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Topic: Important Days

1. World Television Day: 21 November

  • World Television Day is observed every year on 21 November.
  • The United Nations General Assembly had declared November 21 as World Television Day in 1996.
  • On November 21 and 22 in 1996, the United Nations held the first World Television Forum.
  • It is observed to mark the anniversary of the first World Television Forum. It is celebrated to highlight the value of television in globalization and communication.
  • Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the first electronic television in 1927.
  • The first Colour TV was introduced in the market in 1954. In India, the first TV channel was introduced in 1959 by Doordarshan.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

2. President Kovind presented Swachh Survekshan 2021 awards at Swachh Amrit Mahotsav.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented Swachh Survekshan 2021 awards at Swachh Amrit Mahotsav in New Delhi.
  • Indore has been awarded as India's Cleanest City for 5th time in a row.
  • Surat and Vijaywada received the second and third Best Clean City awards. Varanasi has been selected as the Cleanest Ganga Town.
  • Chhattisgarh was given the Cleanest State award. Jharkhand gets the second Best Clean State award.
  • President Kovind appreciated the ‘Safai Mitra Suraksha Challenge' initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • The government has created more than three thousand 300 ODF Plus cities. Municipal Solid Waste processing has increased almost four-fold time since 2014.
  • Prime Minister had launched Swachh Bharat Mission - Urban 2.0 for making all cities waste-free by 2026.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Swachh Bharat Mission on 15th August 2014.

Swachh Survekshan 2021 awards at Swachh Amrit Mahotsav

(Source: News on AIR)

 

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

3. Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin completed its five years.

  • Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin has completed its five-year on 20th November 2021.
  • PMAY-G was launched on 20th November 2016. It aims to complete 2.95 crore PMAY-G houses with all basic amenities by 2022.
  • Around 7,775 crore rupees have been allocated to the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin for the Financial Year 2021-22.
  • Apart from building houses for the eligible beneficiaries, PMAY-G also addresses the basic needs of households through convergence with other government schemes.
  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), 92% target of completion has been achieved in the 1st phase of the scheme i.e. from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Topic: Important Days

4. World Fisheries Day: 21 November

  • Worldwide every year 21 November is observed as World Fisheries Day by the fisherfolk communities from 1997.
  • It is dedicated to raise the importance of healthy ocean ecosystems and ensure sustainable fisheries across the world.
  • The World Fisheries consortium was established in 1997. This forum is famously known as WFF (World Fisheries Forum).
  • World Fisheries Day was first celebrated on 21 November 2015.
  • SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development

Fisheries Sector in India:

The government of India has also launched the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) to promote Fisheries Sector in India.

This sector provides employment to about 28 million in India.

India ranks 4th in global exports of fish products.

Topic: State News/Manipur

5. Foundation stone of Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum in Manipur laid by HM Amit Shah.

  • Foundation stone of Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum in Manipur has been laid by Home Minister Amit Shah via video conferencing.
  • Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum will be set up at Luangkao village in Manipur's Tamenglong district.
  • Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has sanctioned the project at an estimated cost of 15 crore rupees.
  • Luangkao Village in Tamenglong District is the birthplace of renowned freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu.
  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav week starting on 15th November. 15th November was launched by PM Modi as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas.

Rani Gaidinliu was associated with the Heraka movement. She was arrested in 1932 at the age of 16 and sentenced to life imprisonment. Jawaharlal Nehru gave her title of Rani. 

Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Defence

6. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned indigenously developed missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned the indigenously developed missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam into Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on November 21, 2021.
  • INS Visakhapatnam is the first stealth-guided missile destroyer ship of Project 15B.
  • It has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai.
  • It is 163m in length, 17m in breadth with a displacement of 7,400 tonnes. It can be regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India.
  • It is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines. It is capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.
  • It is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions. It is named after the historic city of Visakhapatnam.

commissioned indigenously developed missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Important Days

7. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed every third Sunday in November each year.
  • This year, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was observed on 21 November.
  • It was started in 1993 by RoadPeace, a charity for road crash victims in the UK.
  • In 2005, United Nations endorsed it as a global day of acknowledgement for victims of road traffic injuries and their families.
  • As per World Health Organization (WHO), theme for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is “Remember. Support. Act.”
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2021 places the spotlight on the reduction of traffic speeds.
  • South Africa’s Road Traffic Infringement Agency celebrated World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2021 with the theme “act for low speeds on our roads/ act for low speed streets”.
  • The decade 2021-2030 has been proclaimed by UN General Assembly as Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Topic: Books and Authors

8. Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani writes her first novel titled ‘Lal Salaam’.

  • Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani has written her first novel titled ‘Lal Salaam’.
  • The novel will be published on November 29. It is inspired by killings of 76 CRPF personnel in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh in April 2010.
  • It is a tribute to exceptional persons who have given service in confronting the challenges in the red corridor. It is the story of a young officer, Vikram Pratap Singh.

Topic: State news/Uttar Pradesh

9. Ganga Expressway project in Uttar Pradesh has received environmental approval.

  • The Uttar Pradesh Government's ambitious Ganga Expressway project, which connects Meerut and Prayagraj districts, has received environmental approval.
  • Projects covered under a 2006 notification by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change are required to obtain environmental clearance before commencing work under the project.
  • The approval has paved the way for the construction of the country's longest expressway, of which more than 90 percent of the land acquisition has been completed.
  • The 594-kilometer Ganga Expressway project has already begun the tender process. The project's estimated cost is 36,230 crore rupees.
  • The expressway will start from Meerut-Bulandshahr highway at Bijauli in Meerut district and end at Prayagraj bypass near Judapur Dandu village in Prayagraj district.

Ganga Expressway

(Source: News on Air)

Topic: State news/Manipur

10. Ministry of Textiles Piyush Goyal announced the setting up of a handloom village in Moirang, Manipur.

  • The Ministry of Textiles has decided to establish a Handloom Village at Moirang, Manipur, according to Union Minister of Textiles Piyush Goyal.
  • In the inaugural ceremony of the Thematic Exhibition of Crafts and distribution of Pehchan Cards in Imphal, the Union Minister who arrived for a two-day visit to the State announced the establishment of a Handloom Village.
  • Shri Piyush Goyal, speaking at the event, stated that India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate the 75th year of Independence.
  • The city of Moirang in Manipur is significant in the history of India's freedom movement since it was here that the Netaji Subhas Chandra-led Indian National Army (INA) flew the tricolour flag during the Second World War's Imphal Campaign.
  • During the opening ceremony, he stated that an INA Museum is located in Moirang, and tourists from all over the world visit the museum.

handloom village in Moirang, Manipur

(Source: News on Air)

Topic: State news/Andhra Pradesh

11. Vijayawada ranked third cleanest city in the country, according to Swachh Survekshan 2021.

  • In the Swachh Survekshan 2021, Vijayawada has ranked third place as the cleanest city in the country and has also received the tag of "Garbage Free City" with a five-star rating.
  • Vijayawada is the only city in Andhra Pradesh to have got a five star rating.
  • Vijayawada has been also listed in the "Water Plus Cities" category. It has also received the Gold category's "Prerak Dauur Samman Award."
  • Vijayawada has risen from sixth place in 2020 to third place this year.

Swachh Survekshan 2021

(Source: News on Air)

Topic: State News/ Assam

12. On World Children's Day, the Assam Police Department ran a campaign "'Goes Blue".

  • On World Children's Day 2021, the Assam Police Headquarters and Guwahati Police Commissionerate have run a campaign name 'Goes Blue,' reaffirming their commitment to protecting children's rights.
  • Every year 20 November is celebrated as World Children's Day. UNICEF, the UN Agency that deals with Child Rights globally, started the ‘Go Blue’ campaign.
  • The Blue colour has been used to illuminate iconic landmarks around the world, indicating solidarity with the protection of children's rights around the world.
  • The Assam Police Department's Sishu Mitra Program is one of India's largest child-friendly policing initiatives, which began in 2019.
  • The Assam Police, UNICEF, and UTSAH Child Rights Organization jointly run this program.
  • On World Children's Day, the Assam Police Headquarters, Guwahati Police Commissioner's Office, and four police stations, Azara, Bashishtha, Pan Bazar, and Jalukbari (New), all had turned Blue colour.
 

 

 

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