Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 30.11.2019

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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 30.11.2019

1. Malayalam poet Akkitham wins 55th Jnanpith award

  • Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced.
  • Born in 1926, Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, popularly known as Akkitham is one of the most revered names in Malayalam poetry.
  • Apart from poetry, his literary excellence has footprints in genres like drama, reminiscence, critical essays, children literature, short stories and translation
  • Akkitham has authored 55 books out of which 45 are collections of poems including “Khanda Kavyas”, “Katha Kavyas”, “Charitha Kavyas” and songs.
  • A Padma Shri awardee, he has won several literary accolades including the Sahitya Akademi Award (1973), Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1972 and 1988), Mathrubhumi Award, Vayalar Award, and Kabir Samman.

    About Jnanpith award:

    • Awarded for: Literary award in India
    • Sponsored by: Bharatiya Jnanpith
    • Reward: 11 lakh (equivalent to ₹12 lakh or US$18,000 in 2018)
    • First awarded: 1965
    • First winner: G. Sankara Kurup
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award? Akkitham
    2. Akkitham, who recently won 55th Jnanpith award, is the eminent poet of which regional language? Malayalam

2. Ben Stokes, Dina Asher-Smith win top SJA British Sports awards

  • England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes and 200m World Champion Dina Asher-Smith were voted as sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJA) British Sports Awards.
  • While Stokes secured more votes than six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, Smith received more votes than a fellow athlete and Heptathlon World Champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

    Full list of winners:

    • Sportsman of the Year: Ben Stokes (cricket)
    • Sportswoman of the Year: Dina Asher-Smith (athletics)
    • Team of the Year: England men’s cricket
    • JL Manning Award for Services Off the Field of Play: Tracey Neville MBE (netball)
    • SJA Bill McGowran Trophy for Achievement in Para Sport: Aled Davies MBE (para athletics) and Alice Tai MBE (para swimming)
    • SJA Chairman’s Award: Ellen White (football)
    • SJA Committee Award: John Gosden OBE (horse racing)
    • SJA Pat Besford Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year: Katarina Johnson-Thompson (athletics)
    • SJA Peter Wilson Trophy for International Newcomer: Jofra Archer (cricket)
    • SJA President’s Award: John Blackie (athletics)
    • World Sport Achievement Award for an Outstanding Achievement Competing Internationally: Josh Warrington (boxing)
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been named sportswoman of the year at the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJA) British Sports Awards? Dina Asher-Smith
    2. Which cricketer has been named sportsman of the year at SJA British Sports awards? Ben Stokes
    3. Dina Asher-Smith is related to which sports? Sprint
    4. Who recently won the Sports Journalists’ Association (SJA) President’s Award? John Blackie

3. Brad Gobright, renowned US rock climber dies

  • One of the world’s most renowned rock climbers, the American Brad Gobright, has died after falling off a mountain in Mexico.
  • The fall occurred on an almost sheer face known as El Sendero Luminoso on the El Toro mountain in the El Portrero Chico area near the northern city of Monterrey
  • Gobright, who was from California, fell about 300 metres (1,000ft)
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the renowned US rock climber, who recently died in Mexico fall? Brad Gobright

4. Ex-Maharashtra minister Tukaram Dighole dies

  • Former Maharashtra minister Tukaram Dighole died here following a brief illness early on Saturday, family sources said. He was 77.
  • Dighole represented Sinnar Assembly constituency in Nashik between 1985 and 1999.
  • He was Minister of State for Power and Rural Development in the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance government in the state from 1995 -1999.
  • He was former director of Nashik District Central Co- operative (NDCC) Bank and former chairman of Nashik Co- operative Sugar Factory here.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Tukaram Dighole, who died recently, was the famous personality in which field? Politics

5. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate 3rd Military Literature Festival

  • Stage is all set for the three-day long Military Literature Festival (MLF) with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating the gala event on December 13 at the Lake Club of the City Beautiful.
  • MLF, a joint initiative of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore in collaboration with Western Command, has steadily earned brand presence in the region by successfully encompassing all aspects of defence literary works, arts, crafts, music and displays welded around the central theme to encourage youngsters to take up defence forces as career.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which city will host the 3rd Military Literature Festival (MLF)? Chandigarh
    2. Who will inaugurate the 3rd Military Literature Festival (MLF) in Chandigarh? Rajnath Singh
    3. Which edition of Military Literature Festival (MLF) will be held in Chandigarh on December 13? 3rd

6. Government appoints Deloitte as advisor for BPCL stake sale

  • The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has appointed Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd as advisor for the strategic sale of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).
  • Completion of the stake sale in India’s second-largest state-owned oil refiner by March 2020 could help the government mobilise more than Rs 60,000 crore, or $8.4 billion, and narrow the fiscal deficit.

    About Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL):

    • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    • Chairman & MD: D Rajkumar

    About Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited:

    • CEO: Punit Renjen
    • Headquarters location: New York, United States
    • Founder: William Welch Deloitte
    • Founded: 1845
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which UK organisation has been appointed as advisor for the strategic sale of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL)? Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd
    2. Where is the Headquarters of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) located? Mumbai, Maharashtra
    3. Where is the Headquarters of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited situated? New York, United States

7. Toshiba, Kerala govt ink deal for making lithium-ion batteries

  • The Toshiba Group signed an Expression of Interest with the Kerala government for technology transfer and manufacturing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles, an announcement by the Chief Minister’s Office said here.
  • The agreement is an outcome of the Japan visit by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the head of a high-level state delegation and was signed in Tokyo at the investment seminar organised in the Japanese capital as part of the visit.
  • Vijayan addressed the Kerala State Investment Promotion Seminar organised with the participation of 150 major Japanese investors at the Indian Embassy, Tokyo.
  • The Vijayan delegation, which includes two state Ministers and senior bureaucrats, will travel next to South Korea and is expected to return here on December 4.

    About Toshiba:

    • Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
    • Owner: Mitsui Group
    • Founded: 1875
    • Chairman and CEO: Nobuaki Kurumatani
    • President and COO: Satoshi Tsunakawa
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently with which state goverment, the Toshiba Group has signed a deal for making lithium-ion batteries? Kerala
    2. The Toshiba Group has signed a deal with the Kerala government for manufacturing___. lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries

8. Noted Odisha theatre artist Paramananda Sahu dies at 72

  • Prominent theatre artist of Odisha, Paramananda Sahu died at his residence due to old age-related illness.
  • The theatre actor-director was 72 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
  • Sahu had directed and acted in more than a hundred dramas, besides being an artist in All India Radio and Doordarshan.
  • He had also acted in several Odia and Bengali soaps and received several awards.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Paramananda Sahu, who died recently, was the prominent theatre artist of ___. Odisha

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