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15 & 16 Nov 2021 Current Affairs in English

Important Days

World Diabetes Day observed on 14 November

World Diabetes Day is observed on 14th November every year. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23: “Access to Diabetes Care ”.

In 2007 General Assembly adopted resolution 61/225 designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day. The document recognized “the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health, and provide access to treatment and health-care education.”

Children’s Day observed on 14th November

On 14th November, Children’s Day is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Children’s Day is popularly known as ‘Baal Diwas’ in India.

The day aims at increasing the awareness of the rights, care and education of children. On this day, many educational and motivational programs are organised across the country, by and for children.

Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India’s first Prime Minister, was quite famous among children and was popularly known as ‘Chacha Nehru’. Following his death in 1964, it was decided that to move the celebrations of Children’s Day to November 14 as a mark of respect to him and to commemorate his fondness for children.

National

Maharashtra signed an MoU with RMI for technical support in EV Policy

Maharashtra government has signed an MoU with the United States-based Non-Profit Organisation, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), to provide technical support for Maharashtra’s Electric Vehicle (EV) policy.

The MoU was signed at Glasgow, United Kingdom, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26). Maharashtra state EV policy aims to have a 10 per cent share of EV vehicles of total registrations in India by 2025.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Maharashtra Capital: Mumbai;
  • Maharashtra Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari;
  • Maharashtra Chief minister: Uddhav Thackeray.

44th Wangala festival begins in Meghalaya

Meghalaya state observed the 44th edition of ‘Wangala’, the festival of 100 Drums Festival begins. It is a post-harvest festival of the Garos tribe which is being held every year to honour ‘Saljong’, the Sun God of Garos, which also marks the end of the harvest season.

Celebrated since 1976, it’s the most important festival of the Garo tribe and attracts a lot of tourists. During the Wangala, tribals offer sacrifices to please their deity Saljong, the Sun God.

The first day of the festival is celebrated with a ceremony called Ragula which is performed in the house of the village’s chief. People dress up in colourful costumes with feathered headgears and dance to the rhythms of long oval-shaped drums on the second day of celebration, Kakkat.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Meghalaya Capital: Shillong.
  • Meghalaya Governor: Satya Pal Malik.
  • Meghalaya Chief minister: Conrad Sangma.

TVS Motor became 1st Indian 2-wheeler maker to join UN Global Compact

TVS Motor Company, the flagship company of TVS Group, has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

TVS Motor has become the 1st Indian two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer to join the UNGC. TVS Motor will also engage in collaborative projects which will advance the development goals of the UN, particularly the Sustainable development goals (SDG).

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Global Compact Headquarters: New York, United States;
  • United Nations Global Compact Executive Director & CEO: Sanda Ojiambo.

Bhopal’s Habibganj Railway Station renamed as Rani Kamlapati Station

The Habibganj railway station in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh has been renamed after 18th-century Gond Queen of Bhopal, Rani Kamlapati. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the revamped Rani Kamlapati railway station on November 15, during his visit to Bhopal.

The railway station has been redeveloped with modern airport-like amenities at a cost of Rs 450 crore under Public Private Partnership mode in three years. Rani Kamlapati was the last Hindu queen of Bhopal and pride of the Gond community.

International

Centre brings ordinance to extend the tenure of ED, CBI directors up to 5 years

The central government of India promulgated two ordinances for extending the tenure of Directors of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for up to five years.

At present, the director of CBI and ED have been appointed for two-year tenure in office by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act, 2003.

The order states that “whereas Parliament is not in session and the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action.”

Appointments

Professor Bimal Patel of India elected to the International Law Commission

Professor Bimal Patel of India has been elected to the International Law Commission for a period of five-year. His five-year term will start on January 1, 2023.

Prof Patel is the Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Raksha University and a Member of the National Security Advisory Board of India.

