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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 15.11.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 15.11.2019

1. Noted mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh passes away at 77

  • Noted mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh, who reportedly challenged Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, passed away in Bihar’s Patna at the age of 77.
  • Born on April 2, 1942, Singh had been suffering from schizophrenia for 40 years.
  • Vashishtha Narayan Singh did his schooling from Netarhat school in undivided Bihar. He studied at Patna Science College after which he went to University of California in 1965 and completed his PhD on cycle vector space theory in 1969.
  • Vashishtha Narayan Singh had taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the famous mathematician who once challenged Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, who died recently? Vashishtha Narayan Singh

2. CCI nod for merger of BNP Paribas Mutual Fund and Bank of Baroda Mutual Fund

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves merger of the BNP Paribas (BNPP) Mutual Fund and the Baroda (BOB) Mutual Fund, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002
  • The Proposed Combination relates to merger of the BNP Paribas Mutual Fund and the BOB Mutual Fund. The Parties propose to amalgamate (i) BOB Asset Management Company (AMC) into BNPP AMC; and (ii) BNPP Trustee Company (TC) into BOB TC. After the merger BNPP AMC and BOB TC will be the surviving entities.
  • BNPP AMC is the dedicated AMC for BNPP Mutual Fund and acts as the investment manager of BNPP Mutual Fund. BNPP AMC is also a registered as Portfolio Manager under SEBI Regulations. It provides portfolio management services and advisory activities. BNPP TC is the trustee company of BNPP Mutual Fund.
  • BOB AMC is the dedicated AMC for BOB Mutual Fund and acts as the investment manager of BOB Mutual Fund. BOB TC acts as the trustee for BOB Mutual Fund.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Under which section of the Competition Act, 2002, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has recently approved the merger of BNP Paribas (BNPP) Mutual Fund and Baroda (BoB) Mutual Fund? Section 31
    2. Under which Act, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has recently approved the merger of BNP Paribas (BNPP) Mutual Fund and Baroda (BoB) Mutual Fund? Competition Act, 2002
    3. Recently Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of BNP Paribas (BNPP) Mutual Fund and __, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002. Baroda (BOB) Mutual Fund

3. FIFA Names Arsene Wenger as Chief of Global Football Development

  • World renowned football coach Arsene Wenger was named FIFA‘s chief of global football development.
  • IFA said the former Arsenal and Monaco coach would be responsible for the growth of the game “for both men and women around the world”, and would also be the “leading authority on technical matters”, including potential changes to the sport’s laws.
  • It added that Wenger, 70, would also be tasked with coach education and aiding a programme designed to help former players enter management.

    About FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association):

    • Founded: 21 May 1904
    • Founded at: Paris, France
    • Type: Sports federation
    • Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
    • President: Gianni Infantino
    • Secretary General: Fatma Samoura
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has recently been named by FIFA as the chief of global football development? Arsene Wenger
    2. Who is the current President of FIFA? Gianni Infantino

4. Rekha, Sridevi to be honoured with Akkineni Nageswara Rao awards

  • Nagarjuna revealed that late actress Sridevi will be honoured for her contribution to cinema for the year 2018. Yesteryear actress Rekha will be awarded for her excellence in cinema for the year 2019.
  • The award ceremony will take place at Annapoorna Studios in Hyderabad on November 17. Megastar Chiranjeevi has been invited as a special guest to present the award to the two recipients. While Boney Kapoor will receive the award on behalf of his wife Sridevi, Rekha will make her presence felt in Hyderabad.

    About ANR National Award:

    • The ANR National Award was instituted by the Akkineni International foundation in the honor of Akkineni Nageswara Rao. The award was given annually to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Indian film industry

    Winners of the ANR Award:

    • 2017: S S Rajamouli
    • 2015: Ghattamaneni Krishna
    • 2014: Amitabh Bachchan
    • 2013: Sridevi
    • 2012: Shyam Benegal
    • 2011: Hema Malini
    • 2010: K. Balachander
    • 2009: Vyjayanthimala
    • 2009: Lata Mangeshkar
    • 2008: Anjali Devi & Jayasudha
    • 2007: Shabana Azmi
    • 2006: Dev Anand
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which two actress have been announced as the recipients of the Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award for the years 2018 and 2019? Rekha and Sridevi
    2. Which veteran Bollywood actor was first given the ANR National Award in 2006? Dev Anand

