November 10, 2019

National

  1. Thaawarchand Gehlot Visits ‘Shilpotsav -2019’
  • Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot visited the “Shilpostav- 2019” to encourage the artisans at Dilli Haat, INA, in New Delhi.
  • Shilpostav- 2019 is the annual fair of artisans from across the country, belonging to the weaker sections of the society, which began on 1st November and will continue till 15th November 2019.
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is working towards empowering disadvantaged and marginalized artisans nationwide and in continuance of this, Shilpostav has been organized every year.
  • The range of products in this fair include – silk sarees, durries, readymade garments, Terracotta products, Jute Products, dress materials, Kashmiri shawls/stoles, leather, cane & bamboo products, hand embroidery, bead products, pearls, imitation jewellery, lakh products, decorative candles, wood carving, block  printing, wooden toys, tie & dye, wood, marble artefacts and handloom etc.
  1. India’s maternal mortality rate declines by 6.2 per cent in a year
  • India’s maternal mortality rate declined by 8 points in one year from 130 per lakh live births in 2014-16 to 122 per lakh live births in 2015-17, (registering a 6.2% decline) as per the latest special bulletin on MMR released by the Registrar General of India
  • with this persistent decline, India is on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) set for reducing the MMR by 2025 which is five years ahead of the fixed time-line of 2030.
  • India recently launched the ‘Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan’ (SUMAN) programme for zero preventable maternal and newborn deaths.
  • Eleven states have already achieved the ambitious target of MMR of 100 per lakh live births by 2020 set under the National Health Policy 2017.
  • These states are Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Karnataka and Haryana.
  • Seven states — Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana — have shown decline in MMR that is greater than or equal to the national average of 6.2%.
  1. PM calls for peace and harmony on Ayodhya verdict
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for peace and Harmony on the Ayodhya verdict.
  • PM speech on Ayodhya issue The Honourable Supreme Court has given its verdict on the Ayodhya issue.
  • It highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law.
  • It reaffirms the independence, transparency, and farsightedness of our judiciary.
  • It clearly illustrates everybody is equal before the law.
  • The halls of justice have amicably concluded over decades.
  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays obeisance at Gurudwara Ber Sahib
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid obeisance at Gurudwara Ber Sahib in Sultanpur Lodhi.
  • Prime Minister accompanied by Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab.
  • The main premises of the Gurudwara offered his prayers and was presented with a shawl by the priests.
  1. Sports Minister lauds CBSE for organizing Fitness Week in schools plans to take it to all states
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) observing Fitness Week in the second and third week of November, as part of the Fit India Movement.
  • Main Objective The objective of the Fitness Week is to bring about a behavioral change in school children from spending Passive Screen Time to Active Field Time from moving them away from computer screens to open fields.

State

  1. Skill India certifies 500 skilled candidates formally under Recognition of Prior Learning in Agra
  • Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) inaugurated Meet at Agra 2019, an annual exhibition-cum-fair organized by Agra Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Chamber (AFMEC) at Agra Trade Centre, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The footwear manufacturers and provides a platform for international producers and suppliers to come together and showcase the best of technology in the latest footwear trends aimed at fulfilling futuristic demands.

International

  1. Marghe and Her Mother to be the closing film at 50th IFFI
  • The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) of Marghe and Her Mother, directed by Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be the Closing Film of the festival.
  • Marghe and Her Mother The film revolves around Marghe, a six-year-old girl who lives with her single mother, Claudia, who has been kicked out of her house because of payment difficulties, leaving Marghe to an older woman next door.

Banking & Finance

  1. Irdai directs Reliance Health Insurance to stop selling new policies
  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has directed the standalone health insurance arm of Reliance Capital — Reliance Health Insurance — to transfer its entire portfolio to Reliance General Insurance, and stopped it from selling new policies.
  • The regulator has also directed Reliance Health Insurance, which commenced operations in October 2018, to transfer all the investments pertaining to policyholders, along with its financial assets.
  • Irdai noted that Reliance Health Insurance was facing solvency issues, as its solvency margin was reported at 106 per cent in the June quarter (Q1FY20), well below the regulatory requirement of 150 per cent. Since then, the solvency margin has dipped further to 77 per cent as of August and 63 per cent in Q2FY20.
  • Reliance Capital, the holding company of both Reliance General and Reliance Health Insurance, proposed to merge Reliance Health Insurance into Reliance General after it failed to bring in new investors for its health insurance arm.
  1. Exim Bank gives USD 30 mn line of credit to Ghana
  • The Export-Import (Exim) Bank has provided a USD 30 million line of credit to Ghana for potable water project in the country.
  • Exim Bank has entered into an agreement with Ghana for a line of credit (LoC) of USD 30 million (about Rs 210 crore) for financing rehabilitation and up-gradation of potable water system in Yendi, Ghana.
  • Under the arrangement, financing of export of eligible goods, works and services from India would be allowed subject to their being eligible for export under the Foreign Trade Policy of India and whose purchase may be agreed to be financed by the Exim Bank.
  • Out of the total credit by Exim Bank under the agreement, goods, works and services of the value of at least 75 per cent of the contract price shall be supplied by the seller from India and the remaining 25 per cent of goods and services may be procured by the seller for the purpose of eligible contract from outside India
  • Under the LoC, the terminal utilisation period is 60 months after the scheduled completion date of the project.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra CM
  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has finally resigned and met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to submit his resignation papers.
  • This comes just hours before the deadline for government formation in Maharashtra ends with the current assembly session coming to an end on November 9.

Award & Honors

  1. Kumar Mangalam Birla Conferred ABLF Global Asian Award
  • Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group received the prestigious ABLF Global Asian Award at a grand ceremony in Dubai.
  • He has been awarded for being a “Powerful individual whose business footprint and commitment to excellence have engaged international interest and attention.
  • The previous recipients of the award include among others Late Dhirubhai Ambani, Mr. Lakshmi Mittal, H.E Mohamed Ali Alaber (Chairman- Emaar), H.E Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Chairman-Emirates).

Science, Space & Technology

  1. NASA unveils its first electric airplane
  • NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell in the aeronautics lab in the California desert.
  • Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane, the X-57 under development since 2015 and remains at least a year away from its first test flight in the skies over Edward Air Force Base.

Obituary

  1. Renowned Bengali Author and Padma Shri Awardee Nabaneeta Dev Sen Passes Away
  • Renowned Bengali author Nabaneeta Dev Sen passed away at 81 years following a prolonged illness.
  • She had published more than 80 books in Bengali. Her first collection of poems ‘Pratham Pratyay’ was published in 1959. In 1959, she married Amartya Sen, an economist and academician, who was later awarded the Nobel prize in 1998.

Important Days

  1. Legal Services Day is celebrated on 9th November
  • Legal Services Day is celebrated every year on the 9th of November in all the state Authorities.
  • Legal literacy camps and functions are organized in many places in the capital city of the country.
  • Legal Services Day which first started by the Supreme Court in the year 1995 all across India to offer help and support to the weaker and poor group of sections of people.
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