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27th & 28th Nov 2020 Current Affairs Headlines

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Important Days

Indian Constitution Day

  • In India, 26 November is celebrated as Constitution Day or Samvidhan Diwas. On this day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India.
  • On 19th November 2015, during the year-long celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, Government of India declared November 26th as the Constitution Day.
  • Previously this day was celebrated as Law Day. 26 November was chosen to spread the importance of the constitution and to spread thoughts and ideas of Ambedkar.

National Milk Day

  • In India, November 26 is celebrated as National Milk Day, since 2014, to commemorate the birthday of the father of India’s White Revolution, Dr Verghese Kurien (also nicknamed as Milkman of India).
  • The day was fixed by all the dairy majors of the country including the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the Indian Dairy Association (IDA), along with 22 state-level milk federations.
  • The significance of National Milk Day lies in the fact that this day celebrates the importance of milk in a person’s life.
  • The Indian Dairy Association (IDA), in 2014, took the initiative to celebrate this day for the first time.
  • The first National Milk Day was celebrated on 26 November 2014 where various milk producers from 22 states participated.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • World Milk Day is observed on 1 June every year by the United Nations.

National News

Ladakh gets largest solar project at Leh Indian Air Force station

  • The Union Territory of Ladakh has got the largest solar power project set up under the Centre’s ‘Make In India’ initiative at Leh IAF station to provide sustainable energy alternative to fossil fuel and traditional methods of energy generation.
  • The project namely ‘Provision of Solar Photo Voltaic Powerplant 1.5 MW’ has been completed within 12 months well before the completion deadline of March 31, 2021.
  • It is the largest installed solar project till date out of the target of 300 MW in three phases for defence sectors and 14 MW for Leh region as set by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • The project worth Rs 122 crore was recently inaugurated by Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, Commander-in-chief, Western Air Command.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur.

Ayodhya Airport to be renamed as Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram Airport

  • Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has cleared the proposal to rename the Ayodhya airport as Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram Airport, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The proposal for the same will be sent to the Ministry of Civil Aviation after it is passed by the state Assembly.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath had announced on the occasion of Deepotsav on Diwali eve in November 2018 that Ayodhya will have both international and domestic terminals and could potentially be one of the largest airports of UP.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Aditya Nath; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Appointment News

Lt Gen Harpal Singh appointed new Engineer-in-Chief of Indian Army

  • Lt Gen Harpal Singh has appointed new Engineer-in-Chief of Indian Army.
  • He is presently the Director-General of Border Roads Organisation and would take over his new appointment on 1 December.
  • Major Gen Rajeev Chaudhary has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Border Roads Organisation.
  • The BRO is responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads along the borders with China and Pakistan.

New Zealand’s Greg Barclay elected new ICC Chairman

  • Auckland-based commercial lawyer and director of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) since 2012, Greg Barclay has been elected as the new chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), after the second round of voting.
  • Barclay succeeds India’s Shashank Manohar who stepped down in July 2020 and will replace Imran Khwaja, who is currently the interim chairman.
  • He was serving as NZC’s representative on the board of the International Cricket Council and had also served as the director of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of ICC: Manu Sawhney.
  • Headquarters of ICC: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Defence News

DRDO flags off first ‘Varunastra’ Heavy Weight Torpedo

  • The Defence Research and Development (DRDO) Chairman G Satheesh Reddy has flagged off the first Production unit of Heavy Weight Torpedo (HWT), Varunastra.
  • The Varunastra has been designed and developed by Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) of DRDO while Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Vishakhapatnam has manufactured the torpedo for the Indian Navy.
  • Varunastra is a ship-launched, heavyweight, electrically propelled anti-submarine torpedo. It can be launched from ships that can fire heavyweight torpedoes to engage quiet submarines in deep and shallow waters.
  • It is powered by an electric propulsion system with multiple 250 Kilowatts Silver Oxide Zinc (AgOZn) batteries.
  • It is capable of achieving a speed of 40 Knots (74 Kms/hr), weighs around 1.25 tons and can carry up to 250 kg of the conventional warhead. It is made of 95% Indigenous contents.
  • The heavyweight torpedo is also being offered for exports.

Agreements News

Mercedes-Benz joins hands with SBI to target HNI customers

  • Mercedes-Benz has joined hands with State Bank of India (SBI) to offer financial benefits to the lender’s High Net Worth Individual (HNI) customers.
  • This collaboration will give the luxury automobile manufacturer access to State Bank of India’s High Net Worth Individual (HNI) customer base, while the bank’s customers will enjoy exclusive benefits at the time of booking a Mercedes-Benz car.
  • The collaboration with SBI gives an exciting opportunity to expand our customer base and reach out to the potential HNI customers of the bank with products and services.

