Current Affairs , 20 November 2019
- November 20, 2019
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Home Minister launches winter-grade diesel suitable for extreme winters of up to -30O Celcius for Ladakh Region
- Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines 2018
- Winter Session to have 20 sittings between 18th November 2019 to 13th December 2019
- President of India to Present President’s Colour to The Indian Naval Academy
- Rajya Sabha debates its journey so far and way forward
- North India’s 1st sugar mill which will produce ethanol
- ANR National Award
- Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan takes oath as Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC
- Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi sworn in as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court
- HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away
- Rezwana Choudhury Bannya gets ICCR Alumni award in Dhaka
- Sri Lankan PM likely to meet new President and discuss modalities
- China appoints Chris Tang Ping-Keung as new police chief in Hong Kong
- Indian women clinch five gold medals in Asian Youth Boxing C’ship.
1. Home Minister launches winter-grade diesel suitable for extreme winters of up to -30O Celcius for Ladakh Region
- Union Home Minister ShriAmit Shah presided over a function to launch a special winter-grade diesel, developed by Indian Oil Corporation (Indian Oil), for the high-altitude regions of Ladakh through a video-link here today. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, and Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP of Ladakh were also present on the occasion.
- Motorists in high-altitude sectors like Ladakh, Kargil, Kaza and Keylong face the problem of freezing of diesel in their vehicles when winter temperatures drop to as low as -30o Indian Oil has come up with an innovative solution to this problem by introducing a special winter-grade diesel with a low pour-point of -33oCelsius, which does not lose its fluidity function even in extreme winter conditions.
- Shri Amit Shah congratulated the people of Ladakh for getting their long-pending demand fulfilled, by getting Union Territory status for Ladakh. The new status will accelerate the pace of holistic development of the region and bring prosperity to the people at par with the rest of India.
- The Home Minister said that the Government of India has initiated a number of development projects for the UT of Ladakh,in the areas of power, solar energy, education and tourism with an estimated investment of Rs. 50,000 crore. He further said that, keeping in view the special development requirement of the region, the Government of India has made a provision that the budget allocation for the UT of Ladakh will remain non-lapsable, so as to enable the local administration to make full use of these funds as per their development needs. The Home Minister assured the people of UT of Ladakh that they will witness a fast pace of growth and development of the region under the decisive leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
- Expressing his happiness at Indian Oil’s customer-driven approach,Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that today is an important day for the people of Ladakh region as they will now get uninterrupted supply of special winter-grade diesel, which will help reduce the hardships faced by the local people for transportation and mobility during the harsh winter months. This will further facilitate the local economy as well as tourism of the region. Shri Pradhan expressed his gratitude to the Home Minister for launching the special winter-grade diesel and facilitating ease of living for the Ladakh region.
- Shri Pradhan reassured that the UT of Ladakh will have all-round development under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and people-centric welfare initiatives of Home Minister Shri Amit Shah.
- Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines 2018
- The Ministry of Tourism has classified 31 Adventure Tourism Activities which are land-based, water-based and air-based under the revised Guideline ‘Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines – 2018’.
- The detailed criteria for different Adventure Activities is given in the ‘Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines – 2018’ (Version 2.0).
- Adventure tourism activities take place in various States/UTs depending on the terrain and availability of infrastructure and are done under the supervision of State Govts./UTs.
- Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/UT Administrations under various schemes for development of Infrastructure for Adventure Tourism. In addition, Adventure Tourism is regularly highlighted for promotion as part of the Incredible India Campaign in the print, electronic, online and outdoor media in India and abroad as well as the various travel trade exhibitions overseas.
- The accidents occurred through Adventure Tourism are monitored by various State Govts and UTs. Detailed guidelines related to safety & medical emergencies aspects are part of the Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines 2018. These Guidelines have been forwarded to State Govts and UTs Administrations for adoption and compliance.
- The responsibility of dealing with medical emergencies arising during Adventure Tourism activity is with the concerned State Govts /UTs.
3. Winter Session to have 20 sittings between 18th November 2019 to 13th December 2019
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi attended the All Parties Leaders meeting here today. Leaders from all major political parties were present on this occasion and they put forth their views on the upcoming session of Parliament.
