• Current Affairs , 23 November 2019

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Assam government releases the new Land Policy 2019
    2. ‘Aao School Chalein’
    3. SEBI doubles PMS investment size to Rs 50 lakh
    4. World’s biggest Islamic Congregation “Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima”
    5. Global Buddhist Congregation to begin at Nagsenvan
    6. Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM; Ajit Pawar of NCP takes oath as Deputy CM
    7. 50th IFFI introduces section on silent film viewing with live music
    8. Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as new PM
    9. World Philosophy Day
    • US warns Pakistan of long-term consequences for pursuing China’s Economic Corridor project
    1. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed brothers Mahinda, Chamal Rajapaksa to new Cabinet
    2. Manu, Elavenil, Divyansh treat India to triple gold
    3. India-Bangladesh first pink ball test at Eden Garden
    4. Veda Krishnamurthy to lead India A women’s team in Australia
    5. Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav move into top 5 of T20 ICC rankings

     

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. Assam government releases the new Land Policy 2019

     

    • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal released thenew Land Policy 2019. It was prepared by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. Chief Minister also released the Hand Book of Circulars, Volume-V. It contains the Government Circulars, Office Memorandum, etc. from 1 May 2007 to 30 August 2019.
    • Assam Land Policy 2019:
      ♦ The Land Policy 2019 was approved by Cabinet on 21 October 2019.
      ♦ It was prepared by the department after 30 years. It was last prepared in the year 1989.
      ♦ The state government has put a lot of effort into preparing the Land Policy to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people.
      ♦ The Land Policy would remove complications regarding land allotments and settlements.
      ♦ The Revenue and Disaster Management Department has been recommended to make the Hand Bookavailable to all levels of officials of the department.

     

    1. ‘Aao School Chalein’
    • In Jammu, the Directorate of School Education (DSEJ)has launched a special enrollment drive under the banner ‘Aao School Chalein’ for increasing the enrollment in government schools.
    • As per the Directorate of School Education, the special enrollment drive would be conducted across all the villages and catchment areas of the government schools, under the supervision of chief education officers of all the districts of Jammu Division. Apart from increasing the enrollment in the Government schools, the prime focus of the drive is on the strengthening of pre-schooling of children in the age group of 3 to 5 years.
    1. SEBI doubles PMS investment size to Rs 50 lakh
    • Currently, the minimum ticket size for investing in PMS is Rs 25 lakh.
    • The market regulator also increased the net worth requirement for PMS to Rs 5 crore from Rs 2 crore earlier, giving the existing portfolio managers 36 months to meet the enhanced requirement.
    • The SEBI board in a meeting today also tightened the norms for default disclosure.
    • The regulator has set a deadline of 31 days for listed companies to disclose to the stock exchanges with respect to default. It has set January 1, 20 as the effective date for the change in these provisions.

     

    1. World’s biggest Islamic Congregation “Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima”

     

    • In Madhya Pradesh, the four-day Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima, world’s biggest Islamic Congregation began in Bhopal this morning. More than one million people from 54 countries are expected to attend the congregation which will continue till 25th November.
    • one of the most prominent features of Alami Tablighi Ijtima is that it has no political affiliation. It is a forum for delivering some important religious-spiritual messages to Muslims around the world.
    • As per the information, Ijtima started in the era of Nawabs in Bhopal and now it has become the identity of Bhopal worldwide. The first Alami Tablighi Ijtima took place in Bhopal in 1944 and only 14 people attended it then. Now the number has increased to millions.
    • Thousands of people from various countries across the world including Russia, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reached Bhopal to participate in this event.

     

    1. Global Buddhist Congregation to begin at Nagsenvan

     

    • In Maharashtra, a three-day Global Buddhist Congregation will begin at Nagsenvan in Aurangabad. The inaugural ceremony will take place in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and Mahanayaka Thero from Sri Lanka.
    • Lama will deliver two lectures in the Congregation.
    • The chief organiser of the event and development commissioner of the state Industries Department, Dr Harshdeep Kamble, said that, talks on relevance of Buddhism in the modern world, Buddhist culture and way of life, revival and strengthening of Buddhism, Buddhism for youth held during the congregation.
      It will also have other cultural events.”
    • “Buddhist monks and followers of the religion from across the globe arrived at Aurangabad for attend this Congregation.

     

    6.Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM; Ajit Pawar of NCP takes oath as Deputy CM

     

    • In a sudden development, Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP has taken oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister. Ajit Pawar of the NCP has also taken oath as Deputy Chief Minister.
    • Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered oath to the two leaders. In a sudden twist of events, the BJP and NCP has formed alliance to give a new government to Maharashtra after nearly a month-long wait after the results. Details are awaited.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Devendra Fadnavis for taking oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra for the 2nd term. He also congratulated Ajit Pawar for taking oath as Deputy Chief Minister. In a tweet, the Prime Minister has expressed confidence that they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra.

