• Current Affairs , 16 November 2019

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Jharkhand Statehood Day
    2. Veer Savarkar was a multidimensional personality – a freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, political thinker – Vice president
    3. Rajnath Singh inaugurates Sisseri River Bridge in East Siang
    4. Rosogolla Divas was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Kolkata
    5. Maths wizard Vashishtha Narayan Singh passes away
    6. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ has been the guiding light for Indian family system
    7. Two day International Conference on Yoga at Mysuru
    8. India’s Foreign Trade: October 2019
    9. 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics
    • Tobacco Board gets Golden Leaf award in the Netherlands
    1. Dhaka International Folk Festival Inaugurated
    2. Impeachment hearing against Trump to resumed
    3. State of emergency declared in Italy after flood
    4. FIFA names Arsene Wenger as global football development chief
    5. Fit India movement must become a citizen’s movement

     

     

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1.  Jharkhand Statehood Day

     

     

    • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Jharkhand on their Statehood Day.
    • Jharkhand(lit. “Bushland” or “The land of forest”) is a state in eastern India, created on 15 November 2000, from what was previously the southern half of Bihar
    • The state shares its border with the states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradeshto the northwest, Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south and West Bengal to the east. It has an area of 79,710 km2 (30,778 sq mi).
    • It is the 15th largest state by area, and the 14th largest by populationHindiis the official language of the state
    • The city of Ranchiis its capital and Dumka its sub capital. The state is known for its waterfalls, hills and holy places;[7] Baidyanath DhamParasnath and Rajrappa are major religious sites.
    • The region has been inhabited since the Mesolithic-Chalcolithic period, as shown by several ancient cave paintings.Even evidence of use of iron started in this region as early as 1400 BCE.The MauryaGuptaVardhanaGaudaPalaNagvanshiRamgarh RajRakseland Chero ruled for brief period in the region. In the 16th century Mughal influence reached the region, and it finally came under the East India Company in the 18th century.
    • After the Independence of India, the region became part of Bihar There was demand for a separate state by several political organisations in the region and the Bihar Reorganisation Act, 2000passed in Parliament, giving rise to the new state of Jharkhand.
    • Jharkhand suffers from what is sometimes termed a resource curse:it accounts for more than 40% of the mineral resources of India,but 39.1% of its population is below the poverty line and 19.6% of children under five years of age are malnourished. The state is primarily rural, with only 24% of the population living in cities.Jharkhand is among the leading states in economic growth. In 2017-18, the GSDP growth rate of state was at 10.22%.

     

    2. Veer Savarkar was a multidimensional personality – a freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, political thinker – Vice president

     

    • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said today that Veer Savarkar was a multidimensional personality – a freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, poet, historian, political leader and philosopher – all combined into one.
    • Releasing the book – ‘Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past’, in New Delhi today, the he opined that there are many facets of Veer Savarkar’s personality that remain under appreciated.
    • “Very few in India know that Veer Savarkar started one of the most powerful social reform movements against untouchability in India”, Shri Naidu said adding that Savarkar built Patit Pavan Mandir in the Ratnagiri district to allow entry to all Hindus, including Dalits. “He was the first to envision a casteless India”, the Vice President said.
    • Highlighting that it was Veer Savarkar who named the 1857 rebellion as the first war of independence, Shri Naidu called for the right sense of history that is reflective of Indian values.
    • The Vice President also listed what Veer Savarkar called as Seven Shackles of the society. Enumerating these shackles, VP said that Veer Savarkar condemned these “seven swadeshi fetters” as they were dividing society. The seven Shackles described by Savarkar are –
    • First, the rigid caste system which, according to Savarkar, “deserves to be thrown into the dustbins of history”.
    • The secondreform Veer Savarkar wanted was to popularize Vedic literature to everyone, not only to a particular caste. He called Vedic literature civilizational knowledge for the entire human race and India’s unique gift to mankind.
    • The thirdwas to break away from caste-based vocational rigidity and encourage persons to pursue any vocation of their choice based on aptitude and ability. In the absence of motivation of competition, or lack of aptitude, Savarkar believed, “merely following what one’s father did, will make one both complacent and unproductive.”
    • Fourth, Savarkar believed in global mobility and the need for Indians to venture out into foreign lands so as to “bring back the best of the world and carry the fragrance of India and her culture to every corner of the globe.”
    • Fifth, Savarkar wanted to break away from the taboo on inter-caste dining. He had said, “Religion is in the heart, the soul, the spirit; not the stomach!”
    • The sixthwas promotion of inter-caste marriage
    • The seventhaspect, Veer Savarkar underscored was the need to develop a scientific temper. “We are 200 years behind Europe”, he had remarked adding, “It is through science, modern thoughts and industrialization that we can ensure that every man woman in India will have a job to do, food to eat, clothes to wear and a happy life to lead.”
    • The Vice President called Savarkar’s far-sighted vision of India’s future development as ‘truly remarkable’. Recounting the innumerable sufferings faced by Indian freedom fighters, he appealed to everyone to visit the Cellular Jail at least once in their lifetime.

