Current Affairs 12th November 2020

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1. Migrant Policy Index: Kerala on top

The states of Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have been most successful in integrating migrant workers, while crucial migrant-receiving states, including Delhi, have done poorly. The data was shown by the Interstate Migrant Policy Index (IMPEX) that seeks to measure the integration of interstate migrants. The index has been developed by research non-profit India Migration Now.

2. Nov 12: Public Service Broadcasting Day

Public Service Broadcasting Day is being
observed every year on Nov 12. The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. The Father of the Nation addressed the displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

3. New logo & feedback QR code of MTDC

Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray has unveiled the new logo and new feedback QR code of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). They also unveiled the logo of Boat Club in Nashik. During the event, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed with Airbnb, an online marketplace company, to boost tourism in the state.

4. Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana launched

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has unveiled a new scheme to incentivise job creation, as part of Atmanirbhar 3.0 stimulus measures announced to boost economic growth. The Atma Nirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana will generate new employment and more job creation. The scheme will be effective from October 1, 2020, and will be active till June 30, 2021.

5. Air taxi startup Lilium’s first U.S. hub

German aviation start-up Lilium signed a deal with the city of Orlando, Florida, to launch the first U.S. transportation hub for its flying taxis. Lilium plans to builda so-called in Lake Nona, a planned futuristic smart city near Orlando International Airport. Its five-seater Lilium Jet, which debuted last year.

6. Snap acquires Israeli startup Voca.ai

Snap Inc. has acquired Israeli voice assistant solutions startup Voca.ai Ltd. for $70 million. Founded in 2017, Voca.ai offers an artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant platform designed to free up human agents for other tasks. The service offers “oca Agents” that use emotional intelligence to provide natural, intelligent and empathetic spoken conversations.

7. Jharkhand Assembly: separate code for Adivasis

The Jharkhand Assembly unanimously passed a resolution seeking a separate code for Adivasis. The resolution, which was passed on 11 Nov, demanded provisions for a separate Adivasi Sarna religious code for inclusion in the census register. It will help document their population, preserve tribal languages, culture and history and help them avail their constitutional rights.

8. Uttarakhand BJP MLA Surendra Singh Jeena dies

BJP MLA from Salt in Almora district, Surendra Singh Jeena, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in New Delhi, died. He was also the chairman of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) in his first term. In 2007, he was elected as a member of legislative assembly from Bhikyasen constituency. In his second term, he won the 2012 legislative election from Salt constituency.

9. 2nd Phase Of ‘YSR Cheyuta’ Welfare Scheme

Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister Botsa Satyanarayana have launched the second phase of the ‘YSR Cheyuta’ welfare scheme. This scheme beneficial for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Backward Caste(BC) and minority women in the age group of 45 to 60 years.

10. 5th Scorpene class submarine “Vagir” launched

Indian Navy’s fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir was launched on 12 Nov at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock. Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik launched the submarine through video conferencing. Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India. INS Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was launched in 2017, followed by Khanderi, Karanj and Vela.

11. Udhampur conferred with National Award

In Jammu and Kashmir, District Udhampur has been conferred with National Award for water conservation under Jeevika Project launched by the District Administration. The project aims to increase the assured irrigation of Agriculture land and conservation of water. The project envisages development of sustainable ecosystems through water conservation.

12. Govt sets up Inter-Ministerial Committee

The government has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to strengthen the capital goods sector. These interventions will help the capital goods sector in contributing more actively towards the national goal of achieving a one trillion dollar manufacturing sector. The 21-member Inter-Ministerial Committee will be headed by Secretary of Department of Heavy Industries.

13. PM to inaugurate Ayurveda institutions

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar and National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) at Jaipur on 13 Nov 2020. These institutions are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st Century. The Ayurveda Day is observed every year from 2016, on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti.

14. Local for Diwali campaign

The Ministry of Textiles has launched a campaign Local for Diwali. Textile Minister Smriti Irani has appealed to the people to celebrate Diwali by buying and gifting local textiles and handicraft items to support local weavers and artisans. She appealed to people to take a picture of their favourite article like clothing or a handicraft product and tag the person you purchase it from.

15. “Sarhad Vistar Vikasotsav 2020”

Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated “Sarhad Vistar Vikasotsav 2020” on 12 Nov 2020 at Dhordo village situated in the forward border area in Kutch district of Gujarat. Over 1500 Sanpanch and Gram Panchayat members from 158 border villages from Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan districts are invited to participate in this first of its kind event being organized under Border Area Development Programme.

