Monthly BeePedia November 2020

(General Awareness Digest for Regulatory Body Exams)

The Weekly BeePedia comprises of all the important news related to Finance & Banking, Economy, National, International, State, Science & Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, Defence, Event, Appointments, Awards, Important Days, Obituaries, Books and Sports in an organised and crisp format.
Due to the growing importance of Static related current affairs in exams and for the convenience of the readers we try to provide general news with static related news. Thus, it is a comprehensive document and you would not be requiring any other GA document after this. It will be useful for all exams which require current affairs (RBI Grade A/B, NABARD Grade A/B and Bank POs/Clerk).

FINANCE AND BANKING

  • SEBI introduces code of conduct for mutual fund managers, dealers
    • Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has introduced a code of conduct for fund managers and dealers of asset management companies (AMCs).
  • SEBI extends settlement scheme for illiquid stock option cases till Dec 31
    • SEBI has extended till December 31, 2020 the one-time settlement scheme for entities that executed reversal of trades in stock options segment of the BSE during 2014 and 2015.
  • SEBI raises MFs’ foreign investment limit
    • SEBI has enhanced the overseas investment limit for mutual funds.
    • Mutual funds can make overseas investments, subject to a maximum of $600 million per mutual fund, within the overall industry limit of $7 billion.

ECONOMY

  • HAL signs ?400-cr. tech deal with Tech Mahindra
    • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Tech Mahindra (TM) signed a contract worth ?400 crore for implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to support HAL’s Project Parivartan.
  • Microsoft, NSDC collaborate to empower women
    • Microsoft has collaborated with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart digital skills to more than one lakh underserved women in India over the next 10 months.
  • Maharashtra government inks Rs 35,000-crore MoUs with 15 companies
    • The Maharashtra government has inked MoUs worth around Rs 35,000 crore with 15 companies.
    • The MoUs are expected to create 23,182 jobs in the state.
    • The MoUs were signed during the Investor Summit – ‘Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0’

NATIONAL

  • MP’s Panna Tiger Reserve now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
    • UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme included Panna in India and Fuvahmulah and Addu Atoll in the Maldives, to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. For India it is the twelfth entry, whereas for Maldives second and third after Baa Atoll.
  • Civil service probationers train at Statue of Unity
    • The Centre’s first-ever common foundation course Aarambh (Beginning) for 2019 batch probationer civil servants has begun at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, where around 500 newly recruited bureaucrats are undergoing six-day training.
  • Public Affairs Index-2020
    • The Public Affairs Index-2020 (PAI-2020) is released by the Public Affairs Centre.
    • The city-based not-for-profit organisation is headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan.

INTERNATIONAL

  • Joe Biden elected 46th President of the United States
    • Democratic candidate Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. better known as Joe Biden, is elected the 46th President of the United States.
    • Mr. Biden’s running mate, Kamala Devi Harris, a U.S. Senator from California, will become the first woman and first Indian- and African-American Vice-President of the country.
  • U.S. formally exits Paris climate deal
    • The US formally exited the Paris Climate Agreement. The US exited the pact after a mandatory year-long waiting period ended.
  • Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister
    • Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought five new ministers into her executive.

STATES

  • Punjab govt. inks pact with GAME to support MSMEs
    • The Punjab government has signed an agreement with the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) to improve 'ease of doing business' for MSMEs in the state under Omidyar Network India's 'ReSolve Initiative'.
  • India's first solar-powered miniature train launched at Veli Tourist Village in Kerala
    • A solar energy-driven miniature train, billed as the country's first of its kind, was inaugurated at the Veli Tourist Village in Kerala by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • Kerala launches Parivarthanam scheme for better livelihood of fisherfolk
    • A pioneering eco-sustainable programme Parivarthanam, to help the fishing community was launched in Kerala, aiming to improve the livelihood skills of youngsters along the coastline and also enable socio-economic uplift of the fishermen community.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • ISRO launched earth observation satellite EOS-01
    • The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched the earth observation satellite, EOS-01, on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
    • The EOS-01 satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • L&T delivers first launch hardware for Gaganyaan mission ahead of schedule
    • Larsen & Toubro has delivered the Middle segment of the world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster – ‘S-200’ for the Gaganyaan Launch Vehicle to ISRO ahead of schedule.
  • Stanford University Names World's Top 2% Scientists, 36 Are From 2 IITs
    • At least 14 scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Banaras Hindu University have figured among the top two per cent scientists in a global list compiled by the prestigious Standford University.
  • Virgin Hyperloop completes first human trial
    • Virgin Hyperloop made history as the first people successfully travelled in a hyperloop pod at the DevLoop test facility in the United States.

