November 17, 2019

National

  1. BIS study: Mumbai tops ranking for quality of tap water, Delhi lowest
  • According to a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) study, Mumbai ranks the highest in the quality of water among capital cities in states where samples of tap water were tested.
  • In Mumbai, all 10 samples of tap water passed the BIS test. Second in the list in Hyderabad, where only one sample failed. However, at the bottom of the list is Delhi, where all 11 samples failed the BIS test — thereby reaffirming that the capital city has the poorest water quality, the BIS study put.

State

  1. SAANS campaign launched to curb pneumonia deaths in kids
  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan launched ‘SAANS’, a campaign aimed at reducing child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15 per cent of deaths annually of children under the age of five.
  • SAANS, short for ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’ was launched by the Union Health Ministry to mobilise people to protect children from pneumonia, and train health personnel and other stakeholders to provide prioritised treatment to control the disease.
  • The government aims to achieve a target of reducing pneumonia deaths among children to less than three per 1000 live births by 2025.
  • A mass awareness campaign will also be launched about the effective solutions for pneumonia prevention like breast feeding, age appropriate complementary feeding, immunisation, good quality air etc.

Banking & Finance

  1. NCAER predicts India’s GDP growth at 4.9% in FY20
  • The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has pegged India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019-20 at 4.9 per cent, the lowest among the recent forecasts by rating agencies, multilateral institutions, research firms, and government institutions.
  • The NCAER’s outlook comes just days after global ratings agency Moody’s cut its calendar year 2019 GDP forecast for India to 5.6 per cent from 6.2 per cent, and State Bank of India (SBI) and CLSA forecast a growth rate of 5 per cent for FY20.

Business & Economy

  1. Vodafone Idea posts India’s biggest ever quarterly loss at Rs 50,921 crore on AGR hit
  • Telecom firm Vodafone Idea reported a record loss of Rs 50,921 crore for the September quarter, as it made a provision for the Supreme Court’s ruling on payment of average gross revenue (AGR) dues, even as ongoing brutal pricing war continued to hurt. The company had posted a loss of Rs 4,947 crore in the year ago period.
  • The loss was reported as the company made a provision for the Supreme Court’s ruling on payment of average gross revenue (AGR) dues. Rs 30,774.5 crore was a one-time loss the company incurred due to the recent Supreme Court verdict.
  • Reliance Communications posted a mega loss of Rs 30,142 crore, registering India’s second biggest quarterly loss after Vodafone Idea. The firm was mainly hit due to provisioning for liabilities after the Supreme Court ruling on the AGR issue. Anil Ambani has submitted his resignation as director of Reliance Communications, even as the firm continues to remain under CIRP (Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process). Four other directors, including Smt. Chhaya Virani, Ryna Karani, Manjari Kacker and Suresh Rangachar have also submitted their resignation
  • Bharti Airtel posted a loss of Rs 23,044 crore for the quarter ended September 30, due to Rs 28,450 crore provisions towards adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.

Sports

  1. IAAF officially changes name to World Athletics
  • The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has changed its name and will now be officially known as World Athletics
  • The name change had been suggested in a bid to make the sport more accessible.
  • The body has also changed the name of its Twitter handle and URL of its official website.
  • The IAAF was founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, but changed its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2001

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Former Sri Lankan defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins presidential vote
  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war, registered a comfortable victory in the nation’s presidential election.
  • Elections chief Mahinda Deshapriya announced the official results that Rajapaksa won more than 6.9 million votes in election, 1.3 million votes more than his closest rival, Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa.
  • The 70-year-old Gotabaya Rajapaksha will be sworn in on November 18, 2019. He will succeed Maithripala Sirisena.
  1. Akil Kureshi sworn in as new chief justice of Tripura High Court
  • Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura. He was previously serving with the Gujarat High Court.
  • Governor Ramesh Bais administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kureshi at Old Raj Bhawan in Agartala. He has assumed office as the 5th Chief Justice of Tripura High Court
  • Justice Kureshi has succeeded Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol, who was has been appointed as Chief Justice of the High Court of Patna.
  1. Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan takes oath as Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC
  • Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan took oath as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
  • He was administered the oath of office by Governor Draupadi Murmi in a simple ceremony at Raj Bhawan
  • Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan has been appointed as the 13th Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
  • The post was lying vacant since May this year after the former Chief Justice, Anirudh Bose was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.

Award & Honors

  1. GI Tag for Darjeeling Green, White Tea
  • Darjeeling Tea Association mentioned green and white tea of the hills were registered asgeographical indication (GI) merchandise within the nation.
  • These two kinds of Darjeeling tea were registered belowGeographical Indications of Items (Registration and Protection) Act
  1. Actors Sridevi and Rekha conferred with ANR National Award
  • Veteran actors Sridevi and Rekha were conferred with the ANR National Award for 2018 and 2019 respectively, which was presented by renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi.
  • Instituted by the Akkineni International Foundation, the annual award honours those who have made a lasting impact on Indian cinema
  1. Five Indian students won prizes at Oxford Big Read Asia Prize
  • Five students from India won prizes at Oxford Big Read Asia Prize at the Asia level.
  • Among the five students, four were from Nagpur while one from Madurai.
  • A total of 6000 submissions from schools from China, Malaysia, Pakistan, and India participated in the competition.
  • This competition provides students with an opportunity to augment the ambit of their reading and also demonstrate their literary and creative skills.
  • Event: The competition was held in three categories.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. Surface-to-surface medium-range missile Agni-II trial test conducted successfully
  • India has successfully conducted the first night trial of Agni-II, its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
  • Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), has already been inducted into the armed forces.
  • The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations, electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact point in the down-range area of Bay of Bengal.
  • The test was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The two-stage ballistic missile can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.

Important Days

  1. National Epilepsy Day
  • National Epilepsy Day is observed on 17 November every year to focus on the epilepsy disease, its symptoms and prevention.
  • It can affect people of any age and people in the different age groups have unique concerns and problems.
  1. International Students’ Day
  • International Students’ Day is an international observance of the student community, held annually on November 17.
  • It is now marked by a number of universities, sometimes on a day other than November 17, as a nonpolitical celebration of the multiculturalism of their international students.
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