Daily Current Affairs – November 16, 2019
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November 16- International Tolerance Day
- On December 12, 1996, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 51/95, which invited UN member states to observe the International Day for Tolerance on November 16 each year. The resolution came about after and a follow-up to the United Nations Year for Tolerance, which took place in 1995, after being proclaimed in December 1993.The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.
Bangladesh tops business bribery risk in South Asia
- Bangladesh has the highest business bribery risk among South Asian courtiers, according to the Trace Bribery Matrix which releases annual ranking for 200 countries. The Matrix evaluates countries under four parameters which are business interaction with the government, anti-bribery deterrence, transparency and civil society oversight.Bangladesh has been placed at 178 position among 200 countries in terms of business bribery risk. It has been on the high risk country list of Trace Bribery Matrix since 2014 when the first matrix was released.
Dhaka International Folk Festival Inaugurated
- The 5th edition of the Dhaka International Folk Festival was inaugurated by the Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr Hasan Mahmud at a grand ceremony at Bangladesh Army Stadium. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen was present as chief guest in the opening ceremony.More than 200 artistes from 6 countries are be performing in the largest folk festival of Asia.
National Press Day
- Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has extended his greetings to the media fraternity on the occasion of National Press Day.Press freedom is the essence of a vibrant democracy and this government is ensuring full freedom to the press.
- Javadekar said, media can criticise but should guard against ‘fake news’ and desist from disinformation and misinformation. He said, there is ethic for every freedom. He said, freedom of media was trampled upon by the Congress during an emergency.
National Tribal Festival
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate the National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” in New Delhi.
- The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav being held at Dilli Haat in INA, is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.The tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East will be the main attractions.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR
National Mission ‘NISHTHA’ launched in J&K
- National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with its formal inauguration by Commissioner Secretary, School Education Department, Sarita Chauhan.The event was attended by around 300 teachers, Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and Chief Education Officers, DIET Principals and Educational Administrators.
SUMMITS & CONFERENCES
Conference of Directors of IITS, NITS and IIEST
- Rashtrapati Bhavan will host a conference of the Directors of IITs, NITs and IIEST, Shibpur on November 19, 2019. This Conference is part of regular interactions of the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, with such institutions in his capacity as visitor to 152 Central Universities and institutions of higher learning.
- The agenda items of the conference will include – deliberations on challenges / opportunities along broad parameters on which NIRF rankings are based; participation and contribution of alumni in activities of the institutes; steps to increase representation of women in faculty and student intake; ways to involve students in nation building; promotion of research, innovation and entrepreneurship; filling up of vacancies, including faculty from foreign universities; and review of major infrastructure projects.
International Conference of Global Mothers-2019
- The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ has been the guiding light for the Indian family system since time immemorial and our ethos and socio-cultural fabric are woven around this perceptive phrase.
- Inaugurating the International Conference of Global Mothers-2019, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam –Family System and Role of Mother”, in New Delhi , the Vice President expressed happiness over the theme of the Conference saying that the conference is a celebration of motherhood.“The entire world is indebted to mothers and this is the reason that in all religions and in all parts of the world mothers hold a special position of relevance and reverence”, he added.
8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics
- The 8thInternational Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi from 18th to 21st November 2019. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra DG ICAR & Secretary DARE informed that the conference will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Guest will be Bill Gates.
- The conferencewill be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, ISI-CAS, FAO, the USDA, ADB, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eurostat, AfDB and various other organizations. The theme of this year’s ICAS is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
Regional Conference on “Replication of Good Governance Practices in Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh”
- A two-day Regional Conference on the theme: “Replication of Good Governance Practices in Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh” began in JammuThe Conference is organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on November was inaugurated by Minister of State for PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh along with Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, G. C. Murmu.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Tsunami warning after 7.4 magnitude quake hits near Malaku islands in Indonesia
- A massive earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit the northwest of the Malaku islands in Indonesia. The earthquake was measured at 62km deep in the sea. The powerful quake has also triggered a tsunami warning in the region. Indonesia is situated on the ‘Ring of Fire an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean which is vulnerable to frequent earthquake and volcanic eruptions.
Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ caused extensive damage: Inter-ministerial central team
- An inter-ministerial central team has said, cyclone ‘Bulbul’ caused extensive damage to agriculture and other installations in coastal districts of Odisha.The seven-member team, led by Saheli Ghosh Roy, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, conducted a two-day on-the-spot damage assessment in four of the six affected districts in the state. Ms Ghosh Roy said, paddy cultivation has been completely destroyed and infrastructure like transmission lines also damaged in coastal areas.
APP & WEB PORTAL
Digital version of Gurbani released by I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar
- Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that All India Radio is a most reliable medium of communication.
- Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the new state of the art Auditorium of All India Radio, Rang Bhavan in New Delhi, the Minister said, the All India Radio has a very wide reach.On this occasion, Digital Version of Gurbani and Shabad Kirtan from Prasar Bharti’s archives was also launched.
Indore Test: India declared at 493 for 6 in first innings
- In cricket, Team India declared at 493 for 6 in their first innings against Bangladesh today in the first Test match at Indore.India has a lead of 343 runs. An electric double ton by Mayank Agrawal put India in commanding position at the end of the second day.
Fit India movement must become a citizen’s movement: Kiren Rijiju
- Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today said Fit India movement must become a citizen’s movement. Giving the keynote address in Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of the States and UTs for Youth Affairs and Sports in New Delhi.Mr Rijiju said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all Ministries that Fit India must be a part of their action. He added that Fit India is a way of life and it should be encouraged in such a manner that each state competes with the others on which is the fittest state in India.
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