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November 2019 - National News



  • Andhra Pradesh State government launched YSR Matsyakara Bharosa scheme on 21 November 2019. Under this, 1,32,332 fishermen in the 21-60 age group will get an enhanced monetary relief of Rs 10,000 each during the marine ban and lean period every year between April and June. Also, subsidy on diesel has been enhanced under the new scheme from Rs 6.03 to Rs 9 per litre.


  • The two-day Air Force Commanders' Conference will begin in New Delhi on 25 November, 2019. Top commanders of Indian Air Force will participate in it and discuss the operational, maintenance and administrative matters related to Air Force.


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved to increase the authorized capital of Food Corporation of India (FCI) from existing 3,500 crore rupees to 10,000 crore rupees. Additional equity capital can be infused in FCI through the Union Budget, to fund the foodgrains stock, perpetually held by FCI. This will reduce the borrowings of FCI, save its interest cost and reduce food subsidy in consequence.


  • Regularization of Delhi's unauthorized colonies Bill introduced in Lok Sabha. Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri introduced the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. The bill provides for a legal framework to grant ownership rights to nearly 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi. The bill will allow registration of properties and provide certain relief to the residents of 1,731 unauthorised colonies in the city from registration charges and stamp duty.


  • Parliament on 27 November, 2019 passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, with the Rajya Sabha approving it by a voice vote. It defines a transgender person as one whose gender does not match the gender assigned at birth. It provides every transgender person a right to reside and be included in his household. The Bill prohibits discrimination against a transgender person including denial of service, unfair treatment in education, employment, healthcare, enjoyment of goods, facilities, opportunities available to the public, right to movement and right to reside.


  • Parliament has passed the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019, with the Lok Sabha approving it. It seeks to amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014, which declares the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad as an institution of national importance. It also seeks to declare four National Institutes of Design located at Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Jorhat in Assam and Kurukshetra in Haryana as institutions of national importance. Currently, these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. On being declared institutions of national importance, the four institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees and diplomas.


  • Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on 26 November, 2019 introduced the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019. The Bill provides for the merger of Union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. It provides for better delivery of services to citizens of both the UTs by improving efficiency and reducing paperwork and administrative expenditure. It will also bring uniformity in policy and schemes. Both the UTs are located in the western region of the country.

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli have just one district while Daman and Diu have two. The country currently has nine UTs after the creation of the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. However, with the merger of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the number of UTs will come down to eight.


  • The Rajya Sabha on 26 November, 2019 discussed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill seeks to amend the Chit Funds Act, 1982 which regulates chit funds and prohibits a fund from being created without the prior sanction of a State Government. The amendments have been made to facilitate the orderly growth of the chit fund sector to remove bottlenecks and enable greater financial access to people.

    As per the legislation, the prescribed ceiling of aggregate chit fund amount for individuals has been raised from one lakh rupees to three lakh rupees. In the case of firms, the ceiling has been raised from six lakh to 18 lakh rupees. Besides, words like chit amount, dividend and prize amount have been substituted with terms gross chit amount, the share of discount and net chit amount. The legislation also increases the maximum commission of a foreman from five per cent to seven per cent and also allows the foreman a right to lien against the credit balance from subscribers.


  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Indian Air Force (IAF) is growing steadily to become a truly strategic aerospace power. Mr Singh was addressing the second bi-annual IAF Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi. The Defence Minister appreciated the IAF’s efforts to seize new opportunities for indigenous weapon design and development. He also praised the IAF for its professionalism and lauded all air warriors and their families for giving the country the most competent and combat worthy force. AIR correspondent reports that two-day Commanders’ Conference will conclude.


  • Constitution Day or Samvidhan divas, is being celebrated on 26 November, 2019 across the country to mark the adopting of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. It came into force on 26th January, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of Indian Republic. The government has planned year long activities throughout the country to mark 70 years of the adoption of the Constitution.

    The Constitution declares India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizens justice, equality and liberty and endeavours to promote fraternity. The Constitution of India is the longest written constitution of any sovereign country in the world. The Indian constitution stood the test of the time as India has been a successful democracy unlike many others who had become independent in the same time. The Constituent Assembly was established to draft a constitution for India. It lasted for nearly three years in which many debates on the need for a constitution were held on numerous occasions. In his address on 17th December 1946 in one of the debates, Drafting Committee chairman Dr B R Ambedkar underlined the need to have a common ground in the spirit of cooperative federalism.


  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on 25 November, 2019. The Bill provides domestic companies with a new option to pay tax at the rate of 22 per cent, provided they do not claim certain deductions under the IT Act. Currently, domestic companies with an annual turnover of up to 400 crore rupees pay income tax at the rate of 25 per cent. For other domestic companies, the tax rate is 30 per cent. The Bill also provides new domestic manufacturing companies with an option to pay income tax at the rate of 15 percent, provided they do not claim certain deductions. 


  • India Ranks 44th in 2019 Nomura’s Food Vulnerability Index. Nomura’s Food Vulnerability Index (NFVI) ranks countries based on their exposure to large swings in food prices. NFVI has three components:
    1. the country’s GDP per person
    2. the share of food in household consumption, and
    3. the net food imports.
    The lower per capita GDP, a higher percentage of food in household consumption, and top net food imports would make a country more vulnerable to spikes in food prices. Around 50 countries most vulnerable to food price surges in the coming months mostly belong to the Emerging Market group. The top 50 together account for almost 60 percent of the global population.

    India ranked 44 out of 110 countries; a higher rank is worse. At 4.6%, India’s retail inflation for October touched a 16-month high because of the jump in food prices. Food inflation grew by almost 8% – nearly double the rate of overall retail inflation. The essential items that contributed to this rise were pulses (inflation rate 12%) and vegetables (inflation rate 26%) and fish and meat (inflation rate 10%), the Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries.


  • National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organization in the world, is celebrating its 71st Raising Day. The 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 celebrated all over the country, with the cadets participating in marches, cultural activities, and social development programs. They have contributed immensely to relief operations carried out during floods in Maharashtra, Bihar, and Kerala.

    The multifaceted activities and varied curriculum of NCC provides unique opportunities to the youth for their development. The nation and the organization proud of their remarkable achievements in the fields of sports and adventure. NCC continues its relentless efforts towards molding the youth into responsible citizens of the country.


  • Uttar Pradesh government launches a massive immunization campaign against the filariasis or Filaria. The Central government has the set year 2021 as the deadline for complete eradication of filaria in the country. The campaign of more than 65 thousand teams of health workers will distribute medicines to around 6.5 crore people till 10 December in 19 districts.


  • Alternative Water Route to the North-East will boost Economic Development in the Region. Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, a protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) exists between India and Bangladesh since 1972.

    There are specified inland water routes and an equal number of Ports of call in each country for Exim trade through the Inland Water Transport (IWT). The protocol is valid up to 05th June 2020 with a provision of automatic renewal after five years. The Northeastern States are connected with the mainland through Inland waterways of Brahmaputra (NW-2) and Barak (NW-16) with the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hoogly river system (NW-1) via Sunderbans (NW-97) through the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route.