     

    1. Rajnath Singh inaugurates Sisseri River Bridge in East Siang

     

    • Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh, inaugurated the Sisseri River Bridge.
    • The bridge will reduce travel time between Dibang and Siang valleys in the state.
    • The bridge has been built across the Pasighat-Ranaghat-Roing Road in East Siang District.
    • The bridge built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) falls along the road that is being constructed by the Union government under the Trans-Arunachal Highway project.
    • Mr Singh attended the Maitree Diwas celebration at strategically important Tawang District along the Indo-China Border.

     

    1. Rosogolla Divas was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Kolkata

     

     

    • Rosogolla Divas was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Kolkata on 14 November to mark the second anniversary of West Bengal winning the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the sweet dish in a bittersweet battle with neighbouring Odisha.
    • A GI tag identifies a product as originating from a particular region.
    • West Bengal and Odisha were involved in a tug-of-war to stake a claim to the origin of the sweet.
    • While West Bengal was granted the GI tag for ”Banglar Rosogulla” or the Bengal variant of the sweetmeat in 2017, Odisha got the GI tag for ”Odisha Rasagola” or the Odisha variant earlier this year.

     

    1. Maths wizard Vashishtha Narayan Singh passes away

     

     

    • Celebrated mathematics genius from Bihar, Vashishtha Narayan Singh passed away at the age of 77 in Patna.
    • He was diagnosed with schizophrenia while still in the US after which he had returned to India in 1974.
    • The 74-year-old is said to have challenged Einstein’s theory of relativity.
    • Vashishtha Narayan Singh had taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

     

    6. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ has been the guiding light for Indian family system

    ·        The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ has been the guiding light for the Indian family system since time immemorial and our ethos and socio-cultural fabric are woven around this perceptive phrase.

    ·        Inaugurating the International Conference of Global Mothers-2019, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam –Family System and Role of Mother”, in New Delhi today, the Vice President expressed happiness over the theme of the Conference saying that the conference is a celebration of motherhood.

    ·        “The entire world is indebted to mothers and this is the reason that in all religions and in all parts of the world mothers hold a special position of relevance and reverence”, he added.

    ·        Quoting from various ancient texts such as Vedas and Puranas, Shri Naidu said that respect to women has been central to our civilization. He further said that in any family, be it nuclear or joint, united or extended; the mother is at the centre. She is the bond that holds the family together. By her dedication she converts the four walls of house into the home where love, affection, respect for others, selfless contribution towards family, society and country exist.

    ·        Highlighting that all rivers are named after women, the Vice President said, “In our culture, women are considered not just equal to men, but in many respects, superior”.

    ·        However, he said that somewhere along the way, our strong values have been weakened. He also expressed concern on the rise in violence against women and abandonment and ill-treatment of elderly mothers.

    ·        He listed several steps for women empowerment taken by the Government, such as ‘Beti Bachao -Beti Padao’, 50 percent reservation in Local Self Governments and said that much more needs to be done to protect women and give them an equal platform.

    ·        To stress the importance of equal rights to women, the Vice President quoted Mahatma Gandhi, who once wrote that, “the way we treat our women is an indicator of the richness of our culture”. The weakening of women will lead the weakening of the family, society and the country, he said.

    ·        Shri Naidu said that our forefathers developed the best family model based upon the values of sacrifice, respect and togetherness and practiced the same for ages together. “India can be a role model for the entire world because of its robust family value system which has successfully withstood the test of the time”, he added.

    ·        Opining that Indian family system discourages individualism and encourages collectivism, Shri Naidu said that India has grown and attained its current stature under the strong and supportive framework of its joint family system. A strong family system can be the best possible solution to overcome several crippling social evils, he added.

    ·        Highlighting the benefits of joint family system, the Vice President said that it develops a sense of responsibility, a propensity for adjustment and love for discipline in children, right from an early age. Respecting and loving elders, caring for them and seeking their wise counsel while taking important decisions, are few practices which are followed in Indian joint families, he added.

    ·        However, the Vice President also recognized that with the advent of urbanization and modernization, even in India, joint families are being fragmented. “People are migrating in search of jobs and thus new family systems are emerging in the evolving socio-economic scenario, replacing the traditional joint family model”, he said.

    • Accepting that the change is inevitable, Shri Naidu said that, whatever the family system be, the core values that sustained and nourished Indian families for centuries together must never be compromised. Even if families are far away physically, they must always remain close to one another, firmly bonded in the eternal values of love, brotherhood and sacrifice, he advised.

    ·        The Vice President also called upon the younger generation to spend time with grandparents. “There is need to curb the negative trend of not spending enough time with the grandparents due to mobile phones and TV”, he said.

    7. Two day International Conference on Yoga at Mysuru

    ·        Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and Defence, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated two days International Conference on Yoga today at Mysuru, Karnataka. The theme of the conference is ‘Yoga for Heart Care’. More than 700 national and international delegates are expected to participate in the conference spread over ten technical sessions involving fifty resource persons & experts.  Vd. Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary Ministry of AYUSH, Swami Ram Dev, Patanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar,  Sh. Pratap Simha, Member of Parliament, Mysuru. Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, SVYASA, Bengaluru, and Sh. Kamlesh D. Patel, Ramachandra Mission, Hyderabad, were also present in the inaugural session.

    ·        In his inaugural address the Minister said that the Government has introduced several schemes for promotion of Yoga among the people of our country. He said that the rewards of Yoga are so immense that people are easily motivated to adopt Yoga in their lives once they learn about its benefits. The Minister further said that by introducing Yoga in the schools in the curriculum of physical education, generations of healthy Indians can be raised and crores of rupees now being spent on medical care can be saved. Shri Shripad Naik informed the gathering the Ministry has constituted a Yoga Certification Board to address to certify individual trainers and accredit Yoga Training institutions. He said the Board’s programme is essentially a Voluntary scheme of Certification and will increase quality and standards in Yoga teaching and promote Yoga as a career skill. The Minister added “as many of you are aware Yoga is an integral part of the 1.5 lakh primary health care centres under AYUSHMAN BHARAT. This will make learning Yoga and practicing it easier for the people all across the country”.

    ·        On the first day of the conference, technical sessions on ‘Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches’, ‘role of Yoga in preventive cardiology’, ‘Role of Yoga in the management of Hypertension’ and ‘Yoga for coronary artery disease’ discussed.   During the second day of the conference, technical session on ‘physiology and integrative cardiology’, ‘Yoga for Cardiovascular health’ will be organized. A Symposium on ‘need for promotion of Yogasana as sports’ and presentation of research papers on ‘Yoga for heart care; emerging trends and researches’ will also be organised.

    ·        The Pre-conference events such as Yoga walk, mass Yoga demonstration, CME programme etc are also planned to project the health benefits of Yoga and healthy lifestyle.

    ·        This conference is fifth in the series to commemorate the unanimous adoption of Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly during its 69th Session for observing 21st June as International Day of Yoga. After the UN declaration of International Day of Yoga since 2014, overwhelming interest towards Yoga has been witnessed from the international communities across the globe. The tremendous success of the International Yoga Conferences organized by the Ministry of AYUSH during last four consecutive years is evident from the participation of increasing large number of Indian and foreign delegates.

    ·        Indian Missions in the countries with whom the Ministry of AYUSH has some kind of cooperation such as MoUs, Academic Chairs, Information cells, etc. have been requested to nominate two prominent Yoga experts or enthusiasts from the country/countries under their jurisdiction, who would participate in the Conference to enable them capture and understand various dimensions of Yoga, and could help them to further propagate the same in their respective countries.

    8. India’s Foreign Trade: October 2019

    India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-October2019-20* are estimated to be USD 310.23 billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 1.51per cent over the same period last year. Overall imports in April-October 2019-20* are estimated to be USD 359.68 billion, exhibiting a negative growth of 4.61per cent over the same period last year.

     

    *Note: Services data pertains to April-September 2019-20 as September 2019 is the latest data available as per RBI’s Press Release dated 15thNovember 2019. It is arrived at by adding quarterly data of RBI for Q1 of 2019-20 with Month-wise QE data of RBI’s press release for July, August and September 2019-20. This data is provisional and subject to revision by RBI. In addition, it may be noted that data for October 2019 is estimated and added to the April-September 2019-20 data of RBI to calculate the Overall Trade Deficit for April-October 2019-20. It will be revised based on RBI’s next press release for October 2019.

