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Current Affairs Today – 26th November 2019

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

Constitution Day of India 2019 observed on 26th November

  • Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas is celebrated 26 November cross the country to mark the adopting of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949.
  • In 2019, it marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.
  • It came into force on 26th January 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of the Indian Republic.
  • It is aimed at reiterating and reorienting the citizens towards the values and principles expressed in the Constitution and encouraging all Indians to play their rightful role in strengthening the Indian Democracy.
  • It also aims to create awareness of Fundamental Duties as enshrined in the Constitution.

National Milk Day observed on 26 November

  • National Milk Day is celebrated across the country on November 26 every year on the birthday of Dr Verghese Kurien.
  • This day marks the birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution in India.
  • India is celebrating 98th birth anniversary of Dr Kurien this year.
  • The significance of National Milk Day lies in the fact that this day celebrates the importance of milk in a person’s life.
  • The Indian Dairy Association (IDA), in 2014, took the initiative to celebrate this day for the first time.
  • The first National Milk Day was celebrated on 26 November 2014 where various milk producers from 22 states participated.

BANKING CURRENT AFFAIRS

SEBI slaps Rs 40.5 lakh fine on 7 firms for fraudulent trading

  • Markets regulator SEBI imposed a total fine of Rs 40.5 lakh on 7 companies for indulging in fraudulent trading in the illiquid stock options segment on the BSE.
  • The total fine levied on the firms, Rs 10.5 lakh was levied on Green Venture Securities Management Pvt Ltd while Morgan Financial Services, Niranjan Housing, Navrang Tradelinks, Niranjan Metallic, Nishu Leasing and Finance and Midpoint Tradelink faced a fine of Rs 5 lakh each.
  • The reversal trades executed by the Notice were non-genuine in nature and created an impression of genuine trading volumes in respective contracts.

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SEBI: The Securities and Exchange Board of India is the Regulator for the Securities market in India owned by Government of India. It was established in 1988 and given Statutory Powers on 30 January 1992 through the SEBI Act, 1992.

  • Founded: 12 April 1992
  • Sector: Securities market
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Type: Statutory corporation
  • Chairperson: Ajay Tyagi

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

GOI launches Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal

  • Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal, CLAP, in New Delhi.
  • The portal provides a transparent and robust real-time web-based monitoring system for credit-linked Subsidy Services, CLSS, beneficiaries.
  • Using the portal, a beneficiary can track his application status in real-time.
  • The initiative would also benefit other stakeholders to work in synergy to release subsidy to beneficiaries on time.

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  • Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs: Hardeep Singh Puri

Railways sets up Institute for Financial Management in Hyderabad

  • The Indian Railway Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM) has been set up in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • This new entity is set up to impart professional training in the management of railway finances. The project was conceived and constructed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) at a cost of Rs 85 crore.
  • IIRFM marks an important addition to the list of premier professional institutions in the country in the field of financial management in Indian Railways.
  • The ensuing batch of probationers belonging to Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) will have the opportunity to get trained.

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Indian Railways is India’s national railway system operated by the Ministry of Railways. It manages the fourth largest railway network in the world by size, with a route length of 67,368-kilometre and total track length of 121,407-kilometre as of March 2017.

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 16 April 1853, India

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Etawah Lion Safari inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

  • The Etawah Lion Safari, formally known as Etawah Safari Park was thrown open for public in Uttar Pradesh without the lion segment.
  • It is a drive-through safari park located in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh and is one of the biggest safari parks in Asia with an area of 350 hectares (860 acres).
  • It has been developed as an educative tourist destination for children as well as youths.
  • The safari is expected to attract tourist and make Etawah a major tourist centre in the country.

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Uttar Pradesh:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Nation Park: Dudhwa National Park

Madhya Pradesh govt to give 5% reservation to sportspersons in jobs

  • Madhya Pradesh government has announced 5% reservation to national and international medallists sportspersons in state government jobs.
  • The announcement in this regard was made by Madhya Pradesh Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Jitu Patwari while inaugurating the Regional Olympic Games at Kampoo sports complex in Gwalior.

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Madhya Pradesh:

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief Minister: Kamal Nath
  • Governor: Lalji Tandon
  • National Park: Bandhavgarh NP, Fossil NP, Kanha NP, Madhav NP, Panna NP, Pench NP, Sanjay NP, Satpura NP

Naveen Patnaik inaugurates National Tribal Craft Mela 2019

  • Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the National Tribal Craft Mela – 2019 in Bhubaneswar.
  • The objective of the Mela is to preserve, promote and popularise traditional tribal art and craft and help the artisans to find better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for commercial viability of their products.