    The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Bangladesh on 8th April 2017 for fairway development of Sirajganj-Daikhowa stretch of Jamuna river and Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river in Bangladesh. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 305.84 crore on a cost-sharing ratio of 80:20 between India and Bangladesh.

    The MoU Agreement and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Bangladesh allowed use of its Chattogram and Mongla Ports for transit movement of our goods through waterways, rail, road, or multi-modal transport in its territory. There are eight routes provided under the Agreement, which would enable access to the North East region (NER) via Bangladesh. These identified routes allow entry/exit to Agartala and Srimantpur in Tripura, Dawki in Meghalaya, and Sutarkandi in Assam.


  • Sangai Festival 2019 begins in Manipur. The Festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and the most significant Festival held annually to promote tourism. The formal inaugural function of the Festival held at Hapta Kangjeibung at Imphal. N. Biren Singh attended the inaugural function as Chief Guest. State Ministers, dignitaries from foreign countries participated in the service. The Festival is held at different parts of Manipur. During the Festival, cultural programs, traditional games, folk dance, and classical music will be performed by various communities of the State as well as from other States. The Festival will conclude on 30th of this month.

    It is an annual cultural festival organized by Manipur Tourism Department every year from 21 to 30 November. This Festival celebrated over the past few years with the name of the Tourism Festival since 2010 renamed as the Sangai Festival to stage the uniqueness of the shy and gentle brow-antlered deer popularly known as the Sangai.


  • Andhra Pradesh Government Launches Helpline 14400 to deal with Corruption. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched 14400 a citizen helpline number meant to enable people to complain about corruption in government departments.

    The citizens could directly call the helpline and complain about corruption in any government department and can ask officials to ensure that the grievances are resolved within 15 to 30 days. The state government engaged the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to study the structural issues in government departments corruption with measures required to tackle them. The IIM-A team is expected to submit its report in February 2020.


  • World Largest Flower Carpet Made out of Bangalore Marigold in Dubai enters Guinness Records. "Flowers of Tolerance", a carpet made using Banglore's marigold flower was laid out at the Dubai Festival City entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest natural flower carpet in the world. Nearly 41,444 kg of marigold flowers was used to make the carpet. The Marigolds were sourced from various parts of Bengaluru and the surrounding districts, including Devanahalli and Chikaballapur. The freshly-harvested flower consignment was managed by Air India (Singapore Airport Terminal Services) SATS CoolPort to ensure maximum freshness and longer shelf-life of the marigolds.


  • Indian Railways restored train services to benefit the thousands of local commuters to travel by train over the entire area between Baramulla to Banihal (138 Km). The decision to re-start the train services in Kashmir valley after due security audits and assurance by Government Railway Police, Jammu & Kashmir.

    The Rail snow cutting machines were pressed into the service to clear snow over railway tracks. The Srinagar–Baramulla section and Srinagar–Banihal section cleared before permitting safe operation on the railway track. The inspection and trial run undertook between Srinagar – Baramulla Rail Section on 10th November 2019 and between the Srinagar-Banihal sections on 16th November 2019.


  • Shri Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose launches logo of Lokpal. The motto of Lokpal “Ma Gridhah Kasyasvidhanam (do not be greedy for anyone’s wealth)” adopted. The Logo and Motto/Slogan of Lokpal in the stationary, backdrop, for IEC, and any other way that the Lokpal.


  • Constitution Day is celebrated in India on November 26 every year. On this day, the Constituent Assembly of India formally adopted the Constitution of India, which came into effect on January 26, 1950. It is known as National Law Day or Samvidhan Divas. The union government planned year-long activities throughout the country to mark 70 years of the adoption of the Constitution. To commemorate 70 years of Constituency, President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate a digital exhibition through video conferencing from the Central Hall of Parliament.

    To reorienting the citizens towards the values and principles expressed in the Constitution and encouraging all Indians to play their rightful role in strengthening the Indian Democracy. To create awareness of Fundamental Duties as enshrined in the Constitution. The day announced as the Constitution Day November 19, 2015, by the Indian Government. The announcement came after the foundation stone of the B. R. Ambedkar’s Statue of Equality memorial in Mumbai. The year 2015 celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar. According to the government notification, Constitution Day was also a tribute to Ambedkar. Constitution Day is celebrated at various departments of the Government of India.


  • National Milk Day is celebrated across the country on November 26 every year on the birthday of Dr. Verghese Kurien. He was the father of the White Revolution in India. National Milk Day is celebrated to promote benefits related to milk and milk industry and to create awareness among people about the importance of milk and milk products. India is celebrating 98th birth anniversary of Dr. Kurien this year.

    Kurien played a key role in the establishment and success of the Amul brand. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1963 and World Food Prize in 1989. He was awarded Padma Shri in the year 1965, the Padma Bhushan in the year 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1999 by the Government of India. India became the largest producer of milk in 1998, surpassing the US, with the efforts of Dr. Verghese Kurien.


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by PM Narendra 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.

    The move of mandatory packaging in jute bags will stimulate diversification of the jute industry. It also mandates that initially 10% of the indents of jute bags for packing foodgrains. It would be placed through a reverse auction on the GeM portal. The approval will benefit farmers and workers located in the Eastern and North-Eastern regions of the country particularly in the states of Tripura, Meghalaya, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.

    The move by the Central government is to promote the jute sector in India. Around 3.7 lakh workers and several lakh farm families in the country depend on the jute sectors for their livelihood. The government has been supporting the sector by increasing the quality and productivity of raw jute, diversification of the jute sector. It also took an effort to boost and sustain demand for jute products. The jute industry in India is predominantly dependent on the Government sector which purchases jute bags of value of more than Rs.7,500crore every year for packing foodgrains.


  • Lok Sabha passed the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019. The bill will replace the ordinance issued on 18 September 2019.

    The bill aims to ban electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in order to protect the youth from a new intoxication. The Bill makes the production, manufacturing, transport, sale, import, export, distribution, storage or advertisements of such alternative smoking devices a cognizable offence. The offence will attract a jail term and a fine.The prohibiter will get a penalty of jail term up to 3 years and fine up to Rs.5 lakh for violations. For first time offenders, the penalty will be a jail term up to one year and a fine up to Rs.1 lakh. For repeat offenders, jail term might extend up to three years and a fine up to Rs.5 lakh. Anyone storing e-cigarettes shall be punished with jail up to 6 months or fine up to Rs.50,000 or each.

    Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued a white paper on e-cigarette and demanded the ban of e-cigarette. Also, a skilled committee from AIIMS and National Centre for sickness science had discovered e-cigarettes contain vasoconstrictive that is very harmful to health. Nearly 36 countries have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes in their country. Over 460 e-cigarette brands with 7700 flavours are out there within the market.


