement to end the military conflict over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. It follows six weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenians. Under the deal, Azerbaijan will hold on to areas of Nagorno-Karabakh that it has taken during the conflict. Armenia has also agreed to withdraw from several other adjacent areas over the next few weeks.

40. Hunar Haat restarts from 11 November

Hunar Haat restarted from 11 Nov after a gap of about 7 months due to the Corona pandemic. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated it at Delhi Haat in Pitampura. The theme of this event is Vocal for Local where indigenous exquisite products made from Maati (clay), Metal, and Machiya (wooden and jute products) will be a major attraction. It will continue until 22 Nov 20.

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