Current Affairs | National | International | SSC | UPSC - 21st November 2023

National News 

1. Dharmendra Pradhan launched 37 PM SHRI Kendriya Vidyalayas and 26 PM SHRI Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in Odisha

  • Union Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan has launched 37 PM SHRI Kendriya Vidyalayas and 26 PM SHRI Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in Odisha. 
  • About 800 government schools in Odisha will be developed into PM Shri Schools and more than Rs 1600 crore will come. 
  • He stated that to achieve the goal of a developed India by 2047, the education sector of the country needs to move forward. For that, rural children should be educated in the 21st century. 

2. SC seeks Kerala Governor's reply on petition against pending Bills 

  • The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on a petition by the State government that he is indefinitely holding back key Bills presented to him for assent. 
  • Appearing before a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, senior advocate K.K. Venugopal and advocate C.K. Sasi said the delay had grown to be endemic" among Governors of certain States. 
  • Mr. Venugopal said the Bills had been pending for seven to 23 months. The Governor was a part of the State Legislature under Article 168. The Governor could not act in a way that was contrary to the wishes of the elected representatives. 
  • Article 168 spells out that "for every State, there shall be a Legislature which shall consist of the Governor and two Houses to be known respectively as the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly 
  • The Chief Justice Bench issued notice to the Governor and the Additional Chief Secretary to the Go- vernor. The court listed the case urgently on November 24. 
  • Kerala said the Governor was trying to "defeat the rights of the people" by indefinitely sitting on crucial Bills, especially those addressing post-COVID-19 public health concerns. The State said the arbitrary show of lack of urgency by the Governor violated the fundamental right to life of the people of Kerala. 

3. Draft National Pharmacy Commission Bill released 

  • The Union Health Ministry on Monday invited comments from the public and stakeholders on the proposed National Pharmacy Commission Bill, 2023. The Ministry proposes to finalize the BUI for setting up the National Pharmacy Commission and repealing the Pharmacy Act, 1948. For this, a draft National Pharmacy Commission Bill has been prepared and uploaded on the website of the Ministry for comments. 
  • The Bill aims to improve access to affordable and high-quality pharmacy education and ensure the availability of pharmacy professionals nationwide. It seeks to promote equitable healthcare by making pharmacy services accessible to all citizens. It also calls for a periodic and transparent assessment of pharmacy institutions and facilitating maintenance of a pharmacy register for India. The Bill encourages professionals to integrate the latest research into their work, contribute to research, and uphold high ethical standards.

4. Ministry Of Tourism Organizing International Tourism Mart At Shillong 

  • The Ministry of Tourism Government of India is set to host the 11th edition of the International Tourism Mart in Shillong, Meghalaya, from November 21st to 23rd, 2023. 
  • This annual event aims to provide a significant platform for stakeholders in the Northeastern States to engage with counterparts from across the country and international markets. 
  • The focus is on promoting the unique tourism potential, biodiversity and rich cultural heritage of the Northeast Region (NER). 
  • The event will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, Shri G. Kishan Reddy. Shillong, hosting the event for the second time, anticipates the participation of approximately 100 delegates, both domestic and international.

5. Evening of music and dance as 54th IFFI opens with a starry ceremony 

  • The 54 International Film Festival of India (IPPD com incensed with grand opening ceremony at the Dr Shyama Prasad Muk herjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji, Goa, on Monday evening 
  • Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (18), Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Tha kur Inaugurated the nine day festival along with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sa want, Minister of State (Mos) for 1 & 1 L. Murugan, Mos for Tourism Shripad Naik, actor and MP Sunny Deol, and other dignitaries. 
  • Several prominent Indian and international film personalities also graced the event. 
  • Mr. Thakur said that in a world "increasingly dressed with division", cl nema can be a driving force for "peace, progress and prosperity" He said that aldin to India's Presidency of the 0-20 Summit earlier this year, the main Actor Madhuri Dixit being felicitated by Union Ministers Anurag Thakur and L. Murugan and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. x concept and theme of IPFI is rooted in the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The World Is One Family), 
  • "The 54" IFFI is set to be a melting pot of varied voices, vibrant cultures, diversities, and sheer cinematic excellence," Mr. Tha kur said, adding that the festival received an unprecedented 2,926 entries from 105 countries this year, a threefold increase in its international submis songs from the previous edition. 
  • In his inaugural address, Mr. Thakur announced an increased incentive for foreign film productions in India. The country will now offer a reimbursement of up to 40% of the expenses incurred with a raised limit of 230 crore (nearly $3.6 million), Pre- viously, the cap for incentives per production was 12,5 crore. The Union Minister also announced an additional 5% bonus for Significant Indian Content (SIC). 
  • The incentive scheine for foreign productions was announced by India last year at the Cannes Film Festival. 
  • "The paradigm shift in Incentivising film production serves as a testament to India's commitment and support for artistic expression and reinforces our position as a preferred destination for cinematic Vijay Sethupathi intro endeavors," Mr. Thakur said. 
  • Packed venue witnessed a packed turnout at the 4,000-seater venue, hosted by Bollywood actors Karishma Tuesday. Tanna and Aparshakti Khurana. Indian screen Icon Madhuri Dixit was felicitated with the first-ever 'Special Recognition for Contribution LO Bharatiya Cinema' award at the festival. The actor also per- formed to some of her all- time hits at the event, to joyous applause, The entertainment quotient of the evening was further boosted by high energy performances by actors Nushrratt Bharuccha, Shahid Kapoor, and Shriya Saran as well as singers Sukhwinder Singh and Shreya Ghoshal
  • Additionally, Vijay Seth-upathi, Karan Johar, Sara All Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Shantanu Moitra, Jissu Sen gupta, and others marked their presence at the opening ceremony and were felicitated. 
  • Introduced his upcoming film, Gandhi Talks, at the IFFI stage. The dialogue-less drama co-starring Arvind The gala opening, which stars Swami and Aditi Rao Hydari and featuring music by A.R. Rahman will be premiered at the festival 
  • The festival, now in its seventh decade, showcases a diverse array of films from India and across the globe. In its 54 edition, IF- FI is screening over 270 films from 105 countries. The festival is being held across four venues from November 20 to 28
  • This year, a total of 15 feature films, including three Indian titles, are competing for the festival's top prize, the Golden Peacock Award. 