     

    1. MERCHANDISE TRADE

    EXPORTS (including re-exports)

    Exports inOctober 2019 were USD26.38 billion, as compared to USD26.67billion in October 2018, exhibiting a negative growth of 1.11 per cent. In Rupee terms, exports were Rs. 1,87,382.29crore in October 2019, as compared to Rs. 1,96,406.43crore in October 2018, registering a negative growth of 4.59per cent.

    In October 2019, major commodity groups of export showing positivegrowth over the corresponding month of last year are

    Cumulative value of exports for the period April-October 2019-20 was USD185.95 billion (Rs.13,04,149.06crore) as against USD190.15billion (Rs.13,17,881.40crore) during the period April-October 2018-19, registering a negative growth of 2.21per cent in Dollar terms (negative growth of 1.04per cent in Rupee terms).

    Non-petroleum and Non Gems and Jewellery exports in October 2019 were USD19.04billion, as compared to USD18.93billion in October 2018, exhibiting a positive growth of 0.59per cent. Non-petroleum and Non Gems and Jewellery exports in April-October 2019-20 were USD137.45billion, as compared to USD137.93billion for the corresponding period in 2018-19, a decrease of 0.35per cent.

     

    IMPORTS

    Imports in October 2019 were USD37.39billion (Rs.2,65,628.46crore), which was 16.31per cent lower in Dollar terms and 19.26per cent lower in Rupee terms over imports of USD44.68billion (Rs.3,28,973.56 crore) in October 2018. Cumulative value of imports for the period April-October 2019-20 was USD280.67billion (Rs.19,67,625.73crore), as against USD306.31billion (Rs.21,23,857.76crore) during the period April-October 2018-19, registering a negative growth of 8.37per cent in Dollar terms (negative growth of 7.36per cent in Rupee terms).

    Major commodity groups of import showing negative growth in October 2019 over the corresponding month of last year are:

    CRUDE OIL AND NON-OIL IMPORTS:

    Oil imports inOctober 2019 were USD9.63billion (Rs. 68,400.14crore), which was 31.74percentlower in Dollar terms (34.15percent lower in Rupee terms), compared to USD14.11billion (Rs. 1,03,864.85crore) in October2018. Oil imports in April-October 2019-20 were USD73.93billion (Rs. 5,18,270.66crore) which was 12.16per cent lower in Dollar terms (11.31percent lower in Rupee terms) compared to USD84.17billion (Rs. 5,84,362.56crore), over the same period last year.

    In this connection it is mentioned that the global Brent price ($/bbl) has decreased by 26.22% in October 2019 vis-à-vis October 2018 as per data available from World Bank.

    Non-oil imports inOctober 2019 were estimated at USD27.76billion (Rs. 1,97,228.32crore) which was 9.19per cent lower in Dollar terms (12.39percent lower in Rupee terms), compared to USD30.57billion (Rs. 2,25,108.71crore) in October 2018. Non-oil imports in April-October 2019-20 were USD206.74billion (Rs. 14,49,355.07 crore) which was 6.93per cent lower in Dollar terms (5.86percent lower in Rupee terms), compared to USD222.14billion (Rs. 15,39,495.20crore) in April-October2018-19.

    Non-Oil and Non-Gold imports wereUSD25.92billion in October 2019, recording a negative growth of 10.04per cent, as compared to Non-Oil and Non-Gold importsof USD 28.82billion in October 2018. Non-Oil and Non-Gold imports wereUSD189.10billion in April-October 2019-20, recording a negative growth of 6.73per cent, as compared to Non-Oil and Non-Gold importsUSD 202.74billion in April-October 2018-19.

     

     

    1. TRADE IN SERVICES

    EXPORTS (Receipts)

    As per the latest press release by RBI dated 15thNovember 2019, exports in September2019 were USD 17.54 billion (Rs. 1,25,090.78 crore) registering a positive growth of 7.05 per cent in dollar terms, vis-à-vis September2018. The estimated value of services export for October 2019* is USD 17.22 billion.

    IMPORTS (Payments)

    As per the latest press release by RBI dated 15thNovember 2019, imports in September 2019 were USD 11.10 billion (Rs. 79,151.87 crore) registering a positive growth of 11.56 per cent in dollar terms, vis-à-vis September 2018. The estimated value of service Import for October 2019* is USD 10.92 billion.

    III.TRADE BALANCE

    MERCHANDISE: The trade deficit for October 2019 was estimated at USD11.01billion as against the deficit of USD18.00billion inOctober 2018.

