Current Affairs 19th November 2020

1. Aryna Sabalenka wins Linz Open

Aryna Sabalenka returned to the WTA’s top 10 on 16 Nov 2020 after she captured her eighth career title in Linz. She finished the season with a straight-sets victory over her doubles partner Elise Mertens in final in Austria. Belgian Mertens moved up one place to 20th, climbing above 2019’s Roland Garros runner-up Marketa Vondrousova.

2. Mridula Sinha passes away

Former Governor of Goa and veteran BJP leader Mridula Sinha passed away in November 2020. Mridula Sinha was also the first woman Governor of Goa. A renowned Hindi writer, she also served as the head of the BJP’s womern’s wing and chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

3. 240th Corps of Engineers Day: 18 November

Indian Army celebrated the 240th Corps of Engineers Day on 18 Nov 2020. In a ceremony organized at ‘National War Memorial; Lt Gen SK Shrivastava, Engineer-in-Chief laid wreaths and paid homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. The Corps of Engineers provides combat engineering support, develops infrastructure for armed forces, etc.

4. 14,34,000 loans sanctioned under PM SVANidhi

Over 27 lakh 33 thousand applications have been received under Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atma-Nirbhar Nidhi- PM-SVANidhi Scheme. Out of the total applications received, over 14 lakh and 34 thousand have been sanctioned and about 7.88 lakh loans disbursed. Vendors who had left for their native places due to Covid-19 lockdown are eligible for the loan.

5. 33rd Stop TB Partnership Board meet

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed the 33rd Stop TB Partnership Board meeting in New Delhi through Video Conference on 18 Nov 2020. He highlighted India’s “TB Harega, Desh Jeetega” campaign that targets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target related to TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.

6. World Toilet Day: 19 November

World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November to create awareness about sanitation and encourage people to use toilets. There are 42 bn people in this world who are living without access to safely managed sanitation. The theme of World Toilet Day 2020 is sustainable sanitation and climate change. Safe and hygienic toilets form the strongest
defence mechanism against COVID-19 and other diseases.

7. Rohit Sharma: Brand ambassador of Financepeer

Rohit Sharma has been signed as brand ambassador for Financepeer, Google incubated Education fee financing Company. He will be helping to transform the education sector and introduce innovation across different segments of education with Finarncepeer. This new partnership will help bolster the reach of the Financepeer edtech and fintech platform, among the Indian parents and schools.

8. India has two of the top 100 Supercomputers

India’s newest and fastest supercomputer, PARAM-Siddhi Al, has been ranked 63rd in the Top500 list of most powerful supercomputers in the world. The supercomputer was established earlier in 2020, under the National Supercomputer
Mission (NSM). The Top500 project tracks the most powerful supercomputers in the world and is published twice a year.

9. Vijayanagara: 31st district of Karnataka

Vijayanagara, which will be carved out of Ballari district, is set to be Karnataka’s 31st district after Cabinet nod on 18 Nov 2020. Vijayanagara district has been named after the capital of historic Vijayanagara Empire. Hospete, Kampli, Hagaribommanahalli, Kottur, Hadagali and Harapanahlli taluks will form the new district of Vijayanagara with Hospete as the district headquarters.

10. EESL signs MoU with DNRE Goa

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Department of New & Renewable Energy (DNRE), Goa, have signed an MoU to discuss rolling out of India’s first Convergence Project in the State. Under the MoU, EESL and DNRE will carry-out the feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralized solar energy projects.

11. Moldova’s first-ever woman President

Moldova has elected the country’s first-ever woman President, with former Prime Minister Maia Sandu overwhelmingly claiming 57.7% of the popular vote on 16 Nov 2020. Sandu won after a run-off with the pro-Russia
incumbent lgor Dodon, who got 42.2% of the vote. Moldova has the 23rd highest global gender
gap in the world.

12. 1st sponsors for UN Climate Change conference

The UK government has announced the first principal partners for the UN climate conference, COP26, scheduled from Nov. 1 to Nov. 12, 2021, in Glasgow. SSE, Scottish Power, NatWest Group and National Grid are the first Principal Partners who will support the delivery of a successful and ambitious COP. The conference is hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy.

13. HPCL launches ‘poWer 99’

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. has launched ‘poWer 99’ in Tamil Nadu. It is a branded petrol with an Octane rating of 99 and will cater to the growing demand for premium fuel from the rising population of high-end cars and performance bikes in Tamil Nadu. With an Octane rating of 99, ‘poWer 99’ is currently the highest octane rated petrol available in India.

14. President appoints 28 Additional Judges

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed 28 Additional Judges of the Allahabad High Court as permanent Judges of the Allahabad High Court with effect from the date they assume charge. All the judges concerned were appointed as Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court on November 22, 2018, for a period of two years and their present term as Additional Judge will expire on November 21, 2020.

15. Madhya Pradesh to set up ‘gau cabinet’

Madhya Pradesh government had decided to set up a ‘Gau Cabinet’ for the protection and promotion of cattle. The Animal Husbandry, Forest, Panchayat and Rural Development, Revenue, Home and Farmers’ Welfare Departments would be part of the Cabinet. The first meeting would be held on November 22, 2020, in Agar Malwa district.

16. First solar power-enabled Textile Mill

In Maharashtra, the first solar power-enabled Textile Millin Asia is coming up in Parbhani district. The project, once functional, will provide jobs to many women in the district. The Jai Bhawani women’s cooperative textile mill will be the first in Asia that wil operate on solar power. Spread across thirty acres of land, the mill will process cotton to the cloth.

17. Largest fully protected marine reserves

The isolated UK Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha has declared the largest fully protected marine reserves in the Atlantic Ocean at 687,000 square kilometres. Tristan da Cunha is home to the world’s most remote human settlement. This will close over 90% of their waters to harmful activities such as bottom-trawling fishing, sand extraction and deep-sea mining.

18. Monthly stipend for Scheduled Tribe candidates

The Maharashtra government has decided to pay a monthly stipend to scheduled tribe candidates preparing for the UPSC exams. This is being done with an aim to increase scheduled tribe representation in the civil service sector. The state government has decided to pay a monthly stipend of Rs 12,000 anda total of Rs 26,000 for the purchase of books for Scheduled Tribes candidates.

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