Current Affairs 21st November 2020

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1. World Television Day: 21 November

World Television Day is celebrated every year on November 21 to acknowledge the importance of visual media. The first World Television Forum was celebrated on November 21 in 1996 and the day later came to be known as World Television Day. The television was invented in 1924 by John Logie Baird. Since the invention, television has gone through several changes- from colour TV to Smart TV.

2. Malabar exercise concludes in Arabian Sea

The multilateral war-gaming exercise Malabar concluded on 20 Nov 2020. It saw the participation of all four member nations of the Quadilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) for the first time since 2007. The naval exercise was conducted in two phases, first off the Visakhapatnam coast earlier in November, and the second in the Arabian Sea, from November 17, 2020.

3. 30th India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol

The 30th edition of lIndia-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy took place from November 18-20, 2020. INS Karmuk and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi, along with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both the navies participated in the CORPAT. Both the nations have been carrying out CORPAT twice a year since 2005.

4. World Children’s Day: 20 November

World Children’s Day is celebrated on Nov 20 every year. It was first celebrated in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day to promote international togetherness among children worldwide, and for improving children’s welfare. In 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on Nov 20. In 1989, it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on this date.

5. Nirmala Sitharaman attends G20 meeting

Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman virtually participated in the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Nevw Delhi, on 20 Nov 2020. Finance Ministers of the G20 countries gathered to discuss their views on the global economic outlook and downside risks in wake of the COVID-19 crisis. She highlighted the affordability and accessibility of COVID vaccines for all as a crucial step.

6. MP govt fixes MSP for 32 Minor Forest Produce

MP govt has fixed Minimum Support Price for 32 minor forest produce. These include 18 small forest species for the first time such as Giloy, Kalmegh, Gudmar and Jamun seeds. The minimum price of 14 minor forest produce was increased in April 2020. With the fixation of the collection value of minor forest produce, forest dwellers will not have to depend on middlemen for these forest produce.

7. Eight MoUs announced at Bengaluru Tech Summit

During the ongoing Bengaluru Tech Summit, eight MoUs were announced on 20 Nov 2020 with land, UK, Sweden, USA and Netherlands. Karnataka and Finland have decided to come together to work in the areas of Artificial Intelligence for public service. Karnataka and Sweden have agreed to facilitate innovative applications across different sectors, including smart city.

8. Skill Development Training successfully done

In J&K, ten days Skill Development Training programme titled Training and Pruning in Apple Orchards of District Anantnag’ for master pruners successfully concluded at Anantnag, on 20 Nov 20. The programme was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Anantnag in collaboration with Department of Horticulture Anantnag. Training on soil health was also given on the occasion.

9. PM to lay foundation stone for a few projects

PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh on 22 Nov 2020. The total estimated cost of the projects is over 5,555 cr rupees. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months. They will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2,995 villages.

10. Night curfew imposed in several Cities of MP

Madhya Pradesh has decided to impose night curfew in five cities due to increasing Coronavirus cases in the state. However, the government has made it clear that complete lockdown will not be imposed in the state. There will be a night curfew from 21 Nov 2020 in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Ratlam and Vidisha from 10 pm to 6 am. The government has decided to close schools till Dec 31, 2020.

11. Airavat arrives at Port of Mombasa, Kenya

In continuation of the ongoing humanitarian mission ‘Sagar-Il, Indian Naval Ship Airavat arrived at Port of Mombasa, Kenya on 20 Nov 2020. The Government of India is providing assistance to friendly foreign countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic. INS Airavat is carrying food aid for the people of South Sudan.

12. Third phase trial of Covaxin begins

In Haryana, the 3rd phase trial of potential coronavirus vaccine of Bharat Biotech, Covaxin has begun. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij was administered a trial dose of Covaxin on 20 Nov 2020. He has become the first volunteer in the state for the third phase trial of the vaccine. He is said to be the first cabinet minister of any state government to have registered himself as a volunteer.

13. National Newborn Week 2020

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan chaired an event on 20 Nov 2020 to mark the National Newborn Week 2020. It is being observed from 15th to 21st November 2020 to reinforce the importance of newborn health as a key priority area of the health sector. The theme for the year 2020 is ‘Quality, Equity, Dignity for every newborn at every health facility and everywhere’.