6. Case against Fact Check Unit: Madras HC decides to await Bombay HC ruling 

  • The Madras High Court on Monday decided to await the Bombay High Court's decision in a case filed by satirist Kunal Kamra against the Centre's deci- sion to establish a Fact Check Unit (FCU), before taking a call in a case filed against a similar unit established by the Tamil Nadu government. 
  • Chief Justice Sanjay V. Gangapurwala and Justice D. Bharatha Chakravarthy adjourned the hearing of a public interest litigation petition filed against the State government's FCU to December 6, after senior counsel Vijay Narayan said the Bombay High Court was expected to deliver its verdict on December 1. 
  • The AIADMK's IT wing office-bearer, R. Nirmal Kumar, had filed the petition. Representing him, Mr. Narayan said the government had made a statement in the Assembly only on the establishment of a social media cell in the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR). However, it had gone about creating a FCU which could be created only by the Centre under the Information Technology Act and the statutory rules framed thereunder. 
  • When the Chief Justice sought to know what was wrong in establishing the FCU that could help the police in identifying fake news, the senior counsel said there was a threat of the FCU turning out to be an agency to impose censorship as far as the criticism of government activities was concerned. "The police will have little choice but to act when the FCU refers to certain matters that it concludes to be fake news. This will be a very dangerous tool in the hands of the government to completely terrorize people. This will have a chilling effect on free speech," he argued. 
  • He also told the court that the State had created 80 posts in the FCU and appointed a Mission Director, too, without publicizing the recruitment process. 
  • However, senior counsel P.S. Raman and Additional Advocate-General J. Ravindran said that only eight posts had been filled 


International News

7. Landmark Election In Argentina Since The Restoration Of Democracy 

  • Argentina has witnessed a seismic shift in its political landscape as Javier Milei, a self-described anarcho-capitalist and right-wing populist, secured a decisive victory in the recent presidential runoff. 
  • Milei’s triumph over Economy Minister Sergio Massa marks a departure from the traditional political order, promising a radical overhaul of the state in response to the nation’s deep-seated discontent with soaring inflation and increasing poverty. 
  • With 97.6% of votes tallied, Milei emerged with 55.8%, outpacing Massa’s 44.2%. This electoral outcome stands as the most significant mandate since Argentina’s return to democracy in 1983, signifying a clear mandate for change and a rejection of the status quo. 


8. Luc Frieden Assumed The Position Of Prime Minister In Luxembourg

  • Luxembourg, a small but influential European nation, is set to undergo a significant political shift as former finance minister Luc Frieden assumes the role of prime minister. 
  • This change comes on the heels of the recent election, where Frieden’s Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) emerged victorious, reshaping the country’s political dynamics. 
  • Notably, Xavier Bettel, who led Luxembourg for an impressive decade, will transition to the role of foreign affairs minister. 
  • Gilles Roth, a member of the CSV, has been appointed as the new finance minister, tasked with navigating the economic policies crucial for Luxembourg’s continued prosperity. 


9. China’s Strategic Move: Extending China-Myanmar Economic Corridor To Sri Lanka 

  • China, in a strategic move, is actively pursuing the extension of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to Sri Lanka. 
  • This development signals China’s intent to enhance its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) influence in South Asia. 
  • The China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) has emerged as the newest of the six land corridors under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Its prominence has grown, overshadowing the stalled Bangladesh China India Myanmar (BCIM) corridor. 


