24-25 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

Manoj Bajpayee bags best actor Asia Pacific Screen Award for Bhonsle

24-25 November 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Manoj Bajpayee bags best actor Asia Pacific Screen Award for Bhonsle

  • Manoj Bajpayee has bagged the Best Performance by an Actor Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his role in ‘Bhonsle.’
  • The Hindi feature ‘Bhonsle’ narrates the story of a police constable (Bajpayee), who tries to fight the struggles of migrants and their battles with the local politicians.
  • The movie was directed by Devashish Makhija.
  • The acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee won against international actors like Wang Jingchun (China), Navid MohammadzadehMohsen Tanabandeh (Iran), and Eran Naim (Israel).
  • Ridham Janve won the Young Cinema Award for his directorial debut film The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain.

2. Bodybuilder Chitahresh Natesan crowned Mr Universe 2019 in South Korea

  • Former hockey player turned bodybuilder Chitahresh Natesan (33-years) has been crowned Mr Universe 2019 at the 11th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship (WBPF) in South Korea.
  • India secured the second position in the team championship category at the same event.
  • Chitahresh Natesan (5 ft 7 inches tall) has become the first Indian to win Mr Universe (Pro) 2019 in the 90kg category.
Source: The Hindu

3. Floating school project in Bangladesh wins Aga Khan Architecture Award

  • Bangladesh’s Floating school project (in South Kanarchor) ‘The Arcadia Education Project’ wins the Aga Khan Architecture Award.
  • The project involved the construction of a school in an area which is underwater during the monsoon months.
  • The architect (Saif Ul Haque) designed this school which remains on the ground during the dry season and floats on water when the area is submerged in water during monsoon.
  • He utilised only the local material-bamboo, used tyres and steel drums for constructing the amphibious structure for the school.
  • The school also serves as a shelter, a daycare centre and a vocational training centre for the local people.
  • The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is presented in three-year cycles and has a monetary prize totalling US$1 million that is shared by multiple winning projects.
  • It recognizes projects, teams, and stakeholders in addition to buildings and people.
Source: AIR News
Important Days

4. 25th November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  • The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is being observed every year on 25th November across the world to prevent & end violence against women.
  • The theme for this year is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against 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.
Source: UN.org

5. NCC celebrates its 71st Raising Day

  • The National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated its 71st Raising Day all over the country with the cadets participating in marches, cultural activities and social development programs.
  • The NCC day which is observed every year on the fourth Sunday of November was celebrated with pomp and gaiety.
  • National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Wing,
  • Many cadets have done the nation and the organization proud by their remarkable achievements in the fields of sports and adventure.
  • The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of Armed Forces, Headquarters in New Delhi

6. Former Madhya Pradesh CM Kailash Joshi passes away

  • Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister & Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Joshi (91-years) passed away.
  • Mr.  Joshi was called as the ‘saint of politics’, served as the Madhya Pradesh 9th chief minister (from June 1977 to January 1978).
  • He was MLA for eight terms and served as a member of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
Source: AIR News

7. Former WB minister Kshiti Goswami passes away

  • The General Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and former West Bengal Minister Kshiti Goswami (76-years) passed away at a private hospital in Chennai.
  • Goswami was PWD Minister in Jyoti Basu and Buddhadev Bhattacharjee’s cabinet in the Left Front Government in the State.
  • He was also the state secretary of the RSP for a few years since 2012.
Source: News 18
Art & Culture

8. Ocean Dance Festival 2019 starts in Cox Bazar Bangladesh

  • Bangladesh’s State minister of cultural affairs KM Khalid has inaugurated the Ocean Dance Festival 2019 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 festival is being organised by the Nrityajog which is the Bangladesh wing of World Dance Alliance (WDA).
Source: AIR News

9. Sangai Festival 2019 begins in Manipur

  • Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has inaugurated the week-long Manipur Sangai Festival 2019 at Hapta Kangjeibung, 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.
  • The festival will conclude on the 30th of this month.
Source: Times of India
National Affairs

10. Gadkari releases booklet at Agro Vision 2019 in Nagpur

  • Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister for Road Transport) has released a booklet titled 'Convergence of National Highway improvement/construction with water conservation and groundwater recharge' at Agro Vision-2019 in Nagpur.
  • The agriculture exhibition, Agro Vision show (4-Day) highlight the scope where the Indian agricultural sector can achieve new height of success.
  • The theme of the 11th Agrovision has been aptly chosen as "Smart Technologies for Sustainable Development".
Source: AIR News

11. 2-day Air Force Commanders' Conference to begin in New Delhi

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the two-day Air Force Commanders' Conference in New Delhi.
  • Top commanders of the Indian Air Force (IAF)is participating in it.
  • They will discuss the operational, maintenance and administrative matters related to Air Force.
Source: AIR News
State Affairs

