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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Philosophy Day 2021- Nov 18 (Third Thursday of November)

  • World Philosophy Day is celebrated on the Third Thursday of November each year.
  • In 2021, the day falls on 18 November. WPD aims to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy..
  • World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO. In 2005 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed that World Philosophy Day would be celebrated every third Thursday of November
  • Philosophy comes from the Greek word phílosophía which means ‘the love of wisdom.’
  • It is the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what is possible to know, and of right and wrong behavior.

Ministry of AYUSH Observes Fourth Naturopathy Day- Nov 18

  • Every year, National Naturopathy Day is observed on 18th November in India.
  • The main objective of this day is to promote positive mental and physical health through a drugless system of medicine, called Naturopathy.
  • The day was declared by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India, on November 18, 2018.
  • It was on this day in 1945, when Mahatma Gandhi became lifetime Chairman of the All India Nature Cure Foundation Trust and signed the deed with the object of making the benefits of Nature Cure available to all classes of people

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 24th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2021

  • Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 24th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2021 being organised by the Department of Electronics, IT & BT of the Government of Karnataka jointly with Software Technology Parks of India.
  • Inaugurating the 24th edition of Karnataka’s flagship three-day technology event ‘Bengaluru Tech Summit-2021’ themed ‘Driving the Next’.
  • More than 30 countries, including the likes of Israel, Japan, Sweden, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Taiwan, Denmark, Netherlands, Lithuania, Switzerland, Vietnam, Finland and other members of the EU are expected to participate in the event.
  • The summit should also focus on agriculture which is facing turbulence and the challenges that are being posed to mankind by climate change notwithstanding the ongoing pandemic that the world is undergoing.
  • IT & BT, Science and Technology Minister C.N. Ashwathnarayan, Bengaluru is the hub of future technologies and Karnataka is the leader in IT and BT.
  • Karnataka is the first state to implement the National Education Policy and expressed confidence that the new policy will take the state to greater heights.

Cabinet gives nod for 4G mobile services in over 7,000 uncovered villages of 44 Aspirational Districts across five states

  • The Cabinet has approved provisioning of mobile services in uncovered villages of ‘aspirational districts’ across five States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha, at an estimated cost of 6,466 crore.
  • The project envisages 4G based mobile services in the 7,287 uncovered villages of 44 Aspirational Districts across these five States. The project cost includes operational expenses for five years.
  • It will be supported by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and will be completed within 18 months after the signing of the agreement and likely to be completed
  • The Cabinet has also approved to the proposals of Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development for continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-I and II up to September, 2022 for completion of balance road and bridge works.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) also approved continuation of Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas (RCPLWEA) up to March, 2023.
  • A total expense of ₹1,12,419 crore, including States’ share is likely to be incurred from 2021-22 to 2024-25 for completion of all the ongoing interventions of PMGSY

Prime Minister inaugurated First Global Innovation Summit of Pharmaceuticals sector

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the “First Global Innovation Summit of the Pharmaceuticals sector” on November 18, 2021.
  • The global innovation summit will be launched in virtual mode. It is a two-day Summit comprising 12 Sessions.
  • In the summit, around 40 national and international speakers will deliberate on several subjects including regulatory environment, industry-academia collaboration, funding for innovation, and innovation infrastructure.

India virtually participated in 21st Annual Council of Ministers (COM) meeting

  • Prime Minister participated virtually in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and through video-message in the Joint SCO-CSTO Outreach Session on Afghanistan.
  • The 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State was held on 17 September 2021 in Dushanbe in hybrid format. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has addressed the Summit via video-link. At Dushanbe, India was represented by External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar. 
  • Prime Minister stressed that connectivity projects should be transparent, participatory and consultative, in order to promote mutual trust.
  • The SCO Summit was followed by an Outreach session on Afghanistan between SCO and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO).

