Daily Current Affairs and GK | 28,29 and 30 November 2021

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Topic: Reports and Indices

1. Bihar has highest proportion of the people, who are multidimensionally poor.

  • As per Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) prepared by NITI Aayog, Bihar has highest proportion of the multidimensionally poor people.
  • As per the index, 51.91% of Bihar’s population is multidimensionally poor. Bihar is followed by Jharkhand (42.16 %), Uttar Pradesh (37.79%), Madhya Pradesh (36.65%) and Meghalaya (32.67%).
  • The number of malnourished people is also highest in Bihar. In terms of number of malnourished people, Bihar is followed by Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.
  • Lowest percentage of multidimensionally poor population is found in Kerala (0.71%), Puducherry (1.72%), Lakshadweep (1.82%), Goa (3.76%) and Sikkim (3.82%).
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, Daman & Diu and Chandigarh are poorest Union Territories (UTs) in India.
  • Among the UTs, the proportion of poor is lowest in Puducherry at 1.72%. Puducherry is followed by Lakshadweep (1.82%), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (4.30%) and Delhi (4.79%).

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI):

MPI has three equally weighted dimensions – health, education, and standard of living.

The dimensions are represented by 12 indicators such as nutrition, school attendance, years of schooling, drinking water, sanitation, housing, bank accounts among others.

The baseline report of the national MPI is based on the reference period of 2015-16 of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS).

The MPI uses globally accepted methodology developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Topic: Important Days

2. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya addressed 12th Indian Organ Donation Day. 

  • Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya addressed 12th Indian Organ Donation Day.
  • National Organ Donation Day is celebrated every year on 27th November in India since 2010.
  • National Organ Donation Day aims to increase awareness among the people and to recognize the selfless efforts made towards mankind.
  • National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) organizes it. NOTTO comes under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • Only 0.65 organ donations per million population take place in India. There are only 3% registered organ donors in India.
  • Organ donation in India has increased from five thousand in 2013 to twelve thousand till now.

12th Indian Organ Donation Day

(Source: News on AIR)

 

 

Topic: National News

3. National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated 73rd anniversary of its raising day.

  • On 28 November, National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated 73rd anniversary of its raising day.
  • On the occasion, cadets took part in Marches, blood donation camps and social development programmes.
  • Director General NCC Lieutenant General Gurbirpal Singh said NCC has effectively contributed as Corona Warrior through various initiatives in Exercise-Yogdan.
  • National Cadet Corps (NCC) is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces.  It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Its Director General is Lt. Gen. Gurbirpal Singh. Its motto is unity and discipline. NCC Day is observed on fourth Sunday of November.

National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated 73rd anniversary

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: State News/Jammu and Kashmir

4. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship launches pilot project to revive and catalyze the traditional Namda Craft.

  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has launched pilot project to revive and catalyze the traditional Namda Craft.
  • The Ministry has also launched a pilot project to upskill the Artisans and weavers of Kashmir.
  • Revival of Namda craft of Kashmir is a special pilot project under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0. Its objective is to boost and preserve Namda craft of Kashmir.
  • Upskilling of artisans and weavers of Kashmir is a project under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a component of PMKVY.
  • Its objective is to upskill the local weavers and artisans to enhance their productivity through RPL assessment and certification.
  • Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar has launched these projects.

Namda craft:

It is a rug (thick cloth) made of sheep wool through felting technique instead of normal weaving process.

It originated in 11th century when Akbar needed a covering for his ill horse.

Namda artisans are found in Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. It is mainly practiced by Pinjara and Mansuri communities.  

pilot project to revive and catalyze the traditional Namda Craft

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: National News

5. “Hunar Haat” organized by the Ministry of Minority Affairs receives India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2021 Silver Medal.

  • “Hunar Haat” organized by Ministry of Minority Affairs received IITF, 2021 Silver Medal for strengthening commitment to “Vocal for Local” and its strong presence at Trade Fair.
  • More than 550 artisans and craftsmen from over 30 States/Union Territories took part in 33rd “Hunar Haat”, organised at IITF at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 14th to 27th November 2021.
  • With 300 stalls, this was largest participation by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs in IITF this year.
  • Canara Bank had set up a stall in the “Hunar Haat” to provide easy loans to artisans and craftsmen
  • The next "Hunar Haat" will be organised at Surat (11 to 20 December) and at JLN Stadium, New Delhi (22 December 2021 to 2 January 2022).

hunar haat received IITF 2021 Silver Medal

(News on AIR)

Topic: International News

6. Vladimir Putin to visit India on 6th December.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit India on 6th December for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit with PM Modi.
  • This will be first face to face meeting between President Putin and PM Modi after their meeting at the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Brasilia in November 2019.
  • Last India-Russia annual summit was held in September 2019 during visit of PM Modi to Vladivostok in Russia.
  • Annual summit could not be held in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • First India-Russia 22 Dialogue will be held in New Delhi on 6th December.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar will represent the Indian side in the Dialogue.
  • The establishment of the new mechanism of 22 Dialogue will further strengthen strategic partnership between the two countries.

