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National (Current affairs)
♦National Mission ‘NISHTHA’ launched in J&K
- National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with its formal inauguration by Commissioner Secretary, School Education Department, Sarita Chauhan.
- The event was attended by around 300 teachers.
- Aims: Improving learning outcomes at Elementary level through integrated Teacher Trainings.
Note: About J&K
- Girish Chandra Murmu first Lieutenant
♦National Tribal Festival – Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi
- Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated the National Tribal Festival – Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi.
- The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is a celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.
- Benefit: The Aadi Mahotsav is an effort to take tribal commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions. The tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu and 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.
International (Current Affairs)
♦Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be sworn in as new President of Sri Lanka
- Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be sworn in as new President of Sri Lanka on 18th This comes after he has surged ahead in vote count for Presidential elections held on 16th November.
- Gotabaya is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapksa and served as defence secretary during the end of LTTE war.
Note: About Sri Lanka
- Capitals: Colombo
- Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
♦India to contribute $13.5 million for UN development activities for 2020
- India has pledged to contribute USD 13.5 million for various operational activities of development across the UN agencies for the year 2020.
- India would contribute USD 5 million to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, USD 4.5 million to the UN Development Programme.
- The World Food Programme will get USD 1.92 million, USD 900,000 to the UN Children’s Fund, USD 500,000 to the UN Population Fund, USD 200,000 dollars to the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation and USD 150,000 dollars to the UN Commission on Human Settlements Programme.
- India will also be contributing USD 100,000 each to the UN Voluntary contribution for Financial and Technical Assistance for the implementation of Universal Periodic Review, UN Environment Programme and UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
♦Piyush Goyal attends 9th BRICS trade ministers meet
- Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal attended the 9th BRICS trade ministers meet in Brasilia.
- He deliberated on the global economic climate with his counterparts from other member nations.
Note: About BRICS
- Founded: June 2006
- Formation: 2006
- Member: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
- BRICS brings together five major emerging economies comprising 42 per cent of the world’s population, having 23 per cent of the global GDP.
Appointment and Resign
♦Rajat Sharma had resigned from the post of president of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA)
- The director of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) RP Singh has said that the resignation of DDCA President Rajat Sharma has not been accepted. RP Singh further added that the Apex Council will take a decision on Rajat Sharma’s resignation.
- Senior journalist Rajat Sharma had resigned from the post of president of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), citing his inability to continue amidst “various pulls and pressures” within the organization.
♦India successfully conducts night trial of 2,000-km range Agni II missile
- India on 16th November conducted successfully the first night trial of ‘Agni-II’, its versatile surface-to-surface medium range nuclear capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
- The missile has a strike range of 2000 km. A defence official said this was the first time that the sophisticated missile was testfired at night.
♦Manoj Bajpayee’s Bhonsle Wins Best Director, Best Screenplay Honours at Asian Film Festival Barcelona
- Actor Manoj Bajpayee-starrer and critically acclaimed movie Bhonsle has won prestigious awards at the Asian Film Festival Barcelona. Directed by Devashish Makhija, the film has bagged two awards in the ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Director’ categories at the festival.
Book and Author
♦Book on VD Savarkar to be released by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
- A book on VD Savarkar will be released by vice-president Venkaiah Naidu. The freedom fighter’s grandson, Ranjit Savarkar, will also be present at the event.
- The book, written by Vikram Sampath, comes to the market close on the heels of a fresh debate over the leader.
♦16th November- ‘International Day for Tolerance’
- 16th November is observed as ‘International Day of Tolerance’ by the United Nations.
- In the massive diversity that exists in the world, only tolerance towards other religions, traditions, beliefs, and virtues can bring about a harmonious society.
♦16th November –National Press Day
- National Press Day is celebrated every year on 16 November. The day marks the presence of an independent and responsible press in India.
- The media is called the fourth pillar of democracy. It is said that journalists are a mirror of society, which brings out the truth even in adverse circumstances.
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