12. UP govt launches immunisation campaign against Filaria

  • Uttar Pradesh Health & Family Welfare Minister Jai Pratap Singh has launched a massive immunisation campaign against the filariasis or Filaria.
  • Under this campaign, more than 65 thousand teams of health workers will distribute medicines to around 6.5 crore people till 10 December.
  • This year, state’s 19 districts have been divided in double drug and triple-drug categories in which they will be provided DEC tablet, Albendazole and ivermectin.
  • The union government has set the year 2021 as the deadline for complete eradication of filaria in the country.
Source: AIR News

13. Gujarat Govt. announces Rs 3,795 Cr relief package for farmers

  • Gujarat Government has announced a relief package 3,795 crore rupees for farmers who suffered crop loss due to unseasonal rains.
  • The relief package will help more than 56 lakh farmers across the state.
  • According to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, total package (1,641 crore rupees) will be given through a budgetary provision and 2,145 crores under the State Disaster Response Fund.
  • Farmers will get assistance in the range of 4,000 rupees to 13,000 rupees.
Source: Hindustan times

14. Centre extends the ban on NDFB for 5 years

  • The union Govt. has extended the ban on National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) along with all its groups, factions and front organisations, by 5 more years.
  • According to the Ministry of Home Affairs notification, NDFB was involved in the killing of 19 civilians in incidents of violence since January 2015.
Source: AIR
International Affairs

15. The US clears sale of MK-45 naval guns to India

  • The US State Department cleared the sale of sophisticated naval guns worth USD 1 billion to India.
  • The MK-45 guns will enhance India's naval capabilities, particularly in the Arabian Sea.
  • The Gun System will provide the capability to conduct anti-surface warfare and anti-air defence missions while enhancing interoperability with the U.S. and other allied forces.
Source: TOI

16. Global Terrorism Index 2019

  • According to the 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI), deaths from terrorism fell for the fourth consecutive year, after peaking in 2014.
  • Now, the number of deaths has decreased by 52% since 2014, falling from 33,555 to 15,952.
  • Afghanistan was the country most impacted by terrorism in 2018, replacing Iraq, which had held that position since 2004.
  • India is at seventh place in the list of countries most affected by terrorism (350 Indians killed & 540 injured in 748 terrorist incidents in 2018).
  • countries most impacted by terrorism: Afghanistan(1st), Iraq (2nd), Nigeria (3rd) Syria(4th), Pakistan (5th), Somalia (6th), India (7th), Yemen(8th)
Source: The Hindu

17. Rafael Nadal wins Davis Cup title 2019

  • Rafael Nadal (world number-one) has clinched 6th Davis Cup title for Spain after beating Denis Shapovalov of Canada in front of a jubilant home crowd in Caja Mágica Madrid, Spain
  • Nadal (33-year) defeated Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to clinch Spain’s 2-0 win against Canada.
  • It was the Spanish team's first Davis Cup title since 2011 and their sixth Davis Cup title overall.
  • Rafael Nadal received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for his performance in the tournament after he won 8 of the 8 matches he participated in.
  • In 2019, Nadal won the French Open and the US Open, made the Australian Open final and reached the Wimbledon semi-final.
  • The 2019 Davis Cup (108th edition) is a tournament between national teams in men's tennis, sponsored by Rakuten.
Source: DD News

18. Lakshya Sen wins Scottish Open title

  • India's Lakshya Sen (18-year) has won the Scottish Open men's singles title in Glasgow.
  • Lakshya Sen defeated Ygor Coelho 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 to seal his fourth title in three months.
  • Within a month, Lakshya won his first BWF Super 100 title at the Dutch Open, with the second one coming soon after, at the SaarLorLux Open in Germany.
Source: AIR News

19. India bag 28 medals including 13 gold in U-15 Asian Wrestling C’ships

  • India concluded its campaign at the Under-15 Asian Championships with 28 medals (13 gold, 14 silver and a bronze).
  • For the first time, India finished on top of the team rankings in freestyle category with 225 points as all 10 wrestlers finished on the podium.
  • Kazakhstan finished second while Japan was third.

20. MP athletes to get five per cent reservation in govt jobs

  • Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Jitu Patwari has announced that sports-persons of the state will get 5% reservation in government jobs.
  • The Minister also announced that children from all CBSE, government and private schools would be involved in the Under 16 state-level Olympics.
  • At present, the competition is being organized for children above 16 years of age.
  • It includes 10 sports (hockey, basketball, football, volleyball, kabaddi, kho-kho, athletics, wrestling, badminton and table tennis). 

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