  • Union HRD Minister launched Kartavya Portal. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' launched the kartavya.ugc.ac.in portal on 26th November. He also launched portal Abhiyanta of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on the occasion.
    Kartavya Portal:
    The portals aim to channelize the talents and capabilities of young minds.
    The Kartavya Portal will be used primarily for holding monthly essay competitions for students and other activities like quizzes, debates, poster making, etc., related to Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan.
    The competitions for the students will be held online through the infrastructure and testing centres of the National Testing Agency (NTA).
    The essays can be written in either Hindi or English.
    The portal will be available for every student who is registered in any higher education institution in the country.
    The Ministry will award four prizes worth Rs.15000, Rs.12,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.7,500.
    Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan:
    The campaign aims to provide direction to the youth of the country.
    The Ministry conducts the Nagrik Kartavya Palan Abhiyan from 26 November 2019 to 26 November 2020.
    The campaign seeks to create mass awareness about the Fundamental Duties as enshrined in the Constitution of India.
    Abhiyanta Portal:
    The Abhiyanta portal hosts e-contents of the emerging areas like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud computing, Big data, Augmented Reality, etc.
    The portal has been developed free of cost by the students of Graphic Era Deemed University, Dehradun, under an internship project of AICTE in record time.
    The portal can be used in making authentic and quality learning resources in emerging areas available to the student community free of cost.


  • Lok Sabha passed the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 27 November 2019. The move comes just three months after the Centre pulled out the SPG cover of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Currently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only SPG protectee.

    The Bill will provide security to the Prime Minister and his immediate family residing with him at his official residence. It also grants SPG protection to the former Prime Ministers and the members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence for a period of 5 years. The amendment to the act focuses on the core mandate, as the security of the prime minister is of paramount importance for the government, governance and national security.


  • Union Cabinet approved the amendment of the old Arms Act on 27 November 2019. The amendment prohibits individuals, with few exceptions, from possessing more than one gun, down from three now.
    Arms Act Amendment Bill, 2019 :
    The Arms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to introduce four different categories of offences into the 1959 Arms Act prescribing jail term of 10 years besides a fine.
    As per the amendments, the jail term can go up to life imprisonment for possession of weapons looted from armed forces or police, engagement in organized crime syndicate or illicit trafficking, rash and negligent use of firearms.
    It also said that if anyone uses firearms for celebratory gunfire or in a rash and negligent manner, the person shall be punished with two-year imprisonment and a fine up to Rs.1 lakh.
    If any person possesses more than one firearm at the commencement of the Arms (Amendment) Act, 2019 should retain one with him and shall deposit the remaining firearms with the officer in charge of the nearest police station within one year from such commencement.
    If anyone carries any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition will be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years. It might extend up to fourteen years.


  • The Indian Navy has commissioned its sixth Dornier aircraft squadron in the Porbandar town of Gujarat by Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral M S Pawar. It aims to give a fillip to coastal security near the sea border with Pakistan.
    Dornier aircraft squadron :
    The Indian Naval Air Squadron 314 is called Raptors.
    It will operate with four newly-inducted, next-generation Dornier aircraft.
    Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 314 marked yet another milestone in the efforts of India towards enhancing maritime security.
    The Dornier will enhance the surveillance footprint in the North Arabian Sea.
    The squadron will act as the first responder in this crucial region with respect to the strategic location.


  • Government to organize Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat. The government is to organize a two-day Conference on Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat form 30 November- 1 December 2019 at Jammu.


  • Birth centenary of Manna Dey observed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of the Indian High Commission observed the birth centenary of legendary singer Manna Dey in Dhaka on 29 November, 2019. A musical tribute was paid to Manna Dey on the occasion. Dr. Amitabha Chanda along with Mridula Samadder and Samiul Islam Poluck enthralled the audience with the songs and narration from the biography of Manna Dey. Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Bishwadip Dey felicitated the artists after the event.

    Manna Dey was born in Kolkata in 1919. His film career as the singer started in 1942 with the movie Tamanna. In his long musical career spanning over more than 5 decades, Manna Dey is credited with some of the most popular songs in films like Do Bigha Zamin, Awara, Mera Nam Joker, Bobby and Sholay among many others. In 2005 he was awarded the Padmabhushan. He received Dadasahab Phalke award in 2007. He passed away in 2013.


  • The Golden Jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is to begin on 20 November, 2019. French actor Isabelle Huppert will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    IFFI has a tradition of conferring its highest honour to the best performers- The Lifetime Achievement Award. This time, the winner is one of the most famous and most popular French actresses of her generation, Isabelle Huppert. Isabella Huppert bagged the best actress award at Cannes twice for Violette and The Piano Teacher. She was nominated for Golden Globe and Oscar for her role in Elle.


  • The Sudarshan Chakra Corps of the Indian Army conducted the Sindhu Sudarshan exercise in Rajasthan's Barmer on 16th November. The exercise will continue till 5th December 2019. Sindhu Sudarshan showcases the ability of the Sudarshan Chakra Corps to undertake large scale offensive manoeuvres as part of an integrated air-land battle. Exercises to attain battlefield transparency and situational awareness along with numerous other force multipliers, are held. The newly inducted armed helicopter Rudra which is equipped with electro-optical pods, helmet-mounted sights, and night vision goggles, is being integrated with the manouevres of the mechanized formations.

    The exercise witnessed the mechanized battle groups in a network-enabled environment using multiple force multipliers has reaffirmed the tremendous asymmetry enjoyed by the Indian Army in Southern theater over its adversary. Around 40,000 jawans of the Indian Army, 700 x A Vehicles, and 300 x Guns of Sudarshan Chakra Corps of Southern Command are participating in the exercise. XXI Indian Corps, nicknamed Sudarshan Chakra Corps, was formed in 1942 and disbanded in 1943. The corps was reformed as XXI Corps in 1990. It is a corps-sized formation of the Indian Army. It is a part of the Southern Command.


  • The first-ever National Agrochemicals Congress was held in Pusa, New Delhi. The meeting was inaugurated by Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, which was held from 13-16 November. The National Agrochemicals Congress focused on sustainable production to sustainable agri-food systems along with the climatic conditions.

    A Farmer FIRST approach was suggested to be adopted by all the stakeholders involved at various levels, including Government, industry, scientists, and extension machinery. Indian Agricultural Research Institute's (IARI), effort towards farmers' and the country's prosperity through generation and dissemination of cutting-edge technologies for various agro-ecological situations were mentioned. New concepts in human health, crops, nanotechnology, resource management, smart formulations, and related sciences to boost agricultural productivity were discussed.


  • Darjeeling green and white teas have received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the domestic market. The price varies from Rs.3,000 to Rs.10,000 per kg. It will put to rest any doubt about their authenticity and quality. Both these premium teas have been registered as a GI in the country with effect from 24 October 2019.

    After this, any teas that are sold as Darjeeling white and green teas in the domestic market without GI will not be considered authentic teas. Darjeeling black tea has been already registered as GI. As the demand for Darjeeling white and green teas are increasing in the domestic market, the two varieties have been brought under GI.

    GI identifies a product as originating from the territory of a member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the product is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.


  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India's first sugar mill which will produce ethanol direct from sugarcane. The mill was inaugurated in Pipraich area of Gorakhpur on 17 November 2019. The mills, which previously produced around 8,000 quintals of sugar, will now produce more than 50,000 quintals of sugar every day.


  • India announces visa exemption for foreigners seeking medical treatment. India has announced a slew of exemptions for foreigners seeking medical treatment in India following the implementation of liberalised medical visa policy. Consulate General of India in Dubai, exemption has been given to foreigners from getting their primary visa converted into medical visa. It will be applicable for obtaining indoor treatment up to 180 days for seeking admission in a hospital owing to illness. Treatment of diseases which require organ transplant shall, however, be permitted only on a Medical Visa.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the prestigious President's Colour to the Indian Naval Academy at Kannur in Kerala. President's Colour is a visible symbol of excellence and is earned through worthy contribution both during war and peace.