10. Far-right populist Javier Milei Wins presidential run-off in Argentina 

  • Controversial economist Javier Milei has Won Argentina's presidential elections, swinging the country to the right following a highly polarizing campaign in which he proposed fundamental changes to the way the government is run in a country that's grappling with the worst economic crisis in a generation. 
  • Today marks the end of Argentina's decline. Today, the impoverishing model of an omnipresent state, benefiting only a few while the majority of Argentines suffer, comes to an end," Mr. Milel said while addressing his euphoric supporters, who celebrated his victory with rock and roll songs. 
  • Mr. Milei, who identifies himself as an anarcho-capitalist, has a clear prescription for Argentina's economy: a sharp reduction in taxes and subsidies. With annual inflation hovering above 142%, the libertarian economist does not believe that the peso Argentina's currency which has tanked in recent years-can be salvaged. He has proposed to abandon the national currency and adopt the U.S. dollar, similar to what El Salvador and Ecuador have done in Latin America, although those were smaller countries, Argentina is the third-largest economy in the region. 
  • Proposals nor his volcanic personality have deterred voters tired of traditional politics, especially after a 5% increase in poverty during the center-right government of Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) and another 5% under the current leftwing administration of Alberto Fern├índez, from voting him to power. Over 40% of the population 
  • "The changes are drastic. There is no room for granow living in poverty. dualism, no room for half measures," he declared after winning the elections, expressing a clear state 
  • Mr. Milei is known for his virulent attack on leftwing politics. He calls the social state a "pedophile in a kindergarten" and has shown inclination towards legalizing organ sales. though he later retracted that statement. 
  • Vote share Mr. Milei secured 55.69% of the votes, surpassing his left-wing Peronist rival Ser gio Massa by over 11 points. Mr. Massa secured 44.30%. 
  • "There were two paths. We chose the path of defending the security system in the hands of the state, promoting the defense of education and public health as central values. Argentinians chose another path," Mr. Massa said, announcing his withdrawal from politics. This marks the worst defeat for Peronism in Argentina's history. The political movement, advocating for a social welfare state and public interests, now has to reshape itself and seek a new leadership. 
  • Although Mr. Milei won the run-off decisively, governance could be a challenge. His party controls only 15% of Congress, requiring him to negotiate with other parties to pass laws. He will rely on lawmakers from Juntos por el Cambio, the coalition led by former President Macri. His support in the final nort stages of the campaign was crucial for Mr. Miller's victoria hospital and will remain vital to passing laws. 
  • Mr. Macri may also influence Mr. Milei's international policies. The economist intends to shift towards supporting the U.S. and Israel, expressing a willingness to downgrade ties with countries he deems communist, such as China and Brazil, which are Argentina's trading partners. 
  • "Not only will I not do business with China, I will not do business with any communist. I am a defender of freedom, peace, and democracy. Communists do not enter there. Chinese do not enter there. (Vladimir) Putin does not enter there. Lula (Da Silva) does not enter there," he declared during the campaign. 
  • Mr. Milei will assume the presidential office on December 10. 


11. Israel-Hamas conflict may hit connectivity initiatives: US envoy 

  • The Israel-Hamas conflict and bombardment of Gaza could "pause" progress on India-U.S. trade, and connectivity initiatives, including the India-Middle East- Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) and the India-Israel-UAE-U.S. 
  • (1202) groupings, US. Lacetti that bassador to India Eric Gar Cetti said, but that the ideas would "stand the test of time". Speaking about the India-U.S. 22 dialogue held on November 10, Ambassador Garcetti said that bilateral cooperation is growing in several domains. He also said that the two countries must advance their engagement on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AD), highlighting dangers that had been overlooked by both U.S. President Joseph Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at different events 
  • "We're doing everything we can to ensure, especially with two elections in both countries [India and the U.S.), that the Quad summit is scheduled," Mr. Garcetti said, also pointing to the Japanese Prime Minister's parliamentary obligations, and the Australian "I do think that there is a National Day that also falls fundamental logic to the on Republic Day. "We have made improvements, and these ideas will tant steps toward strenght stand the test of time. But there's no question that the conflict will give some pause to them," Mr. Garcetdi said in response to a question from The Hindu on the impact of repercussions from the Israel-Hamas conflict that has seen thousands killed in the past few weeks. The region is not capable. I would argue the world is not capable of dreaming of building something new when there's an ongoing war and that's just the reality of conflict," he said, speaking at a round table event organized by the Observer Research Foundation on 
  • Scheduling difficulties Asked about Mr. Biden's confirmation for the G-20 virtual summit as well as the White House response to the Republic Day and Quad invitations, Mr. Gar
  • "determination in the U.S. The President's availability had not been made yet. The G-20 summit on Thursday colncodes with the American Thanksgiving festival, while the January dates for Republic Day and the Quad could see other "scheduling difficulties' '. thening our major defense partnership, which continues to grow, increasing the acceleration that we have seen through initiatives like the roadmap U.S. India in industrial cooperation and defense," Mr. Gar certi said, briefing journalists, academics and analysts at the event about the 2+2 dialogue with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin visit In Delhi. He also said that while the two sides had made no concrete proposal, India and the US. should initiate a dialogue on Al 
  • Asked about the problem of delays in granting US visas for Indians, Mr. Garcetti said that the U.S. was increasing its staff strength and hoped to open new consulates for Ahmedabad and Bengal to soon. 