CBIC Chairman inaugurates Customs & GST pavilion at 40th India International Trade Fair

  • The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has set up a Customs & GST pavilion in the 40th edition of India International Trade Fair.
  • Sessions on Government of India initiatives to encourage ‘Make in India’ such as Manufacturing and other Operations in Warehouse Regulations (MOOWR) Scheme, Production linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme and Import of Goods at Concessional Rate of Duty Rules, 2017 (IGCR, 2017) are being organised.
  • Various Industry partners such as Invest India, EICI, FIEO and CII have associated with CBIC to organise these theme-based events.

About CBIC :

  • Chairperson: M. Ajit Kumar
  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Founded: 1 January 1964
  • CBIC is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India.

About Ministry of Finance :

  • Cabinet Minister : Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Minister of State : Bhagwat Karad, Pankaj Choudhary
  • Headquarters : New Delhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS : INTERNATIONAL NEWS

India, France hold meet on counter-terrorism, discuss threat posed by terror networks

  • In a counter-terrorism meeting in Paris, India and France shared their assessment of the evolution of the terrorist threat on their respective territories and in their regional environment.
  • They also emphasized the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism and is never again used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter, recruit or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks in accordance with the UNSC Resolution.
  • They emphasized the need for taking concerted action against all terrorist networks including al-Qaeda and ISIS/Daesh, as well as Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hizb-ul Mujahideen including making sure that perpetrators of terrorist attacks are systematically and expeditiously brought to justice.
  • In the 15th Meeting of their Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism in Paris, the two sides also exchanged views on the proscription of terrorist individuals and entities as one of the tools to combat terrorism.
  • Participants in the meet were Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter Terrorism) at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and Philippe BERTOUX, Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
  • The next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism shall be held in India in 2022.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

PM Modi has inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur district, UP.
  • He also witnessed the Airshow on the 3.2 km long airstrip constructed on the Expressway in Sultanpur district.
  • The Prime Minister remarked that security of the country is equally important as the prosperity of the country.

About UP:

  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • WLS: Bakhira Sanctuary, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kachhua Sanctuary, Kaimoor Sanctuary, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

India, ADB signed $61 million loan to improve urban services in agartala city

  • The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $61 million loan to improve livability, harness technology, and promote new developments to accommodate the expanding population in Agartala city while building capacity of state agencies for improved service delivery.
  • Shri Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in India’s Ministry of Finance, signed for the Government of India, the agreement for Agartala City Urban Development Project while Mr Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission signed for ADB.
  • The project is aligned to the vision of the Government of India’s Smart City Mission to upgrade urban infrastructure services and will improve livability in Agartala with provision of better road connectivity, flood resilient measures and making tourist places more attractive.
  • The Project will build and upgrade 48 kilometers of new or existing storm water drainage and construct 23 km of climate-resilient urban roads.
  • Other interventions would include renovating open spaces and creating water recreation and lakeside walkways in the Maharaja Bir Bikram College lake and the Ujjayanta Palace which are major tourist attractions in the city.

About ADB:

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa
  • Membership: 68 countries
  • Founded: 19 December 1966

‘Kaiser-i-Hind’ declared as Arunachal Pradesh’s State Butterfly

  • An elusive swallowtail butterfly carrying ‘India’ in its name and found in next-door China will become the State butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu has approved the large, brightly coloured Kaiser-i-Hind as the State butterfly. The Cabinet meeting was for the first time held outside State capital Itanagar at an unusual location — Pakke Tiger Reserve.
  • The Cabinet also adopted the Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh aimed at lowering emissions and sustainable development.
  • The butterfly also flutters in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND ECONOMY

UBS projects India’s GDP growth forecast at 9.5% for FY22

  • The Swiss brokerage firm, UBS Securities has revised India’s real GDP growth projection for 2021-22 to 9.5 percent from 8.5 percent estimated earlier.
  • For 2021-22 (FY22) = 9.5%
  • For 2022-23 (FY23) = 7.7%
  • For 2023-24 (FY24) = 60%

Paytm Money has launched AI-powered ‘Voice Trading’