  • Winners of Gandhian Challenge announced to mark 150th birth anniversary. The NITI Aayog has announced top 30 winners of the Gandhian Challenge, which was organized to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The aim of the challenge was to encourage children to read and understand Mahatma Gandhi’s principles and apply them to come up with innovative solutions for New World challenges.


  • Parliament has passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951. It has a provision to remove the President of the Congress party as a trustee and clarifies that when there is no Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the leader of the single largest Opposition party will be the trustee.

    The Bill also allows the Central government to terminate the term of a nominated trustee before the expiry of the period of his term, without assigning any reason. The government’s intention is to build a Memorial so that the sacrifice of martyrs is remembered by generations to come.


  • Smriti Irani addresses South Asia Safety Summit in New Delhi. The Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani was addressing the 2nd edition of South Asia Safety Summit in New Delhi to ensure the safety of women and children within their homes, and create safe neighbourhoods to protect them against violence and abuse.

    Citing data from the National Crime Records Bureau, she revealed that three lakh crimes registered against women are committed by husbands and relatives. Ms Irani highlighted the steps taken by the Ministry, like one-stop centres to service the needs of women in their locality. She informed that 10 one-stop centres open every month across the country. By the end of this year, every district will have an operational one-stop centre.


  • SAANS campaign launched in Gujarat. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan launched ‘SAANS’ campaign in Gujarat recently to reduce child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% of deaths annually of children under the age of five. SAANS stands for ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’.


  • Haryana Government has decided to create a new department namely Department of 'Foreign Cooperation'. It will streamline and provide focus to various initiatives taken by the state government for the promotion of investment, employment for youth and welfare of Non-Resident Indians.


  • IRCTC signed MoU with KSTDC to improve tourism and run Golden Chariot train. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), a tourism arm of Indian Railways, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC). The MoU aimed to market and operate the Golden Chariot train. The MOU is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to promote tourism in India. It will also execute PM Modi's call to the countrymen to visit at least fifteen tourism spots in the country. Under the MoU, the KSTDC will hand over the reins of the train to IRCTC soon.

    IRCTC plans to revamp the train itineraries and to add different ideas that KSTDC offers. It can be expected that the new itineraries shall be a mix of history, culture, wildlife, and nature. IRCTC will carry out an internal refurbishment of the train and begins the operations from March 2020. The Golden Chariot train, which started its operations in 2008, is an initiative by the Government of Karnataka in a joint venture with the Ministry of Railways.


  • UP government to rename Agra to Agravan. The Yogi Adiyanath-led Uttar Pradesh State government is planning to rename Agra to Agravan. The state government has asked the history department of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Agra to look for historical evidence if the city was known by any other name. The researchers have begun the research regarding the name change.

    Earlier, it has changed the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj, Faizabad to Ayodhya, and Mughalsarai to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar.


  • The Union Cabinet on 20 November, 2019 approved the establishment of the National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) in Leh as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH at an estimated cost of Rs. 47.25 crore. It also approved creation of the post of director in Level-14 to oversee implementation of the project from the construction stage itself.

    Consequent to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory and for the promotion of native culture of Ladakh, it has been decided by the Government of India to promote Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine by establishing a National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa(NISR) at Leh, Union Territory of Ladakh. The setting up of the National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) would provide an impetus for the revival of Sowa-Rigpa in the Indian Sub-continent. The Institute will also provide opportunities for students of Sowa-Rigpa not only in India but also from other countries.


  • The Lok Sabha passed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by voice vote. The bill seeks to amend the Chit Funds Act, 1982, which regulates chit funds and prohibits a fund from being created without the prior sanction of a State Government. The amendments have been made to facilitate the orderly growth of the chit fund sector to remove bottlenecks and enable greater financial access to people. Under the legislation, the prescribed ceiling of aggregate chit fund amount for individuals has been raised from one lakh rupees to three lakh rupees and in case of firms, the limit has been raised from 6 lakh to 18 lakh rupees.

    Besides, words chit amount, dividend and prize amount have been substituted with terms gross chit amount, the share of discount and net chit amount. The legislation also increases the maximum commission of a foreman from five per cent to seven per cent and also allows the foreman a right to lien against the credit balance from subscribers. The bill has been brought with an intention of protecting the interests of investors belonging to the poor and marginalized section of the society.

    The government has also conducted financial literacy programmes in different parts of the country to create awareness among the people for such schemes. Referring to Jan Dhan Yojana, the Minister said, till 16th of last month, over 37 crore bank accounts of poor people had been opened and over one lakh crore rupees were deposited. The direct collection has witnessed a significant jump from 6.35 lakh core rupees in 2013-14 to 11.38 lakh crore rupees during last fiscal. The government is committed to make the country a five trillion dollar economy by 2025, he added.


  • CCEA approves amendments proposed in Toll Operate Transfer Model by NHAI. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, has approved the amendments proposed in the Toll Operate Transfer (TOT) Model by National Highways Authority of India. The Model would facilitate efficient toll realization through private sector. The CCEA approval will ensure a wider set of assets for Monetization and providing a more attractive model for the investors.

    The fund generated from such monetization shall be utilized for development of highways in the country, which will benefit users throughout the country. Around 75 operational National highways projects have been identified for potential monetization using the TOT Model, and bundled into 10 separate bids to attract economics of scale for the private sector.


  • Meghalaya-based insurgent group, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has been banned by the central government. It was banned for its increased activities of violence and other subversive acts. HNLC has been openly declaring as its objective the secession of the state’s areas, which arelargely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals, from the Indian Union.


  • The Home Ministry in collaboration with the UN Women flagged off an awareness campaign To End Violence Against Women, from Sultanpur metro station in Delhi. The initiative is part of the #OrangeTheWorld global campaign. As part of the campaign, people would be made aware about India’s single emergency helpline 112. The 112 helpline services are available in 27 States/UTs(Union Territories).


  • The Government is to implement the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) Oilseeds and Oil Palm (OS&OP) in six more States. The Government is to implement the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)–Oilseeds and Oil Palm (OS&OP) in six more States, namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has been included to bring additional area and production of pulses and oilseeds.

    The Centre aims to increase the production of oilseeds and the domestic availability of edible oils and also aims to expand the area under oil palm and TBOs cultivation. Currently, the implementation of NFSM–(OS&OP) is being done in 29 States. It has three subcomponents, namely, Oilseeds, Oil palm, and Tree Borne Oilseeds (TBOs). The oilseeds production, which was 27.72 million tonnes in 2008-09, has been increased to 32.26 million tonnes in 2018-19. During the same period, productivity also increased from 1006 to 1265 kg/ha.

    The edible oil production, which was 6.34 million tonnes in 2008-09, increased to 10.44 million tonnes in 2018-19. The government has covered an area of 3.30 lakh ha under oil palm up to 2018-19. To reduce import dependency, the government is promoting pulses and oilseeds cultivation majorly in the six eastern states, namely Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal, since 2016-17.


