Current Affairs Quiz: 11th November 2020

“National Education Day: 11th November.”

  • Today is the 12th National Education Day. It is observed annually in India on every November 11th.
  • It is celebrated in the honour of the country’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He served as the union minister in the time period between 1947 to 1958 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the prime minister.
  • National Education Day is celebrated to mark the contributions made by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the field of the education after India’s independence.
  • On 11th Sptember 2008, Ministery of Human Resource Development announced that November 11th will be recognised as National Education Day.
  • The National Education Day is celebrated in schools annually by spreading awareness about the importance of education. This is done by conducting interesting seminars, activities, working on projects, writing essays and more.

Source: India TV

“IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals to win fifth title.”

  • Mumbai Indians secured a fifth Indian Premier League title with a five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final.
  • Mumbai, the most successful team in IPL history, chased 157 with eight balls to spare as captain Rohit Sharma hit 68.
  • Rohit was caught at deep mid-wicket with 20 needed from 23 balls and, although Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya soon followed, Ishan Kishan’s unbeaten 33 off 19 balls took Mumbai to victory.
  • It follows their IPL wins in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and means they have won the world’s premier domestic Twenty20 competition at least twice more than any other team.
  • This year’s tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates without fans and delayed from the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: BBC

“Indian Oil Corp director A K Singh to head Petronet LNG.”

  • Indian Oil Corp (IOC) director-pipelines Akshay Kumar Singh will be the new managing director and chief executive of the country’s biggest gas importer, Petronet LNG Ltd.
  • He will replace Prabhat Singh who completed his 5-year term.
  • Petronet is a joint venture of IOC, GAIL, Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and BPCL. The four state-owned firms hold 12.5 per cent stake each in the company whose chairman is the Oil Secretary.
  • Petronet operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dahej in Gujarat and Kochi in Kerala.

Source: Dailyhunt          

“China successfully sends world’s first 6G communications test satellite into orbit from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.”

  • China has reportedly become the world’s first country to have successfully sent the 6G communications test satellite into the orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi Province.
  • As per the reports, the technology is expected to be over 100 times faster than 5G.
  • The 6G communications test satellite was launched into the orbit along with 12 other satellites.
  • The 13 satellites also included 10 from Argentina and it is said to be the 351st launch by the Long March rocket series.

Source: Zee News

“Nirmala Sitharaman attends 1st BRICS Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Meeting.”

  • Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the first BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the BRICS Russian Chairmanship.
  • As per an official release, the agenda of the meeting included discussions on the outcomes of the G20 Saudi Presidency in 2020, a digital platform to encourage infrastructure investments and expansion of the membership of the New Development Bank.
  • The Finance Minister observed that the G20, of which all BRICS countries are members, has delivered some very significant initiatives this year including the G20 Action Plan in response to Covid-19, which has provided broad guidance to navigate a collective global response to the crisis. Additionally, the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative ensured immediate support to address the liquidity needs of low-income countries.

Source: Dailyhunt                  

“Australia-India Water Centre inaugurated.”

  • The Australia-India Water Centre was inaugurated virtually on November 6, 2020 through a webinar in the view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Water Centre is an initiative led by IIT Guwahati, University of Western Sydney from Australia and 21 other partners from India and Australia.
  • A joint declaration issued after the virtual summit between the Prime Ministers of the two nations in June 2020, stated that water security is a critical challenge for both countries. Hence, both the leaders jointly agreed to deepen technical cooperation to improve water management and sustainable economic development.
  • Keeping this in view, several universities, research organisations and business partners from Australia and India committed to establish the Australia India Water Centre (AIWC).
  • An MoU was signed during the occasion, which attempted to establish an understanding of cooperation for the Australia India Water Centre (AIWC) between the parties.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Fifth Narrow Gauge locomotive on Kalka-Shimla route manufactured by Central Railway.”

  • In Maharashtra, the Central Railway workshop at Parel in Mumbai has manufactured a fifth Narrow Gauge locomotive which will chug between Kalka to Shimla route.
  • Our correspondent reports that it is the fifth locomotive which has been manufactured in this workshop for the Northern Railway in one of the most sought after hill stations in the country.
  • It is the fifth Narrow Gauge engine that has been manufactured by the Central Railway which will run between Kalka to Shimla, a UNESCO World Heritage Railway. A total of 12 locomotives will be produced by Central Railway.
  • All the locos are equipped with an ‘On demand cooling system’ to cool the engine as per the requirement. All locos have cabins on both ends and various safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Vigilance Control Device and Electronic Speedometer with recorder.

Source: News on Air

“New peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

  • On November 10, Russia brokered a new peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the two countries that have been in a military conflict for over six weeks over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus.
  • During the course of the conflict, considered one of the most serious in recent years, over 1200 have lost their lives as per the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities, while thousands have been displaced.
  • The deal, which is meant to end the conflict between the two nations, was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev and Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan. Since the conflict started in September, multiple ceasefire agreements have been signed between the two sides, but none so far have been successful.
  • As per the new peace deal, both sides will now maintain positions in the areas that they currently hold, which will mean a significant gain for Azerbaijan as it has reclaimed over 15-20 per cent of its lost territory during the recent conflict, the AFP reported.
  • Further, under this agreement, all military operations are suspended, Russian peacekeepers will be deployed along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor that connects the region to Armenia.

Source: Indian Express

“Online News Media, Including Social Sites, Now Under Government Control.”

  • The government has issued an order bringing online news portals and content providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar under the Information and Broadcasting ministry. The notification, signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, was issued.
  • The government regulations also apply to news on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Films, audio-visuals, and news and current affairs content on online platforms will come under the domain of the ministry.
  • The Press Council of India takes care of the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) monitors news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes care of films.

Source: NDTV

“Marathi film Karkhanisanchi Waari only Indian entry at Tokyo International Film Festival.”

  • When Mangesh Joshi wrapped up a tough shooting of his third feature film – a road movie about a big joint family in Pune – late last year, little did he know that the hiccups he faced in schedules would be nothing compared to what was in store in the year 2020.
  • Karkhanisanchi Waari (Ashes on a Road Trip), a satirical comment on the Indian joint family starring veteran Mohan Agashe, Court and Sir actor Geetanjali Kulkarni and Sacred Games star Amey Wagh, was set for post-production when the coronavirus pandemic paralysed life in the country.
  • Karkhanisanchi Waari, which had its world premiere at the ongoing 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival, had a photo finish to premiering the film at the Japanese capital.
  • The 149-minute film tells the story of the Karkhanis, the last joint family of Pune. After the family patriarch dies, his siblings and son undertake a road journey to Pandharpur to immerse his ashes in the holy Chandrabhaga river. The journey from Pune to Pandharpur is filled with comic incidents and moments as every kin eyes their share of the family fortune.

Source: Financial Express