Important Current Affairs

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Jair Bolsonaro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at Republic Day 2020 celebrations.
President Rule in Maharashtra - President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the proclamation imposing President’s rule in Maharashtra. The Union Cabinet has recommended the President rule on the report of the Governor invoking Article 356 of the constitution in the state.
Pravind Jugnauth - Mauritius’s incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for a five-year term after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament.
Prakash Javadekar - Prakash Javadekar took charge as the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. This decision was taken after Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant resigned from the Union Cabinet.
India-ASEAN Business Summit - India-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Summit 2019 was held in New Delhi. The India- ASEAN Business Summit on the theme: “Today, Tomorrow, Together” is being organised to strengthen trade & investment flows with ASEAN Economies.
Anjani Kumar - The Ministry of external affairs (MEA) announced Anjani Kumar was the next ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali.
Mohammad Imran - Mohammad Imran has been appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India.
Moody’s Downgraded Indian Economy - The American financial service company Moody’s has downgraded India’s economic outlook to “Negative” from “Stable”. Moody’s also has slashed India’s economic growth forecast to 5.6% for the fiscal year 2019.
SBI Report on Indian Economy - The economic research team from the State Bank of India (SBI) has revised India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 5% from its earlier estimate of 6.1% for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). The SBI economic research team group has projected the second quarter (July-September) GDP growth at 4.2% in their report titled “EcoWrap”.
India Will Host SCO Summit - India will host the 19th council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation 2020. The first such high-level meeting of the 8-member grouping to be organised by New Delhi after its admission into the grouping in 2017. Its founding members included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were admitted as full members in SCO in 2017. The latest Summit of heads of government was held in Tashkent in November 2019.
Ethanol Plant in Panipat - The Ministry of Environment has granted clearance to the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) to set up a Rs 766-crore 2G ethanol plant in Haryana’s Panipat district. The Ethanol produced in the plant will be exclusively used to blend transportation fuels. 
Supreme Came Under RTI - The Supreme Court ruled that the office of Chief Justice comes under the transparency law, the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005.
World’s First CNG Terminal - Gujarat Government has given approval to the world’s first CNG terminal at Bhavnagar port, Gujarat. The joint venture of United Kingdom-based Foresight Group and Mumbai-based Padmanabh Mafatlal Group will invest 1,900 crore rupees to set up a CNG terminal at Bhavnagar port.
X-57 Maxwell - NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has launched its 1st all-electric experimental aircraft named the X-57 “Maxwell”. The aircraft is expected to be operational by late 2020.
India International Trade Fair - 39th India International Trade Fair 2019 begins in New Delhi. The theme for the 39th edition of the fair is ‘Ease of Doing Business’. 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.
Medical Device Parks - The government of India has given approval for setting up four medical device parks with a view to support Make in India initiative and provide world-class products at an affordable price for treatment. The four parks will be set up in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Dal Lake - The Jammu and Kashmir government has set up a 10-member committee to declare Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), following concerns over its shrinking size.
Global Exhibition on Services - 5th edition of Global Exhibition on Services, GES 2019 is being held from November 26 to 28 at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Innovations for Defence Excellence - The defence ministry is organising Def-Connect in New Delhi to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative.
No Charges for NEFT - As per the report titled “Furthering Digital Payments” released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from January 2020, banks can no longer charge savings bank account holders for online transactions in the NEFT system.
BRICS-Young Innovator Prize - Ravi Prakash, an Indian PhD scholar has won the BRICS-Young Innovator Prize for inventing an affordable indigenous milk chilling unit for smaller and marginal rural dairy farmers.
Tiger Triumph - The India-U.S. tri-services amphibious exercise “Tiger Triumph” has begun in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
World Kabaddi Cup - The 2019 World Kabaddi Cup will take place from December 1 to 9 and will be organised by the Punjab government in Punjab. This year’s tournament will be dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Asian Film Festival Barcelona - Movie “Bhonsle” has won prestigious awards at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona. The film has bagged two awards in the ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Director’ categories at the festival. The film is directed by Devashish Makhija.
NISHTHA - National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) has been launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. NISHTHA is aimed at improving learning outcomes at Elementary level through integrated Teacher Trainings.
Vashishtha Narayan Singh - Renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh passed away. Narayan Singh was said to have challenged Einstein’s theory of relativity.
India Will Contribute $13.5 million To UN Agency - India will contribute USD 13.5 million for various operational activities of development across the UN agencies for the year 2020.
ABLF Global Asian Award - Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, was conferred the ABLF Global Asian Award. The Asia Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) is backed by the UAE government.
ReSAREX- 19 - The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) tested its efficiency and preparedness during the Regional Level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise 2019 (ReSAREX- 19) conducted off the Goa coast.
Exim Bank Provided Loan to Ghana - The Export-Import (Exim) Bank has provided a USD 30 million (about Rs 210 crore) line of credit to Ghana for a potable water project in the country.
Bank Merged NBFC - Public sector Indian Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with Muthoot Microfinance to serve Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
TN Seshan - Former chief election commissioner TN Seshan passed away. He held various key posts in the government including that of Defence Secretary and Cabinet Secretary.
Nils Andersen - British-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever named non-executive director Nils Andersen as its new chairman.
International Conference on Yoga - Ministry of AYUSH is organizing the International Conference on Yoga on 15-16 November 2019 at Mysuru, Karnataka. The theme of the conference is ‘Yoga for Heart Care’.
World Science Day for Peace and Development - World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated every year on 10 November. The theme for 2019 is “Open science, leaving no one behind”.
National Education Day - The National Education Day is celebrated on 11 November on the birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Education Minister, freedom fighter, scholar and eminent educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Asian Championship - Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the silver medal in men’s 10m air pistol event to continue India’s surge at the 14th Asian Championship in Doha, Qatar.
World Para Athletics Championships - Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar has won India’s second gold and defending his World Para Athletics Championships title in the men’s F46 javelin throw event in Dubai.
Public Service Broadcasting Day - Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated on 12 November every year.
World Kindness Day - November 13 is celebrated as the World Kindness Day. The Theme of 2019 for this World Kindness Day 2019 is empathy, encouraging people across the globe to better understand “the pains of others” and touch their lives “positively”.
Match Fixing is Crime in Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian nation to bring match-fixing cases to the category of crime as its parliament passed a bill related to ‘Prevention of Offences Related to Sports’.
Bali Yatra - The festival ‘Bali Yatra’ which is organised every year in memory of the rich maritime history of the state, was inaugurated in Cuttack, Odisha. The festival is organised at the bank of Mahanadi River every year.
World Diabetes Day - The World Diabetes Day (WDD) was observed globally on 14 November. The theme for diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day 2019 “Family and Diabetes”.
Children’s Day - On 14th November, Children’s Day is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.
Arsene Wenger - Veteran coach Arsene Wenger has been named FIFA’s Chief of global football development.
Golden Leaf Award - The Tobacco Board of India, Guntur, has been awarded the Golden Leaf Award at Tab Expo 2019 event in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
International Day for Tolerance - The United Nations observes “International Day for Tolerance” on 16th November every year.
National Press Day - India celebrates “National Press Day” on 16th November every year.
Aadi Mahotsav - Union Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate the National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” in New Delhi. The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.