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1. Agreements Between India-Bahrain

– India and Bahrain have recently agreed to further strengthen their historic ties like in areas if defence and maritime security.

– Bahrain signed the Abraham Accord with Israel and is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the UAE, which was mediated by the USA.

– The bilateral issues, as well as regional and global matters of mutual interest, included areas of defence and maritime security, space technology, trade and investment, infrastructure, IT, FinTech, health, hydrocarbon and renewable energy.

– Discussed to strengthen their COVID-19 related cooperation.

– India provided help to Bahrain during the pandemic via supplying medicines, medical equipment and medical professionals.

– Also expressed satisfaction regarding the operationalisation of the Air Bubble arrangement between the two countries.

– An invitation is renewed to Bahrain by India for the 3rd India-Bahrain High Joint Commission meeting that will be held in the upcoming months in India.

– India also conveyed condolences on the demise of late Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who significantly contributed to the strengthening of India-Bahrain relations and to the welfare of the Indian community in Bahrain.

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2. Protest Against Bru Resettlement

– Parts of north Tripura have witnessed violent protests recently over the proposed resettlement of Bru tribals.

About Bru or Reang

– It is a community indigenous to Northeast India. They live mostly in Tripura, Mizoram and Assam. They are recognised in Tripura as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group.

– They have been targeted by groups in Mizoram as they do not consider them indigenous to the state.

– Due to ethnic clashes in 1997, about 37,000 Brus fled  Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts of Mizoram and were accommodated in relief camps in Tripura.

– Since then, 5,000 have returned to Mizoram in eight phases of repatriation.

– Also,  32,000 still live in six relief camps in North Tripura.

– A quadrilateral agreement was signed by the Centre, the two-state governments and Bru representatives in January 2020 in which they allowed the remaining 32,000 to permanently settle in Tripura.

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3. Speaker of the Lok Sabha

– Vijay Kumar Sinha is Bihar Assembly Speaker.

– Speaker is the chairman or the Presiding Officer of Lok Sabha. Elected from all other members by a simple majority.

– In the Order of Precedence of Government of India, the Speaker of Lok Sabha comes at sixth position.

– Speaker of Lok Sabha is basically the head of the house and presides over the sittings of Parliament and controls its working.

– It is the Speaker who decides the agenda of various discussions.

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

4. Essential Services Maintenance Act

– The Essential Services Maintenance Act has been extended by the Uttar Pradesh government in the State further banning strikes in all the departments and corporations under it for a period of another six months.

– The Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) is an act of Parliament of India.

– Its objective was to establish and to ensure the delivery of certain services. If it obstructed would affect the normal life of the people.

– These include services like public transport (bus services), health services (doctors and hospitals).

– ESMA gives police right to arrest without a warrant anybody violating the Act’s provisions.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 26 November, 2020

5. Mega Food Park

– In Punjab, a Megha Food Park is inaugurated.

About Mega Food Parks scheme

– Mega Food Park Scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in the country since 2008.

– The aim of the scheme is to provide a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers.

– These food parks will provide a boost to the food processing sector add value and reduce the wastage of food at each stage of the supply chain with a particular focus on perishables.

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6. MQ-9B Sea Guardian unarmed drones

Two MQ-9B Sea Guardian unarmed drones have been inducted by the Indian Army procured from the U.S on lease.

– The drone has a maximum endurance of 40 hours and a maximum flying altitude of 40,000 feet.

– It has a 3600 maritime surveillance radar and an optional multimode maritime surface search radar.

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

7. AUSINDEX

– AUSINDEX is a bilateral India-Australia naval exercise and France is keen to join it.

– AUSINDEX is Australia India Exercise that is it is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy.

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 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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1. Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar

– The 7th Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar was held through virtual mode on 24th November 2020.

– The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Than Myint, Union Minister for Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar and Shri Piyush Goyal, Commerce and Industry Minister of India.

– Both sides reviewed various bilateral issues ranging from trade, investment, banking, connectivity, capacity building and up-gradation of border infrastructure.

– They also reviewed their preparedness to meet the COVID-19 challenges and expanding cooperation in pharma and health sector including traditional medicines.

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2. Sahakar Pragya

– Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayat Raj and Food Processing Industries, Narendra Singh Tomar unveiled Sahakar Pragya.

