Current Affairs 2nd November 2020

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1. GST collection touches 8 month high

Finance Ministry has said that Rs 1,05,155 crore of gross GST revenue has been collected in October 2020. Out of the gross GST revenue collected CGST is 19,193 crore rupees, SGST is 25,411 crore rupees, IGST is 52,540 crore rupees. The revenues for the month are 10 per cent higher than the GST revenues earned in October in 2019.

2. Ritu Phogat wins third straight MMA title

Indian wrestler-turned-Mixed Martial Arts fighter Ritu Phogat won her third consecutive MMA championship title in Singapore. The 26-year-old Indian notched up a technical knockout win over Cambodia’s Nou Srey Pov in the second round. The 26-year-old Ritu Phogat turned her attention to MMA last year and made her debut in November 2019 against Korearn Nam Hee Kim at ONE Championship.

3. Typhoon Goni hits Philippines

Super typhoon Goni has killed four people in the Philippines after ferocious winds caused power outages and infrastructure damage. About millions were evacuated from its projected path, including in the capital, Manila, the international airport was offered closed. The storm hit in the early hours of the morning with sustained winds of 215 km/h (133 mph)and gusts of 290 km/h (180 mph).

4. International Day to End Impunity for Crimes

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2 Nov as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of 2 French journalists in Mali on 2 Nov 2013. In the past 14 years, close to 1,200 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public.

5. UPI crosses 2 billion transactions milestone

Bhim Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has crossed the 2-billion transaction mark in October 2020. The retail payments and settlement systems operator National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the UPl volume has grown 80 per cent from 114 billion transactions in October 2019 to 2.07 billion transactions. The transaction volume grew faster during the Covid and lockdown phases.

6. Army doctors perform surgery at 16,000 feet

Amid the deployment of Indian troops in harsh winters to counter China on the Line of Actual Control, Army doctors achieved a major feat at an altitude of 16,000 feet as they successfully removed an appendix of a soldier in a dug-in at a forward surgical centre in Eastern Ladakh. The surgery was peformed by a team of three doctors including a Lt Colonel, a Major and a Captain on a soldier.

7. BCCl announces Jio as title sponsor

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced Reliance Jio as the title sponsor of the Women’s T20 Challenge 2020. This is the first time a sponsor is partnering with the BCCI exclusively for the women’s counterpart to the IPL. The women’s T20 challenge is scheduled to
run from November 4-9, 2020 in Sharjah.

8. 2,061 girls among 3,531 children adopted

A total of 3,531 children, including 2,061 girls, were adopted in India during the one year period ending March 31 with Maharashtra recording the highest number of adoptions among states. As per data from the Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), 1470 boys and 2,061 girls were adopted from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

9. United Kingdom PM orders lockdown until Dec 2

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the nation back into a one-month lockdown. The lockdown across England started from 1 Nov 2020 midnight and will last until Dec 2, 2020. The United Kingdom has the world’s fifth-largest official death toll and reports more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

10. 206th Session of Governing Council of IPU

The 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU will be held from 1st to 4th Nov 2020. It will be an Extraordinary Virtual Session, which is being organised in place of a full-fledged in-person Statutory Assembly of IPU due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The agenda of the Virtual Session includes the election of the new President of IPU,

11. FIP organises virtual Delhi Book Fair

The Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) organiseda virtual version of Delhi Book Fair in light of the Corona pandemic. The book fair organised in partnership with PragatiE was a two-day online event. Publications Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had also put up three virtual stalls in this 26th and unique edition of the Delhi Book Fair.

12. Axis Bank to buy 19% stake in Max Life

Axis Bank has announced that it, along with its subsidiaries Axis Capital and Axis Securities will acquire 19% stake in Max Life, instead of 17% which the bank had decided in August. Under the revised agreements, Axis Bank wil acquire up to 9.002% of the equity share capital of Max Life, and Axis Capital and Axis Securities will together acquire up to 3% of the share capital of Max Life.

13. Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik Summit concludes

The Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit concluded on 1 Nov 2020. It is a global virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian researchers and Academicians on Gandhi Jayanti. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Summit on Gandhi Jayanti. The deliberations started on 3rd of October and concluded on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti.

14. Andrey Rublev beats Sonego

Andrey Rublev won his fifth ATP title of the season on 1 Nov 2020, beating unheralded Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open. He has won 3 of his last 4 tournaments, improving to 7-2 in career finals, and 1 Nov’s win earned him a berth for the season-ending ATP Finals in London. Rublev became the first player in this shortened season with five titles, one more than Novak Djokovic.

15. Lewis Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton moved to the brink of a seventh world title with a victory in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. A one-two for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas second sealed a record seventh consecutive constructors’ championship. In the drivers’ title chase, Hamilton is 85 points clear of Bottas, who was promoted to second when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen suffered a puncture.

