15th & 16th November 2020 Current Affairs


Here is the each day GK replace of fifteenth and Sixteenth November 2020 masking the next information headlines: QRSAM system, RCEP, BRICS STI, East Asia Summit, International Children’s Peace Prize.

Daily GK updates are integrated with the necessary information that made the present affairs headlines for banking or different aggressive exams. Daily GK Update is the whole bag of the necessary information that held all day lengthy. One ought to have full data in regards to the banking phrases, present affairs information, and many others. 

Defence News

1. India Successfully check fires QRSAM system off Odisha Coast

  • India efficiently test-fired the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system off the coast of Balasore in Odisha.
  • The system achieved a significant milestone by a direct hit on to a Banshee Pilotless goal plane at medium vary and medium altitude.
  • Indian forces have carried out not less than seven assessments earlier of the missile system.
  • The QRSAM system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in affiliation with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army.
  • The system is able to detecting and monitoring targets on the transfer and interesting goal with brief halts. The system is designed to offer air defence protection towards strike columns of the Indian Army.

Summits and Conferences

2. RCEP: 15 Asia-Pacific nations kind world’s largest buying and selling bloc

  • 15 Asia Pacific nations have signed the world’s largest free commerce deal, led by China, on the sidelines of the thirty seventh Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
  • The deal referred to as as ‘Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)’, is the world’s largest buying and selling bloc, comprising of 10 Southeast Asian nations, in addition to South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Members of the RCEP accounts for almost a 3rd of the world’s inhabitants and round 30% of international gross home product (GDP).

3. Dr Harsh Vardhan attends eighth BRICS STI Ministerial Meet

  • The eighth BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held via a digital platform for Science and Technology cooperation among the many member nations, that are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • The assembly was held underneath the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation. (Russia is the Chair for twelfth BRICS Summit).
  • The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan represented the Indian delegation on the assembly.
  • The assembly concluded with the adoption of BRICS STI Declaration 2020. During the assembly, Dr Harsh Vardhan highlighted that “The COVID 19 pandemic has been a test, demonstrating that multilateral cooperation is the key to overcoming such global challenges”.
  • He reiterated that “India will actively contribute in the implementation of BRICS STI Calendar of Activities 2020-21 and supports continuation scientific activities under BRICS MOU on Science, Technology and Innovation”.

4. S. Jaishankar Represents India at fifteenth East Asia Summit 2020

  • The External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar has represented India on the fifteenth East Asia Summit (EAS) on behalf of PM Modi.
  • The Summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc as a result of Vietnam is ASEAN Chair in 2020 (ASEAN holds the central function and management within the discussion board).
  • All the 18 EAS nations participated within the digital Summit.
  • Jaishankar underlined the important thing function performed by the East Asia Summit (EAS) as a number one mechanism of the Indo-Pacific area and reiterated India’s help to make it stronger and extra responsive.
  • He additionally re-affirmed the significance of EAS because the Leaders-led discussion board to trade views on strategic points.
  • On Covid-19, he briefed the EAS leaders about India’s response to the pandemic and highlighted India’s efforts to help the worldwide neighborhood.

5. India Extends USD 1 Million Aid For Covid-19 ASEAN Response Fund

  • India has prolonged monetary contribution of USD 1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.
  • This was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the seventeenth ASEAN-India Summit, which was held just about.
  • Leaders from the ten ASEAN nations welcomed the adoption of the brand new ASEAN-India Plan of Action for 2021-2025, on the conclusion of the Summit.
  • PM Modi, participated within the seventeenth ASEAN-India Summit on the invitation of the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who’s the present chair of ASEAN.

Awards News

6. Sadat Rahman wins International Children’s Peace Prize 2020

  • Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh has been awarded the distinguished International Children’s Peace Prize 2020.
  • He was awarded the prize for his involvement in establishing his social group and cellular app ‘Cyber Teens’ to cease cyberbullying.
  • The award was introduced to 17-year-old Sadat by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, throughout a ceremony within the Netherlands.
  • He was chosen out of 142 candidates from 42 nations.
  • The International Children’s Peace Prize is given yearly since 2005 by the International youngsters’s rights group KidsRights based mostly in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • The prestigious Prize is yearly awarded to a baby who has made a particular effort to advertise youngsters’s rights and higher the state of affairs of weak youngsters.

Sports News

7. Lewis Hamilton wins F1 Turkish Grand Prix 2020

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has received the Turkish Grand Prix 2020 at Istanbul Park, Turkey.
  • Sergio Perez (Racing Point-BWT- Mexico) secured the second place and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari completed third.
  • This was Hamilton tenth victory of the season and 94th F1 win of his profession. With this win, he claimed the seventh Formula One championships title of his profession to equal the file of Michael Schumacher.

