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Current Affairs: November 2019

  1. The first-ever India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise titled ‘Dustlik-2019’ has started.
  2. The ‘Red Atlas Map’ is prepared by the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences to aid Tamil Nadu government in effective flood mitigation in Chennai.
  3. Madhuri Vijay has won the JCB Prize for Literature 2019 for her debut novel ‘The Far Field’.
  4. The documentary on Real Kashmir Football Club has bagged the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) and Scotland Awards 2019.
  5. During the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok, India has decided not to join the RCEP deal as negotiations failed to address New Delhi’s outstanding issues and concerns.
  6. The first-ever ‘BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave’ has been inaugurated at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
  7. The first-ever tri-services India-US amphibious exercise titled ‘Tiger TRIUMPH’ is being conducted.
  8. Nepal has formally protested over the inclusion of the disputed area of Kalapani on the fringes of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand as part of Indian Territory in the new political map of India.
  9. Legendary Bengali poet-novelist, Nabaneeta Dev Sen (81) has passed away in Kolkata on 7th of November. Besides a poet, novelist, columnist and writer of short stories and travelogues, Dev Sen was also known for her research on the Ramayana. She worked as a teacher at the Oxford University and the Colorado College in the US. She also taught Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University. She married Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen in 1958. They got divorced in 1976. She won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1999 for her book ‘Naba-Nita’, and was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2000.
  10. The bilateral naval exercise named ‘Samudra Shakti-2019’ has been conducted between the Indian and the Indonesian Navies.
  11. Kumar Mangalam Birla has been conferred the ABLF Global Asian Award.
  12. Former Chief Election Commissioner Tirunellai Narayanaiyer Seshan has passed away in Chennai on 10th of November 2019. He was known for cracking the whip on money and muscle power in elections, and proved to be a nemesis for political parties. His work as CEC got an international recognition when he was given the Ramon Magsaysay award for 1996. He was the only one to hold the post of CEC for 6 years from 1990 to 1996 in the last 50 years. He is known as the Father of EPIC.
  13. Brazil hosted 11th edition of BRICS summit 2019 in its capital Brasilia from 13th to 14th November under the theme ‘BRICS: Economic Growth for an Innovative Future’.
  14. The Gujarat Government has recently given its nod to the world’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) terminal at Bhavnagar with a proposed investment of ₹1,900 crore.
  15. Deepak Chahar has become the first Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. Earlier, in 2012, Ekta Bisht became the first Indian (Man/Woman) to take a hat-trick in T20Is.
  16. Wildlife biologist Dr. K Ullas Karanth has been conferred the George Schaller Lifetime Award in Wildlife Conservation Science.
  17. Pravind Jugnauth has been sworn-in as new Prime Minister of Mauritius.
  18. As per Article 356 (1) of the Constitution, President Ram Nath Kovind approved a proclamation imposing President’s Rule in Maharashtra.
  19. India’s first elephant memorial has been launched by India-based conservation charity Wildlife SOS in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
  20. Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has been named in the TIME 100 Next i.e., an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential persons in the world.
  21. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2020.
  22. India will host the 19th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) 2020 in New Delhi.
  23. Ravi Prakash, a PhD scholar of ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI- Bengaluru), has won the$25,000 BRICS-Young Innovator Prize for inventing an affordable indigenous milk chilling unit for smaller and marginal rural dairy farmers
  24. The Tobacco Board of India (Guntur) has been awarded the Golden Leaf Award at Tab Expo 2019 event in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  25. Gotabaya Rajapakasa, the controversial wartime defence secretary, has been sworn-in as 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka.
  26. The first-ever joint naval exercise titled ‘Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea)’ has started between Qatar & India in Doha.
  27. The Central Government has recently banned Meghalaya-based insurgent group Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for its increased activities of violence and other subversive acts.
  28. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s ‘Person of the Year for 2019’ for his animal advocacy efforts.
  29. First Hindi daily of Arunachal Pradesh titled ‘Arun Bhoomi’ has recently been launched.
  30. Renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has been chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2019.
  31. India defeated Bangladesh at Kolkata by an innings and 46 runs in their first ever day-night Test match and first match played with a SG pink ball manufactured by the SG (Sanspareils Greenlands) factory of New Delhi.
  32. Woman officer Sub Lt Shivangi is expected to become the first woman pilot of Indian Navy to join Navaloperations.
  33. The people of Bougainville have started casting vote in a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  34. The book ‘RN Kao: Gentle Spymaster’ has been authored by security expert Nitin A Gokhale.
  35. The Oxford Dictionaries has declared ‘climate emergency’ as its 2019 Word of the Year.
  36. The book ‘Finding the Gaps: Transferable Skills to Be the Best You Can Be’ has been authored by former Australian cricket umpire Simon Taufel.
  37. The Indian Navy will host multi-nation military drill ‘Milan 2020’ at Visakhapatnam in March 2020 & will witness the participation of 41 nations from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
  38. The Indian Railway Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM) has been set up in Hyderabad.
  39. Lokpal Chairman Justice (retired) Pinaki Chandra Ghose launched the new logo for the apex anti-corruption ombudsman. As per law, the logo symbolizes how Lokpal protects and cares for the people of India by establishing justice. It is designed by Prashant Mishra, a resident of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.
  40. Through PSLV-47 vehicle, ISRO has successfully launched the India’s latest earth observation remote sensing satellite Cartosat-3 into Sun Synchronous orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
  41. The Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports has constituted a 13-member expert committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Mukundakam Sharma, to review the Draft National Sports Code.
  42. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) has become the first Indian firm to hit Rs 10 lakh crore mark in market capitalization.
  43. The 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
  44. Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri has been chosen as the recipient of the 55th Jnanpith Award for the year 2019.
  45. Odisha has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with laureates of 2019 Nobel Prize in economics, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
  46. India’s 1st -ever multi-venue Mega science exhibition, ‘Vigyan Samagam 2019’, held at the iconic Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  47. The 5th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 held at at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal from Nov 5 – 8, 2019.
  48. Supreme Court (SC) gave its final judgment on the long-disputed Ayodhya case to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya site in Uttar Pradesh. It has also directed the center to allocate a separate land of 5 acres for the Sunni Waqf Board for building a Mosque. A 5-member SC constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi announced the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suitcase.
  49. Supreme Court(SC) announced office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) as a public authority under the transparency law, the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005.
  50. Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has refused to accept an environmental award 2019, saying that the climate campaign requires that, those in power start following ‘science’ rather than giving the award.
  51. ‘The City and the Sea’ Book by Raj Kamal Jha.
  52. ‘Half the Night is Gone’ Book by Amitav Bagchi.
  53. ‘There’s Gunpowder in the Air’ (Translated by Arunava Sinha) by Manoranjan Byapari.
  54. Green tea and white tea of Darjeeling got Geographical Indication (GI).
  55. Mihir Shah will head the 10 members committee to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP).
  56. Cyclone Bulbul, a name suggested by Pakistan, rose in the Bay of Bengal, hit the coast in the Sagar Islands of West Bengal, Bhadrak in Odisha and Khepupara in Bangladesh.
  57. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has officially changed its name to ‘World Athletics’.
  58. The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind’ book by Raghuram Rajan.
  59. Anjan Mitra (72), the ex-general secretary of Mohun Bagan died.

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