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Current Affairs Today – 29th November2019 

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES 

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People observed on 29 November 

  • In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  
  • On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine. 
  • This date, which was chosen because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people, is based on the call by the United Nations General Assembly for an annual observance of the resolution on the partition of Palestine. 

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United Nations: It is an International Organization. Its Objective of UN is to not only maintain International Peace and Security but also to develop Friendly relations among nations. 

  • Founded – 24th October, 1945 
  • Headquarter- New York,United States 
  • Secretary General- Antonio Guterres (9th SG OF UN)  
  • He is from PORTUGAL  
  • Portugal (Capital/Currency) – Lisbon/ Euro 
  • United States (Capital/Currency) – Washington, D.C/ US Dollar 

FINANCE AND ECONOMY 

Moody’s expects Centre’s fiscal deficit to rise to 3.7% 

  • Global rating agency Moody’s expects the Centre’s fiscal deficit to touch 3.7% of the GDP.  
  • The Centre has targeted to keep the deficit at 3.3 per cent for the current fiscal (2019-20), but it has already reached 92.6 per cent of the Budget estimate in first six months of the current fiscal.  
  • For all the state governments, the fiscal deficit estimated to be around 3 %. 

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Moody’s Corporation, often referred to as Moody’s, is an American business and financial services company. It is the holding company for Moody’s Investors Service, an American credit rating agency, and Moody’s Analytics, an American provider of financial analysis software and services. 

  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States 
  • CEO: Raymond W. McDaniel Jr. 

ADB signed USD 451 million loan with India for CKIC Project 

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $451 million loan on 29 November.  
  • The loan aims to strengthen power connectivity between the southern and northern parts of the Chennai- Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC) in Tamil Nadu.  
  • It is a part of the East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC). 
  • The total estimated cost of the CKIC project is $653.5 million.  
  • The Central government will provide $202.5 million for the project.  
  • The project has been estimated to be the completed date of the project is the end of 2024. 

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ADB: The Asian Development Bank is a regional development bank established on 19 December 1966, which is headquartered in the Ortigas Center located in the city of Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines. The company also maintains 31 field offices around the world to promote social and economic development in Asia.  

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines 
  • President: Currently Vacant 
  • Founded: 19 December 1966 
  • Membership: 68 countries 
  • Purpose: Economic development 

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS 

India to host 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup 

  • India wins bid to host 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Rourkela to be the venues for the tournament.  
  • The state capital is also one of the venues for the 2020 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup. 
  • Bhubaneswar has hosted some big international sporting events, including the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, 2017 FIH Hockey World League Final, FIH Men’s Series Finals in 2019 and the recently-concluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers. 

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Odisha: 

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

Rajnath to inaugurate 3rd edition of Military Literature Festival 

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the 3-day-long Military Literature Festival (MLF) on 13 December 2019 at Chandigarh.  
  • The event would present an international level forum to foster and preserve the exchange of knowledge related to military literature and associated works. 
  • The 10 books of noted defence and literary authors would also be released on occasion. 
  • This year, the event would commemorate Indian participation in the Burma Campaign in World War II, the 75th anniversary of which falls next year. 

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Chandigarh: Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, was designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. His buildings include the Capitol Complex with its High Court, Secretariat and Legislative Assembly, as well as the giant Open Hand Monument. The nearby Rock Garden is a park featuring sculptures made of stones, recycled ceramics and industrial relics. 

Centre to set up Atal Innovation Mission 

  • The Government has set up the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog. 
  • It encourages the schools to provide exposure to science and technology to students so that they can be acquainted with futuristic technology platforms.  
  • It was announced by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank‘. 
  • The main objective of establishing AIM is to create scientific character and innovative thoughts among the young minds of the country. 

AIM-Atal Tinkering Laboratories: 

♦ AIM is to establish Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) across the country for students between grade 6th to 12th 

♦ The lab will be equipped with the latest emerging technologies such as electronics, Internet of things (IoT), 3D printing, Robotics, etc. 

♦ In schools, AIM will facilitate to set up a network of ATL in India. 

