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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

5th East Asia Summit Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation has begun in Kolkata

  • The fifth East Asia Summit, EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation has begun in Kolkata.
  • The two-day event is being organized by India in partnership with Australia.
  • Apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre at Research and Information System for Developing Countries in collaboration with National Maritime Foundation of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata.
  • The Union Government will be represented by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the participating countries will deliberate upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions.
  • These are Maritime Security, Resource and Information Sharing, Science and Technology Cooperation and Pandemic and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

Nirmala Sitharaman has inaugurated a new Aayakar Bhawan-cum- Residential Complex ‘The Chinars’ in Srinagar

  • The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has inaugurated, ‘The Chinars’, a new Aayakar Bhawan-cum- Residential Complex at Rajbagh in Srinagar in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on the first day of her two-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The finance minister observed that the establishment of the new office complex and the attached ‘Aayakar Seva Kendra’ would go a long way in providing better service to tax prayers in the spirit of “Jan Bhagidari”. 
  • The Union Finance Minister maintained that under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP), many projects have been completed in Jammu and Kashmir, and in the coming days, a number of developmental works shall be carried out for the overall benefit of the people of the Union Territory.
  • Secretary of Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance Tarun Bajaj, Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes J. B. Mohapatra, and Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) M. Ajit Kumar were also present on the occasion.

Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw announces introduction of ‘Bharat Gaurav Trains’

  • Bharat Gaurav Trains to showcase India’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent historical places to people of India and world To help tap vast tourism potential of India

Union Minister Dr.Jitendra Singh has inaugurated ISRO’s 5-day Technology Conclave-2021

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated ISRO’s 5-day Technology Conclave-2021
  • The Futuristic and Disruptive Technologies to be developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO.
  •  The Conclave is being organised by the Directorate of Technology Development & Innovation (DTDI) under the aegis of ISRO.
  • Dr Jitendra Singh, the Directorate of Technology Development & Innovation (DTDI) based at ISRO Headquarters is an important link for Industry, Innovators and Academia for Research and R&D.

PM has laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport

  • Uttar Pradesh is poised to become the only state in India to have five international airports, as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The development of the airport is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector.
  • A special focus of this grand vision has been on the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under construction international airport at Ayodhya.
  • This airport will be the second international airport to come up in Delhi NCR. It will help decongest the IGI Airport.
  • It is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.
  • For the first time, an airport in India has been conceptualised with an integrated multi modal cargo hub, with a focus on reducing the total cost and time for logistics.
  • The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and airport in only 21 minutes.

Atal Innovation Mission and Vigyan Prasar has announced collaboration between Atal Tinkering Labs and Engage with Science

  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of Niti Aayog has announced a collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organization of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to drive synergies between AIM’s Atal Tinkering Labs and Vigyan Prasar’s unique interactivity platform, Engage With Science (EWS).
  • Engage with Science as part of the collaboration, will onboard all 9200+ ATL-enabled schools and engage their students, teachers and Principals in perennial activities.
  • These activities will lead to accumulation of points based on which certificates and incentives will be provided to motivate students and teachers about STEM content consumption.
  • With a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’, Atal Innovation Mission has established 9200+ Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India. 
  • The main aim of ATL is to foster curiosity, creativity, and imagination in young minds simultaneously inculcating skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.
  • ATL is a workspace where young minds give shape to their ideas and learn skills through hands on do-it-yourself mode. Young children get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

World’s first Bitcoin city planned in El Salvador

  • El Salvador is planning to come up with a city that will entirely be funded by Bitcoin-backed bonds.
  • After years of debate on its use, plans for the world’s first “Bitcoin city” have now come up.
  • The new ideation has been shared by none other than Nayib Bukele, the President of El Salvador, world’s first country to make Bitcoin an official currency earlier this year.
  • The new city is planned to be developed in the eastern region of La Union and will be initially funded by bitcoin-backed bonds.
  • It would get geothermal power from a volcano. Bitcoin City will not levy any taxes except for value added tax (VAT).
  • One half of this VAT levied will be used to fund the bonds issued to build the city and the next half would be used to pay for services such as garbage collection.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Meghalaya, the first state in the north-eastern region to sign a MoU with United Nations World Food Programme

  • Meghalaya became the first state in the north-eastern region of India to signed an MoU with United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) for streamlining and strengthening of Public Distribution System and improving food security in the state.
  • This partnership will enable both sides to work together towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: Zero Hunger.
  •  It was signed by state Food and Civil Supplies Secretary Dr P Shakil Ahamed and Eric Kenefick, Deputy Country Director, WFP in India.
  • State’s Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department Minister, James Pang sang Kongkal Sangma was also present on the occasion.

