November 12, 2019


  1. 11,379 farmers committed suicide in 2016
  • The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said that 11,379 farmers committed suicide in India in 2016.
  • The NCRB in its latest Accidental Death and Suicide report for 2016 says that there were 948 farmer suicides every month, or 31 suicides every day. The last report was released in 2015.
  • As per the data in the report, the number of farmer suicides in the country has plunged to 11,379 in 2016 from 12,360 in 2014 and 12,602 in 2015.
  • Overall, the data suggests that while farmer suicides have dipped by about 21%, those by farm labourers have risen by 10%.
  • The NCRB report also states that a vast majority of farmers who died by suicide in India were men, while women accounted for just 8.6% of farmer suicides in the country.
  1. Integrated Check Post of Kartarpur Corridor inaugurated by the Prime Minister at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formally inaugurated the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur Corridor.
  • Kartarpur Sahib Corridor is a 4.7 kilometre long passage that connects Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India’s Gurdaspur and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur.
  • Narendra Modi flagged off the first batch of 500 pilgrims led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh.
  • The state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building is on 15 acres land. The fully air conditioned building akin to an airport has over 50 immigration counters for facilitating about 5000 pilgrims a day.
  • The corridor will facilitate visa-free movement but Indian pilgrims are required to carry their passports and will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara (Pakistan) , which was established by Guru Nanak Dev in 1522.


  1. India’s first elephant memorial comes up in Mathura
  • India-based conservation charity Wildlife SOS unveiled the country’s first elephant memorial in Mathura .
  • The memorial symbolises the sacrifice of these gentle giants who lost their lives while suffering brutality at the hands of humans.
  • Most elephants used in circuses and tourist rides are taken from the wild and undergo a lifetime of misery.
  • This unique memorial with stone boulders and engraved black granite plaques names some elephants who suffered this fate.
  • The memorial has been set up with the support of UP forest department.
  1. The 27th Conference of COCSSO is being held in Kolkata
  • The 27th Conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations (COCSSO) is being at Kolkata, West Bengal. It is being held from 11-12 November 2019.
  • It was inaugurated by Prof. Bimal K Roy, Chairman, National Statistical Commission.
  • Conference: The conference provided a platform to bring all stakeholders together to discuss statistical matters of interest.


  1. The 11th BRICS Summit to begin on 13 November in Brasilia
  • The 11th BRICS Summit has been scheduled to be held in Brasilia, Brazil, from 13 November 2019.
  • BRICS developed sectoral cooperations in various areas, such as science and technology, trade promotion, energy, health, education, and innovation, bringing immense benefits to the BRICS societies.
  • BRICS Summit: The first BRIC Summit was held in Russia in 2009.
  • The member group decided to work on reforming global governance. In 2011 South Africa joined the group.


  1. India wins T20 series against Bangladesh
  • India defeated Bangladesh by 30 runs in the third and final T20 International match played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. India won the three-match T20 series by 2-1.
  • Team India scored 174 runs in 20 overs and gave Bangladesh a target of 175 runs to win. In response, Bangladesh’s team could only manage 144 runs for 10 wickets in 19.2 overs.
  • Deepak Chahar made a unique record of taking six wickets for seven runs. He has become the best bowler in T20 Internationals.
  1. New species of spider named after Sachin Tendulkar
  • Dhruv Prajapati, an Ahmedabad Ecologist, has discovered two new species of spider. He named these species – Marengo Sachin Tendulkar’ and ‘Inomarengo Chavarapatera.’
  • He is a researcher in the Gujarat Ecological Education & Research (GEER) Foundation.
  • As per the report, new species are known as Asian jumping spiders. Inomarengo Chavarapatera spider was found in Kerala while Marengo Sachin Tendulkar was found in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
  1. France clinches Fed Cup with epic win over Australia
  • France defeated Australia, 3-2, to claim their first Fed Cup title in 16 years, held in Perth, Australia.
  • Fed Cup is an international team competition in women’s tennis.
  • Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic of France surpassed Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 6-3, winning the deciding doubles match to break the tie.
  • This was France’s third Fed Cup title and first since they beat the United States in 2003.
  1. China Open 2019: Kento Momota defeats Chou Tien-chen to defend Fuzhou crown, win 10th title this year
  • Kento Momota won his 10th title of a remarkable year as Japan’s world number one defeated Chou Tien-chen to retain his Fuzhou China Open crown.
  • Home hope Chen Yufei similarly successfully defended the women’s title with a gritty victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Justice Sanjay Karol takes oath as Chief Justice of Patna High Court
  • Justice Sanjay Karol was sworn in as the chief justice of the Patna High Court
  • The oath was administered by Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan at Raj Bhavan.
  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present at the oath-taking ceremony besides other dignitaries.
  • Justice Karol was earlier the chief justice of Tripura High Court.

Award & Honors

  1. Punjab CM presented the 2019 Achievers award
  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh presented the Achievers award to over 400 eminent Punjabi personalities on the event of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on 10 November.
  • The award recognized their outstanding contribution in various fields.
  • Awardees: Officers from Defence Services, namely former Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Gen (Retd) J.J. Singh, Air Marshal Jagjit Singh, Brig. (retd) Sukhjit Singh, J. Singh, Lt. Gen (retd),


  1. MoEFCC to conduct mass cleaning drive at 10 Indian beaches
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) plans to organize a mass cleanliness-cum-awareness drive in 50 identified beaches under the Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan.
  • The Ministry will award the best three beaches along with a Certificate of Appreciation for all the participating Eco-clubs.
  • Aim: The campaign will be held from 11-17 November 2019.
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