  • Ministry of AYUSH introduces Ayurveda medicines to treat lifestyle diseases. Ministry of AYUSH, along with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, has implemented a project through the Integration of AYUSH with the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) program in the identified districts. It aims to use Ayurveda medicines to treat lifestyle diseases.

    Under the project, 9,87,446 patients have been screened, and 93117 patients have been enrolled for long term management through Ayurveda interventions, Lifestyle modifications, and Yoga, so far. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has developed AYUSH-82. It is a formulation through extensive research methodologies and for the further benefit of the public.

    CCRAS in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi and St. Jones Medical College (Bengaluru) has developed AYUSH-QOL-2C for improving Quality of life of breast and cervical cancer patients. CCRAS has validated 82 classical Ayurvedic formulations and 11 new drugs on more than 32 disease conditions.


  • Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI has operationalized 21 Aadhaar Seva Kendras as part of its plan to open 114 stand-alone Aadhaar enrollment centres across the country. These are in addition to 35,000 Aadhaar Enrollment Centers run by Banks, Post Offices and State Governments. These centres will be operational all days of the week including weekends, from 9.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M. They will be closed only on public holidays. The centres will have the capacity to handle up to 1,000 enrollment and requests per day. UIDAI plans to set up 114 Aadhaar Seva Kendras in 53 cities across the country. While Aadhaar enrollment is free, a nominal charge of 50 rupees is payable for updating details like adding a mobile number to Aadhaar and updating address.


  • Hitech multimedia exhibition inaugurated at IFFI. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare inaugurated an interactive digital exhibition IFFI @50 at the Kala Academy in Panaji. The exhibition is considered as a highly hi-tech interactive multi-media exhibition. The exhibition will benefit the old and young alike, adding that it will be easier for the listener to gather the information on various dimensions of film making.

    Various new techniques have been employed in film making and information on these can be heard by plugging in the head phones. The film-service sector contributes to 13.4 per cent growth and with the inception of digitization it will provide huge scope to the youth to excel in their career. The aim of the exhibition is to show how IFFI helps to showcase India cinemas to the world and also makes India a platform where cinemas from the world can be showcased.


  • Centre has set a target to provide internet and broadband connectivity to two lakh Gram Panchayats by March, 2020. A total of over 1,28,000 Gram Panchayats have been made Service Ready till 7th of this month. BharatNet project is being implemented in a phased manner to provide broadband and internet connectivity to all 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats in the country.

    As of now, Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed in around 45,000 Gram Panchayats and services are being provided in over 16,000 Gram Panchayats. The internet is being currently accessed mainly through mobile wireless 2G, 3G and 4G technologies which at present cover more than 95 per cent population of the country.


  • In Maharashtra, a three-day Global Buddhist Congregation will begin at Nagsenvan in Aurangabad. The inaugural ceremony will take place in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and Mahanayaka Thero from Sri Lanka. Lama will deliver two lectures in the Congregation.

    The chief organiser of the event and development commissioner of the state Industries Department, talks on relevance of Buddhism in the modern world, Buddhist culture and way of life, revival and strengthening of Buddhism, Buddhism for youth held during the congregation. It will also have other cultural events. Buddhist monks and followers of the religion from across the globe arrived at Aurangabad to attend this Congregation.


  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to launch the second phase of ‘Back to Village programme’ from 25-30 Nov 2019. The flagship programme is aimed at empowerment and development of Panchayats. It ensures the functionality of Panchayats in terms of manpower, 100% coverage of beneficiary oriented schemes and doubling the income of rural people.


  • The Jammu and Kashmir administration is working on effective implementation of Himayat Mission. Under this, 42 projects have been sanctioned for training and placement target of 68,134 youths. They will be provided free skill training for a duration ranging from 3 to 12 months. 63 Training centres have been set up within & outside the Union Territory with the enrollment of 5815 candidates.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind will preside over the 50th Conference of Conference of Governors, Lieutenant Governors. This will be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the third Conference to be presided over by President Kovind. 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.


  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met his Australian counterpart Marise Payne along with Indonesia's Menteri Luar Negeri and New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters in Nagoya, Japan and held talks on boosting India's Act East policy.

    Mr. Jaishankar also held talks with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi on the sidelines of the summit meeting. The Foreign Ministers from the Group of 20 countries, earlier in the day, gathered in Nagoya for a two-day meeting, where they are set to discuss free trade, sustainable development and how to best assist rapidly growing economies in Africa.


  • Government has simplified the Patents regime for Start-ups and MSMEs among others to encourage innovation. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will extend all support to new and emerging enterprises in the Biotechnology Sector. Mr. Piyush Goyal was addressing the gathering after giving away Awards at the Global Bio-India Summit, 2019 in New Delhi.


  • Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has stressed upon the importance of Agriculture-based businesses for development of the farmers in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. At the inauguration of the 11th edition of Agro-Vision, an Agricultural Exhibition in Nagpur. Expressing the need for a permanent venue for training on best practices in agriculture and extension activities for the farmers in Vidarbha, the Minister urged the professional and scientific institutes to take initiative in this regard.

    The irrigation potential of Vidarbha will be increased by 40 per cent after to completion of various pending projects. The four-day Agro-Vision exhibition comprises of National Agri-Exhibition-cum- Workshop for farmers and seminars. This edition of the exhibition arranged in the orange city also has stalls dedicated to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and display of livestock will also be a special attraction.


  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed a MoC with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Under the MoC, Gates Foundation will provide technical, management and program design support through its grantees and other partners. The Foundation will support the ministry’s work towards strengthening the primary health aspects such as reducing maternal and child mortality.


  • Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed that Census 2021 will be conducted in 16 languages. During Census 2021, a mix mode approach is being adopted for data collection. Census will be conducted in two phases – House- listing and Housing Census from April to September 2020 and Population Enumeration during February 09-28, 2021.


  • The Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2019 awards were conferred to top-ranked states, Union Territories, and districts in the various categories on the occasion of World Toilet Day on 19 November, 2019. The top-ranked state was Tamil Nadu, the top- ranked district was Peddapalli (Telangana), and the state with the maximum citizen participation was Uttar Pradesh.


  • 11th November is National Education Day every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was a freedom fighter, scholar and the first Education Minister of independent India. The day is also seen as an occasion to remember Azad's contribution in laying the foundations of the education system in the country.

    Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will launch SWAYAM 2.0, Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds in New Delhi. The SWAYAM programme is initiated by the government to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy - access, equity and quality.


  • The fifth edition of Global Exhibition on Services, GES 2019 is being held from November 26 to 28 at Bengaluru in Karnataka. The Global Exhibition on Services is an annual event which aims to engage industry and governments across the world and to promote greater exchange of trade in services between India and the rest of the world.

    GES 2019 is an attempt towards escalating the Indian services bar in the global arena, encompassing participation from 100 countries and hosting sector-specific knowledge sessions. India is looking to attract investments and partnerships in strategic areas like aviation and space programme, infrastructure, and telecom projects.


  • The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held in Pune on 6 November 2019. It was inaugurated by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Union Minister of Jalshakti. He announced that India would achieve the target of providing safe drinking water to everyone by 2024. The conference highlighted the need for the states to work towards seamless data transfer on water.