16. Production-Linked Incentive Scheme apprived

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, has approved continuation and revamping of the Scheme for Financial Support to Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure Viability Gap Funding Scheme. It has been approved till 2024-25 with a total outlay of 8,100 crore rupees. The aim of this Scheme is to promote Public-Private Partnerships in social and
economic infrastructure.

17. 50 pct subsidy on transportation for fruits

The Food Processing Industries Ministry has provided a 50 per cent subsidy on air transportation from North-Eastern and Himalayan states. Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier, consignee or agent by way of charging only 50 per cent of the actual contracted freight charges and will claim the balance 50 per cent from the Ministry as subsidy.

18. FASTag crosses 2 crore users landmark

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said the number of FASTag users in the country has crossed two-crore landmark, registeringa growth of 400 per cent in a year. FASTag uses Radio-frequency ldentification (RFID) technology that provides users a smooth and effortless cross-over at toll plazas without waiting/halting. On 15 December 2019, FASTag became
mandatory throughout India.

19. 17th ASEAN-India Summit with Vietnamese envoy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ill co-chair the 17th ASEAN-India Summit along with Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Nov 12. The leaders of all ten ASEAN Member States will virtually participate in the Summit. ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilisational ties.

20. CPCB orders closure of hot mix plants

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) ordered the closure of hot mix plants and stone crushers in Delhi-NCR till November 17. The decision was made in view of a likely increase in pollution levels during the festive season. The governments of Punjab and Haryana to take immediate stringent actions to curb stubble burning and authorities in Delhi-NCR to strictly check biomass burning.

21. 20 Indian-Americans in agency review team

US President-elect Joe Biden has named more than 20 Indian-Americans as members to his agency review teams, including three as team leads. Agency review teams are responsible for evaluating the operations of the key federal agencies in the current administration. More than half of them will be women, and at least 40% will be people of colour or people who identify as LGBTQ+.

22. New Command Control & Data Centre inaugurated

A new Command Control and Data Centre was inaugurated in Hyderabad by Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao. Ahead of its inauguration, DGP M Mahender Reddy inspected the facilities at the Cyberabad Command Control and Data Centre. CCTV cameras from three Commissionerates of Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and Rachakonda as well as those from other districts would be connected to this centre.

23. Aus: Indigenous jersey in T20ls against India

The Australian men’s cricket team will wear an indigenous jersey for the upcoming three-match T20I series against India. The artwork represents past, present and future Aboriginal cricketers, with the large circle representing Lord’s and the smaller circles signify the team’s various meeting places during that tour. The jersey has been designed by Kirrae Whurrong woman Aunty Fiona Clarke.

24. Chief of Staff to Acting US Defence Secretary

Indian-American Kash Patel has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Acting US Defence Secretary Chris Miller, the Pentagon has announced. Kash Patel, currently on the National Security Council staff, He replaces Jen Stewart. Kashyap Pramod Patel, popularly known as Kash Patel, had previously served as senior counsel for counter-terrorism at the House Permanent Select Committee.

25. Japanese town deploys ‘Monster Wolf robots’

A Japanese town has deployed robot wolves in an effort to scare away bears that have become an increasingly dangerous nuisance in the countryside. The town of Takikawa on the northern island of Hokkaido purchased and installed a pair of the robots after bears were found roaming neighbourhoods in September. Bear sightings in Japan are at a five-year high and occur mostly in rural areas.

26. CCl approves Google’s $4.5 B deal with Jio

The Competition Commission of India has approved Google picking up 7.73% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 33,737 crore. Google, which signed the pact on July 15, will be making the investment into the digital arm of Reliance Industries through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Google International LLC (GIL). Clearing way for the internet giant to jointly develop entry level Android smartphones,

27. Student Developed A Unique Air Purifier Robot

A Class 11 student from Kanpur has developed a unique robot that soaks up pollutants from the air and acts as a purifier. Pranjal, and his classmate Aarendra, have invented an ‘Air Purifier Robot that comes with an air purifier machine installed within it.

28. NASA finally certified SpaceX to fly astronaut

NASA has officially certified the first commercial spacecraft system capable of ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The agency signed a Human Rating Certification Plan for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of historic Crew-1 launch. The mission will become the first ISS crew rotation mission launched from America.

