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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

28 Nov 2019

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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Labour Party Says U.K. Govt. Holding Secret Talks to Sell NHS to U.S.

  • The leader of Britain's main opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of secretly negotiating the basis of a trade deal with the United States ahead of the country's departure from the European Union — including a contentious plan to extend patents for American drug companies.
  • The Labour Party's Corbyn showed 451 pages of documents at a press conference, declaring that they covered six rounds of negotiations beginning in July 2017 — preliminary soundings ahead of formal trade talks.
  • With the future of the National Health Service in focus in the Dec. 12 general election, Corbyn highlighted the drug price issue and argued that extending patents would boost the profits of big pharmaceutical companies at the expense of taxpayers who would be barred from buying cheaper generic versions of the drugs.

U.S. to Label Mexican Cartels as Terror Groups

  •  Mexico rejected interventionism after U.S. President Donald Trump said that he will designate the Latin American nation's cartels as terrorist organisations, while a former U.S. official warned of unintended outcomes from such a move.
  • Designating groups as foreign terrorist organisations is aimed at disrupting their finances through the imposition of U.S. sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on them and individuals and entities that support them.
  • However, Mexico warned it could respond in kind to such a move, while immigration lawyers said that calling traffickers terrorists could in some cases make Mexicans eligible for asylum.

China Has the Most Diplomatic Posts in the World

  •  According to an Australian think tank, China now has more diplomatic posts across the world than the US, a marker of its growing international clout and ambition.
  • China's expansion in worldwide diplomatic presence has come partly at the expense of Taiwan, a self-governing democracy, which Beijing says is a breakaway province.
  • 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 study said that both countries have an equal number of embassies, but Beijing has three more consulates.
  • The next three spots on the list are occupied by France, Japan, and Russia.
  • India is 12th among the 61 countries ranked by Lowy Institute. As of 2019, New Delhi has 123 embassies and high commissions and 54 consulates globally.

ENVIRONMENT

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UK Has Technology for Zero Carbon Emmissions

  •  According to a new report, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in the UK is achievable with current technology, according to a new report.
  • As per the Centre for Alternative Technology, a net zero-carbon Britain is already possible, without relying on future developments.
  • The Powys-based charity said that changes to buildings, transport and industry could help slash UK energy demand by 60%.
  • The CAT report - Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency - also claims making further changes to energy, diets and land use could help provide 100% renewable energy and cut emissions from agriculture and industry.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

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Government Extends 15th Finance Commission's Term

  •  The Union Cabinet extended the term of 15th Finance Commission to submit its final report covering its suggestions for financial years 2021-22 to 2025-26 by Oct. 30, 2020. 
  • The commission would submit an interim report soon covering its suggestions for 2020-21 so that these can be used for the next year's budget. Headed by NK Singh, the 15th Finance Commission had to submit its suggestions for the five-year period commencing April 2020.
  • But it could not complete its recommendations as Jammu & Kashmir was split into two union territories, and the J&K Reorganisation Bill stated that distribution of taxes to the state to be apportioned to union territories of J&K and Ladakh, making the panel's job complex.
  • As per the government, the extension of the term will enable the commission to examine various comparable estimates for financial projections in view of reforms and the new realities to finalise its recommendations for the period 2020-2026.

Ujjivan SFB to Reverse-merge Holding Firm

  •  Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, which is coming out with an initial public offer on December 2, 2019 will reverse-merge the listed holding company after two years.
  • As per MD and CEO of the bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had asked the bank to apply for the reverse merger after it completed five years of operations. The bank started operations in February 2017. The holding company, Ujjivan Financial Services, is also listed.
  • The small finance bank announced its initial public offering to raise Rs. 750 crore. The bank has raised Rs. 250 crore through pre-IPO placement.
  • Ujjivan Financial Services is the promoter of Ujjivan SFB and has 100% stake in the bank. The bank will also have to bring the promoters' holding to 40% by 2022, but may request the regulator to review the norm.

