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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Children’s Day – Nov 20

  • The Universal/World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November annually to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
  • November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. 2021 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The theme of World Children’s Day 2021 is ” A better future for every child.” The theme focuses on raising the voice on the issues that matter to the generation of children and young people and calling for adults to create a better future.
  • In 1954, World Children’s Day was first established as Universal Children’s Day and is decided to celebrate it on 20 November every year.
  • The UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the child in 1959. And it is also the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Cabinet has approved the continuation of the PMGSY-I and PMGSY-II up to September 2022

  • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposals by the Union Rural Development Ministry for continuation of the PMGSY-I and PMGSY-II up to September 2022 to complete road and bridge works.
  • The cabinet cleared a proposal to lay 32,152 km of roads in remote areas of the country at a cost of Rs 33,822 crore, out of which, the Centre would spend Rs 22,978 crore
  • The Cabinet has also approved continuation of the Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas up to March, 2023.
  • PMGSY-I: It was initiated in 2000 to provide connectivity to unconnected habitations of population sizes of more than 500 in plain areas and more than 250 in the North-East and other Himalayan states.
  • PMGSY-II: It was approved in May, 2013, for upgradation of 50,000 Km of existing rural road network.
  • PMGSY-III: It was launched in 2019 for consolidation of 1,25,000 km road length by March, 2025. Around 72,000 km road length has so far been sanctioned under PMGSY-III, out of which, 17,750 km has been completed.
  • RCPLWEA: It was started in 2016 to improve connectivity in 44 LWE affected districts in 9 states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, with an outlay of Rs. 11,725 crore.

About Ministry of Rural Development:

  • Union Minister – Giriraj Singh (Begusarai, Bihar)
  • Minister of State – Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur, UP), Faggan Singh Kulaste (Mandla, MP)

52nd International Film Festival of India has begun in Goa

  • The 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to kick off with a glittering opening ceremony.
  • The opening ceremony will be hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Manish Paul.
  • This year, the brightest, young cinematic personalities from across India will be participating in the ’75 creative minds of tomorrow’ competition.
  • Martin Scorsese and Istevan Szabo will be honoured with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The two towering figures of international cinema will make their presence virtually at the inaugural ceremony. ‘The King of all the World’ directed by Carlos Saura will be the Opening Film and this will also be the film’s international premiere.
  • As many as 55 films across the world will be showcased under the World Panorama Section. The International Film Competition will be adjudged by an international jury with Chairperson Iranian filmmaker Rakhshān Banietemad.
  • The organizing team has announced that homage would be paid to the lives lost from the world of cinema. Actor Puneeth Rajkumar, who recently lost his life would be honoured along with legendary actors like Dilip Kumar and filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta among others.
  • The nine-day film festival, being organized in both hybrid and virtual formats, is being held in Goa between the 20th to 28th of November.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate IFSCA’s Infinity Forum

  • Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the “InFinity Forum”, a 2-day thought leadership Forum on FinTech, on 3rd December 2021.
  • The event is being hosted by International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) under the aegis of Government of India in collaboration with GIFT City and Bloomberg on December 3 and 4, 2021, in virtual mode.
  • Indonesia, South Africa and the U.K. are partner countries in the first edition of the Forum. Key domestic partners to this year’s Forum are NITI Aayog, Invest India, FICCI and NASSCOM.
  • Earlier in her Union Budget speech 2020-21, Union Minister for Finance Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman announced to support a “World Class FinTech Hub” at GIFT IFSC, country’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).

About Infinity Forum:

  • It is IFSCA’s flagship financial technology and global thought leadership event where pressing problems, progressive ideas, innovative technologies from across the world gets Discovered, Discussed and Developed into Solutions and it unites the world’s leading minds in policy, business, and technology to discuss and come up with actionable insight into how technology and innovation can be leveraged by the FinTech industry for inclusive growth and serving the humanity at large.

About IFSCA:

  • It is a unified authority for the development and regulation of financial products, financial services and financial institutions in the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) in India.

The Infinity Forum shall also provide opportunities to:

  1. selective FinTech from India and Partner countries including the finalists from sprints organized under I-Sprint’21 series of IFSCA to showcase their innovation in virtual exhibition on 4thDecember, 2021
  2. Students of Colleges and Universities from India and Partner Countries to develop and submit Call for Action statements on policy recommendations emanating out of the various sessions at the Forum enabling them to play a key role in shaping the vision and priorities of FinTech industry.

