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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

17 Nov 2019

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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US Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Honouring Sikh Community

  •  The United States Senate has unanimously passed a resolution recognising the historical, cultural and religious significance of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, besides the Sikhs' contributions in the US' growth.
  •  Introduced by Republican Senator Todd Young from Indiana and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland, the first of its kind resolution on Sikhism was passed by the US Senate.
  •      The resolution said Sikhs in the US and around the world live as per the values and ideals of equality, service, and devotion to God, first preached by Guru Nanak.
  •     The Senate resolution also mentioned four eminent Sikhs for their contribution to the US.
  •     The Sikhs figured in the resolution included Dalip Singh Saund, the first Asian-American Congressman, elected to the office in 1957; Dr Narinder Kapany, the inventor of fiber optics; Dinar Singh Bains, the largest peach grower in the United States; and Gurinder Singh Khalsa, the recipient of the prestigious Rosa Parks Trailblazer Award.
  •     The resolution also recognized the contribution of Sikh women Grammy-winning artist Snatam Kaur; New York Police Department police officer Gursoach Kaur; and University of California, Berkeley professor Supreet Kaur.
  •     Indiana-based Khalsa welcomed the passage of the resolution.

5 Indian Students Qualify For Oxford Big Read Asia Contest

  •  Five students from India are among the finalists of Oxford Big Read Asia Challenge, an annual reading and writing campaign for primary and secondary students.
  • The winners from India are B R Nimeesha (from Madurai), Ananya Sheorey, Saara Sen, Neha Chhajed and Sama S Jahagirdar (all from Nagpur).
  • Among the other winners are two students from China and one each from Pakistan and Malaysia.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

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Darjeeling's green and white teas get GI tag

  •  Darjeeling Tea Association said green and white tea of the hills have been registered as geographical indication (GI) products in the country.
  • These two varieties of Darjeeling tea have been registered under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999.
  • The Tea Board had filed an application in this regard on December 2017.
  • This will "strengthen the protection of the intellectual property rights of the Darjeeling tea" which is considered as "niche and luxury" products in the country and abroad.
  • Of the total annual production of 8.5 million kilograms of Darjeeling tea, green tea comprises one million kilogram and white tea one lakh kilogram.

Supreme Court paves way for ArcelorMittal's takeover of Essar Steel in ₹42,000 crore deal

  •  ArcelorMittal won approval from India's top court to complete its $5.8 billion purchase of a bankrupt steel mill, clearing the way for tycoon Lakshmi Mittal to enter the world's second-biggest market for the metal.
  • The Supreme Court allowed Arcelor to pay creditors for Essar Steel India Ltd. and scrapped a bankruptcy appellate tribunal's order that had given secured and unsecured lenders equal right over the sale proceeds, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman ruled.

SPORTS

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Seven Indian Boxers Enter Finals Of Asian Youth Boxing Championship File Pic

  •  Seven Indian boxers - two men and five women - have entered the finals of Asian Youth Boxing Championship at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
  • Among the men, Selay Soy (49kg) and Ankit Narwal (60kg) made the summit clashes, while Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg) made to the finals.
  • Arundhati Choudhury (69kg), Komalpreet Kaur (81kg) and Jaismine (57kg) settled for bronze medals in the women's draw.
  • Satender Singh (91kg) and Aman (91kg) fetched third-place finishes for India in the men's competition.

India Record Best-Ever 9 Medal Haul At World Para Athletics Championship

  •  India has recorded the best-ever nine medals haul at the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai.
  • With two gold, two silver and five bronze, India secured 13 qualifying spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Until this edition, London 2017 had been India's best-ever show where the para-athletes finished with five medals in the joint 34th place.
  • Asian Para Games 2018 champion javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary in F64 category won the Gold for India. In the same event, India had its single two podium finish with Sumit Antil taking the silver (62.88m).  
  • Another gold came from Sundar Singh Gurjar who defended his Worlds title in men's javelin F46 category with a season's best distance of 61.22 metres.
  • Seasoned high jumper Sharad Kumar claimed the other silver medal for India, clearing the bar at a season-best 1.83 metres in men's high jump T63 finals.
  • China topped the medals tally with 59 medals including 25 gold. Brazil (39) and Great Britain (28) followed China. The USA ended fourth with 34 medals. Russia, participating in the championships for the first time since the 2016 doping ban, were sixth with 41 medals. 

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

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ITAT Orders Withdrawal Of Tax Exemption To Congress-Controlled Young Indian

  •  The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has ruled that the withdrawal of income tax exemption to Young Indian, an entity controlled by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her family and others, by the tax department is correct and it cannot be called a charitable organisation.
  • An appeal to restore the withdrawal of exemption from income tax was made by Young Indian before the ITAT.
  • The Delhi bench of the ITAT, in an order on November 15, 2019 said Young Indian's "entire move for acquiring the AJL (Associated Journals Ltd), which had stopped/suspended its publication activities and was holding large number of properties worth hundreds of crores with huge rental and lease income, was for acquiring control and interest in such properties for mere sum of Rs 50 lakh."

ECI To Set Up T.N. Seshan Chair At Its Institute

  •  In honour of the former Chief Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan, who passed away on November 10, 2019 the Election Commission of India (ECI) will establish and fund a chair at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM).
  • The visiting chair on interdisciplinary approach to electoral studies at the Centre for Curriculum Development, IIIDEM, from 2020-2025, will be mentored by former CEC N. Gopalaswami.

