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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Toilet Day- Nov 19

  • World Toilet Day is an official United Nations International observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
  • Worldwide, 4.2 billion people live without “safely managed sanitation” and around 673 million people practice open defecation
  • World Toilet Day 2021 theme: “valuing toilets”.
  • The day is observed to inform, engage and inspire people to take action toward achieving the goal of improving sanitation and aims to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • The World Toilet Day was firstly observed on 19th November 2012 established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 also the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day and Twelve years later, in 2013, the UN General Assembly declared World Toilet Day an official UN day.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week: Nov 18-24

  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is celebrated from 18-24 November every year.
  • The 2021 theme, Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance, calls on One Health stakeholders, policymakers, health care providers, and the general public to be Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness champions.
  • The purpose of the week is to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance, encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been declared as one of the top 10 global health threats by the World Health Organization (WHO).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

PM has attended 56th DGP Conference at Police Headquarters, Lucknow

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has attended the 56th Conference of Director Generals of Police (DGP) and Inspector Generals of Police (IGP) at Police Headquarters, Lucknow
  • The two-day Conference will be held in hybrid format. DGP of States/UTs and Heads of Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organizations will attend the Conference physically at the venue in Lucknow,
  • Since 2014, the Prime Minister has taken a keen interest in the DGP conference.
  • As per the vision of the Prime Minister, since 2014, the annual conferences, which used to be customarily organised in Delhi, have been organised outside Delhi with an exception of the year 2020 when the conference was held virtually.
  • The conference has been organised at Guwahati in 2014; Dhordo, Rann of Kutch in 2015; National Police Academy, Hyderabad in 2016; BSF Academy, Tekanpur in 2017; Kevadiya in 2018; and IISER, Pune in 2019.

India’s first fisheries business incubator has been launched in Gurugram

  • Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala has launched the India’s first-of-its kind, dedicated business incubator known as LINAC-NCDC Fisheries Business Incubation Centre in Gurugram, Haryana
  • The LINAC-NCDC Fisheries Business Incubation Centre is built at a cost of 3.23 crore to nurture fisheries start-ups under real market-led conditions.
  • National Cooperative Development Corporation is an implementing agency for the LIFIC NCDC has identified the first batch of ten incubatees from four states—Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra
  • Out of them 6 are from newly-created Fish Farmers Producer Organizations with the support of the financial grant under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).
  • PMMSY was launched in 2020, with a target to increase India’s Fishery Exports to Rs. 1 lakh crore by 2024-25.

Union minister Piyush Goyal launches India’s first Food Museum in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur

  • Union Minister for Commerce, Industry, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal virtually launched India’s first Food Museum in Thanjavur, Tamil Nādu and measures were on to make the country go up the ladder from currently being the fifth-largest agricultural exporter in the world.
  • It is a 1,860-sqft museum co-developed by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museums, Bengaluru with an estimated outlay of Rs 1.1 crore.
  • The museum is the first one-of-its-kind effort to depict India’s food story from the beginning to India becoming the largest food gain exporter in the country.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

WHO Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco use 2000–2025- 4th edition

  • The 4th edition of the Global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000–2025 published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The number of tobacco users has decreased globally from 1.32 billion in 2015 to 30 billion in 2020 and is projected to further decline to 1.27 billion by 2025.
  • Currently tobacco use prevalence is defined as the proportion of the population aged 15 years and above who use one or more smoked or smokeless tobacco products on a daily or non-daily basis.
  • India is among the 60 countries, which are on track to achieve the tobacco use reduction target by 2025.
  • Since the last report two years ago, two other regions – the African and South-East Asian regions – have now joined the Americas region on-track to achieve a 30% reduction.
  • South East Asian Region currently has the highest rates of tobacco use, with around 432 million users, or 29% of its population. But this is also the region where tobacco use is declining fastest.

About WHO:

  • Establishment – 7 April 1948
  • Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
  • Director General – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Member Countries – 194

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND ECONOMY

AIIB approves USD 150 M loan to India for implementation of Sustainable Urban services program for Chennai Metropolitan Area

  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a 150 million USD loan to the Government of India for the implementation of the Sustainable Urban services program for Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA).
  • India is the largest beneficiary of AIIB and the bank has so far approved 29 projects for India worth 6.8 billion USD.
  • AIIB will soon approve a 500 million USD project for COVID-19 vaccination in India. Pandian hailed the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s infrastructure push.
  • The Chennai Metropolitan Area project will cover the core urban services, including water resource management, water supply and sewerage, urban mobility, solid waste management, and public health. It looks at operationalising CUMTA to coordinate diff modes of transport.