     

     

    7.50th IFFI introduces section on silent film viewing with live music

     

    • The International Film Festival of India is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Edition in seaside Goa. The Festival witnessed the inauguration of a specially curated section which pays tribute to silent films viewing with live music.
    • The 50th IFFI has introduced a section on silent film viewing with live music. Live music with silent films has its own history. Earlier, films would be conceptualized as a visual spectacle without sound.
    • The only sound would be the live music which would accompany a particular film’s screening at a particular place by an esteemed music composer. With the advent of sound films, this feature of the film viewing experience soon faded out.
    • This year’s IFFI will witness the very significance that a silent film plays. The specially curated section which pays tribute to this lost form of film viewing was inaugurated last night at Kala Academy, Panaji. The inauguration was followed by the screening of the 1925 Soviet film Battleship Potemkin.
    • Master filmmaker and pioneer of montage editing Sergei M. Eisenstein’s classic was considered powerfully seditious by the critics of the time. Two more classics by master filmmakers will also be showcased during the festival.
    • German Expressionist G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is about a charming young woman. The other film is Blackmail by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Celebrated British pianist Jonathan Lindsay will be performing live during the screening of these movies at IFFI.

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as new PM
    • Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother and former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as the new prime minister on Thursday.
    • Gotabhaya on Wednesday named Rajapaksa as the new prime minister after incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe announced his resignation from the post following the election debacle.
    • Rajapaksa, the main opposition leader, will be appointed as prime minister after incumbent Wickremesinghe steps down formally on Thursday, his spokesman Rohan Weliwita was quoted as saying by Times Online.
    • The former president, who will function as Prime Minister of the caretaker cabinet until the general election, is expected to be sworn in at 1 pm before assuming office at around 3 pm, it added.
    • Rajapaksa was appointed the prime minister on October 26, 2018 by the then President Maithripala Sirisena, who sacked Wickremesinghe in a controversial move that plunged the country into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.
    • He resigned in December as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the former strongman’s efforts to cling to premiership untenable.
    • The apex court later unanimously declared that the dissolution of Parliament by Sirisena was “illegal”.
    • Rajapaksa won power in 2005 and went on to become South Asia’s longest-serving leader. He became the country’s youngest ever parliamentarian in 1970 at the age of 24.
    • The two brothers — Rajapaksa and Gotabaya — led a decisive campaign that helped end the island nation’s three decade long civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
    1. World Philosophy Day

    World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) with the following objectives:

    1. to renew the national, subregional, regional and international commitment to philosophy;
    2. to foster philosophical analysis, research and studies on major contemporary issues, so as to respond more effectively to the challenges that are confronting humanity today;
    3. to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and its critical use in the choices arising for many societies from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity;
    4. to appraise the state of philosophy teaching throughout the world, with special emphasis on unequal access;
    5. to underline the importance of the universalization of philosophy teaching for future generations.

    In 2005 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed that World Philosophy Day would be celebrated every third Thursday of November.

    2019 observance

    The 2019 edition aims to highlight the importance of philosophy in different regional contexts. The goal is to obtain regional contributions to global debates on contemporary challenges that support social transformations. The purpose of this approach is to foster regional dynamics, stimulating global collaboration to address major challenges such as migration, radicalization, environmental change, or artificial intelligence.

    Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what is possible to know, and of right and wrong behavior. It comes from the Greek word phílosophía, meaning ‘the love of wisdom.’ It is one of the most important fields of human thought as it aspires to get at the very meaning of life.

     

    10.       US warns Pakistan of long-term consequences for pursuing China’s Economic Corridor project

     

    • The United States warned Pakistan that it faced long-term economic damage with little return if China keeps pursuing its giant infrastructure push.
    • The top US diplomat for South Asia said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor heralded as a game-changer by both Asian countries but this would profit only Beijing and said that the United States offered a better model.
    • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, acting assistant secretary of state for South Asia,  Alice Wells said it needs to be clear, that CPEC is not about aid since it is driven by non-concessionary loans, with Chinese companies sending their own labor and material.
    • She said the corridor is going to take a growing toll on the Pakistan economy, especially when the bulk of payments start to come due in the next four to six years.
    • While acknowledging that the United States could not come to Pakistan with offers from state-run companies, Wells said private US investment, coupled with US grants, would improve the troubled economy’s fundamentals.

     

    11.       Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed brothers Mahinda, Chamal Rajapaksa to new Cabinet

     

    • In Sri Lanka, a new Cabinet comprising 15 ministers was sworn in by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after change of government following Saturday’s Presidential elections.
    • New Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa has been given the portfolio of finance and urban development among others while Dinesh Gunawardana is the new foreign minister.
    • Former Speaker and elder brother in Rajapaksa family, Chamal Rajapaksa has been given agriculture and rural development. There are two ministers from minority Tamil community and a lone woman minister in the cabinet.
    • President Gotabaya said that the interim cabinet will be in place till the next Parliamentary election. He said state ministers will be appointed on Monday. Parliamentary elections are expected after March next year as Parliament cannot be dissolved before that because of constitutional provisions.
    • The changes followed resignation of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister after victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Saturday elections.

