Daily Important News will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

 1. Centennial Foundation Day of University of Lucknow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the celebration of Centennial Foundation Day of the University of Lucknow.

– The Prime Minister unveiled the University’s Centennial Commemorative Coin on the occasion. He also released a special Commemorative Postal Stamp issued by India Post and its Special Cover during the event.

– The Union Defence Minister and Member of Parliament from Lucknow, Shri Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.

– Management, branding and strategy to make the products like Lucknow ‘Chikankari’, brass wares of Moradabad, locks of Aligarh, Bhadohi Carpets globally competitive should be the part of courses offered at the university.

– The Prime minister also called for continued engagement with subjects of arts, culture and spirituality to provide them a global reach.

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2. 71st Constitution Day

– To commemorate the 71st Constitution Day (26 November, 2020) Films Division is screening four documentary films on the adoption of Constitution of India by the Union of India on 26th November, 1949, it’s salient features and on Dr BR Ambedkar, Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, on FD website and YouTube Channel.

– The films being streamed are

Our Constitution which depicts the various clauses of India’s Constitution,

We The People of India that traces framing of the Constitution,

The Preamble, an animation on the Preamble to the Constitution of India, and

Babasaheb Ambedkar, a biographical film on Dr BR Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India.

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3. 33rd PRAGATI interaction

– Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the PRAGATI meeting on 25 November, 2020.

– It marked Prime Minister’s thirty-third interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Central and State governments.

– In PRAGATI meeting, multiple projects, grievances and programmes were reviewed. The projects taken up were of the Ministry of Railways, MORTH, DPIIT and Power Ministry.

– These projects, with a total cost of Rs 1.41 lakh crore, were related to ten states and union territories, including Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Prime Minister asked the concerned Secretaries of the Union Government and Chief Secretaries of the State Governments to ensure that they complete the work before time.

– During the meeting, grievances related to COVID-19 and to the PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) were taken up. PM SVANidhi, agriculture reforms and development of districts as export hubs were reviewed. Prime Minister also asked the States to develop a State Export Strategy.

– In the previous 32 such meetings, a total of 275 projects worth Rs 12.5 lakh crore have been reviewed, along with 47 programmes/schemes and grievances across 17 sectors have been taken up.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 25 November, 2020

4. All Fixed to Mobile calls

– All Fixed to Mobile calls to be dialled with prefix ‘0’ from 15th January, 2021. This is to free up sufficient numbering resources for future use.

With the consideration of TRAI Recommendation on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services” Department of Telecommunications has taken the decision of implementing the following:

– All Fixed to Mobile calls will be dialed with prefix ‘0’ from 15th January, 2021.

– There will be no change in dialling plan from fixed to fixed, mobile to fixed and mobile to mobile calls.

– Suitable announcement will be made for the same. This announcement shall be played whenever a subscriber dials a fixed to mobile call without prefixing ‘0’.

– All fixed-line subscribers will be provided with ‘0’ dialling facility.

– A total of approximately 2539 million numbering series is expected to be generated from the above. This will free up sufficient numbering resources for future use.

– With the freeing up of sufficient numbering resources, more number of connections can be added in future which will be beneficial to the mobile customers at large.

– The above changes have been done in order to have minimum inconvenience to the subscribers and freeing up essential numbering resources.

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5. e-Event organized by the National Medicinal Plant Board

– Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (IC), for AYUSH chaired an e-event organized by the National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB) on 24th November, 2020 to celebrate its Establishment Day.

– On this occasion, a “Status Report of NMPB 2020” and “Ayur-veg” e-book were also released.

– The AYUSH Minister, Secretary (AYUSH) Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha and other members of the Board complemented NMPB for its progress, achievements and contribution made for growth and development of medicinal plants sector in the country.

– NMPB’s main objective is the development of medicinal plants sector through developing strong coordination between the stakeholders i.e., farmers, traders, and manufacturers benefiting each of them. The endeavour would increase the income and livelihood of the farmers and tribes.

– It would facilitate backward integration with the industry/ manufacturers through post-harvest management. Introduction of new IT tools and market linking activities further help the farmers as well as the industry.

– It was 24th November 2000, that the then Department of AYUSH joined hands with the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Department of Biotechnology and Department of Agricultural Research and Education to form the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB).

– The Board, today, is an integral unit of the Ministry of AYUSH with the aforesaid Ministries and Departments offering consultations and support, and it exercises oversight on medicinal plants sector.