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • TRIFED signs MoU with JD Centre of Arts
    • Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED) has signed MoU with JD Centre of Arts for collaborating on joint socio-cultural research work and anthropological study of tribal art and tradition in tribal dominated regions of India.
  • Indo-Dutch ‘Centre of excellence for vegetables, flowers’ opens in Kerala
    • An Indo-Dutch Centre of excellence (CoE) for vegetables and flowers has been opened in Kerala's Wayanad district
  • Agriculture Ministry organizes virtual meet on ‘Value Chain Creation for Kiwi Fruit – Farm to Fork’
    • The Ministry of Agriculture along with Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland organized a virtual meeting on ‘Value Chain Creation for Kiwi fruit – Farm to Fork’.

DEFENCE

  • Bangladesh and US launch joint naval exercise CARAT Bangladesh 2020
    • The Bangladesh and US navies launched the ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020’ to expand relationships and broaden maritime awareness between the two countries.
  • India, US, Japan and Australia kick-start Malabar naval exercise in Bay of Bengal
    • The navies of India, United States, Japan and Australia kick started the first phase of the Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal.
  • Enhanced version of Pinaka Mk-1 missile successfully flight-tested
    • An enhanced version of the Pinaka Mk-1 missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

EVENTS

  • 8th India-Mexico Joint Commission Meeting
    • The 8th India- Mexico Joint Commission Meeting was held through Video-Conference.
    • The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of Republic of India (EAM) and H. E. Marcelo Ebrard, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States.
  • Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) 2020 conference
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) 2020 conference in a bid to attract investments into the country.
  • 8th meeting of India-UAE High Level Joint Task Force on Investments
    • The eighth meeting of the India-UAE High Level Joint Task Force on Investments was hosted by India virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The meeting was co-chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.
  • 40th SAARCFINANCE Governors' Group Meeting
    • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das inaugurated and chaired the 40th meeting of the SAARCFINANCE Governors' Group.

AWARDS AND REWARDS

  • Kerala Tourism bags World Travel Mart London award
    • Kerala Tourism has been bestowed the coveted 'Highly Commended' Award by World Travel Mart London, as a recognition for its remarkable activities aimed at promoting Responsible Tourism (RT) during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Hariharan bags JC Daniel award for lifetime contributions to Malayalam cinema
    • Noted filmmaker Hariharan has been selected for the JC Daniel Award, Kerala government’s highest honour for lifetime contributions to Malayalam cinema.
  • Writer Paul Zacharia selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram
    • Noted Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia has been selected for this year’s Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the Kerala government’s highest literary honour.
  • International Children’s Peace Prize 2020
    • Sadat Rahman Shakib from Bangladesh won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020. He was awarded the prize for his involvement in setting up his social organization and mobile app ‘Cyber Teens’ to stop cyberbullying.

SPORTS

  • Jio named title sponsor for 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge
    • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Jio as the title sponsor for the 2020 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge scheduled to be played from November 4 to November 9, in Sharjah.
  • Lewis Hamilton Wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
    • Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
    • His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was second. Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo placed third.
  • Shane Watson announces retirement from all forms of cricket
    • Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener, formally announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Paris Masters 2020
    • Russian Daniil Medvedev won his maiden Paris Masters title by defeating German Alexander Zverev.
  • West Indies Michael Holding Appointed MCC Foundation Patron
    • Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has been appointed as a new patron of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Foundation.

