Current Affairs 15th November 2020

1. 15 November: Jharkhand Foundation Day

Jharkhand was founded by the Bihar Reorganisation Act on 15 November 2000 as the 28th State of India. Jharkhand is also known as ‘The land of forest’ or ‘Bushland’ Presently, Jharkhand state shares its border with Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh to the northwest, Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south and West Bengal to the east.

2. SBI adopts 15 tigers of zoo park

State Bank of India, Hyderabad Circle adopted 15 tigers from Curator Nehru Zoological Park for a period of one year. Om Prakash Mishra, Chief General Manager, Hyderabad Circle presented a cheque of ₹15,00,000 to R Sobha, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Hyderabad towards the adoption charges. SBl is adopting 15 Tigers for consecutive 9th year.

3. Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Bags First Prize

The Union Ministry of Jal Shakti awarded the first prize for water conservation management to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. In the category of best institution, resident welfare association and religious organisation for successful campus usage. The award was announced during the two-day 2nd National Water Awards prize distributionnceremony organized by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

4. Sports Ministry announces new incentive plan

Sports Ministry has introduced an incentivisation structure to extend monetary support to 500 private academies. It was announced through the Khelo India Scheme over the next four years starting Financial Year 2020-21. In this model, private academies shall be graded into different categories based on the quality and achievement of players trained by the academy.

5. Kolkata gets world’s first children’s library

The world’s first library for children on a tram was launched in Kolkata on Children’s Day. The Kolkata Young Reader’s Tramcar has been jointly developed by the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) and Apeejay Anand Children’s Library and will have around 1,000 books. The country’s first library on the tram was launched in the city with a variety of books.

6. 13 November: World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually to promote the virtue of kindness. This day is observed every year on November 13th to encourage the values of humanity which can further help in building the world a better place. This day is dedicated to the act of kindness and doing good deeds as an individual or as an organization. Theme Kindness: The World We Make – Inspire Kindness

7. NRTI launches seven academic courses

Indian Railways’ National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) in Vadodra has recently launched seven new academic programs. It includes two B. Tech UG Programmes, two MBA Programmes and three MSc Programmes on core applied sector. NRTI intends to develop a set of core values–dedication to nation-building, commitment to innovation and academic excellence, compassion towards people.

8. IIM Udaipur Sets Up A Consumer Culture Lab

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur has launched a ‘Consumer Culture Lab’. It is the first Indian B-School to unveil such an initiative. The lab would work towards plugging the growing gap in understanding Indian consumers by bringing together perspectives from anthropology, sociology, and psychology into consumer research in India.

9. Kalaignar Karunanidhi breakfast scheme

The Puducherry government rolled out a free breakfast scheme for school students named after the late DMK President M Karunanidhi. Around 80,000 students from 419 schools would get benefit from the scheme, once schools reopen in the Union territory. At present, 10,000 students from 106 schools would get benefit from the scheme.

10. Karnataka Bank launches Mobility Debit card

Karnataka Bank Ltd has launched National Common Mobility Debit Card. This Rupay card is a contactless debit-cum-prepaid and interoperable transport card. It has unique features of ‘tap and go’ and offline wallet’ payments.

11. Ghana’s ex-president dies aged 73

Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings has died at the age of 73. He led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected president in multiparty polls. In 1981, he led a second coup and was the head of a military junta until introducing multi-party elections in 1992, when he was first elected president.

12. Former SBI chairman PG Kakodkar passes away

Former chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) PG Kakodkar died in Panaji following a cardiac arrest. He was also on the Managing Committee of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI). Kakodkar joined SBI as a probationary assistant in the year 1957 and retired as chairman of the bank on March 31, 1997.

13. PM Modi to inaugurates two Ayurveda institutes

Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated two Ayurveda institutes in Jaipur, Jamnagar, Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar gets national importance. While in Jaipur, National Institute of Ayurveda, is dedicated as a Deemed University. These institutions are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st Century.

14. 13 November: 5th Ayurveda Day

The Ayurveda Day is being observed every year from 2016, on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti. This year it fell on November 13, 2020. This year India will celebrate Ayurveda Day under the theme of ‘Ayurveda for Covid-19’. The practice was started by the Union Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda, and Homoeopathy) in 2016.

15. WHO to set up centre for traditional medicine

The World Health Organisation announced that it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing confidence that just like the country has emerged as the ‘pharmacy of the world, the WHO institution will become the centre for global wellness. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement in a video message.

16. Second World Health Expo kicks off in Wuhan

The second World Health Expo has been organised in Wuhan city of Central China’s Hubei Province from 11 to 14 November 2020. The 2020 Expo will focus on displaying the most cutting-edge science and technology in the global health industry, and will help Wuhan to develop as “city of global health industry”. The exhibition area in the Expo covers an area of 150,000 square meters

17. ‘Boskiyana’ – A New Book on Gulzar

Boskiyana a new book in Hindi, brings out the personality of the veteran poet-lyricist, Gulzar, through detailed conversations and opens up readers to his thoughts and vision of the world. The 228-page book, which navigates Gulzar’s life through his films, poetry philosophies, lifestyle, likes and dislikes, has been edited by Yashwant Vyas.

18. Centre extends ED Director SK Mishra’s tenure

The Centre, on November 14, extended Enforcement Directorate Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra’s tenure by one year. Mishra, who is a 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service officer of the Income-tax cadre, was appointed as ED’s director on November 19, 2018. He will remain as ED chief for three years now.

19. PM Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with Indian Army soldiers in Jaisalmer. PM Modi was accompanied by CDS Bipin Rawat and Army Chief general Manoj Mukund Naravane. PM Modi also rode on a tank during his visit to Longewala Post in Rajasthan.

20. Qualcomm gets US permission to sell 4G chips

Qualcomm Inc received a license from the U.S. government to sell 4G mobile phone chips to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. An exemption to U.S. trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with China. Qualcomm and all other American semiconductor companies were forced to stop selling to the Chinese technology firm in September after U.S. trade restrictions took effect.

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