Government signed a Contract for procurement of Two FBFMS for Jaguar Aircraft from HAL for IAF

  • The government has signed a contract for procurement of two Fixed Base Full Mission Simulators (FBFMS) for Jaguar Aircraft from HAL for IAF with five years Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (CAMC) at a combined total cost of Rs.357 crore.
  • These simulators would be installed at Air Force Stations Jamnagar and Gorakhpur.
  • Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, India is continuously growing in its power to indigenously design, develop and manufacture advanced cutting-edge technologies and systems in the Defence Sector.
  • The manufacturing of Fixed Base Full Mission Simulator (FBFMS) by HAL will give a further push to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative and boost indigenization of defence production and the defence industry in the country.
  • The commissioning of the first FBFMS with associated equipment shall be completed within 27 months from the contract at Air Force Station Jamnagar & the 2nd FBFMS shall be completed within 36 months from the contract at Air Force Station Gorakhpur.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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

  • India has reaffirmed its strong commitment to strengthening Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) & India Virtually participating in the 21st Annual Council of Ministers (COM) meeting.
  • Minister of State in External Affairs ministry Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, IORA, the largest and pre-eminent organization in the Indian Ocean Region, is promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the region as well as in the wider Indo-Pacific.
  • Singh highlighted India’s contributions as coordinator of the IORA priority areas of Disaster Risk Management (DRM).
  • During the Strategic Dialogue on the topic Impact of COVID-19 and perspectives of economic recovery in the Indian Ocean Region, the minister provided an overview of India’s own experience of combating COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Singh highlighted India’s assistance as the first responder in the region to various countries in the Indo-Pacific during the Covid pandemic and emphasized India’s readiness to share its experience and resources in the spirit of solidarity.

About IORA:

  • Founded: 7 March 1997
  • Headquarters: Ebene, Mauritius

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Government of West Bengal has launched India’s first of its kind WhatsApp chat bot

  • The Food and Supplies Department, Government of West Bengal, has launched India’s first of its kind WhatsApp chat bot dedicated to facilitate the citizens of West Bengal to apply for a ration card, lodge grievances and get access to other critical resources
  • The chatbot is developed with full-service capabilities and eliminates the need for people to visit the ration office to get their queries addressed or submit requests. The free chatbot is available in English and Bengali.
  • This will also help the farmers with verified information related to paddy procurement.
  • The bot is built with resources like ration card application form, tracking application, linking to aadhar, guidance on scheduling sale of paddy and others.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND ECONOMY

HDFC Bank has launched a micro-credit facility for the street vendors

  • HDFC Bank launched a micro-credit facility for the street vendors under PM Street vendor’s Atma Nirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), with common service centres.
  • PM SVANidhi provides a collateral-free affordable loan of Rs 10,000 along with an interest subsidy of 7 percent. It was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on June 01, 2020 to provide affordable working capital loans to street vendors to continue their livelihoods that have been affected due to lockdown.
  • HDFC Bank facilitates the PM SVANidhi for its Village-Level Entrepreneurs on the digital Sewa portal where vendors can complete the entire process via online method.
  • HDFC Bank capitalizes for facilitating small ticket loans of Rs 10,000 for vendors along with VLEs to identify the opportunities for other products & maximize their incentives.

About HDFC:

  • CEO & MD – Sashidhar Jagdishan
  • Founded – 1994
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Tagline – We Understand Your World

Mswipe announced the partnership agreement with OneCard

  • Mswipe has announced a partnership agreement with OneCard, a mobile-first credit card company.
  • It will provide no-cost or low-cost EMIs to its retail customers while purchasing at Mswipe Point of Sale terminals
  • OneCard through its ‘OneCard App’ is providing its card users both offline and online transactions, other services such as paying the bill, locking the card, domestic and international transactions
  • The users of OneCloud are now able to access no or low interest EMIs while availing mid and high value purchases at retail outlets of Mswipe terminals.
  • The ‘Pay Later offering’ is provided by Mswipe. It will reduce the check-out process by reducing the time taken to complete the process.

About Mswipe:

  • MD: Manish Patel.
  • Founded– 2011.
  • Headquarters– Mumbai.

About OneCard:

  • CEO- Anurag Sinha.
  • Headquarters- Pune.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

Justice M Duraiswamy has been appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court

  • The senior most judge of Madras High Court, M Duraiswamy was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Madras HC.
  • According to the Article 217 of the Constitution, the Judge of a High Court has been appointed by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice of India, the Governor of the State.
  • Justice Sanjib Banerjee, who was the Chief Justice of the Madras HC since January 2021, was appointed as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC.
  • The appointment was notified by the Ministry of Law and Justice. Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, transferred from the Allahabad HC to the Madras HC, will become the senior-most judge of the Madras HC.