14. NHAI to collaborate with over 200 institutes

According to the National Highways Authority of India(NHAI), as many as 18 IITs, 26 NITS and 190 other reputed Engineering colleges have agreed to collaborate with it for its initiative. NHAI had introduced a unique initiative to associate with reputed Technical Institutes to adopt nearby stretches of National Highways, on a voluntary basis under Institution Social Responsibility.

15. Awaas Diwas celebrated on 20 November

Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar virtually interacted with Rural Development Ministers and officials of the States on the occasion of Awaas Diwas celebration on 20 Nov 2020. The Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G) was launched by PM Modi on 20 Nov 2016 in Agra, UP. To commemorate the launch of PMAY-G, it was decided to celebrate 20th November every year as Awaas Diwas.

16. Govt releases backend code of Aarogya Setu App

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has released the backend code of Aarogya Setu App in the open domain. It has been released as per the policy of Government of India to share all code repositories with the developer community. The App has been downloaded by more than 16.43 crore users. It has helped identify Bluetooth contacts of COVID positive users.

17. World Fisheries Day: 21 November

World Fisheries Day is observed every year on the 21st of November. It demonstrates solidarity with all fisher-folk communities, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders throughout the world. It started in 1997 where “World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers” met at Delhi leading to the formation of “World Fisheries Forum” with representatives from 18 countries and signed a declaration.

18. Seismic Survey Campaign by Oil India Ltd

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has inaugurated the Seismic Survey Campaign by Oil India Limited. The survey under the Open Acreage Licensing Policy, OALP, will be undertaken in 5 blocks of 8 districts of Odishain the Mahanadi basin and nearby areas. The production of oil and gas from the Mahanadi basin will help in the socio-economic development of Odisha.

19. Sandipkumar Gupta: Chairman of Route Mobile

Communication service provider Route Mobile has appointed company’s co-founder Sandipkumar Gupta as the Chairman with effect from November 19, 2020. Besides, Arun Gupta has been named as the additional director (non-executive independent). Sandipkumar succeeds Chandrakant Gupta, who will continue to serve on the company’s board as a non-executive non-independent director.

20. RBl suggests raising cap on promoter stake

A Reserve Bank of India committee has recommended raising the cap on promoter stake in private sector banks to 26% of the paid-up equity after 15 years of operation. Currently, banking regulations make it mandatory for promoters of private sector banks to reduce their ownership to 40% within three years and to 15% in 15 years.

21. India to launch Bhutan’s satelite next year

PM Narendra Modi announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation will launch Bhutan’s satellite next year. The two sides signed a framework agreement for enhancing cooperation in the peaceful uses of space. Bhutan launched its first nano-satellite Bhutan-1, which was built with Japan’s assistance, on a SpaceX rocket in June 2018.

22. Lord Meghnad Desai resigns from Labour Party

Indian-origin economist, author and peer Lord Meghnad Desai has resigned as a member of the UK’s Opposition Labour Party over its failure to effectively tackle antisemitic racism within its ranks. The 80-year-old peer said he has only ever been a Labour Party supporter but was forced to take the decision to cancel his membership after 49 years.

23. Harutyunyan: Armenia’s new Defence Minister

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian appointed Vagharshak Harutyunyan as the new Defence Minister. Vagharshak Harutyunyan has previously served as the Defence Minister of Armenia from 1999 to 2000. He has replaced Davit Tonoyan who held the job since May 2018.

24. RIL-Future Retail deal gets CCI okay

The CCl approved Future Retail Ltd’s asset sale to Reliance Industries Ltd It is a setback for Amazon.com Inc, which had approached the anti-trust watchdog to halt the Rs. 24,700 crore deal. Kishore Biyani’s debt-ridden Future Group had agreed to sell various assets of Future Retail to Reliance for Rs. 24,713 crores in August.

25. Ola to introduce e-scooter by Jan 2021

Ola is foraying into electric scooter manufacturing and plans to hit the market with its first vehicle in January 2021. The electric scooter, initially manufactured at a facility in the Netherlands, will be sold in India as well as Europe. Ola is said to be in talks with various state governments to set up India’s largest e-scooter manufacturing plant.