The 51-year-old Patel secured 163 votes in the UN General Assembly out of 192 members. This was the highest votes received by a candidate in the Asia-Pacific Group.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Law Commission HQ: Geneva, Switzerland;
  • International Law Commission Founded: 1947.

Rahul Dravid was named as the brand ambassador of kids footwear brand Plaeto

Children’s footwear brand Plaeto has announced the appointment of celebrated Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid as its brand ambassador and mentor. Plaeto is India’s first D2C foot-health focused footwear brand designed specifically for Indian children.

Plaeto was founded in March 2020 by Ravi Kallayil, Sara Kilgore and Pavan Kareti. The brand has announced the partnership along with a campaign featuring Dravid.

The campaign has been developed by Bangalore-based People Design and Communication, in partnership with team Plaeto. The video campaign will be promoted across the brand’s social media channels and will go live on 14 November.

Defence

6th India-France bilateral Army exercise EX SHAKTI 2021 begins

The Navies of India and France will carry out the 6th edition of the biennial training exercise “EX SHAKTI 2021” from November 15 to 26, 2021 in Frejus, France.

The Indian Army will be represented by the Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion and France Army will be represented by troops of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade.

The exercise will focus on Counter-Terrorism operations and enhance military cooperation and interoperability between the two Armies. Apart from this, India and France will also carry out biennial airforce training exercise ‘Exercise GARUDA’ , and biennial maritime training exercise ‘Exercise VARUNA’.

Economy

RBI projected Retail (CPI) inflation at 5.3% for 2021-22

The RBI has projected the CPI inflation at 5.3 per cent for 2021-22. According to MoSPI data, inflation in the food basket rose to 0.85 per cent in October, compared to 0.68 per cent in the preceding month.

India’s retail inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose slightly in October to 4.48% year-on-year from 35% in September due to an uptick in food prices. The inflation was 61% in October last year.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • RBI Founded: April 1, 1935;
  • RBI Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra;
  • RBI Governor: Shaktikanta Das;
  • RBI Deputy Governors: Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, M Rajeshwar Rao, T Rabi Sankar.

Business

BharatPe launched World’s 1st Merchant Shareholding Programme

BharatPe launched the World’s 1st Merchant Shareholding Program (MSP) for its merchant partners.

It is a $100 million worth program, under which the company offers its merchant customers an opportunity to buy BharatPe’s equity shares and become a partner.

The company plans a public listing by 2024 and targets a public listing value of $1 billion.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • BharatPe Founded: 2018;
  • BharatPe Headquarters: New Delhi;
  • BharatPe CEO: Ashneer Grover.

Schemes and Committee

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju launches Citizen’s Tele-Law mobile app

Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju has launched the Citizen’s Tele-Law Mobile App. This app would connect the beneficiaries directly with panel lawyers offering legal advice and consultation.

The app will connect the beneficiaries directly with panel lawyers offering legal advice and consultation. The app was launched as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, celebrated by the Department of Justice from 8 to 14 November.

The app would connect the beneficiaries directly with panel lawyers offering legal advice and consultation.

Books and Authors

Dr Ajay Kumar releases a book titled ‘FORCE IN STATECRAFT’

India’s Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar has released a book titled ‘FORCE IN STATECRAFT’ in New Delhi.

The book is a compilation of essays on topics such as counter-insurgency operations, conflict in the North East, airpower, nuclear posture etc. contributed by all stalwarts of the Armed Forces, who have vast operational experience and understanding of several important cornerstones of forces and its application.

Sports

Australia wins their maiden T20 World Cup title

Australia won their maiden T20 World Cup title as they defeated New Zealand in the final by 8 wickets.

A target of 173 in a global final is never easy but Marsh with his power and reach made it look like a walk in the park in the company of David Warner (53 off 38 balls), who also turned the wheels of fortune for himself and his team during a victory, achieved in 18.5 overs.

Mitchell Marsh was named as the player of the match. David Warner was named as the player of the series.

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