Mary Kom become a Brand Ambassador of TRIFED Aadi Mahotsav

  • The Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd) Aadi Mahotsav at Dilli Haat in New Delhi, in the presence of Sukhram Munda, Grandson of Bhagwan Birsa Munda.
  • On the occasion Olympic medalist and boxer Padma Vibhushan MC Marry Kom was declared as brand ambassador of the TRIFED Aadi Mahotsav
  • TRIFED Aadi Mahotsav is a national tribal festival and a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the TRIFED. It commenced in 2017 and is held annually in Dilli Haat, New Delhi.
  • Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in South Korea and in the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
  • The Government of Manipur honoured Mary Kom with the title “Meethoi Leima”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri attends International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference

  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs, will lead an official and business delegation to UAE from 15 – 17 November 2021, to attend the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC).
  • It was hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
  • The minister visited the UAE on the invitation of H. E. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of UAE.
  • Hardeep Singh inaugurated the India Pavilion, which was set up jointly by the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • The Minister also inaugurated the Oil and Gas Sectoral floor at the India Pavilion of the Dubai Expo.
  • He will participate in the inaugural Ceremony of ADIPEC and also take part in a Ministerial Round Table titled “Charting the Climate Action Path from COP 26 to COP 27”.
  • He will inaugurate the India Pavilion, set up jointly by the FIPI, DGH, and CII.

About ADIPEC :

  • ADIPEC is one of the world’s largest and an influential oil and gas event, which will provide Indian companies a world-class environment for showcasing their success stories across the industry’s value chain.

About Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas :

  • Union Minister : Hardeep Singh Puri
  • Minister of State : Rameswar Teli
  • Secretary : Dr M M Kutty
  • It is responsible for the exploration, production, refining, distribution, marketing, import, export, and conservation of petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas in India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Defence Minister Dedicates Renovated Rezang La Memorial In Ladakh To Nation

  • On Nov 18, 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated to the Nation renovated Rezang La Memorial at a solemn ceremony at Chushul in Ladakh.
  • The Memorial was constructed in 1963 in the Chushul plains, at an altitude of over 15,000 feet to honour the troops of Charlie Company of 13 KUMAON Regiment.

About Rezang La :

  • Rezang La is a mountain pass on the Line of Actual Control between India and China, where the Indian troops fought Chinese soldiers in 1962.

About Ministry of Defence :

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

Indian Navy conducts security exercise ‘Prasthan’ in Offshore Development Area off Mumbai coast

  • On Nov 16, 2021, The Indian Navy conducted a security exercise, called “Prasthan“, in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off the coast of Mumbai.
  • The exercise, conducted by the Headquarters Western Naval Command, is held every six months.

Aim of the exercise:

  • To integrate maritime stakeholders, including the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, ONGC, Port Trust, Customs, State Fisheries department and Marine Police, towards refining standard operating procedures for response to various contingencies that could occur in the ODAs.
  • The exercise was conducted on the MHN platform of ONGC located about 94 nautical miles west of Mumbai.
  • The drill focused on contingencies such as terrorist intrusion, bomb explosion, major fire, oil spill, man overboard, casualty evacuation, loss of control of vessel and mass evacuation.
  • The exercise provided a realistic scenario for all stakeholders to assess readiness to respond to and combat contingencies in the Western ODA

About Indian Navy :

  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Founded: 26 January 1950
  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of Defence Staff : General Bipin Rawat
  • Chief of the Naval Staff : Admiral Karambir Singh
  • Vice Chief of the Naval Staff : Vice Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade
  • Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff : Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh

About Ministry of Defence :

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

About ONGC :

  • Headquarters: Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
  • Chairman & MD : Subhash Kumar
  • Founded: 14 August 1956
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is a largest Indian government-owned crude oil and natural gas corporation.
  • It is under the ownership of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book Titled Sunrise over Ayodhya: Nationhood in our times authored by Salman Khurshid            

  • Former Union minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid authored a book titled Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times.

About the Book :

  • The book is to promote religious harmony between Hindus and Muslims.
  • It highlights the Ayodhya judgment as an opportunity to find closure on the unpleasant past and look forward to a shared future.
  • Through this book, Salman Khurshid explores how the greatest opportunity that the judgment offers is a reaffirmation of India as a secular society.

