Current Affairs 9th November 2020

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1. Trailblazers win Women’s T20 Challenge for ki first time

Smriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers defended 118 runs against Supernovas in the final to win the Women’s T20 Challenge for the first time. In first inning Trailblazers scored 118/8 in their 20 overs, with Supernovas spinner Radha Yadav registering figures of 4-0-16-5. Trailblazers restricted Supernovas for 102-7 with Deepti Sharma and Salma Khatun taking five wickets between them.

Smriti Mandhana, winning captain, is the Player of the Match for 68 off 49 balls, 5 fours and 3 sixes, SR 138.77. Only player to hit a six. Only player to hit more than two fours.

Radha Yadav gets the Player of the Series award, for her eight wickets and excellent bowling at death for Supernovas. Radha Yadav became 1st bowler in the Women’s T20 challenge to take 5 wickets in a match.

2. National Legal Services Day: 9 November

National Legal Services Day (NLSD) is celebrated on 9th November every year across India. It commemorates the enactment of the Indian Legal Services Authorities Act 1987. The main aim of this observance is to spread legal awareness among people. The National Legal Services Day began in India in the year 1995. It was started by the Supreme Court of India.

3. FASTags to be mandatory for all four wheelers

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
has issued a notification making FASTags mandatory for all four-wheel vehicles from 1 Jan 2021. This will apply to old vehicles as well as M and N category of motor vehicles sold before 1st Dec 2017. As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, the FASTag had been made mandatory for all registration of new four-wheeled Vehicles since 1st December 2017.

4. Joe Biden announces 12 member task force

US President Joe Biden has announced a 12-member coronavirus task force. The task force will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Marcella Nunez-Smith. The virus has infected 9.8 million people in the US and killed more than 2 lakh 37 thousand people as daily case counts continue to rise.

5. Aadhaar enrolment drive for 70 lakh students

In Assam, the Education Department will start an Aadhaar enrolment drive for nearly 70 lakh students. The drive will cover all government and private school students aged between 6 to 18 years. All the Deputy Commissioners will launch the free Aadhaar enrolment drive in their respective districts. The drive is expected to be completed by March 2021.

6. Development projects of more than Rs 600 Cr

On 9th November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects worth around 614 crores in his
parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be present on the occasion. Prime Minister will also interact with the beneficiaries of these projects during the event.

7. Uttarakhand CM launches free Wi-Fi service

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched free high-speed Wi-Fi internet connectivity for all state colleges and universities. Rawat congratulated the people as Uttarakhand became the first state in the country to connect colleges, universities with high-speed internet connectivity. He launched the service at a college in his constituency Doiwala.

8. Saalumarada awarded honorary doctorate

Karnataka-based environmentalist ‘Saalumarada’ Thimmakka was awarded a doctorate by the Central University of Karnataka (CUK). The 108-year-old was handed the doctorate by university officials at her residence in Bengaluru. The environmentalist, who is also popularly called ‘Saalumarada’ meaning rows of trees in Kannada – is known for growing close to 400 banyan trees.

9. Centre’s first drone pilot training programme

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched a drive to recruit and train drone pilots as part of its effort to make commercial UAVs “become a reality” in the country. The premier aircraft pilot training institute in Uttar Pradesh had recently entered into an agreement with Delhi-based private firm Drone Destination for the collaborative effort.

10. Nagaland: Hornbill festival virtually

The Nagaland government has decided to celebrate the popular Hornbill festival virtually this year, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. Hornbill Festival, held from December 1 to 10, showcases the culture, heritage, food and customs of Naga tribes at Kisama village. Sixteen tribal communities come together to celebrate their traditions with a colourful dance performance.

11. Country’s longest motorable single-lane bridge

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the country’s longest single-lane motorable suspension bridge in Tehri Garhwal district to mark the state’s 21st foundation day. Rawat inaugurated the 725-metre long Dobra-Chanti suspension bridge in the presence of cabinet ministers Subodh Uniyal, Dhan Singh Rawat and other officials.

12. AIIMS, CMC enlisted under Swastha Sathi Scheme

West Bengal government’s Swastha Sathi health scheme will now be able to avail free treatment at AIIMS, Delhi and CMC, Vellore after the two medical establishments were enlisted under the ambit of the scheme. Under the Swasthya Sathi scheme, people get free treatment in all the government and several private
hospitals across the state.

