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World Kindness Day: 13 November
World Kindness Day is celebrated every year on November 13.
- It is a day when people try to do things or deeds to make the world a better place.
- World Kindness Day was launched in 1998 and has around 28 nations involved in this movement.
Children’s Day 2019: Google dedicates a doodle, Know all about it
- First prime minister of independent India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday is celebrated as children’s day in India.
- Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, and died on May 27, 1964. The PM worked passionately for the welfare of children and youngsters after independence.
- Children used to call him ‘Chacha Nehru’ because of his fondness with the children.
- Nehru was born on Allahabad city of British India to father Motilal Nehru, a renowned barrister and mother Swaeuprani Thussu.
- Nehru described his childhood as a “sheltered and uneventful one”. He received his initial education at home under the governance of his father and tutors.
- He has been involved in movements like Home Rule Movement voiced by Anne Besant.
- Nehru led the Non-cooperation Movement in 1929 and was also arrested and charged for anti-governmental activities.
Former Bolivian Prez Evo Morales arrives in Mexico to take up political asylum
Ex-President of Bolivia Evo Morales arrived in Mexico to take up the political asylum, vowing to continue the struggle.
- He had resigned amid mounting protests over his fraud-stained re-election to a fourth term on October 20th.
- He thanked President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico for saving his life.
- He was forced to step down after losing the backing of the military and police amid weeks of increasingly violent protests over his constitutionally questionable re-election.
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Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid arrived in Nepal on four-day visit
- President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid is on a four day visit to Nepal. On first day of his visit, Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali paid a courtesy call on Bangladeshi President in Kathmandu last evening.
- During the meeting, matters pertaining to cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, energy, connectivity, waterways, aviation, education, transportation and agriculture were discussed. Both the leaders also shared views on enhancing cooperation on matters of regional and global interests, including climate change.
- President of Bangladesh also visited famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square and observed with interest the archaeological and historical sites.
- President Hamid is scheduled to meet his Nepalese counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari. President of Nepal will also host a Banquet in his honour.
- Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Chairperson of the National Assembly Ganesh Prasad Timilsina will pay courtesy call on Bangladeshi President. Nepal President Hamid will also visit Pokhara.
- Ex-President of Bolivia Evo Morales arrived in Mexico on 12 November, 2019 to take up political asylum, vowing to continue the struggle.
- He had resigned amid mounting protests over his fraud-stained re-election to a fourth term on October 20th .
- He vowed to remain in politics, saying, his flight into exile would not be the end of the story.
- Morales, 60, led Bolivia for more than 13 years. He was a member of the “pink tide” of leftist leaders who held sway across much of Latin America in the 2000s.
- He was, however, forced to step down after losing the backing of the military and police amid weeks of increasingly violent protests over his constitutionally questionable re-election.
- The constitutional next-in-line, deputy senate speaker Jeanine Anez, has pledged to call fresh elections.
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India to host 19th SCO Heads of Government Council in 2020
India will host the 19th council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation next year.
- It is the first such high-level meeting of the eight-member grouping to be organised by New Delhi after its admission into the grouping in 2017.
- The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc in which India and Pakistan were admitted as full members in 2017.
- Its founding members included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Air Chief to inaugurate ISAM Conference in Bengaluru
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will inaugurate the 58th Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM) Annual Conference which aims to address contemporary issues and applications in the subject of aerospace medicine.
- The event will take place at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Indian Air Force, Bengaluru from November 14-16.
- The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Changing Paradigms in Aerospace Healthcare’.
Exercise TIGER TRIUMPH to Commence at Visakhapatnam
The maiden India-USA joint Tri services Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise named ‘TIGER TRIUMPH’ is scheduled on the Eastern seaboard from 13 to 21 Nov 19.
- Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, Indian Army troops from 19 Madras and 7 Guards, and Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters and Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) would be participating in the exercise.
- The US would be represented by US Navy Ship Germantown with troops from the US Third Marine Division.
- The Exercise is aimed at developing interoperability for conducting HADR operations.
- The Harbour Phase is scheduled at Visakhapatnam from 13 to 16 Nov 19.
- The Opening Ceremony along with a Joint Flag Parade and Media Interaction will be held onboard INS Jalashwa on 14 Nov 19.
14-day India International Trade Fair 2019 will start New Delhi
Several countries, including Australia, Iran, UK and Vietnam, will participate in the 14-day India International Trade Fair 2019 beginning in New Delhi.
- The theme for the 39th edition of the fair (November 14-27, 2019) is ‘Ease of Doing Business’ inspired by India’s unique achievement of rising to 63rd rank on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 142nd rank in the year 2014.
- Countries including Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the UK and Vietnam would be participating in the fair.
- This year the status of ‘Partner Country’ has been accorded to ‘The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’ and ‘The Republic of Korea’ will be the ‘Focus Country’.
- Bihar and Jharkhand will be the focus states in this edition of the fair.
President’s rule imposed in Maharashtra
President’s rule has been imposed in Maharashtra.
- The state legislative assembly has been kept under suspended animation.
- This follows Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s report to the Centre which stated that the formation of a stable government is impossible in the current situation despite all his efforts.
