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National Ayurveda Day 2020

National Ayurveda Day is being observed every year from 2016, on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti. This year the 5th Ayurveda Day falls on November 13, 2020.

The Potential role of Ayurveda in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the focus of this year’s ‘Ayurveda Day’ observation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two future-ready Ayurveda institutions in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar in Gujarat and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) at Jaipur in Rajasthan on November 13.

These institutions are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st century.

World Pneumonia Day: 12 November

World Pneumonia Day is observed globally on 12th November every year.

The day is celebrated to raise awareness, promote prevention and treatment and produce action to combat the disease. The day was first celebrated in the year 2009.

The day was celebrated on November 12 in 2009 by the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. Since then the day has provided an annual forum for the world in standing together against the disease.

The day is celebrated all over the world through various events and activities related to Pneumonia.

Public Service Broadcasting Day: 12 November

Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated on 12 November every year. The day is celebrated to commemorate the first and only visit of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947.

On 12 November 1947, Mahatma Gandhi addressed the displaced people (a refugee from Pakistan), who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

National News

CM Naveen Patnaik launched a mobile app “Secha Samadhan”

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched ‘Secha Samadhan’, a bilingual mobile application, to address the irrigation problems faced by farmers without them having to visit the offices concerned.

With the launching of the application, farmers need not run to the offices of the Water Resources department and can send their grievances through photographs or videos.

The farmers will be informed about the status of their complaints through SMS. 

Besides, immediate steps will be taken to redress the grievances of the farmers. He also launched four other online services to resolve the issue of water distribution for industries, commercial establishments and other institutions.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik.
  • Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar.
  • Odisha Governor: Ganeshi Lal.
  • Airports in Orissa: Biju Patnaik International Airport, Jharsuguda Airport, Rourkela Airport, Jeypore Airport and Savitri Jindal Airport.

MP govt launches ‘Roadmap to Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh’

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched a roadmap to “Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh 2023” through a virtual event.

Under the roadmap, a special focus will be on health and education in the state. Four seminars were conducted on physical infrastructure, good governance, health and education to prepare the roadmap of the state.

On the basis of the inputs received by the experts in the seminar, the roadmap of Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh has been prepared.

Economy and employment will also be major focus areas and small and cottage industries will be motivated. A network of hospitals will be established in the state focusing on the health sector.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Haryana CM Launches ‘Project Air Care’ in Gurgaon

Haryana Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar has virtually unveiled ‘Project Air Care’ to combat rising Air Pollution in Gurgaon.

65 Wing Augmentation Air Purifying Units (WAYU) would be set up at areas with high Air Quality Indices (AQI) in Gurgaon to improve the air quality.

The Air Purifiers have been developed by CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay.

The project is a result of a public-private partnership between Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Consumer Healthcare.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Haryana Capital: Chandigarh.
  • Haryana Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya.
  • Haryana Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar.
  • Haryana Festivals/Fair: Surajkund International Fair, Pinjore Heritage Festival, Gopal-Mochan Fair, Masani Fair, Gugga Naumi Festival.
  • Haryana Dances: Dhamaal, Ghoomar, Gugga, Khoria, Loor, Phaag.

Karnataka’s Mysuru to Get India’s First Sandalwood Museum

India’s first Sandalwood Museum is being established in Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram, Mysuru, Karnataka.

The museum is set up by the Regional Forest Department to educate farmers about the significance of cultivation of sandalwood.

This will also provide technical support, information on the availability of saplings, marketing facilities, pest control measures, incentives and schemes provided for sandalwood growers by the government.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Karnataka: B.S. Yediyurappa; Governor: Vajubhai Vala.

Finance Minister publishes ‘Aatmanirbhar’ Package 3.0

Smt Nirmala Sitaraman has announced the ‘Aatmanirbhar’ Package 3.0. Discussing a press conference to publish more stimulus measures to boost growth. According to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, PMI rose to 58.9 in October 2020 indicating strong recovery of the economy from COVID-19 crisis.

The energy consumption growth was higher in October 2020. This is yet another stimulus package ahead of Diwali. The Union Cabinet approved a Rs 2 lakh crore production-linked incentive (PLI) package to boost demand in the country.

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IRCTC to start ‘Bharat Darshan Yatra’ on December

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be starting ‘Bharat Darshan–Dakshin Bharat Yatra’ from December 12.

The Bharat Darshan Yatra will start from Hyderabad and Secunderabad from December 12 to 18. The theme of this yatra will be ‘Show India to Indians’.

The facility of boarding and de-boarding this tourist train will be available at Secunderabad, Khammam, Nellore, Vijayawada, Warangal, Ongole, and Renigunta.

The standard fare for sleeper coaches will be Rs 7,140 and that for three-tier AC will be Rs 8,610.