Important Days

8. National Press Day: 16 November

  • National Press Day is noticed on Sixteenth November yearly to have a good time free and accountable press in India.
  • On at the present time the Press Council of India began functioning as an ethical watchdog to make sure that the press maintains excessive requirements and isn’t constrained by any affect or threats. It additionally commemorates the day when the Press Council of India began functioning.
  • In 1956, the First Press Commission was deliberate to kind a Press Council to guard freedom of the press in India. On 4 July 1966, the Press Council was established in India. It got here into impact from 16 November 1966.
  • Therefore, 16 November is widely known as National Press Day yearly. The Press Council of India was fashioned in 1966 underneath the Press Council Act of 1978.
  • It workout routines authority even over the devices of the state in its obligation to safeguard the independence of the press. It ensures that the Indian press isn’t affected by any exterior matter.

9. International Day for Tolerance: 16 November

  • The United Nations observes “International Day for Tolerance” on Sixteenth November yearly.
  • The United Nations is dedicated to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding amongst cultures and peoples.
  • In 1994, UNESCO marked the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s delivery paving the way in which for the proclamation of 16 November because the International Day for Tolerance by the UN.
  • This day pays tribute to the values of the Mahatma of peace, non-violence and equality. The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards important actions within the scientific, creative, cultural or communication fields aimed on the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.
  • The prize is awarded each two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November.

10. Children’s Day: 14th November

  • On 14th November, Children’s Day is widely known yearly to mark the delivery anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Children’s Day is popularly often called ‘Baal Diwas’ in India.
  • The day goals at rising the notice of the rights, care and schooling of kids.
  • On at the present time, many academic and motivational packages are organised throughout the nation, by and for kids.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India’s first Prime Minister, was fairly well-known amongst youngsters and was popularly often called ‘Chacha Nehru’.
  • Following his loss of life in 1964, it was determined that to maneuver the celebrations of Children’s Day to November 14 as a mark of respect to him and to commemorate his fondness for kids.
  • A decision was handed within the Parliament and since then, Children’s Day is widely known in India on November 14 yearly.
  • Notably, Children’s Day was celebrated in India first on November 20, 1956, together with the Universal Children’s Day.

Obituaries News

11. Veteran Bengali Actor ​Soumitra Chatterjee​ passes away

  • The legendary Bengali actor and Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient Soumitra Chatterjee handed away.
  • He turned famously recognized after his collaborations with Oscar-winning movie director Satyajit Ray, with whom he labored in fourteen movies.
  • He had received quite a few awards in dwelling and overseas.
  • Soumitra Chatterjee was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2004, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award for cinema, in 2012.
  • In 1999 Soumitra Chattopadhyay turned the primary Indian movie persona to be conferred with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest award for artists.

12. Noted journalist and author Ravi Belagere passes away

  • Noted journalist and author Ravi Belagere handed away. He was from Karnataka.
  • He was well-known for writings on the crime world and his column ‘Paapigala Lokadalli’ was very talked-about.
  • Belagere was honoured with many awards, together with the Karnataka Sahitya Academy award, Kannada Rajyotsava awar, Karnataka Media Academy award and plenty of extra.
  • Also an educationist, Belagere began Prarthana School, the place his mortal stays had been stored for the general public to view, earlier than being taken to the crematorium.
  • He penned a e-book on the real-life story of the gangsters, titled Bheema Theerada Hanthakaru, which was revealed in 2001, and changed into a bestseller.

Miscellaneous News

13. Keetham lake in Uttar Pradesh added to Ramsar websites

  • The Keetham lake, also called Sur Sarovar, in Agra of Uttar Pradesh has been added to the record of Ramsar websites. More than 106 species of migratory birds relaxation in Sur Sarovar lake. The water of the lake is obtained from Agra Canal.
  • The canal originates from Okhla barrage on River Yamuna in Delhi.
  • The intention of the Ramsar record is to develop and keep a global community of wetlands that are necessary for the conservation of worldwide organic variety and for sustaining human life via the upkeep of their ecosystem elements, processes and advantages.

14. World’s first Tram library for kids launched in West Bengal

  • On the event of Children’s Day, a first-of-its-kind on the earth, library on the tram for kids was launched in Kolkata, West Bengal. A tram is a rail car that runs on tramway tracks alongside public streets.
  • The tram would run on Shyambazar-Esplanade and Esplanade-Gariahat routes, spanning throughout north and south Kolkata, daily from morning to night.
  • It has been collectively developed by the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) and Apeejay Anand Children’s Library and can have round 1,000 books.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee; Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar.

15. Lonar Lake in Maharashtra chosen as ‘Ramsar site’

  • The Lonar Lake in Buldhana district of Maharashtra has been chosen as a wetland website of worldwide significance underneath the Ramsar conservation treaty.
  • Lonar Lake was fashioned by the impression of a meteorite on basalt bedrock a number of thousand years in the past.
  • An space of 365 hectares across the lake, which itself is unfold over 77.69 hectares, was declared a wildlife sanctuary in June 2000. 
  • A Ramsar Site is a wetland website designated to be of worldwide significance underneath the Ramsar Convention.
  • The identify Ramsar comes from the Ramsar City of Iran, the place this treaty was signed.
  • The Convention on Wetlands is also called the Ramsar Convention. It is an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO and got here into power in 1975.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.