ZEEL Comes Under SEBI Scanner

  • Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) has come under the scanner of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) after it emerged that two directors — independent director Neharika Vohra and non-independent director Subodh Kumar — had raised concerns relating to corporate governance and related party transactions in their resignation letters.
  • The capital market regulator is believed to be looking into some of the allegations, including non-implementation of certain board decisions taken in October relating to treasury operations and issues raised regarding build up of related party balances and advances for content acquisition.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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India's Cartosat-3 and 13 Nano Satellites Put in Orbit

  •  India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) rocket carrying advanced earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 US nano satellites lifted off from the second launch pad.
  • CARTOSAT-3, which is the ninth in the series, was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. This was the 74th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota.
  • CARTOSAT-3 is the highest resolution civilian satellite. ISRO has 13 missions up to March 2020- 6 large vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions.
  • CARTOSAT-3 is a third-generation agile satellite with high-resolution imaging capabilities.
  • The satellite will replace the IRS series, according to Isro. The CARTOSAT-3 has a panchromatic resolution of 0.25 metres, which helps it conduct satellite imaging with the highest resolution. The space research organisation said this mission is a huge leap from the previous payloads in the CARTOSAT series.

Researchers Develop Portable Device to Screen Cervical Cancer

  •  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi in collaboration with Bengaluru-based Aindra Systems developed an artificial intelligence-powered point-of-care device to screen for cervical cancer by analysing microscopy images.
  • The research was undertaken by a team led by Anil Sao and Arnav Bhavsar, professors at IIT Mandi along with research scholars -Srishti Gautam and Krati Gupta. The team, along with the industry collaborators, developed AI-based algorithms that enable the device to undertake automatic screening for cervical cancer.
  • The difference between a conventional system and Aindra's point-of-care system is that, the latter is portable and can be taken to the potential patients. In the conventional system, the people have to visit the pathology laboratory to get themselves screened.

SPORTS

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Bhubaneswar and Rourkela to Host 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup

  • The 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Bhubaneswar. The announcement was made to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup which too was hosted by Bhubaneswar. 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).
  • The tournament will be held from January 13 to 29, 2020.

Abhishek-Jyoti Claim Compound Mixed Pair Gold

  •  Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam claimed India's lone gold, in compound mixed pair event at the 21st Asian Archery Championships. Verma and Vennam won by beating their Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151. India ended with one gold, two silver and four bronze.
  • India missed the compound team gold losing to Korea 232-233. The top-seeded trio of Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Mohan Bhardwaj were 58-58 in the first end but Korea slowly seized the momentum by taking a one-point after the second end.

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

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AP to Raise Income Limit for BPL Category

  •  In a major decision which is likely to impact welfare schemes and programmes, the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet decided to enhance the income limit for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. A family with an annual income of Rs. 1.20 lakh in rural areas will now fall under the BPL category and in urban areas, the upper limit is Rs. 1.44 lakh per annum. The government will issue new ration cards in line with the new BPL criteria.
  • Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said that the Cabinet decided to bifurcate the Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) into the Andhra Pradesh Southern Distribution Company Limited and the Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited.

NCP to Get Deputy CM Post, Speaker to be from Congress

  • The Nationalist Congress Party will get Deputy Chief Minister's post in the new Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government.
  • The Congress will get Assembly Speaker's post while the NCP will get Deputy Speaker's post.
  • Along with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who will be sworn in as Chief Minister, one or two members of each of the three parties will take oath as ministers.
  • There will be only one Deputy CM's post in the government.
  • Maharashtra can have a maximum of 43 ministers as the size of council of ministers cannot exceed 15 per cent of the total number of MLAs, which is 288 in the state.

DEFENCE

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Indian Coast Guard to Set up Helicopter Base in Puducherry

  • The Indian Coast Guard has plans to set up a helicopter base in Puducherry to address coastal security concerns.
  • Additional Director General Virender Singh Pathania, Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard), Vishakapatnam, visited Puducherry to take stock of the state of preparedness of operational assets of the ICG.
  • During his visit he called on Lt Governor Kiran Bedi.
  • The role of enhanced security and increased surveillance of the Puducherry and Karaikal coasts came in for discussion during the meeting. 

