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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Pneumonia Day: Nov 12

  • World Pneumonia Day is observed across the world on November 12 every year to raise awareness, promote prevention and treatment and produce action to combat the disease.
  • World Pneumonia Day provides an annual forum for the world to stand together and demand action in the fight against pneumonia. More than 100 organizations representing the interests of children joined forces as the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia to hold the first World Pneumonia Day on 2 November 2009.
  • To end the preventable burden of childhood pneumonia and deaths there is a need to Raise awareness about pneumonia, the leading killer of young children.
  • Strengthen, accelerate and sustain interventions to prevent and treat pneumonia.
  • Focus on equitable access to, and delivery of comprehensive pneumonia prevention and control programs.
  • Design specific strategies to reach the “harder-to-reach” populations to improve their accessibility to available interventions.

Public Service Broadcasting Day- Nov 12

  • Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated every year on November 12 as the remembrance of the first and only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. 
  • During his visit to the All-India Radio station, Gandhi addressed people who were displaced after partition of Haryana and were temporarily settled in Kurukshetra. 
  • Every year, a special event is organized to observe the Public Service Broadcasting Day in the premises of All India Radio, New Delhi.
  • The day was declared as Public Service Broadcasting Day or (Jan Prasaran Diwas) in 2000, after it was conceptualised by Suhas Borker, Convenor, Jan Prasar. Prasar Bharati has been given the responsibility of public service broadcasting, deepen democratic traditions and provide opportunities to all diverse communities and cultures.
  • Mahatma Gandhi had decided to visit the studio of All India Radio, to convey his message through radio, as he couldn’t visit refugees of Partition stationed at Kurukshetra in Haryana.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

PM Modi has launched two innovative customer centric initiatives of the RBI

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched two innovative customer-centric initiatives of the Reserve Bank of India. 
  • The two initiatives, namely, the RBI Retail Direct Scheme and the Reserve Bank – Integrated Ombudsman Scheme was virtually launched in presence of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
  • The RBI Retail Direct Scheme is aimed at enhancing will allow investors to easily open and maintain their government securities account online with the RBI.
  • On the other hand, the Reserve Bank – Integrated Ombudsman Scheme aims to further improve the grievance redress mechanism for resolving customer complaints.
  • The central theme of the scheme is based on ‘One Nation-One Ombudsman’ with one portal, one email, and one address for the customers to lodge their complaints, track the status and provide feedback.
  • Through Integrated Ombudsman Scheme- One Nation-One Ombudsman has taken shape in a real sense and the strength of democracy is how strong a country is in grievance redressal system.
  • Small time investors cooperation will be very important in the investment of securities.

MEA Muraleedharan to begin 5-day visit to Uganda, Rwanda

  • Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan will be on a five day official visit to Uganda and Rwanda.
  • This will be his first visit to both the countries.
  • During his visit to Uganda, Mr Muraleedharan will hold bilateral meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs General Jeje Odongo and Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah. The Minister will also call on President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
  • He will have interactions with the Ugandan Business Community and the Indian community in Uganda as well.During his visit to Rwanda during 14th and 15th November, Mr Muraleedharan will Co-Chair the first India-Rwanda Joint Commission Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Vincent Biruta. 
  • He will also call on President of Rwanda Paul Kagame. During the visit, the Minister will inaugurate India-Rwanda Entreprenuership Development Centre, set up under Government of India’s grant assistance and will pay a courtesy visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • India enjoys friendly and cordial relations with both Uganda and Rwanda. Over the years, India has been at the forefront in providing assistance in capacity building, training and developmental projects.

