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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 11.11.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 11.11.2019

1. Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan passes away aged 86

  • Ex-Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan passed away aged 86 at his residence in Chennai.
  • TN Seshan was the 10th Chief Election Commissioner and had served from 1990 to 1996, was widely known for his electoral reforms including issuance of Voter IDs.
  • Seshan had earlier served as the 18th Cabinet Secretary of India in 1989
  • In 1996, Seshan was awarded Ramon Magsaysay award for “his resolute actions to bring order, fairness, and integrity to elections in India”.
  • Born in December 1932 in Thirunellai, Palakkad district in Kerala, TN Seshan was a retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.
     
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. TN Seshan, who recently passed away, was the ___ Chief Election Commissioner of India. 10th
    2. Name the former Chief Election Commissioner, who recently passed away? TN Seshan

2. 5th edition of GES to be held in Bengaluru

  • The fifth edition of Global Exhibition on Services, GES 2019 is being held from November 26 to 28 at Bengaluru in Karnataka.
  • The Global Exhibition on Services is an annual event which aims to engage industry and governments across the world and to promote greater exchange of trade in services between India and the rest of the world.
  • Commerce and Industry Ministry said that GES 2019 is an attempt towards escalating the Indian services bar in the global arena, encompassing participation from 100 countries and hosting sector-specific knowledge sessions.
  • India is looking to attract investments and partnerships in strategic areas like aviation and space programme, infrastructure, and telecom projects.
     
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which edition of Global Exhibition on Services, GES 2019 is going to be held in Bengaluru? 5th
    2. Which city is set to host the fifth edition of Global Exhibition on Services, GES 2019? Bengaluru

3. India-Russia joint tri-service exercise ‘Indra-2019’ next month

  • Mechanised contingents, fighter and transport aircraft as well ships of the armed forces of India and Russia will be part of the joint tri-service exercise Indra-2019 scheduled next month
  • In preparation of the exercise, a joint planning conference is being held from November 7-10 in two phases.
  • Indra 2019 is expected to enhance interoperability between both the national armed forces to jointly undertake operations under the UN flag.
  • In light of the threat of global terrorism facing both nations and by countries around the world, the theme of the exercise is contemporary and relevant

    About Russia:

    • Capital: Moscow
    • President: Vladimir Putin
    • Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
    • Currency: Russian ruble
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. India will conduct the joint tri-service exercise ‘Indra-2019’ with which country?Russia
    2. Name the tri service joint military exercise that India will conduct with Russia in the second half of 2019? Indra-2019 

4. NASA unveils its first electric airplane X-57 Maxwell

  • NASA unveiled its first all-electric experimental aircraft, ” X-57 Maxwell”, that’s being developed since 2015.
  • The aircraft, having 14 electric motors, would be the agency’s first crewed experimental plane to be developed in two decades.
  • NASA’s previous experimental aircraft include the Bell X-1 that first broke the sound barrier and the X-15 rocket-engine plane flown by Neil Armstrong.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which space agency has unveiled its first all-electric experimental aircraft, ” X-57 Maxwell”? NASA
    2. Name the first all-electric airplane of NASA which is being developed since 2015? X-57 maxwell

5. Tata Literature Live! 2019: Shanta Gokhale to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Writer Shanta Gokhale will be honoured with the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement award 2019, while poet K Satchidanandan will receive the Poet Laureate award for their work which has made a significant impact in the Indian literary field.
  • Recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Gokhale is a multihyphenate personality. She recently published her memoirs, One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told Through the Body.
  • Satchidanandan has represented the country at several literary meetings overseas and has headed several national literary institutions. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2012.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who will be honoured with the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement award 2019? Shanta Gokhale
    2. Who won the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate award for 2019? K Satchidanandan

6. 11th BRICS Summit to be held in Brazil from 13th of November

  • 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brazilian capital Brasilia from 13th of November.
  • Throughout the first decade from inception, BRICS developed sectoral cooperations in different areas, such as science and technology, trade promotion, energy, health, education and innovation, bringing immense benefits to the BRICS societies.
  • Since the first BRIC Summit in 2009 in Russia, the group advocated reform of global governance, especially through greater presence of emerging economies in international financial institutions.
  • In 2011, with South Africa joining the group, BRIC became BRICS and reached its current
  • composition.
  • The emphasis of the Brazilian Presidency in 2019 will be on promoting innovation; digital economy; increasing the reach of NDB and counter-terrorism measures.
  • BRICS Innovation Network, BRICS Institute of Future Network and a Women Business Alliance will also be launched this year.

