23 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

23 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

23 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Jitendra Singh inaugurates ‘Destination North East’ Festival in Varanasi

  • Dr Jitendra Singh (Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER)) has inaugurated the ‘Destination North East’ Festival in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • All 8 North-East states have been presented at the event along with their handicrafts, handloom, organic products and cultural troupes.
  • The visitors will have live experiences of the artisans and artists from the NE states working on their looms and crafts, performing their songs and dances in the open stage during the day.
  • Indigenous games will also be performed where visitors can also participate.

2. IRCTC to operate Golden Chariot luxury train from March 2020

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will operate and manage luxury train, Golden Chariot from March next year.
  • Earlier, the train was operated under a joint venture between KSTDC and the Ministry of Railways.
  • The Golden Chariot Train (commenced operations in 2008) travels through one of the famous tourist and picturesque destinations of Karnataka, and Hamp (UNESCO world heritage site).
  • It has 18 coaches with 44 guest rooms having a capacity for 84 guests.
  • The train promises to offer world-class comfort, state-of-the-art amenities and enhanced and unforgettable experience to passengers.

3. 2-day conference of Governors, Lt. Governors begins at Rashtrapati Bhawan

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the two days Conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors (50th) at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • The Conference will discuss important thematic issues in various sessions.
  • It includes tribal issues, reforms in agriculture, Jal Jeevan Mission, new education policy for higher education and governance for ease of living.
  • During this session, presentations will be made by the Vice-Chairman and the CEO of NITI Aayog as well as by the National Security Advisor (NSA).
  • The President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Home Minister and External Affairs Minister will address the concluding session.

4. NuGen Mobility Summit 2019 to be held at Manesar

  • The 2019 NuGen Mobility Summit will be held at Manesar, Haryana. from 27-29th November 2019.
  • The Theme of 2019 is “Smart & Green Mobility”.
  • The objective of the summit is to share new ideas, learnings, global experiences, innovations and future technologies trends for the faster adoption, assimilation and development of advanced Automotive Technologies for a smarter and greener future.
  • The event will be organised by the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in association with SAENIS, SAE INDIA, SAE International, NATRiP, DIMTS, DHI, MoRTH, SIAM and ACMA.

5. Jal Shakti Minister releases the short documentary film on Water Conservation named 'SHIKHAR SE PUKAR'

  • Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has 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.
  • Mr Ravindra Kumar climbed Everest this year to attract the attention of people from the top of the Everest on the serious issue of Water Conservation and stopping Water Pollution.
  • The film also gives a glimpse on the significance of Himalaya as the main source of water needs of India by means of the river.
  • It also picturizes the difficulties and challenges in climbing the highest peak in the world.

6. world's biggest Islamic Congregation Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima begins in Bhopal

  • The world's biggest Islamic Congregation ‘Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima’ has begun in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • More than one million people from 54 countries are expected to attend the congregation which will continue till 25th November.
  • It is a forum for delivering some important religious-spiritual messages to Muslims around the world.
  • The first Alami Tablighi Ijtima took place in Bhopal in 1944 and only 14 people attended it then.

7. Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM

  • BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has taken oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second term.
  • NCP's Ajit Pawar has become the Deputy Chief Minister.
  • Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to the two leaders.
  • Presently, 288 members of the Legislative Assembly are directly elected from the single-seat constituencies and one member is nominated.
  • The Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha situated in the Nariman Point area of South Mumbai in the capital Mumbai.
  • BJP:105, Shiv Sena:56, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP):54, Congress:44, AIMIM:2

8. Veteran actor Shaukat Kaifi passes away in Mumbai

  • Veteran actor & Shabana Azmi's mother Shaukat Kaifi (91-years) passed away in Mumbai due to age-related illness.
  • Kaifi's husband was the celebrated Urdu poet and film lyricist, Kaifi Azmi.
  • Her last film was Shaadi Ali's 'Saathiya'.
  • Shaukat Kaifi and Kaifi Azmi 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.
Source: Times of India
State News

9. Assam govt to start Arundhati gold scheme by January 2020

  • The Assam government will start Arundhati gold scheme by January next year for the registered newly married couples.
  • Under the scheme, an amount of 30 thousand rupees will be given to the bride to purchase gold.
  • According to Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the scheme is aimed to promote marriage registrations and prevent under-age marriages in the state.
  • The annual income of the bride and her father should not be more than 5 lakh rupees per year to get the benefit.
  • The minimum age of the bride and groom to be 18 and 21 years to avail the benefit under the scheme.
Source: AIR News

10. Kerala ban manufacturing, sale & storage of single-use plastic from January 1

  • Kerala State Cabinet has decided to ban the manufacture, sale and storage of one-time-use plastic items from 1st of January next year.
  • Plastic carry bags, plastic sheets, cooling films, plastic plates, cups, thermocol and Styrofoam-based items and others will be covered under the ban.
  • A fine of 10,000 rupees will be slapped on manufacturers, wholesalers and small traders who defy the ban.
  • If the ban is violated for the second time, the fine will be 25,000 rupees.
  • A third violation will invite closure and a fine of 50,000 rupees.
International Affairs

11. Potential Diarrhea vaccine developed in Sweden

  • The researchers of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have developed a potential Diarrhea vaccine.
  • Science journal, The Lancet, reports that it has been proved safe and effective in an early-stage clinical trial in Bangladesh.
  • The report said that 80 to 100 per cent of the children aged two to five years and 50 to 80 per cent of infants aged six to eleven months, selected for the study responded to all key immunity generating components of the vaccine.
  • There is no vaccine yet for use for children and vaccine development for Diarrhea is a World Health Organization priority.
Banking & Finance

12. SEBI doubles PMS investment size to Rs 50 lakh

  • Securities and Exchange Board of India has doubled the minimum investment limit for clients of Portfolio Management Services to Rs 50 lakh.
  • Currently, the minimum ticket size for investing in PMS is Rs 25 lakh.
  • The market regulator also increased the net worth requirement for PMS to Rs 5 crore from Rs 2 crore earlier, giving the existing portfolio managers 36 months to meet the enhanced requirement.
  • The regulator has set a deadline of 31 days for listed companies to disclose to the stock exchanges with respect to default.

13. RBI constitutes 3-member panel for DHFL

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a three-member panel to advise the Administrator of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) ahead of formally moving for resolution of the troubled mortgage lender under the insolvency law.
  • IDFC First Bank's Non-Executive Chairman Rajiv Lall, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance's Managing Director and Chief Executive N S Kannan and Mutual Funds' Association AMFI's Chief Executive N S Venkatesh would be part of the panel.
  • Earlier, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) superseded DHFL's board and placed the company under an administrator in the wake of governance issues and severe liquidity crisis which had led to a string of defaults.

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