  • Paytm Money, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paytm, launched Voice Trading that allows users to place a trade or get information about stocks via single voice command.
  • The service has been launched in line with Paytm Money’s efforts to offer next-gen and AI driven tech to elevate user experience.
  • Paytm Money’s R&D team leveraged its experience in disruptive tech to specifically solve this problem with Voice Trading. The voice trading feature enables a single voice command, with the use of Neural Networks and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to allow instant processing.
  • With the advent of 5G, smart devices and a hyper-connected world, the way we live and transact will change, voice- based transactions will slowly become mainstream and this is the first step to embrace the power of Video/Audio
  • With a mobile-first and interconnected world of devices and the much awaited launch of 5G, the Voice Trading feature enables users to skip the usual 5 to 6 step process of trade in a dynamic environment with simple voice commands

About Paytm:

  • CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Founded: August 2010, Noida
  • Headquarters: B-121, Sector 5, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

HDFC Bank has launched the second edition of “Mooh Band Rakho” campaign

  • HDFC Bank Ltd has launched the second edition of its “Mooh Band Rakho” campaign to raise awareness on fraud prevention in support of International Fraud Awareness Week 2021 (November 14-20, 2021).
  • HDFC Bank aims to increase awareness of its customers on all types of frauds and the importance of keeping your mouth shut to ensure their prevention and taking a pledge and not share confidential banking information with anyone.
  • HDFC Bank will organise 2,000 workshops in the next four months under this campaign.

About HDFC:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra;
  • MD and CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan;
  • Tagline: We understand your world.

SIDBI, Google tie-up for loan programme targeted at micro enterprises

  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has entered into a collaboration with Google for having a social impact lending programme, entailing financial assistance up to 1 crore at competitive interest rates targeted at micro- enterprises.
  • To reinvigorate micro-enterprises affected due to Covid-19 with the collaborate corpus of 110 crore.
  • The collaboration envisages a loan programme targeted at micro enterprises (having turnover up to ₹5 crore), with loan sizes ranging between 25 lakh to 1 crore, being implemented by SIDBI, which is an All India Financial Institution (AIFI) engaged in the promotion, financing and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • The AIFI emphasised that the major focus under the programme will be on enterprises run by women entrepreneurs, with suitable interest rate concession also envisaged for such enterprises

SBI, Tata Steel arm tie up to promote football

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has entered into a strategic partnership with Jamshedpur Football Club (JFC), a fully owned Tata Steel subsidiary, to promote football in the country.
  • With this partnership, SBI will be one of the principal sponsors of the JFC, India’s largest bank
  • There have been rapid strides in Indian football over the past decade, especially with the advent of the Indian Super League.
  • With the agreement coming into existence, the JFC match jersey will now feature the SBI logo. On anonymity that the partnership agreement is a multicrore deal done for the upcoming season (2021-22) but in all likelihood the partnership will go beyond the upcoming season.

About SBI:

  • Chairperson: Dinesh Kumar Khara
  • Founded: 1 July 1955
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

India received $87 billion in remittances in 2021; US is the top source

  • India received $87 billion in remittances in 2021, and the United States was the biggest source, accounting for over 20 percent of these funds, the World Bank.
  • Flows to India (the world’s largest recipient of remittances) are expected to reach $87 billion, a gain of 4.6 per cent with the severity of Covid-19 caseloads and deaths during the second quarter playing a prominent role in drawing altruistic flows to the country
  • India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines, and Egypt. In India, remittances are projected to grow three per cent in 2022 to $89.6 billion, reflecting a drop in overall migrant stock, as a large proportion of returnees from the Arab countries await return

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOUs AND AGREEMENT

Infosys, MIT Tech Review tie-up to launch ‘Cloud Hub’ forum

  • Infosys, a leading digital services and consulting company, and MIT Technology Review, a world-renowned technology media brand and its custom publishing division Insights, have announced the launch of ‘The Cloud Hub’, a forum offering insights and learning from successful cloud transformations to help global enterprises accelerate their cloud journey.
  • As per the Infosys’ 2021 ‘Cloud Radar’ report, enterprises surveyed can add up to $414 billion in net new profits, annually, through effective cloud adoption.