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The Weekly BeePedia comprises of all the important news related to Finance & Banking, Economy, National, International, State, Science & Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, Defence, Event, Appointments, Awards, Important Days, Obituaries, Books and Sports in an organised and crisp format.
Due to the growing importance of Static related current affairs in exams and for the convenience of the readers we try to provide general news with static related news. Thus, it is a comprehensive document and you would not be requiring any other GA document after this. It will be useful for all exams which require current affairs (RBI Grade A/B, NABARD Grade A/B and Bank POs/Clerk).

FINANCE AND BANKING

  • SEBI introduces code of conduct for mutual fund managers, dealers
    • Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has introduced a code of conduct for fund managers and dealers of asset management companies (AMCs).
  • SEBI extends settlement scheme for illiquid stock option cases till Dec 31
    • SEBI has extended till December 31, 2020 the one-time settlement scheme for entities that executed reversal of trades in stock options segment of the BSE during 2014 and 2015.
  • SEBI raises MFs’ foreign investment limit
    • SEBI has enhanced the overseas investment limit for mutual funds.
    • Mutual funds can make overseas investments, subject to a maximum of $600 million per mutual fund, within the overall industry limit of $7 billion.

ECONOMY

  • HAL signs ?400-cr. tech deal with Tech Mahindra
    • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and Tech Mahindra (TM) signed a contract worth ?400 crore for implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to support HAL’s Project Parivartan.
  • Microsoft, NSDC collaborate to empower women
    • Microsoft has collaborated with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart digital skills to more than one lakh underserved women in India over the next 10 months.
  • Maharashtra government inks Rs 35,000-crore MoUs with 15 companies
    • The Maharashtra government has inked MoUs worth around Rs 35,000 crore with 15 companies.
    • The MoUs are expected to create 23,182 jobs in the state.
    • The MoUs were signed during the Investor Summit – ‘Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0’

NATIONAL

  • MP’s Panna Tiger Reserve now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
    • UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme included Panna in India and Fuvahmulah and Addu Atoll in the Maldives, to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. For India it is the twelfth entry, whereas for Maldives second and third after Baa Atoll.
  • Civil service probationers train at Statue of Unity
    • The Centre’s first-ever common foundation course Aarambh (Beginning) for 2019 batch probationer civil servants has begun at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, where around 500 newly recruited bureaucrats are undergoing six-day training.
  • Public Affairs Index-2020
    • The Public Affairs Index-2020 (PAI-2020) is released by the Public Affairs Centre.
    • The city-based not-for-profit organisation is headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Kasturirangan.

INTERNATIONAL

  • Joe Biden elected 46th President of the United States
    • Democratic candidate Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. better known as Joe Biden, is elected the 46th President of the United States.
    • Mr. Biden’s running mate, Kamala Devi Harris, a U.S. Senator from California, will become the first woman and first Indian- and African-American Vice-President of the country.
  • U.S. formally exits Paris climate deal
    • The US formally exited the Paris Climate Agreement. The US exited the pact after a mandatory year-long waiting period ended.
  • Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister
    • Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought five new ministers into her executive.

STATES

  • Punjab govt. inks pact with GAME to support MSMEs
    • The Punjab government has signed an agreement with the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) to improve 'ease of doing business' for MSMEs in the state under Omidyar Network India's 'ReSolve Initiative'.
  • India's first solar-powered miniature train launched at Veli Tourist Village in Kerala
    • A solar energy-driven miniature train, billed as the country's first of its kind, was inaugurated at the Veli Tourist Village in Kerala by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • Kerala launches Parivarthanam scheme for better livelihood of fisherfolk
    • A pioneering eco-sustainable programme Parivarthanam, to help the fishing community was launched in Kerala, aiming to improve the livelihood skills of youngsters along the coastline and also enable socio-economic uplift of the fishermen community.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • ISRO launched earth observation satellite EOS-01
    • The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched the earth observation satellite, EOS-01, on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
    • The EOS-01 satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • L&T delivers first launch hardware for Gaganyaan mission ahead of schedule
    • Larsen & Toubro has delivered the Middle segment of the world’s third-largest solid propellant rocket booster – ‘S-200’ for the Gaganyaan Launch Vehicle to ISRO ahead of schedule.
  • Stanford University Names World's Top 2% Scientists, 36 Are From 2 IITs
    • At least 14 scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Banaras Hindu University have figured among the top two per cent scientists in a global list compiled by the prestigious Standford University.
  • Virgin Hyperloop completes first human trial
    • Virgin Hyperloop made history as the first people successfully travelled in a hyperloop pod at the DevLoop test facility in the United States.

