November 24, 2019

National

  1. Jal Shakti Minister releases short documentary film on Water Conservation named ‘SHIKHAR SE PUKAR’
  • Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat released a short documentary film on Water Conservation named ‘SHIKHAR SE PUKAR’ in New Delhi.
  • The film has been made to promote ‘Jalshakti Abhiyan’ and is based on the Journey of an IAS Officer Ravindra Kumar, who climbed Everest this year to attract the attention of people from top of the Everest on the serious issue of Water Conservation and stopping Water Pollution.
  • It also picturizes the difficulties and challenges in climbing the highest peak of the world.
  1. Army dedicates Goodwill Park to Late Naib Subedar Chuni Lal
  • As a mark of tribute to one of the most decorated soldiers of Indian Army Late Naib Subedar Chuni Lal, an Army Goodwill Park was dedicated at his native village Bhara in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Army Goodwill Park has a statue of the martyred soldier, beside a Children park and open Gym for the villagers.
  1. Jeremy Corbyn to remain neutral in future Brexit referendum
  • Jeremy Corbyn remains neutral in a future Brexit referendum party won power in a general election on 12th December.
  • The BBC would not campaign for Leave or Remain so it would allow him as Prime Minister to credibly carry out what the voters.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked how Mr. Corbyn could be indifferent to such a vital issue.
  • Johnson faced questions of his own about whether he could be trusted.
  1. 50th IFFI introduces section on silent film viewing with live music
  • International Film Festival of India celebrating its Golden Jubilee Edition in seaside Goa.
  • The Festival witnessed the inauguration of a specially curated section that pays tribute to silent film viewing with live music.
  • The 50th IFFI introduced a section on silent film viewing with live music. Live music with silent films has its history. The specific place by an esteemed music composer.

State

  1. 4-day Northeast festival in Varanasi
  • A four-day festival showcasing art, culture, cuisine, handicrafts and handlooms of the northeastern region will be held for the first time in Varanasi.
  • ‘Destination North East’ festival, which will begin in the temple town of Uttar Pradesh, will exhibit the striking similarities between the Ganga and Brahmaputra basins in terms of ancient culture, diverse handlooms and silk products, spiritual heritage and vibrant tourist hubs.
  • All eight Northeastern states will participate the event, to be held at the IIT (BHU) ground, to display their handicrafts, handloom, organic products and cultural troupes.
  • During the festival, the visitors will have live experience of the artisans and artistes from the Northeast working on their looms and crafts, performing their songs and dances in the open stage.
  1. J&K achieves highest road length under PMGSY in 2019
  • Jammu and Kashmir have achieved the highest road length in the country this year so far under a Centre’s rural roads’ programme with the completion of around 11,400 kilometres covering 1,838 habitations.
  • The work is being carried under the centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which is a mega flagship programme with the main objective of providing connectivity to rural areas.
  1. Odisha govt asks employees to take online courses on better governance
  • Odisha government asked its three lakh-odd employees to enroll in policy-oriented online courses offered by institutions like IMF, World Bank, and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.
  • The departments to order the Group-A, B, and C employees to get themselves registered for the online courses offered by these institutions as part of the holistic development of the skills of the employees.

International

  1. Oxford Dictionaries declares ‘climate emergency’ the word of 2019
  • Oxford Dictionaries has named “climate emergency” as its 2019 Word of the Year, choosing it from an all-environmental shortlist that also included “climate action,” “climate denial,” “eco-anxiety,” “extinction” and “flight shame.”
  • The Word of the Year citation is intended to highlight “a word or expression shown through usage evidence to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have a lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.”
  • Usage of the term “climate emergency” is up 10,789 percent over the previous year
  • In 2019, “climate” became the most common word associated with “emergency”, three times more than “health emergency” in second.

Banking & Finance

  1. OECD Cuts Global Growth to 2.9% in 2020
  • The world economy is projected to grow by a decade-low 2.9 percent this year and 2020, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in its latest Economic Outlook.
  • Also, OECD sees the global economic growth edging back up to 3% in 2021.
  1. RBI enhances scope of non-resident rupee accounts
  • Reserve Bank of India enhanced the scope of Special Non-resident Rupee'(SNRR) by allowing persons residing outside India to open such accounts for purposes like external commercial borrowing and trade credit in INR.
  • The other purposes for allowing such a move are for export or import invoicing and business-related transactions outside the International Financial Service Centre, all in INR.

Business & Economy

  1. Microsoft launches ‘K-12 Education Transformation Framework’ to facilitate digital transformation of schools
  • Microsoft has launched its “K-12 Education Transformation Framework” to facilitate comprehensive digital transformation of schools in India, a model which has been adopted in over 50 countries so far.
  • According to officials at Microsoft’s Education wing, the framework comprises four pillars — leadership and policy, modern teaching and learning, intelligent environments and technology blueprint.
  • Over 700 schools had participated in the “Education Days” conducted by the tech giant where the framework was launched.
  • To help school principals initiate their journey of digital transformation, the programme will offer a series of workshops based on each of these pillars. Education leaders in more than 50 countries have already adopted the framework to help plan their learning strategies.
  • The framework is aimed at providing education leadership,government decision makers, teachers and most importantly learners, tools to achieve the ambitious change many schools seek, and to thoughtfully integrate technology in powerful and productive ways.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM, Ajit Pawar as Deputy CM
  • In an unexpected turn of events, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively.
  1. EC appoints Mrinal Kanti Das as Special Police Observer for Jharkhand assembly polls
  • The Election Commission has appointed Mrinal Kanti Das, a retired 1977 IPS officer as Special Police Observer for the ensuing Assembly election in Jharkhand.
  • The Commission took the decision in the light of the specific challenges of Left Wing Extremism affecting the law and order situation in the state.
  • Earlier, Mr Das was deputed as Special Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
  1. Anita Anand first Hindu to be appointed cabinet minister in Canada
  • Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the new Cabinet.
  • The Cabinet includes three other Indo-Canadian ministers, Sikhs, and each of whom was a member of the previous government.
  • Anand for the first time in the October federal elections named the minister of public services and procurement.
  • Anita Anand Anand is one of the seven newcomers to the Cabinet for the new Trudeau government.

Award & Honors

  1. Indian journalist Neha Dixit among recipients of International Press Freedom Award
  • Indian journalist Neha Dixit was one of several recipients of the 2019 International Press Freedom Awards, awarded by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a non-profit organization whose aim is to enable journalists to work without the fear of reprisal.
  • Dixit, a Delhi-based journalist who reports on politics, social justice and gender in South Asia, has faced harassment both online and offline for her work, which includes reports on child trafficking by Hindu nationalist organizations, madrasas in Delhi, and the use of child soldiers by Maoist groups.
  • Dixit has also received threats from top police officers for her stories on extra-judicial killings.
  1. Manisha Kulshreshtha won 28th Bihari Puraskar Award
  • Manisha Kulshreshtha awarded the 28th Bihari Puraskar for 2018 for her novel Swapnapash.
  • The award is presented by the KK Birla Foundation for writers of Rajasthani origin. It is given annually to an outstanding work in Hindi or Rajasthani published in the past ten years.
  • The famous Hindi poet Bihari, the award carries a cash prize of ~2.5 lakh, a citation, and a plaque.

Obituary

  1. Veteran actor Shaukat Kaifi passes away in Mumbai
  • Veteran actor and Shabana Azmi’s mother Shaukat Kaifi passed away in Mumbai
  • Her last film was Shaadi Ali’s ‘Saathiya’.
  • She and her husband were leading lights of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and the Progressive Writers Association (IWA), which were the cultural platforms of the Communist Party of India.
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