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

    1. Manu, Elavenil, Divyansh treat India to triple gold

     

    • Manu Bhaker continued her gold rush this year by winning yet another gold in the women’s 10m air pistol event, this time at the ISSF World Cup Final in Putian, China. Bhaker shot a score of 244.7 in the final in the process setting a new junior world record in the event.
    • Fellow prodigy Elavenil Valarivan also capped an impressive 2019 by winning gold in the women’s 10m air rifle event after shooting 250.8 in the final.
    • Divyansh Singh Panwar also won gold in the men’s 10m air rifle event after shooting a score of 250.1 in the final.
    • This is 17-year-old Panwar’s maiden World Cup Final win in just his first appearance at the tournament.

     

    1. India-Bangladesh first pink ball test at Eden Garden

     

    India today made their debut in the pink-ball era with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ringing the ceremonial bell at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens to mark the country’s first-ever day-night Test against Bangladesh. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has come to watch the match besides the Bangladesh PM, Ms Banerjee and thousands of spectators at the stadium.

    After long resisting the latest innovation in Test cricket, India will join the party that is aimed at increasing crowds and TV audiences for the longest format of the game. Day-night Tests were successfully introduced in 2015 but it took India a new BCCI regime under former captain Sourav Ganguly to take the pink ball plunge. Ahead of the ongoing series, Ganguly convinced the Bangladesh Cricket Board to play a Test under floodlights and now he has arranged a grand spectacle at the Eden Gardens.

    So far, 11 day-night Tests have been played worldwide since Australia and New Zealand played the first-ever pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015.

    Cricket Australia wanted the Adelaide Test to become a permanent day-night fixture and hoped for India to agree but the visitors did not endorse the idea during their most successful tour Down Under.

    Australia’s cricket chief Kevin Roberts had said that he hoped to convince India of the merits of a day-night Adelaide Test on their next tour during the 2020-21 season.

    Under current ICC rules, the touring team can deny the home board’s fixture requests, but that may change soon.

    At home too, India were not open to the idea until Ganguly stepped into the picture and found skipper Virat Kohli on the same page.

    Ganguly has not left any stone unturned to make India’s maiden day-night Test a spectacle to remember. He has also promised a sellout crowd for the first three days of the match.

    The first four days are indeed sold out, according to former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

    Kolkata is awash with pink for the match. Sourav Ganguly tweeted pictures of sweets and buildings in various shades of pink.

    Landmarks like the Big Ben on Laketown, Howrah Bridge, Tata Centre, Eden Gardens, the Elliot Park, and Shahid Minar have been lit up in pink.

    Amid all the hype, India are eyeing a 12th successive home series victory.

    The pace attack of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav took 14 wickets in Indore as the hosts wrapped up the Test inside three days with an innings and 130-run victory.

    Moreover, Kohli registered his 10th innings win as India’s Test captain to go past MS Dhoni’s tally of nine and Mohammad Azharuddin’s eight as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in two-match series.

    The win in Indore was also India’s sixth consecutive Test victory as the hosts equalled their best-ever run in the longest format.

    India had previously won six consecutive Tests under MS Dhoni in 2013.

    As far as the ICC World Test Championship is concerned, India sit at the top of the table with 300 points from 6 wins.

    Squads:

    India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Kuldeep Yadav and Shubman Gill.

    Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (capt), Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Mossadek Hossain, Shadman Islam, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman.

     

     

    14.       Veda Krishnamurthy to lead India A women’s team in Australia

     

     

    • Middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy will lead a 15-member India ‘A’ women’s team during next month’s tour of Australia.
    • While Veda will lead the side, off-spinner Anuja Patil has been named as her deputy for the tour. The squad was picked by the All-India Women’s Selection Committee after meeting in Kolkata
    • Young batter Shefali Verma, who was named player-of-the-tournament for her exploits in India’s 5-0 T20 series win in the West Indies, has also found a place in the squad.
    • India will play three ODIs and as many T20 matches during the tour. India ‘A’ women’s squad:
    • Veda Krishnamurthy (Captain), Anuja Patil (Vice-Captain), Priya Punia, Shafali Verma, Harleen Deol, Devika Vaidya, D. Hemalatha, Tanusree Sarkar, Sushma Verma (Wicket-keeper), Nuzhat Parween (Wicket-keeper), Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Renuka Singh, Manali Dakshini and TP Kanwar.

     

    15.       Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav move into top 5 of T20 ICC rankings

     

     

     

    • India’s Jemimah Rodrigues today jumped to the fourth position in the batting chart as per the latest rankings issued by the International Cricket Council while slow left-arm spinner Radha Yadav is placed second among bowlers in the latest Women’s T20 International Player Rankings.
    • Besides Rodrigues, young Shafali Verma also made significant progress in the just-released T20I Player Rankings, after playing stellar roles in a stunning 5-0 series sweep over the West Indies.
    • Rodrigues moved up three places to the fourth position and teen sensation Verma gained 57 slots to reach 30th position as India leap-frogged the West Indies to the fourth position after the 5-0 victory over the former T20 World champions.
    • The explosive 15-year-old Verma scored her maiden half-century in the first T20I against West Indies Women in St Lucia.
    • There are now three Indian bowlers in the top five as left-arm spinner Radha Yadav has moved up from fifth to the second spot.

     

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