State News

12. Uttar Pradesh Government Banned Halal Certified Products

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed an immediate ban on the production, storage, distribution and sale of halal certified products within the state. 
  • The decision encompasses a wide range of items, including dairy products, sugar, bakery goods, peppermint oil, beverages, edible oil, certain medicines and cosmetic products.
  • Products such as oil, sugar, toothpaste and spices are now being labeled with halal certificates, leading to confusion about food quality and potentially violating government rules. 
  • The ban aims to address these concerns and ensure that certification is done exclusively by authorized bodies like the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). 


13. UP govt launched ‘Every Right for Every Child’ campaign 

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has launched the ‘Every Right for Every Child’ campaign to ensure equal opportunities for students. 
  • Led by Power Angel and Bal Sansad, the campaign, centred around ‘equality and inclusion,’ includes daily activities in primary, upper primary, and Kasturba Gandhi schools. 
  • The campaign’s theme focuses on ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Care and Support,’ advocating for equal opportunities in families, homes, schools, sports, careers, healthcare, and child protection facilities, as well as in the community and public life.
  • Additionally, the School Management Committee (SMC) will share issues and suggestions with principals and officials to honor teachers, students, and citizens advocating for child rights. 

About Uttar Pradesh 

  • Capital – Lucknow 
  • Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath 
  • Governor – Anandiben Patel 


14. Gyanodaya Express To Revolutionize Education In J&K : LG Manoj Sinha 

  • Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, flagged off the Gyanodaya Express from the Katra railway station in Reasi district. 
  • This unique project, also known as the “College on Wheels,” aims to empower approximately 700 girl students from universities in the Union Territory. 
  • The Gyanodaya Express seeks to evolve education by fostering immersive, collaborative and project-based learning experiences for students, setting a precedent for innovative educational endeavors in Jammu and Kashmir. 
  • The initiative aligns with Gandhi’s principles of Satya and Ahimsa (Truth and Non-violence), aiming to awaken society with universal and ete 


16. Bihar Governor approves Bill raising reservation from 50% to 65% 

  • Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar approved the State Government’s ‘Bihar Reservation Amendment Bill’ which was passed unanimously by the State Legislature during the recently concluded winter session. 
  • It was approved by the State Cabinet on November 7 and raises the reservation quota for Backward, Extremely Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from 50% to 65%. 
  • According to the legislation, named the Bihar Reservation Amendment Bill, quota for Extremely Backward Class (EBC) will be raised from the existing 18% to 25%; for Backward Class (BC) from 12% to 18%; for Scheduled Caste (SC) from 16% to 20%; and for Scheduled Tribe (ST), the quota will be doubled, from 1% to 2%. The existing 3% reservation for BC women has been scrapped. 

Economy News

17. Covid Call: Over A Third Of EPFO Members Opted For Non-Refundable Withdrawals 

  • In response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) introduced a special window allowing non-refundable withdrawals for its subscribers. 
  • Over 22 million EPFO subscribers, constituting more than a third of the total, availed themselves of the non-refundable withdrawal option during the pandemic. 
  • This measure aimed to alleviate financial strains during the unprecedented times. EPFO manages the retirement savings of approximately 60 million subscribers. The organization oversees a corpus of around ₹18 lakh crore. 


18. India’s Economic Growth Outlook By Goldman Sachs For 2024-25 

  • Goldman Sachs, the US-based investment bank, forecasts India’s economy to grow at a rate of 6.5% in the fiscal year 2024-25, surpassing the projected 6.2% for the current financial year. 
  • The first half of 2024 is expected to be dominated by consumption spending. Goldman Sachs predicts that subsidies and transfer payments will play a pivotal role in driving growth during the initial months. 
  • The report suggests that subsidies and transfer payments are likely to be the primary growth drivers in the lead-up to the general elections in Q2 2024. This aligns with historical spending patterns observed during previous election cycles. 