13. ‘Natkhat’ eligible for Oscar nomination

Vidya Balan starrer ‘Natkhat, has won the top prize at the third edition of Best Of India Short Film Festival 2020, which makes it eligible for Oscar nomination. The ‘Kahaani star, who debuted as a producer with the film, plays a homemaker in a patriarchal setup.

14. UK creates tech hub for ‘ethical’ business

The U.K. government has published guidance it says will help U.K. firms negotiate the “ethical, legal and commercial” questions they may encounter in China, or when working with Chinese businesses, and safeguard national security concerns. The guidance released by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

15. BBMP launches ‘Citizen View’ to upload details

In a bid to convey extra transparency to the system and to appeal to citizen’s suggestions on its initiatives, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has launched a separate possibility named ‘Citizen View’ on its official web site. The initiative helps guests to get info on all initiatives taken up by the native physique, funds made to contractors, and developments on the ward-level works.

16. IOB seeks about Rs 1,000 cr capital support

Indian Overseas Bank (1OB) has sought capital support of about Rs 1,000 crore from the government in order to create a buffer for any exigency. The state-owned lender, which has posted a profit for the last three consecutive quarters, expects to continue the trend in the remaining part of the current fiscal year with an increased focus on recovery and business pick up.

17. Adani Enterprises wins coal block in Jharkhand

Adani Enterprises Ltd won Gondulpara coal mine in Jharkhand on the sixth day of commercial mining auction. Companies like Vedanta Ltd and EMIL Mines and Mineral Resources Ltd were also vying for the coal block. Adani Enterprises made a final offer of 20.75 per cent revenue sharing for Gondulpara coal mine which has a geological reserve of 176.33 million tonnes.

18. Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 Nov 2020 said the Ministry of Shipping is being expanded and renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. He was addressinga gathering after inaugurating a Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira in Surat and Ghogha in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, which will reduce the 370-km road distance between the two places to 90-km by sea route.

19. Garani is now India’s throwdown expert

Dayananda Garani, a farmer’s son from remote Jamatiya village in East Midnapore district’s Kolaghat, has become Team India’s throwdown expert for the tour of Australia. Garani, who is a former police volunteer, was working with Kings XI Punjab in IPL. He has been appointed as throwdown expert cum masseur.

20. Filmmaker Sudarshan Rattan dies due to COVID19

Filmmaker Sudarshan Rattan, who directed Madhuri Dixit in the 1986 release, Manav Hatya, reportedly succumbed to COVID-19. “Rattan directed ‘Manav Hatya’ (1986), a Hindi drama film starring Shekhar Suman, Madhuri Dixit, Sunil Thapa, Gulshan Grover, Sharat Saxena, Dr Sriram Lagoo, Arvind Deshpande among others.

21. Bihar’s Darbhanga Airport starts flights

Flight operations under regional connectivity scheme (RCS) ‘Udan’ from Bihar’s Darbhanga airport started. Beginning its journey with its inaugural flight on Bengaluru-Darbhanga-Delhi route. The flights will be operated by Spicejet under the regional connectivity scheme ‘Udan’.

22. Russian scientist discover huge walrus haulout

Scientists in northern Russia have discovered a huge walrus haulout on the shores of the Kara Sea where their habitat is under threat from shrinking ice and
human activity. The haulout, a place of refuge where walruses congregate, reproduce, and socialise, is located in a remote corner of Russia’s Yamal peninsula, and scientists say they counted over 3,000 animals there.

23. China set to start trial of nasal spray

Beijing Wantai Biological Pharmacy Enterprise Co Ltd plans to starta mid-stage clinical trial of a nasal spray coronavirus vaccine in China. An alternative to the common injection in the arm, the spray vaccine can trigger specific immune responses in airways by mimicking the natural intection of a respiratory virus. A Phase 2 study involving 720 participants will take place from 17 Nov /20.

24. Tata Group launches test kits

Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd (TataMD)
has launched new diagnostic testing for COVID-19. It claims it to be more efficient and simpler than the existing ones – with the ability to scale up test on a large scale across the country. The government-approved test, which can provide the final result within 90 minutes, will be manufactured at Tata’s plant in Chennai in southern India.

25. Kerala launches scheme for fisherfolk

A pioneering eco-sustainable programme Parivarthanam, to help the fishing community has been launched in Kerala. It is aimed at improving the livelihood skills of youngsters along the coastline and also enables socio-economic uplift of the fishermen community. The scheme will promote the processing and marketing of clean fish and its fresh products.