About UNWFP:

  • Executive Director– David Beasley
  • Headquarter– Rome, Italy

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

India & World Bank sign loan agreement to improve quality of learning for over 50 lakh students across Andhra Pradesh 

  • The Government of India, Government of Andhra Pradesh and the World Bank signed the legal agreements for $250 million for a project which aims to improve quality of learning for over 50 lakh students in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Students from all grades and stages of school education will benefit from the project. The beneficiaries are about 40 lakh students (between the age of six and fourteen) in over 45,000 government schools, and over 10 lakh children (between the age of three and six) enrolled in Anganwadis (Integrated Child Development Centers), and about 1,90,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 Anganwadi workers.

IDFC FIRST Bank has partnered with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) for fuel payments using FASTags

  • IDFC FIRST Bank partnered Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) enabling bank’s FASTag customers to facilitate fuel payments of passenger vehicles at HPCL’s retail outlets using the bank’s FASTags via HP PAY app.
  • This tie-up will benefit about five million customers by making transit-related payments simpler.
  • The agreement for the same was signed in Mumbai at an event attended by the senior management of HPCL and IDFC FIRST Bank.
  • IDFC FIRST Bank’s FASTags can be bought, recharged and replaced by passenger vehicle users at select HPCL retail outlets.

About IDFC FIRST Bank: 

  • Establishment: 2018
  • MD & CEO:  V. Vaidyanathan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

SBI Research upgrades India’s GDP growth estimate for financial year 2022

  • SBI Research has upgraded India’s GDP growth projection for financial year 2022 to the range of 9.3%-9.6% from its earlier estimates of 8.5%-9%.
  • The revised GDP estimate of SBI Research is in-line with RBI’s projection of 9.5% GDP growth for the current fiscal year.
  • The projection comes as the country recorded only 11% increase in Covid-19 cases during the July-September quarter of 2021, second-lowest among the top 15 most affected countries

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOUR

Prakash Padukone has received Lifetime Achievement Award from Badminton World Federation

  • The former Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone will be awarded with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2021’ from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • He is the former World No.1 (1980) and first ever Indian World Championship medalist.
  • He was born on June10th, 1955 in Karnataka.
  • He won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. In 2018, he was honoured with Badminton Association of India (BAI) Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Prakash Padukone’s name was submitted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the selection was based on the recommendation of the BWF Council.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCHEMES

Union Minister for MSME Shri Narayan Rane launched Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS)

  • Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane unveiled the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS) for the services industry at Guwahati.

About the Scheme :

  • The scheme will help in meeting the technology related requirements of enterprises in the services sector
  • It has a provision of 25% capital subsidy for procurement of Plant & Machinery and service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST MSEs without any sector specific restrictions on technology upgradation.

About Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises :

  • Cabinet Minister :  Narayan Rane
  • Minister of State : Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

CII to organize 20th edition of ‘Connect 2021’ in Chennai

  • The 20th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) flagship event ‘Connect 2021’ will be held here from November 26 to 27 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Objective :

  • To take the state GDP to USD one trillion by 2030.
  • Chief Minister M K Stalin will inaugurate the event on November 26 & the theme is “Building a Sustainable Deep T’ech’N’ology Ecosystem ”.
  • It will focus on five key pillars to reach TN’s goal of a $1 trillion economy — Startups, IT/ITes sector, electronics system design and manufacturing (SDM), emerging technologies and skilling.
  • The partner countries for Connect 2021 are Australia and the United Kingdom.
  • The event is organised by CII and hosted by the TN government and co-hosted by Union ministry of electronics and telecommunications’ Software Technology Parks of India.