– The 45 new training modules of Sahakar Pragya of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) will impart training to primary cooperative societies in rural areas of the country along with Lakshmanrao Inamdar National Cooperative Research and Development Academy (Linac).

– Sahakar Pragya embodies enhancing NCDC’s training capacity by 18  fold through an elaborate network of 18 Regional Training Centres across the country by the dedicated, Laxmanrao Inamdar National Academy for Cooperative Research and Development (LINAC) set up and fully funded by NCDC.

– Sahakar Pragya is the latest in the series of farmer-focused steps by NCDC.

– These 45 training modules of Sahakar Pragya to be delivered at LINAC and its countrywide network of Regional Training Centres will address the need for training of Primary cooperatives, FPO-Cooperatives and Self Help Groups federating.

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3. RE-Invest 2020

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the virtual 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020), on 26 November 2020 at 5:30 PM.

– The summit is organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and will be held from 26 – 28 November 2020.

About RE-Invest 2020

-The theme for RE-Invest 2020 is ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’.

–  It will feature a 3-day conference on renewables and future energy choices, and an exhibition of manufacturers, developers, investors and innovators.

– It is expected to be attended by over 75 international Ministerial delegations, over 1000 global industry leaders, and 50,000 delegates.

–  It aims to accelerate the worldwide effort to scale up development and deployment of renewable energy and connect the global investment community with Indian energy stakeholders.

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

4. New Chinese Village in Bhutan

–  Chinese media has recently claimed that a new border village built by China near Bhutan was on Chinese territory.

– The village that has been newly built is Pangda and Yadong county authorities of Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region have confirmed that 27 households with 124 people voluntarily moved from Shangdui village to Pangda village in September 2020.

– Since 2017, it is for the first time that a Chinese residential area has been noticed near the Doklam region. It is strategically important for India.

– Pangda is east of the India-Bhutan-China trijunction on the Doklam plateau.

– It was the site of a 72-day stand-off in 2017 triggered by China’s road-building up to where it sees its border.

– However, Bhutan officially denied the presence of any Chinese village in its territory.

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5. Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite

– Recently, Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

– Sentinel-6-Satellite is a part of the mission dedicated to measuring changes in the global sea level. The mission is known as the Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS) mission.

– The objective of the mission is to measure the height of the ocean, which is a key component in understanding how the Earth’s climate is changing.

– The objective of the mission is to To measure the height of the ocean, which is a key component in understanding how the Earth’s climate is changing.

– It consists of two satellites, Sentinel-6 and the other, called Sentinel-6B, to be launched in 2025.

– The mission is a Joint Collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat), the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Union (EU), with contributions from France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES).

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

6. UMANG International

– An international version of the government’s UMANG app has been launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs.

– The international version of UMANG app is known as ‘UMANG International’. It was launched to mark three years of UMANG (UMANG App was launched in 2017).

– The international version is for selected countries namely USA, UK, Canada, Australia, UAE, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

– It will help Indian international students, NRIs and Indian tourists abroad, to avail Government of India services, anytime.

– It will also help in taking India to the world through ‘Indian Culture’ services available on UMANG. It also creates interest amongst foreign tourists to visit India.

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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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1. Boston Centre for Excellence in Health and Human Development

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare digitally addressed the Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development through Video Conference.

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan on COVID-19: “We are living in a phase of a Silent War”.

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Yoga and Ayurveda: “The Time has come for Modern Medicine and India’s Traditional System to go together with an Integrative Approach to impact our lives and much better Disease Outcomes “.

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2. Innovative Technology infusion for better implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission

– A multi-disciplinary Technical Committee in the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has recommended five technologies specifically three technologies for drinking water and two technologies for sanitation as innovative technologies out of the ten technologies considered by it and these technologies would now be listed in the innovation portal of the Department.

– The Five technologies that have been recommended are:

i) Grundfos AQpure, a solar energy-based water treatment plant based on ultrafiltration

ii) Janajal Water on Wheel, an IoT based electric vehicle based on GPS location to enable the delivery of safe water to the doorstep of households

iii) Presto Online Chlorinator, a non-electricity dependent online chlorinator for disinfection of water for removal of bacterial contamination

iv) Johkasou technology – an inbuilt packaged black (sewage) and greywater (Kitchen and bath water) treatment system having an advanced anaerobic-aerobic configuration that can be installed underground

v) FBTec, a site assembled decentralised sewage treatment system using fixed filter media. The Committee has requested the other five applicants to carry out accreditation process/ pilots/ share field data before they can be reconsidered.