26. Indira Gandhi Matritva Poshan Yojana

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced that Rs. 6,000 will be given to women becoming mothers for the second time under a new government scheme. On the birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, Gehlot launched Indira Gandhi Matritva Poshan Yojana through a video conference. The scheme has been started in four most ackward TSP districts of the state.

27. RCF rolls out double-decker coach

The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala rolled out a double-decker coach, which has the potential of running at a speed of 160 kmph. Coach with a total capacity of 120 seats, the upper deck has 50 passenger seats, while the lower deck has 48. The RCF is the only production unit in India that has produced double-decker coaches for the Indian Railways.

28. Paytm: Largest platform for booking LPG

Paytm has announced that within a yearof launching the LPG cylinder bookings service, it has registered over 5 million bookings. With this, Paytm has become the largest enabler of LPG cylinder bookings in the country. Paytm started ‘Booka Cylinder” facility in 2019 by partnering with HP Gas, followed by Indian Oil’s Indane. The tie-up with Bharat Gas was announced in May 2020

29. Odisha Govt renews MoU with PMSRF

The Odisha govt has renewed the MoU with the Prasanti Medical Services and Research Foundation (PMSRF). It has been renewed for the extension of free cardiac remedy providers to the needy kids of the state for the subsequent two years at Satya Sai Heart Hospital in Ahmedabad. The hospital was roped in on 18 Nov 2018 for providing free cardiac services to children with cardiac ailments.

30. FIFA lifts suspension on TTFA

FIFA has lifted the suspension on Trinidad and Tobago Football ASsociation (TTFA) with immediate effect. TTFA representative and club teams will now be entitled to take part in international competitions as their membership rights have been reinstated. FIFA member associations may again enter into sporting contact with the TTFA and/or its teams.

31. ICC postpones women’s T20 World Cup

The ICC has announced that the next Women’s T20 World Cup will now be held in February 2023 in South Africa, instead of November 2022. The decision has been taken to avoid a cluster of big-ticket events in 2022 and manage players’ workload. In August 2020, the ICC had postponed the 50 over Women’s World Cup slated in New Zealand from 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

32. Karnataka CM launches a program

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has launched an online program for the implementation of the Village One Center. It will bring all government services under one roof in hundred villages in Davanagere district of the state. It will help the public avail govt services without visiting govt offices. It will reduce the role of intermediaries and they will also save the time and money of people.

33. Tungabhadra Pushkaram Festival inaugurated

The Tungabhadra Pushkaram festival began on 20 Nov 2020 in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, on the banks of river Tungabhadra. The festival is observed for a period of 12 days. Andhra Pradesh CM Jaganmohan Reddy commenced the Push karam at Sankal Bagh ghat. Like previous years, no Pushkaram (synonymous with holy dips) will be allowed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

34.Karnataka targets becoming bioeconomy by 2025

Karnataka aims to become a $50 billion
bioeconomy, comprising biotechnology and life sciences sectors, by 2025. The value of the market in the state currently stands at $22.6 billion. The state government has released the first draft of the Bioeconomy Report 2020 at the Berngaluru Tech Summit, outlining achievements, and targets for the next five years.

35. Douglas Stuart wins 2020 Booker Prize

New York-based Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel ‘Shuggie Bain’. Stuart has won a cash prize of £50,000. Dubai-based Indian-origin writer Avni Doshi was shortlisted among the final six authors for her debut novel Burnt Sugar. First awarded in 1969, The Booker Prize is considered one of the leading prizes for literary fiction written in English.

36. Nayar Valley Adventure Sports festival

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated first-ever Nayar Valley Adventure Sports festival and National Paragliding Accuracy Competition in Pauri on 19 Nov 2020. Nayar Valley Adventure Sports festival will henceforth be an annual festival, aimed at attracting adventure tourists in the state. This year, the festival is being organised from Nov 19 Nov 22, 2020.

37. 4 Indian cities featured in a list

4 Indian cities Indore, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Faridabad feature in a list of 36 cities across 22 countries and six continents selected by the World Economic Forum (VWEF) to pioneer a new roadmap for smart cities as part of the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance. The list also includes Dubai, Belfast, Barcelona, London, Manila, Moscow, San Jose, Toronto, Melbourne, Lisbon, Istanbul, etc.

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