November 09, 2019


  1. Kartarpur Corridor: PM Modi to flag off first ‘Jatha’ tomorrow
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off first ‘Jatha’ of devotees from Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur Sahib on the same day.
  • On the occasion of inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor, the Punjab Government has announced holiday on November 9.
  • The first ‘Jatha’ is included with eminent people like former PM Manmohan Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh along with 150 other parliamentarians.
  1. Steel Scrap Recycling Policy issued
  • Ministry of Steel has issued a steel scrap recycling policy to promote a circular economy in the steel sector.
  • This policy will help the industry to evolve a responsive ecosystem by involving all stakeholders.
  • The new scrap recycling policy will ensure scientific processing and recycling of ferrous scrap generated from various sources and a variety of products.
  1. Khadi gets separate unique HS code
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has allocated a separate HS code for Khadi.
  • HS stands for Harmonized System and it is a six digit identification code.
  • It was developed by the WCO (World Customs Organization) and custom officers use HS Code to clear every commodity that enters or crosses any international border. Governments use HS codes and product descriptions to detect fraudulent activities.
  1. Uttam rake: Indian Railways introduce first non-AC local train with CCTV cameras
  • Indian Railways’ Western Railway Zone has introduced state of the art ‘Uttam Rake’ for the local trains in Mumbai.
  • The newly introduced rake has improved interiors and advanced features to make traveling in local a better experience.
  • The Uttam rake is equipped with better seats, CCTV cameras, red emergency buttons, anti-dent partitions, modular luggage racks.


  1. Cycle Bulbul reaches near Bangladesh ports
  • The Meteorological department has issued a notice that cyclonic storm Bulbul is likely to hit Bangladesh between 9 and 10 November.
  • Bangladesh has been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal four in Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra.
  • Cyclone Bulbul can hit Bangladesh with a wind speed of 62 km per hour to 88 km per hour.
  1. University Of Michigan to Collaborate With AIIMS, KMC On Genetic Testing
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) of $2.3 million helps a University of Michigan researcher to collaborate with India’s premier health-education institutes, AIIMS and Kasturba Medical College (KMC)Manipal to expand genetic testing in the country.
  • This partnership would help the geneticists to identify and confirm that genetic changes are the basis of developmental disorders.
  1. Indian Navy and Indonesian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise Samudra Shakti Progresses in the Bay of Bengal
  • INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, is exercising with Indonesian Warship KRI Usman Harun, a multi-role Corvette in the Bay of Bengal as part of the ongoing Indian Navy Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise Samudra Shakti from 06 Nov to 07 Nov 19.
  • INS Kamorta- Joint Excercise The joint exercises include manoeuvres, Surface Warfare exercises, Air Defence exercises, Weapon firing drills, Helicopter Operations and Boarding Operations.

Banking & Finance

  1. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Launches ‘Farmitra’ App
  • Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, the private general insurer launched industry’s first mobile app ‘Farmitra’ catering to the specific needs of farmers.
  • Through this app, farmers will not only get insurance solutions, but also a range of other information and advisories which will cater to their day to day farming needs.
  • Users of this app can see regular weather forecast specific to their area, advisories customized as per the selected crops, market price of crops, news related to agriculture developments and also a locator for seed/soil testing labs, fertilizer dealers, Cold Storage around the area.
  • In terms of insurance, users can access the PradhanMantriFasalBimaYojana (PMFBY) portal to buy crop insurance, check their application status, register claims and reach out to program coordinators. They can also buy Motor and Health insurance policies offered by the Company.
  • This app is user friendly wherein all one needs to do is register mentioning their state, block, area of farm land, crops and other relevant details. Through this information, all the above mentioned features will then be customized in the region specific language as per the crop chosen and geographical area selected.
  • Farmitra will also act as a portal for farmers enrolled with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance to get a single view of their policies and get claim support.
  1. GeM partners with Central Bank for payment related services
  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) signed MoU with Central Bank of India.
  • Through this partnership, Central Bank of India will be able to offer an array of services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts (GPA), advising of electronic Performance Bank Guarantees (e-PBG) and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to the registered users on the portal
  • Integration for payments and various banking services is one of the priorities for GeM towards the goal of paperless, contactless and cashless system.
  • GeM has already signed MoU with 18 Public Sector and Private Banks to enable this.
  • GeM is also working with Banks, TReDs, and SIDBI to provide bill discounting and financing of working capital where the cost of capital is linked to the performance & rating of a seller on GeM
  • GeM is an initiative of the Government of India which offers a one stop platform for facilitating online procurement of goods and services by Central and State government organizations.
  • GeM provides tools for Direct Purchase, bidding and reverse auction for ensuring transparent and efficient procurement


  1. Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian male cricketer to play 100 T20I
  • Rohit Sharma became the first Indian man and second in world cricket to complete 100 T-20 Internationals.
  • He reached the milestone when he led the team in the second match against Bangladesh at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
  • Shoaib Malik, with 111 games from Pakistan, is the only player to have played more than 100 T20 Internationals.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. IODA’s First Indian and Asian General Vice President Elected
  • Dr VinayaShetty, from Mumbai India, is the first Indian to be elected to the position of General Vice President (GVP), International Organisation Development Association (IODA) since its inception in 1986.
  • Dr Vinaya has helped in change and transformation of numerous organisations across industries in India and has been contributing in facilitating IODA’s efforts since 2009.
  • IODA is a non-profit association, has members from 50 countries that are initiating and supporting organizational and societal change processes all over the world.

Award & Honors

  1. West Bengal based writer Abhisek Sarkar won award at Dhaka Lit-fest
  • The ninth edition of the Dhaka Lit-fest started book lovers thronging the venue ground at the Bangla Academy.
  • The three days of the festival, 200 speakers, performers, and thinkers take part in discussions on diverse topics.
  • The special focus of this year’s lit-fest is on Indigenous Languages as the UNESCO marked 2019 as the year of Indigenous Language Protection.


  1. Dinesh Shahra introduces his book – Simplicity and Wisdom
  • Renowned industrialist and philanthropist, Dinesh Shahra introduced his book- Simplicity and Wisdom at Vatsalya Gram in Vrindavan recently in the presence of eminent social reformer, SadhviRitambhara.
  • The book – Simplicity and Wisdom is dedicated to Late Vedanti Swami Pragananand. It aims at guiding towards saintly wisdom and leading content and happy life.
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