Bangalore airport, Microsoft India launch hackathon to develop app for passengers

  • Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) , operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport), has partnered with Microsoft India for the ‘BIAL Genie Hackathon’ to develop an app using Microsoft Azure.
  • The hackathon invited professional developers, data scientists, data engineers and hackathon enthusiasts to participate in this challenge and design innovative solutions that will improve the end-to-end passenger experience at BLR Airport.
  • The hackathon which commenced on October 27 and will end on January 21, 2022, will allow developers to leverage Microsoft Azure services to improve a passenger’s experience across different stages of their journey – starting from planning the journey and boarding the flight to arriving at their destination airport.
  • The winning teams will be announced on January 24, 2022, with the winner and runner up being awarded cash rewards of ₹5 lakh and ₹1 lakh, respectively

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOUR

Indian Teenage brothers wins 2021 International Children’s Peace Prize for waste project

  • Two Delhi-based teenage brothers Vihaan (17) and Nav Agarwal (14) have won the 17th annual KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize for tackling pollution in their home city by recycling household waste.
  • The duo received the prestigious award by Indian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
  • Vihaan and Nav have developed an “One Step Greener” initiative for segregating rubbish and organizing waste pickups for trash from thousands of homes, schools, and offices.
  • The International Children’s Peace Prize is given annually by the International children’s rights organization KidsRights based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • It is given to a child who has made a significant contribution to advocating children’s rights and improving the situation of vulnerable children such as orphans, child laborers and children with HIV/AIDS.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

FICCI host a Virtual Agriculture Summit on November 17-18

  • The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organising a virtual agriculture summit and awards event titled Envisioning Smart & Sustainable Agriculture on November 17 and 18.

Aim :

  • To bring all key stakeholders on a common platform to ideate an implementable strategy for smart and sustainable agriculture.
  • The overall goal of the initiative is to discuss and highly suggest workable pathways for large-scale promotion and adoption of sustainable agricultural practises, as well as to raise awareness about the already available solutions for smart and sustainable agriculture.
  • During the event, FICCI- YES Bank Knowledge Report entitled ‘India Beyond 75: Envisioning Smart and Sustainable Agriculture will be released.
  • The plenary sessions will cover topics such as strengthening agri-inputs to increase productivity and farm incomes in the long run, post-harvest interventions for a more sustainable supply chain, impactful partnerships for climate-resilient agriculture, and collaboration with the BRICS (Five emerging economies countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.) for sustainable agriculture development.

About FICCI :

  • Founded: 1927
  • President: Harshavardhan Neotia
  • CEO: Sangita Reddy
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Secretary General: Dilip Chenoy
  • FICCI is a non-governmental trade association and advocacy group based in India.

PM Modi inaugurates 82nd All India Presiding Officers Conference in Shimla

  • On Nov 17, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated two-days 82nd All India Presiding Officers Conference (AIPOC) in Shimla Himachal Pradesh.

About 82nd All India Presiding Officers Conference :

  • The 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference will be attended by a total of 378 dignitaries, including 288 presiding officers of 36 state assemblies.
  • The conference will deliberate on various issues such as reviewing the centenary journey, strengthening democracy, and the responsibility of the presiding officers towards the house and the people.

About AIPOC :

  • The All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC), the apex body of the Legislatures in India.
  • The year 2021 marks the centennial year of the AIPOC (100th anniversary).
  • The conference was first held in the year 1921 in Shimla.
  • So far, A total of six conferences were held in Shimla out of which four were held pre-independence in 1921, 1926, 1933, 1939, and two took place in the post-independence era in 1996 and 1997.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Defence Minister Inaugurates Three-day Long ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ In Jhansi, UP                 

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The three day event has been organised by the Ministry of Defence from November 17-19, 2021 as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahaotsav’ celebrations.
  • The festival will culminate on the birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi Laxmi Bai on 19th November.

