November 25, 2019

National

  1. Prime Minister addresses the inaugural session of the 50th Conference of Governors
  • The 50th annual Conference of Governors began with an inaugural session at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Seventeen first time Governors and Lt. Governors of the newly formed union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, are participating in the Conference.
  • The 50th edition of the Conference to evaluate the achievements and outcomes of the past Conferences.
  • The Governor has a unique role to play in realizing a cooperative and competitive federal structure.

State

  1. Sangai Festival 2019 begins in Manipur
  • Every year the State of Manipur celebrates the “Manipur Sangai Festival” from 21st to 30th November.
  • The ‘Festival’ is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.
  • It started in the year 2010 and has grown over the years into a big platform for Manipur to showcase its rich tradition and culture to the world.
  • The festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and biggest festival held annually to promote tourism.
  • The formal inaugural function of the festival was held at Hapta Kangjeibung at Imphal.
  • During the festival, cultural programmes, traditional games, folk dance and classical music will be performed by different communities of the State as well as from other States.

International

  1. Ocean Dance Festival 2019 starts in Cox Bazar
  • The Ocean Dance Festival 2019 kicked off in Cox Bazar of Bangladesh. Ocean Dance Festival is the largest international dance festival of Bangladesh in which more than 200 dancers, choreographers and scholars from 15 countries are participating.
  • The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Bridging the distance’ or Durotter Shetubandhan.
  • The dances performed at the event will show the idea of bridging cultural and economic distances.
  • The festival is being organised by the Nrityajog which is the Bangladesh wing of World Dance Alliance (WDA). The festival aims to expand cultural tourism in Bangladesh.
  • It also features seminars and discussion apart from the dance performances by the artists.

Business & Economy

  1. Muthoot Finance to acquire IDBI Mutual Fund for Rs 215 crore
  • Muthoot Finance Ltd, the largest gold loan non-banking finance company in the country, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IDBI Asset Management Ltd and IDBI Mutual Fund Trustee Company Ltd.
  • Muthoot Finance will purchase 100 per cent equity shares of IDBI Asset Management and IDBI MF Trustee for a total consideration of Rs 215 crore.
  • The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of February 2020.
  • The deal is subject to receipt of approval from regulators including the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Sports

  1. Lakshya Sen wins Scottish Open title
  • India’s Lakshya Sen has won the Scottish Open badminton men’s singles title, defeating Brazilian Ygor Coelho to seal his fourth title in 3 months.
  • Entering the tournament as the top seed, the world number 41 registered an 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 win in 56 minutes to claim the title in Glasgow, Scotland.
  1. Rafael Nadal wins Davis Cup title 2019
  • Rafael Nadal has clinched 6th Davis Cup title for Spain after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada in front of a jubilant home crowd in Madrid.
  • Nadal defeated Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to clinch Spain’s 2-0 win against Canada.
  1. Vijender Singh claims 12th successive professional win
  • Indian boxing star Vijender Singh for Ghana’s former Commonwealth champion Charles Adamu claim his 12th successive win and ensure that his four-year unbeaten streak in the professional circuit.
  • The 34-year-old former Olympic bronze-medallist prevailed unanimously in an eight-round super middleweight contest against the 42-year-old.
  • Indian’s right hand just too precise and powerful to handle for Adamu who looked intimidated.

Award & Honors

  1. Marathon man Kipchoge, hurdle heroine Muhammad win Athlete of the Year
  • Eliud Kipchoge, the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours, and 400 metres hurdles world champion Dalilah Muhammad won the World Athlete of the Year awards.
  • Kipchoge, claimed governing body World Athletics’ year-ending prize in Monaco after making history last month when he ran the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles) in 1hr 59min 40.2sec.
  • American Muhammad won her award after a magnificent year that saw her set a world record of 52.20 seconds at the US Trials in Iowa in July breaking a record that had stood since 2003.

Obituary

  1. Former Madhya Pradesh CM Kailash Joshi passes away
  • Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kailash Joshi has passed away.
  • He was called as the ‘saint of politics’, served as the state’s chief minister from 1977 to 1978.
  • He was MLA for eight terms and also served as a member of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
  1. Former WB minister Kshiti Goswami passes away
  • The General Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and former West Bengal Minister Kshiti Goswami passed away.
  • Goswami was PWD Minister in Jyoti Basu and Buddhadev Bhattacharjee’s cabinet in the Left Front Government in the State.

Important Days

  1. NCC celebrates its 71st Raising Day
  • The National Cadet Corps (NCC), the world’s largest uniformed youth organization, is celebrating its 71st Raising Day on 24 November.
  • The celebrations began, with Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and DG NCC Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra paying homage to the martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation, at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.
  • The NCC Raising Day was also celebrated all over the country with the cadets participating in marches, cultural activities and social development programs.
  • NCC continues its relentless efforts towards moulding the youth into responsible citizens of the country.
  1. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: 25 November
  • The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed across the world on 25 November annually.
  • The theme for this year is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”.
  • This is a efforts to prevent and end violence against women at the global, regional and national levels show that there is widespread impunity on sexual violence and rape.
  • The colour orange in the theme symbolizes a better future without the pervasive human rights violation that affects 1 in 3 women and girls all over the globe.
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