    SERVICES: As per RBI’s Press Release dated 15thNovember 2019, the trade balance in Services (i.e. Net Services export) for September, 2019 is estimated at USD6.44billion.

    OVERALL TRADE BALANCE: Taking merchandise and services together, overall trade deficit for April-October 2019-20* is estimated at USD49.45 billion as compared to USD71.45 billion in April-October 2018-19.

     

    *Note: Services data pertains to April-September 2019-20 as September 2019 is the latest data available as per RBI’s Press Release dated 15th November 2019. It is arrived at by adding quarterly data of RBI for Q1 of 2019-20 with Month-wise QE data of RBI’s press release for July, August and September 2019-20. This data is provisional and subject to revision by RBI. In addition, it may be noted that data for October 2019 is estimated and added to the April-September 2019-20 data of RBI to calculate the Overall Trade Deficit for April-October 2019-20. It will be revised based on RBI’s next press release for October 2019.

    MERCHANDISE TRADE

     

     

    EXPORTS & IMPORTS  : (US $ Billion)
    (PROVISIONAL)
    OCTOBER APRIL-OCTOBER
    EXPORTS(including re-exports)
    2018-19 26.67 190.15
    2019-20 26.38 185.95
    %Growth 2019-20/ 2018-19 -1.11 -2.21
    IMPORTS
    2018-19 44.68 306.31
    2019-20 37.39 280.67
    %Growth 2019-20/ 2018-19 -16.31 -8.37
    TRADE BALANCE
    2018-19 -18.00 -116.15
    2019-20 -11.01 -94.72
    EXPORTS &IMPORTS: (Rs. Crore)
    (PROVISIONAL)
    OCTOBER APRIL-OCTOBER
    EXPORTS(including re-exports)
    2018-19 1,96,406.43 13,17,881.40
    2019-20 1,87,382.29 13,04,149.06
    %Growth 2019-20/ 2018-19 -4.59 -1.04
    IMPORTS
    2018-19 3,28,973.56 21,23,857.76
    2019-20 2,65,628.46 19,67,625.73
    %Growth 2019-20/ 2018-19 -19.26 -7.36
    TRADE BALANCE
    2018-19 -1,32,567.13 -8,05,976.35
    2019-20 -78,246.17 -6,63,476.67

     

     

    SERVICES TRADE

     

    EXPORTS & IMPORTS (SERVICES) : (US $ Billion)
    (PROVISIONAL) September 2019 April-September 2019-20
    EXPORTS (Receipts) 17.54 107.06
    IMPORTS (Payments) 11.10 68.10
    TRADE BALANCE 6.44 38.96
    EXPORTS & IMPORTS (SERVICES): (Rs. Crore)
    (PROVISIONAL) September 2019 April-September 2019-20
    EXPORTS (Receipts) 1,25,090.78 7,49,213.20
    IMPORTS (Payments) 79,151.87 4,76,546.62
    TRADE BALANCE 45,938.90 2,72,666.58
    Source: RBI Press Release dated 15thNovember 2019

     

    Note: Services data pertains to April-September 2019-20 as September 2019 is the latest data available as per RBI’s Press Release dated 15thNovember 2019. It is arrived at by adding quarterly data of RBI for Q1 of 2019-20 with Month-wise QE data of RBI’s press release for July, August and September 2019. This has been used along with the estimate of service exports and imports for August 2019, as explained in page-1 for the purpose of this Press note

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    9. 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics

     

     

     

    • The 8thInternational Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi from 18th to 21st November 2019. Addressing the media here today, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra DG ICAR & Secretary DARE informed that the conference will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Guest will be Bill Gates. 
    • The conferencewill be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, ISI-CAS, FAO, the USDA, ADB, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eurostat, AfDB and various other organizations. The theme of this year’s ICAS is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
    • Trilochan Mohapatra said that it is for the first time that such an important conference in the field of agriculture statistics is happening in the country and this will be a learning opportunity for the statisticians, young scientists and decision makers in India to adopt modern practises in agriculture such as Big Data analysis, AI, precision farming etc. He added that the conference is held with an aim to address various challenges faced in producing data to report on the SDGs and various leading research and also to deliberate and finalize the best practises in the field of agriculture statistics.
    • The Director General said that the Conference will see participation of more than 600 delegates of which 200 delegates will be from 108 countries. There will be 5 plenary sessions and 44 technical sessions. Dr. Mohapatra added that ample discussions are not happening in the field of statistics in the country today even if a large amount of data is available. He further emphasized that this available data should be utilised effectively in agriculture sector with help of modern methods and practises taking inputs from the conference.
    • Michael Steiner World Bank representative & International Statistical Institute-CAS chair said that ICAS is a series of conferences that started in 1998 based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide. The conference is conducted every three years based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide and the last conference was held in Rome in 2016. He added that the agenda for this conference covers domains of food and agricultural statistics, related methodologies, technologies and processes.