About AIIB:

  • Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Membership: 104 Members
  • Formation: 16 January 2016

RBI has authorized RBL Bank to collect direct taxes

  • Private sector lender RBL Bank has been authorized by the Reserve Bank of India to collect direct taxes on behalf of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.
  • After technical integration, RBL Banks corporate and individual customers will be able to pay their direct taxes through RBL Banks mobile banking or net banking platforms as well as through the branch banking network, resulting in ease and convenience for customers.

About RBL:

  • Headquarters: Maharashtra
  • Tagline: Apno ka Bank
  • MD & CEO: Vishwavir Ahuja

Economic Advisory Council to PM projects growth rate of 7% to 7.5% in 2022-23

  • The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) has projected a real rate of growth of 7 to 7.5 per cent and a nominal rate of growth of more than 11 per cent in 2022-23.
  • Members of the EAC-PM has expressed optimism about real and nominal growth prospects in 2022-23 in a meeting held in New Delhi.
  • Members felt that contact intensive sectors and construction should recover in 2022-23 and once capacity utilization improves, private investments should also recover.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Gujarat CM has launched ‘Aatmanirbhar Gram Yatra’ from Mahemdabad near Ahmedabad

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has launched ‘Aatmanirbhar Gram Yatra’ from Mahemdabad near Ahmedabad to reach out to the villages in the state.
  • During the three-day Yatra, 100 Raths will run on 993 routes to cover 10,605 villages.
  • During the Aatmanirbhar Gram Yatra, the programmes and projects worth of 1,577 crore rupees will be launched or dedicated in the rural areas.
  • More than eight thousand houses built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana will be handed over to the beneficiaries during this Yatra.
  • The State Government will also lay the foundation stones for biogas plants worth 41.72 crore rupees in 20 districts, unveil projects under MGNREGA and provide aid for fishermen in the coastal areas.

UP’s first anti-air pollution tower inaugurated in Noida

  • UP’s first air pollution control tower opened in Noida. The anti-air pollution tower is located in a posh sector 16-A.
  • The tower, to curb the problem of air pollution in Delhi NCR, has come up with joint efforts of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and the Noida Authority.
  • The first anti-air-pollution tower in Uttar Pradesh was inaugurated by the Union Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.
  • Minister Krishna Pal, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh, Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari, and Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma were also present at the inauguration of the anti-air pollution tower in Noida.
  • The 20-meter high anti-pollution tower in Noida with a dimension of nine meters will be able to filter the air in the area of a one-square kilometer around it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

India re-elected to UNESCO Executive Board for 2021-25 term

  • India has been re-elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO for the term 2021-25. India received 164 votes to get re-elected to a four-year term of office.
  • Apart from India, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cook Islands and China have also been elected in Group IV Asian and Pacific States category.
  • The executive board of the UN’s cultural and educational organisation is one of three constitutional organs of the UN agency.
  • The other two are the General Conference and the Secretariat. The General Conference elect’s members of the executive board.
  • Acting under the authority of the General Conference, the board examines the programme of work for the organisation and corresponding budget estimates submitted to it by the Director-General. It consists of 58 member-states each with a four-year term of office

About UNESCO:

  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Head: Director-General; Audrey Azoulay
  • Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers Keynote Address at The Sydney Dialogue

  • On Nov 18, 2021, Prime Minister Modi delivered a keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue via video conferencing.
  • The Sydney Dialogue is being held from November 17-19 & It is an initiative of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
  • The PM addressed the event on the theme India’s technology evolution and revolution with the address being preceded by the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison.
  • It will bring together political, business and government leaders to debate, generate new ideas and work towards common understandings of the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging and critical technologies.
  • The event will also witness a keynote address by the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

BDL inks Export Contract worth USD 21 million with Airbus Defense & Space for CMDS

  • On Nov 17, 2021, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) signed an export contract with Airbus Defense & Space, Spain for supply of CounterMeasures Dispensing System (CMDS).
  • The contract, valued at around USD 21 million, was signed by NP Diwakar, Director (Technical) BDL and Arnal Didier Dominique, Sr Vice President Airbus Defense and Space, A.U., at Bengaluru.
  • Under this contract, BDL will supply its in-house developed CounterMeasures Dispensing System to Spain’s Airbus.
  • BDL is offering Akash Weapon System (Surface to Air Missile), Astra Weapon System (Air to Air Missile), Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon and Helina (Air to Surface Weapon), Light Weight Torpedo and Heavy Weight Torpedo (Underwater weapons), Counter-Measures Dispensing System and Anti-Submarine Warfare Suite (CounterMeasure Systems) and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles namely Nag, Konkurs – M & MILAN – 2T for exports.

