- Parliament passes Design Institution (Amendment), Bill
- The Parliament has recently passed the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The National Institute of Design, 2014 Act will be amended by this bill.
- Four national design institutes of Andhra Pradesh (Amravati), Assam (Jorhat), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Haryana (Kurukshetra) will be declared institutions of national importance by this bill.
- Currently, these institutions have been registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, they do not have the power to award diplomas and degrees.
- Kartayva Portal launched by HRD Minister
- The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched the portal kartavya.ugc.ac.in as part of the ongoing ‘Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan’ across the country.
- Apart from that, he launched the AICTE’s portal ‘Abhiyanta’. This portal will include Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Big Data etc.
- The Department of Higher Education will conduct 11 rounds of national essay writing competition during the year and the subject of the essay will be based on a fundamental duty.
- UIDAI launched the new version of mAadhaar application
- The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched the new version of the mAadhaar application, both for Android and iOS devices.
- The application aims to make the mAadhaar application more secure.
♦ To avail the new version, the users should delete the previous version and install the new version immediately
♦ Third-party applications are not supported by the UIDAI
- Cabinet approved an extension of norms for mandatory packaging in jute materials
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by PM Modi approved the mandatory packaging of foodgrains and sugar in jute material for the Jute Year 2019-20.
- It has mandated packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987 as per 2018.
- The decision mandated that 100% of the food grains and 20% of the sugar must be packed in diversified jute bags.
- Uttar Pradesh govt to set up state’s 1st vulture conservation
- Uttar Pradesh government will set up state’s first vulture conservation and breeding centre in farenda area of Maharajganj district to conserve the endangered vulture population
- There has been a sharp decline in the population of vultures in the country which has come down from 40 million to 19,000 in a span of over three decades.
- States’ first vulture conservation and breeding centre of its kind will be set up on the lines of Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore in Haryana, which is also the first in the country
- Chhattisgarh to get fourth tiger reserve
- Chhattisgarh is set to have Guru Ghasidas National Park in Kotiya district as its fourth ‘tiger reserve’.
- The decision was taken in the 11th meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
- Presently there are three tiger reserves in the state which are: Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve and Indravati Tiger Reserve. With this new announcement, four tiger reserves will get functional in the state.
- The Lemru Elephant Reserve will come into existence soon by merging the forest areas of Korba, Katghora, Dharamjigarh and Surguja forest divisions of Korba, Raigad and Surguja districts. The total area records to be of about one thousand 995 square kilometers.
- Odisha to replicate MCC of TN
- Odisha State government has announced that it is to replicate the Micro Composting Centre (MCC) of the State Tamil Nadu.
- The move by the Urban Development Department of Odisha is for proper segregation and management of wet waste.
- The department took the decision after the visit by a high-level team led by G Mathivathanan, Principal Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Department and Sangramjit Nayak, Mission Director of Swachh Bharat Mission to Tamil Nadu.
- India has 96 universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2020 Asia
- India has 96 universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings: Asia 2020. Out of these, 20 are new entries.
- The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) leads nationally at the overall 34th place, and it is followed by IIT Delhi (IIT-D) in the 43rd place and by IIT Madras (IITM) in the 50th position.
- The country has 31 institutes among the top 250.
♦ Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) reported 8 Indian universities are placed among the top 100.
Business & Economy
- Authorized capital of FCI enhanced to Rs. 10,000 cr
- The CCEA in the leadership of PM Narendra Modi has decided to increase the authorized capital of Food Corporation of India (FCI).
- Earlier, the amount of authorized capital of FCI was 3500 and now, it will be Rs. 10,000 crores.
- As per the information released by the government of India, additional equity capital will be infused in FCI by union budget. That will help to fund food grain stocks across the country.
Appointment & Resignation
- Suman Billa Appointed Director At Madrid-Headquartered Unwto
- Suman Billa, former Director and Secretary of Kerala Tourism, will join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
- Currently a Joint Secretary in Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, Billa’s appointment has been approved by the PM-headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) at its meeting in New Delhi. He will hold the post for an initial period of two years.
- He completed five-year tenure as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism before his new assignment.
Award & Honors
- Billie Eilish is Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year
- Singer Billie Eilish will be honoured as Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year.
- The Hollywood Reporter, pop star Taylor Swift will also be honoured at Billboard’s event, receiving the inaugural ‘Woman of the Decade’ award.
- “Billie has disrupted the entertainment industry through her music and social media platforms, leaving an indelible impact on the global cultural zeitgeist.
- Eilish is the youngest artist ever to be named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
- Hemant Karkare A Daughters Memoir book was released
- The book titled Hemant Karkare: A Daughter’s Memoir was released at the Crossword Book Store, Mumbai.
- The book is authoured by Karkare’s daughter Jui Karkare. She published the memoir of her father.
Hemant Karkare: A Daughter’s Memoir:
♦ The book was released by The Write Place.
♦ The book narrates Hemant Karkare’s journey.
♦ It talks about how he moulded himself to become ATS Chief Hemant Karkare.
Science, Space & Technology
- ISRO Successfully Launches Earth Imaging Satellite Cartosat-3, 13 Other Nano Satellites from Sriharikota
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other nano-satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
- PSLV-C47 on its 49th mission will carry CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States.
- The 1,625 kg CARTOSAT-3 is a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.
- The 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States are being carried as part of the commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL), Department of Space
- The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 would be for five years
- PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the ‘XL’ configuration (with six solid strap-on motors)
- IIT Jodhpur researchers develop catalytic converter for cars
- A research team from the IIT-Jodhpur chemistry department has developed a catalytic converter for cars using Rajasthani clay.
- It will be cheaper and more effective in reducing pollution.
- Catalytic converter: The new catalytic converter was developed by the extraction of Iron-Nickel-Cobalt nanoparticles from the Rajasthani clay.
- The clay acts as an oxygen reservoir. It turns the pollutants less harmful.
- The Rajasthani clay will reduce the temperature.
- Cartoonist Sudhir Dhar passes away
- Eminent cartoonist Sudhir Dhar passed away on November 26 due to cardiac arrest. He was 87
- He worked with various national and international newspapers. He was known as a famous critic of current issues.
- Sudhir Dhar started his career in 1961 with ‘The Statesman’. His cartoons were published in ‘The Independent’, ‘The Pioneer’, ‘Delhi Times’, ‘New York Times’ and many more newspapers.