Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan” week-long intensive Beach Cleaning Drive in 50 identified beaches of India
To strive to make our beaches clean and create awareness amongst citizens about the importance of coastal ecosystems, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change are undertaking a mass cleanliness-cum-awareness drive in 50 identified beaches under the “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”, from 11th -17th November, 2019.
The identified beaches are in 10 coastal States/Union Territories namely Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha. The beaches have been identified after the consultation with the States/UTs.
The Ministry has also decided that on completion of the drive, best three beaches will be suitably awarded along with a Certificate of Appreciation for all the participating Eco-clubs.
Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates the India Pavilion at the ADIPEC
Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the India Pavilion at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC).
The India Pavilion has been set up by 9 Indian Oil & Gas companies from the upstream, midstream, downstream and engineering segments, along with Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI), Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
“National Capital Region -2041” conclave held in Delhi
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, chaired the inaugural conclave on “National Capital Region -2041” in Delhi.
This conclave is organized by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).
The theme of the conclave was “Planning for Tomorrow’s Greatest Capital Region”.
The Regional Plan-2041 should be a citizen-centric plan, with liveability as the hallmark, to ensure ease of living.
Gujarat government gives nod for world’s first CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar
Gujarat Government has given its nod to the world’s first CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar.
The U.K. based Foresight group and Mumbai based Padmanabh Mafatlal group joint venture will invest Rs.1900 crore to set up a CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar port.
Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board- GIDB under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also approved this proposal.
The proposed CNG port terminal will have annual capacity of 6 million matric tone, which will increased the total handling capacity of the port to 9 million matric tones.
MoU for this project between Gujarat government arm Gujarat Maritime Board and London based Foresight Group was signed during the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat summit.
The new facility will be developed in the Northen side of present port, underwhich RoRo terminal, liquid terminal and container terminal will be developed in future.
Dal Lake of J&K to be declared Eco-Sensitive Zone
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.
Pollution and encroachments have resulted in the Dal Lake shrinking from its original area of 22 square kilometres to about 10 square kilometres, according to an assessment by the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) in 2017.
The capacity of the lake has shrunk to 40%. The depth of the lake has reduced in many places due to the absence of desilting.
The Eco-Sensitive Zone is called Ecologically Fragile Areas. A region or territory is notified as ESZ by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change.
In General, the regions are around wildlife sanctuaries, protected areas and National Parks.
Banking & Finance
HSBC and RBS to launch new digital banking platforms
British Investment banking companies HSBC and RBS to launch new digital banking platforms.
The launch comes to aid the customers digitally in the face of a wave of online startups.
HSBC’s HSBC Kinetic: HSBC launched HSBC Kinetic, a new app-based business banking service.
It was previously known internally as Project Iceberg.
Business & Economy
PayNearby launches own micro ATMs at retail shops
PayNearby, the hyperlocal fintech network builder, has launched its own mirco ATMs at retail shops to address the issue of money dispensing machines running dry, and aims to deploy 1 lakh terminals in the first year.
The company has tied up with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Equitas Small Finance Bank for this initiative.With the launch of micro ATM business terminal, PayNearby has strengthened its product portfolio of money withdrawal services. Now along with Aadhaar enabled money withdrawals, PayNearby retailers can also offer cash withdrawals through debit cards.
PayNearby’s micro ATM is a cost effective and a smart cash management tool for small retail stores and traders who deal in large chunks of cash on a daily basis.
The company aims to add over 1 lakh POS enabled micro ATMs in the first year of its launch. Considering its USPs such as portability, affordability and low maintenance, micro ATMs can very effectively drive financial inclusion while curbing down the infrastructure costs incurred, especially in rural India, where a full-fledged ATM becomes unviable.
Saurabh Chaudhary wins silver medal in Men’s 10m air pistol event at Asian Championship
Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the silver medal in men’s 10m air pistol event at the 14th Asian Championship in Doha
World Cup and Asian Games gold-medallist shot 244.5 to finish second on the podium behind North Korea’s Kim Song Guk, who won the top prize with a world record 246.5. Iran’s Foroughi Javed bagged the bronze.
The trio of Chaudhary, Verma and Sharvan Kumar bagged the team bronze with a total of 1740 in the qualifying
Shreya Agrawal and Dhanush Srikanth won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle mixed team junior competition, while Gurnihal Garcha, Abhay Singh Sekhon and Ayush Rudraraju claimed the team gold in the junior men’s skeet.
Gurnihal Garcha also won an individual silver with a score of 50 in the finals.
Appointment & Resignation
Bolivia President Evo Morales resigns
Bolivian President Evo Morales has resigned after nearly 14 years in power, amid turmoil following his disputed re-election last month.
Vice-President Alvaro García and Senate President Adriana Salvatierra also resigned.
Justice Kureshi to take oath as Chief Justice of Tripura HC on 16 Nov
The Chief Justice of High Court (HC) of Tripura Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi will take oath on 16 November 2019.
The oath of office will be administered by Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais in Agartala on 16 November.
On 8 November, the Union Ministry of Law and Justice appointed Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi, the Judge of the Bombay High Court, as the new Chief Justice of Tripura.
The appointment was approved by the President of India.
Award & Honors
OneUp Library, Bookstudio and Learning Lab presented Bandana Sen Library Awards
For the first time ever, the Bandana Sen Library Awards was presented at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
The heads of over 100 schools and their library teams attended the event.
Organized by: The award ceremony was organized by OneUp Library, Bookstudio, and Learning Lab.
The Bandana Sen Library Award was instituted in the memory of late Bandana Sen, a pioneer in the field of children’s libraries.
Science, Space & Technology
NASA detects huge X-ray burst from outer space
NASA has detected a massive thermonuclear explosion coming from outer space, caused by a massive thermonuclear flash on the surface of a pulsar.
The crushed remains of a star that long ago exploded as a supernova. The explosion released as much energy in 20 seconds as the Sun does in nearly 10 days.
NASA’s Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) telescope on the International Space Station (ISS) detected a sudden spike of X-rays on August 20, reports the US space agency.
The X-ray burst, the brightest seen by NICER so far, came from an object named “J1808”.
The observations reveal many phenomena that have never been seen together in a single burst.
SpaceX launched a second set of mini satellites
SpaceX, a private company, launched a second set of mini-satellites. The company is building a huge constellation of small orbiting devices with an aim to expand internet access around the globe.
SpaceX’s mini-satellites launch: A Falcon-9 rocket launched 60 mini-satellites in orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Theses satellites joined 60 other satellites that were launched in May 2019.
Starlink: Starlink has been designed to provide high-speed internet connections on Earth.
Vietnamese mouse deer sighted after 30 years
Global Wildlife Conservation said that Vietnamese mouse deer, a tiny deer-like species, which was not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years, had been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam.
It was captured in the wild by trap cameras.
Vietnamese mouse deer is the rabbit-sized animal that is not a deer or a mouse but is the world’s smallest hoofed mammal. These animals are shy and solitary.
Public Service Broadcasting Day: 12 November
Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated on 12 November every year.
The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the first and last visit of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947.
The Father of the Nation addressed the displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition