Daily Current Affairs - 17th Nov 2019

17 November: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

  • The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was observed on 17 November 2019. This day is observed every year across the world on the third Sunday of November. It marks appropriate acknowledgment of victims of road traffic crashes and their families.
  • The theme (motto) of this year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was “Life is not a car part”.

Anil Ambani, four others resign as Reliance Communications directors

  • Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani along with four directors have resigned from the company, which is going through insolvency process, according to a regulatory filing.
  • The chief financial officer of the debt-ridden company Manikantan V has also resigned, the filing said.
  • "Shri Anil D Ambani, Smt. Chhaya Virani, Smt. Manjari Kacker have tendered their resignation as Director of Company.

Darjeeling Green Tea & White Tea receive GI Tag

  • Two tea varieties of Darjeeling were registered under “Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999”. It includes Green Tea and White Tea of Darjeeling.
  • Green Tea is made from same tea leaves. However, it does not undergo the process of withering and oxidation. Though Green Tea originated in China, it is spread all over Asia.
  • White Tea is known as the most delicate tea varieties. This is because it is minimally processed. The leaves are harvested before the leaves open completely.
  • Darjeeling Tea was the first product in India to receive GI tag. The tag helps to get an identity in international market. It will also help to boost the production.

DPIIT establishes Development Council for Bicycle

  • Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has set up a Development Council for Bicycle. The council has been constituted for a period of two years. It will stimulate value chain and fuel accelerated demand growth of Make-in-India.
  • It has been setup for vision planning in design, engineering as well as manufacturing bicycles which are comparable with global standards for exports and domestic market.

GoI conducts first ever National Agro Chemicals Congress in New Delhi

  • The National Agro Chemical Congress was conducted for four days in New Delhi. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare hosted the event. It was the first of its kind. It is to be conducted once in three years.
  • The Theme of the Congress was: Country’s Status on various fronts of Agro chemicals.

Health Ministry launches ‘SAANS’ campaign

  • Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched SAANS: ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’ campaign to reduce child mortality due to pneumonia.
  • Under the campaign, a child suffering from pneumonia can be treated with Pre-referral dose of anti-biotic amoxicillin by Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers and Health and wellness centres will use Pulse Oximeter (a device to monitor oxygen saturation) to identify low oxygen levels in blood of a child, and if required, treat him by use of oxygen cylinders.

Home Ministry, UN Women Launches Campaign to End Violence Against Women

  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with UN Women launched an awareness campaign to end violence against women. As part of campaign a ‘UNiTE to End Violence Against Women’ Metro was flagged of at the Sultanpur Metro station in New Delhi.
  • The flag-off took place as part of 16 Days of Activism ‘Orange The World’ global campaign, which is being observed ahead of ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’, marked annually on 25 November and will continue till International Day of Human Rights on December 10.

India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in first test

  • India defeated Bangladesh with an inning and 130 runs within three days of first Cricket Test at Indore, riding on one of the most hostile fast bowling performances in recent times.
  • The victory also gave India 60 points, and they strengthened their position in the World Test Championship table with 300 points in their kitty.

India International Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated in Shillong

  • The 4th edition of India International Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019 was celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya. It was inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma. The festival is a great example of how natural resources and sustainable tourism can be utilised in an effective manner and create value of something which already exists.

Indian challenge in Hong Kong Open ends with Kidambi Srikanth's exit

  • Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of the Hong Kong Open following a straight-game semifinal defeat to Lee Cheuk Yiu 9-21, 23-25.
  • Srikanth had beaten the 23-year-old Lee in straight games at the India Open last year in their only career meeting.
  • With Srikanth's defeat, the Indian challenge Hong Kong Open also came to an end.

International Conference on Yoga held in Mysuru

  • Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) organized a two-day International Conference on Yoga at Mysuru, Karnataka from 15-16 November 2019.
  • During the Conference, the Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik announced that the International Yoga Day 2020 event will be held in Mysuru.

Mumbai tops, Delhi at bottom of tap water quality ranking

  • The Water Quality Report was released by the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs Shri Ram Vilas Paswan. The report is in line with the Jal Jeevan Mission that was launched to provide clean and safe drinking water to all by 2024.
  • Mumbai has topped the quality of tap water ranking released by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Delhi is at the bottom, with all 11 samples failing on 19 parameters.
  • The worst performing cities where only very few or none of the samples were under the Indian Standards were Thiruvananthapuram. Chandigarh, Bhopal, Patna, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Chennai, Dehradun, Kolkata and Jaipur.

Pakistan: First Country to introduce WHO approved Typhoid Vaccine

  • Pakistan becomes the first country to introduce WHO approved typhoid vaccine. The Vaccine is to be used in southern Sindh province as more than 10,000 cases of Typhoid were documented since 2017.
  • The campaign is launched with the support of Geneva based Gavi Vaccine alliance. The Gavi Vaccine Alliance is backed by several global organization such as World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lower vaccine costs for poor countries.

Rezwana Choudhury Bannya gets ICCR Alumni award in Dhaka

  • Renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent from Bangladesh Rezwana Choudhury Bannya was conferred the ICCR distinguished alumni award in Dhaka.
  • The award was given away by the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das in 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 Shantiniketan.

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik-The first Indian to win Italian Golden Sand Art Award

  • Sudarsan Pattnaik becomes the first Indian to win the Italian Golden Sand Art Award, 2019. He was felicitated at the International Scorrna Sand Nativity Fete in Italy. He has also created records of winning the People’s Choice Award, Germany 5 times.
  • Mr Pattnaik created a 10-foot-high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi along with Russian artist Pavel.

Senior journalist Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA President

  • Senior journalist Rajat Sharma resigned from the post of president of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).
  • He cited his inability to continue amidst various pulls and pressures within the organisation. Mr Sharma had joined cricket administration after receiving active backing from former Finance Minister late Arun Jaitley.

Seven Indian boxers enter finals of Asian Youth Boxing Championship

  • Seven Indian boxers - two men and five women - have entered the finals of Asian Youth Boxing Championship at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
  • Among the men, Selay Soy (49kg) and Ankit Narwal (60kg) made the summit clashes, while Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg) made to the finals.
  • Arundhati Choudhury (69kg), Komalpreet Kaur (81kg) and Jaismine (57kg) settled for bronze medals in the women's draw.
  • Satender Singh (91kg) and Aman (91kg) fetched third-place finishes for India in the men's competition.