27 Nov 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

Important Current Affairs and daily gk update of 27 Nov 2020

27 Nov 2020 - Daily Current Affairs

PM Modi inaugurates Global RE-Invest 2020

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-Invest 2020) through video conferencing.
  • It will be held from 26 – 28 November 2020 on a Virtual Platform
  • It is organised by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • Theme for RE-Invest 2020: ‘Innovations for Sustainable Energy Transition’.
  • It was earlier held in 2015 and 2018.
  • Aim: Provides international forum for investment promotion in renewable energy.
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2. UNDP & Invest India launches SDGs Investor Map for India

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Invest India have jointly unveiled the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Investor Map for India.
  • Map laid out 18 Investment Opportunities Areas (IOAs) in 6 critical SDG sectors including education, healthcare, agriculture, financial services, renewable energy, and sustainable environment
  • Map also identified 8 white spaces, which have seen investor interest
  • Invest India: investment promotion agency under Commerce Ministry.
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3. Railway launches digitized online Human Resource Management System (HRMS)

  • Indian Railway has rolled out a fully digitized online Human Resource Management System (HRMS) to improve efficiency and productivity of the Railway system
  • HRMS: High thrust project for Indian Railways to leverage improved productivity & employee satisfaction.
  • This will create a big impact on the functioning of all the employees, making them more tech savvy.
  • HRMS comprises of:
    • Employee Self Service (ESS) module
    • Provident Fund (PF) Advance module
    • Settlement module
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4. Sports Ministry restores recognition of Archery Association of India

  • Sports Ministry has restored government recognition to Archery Association of India (AAI) as a Nation Sports Federation (NSF) for promotion and regulation of Archery Sport in India.
  • AAI’s government recognition was withdrawn 8 years back on account of failure to conduct its elections in accordance with the National Sports Development Code of India.
  • The move comes after AAI's independent elections and revocation of suspension by World Archery and the Indian Olympic Association.
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5. Ministry of Ports issues Merchant Shipping Bill 2020 for public review

  • Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 draft for public consultation for promoting transparency in the Shipping sector
  • It will replace Merchant Shipping Act, 1958, and Coasting Vessels Act, 1838.
  • Objectives:
    • Improve welfare and safety of Indian seafarers on abandoned vessels
    • Promote ease of doing business
    • Enables electronic registration, and grants statutory recognition to electronic agreements
    • Increase India’s tonnage
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6. Films Division organizes folk art and painting film festival ‘Lok Virasat’

  • Films Division (FD) is organizing a festival of films on folk art and painting, titled as Lok Virasat from 27 to 29 November 2020 on FD website and You Tube channel.
  • It is an exclusive bouquet of documentary films on folk art and paintings
  • Films to be streamed:
    • Bastar-Rhythm of Progress
    • The Kingdom of God
    • Bhavai-Fading Memories (Gujarat Art)
    • Naman-Khele (ancient folk art of Maharashtra)
    • Sahi Jata
    • Therukoothu: Dancing For Life (old Tamil folk art)
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7. CBDT to validate UDIN from ICAI portal during Tax Audit Reports

  • Finance Ministry has approved CBDT to validate Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) generated from ICAI portal at the time of upload of Tax Audit Reports.
  • ICAI in its gazette notification had made the generation of UDIN from ICAI mandatory for every kind of certificate/tax audit report to curb fake certifications by non-CAs misrepresenting themselves as Chartered Accountants.
  • UDIN: Unique 18 digit number to documents attested by Chartered Accountants in Practice.
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8. Scotland becomes 1st nation to make sanitary products free

  • Scottish parliament has passed landmark legislation that made period products like sanitary pads and tampons free of cost to those people who need them
  • Bill is titled as ‘Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill’ and was passed unanimously, making Scotland the first country to take such a step.
  • Aim: Tackling period poverty and ending the silence and stigma
  • Period poverty: Certain circumstances make access to sanitary products difficult for women and trans people
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9. India signs MoU with Finland for Environment and biodiversity conservation

  • India signed MoU with Finland for developing cooperation in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation.
  • MoU will advance both nations partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like
    • Prevention of Air and water pollution; 
    • Waste management; 
    • Promotion of circular economy, 
    • low-carbon solutions and sustainable management of natural resources including forests; 
    • Climate change; 
    • Conservation of Marine and Coastal Resources; etc.
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10. Father of Indian IT industry, F.C Kohli passes away

  • Indian industrialist Faqir Chand Kohli (96 years) passed away in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest
  • He was the founder and the first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, and was also associated with Tata Power Company and Tata Elxsi
  • He served as President of NASSCOM.
  • He is known as Father of the Indian IT Industry, for his contributions to the establishment and growth of the Indian IT industry
  • Award: Padma Bhushan in 2002, Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award in 2000.
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11. Prakash Javadekar unveils e-compendium of articles on Constitution

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched an e-compendium of articles on the Constitution, Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties in New Delhi
  • Compendium is an important piece of document that is compilation by Press Information Bureau and has articles penned by eminent personalities.
  • It will act as a single point reference book for related content.
  • The compendium was launched on Constitution Day (26 November).
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12. APEDA holds Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with Germany

  • Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) organized virtual Buyer Seller networking meet with German importers to promote export of fresh fruits and vegetables from the country
  • The meet was organized by APEDA in collaboration with Embassy of India, Berlin and German Agribusiness Alliance
  • Event provided a platform to showcase India’s strength in export of fresh fruits and vegetables strengthening confidence of German buyers

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