- In his remarks, Prime Minister observed that this session of the Parliament will be a special occasion for it will mark the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha and expressed his happiness that special events and activities were being planned to mark this occasion. Prime Minister emphasized that the 250th session of the Upper House provided a unique opportunity for highlighting the unique strengths of the Indian Parliament as well as the Indian Constitution, in providing an overarching framework of governance institutions for a diverse country like India. The backdrop of the session being held as India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi also made it a unique and special occasion.
- Prime Minister, while responding to specific issues raised by the representatives of various political parties said that the Government would work together with all parties in a constructive manner to address pending legislations and frame policy solutions for specific issues related to environment and pollution, the economy, the agricultural sector and farmers, and the rights of women, youth and the less privileged sections of society.
- Prime Minister also complemented the Presiding officers of the two Houses for smooth running of the last session of Parliament and observed that this had helped to create a positive impact amongst the people about the functioning of the legislative arm of Government. In this regard, Prime Minister made a particular mention of the energetic participation by first term members of Parliament on discussions related to diverse issues and expressed the hope that constructive engagement between the Treasury and opposition benches will make the present session a successful and productive one
- Briefing the media persons after the meeting,Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshisaid that the Government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the both the Houses of Parliament, any issue as permitted under Rules of Procedure and sought the co-operation of all the party for the smooth functioning of the House.
- Giving details about the ensuing Winter Session, Shri Joshi informed that The Winter Session, 2019 of Parliament is scheduled to be held from Monday, the 18thNovember, 2019, and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session may conclude on Friday, the 13thDecember, 2019.
- He informed that 27 Bills will be taken up for introduction, consideration and passing. Shri Joshi also informed that two Bills replacing Ordinances namely (i) the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 and (ii) the Taxation of Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 are required to be passed during the ensuing Winter Session.
- Some important pending legislations in the Houses required to be considered and passed during the Session are (i) The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019; (ii) The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019; (iii) The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019; (iv) The InterState River Water Disputes (Amendment), Bill, 2019; (v) The Dam Safety Bill, 2019; (vi) The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019; (vii) The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019; (viii) The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019; and (ix) The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.
- Some important new Bills likely to be introduced, considered and passed during this session apart from the 2 Bills replacing Ordinances are (i) The Pesticides Management Bill, 2019; (ii) The Insolvency & Bankruptcy (Second) Amendment Bill, 2019; (iii) The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019; (iv) The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2019; (v) The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019; (vi) The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019; and (vii) The Arms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Items of Government Business Identified for being taken up in both the Houses of Parliament during ensuing Winter Session, 2019
- Bills for Introduction, Consideration and Passing
- The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (To replace Ordinance);
- The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Sale,
- Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019. (To replace Ordinance);
The Pesticides Management Bill, 2019;
- The Multi State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Companies (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Insolvency & Bankruptcy (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2019;
- The Anti Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019;
- The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019;
- The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Healthcare Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of violence and damage to property) Bill, 2019;
- The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2019;
- The National Police University Bill, 2019;
- The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Disaster Management (First Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection & Management) Bill, 2019;
- The Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2019;
- The Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (— Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2019;
- The Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019;
- The Central Sanskrit University Bill, 2019;
- The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019;
- The Maintenance & Welfare of parents & Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Arms Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
- Bills for Consideration and Passing
(A) Bills pending in Lok Sabha
- The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 as passed by Rajya Sabha;
- The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019
(B) Bills pending in Rajya Sabha
- The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 as passed by Lok Sabha;
- The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment), Bill, 2019 as passed by Lok Sabha;
- The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 as passed by Lok Sabha;
- The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 as passed by Lok Sabha;
- The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 as passed by Lok Sabha.
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019;
- The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2019;
- The National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill, 2019; and
- The National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019.
III – Financial Business
- First Batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants (including Railways) for 2019-20
- Bills for Withdrawal In Rajya Sabha
- The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 1987;
- The Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy Pharmacy Bill, 2005;
- The Pesticides Management Bill, 2008;
- The National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011;
- The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013;
- The International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019; and
- The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019
4. President of India to Present President’s Colour to The Indian Naval Academy
· The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Kerala on November 19 and 20, 2019. On November 20, 2019, he will present the President’s Colour to the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala.
· The Indian Naval Academy (INA or INA Ezhimala) is the initial officer training establishment of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, located in Ezhimala, near Payyanur, Kannur district, Kerala.
· Situated between Ezhimala hill and the Kavvayi backwaters, INA has a 7 kilometre beach front on the Arabian Sea. It conducts basic training for all officers inducted into the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. It is the largest naval academy in Asia.