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Odisha:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • National Park: Bhitarkanika NP, Simlipal NP

UP govt launches immunisation campaign against Filaria

  • Uttar Pradesh government is launching a massive immunisation campaign against the filariasis or Filaria.
  • The central government has set the year 2021 as the deadline for complete eradication of filaria in the country.
  • Filaria is spread by infected mosquitoes, especially through the parasitic Culex fatigans female mosquito.
  • When this mosquito bites a person suffering from Filaria, it becomes infected.
  • This campaign more than 65 thousand teams of health workers will distribute medicines to around 6.5 crore people till 10 December in 19 districts.
  • There are 1.25 lakh cases of filaria in these 19 districts.
  • This time these 19 district have been divided in double drug and triple-drug categories in which they will be provided DEC tablet, Albendazole and ivermectin.

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Uttar Pradesh:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Nation Park: Dudhwa National Park

Andhra Pradesh Govt Launches Helpline to Deal with Graft-Related Complaints

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched 14400 a citizen helpline number meant to enable people to complain about corruption in government departments.
  • The call center and enquired about its functioning.
  • The citizens could directly call the helpline and complain about corruption in any government department and asked officials to ensure the grievances are resolved within 15 to 30 days.
  • The complaints on corruption and the action taken on them, adding the call center is another step in the government’s efforts to curb corruption in administration at all levels.

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Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capital: Amravati
  • Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan

Assam Tourism inked a MoU for Filmfare Awards show in Guwahati

  • Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) inked a memorandum of understanding with the Times Group for organizing the 65th Filmfare Awards here on February 15, 2020.
  • The MoU signed in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Bennett Coleman and Company Limited managing director Vineet Jain.

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Assam

  • Capital:Dispur
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • National Park: Dibru-Saikhowa NP, Kaziranga NP, Manas NP, Nameri NP, Rajiv Gandhi Orang NP

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

World Largest Flower Carpet Made Out of Bengaluru Marigold in Dubai enters Guinness Records

  • Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) inked a memorandum of understanding with the Times Group for organizing the 65th Filmfare Awards here on February 15, 2020.
  • The MoU signed in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Bennett Coleman and Company Limited managing director Vineet Jain.
  • The MoU paved the way of descending of Bollywood stars to Guwahati clarified that the Rs 23-crore event wastage of money from public exchequer, as being alleged by many on different platforms.
  • This is the first time the main Filmfare awards show is being held outside Mumbai.

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UAE (Capital/Currency): Abu Dhabi/Dirham

  • President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza appointed as New Chief of Joint Staff of Pakistan Army

  • Pakistan Army announced the appointment of Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chief of Joint Staff and also the promotion of two Major Generals to the post of Lt General.
  • Ali Amir Awan and Muhammad Saeed serving as Major Generals elevated to the ranks of Lieutenant Generals.
  • He is appointed Chief of Joint Staff.
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Lt Gen Nadeem Raza as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee with effect from November 27.
  • He extended the tenure of Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, for three years.

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Pakistan (Capital/Currency): Islamabad/Pakistani Rupees

  • Prime Minister: Imran Khan
  • President: Arif Alvi

RANKS AND INDICES

Global prosperity index 2019

  • The first-ever Prosperity & Inclusion City Seal and Awards (PICSA) Index, released in the Basque Country capital of Bilbao in northern Spain.
  • The Index is designed to showcase not only the quantity of economic growth of a city but also its quality and distribution across populations.
  • Bengaluru emerged as India’s highest-ranked city at No. 83 in a new index of the world’s 113 cities in terms of economic and social inclusivity, topped by Zurich in Switzerland.
  • Delhi at 101 and Mumbai at 107 are the other Indian cities to make at the index, with the top 20 awarded a PICSA Seal as the world’s highest-ranked cities building inclusive prosperity.
  • Vienna, the Austrian capital in second place, scores close to top marks on healthcare. Copenhagen, Luxembourg and Helsinki complete the top five.

AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

Ashok Leyland Ltd, ICICI Bank ink MoU for vehicle financing

  • Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland Ltd. (ALL) has entered into a two­ year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICICI Bank to offer customised financial solutions to customers across India with a focus on semi­urban and rural geographies.
  • The bank will work in close coordination with the authorised dealers of Ashok Leyland to provide financial solutions to the customers.

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ICICI: ICICI Bank Limited is an Indian multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra with its registered office in Vadodara, Gujarat. As of 2018, ICICI Bank is the second largest bank in India in terms of assets and market capitalisation.

  • CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India

APPOINTMENT

Kerala cadre IAS officer to head UN tourism body

  • Kerala cadre senior IAS officer Suman Billa is set to join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
  • He will take charge next week as Director, Technical Cooperation and Silk Road Development at the D1 level at UNWTO, a specialised agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

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Kerala:

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: Arif Mohammed Khan
  • Festivals: Onam, Vishu, Thrissur Pooram, Nehru Trophy Boat Race
  • National Parks: Anamudi Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Periyar National Park,Silent Valley National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Aralam WLS, Chimmony WLS, Idukki WLS, Periyar WLS, Wayanad WLS, Peppara WLS, Neyyar WLS, Kurinjimala WLS, Malabar WLS etc

General Bipin Rawat set to be first Chief of Defence Staff

  • General Bipin Rawat visits military establishments as his tenure as the Army Chief draws to an end in December.
  • He to take over as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
  • It is a four-star position being created as part of defence management.
  • He served a rare full three-year term as the Army Chief.
  • He provides military advise to the government and implement joint procurement by the three services.

Anantha Nageswaran appointed as non-permanent member of Prime Minister

  • V Anantha Nageswaran appointed as a non-permanent member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister for two years.
  • Nageswaran, dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business, Korea University.
  • He would serve as a non-permanent member of the Council.
  • He is the co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors, NPS International School, Singapore.
  • He is also on the Board of Directors of various companies, including TVS Supply Chains Pvt Ltd, TVS Sri Chakra, and Aparajitha Corporate Services.

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Indian archers bag recurve bronze at Asian Championships

  • Indian archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das won a bronze medal in the recurve and compound mixed event at the Asian Archery Championships in Kolkata.
  • They defeated China by 6-2 to clinch the medal in the championships.

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West Bengal:

  • Capital: Kolkata
  • Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee
  • Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • National Park: Buxa NP, Gorumara NP, Neora Valley NP, Singalila NP, Sunderban NP, JaldaparaNP

Sangram Dahiya, Varsha Varman win double trap national titles

  • Sangram Dahiya and Varsha Varman clinched double trap titles, winning gold at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi.
  • In men’s category, Sangram shot 142 out of 150 targets to leave behind former world champion Ankur Mittal, who managed 137 hits over the five rounds of 30 targets each to win a silver. Varsha, in the women’s category of 120 targets each, had 97 to her name to clinch the gold ahead of state-mate Manisha Keer, who had 93 hits winning Silver.

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Indian Navy to host multi-nation military drill in March 2020

  • Indian Navy will host a multi-nation military drill called Milan 2020 at Visakhapatnam in March 2020.
  • MILAN denotes Multilateral Naval Exercise.
  • The event will witness the participation of several countries.
  • MILAN series of biennial exercises commenced in 1995.
  • It was at Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) for the first time on the mainland at Eastern Naval Command(ENC).
  • AIM: To increase the scope and complexity of the exercise.
  • The government pursues cooperation, including the Indian Ocean Region, through structured interactions.

AWARDS

Floating school project of Bangladesh wins Aga Khan Architecture Award

  • Floating school project of Bangladesh wins Aga Khan Architecture Award.
  • Bangladesh is a land of water.
  • A large part of its landscape remains submerged underwater during the monsoon months.

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  • When Razia Alam came back from England after retirement as a teacher, she wanted to build a school for children which is spacious, modern and healthy for learning.
  • Razia also wanted it to be built at the land which was underwater for about six months of the year during the monsoon period. She contacted the internationally renowned architect of Bangladesh Saif Ul Haque to design the school. He took up the project and came with a school which has won many prestigious awards including the Aga Khan award. It is a floating school named ‘The Arcadia Education Project’.

Bangladesh (Capital/Currency): Dhaka/Taka

  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

Kharjan TE receives Best Tea Garden School award

  • Apeejay Tea’s Kharjan Tea Estate bagged the award for the Best Tea Garden School at the Shramik Kalyan Divas, 2019, held at Kotalgoorie Tea Estate Field, Mariani, Jorhat.
  • The manager of Kharjan TE received the award presented by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal present as occasion as chief guest.
  • The company’s annual award ceremony, three school headteachers, and teams received the coveted Chairman’s Trophy as well as a cash award for the remarkable improvement in Gunotsav, 2018 rating.
  • The Kharjan three schools -Kharjan LP School established in 1903, Kanjikhowa LP School, established in 1949, and Diglibari LP School.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Intel Partners With MediaTek to Bring 5G Support to Laptops

  • MediaTek planned to partner with Intel, the Taiwanese chipmaker, to be the first original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to deliver laptops powered by Intel and MediaTek’s 5G solution.
  • Intel working with MediaTek on the 5G solution for deployment in key consumer and commercial laptop segments.MediaTek is developing the 5G modem and working with partners to manufacture the solution.

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Intel: Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in the Silicon Valley.

  • CEO: Bob Swan
  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United States
  • Founders: Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce

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