Russia:

Russia is an intercontinental country located in Eastern Europe and North Asia.

Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of area, with a total area of about 17 million square kilometers.

The capital of Russia is Moscow and the currency is the Russian ruble.

President: Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister: Mikhail Mishustin

Vladimir Putin to visit India on 6th December

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: State News/ Madhya Pradesh

7. ‘Kranti Surya Gaurav Kalash Yatra’ launched by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

  • ‘Kranti Surya Gaurav Kalash Yatra’ has been launched by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 27 November.
  • ‘Kranti Surya Gaurav Kalash Yatra’ has been launched from the birthplace of freedom fighter Jannayak Tantya Mama, Barod Ahir village of tahsil Pandhana in Khandwa district.
  • The holy soil of Tantya Mama’a birthplace will be filled in the Kalash and this Kalash will then pass through various tribal areas of Malwa and Nimar region.
  • Madhya Pradesh cabinet has given approval to creation of Cyber Tehsils in the State. MP will be the first state to create Cyber Tehsil.
  • Cyber Tehsil will make the mutation process easy. People from anywhere in the state can avail of its benefit.
  • Earlier, Madhya Pradesh cabinet had decided to start Urja Saksharta Abhiyan to raise public awareness about energy conservation. 

Kranti Surya Gaurav Kalash Yatra

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Miscellaneous

8. 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) concluded in Goa.

  • 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was concluded in Goa on 28 November.
  • In the World Panorama segment, movies such as Tailor, Asterrarium, The Seed, Celts, Fathers and Book of Delights were screened on the last day (28 November).
  • This year's Lifetime Award-winning Director Istvan Szabo's movies Colonel Red, Father and Mephisto screened on last day.
  • In the Special Tribute section to legendary Actor Sean Connery, his Classic movies such as From Russia with Love and You only live twice were screened on last day. The festival closed with Asghar Farhadi's film A Hero.
  • For the first time the BRICS film festival was hosted, OTT platforms participated and 75 creative young minds of cinema were felicitated at 52nd IFFI.
  • The movie ring wandering by director masakazu kanyeko won the Golden peacock for the best film.
  • The silver peacock for the best actor male went to Jitendra Joshi for the film Godavari.
  • The silver peacock for the best actor female went to Angela Molina from Paraguay.
  • The Special Jury award went to actor Renata carvalho from Brazil for the film the first fallen and to the film Godavari. The Special jury mention went to Roman Vasyanov for the film the dorm.

52nd International Film Festival of India

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Personality in News

9. Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Assamese poet Sananta Tanty passes away at the age of 69.

  • Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Assamese poet Sananta Tanty passed away at the age of 69.
  • Tanty won Sahitya Akademi award in 2018 for 'Kailoir Dinto Amar Hobo' (Tomorrow Will Be Ours). It is a collection of his poems in Assamese.
  • In 2017, he received Assam Valley Literary Award from Williamson Magor Education Trust, Assam.
  • In 2020, he received Meghraj Karmakar Sahitya Award by Assam Tea Community Sahitya Sabha, Assam.

Topic: Defence

10. India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka conducted ‘Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) Focused Operation’.

  • The first 'Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) Focused Operation' was conducted amongst the lead Maritime Security Agencies of India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka on November 27 and 28, 2021.
  • Indian Navy (IN), Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), and Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) ships and aircraft have participated and operated over a large region in the three nations' Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the Southern Arabian Sea.
  • On the 14th and 15th of July 2021, a trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) involving IN, MNDF, and SLN was also carried out this year.
  • The three countries attended the Colombo Security Conclave's 5th Deputy National Security Advisors (NSA) – level conference on August 4, 2021.
  • The aim of the 'CSC Focused Operation' is to keep this crucial section of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping, international trade, and lawful maritime activities.

Colombo Security Conclave

(Source: PIB)

Topic: Appointment

11. CBIC appointed IRS officer Vivek Johri as a chairman.

  • Vivek Johri, an Indian Revenue Service officer from the 1985 batch, has been appointed as the chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).
  • Johri is currently serving on the board of CBIC as a member.
  • He will succeed M Ajit Kumar, who is completing his term on November 30.

Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC):

It was established on 1 January 1964. It is headquartered in New Delhi.  It is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance.

After GST, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been renamed as Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs as per legislative approval.

It formulates and implements policies for Central GST, Central Excise Duty and Custom/Import Duty. It also deals with Narcotics in India.

Topic: National News

12. The 7th IISF 2021 will be held in Panaji from the 10 to 13, December.

  • From the 10th to the 13th of December, the 7th India International Science Festival (IISF) 2021 will be conducted in Panaji, Goa.
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences, in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Department of Space, and the Government of Goa, will organize the four-day festival.
  • More than 100 scientists from different fields will take part and 740 science films from 70 countries will be screened.
  • The theme of the festival will be based on Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with the motto of celebration of science and its promotion by all.
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for Science and Technology, inaugurated the Festival's curtain-raiser programme in New Delhi.
  • During the ceremony, Union Minister Dr. Singh also launched a book titled "Struggle for Swatantrata through Science."
  • India International Science Festival (IISF) was launched in 2015 in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) to engage the public with science and celebrate the joy of science.

Topic: State News/ Nagaland

13. 9th edition of ITM for North East concluded in Kohima.

  • The 9th edition of the International Tourism Mart (ITM) for the Northeast Region was conducted from 27 to 29 November in Kohima, Nagaland.
  • Union Minister of State for Tourism and Defence Ajay Bhatt and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, MLA & Tourism Advisor H Khehovi Yeputhomi had jointly inaugurated the three-day event. 
  • During the ceremony, the MoS also mentioned that 16 projects in the North-East have been sanctioned under the 'Swadesh Darshan' scheme.
  • The coffee-table book on Nagaland was launched on the occasion by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Minister of State Ajay Bhatt.
  • International Tourist Mart (ITM) is an annual event held in the North East area by the Ministry of Tourism since 2013 with the aim of promoting the region's tourism potential and positioning it as an attractive destination in both domestic and international markets.

Nagaland:

It is a mountainous state in northeast India. It was formed as a separate state in 1963.

It shares its border with Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar.

Chief Minister of state is Neiphiu Rio. Governor of state is Prof. Jagdish Mukhi.

9th edition of ITM for North East

(Source: News on Air)

Topic: National News

14. PM Modi thanked the people of Kongthong, Meghalaya, for composing a special song in his honor.

  • Prime Minister Modi thanked the people of Kongthong in Meghalaya for composing a unique song in his honour and in appreciation of the government's efforts to promote the village as a top tourist destination.
  • He also appreciated the recent cherry blossom festival in Meghalaya.
  • Shillong's famous Cherry Blossom Festival was celebrated this year after being cancelled last year due to the Covid pandemic.
  • The annual Cherry Blossom Festival was celebrated in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, from November 25 to 27 November.
  • The Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 was inaugurated at Wards Lake in Shillong by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan, to India.
  • It is celebrated by the local people as to mark the beginning of India’s version of autumn. Cherry blossom is a flower of many trees of genus Prunus.

PM Modi thanked the people of Kongthong, Meghalaya

(News on Air)

Topic: Sports:

15. Ramkumar Ramanathan has won his maiden singles title on the ATP Challenger Tour.

  • After 12 years of turning as a pro, Indian tennis star Ramkumar Ramanathan won his first Challenger level singles title.
  • In the final of the ATP 80 Manama event in Manama, Bahrain, he defeated Evgeny Karlovskiy.
  • Ramkumar, who had previously lost six Challenger finals in his career, defeated his Russian opponent 6-1 6-4.
  • Ramkumar has returned to the top-200 after earning 80 ranking points, making him the highest-ranked Indian on the ATP singles ranking table.

ATP Challenger Tour:

The ATP Challenger Tour is an international men's professional tennis tournament series, formerly known as the ATP Challenger Series until the end of 2008.

In 1978, the first challenger event was organised.

Topic: International News

16. PM Modi congratulates Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Fiala on his appointment.

  • Petr Fiala has been appointed Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated him.
  • President Milos Zeman swore him in as the new Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Fiala has succeeded Andrej Babis.
  • Czech Republic, formerly known as Bohemia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe.
  • It is bordered on the south by Austria, on the west by Germany, on the northeast by Poland, and on the east by Slovakia.
  • Its President is Miloš Zeman. Its capital is Prague. Its currency is Czech koruna.
 

 

 

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