About BDL :

  • Founded: 1970, Hyderabad
  • Chairman & MD : Commodore Siddharth Mishra
  • Headquarters : Hyderabad, Telangana, India

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Indian scientists discovers Exoplanet 1.4 Times Bigger Than Jupiter

  • According to Indian Space Research Organisation, the exoplanet search and study group at the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), has discovered a new exoplanet orbiting too close to an evolved or aging star with a mass of 1.5 times that of the Sun and located 725 light years away.
  • The study, led by Professor Abhijit Chakraborty, was recently published in the Monthly Notices journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • PRL is an autonomous unit of the Department of Space.

About Exoplanets :

  • The US space agency NASA defines exoplanets as planets that orbit around other stars. These planets are found outside of the Solar System. All planets in the Solar System orbit around the Sun.

SpaceX launches 53 Star link satellites into orbit

  • SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, United States.
  • It marked the company’s 25th launch of the year & also marked this particular booster’s ninth flight.
  • The rocket’s reusable first stage, which has been used for multiple launches, including the first crewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, successfully returned and landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Star link is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.

About SpaceX :

  • Founder & CEO : Elon Musk
  • Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States
  • Founded: 6 May 2002
  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is an American aerospace manufacturer, space transportation services and communications

Union Minister Giriraj Singh inaugurates National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme

  • Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Giriraj Singh inaugurated ‘Bhumi Samvaad’ – National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
  • He also launched the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) portal and Dashboard & Unique Land Parcel Identification Numbers (ULPIN).

About NGDRS :

  • NGDRS is an in-house advanced software application for the registration system developed by NIC.
  • This software application is scalable, flexible, configurable and compatible with the state-specific needs in the country.
  • It ensures transparency, accountability of the officials executing the documents and reduction in cost, time and number of visits and procedures required for the execution of the registration documents.

About Ministry of Rural Development :

  • Union Minister : Giriraj Singh
  • Minister of State : Sadhvi Niranjan Jyot, Faggan Singh Kulaste

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Smriti Irani’s debut book ‘Lal Salaam’ to release on November 2021

  • Union Women and Child Development Minister and former actor Smriti Zubin Irani announced the publication of her debut novel Lal Salaam.
  • The Book will be published by Westland Publications On November 29, 2021.

About the Book :

  • The novel is based on the tragic killings of 76 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel at Dantewada in Chhattisgarh in April 2010.
  • Irani’s debut novel is also a tribute to the exceptional men and women who gave their entire life in the service of the nation.
  • The debut novel follows the story of a young officer, Vikram Pratap Singh along with the challenges that he faces against a system that is stemmed from backroom politics and corruption.
  • It seeks to “humanise the daily conflicts and ethical dilemmas that confront people in the poorest and most troubled regions of our country.”
  • The Novel combines all the ingredients of a fast-paced thriller — pace, action, suspense, memorable characters and situations.

About Smriti Irani :

  • Smriti Zubin Irani is an Indian politician and a former television actress and producer.
  • Earlier in 2011, Irani had become a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.
  • Irani was the youngest minister in the 2019 Council of Ministers.
  • She has served as Union Minister for Human Resource Development from 2014 to 2016.
  • She also served as Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting from 2017 to 2018 & then she served Union Minister for Textiles from 2016 to 2021.

Awards :

  • Irani was named Young Global Leader from India by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2015.
  • Irani in 2019 was listed in Femina’s Power List under the theme “Women Who Changed The Game” for her victory in Amethi over congress President Rahul Gandhi.

About CRPF :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director General : Kuldiep Singh
  • The CRPF is India’s largest Central Armed Police Force.
  • It functions under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of the Government of India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

National Sports Awards Winners 2021

  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Sports Awards 2021 and Adventure Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

About National Sports Awards 2021 :

  • National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.