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Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 24 November, 2020


Daily Important News will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. COVID-19 RT-PCR Lab

The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah today inaugurated a mobile COVID-19 RT-PCR Lab at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi, jointly launched by SpiceHealth and the ICMR.

– The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan also participated in the inauguration function.

– The Secretary DHR and Director General of the ICMR, Dr.Balram Bhargava, the Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, Shri Ajay Singh and the CEO of SpiceHealth, Ms. Avani Singh also took part in the inauguration ceremony.

– This testing lab and more such labs which are planned to be set up, shall help in adding more capacity to COVID-19 testing. The lab is accredited by NABL and approved by the ICMR.

– RT-PCR tests are the most decisive and crucial for COVID-19 testing. These tests will cost Rs. 499/- and the cost of testing will be borne by the ICMR.

– The people of Delhi will not have to bear any cost. This initiative is a step in making COVID-19 testing affordable and more accessible to the common person.

– The test report would be available within 6 to 8 hours from the time of sample collection compared to the average 24 to 48 hours taken by similar test reports.

– SpiceHealth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ICMR for setting up testing facilities (laboratories)and collection centres across the country. To begin with, the first testing facility has been set up in Delhi.

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2. ‘Martyrdom Day’ of Guru Teg Bahadur

– The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of ‘Martyrdom Day’ of Guru Teg Bahadur on 23 November, 2020 has said:-

“On the sacred occasion of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s Martyrdom Day, I pay him my humble tribute.”

– The ninth Guru of the Sikh community, Shri Teg Bahadur Ji, made supreme sacrifice to protect the faith, belief and rights of the people. Therefore, the fellow citizens call him ‘Hind di Chaadar’ with love and respect.

– Guru Teg Bahadur’s teachings and his work will continue to spread the spirit of love and patriotism among all of us.

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3. Aviation Safety Awareness Week 2020

– Airports Authority of India (AAI) commenced Aviation Safety Awareness Week 2020 from 23rd November to 27th November 2020.

– The week-long celebration is being observed at all airports and ANS locations managed by AAI across India.

– Shri Arvind Singh, Chairman, AAI, requested all Regional Executive Directors & Airport Directors to be proactive and to devote time personally for monitoring the safety performance of their respective region/station.

– To raise awareness on Aviation Safety, AAI will undertake various employee engagement programs at the airports and ANS stations like reviewing documents and facilities, Mock exercises, preventive maintenance etc.

– Various social campaigns too will be rolled out to raise awareness on the issue. Banners and posters are being displayed across AAI offices and operational centres to educate both external and internal stakeholders on the significance of the Safety Awareness Week.

– Shri Maneesh Kumar DDG, DGCA has emphasized to achieve long term objective of Zero fatality by the year 2030 as envisaged by ICAO in its Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP-2020-22) through better managed safety systems of stakeholders.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 23 November, 2020

4. National Crisis Management Committee Meeting

Union Cabinet Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to review the status of impending Cyclone through video conferencing with the Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

– The Chief Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry briefed the NCMC about their preparedness and mentioned that the authorities are fully prepared to meet any eventuality.

–  They also informed about the coordination with the NDRF and other agencies to meet this challenge.

– DG, India Meteorological Department made a presentation on the present situation and mentioned that the status is being shared with the concerned State Governments. He mentioned that the impending Cyclone is going to affect coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry between 24th to 26th November, 2020.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 21 November, 2020

5. ATAL Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs)

Union Education Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated 46 online AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) to train teachers of higher education institutions associated with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in thrust and emerging areas in technology.

– The FDPs will be conducted in 22 Indian states.

– On the occasion, the Shri Pokhriyal said that it is a matter of pride for the ATAL Academy to be included in the Book of World Records. He informed that the London-based organization has recognized the FDPs as a world record, under which 1,000 online FDPs in over 100 emerging areas will benefit one lakh faculty members across premier institutions like IITs, NITs, and IIITs

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6. India-China on the Brahmaputra

– Several dams have been constructed along the Brahmaputra River (known as Yarlung in China) on the Chinese side. This has become a repeated cause of concern for India.

– India and China continue to grow demographically as well as economically. Both amid at increasing consumption among its citizens. And also both nations face water constraints and in a race to develop new projects in order to overcome them.

7. National Commission for Minorities (NCM)

– It has been highlighted, recently that the seven-member National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has only one member left after the retirement of its vice-chairperson while the other 5 posts have been vacant since May 2020.

– Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry for Minority Affairs clarified that the process is underway and there has been a delay in filling the vacancies.

– However, it is not the first time that vacancies have not been filled in the NCM. All seven posts remained empty for over two months in 2017.

– In 2004, the standing committee on social justice and empowerment was headed by Sumitra Mahajan. The committee made specific recommendations to strengthen the NCM, highlighting its insufficient investigative powers.

– However, these recommendations were never implemented by the then government. The reports tabled by the NCM are hardly taken up or debated irrespective of the government in power.

– The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992 Section 13 mandates that the annual report, together with the memorandum of action taken on the recommendations contained therein, as well as the reasons for non-acceptance of the recommendations, if any, be tabled before Parliament annually. Since 2010, these reports have not been tabled in Parliament.

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Daily Important News will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. Ananda- Atmanirbhar Agents

– LIC of India has launched a digital application – ANANDA in the hands of Honourable Chairman Mr. M R Kumar, which will prove to be a game-changer.

– In view of today’s difficult and challenging times, LIC has come up with a unique and timely initiative to facilitate the process of proposal completion which is totally paperless and completely digital.

– The process of new business completion has been re-engineered by converting physical formats into digital ones.

– ANANDA will enable an agent to complete a policy even without physically meeting the customer. Important is that the mobile number of the customer should be mapped with his Aadhar.

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2. India’s IRNSS

The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) has been accepted as a component of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS) for operation in the Indian Ocean Region by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

– his will enable merchant vessels to use IRNSS for obtaining position information similar to GPS and GLONASS to assist in the navigation of ships in ocean waters within the area covered by 50°N latitude, 55°E longitude, 5°S latitude and 110°E longitude

– The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of IMO during its recent meeting (102nd session) held from 4 to 11 November 2020 has approved the recognition of the IRNSS as a component of the World-Wide Radio Navigation System.

– his is a significant achievement of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.

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3. Virtual court and e-challan project

The Virtual Court (traffic) and e-Challan project have been recently (12th November, 2020) inaugurated in Assam by Shri SarbanandaSonowal, the chief minister of Assam.

– The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of Gauhati High Court in association with Government of Assam and Assam Police, under the aegis of e-Committee of Supreme Court of India, are spearheading the project in the State.

– Maharashtra’s 2nd virtual court called “NyayKaushal” was recently inaugurated on 31st October by Shri Arvind Bobde, the Chief Justice of India and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud of the Supreme Court at Judicial Officers Training Institute in Nagpur.

About E-challan

– E-challan solution is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) whereas the software has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).

– It will replace the present concept of manual challan with an electronically generated digital challan.

About Virtual court

– It is an initiative of E-Committee of Supreme Court along with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law& Justice, Government of India. Virtual Court is an online court being managed by Virtual Judge (which is not a person but an algorithm) whose jurisdiction can be extended to the entire state and working hours may be 24X7. There is no brick& mortar building of the court.

– A Virtual Court was inaugurated in Delhi on 26th July 2019 and in Haryana on 17th August 2019 to initially try Traffic Challan cases. Currently, there are 9 Virtual courts functioning in India- Delhi (2 Courts), Haryana (Faridabad), Maharashtra (Pune), Madras, Karnataka (Bengaluru), Maharashtra (Nagpur), Kerala (Kochi) and Assam (Gauhati).

– They are all dealing with Traffic Challan cases only.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 20 November, 2020

4. Lakshmi Vilas Bank Crisis

-The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently has decided to impose a 30-day moratorium on Chennai-based Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd (LVB).

– In September 2019, LVB was placed under the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework and considering the breach of PCA thresholds as on 31st March, 2019.

– Certain regulatory trigger points have been specified by the RBI as a part of prompt corrective action (PCA) Framework, in terms of three parameters, i.e. capital to risk-weighted assets ratio (CRAR), net non-performing assets (NPA) and Return on Assets (RoA).

– It is done for the initiation of certain structured and discretionary actions in respect of banks hitting such trigger points.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 19 November, 2020

5. Supercomputer Param Siddhi

– Param Siddhi, India’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputer ranked 63rd among top 500 most powerful non-distributed computer systems in the world.

– Distributed computing is a field of computer science that studies distributed systems.

About Distributed System

It is a system whose components are located on different networked computers, which communicate and coordinate their actions by passing messages to one another. In order to achieve a common goal, the components interact with one another.

About Non-Distributed or Co-Located system

In this, all the parts of the system are in the same physical location. In a distributed system, parts of the system exist in separate locations.