  • Bihar state government has announced a ban on auto-rickshaws running on diesel on 6 November 2019. It will be effective from 31 January 2021. The move comes after Patna recorded the worst air quality of the season in India on 5 November 2019. The owners of the auto-rickshaws will be encouraged to switch over to Compressed natural gas (CNG) or battery-operated systems.


  • 12th November is Public Service Broadcasting Day every year to commemorate the first and last visit of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. The Father of the Nation addressed the displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.


  • Gujarat Government has given its nod to the world’s first CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar. The U.K. based Foresight group and Mumbai based Padmanabh Mafatlal group joint venture will invest Rs.1900 crore to set up a CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar port. Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board- GIDB under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also approved this proposal. According to official sources, the proposed CNG port terminal will have annual capacity of 6 million matric tone, which will increased the total handling capacity of the port to 9 million matric tones.

    Mammorandum of Understanding- MoU for this project between Gujarat government arm Gujarat Maritime Board and London based Foresight Group was signed during the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat summit. The new facility will be developed in the Northen side of present port, underwhich RoRo terminal, liquid terminal and container terminal will be developed in future. The consortium has proposed an investment of Rs.1,900 crore in two phases with Rs 1,300 crore in the first phase and Rs 600 crore in the second phase through the 'Swiss challenge' method. Studies for pre-feasibility report, cite selection, gas supply agreement and CNG vessel development have also been completed.


  • Defence innovations conference to showcase the accomplishments of iDEX. Defence ministry organised Def-Connect in New Delhi on 11 November 2019 to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative. Launch of iDEX Portal and launch of Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC)-III were some of the major activities planned during this day-long event. Defence minister Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest of the event.


  • IAF to sign contract to procure 83 LCAs. The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to procure the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas (LCA) Mark-1A and Mark-2 and 114 new fighter jets in the next decade. IAF also announced that it is expecting to receive 5-6 LCAs in the Final Operational Configuration (FOC) by March 2020. The contract for 83 LCA Mark-1A by IAF is expected to be signed in the financial year 2019- 2020.


  • Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) organized 27th Conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations (COCSSO) on 11-12 November 2019 in Kolkata. It provided a platform for discussion and improved coordination between the Central and State Statistical agencies. The theme for 2019: 'Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs).


  • Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh on 15 November, 2019 to inaugurate the Sisseri River Bridge on the Pasighat-Ranaghat-Roing Road in East Siang District. Mr Singh attended the Maitree Diwas celebration at strategically important Tawang District along the Indo-China Border.


  • National plan for better implementation of programmes for States and UTs. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani has announced that her Ministry along with NITI Aayog will prepare a framework for a national plan for States and Union Territories.

    It will be prepared by early next year (2020) for better implementation of all the Central and States policies and programmes for women and children. The Minister was speaking at the two-day National Conference organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in New Delhi. Ms Irani also suggested that a protocol may be developed for ranking of States and UTs doing commendable work for women and children and also ranking of childcare institutions in the States and UTs.


  • In the last 5-6 years, India has become the most favoured destination for energy investments. India received 286 US dollars billion FDI in the last 5 years. This is almost half of the total FDI in India in the last 20 years. India presently being the 3rd largest energy consumer in the world is poised to drive the global energy demand in the coming decades.


  • Ministry of AYUSH is organizing the International Conference on Yoga on 15-16 November 2019 at Mysuru, Karnataka. The theme of the conference is ‘Yoga for Heart Care’. This conference is 5th in the series to commemorate the unanimous adoption of Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly during its 69th Session for observing 21st June as International Day of Yoga.


  • Uttar Pradesh government has launched a dedicated web portal and a mobile application, e- Ganna App, for sugarcane farmers of the state. Sugarcane supply slip will now be issued to the farmers by sugar mills online. The web portal and e-Ganna App will help in eradicating cane mafia and middleman and strengthen cane development societies.


  • The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights launched a mobile app Sishu Suraksha on 14 Nov 2019 on the occasion of Children’s Day. The purpose of the app is to empower citizens to take moral responsibility of protecting future generations. The app can be used by anyone in the state to lodge a complaint which will be directly registered at Commission.


  • Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan on 13 Nov, 2019 inaugurated an exhibition of Technologies in Food Processing developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The exhibition organized in New Delhi showcases CSIR technologies in food sector to the industries and MSMEs. It highlights the latest R&D being done in the food processing sector in the country.


  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate the National Tribal Festival "Aadi Mahotsav" in New Delhi (16 November, 2019). The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce. The tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East will be the main attractions.


  • The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated All India Radio's new Broadcast Auditorium and launched a digital version of 'Gurbani' of archival value as preserved in PrasarBharati Archives at New Delhi on 15 november, 2019. To mark the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak DevJi, ‘BaniUtsav’ – a Shabad-Kirtan Concert by eminent Raagis was also organized by the External Services Division of All India Radio.


  • The festival ‘Bali Yatra’ was inaugurated in Cuttack, Odisha recently, which is organised at the bank of Mahanadi River every year. It marks the day when ancient mariners from the state would set sail to the distant land of Bali, Sumatra, Java (Jawa) in Indonesia, Borneo and Sri Lanka, for the expansion of trade and Culture.


  • Union Minister of MSME and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Khadi Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi. The Pavilion entrance has been themed upon Sabarmati Ashram, with melodious Shehnai celebrating the ‘spirit of Indianness’. A wide range of products is being displayed in the Khadi Pavilion at IITF 2019.


  • Mumbai has topped the quality of tap water ranking released by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Delhi is at the bottom, with all 11 samples failing on 19 parameters. The Minister released the investigation report of samples of drinking water taken from capitals of 20 states across the country in New Delhi.


  • Goa state government has decided to set up a maritime cluster with the support of the Centre. The move is aimed at tapping the coastal state's potential as a shipbuilding hub. The cluster will give a big boost to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and shipbuilding sectors. The land has already been identified and that the government is in talks with Union MSME ministry for its help in setting up a maritime cluster.


  • Ministry of Women and Child Development is to announce the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK) on 18 November 2019 in New Delhi. The announcement will be made by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, in a function. It will be Co-chaired by Mr. Bill Gates.

    It aims to address malnutrition and reinforce healthy dietary behaviours both at the individual and community level, including the variation in such practices across India. It will create the first-ever database that links relevant agro-food system data at the district to map the diversity of native crop varieties that will be more cost-effective and sustainable over the long run.

    The project team will select 12 high focus states which are representative of the economic, cultural, geographical, social, and structural diversities of India. It will identify a local partner organization that has relevant work experience in Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and nutrition for developing the food atlas.


  • Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates 6th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Healthcare Systems in New Delhi. The summit creates a platform to share the knowledge within the districts. It aims to transmit the knowledge and ideas to the district's level health workers, functionaries.

    It highlighted the achievements in the health sector during the past few years, such as Ayushman Bharat, Telemedicine, NHP 2017, Medical Education, and Health Systems Strengthening. SAANS campaign was launched in the summit. Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS) has been launched to control Pneumonia. This campaign will mobilize people for protecting and preventing children from pneumonia and health personnel, governments, and other stakeholders to prioritize treatment towards the control of Pneumonia. It is one of the fatal childhood illnesses.

