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World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November

  • The World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed across the world on 5 November.
  • The day is celebrated to spread awareness among people across the world in matters related to the dangers of tsunami. In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day.
  • In 2019, World Tsunami Awareness Day promotes Target of the “Sendai Seven Campaign,” which focuses on reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

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


ADB to give $451 mn for Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor power links

  • The Asian Development Bank will provide a $451 million (about Rs 3,200 crore) loan to strengthen power connectivity between the southern and northern parts of the Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC) in Tamil Nadu.
  • The total cost of the project is $653.5 million, of which the government will provide $202.5 million.
  • The estimated completion date is the end of 2024.
  • The project will help promote economic development by delivering a more reliable and competitive power supply for industry and services in the state, which will in turn spur jobs and improve livelihoods.

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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


First-ever movement of container cargo on Brahmaputra

  • The first-ever containerised cargo movement via Indo-Bangladesh protocol route and Brahmaputra river will start from West Bengal’s Haldia.
  • The vessel MV Maheshwari, carrying 53 containers of petrochemicals, edible oil and beverage will take 12-15 days to reach the IWAI terminal at Pandu in Assam’s Guwahati.
  • National Waterway 2 (NW-2) is a section of the Brahmaputra River having a length of 891 km between the Bangladesh border near Dhubri and Sadiya in Assam.

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Bangladesh (Capital/Currency): Dhaka/Taka

  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

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

Centre, IBM to launch the Skills Build platform

  • Centre is to launch the Skills Build platform in collaboration with IBM.
  • It was announced by the Directorate General of Training (DGT), which functions under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
  • This initiative by the Centre is aimed to help the youth to scale themselves as per the changing market trends.
  • The government is planning to use technology effectively to benefit the public and to bring innovation in welfare schemes.
  • The Skills Build platform initiative is a part of IBM’s global commitment that aims to create a job workforce and to build the next generation of skills needed for new collar careers.

Agriculture Minister releases 5th edition of Wastelands Atlas 2019

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar released the 5th edition of Wastelands Atlas 2019. The Atlas, published jointly by Department of Land Resources and National Remote Sensing Centre, provides robust geospatial information on wasteland.
  • It is helpful in rolling back the wastelands for productive use through various land development programmes and schemes.
  • Wastelands Atlas-2019 also provides State and district wise distribution of different categories of wastelands area in the country and will be helpful in addressing land degradation.


Amarinder Singh launches first of its kind ‘Punjab job helpline’for job seekers

  • The Punjab Chief Minister(CM) Amarinder Singh has launched a first of its kind job helpline number 76260-76260 for the unemployed youth of the state under ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ programme.
  • The objective of this helpline is to reach every house in Punjab and it can be contacted on 75 thousand mobile numbers daily.
  • In this process, a 110-seat call centre of Punjab Job Helpline has also been created for the data to be prepared.

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  • Capital: Chandighar
  • Chief Minister: Amarinder Singh
  • Governor: VP Singh Badnore

Bihar to ban govt vehicles older than 15 years from checking pollution

  • Bihar State government is to ban all state-owned vehicles that are older than 15 years across the state. The proposal aims to combat air pollution.
  • The Andhra Pradesh State cabinet is expected to approve the proposal.
  • The restriction will be extended to commercial vehicles, but only for the Patna metropolitan area, which would make it the first non-metro city to come under such a ban.

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  • Capital: Patna
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan
  • National Park: Valmiki National Park


Guyana to be fastest growing country in the world next year at 86%

  • According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Guyana’s GDP is expected to be more at 86% in 2020 after expanding 4.4% in 2019.
  • This growth expectation had done after Exxon Mobil Corp.’s discovery of oil at Guyana. Guyana’s economy will grow more than three times within five years.
  • Guyana’ GDP is to get fourteen times as fast as China’s GDP in 2020.
  • Guyana is projecting $300 million in petroleum revenue in 2020.
  • It is a country of South America with 7,80,000 population and neighbour countries are brazil & Venezuela.
  • The oil sector will represent about 40% of the economy within five years.
  • It crosses $4billion annual Gross domestic product (GDP) and also it will expand to about $15 billion by 2024.