The National Sports Awards 2021 includes:

  • Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award
  • Arjuna Award
  • Dronacharya Award
  • Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games
  • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award :

  • It is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of the previous four years.
S.No Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1 Neeraj Chopra Athletics
2 Ravi Kumar Wrestling
3 LovlinaBorgohain Boxing
4 Sreejesh P.R Hockey
5 AvaniLekhara Para Shooting
6 SumitAntil Para Athletics
7 PramodBhagat Para Badminton
8 Krishna Nagar Para Badminton
9 Manish Narwal Para Shooting
10 Mithali Raj Cricket
11 Sunil Chhetri Football
12 Manpreet Singh Hockey

Arjuna Award :

  • It is given for outstanding performance over a period of the previous four years. Sportspersons with the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, and a sense of discipline are awarded.
S.No Name of the Sportsperson Discipline
1 Arpinder Singh Athletics
2 SimranjitKaur Boxing
3 ShikharDhawan Cricket
4 Bhavani Devi Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Fencing
5 Monika Hockey
6 VandanaKatariya Hockey
7 SandeepNarwal Kabaddi
8 HimaniUttamParab Mallakhamb
9 AbhishekVerma Shooting
10 AnkitaRaina Tennis
11 Deepak Punia Wrestling
12 Dilpreet Singh Hockey
13 Harman Preet Singh Hockey
14 Rupinder Pal Singh Hockey
15 Surender Kumar Hockey
16 AmitRohidas Hockey
17 BirendraLakra Hockey
18 Sumit Hockey
19 Nilakanta Sharma Hockey

 

20 Hardik Singh Hockey
21 VivekSagar Prasad Hockey
22 Gurjant Singh Hockey
23 Mandeep Singh Hockey
24 Shamsher Singh Hockey
25 Lalit Kumar Upadhyay Hockey
26 Varun Kumar Hockey
27 Simranjeet Singh Hockey
28 YogeshKathuniya Para Athletics
29 Nishad Kumar Para Athletics
30 Praveen Kumar Para Athletics
31 Suhas Yathiraj Para Badminton
32 SinghrajAdhana Para Shooting
33 Bhavina Patel Para Table Tennis
34 Harvinder Singh Para Archery
35 Sharad Kumar Para Athletics

Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games :

Life-Time Category:

S.No Name of the Coach Discipline
1 T. P. Ouseph Athletics
2 SarkarTalwar Cricket
3 Sarpal Singh Hockey
4 Ashan Kumar Kabaddi
5 Tapan Kumar Panigrahi Swimming

Regular Category:

S.No Name Discipline
1 Lekha K.C Boxing
2 AbhijeetKunte Chess
3 Davinder Singh Garcha Hockey
4 Vikas Kumar Kabaddi
5 Sajjan Singh Wrestling

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

  • It is awarded to corporate entities (both in the private and public sector), sports control boards, NGOs like sports bodies at the State and National levels who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.
S.No Category Entity recommended for RashtriyaKhelProtsahanPuraskar, 2021
1 Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent ManavRachna Educational Institution
2 Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy

  • It is given to the overall top-performing universities in inter-university tournaments.
  • Panjab University – Chandigarh

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza wins 2021 WTA Finals

  • On Nov 17, 2021, Former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to become the first Spaniard to win the elite season-ending WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • In doubles, Czech’s Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková defeated Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Elise Mertens (Belgium) 6–3, 6–4.
  • Former World No.1 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the only other player from Spain to reach the WTA Finals singles championship match, finishing as runner-up to Stefanie Graf in 1993.
  • The 2021 WTA Finals were initially supposed to take place in Shenzhen, China but were moved due to travel restrictions related to coronavirus. As a result, the WTA Finals was moved to Mexico for the first time.

About Garbine Muguruza :

  • Garbiñe Muguruza was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on 8 October 1993.
  • She has won ten singles titles, including two majors, the 2016 French Open and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2021 WTA Finals.
  • She has a career-high ranking of world No. 1 in singles, and a highest WTA doubles ranking of 10.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Veteran sports commentator Novy Kapadia passes away

  • On Nov 18, 2021, Noted sports commentator, football journalist and author Novy Kapadia passed away.
  • He was 68.

About Novy Kapadia :

  • Kapadia, who has widely been regarded as the voice of Indian football.
  • He has covered nine FIFA World Cups.
  • He also took part in the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other multi-sport events.
  • He founded the Ashoka Club and played active football in the local league, was highly respected by players, officials, and everyone else associated with Indian football.
  • He had written books like Barefoot To Boots, The Many Lives Of Indian Football and others and also served as a professor in the SGTB Khalsa College at Delhi University.

About AIFF :

  • President: Praful Patel
  • Vice-President: Subrata Dutta
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: 23 June 1937
  • FIFA affiliation: 1948
  • AFC affiliation: 1954
  • SAFF affiliation: 1997

UNION GOVERNMENT SCHEME

AYUSHMAN  SAHKAR  SCHEME

Launched on: –

Ayushman sahkar scheme was launched on 19th October 2020 by the then union minister of state for agriculture Shri. Pashottam rupala (current minister of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying).