India to Carry Out Four Military Exercises

  • India will carry out major military exercises with several countries, including Russia and China, in different frontiers in December, 2019.
  • The exercises are the 'Indra' tri-services with Russia, 'Hand in Hand' with China, 'Mitra Shakti' with Sri Lanka and 'Surya Kiran' with Nepal.
  • The Indra exercise will be held at Babina, where the army to army drills will be carried out, and the navy and air force capsules will be at Goa and Pune. All the drills will be conducted simultaneously. The exercise will take place from December 10 to 20. It will involve company level mechanised forces, including infantry combat vehicles, fighter jets and warships.
  • Meanwhile, the Indian Army will carry out the 'Hand in Hand' with China's People's Liberation Army at Umroi, Meghalaya from December 7 to 20. It is at the company level, meaning around 100-120 infantry troops from both sides will be participating.
  • The seventh edition of the India-Sri Lanka joint training exercise, Mitra Shakti, will be held at the Foreign Training Node in Pune from December 1 to 14. 
  • The Indian Army will also carry out the Surya Kiran exercise with the Nepal Army from December 3 to 16 in Nepal. Company level troops from both sides will participate. 

PERSONS IN NEWS

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Pakistan Appoints Asim Saleem Bajwa as Chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority

  • Pakistan government appointed Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa as the first chairman of the newly-established China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority with an aim to ensure timely completion of the multi-billion dollar projects.
  • The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.
  • The CPEC was launched in 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad and it now envisages investment of over USD 60 billion in different projects of development in Pakistan.
  • The new chairman will get MP-I scale for a period of four years from the date of assuming the charge of the office with immediate effect and until further orders.
  • The basic aim of the authority is to ensure timely completion of the CPEC projects. The prime minister has said the CPECA will help ensure coordination among the departments concerned.

Former Indian Navy Chief Sushil Kumar Dies

  • Former Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar died at a military hospital in New Delhi following a brief illness.
  • The former Navy chief passed away at the age of 79.
  • Sushil Kumar was Navy Chief from 1998-2001.
  • He authored a book named "A Prime Minister to Remember- Memories of a Military Chief" which highlighted the key defence-related decisions taken by late former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • Admiral Kumar was the 16th Chief of Naval Staff and oversaw naval operations during the Kargil conflict of 1999.

Noted Tamil Actor and Theatre Artiste Bala Singh Dies

  • Noted Tamil actor and theatre artiste Bala Singh died following brief illness.
  • A renowned actor, he made his debut in M Nasser-directed 'Avatharam' and went on to feature in many films, donning a variety of roles, including those with negative shades.
  • His notable performances include Kamal Haasan's directorial venture 'Virumandi' and actor Dhanush's 'Puthupetta', a gangster flick.

AWARDS AND HONOURS

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Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence

  •  Inspired by the universal message of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 'Love All Serve All', the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence (Gulbarga District, Karnataka) instituted the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence. This is a humble endeavour to appreciate and recognize the services of those individuals who have led a life of service and sacrifice to serve mankind in various fields of social relevance such as: Health, Education, Woman and Child Welfare, Environment, Music and Fine Arts, Unity of Religions and Sports.
  • The awardees of the year 2019 are: EDUCATION - Gitanjali – Founding Member and CEO of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh; ENVIRONMENT - Wilma Rodrigues – Founder of Saahas Zero Waste; HEALTH – Chethan Manchegowda – Founder of Khoon; MUSIC AND FINE ARTS – Himanshu. S – Founder of Dharavi Art Room. The award for UNITY OF RELIGIONS was given to Hindu Seva Pratishthana – an organisation that renders selfless service in various domains such as rural development, literacy, eradication of untouchability, children's education, family and individual counselling and rehabilitation of physically challenged and specially-abled children, among others. The WOMAN AND CHILD WELFARE award was given to Ms Anju Verma – Founder of Buland Udaan; SPORTS – Mr. Mahantesh GK – Founder of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and Cricket Association for the Blind in India. 

Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence

  •  Inspired by the universal message of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 'Love All Serve All', the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence (Gulbarga District, Karnataka) instituted the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence. This is a humble endeavour to appreciate and recognize the services of those individuals who have led a life of service and sacrifice to serve mankind in various fields of social relevance such as: Health, Education, Woman and Child Welfare, Environment, Music and Fine Arts, Unity of Religions and Sports.
  • The awardees of the year 2019 are: EDUCATION - Gitanjali – Founding Member and CEO of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh; ENVIRONMENT - Wilma Rodrigues – Founder of Saahas Zero Waste; HEALTH – Chethan Manchegowda – Founder of Khoon; MUSIC AND FINE ARTS – Himanshu. S – Founder of Dharavi Art Room. The award for UNITY OF RELIGIONS was given to Hindu Seva Pratishthana – an organisation that renders selfless service in various domains such as rural development, literacy, eradication of untouchability, children's education, family and individual counselling and rehabilitation of physically challenged and specially-abled children, among others. The WOMAN AND CHILD WELFARE award was given to Ms Anju Verma – Founder of Buland Udaan; SPORTS – Mr. Mahantesh GK – Founder of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and Cricket Association for the Blind in India. 

GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES

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Lok Sabha Passes SPG Bill

  • The Lok Sabha passed a bill to amend the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act.
  • The amendment says the SPG will now protect only the Prime Minister and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence.
  • The bill was passed amid a walkout by the Congress. Several opposition members also wanted changes in the bill which were defeated by voice votes.
  • It will also provide security to former prime ministers and their immediate family members staying with them at the residence allotted for a period of five years from the date on which they cease to hold the office.
  • The BJP-led central government recently removed the elite cover given to the Gandhi family and replaced it with Z+ security, which created a controversy and saw protests by Congress workers.
  • In a debate in the Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the elite protection unit was raised for securing only the Prime Minister and amendments brought in by the government will restore the original intent of the Act. He accused the previous governments of diluting the law governing the SPG.

Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Merge 2 UTs

  •  A Bill which seeks to merge two Union Territories Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli into one was passed by Lok Sabha.
  • The Bill was passed by voice vote with the government asserting that the merger will fast-track development of the two union territories.

GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION

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From 2021, JEE (Main) in 11 Languages

  •  Now engineering aspirants from the vernacular medium can have a shot at the JEE. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) will be offered in 11 regional languages from January 2021. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to prepare for conducting the test in at least 11 languages which include Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odiya, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
  • Earlier conducted by the CBSE, the computer-based test has now been passed on to NTA.
  • The ministry stated that this would help students continue their schooling in their mother tongue instead of shifting to English or Hindi medium. According MHRD sources, it has asked NTA to also explore possibilities to offer the competitive exams in as many languages as possible.

ART AND CULTURE

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Australia to Return Historic Indian Artefacts during Morrison's Visit

  •  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is set to visit India in January, would return to the country three culturally-significant artefacts bought from a New York-based Indian-origin art dealer. 
  • The artefacts were bought in good faith by the National Gallery of Australia from Subhash Kapoor. Criminal proceedings are underway in India and the United States against Kapoor.
  • Research by the gallery led to its decision to voluntarily return the artefacts to India.
  • The artefacts being returned are a pair of 15th century door guardians (Dvarapala) from Tamil Nadu and a 6th to 8th century serpent king (Nagaraja) from Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

TOURISM AND HOTEL INDUSTRY AWARENESS

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ITM 2019 Focuses On Sustainable Tourism

  •  The 8th International Tourism Mart (ITM) – 2019 held at Imphal in November 2019 witnessed the participation of 34 foreign delegates from over 19 countries along with 49 domestic delegates representing the travel industry.
  • After the presentations, a panel discussion was moderated by the Rupinder Brar, Addl. Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India wherein eminent panelists comprising of Chetan Gupta, representing Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India, Arjit Purkayastha, a leading Tour Operator of the North East Region and Swadesh Kumar, President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India deliberated on "Sustainable Tourism as an engine for Economic Growth and Employment".
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