About Connect:

  • Connect is an international conference and exhibition on information & communication technology (ICT).
  • The event brings together technologists, industry leaders, academicians, entrepreneurs and others for exclusive panel discussions and other sessions. (includes a session on ‘Making TN a Hub of Emerging Technologies,’ analysing deep tech unicorns in TN’s startup ecosystem and driving social transformation through emerging technologies )

About CII :

  • President: T. V. Narendran
  • Director General: Chandrajit Banerjee
  • CII Tamil Nadu Chairman : S Chandrakumar
  • Founded: 1895
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Motto: Charting Change Enabling Development

IAF conducts ‘Symphony orchestra’ at Golconda Fort

  • As part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ and ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, a live ‘Symphony orchestra’ was conducted by the Air Force Band of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Golconda Fort.
  • Air Force Station Hakimpet conducted the mega event in a joyful and patriotic atmosphere.
  • The event was attended by all personnel and families of the station and civilians.
  • It comprises 28 musicians who specialize in brass, wood-wind, reed string, electronic and percussion instruments.
  • The Indian Air Force Band, with its dazzling performance enchanted the audience with military music, patriotic songs and popular tunes of bollywood numbers.

About IAF :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 8 October 1932, India
  • 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

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Defence Acquisition Council headed by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh approves proposal of value Rs.2,236 Cr.

  • Indian Air Force to procure GSAT-7C Satellite and Ground Hubs for real-time connectivity of Software Defined Radios
  • Complete design, development and launching of satellite to be in India
  • It will enhance the ability of our Armed Forces to communicate beyond the Line of Sight

Russia Successfully Test Fires Zircon Hypersonic Missile

  • The Russian military has successfully test-fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the Admiral Gorshkov warship and hit a test target in Russia’s Arctic waters of the White Sea in northern Russia.
  • Hypersonics can travel more than five times the speed of sound and manoeuvre in mid-flight, making them much harder to track and intercept than traditional projectiles.
  • It has a range of up to 1,000 kilometers.
  • Also ,Russia destroyed its own satellite in low-earth orbit using an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile named ‘Nudol’, which led to the formation of a cloud of space debris that could potentially destroy other orbiting satellites & the International Space Station (ISS).

About Russia :

  • Capital: Moscow
  • Currency: Russian Rouble
  • President: Vladimir Putin
  • Prime Minister : Mikhail Mishustin

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ENVIRONMENT

New species ‘Cryptocarya Muthuvariana’ identified in Western Ghats                 

  • A new plant species Cryptocarya Muthuvariana has been discovered from the Southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India.
  • The species of the genus Cryptocarya has been found in the Edamalakudy forests in Idukki District, Kerala.
  • It has been named in honor of a local tribe, Muthuvar & It is the first time a species has been named after a tribe.
  • The Mathuvar tribe is known to play a significant role in the conservation of forests.

About Research Team :

  • The discovery was made by researchers R. Jagadeesan, former researcher, Department of Botany, University of Kerala; A. Gangaprasad, Professor, Department of Botany, and Director, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, University of Kerala; and P. Suresh Kumar and Sam P. Mathew of the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode.
  • The findings have also been published in Annales Botanici Fennici, a scientific journal.

About Cryptocarya muthuvariana :

  • Cryptocarya genus belongs to the Lauraceae family.
  • It comprises over 300 species, widely distributed over South America, South Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
  • Cryptocarya muthuvariana grows to a height of about 10 to 15 metre.
  • It can be identified by its ‘not-too-broad leaves’.
  • The researchers managed to spot only around 10 individual trees of the species in the locality.
  • The researchers also stressed the need to study aspects related to ecological importance, medicinal value and sustainable use of the new species.
  • According to the researchers, the Western Ghats is home to around nine species of the genus Cryptocarya.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Syed Akbaruddin authored New Book Titled India vs UK: The Story of an Unprecedented Diplomatic Win 

  • Retired Indian civil servant Syed Akbaruddin authored a New Book Titled India vs UK: The Story of an Unprecedented Diplomatic Win.
  • The Book is Published by Harpercollins India.

About the Book :

  • The Book deals with the incidents of India’s victory against the UK in the elections to the International Court of Justice in 2017.

About Syed Akbaruddin :

  • Syed Akbaruddin is a retired Indian civil servant from 1985 batch of the Indian Foreign Service.
  • He served as India’s permanent representative at the United Nations at New York from January 2016 to April 2020.
  • He also served twice in Saudi Arabia; in Riyadh from 1988 to 1992 and in Jeddah from 2000 to 2004 as consul-general of India.
  • He was the director at the Foreign Secretary’s Office of the Ministry from 2004 to 2005.
  • Previously, he had served as official spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs from January 2012 to April 2015
  • He was Indian representative at IAEA from 2006 to 2011.

