21st November 2020 Current Affairs


GK replace of twenty first November 2020 overlaying the next information headlines: RuPay Card, Oxford Economics, Booker Prize, CORPAT, New Development Bank.

National News

1. PM Modi and Bhutanese PM Jointly launch RuPay Card Phase-II

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering just about launched RuPay card Phase-II, to permit Bhutanese cardholders to entry RuPay community in India.
  • In August 2019, PM Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart collectively launched Phase-I of the challenge.
  • The implementation of Phase-I of RuPay playing cards in Bhutan has enabled the guests from India to entry ATMs and Point of Sale (PoS) terminals throughout Bhutan. Phase-II will now permit Bhutanese cardholders to entry RuPay community in India.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Bhutan Capital: Thimphu.
  • Bhutan Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum.

Economy News

2. Oxford Economics revises downwards its India development forecast

  • Forecasting agency Oxford Economics predicts that India’s post-COVID-19 scars may very well be among the many worst on the earth.
  • It expects India’s development equilibrium to worsen considerably over the medium time period, with potential development averaging simply 4.5% over 2020-2025, from its pre-pandemic projection of 6.5%.
  • The fiscal deficit can be anticipated to widen 7% of GDP in 2020-21.

Awards News

3. Scottish Author Douglas Stuart wins 2020 Booker Prize

  • Scottish author Douglas Stuart has received the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction.
  • He has been awarded for his debut novel, “Shuggie Bain”. The 44-year-old Stuart is just the second Scot to have received the celebrated literary prize.
  • The Booker Prize for Fiction, (previously generally known as the Booker–McConnell Prize (1969–2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002–2019)), is a literary prize awarded every year for one of the best authentic novel written within the English language and revealed within the United Kingdom. It carries £50,000 prize ($66,000).

4. North Police Station in Kohima receives ISO certification

  • The North Police Station in Kohima was awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management System.
  • It is the primary authorities company of the state that has acquired such recognition.
  • The ISO certificates helps to make sure that the police personnel routinely evaluates its working and implement remedial measures, as and when required.
  • The total strategy of certification was accomplished inside 30 days and was initiated by the Kohima Police.
  • The course of includes an on-line software, documentation, upgrading the present amenities, on-line auditing and different components.
  • Kohima police knowledgeable that their sole motive was to enhance the standard of public service and to create a extra visitor-friendly atmosphere.
  • To meet the required parameters, the police station streamlined the method of character/passport verification and the system of submitting and document conserving.
  • It additional upgraded the infrastructure of the police station and disposal of assorted complaints have been made time-bound.

Defence News

5. thirtieth India-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

  • The thirtieth version of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) was held between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy.
  • The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk, an indigenously constructed Missile Corvette and Thailand Ship (HTMS) Kraburi, a Chao Phraya Class Frigate together with Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft from each the navies participated within the CORPAT.
  • The two navies have been finishing up CORPAT alongside their International Maritime Boundary Line twice a 12 months since 2005 to reinforce bilateral ties and maritime cooperation.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Thailand: Prayut Chan-o-cha.
  • Thailand Capital: Bangkok.
  • Thailand Currency: Thai baht.

Agreements News

6. GoI & NDB signal MoU for USD 500 Million for Public Transport System in NCR

  • The Government of India and the New Development Bank(NDB) have signed a mortgage settlement for lending USD 500 million for the ‘Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Project’.
  • This Regional Rapid Transit System present quick, dependable, secure and cozy public transport system within the National Capital Region (NCR).
  • The quick transit system will assist in attaining the purpose of sustainable city growth within the NCR area together with the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
  • The atmosphere pleasant and really low emission RRTS will carry many instances extra individuals at excessive velocity (common velocity 100 kmph) whereas occupying simply 3 m house on land thus decreasing congestion on the roads.
  • Seamless high-speed connectivity will lead to balanced financial growth throughout the Region resulting in financial advantages to all strata of society and plenty of nodes of growth quite than all financial exercise taking place at one place.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • New Development Bank Headquarters location: Shanghai, China.
  • President of the New Development Bank: Marcos Troyjo.

Important Days

7. World Fisheries Day: 21 November

  • World Fisheries Day is well known on 21 November yearly all through the world by the fisherfolk communities.
  • It highlights the significance of wholesome oceans ecosystems and to make sure sustainable shares of fisheries on the earth.
  • 2020 is the fourth World Fisheries Day. The World Fisheries Day helps in highlighting the important significance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, each out and in of water.
  • Water kinds a continuum, whether or not contained in rivers, lakes, and ocean. Fishing communities worldwide rejoice at the present time by means of rallies, workshops, public conferences, cultural applications, dramas, exhibition, music present, and demonstrations to spotlight the significance of sustaining the world’s fisheries.

8. World Television Day: 21 November

  • World Television Day is noticed on 21 November yearly. The day is noticed to acknowledge the position of broadcast media.
  • On at the present time, the journalists, writers, bloggers, and others who’re related to the medium promote the position of tv in communication and globalization.
  • The 21 November was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1996, as a result of the primary World Television Forum was held in 1996.

9. National Newborn Week 2020

  • In India, the National Newborn Week 2020 is noticed yearly from 15 to 21 November.
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has chaired an occasion to mark the National Newborn Week 2020.
  • The foremost objective of the week is to bolster the significance of new child well being as a key precedence space of the well being sector and cut back the toddler mortality price by enhancing healthcare situations for infants within the neonatal interval.
  • The theme of National Newborn Week 2020 is ‘Quality, Equity, Dignity for every newborn at every health facility and everywhere’.

Miscellaneous News

10. Mastercard & USAID Partners to launch “Project Kirana”

  • Mastercard and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have collaborated beneath Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) to launch ‘Project Kirana’ in India, to assist ladies entrepreneurs develop and thrive.
  • Project Kirana is a two-year programme, and initially, it will likely be rolled out in choose cities of Uttar Pradesh, together with Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi. The programme will probably be applied by DAI Digital Frontiers and ACCESS Development Services.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Mastercard Headquarters: New York, United States.
  • Mastercard President: Michael Miebach.
  • Mastercard Chief Executive Officer(CEO): Ajay Banga(Michael Miebach will take over as CEO by January 2021).