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • TRIFED signs MoU with JD Centre of Arts
    • Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED) has signed MoU with JD Centre of Arts for collaborating on joint socio-cultural research work and anthropological study of tribal art and tradition in tribal dominated regions of India.
  • Indo-Dutch ‘Centre of excellence for vegetables, flowers’ opens in Kerala
    • An Indo-Dutch Centre of excellence (CoE) for vegetables and flowers has been opened in Kerala's Wayanad district
  • Agriculture Ministry organizes virtual meet on ‘Value Chain Creation for Kiwi Fruit – Farm to Fork’
    • The Ministry of Agriculture along with Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland organized a virtual meeting on ‘Value Chain Creation for Kiwi fruit – Farm to Fork’.

DEFENCE

  • Bangladesh and US launch joint naval exercise CARAT Bangladesh 2020
    • The Bangladesh and US navies launched the ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020’ to expand relationships and broaden maritime awareness between the two countries.
  • India, US, Japan and Australia kick-start Malabar naval exercise in Bay of Bengal
    • The navies of India, United States, Japan and Australia kick started the first phase of the Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal.
  • Enhanced version of Pinaka Mk-1 missile successfully flight-tested
    • An enhanced version of the Pinaka Mk-1 missile, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

EVENTS

  • 8th India-Mexico Joint Commission Meeting
    • The 8th India- Mexico Joint Commission Meeting was held through Video-Conference.
    • The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of Republic of India (EAM) and H. E. Marcelo Ebrard, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States.
  • Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) 2020 conference
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable (VGIR) 2020 conference in a bid to attract investments into the country.
  • 8th meeting of India-UAE High Level Joint Task Force on Investments
    • The eighth meeting of the India-UAE High Level Joint Task Force on Investments was hosted by India virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The meeting was co-chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.
  • 40th SAARCFINANCE Governors' Group Meeting
    • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das inaugurated and chaired the 40th meeting of the SAARCFINANCE Governors' Group.

AWARDS AND REWARDS

  • Kerala Tourism bags World Travel Mart London award
    • Kerala Tourism has been bestowed the coveted 'Highly Commended' Award by World Travel Mart London, as a recognition for its remarkable activities aimed at promoting Responsible Tourism (RT) during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Hariharan bags JC Daniel award for lifetime contributions to Malayalam cinema
    • Noted filmmaker Hariharan has been selected for the JC Daniel Award, Kerala government’s highest honour for lifetime contributions to Malayalam cinema.
  • Writer Paul Zacharia selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram
    • Noted Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia has been selected for this year’s Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the Kerala government’s highest literary honour.
  • International Children’s Peace Prize 2020
    • Sadat Rahman Shakib from Bangladesh won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020. He was awarded the prize for his involvement in setting up his social organization and mobile app ‘Cyber Teens’ to stop cyberbullying.

SPORTS

  • Jio named title sponsor for 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge
    • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Jio as the title sponsor for the 2020 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge scheduled to be played from November 4 to November 9, in Sharjah.
  • Lewis Hamilton Wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
    • Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
    • His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was second. Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo placed third.
  • Shane Watson announces retirement from all forms of cricket
    • Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener, formally announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Paris Masters 2020
    • Russian Daniil Medvedev won his maiden Paris Masters title by defeating German Alexander Zverev.
  • West Indies Michael Holding Appointed MCC Foundation Patron
    • Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has been appointed as a new patron of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Foundation.

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