HDFC Bank signs MoU with ICCI to support SMEs and Start-ups

  • HDFC Bank has signed an MoU with Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) to support SMEs and Start-ups.
  • Through this association, ICCI will engage, enrol and support various Startups /SMEs /MSMEs to facilitate inter-alia financial and other facilities to/from HDFC Bank.
  • ICCI and HDFC Bank jointly conduct diverse networking activities, awareness camps and interactive sessions, Business Events.
  • HDFC Bank may offer bank accounts to Startups that are supported by INVENTIVEPRENEUR and recommended by INVENTIVEPRENEUR.
  • HDFC Bank will offer key business support functions like shared workspaces, digital marketing, web services, Patent filing, content writing, tax, and legal advisory to ICCI recommended businesses.
  • ICCI will evaluate and recommend potential Startups /SMEs /MSMEs for investments.
  • ICCI will support businesses to pitch their solutions to requisite stakeholders and will work towards providing them with an opportunity to showcase their solutions.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • ICCI Headquarters: New Delhi, India.
  • President of ICCI: Ritika Yadav.
  • Headquarters of HDFC Bank: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • MD and CEO of HDFC Bank: Sashidhar Jagdishan(Succeeds Aditya Puri).
  • The tagline of HDFC Bank: We understand your world.

UNDP and Invest India tie-up to launch the SDG Investor Map for India

  • The National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, Invest India has partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India to develop the first-ever ‘SDG Investor Map for India’.
  • The map lays out 18 Investment Opportunities Areas (IOAs) in six critical SDG enabling sectors, that can help India to move forward on Sustainable Development path. This initiative is an instrumental stride in India’s development trajectory.
  • This data-backed research and insights will act as the blueprints to provide a better understanding of how best the SDG financing gap can be reduced in India.
  • The development pathway of India will determine the achievements of the global environmental social targets, therefore it is critical to ensure that these pathways are sustainable, resilient and equitable.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Invest India is a non-profit venture under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Invest India MD and CEO: Deepak Bagla.
  • Invest India Established: 2009.
  • Invest India Headquarter: New Delhi.

Summits and Conferences

PM Modi Inaugurates 3rd global renewable energy event “RE-INVEST” 2020

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020) through video conferencing.
  • The summit is organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • The theme for RE-Invest 2020 is ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’. The first two editions of RE-Invest were held in 2015 and 2018.
  • The two-day virtual programme will provide an international forum for investment promotion in the renewable energy sector and an opportunity to various countries, states, business houses & organizations to showcase their strategies, achievements and expectations.
  • It must be noted that India has set an ambitious target of having 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 and 450GW by 2030.

Thaawarchand Gehlot e-launches National Portal for Transgender Persons

  • Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot has e-launched a ‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ and e-inaugurated a ‘Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ in Vadodara, Gujarat.
  • This highly useful Portal would help a transgender person in applying for a Certificate and Identity card digitally from anywhere in the country.
  • ‘Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons’ will be run in association with Lakshya Trust, a Community based organisation entirely run by the Transgenders.

Sports News

Sports Minister launches 2nd edition of Fit India School Week

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has launched the 2nd edition of the “Fit India School Week” program in the presence of Fit India Mission.
  • Sports Minister encourages school children to participate in the Fit India movement.
  • To participate in the program the schools have to register themselves on www.fitindia.gov.in/fit-india-school-week.
  • The Fit India School week program was launched in November last year and saw participation from over 15 thousand schools across the country.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Founder of FIT India: Suparno Satpathy.

Obituary

Father of Indian IT industry FC Kohli passes away

  • Founder of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Faqir Chand Kohli, better known as the Father of the Indian IT industry, passed away.
  • Besides being the founder, he was also the first CEO of TCS.
  • Kohli also worked as the deputy general manager of Tata Power Company and was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of College of Engineering, Pune.
  • As the first CEO of TCS, he pioneered India’s IT revolution and helped the country build the $190-billion IT industry.
  • A visionary and pioneer by nature, he was a recipient of Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.

Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn passes away

  • Australian-American lawyer, investment banker, and economist James Wolfensohn, who served as the President of the World Bank for 10 years, passed away.
  • He had served as the ninth president of the World Bank Group from 1995 to 2005.
  • Together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Wolfensohn launched the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative in 1996, a program that eventually provided more than $53 billion in debt relief to 27 of the world’s poorest countries.

Football Legend Diego Maradona passes away

  • One of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona passed away. He was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, producing a series of sublime individual performances.
  • He was largely responsible for Argentina’s World Cup victory in 1986 in Mexico, scoring two famous goals in one game against England in the quarter-finals.
  • He played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.
  • Maradona’s most iconic moment was arguably his infamous ‘Hand of God’ moment during Argentina versus England match in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. His second goal in the match is regarded as the “Goal of the Century”. 

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