     

     

     

    1. Tobacco Board gets Golden Leaf award in the Netherlands

     

     

    • The Tobacco Board of India was awarded the Golden Leaf award 2019 in the ‘Public Service Initiative’ category for its efforts in undertaking various ecological initiatives towards Flue-Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco cultivation in India.
    • Executive director K Sunitha received the award on behalf of the company at Tab Expo 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    • The awards under this category are given to a company or institution which practices a public service programme or educational campaign, to ensure optimum utilisation of resources.
    • The Golden Leaf Awards was conceptualised to recognise professional excellence and dedication in the tobacco industry by Tobacco Reporter, an international magazine in 2006.

     

    11.       Dhaka International Folk Festival Inaugurated

     

     

     

     

    • The 5th edition of the Dhaka International Folk Festival was inaugurated on Thursday by the Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr Hasan Mahmud at a grand ceremony at Bangladesh Army Stadium. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen was present as chief guest in the opening ceremony.
    • More than 200 artistes from 6 countries are be performing in the largest folk festival of Asia.
    • The event began with performance by artistes of Bhabna Nrityadal, a prominent dance troupe from Bangladesh. Daler Mehendi from India, Shah Alam Sarkar from Bangladesh and Georgian folk band Chveneburebi performed on the first day of the programme.
    • During the three-day festival a large number of popular and renowned artistes from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Russia and other countries will perform in Dhaka. Among the notable ones Chandana Majumdar, Kajol Dewan from Bangladesh, Daler Mehndi from India, Junoon and Hina Nasrullah from Pakistan and Sattuma from Russia will be performing in the three day long event between November 14-16.

     

    12.       Impeachment hearing against Trump to resumed

     

    • Impeachment hearing against US President Donald Trump will resume today with the testimony of former envoy to Ukraine. After the first round of the impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, the White House made clear its defence outline which will be to discredit the witnesses, dismiss the accusations and shift the focus to the Bidens.
    • Top White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said that the Democrats have no case against the president and that he was being treated unfairly. Trump had claimed that the impeachment inquiry against him over his dealings with Ukraine was a witch-hunt.
    • Meanwhile, White House budget official Mark Sandy has agreed to provide closed-door testimony in the ongoing impeachment probe against US President Donald Trump. Sandy’s lawyer stated that he would appear if subpoenaed by the Congress.
    • In his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump had allegedly asked for an investigation into his potential 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The call is at the heart of just the fourth attempt to impeach a president in US history.

     

    13.       State of emergency declared in Italy after flood

     

     

    • The Italian government has declared a state of emergency for Venice after an exceptional tide surged through churches, shops and homes, causing millions of euros worth of damage to the UNESCO city.
    • Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said yesterday that the cabinet had approved the state of emergency and ordered the immediate release of 20 million euros in funds for the most urgent interventions in the devastated city after Tuesday’s flooding, the highest in 50 years.
    • Several museums remained closed to the public as authorities assessed the extent of the damage to Venice’s cultural treasures, such as St Mark’s Basilica where water invaded the crypt.

     

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

     

    1. FIFA names Arsene Wenger as global football development chief

     

     

    • Veteran coach Arsene Wenger has been named FIFA’s Chief of global football development.
    • 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.
    • Wenger made the Gunners one of the strongest sides in Europe, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups and taking his team to the 2006 Champions League final.

     

    15.       Fit India movement must become a citizen’s movement

     

    • Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today said Fit India movement must become a citizen’s movement. Giving the keynote address in Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of the States and UTs for Youth Affairs and Sports in New Delhi this morning, Mr Rijiju said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all Ministries that Fit India must be a part of their action. He added that Fit India is a way of life and it should be encouraged in such a manner that each state competes with the others on which is the fittest state in India.
    • The Minister also said that India is fast emerging as a sporting powerhouse and in the last six months, the country has performed better in every field be it wushu or wrestling. He said merely bagging a couple of medals in Olympics is not enough and India must be aggressive. He said sports culture should be created in the country and India must rank within the top ten countries in the Olympics.

     

     

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