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CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS
- Law day is also known as Constitution Day or Samvidhan Divas. It is observed on 26 November to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India.
- The Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India on 26 November, 1949 and it came into effect on 26 January, 1950.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Ocean Dance Festival 2019 starts in Cox Bazar
- The four day long Ocean Dance Festival 2019 kicked off in Cox Bazar of Bangladesh.
- Ocean Dance Festival is the largest international dance festival of Bangladesh in which more than 200 dancers, choreographers and scholars from 15 countries are participating.
- The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Bridging the distance’ or Durotter Shetubandhan. The dances performed at the event will show the idea of bridging the cultural and economic distances.
- The festival is being organised by the Nrityajog which is the Bangladesh wing of World Dance Alliance (WDA). The festival aims to expand cultural tourism in Bangladesh. It also features seminars and discussion apart from the dance performances by the artists.
- On the opening day of the festival Zuairiyah Mouli from Bangladesh performed Ardhanarishwara. Ananya Dance Theatre troupe from USA put up a powerful performance named Trikone-Connectivity. Dance troupes from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, Lithuania, India and Bangladesh also performed on the inaugural day of the festival at Cox Bazar.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES
Sangai Festival 2019 begins in Manipur
- In Manipur, week-long Manipur Sangai Festival 2019 started.
- The festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and biggest festival held annually to promote tourism.
- The formal inaugural function of the festival was held at Hapta Kangjeibung at Imphal.
- During the festival, cultural programmes, traditional games, folk dance and classical music will be performed by different communities of the State as well as from other States. The festival will conclude on the 30th of this month.
|Manipur CM||N Biren Singh|
|Manipur Governor||Najma Heptulla|
Etawah lion safari opened for public
- The Etawah Lion Safari was thrown open for publicin UP.
- Formally known as Etawah Safari Park, it is spread in 350 hectares of land and has been developed as an educative tourist destination for children as well as youths.
- Besides the lion breeding centre, the facility is equipped with hospital, staff quarters backed by assured water and electric supply and is manned by trained staff.
- It was envisioned by then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2005 and the permission to establish a lion breeding centre and lion safari were obtained from the Central government in 2013.
Uttar Pradesh govt to set up state’s 1st vulture conservation
- Uttar Pradesh government will set up state’s first vulture conservation and breeding centre in farenda area of Maharajganj district to conserve the endangered vulture population
- There has been a sharp decline in the population of vultures in the country which has come down from 40 million to 19,000 in a span of over three decades.
- States’ first vulture conservation and breeding centre of its kind will be set up on the lines of Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore in Haryana, which is also the first in the country
|Uttar Pradesh Capital||Lucknow|
|Uttar Pradesh CM||Yogi Adithiyanath|
|Uttar Pradesh Governor||Anandiben Patel|
Ban on Bodo insurgents extended for 5 years
- The central government to extend the ban on Assam-based Bodo insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) by another five years, citing that the terrorist outfit had continued to indulge in illegal and violent activities intended to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
- The NDFB, formed in 1986, seeks to obtain a sovereign Boroland for the Bodo people.
- The ministry has extended the ban on NDBF under the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
- NDFB has been involved in 62 violent incidents since January 2015, resulting in killings of 19 civilians and 55 extremists, besides the arrest of 450 ultras and confiscation of 444 arms from them.
Jagan Govt Launches Helpline to Deal with Graft-Related Complaints in Andhra Pradesh
- 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 chief minister made the first call on the occasion to the call centre and enquired about its functioning.
- Citizens could directly call the helpline and lodge a complaint against corruption in any government department and asked officials to ensure the grievances are resolved within 15 to 30 days.
- The state government has already engaged the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) to study the structural issues in government departments vis-à-vis corruption and come out with measures required to tackle them.
- The IIM-A team is expected to submit its report in February 2020.
|Andhra Pradesh Capital||Amaravathi|
|Andhra Pradesh CM||Jagan Mohan Reddy|
|Andhra Pradesh Governor||Biswabhusan Harichandan|
Chhattisgarh to get fourth tiger reserve
- Chhattisgarh is set to have Guru Ghasidas National Park in Kotiya district as its fourth ‘tiger reserve’.
- The decision was taken in the 11th meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
- Presently there are three tiger reserves in the state which are: Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve and Indravati Tiger Reserve. With this new announcement, four tiger reserves will get functional in the state.
- The Lemru Elephant Reserve will come into existence soon by merging the forest areas of Korba, Katghora, Dharamjigarh and Surguja forest divisions of Korba, Raigad and Surguja districts. The total area records to be of about one thousand 995 square kilometers.
|Chhattisgarh Capital||Atal Nagar|
|Chhattisgarh CM||Bhupesh Baghel|
|Chhattisgarh Governor||Anusuiya Uikey|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
Intel Partners With MediaTek to Bring 5G Support to Laptops
- MediaTek is partnering with Intel, the Taiwanese chipmaker.