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3. 15th G20 Leaders’ Summit

– Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, participated in the 15th G20 Summit convened by Saudi Arabia in virtual format.

– The agenda of the second day of the G 20 summit focused a session on building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future and a side event on safeguarding the planet.

– The Prime Minister in his speech underscored that for an inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery in a Post COVID world, effective global governance is required and reformed multilateralism through improvement in character, governance and processes of multilateral institutions is the need of the hour.

– The Prime Minister further underscored the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ‘leaving no one behind’.

– He further said that India is following the same principle in the ‘Reform-Perform-Transform’ strategy to move forward and inclusive development efforts that are participative.

– It was decided that the G20 Presidency will be held by Indonesia in 2022, India in 2023 and Brazil in 2024.

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

4. SIMBEX-20 in the Andaman Sea

– Indian Navy (IN) is scheduled to host the 27th edition of India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 from 23 to 25 November 2020 in the Andaman Sea.

– The SIMBEX series of exercises between IN and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), being conducted annually since 1994.

– It aimed at enhancing mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices from each other. The scope and complexity of these exercises have increased steadily over the past two decades to include advanced naval drills covering a wide spectrum of maritime operations.

– The 2020 edition of SIMBEX will witness participation by Indian Navy ships including destroyer Rana with integral Chetak helicopter and indigenously built corvettes Kamorta and Karmuk.

– In addition, IN submarine Sindhuraj and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft will also participate in the exercise.

– RSN will be represented by the ‘Formidable’ Class frigates ‘Intrepid’ and ‘Steadfast’ with integral S70B helicopter and ‘Endurance’ Class Landing Ship Tank ‘Endeavour’ in the exercise.

– The exercise, being conducted as a ‘non-contact, at sea only’ exercise in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

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

5. Khadi Exhibition in Varanasi

– KVIC Inaugurates Khadi Exhibition in Varanasi.

– A range of exquisite Khadi products including the premium High Altitude Honey from Jammu & Kashmir, handcrafted silk, cotton and woollen clothes and herbal medicines have been put to display at the state level Khadi Exhibition in Varanasi organized by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

– The exhibition was inaugurated today by KVIC Chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena.

– Hundreds of empowered Khadi artisans from 8 States namely Uttar Pradesh, J&K, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Punjab have set up 90 stalls in the exhibition. It is the second such event which is organized by KVIC since the Covid-19 lockdown.

– The exhibition will continue for 15 days, i.e. from November 22 to December 7. In October this year, the first Khadi exhibition after the lockdown was organized in Lucknow.

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6. Rural drinking water supply projects

– The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh.

– It will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2,995 villages and will benefit about 42 lakh population of these districts.

– Village Water and Sanitation Committees/ Paani Samiti have been constituted in all these villages, who will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance.

– The total estimated cost of the projects is Rs 5,555.38 Crore. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months.

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

7. APEC Virtual Meet

– A virtual meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was held.

– The meeting was hosted by Malaysia. Due to the pandemic, New Zealand will also host next year’s APEC meetings virtually.

– In the Asia-Pacific region, the growth is expected to decline by 2.7% this year, from a 3.6% growth in 2019. The focus of APEC’s was on accelerating economic recovery and developing an affordable vaccine.

– The main focus areas are Trade and investment, Digital Economy and Technology, Structural Reform, Economic and Technical Cooperation and Thematic and institutional matters.

– The Putrajaya Vision 2040 was adopted by the APEC leaders. It is a new 20-year growth vision to replace the Bogor Goals named after the Indonesian town where leaders agreed in 1994 to free and open trade and investment.

– The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) agenda and the APEC Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap (AIDER) were discussed.

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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

IAS Prelims Mock-Test 2020 – Set 58, 19 November

 

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1. 15th G20 Leaders’ Summit

– At the invitation of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be attending the 15th G20 Summit.

– It will be chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the theme “Realising the Opportunities of 21st Century for All” on 21-22 November 2020. The meeting will be held in a virtual format.