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Guyana(Capital/Currency): George Town/Guyanese Dollar.

  • President: David A.Granger
  • Prime minister: Moses Nagamootoo

China launches Sudan’s first ever satellite “SRSS-1”

  • Sudan’s first-ever satellite for conducting research in military, economic and space technology has been launched by China.
  • Sudan’s remote-sensing satellite (SRSS-1), was developed by the Shenzhen Aerospace Oriental Red Sea Satellite Co.
  • The satellite was launched aboard China’s Long March-4B rocket along with other Chinese satellites including Gaofen 7, Xiaoxiang-1 08, Whampoa 1 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China.
  • The Sudanese satellite has been mainly designed for civil and military remote sensing over Sudan.
  • The remote-sensing satellite aims to advance research in space technology.

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Sudan(Capital/Currency):Khartoum/Sudanese pound.

  • President of Sudan: Omar al-Bashir.


Sri Lanka hosts biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers Conference

  • The biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Conference is being held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 4-7 November 2019.
  • India will be represented at the conference by Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • THEME: ‘Equal Access to Justice and the Rule of Law’.
  • The Conference seeks to address challenges faced by millions of people seeking to resolve legal disputes.
  • These include barriers such as poverty, lack of legal aid, distrust of the justice system and corruption.

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Sri Lanka(Capitals/Currency): Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte/Sri Lankan rupee.

  • Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • President: Maithripala Sirisena

Science and Technology Media Conclave to be organized at IISF

  • The Ministry of Science & Technology is organizing a Science and Technology Media Conclave.
  • The fest will be held at India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 in Kolkata on 6-7 November 2019.
  • The media conclave will be inaugurated by the Chairman of Prasar Bharati, Shri A. Surya Prakash and Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar, President, Vigyan Bharati.

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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

Vigyan Samagam was inaugurated at the Science City in Kolkata

  • Vigyan Samagam, India’s first-ever global Mega-Science exhibition, was inaugurated at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal, on 4 November 2019.
  • The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Minister of Science & Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences, Government of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Vigyan Samagam will be held in Kolkata from 4 November to 31 December 2019.
  • The multi-venue Science Exhibition was successfully conducted previously in Mumbai and Bengaluru. It is now open for the public in Kolkata.

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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

The 3rd edition of women scientists conclave to be organized at IISF

  • The 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) is being held in Kolkata from 5th to 8th November 2019.
  • The third edition of women scientists’ and Entrepreneurs’ conclave will be organized at the India International Science Festival (IISF) at Kolkata on 7-8 November 2019.
  • The objective of the conclave aims to provide a platform for young women scientists and entrepreneurs to interact with the women leaders in science and technology.
  • The move is to acknowledge the contribution of women in catalyzing sustainable growth.

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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

Himachal Pradesh to organize 2019 Global Investors Meet

  • Himachal Pradesh State government is to organize Global Investors’ Meet 2019 at Dharamshala on 7-8 November 2019.
  • This event aims to showcase the policy and regulatory environment, investment opportunities in eight focus sectors.
  • The event will boost manufacturing and employment generation in the State.
  • The event will have many sessions on Ease of Doing Business, tourism, wellness, and AYUSH will and Growing economic ties between Invest India and UAE.

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Himachal Pradesh:

  • Capital: Shimla
  • Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • National Park: Pin Valley NP, Great Himalaya NP, Inderkilla NP, Khirganga NP, Simbalbara NP,
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Bandli WLS, Daranghati WLS, Dhauladhar WLS, Nargu WLS, Pong Dam Lake WLS, Shilli WLS, Talra WLS

PM Modi inaugurates 5th India International Science Festival

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata through video conferencing.
  • The theme of the festival is “RISEN: Research, Innovation and Science Empowering the Nation” reflects the aspirations of 21st century India.
  • The aims of IISF is to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of Science and Technology.
  • The India International Science Festival (IISF) was launched in 2015 to promote Science and Technology.
  • The goal of the Science festivity is to help youth, develop 21st-century skills, with a focus on scientific knowledge, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.

