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11th Nov 2020 Current Affairs Headlines

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Important Days

World Science Day for Peace and Development: 10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated each year on November 10 every year.

This day is celebrated to highlight the important role that science play in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.

This year World Science Day for Peace and Development theme is “Science for and with Society”.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.

National Headlines

Assam: Tezpur Litchi gets GI tag

The Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has announced that Assam’s Tezpur Litchi has been given the geographical indication (GI) tag, though the litchis name in the GI tag list is there since 2015.

The application for GI tagging was made on 28th August 2013 by North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Ltd (NERAMAC).

Tezpur Litchi of Assam has got the geographical indication (GI) tags, making this item an incontrovertible proof of their origins in the state, and protecting them from production elsewhere.

Country’s longest motorable single-lane bridge inaugurated in Uttarakhand

India’s longest single-lane motorable suspension bridge has been inaugurated in Tehri-Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The Dobra-Chanti Jhula (suspension) bridge, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to mark the 20th foundation day of the state on 9th November 2020.

The bridge is 725-metre long and has been built in 14 years over the Tehri lake with a cost of Rs. 2.95 crore. It will cut travel time between Tehri and Pratapnagar from 5 to 1.5 hours.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat.
  • Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya.

Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival to be celebrated virtually

  • Nagaland govt decides to celebrate Hornbill Festival virtually this year, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. This festival is also called the Festival of Festivals.
  • It is held every year from December 1 to 10, showcases the culture, heritage, food and customs of Naga tribes.
  • 16 tribes come together to celebrate their traditions with dance performances. Tourists from across the globe attend the 10-day gala.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio; Governor of Nagaland: R. N. Ravi.

Appointments

Former chief secretary MM Kutty to be chairperson of CAQM

Former Chief Secretary of Delhi, M.M. Kutty was appointed as the chairperson of Commission for Air Quality Management(CAQM) in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas.

The CAQM was formed on October 28 after dissolving several pollution-monitoring bodies, including most prominently the 22-year-old, Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority (EPCA) that has so far addressed air pollution in the Delhi NCR. This body will perform the job of coordinating activities between the State.

The Centre has notified the Commission for Air Quality Management for the National Capital Region (NCR) days after it issued an ordinance on October 29 to set up the new agency with sweeping powers to monitor and act against sources of air pollution across five north Indian states.

The ordinance empowers the agency to make rules, set emission standards, and slap fines of up to Rs 1 crore or imprison violators for up to five years.

In exercise of its powers under the ordinance, a selection panel under Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar’s chairmanship selected Kutty.

The panel that also comprises Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Nitin Gadkari, Harsh Vardhan; and cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba has named Arvind Kumar Nautiyal, joint secretary, as the Commission’s full-time member.

Indian Oil Corp director A K Singh to head Petronet LNG

Indian Oil Corp (IOC) director-pipelines Akshay Kumar Singh will be the new managing director and chief executive of the country’s biggest gas importer, Petronet LNG Ltd.

He will replace Prabhat Singh who completed his 5-year term. Petronet is a joint venture of IOC, GAIL, Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and BPCL.

The four state-owned firms hold 12.5 per cent stake each in the company whose chairman is the Oil Secretary.

Petronet operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dahej in Gujarat and Kochi in Kerala.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • IOC Chairperson: Shrikant Madhav Vaidya.
  • IOC Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • IOC Founded: 30 June 1959.

Awards

Malayalam author S Hareesh wins the JCB Prize for Literature

Malayalam author, S Hareesh has won the JCB Prize for Literature 2020 for his novel Moustache.

It has been translated into English by Jayasree Kalathil & published by HarperCollins India.

The JCB Prize for Literature is regarded as the richest literary prize in India. As per the norm, the Malayalam author will receive a Rs 25 lakh cash prize and the translator will receive an additional Rs 10 lakh.


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