Cabinet approved price support to Cotton Corporation of India

  • The committed price support of over 17,408 crore rupees to the Cotton Corporation of India got Cabinet noded.
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur,the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs CCEA approved incurring expenditure for reimbursing losses under MSP operations for cotton during the cotton season October 2014-15 to September 2020-21.
  • It also approved reservation norms for Jute Packaging Materials for the Year 2021-22. Hundred per cent of food grains and 20 per cent of sugar to be packed in jute bags.
  • The Cabinet also approved mechanism for procurement of ethanol by Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies under Ethanol Blended Petrol programme. 
  • It has cleared higher ethanol price derived from different sugarcane based raw materials for sugar season 2020-21.
  • Aim: The decision will help in price stability and remunerative prices for ethanol suppliers, facilitating setting up of advanced biofuel refineries in the country, reducing the pending arrears of cane farmers, reducing dependency on crude oil imports and helping in savings in foreign exchange.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal has inaugurated 40th edition of IITF on ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’

  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has inaugurated the India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2021 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
  • The 40th edition of IITF, a magnum of the India Trade Promotion Organization represents India in totality as an ideal destination for numerous business and investment opportunities.
  • This year, the fair assumes a special significance as it coincides with celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav- 75 years of India’s Independence.
  • The Fair focuses on the theme Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which aims to promote investment and self-reliance in diverse sectors to meet domestic demand and be a part of the global supply chain ecosystem.
  • IITF 2021 is being held in a total area of 70 thousand square meters which is almost three times that in the previous edition in 2019.
  • Bihar is the Partner State, while Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are the Focus States. Overseas participation is from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE, Tunisia, and Turkey.
  • Participation of SARAS, JUTE Manufactures Development Council, Small and Medium Enterprises, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Coir Board, Small Scale Industries, Khadi and Village Industries, Cottage Industries,, will display the achievements of traditional sectors in order to reinforce their local strength and global appeal.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

US and India hold 11th DTTI Group meeting virtually

  • The 11th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group meeting between India and the United States was held virtually.
  • It was co-chaired by India’s Secretary of Defence Production Department Raj Kumar and U.S.’s Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment Gregory Kausner.
  • The co-chairs agreed on a revised Statement of Intent to strengthen dialogue on defence technology cooperation.
  • The co-chairs were also pleased to note that since the last DTTI Group meeting in September 2020, the first Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle under the Joint Working Group Air Systems was signed.
  • The aim of the DTTI Group is to bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defence trade relationship between India and US. It aims at creating opportunities for co-production and co-development of defence equipment.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Odisha government has launched road safety initiative ‘Rakshak’ to train first responders

  • The Odisha government has launched Rakshak, a road safety initiative to save precious lives.
  • In a first of its kind State-level program, 30,000 volunteers staying or working at the eateries and different business establishments located near accident-prone spots will be trained as First Responders to road accidents. 
  • Under the program, 300 master trainers will train and empower the local people in all the 30 districts to render help to the victims of road accidents.
  • These 30,000 first responders will be equipped to administer first aid and pre-hospital trauma care to accident victims within the golden hour.
  • According to sources, while about 1.5 lakh people lose their lives in road accidents across the country every year, Odisha annually loses more than 5,000 precious lives in accidents.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

India Post Payments Bank has tie-up with Bajaj Allianz for distribution of non-life insurance

  • India Post Payments Bank has entered into a tie-up with Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company to enable customers, particularly from weaker sections and living in unbanked and underserved areas, to become financially secure and empowered.
  • Department of Posts and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company announced a strategic partnership for offering term and annuity products to customers. These products will be provided through the Bank’s extensive network of 650 branches and over one lakh 36 thousand banking access points.
  • Bajaj Allianz Life Smart Protect Goal and Bajaj Allianz Life Guaranteed Pension Goal are the term and annuity products, which will be offered as per this strategic alliance.
  • Both the products will be available to customers in addition to the Department of Posts’ existing Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance products.

Oil companies to set up 22 thousand EV charging stations across country on mission mode

  • Oil companies of India will set up 22 thousand Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on a mission mode in prominent cities and along national highways across the country.
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Puri, Indian Oil Corporation will set up ten thousand stations. It has already installed 439 EV charging stations and plans to install 2000 charging stations in its retail outlet network over the next one year.
  • Another 1000 EV Charging Stations will be set up by Bharat Petroleum within the next one year and 7000 overall. It has already set up 52 stations. HPCL which has already installed 382 EV stations so far will set up 1000 stations in the next one year and 5000 overall.
  • This is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement in Glasgow to reduce carbon intensity of the economy by 45 percent by 2030.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