- Dell and HP are expected to be among the first original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to deliver laptops powered by Intel and MediaTek’s 5G solution.
- The first rollout of devices is expected for early 2021.
- Through this partnership, Intel has been working with MediaTek on the 5G solution for deployment in key consumer and commercial laptop segments.
- MediaTek is developing the 5G modem and working with partners to manufacture the solution.
- Intel’s partnership with MediaTek brings together industry leaders with deep engineering, system integration and connectivity expertise to deliver 5G experiences on the next generation of the world’s best PCs
Railways sets up Institute for Financial Management in Hyderabad
- The Indian Railway Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM) has been set up in Hyderabad.
- The new entity, set up to impart professional training in management of railway finances, was formally inaugurated by Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board, on a 14-acre campus at Moula-Ali, Secunderabad.
- The project was conceived and constructed by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) at a cost of Rs 85 crore. IIRFM marks an important addition to the list of premier professional institutions in the country in the field of financial management in Indian Railways.
- The ensuing batch of probationers belonging to Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) will have the opportunity to get trained.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Suman Billa Appointed Director At Madrid-Headquartered Unwto
- Suman Billa, former Director and Secretary of Kerala Tourism, will join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
- Currently a Joint Secretary in Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, Billa’s appointment has been approved by the PM-headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) at its meeting in New Delhi. He will hold the post for an initial period of two years.
- He completed five-year tenure as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism before his new assignment.
Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza Appointed New Chief of Joint Staff: Pak Army
- In a major reshuffle, the Pakistan Army announced the appointment of Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chief of Joint Staff and also the promotion of two Major Generals to the post of Lt General.
- Ali Amir Awan and Muhammad Saeed, both currently serving as Major Generals, were elevated to the ranks of Lieutenant Generals.
|Pakistan PM||Imran Khan|
General Bipin Rawat set to be first Chief of Defence Staff
- General Bipin Rawat is on a series of farewell visits to military establishments as his tenure as the Army Chief draws to an end in December.
- The government had tasked National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to head the committee for the setting up of a new position that was announced by PM Narendra Modi.
- While joint operations and tri-services commands are likely to be overseen by the CDS, the top officer is set to be heavily involved in procurement of military equipment as well.
Maharashtra CM Fadnavis resigns
- Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar resigned from their posts ahead of the floor test ordered by the Supreme Court
- The NCP, the Congress and the Shiv Sena meanwhile unanimously elected Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray as the chief ministerial candidate.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
‘World’s Largest Flower Carpet’ Made Out of Bengaluru’s Marigold in Dubai Enters Guinness Records
- The Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport shipped 41,444 kg of marigold flowers to Dubai, enabling the creation of the world’s largest flower carpet.
- The flowers were laid out at ‘Flowers of Tolerance’ at the Dubai Festival City. It has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest natural flower carpet.
- Over the years, Air India SATS CoolPort has facilitated flowers export from the Bengaluru airport due to its ability to keep the blossoms fresh and fragrant
Billie Eilish is Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year
- Singer Billie Eilish will be honoured as Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year.
- The Hollywood Reporter, pop star Taylor Swift will also be honoured at Billboard’s event, receiving the inaugural ‘Woman of the Decade’ award.
- “Billie has disrupted the entertainment industry through her music and social media platforms, leaving an indelible impact on the global cultural zeitgeist.
- Eilish is the youngest artist ever to be named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE
Indian Navy to host drill ‘Milan 2020’ in March
- The Indian Navy will host military drill ‘Milan 2020’ in March next year which will witness the participation of several countries.
- Minister of State for Defence ShripadNaik said 41 nations from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe that share defence cooperation with India have been invited for the drill.
- The countries to whom invitations have been sent are Indonesia, France, Mozambique, Sudan, Israel, Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, New Zealand, USA, Tanzania, Comoros, Maldives, Brunei, Philippines, Japan, UK, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mauritius, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, Iran, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Russia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Bahrain, UAE and Seychelles.
- The Government pursues cooperation initiatives with friendly countries, including in Indian Ocean Region, through structured interactions like Staff Talks, Empowered Steering Group.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ISRO Successfully Launches Earth Imaging Satellite Cartosat-3, 13 Other Nano Satellites from Sriharikota
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other nano-satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
- PSLV-C47 on its 49th mission will carry CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States.
- The 1,625 kg CARTOSAT-3 is a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.
- The 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States are being carried as part of the commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL), Department of Space
- The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 would be for five years
- PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the ‘XL’ configuration (with six solid strap-on motors)