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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - November 2021

Nov 2021

Jul 11, 2022

Rajendra Prasad Assumes the Charge of Managing Director of National High Speed Rail Corporation L...

  • Rajendra Prasad assumed the charge of the Managing Director, National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), after the Railway Ministry terminated the services of his predecessor Satish Agnihotri, who was the in charge of the government's prestigious Bullet Train project, over corruption charges.
  • Agnihotri was fired following a court order directing the CBI to probe charges of a "quid pro quo" deal allegedly struck by him with a private company during his nine-year tenure as the chairman and managing of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).

Brajesh Kumar Appointed CMD of Goa Shipyard

  • The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) committee named Brajesh Kumar Upadhyay, who joined Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL as a trainee manager), as CMD of the Miniratna PSU, breaking away from the current trend of appointing retired naval officers as chairman and managing director (CMD).When Upadhyay was selected for the position from a field of six others, he was managing director (business) at GSL.

Jagan Mohan Reddy Elected Lifetime President of YSR Congress

  • Chief Minister and national president of YSR Congress Party, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was unanimously elected as lifetime president of the YSR Congress Party.
  • The process was completed on the concluding day of the YSRC's two-day plenary, after the party constitution was amended to enable Jagan's election as president for lifetime.
  • Jagan established the YSRC in March 2011 after quitting the Congress. Ever since, he has been continuing as the party president.

Jul 10, 2022

R. K. Gupta Appointed Deputy Election Commissioner

  • Senior bureaucrat R. K. Gupta was appointed as the deputy election commissioner. He came in place of T. Sreekanth.
  • Gupta, a Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officer, will serve as deputy election commissioner (Joint secretary level) till 28 February 2023, the date of his superannuation.

Parshottam Rupala Inaugurates India's First ever Animal Health Summit

  • Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala inaugurating First India Animal Health Summit 2022, he called for greater use of Ayurveda for ensuring better animal health. First India Animal Health Summit 2022 was held at NASC Complex, New Delhi understanding the significance of animal health towards the broader objective of the country's food and nutrition security, rural incomes and prosperity and overall economic development.
  • 'India Animal Health Summit 2022' was organised by Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) and the Agriculture Today Group. The two-day event hosted a plethora of panel discussions ranging from topics such as Animal Health policy initiatives to Business environment & investment opportunities in the Animal Health sector.

Amit Shah Virtually Unveils 'Statue of Peace' of Swamy Ramanujacharya in Srinagar

  • Union home minister Amit Shah virtually unveiled the 'Statue of Peace' of Swamy Ramanujacharya in Srinagar, located in a temple in the Sonwar region.
  • Shah, while unveiling the statue, said that this will be a message of peace in not only Kashmir, but the whole country. The Gujarat government, too, will install a Ramanujacharya statue next year.
  • Saint Ramanujacharya, also known as Ramanuja, is considered to be a great thinker, philosopher and social reformer, a south Indian Brahmin born in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur.

Jul 09, 2022

Former Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant Takes Role of G20 Sherpa from Piyush Goyal

  • The Centre appointed Amitabh Kant, former chief executive officer (CEO) of the government's policy think tank NITI Aayog, as India's Sherpa for the Group of Twenty (G20) grouping, replacing Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
  • The appointment comes ahead of India's G20 Presidency from December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023, culminating in the first-ever G20 summit to be organised by the country in 2023.
  • As Sherpa, Kant will be responsible for pre-summit meetings and negotiations with partner countries on various policy issues. Goyal, who is also Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, was appointed Sherpa in September 2021.

Jul 08, 2022

IAS Tina Dabi Takes Charge as Jaisalmer Collector

  • Indian Administrative Service officer Tina Dabi took charge as the Collector of Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan. Before this, Ms. Dabi was posted in Jaipur.
  • Tina Dabi secured the top rank in the civil service exams in 2015. Tina Dabi is the first Dalit to top the civil services exam.

Kejriwal Govt. Launches 'Mission Kushal Karmi' Programme

  • Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched 'Mission Kushal Karmi' to upgrade the skills of construction workers. The Delhi government launched this programme with the help of Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) and Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
  • Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that this skill development programme by DSEU, along with Simplex, NAREDCO and India Vision Foundation to make construction workers skilled, is very special. Under this 15 days special training programme, workers will undergo upskilling which will boost their incomes in future.
  • This will help in increasing the income of workers up to Rs. 8,000. The government aims to train 2 lakh workers in a year under this programme.
  • To compensate for the loss of wages during the training, all the construction workers will be provided with an amount of Rs. 4,200 each.

Jul 07, 2022

Smriti Irani, J Scindia Get Additional Portfolios as 2 Ministers Resign

  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and RCP Singh resigned from the Union Cabinet, after the completion of their Rajya Sabha term. Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised their contributions during their ministerial tenure.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind accepted their resignations and reassigned the Minority Affairs and Steel portfolios, which were held by Mr. Naqvi and Mr. Singh, respectively.
  • Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani was given the additional charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs while Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia was given the additional charge of the Ministry of Steel.

Western Railway Opens its Longest Skywalk

  • Western Railway opened its longest skywalk from Khar Road Railway Station to Bandra Terminus, offering passengers a comfortable walking option. The 314 m long and 4.4 m wide skywalk connecting Bandra Terminus to Khar Station was opened for the convenience of passengers. It would enable passengers to reach Bandra (T) directly by deboarding at Khar Station and taking south foot over bridge (FOB).
  • Earlier passengers travelling by suburban trains had to either get down at Bandra or Khar Railway Station to reach Bandra Terminus by walk.

In South India Push, P.T. Usha, Ilaiyaraaja Picked for Rajya Sabha

  • In a massive South India push, the government on Wednesday hand-picked legendary athlete P.T. Usha, celebrated composer Ilaiyaraaja, writer of top grossers RRR and Baahubali series K.V. Vijayendra Prasad and philanthropist Veerendra Heggade for presidential nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
  • The four nominees represent the four southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the nominees as illustrious achievers in their respective fields.

For the First Time, No Congress Member in UP Legislative Council

  • For the first time in 135 years, the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly does not have any Congress member. Deepak Singh, the only Congress member, retired. The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council was constituted on January 5, 1887, and the first meeting was held on January 8, 1887, at Allahabad. Since then, the Congress has always had membership in the Upper House of Uttar Pradesh.
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