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Important Days

World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day is observed on the third Thursday of November every year. This year World Philosophy Day comes on 19 November 2020.

The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.

In 2005 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed that World Philosophy Day would be celebrated every third Thursday of November.

3rd Naturopathy Day is celebrated on 18 November

The National Naturopathy Day is observed in India on 18 November every year, to promote positive mental and physical health through a drugless system of medicine, called as Naturopathy.

The 48-day program of webinars will continue till the third National Naturopathy Day, which falls on 18 November 2020.

The day was declared by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India, on November 18, 2018.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of AYUSH: Shripad Yesso Naik

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2020

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is marked every year on Third Sunday in the month of November. In 2020, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims falls on 15 November 2020.

The purpose of the day is to remember those killed and injured on the roads, together with their families, friends, and others affected.

The theme of 2020 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is “First Responders”.

The day was started by the British road crash victim charity, RoadPeace, in 1993 and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.

National Epilepsy Day 2020

In India, November 17 is observed every year as National Epilepsy Day, to create awareness about epilepsy.

The month of November is observed as ‘National Epilepsy Awareness Month’. This National Epilepsy Day is observed by the Epilepsy Foundation of India.

Epilepsy is a varied set of persistent neurological disarray and causes sudden seizures and fits.

National Headlines

PM Modi unveils ‘Statue of Peace’ in Rajasthan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually unveiled the ‘Statue of Peace’ dedicated to Jain Monk Acharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwarji Maharaj.

The 151-inch (12.6 ft) tall statue was inaugurated by PM Modi on the occasion of the 151st birth anniversary of Acharya Shree Vijay Vallabhsuri, at Vijay Vallabh Sadhana Kendra, Jetpura, in Pali, Rajasthan.

The Statue of Peace has been made from Ashtadhatu, which means 8 metals, and includes Copper as the major constituent.

Asia’s 1st solar power-enabled Textile Mill to be unveiled in Maharashtra

The first solar power-enabled Textile Mill in Asia is set to be set up in Parbhani district, Maharashtra.

Spread across 30 acres of land, the Jai Bhawani women’s cooperative textile mill will be first in Asia that will operate entirely on solar power. The overall cost of setting up the project is around Rs. 100 crore.

Madhya Pradesh govt announces ‘Gau Cabinet’ for protection of cows

The Madhya Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has decided to set up a ‘Gau Cabinet’ for the protection, conservation and promotion of cows in the state.

The Cabinet will comprise of the departments of animal husbandry, forests, panchayat and rural development, revenue, home and farmers welfare.

The first meeting of the Cabinet will be held at 12 pm on ‘Gopashtami’ on November 22 at the Cow Sanctuary in Agar-Malwa district named ‘Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaranya ‘.

It is India’s first cow sanctuary which was set up by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Madhya Pradesh government in September 2017.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

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

International News

Japan & Australia signs defence deal to counter China

Japan and Australia have signed a ‘landmark’ defence pact in a bid to counter China’s growing influence in the South China Sea and over the Pacific island nations.

The deal called Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) was signed between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

RAA will allow Japanese and Australian troops to visit each other’s countries and conduct training and joint operations.

The treaty will strengthen its security ties and facilitate cooperation between defence forces.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Japan Capital: Tokyo.
  • Japan Currency: Japanese yen.
  • Japan Prime minister: Yoshihide Suga.
  • Prime Minister of Australia: Scott Morrison.
  • The currency of Australia: Australian dollar.
  • Capital of Australia: Canberra.

Maia Sandu Wins Moldova Presidential Election

Maia Sandu has won Moldova’s presidential election after a run-off vote against the incumbent Igor Dodon.

Ms Sandu has won 57.7% of the vote compared to Mr Dodon’s 42.2%. Sandu is a former World Bank economist who favours closer ties with the European Union. Mr Dodon, meanwhile, is openly backed by Russia.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Moldova Capital: Chisinau.
  • Moldova Currency: Moldovan leu.