DEFENCE

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India successfully Conducts Night Trial Of 2,000-Km Range Agni II Missile

  •  India  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, the sources said soon after it blasted off from a mobile launcher at the Launch Complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
  • 'Agni-II', an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the armed forces.
  • A defence official said this was the first time that the sophisticated missile was testfired at night.

PERSONS IN NEWS

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Rajat Sharma resigns from the post of DDCA President

  •  The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has run into a crisis in the middle of the cricket season. Its president Rajat Sharma resigned, which was followed by resignations of cricket advisory committee (CAC) members, Yashpal Sharma and Sunil Valson, its CEO Ravikant Chopra, CFO PC Vaish and GM (cricket ops) Manvi Dhodhi.
  • Sharma decided to quit after struggling to gain support of members of DDCA's apex council in his endeavour to 'clean up' Delhi cricket.
  • Rajat Sharma (born 18 February 1957) is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV. He is the anchor and inventor of the very famous TV show "Aap Ki Adalat". He is popularly known for his pro-BJP inclination of his channel. 

Goa DGP Pranab Nanda dies of cardiac arrest in Delhi aged 57

  •  Goa's Director General of Police Pranab Nanda has died due to cardiac arrest.
  • Nanda was on a visit to Delhi after attending official functions in Goa. He was 57.
  • The 1988-batch IPS officer was transferred to Goa on February 25, 2019.

DAYS AND EVENTS

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International Day for Tolerance

  •  The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.
  •  It is observed on 16 November. The day is observed in Bangladesh with Peace Summit. Peace Summit is organized by Preneur Lab and the EMK Center. 
  • The conference is a platform to talk and share on country's challenges on issues like peace, tolerance, fake news, online safety and hate.

Home Minister To Inaugurate 15-Day Tribal Festival

  •  The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, will inaugurate the 15-day tribal festival - Aadi Mahotsav - in New Delhi.
  • The theme of the event is "A celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce".
  • "The aim of "Aadi Mahotsav – National Tribal Festival" is to provide direct market access to the tribal master-craftsmen and women in large metros and state capitals. As many as 26 such festivals are planned to be organised during the current financial year".

National Press Day 2019 observed across India

  •  National Press Day 2019 has observed across India on November 16. This day is observed on this day every year. PM Narendra Modi tweeted that he appreciates the hard work of media persons that shapes national and international discourse.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "A free press is the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. We are fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms. May our media space be used more and more to showcase the skills, strengths and creativity of 125 crore Indians."

AWARDS AND HONOURS

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Rezwana Choudhury Bannya Gets ICCR Alumni Award In Dhaka @ihcdhaka

  •  Renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent from Bangladesh Rezwana Choudhury Bannya was conferred the ICCR distinguished alumni award in Dhaka.
  • The award was given away by the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das in a musical function organised by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC).
  • Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is widely recognised as a great exponent of Rabindra Sangeet. She is known for her distinctive style of singing. She has established a musical school 'Shurer Dhara' in Bangladesh to carry forward the Guru-Shishya tradition as practised in Shantiniketan.
  • She is also a recipient of 'Independence Award' which is the highest civilian award of Bangladesh.

GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES

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SAANS Aims To Reduce Child Mortality

  •  Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan launched SAANS, a campaign aimed at reducing child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% deaths annually of children under the age of five.
  • SAANS, short for 'Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully' was launched by the Union Health Ministry to mobilise people to protect children from pneumonia, and train health personnel and other stakeholders to provide prioritised treatment to control the disease.
  • As per HMIS data, under-five mortality rate in the country is 37 per 1000 live births, of which 5.3 deaths are caused due to pneumonia.
  • The government aims to achieve a target of reducing pneumonia deaths among children to less than three per 1,000 live births by 2025.
  • The HMIS data for 2018-19 ranked Gujarat second in the number of child deaths due to pneumonia, after Madhya Pradesh.
  • The State ranked fifth in infant mortality due to pneumonia.

GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION

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Delhi Has The Most Unsafe Tap Water

  •  If it wasn't enough that Delhi air is among the world's most polluted, a new study has now shown that the city's tap water is the most unsafe among 21 State capitals.
  • The national capital is at the very bottom of the list, in a ranking based on tap water quality released by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
  • It is among 13 cities, including Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Lucknow, where all tested samples failed to meet the BIS norms for piped drinking water. In fact, Mumbai is the only city where all samples of tap water met all the tested parameters under the Indian Standard 10500:2012 (specification for drinking water) so far.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS

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Sudha Murty's New Book Launched

  •  Acclaimed author and Infosys Foundation chairman Sudha Murty has launched her much awaited book The Daughter from a Wishing Tree Unusual Tales about Women in Mythology.
  • The book was launched at the Crossword book store in Mantri Mall recently in the presence of Biocon MD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and her husband John Shaw.
  • In mythology we always talk about Sita and Draupadi.
  • Apart from them, there are many women in mythology who have taken tough and difficult stands, have supported men at times and contributed to the society, Sudhy Murty said during an interaction with the Biocon MD at the launch.

TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS

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Four Day Cherry Blossom Festival Attracts Tourists In Shillong

  •  The 4th Edition of the India International, Cherry Blossom festival, 2019 that began in Shillong is attracting massive tourists.
  • The Cherry Blossom Festival is literally an awesome exposure and the environment is here great. 
  • For the first time, India and South Korea jointly celebrated the four-day 4th International Cherry Blossom Festival from November 13 to 16, 2019 at the Polo Grounds in Shillong.
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