In January 2019, IRCTC also started booking for Shirdi Sai Baba darshan tickets on its website.

International News

2nd World Health Expo kicks off in Wuhan

The second World Health Expo was inaugurated on November 11, in Wuhan, the capital city of Central China’s Hubei Province.

This year’s Expo will focus on displaying the most cutting-edge science and technology in the global health industry, and help Wuhan build “city of global health industry”.

During the Expo, more than a hundred high-end forums including a summit forum, academician forum and the roundtable dialogue on epidemic prevention and normalized control, and the Global University Leaders Forum, will be organized.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

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

Kash Patel named Chief of Staff to acting US Defence Secretary

Indian-American Kash Patel has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Acting US Defence Secretary Chris Miller.

The new appointment comes a day after Donald Trump fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper and designated Chris Miller, as the Acting Secretary.

Kash Patel, currently on the National Security Council staff. He replaces Jen Stewart, who resigned earlier in the day.

Kashyap Pramod Patel, popularly known as Kash Patel, had previously served as senior counsel for counter-terrorism at the House Permanent Select Committee.

In June 2019, Patel, 39, was appointed as senior director of Counter-terrorism Directorate of the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House.

Aung San Sui Kyi Party claims to win Myanmar Elections

Myanmar’s ruling party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi claimed a resounding victory.

National League for Democracy (NLD) party has won close to 400 seats while the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has secured only 21 seats.

Around 38 million voted to select the National League of Democracy (NLD) Party for a second term. NLD was required to win at least 2/3rd of the elected seats to win.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Myanmar Capital: Naypyitaw.
  • Myanmar Currency: Kyat.

Banking News

HDFC Bank launches SmartHub Merchant Solutions 3.0 for SMEs

HDFC Bank has announced the launch of “SmartHub Merchant Solutions 3.0” for Small and mid-size enterprises.

This solution allows merchants and self-employed professionals to instantly open a current account and start accepting payments in-store, online, and on-the-go.

The Bank plans to reach out to more than 20 million small and medium merchants and professional services like doctors, pharmacies, salons and laundry services across the metro, semi-urban and rural India in the next three years.

The merchant solution was launched at a virtual event held in Mumbai by Parag Rao, Country Head – Payments, Consumer Finance, Marketing and Digital Banking at HDFC Bank along with T R Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India and South Asia, Visa.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • CEO & MD of the HDFC Bank: Sashidhar Jagdishan.
  • The tagline of HDFC Bank: We Understand Your World.
  • HDFC Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Defence News

Indian Navy launches 5th Scorpene Submarine “Vagir”

The Indian Navy has launched the fifth Scorpene submarine “Vagir” at Mazagon Dock of south Mumbai. The submarine is capable of taking missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine laying, intelligence gathering and area surveillance.

Vagir is a part of six Kalvari class submarine that is being built in India. These submarines were designed by the French Navy and an energy company DCNS.

The six submarines were built under Project-75 of Indian Navy. Vagir has been named after Sand Fish. It is a deep-sea predator in the Indian Ocean.

The first Vagir was commissioned in 1973. The first Vagir submarine was from Russia.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.


M. Venkaiah Naidu presents 2nd National Water Awards

The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has presented the National Water Awards (NWAs) for 2019.

This is the second edition of the award. Among the states category, Tamil Nadu bagged the Best State Award, followed by Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

The award ceremony has been organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation are from 11 & 12 November 2020 through the virtual platform.

The NWA awards are given to motivate the individuals/organizations to adopt the best usage practices in the field of water resources conservation and management and create awareness among the people about the importance of water.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Minister of Jal Shakti: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Sports News

China’s Chen Meng claims ITTF Women’s World Cup title

The world number one Chen Meng beat Chinese compatriot Sun Yingsha to win her maiden International Table Tennis Federation(ITTF) Women’s World Cup table tennis title in held in Weihai, China.

The 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup was the 24th edition of the ITTF-sanctioned event.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • President of ITTF: Thomas Weikert; Headquarters of ITTF: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • ITTF founded: 1926.


Bahrain’s long-serving PM Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa passes away

Bahrain’s Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa has passed away. He was 84.

He was not only the longest-serving PM of Bahrain, but he was the world’s longest-serving prime minister. He had held the post since independence in 1971.

He played a key role in Bahrain’s political and economic affairs for more than three decades after setting the stage for a referendum that put paid to the Shah of Iran’s claims to the tiny Gulf archipelago.

Former CM Of Sikkim Sanchaman Limboo passes away

Former Sikkim chief minister Sanchaman Limboo passed away. He was 73. He was the fourth Chief Minister of Sikkim from 17 June 1994 – 12 December 1994 from Sikkim Sangram Parishad Party.

He became the CM for nearly six months after toppling down the Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari’s Government of Sikkim Sangram Parishad while he was in the cabinet minister in the same government in the year 1994.

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