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03rd Nov 2021 Current Affairs in English


The 5th edition of “Ganga Utsav 2021” begins

The 5th edition of the three-day-long Ganga Utsav has been organized from November 01 to 03, 2021 in virtual format.

The “Ganga Utsav 2021 – The River Festival “ will not only celebrate the glory of the river Ganga but all the rivers of the country to promote the celebration of ‘Nadi Utsav’ (River Festival).

The 2021 event has been organized under the leadership of the Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. 

The annual event is organized by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) jointly with the Ministry of Jal Shakti to mark the anniversary of the announcement of River Ganga as the ‘National River’ on November 04, 2008. The 2021 celebrations will be part of the 75 years of Independence and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

On the first day of the festival, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) got registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of photos of handwritten notes uploaded on Facebook in an hour.


Federal Bank and Aditya Birla Health Insurance tie-up for Bancassurance

The Federal Bank and Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Limited (ABHICL) entered into a Bancassurance Partnership.

As a part of this alliance, Federal Bank will provide its customer’s innovative health insurance solutions offered by ABHICL.

Customers of Federal Bank will have facilities like Day 1 cover for asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, coaching on nutrition, etc.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Federal Bank Founded: 23 April 1931;
  • Federal Bank Headquarters: Aluva, Kerala;
  • Federal Bank MD & CEO: Shyam Srinivasan;
  • Federal Bank Tagline: Your Perfect Banking Partner.

Yes Bank and BankBazaar launched ‘FinBooster’ Credit Card

Yes, Bank and together launched a Co-Branded credit card named FinBooster to measure the Creditworthiness of the customers. FinBooster is built around a credit fitness tracker.

FinBooster uses the CreditStrong app Subscription (credit fitness report) which helps customers to track creditworthiness that improves the Credit score.

The tracking of credit scores will be done through an intuitive CreditStrong app subscription (credit fitness report), which is complimentary for the cardholder for the first year.

The credit card offers never expiring rewards points with no capping on the accrual. Customers can earn accelerated rewards points on online dining, grocery, and apparel purchases which can be easily redeemed for more than 250 catalog products.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Yes Bank Founded: 2004;
  • Yes Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra;
  • Yes Bank CEO: Prashant Kumar;
  • Yes Bank Tagline: Experience Our Expertise.

Ranks and Reports

Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021

Hurun India and EdelGive have jointly released the Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021. The list was topped by Azim Premji, the founder chairman of Wipro, with a donation of Rs 9,713 crore during fiscal 2020-21 which is around Rs 27 crore a day.

HCL’s Shiv Nadar once again retained the second spot on the list with an annual donation of Rs 1,263 crore, marking a 59 percent rise.

Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, and his family occupied the third spot on the philanthropy list with an annual donation of Rs 577 crore.

Here is the top 5 Philanthropist on the list:

1Azim PremjiRs 9,713 crore
2Shiv NadarRs 1,263 crore
3Mukesh AmbaniRs 577 crore
4Kumar Mangalam BirlaRs 377 crore

Summits and Conferences

G20 Summit ended with the adoption of the Rome Declaration

The 2021 G20 (Group of Twenty) Summit was held in Rome, Italy on October 30 and 31, 2021. It was the 16th meeting of the G20 group.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The summit concluded with the adoption of the Rome Declaration by G20 Leaders.

Moto: People, Planet, and Prosperity

Agenda: climate change, economic recovery, the pandemic, and the global minimum corporate tax rate.

Glasgow climate summit 2021: PM Modi speech highlights

Addressing the COP26 Glasgow Climate Summit held in Scotland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will reach net-zero carbon emission by 2070. PM Modi stressed a five-point plan or ‘Panchamrit’ to fight the devastating effects of global warming and climate change.

More than 120 world leaders were present at the COP26 Glasgow Climate Summit. India is the last of the world’s major carbon polluters to announce a net-zero target.

China has said that it would reach the net-zero carbon emission goal in 2060 while the United States and the European Union are aiming for reaching the goal by 2050.


Indian Navy stealth frigate Tushil launched in Russia

The seventh Indian Navy frigate of the P1135.6 class was launched at the Yantar Shipyard at Kaliningrad in Russia.

The ship has been formally named Tushil, a Sanskrit word that means protector shield. Tushil will be commissioned into the Indian Navy in mid-2023 followed by its sister ship by the end of 2023.

The ship has been developed under the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and Russia in 2016 for the construction of four additional P1135.6 class ships for the Indian Navy.


J&K team clinch 1st position in World Deaf Judo Championship

The Jammu & Kashmir team for deaf clinched 1st position in World Deaf Judo Championship held at Paris Versailles, France. Rakshanda Mehak who is part of the Indian team for the deaf clinched the bronze medal by defeating the South Korean team in the semifinal.

The championship was held at Versailles, France. The championship is organized by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Committee of Sports for the Deaf Founded: 1924;
  • International Committee of Sports for the Deaf President: Rebecca Adam.

Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath awarded MCC life membership

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has released the list of 18 Cricketers who were selected for the MCC awards Honorary Life Membership of the Club.

The list witnessed the names of 2 former Indian cricketers – Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath. This year’s list saw the names of 18 players, including 16 Male & 2 Female players (Sarah Taylor & Sara McGlashan).

MCC awards Honorary Life Membership Complete List:

EnglandAlastair Cook, Ian Bell, Marcus Trescothick, Sarah Taylor
South AfricaHashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis & Morne Morkel
West IndiesIan Bishop, Shivnarine Chanderpaul & Ramnaresh Sarwan
AustraliaAlex Blackwell & Damien Martyn
IndiaHarbhajan Singh & Javagal Srinath
Sri LankaRangana Herath
New Zealand Sara McGlashan
ZimbabweGrant Flower

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Melbourne Cricket Club Founded: 1838;
  • Melbourne Cricket Club Location: Melbourne, Australia;
  • Melbourne Cricket Club President: Clare Connor (1st Female President of MCC).

Books and Author

A book on Rani Laxmibai’s lawyer John Lang authored by Amit Ranjan

Amit Ranjan authored a book titled “John Lang: Wanderer of Hindoostan, Slanderer of Hindoostanee, Lawyer for the Ranee”. The book is about John Lang’s life, his exploits, and literary works.

He was an Australian journalist and lawyer who settled in India in the 19th century. He fought many cases against the British and also represented Rani Laxmibai in her legal battle against the annexation of her kingdom of Jhansi by the East India Company (EIC).

Important Days

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is an UN-recognized day observed annually on 2 November. The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers, estimated at only one in every ten cases.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/163.

The Resolution urged the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.


Former PM of Afghanistan Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai passes away

Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai, the former Prime Minister (PM) of Afghanistan and a renowned jihadi leader passed away at the age of 77 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai has served as the acting PM of Afghanistan under President Burhanuddin Rabbani during 1995-1996 prior to the 1996 Taliban Takeover.


‘Vax’ named Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2021

‘Vax’ has been chosen as the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2021. Vax is derived from the Latin word Vacca, which means cow.

Vax is used as a short form for vaccines and means a substance put into a person’s body to prevent them from getting a disease.

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