Current Affairs

Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th November 2019

International News

India International Trade Fair 2019

  • The theme of the fair is 'Ease of Doing Business' on the eve of India's unique achievement in improving its rank in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index to 63rd.
  • The fair will serve as a convergence point for government and non-government agencies along with private sector enterprises.

National News

India’s MMR declined by 8 points in One Year

  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare stated the report and said India is on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target for reducing MMR by 2025, five years ahead of the timeline of 2030.
  • MMR has declined by 6.2% from 130/ lakh live births in 2014-16 to 122/ lakh live births in 2015-17.
Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th November 2019

Indian Railways launched 3 Online Applications

  • Indian Railways has launched three applications for all-India roll out to strengthen its IT-enabled services.
  • The apps will ensure proper monitoring of projects being undertaken by Railways.

World’s First CNG port Terminal

  • A CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar port is being set up jointly by the U.K. based Foresight group and Mumbai based Padmanabh Mafatlal group.
  • Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who is the chairman of the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board- GIDB has approved the proposal to construct the terminal at Bhavnagar. 

“Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has organised a cleanliness-cum-awareness drive under the “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”.
  • The Ministry has identified 50 beaches under the “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan across 10 coastal States/Union Territories (UTs).

6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance

  • The representatives of banks and financial institutions from over 40 countries have gathered in the conference to deliberate on the subject of Rural and Agriculture Finance: Critical Input to Achieve Inclusive and Sustainable Development.
  • Asia - Pacific Rural Agricultural and Credit Association (APRACA) is a regional association facilitates mutual exchange of information and expertise in the field of rural finance to avert financial risks.

National Seminar on Social Audit

  • The seminar was jointly organised by the Department of Rural Development and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
  • Social Audit is a public assembly where all the details of a project are scrutinized that includes the resources, both financial and non-financial, used by public agencies for development initiatives.

UP govt launched e-Ganna App and Web Portal

  • The web portal and e-Ganna App will help in strengthening the cane development societies by eradicating cane mafia and middleman between the sugar cane farmers and the sugar mills.
  • The portal and the App will ensure transparency in the process of getting slips, and facilitate sugarcane supply by farmers to mills and check irregularities.

Banking

RBI put Rs 5 lakh Penalty on Oxigen Services

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on prepaid payment instrument Oxigen Services (India) Private Limited.
  • Oxigen Services is a Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) issuer and facilitates payment processing and money transfer services.

Documentation Identification Number (DIN) System

  • The step is aimed at bringing transparency and accountability in the indirect tax administration through the widespread use of information technology.
  • Now the CBIC communication will have to have a Documentation Identification Number and No communication would be issued without DIN.

RBI increased Household Income Limits for borrowers of NBFC-MFIs

  • The household income limits for borrowers of NBFCs and MFIs has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.25 lakh for rural areas.
  • Similarly, the limit has been increased from the current level of Rs 1.6 lakh for urban/semi-urban areas to Rs 2 lakh.

Appointments

Name of the Person Designation
Justice Sanjay Karol Chief Justice of Patna High Court
Pravind Jugnauth Mauritius Prime Minister
Justice Muhammad Raffiq Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court 

Important Days

Date Day Theme
9th November 2019 Foundation Day of Uttarakhand --
11th November 2019 National Education Day --
11th November 2019 Birth Anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad --
12th November 2019 550th birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev --
12th November 2019 Public Service Broadcasting Day --
14th November 2019 Children’s Day --
14th November 2019 Birth Anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru --

Mou’s Signed

MoU signed between CSIR-IMTECH and IIT Bombay

  • The MoU is in line with the circular issued by MHRD in 2018 to collaborate with National Research Laboratories affiliated to CSIR and paving way for all IITs.
  • IMTECH’s vision is to discover new drugs to address key societal and medical needs.

Defence

2nd Edition of Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’

  • The 2nd edition Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 6th Nov to 7th Nov 2019.
  • An Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, INS Kamorta, is jointly exercising with Indonesian Warship KRI Usman Harun, a multi-role Corvette.

Innovations for DEFENCE EXCELLENCE (iDEX)

  • The Def-connect was organised to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative.
  • ‘Defence Innovation Organization (DIO)’ funds and manages the iDEX and was formed as a ‘not for profit’ company as per Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013.

Exercise TIGER TRIUMPH

  • Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters, Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, and Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) would participate from India.
  • The exercise is being conducted to increase interoperability Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

Exercise 'SHAKTI-2019’

  • The aim of the exercise was to achieve interoperability in operational procedures, combat drills and understand the functioning in such situations.
  • ‘RUDRA’ helicopter, which is the weaponised version of the Advanced Light Helicopter 'Dhruv' was included in the exercise.

Sports

Kento Momota won his 10th title as Japan's World No. 1

  • Kento Momota and Chen Yufei won the titles in the men’s amd women’s title respectively at the Fuzhou China Open Badminton.
  • Kento Momota defeated Taiwan's world number two Tien-chen to won his 10th title as Japan's world number one.

Sundar Singh wins Gold in World Para Athletics Championships

  • The event was held in Dubai, UAE and will take place from 7th to 15th November 2019 at Dubai Club for People with Determination.
  • This is India's 2nd gold in the Championship after Devendra Jhajharia’s gold and silver in 2013 Lyon and 2015 Doha Championships.

Saurabh Chaudhary wins Silver at the 14th Asian Championship

  • Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the silver medal in men's 10m air pistol event at the 14th Asian Shooting Championship.
  • Abhishek Verma, Sharvan Kumar and Saurabh won the team bronze for India.

Summits and Conferences

19th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Meet

  • V Muraleedharan, Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry has participated in the event representing India.
  • The theme of this year meeting is "Promoting a Shared Destiny and Path to Prosperity in the Indian Ocean."

27th Conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations

  • The conference is being organised by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
  • MoSPI has developed a National Indicator Framework (NIF) for monitoring country’s progress on SDGs. Also, the NIF Baseline Report 2015-16 is released by the ministry to set the benchmark for measuring SDGs progress up to 2030.

9th BRICS Trade Ministers Meet

  • Piyush Goyal, Commerce and Industry and Railway Minister will attend the meet from India.
  • An MoU with Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies of BRICS countries will be signed at the meet to enhance collaboration between the trade and investment promotion agencies of BRICS nations.

Dhaka Global Dialogue

  • The programme is jointly organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
  • The theme of the dialogue is “Growth, development and Indo-Pacific”.

India-ASEAN Business Summit

  • The Union Minister of State Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh addressed the Inaugural Session of 2-day India-ASEAN Business Summit on 11th Nov in New Delhi.
  • The objective of the conference is to enhance the trade trajectory between India and ASEAN nations to new highs.

11th BRICS Summit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend 11th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit on 14th November in Brasilia, Brazil.
  • The theme for this year summit is “Economic growth and innovative future for BRICS economies”.
Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th November 2019 Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th November 2019 Reviewed by Neha Verma on November 15, 2019 Rating: 5

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