Rajeev Srivastava has been appointed as CEO of Standard Chartered Securities

  • Standard Chartered Securities (India) Limited (SCSI) has named Rajeev Srivastava as the new chief executive officer.
  • Prior to this appointment, Srivastava was associated with HDFC Securities as the head of products and business development functions of the organization.
  • Earlier, he was appointed as chief business officer of Reliance Securities Ltd as, where he was leading their brokerage and distribution business. He has also worked with ICICI Bank in its private banking division.
  • He holds over decades of experience in capital markets and banking, and has dense understanding of the key drivers for business delivery and client servicing.
  • Srivastava hold an MBA in Marketing and has also cleared level II of CFA.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : MOU & AGREEMENTS

IOC, UNODC Extend Collaboration To Fight Corruption And Crime In Sport

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) extended their memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in fighting corruption and crime in sport.

Purpose :

  • To prevent youth crime, violence, and drug use through sport.
  • The agreement was signed at Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, by IOC President Thomas Bach and UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly is set to remain in force until the end of 2025.
  • The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the fourth edition of the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI), which brings together over 500 stakeholders representing the Olympic Movement, intergovernmental agencies, governments, the betting industry, and other sectors.
  • All four intergovernmental organisations that specialise in anti-corruption participated with high-level representatives: the UNODC, the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and INTERPOL.

Key Features :

  • The new MoU covers the various areas of cooperation like supporting capacity-building, training programmes, awareness-raising events, and related initiatives aimed at tackling corruption and crime in sport.
  • It will enhance sport’s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and also promote sport for development and peace through joint programming, including in the context of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other sports events.

About IOC :

  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • President: Thomas Bach
  • Director General: Christophe De Kepper
  • Founded: 23 June 1894, Paris, France
  • Founders: Pierre de Coubertin, Demetrios Vikelas

About UNODC :

  • Founded: 1997
  • Head : Ghada Waly
  • Headquarters location: Vienna, Austria

CURRENT AFFAIRS : APPS & SERVICES

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia launches eGCA                   

  • On Nov 11, 2021, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, announced the launch of eGCA, an e-governance platform for Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • The online platform eGCA has been developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as Service Provider and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as Project Management Consultant.

About eGCA :

  • It is an e-governance platform aimed at automation of the processes and functions of DGCA, with 99 services covering about 70 percent of the DGCA work being implemented in the initial phases, and 198 services to be covered in other phases.
  • The services provided to various DGCA stakeholders such as Pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Air Operators, Airport Operators, Flying Training Organizations, Maintenance and Design organizations etc.

Benefits of eGCA :

  • eGCA is a single-window platform that will induce a monumental change through the automation of the process and functions of DGCA.
  • Eliminating operational inefficiencies
  • Minimizing personal interaction
  • Improving regulatory reporting
  • Enhancing transparency
  • Increasing productivity
  • During the launch, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation also unveiled a case study titled ‘DGCA takes off on a digital flight’, showcasing the journey of DGCA through the implementation of the eGCA.

About DGCA :

  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Director General : Arun Kumar

About Ministry of Civil Aviation :

  • Cabinet Minister : Jyotiraditya Scindia
  • Minister of State : K. Singh
  • Headquarters: Delhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book Titled Nehru: The Debates that Defined India Authored by Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain

  • A New Book Titled Nehru: The Debates that Defined India Co-authored by Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain.
  • The Book was Published by HarperCollins India.

About the Book :

  • The Book deals with Nehru’s voicing ideological disagreements, forging political alliances, moulding political opinion.
  • It offers visions of the future and staking out the political field was a key figure in the debates that defined India.
  • The book illuminates “four encounters” that Nehru had with contemporaries from across the political spectrum – Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sardar Patel and Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

About the authors :

  • Tripurdaman Singh is the author of “Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics” (2019) and much-acclaimed “Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India” (2020)
  • Hussain’s next book “Law and Muslim Political Thought in Late Colonial North India” will release in 2022.

