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  • China topped with the most diplomatic posts across the world

    55 days ago
    Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, reported that China has overtaken the United States as the country with the most diplomatic posts across the world. India ranked 12th in the diplomatic sweepstakes in the report. Report highlights: ♦ China now has 276 diplomatic posts globally whereas the US holds 273 diplomatic posts.
    ♦ China has just one additional embassy and high commission, 169, than the US that has 168 ♦ Beijing has 96 consulates around the world and... Read More


    India, Vietnam signed MoU for cooperation in the field of education

    55 days ago
    India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam to improve the field of education. The agreement came after the meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Vietnam's Chief of the General Staff General Phan Van Giang. The MoU is signed during the visit of the military delegation of Vietnam People's Army (VPA) who are on a five-day official visit to India from 24-28 November 2019. Aim: The MoU was signed between India and Vietnam for cooperation in the field of... Read More
    Category: Agreements MoU


    Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCOs World Heritage Committee

    55 days ago
    Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee for the first time on 27 November 2019. The Kingdom was elected to the UN heritage body's executive board for the term 2019-2023. The approval confirms Saudi Arabia's international status and its role in building peace and contributing effectively to the establishment of the principles of culture and science. Saudi Arabia's UNESCO... Read More
    Category: Environment

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    NuGen Mobility Summit 2019 is being held at ICAT, Gurugram

    55 days ago
    The NuGen Mobility Summit 2019 was held at the International Centre for Automotive Technology Centre, ICAT in Gurugram, Haryana. The summit was addressed by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. The summit will be held from 27-29 November 2019. NuGen Mobility Summit 2019: ♦ The 2019 NuGen Mobility Summit discussed the auto industry to think about future technologies as skilled man-power, cheap labour, and technology that are available in the auto sector. ♦... Read More


    Lok Sabha passed a bill to merge Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman

    55 days ago
    The Lok Sabha passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 on 27 November. The Bill awaits Rajya Sabha's approval. Provisions of the Bill: ♦ The merger bill seeks to merge the two union territories Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman into one.
    ♦ The move after Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two UTs namely Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. ♦ The two UTs are located along the western coast near Gujarat.
    ♦ The... Read More


    Lok Sabha passed Special Protection Group Amendment Bill

    55 days ago
    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. SPG (Amendment) Bill 2019: ♦ 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... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts


    Former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar passed away

    55 days ago
    Former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar passed away at a military hospital in New Delhi on 27 November 2019. He was 79-years-old. Sushil Kumar: ♦ Admiral Sushil Kumar was the 16th Chief of Naval Staff. He served as the Navy Chief from 1998 to 2001. He oversaw the Naval operations during the Kargil conflict of 1999. He was the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee when India planned Operation Parakram, in 2000-2001, in the wake of the terror attack on Parliament. ♦ He... Read More
    Category: Obituary


    Researchers discovered a massive black hole in the Milky Way

    55 days ago
    Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of China have discovered a black hole in the Milky Way. The black hole is so huge that it challenged the existing models of the evolution of stars. The black hole was discovered by an international team of scientists using China's sophisticated Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) telescope. LB-1: ♦ The black hole, LB-1, is located 15,000 light-years away from Earth ♦ LB-1 has a mass 70... Read More


    Cabinet approved the 2019 Arms Act Amendment Bill

    55 days ago
    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... Read More
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    Government to construct nearly 3.31 lakh houses under PMAY U

    55 days ago
    The government of India approved the construction of nearly 3.31 lakh more houses under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (Urban) at the 49th Meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under PMAY(U). The move comes after the implementation of a total number of 96.5 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (Urban).
    Proposed houses: ♦ The approval includes six lighthouses projects (LHPs) for construction of 6,368 units across six states.
    ♦ The... Read More


    Indian Army inducted ATGMS Spike along LoC in JK

    55 days ago
    The Indian Army has inducted anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) Spike along the Line of Control (LoC) in northern command theatre in Jammu and Kashmir. The induction aims to strengthen the defence along the country's border with Pakistan.
    India-Israel deal: Israel delivered a total of 210 missiles along with 12 launchers to India under an Rs.280 crore deal. The delivery is a part of Israel's emergency purchase mechanism. The deal was made between India and Israel, after the... Read More
    Category: Defence


    Neha Dixit was awarded the 2019 International Press Freedom Award

    55 days ago
    The Indian journalist Neha Dixit was awarded the 2019 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). She has covered gender, politics, and social justice in print, TV, and online media for more than a decade. The award recognized her investigation that shed a light on important issues in the country, including extrajudicial killings by police, in 2019. Other awardees: Other journalists who received the award are Lucia Pineda Ubau and Miguel Mora from... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours


    Lok Sabha passed the NID Bill

    55 days ago
    The Lok Sabha passed the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 26 November. The Bill seeks amendment in the National Institute of Design Act, 2014. The bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on 6 August 2019.
    Provisions of the Bill: ♦ The Bill will make the National Institute of Design (NID) in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh as the institutions of national importance. ♦ These institutes are currently registered as Societies under... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts


    Government proposed to invest Rs.550 crore in HLL Biotech

    56 days ago
    The government has proposed to invest around Rs.550 crore in HLL Biotech Ltd's complex near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The government plans to divest its entire stake on HLL Biotech which is a subsidiary of state-run HLL Lifecare.
    Once the proposal is approved by the Finance Ministry, the central government will invest Rs.500-550 crore into HBL (HLL Biotech). Out of the total amount, Rs.300 crores will be used for repayments to State Bank of India and the rest Rs.100 crores for other... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Assam imposed a complete ban on gutka and pan masala

    56 days ago
    The Assam state government imposed a complete ban on gutka and pan masala in the state for a year. The State government passed an order under clause (a) of Sub-section 2 of Section 30 of the Food Safety and Security Act, 2006 with an immediate effect.
    Ban on gutka, pan masala: ♦ The ban prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution, storage, display, and transportation of gutka and pan masala.
    ♦ The State government also said other chewing material containing nicotine... Read More


    Constitution Day was observed on 26 November

    56 days ago
    Constitution Day was observed on 26 November every year. The Constitution day is also known as National Law Day or National Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas. The celebration in 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.
    Aim: The day aims to raise awareness about the Indian Constitution. It also acknowledges the contribution of the framers of the Constitution and aggravates the people regarding the prominent values. It publicizes the rich composite culture... Read More
    Category: Important Days


    Cabinet increased the authorized capital of FCI to Rs.10000 crore

    56 days ago
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the PM Narendra Modi approved to increase the authorized capital of Food Corporation of India (FCI) to Rs.10,000 crore. Earlier the capital allocated for FCI was Rs.3,500 crore. The increase of authorized capital will fund the foodgrains stock, perpetually held by FCI. This will reduce the borrowings of FCI, save interest cost of FCI and reduce food subsidy in consequence. The operations of Food Corporation of India require... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Lok Sabha passed a bill to ban E Cigarettes

    56 days ago
    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.
    Provisions of the Bill: ♦ 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... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts


    G Satheesh Reddy was awarded the honorary fellowship by RAeS

    56 days ago
    G Satheesh Reddy, the Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was awarded the Honorary Fellowship. The award was presented by the Royal Aeronautical Society of the United Kingdom. The award recognized his contributions towards development and indigenous design, deployment of aerospace vehicles, diversified missile systems, guided weapons and avionics technologies in India. The award is very special as Reddy is the first Indian recipient of the prestigious award in over... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours


    Ramesh Pokhriyal launched Kartavya Portal

    56 days ago
    Ministry of Human Resource Development launched the kartavya.ugc.ac.in portal on 26 November. It was launched by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. 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... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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