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NITI Aayog: The NITI Aayog is a policy think tank of the Government of India, established with the aim to achieve sustainable development goals with cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach. 

  • Formed: 1 January 2015 
  • Headquarters: New Delhi 
  • Chairperson: Narendra Modi 

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS 

Saudi Arabia, UAE plans refinery in Maharashtra 

  • The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is planning to set up a refinery in Maharashtra, India.  
  • The minimum estimated cost to set up the refinery is $70 billion. 
  • It exceeds the initial $44 billion estimate that was previously announced.  
  • The meeting was held between the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 

UAE (Capital/Currency): Abu Dhabi/Dirham 

  • President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

Saudi Arabia (Capital/Currency): Riyadh/ Saudi riyal 

Maharashtra: 

  • Capital: Mumbai 
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray 
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari 
  • National Parks: Chandoli National Park, Nawegaon National Park, Gugamal National Park, Pench National Park, Sanjay Gandhi (Borivilli) National Park, Tadoba National Park 
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Amba Barwa WLS, Bor WLS, Great Indian Bustard WLS, 
  • Lonar WLS, Melghat WLS, Gangewadi New Great Indian Bustard WLS, etc. 

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES 

G K Reddy inaugurates 1st International Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience” 

  • Minister of State for Home Affairs, inaugurated the 1st International Conference on “Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience” in New Delhi.  
  • The Conference called for developing technology to anticipate disasters like landslides and develop infrastructure to quickly respond to minimise the damage.  
  • The landslides have attracted global attention as they may cause huge havoc on communities, livestock, environment leading to huge loss of lives.  
  • This conference will go a long way in finding long term solutions to natural disasters. 

APPOINTMENT 

Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as Maharashtra CM 

  • Shiv Sena Chief and Maha Vikas Aghadi nominee Uddhav Thackeray took oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. 
  • He is the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra.  
  • He was named as the leader of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance called the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’.  
  • Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to Thackeray at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Central Mumbai.  
  • He is the first Thackeray family member to become Maharashtra’s CM.  
  • The alliance is yet to decide the candidate for the Deputy CM post. 

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Maharashtra: 

  • Capital: Mumbai 
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray 
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari 
  • National Parks: Chandoli National Park, Nawegaon National Park, Gugamal National Park, Pench National Park, Sanjay Gandhi (Borivilli) National Park, Tadoba National Park 
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Amba Barwa WLS, Bor WLS, Great Indian Bustard WLS, 
  • Lonar WLS, Melghat WLS, Gangewadi New Great Indian Bustard WLS, etc. 

Tata Comm board appoints A S Lakshminarayanan as MD and CEO 

  • The Board of Tata Communications (Tata Comm) appointed Amur Swaminathan Lakshminarayanan as the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of the telecom company for a term of five years with effect from 26 November 2019.  
  • Prior to joining Tata Comm, Lakshminarayanan was the president and CEO of TCS, Japan where he was in charge of accelerating the company’s market opportunity and developing the brand in the region. 

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Tata Communications, formerly called VSNL Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, is an Indian telecommunications company. It’s part of the Tata Group. Tata’s communications network spans more than 500,000 km of subsea fibre and more than 210,000 km of terrestrial fibre. 

  • CEO: Amur Swaminathan Lakshminarayanan  
  • Headquarters: Mumbai 

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS 

Deepika won gold at the Continental Qualification Tournament 

  • Indian archer Deepika Kumari won gold at the Continental Qualification Tournament held on the sidelines of the 21st Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok, China.  
  • Also, Ankita Bhakat won silver at the tournament.  
  • Deepika defeated Nur Afisa Abdul Halil of Malaysia and secured 7-2 to win the title. 
  • Ankita defeated Lam Shuk Ching Ada of Hong Kong and secured 7-1 to win the medal. 

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China (Capital/Currency): Beijing/Renminbi 

  • President: Xi Jinping 

Ekana Cricket Stadium became the second neutral venue in India to host a Test match 

  • The Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow became the second neutral venue in India to host a Test match.  
  • Afghanistan and the West Indies are playing in a one-off Test at the stadium. 
  • Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun became the first neutral venue to host a Test in the country. 
  • Afghanistan and the host Ireland for a one-off Test in March 2019. 