    Under the SAANS campaign, new interventions have been included like a child suffering from Pneumonia will be treated with pre-referral dose of Amoxicillin by ASHA, Pulse Oximeter will be used at the Health and Wellness Centre for identification of low oxygen levels in the blood and if required treated by use of Oxygen.


  • The 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi from 18th to 21st November 2019. The Chief Guest for the conference will be Bill Gates. The theme for 2019 is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.


  • Andhra Pradesh government has launched the ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme to introduce English medium from classes 1 to 6 in state-run schools. The scheme will be implemented in 15,715 schools in the first phase. It will cover all schools in three years’ time with a budget of Rs 12,000 crores. The decision has been taken to uplift the marginalised section of society.


  • MILAN 2020 concludes at Visakhapatnam. Mid Planning Conference (MPC) for MILAN exercise concluded at HQENC Visakhapatnam 08th November, 2019. The three-day conference was attended by 29 delegates from 17 friendly Foreign Navies. The broad programme of MILAN 2020 scheduled to be conducted at Visakhapatnam in Mar 2020. The scope of exercise planned during the harbour and sea phase of MILAN 2020 was discussed in detail with the delegates of the participating countries during the conference.

    MILAN series of biennial a multilateral naval exercise which commenced in 1995, was conducted at Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) until last year, is being conducted for the first time on the mainland at ENC with increased scope and complexity of the Exercise. The main aim is to enhance professional interaction between friendly foreign navies and learn from each other’s strengths and best practices in the maritime domain.


  • The first-ever BIMSTEC Conclave of Ports inaugurated by Minister of State for Shipping(I/C), Shri Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurates the first-ever BIMSTEC Ports Conclave in Vishakhapatnam. It is started to strengthen maritime interaction, port-led connectivity initiatives, and sharing best practices among member countries. The SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) highlighting the motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas (Collective Efforts Inclusive Growth) .

    The meaning is Peace, Prosperity, and Security for all in the Region. India is keen on forging deep relations with BIMSTEC Member States. Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed between the Ranong Port (Port Authority of Thailand) and the Port Trusts of Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and Kolkata during the Conclave.

    These MoUs will enhance connectivity between ports on Thailand’s West Coast and Ports on India’s East Coast i.e., Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and Kolkata. These MoUs will enhance economic partnership by cutting down the sea travel time between India and Thailand from 10- 15 days to 7 days. The BIMSTEC region brings together 167 billion people together, 22% of the world population, and a combined GDP of US $3.71 Trillion. The BIMSTEC Outreach Summit and Leader summit held in Goa in 2016.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Fifth India International Science Festival by addressing the audience at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata through video conference. The festival will continue till 8th of this month. The prime objective of the festival is to instil scientific temper among the masses. It will showcase India’s contribution in the field of science and technology over the years and encourage translation of its benefits to people. Its aim is also to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of Science and Technology.


  • The four-day long mega cultural and literary event of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan - Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat Parv culminated in New Delhi with prize distribution to the winners of various events. Amit Khare hailed the efforts of KVS for organizing this mega event. He appealed to all students to imbibe the concept of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat and make it a part of their school and daily life. He also asked all Principals to allot special page in their annual school magazine for Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.

    Kolkata Region bagged the first position as the overall winner under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat category, while Bengaluru stood first in the category of Language of LitFest and Bhopal Region got first position in the Display of Artefacts or Exhibition. A total number of 28 events were organized during the Parv. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” on its concluding day adopted Swachh Bharat as its side theme to promote awareness on clean and green environment.


  • India and ASEAN have decided to jointly combat terrorism in Indo- Pacific region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the terrorism issue in the India- ASEAN summit and said that it is threat to peace and security. India and Thailand agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in defence industries sector.

    Both the leaders also discussed ways to enhance connectivity between the two countries including in the areas of physical and digital connectivity. Mr. Modi highlighted the need for greater market access for Indian commodities including, pharmaceutical, automotive and agricultural products in Indonesia. India would also continue to strongly support the expansion of capacity for Myanmar's police, military and civil servants. Ms. Kyi reaffirmed the importance her government attaches to the partnership with India and her appreciation of India's consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy and deepening of development in Myanmar.

    The two Leaders agreed that a stable and peaceful border was an important anchor for the continued expansion of their partnership. With regard to the situation in Rakhine, following the completion of the first Indian project to build 250 prefabricated houses--which were handed over to the Myanmar government this July, Mr. Modi expressed India's readiness to carry out more socio-economic projects in this State. Prime Minister emphasized that the speedy, safe and sustainable return from Bangladesh of displaced people to their homes in Rakhine state was in the interest of the region, the displaced persons, and all three neighbouring States- India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.


  • The first-ever India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise - Dustlik-2019 began at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Uzbekistan counterpart Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov presided over the Curtain Raiser of the military drill. The exercise, which will focused on counter-terrorism, will continue till November 13.

    During the exercise, an Indian Army contingent will train along with Uzbekistan Army. The exercise will enable sharing of best practices and experiences between the Armed Forces of the two countries and will lead to greater operational effectiveness. India and Uzbekistan have signed three Memoranda of Understanding in the fields of Military Medicine and Military Education. The MoUs were signed following a meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Uzbekistan counterpart in Tashkent.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the 14th East Asia and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok. The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a unique leader-led platform of the Asia-Pacific where they hold discussions on various development aspects in the region. It is also working as the confidence-building mechanism in the region. There are six priority areas of regional cooperation within the framework of the East Asia Summit including Education, Environment and Energy.

    The agenda for East Asia Summit is to review the future direction of cooperation and will also exchange views on regional and international issues. On the other hand, RCEP is a comprehensive free trade agreement being negotiated between ASEAN nations and its free trade agreement partners that include India and China among others. RCEP is of strategic importance for India both in terms of its Act East policy and the comprehensive nature of the engagement.

    The leaders of the member countries will review the state of negotiations in the summit. Mr. Modi will also take part in the special lunch on Sustainable Development. On the sidelines of summits, Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings his counterparts of Japan, Vietnam and Australia on the concluding day of his 3-day tour to Thailand.


  • AIIA sign MoU with Biotechnology Institute. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), under the Ministry of AYUSH, and Germany's Innovationszentrum Biotechnologie GmbH (FiZ) in New Delhi. This MoU was signed with an objective of enhancing collaboration in the field of Genomics research. As per the agreement, several scientists will work together as a team from both countries.


  • Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan released the 14th edition of the National Health Profile 2019. The National Health Profile is prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence. It provides a comprehensive framework on the socio-economic health status and the status of demographic, health finance, health infrastructure and health of human resources in the country.


  • Singapore-based AirCarbon Pte.Ltd launched the worlds’ first blockchain-based carbon trading exchange. This will allow airlines and other corporate buyers to buy as well sell tokens backed by carbon offset credits approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The company targets for the exchange to be fully operational in 2020.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now attending the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok. Mr Modi at the 14th East Asia Summit, outlined global challenges facing the world. He also highlighted the need for working together to find out common solutions. East Asia Summit is a leaders-led platform, where discussions are held on various developments in the region.