- The development came as the political impasse lingered on for 19 days after the assembly election results were declared.
- In the assembly polls held last month, the BJP won 105 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena, 56, the NCP-54 and the Congress, 44 in the 288-member House.
Odisha: ‘Bali Yatra’ festival begins in Cuttack
The festival ‘Bali Yatra’ was inaugurated in Cuttack, Odisha.
- The festival is organised every year in memory of the rich maritime history of the state.
- The festival is organised at the bank of Mahanadi River every year to mark the day when ancient mariners from the state would set sail to the distant land of Bali, Sumatra, Java (Jawa) in Indonesia, Borneo and Sri Lanka, for the expansion of trade and Culture.
- For the first time, the festival has a maritime corner to exhibit the model of the maritime voyage of ancient sea traders, who were travelling to the different parts of South-East Asia for Trade and culture extension.
Haryana sets up the Economic Advisory Council to promote industries
Haryana government led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has constituted an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to promote industries in the state.
- The council will also address issues related to various issues and policies of economic development.
- The EAC will comprise membership-based advisory panel and will be headed by the Chief Minister, while various representatives of the government, industry and academia sector have also been included in the panel.
- This council would be constituted for 5 years, in which the government members would remain as permanent members of the council, while the members of the private sector would serve a term of 2 years.
Daily Current Affairs – Awards
Dr Debabhuson Borah gets Munin Barkotoki Literary Award
The prestigious Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2018 in Assam has been given to young writer-critic Dr Debabhuson Borah for his book on literary criticism titled ‘Nirbochon’.
- The Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust announced the annual Award instituted to encourage young and promising writers in Assamese.
- The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with with a citation and a plaque.
- The Munin Barkotoki Literary Awards for the years 2017 and 2018 will be given away at a function to be held here in February next.
- The award was named after the renowned writer, critic and journalist Munin Barkotoki.
Daily Current Affairs – Economy
- In the last 5-6 years, India has become the most favoured destination for energy investments.
- India received 286 US dollars billion FDI in the last 5 years. This is almost half of the total FDI in India in the last 20 years.
- Addressing the investors in Abu Dhabi at the roadshow organized by the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) to promote India as a favorable investment destination in the oil and gas sector,India is among the top 10 FDI destinations in the world.
- India presently being the 3rd largest energy consumer in the world is poised to drive the global energy demand in the coming decades.
- The oil and gas industry will continue to play a crucial role in meeting India’s energy requirement despite system-wide energy transition measures.
- That oil demand is projected to rise at the fastest pace in the world and is expected to reach 10 million barrels per day by 2030.
Daily Current Affairs – Bilateral
- India has called for coordinated action by nations, bilaterally or multilaterally, to prevent the forces of terrorism and extremism from building presence in the digital domain.
- Countries should consider entering into arrangements for speedy action and mitigation on issues pertaining to the governance of cyberspace and specific security threats.
- India’s support to the Christchurch call to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online manifests the country’s commitment to work with like-minded countries, without endangering our safety and security.
- Cyberspace and digital technologies have been a real force of economic, social, political, industrial, even behavioural transformation.
- India has joined France, New Zealand, Canada and several other countries in launching a major initiative to combat terrorism and extremism online and secure the internet.
- 11th BRICS Summit will begin in Brazil’s capital Brasilia today(13 November, 2019). BRICS comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
- The theme of this year’s summit is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future.”
- Mr Modi is looking forward for exchanging views with leaders to further strengthen intra BRICS cooperation.
- Modi will address the BRICS Business Forum and interact with BRICS Business Council as well as the New Development Bank.
- The visit to Brazil will give him an opportunity to hold talks with President Jair M. Bolsonaro on ways to deepen the India-Brazil strategic partnership.
- There is great potential in sectors like trade, defence, agriculture and energy.
- BRICS will also discuss counter-terrorism cooperation as one of its priority areas this year (2019).
- BRICS Innovation Network, BRICS Institute of Future Network and a Women Business Alliance will also be launched.
- The first-ever joint tri-service exercise between India and Russia code named INDRA 2019 will be conducted from December 10-19.
- Company-sized mechanised contingents, fighter and transport aircraft as well as ships of respective Armies, Air Forces and Navies will participate in this 10-days exercise.
- It is aimed at enhancing interoperability between both the national armed forces.
Daily Current Affairs – Sports
- In Boxing, two Indian boxers — Ankit Narwal and Aman advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Youth Championships at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
- Aman defeated Uzbekistan’s Makhmudov Mimukhsin 5-0 in 60 kg category.
- Ankit prevailed 3-2 over Mongolia’s Tulga Oyunbaatarin 91 kg category.
- India were assured of two medals in the event after Komalpreet Kaur (81kg) and Sushma (81kg) got direct entry into the semifinals owing to the small size of their respective draws in the women’s competition.
Daily Current Affairs – Persons in News
- Mauritius’s incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for a five-year term on 12 November, 2019 after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament.
- Mr Jugnauth’s swearing-in took place at the residence of President Barlen Vyapoory. He immediately proposed a new cabinet of 23 members.
- It includes three women, including newcomer Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, who will take over the gender equality Ministry.