Economist Abhijit Banerjee’s new book titled Cooking to Save Your Life                    

  • A Nobel Prize– winning economist Abhijit Banerjee authored a cookbook titled Cooking to Save Your Life.
  • France based Cheyenne Olivier is an illustrator of the book & the Book is published by Juggernaut books.

About Abhijit Banerjee :

  • Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an India-born naturalized American economist.
  • He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • He is the co-author of Poor Economics.
  • His book, co-authored with Esther Duflo, Good Economics for Hard Times, was released in October 2019 in India by Juggernaut Books.

Awards & Honours :

  • In 2019, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, together with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, for their work alleviating global poverty.
  • He was awarded the Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of Calcutta in January 2020.

Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon authors a New Book Titled Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World     

  • A New Book Titled Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World authored by Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
  • The Book is Published by HarperCollins India.

About the Book :

  • The Book is the story of extraordinary and inspirational life of the author in his life & it elaborates his tenure in the United Nations (UN).
  • It deals with the UN’s mission of peace, development and human rights.

About Ban Ki-moon :

  • Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean politician and diplomat.
  • He was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006.
  • He served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016.
  • Throughout his career, Ban worked to mobilize international efforts against a slate of global pressures including climate change, extreme poverty and armed conflict to make the world a safer and more equitable place. His motto: Mission Possible.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Uzbekistan To Host 2025 Asian Youth Para Games

  • The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has named Tashkent in Uzbekistan to be the venue for the 2025 Asian Youth Para Games.
  • The Para Games are scheduled for late September and early October in 2025.
  • The Uzbekistan National Paralympic Association will be handed the APC flag by the Bahrain Paralympic Committee at the Closing Ceremony of the fourth edition of the Asian Youth Para Games, which are scheduled for December 2 to 6 2021.

About APC :

  • CEO: Tarek Souei
  • Headquarters: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • President: Majid Rashed
  • It has 44 National Paralympic Committees of the Asian continent as members.
  • It organizes the Asian Para Games and is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee.

About 2021 Asian Youth Para Games :

  • The 2021 Asian Youth Para Games also known as the 4th Asian Youth Para Games is the 4th edition of multi-sport events for Asian athletes with disabilities.
  • Around 800 participants are expected to compete across nine sports at the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games in Bahrain.
  • The 2021 edition of the Asian Youth Para Games will take place shortly in Bahrain from December 2-6.

Note :

  • The event was first staged in the Japanese capital Tokyo in 2009, followed by Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 2013 and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.

Momota & Seyoung wins 2021 Indonesia Masters Badminton Tournament

  • World No. 1 Japan’s Kento Momota clinched the 2021 Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament men’s singles title after beating Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the final 21-17, 21-11 points.
  • In women’s singles, fourth-seeded An Seyoung of South Korea defeated top-seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 21-19 to win the title.

 List of winners of 2021 Indonesia Masters :

S.No Category Winners Name
1 Men’s Single Kento Momota (Japan)
2 Women’s Single An Seyoung (South Korea)
3 Men’s Double Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi (both of Japan)
4 Women’s Double Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (both of Japan)
5 Mixed Double Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai (both of Thailand)

 

About 2021 Indonesia Masters :

  • The 2021 Indonesia Masters officially known as the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2021.
  • It was a badminton tournament that took place at the Bali International Convention Center in Nusa Dua, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia, from 16 to 21 November 2021
  • It had a total prize of US$600,000.

Pakistan cricketer Usman Shinwari announces retirement from Test cricket

  • Pakistan cricketer Usman Shinwari has announced his retirement from the longest format to “prolong his cricket career”.
  • Usman Shinwari is a left-arm fast bowler & he featured in only a single Test match for Pakistan back in 2019 against Sri Lanka.
  • The Pakistan pacer made his debut in December 2013 in the shortest format & he has played 17 ODIs.
  • Shinwari has featured in 33 first-class matches, where he scalped 96 wickets at an average of 26.84.

SATAT SCHEME – Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation.

The SATAT Scheme (Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation) is an initiative by the government of India with the Target of setting up Compressed Biogas production plants, and makes them accessible for market use for automotives by inviting expression of interest through potential investors.

The scheme has a plan of setting up 5000 plants across India by 2025.

Launched on :-

The scheme was launched in October 2018 by the then minister of petroleum and natural gas Mr.Dharmendra pradhan.

Ministry involved:-

The scheme is under the administration control of ministry of petroleum and natural gas in collaboration with several oil related public sectors units like HPCL, BPCL, IOCL etc.