· The Naval Academy (NAVAC) was established in May 1969, while its Ezhimala campus was inaugurated on 8 January 2009 and the name changed to Indian Naval Academy. It shares the 2,452 acres (9.92 km2) site with the naval base depot, INS Zamorin, and the naval hospital, INHS Navjivani.
5. Rajya Sabha debates its journey so far and way forward
· Rajya Sabha, on the first day of its historic 250th Session today took up a discussion on ‘Role of Rajya Sabha in Indian Polity and the Way Forward’. Setting the context for the discussion, Chairman Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Upper House has played significant role in the socio-economic transformation of the country during its journey of last 67 years but ‘all is not well’.
· Shri Naidu referred to the role of Rajya Sabha in transforming the state of affairs in the country at the stroke of freedom marked by poverty, illiteracy, poor healthcare, low level of industrialization and economic growth, social orthodoxy, poor infrastructure, unemployment etc. to being now a leading engine of economic growth and a voice being heard in the complex global order besides substantially improved quality of life of the people.
· The Chairman stressed the need for collective reflection over the journey of the House so far and a sincere introspection over the missed opportunities on the landmark occasion of 250th Session of the House, failing which he said ‘there is an inherent risk of making ourselves irrelevant’.
· Shri Naidu urged the Members to look within to find answer to the question ‘Are we contributing to enhancing the standing of this august institution by our words and deeds both within the House and outside?’ in the context of wider public concern about the functioning of the House.
- Chairman Shri Venkaiah Naidu made 10 suggestions for consideration by the Members of the House for making a difference to the functioning of the House, henceforth. These are;
- Adequacy of the number of the sittings in the context of the House meeting for about 60-70 days in a year now, keeping in view the nature and volume of legislations and time available for discussing issues of public importance;
- Adequacy of the present Rules of Business of the House and changes required, if any;
- Adequacy and effectiveness of various instruments presently available for the members to present their views on legislative proposals and raising issues of public concern;
- Adequacy and effectiveness of the present procedures currently being followed in the House;
- Norms to be followed for enabling equitable and wider participation of members in the debates;
- Ensuring that members with right background and abilities to enrich debates are sent to the House;
- Ensuring self-discipline on the part of the members to ensure compliance with the Rules of the Business for orderly functioning of the House;
- Requirement of infrastructure support to the members to enable informed contribution to the debates in the House ;
- Ensuring adequate presence of members in the House all through the proceedings and in the meetings of the Department Related Standing Committees and other Committees of the House; and
- Technology adoption for improving the functioning of the members and for more lively conduct of the proceedings of the House.
6. North India’s 1st sugar mill which will produce ethanol
· Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India’s first sugar mill which will produce ethanol direct from sugarcane.
· The mill was inaugurated in Pipraich area of Gorakhpur, which is a unit of Uttar Pradesh Sugar and Sugarcane Development Corporation Limited.
· The mills, which previously produced around 8,000 quintals of sugar, will now produce more than 50,000 quintals of sugar every day.
7. ANR National Award
- The veteran actors Srideviand Rekha were conferred with the Akkineni Nageswara Rao National Award for 2018 and 2019
- The award was presented by renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi.
- The award isinstituted by the Akkineni International Foundation and honours those who have made a lasting impact on Indian cinema.
8. Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan takes oath as Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC
- Justice Dr Ravi Ranjantook oath as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.
- Justice Ranjan has been appointed as the 13th Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
- The post was lying vacant since May this year after the former Chief Justice, Anirudh Bosewas appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.
- Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan was a judge in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
- He was elevated to Additional Judge of the Patna High Court on July 14, 2008.
- Later, he was appointed as a permanent judge on January 16, 2010.
- He also served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Patna High Court for a brief period last year.
9. Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi sworn in as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court
- Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshiwas sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura.
- Justice Kureshi was serving as a judge of the Bombay High Court before his transfer to Tripura.
- The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended Justice Kureshi’s elevation as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, but the recommendation was not approved by the Department of Justice.
- World Toilet Day
- World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year.
- It’s all about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.
- World Toilet Day 2019 is drawing attention to those people being left behind without sanitation.
- 2019 Theme: Leaving No One Behind.