About Salman Khurshid :

  • Salman Khurshid Alam Khan is an Indian politician, designated senior advocate, eminent author and a law teacher.
  • He became the Union Deputy Minister of Commerce in June 1991, and later became the Union Minister of State for External Affairs from Jan. 1993 to June 1996.
  • In the General Election of 2009, he was elected as Member of Parliament from Farrukhabad.
  • He became the Union Minister of State (with Independent Charges) of Corporate Affairs and Minority Affairs in the Government of India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

South African Cricketer AB de Villiers Announces Retirement From All Formats              

  • On Nov 19, 2021, South African legend and former captain AB De Villiers announced retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Earlier in May 2018, he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.

About AB de Villiers :

  • Abraham Benjamin de Villiers was born on 17 February 1984 in Warmbad, South Africa.
  • De Villiers captained South Africa in all three formats.
  • The 37-year-old Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals for South Africa, scoring more than 20,000 runs across the three formats.
  • He has played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs.
  • He was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2021 Indian Premier League.
  • He holds the record for fastest 50,100 and 150 in ODI cricket & he is the only batsman ever to average above 50 with a strike rate of above 100 (batsmen with minimum 5000 runs).
  • He is the second all-time leading run-scorer behind Virat Kohli and holds the second and third-highest individual run total in RCB history with 133* against Mumbai Indians (in 2015) and 129* against Gujarat Lions (in 2016).
  • He holds the record for the fastest ODI century in just 31 balls.
  • He is a three-time ICC ODI player of the year, winning the award in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

About South Africa :

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

Alexander Zverev beats Frances Tiafoe to win fifth ATP title in 2021

  • Alexander Zverev won his fifth ATP title of the season and 18th overall by defeating American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 6-4 at the Vienna Open 2021 or Erste Bank Open 2021.
  • Alexander Zverev is ranked 3rd in the ATP World Ranking.
  • In the doubles competition, Colombia’s Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal beat Joe Salisbury of the UK and Rajeev Ram of the USA to win the doubles title.

About 2021 Erste Bank Open :

  • The 2021 Erste Bank Open was a men’s tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts.
  • It was the 47th edition of the event, and part of the ATP Tour 500 Series of the 2021 ATP Tour.
  • It was held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, from 25 until 31 October 2021.

Prakash Padukone to be presented Lifetime Achievement Award by Badminton World Federation

  • Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has submitted 66-year-old Prakash Padukone’s name for this award.
  • In 2018, he was also honoured with the BAI’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Alaknanda Ashok, who is the President of Uttarakhand Badminton Association, will receive the Women and Gender Equity Award.

About BWFs Lifetime Achievement Award :

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award is a highly prestigious award given by the BWF to recognize individuals who have made a significant and lifetime contribution towards the advancement and promotion of the sport worldwide.

About Prakash Padukone :

  • Padukone was born on 10 June 1955 in Bangalore in Karnataka.
  • He was ranked World No. 1 in 1980 & the same year he became the first Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships.
  • He is one of the co-founders of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation dedicated to the promotion of Olympic sports in India.
  • He bagged a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen.
  • He won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
  • Prakash Padukone’s life story has been chronicled in the biography ‘Touch Play’, by Dev S. Sukumar.

Awards & Honours :

  • He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India.

About BWF :

  • President: Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
  • Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Membership: 194 member associations
  • The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation (IBF) with nine member nations (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales).

About Badminton Association of India :

  • President: Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Founded: 1934
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

ICC announces 8 new tournaments in 14 different host nations              

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the 14 host countries of the ICC men’s white ball events from 2024-2031.
  • India is set to host the 2029 Champions Trophy and co-host the 2026 ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup with Sri Lanka and the 2031 ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup with Bangladesh.
  • 11 Full Members and three Associate Members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.
  • The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly, President of Board of Control for Cricket in India and Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies.
  • In February 2025, Pakistan will host the Men’s Champions Trophy.
  • It will be the first major global cricket tournament played in Pakistan since 1996 when it hosted the Men’s Cricket World Cup alongside India and Sri Lanka.

Hosts & Events :

Date Hosts Events
June 2024 West Indies & USA ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
February 2025 Pakistan ICC Men’s Champions Trophy
February 2026 India & Sri Lanka ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
October/November 2027 South Africa, Zimbabwe & Namibia ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
October 2028 Australia & New Zealand ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
October 2029 India ICC Men’s Champions Trophy
June 2030 England, Ireland & Scotland ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
October/November 2031 India & Bangladesh ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
  • The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event for the first time.