About UP :

  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries : National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaimoor Sanctuary, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Ranipur Sanctuary, Sohagi Barwa Sanctuary, Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • National Parks : Dudhwa National Park

Indian Army And IAF Conduct Joint Exercise – Operation Hercule       

  • On Nov 15, 2021, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army conducted a joint airlift exercise named Operation Hercules.

Purpose :

  • To strengthen the logistics supply in the Northern sector and to augment winter stocking in the operational areas.
  • The platforms utilised for the airlift were C-17, IL-76 and An-32 aircraft, which took off from one of the forward bases of Western Air Command.
  • It was a real-time demonstration of the inherent heavy-lift capability of the Indian Air Force, which has played a major role in ensuring the ability to quickly respond to any contingency during the past.

About IAF :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 8 October 1932
  • Motto : Touch the sky with Glory
  • Commander-in-Chief : President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of Defence Staff : General Bipin Rawat
  • Chief of the Air Staff : Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari
  • Vice Chief of the Air Staff : Air Marshal Sandeep Singh

About Indian Army :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1 April 1895, India
  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Motto(s): Service Before Self

About Ministry of Defence :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Minister of State : Rajnath Singh
  • Deputy Minister : Ajay Bhatt
  • Defence Secretary : Dr Ajay Kumar

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Telecom Secretary Inaugurates the Public Procurement Policy Portal

  • Shri K. Rajaraman, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications & Chairman, Digital Communication Commission(DCC) inaugurated the Public Procurement Policy (Make In India) portal for Telecom Product.
  • On this portal the manufacturers/vendors & other stakeholders can register their grievances and track the status of their complaints.
  • He also released the technical report on “Emerging Communication Technologies and Use Cases in IoT Domain”, concept paper on “ Optical Fibre & Cable in Indian Telecom Network” and “TEC Handbook-2021” documented by IoT, Regional TECs and RC Division of TEC respectively.
  • Along with the Public Procurement Policy portal, the DoT secretary also inaugurated the Nationwide MTCTE Helpdesk and Evaluation Centre infrastructure and Control Lab, situated in TEC premises.

About Ministry of Communications :

  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Cabinet Minister : Ashwini Vaishnaw
  • Minister of State : Devusinh Chauhan
  • Chairman of Telecom Commission and Telecom Secretary : Aruna Sundar Rajan

CURRENT AFFAIRS : RANKING & INDEX

2021 Global bribery risk rankings : India stands at 82 ; Denmark Tops

  • India has slipped five points in the global bribery risk rankings settling at the 82nd spot among 194 nations analysed for compliance risks businesses face internationally.
  • In 2021, India ranked 82nd position with a score of 44 meanwhile, in 2020, India ranked 77 with a score of 45.
  • Denmark ( with a risk score of 2 ) , Norway ( with a risk score of 5 ) , Sweden ( with a risk score of 7 ) , Finland and New Zealand are the top five ranked nations on the TRACE matrix and the least corrupt societies.
  • The highest bribe risk worldwide is in North Korea ( 194th rank with a risk score of 94 ) , ranked last on the table, followed by Turkmenistan ( 193 – risk score 86 ) , Eritrea ( 192 – 81 ) and Venezuela.
  • India fared better than its neighbours – Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh. Bhutan, meanwhile, secured 62nd rank.
  • China slipped nine points on the rankings from 126 in 2020 to 135 in 2021.
  • Vanuatu, Peru, Northare Macedonia and Montenegro also scored 44, the same as that of India.

About TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix :

  • The TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix (TRACE Matrix) measures business bribery risk in 194 jurisdictions, territories, and autonomous and semi-autonomous regions.
  • The TRACE Matrix was originally developed in 2014 in collaboration with RAND Corporation.
  • It is updated annually by TRACE.
  1. The TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix aggregates relevant data obtained from leading public interest and international organisations, including the United Nations, World Bank, V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg and World Economic Forum.
  2. The overall country risk score is a combined and weighted score of four domains:
  1. Business Interactions with Government
  2. Anti-Bribery Deterrence and Enforcement
  3. Government and Civil Service Transparency
  4. Capacity for Civil Society Oversight.
  1. The domain scores are derived from nine subdomains.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Australia Clinches Maiden T20 World Cup Title

  • Australia became the new T20 World Cup champions after registering a comprehensive 8 wicket win over New Zealand in the summit clash at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE.
  • New Zealand managed to reach a total of 172/4 from their quota of 20 overs.
  • Australia lifted the T20 World Cup trophy for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 2007.
  • Player of the match : Mitchell Marsh (Australia)
  • Player of the tournament : David Warner

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur confers SAI Institutional Awards to 246 athletes and coaches

  • On Nov 17, 2021, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Anurag Thakur conferred the first ever SAI Institutional Awards to 246 athletes and coaches in New Delhi.

Key People :

  • Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri NisithPramanik. Secretary of the Department of Sports Smt. Sujata Chaturvedi, DG SAI Shri Sandip Pradhan and other officials of the Ministry were also present on this occasion.
  • A total of 162 athletes and 84 coaches ( 246 awardees ) have been conferred awards in the Outstanding Award and Best Award category for their performance in national and international competitions, with cash awards amounting to a total of Rs 85.02 Lakhs.
  • The awards acknowledge the exceptional performance of the SAI athletes and coaches under the various sports promotion schemes at the national and international level from 2016.
  • The awards thus have been granted to the deserving candidates for the years of 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

About SAI :

  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Secretary-cum-Director General : Sandip Pradhan
  • SAI has 2 Sports Academic institutions, 11 SAI Regional Centres (SRC), 14 Centre of Excellence (COE/COX), 56 Sports Training Centres (STC) and 20 Special Area Games (SAG).

Janette Brittin, Mahela Jayawardena and Shaun Pollock inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

  • Janette Brittin (England) , Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) and Shaun Pollock (South Africa) have been inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2021.
  • Now the total inductees in the list has become 106, which includes 10 women, since the launch of the list in 2009.

About Janette Brittin :

  • Brittin made her Test debut against West Indies in 1979 at the age of 19 and scored her maiden ODI century against an international XI in New Zealand in 1982.
  • She won the World Cup with England in 1992 by hitting the most runs and making the winning catch.
  • In 27 Test matches, she recorded 1,935 runs and 2,121 runs in 63 ODIs.
  • She is the most capped Test player among women.
  • She was the oldest woman to score a Test hundred (at 39 years and 38 days vs Australia in 1998)
  • She was the second-oldest to score an ODI hundred (at 38 years and 161 days vs Pakistan in 1997)
  • She scored the most Test runs in a calendar year (531 in 1984)
  • She has the most 50-plus scores (16) in women’s Tests.

About  Mahela Jayawardene :

  • Jayawardena scored 1,493 runs in 55 T20 internationals and a total of 374 runs in a single match against South Africa in 2006, which is the fourth-highest on the all-time list.
  • He scored 11,814 Test runs at an average of 50.05 and 12,650 one-day runs from 448 ODIs.

About Shaun Pollock :

  • Pollock is the first player to achieve the 3,000 run / 300 wicket double in both Test and ODI cricket.
  • He played in 303 ODIs, scoring 3,519 runs and taking 393 wickets.

About ICC Cricket Hall of Fame :

  • The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises “the achievements of the legends of the game from cricket’s long and illustrious history”.
  • To become eligible for induction in the ICC Hall of Fame, a player should have played his last international match at least five years before.
  • It was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai on 2 January 2009, in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).