    The agenda for this edition of the summit was to review the future direction of East Asia Summit co-operation and exchange views on regional and international issues. Mr Modi also met Prime Minister of Vitenman on the sidelines of the summit. Minister Narendra also met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.

    Both the leaders reviewed the evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to further bolster bilateral cooperation in third countries for peace, prosperity and development in the region. Mr Modi was convinced of the success of the forthcoming annual summit in further deepening the India-Japan special strategic and global partnership.


  • Amit Shah addresses opening session of SCO Joint Exercise. Home Minister Amit Shah on 04 November, 2019 said that India attaches special importance to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and always stands for the help of disaster-affected countries. Mr. Shah was addressing the opening session of SCO Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue 2019 in New Delhi.

    India has launched Geostationary Satellite to improve communication, weather forecasting, etc. among the South Asian countries. Home Minister emphasized the need for collective efforts to reduce the loss from disasters. Citing the example of the recent storm FANI, Mr Shah said that India has been able to reduce the damage from many natural disasters to a great extent due to the advanced early warning system.

    The objective of the proposed simulation is to practice and strengthen the national and international response, coordination protocols and methodologies in a major earthquake scenario requiring international assistance. All member countries of SCO including India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are exposed to a range of natural and man-made disasters like earthquake, flood, storms and landslides.


  • The 15-day Aadi Mahotsav, National Tribal festival will be held in New Delhi from 16th November, 2019. The theme of the festival is a celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce. More than one thousand tribal artisans from 27 states will participate in the event. The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through two hundred stalls.


  • Raksha Rajya Mantri Shripad Naik inaugurated the Defence Research &Development Organisation (DRDO) Igniter Complex at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune . Ignition is a crucial and highly critical phenomenon in the ignitionchain of Rocket motor. HEMRL has developed various fuel /oxidizer based ignitercompositions using organic binders. The laboratory has developed severalignition systems to ensure reliable initiation of rocket motors of various tacticalas well as strategic missiles.

    Ignition system for Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Nag, Pinaka, Long RangeSurface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), etc. have been designed and developed in HEMRL.Technology for AKASH, Nag missiles and Pinaka Mk-I Rocket has been transferredto Ordnance Factory, Dehu Road, Pune and private industries.


  • Thaawarchand Gehlot announces setting up of sports training centres for differently-abled people. The government is establishing sports training centres at five locations in the country, exclusively for the differently-abled people. Thaawarchand Gehlot unveiled the Standing Wheelchair, developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, for commercial production at a function held in Chennai.

    The Standing Wheelchair has been developed indigenously at the Research Park of the Madras IIT. It helps the differently-abled people not only to move from one place to another like the normal wheelchair but also enable them to stand on their own, without seeking other’s help. The patented design and manufacturing technique has been transferred to a private firm that was earlier incubated in the Madras IIT Research Park itself.


  • The government has decided to set up 25 thousand crore rupees fund to revive stalled housing projects. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet at a meeting held in New Delhi. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government will put in 10 thousand crore rupees in the Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) while State Bank of India and Life Insurance Corporation will provide 15 thousand crore rupees taking the total size to 25 thousand crore rupees.

    It will finance over 1,600 stalled housing projects comprising about 4.58 lakh housing units across the country. The fund will provide relief to developers that require funding to complete a set of unfinished projects and consequently ensure delivery of homes to the home-buyers.


  • Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Sanjay Dhotre launched the Shala Darpan Portal of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. That it is surprising how the NVS with the help of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Noida in a meagre budget of six crore rupees. This will integrate all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas with a common standard which includes around 636 schools and 2.67 million students.

    This single integrated platform has been developed for information sharing and knowledge dissemination for the 22,000 employees and over 2 lakh students across schools and offices of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. Shala Darpan provides an integrated platform to meet the educational and administrative needs of all stakeholders-students, teachers and parents. It is capable of sending and receiving effective dialogue between every stakeholder.

    The major components include integrated content management portal which consists of 636 websites of Navodaya schools across the country. It will contain information relating to the service record, transfer/posting, disciplinary action, ACR tracking and the portal will improve mess management and hostel conditions.

    The major effect will be end to end info sharing, proper analytical details, better transparency in evaluation of teachers and students both, 654 bilingual platform for each schooland role-based access to have better evaluation at every stage. The Navodaya Vidyalayas are co-educational residential schools established by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti which is an autonomous organization under MHRD to provide quality modern education.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Global investors meet at Dharamshala on 07 November, 2019. The two day Global Investors’ Meet will be attended by diplomats, leaders from the corporate sector, senior policymakers, development agencies, entrepreneurs and investors from across the world. In view of the Prime Minister’s visit, elaborate security arrangements have been made. All the roads leading to Dharmshala have been smoothened.

    The state government is organizing this summit in order to tap the vast potential of the State in attracting investment in different sectors. The two-day mega event will be graced by the presence of top heads of Indian industry and business besides foreign delegations and Union minister and senior government officials. A large business delegation from UAE and Ambassadors of at least 16 countries would be participating in the meet.


  • Assam State government signed an agreement worth 50 million euros (Rs.400 crore) with the French Development Agency (AFD). The agreement aims to help restore the state's forests and preserve its biodiversity. The project reaffirmed the commitment of the two countries towards the restoration and preservation of rich and diverse natural ecosystems.


  • The first-ever containerised cargo movement via Indo-Bangladesh protocol route and Brahmaputra river will start from West Bengal’s Haldia. The vessel MV Maheshwari, carrying 53 containers of petrochemicals, edible oil and beverage will take 12-15 days to reach the IWAI terminal at Pandu in Assam’s Guwahati. National Waterway 2 (NW-2) is a section of the Brahmaputra River.


  • A Guinness World Record of most students assembling radio kits simultaneously was created on the third day of India International Science Festival at Kolkata on 07 November, 2019. While 490 students participated in the event, a record 268 succeeded in completing the assembling process in the stipulated hours. A representative of the Guinness World Records presented a certificate and memento to Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan who took it on behalf of the students.


  • The Indian Railways has installed two ‘Health ATMs’ at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow. The kiosks, promoted by YOLO Health ATM, provide 16 health check-ups for Rs 50-100. There are two types of check-ups- a 9-minute one that costs Rs 100, and a 6-minute one that costs Rs 50. The report is delivered instantly to the email or smartphone of the user.


  • The 2-day BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal initiative multi- sector technical and economic cooperation) Conclave will be held on 7-8th November 2019 at Visakhapatnam. Vizag port trust is hosting the conclave first time ever since the formation of BIMSTECH in 1997. Seven-member countries that includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Srilanka, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan are participating in the conference.


  • According to ‘India Justice Report 2019’, Maharashtra is the top state in delivering justice to its citizens followed by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana. It is the first-ever ranking of states on their capacity to deliver justice to citizens. The list of 7 small states was topped by Goa, followed by Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh. Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are at the bottom.


  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted the Regional Level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise 2019 (ReSAREX-19) off the Goa coast recently. It was conducted to check the preparedness and response measures for search and rescue at sea in a coordinated manner. 5 ships of ICG, 2 Chetak helicopters were used for the workshop.



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