Objectives:-

To Utilize more than 62 million metric tonnes of waste generated every year in India.

To Cut down import dependence.

To Supplement  job creation in advanced fuel industry of the country.

To bring down vehicular emissions and pollution from burning of agricultural / organic waste.

Target group :-

Most important benificiaries of the schme are indpendent entrpreneur because they could set up biogas plant easily through schme and provide jobs opportunities.

As the schme’s ultimate focus is on pollution control, the scheme is benificial to every sectors as all of them are suffering effects of polluion.

Corpus:-

In november 2020 the petroleum minister announced that government will invest 2 lakh crore for setting up 5000 compressed bio gas plant in the country.

Benefits :-

According to the scheme the government will set up bio gas plants across the country . the major producton of bio gas result in best option as fuel in transportation. As biogas is pollution free and it will help to reduce the pollution caused by vehicular emmisiions. Low cost price of this fuel will lead to affordable transportation and will ultimately help evry sector.

Responsible waste management, decrease in carbon emissions and pollution.

Supplemental revenue source for farmers.

Boost to entrepreneurship, rural economy and employment.

Assist to national commitments in achieving climate change goals.

Decrease in import of natural gas and crude oil.

Buffer against crude oil/gas price fluctuations.

About bio gas:-

Bio-gas is produced naturally through a process of anaerobic decomposition from waste / bio-mass sources like agriculture residue, cattle dung, sugarcane press mud, municipal solid waste, sewage treatment plant waste, etc.

After purification, it is compressed and called CBG, which has pure methane content of over 95%. Compressed Bio-Gas is exactly similar to the commercially available natural gas in its composition and energy potential.

With calorific value (~52,000 KJ/kg) and other properties similar to CNG, Compressed Bio-Gas can be used as an alternative, renewable automotive fuel. Given the abundance of biomass in the country, Compressed Bio-Gas has the potential to replace CNG in automotive, industrial and commercial uses in the coming years.

Daily CA On Nov 24:

  • The fifth East Asia Summit, EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation has begun in Kolkata & it is being organized by India in partnership with Australia.
  • The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has inaugurated, ‘The Chinars’, a new Aayakar Bhawan-cum- Residential Complex at Rajbagh in Srinagar in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on the first day of her two-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated ISRO’s 5-day Technology Conclave-2021
  • Uttar Pradesh is poised to become the only state in India to have five international airports, as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of Niti Aayog has announced a collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organization of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to drive synergies between AIM’s Atal Tinkering Labs and Vigyan Prasar’s unique interactivity platform, Engage with Science (EWS).
  • El Salvador is planning to come up with a city that will entirely be funded by Bitcoin-backed bonds.
  • Meghalaya became the first state in the northeastern region of India to signed an MoU with United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) for streamlining and strengthening of Public Distribution System and improving food security in the state.
  • IDFC FIRST Bank partnered Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) enabling bank’s FASTag customers to facilitate fuel payments of passenger vehicles at HPCL’s retail outlets using the bank’s FASTags via HP PAY app.
  • SBI Research has upgraded India’s GDP growth projection for financial year 2022 to the range of 9.3%-9.6% from its earlier estimates of 8.5%-9%.
  • The former Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone will be awarded with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2021’ from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane unveiled the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS) for the services industry at Guwahati.
  • The 20th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) flagship event ‘Connect 2021’ will be held here from November 26 to 27 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • As part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ and ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, a live ‘Symphony orchestra’ was conducted by the Air Force Band of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Golconda Fort.
  • The Russian military has successfully test-fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the Admiral Gorshkov warship and hit a test target in Russia’s Arctic waters of the White Sea in northern Russia.
  • A new plant species Cryptocarya Muthuvariana has been discovered from the Southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India.
  • Retired Indian civil servant Syed Akbaruddin authored a New Book Titled India vs UK: The Story of an Unprecedented Diplomatic Win.
  • A Nobel Prize– winning economist Abhijit Banerjee authored a cookbook titled Cooking to Save Your Life.
  • A New Book Titled Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World authored by Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
  • The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has named Tashkent in Uzbekistan to be the venue for the 2025 Asian Youth Para Games.
  • World No. 1 Japan’s Kento Momota clinched the 2021 Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament men’s singles title after beating Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the final 21-17, 21-11 points.
  • Pakistan cricketer Usman Shinwari has announced his retirement from the longest format to “prolong his cricket career”.

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