Current Affairs 15 November, 2019

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1. Rajnath Singh to attend Maitree Diwas celebrations in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh  visited  Arunachal Pradesh to attend the Maitree Diwas celebrations at Tawang.
  • Maitree Diwas (Civil-Military Friendship) will be celebrated for two days at Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso High Altitude Stadium Tawang.
  • This will be the 11th edition of Maitree Diwas which celebrates civil-military bonhomie in the area. Rajnath Singh will also inaugurate Sisseri River Bridge and National Highway-52 in East Siang District.

Foot Notes:
1. About Arunachal Pradesh
2. Capital:
Itanagar
3. Chief Minister: Pema Khandu

2. Andhra CM launches 'Nadu-Nedu' program aims at transforming govt schools on Children's Day

  • Turning a new leaf over education sector, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the 'Nadu-Nedu' programme which aims at transforming government schools into vibrant and competitive institutions.
  • The Chief Minister said that his YSRCP-led state government will overcome all the challenges and clear every hurdle as the goal to meet the requirement of what the fast-changing technology in the world expects from youth, ten years from now.
  • The scheme will be implemented in 15, 715 schools in the first phase and will cover all schools in three years' time with a budget of Rs 12,000 crores. For the first year, Rs 3,500 crores will be spent for the development of the infrastructure.

Foot Notes:
About Andhra Pradesh
1. Capitals:
Hyderabad, Amaravati
2. Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
3. Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

3. Supreme Court: CJI Ranjan Gogoi's last working day today, Bar Association to organise farewell ceremony

  • Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi is set to formally retire from his post on November 17, but November 15 is his last working day at the Supreme Court, marking which the Supreme Court Bar Association will organise a farewell ceremony this evening.
  • CJI Gogoi sat with Chief Justice designate Sharad Arvind Bobde in Court 1, according to tradition, and issued notices in all the 10 cases listed in the Court today for today. He also thanked all the lawyers who addressed him in his honour.
  • Ranjan Gogoi was serving as the 46th Chief Justice of India, after succeeding 45th CJI Dipak Misra. On November 17, Gogoi will be succeeded by Judge Sharad Arvind Bobde.

4. Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on TIME 100 Next list, says she is 'delighted'

  • Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been included in the Time 100 Next list. This list has been launched under the expansion of the list of 100 most effective people in the world.
  • It includes those who are ready to make future in business, recreation, sports, politics, health and science.
  • Dutee has won two Silver medals in 100 meters and 200 meters events at the Jakarta Asian Games. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the 100 meters in the World University Games.

5. Punjab to host 2019 circle Kabaddi World Cup in December

  • The 2019 World Kabaddi Cup will take place from December 1 to 9 and will be organised by the Punjab government in Punjab.
  • This year’s tournament will be dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
  • Nine teams: India, USA, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan and Canada are expected to take part in the tournament.

Foot Notes:
About Punjab
1. Punjab CM:
Amrinder Singh
2. Governor: VP Singh Badnore.

6. Nilam Sawhney becomes first woman chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh

  • Senior IAS officer Nilam Sawhney has become the first woman chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh. An order was released by the General Administration Department appointing Sawhney, a 1984 batch IAS officer, to the post.
  • She succeeds chief commissioner of Land Administration Neerabh Kumar Prasad, who has been holding the additional charge of the chief secretary since the state government sent out LV Subrahmanyam on November 4, 2019.

About Andhra Pradesh
1. Capitals:
Hyderabad, Amaravati
2. Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
3. Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

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

  • Hollywood veteran and double Oscar winner Robert De Niro will receive the SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, at the 26th edition of the ceremony 2019.
  • The SAG Life Achievement Award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession”.

8. European Investment Bank to stop funding oil and coal projects at the end of 2021.

  • The European Investment Bank is to stop funding oil and coal projects at the end of 2021. Since 2013, the European Union through the bank has funded 13.4 billion Euros for fossil fuel projects. In 2018, it was around 2 billion Euros. The Union has been reducing its funding to fossil fuel projects and is stopping by 2021.
  • The EIB’s new policy demands that the energy projects applying for funding must prove that they can produce 1 Kilo watt hour of energy emitting less than 250 grams of carbon dioxide.
  • The exemptions are made on gas projects as they are common in the EU member states. For the next 5 years, EU has over 200 billion USD worth projects planned.

Foot Notes:
About  European Investment Bank  
1. President:
Werner Hoyer

9. National mission 'NISHTHA' launched in j&k

  • National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with its formal inauguration by Commissioner Secretary, School Education Department, Sarita Chauhan.
  • The event was attended by around 300 teachers, Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and Chief Education Officers, DIET Principals and Educational Administrators.
  • The event was attended by around 300 teachers, Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and Chief Education Officers, DIET Principals and Educational Administrators.

Foot Notes:
About Jammu and Kashmir
1. Capitals:
Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)

10. First ever international buyer-seller meet in Arunachal Pradesh

  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) held the first ever international buyer seller meet on agriculture and horticulture produce in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • “Ten International buyers from seven countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, UAE, Sultanate of Oman and Greece participated in the meet and interacted with exporters,” commerce and industry ministry said.

Foot Notes:
About Arunachal Pradesh
1. Capital:
Itanagar
2. Chief Minister: Pema Khandu

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