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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

Mansukh Mandaviya to inaugurate BIMSTEC Ports Conclave

  • The Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping Shri Mansukh Mandaviya is to inaugurate the first-ever BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The conclave is to be held on 7-8 November 2019.
  • Aim:The Conclave aims to explore the possibility of increasing economic cooperation by furthering EXIM trade and coastal shipping.
  • The Conclave will discuss various investment opportunities, best practices adopted for productivity and safety at Ports.

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BIMSTEC: The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is an international organisation of seven nations of South Asia and South East Asia, housing 1.5 billion people and having a combined gross domestic product of $3.5 trillion.

  • Headquarters location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Founded: 6 June 1997
  • Secretariat: Dhaka, Bangladesh


MSTC ties up with Allahabad Bank to develop e-auction platform

  • MSTC Ltd has signed an agreement with Allahabad Bank for the development of a dedicated e-Auction platform.
  • This platform directly linked with the Indian Banking Association’s portal ) for sale of non-performing assets (NPAs) through the SARFAESI (Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest) Act.
  • The e-Auction platform will be a one-of-a-kind solution, where a bidder once registered, will be able to participate in auctions for all banks.
  • This move will help the banks monetise NPAs through a streamlined process, thereby, increasing revenue generation.

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Chairman & MD : Bam Bahadur Singh.

Founded: 9 September 1964

Headquarters: Kolkata.

Allahabad Bank:

  • MD & CEO: S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao.
  • Tagline: A tradition of trust


IndusInd Bank appointed Sumant Kathpalia as new MD & CEO

  • A private sector lender, IndusInd Bank has appointed its consumer banking head Suman Kathpalia, as its new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • He will replace Romesh Sobti, who will be retired in March 2020.
  • Before joining IndusInd Bank, Sumant Kathpalia headed consumer loans vertical at ABN Amro Bank and joined IndusInd Bank in 2008.

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IndusInd Bank Limited is a Mumbai based Indian new generation bank, established in 1994. The bank offers commercial, transactional and electronic banking products and services. IndusInd Bank was inaugurated in April 1994 by then Union Finance Minister Manmohan Singh.

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded:1994
  • Tagline: we make you feel richer

Aditya Mishra appointed as chairman of Land Ports Authority of India

  • Senior IPS officer Aditya Mishra was appointed as the chairman of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI).
  • He is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mishra as the chairman of the LPAI on the recommendations of a search-cum-selection panel.
  • He has been appointed for a period of five years from the date of assumption of the charge.

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LPAI: The Land Ports Authority of India is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing border infrastructure in India. It managess several Integrated Check Posts all across Borders of India.

  • Parent organization: Ministry of Home Affairs

P.S. Sreedharan Pillai was sworn in as the Governor of Mizoram

  • S. Sreedharan Pillai was sworn in as the new Governor of Mizoram on 5 November 2019.
  • The oath-taking office was administered by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajai Lamba at the Raj Bhavan, Mizoram. Mr.Pillai is the third Governor to be appointed as Mizoram Governor from Kerala.

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  • Capital: Aizawl
  • Chief Minister: Zoramthanga
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • National Park: Murlen National Park, Phawngpui National Park


Serbia’s Sara Damnjanovic wins “Miss Asia Global title 2019”

  • The 5th Edition of ‘Miss Asia Global Title 2019’ was organized at Gokulam Convention centre in Kochi, Kerala.
  • Sara Damnjanovic from Serbia has been crowned ‘Miss Asia Global 2019’.
  • The title is given to the winner from the Asian region. Nguyen Thi Yen Trang from Vietnam was awarded the Miss Asia title given to the winner from the rest of the world.
  • Samiksha Singh from India won the sub-title of ‘Miss Beautiful Face’ Title.
  • The Next ‘Miss Asia Global Title 2020’ will be held in Malaysia.

