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Important Days

National Education Day

In India, the National Education Day or Rashtriya Shiksha Diwas is celebrated on 11 November every year.

The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India.

According to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, schools are the laboratories that produce future citizens of the country. He is the person behind IITs and various other institutes in India.

On 11 September 2008, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has announced to commemorate the birthday of the great person by recalling the contribution of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the field of education by celebrating 11 November as National Education Day.

National Headlines

Digital/Online media now under govt regulation

Digital/Online media has been brought under the purview of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Currently, there is no law or autonomous body governing digital content.

The 2nd Schedule of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961 has been amended to include following entries viz. Films and Audio-Visual programmes, News and current affairs content.

This means that digital content providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar will now be regulated by the Union ministry headed by Prakash Javadekar.

The I&B ministry will also regulate online audio-visual programmes and current affairs content, according to the amendment order signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The decision has been taken in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 77 of the Constitution, by amending the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and it will come into effect immediately.

International Headlines

China launches ‘world’s first 6G experiment satellite’

China has sent into space the world’s first 6G experiment satellite.

The 6G satellite was among three Chinese satellites successfully launched into orbit, along with 10 commercial remote sensing satellites developed by Argentinian company Satellogic. This was the 351st rocket of China’s Long March series.

As per the reports, the technology is expected to be over 100 times faster than 5G. The 6G communications test satellite was launched into the orbit along with 12 other satellites.

Important notes for all competitive exams: 

  • China Capital: Beijing.
  • China Currency: Renminbi.
  • China President: Xi Jinping.

Defence News

Rajnath Singh unveils model of Anti-Satellite Missile at DRDO Bhawan

A model of Anti Satellite (A-SAT) Missile installed inside DRDO Bhawan was unveiled by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The installation of the A-SAT model will inspire the DRDO fraternity to take up many more such challenging missions in future.

‘Mission Shakti’ was the country’s first-ever Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) Missile Test successfully conducted on 27th March 2019 from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, where a fast-moving Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit was neutralised with pinpoint accuracy.

This made India 4th nation in the world with the capability to defend its assets in outer space.

Important notes for all competitive exams: 

  • DRDO Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.

Ranks and Reports

Azim Premji tops Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2020

The founder-chairman of Wipro Ltd, Azim Premji has topped the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2020.

The 75-year-old made the highest contribution of Rs 7,904 crore between April 2019 and March 2020 towards philanthropic causes.

It ranks individuals from India who donated Rs 5 crore and above between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, towards philanthropic contributions.

Shiv Nadar, founder and chairman of HCL Technologies, ranked second (Rs 795 crore) on the list.

Summits and Conferences

PM Modi Leads Indian delegation at 20th SCO Council of Heads of State Summit

The 20th Summit of SCO Council of Heads of State was held on November 10, 2020, in Video Conference Format.

The Meeting was chaired by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led the Indian delegation.

11 SCO Member States were represented by their Presidents, while India and Pakistan were represented at the level of Prime Minister.

The Secretary-General of the SCO Secretariat, Executive Director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, the Presidents of the four Observers (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia) of the SCO also attended the meeting.

This was the third meeting that India participated after becoming a full member in 2017.

Science and Technology

Indian Astronomers collaborate with 2020 Nobel Physics Nobel Laureate

Indian astronomers have collaborated with the 2020 Physics Nobel Laureate Prof. Andrea Ghez for the design of back-end instruments and possible science prospects of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a proposed extremely large telescope (ELT) which is planned to be installed at Maunakea on the island of Hawaii.

The TMT project is an international partnership between CalTech, Universities of California, Canada, Japan, China, and India, to revolutionize the understanding of the universe and the enigmas in it.

Some of the Indian astronomers like Dr Annapurni Subramanium, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and Dr Shashi Bhushan Pandey, a scientist at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) along with many others collaborated with Prof. Ghez in the ongoing research and developmental activities of the TMT project.

Sports News

Mumbai Indians wins IPL 2020 trophy

Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals in the final of Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 to lift their fifth IPL trophy

Rohit Sharma adjudged Game Changer of the Match in the final of IPL 2020.

Trent Boult named the Player of the Match in the final of IPL 2020.

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul bags the Orange Cap.

Game Changer of the Season: KL Rahul.

Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada wins the Purple Cap.

Emerging Player of the season: Devdutt Padikkal (RCB).

Rajasthan Royals speedster Jofra Archer emerges as the Most Valuable Player.

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