Ministry involved: –

Ayushman sahkar scheme is formulated by National cooperative development corporation (NCDC).  NCDC was under the administration control of the ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare at time of launch; but now NCDC is under the new ministry named Ministry of co-operation.

NCDC:

It is an apex level statutory autonomous institution set up by the Government of India under the Act of the Parliament in 1963.it has been created for the purpose of planning and promoting programmes, for the production, processing, marketing, storage, export and import of agriculture produce, foodstuff, industrial goods, livestock, certain other commodities, also services like hospitals and healthcare and education.

Objective of the scheme: –

  • To assist provision of affordable and holistic healthcare through hospitals / healthcare / education facilities by cooperative societies.
  • To assist promotion of AYUSH facilities by cooperative societies.
  • To assist cooperative societies, participate in the National Digital Health Mission.

Target group: –

As Ayushman sahkar name states  i.e. Ayushman =good health and sahkar = cooperative, The government’s aim is to promote good health for the people of the country with the help of cooperative societies’ scheme will ultimately provide comprehensive healthcare including education, services,   insurance and activities related thereto to the people of the country through cooperative societies.

Eligibility: –

  • Any Cooperative Society registered under any State/ Multi State Cooperative Societies Act in the country, with suitable provision in the bye-laws to undertake services related to hospital/ healthcare/ health education, shall be eligible for the financial assistance subject to fulfilment of guidelines under the scheme.

Corpus: –

  • The NCDC will provide loans of 10,000 crores to the cooperatives under the scheme.
  • Loan period – Period of loan will be for 8 years, including 1-2 years moratorium on repayment of principal, depending on the type of project and its ability to generate revenue.
  • Rate of interest- As per NCDC circular for interest rate as amended from time to time. As an incentive, NCDC will provide 1% less than applicable rate of interest on term loan for the project activities in case of borrower cooperative society where women members are in majority for the entire tenure of the loan only if timely repayments are made.

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.

Daily CA On Nov 19 :

  • World Toilet Day is an official United Nations international observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is celebrated from 18-24 November every year.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has attended the 56th Conference of Director Generals of Police (DGP) and Inspector Generals of Police (IGP) at Police Headquarters, Lucknow
  • Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala has launched the India’s first-of-its kind, dedicated business incubator known as LINAC-NCDC Fisheries Business Incubation Centre in Gurugram, Haryana
  • Union Minister for Commerce, Industry, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal virtually launched India’s first Food Museum in Thanjavur, Tamilnadu and measures were on to make the country go up the ladder from currently being the fifth-largest agricultural exporter in the world.
  • The 4th edition of the Global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000–2025 published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a 150 million USD loan to the Government of India for the implementation of the Sustainable Urban services program for Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA).
  • Private sector lender RBL Bank has been authorised by the Reserve Bank of India to collect direct taxes on behalf of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.
  • The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) has projected a real rate of growth of 7 to 7.5 per cent and a nominal rate of growth of more than 11 per cent in 2022-23.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has launched ‘Aatmanirbhar Gram Yatra’ from Mahemdabad near Ahmedabad to reach out to the villages in the state.
  • UP’s first air pollution control tower opened in Noida. The anti-air pollution tower is located in a posh sector 16-A.
  • India has been re-elected to the Executive Board of UNESCO for the term 2021-25. India received 164 votes to get re-elected to a four-year term of office.
  • On Nov 18, 2021, Prime Minister Modi delivered a keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue via video conferencing & The Sydney Dialogue is being held from November 17-19 & It is an initiative of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
  • On Nov 17, 2021, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) signed an export contract with Airbus Defense & Space, Spain for supply of CounterMeasures Dispensing System (CMDS).
  • According to Indian Space Research Organisation, the exoplanet search and study group at the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), has discovered a new exoplanet orbiting too close to an evolved or aging star with a mass of 1.5 times that of the Sun and located 725 light years away.
  • SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, United States.
  • Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Giriraj Singh inaugurated ‘Bhumi Samvaad’ – National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
  • Union Women and Child Development Minister and former actor Smriti Zubin Irani announced the publication of her debut novel Lal Salaam.
  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2021.
  • On Nov 17, 2021, Former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to become the first Spaniard to win the elite season-ending WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • On Nov 18, 2021, Noted sports commentator, football journalist and author Novy Kapadia passed away.

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