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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 26.11.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 26.11.2019

1. SpiceJet, Emirates sign codeshare agreement

  • SpiceJet said it has signed a codeshare agreement with Emirates that will allow passengers of the Dubai-based airline to book tickets on the Indian budget carrier using Emirates’ ticketing system from early 2020.
  • While passengers of Emirates will be able to access the SpiceJet network from early 2020, SpiceJet passengers travelling from India to Dubai can take benefit of Emirates’ expansive network later, opening up multiple international connections
    for them.
  • The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket with attractive fares to any of Emirates’ nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet’s network.
  • The codeshare agreement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by both airlines in April this year.

    About SpiceJet:

    • Headquarters: Gurgaon, Haryana, India
    • Founded: 2004 (as Royal Airways)
    • MD: Ajay Singh
    • CFO: Kiran Koteshwar
    • CMO: Debojo Maharshi

    About Emirates:

    • Founded: 25 March 1985
    • Headquarters: Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Chairman & CEO: Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
    • President: Tim Clark
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently Emirates has signed a codeshare and interline agreement with which Indian airline to give travellers to and from India seamless access to a wider and a stronger route network? SpiceJet
    2. Recently Spicejet has signed its first-ever codeshare agreement with___. Emirates

2. PM Modi launches Fit India School grading system

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Fit India School grading system in schools across the country.
  • The Fit India School rankings have been divided into three categoriesThe Fit India Schools, which is the first level of ranking, Fit India School (3 star) and Fit India School (5 star).
  • The level of ranking will depend on how much importance the school gives to inculcating fitness among its students and teachers, besides facilities available for fitness activities.
  • The schools that achieve this ranking will also be able to use the Fit India logo and flag.
  • Schools can declare themselves as fit by visiting the Fit India portal.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently, which grading system has been initiated by PM Narendra Modi in schools across the country? Fit India School grading system
    2. Who has recently launched the Fit India School grading system in schools across the country? PM Narendra Modi

3. CLAP: Government launches Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal

  • CLAP: The Union Government launched the Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal (CLAP) of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Housing for All (Urban) on November 25, 2019.
  • The portal was launched along with the signing of agreements between the Union Housing Affairs Ministry and state governments for the construction of LightHouse projects under GHTC-India.
  • Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri said during the launch that the portal will help in addressing the grievance of the beneficiaries in a much more comprehensive and organized manner.
  • Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which ministry has recently launched the Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal (CLAP)? Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
    2. What is the expanded form of CLAP, which was recently launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in New Delhi? Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal

4. Romania reelects President Klaus Iohannis

  • Klaus Iohannis was elected for a second term in Romania’s presidential election on 24 November, giving the executive power to the country’s center-right.
  • According to partial results, he won with more than 66% of the vote, defeating his rival, former Prime Minister Viorica Dancila from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), who had 34%.
  • Iohannis, former physics teacher and mayor of Sibiu, became president in 2014 and has been credited by the EU with trying to protect the rule of law.
  • Romania’s president is elected every five years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

    About Romania:

    • Capital: Bucharest
    • President: Klaus Iohannis
    • Prime Minister: Ludovic Orban
    • Currency: Romanian Leu (RON)
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who recently won Romania’s presidential election? Klaus Iohannis
    2. What is the capital of Romania? Bucharest

5. Housefull 4, Race 3 sound editor Nimish Pilankar passes away aged 29

  • Renowned sound editor Nimish Pilankar passed away at the young age of 29 in Mumbai. According to reports, Nimish suffered from high blood pressure, which resulted in brain haemorrhage.
  • Nimish’s first project in Bollywood was Salman Khan’s Race 3.
  • He went on to work in films like Housefull 4, Bypass Road, Marjaavan and others.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Nimish Pilankar, who passed away recently, was the renowned sound editor of which regional cinema? Hindi