- World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nationsinternational observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation Worldwide, 4.2 billion people live without “safely managed sanitation” and around 673 million people practise open defecation.:74 Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to achieve sanitation for all and end open defecation. World Toilet Day exists to inform, engage and inspire people to take action toward achieving this goal. World Toilet Day was established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001. Twelve years later, the UN General Assembly declared World Toilet Day an official UN day in 2013.
- UN-Wateris the official convener of World Toilet Day. UN-Water maintains the official World Toilet Day website and chooses a special theme for each year. In 2019 the theme is ‘Leaving no one behind’, which is the central theme of the Sustainable Development Goals. Themes in previous years include nature-based solutions, wastewater, toilets and jobs, and toilets and nutrition. World Toilet Day is marked by communications campaigns and other activities. Events are planned by UN entities, international organizations, local civil society organizations and volunteers to raise awareness and inspire action.
- Toiletsare important because access to a safe functioning toilet has a positive impact on public health, human dignity, and personal safety, especially for women. Sanitation systems that do not safely treat excreta allow the spread of disease. Serious soil-transmitted diseases and waterborne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery and schistosomiasis can result.
- HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi offered his deepest condolences to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, on the demise of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In this moment of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with the Al Nahyan family and the people of UAE, he added.
- Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyanis the current Presidentof the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, the Supreme Commander of the Union Defence Forceand the chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council. Sheikh Khalifa is also chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which manages $875 billion in assets, the largest amount managed by a nation’s head of state in the world. Collectively, the Al Nahyan family is believed to hold a fortune of $150 billion
- Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as Emir of Abu Dhabi on 2 November 2004 and became the President of the UAE the next day. As Crown Prince, he had already de factocarried out some aspects of the presidency since the late 1990s while his father was facing health problems.
- Rezwana Choudhury Bannya gets ICCR Alumni award in Dhaka
- Renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent from Bangladesh Rezwana Choudhury Bannyahas conferred the ICCR distinguished alumni award in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- The award was given away by the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Dasin a musical function organised by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC).
- Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is widely recognised as a great exponent of Rabindra Sangeet.
- She is known for her distinctive style of singing. She has established a musical school ‘Shurer Dhara’in Bangladesh to carry forward the Guru-Shishya tradition as practised in
- Distinguished Alumni Award was instituted in 2015to recognise foreign students who have studied in various Indian Universities under the ICCR sponsored scholarship schemes and made an exemplary contribution in varied fields.
13. Sri Lankan PM likely to meet new President and discuss modalities
- In Sri Lanka, efforts are on to build consensus on dissolving the parliament and holding fresh elections under an interim government after Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken over as new President.
- Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the appointment of a caretaker cabinet or holding early Parliamentary elections are among the proposals made by the government and opposition. He said that following the Saturday election, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and other party leaders had talks with him.
- Speaker hopes to have talks with party leaders this week to reach a final decision. PM Wickremesinghe party has agreed to hand over the government to Sri Lanka People’s Party(SLPP) led by its leader Mahinda Rajapaksa on the condition that elections be held after February next year.
- Prime Minister is expected to meet new President and discuss the modalities. At least nine ministers have already resigned from the government following the elections.
- Meanwhile, Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed duties as the 7th Executive President at the Presidential Secretariat this morning following religious observances. He was sworn in to the post yesterday. The new President also made appointments for secretary to his office as well as for treasury and defence.
14. China appoints Chris Tang Ping-Keung as new police chief in Hong Kong
- China has appointed new police chief in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government said the new chief’s appointment was made on the recommendation and nomination of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and with the final approval of the State Council in Beijing.
- The new chief, Chris Tang Ping-Keung, said rebutting fake accusations against police and reassuring the public about the force’s mission would be among his priorities. Tang has been on the police force for more than 30 years and takes over from Lo Wai-Chung, who is retiring after 35 years of service.
- Meanwhile, about 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university today, unsure what to do next as food supplies dwindled and a police siege of the campus entered its third day.
15. Indian women clinch five gold medals in Asian Youth Boxing C’ship
· Indian women have clinched five gold, while men bagged two silver at Asian Youth Boxing Championship in Mongolia on Sunday. All five women finalists, Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg) won Gold for the country in a phenomenal sweep.
· Among the men, Selay Soy (49kg) and Ankit Narwal (60kg) settled for the second place after going down in their respective summit clashes. India signed off with 12 medals in the event with bronze coming from Arundhati Choudhury (69kg), Komalpreet Kaur (81kg), Jaismine (57kg), Satender Singh (91kg) and Aman (91kg).