Current Affairs Quiz: 12th November 2020

“World Pneumonia Day 2020.”

  • Every year since 2009, World Pneumonia Day has been observed on 12 November.
  • In 2020, the theme for World Pneumonia Day is “Every Breath Counts”, a clarion call for global awareness and action against this respiratory infection which has claimed more lives than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pneumonia is an infection which occurs in either or both lungs and causes inflammation in the lungs as well as the respiratory tracts. Often, the lungs also fill up with mucus or other fluids, which makes respiration even more difficult.
  • Data suggests that pneumonia is the single biggest infectious disease that kills millions of children and adults every year.

Source: News 18   

“Indian Navy’s 5th Scorpene class submarine Vagir launched.”

  • Indian Navy’s fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir, having superior stealth features like the advanced acoustic absorption technique, was launched at the Mazagon Dock in Mumbai.
  • The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built as part of Indian Navy’s Project-75, which is aimed to enhance its capabilities.
  • The submarine will now undergo a series of a comprehensive and rigorous set of tests and trials for more than a year to ensure delivery of a fully combat worthy submarine, capable of operation in all modes and regimes of deployment.
  • Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India. Vagir is named after the Sand Fish, a deadly deep-sea predator of the Indian Ocean.
  • The third submarine of the P-75 is in the last phase of rigorous sea trials.

Source: India Today

“Kash Patel, Indian-American, named Chief of Staff to Acting US Defence Secretary.”

  • According to the news shared by Pentagon, Kash Patel, an Indian-American has been named Chief of Staff to the acting US Defence Secretary. He was named for the position by Acting US Defence Secretary, Chris Miller.
  • The new appointment of Kash Patel from the Pentagon has come a day after President Donald Trump fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper and appointed Chris Miller, National Counter-Terrorism Center Director, as the Acting United States Defence Secretary. Miller took over the responsibilities and functions of his new role on November 9, 2020.
  • Kash Patel has replaced Jen Stewart who resigned from his position. Acting Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence and Security Joseph Kernan and Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Dr. James Anderson has also submitted their letters of resignation.

Source: Jagran Josh           

“FM Sitharaman announces Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana to incentivise job creation.”

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced as many as 12 new measures under the new Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 stimulus package worth Rs 2.65 lakh crore to boost the Indian economy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • She initially began by speaking about the current state of the economy. Energy consumption grew 12 per cent year-on-year in October, the finance minister said adding that, bank credit growth is up 5.1 per cent and stock markets are at a record high.
  • The finance minister’s announcements came a day after the Cabinet approved the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for sectors including advance chemistry cell batteries, electronic and technology products, automobiles and auto components manufacturing, among others. The PLI scheme for these ten sectors will be operational for five years with a total estimated outlay of Rs 1.46 lakh crore.
  • Sitharaman informed that there are 12 announcements that she will make under Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0.
  • The total spending by the government towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 is going to be Rs 2.65 lakh crore. With this, the total spending by the government on stimulus measures for the COVID-19 pandemic stands around 16 lakh crore, while the total stimulus by the government and RBI works out to Rs 29.87 lakh crore, which is 15 per cent of India’s GDP.

Source: Indian Express

“China’s Chen Meng claims maiden World Cup title as action resumes.”

  • World number one Chen Meng beat Chinese compatriot Sun Yingsha 11-13 11-6 11-9 11-6 11-8 to win her maiden ITTF Women’s World Cup title in Weihai as international table tennis returned from eight month hiatus due to COVID-19.
  • Chen’s victory at the bio secure Weihai Nanhai Olympic Center made her the first winner of the ITTF’s #RESTART series and also took her tally of senior singles titles to 19.
  • Japan’s Mima Ito took the bronze medal after beating Han Ying of Germany in straight games.
  • Weihai will host a men’s World Cup tournament between Nov. 13-15 with 21 players.

Source: Times of India                

“Public Service Broadcasting Day being observed today.”

  • Public Service Broadcasting Day is being observed today. The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947.
  • The Father of the Nation addressed the displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.
  • A special programme is organized in the premises of All India Radio, New Delhi every year to mark the occasion.

Source: News on Air        

“IFSCA approves draft banking regulations at IFSC.”

  • International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) conducted a meeting on November 11 in New Delhi. The IFSC Authority approved the International Financial Services Centres Authority (Banking) Regulations, 2020 in the meeting.
  • The draft banking regulations approved at the meeting opens the way for making rules for the various aspects of banking operations that would be permissible at the IFSC. As banking plays an important role at IFSC, banking regulations will help it in reaching its desired potential.
  • The banking regulations will lay down the obligations for setting up IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) and the activities of IBUs that are permissible including credit insurance and sale, credit enhancement, engage in factoring and forfaiting of export receivables, purchase of portfolios, and undertake equipment leasing.
  • The banking regulations will permit the persons residing outside India (with net worth not less than USD 1 Million) to open foreign currency accounts in any freely convertible currency at IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) and for the persons residing in India (with net worth not less than USD 1 Million) to open foreign currency accounts in any freely convertible currency at IBUs.

Source: GK Today

“Operation Green Scheme: Centre announces 50 percent subsidy for air transportation of fruits, vegetables.”

  • The central government on November 11, 2020 announced a new scheme- Operation Green- under which a 50 percent subsidy will be provided to the Himalayan and North-Eastern states for air transportation of 41 notified fruits and vegetables to any place in the country.
  • Under the scheme, the airlines will provide direct air transport subsidy to the supplier, consignor, consignee or agent by charging only 50 percent of the actual contracted freight charges. The balance 50 percent will be claimed by the airlines as subsidy from the  Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
  • Under the Operation Greens scheme, the consignments of all notified fruits and vegetables irrespective of price and quantity will be eligible for the 50 percent freight subsidy.
  • Around 21 fruits and 20 vegetables will be eligible for the air subsidy.
  • The air transportation of these commodities is allowed from all airports in the northeastern states including in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim (Bagdogra) and Tripura and Himalayan states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Source: Jagran Josh 

“Maharashtra Governor releases former Minister Rajendra Darda’s book ‘Majhi Bhint.”

 

  • Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari released the book ‘Majhi Bhint’ (My Wall) authored by former Maharashtra Education Minister Rajendra Darda at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.
  • The book is a compilation of selected Facebook posts by Darda pertaining to a range of issues written over the last four years.
  • The Governor complimented Darda for writing a book in Marathi language, said that interspersing of the Marathi write-ups with Hindi couplets by Rajendra Darda has further enriched the book.
  • ‘Majhi Bhint’ by Rajendra Darda attempts to break down the invisible wall and connect to the readers.

Source: Times of India

“Bahrain’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa passes away at 84.”

  • Bahrain’s Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa, world’s longest-serving Prime Minister,has passed away. He was 84.
  • Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa reportedly passed away at Mayo Clinic hospital in the United States. He had left the kingdom in August for a ‘private visit abroad.’
  • Prince Khalifa had held the post of Prime Minister since Bahrain’s independence in 1971. The 84-year-old was a staunch ally of neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the United States.
  • He was also a dominant figure in the Gulf nation’s politics for much of his near half century in power.

Source: Jagran Josh