26. First solar-based water supply project

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has launched India’s first solar-based Integrated Multi-Village Water Supply Project (IMVWSP) in Arunachal Pradesh. The solar-based lift water supply project for 39 villages in Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal has been commissioned at a cost of Rs 28.50 crore. This is ‘first of fts kind’ in the entire country.

27. VH’s first passenger ride successful

Virgin Hyperloop (VH), which plans to connect Mumbai to Pune in 25 minutes, conducted its first successful passenger run at a test facility near Las Vegas on 8 Nov 2020. An engineer from Pune was one of the next set passengers on 9 Nov 2020. Hyperloop is a new mode of passenger and goods transport that could theoretically propel small pods in enclosed tubes to speeds upwards of 1000 km/hr.

28. Model of anti-satellite missile system

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a model of the anti-satellite missile system at the DRDO headquarters in Delhi on 9 Nov 2020. Earlier, DRDO had successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from Dr API Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on March 27, 2019. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters.

29. L&T Finance board approves raising funds

L&T Finance Holdings Ltd board has approved a plan to raise as much as Rs 3,000 cr. It is the financial sevices arm of construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd. The board approved the offer and issuance of fully paid-up equity shares of the company for an amount not exceeding Rs 3,000 crore by way of a rights issue to the eligible equity shareholders of the company as on the record date.

30. 101st birth anniversary of Purushottam Laxman

101st birth anniversary of Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, popular as Pu La Deshpande, was commemorated with a Google Doodle on 8 Nov 2020. Pu La Deshpande was a renowned Marathi writer and a multifaceted genius. He was associated with All India Radio and Doordarshan for a long period. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan.

31. A campaign to be launched in Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, an intensive campaign will be launched against adulterators and those who manufacture and sell fake material in the state. Under the campaign, strict action will be taken against the people who manufacture and sell fake and adulterated goods. Three new laboratories will soon be constructed in Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur for testing adulterated materials.

32. Pangong Tso route gets 4G services

World famous Tourism spot Pangong Tso route has now got 4G services at Tangtse. Leh Hill Council Executive Councillor Tashi Yakzee inaugurated a Jio tower in Tangtse on 8 November 2020. This first-ever lio mobile tower in the entire Changthang region connects Tangtse subdivision with the rest of the world digitally.

33. 20th foundation day of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand was formed on 9 November 2000 by joining several districts from the Northwestern part of Uttar Pradesh and a portion of the Himalayan Mountain range. The year 2020 marks the 20th Foundation Day of Uttarakhand. In 2007, the name of the state was formally altered from Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand was separated from Uttar Pradesh on 9 Nov 2000 as the 27th state of lIndia.

34. Sports Ministry approves six centres as KICE

The Sports Ministry has approved 6 centres as the Khelo India Centre of Excellence. It has also sanctioned over Rs 67 cr in the current financial year to upgrade these centres. The centres are States Sports Academy in Assam, JNS Complex in Meghalaya, New Sports Complex in Daman & Diu, MP State Academy in MP, Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Maharashtra and Paljor Stadium in Sikkim.

35. Danil Medvedev clinches his 8th ATP title

In Tennis, world number five Daniil Medvedev defeated Alexander Zverev 5-7,6-4, 6-1 in the Paris Masters final to clinch his eighth ATP title on 8 Nov 2020. He became the fourth Russian to capture the Paris Masters title after Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Karen Khachanov. Medvedev rallied to win in two hours seven minutes.

36. 3 Information Commissioners administered oath

The Chief Information Commissioner Y.K. Sinha administered the oath of office to Information Commissioners Heeralal Samariya, Ms Saroj Punhani and Uday Mahurkar at a swearing-in ceremony in Central Information Commission. With their induction, the total number of Information Commissioners including the Chief Information Commissioner has risen to eight in the Central Information Commission.

37. ‘eSanjeevani’ completes 7 lakh consultations

eSanjeevani, the national telemedicine service set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has completed 7 lakh consultations on 7 Nov 2020. The last one lakh consultations have come up in 11 days. Each online OPD consultation generates an ePreion which can be used to buy medicines or go for diagnostic investigations.

38. 8th Corps Commander-level talks

The 8th round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held in Chushul. The 2 sides had an in-depth exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas. Both sides agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, and ensure their frontline troops to exercise restraint.

39. Policy consultations with Indian Diaspora

In a first of its kind policy consultation, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan interacted with the highly-skilled Indian diaspora to facilitate channels for them to contribute to India’s Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020. The Minister stressed that India aims to connect the diaspora with the Indian scientific and economic ecosystem to accelerate the growth.

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