– The focus of the upcoming G20 Summit will be on an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19.

– During the G 20 Summit, the leaders will discuss pandemic preparedness and the ways and means to restore jobs. The leaders will also share their vision for building an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future.

– India will enter the G20 Troika, along with Saudi Arabia when Italy will take over the Presidency of the G-20 on 1st December, 2020.

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2. India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit

– The Prime Minister of India, H.E. Shri Narendra Modi, and the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel, held the first-ever India-Luxembourg Virtual Summit on 19 November 2020.

– The two Prime Ministers underlined the excellent relations between India and Luxembourg based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and respect for human rights.

– The two leaders acknowledged the growing convergences between India and Luxembourg on global issues of mutual interest.

– Both Prime Ministers welcomed the signing of a cooperation agreement between Invest India and Luxinnovation to support and develop mutual business cooperation between Indian and Luxembourg companies.

– They also noted that Luxembourg companies were taking a growing interest in India’s various initiatives related to the environment, clean energy and sustainable technologies, including the Clean Ganga Mission.

– The leaders looked forward to the 17th Joint Economic Commission between India and the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union to review the economic and trade relations.

– They also further look at finance. Space and Digital Cooperation, Higher education and research, Culture and people-to-people ties, EU-India relations, COVID-19 pandemic, Multilateral cooperation, etc.

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3. Centre stage of international Energy Affairs

Executive Director of International Energy Agency (IEA), Mr. Fatih Birol said that India has moved to the Centre stage of international Energy Affairs and is a role model for other major emerging economies.

– Speaking at a virtual launch of the Energy Technology Perspectives 2020, a new study of IEA. It focusses on the technology needs and opportunities for reaching international climate and sustainable energy goals.

– Mr. Birol praised the Indian government for its efforts in providing clean energy to millions by way of schemes like Ujjawala and Ujala.

– India’s actions on renewable energy the Environment Minister said that India’s renewable energy now stands at 89 GW. It has increased by 170 % in the last 6 years which is a significant increase.

– “Our Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi has declared 175 GW of renewable power by 2022 and our aspirational goal stands at 450 GW of renewable energy.”, said Shri Javadekar

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

4. The Republican Ethic

– Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh released the third volume of the Selected Speeches of President Shri Ram Nath Kovind titled – ‘लोकतन्त्र के स्वर’ and ‘The Republican Ethic’ in New Delhi.

– It was held in the presence of the Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Information and Broadcasting and Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Shri Prakash Javadekar and other dignitaries.

– Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said that this compilation of speeches of President Shri Ram Nath Kovind presents a comprehensive picture of his work, personality and values.

– The ‘लोकतन्त्र के स्वर’ and ‘The Republican Ethic’, published by the Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, are series of books of collection of selected speeches of the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in Hindi and English respectively.

– The third volume contains 57 selected speeches of the President delivered during the third year of his presidency.

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5.  Land Management System (LMS)

– As part of efforts to improve the overall management of defence land, for the first time, a Land Management System (LMS) has been developed by Department of Defence in conjunction with DGDE and Armed forces.

– The portal was formally launched by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri in presence of officials from Indian Army, DGDE and Department of Defence.

– The Intranet portal shall digitize all requests of defence land management received by the Department in future.

– All data for cases since 2016 have already been captured and are available in the portal. Progressively, data of prior period will also be entered in the portal which is meant only for departmental use and it is not open for the public.

– The portal is expected to bring in greater speed, transparency and efficiency into the Land Management System (LMS) of the Department.

– With the integration of GIS-based tool, it will improve the decision-making process by removing duplication/unnecessary communication between various stakeholder groups involved in the decision-making process.

– The technical support for this GIS-based system has been provided by BISAG, India’s premier organization in GIS-based informatics.

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

6. 3rd Naturopathy Day

– 3rd Naturopathy Day is observed on 18 November, 2020 with a theme of Nurturing Vitality Through Naturopathy”.

– It was organized at the Nisargopchar ashram in Urli Kanchan in collaboration with National Institute of Naturopathy in Pune.

As per PIB, the highlights of the programme are as follows:

– Awareness session on Covid -19 and related safety precautions in day to day life.

– Live demonstration of the right techniques of hand washing, wearing masks, steam inhalation, jala neti and preparation of herbal decoctions.