5. Karnataka girl sets world record for skating blindfolded

  • Ojal Nalavade, Seventh standard student from Karnataka’s Hubli, has set a new world record in blindfold skating.
  • She made it to Guinness World Records by performing the fastest journey on roller skates blindfolded in the female category.
  • Ojal covered a distance of 400 metres in 51 seconds while skating blindfolded.
  • Akshay Sooryavamshi was her coach. Ojal has already entered into Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Ojal Nalwade, who recently set a new world record in blindfold skating, is from which state of India? Karnataka
    2. Name the seventh grade student of Karnataka, who recently made the Guinness World Record by traveling blindfolded on roller skates in the female category? Ojal Nalavade

6. India, US begin first tri-services exercise

  • In reflection of growing congruence in bilateral defence ties, armed forces of India and the US began their first tri-services exercise on the Eastern seaboard.
  • The nine-day humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise code-named ‘Tiger Triumph’ is aimed at developing inter-operability between the militaries of the two countries in HADR operations
  • Key assets of Indian Navy, Army and the Indian Air Force have been deployed for the exercise.
  • Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak will be part of the exercise, said officials, adding the IAF has deployed MI-17 helicopters among others.
  • The US is represented by US Navy ship Germantown with troops from US Third Marine Division.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. What is the name of the first tri-services exercise between the armed forces of India and US? Tiger Triumph
    2. ‘Tiger Triumph’ is the first tri-services exercise between which two countries? India and US

7. Nilam Sawhney appointed as Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh

  • The Andhra Pradesh government appointed IAS officer Nilam Sawhney as Chief Secretary of the State.
  • A 1984 batch IAS officer of Andhra cadre, Sawhney was on deputation at the Centre as Social Justice and Empowerment Secretary.
  • She has become the first woman chief secretary of bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. Her husband Ajay Sawhney is also an IAS officer and is currently serving as secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • The State government has recently removed senior IAS officer LV Subrahmanyam as Chief Secretary.

    About Andhra Pradesh:

    • Capital city: Amaravati (de facto), Hyderabad (de jure)
    • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
    • Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been appointed as the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh? Nilam Sawhney
    2. Nilam Sawhney has recently been appointed as the Chief Secretary of which state? Andhra Pradesh

8. Robert De Niro to be conferred with SAG Life Achievement award

  • Hollywood veteran and double Oscar winner Robert De Niro will receive the Life Achievement Award from Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at the 26th edition of the ceremony next year.
  • The actor has been named the 56th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
  • The 76-year-old De Niro will be presented the honour on January 19, 2020.
  • About SAG Life Achievement Award:

    • Awarded for: “outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession”
    • Country: United States
    • Presented by: SAG-AFTRA
    • First awarded: 1962 (Eddie Cantor)
    • 2018 winnner: Alan AldaThe SAG Life Achievement Award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession”.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which hollywood veteran has been honoured with the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment? Robert De Niro
    2. What does SAG stands for in ‘SAG Life Achievement Award’? Screen Actors Guild

9. Indian wins ‘BRICS-Young Innovator Prize’ for indigenous milk chilling unit

  • Ravi Prakash, an Indian PhD scholar has won the USD 25,000 BRICS-Young Innovator Prize for inventing an affordable indigenous milk chilling unit for smaller and marginal rural dairy farmers.
  • Prakash, PhD scholar of ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Bangalore, was a part of a 21-member delegation sent to Brazil by the Department of Science and Technology for the 4th BRICS-Young Scientist Forum (YSF), 2019.
  • India won the first prize, carrying USD 25,000, in the forum, the Department of Science and Technology
  • The technology can be used for chilling milk from the point of production by bringing down the temperature of raw milk from 37C to 7C within 30 minutes using nano-fluid based phase change materials, it said.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which Indian has won the ‘BRICS-Young Innovator Prize’ for creating a milk chilling unit? Ravi Prakash
    2. Recently Ravi Prakash has won the USD 25,000 BRICS-Young Innovator Prize for inventing a __. milk chilling unit
    3. Ravi Prakash, Who recently won the ‘BRICS-Young Innovator Prize’, is from which state of India? Bihar
    4. Ravi Prakash won the BRICS-Young Innovator Prize for inventing the milk chilling unit, whose prize money is? USD 25,000

10. HDFC Bank becomes first Indian bank to cross 7 lakh crore market value

  • HDFC Bank became the third Indian company and first bank to cross 7 lakh crore in market value.
  • The private lender’s stock has surged 31% in the past one year. Reliance Industries, with a market cap of 9.38 lakh crore, is currently the country’s most valued company, followed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at 8.23 lakh crore.

    About HDFC Bank:

    • Tagline: We understand your world
    • Type: Private
    • Founded: August 1994
    • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    • Non-Exe Chairperson: Shyamala Gopinath
    • Managing Director: Aditya Puri
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which private Bank became the third Indian company and first bank to cross 7 lakh crore in market value? HDFC Bank
    2. Where is the headquarters of HDFC Bank located? Mumbai

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