19. Subsidies to spur growth for now, investment to take off post 2 polls’ 

  • India's spending on subsidies and the rural employment guarantee scheme are expected to rise ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections possibly at the expense of public capex outlays, while private investments will likely rebound post-poll, Goldman Sachs said in a report released on Monday. 
  • The firm's India 2024 Outlook report forecasts that the Reserve Bank of India may cut interest rates 
  • Goldman Sachs expects investments, including public capex outlays, to rebound only after 2024's general elections 
  • Firm sees inflation remaining elevated at about 5.1% through next year, limiting room for monetary easing 
  • Goldman's economists say main domestic risk emanates from political uncertainty will remain elevated at about 5.1% through next year from an estimated 5.7% this year, limiting the room for monetary easing. 
  • RBI may cut interest rates only towards end of 2024 and early 2025, in two steps of 25 bps each "The pivot towards subsidies and welfare spending. Going into the elections is likely to continue, though given the fiscal constraints... We don't expect the government to increase the fiscal deficit. Thus, we think that a decline in public capital expenditure will have to share the burden of fiscal consolidation, among a reduction in other current expenditure," Goldman Sachs' economists wrote. 
  • Growth may ease a tad from 6.4% in 2023 to 6.3% only towards the end of 2024 and early 2025, in two tranches of 25 basis points each, as inflation in 2024, but it is likely to be "a tale of two halves' ', "Subsidies and transfer payments as we head into the general elections in 02 2024 (April to June] will likely be the consumption and growth driver in the first half. Post-elections, we expect investment growth to re-accelerate, especially from the private side," the firm averred. 
  • The firm expects 6.2% real GDP growth in 2023-24 to rise to 6.5% in 2024-25, with "the main domestic risk emanating from political uncertainty" 


20. PwC India To Cross 9k-Cr Revenue Mark On Robust Growth 

  • PwC India is anticipating a historic milestone, projecting gross revenue to surpass ₹9,000 crores in the current fiscal year. 
  • PwC India’s assurance, tax, and advisory services are individually experiencing growth rates exceeding 20%, with the advisory segment leading the way. This reflects the success of the ‘new equation strategy’ set in August 2021. 
  • Originally aiming to reach a revenue of $1 billion and expand the PwC family to 25,000 people, the company has now surpassed these goals. With a current staff of 27,000, PwC India is on track to achieve its revenue target by the end of the fiscal year. 


Ranks and Reports News

21. India ranks third in Global Unicorn Rankings with 72 Unicorns 

  • India ranks third with 72 unicorn companies, with a total valuation of $195.75 billion. The country’s unicorns make a substantial 5 percent contribution to the total global unicorn valuation, according to research by Journalistic Org. 
  • The first Indian company to make an appearance in global rankings is BYJUs, which stands at 36th place with a valuation of $11.50 billion. 
  • Despite a lower average valuation per unicorn at $2.72 billion compared to some counterparts, India’s unicorns make a substantial 5 percent contribution to the total global unicorn valuation. This places India in league with the UK, emphasizing its significance in the international start-up arena. 
  • China has the second-highest number of unicorn companies, with a combined valuation of $641.67 billion, accounting for 17 percent of the total valuation of all unicorn companies in China. 
  • ByteDance – the parent company of TikTok – is the highest-valued company in China, and is valued at over $225 billion. 
  • The US has the highest number of unicorn companies worldwide with an impressive 668 – over three times more than China in second place (172). 
  • Unicorn companies in the US have a combined valuation of over $2 trillion, accounting for over half (54 percent) of the total valuation of unicorn companies. 

Recent index 

  • Inclusiveness index by US varsity – India ranked 117th; topped by – New Zealand 
  • Global Pension Index 2023 – India ranked 45; Topped by Netherland 
  • Global Hunger Index 2023 – India ranked 111th 
  • Global Innovation Index 2023 -India at 40th; topped by Switzerland 


Science and Technology News

22. IIT Madras Unveils Information Platform For Incubators 

  • The Centre for Research on Startups and Risk Financing (CREST), an Institute of Eminence Research Centre at IIT Madras, announced the development of an exclusive information platform for incubators and accelerators. 
  • The information platform was developed in collaboration with YNOS, a startup incubated at IIT Madras. The platform is designed to centralize comprehensive information on incubators and accelerators across India. 
  • It addresses the challenge of scattered information, providing a single, easily accessible location for relevant data. Incubators and accelerators play a crucial role in assisting startups as they navigate the uncertainties of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


Appointment News 

23. Mira Murati appointed as interim CEO at OpenAI

  • Mira Murati has been appointed as interim Chief Executive officer of OpenAI. She will replace Sam Altma. 
  • Mira Murati has commented on the current deepfake concerns in India. Ms. Murati, who played a role in promoting Dall-E, an AI model generating images from text, discussed the company’s efforts to address the issue of manipulated media using their technologies during a talk show. 
  • Mira Murati, a 34-year-old mechanical engineer born to Albanian parents, has been an integral part of the OpenAI team. She initially joined the company in 2018 as the Vice President of AI and partnerships. 

Recent Appointment 

  • Interim CEO at OpenAI – Mira Murati (replace Sam Altma)
  • Indian envoy to the Caribbean Community – Amit S Telang 
  • Advisor to board of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) – Ajay Kumar 
  • UK Foreign Secretary – David Cameron 
  • MD of Torrent Gas Limited – Manoj Jain 
  • Member (Finance) at the Airports Authority of India (AAI) – Pankaj Malhotra 
  • Nominee Director of South-East Asia Gas Pipeline Company Limited (SEAGP) Board – Deepak Gupta 


24. Govt Appoints Vinay Tonse As MD Of SBI For 2 Years 

  • The Government of India appointed Vinay M. Tonse as the Managing Director of the State Bank of India (SBI) until November 30, 2025. 
  • This appointment fills the vacancy left in June after the appointment of Swaminathan Janakiraman as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank. 
  • This decision comes after the recoomendation of Financial Services Institutions Bureau (FSIB) . The final decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 


Important Day News 

25. 20 November – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 

  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic was observed on 20th November 2023 to spread to a growing number of countries on every continent. 
  • The objectives of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims are to provide a platform for road traffic victims and their families 
  • Theme 2023 – Accelerating Change 
  • The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. 


