November 04, 2019


  1. PM Modiin Bangkok Releases Coin Marking Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak
  • Prime Minister NarendraModi released a commemorative coin marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev besides releasing a Thai translation of the Tamil classic ‘Tirukkural’ at the “Sawasdee PM Modi” community event in Bangkok.
  • The Indian community in Thailand is about 2,50,000-member strong.
  • ‘Tirukkural’ is written by poet Thiruvalluvar and has been translated into many languages. The Tamil community in Thailand got it translated into Thai language for the first time.
  • The PM is on a three-day visit to Thailand to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia, and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summits.
  1. India’s Oct unemployment rate rises to 8.5%, highest in over 3 years: CMIE
  • India’s unemployment rate in October rose to 8.5%, the highest since August 2016, and up from 7.2% in September, according to data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), reflecting the impact of a slowdown in the economy.
  • India’s infrastructure output fell 5.2% in September from a year earlier, the worst performance in years, while the industrial output shrank at its fastest rate in more than six years in August.
  1. New Indian map shows UTs of J&K, Ladakh
  • The Survey of India has redrawn the map of India to depict the newly formed Union Territories (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh. Areas such as Gilgit, GilgitWazarat, Chilhas and the Tribal Territory of 1947 that have been occupied by Pakistan are included in the Ladakh UT.
  • Other areas in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) such as Mirpur and Muzaffarabad have been included in the J&K UT.
  • The new UT of Ladakh consists of two districts of Kargil and Leh. The rest of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir is in the new UT of J&K.
  • The names of the new districts are as follows – Kupwara, Bandipur, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Shupian, Kulgam, Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Kishtivar, Samba and Kargil.
  1. ShriSantoshGangwar Launches 3 Apps: Uan Registration, E-Inspection and DIGI Locker to Benefit EPF Subscribers And Stakeholders
  • ShriSantosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment launched 3 Apps:UANREGISTRATION, E-INSPECTION AND DIGI LOCKER, developed by Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) at its 67th Foundation Day.
  • These Apps will immensely enhance the Ease of Doing Business and promote transparency in the working in the EPFO.
  • Online Facility for UAN generation by worker: Now any workers can obtain Universal Account Number (UAN) directly on EPFO website which enrolls them for PF, Pension and Life Insurance benefits and a worker need not depend on his employer alone for UAN. This is in the direction of ease of living and ensuring universal social security.
  • EPS Pensioner’s PPO in DigiLocker website/Application (APP)EPFO integrates with DigiLocker of NeGD to create depository of electronic PPOs which is accessible to individual pensioners. This is a move towards paperless system and ease of living for pensioners.
  • e-Inspections: Digital interface of EPFO with employers: The E-Inspection Form would be available in user login of employers not filing ECR which enables employer to inform either closure of business or unpaid dues with proposal for payment.
  1. Amit Shah inaugurated SCO Joint Exercise on Earthquake Rescue in New Delhi
  • Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue(SCOJtEx) in New Delhi
  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is hosting the exercise with the aim to rehearse disaster response mechanisms and share knowledge, experience and technology
  • There will be participants from all eight SCO member countries — China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
  1. Centre to set up Women Help Desks and AHTUS
  • Centre is to set up Women Help Desks (WHDs) in ten thousand police stations and for Anti-Human-Trafficking-Units (AHTUs) in the remaining districts of India.
  • The cost to be allocated for the implementation is Rs.100 crores each. The funding out will be of the Nirbhaya Fund.
  • Proposal: The proposal for the implementation of the project was initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.


  1. 1st-ever India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise – Dustlik-2019 begins in Uzbekistan
  • The first-ever India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise – Dustlik-2019 begins at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Uzbekistan counterpart Major General BakhodirNizamovichKurbanov presided over the Curtain Raiser of the military drill.
  • The exercise will enable sharing of best practices and experiences between the Armed Forces of the two countries and will lead to greater operational effectiveness.
  • India and Uzbekistan have signed three Memoranda of Understanding in the fields of Military Medicine and Military Education.

Banking & Finance

  1. India’s economy to grow 6.6% in 2020-24: OECD
  • India’s gross domestic product (GDP) could grow 6.6% in 2020-24, lower than its 2013-17 average of 7.4%, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • It was revealed by OECD in its report titled Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2020.
  • Overall Southeast Asia region is expected to record 5.7 per cent growth on average in 2020-24.


  1. LakshyaSen wins SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament in Germany
  • India’s LakshyaSen has won the SaarLorLux Open badminton tournament at Saarbrücken in Germany. He defeated SenWeng Hong Yang of China.
  • World number 51 Lakshya took 59 minutes to overcome Weng in the summit clash.
  • The 18-year-old from Uttarakhand had entered the final beating Kiran George in an all-Indian semifinal.
  1. South Africa wins Rugby World Cup
  • South Africa galloped by England to win the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
  • The Springboks claimed the Cup for the first time since 2007. It was a rematch of the final game of 2007. Both teams scored only penalty kicks in the first half.
  • In the second half, the Springboks’ MakazoleMapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe each pushed the ball across the line for the only two tries of the game.
  • The Springboks became the second team after New Zealand to win three World Cup titles.
  1. PoojaGehlot wins silver in UWW Under-23 World Championships
  • PoojaGehlot (53kg) in wrestling claimed India’s second silver medal after going down to Japan’s HarunaOkuno in the finals of the UWW Under-23 World Championships in Budapest
  • Pooja lost 0-2 to Okuno in the summit clash. She had entered the finals after beating Turkey’s ZeynepYetgil in the semifinals of the tournament.
  • Ravinder (61kg), had won India’s first silver earlier this week

Award & Honors

  1. SudarsanPattnaik Selected For Italian Golden Sand Art Award
  • Internationally acclaimed sand artist SudarsanPattnaik has been selected for the prestigious Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019.
  • He will be honoured during the International Scorrana Sand Nativity in Italy scheduled to be held from November 13 to 18.
  • Pattnaik will also represent India in International scorrana sand Nativity. As many as eight sculptors will participate in this festival.


  1. Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel ‘The Far Field’ wins 2019 JCB prize for Literature
  • based-Indian author Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel, The Far Field bagged this year’s JCB prize for Literature, the most expensive Indian award for writing.
  • Vijay’s debut novel that follows one young woman’s search for a lost figure from her childhood, a journey that carries her from southern India to Kashmir and to the brink of a devastating political reckoning, was chosen by a five-member jury chaired by Indian filmmaker and environmentalist PradipKrishen.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. Around 4 Guiness world record to be attempted during the 5th India International Science Festival
  • Around four Guinness World Records is to be attempted during the course of the 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) that has been scheduled to begin in Kolkata on 5 November 2019.
  • A small personal model of advanced spectroscopes ban is made by anyone using a box made of cardboard that has a very narrow window used to channel light into the spectroscope.
  • A piece of a Compact Disc is used to split the light by a process called diffraction.
  1. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the robotic surgery facility in SJH
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the robotic surgery facility in the Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.
  • Safdarjung Hospital: Safdarjang Hospital (SJH) is one of the biggest tertiary care referral centre of India.
  • It functions under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. SJH caters to all poor patients of uro-oncological cancers like kidney, bladder cancers, prostate, and kidney failures across India.


  1. Industrialist and son of Modinagar’s founder, K KModi passes away
  • The scion of one of the oldest business families in the country – the Modi family – and the eldest son of late RaiBahadurGujarmalModi (founder of the city of Modinagar), Krishan Kumar Modi passed away.
  • Modi led FICCI in 1997 and was also the president of Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry from 2002 to 2006.
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