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National (Current Affairs)
♦Delhi First In India To Host The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament
- The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament, a three day event, is to be hosted in Delhi, India by the Delhi assembly for the first time, on 25th November. On the first day of the event, Lok Sabha speaker, Om Birla attended the event as a chief guest. 47 participants from 24 commonwealth nations.
- Purpose: Students in understanding the important and fundamental aspects of parliamentary democracy and enable them to connect with like-minded peers. The students will get the opportunity to experience the ‘real-life’ assembly/parliamentary functioning. The overall purpose of this event is to enlighten to the youth the importance of good governance for the growth of a nation and the world.
Note: About Delhi
Population: 1.9 crores (2012)
Chief minister: Arvind Kejriwal
Lieutenant Governor-Mr. Anil Baijal
International (Current Affairs)
♦Iraqi PM resigns amid anti-government protests
- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on 30th November submitted his resignation to Parliament amid ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad and in the southern part of the country.
- The formal resignation came after an emergency cabinet session was held on 1st December in which ministers approved the document and the resignation of key staffers, including Abdul Mahdi’s chief of staff.
Note: About Iraq
Currency: Iraqi dinar
♦India, Japan hold first ‘two-plus-two’ dialogue
- India and Japan on 30th November held their inaugural foreign and defence ministerial dialogue. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar led the Indian delegation while the Japanese side was headed by Foreign Minister Toshi-mitsu Motegi and Minister of Defence Taro Kono.
- Aim: To give further momentum to their special strategic partnership, particularly in the maritime domain.
- The Ministers condemned the threat posed to regional security by terrorist networks operating out of Pakistan and called upon it to take resolute and irreversible action against them and fully comply with international commitments including to FATF.
Note: About Japan
Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
Currency: Japanese yen
♦40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference – 12-27 November 2019
- Union Minister of Human Resource and Development(MHRD) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ addressed the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris held from November 12-27,2019. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) general conference discussed the future of multilateralism in the rapidly changing world.
- About General conference: The General Conference consists of the representatives of the States Members of the Organization. It meets every two years, and is attended by Member States and Associate Members, together with observers for non-Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget.
- The General Conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization. Its duty is to set the programmes and the budget of UNESCO. It also elects the Members of the Executive Board and appoints, every four years, the Director-General. The working languages of the General Conference are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Banking and Financial
♦Moody’s expects Centre’s fiscal deficit to rise to 3.7%
- Global rating agency Moody’s expects the Centre’s fiscal deficit to touch 3.7 per cent of the GDP. For all States put together, it is estimated to be three per cent.
- The Centre has targeted to keep the deficit at 3.3 per cent for the current fiscal (2019-20), but it has already reached 92.6 per cent of the Budget estimate in first six months of the current fiscal.
♦RBI imposes ₹1.50-cr penalty on Corporation Bank
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a monetary penalty of Rs. 1.50 crore on Corporation Bank for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions issued by RBI.
- The penalty has been imposed in the exercise of powers vested in the RBI under the provisions of Section 47 A (1) (c) read with Section 46 (4) (i) and 51 (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
♦India’s GDP growth further dips to 4.5% in July-September period
- India’s economic growth slipped further to hit an over six-year low of 4.5 per cent in July-September.
- The previous low was recorded at 4.3 per cent in the January-March period of 2012-13. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was registered at 7 per cent in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19.
- During the six-month period (April-September 2019), the Indian economy grew 4.8 per cent as against 7.5 per cent in the same period a year ago.
- The Reserve Bank of India had lowered the GDP growth projection for 2019-20 to 6.1 per cent from the earlier forecast of 6.9 per cent.
♦Global Diplomacy Index 2019 India ranked 12th, China Top
- The 2019 Global Diplomacy Index released by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute gives the latest statistics, marking how the world’s diplomatic networks are expanding and, in certain cases, shrinking.
- China overtook the US in 2019 with 276 embassies and consulates worldwide, which is three more than the US. The next three spots are occupied by France, Japan, and Russia.
India is 12th among the 61 countries ranked by the Lowy Institute.
♦FIFA Ranking Belgium holds the Top Spot, India 108th
- Belgium holds its top spot in the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)/Coca-Cola World Ranking rankings 2019 after winning all ten games. India takes the 108th place losing two places in accordance with the October 2019 rankings.
♦‘Particles’ wins the Golden Peacock Award at IFFI 2019
- ‘Particles’ directed by Blaise Harrison and produced by Estelle Fialon has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa on November 28, 2019.
- Particles’ is an “ambitious yet modest film about the mysteries of being a teenager,”.
♦Malayalam poet Akkitham wins 55th Jnanpith award
- Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award. He was born in Kumaranellur, Kerala. The Jnanpith award is the Highest Literary award in India, awarded to an author to acknowledge his/her excellence in Literature.
- A Padma Shri awardee(2017), he has won several literary accolades including the Sahitya Akademi Award (1973), Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1972 and 1988), Mathrubhumi Award, Vayalar Award, and Kabir Samman.
♦Former RBI deputy governor H R Khan appointed as chairman of MFI panel
- Former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), H R Khan has been appointed as the first chairman of the steering committee of the Code for Responsible Lending (CRL) in micro-credit.
- The CRL is a self-regulatory step for the micro-credit industry making diverse entities like banks, NBFC-MFIs and NBFCs adhere to standards of customer protection.
- CRL was launched in September by MFIN and Sa-Dhan, an RBI-recognised association of MFIs, along with Finance Industry Development Council, an association of NBFCs.
♦Joint military exercise ‘SURYA KIRAN – XIV’ between India and Nepal will be conducted at Salijhandi
- Joint military exercise ‘SURYA KIRAN – XIV’ between India and Nepal will be conducted at Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal from 03 to 16 December 2019.
- Aims: This exercise is to conduct a Battalion level combined training between Indian Army and Nepal Army to increase interoperability in jungle warfare and counter terrorist operations in mountainous terrain, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, medical and environmental conservation including aviation aspects.
♦Singapore, India air forces hold joint training exercise
- The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are conducting the Joint Military Training (JMT) from October 31 to December 12 at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal.
- To commemorate the 10th edition of the JMT, the scope of the exercise was expanded to include an air-sea training component for the first time, with assets from the Indian Navy supporting.
♦Indian Navy Successfully Test-fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile in Arabian Sea
- BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from a naval warship on 28th The supersonic missile, with a strike-range of over 290 km, was test-fired from the Navy’s stealth destroyer INS Kochi, hitting a decommissioned target ship in the Arabian Sea.
- The second ship of Project 15-A “Kolkata-class” guided missile destroyer test-fired the advanced missile during a naval drill in the west coast.
♦Odisha to host 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup
- The 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
- India will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time after the country was picked to stage the game’s showpiece event in 2023 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) earlier this month.
- The tournament will be held from January 13 to 29.
Book and Author
♦MHRD launches 3 books for children namely Kumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul
- Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched 3 books which are a collection of stories for Children namelyKumbh, Garam Pahad and Dilli ki Bulbul (Sindhi edition) in New Delhi.
- Authored by a popular writer of children’s books and travelogues Dr Anita Bhatnagar Jain.
♦Japan’s Ex-Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone passed aways
- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, a giant of his country’s post-World War II politics who pushed for a more assertive Japan while strengthening military ties with the United States, has died. He was 101.
♦Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar passed away
- Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dar, whose works graced several newspapers in a career spanning 58 years, died on November 26.
- Dar began his career with The Statesman in 1961 after which he moved to Hindustan Times. His cartoons have also appeared in The Independent, The Pioneer, Delhi Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review among others.