26. World Television Day 2023 

  • World Television Day, observed globally on November 21, goes beyond seeing TV as just an electronic device. In 1996, the United Nations organized the first World Television Forum on November 21. 
  • According to the United Nations. World Television Day is a reminder of the power of visual media, its role in global communication, and the responsibility to deliver truthful information in a world where trust in media is crucial. 

27. World AMR Awareness Week 2023 (November 18-24) 

  • The World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week takes place from November 18 to 24, 2023. The primary goal is to diminish the emergence and transmission of drug-resistant infections. 
  • The chosen theme for WAAW 2023 will stay consistent with the previous year – “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together,” just as it was in 2022. 
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a significant threat to humans, animals, plants, and the environment, impacting all facets of our interconnected world. 
  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warns that, if not addressed, AMR could push 24 million people into extreme poverty in the next decade and lead to trillions of dollars in lost GDP. 


Agreements News

28. Acko Partners With R Madhavan As Their ‘Voice Of The Customer’ 

  • ACKO, the insurtech company making insurance convenient, transparent, and accessible for Indians, has partnered with renowned actor R Madhavan as its ‘Voice of the Customer’. 
  • This collaboration aims to dispel common misconceptions about insurance and empower consumers to make informed decisions. 
  • In his role as ‘Voice of the Customer’, Madhavan will work with the ACKO team to create informative and relatable content that simplifies complex insurance terms and conditions. 
  • By leveraging Madhavan’s influence and ACKO’s expertise, the collaboration aims to empower consumers with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed insurance decisions. 


29. Karnataka Bank Partners With HDFC Life To Offer Insurance Products 

  • Karnataka Bank, a leading Mangaluru-based private sector lender, has announced a strategic partnership with HDFC Life, one of India’s premier life insurance providers. 
  • This collaboration aims to provide customers with a comprehensive suite of innovative and customer-centric financial solutions. 
  • This partnership brings together Karnataka Bank’s extensive banking expertise and HDFC Life’s proven track record in delivering high-quality life insurance products. 


Award News

30. Uttar Pradesh won the ‘Best State’ award for inland fisheries

  • Uttar Pradesh has won an award for inland fisheries (plain areas) and will receive it at the Global Fisheries Conference-2023 place in Delhi. 
  • As of now, 31 projects are being implemented under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana in U.P. 
  • The visionary approach of the CM has led UP to secure the top position in inland fish farming across the country. While last year’s fish production was 8.09 lakh metric tonnes, this year the department had already achieved a production value of 9.15 lakh metric tonnes. 
  • Similarly, the department has also recorded an increase in fish seed production. While last year’s production value stood at 27,128 lakh metric tonnes, this year it has reached 36,187 lakh metric tonnes. 
  • As of now, 31 projects are being implemented under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana in U.P. Under it, ₹15,282.5 had been distributed to beneficiaries. 
  • Fishermen Accident Insurance Scheme has benefited 1,16,159 fishermen in the state. Under it, an assistance of ₹5 lakh is granted to each family of fishermen who are killed in accidents, ₹2.5 lakh to those who become disabled, and ₹25,000 to the injured. 
  • Earlier, ranching was limited to 12 districts, but it has since expanded to 68 districts. 


31. Deepti Babuta becomes first woman to bag Dhahan Prize for Punjabi literature 

  • Mohali-based Deepti Babuta has become the first woman to bag the Dhahan Prize, the largest international literary award for fiction books in Punjabi language. 
  • Babuta received the award for her short story collection, ‘Bhukh Eon Sah Laindi Hai’ (‘Hunger Breathes Like This’). 
  • She was presented with a cash award of $25,000 CAD and a trophy at a ceremony held at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. 
  • Alongside her, two other finalists — Lahore-based Jameel Ahmad Paul and Mohali’s Balijit were awarded $10,000 CAD each. 
  • This is for the first time in its 10-year history that the top prize has gone to a woman. 

About Dhahan Prize 

  • The Dhahan Prize was established by the Canada India Education Society (CIES) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2013 to give a platform to both aspiring and established writers to take their work to a broader, multilingual audience. 