– Practical yoga session on asanas, pranayamas and meditation.

– Session on naturopathy for vitality

– Session on a naturopathic diet to improve immunity and health

– Session on various naturopathy treatments during COVID-19 pandemic

– Distribution of kadha and naturopathic lunch for all the participants.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 17 November, 2020

7. Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project (MITP)

– The Government of India, the Government of Meghalaya and the World Bank signed a $120 million project to improve and modernise the transport sector of the state of Meghalaya.

– This will help Meghalaya to harness its vast growth potential for high-value agriculture and tourism.

– The project will improve about 300 km of strategic road segments and stand-alone bridges by using innovative, climate-resilient, and nature-based solutions.

– It will also support innovative solutions such as precast bridges to reduce both time and cost of construction.

– The loan agreement was signed by Dr. C S Mohapatra on behalf of the Government of India and MrHideki Mori, Operations Manager (India), World Bank on behalf of the World Bank.

– This operation will also support the state government’s “Restart Meghalaya Mission” to revive and boost development activities affected due to COVID-19 pandemic. It will help restore transport services and generate direct employment of about 8 million person-days.

– The $120 million loans from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has a maturity of 14 years including a grace period of 6 years.

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

8. Launch of RuPay card Phase-II

– A Virtual Ceremony for the joint launch of RuPay card Phase-II by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering will be held on 20 November 2020.

– The Prime Ministers of India and Bhutan had jointly launched Phase-I of the project during the State Visit of Prime Minister to Bhutan in August 2019.

– The implementation of Phase-I of RuPay cards in Bhutan has enabled visitors from India to access ATMs and Point of Sale (PoS) terminals across Bhutan.

– Phase-II will now allow Bhutanese cardholders to access RuPay network in India.

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IAS Prelims Mock-Test 2020 – Set 58, 19 November

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. Operationalisation of Revamped Website of MoSPI

– The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has upgraded its website with improved functionality and content accessibility from 18th November 2020.

–  It can be accessed using the URL: mospi.gov.in.

– The new website has been designed using the latest portal development technology with the purpose of providing an integrated digital experience to Users.

– The revamped website has been developed as per GIGW guidelines of DARPG and NIC.

– Website design is kept clutter-free and minimalist ensuring the clear identity of elements and providing visual appeal with viewer friendliness. Website is mobile device compatible and disables friendly.

– Visitors can provide information on User experience, adding the desired element of “public participation” and boost the potential of e-Governance Visitor can share the content link on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) through share button available across the website.

– To facilitate the process of a smooth transition, link to the old website will be available on the new website for a period of 6 months. The old website can also be accessed using URL: mospi.nic.in.

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2. Global Prevention Coalition (GPC)

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare digitally addressed the Ministerial meeting of the Global Prevention Coalition (GPC) for HIV Prevention.

– Hosted by UNAIDS and UNFPA on behalf of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition (GPC), the conference this year holds significance in achieving the 2016 UNGA commitment to end AIDS by 2030.

– Member States of GPC had agreed to reduce new adult HIV infections by 75% at the end of 2020 from 2010 levels.

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3. 240th Corps of Engineers Day

– Indian Army celebrated the 240th Corps of Engineers Day on 18 Nov 2020.

– In a solemn ceremony organized at ‘National War Memorial’, Lt Gen SK Shrivastava, Engineer-in-Chief along with other serving officers, JCOs and other ranks laid wreaths and paid homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.

– The Corps of Engineers provides combat engineering support, develops infrastructure for armed forces and other defence organisations and maintains connectivity along our vast borders besides providing succour to the populace during natural disasters.

– These tasks are executed through four pillars of the Corps – Combat Engineers, Military Engineer Service, Border Road Organisation and Military Survey.

– The Corps of Engineers has three groups, i.e. Madras Sappers, Bengal Sappers and Bombay Sappers which were amalgamated into the Corps on 18 Nov 1932.  Since its inception, history is replete with colossal exemplary contributions of the Corps of Engineers both in war and peace.

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4. World Toilet Day

– Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti is celebrating ‘World Toilet Day’ on  November 19, 2020 under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen (SBMG)’ for promoting awareness on access to Safe Sanitation and felicitating districts/states for making a significant contribution towards Swachhata.