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  • 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


The US, Bangladesh Navy exercise began in Chattogram

  • A naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2019 between the US and Bangladesh, began in Chattogram, Bangladesh, on 4 November 2019.
  • It was announced by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of Bangladesh armed forces.
  • The exercise is provided with different subject-based training and exercise.
  • Exercise CARAT is bilateral military exercises conducted by the United States Pacific Fleet every year with ASEAN member countries.

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Bangladesh (Capital/Currency): Dhaka/Taka

  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

USA (Capital/Currency): Washington, D.C./ United States Dollar

  • President: Donald Trump

Shripad Naik inaugurates DRDO’s Igniter Complex at HEMRL, Pune

  • Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik inaugurated the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Igniter Complex at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • HEMRL, a premier laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is primarily engaged in developing rocket and gun propellants, pyrotechnic devices, high-explosive systems and synthesis of high-energy molecules.
  • The ignition system for Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Nag, Pinaka, Long RangeSurface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), etc. have been designed and developed in HEMRL.
  • Technology for AKASH, Nag missiles and Pinaka Mk-I Rocket has been transferred to Ordnance Factory, Dehu Road, Pune and private industries.

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DRDO: The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Motto: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम्; “Strength’s Origin is in Science” (Sanskrit)
  • Founded: 1958
  • Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence
  • Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy


Official emblem unveiled for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020

  • The official emblem of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the year 2020 which is to be conducted in India was unveiled.
  • The emblem was unveiled by Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) and Local Organising Committee(LOC) at the launch event in the gateway of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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FIFA: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

  • President: Gianni Infantino
  • Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Founded at: Paris, France
  • Founded: 21 May 1904, Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, France
  • Senior Vice-President: Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (AFC)


Vice President releases monograph of ‘Musical Excellence of Mridangam’ in Chennai

  • Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu released a monograph, ‘Musical Excellence of Mridangam’, a rare fusion of art and science of an ancient South Indian instrument on the CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) campus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • The book, an outcome of research and development on standardisation of fabrication, tonal characterisation and new innovations in the design of the percussion instrument, was authored by mridangam maestro and Padma Vibhushan awardee Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and former scientists T. Ramasami (former Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology) and M.D. Naresh.

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  • 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 President of FICCI & Industrialist K.K. Modi passes away

  • Former President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chairman of Modi Enterprises Krishnan Kumar Modi(K.K.Modi) passed away.
  • He was also the president of the confederation of Asia-pacific chambers of commerce and industry from 2002 to 2006. He hailed from Patiala district, Punjab.

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FICCI: The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is an association of business organisations in India. Established in 1927, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi by GD Birla and Purushottam Das Thakurdas, it is the largest, oldest and the apex business organisation in India.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1927
  • Founders: Ghanshyam Das Birla, Purshottamdas Thakurdas

Retired judge of Madras HC, N.V. Balasubramanian passes away

  • Justice N.V. Balasubramanian, retired Judge of Madras High Court passed away.
  • He served as the Madras High Court judge from 1996 – 2007 & as the Chairman of committees on fixation of fee for self-financing professional colleges and polytechnics after retiring from service.
  • He worked as senior counsel & arbitrator in Supreme Court (SC) of India for 11 years.

French Resistance member & Nazi camps survivor Yvette Lundy passes away

  • French Resistance legend & Nazi camps survivor Yvette Lundy who helped Jewish prisoners of war to escape prison during the Nazi occupation of France passed away at the age of 103.
  • She was born on 22 April 1916 in France, Yvette was made Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, which is one of the highest decorations in France.

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France (Capital/Currency): Paris/Euro

  • Prime Minister: Edouard Philippe
  • President: Emmanuel Macron

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