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Current Affairs Today – 7th November2019


Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches Instant Digital Savings and Instant FD Account 

  • The finance service company, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank(SFB) has launched an instant digital savings account (SA) along with Fixed Deposit (FD) and Privilege Savings Account to offer distinctive banking and digital services to its customers. 

Instant Digital SA account:  This account has the restriction of Rs 1 lakh deposit & has the unlimited free transactions on the bank’s own ATM (automated teller machine) and 6 free transactions for other bank ATMs per month. 

Instant Fixed Deposit (FD):  With interest rate ranging from 5.5% (7days to 29 days) & up to 8.3% (799 days), the customers can invest in this account up to a maximum of Rs. 1 Lakh without a Savings Account. 

Privilege SA:  This account comes with the eligibility for a monthly salary of Rs. 30,000 or above /on maintaining a Monthly Average Balance of Rs 25,000 / opening a Fixed Deposit of Rs. 10 Lakh. It provides a higher accidental insurance cover of Rs. 2 Lakh. 

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Ujjivan Small Finance Bank: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited is a bank licensed under Section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 to carry out small finance bank business in India. The holding company is Ujjivan Financial Services Limited. The bank commenced operations on 1 February 2017. 

  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru 
  • Founder: Samit Ghosh 
  • Founded: 1 February 2017 
  • Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer: Samit Kumar Ghosh. 

RBI Bank increased the withdrawal limit of PMC bank to Rs.50,000 per account 

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the withdrawal limit for the customers of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank to Rs.50,000 per account.  
  • The Central Bank made its announcement after reviewing the liquidity position of the Bank and the ability of the Bank to pay its depositors.  
  • With this relaxation, more than 78% of the depositors of the Bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance.  
  • This is the fifth time RBI has increased the withdrawal limit since the Bank was placed under its direct control with an administrator. 

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RBI: The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the issuance and supply of the Indian rupee. 

  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata 
  • Headquarters: Mumbai 
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das 
  • Deputy Governors: B P Kanungo, M K Jain, N S Vishwanathan 

PCM: Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank Limited also known as PMC Bank, is a Multi-State Co-operative Bank that began operations in 1983. It has 137 branches spread over half a dozen states of India and nearly 100 branches are in Maharashtra.  

Founded: 1983 


Lucknow railway station gets ‘Health ATM’ 

  • The Indian Railways has installed two ‘Health ATMs’ at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow. The kiosks, promoted by YOLO Health ATM, provide 16 health check-ups for Rs 50-100.  
  • There are two types of check-ups a 9-minute one that costs Rs 100, and a 6-minute one that costs Rs 50.  
  • The report is delivered instantly to the email or smartphone of the user. 
  • The check-ups include body mass index, blood pressure, body fat, haemoglobin, metabolic age, muscle mass, weight, height, temperature, muscle mass, basal metabolic rating, visceral fat, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, blood glucose, and bone mass. 
  • Health ATMs can be defined as private, walk-in medical kiosks with integrated medical devices for basic vitals, cardiology, neurology, pulmonary testing, gynaecology, basic laboratory testing and emergency facilities and staffed by a medical attendant. 

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Uttar Pradesh: 

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

Odisha government signs pact with Tata Strive, Tech Mahindra for skill upgradation 

  • The Odisha state government signed agreements with Tata Strive and Tech Mahindra to add new dimensions in skilling and employability of the youth.  
  • The agreement between Directorate of Technical Education and Training and Tata Strive is aimed at imparting life skills to the students of all 49 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state. 

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


Lok Sabha Speaker addresses 6th Speakers’ Summit of G 20 Countries 

  • Lok sabha speaker Om Birla composed the Indian Parliament delegation for 6th parliamentary summit of G20 countries, held in Tokyo, Japan 2019.  
  • G20 presiding officer of parliament attended the summit.  
  • The summit had three sessions on separate themes related to trade, technology and sustainable development.  
  • The gathering of this summit was about the terrorism which destroying the system of economy. 

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Japan (Capital/Currency): Tokyo/Yen 

  • Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe 

Prakash Javadekar attended SACEP Meeting at Dhaka 

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and climate change Shri Prakash Javadekar participated in the 15th governing council meeting (GCM) of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) at Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

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SACEP:The South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) was established in 1982 by the South Asian governments. The programme aims to promote and support the protection, management, and enhancement of the environment in the South Asian region. The member nations of SACEP are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal. 