About ICC :

  • Chairman: Greg Barclay
  • Deputy Chairman : Imran Khwaja
  • CEO: Geoff Allardice; (Interim)
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Founded: 15 June 1909
  • Membership: 106* members

Daily CA On Nov 18 at a glance:

  • The United Nations observes “International Day for Tolerance” on 16th November every year.
  • World Philosophy Day is celebrated on the Third Thursday of November each year & In 2021, the day falls on 18 November. WPD aims to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy.
  • Every year, National Naturopathy Day is observed on 18th November in India.
  • Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 24th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2021 being organised by the Department of Electronics, IT & BT of the Government of Karnataka jointly with Software Technology Parks of India.
  • The Cabinet has approved provisioning of mobile services in uncovered villages of ‘aspirational districts’ across five States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha, at an estimated cost of 6,466 crore.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the “First Global Innovation Summit of the Pharmaceuticals sector” on November 18, 2021.
  • Prime Minister participated virtually in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and through video-message in the Joint SCO-CSTO Outreach Session on Afghanistan.
  • The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has set up a Customs & GST pavilion in the 40th edition of India International Trade Fair.
  • In a counter-terrorism meeting in Paris, India and France shared their assessment of the evolution of the terrorist threat on their respective territories and in their regional environment.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur district, UP.
  • The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $61 million loan to improve livability, harness technology, and promote new developments to accommodate the expanding population in Agartala city while building capacity of state agencies for improved service delivery.
  • An elusive swallowtail butterfly carrying ‘India’ in its name and found in next-door China will become the State butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Swiss brokerage firm, UBS Securities has revised India’s real GDP growth projection for 2021-22 to 9.5 percent from 8.5 percent estimated earlier.
  • Paytm Money, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paytm, launched Voice Trading that allows users to place a trade or get information about stocks via single voice command.
  • HDFC Bank Ltd has launched the second edition of its “Mooh Band Rakho” campaign to raise awareness on fraud prevention in support of International Fraud Awareness Week 2021 (November 14-20, 2021).
  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has entered into a collaboration with Google for having a social impact lending programme, entailing financial assistance up to 1 crore at competitive interest rates targeted at micro- enterprises.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) has entered into a strategic partnership with Jamshedpur Football Club (JFC), a fully owned Tata Steel subsidiary, to promote football in the country.
  • India received $87 billion in remittances in 2021, and the United States was the biggest source, accounting for over 20 percent of these funds, the World Bank.
  • Infosys, a leading digital services and consulting company, and MIT Technology Review, a world-renowned technology media brand and its custom publishing division Insights, have announced the launch of ‘The Cloud Hub’, a forum offering insights and learning from successful cloud transformations to help global enterprises accelerate their cloud journey.
  • Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) , operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport), has partnered with Microsoft India for the ‘BIAL Genie Hackathon’ to develop an app using Microsoft Azure.
  • Two Delhi-based teenage brothers Vihaan (17) and Nav Agarwal (14) have won the 17th annual KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize for tackling pollution in their home city by recycling household waste.
  • The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organising a virtual agriculture summit and awards event titled Envisioning Smart & Sustainable Agriculture on November 17 and 18.
  • On Nov 17, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated two-days 82nd All India Presiding Officers Conference (AIPOC) in Shimla Himachal Pradesh.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • On Nov 15, 2021, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army conducted a joint airlift exercise named Operation Hercules.
  • Shri K. Rajaraman, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications & Chairman, Digital Communication Commission(DCC) inaugurated the Public Procurement Policy (Make In India) portal for Telecom Product.
  • India has slipped five points in the global bribery risk rankings settling at the 82nd spot among 194 nations analysed for compliance risks businesses face internationally.
  • Australia became the new T20 World Cup champions after registering a comprehensive 8 wicket win over New Zealand in the summit clash at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE.
  • On Nov 17, 2021, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Anurag Thakur conferred the first ever SAI Institutional Awards to 246 athletes and coaches in New Delhi.
  • Janette Brittin (England) , Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) and Shaun Pollock (South Africa) have been inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2021.

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