Recent Awards

  • JCB Prize for Literature – Perumal Murugan (for Fire Bird novel) 
  • Maharashtra’s Lata Mangeshkar Award 2023 – Suresh Wadkar 
  • First ‘Lifetime Disturbing the Peace Award’ – Salman Rushdie 
  • Champions of Change Awarded by the Interactive Forum on Indian Economy – Dr. Somdutta Singh 
  • 19th Kalakar Puraskar’ Award – Apolinaris D’Souza 


32. Madhuri Dixit Receives Award At 54th IFFI 

  • Legendary actress Madhuri Dixit has been honored with the ‘Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema‘ award at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa. 
  • Spanning four remarkable decades, Dixit’s illustrious career stands as a testament to her enduring impact on the silver screen. 
  • This honor acknowledges not only her on-screen brilliance but also her impact on the cultural landscape of Indian cinema 6.Novak Djokovic Wins Record Seventh ATP Finals Title 
  • Novak Djokovic made history on November 19, by securing his seventh ATP Finals title in Turin, Italy. 
  • The world number one defeated local favorite Jannik Sinner in a commanding fashion with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. 
  • This triumph places Djokovic ahead of the retired Roger Federer in ATP Finals victories, capping off a remarkable season that included three Grand Slam wins, bringing his total to a record-breaking 24 and claiming his 40th master's 1000 titles. 


Books and Authors News

33. Prasoon Joshi Launches Dr. Hema Joshi’s Book ‘Do Palkon Ki Chhavn Main.’ 

  • Prasoon Joshi, celebrated poet, lyricist, and Chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recently unveiled ‘Do Palkon Ki Chhavn Main,’ a book authored by the esteemed academician Dr. Hema Joshi. 
  • The book, a fictionalized account, intricately weaves together the author’s literary prowess with her deep affection for two Indian cities – Almora, her birthplace, and Prayagraj, where she spent her later years. 
  • The book beautifully captures the essence of the two cities that significantly shaped Dr. Hema Joshi’s life. Almora, with its romantic charm, represents her nostalgic roots, while Prayagraj symbolizes the challenges and hardships that contributed to her resilience and character development. 


Defence News

34. Indo-Australian Defense Talks: Fortifying Maritime Security With Hydrography And Joint Airborne Surveillance 

  • In a recent bilateral meeting between India and Australia, defense ministers Rajnath Singh and Richard Marles explored avenues to enhance their defense partnership. 
  • The discussions centered around strategic collaborations in hydrography and the potential for joint air-to-air refueling. 
  • These initiatives aim to bolster maritime security and surveillance capabilities in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). 


Obituary News

35. Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady Of US Passed Away At 96 

  • Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter, often referred to as the ‘Steel Magnolia,’ passed away on Sunday at the age of 96. 
  • She was the wife of President Jimmy Carter. Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter made history as the longest-married U.S. presidential couple. Their union began in 1946 when he was 21 and she was 18. 
  • Rosalynn Carter was also a fervent supporter of equal rights, actively participating in the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • In 2001, Rosalynn Carter received the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. This honor marked her as the third First Lady to join the esteemed ranks of the Hall of Fame, alongside Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt


36. IRB jawan among two killed in ambush by armed miscreants in Manipur 

  • An Indian Reserve Battalion jawan and his driver were killed when their vehicle was ambushed by armed miscreants in Kangpokpi district of Manipur on Monday, a defense source said. The deceased were identified as Henminlen Vaiphei and his driver Thangminlun Hangshing. Mr. Vaiphei had been posted at the Leimak- hong police station. 
  • The Committee on Tribal Unity (COTU) declared an emergency shutdown in Kangpokpi district as a mark of protest. The defense source said Assam Riffles.
  • The State govt. has informed the SC that 25 crore has been released for women survivors of sexual assault, other crimes fles personnel were de- ployed in the area, and teams had been mobilized to identify the suspects. 
  • The Manipur government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that 25 crore had been credited to a dedicated bank account to disburse compensation to women who are survivors of sexual assault and other crimes committed in the State since May 3. The affidavit filed by the State government did not state the number of women compensated so far. 
  • The affidavit said that as per the latest report from the Deputy Commissioners of Money and Senapati districts, the exercise for identification of religious buildings was complete and there were no reports of vandalizing or destruction of such buildings in the two districts till date. 
  • At least 180 people have been killed in the ethnic violence between the tribal 
  • Earlier in September, the court had ordered the State government to "immediately identify all religious buildings in the State which would include churches, Hindu temples, Sanamahi temples, mosques and any building of any other religion, whether existing at present or vandalized/damaged/burnt in the violence" which started on May 3 and said that sites of these religious buildings be protected from encroachment and destruction. 