29. Residents to get ‘e-health cards’ by 2021

Delhi residents will have a unique e-health card by August next year (2021). A cloud-based Health Information Management System (HIMS) will also be implemented across Delhi government
hospitals. The e-health card has been designed ass a QR code-based card to collate clinical details of all patients in one place, and ties in with the HIMS, which will store a database of clinical information.

30. Chase & Pooran appointed Windies vice captains

Cricket West Indies (CWI) named the vice-captains for the upcoming series in New Zealand. Nicholas Pooran will be vice-captain for the three T20 Internationals (T20ls). Roston Chase has been named vice-captain for the two ICC World Test Championship matches.

31. L&T emerges as L-1 bidder to build a bridge

Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) has emerged as the L-1 bidder for construction of a four-lane road bridge across the Brahmaputra river. L&T’s bid at ₹3,166 crore, emerged as the lowest bid. The project will cover a stretch of 20 km from Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya on National Highway 127B. The project is financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

32. Gujarat to build world’s largest toy museum

The Gujarat government plans to build the largest toy museum in the world, showcasing 11 lakh toys from across the country. To come up in Gandhinagar’s Gift City, the museum will be completed over the next three to five years at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore. The Children’s University in Gandhinagar has been made the nodal agency for the project.

33. Karnataka government approves an investment

The Karnataka government has cleared a ₹438 crore investment proposal by Gopalan Aerospace, a precision engineering company. The company will start manufacturing of aerospace components in Chikkaballapura, around 60 km from Bengaluru. The state govt, in its order, has tasked the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board to allot 40 acres to the company at Mastenahalli Industrial Area.

34. US approves $23.37 billion defence sale to UAE

The United States has approved the sale of $23.37 billion dollar worth advanced defence capabilities to the United Arab Emirates. This includes F-35 Lightning l aircraft, MQ-9B Unmanned Aerial Systems anda package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions. The sale followed a US-brokered agreement in September 2020, in which UAE agreed to normalise relations with Israel.

35. Lakhta Center wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

The annual Emporis Skyscraper Awards has unveiled ten winning tall projects with the new Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia taking the top spot for 2020. Standing ,515 feet tall, the Center is the tallest building in Russia as well as in Europe and ranks number 14 worldwide. Besides its unusual design, the jury has praised Lakhta Center also for its energy-eficient technologies.

36. Union Cabinet approves PLI scheme

The Union Cabinet has approved production-linked incentives for 10 sectors, worth almost 2 lakh crore to boost manufacturing, make India self-reliant and generate employment. The aim is to give the right impetus to the Indian economy to enable the nation to plug into global supply chains. There is no cap on the number of companies that will be eligible for PLI under each category for now.

37. Bahrain Prime Minister passes away

Bahrain’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa passed away in November 2020. Born on November 24, 1935, he was a Bahraini royal and politician who has served as the Prime Minister of Bahrain since 197O, taking office over a year before Bahrain’s independence on 15 August 1971. He was the longest-serving Prime Minister of any government in the world.

38. Naveen Patnaik launches ‘Secha Samadhan’

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has launched ‘Secha Samadhan’, a bilingual mobile application. It will address the irrigation problems faced by farmers without them having to visit the offices concerned. He also launched four other online services to resolve the issue of water distribution for industries, commercial establishments and other institutions.

39. MobiKwik partners with Amex

MobiKwik has partnered with card network American Express (Amex) to launch its first prepaid payments card with a flexible credit limit. The fintech company becomes the first non-bank to issue cards in India. The move aims to expand Mobi Kwik’s universe from a wallet operator to financial services-led fintech player. The customer will get up to 1 lakh instant credit on their prepaid card.

40. Bird festival to be organized in Gorakhpur

International bird festival will be organized in Gorakhpur in February 2021. It will attract international tourists at Ramgarhtal Lake for bird watching. The Bird festival will also give a boost to ecotourism in the area. Earlier the forest area in the state was less than 6% and now it has increased to 9%.

41. Green Soldiers to get insurance cover

Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Arunachal Pradesh has become the first in the Northeast to provide insurance cover against COID-19 for its ‘Green Soldiers!’. 57 frontline staff of the Park have been insured for nine months against health issues due to infection by the Novel Coronavirus. The ‘Wildlife Trust of India’ (WTI), an NGO, paid the insurance amount with support from Foundation Serge.

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