16. Writer Paul Zacharia chosen for an award

Noted Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia has been selected for 2020 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the Kerala government’s highest literary honour. The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language, carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation. He was chosen for his contribution to Malayalam literature during the past 5 decades. A 5-member jury selected him for the award.

17. 66th Liberation Day of Puducherry

Union Territory of Puducherry celebrates its 66th Liberation Day on 1 Nov 2020. It was on November 1, 1954, that the UT was liberated from French colonialism following a referendum in which all elected members from Puducherry voted against the French and preferred to join India. Subsequently, the French affected the de-facto merger on this day in 1954.

18. Andhra Pradesh celebrated its formation day

Andhra Pradesh Formation Day’ was celebrated on 1 Nov 2020. A programme was held in Raj Bhavan for the same. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy paid floral tributes at the statue of freedom fighter, Potti Sriramulu and Telugu Thalli. The Telugu people, on this day, remember Sri Potti Sriramulu who sacrificed his life for the creation of Andhra Pradesh.

19. BMC to provide free COVID-19 testing facility

In its bid to get more effective control over the spread of cOVID-19 infection in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is continuously taking all-around measures. As part of these measures, the BMC is providing free COVID-19 testing facilities at 244 places under its jurisdiction from 2 Nov 2020. These will be available daily between 10 am to 12 noon on a ‘walk-in’ basis.

20. Comprehensive Mansar Rejuvenation Plan

J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated prestigious Comprehensive Mansar Rejuvenation/ Development Plan in Jammu through virtual mode. The project worth Rs 198.37 cr aims at increasing tourists’ influx. It will facilitate the socio-economic development and will open more avenues for the holistic development of the areas.

21. Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed

In Jammu and Kashmir, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed in an encounter with security forces on the outskirts of Srinagar city on 1 Nov 2020. He was identified as Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saifullah, who was wanted by security agencies in several cases of terror attacks. He had taken over as the Chief Commander of Hizbul after the killing of Reyaz Naikoo in May 2020.

22. Chhattisgarh celebrated its foundation day

Chhattisgarh celebrated its foundation day on 1 Nov 2020. On this occasion, a ‘Rajyotsav programme’ was organized at the Chief Minister’s official residence. Various schemes, including Swami Atmanand English Medium School Scheme, was launched. CM Bhupesh Baghel also dedicated mobile hospital-cum-laboratories in 30 urban slum areas under the Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme.

23. Agriculture portfolio allocated to Anbalagan

In Tamil Nadu, the agriculture portfolio held by late R Duraikannu has been allocated to the state higher education minister KP Anbalagan. The decision has been taken on the advice of chief minister Edappadi Palaniswamy. Mr KP Anbalagan will be re-designated as the Minister for Higher Education and Agriculture. Late Duraikkannu was confirmed with Covid-19 and passed away in Oct 2020.

24. Centre to import 10 lakh tonnes of

potatoes

The Centre has decided to import 10 lakh
tonnes of potatoes to stem rising prices. The government will be importing 30,000 tonnes of potato from Bhutan without a license. Import duty on potato has been reduced to 10 per cent from 30 per cent earlier. Now, the quota of 10 Lakh Metric Tonnes of potato will be imported at 10 per cent import duty till January 31st 2021.

25. 66th Annual Meeting of General Body of lIPA

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu presided over the 66th Annual Meeting of the General Body of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) through video conferencing, on 31 October 2020. On this occasion, Mr Naidu also unveiled the statue of former Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at IPA Library.

26. “Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau”

The Ministry of AYUSH and M/s Invest India will form a collaboration to set up a “Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau” It will facilitate the planned and systematic growth of the Ayush sector. This Bureau will support the Ministry in strategic and policy-making initiatives that shall help pave the way to reach the full potential of the Sector and stimulate growth and investment.

27. Jal Jeevan Mission to organise a conference

National Jal Jeevan Mission is organizing a conference with ministers in-charge of the rural water supply of all States and Union Territories through video conference. The conference has been organized to discuss various issues to implement the mission with speed, scale and skill. The goal of Jal Jeevan Mission is to ensure that every household has assured drinking water supply.

28. Delhi govt lists over 800 open spaces

The Delhi government has published a list of over 800 open spaces across the city where people will be permitted to burn “green” firecrackers between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali. The list comes even as the Delhi government is scheduled to launch a campaign urging people not to burn firecrackers this Diwali in light of air pollution, which is a greater concern this year.

29. Great Fox-Spider Assumed Extinct in UK Found

One of Britain’s largest spiders, the Great Fox Spider, once thought to have gone extinct, has been spotted for the first time after 27 years at a Ministry of Defence training ground in Surrey. The critically endangered Great Fox Spider was assumed extinct in the UK after the last one was spotted in Surrey’s Hankley Common in 1993. This species has excellent eyesight, camouflage, and speed.