– Phase 2 of SBMG has been launched early this year for sustaining the gains made under Phase 1 (2014-19) with focus on ODF Sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM).

– Various campaigns focusing on construction and beautification of Community Sanitary Complexes (CSCs) have been undertaken countrywide over past one year like Swachh Sunder Samudayik Sauchalay (SSSS) and Samudayik Sauchalay Abhiyan (SSA).

5. Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises scheme (PM-FME Scheme)

– Shri Narendra Singh inaugurates capacity building component of the PM-FME Scheme and also launched the GIS One District One Product (ODOP) digital map of India.

– Under the capacity building component of the PM-FME scheme, training of the Master Trainers would be delivered through online mode, classroom lecture and demonstration, and self-paced online learning material.

–  NIFTEM and IIFPT are playing a key role by providing training and research support to selected enterprises/groups/clusters in partnership with State Level Technical Institutions.

– The Master Trainers will train the District Level Trainers, who will train the beneficiaries. The current training is based on Fruits and Vegetable processing & EDP.

About the PM-FME Scheme

– It was launched under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

– The Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme aims to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing industry and promote formalization of the sector and provide support to Farmer Producer Organizations, Self Help Groups, and Producers Cooperatives along their entire value chain.

– With an outlay of Rs. 10,000 crore over a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25, the scheme envisions to directly assist the 2,00,000 micro food processing units for providing financial, technical, and business support for up-gradation of existing micro food processing enterprises.

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

6. UNESCO Global Geoparks

– The efforts are made by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to get recognition of a geopark for Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). It consists of Erra Matti Dibbalu (red sand dunes), natural rock formations, Borra Caves and volcanic ash deposits.

– There are 161 UNESCO Global geoparks spread across 44 countries, India is yet to have one of its own.

– Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 17 November, 2020

7. Step Up for TB 2020” report

– The “Step Up for TB 2020” is a report by the Stop TB Partnership and Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF).

– It has highlighted India’s conservative approach regarding the new medicines for Drug Resistant TB, putting lives of patients including children in danger.

– The current Pandemic has further aggravated the sufferings of TB patients in the country in terms of disease diagnosis, surveillance and treatment.

– In the report, the data is presented on 37 high-burden countries, including India and assessing the extent to which national policies align with international best practices based on World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and the latest scientific research.

– This is the 4th edition of this report. It focuses on countries’ policies and practices related to 4 key areas of national TB programmes (NTPs) namely;

Diagnosis,

Treatment (including models of care),

Prevention, and

Medicines procurement policies.

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

8. 12th BRICS Summit

– In the 12th BRICS Summit, PM Narendra Modi touched issues including terrorism, VOVID-19 pandemic and the need for reforms in global bodies.

– This year 12th BRICS Summit was hosted and chaired by Russia.

9. India’s first convergence project

– To generate green energy for rural and agriculture consumption, India’s first convergence project is set to come up in Goa.

– Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, and the Goa government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the same.

– The Convergence Project of EESL focuses on energy solutions that lie at the confluence of renewable energy, electric mobility and climate change.

– Its objective is to connect seemingly independent sectors including Solar Energy, Energy Storage and LED lights to provide solutions, which can enable in decarbonisation and affordable energy access.

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1. Bengaluru Tech Summit, 2020

– On 19th November, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit, 2020. This Summit is scheduled from 19th to 21st November, 2020.

– The summit is organised by the Government of Karnataka along with Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), Karnataka government’s Vision Group on Information Technology, Biotechnology & Startup, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and MM ActivSci-Tech Communications.

– The Summit will see the participation of Mr. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Guy Parmelin, Vice President of the Swiss Confederation and many other prominent international figures.

– This year, the theme of the summit is “Next is Now”.

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2. The 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum

– Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi delivered an address at the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum that took place in New Delhi on 17th November 2020.

– The Forum was established in 2018 by Mr. Michael Bloomberg with the aims to build a community of leaders to engage in real conversations leading to actionable solutions about the critical challenges facing a world economy in the throes of a historic transition.

– The inaugural Forum was held in Singapore, and the second annual Forum was hosted in Beijing. These covered a range of topics, including global economic management, trade and investment, technology, urbanization, capital markets, climate change, and inclusion.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 17 November, 2020

3. Second Successful Flight Test of QRSAM System

– Second successful flight test of the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) System was conducted from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

– The test was carried out once again, against the high-performance Jet Unmanned Aerial Target called Banshee, which simulates an aircraft.