37. Israel-Hamas conflict may hit connectivity initiatives: US envoy 

  • The Israel-Hamas conflict and bombardment of Gaza could "pause" progress on India-U.S. trade, and connectivity initiatives, including the India-Middle East- Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) and the India-Israel-UAE-U.S.  (1202) groupings, US. Lacetti that bassador to India Eric Gar Cetti said, but that the ideas would "stand the test of time". Speaking about the India-U.S. 22 dialogue held on November 10, Ambassador Garcetti said that bilateral cooperation is growing in several domains. He also said that the two countries must advance their engagement on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AD), highlighting dangers that had been overlooked by both U.S. President Joseph Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at different events 
  • "We're doing everything we can to ensure, especially with two elections in both countries [India and the U.S.), that the Quad summit is scheduled," Mr. Garcetti said, also pointing to the Japanese Prime Minister's parliamentary obligations, and the Australian "I do think that there is a National Day that also falls fundamental logic to the on Republic Day. "We have made improvements, and these ideas will tant steps toward streng- stand the test of time. But there's no question that the conflict will give some pause to them," Mr. Garcetdi said in response to a question from The Hindu on the impact of repercussions from the Israel-Hamas conflict that has seen thousands killed in the past few weeks. The region is not capable. I would argue the world is not capable of dreaming of building something new when there's an ongoing war and that's just the reality of conflict," he said, speaking at a round table event organized by the Observer Research Foundation on 
  • Scheduling difficulties Asked about Mr. Biden's confirmation for the G-20 virtual summit as well as the White House response to the Republic Day and Quad invitations, Mr. Gar a "determination in the U.S. The President's availability had not been made yet. The G-20 summit on Thursday colncodes with the American Thanksgiving festival, while the January dates for Republic Day and the Quad could see other "scheduling difficulties' '. 
  • thening our major defense partnership, which continues to grow, increasing the acceleration that we have seen through initiatives like the roadmap U.S. India in industrial cooperation and defense," Mr. Gar certi said, briefing journalists, academics and analysts at the event about the 2+2 dialogue with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin visit In Delhi. He also said that while the two sides had made no concrete proposal, India and the US. should initiate a dialogue on Al
  • Asked about the problem of delays in granting US visas for Indians, Mr. Garcetti said that the U.S. was increasing its staff strength and hoped to open new consulates for Ahmedabad and Bengal Tu soon. 


38. In Uttarkashi, rescue teams manage N to install six-inch pipe to send food 

  • In a first major break through in nine days, agencies working round-the- clock to rescue the 41 workers trapped in an under-construction tunnel at Silkyara in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand on Monday managed to insert a six-inch pipe into the 53- meter-long debris. 
  • The new pipe will help in sending food items, medicines, other essential equipment, and communication equipment to the workers, said Anshu Man- sish Khalkho, Director of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), heading the construction. agency tunnel 
  • Till now, only a four-inch pipeline remained the life- line for the trapped workers. 
  • The placement of a second lifeline inside the tunnel came on a day when Arnold Dix, president of International Tunnelling Underground Space, reached the site to help the authorities in the rescue operations. He said the agencies working in Silkyara were doing a great job. 
  • District Magistrate, Uttarkashi, Abhishek Ruhela said the administration would send food materials to the trapped workers after consulting doctors. 
  • Govt. to bear expenses The Uttarakhand government Monday announced that it would bear all the expenses of the families of the trapped workers who are traveling from their native States to the OV tunnel collapse site. 
  • Chief Minister Pushkar ag Singh Dhami said the rescue operations were going on at a fast pace. He said Prime Minister Narendra liv Modi took stock of the situation over the phone. 
  • The first machine of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam for the In construction of a vertical rescue tunnel has reached 0 the site and operations are being commenced. 

Indian Polity

39. INDIA bloc's student outfits to protest against NEP 

  • Sixteen student organizations, most of them associated with various constituent parties of the Opposition INDIA bloc, will meet here on Tuesday at a joint convention to announce a series of protests against the Union government for demanding withdrawal of the National Education Policy (NEP). The jus agitations by the student outfits will culminate with Pu a march to the Parliament Jar on January 12, marking the the birth anniversary of Swami str Vivekananda, 
  • "Our slogan is Save Education, Reject NEP; Save India, Reject BJP," said C.V.M.P. Ezhilarasan, leader of the DMK's students Ch wing and MLA in Tamil Na the du Assembly. He said the united platform will mobilcal ise students against the his NEP at all educational institutions, particularly cam wa purses, 8.Supreme Court seeks medical records of Minister Senthil Balaji 
  • The Supreme Court on Monday sought the complete medical records of Tamil Nadu Minister V. Senthil Balaji, who has sought bail on health grounds in connection with the cash-for-job scam. 
  • The Minister is being investigated by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on money laundering charges. 
  • In August, the top court upheld a Madras High Court order allowing the ED to have police custody of him. 
  • Court's green signal In May, the court gave the green signal for initiation of proceedings by the ED. The judgment in May eventually led to the arrest of the Minister. 
  • Appearing before a Bench led by Justice Bela M. Trivedi, senior advocate T.N. Minister Senthilbalaji 
  • Mukul Rohatgi said Mr. Senthilbalaji had undergone a heart surgery and was suffering from multiple health issues, including the probability of a stroke. 
  • 'Old and chronic issues' Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the ED, said the issues raised were old and chronic. To this, Mr. Rohatgi said his client had the right to medical care and hospitalization. The court asked Mr. Senthilbalaji's lawyers to place on record his entire medical records and scheduled the case for November 28. 

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