30. China Begins World’s Biggest Census Drive

China started the world’s biggest exercise of population count, conducted once in a decade, to document demographic changes in the most populous country. About seven million census takers began door-to-door survey for the seventh census in the country to account for China’s population stated to be 1.37 billion in the last census exercise ten years ago.

31. IISc, IOCL sign MoU for hydrogen-generation

The Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science and R&D Centre of Indian Oil Corporation have signed an MOU to develop and demonstrate biomass gasification based hydrogen generation technology for producing fuel cell-grade hydrogen at an affordable price. IISc and Indian Oil will demonstrate the technology in the Indian Oil R&D Centre in Faridabad.

32. Aam Aadmi party clinic offers free treatment

Aam Aadmi Clinic, which is similar to the Delhi Government’s Mohalla Clinic, will be opened in Bengaluru. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) making efforts to gain a foothold in Bengaluru ahead of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections. Aam Aadmi Clinic Trust will provide medical tests, more than 60 lab tests and medicines, free of cost.

33. Mumbai gets sensor-based monitors

Installations of low-cost sensor primarily based air high-quality monitoring gear have been accomplished throughout 15 areas in Mumbai. The first-of-its sort examines in India utilizing this expertise to precisely measure dangerous pollutant focus within the air, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. MPCB and the IIT, Kanpur signed an MoU to undertake the sensor expertise evaluation.

34. Disney robot with human-like gaze

Researchers at Disney want robots to better connect with humans and have created a system that provides a life-like gaze for human-robot interactions. The system uses a humanoid Audio-Animatronic bust of the sort seen on various Disney rides around its parks. The result is an interactive human-robot experience that is capable of human-like gaze behaviours.

35. Adani Group takes over Mangaluru airport

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has handed over the Mangaluru airport to the Adani group on lease for a period of 50 years. The central government in February 2019 had privatised six major airports of the country- Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati. After a competitive bidding process, the Adani group won the rights to run all of them.

36. Govt Provides Rs 670-cr Support to RRB

In a bid to strengthen the capital base, the union government has provided Rs 670 crore to Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) considering their importance in agriculture finance during these difficult times. This round of infusion would take care of capital needs till March 31, 2021. As per RBI guidelines, the RRBs have to provide 75 per cent of their total credit under priority sector lending.

37. Nestlé acquires prepared meal service Freshly

Nestlé USA announced that it has acquired Freshly for $1.5 billion-$950 million-plus potential earnouts of up to $550 million based on future growth. By acquiring Freshly, Nestlé is positioning itself to compete with meal kit subscriptions like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. Founded in 2015, Freshly is a New York City-based startup that offers healthy meals delivered to your home.

38. MoU signed between SAI and AP government

In order to develop the sports infrastructure at the National Centre of Excellence in Itanagar, an MoU was signed between the Sports Authority of India (SAlI) and Arunachal Pradesh government. Union Minister Riju thanked Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and state sports minister Mama Natung for the proces.

39. 1 November: World Vegan Day 2020

World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1 annually by vegans across the globe. It is observed to motivate people to follow a vegan lifestyle, which is beneficial for animal welfare and the environment. The day marks the founding day of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom. World Vegan Day came to be observed
officially in 1979.

40. Aleem Dar breaks record for most ODIs umpire

Aleem Dar has broken the record for the most ODls as an on-field umpire after standing in his 210th match. Dar’s appearance in Pakistan and Zimbabwe’s second ODI in Rawalpindi on 01 Nov meant he overtook the 209 games achieved by South African Rudi Koertzen. The Pakistani already held the record for the most Test matches as an umpire (132).

41. Madhya Pradesh celebrated its Foundation Day

Madhya Pradesh celebrated its 65th Foundation Day on 1 Nov 2020. The new state of Madhya Pradesh came into existence on the First of November 1956 as a result of the reorganization of states in 1956. This state was formed by merging the erstwhile Central Provinces CP & Berar, Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal.

42. Karnataka celebrating Kannada Rajyotsava

Karnataka celebrated Kannada Rajyotsava on 1 Nov 2020. It was on this day in 1956 when all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state of Karnataka. Mysore state comprising area of the princely state of Mysore was merged with the Kannada speaking areas of Bombay and Madras presidencies and also areas that were part of Hyderabad nizam principalities.

43. Twitter brings video service ArtHouse to India

Twitter is bringing its in-house, global creative services programme ArtHouse to India to help brands optimise Twitter-first video content. It will set up a team that will help brands create mobile-first ad creatives, work with influencers, artistes and digital video producers to help design content for Twitter feed.

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