Current Affairs | National | International | SSC | UPSC - 29th November 2023


National News 

1. Viksit Bharat sankalp yatra started in Maharashtra

  • The Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign (Vikait Bharat Sankalp Yatra) started in many urban centers within municipal corporation areas of the state. 
  • In cities like Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Chatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, solapur and Nashik municipal corporation the IEC vans have been flagged off. 
  • Deputy CM Ajit Pawar flagged off one IEC van from mantralayam from Mumbai. IEC vans are flagged off in many cities by respective cm, deputy CM, commissioner etc for spreading awareness about welfare schemes. 

Note- About Maharashtra 

  • Chief minister: Eknath Shinde 
  • Capital: Mumbai 
  • Governor: Ramesh Bais 

2. Kashi Tamil Sangamam is scheduled to be launched in December 2023

  • By the launching of the registration portal by IIT Madras, all is set for kashi tamil sangamam phase 2 on 27th of November 2023. 
  • Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ s second edition is going to be held from 17 th December to 30th December 2023.By taking inspiration from the first edition, this edition also wants to rejuvenate the bonds between the Tamil and Varanasi culture, these are considered as the two important focus points of the learning and culture in ancient India. 
  • It is said that around 1400 participants from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will travel by train to Varanasi for an 8 day immersive tour. They will be divided into 7 groups of 200 each comprising students, teachers, professors, artisans, farmers, religious writers etc. 

3. India’s first telecom center of excellence is going to be set up in Uttar Pradesh

  • India is going to have its first Telecom Centre of Excellence in Uttar Pradesh, located at the IIT Roorkee campus in Saharanpur. 
  • The main aim of this center is to find out how to connect artificial intelligence with 5G and make it easy to bring in 6G in India. This project, which will cost ₹30 crores, wants to boost new ideas and provide job opportunities for young people in Uttar Pradesh. 
  • The Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath will officially start this project by laying the foundation stone on December 5. 

International News 

4. ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation Forum’s 4th edition launched in Langkawi, Malaysia 

  • 10 ASEAN members and 200 participants with India participated at 4th edition of annual ASEAN India Grassroots Innovation forum launched in Langkawi, Malaysia on 28th November. 
  • Minister of science, technology and innovation Mr YB Chang Li kang launched the AIGIF 2023. He noticed that year by year AIGIF serve as a dynamic stage for promoting innovations. 
  • He also asked other countries to continue promoting innovations as tomorrow is better than today for everyone. Professor Abhay Karandikar, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, said that “Innovators are the hope of the world”. 

5. 54th International film festival of India held in Goa between 20th November to 28th November 2023. 

  • The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) wrapped up in Goa. The closing ceremony took place at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Bambolim, Goa. 
  • Many movie stars and important people attended the closing ceremony. The final closing film of this year’s IFFI was ‘Featherweight ‘, directed by Robert Kolodny from the United States. 
  • Michael Douglas, veteran Hollywood actor and producer honored with the satyajit ray lifetime achievement award. 

Some awards and honors given to several films and directors or web series are given below: 

  • Best film or golden peacock award- ‘Endless Border’ directed by Abbas Amini. 
  • Best director award- Stephan Komandarev for the film ‘Blaga’s Lessons’. 
  • Best actor(male)-Pouria Rahimi Sam for the film ‘Endless Borders’ 
  • Best actor(female)- Melanie Thiery for the film ‘Party of Fools’ 
  • Best webseries award (OTT) – Panchayat season2 
  • The Special Jury or Silver Peacock Award- ‘Kantara’, directed by Rishab Shetty. 

Banking and Finance 

6. Odisha Government launched scheme AMA BANK to promote banking services to panchayat level 

  • On 27 of November, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik introduced ‘Ama Bank’ in Bhubaneswar. This bank aims to offer banking services in all the villages that don’t have a single bank. 
  • The plan will achieve its aim gradually, covering all 4,373 such villages by the end of this financial year. The state government will provide free space for the bank for five years, and there’s a budget of Rs 500 crore for this project.
  • ‘Ama Bank’ is like a small, cost-effective bank branch that falls between a business correspondent and a tiny bank branch, offering many beneficiary services. 

Awards and Recognition 

7. NTPC Bongaigaon received two awards at the Greentech environment award 2023. 

  • NTPC Bongaigaon received the Environment Protection trophy at the 22nd Annual Greentech Environment Awards 2023 and the Rural Development trophy at the 10th Annual Greentech CSR India Awards. 
  • Akonthung Nguli, AGM (EMG Civil) at NTPC received the award at a ceremony in Sonamarg and Jammu and Kashmir. 
  • These awards acknowledge NTPC’s efforts in adopting eco-friendly practices that benefit the environment and society in the long run. 
  • This award is the sign of commitment towards social responsibility and positive effect on communities. 

Defence News

8. Defence ministry contracted with BHEL of Rs. 2956 cr to get 16 super rapid gun tanks for the navy

  • Defense ministry has recently contracted with Bharat heavy electricals limited (BHEL) to get 16 upgraded rapid gun mount and equipment for Indian Navy. It is a medium caliber anti missile and anti aircraft defense weapon system which would help in sustained rate of high accuracy and fire. 
  • These guns and equipment are installed in Indian Navy’s newly built ships. It is announced that these guns and equipment will be manufactured by BHEL at haridwar plant. 
  • These weapon systems are proven to tackle multiple threat scenarios and a good performance against missiles and attack crafts. 

9. The crest of the yard 12706(Imphal) unveiled by the defense ministry in Imphal

  • The crest of the yard 12706 in Imphal unveiled by the defense minister Rajnath Singh in the presence of Imphal CM Shri N Biren Singh on 28 November 2023 in New Delhi. 
  • The design of the crest depicts the kangla sha on right and kangla on the left. Kangla is the important historical site of Manipur and considered as the traditional sign of the before kingdoms existing at that time. 

The ship possess many indigenous content of about 75% that are as follows: 

  • Medium range surface to air missiles 
  • BrahMos surface to surface missiles 
  • 75mm super rapid gun mount 
  • Torpedo tube launchers 

Important days 

10. 29th November–International Day Of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 

  • The United Nations decided that every year on November 29, we should celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People. This was decided in 1977 by the General Assembly and it means we show support and unity with the Palestinian People on this day. 
  • In 1947, the Assembly decided to split Palestine. They also suggested celebrating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, encouraging countries to support and promote this day. 
  • The UN organized an exhibit to remember the Palestinian Nakba, a painful event from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

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