Banking News

Karnataka Bank launches CASA campaign

Karnataka Bank launched CASA (current account, savings account) mobilisation campaign which will run from November 17 to March 4, 2021.

The bank stated that it intends to mobilise over 4.10 lakh current and savings accounts with an accretion of 650 crores of business.

With this campaign, the bank intends to introduce its attractive and superior line of digitally powered savings and current account products to its customers.

To enable the basic banking services to the unbanked(not use banks or banking institutions) sections of the society.

To popularize bank’s digitally powered CASA products to the next level of customers on the basis of their requirements.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Karnataka Bank Limited Headquarters: Mangaluru(Mangalore), Karnataka.
  • Karnataka Bank Limited MD & CEO: Mahabaleshwara M.S.
  • Karnataka Bank LimitedIncorporated: February 18th, 1924.
  • Karnataka Bank Limited Tagline: ‘Your Family Bank Across India’.

Ranks and Reports

India’s Param Siddhi ranked 63rd in most powerful supercomputers

According to the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indian supercomputer, Param Siddhi has achieved 63rd rank in the list of 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Param Siddhi is the high-performance computing-artificial intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer established under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) at C-DAC.

The Top 500 project which ranks the top 500 non-distributed computer systems in the world is published twice a year.

The first of these updates always coincides with the International Supercomputing Conference in June, and the second is presented at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference in November.

The supercomputer with Rpeak of 5.267 Petaflops and 4.6 PetaflopsRmax (Sustained) was conceived by C-DAC and developed jointly with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under NSM.

Sports News

Sudeep Tyagi announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Indian cricketer, Sudeep Tyagi has announced his retirement from all forms of the cricket.

The 33-year-old had played for the Indian national cricket team in four ODIs and a lone T20I as a fast bowler.

Apart from this, the right-arm medium-fast bowler had also featured in 14 games in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2021 cancelled

The 2021 U-17 Women’s World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in India, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It has also been decided that India will host the 2022 edition of the World Cup.

The tournament was supposed to be held in November 2020 initially, only for the pandemic to force a postponement.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of FIFA: Zürich, Switzerland.
  • President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino.

BCCI announces MPL Sports as Official Kit Sponsor

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced its partnership with Mobile Premier League (MPL) Sports, the athleisure wear and sports merchandise brand from Mobile Premier League, India’s largest esports platform, as the new kit sponsor and official merchandise partner for the Indian Cricket Team.

MPL Sports has entered into a three-year agreement from November 2020 to December 2023.

MPL Sports’ association with the BCCI begins with upcoming India’s tour of Australia, 2020-21, which will see Team India sporting the new jerseys.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of BCCI: Sourav Ganguly.
  • Headquarters of BCCI: Mumbai, Maharashtra; Founded: December 1928.
  • MPL Founded: September 2018
  • Headquarters of MPL: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Co-Founder and CEO of MPL: Sai Srinivas Kiran G.

Defence News

2nd Phase of Exercise Malabar 2020 begins in Arabian Sea

The second phase of Exercise Malabar 2020 has been organised in the Northern Arabian Sea from 17 to 20 November 2020.

The first Phase of Exercise Malabar 2020 was conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 03 to 06 November 2020. Exercise Malabar 2020 is the 24th edition of MALABAR.

The second phase will witness joint operations, centred around the Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group of the Indian Navy and Nimitz Carrier Strike Group of the US Navy.

It would include cross-deck flying operations and advanced air defence exercises, advanced surface and anti-submarine warfare exercises, seamanship evolutions and weapon firings to further enhance interoperability and synergy between the four friendly navies.


Former Goa Governor Mridula Sinha passes away

Former Governor of Goa and veteran BJP leader, Mridula Sinha passed away. She was the first woman Governor of Goa. She was also a proficient writer, making extensive contributions to the world of literature as well as culture.

She has served as the head of the BJP’s women’s wing and Chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Rajasthan Minister Bhanwarlal Meghwal passes away

Rajasthan Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Bhanwarlal Meghwal passed away. The five-time MLA represented the Sujangarh assembly constituency of Churu district of the state.

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