About Param Siddhi

– It is a High-Performance Computing-Artificial Intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer.

– It is developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.

– The supercomputer has Rpeak of 5.267 Petaflops and 4.6 Petaflops Rmax.

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6. Rajasthan government launches maternity benefit scheme for the second child

– A maternity benefit scheme has been launched by the Rajasthan Government for four districts under which mothers will get ₹6,000 for the second child. This Scheme will be called Indira Gandhi Matritva Poshan Yojana.

This will supplement the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) under which mothers get ₹5,000 for their first child.

– The four districts where the scheme is being implemented are; Udaipur, Pratapgath, Banswara and Dungarpur on a pilot basis for five years.

– Reason behind choosing these four districts are nutrition indicators among children and anaemia levels among mothers are worse than the average for the State.

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Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 18 November, 2020

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Daily Important News will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. 147th session of the WHO Executive Board

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare digitally chaired the 147th session of WHO Executive Board, through Video Conference.

– According to him “we must engender in our health workforces a desire to make a real difference in the post-COVID world.” Further, he stated that “we need to make difficult choices and drive some radical changes within.”

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2. Nitish Kumar

– The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has congratulated Shri Nitish Kumar on taking oath as Chief Minister of Bihar.

– Prime Minister said, “Congratulations to Nitish Kumar Ji on taking oath as Bihar’s CM. I also congratulate all those who took oath as Ministers in the Bihar Government. The NDA family will work together for the progress of Bihar. I assure all possible support from the Centre for the welfare of Bihar.”

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3. TRIFED expands

– TRIFED expands Tribes India product range.

– Tribes India has taken up a new initiative to include more new products, this time those produced by the inmates of Central Jail of Jagdalpur among others.

– Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED said, “Tribes India is continuing in its mission to transform tribal lives and improve their livelihoods. Our association with the Central Jail in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh is yet another initiative to provide the tribals a bigger market for their handicrafts and produce and help them become self-reliant and build an Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

– Among the products launched include beautifully crafted moorthis and some Ketki baskets from the tribal inmates of Jagdalpur Jail in Chhattisgarh. These attractive moorthis of Ganesha, Lakshmi, Durga will not only make for gifting items but will also help make the tribal jail inmates self-reliant.

– It has been decided that Trifed will now partner with the Central Jail of Jagdalpur so that the sourcing of the handicrafts from the jail inmates can become a regular process, and Tribes India can help take these attractive handiwork to the rest of the world.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 12 November, 2020

4. DIPAM signs an agreement

– Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has signed an agreement with World Bank on 16 Nov 2020.

– Under the agreement, the World Bank is to provide advisory services to DIPAM for asset monetization.

– DIPAM is mandated with facilitating monetization of non-core assets of government CPSEs under strategic disinvestment or closure and enemy property of the value of INR 100 crores and above.

– DIPAM has a framework for monetizing non-core assets.

– The World Bank advisory project, approved by the Finance Minister, is aimed at analyzing public asset monetization in India and benchmarking its institutional and business models against international best practices as well as supporting the development of operational guidelines and capacity building for their implementation.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 11 November, 2020

5. Master Bhanwarlal Meghwal

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the demise of Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Master Bhanwarlal Meghwal.

– In a tweet, Narendra Modi said “Saddened by the demise of Rajasthan Cabinet Minister, Master Bhanwarlal Meghwal Ji. He was a veteran leader who was passionate about serving Rajasthan. In this hour of sadness, my condolences to his family and supporters”.

6. Statue of Peace

– The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, unveiled ‘Statue of Peace’ to mark the 151st Birth Anniversary celebrations of Jainacharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj.

– The Statue unveiled in the honour of the Jain acharya, has been named as ‘Statue of Peace’.

– The 151-inch tall statue has been made from Ashtadhatu i.e. 8 metals, with Copper being the major constituent, and is installed at Vijay Vallabh Sadhana Kendra, Jetpura, in Pali, Rajasthan.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 10 November, 2020

7. RCEP Agreement

– The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has come into existence recently on the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN Summit.

– The discussions laid down the path for restarting the discussion that had failed to admit India earlier and said “new” developments would be taken into consideration if India re-applies.

About RCEP

– It consists of 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

– It excludes the USA, which withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2017.

– In 2012, negotiations over the RCEP deal began. India was also part of the negotiations but it opted out in 2019. The main concern was that the lower tariffs could hurt local producers.

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