– The flight test was conducted in the deployment configuration of the weapon system comprising of Launcher, fully Automated Command and Control System, Surveillance System and Multi-Function Radars.

– The first in the series test of QRSAM took place on 13th Nov 2020 achieving the milestone of a direct hit. The second test proved the performance parameters of a warhead.

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4. Lilavati Award-2020

– Union Minister of Education Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually launched Lilavati Award-2020. It is AICTE’s Innovative education program to empower women.

– With women empowerment as the theme, the objective of the award is to create awareness about issues like sanitation, hygiene, health, nutrition, literacy, employment, technology, credit, marketing, innovation, skill development, natural resources and rights among women.

– These initiatives will inspire the girl students and women to participate and excel.

– The Minister informed that the award covers multidisciplinary areas such as women’s health, self-defense, sanitation, literacy, entrepreneurship and legal awareness. He said that the program will ensure the participation of women and enable them to hold higher positions in educational institutions.

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5. Option-1 to meet the GST implementation shortfall

– Telangana decides to go for Option-1 to meet the GST implementation shortfall. The State has now joined 22 other States and 3 Union Territories (Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry) who have opted for Option-1.

– The States who choose Option-1 is getting the amount of shortfall arising out of GST implementation through a special borrowing window put in place by the Government of India.

– The window has been operationalised now and the Government of India already borrowed an amount of Rs.18,000 crore on behalf of the States in three instalments and has passed it on to 22 States and 3 Union Territories on 23rd October, 2020, 2nd November, 2020 and 9th November, 2020.

– Now the Government of Telangana will receive funds raised through this window.  The next instalment of borrowings is likely to be released on 23rd November, 2020.

– Under the terms of Option-1, besides getting the facility of a special window for borrowings to meet the shortfall arising out of GST implementation, States are also entitled to get unconditional permission to borrow the final instalment of 0.50% of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) out of the 2% additional borrowings permitted by the Government of India, under Atmnirbhar Abhiyaan on 17th May, 2020. This is over and above the Special Window of Rs.1.1 lakh crores

– On receipt of the choice of Option-1from the Government of Telangana, the Government of India has today granted the State Government of Telangana additional borrowing permission of Rs.5,017 crore (0.5% of Telangana’s GSDP).

– States who have opted for Option-1 are – Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, along with the three Union Territories of Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry.

– The amount of additional borrowing permission granted to these States and the amount of funds raised through a special window and released to the 22 States and 3 UTs so far is annexed.

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

6. Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP)

– Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today said that Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) is a market-friendly policy which is driving self-reliance in the energy sector. He was speaking at the signing of contracts for 11 oil and gas blocks offered under the OALP Bid Round-V.

– OALP Bid Rounds, has led to increasing in exploration acreages in India. The exploration acreage which stood at about 80,000 sq. km. from earlier regimes now stands at approx. 2,37,000 sq. km., post the award of blocks under OALP Round-V.

– Calling it a transformative policy, the Minister said that the OALP has removed red-tapism and brought in a quantum jump in Exploration & Production sector. He called for moving away from business-as-usual approach and strives for exponential growth and speed, asking the winners to bring in new technology and new business models, so as to expedite the production of oil and natural gas from these areas.

– A total of 11 blocks in 8 sedimentary basins covering a total acreage of 19,789.04 sq km has been awarded under OALP Bid Round 5, with Rs. 465 crore of immediate exploration work commitment. ONGC has been awarded 7 blocks where 4 blocks went to Oil India Limited (OIL).

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

7. EESL Signs MoU with DNRE Goa

– Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power and Department of New & Renewable Energy (DNRE), Goa, have signed a memorandum of understanding today to discuss rolling out of India’s first Convergence Project in the State.

– Under the MoU, EESL and DNRE will carry-out the feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralized solar energy projects.

– EESL shall implement the solar energy projects, the establishment of 100 MW of decentralized ground-mounted Solar Power projects on government lands to be used for agricultural pumping, replace approximately 6,300 agricultural pumps with BEE star rated energy efficient pumps and distribute approximately 16 Lakh LED bulbs for rural domestic households.

IAS Prelims Mock-Test 2020 – Set 57, 18 November

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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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