Rajnath Singh cochaired the 19th IRIGC Military and Military Technical Cooperation 

  • The 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-M&MTC) meeting was held in Moscow, Russia.  
  • It was co-chaired India Defence Minister Rajnath Singh by Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu.  
  • Rajnath Singh is on his two visits to Russia on 5-7 November. 
  • Russia termed India as an exclusive strategic defence partner. 

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Russia (Capital/Currency): Moscow/Ruble 

  • Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev 
  • President: Vladimir Putin 

The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held in Pune 

  • The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held in Pune on 6 November. 
  • It was inaugurated by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Union Minister of Jalshakti.  
  • He announced that India would achieve the target of providing safe drinking water to everyone by 2024. 

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  • Capital: Mumbai 
  • Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis 
  • 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. 


Tech Mahindra acquires New York-based BORN Group for $95 million 

  • IT services firm Tech Mahindra Ltd (Tech M) has acquired BORN Group, a New York-based digital content and production agency, for $95 million. 
  • The acquisition will help to boost the electronic and mobile commerce segment globally, and equipped to deliver enhanced user experience to customers of Tech Mahindra globally. 
  • BORN’s services include consulting, content creation, maintenance and hosting services, digital and social marketing, among others.  
  • It has clients such as Google, Tata, Red Bull and TAG Heuer. 

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Tech Mahindra Limited is an Indian multinational subsidiary of the Mahindra Group, providing information technology services and business process outsourcing to companies in various vertical and horizontal markets. 

  • CEO: C. P. Gurnani  
  • Headquarters: Pune 
  • Parent organization: Mahindra Group 


Manu Bhaker bags gold medal in Asian Shooting Championships 2019 

  • Manu Bhaker won gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event. She put up a dominant showing, shooting 584 in qualification and 244.3 in the final to take gold.  
  • While Vivaan Kapoor and Manisha Keer also won the yellow metal in junior trap mixed event at the Asian Shooting Championships 2019. 


GRSE delivers fast patrol vessel, ‘Annie Besant’ to Indian Coast Guard 

  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) delivered Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICGS Annie Besant, the second in the series of five such ships, to the Indian Coast Guard.  
  • A medium-range vessel with a length of 50 metres, a width of 7.5 metres and displacement of around 308 tonnes, the FPV is capable of operations in the maritime zones of the country.  
  • These powerful, fuel-efficient platforms are designed to perform multipurpose operations like patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and rescue operations.  
  • ICGS Annie Besant is designed for a maximum speed of 34 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles. 


HRD Minister and Harsimrat Kaur badal to launch 3 books on Guru Nanak Dev Ji 

  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal will launch three books on Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, the University of Delhi, on the occasion of 550thBirth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 
  • The National Book Trust has published three titles: Guru Nanak Bani, Nanak Bani, and Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev to spread the message of Guru Nanak Dev’s writings among readers of Indian sub-continent.  
  • These books, published originally in Punjabi, shall be translated into 15 major Indian languages. 

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  • Union Human Resource Development Minister: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank 
  • Minister for Food Processing Industries: Harsimrat Kaur Badal 


IIT-Madras launches affordable standing wheelchair 

  • Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in collaboration with Phoenix Medical Systems, launched the country’s first indigenously-designed standing wheelchair.  
  • wheelchair named “Arise”, was designed and developed by the TTK Centre for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), headed by Sujatha Srinivasan, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Madras.  
  • The wheelchair is priced at Rs 15,000.  
  • The assistive device helps the wheelchair-bound move from a sitting to standing position, and vice-versa, independently. 

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IIT Madras: Indian Institute of Technology Madras is a public engineering institute located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. As one of the Indian Institutes of Technology, it is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. 

  • Director: Bhaskar Ramamurthy 


International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 

  • The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is an international day observed annually on November 6. 
  • The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict was established on November 5, 2001, by the United Nations General Assembly. 

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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 

National Cancer Awareness Day is observed on 7th Nov 

  • 7th November is observed as National Cancer Awareness Day is observed every year. 
  • The day aimed to create awareness about the prevention and early detection of cancer.  
  • The day is observed on the day to coincide with the birth anniversary of the eminent and renowned scientist Marie Curie. 


Former Maharashtra minister Babasaheb Dhabekar passes away 

  • Former Maharashtra minister and senior Congress party leader Babasaheb Dhabekar passed away.  
  • He served as water resource minister in the 1990s during the Shiv Sena-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) alliance government. 

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  • Capital: Mumbai 
  • Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis 
  • 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. 

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