    About BRICS:

    • Predecessor: BRIC
    • Formation: 2006
    • Type: Economic, political, regional cooperative organisation
    • Membership: 5 member states ( Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. The 11th BRICS Summit will be held on November 13 and 14 in which city? Brasilia
    2. In which year, South Africa joined the BRICS group with which BRIC became BRICS? 2011

7. Karnataka Gramin Bank initiates ‘mobile ATMs’ to push digitisation in rural areas

  • In a move to boost digitisation in rural areas, the Karnataka Gramin Bank (KGB) has launched ‘mobile ATMs’ in Kalaburagi among several other districts in the state.
  • The special vehicle includes an ATM and a screen to show videos of different banking schemes.
  • The project was assisted by a Financial Inclusion Fund by the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • The mobile ATMs will go to the doorsteps of the farmers and make them aware of the banking schemes and digital operating systems.
  • A bank official would be present in the van, who will provide information regarding the digital operating systems and schemes.

    About Karnataka Gramin Bank:

    • Chairman: Shreenath H Joshi
    • Formed: 2013
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which bank has recently launched ‘mobile ATMs’ in rural areas in a move to boost digitisation? Karnataka Gramin Bank

8. Justice Sanjay Karol sworn in as Patna HC chief justice

  • Justice Sanjay Karol was sworn in as the chief justice of the Patna High Court
  • Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath to Karol at the Raj Bhavan.
  • Justice Karol succeeded Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi, who has been transferred to the Madras High Court.
  • Karol was earlier the chief justice of the Tripura High Court.
     
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently, Justice Sanjay Karol was sworn in as the chief justice of which High Court? Patna High Court
    2. Sanjay Karol, who recently sworn in as Patna HC chief justice, was earlier the chief justice of which high court? Tripura High Court

9. Padma Shri awardee Dhrupad maestro Ramakant Gundecha passes away

  • Padma Shri awardee Dhrupad maestro Ramakant Gundecha passed away in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The younger among the famous Gundecha brothers (Umakant-Ramakant), the 56-year-old renowned vocalist suffered a heart attack at Bhopal’s Habibganj railway station
  • The Gundecha Brothers (who were together honoured with the Padma Shri in 2012) had performed at the Vishwa Rang – Tagore International Literature and Arts Festival in Bhopal.
  • The brothers were exponents of Dhrupad – one of the oldest classical Hindustani musical forms in the world.
  • Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Padma Shri awardee Ramakant Gundecha, Who passed away recently, was the famous vocalist of which classical music? Dhrupad

10. IOCL gets environmental clearance to set up 2G ethanol plant in Panipat

  • Furthering government’s commitment in promoting the use of environmentally friendly products, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given environment clearance to Indian Oil Corporation Limited to set up new 2G Ethanol plant at Panipat.
  • The IOCL had submitted a proposal seeking environment clearance for its proposed 100 KLPD Ligno-Cellulosic 2G ethanol plant at Baholi in Panipat district of Haryana.
  • The estimated investment in setting up the plant is Rs 766 crore.

    About IOCL:

    • Industry: Oil and Gas
    • Predecessor: Indian Refineries Ltd. (1958), Indian Oil Company (1959)
    • Founded: 30 June 1959
    • Headquarters: New Delhi (headquarters), Mumbai (registered office)
    • Area served: India, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Mauritius
    • Chairman: Sanjiv Singh
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently Indian Oil got environmental approval by the government to set up a 2G ethanol plant in which city? Panipat
    2. Recently Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given environment clearance to IOCL to set up ___ at Panipat. 2G Ethanol plant

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