Note :

  • Jawaharlal Nehru is India’s first and longest-serving prime minister.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Kolkata’s Mitrabha Guha Becomes India’s 72nd Grand Master               

  • Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • He beat GM Nikola Sedlak of Serbia in the ninth round.
  • He had scored his second GM norm at the Sheikh Russel GM tournament in Bangladesh.

Note :

  • To become a GM, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Former South African President FW de Klerk passes away

  • On Nov 11, 2021, The former president of South Africa and the last white person to lead the country FW de Klerk passed away.
  • He was 85.

About FW de Klerk :

  • Frederik Willem de Klerk was born on 18 March 1936 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa.
  • He is the last leader under apartheid and key actor in the country’s transition to democracy.
  • In 1978, Klerk was appointed for a series of ministerial posts including Internal Affairs.
  • He was President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and Deputy President from 1994 to 1996.
  • In 1993, de Klerk and South Africa’s first Black President Nelson Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo for their work in ending apartheid.

Note :

  • The apartheid system in South Africa was referred to as the brutal system of racial discrimination in the country.

About South Africa :

  • President: Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
  • Currency: South African rand
  • The largest city of South Africa is Johannesburg.

Daily CA On Nov 11 :

  • World Science Day for Peace and Development is marked and observed every year on November 10.
  • The National Education Day is being celebrated on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s first Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the declaration of November 15, the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas.
  • On Nov 10, 2021, The United States of America became the 101st member country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • The Special Director of the Intelligence Office, Sheel Vardhan Singh, has been appointed the new Director-General of the CISF, while the Director of the National Police Academy, Atul Karwal, has been appointed Director-General of the
  • Morinari Watanabe from Japan has been re-elected as the president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) for a period of three years.
  • On Nov 09, 2021, The fourth submarine of the Project – 75, Yard 11878 was delivered to the Indian Navy.
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launched its fifth Epsilon solid-fuel rocket carrying nine small satellites.
  • On Nov 10, 2021, The Central government launched ‘E-Amrit‘, a web portal on electric vehicles (EVs), at the ongoing COP26 Summit in the United Kingdom’s Glasgow.
  • Gujarat ( similar to the previous two rankings in 2018 and 2019 ) has retained the top place in Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) index for 2021 among 21 states.
  • India has been placed at 10th spot with a score of 22 in the global Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2022.
  • The Bangla version of the book ‘Operation X’ about the naval commando operation jointly launched by the Indian Navy and the Mukti Bahini of Bangladesh was launched in Dhaka.
  • India won five medals, including two Gold, two Silver and one Bronze at the inaugural ISSF President’s Cup held at the Wroclaw in Poland.
  • On Nov 09, 2021, Eminent academician and psychologist Koneru Ramakrishna Rao Passed away.

Daily CA On Nov 12 :

  • World Pneumonia Day is observed across the world on November 12 every year to raise awareness, promote prevention and treatment and produce action to combat the disease.
  • Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated every year on November 12 as the remembrance of the first and only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched two innovative customer-centric initiatives of the Reserve Bank of India. 
  • Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan will be on a five day official visit to Uganda and Rwanda.
  • The committed price support of over 17,408 crore rupees to the Cotton Corporation of India got Cabinet noded.
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has inaugurated the India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2021 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
  • The 11th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group meeting between India and the United States was held virtually.
  • The Odisha government has launched Rakshak, a road safety initiative to save precious lives.
  • India Post Payments Bank has entered into a tie-up with Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company to enable customers, particularly from weaker sections and living in unbanked and underserved areas, to become financially secure and empowered.
  • Oil companies of India will set up 22 thousand Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on a mission mode in prominent cities and along national highways across the country.
  • Standard Chartered Securities (India) Limited (SCSI) has named Rajeev Srivastava as the new chief executive officer.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) extended their memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in fighting corruption and crime in sport.
  • On Nov 11, 2021, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, announced the launch of eGCA, an e-governance platform for Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • A New Book Titled Nehru: The Debates that Defined India Co-authored by Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain.
  • Kolkata based International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • On Nov 11, 2021, The former president of South Africa and the last white person to lead the country FW de Klerk passed away.

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