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS 

Indian Army successfully test-fired 2 Spike LR missile in MP 

  • The Indian Army has successfully test-fired 2 Spike long-range anti-tank missiles at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh.  
  • Spike is a 4th-generation missile which can engage any target with precision at ranges up to 4 km. 
  • India became the 33rd country to have the Spike missile as part of its inventory.  
  • The missile has the ability to fire, observe and update, providing substantial flexibility to the firer to pinpoint the impact point. 

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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 

BOOKS & AUTHORS 

MHRD launches 3 books for children namely Kumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul 

  • Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched 3 books which are a collection of stories for Children namelyKumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul (Sindhi edition) in New Delhi.  
  • Authored by a popular writer of children’s books and travelogues Dr Anita Bhatnagar Jain.  
  • She is an officer of Indian Administrative Services (1985 batch).  
  • The three books are a collection of stories for children and have brought out environmental issues and topics like socio-cultural unity& cultural heritage in a very simple and interesting manner. 

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Delhi: 

  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal 
  • Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal 

AWARDS 

‘Particles’ wins the Golden Peacock Award at IFFI 2019 

  • ‘Particles’ directed by Blaise Harrison and produced by Estelle Fialon has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa on November 28, 2019.  
  • The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs to be shared equally between the Director and the Producer, Trophy and the citation.  
  • ‘Particles’ is an “ambitious yet modest film about the mysteries of being a teenager,”. 

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Goa 

  • Capital: Panaji 
  • Chief Minister: Pramod Sawant 
  • Governor: Satya Pal Malik 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 

ISRO transfer space-grade Li-Ion cell technology to BHEL 

  • ISRO has transferred its indigenous technology to produce space-grade Li-Ion cells to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).  
  • In March 2018, BHEL signed the Technology Transfer Agreement with ISRO for acquiring the Li-Ion Cell production technology.  
  • This production facility is primarily targeting to meet Li-Ion Cell requirements for ISRO and other strategic sectors. 
  • BHEL can also produce and sell Li-Ion cells for meeting other national/commercial applications by suitably modifying the space-grade cell which can lead to cost reduction.  
  • BHEL is in the process of establishing the Li-Ion production facility near Bangalore in Karnataka. 

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Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): BHEL is owned by the Government of India. It is an engineering and manufacturing company. It is the power generation equipment manufacturer in India. 

  • Founded in: 1964 
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India 
  • Chairman & MD: Nalin Shinghal 

ISRO: The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of India. 

  • Founded: 15 August 1969 
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru 
  • Founder: Vikram Sarabhai 
  • Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan 
  • Subsidiary: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre 

OBITUARIES 

Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar passes away 

  • Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar whose works graced several newspapers in a career spanning 58 years, passed away. 
  • He began his career with The Statesman in 1961 after which he moved to Hindustan Times.  
  • His cartoons have also appeared in The Independent, The Pioneer, Delhi Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review among others. 

Tamil actor & theatre artist Bala Singh passes away 

  • Veteran Tamil actor and theatre artist Bala Singh passed away.  
  • Bala, an alumnus of National School of Drama(NSD) started his career as a theatre artist. 
  • He rose to fame in actor Nasser’s Avatharam(1995), where he played the role of a villain.  
  • It was also his debut film. 

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Tamilnadu 

  • Capital: Chennai 
  • Chief Minister: Edappadi K.Palanisamy 
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit 
  • Chief Justice of Madras High Court: Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani 
  • National Park: Guindy  NP,Gulf of Mannar Marine NP, Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) NP, Mudumalai NP, Mukurthi NP. 

Former Japanese PM Yasuhiro Nakasone passed away 

  • Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone passed away.  
  • He was 101 years old.  
  • He is known for his friendship with the 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan.  
  • He was one of Japan’s longest-reigning premiers. 
  • Nakasone served as the Prime Minister of Japan from 1982 to 1987. 

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Japan (Capital/Currency): Tokyo/Yen 

  • Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe 

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