6. Sangram Dahiya, Varsha Varman win double trap national titles

  • Haryana’s Sangram Dahiya and Varsha Varman of Madhya Pradesh clinched double trap titles, winning gold at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi.
  • In men’s category, Sangram shot 142 out of 150 targets to leave behind former world champion Ankur Mittal, who managed 137 hits over the five rounds of 30 targets each to win a silver. Punjab’s Prithvi Singh Chahal won bronze with a score of 135.
  • Varsha, in the women’s category of 120 targets each, had 97 to her name to clinch the gold ahead of state-mate Manisha Keer, who had 93 hits winning Silver. Mahima Vishwakarma ensured a Madhya Pradesh sweep in the category, winning bronze with 92.
  • Both Sangram and Varsha also won the team gold for their respective States.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who won gold in men’s category at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship in New Delhi? Sangram Dahiya
    2. Who won gold women’s category at the 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship? Varsha Varman

7. Suman Billa Kerala cadre IAS officer to head UN tourism body

  • Kerala cadre senior IAS officer Suman Billa will join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
  • A 1996 batch IAS officer, he will assume charge next week as Director, Technical Cooperation and Silk Road Development at D1 level at UNWTO, a specialised agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
  • A Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Billa’s appointment has been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

    About UNWTO:

    • Type: United Nations specialized agency
    • Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
    • Head: Zurab Pololikashvili (Secretary-General)
    • Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the Kerala cadre IAS officer, Who is set to join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)? Suman Billa
    2. Where is the headquarters of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) located? Madrid, Spain

8. Etawah lion safari inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

  • The Etawah Lion Safari was thrown open for public with Uttar Pradesh Forest Minister Dara Singh Chauhan inaugurating the lions’ abode.
  • Formally known as Etawah Safari Park, it is spread in 350 hectares of land and has been developed as an educative tourist destination for children as well as youths.
  • It was envisioned by then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2005 and the permission to establish a lion breeding centre and lion safari were obtained from the Central government in 2013.
  • In 2014, the first pair of lions reached the safari and has now at least 18 lions in the premises.
  • Besides the lion breeding centre, the facility is equipped with hospital, staff quarters backed by assured water and electric supply and is manned by trained staff.
  • It will have a lion safari, a deer safari, an elephant safari, bear safari and a leopard safari. It also has a 4D theatre, which gives you real closeups with wildlife,” as per information available on an official website.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Safari Park has recently inaugurated in which district of Uttar Pradesh? Etawah

9. Ashok Leyland, ICICI Bank ink MoU for vehicle financing

  • Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland Ltd. (ALL) has entered into a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICICI Bank to offer customised financial solutions to customers across India with a focus on semi-urban and rural geographies.
  • With this MoU, ICICI Bank will be a preferred financier for providing finance to customers buying ALLAshok Leyland vehicles.
  • The bank will work in close coordination with the authorised dealers of Ashok Leyland to provide financial solutions to the customers, said the company in a statement.

    About Ashok Leyland:

    • Parent organization: Hinduja Group
    • Headquarters: Chennai
    • Founder: Raghunandan Saran (1948)

    About ICICI Bank:

    • Founded: 5 January 1994
    • Headquarters: Mumbai
    • Chairman: Girish Chandra Chaturvedi
    • MD & CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which Automobile company has signed a two-year MoU with ICICI Bank for vehicle financing? Ashok Leyland Ltd.
    2. Recently with which bank, Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has entered into a two-year MoU for vehicle financing? ICICI Bank

10. Maharashtra CM for 3 Days, Devendra Fadnavis Resigns Ahead of Floor Test

  • Three days after he was sworn in, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced his resignation, saying the BJP no longer has majority after his deputy, NCP’s Ajit Pawar, quit citing “personal reasons”.
  • Ajit Pawar, who only last week crossed over to the BJP camp and was sworn in along with Fadnavis in the early hours of Saturday morning, resigned earlier in the day.
  • Fadnavis made the announcement a day ahead of the floor test his government was supposed to face on Wednesday as per the Supreme Court’s directions.

    Note:

    • Devendra Fadnavis’ second tenure as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra has turned out to be one of the shortest in Indian history but the distinction of shortest tenure as a Chief Minister goes to Jagdambika Pal.
    • In 1998, after the Kalyan Singh government in Uttar Pradesh was dismissed, Pal was sworn in as the Chief Minister late at night on February 21, a decision that was reversed by the High Court the next morning, leading him to be dubbed as “the one-day CM”.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has recently resigned as Maharashtra chief minister? Devendra Fadnavis

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