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

UNION GOVERNMENT SCHEME

Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanrakHsan Abhiyan (PM AASHA).

Launched On: 12th September 2018.

Ministry Involved: Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare.

Objective:  To ensure that farmers grow pulses, oilseeds etc get the minimum support prices.

As the name of the scheme states,

  • Annadata- Farmer
  • Aay – Income
  • SanraksHan – Protection

The main objective of the scheme is to provide income security and to increase income of the farmers by

procurement of crops and by ensuring remunerative prices for farmer’s crop.

Target group:

The main focus of the scheme is on farmer’s income so the beneficiaries of the scheme are farmers of the

country.

Corpus:

At the time of launch of the scheme the cabinet had decided to give government guarantee of Rs.16,550

core, making it Rs.45,550 crore in total.

In addition to this, budget provision for procurement operation had also been increased and Rs.15,053

crore had been sanctioned for the implementation of PM AASHA.

Benefits:

Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA) is an umbrella scheme to ensure

Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers.

The PM AASHA comprises of three components as follows-

Components of PM-AASHA:

1.Price Support Scheme (PSS)

  • Procurement of pulses, oilseeds and copra will be done by central agencies.
  • The procurement and losses due to procurement will be borne by the central government.
  • The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of

India (NAFED) will help implement the scheme.

  • The government will procure 25% of the marketable surplus of farmers for eligible crops.
  • The Centre has made a provision of about Rs 16,000 crores to be provided as bank guarantee for the agencies to procure from farmers.

2.Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS)

  • The scheme is for oilseeds for which MSP is notified.
  • Under the PDPS, the state will ensure the provision of the difference between the prices prevailing in mandis and the MSP.
  • The state government can either choose PSS or PDPS.
  • All oil-seeds are to be covered under PDPS.

3.Pilot of Private Procurement & Stockist Scheme (PPPS)

  • Instead of PSS and PDPS, in certain pilot districts the PPPS will be tried out.
  • With the coordination of government, Private agencies will purchase oilseeds.
  • The selected private agency shall procure the commodity at MSP in the notified markets during the notified period from the registered farmers in consonance with the PPSS Guidelines, whenever the prices in the market fall below the notified MSP and whenever authorized by the state/UT government.

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.

Daily CA on Nov 20 :

  • The Universal/World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November annually to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
  • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposals by the Union Rural Development Ministry for continuation of the PMGSY-I and PMGSY-II up to September 2022 to complete road and bridge works.
  • The 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to kick off with a glittering opening ceremony.
  • Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the “InFinity Forum”, a 2-day thought leadership Forum on FinTech, on 3rd December 2021.
  • The government has signed a contract for procurement of two Fixed Base Full Mission Simulators (FBFMS) for Jaguar Aircraft from HAL for IAF with five years Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (CAMC) at a combined total cost of Rs.357 crore.
  • India has reaffirmed its strong commitment to strengthening Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) & India Virtually participating in the 21st Annual Council of Ministers (COM) meeting.
  • The Food and Supplies Department, Government of West Bengal, has launched India’s first of its kind WhatsApp chat bot dedicated to facilitate the citizens of West Bengal to apply for a ration card, lodge grievances and get access to other critical resources
  • HDFC Bank launched a micro-credit facility for the street vendors under PM Street vendor’s Atma Nirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), with common service centers.
  • Mswipe has announced a partnership agreement with OneCard, a mobile-first credit card company.
  • The senior most judge of Madras High Court, M Duraiswamy was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Madras HC.
  • The Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd) Aadi Mahotsav at Dilli Haat in New Delhi, in the presence of Sukhram Munda, Grandson of Bhagwan Birsa Munda.
  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs, will lead an official and business delegation to UAE from 15 – 17 November 2021, to attend the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC).
  • On Nov 18, 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dedicated to the Nation renovated Rezang La Memorial at a solemn ceremony at Chushul in Ladakh.
  • On Nov 16, 2021, The Indian Navy conducted a security exercise, called “Prasthan“, in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off the coast of Mumbai.
  • Former Union minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid authored a book titled Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times.
  • On Nov 19, 2021, South African legend and former captain AB De Villiers announced retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Alexander Zverev won his fifth ATP title of the season and 18th overall by defeating American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 6-4 at the Vienna Open 2021 or Erste Bank Open 2021.
  • Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this year from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the 14 host countries of the ICC men’s white ball events from 2024-2031.

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