Daily Current Affairs - 30th Nov 2019

44 killed in anti-government protests in Iraq

  • Iraqi security forces have shot dead 44 people in the country's south in one of the bloodiest days of violence since the anti-government protests erupted in early October. Another 233 people were wounded in the crackdown on protests in Nasiriya.

Australia: Global climate protests kick off in smoke-covered Sydney

  • In Australia, protesters in smoke-covered Sydney kicked off a fresh round of global protests against climate change. Activists and schoolchildren picketed the headquarters of the ruling Conservative Liberal Party.
  • The target of the protesters' ire was Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has angrily denied any link between the fires and climate change while defending his support for fossil fuels.
  • Protesters in several Asia-Pacific cities are responding to 16-year-old climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg's call to action. The protests have taken on extra urgency in Australia, where hundreds of damaging bushfires devastated country's southeast recently.

Core sector output for October contracts further to 5.8 per cent

  • The core sector for the month of October further contracted to 5.8% from the 5.2% contraction seen in September. The index was dragged down by electricity which reported a de-growth of 12.4% vs -3.7% in September.
  • Coal production declined by 17.6% in October vs a de-growth of 20.5 %. Crude Oil production declined by 5.1% in October, 2019 over October, 2018.
  • October steel output contracted to 1.6% vs -0.3%, cement output contracted to 7.7% vs -2.1% and natural gas output contracted to 5.7% vs -4.9% in September.
  • October refinery products output grew to 0.4% vs -6.7% in September.
  • The index of eight core industries comprises coal, crude oil, natural gas, steel, cement, electicity, fertilizer and refinery products. The index makes up 40.27% of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

Davis Cup: Ramkumar, Sumit trample Pakistan on day one, India lead 2-0

  • India raced to a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie as Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal toyed with their teen rivals from Pakistan, at Nur-Sultan.
  • Veteran Leander Paes and debutant Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will now look to seal the tie when they clash with Hufaiza and Shoaib in the doubles rubber tomorrow.
  • The winner of the tie will travel to Croatia for the World Group Qualifiers, to be held on 6th and 7th of March next year.

FASTag deadline extended to December 15

  • The Union Government has extended the date for making FASTag mandatory for toll payments on National Highways to 15th of next month. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had earlier announced that from 1st of December, toll payments on highways would be accepted through FASTags only.
  • In order to save fuel, time and pollution and to ensure seamless movement of traffic, the government has launched the National Electronic Toll Collection program which provides for the collection of user fee through FASTag.
  • National Highways Authority of India has equipped all Fee Plazas with Electronic Toll Collection System and to ease in availability of FASTag, it has also launched MyFASTag APP whereby all information regarding FASTag can be obtained.

GDP Growth At 4.5% In July-September, Worst in More Than 6 Years

  • According to official data, India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed to 4.5 per cent in the July-September period which marked the slowest pace of economic expansion recorded since the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
  • Consumer demand and private investment weakened and a global slowdown hit exports, hurting the economy, which had expanded 5.0 per cent in the previous quarter. The economy is struggling against a growth slowdown due to low demand and thousands of job losses across sectors.
  • Growth in 'agriculture, forestry and fishing' and 'mining and quarrying' was at 2.1 and 0.1 per respectively, whereas 'manufacturing' activity contracted 1 per cent.
  • Three economic activities - 'trade, hotels, transport, communication and services related to broadcasting', 'financial, real estate and professional services' and 'public administration, defence and other services' - registered growth rates above 4.3 per cent in the September quarter.

India to set up 12 hi-tech parks in Bangladesh

  • The Bangladesh government will construct 12 hi-tech parks in the country with the help of the Indian government within next four years. After the completion of hi-tech parks, 30 thousand of youths will be trained as skilled IT manpower.
  • These 12 hi-tech parks in Bangladesh will be built at a cost of $193 million.

India, Japan to hold Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi

  • India-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue, two plus two will be held in New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will head the Indian delegation.
  • The meeting would provide an opportunity for the two sides to further strengthening defence and security cooperation to provide greater depth to the ‘India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership’.
  • The two sides will also exchange views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and their efforts for achieving their shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress for a better future for the people of the two countries and the region.

Japan: Former PM Yasuhiro Nakasone dies at 101

  • Yasuhiro Nakasone, one of the longest-reigning Prime Ministers of Japan has died at the age of 101. Nakasone, Prime Minister from 1982 to 1987, shared the world stage with Reagan and Margaret Thatcher while battling with bureaucrats over domestic reforms.
  • In 1983, he became the first Japanese Premier to officially visit South Korea, mending fences with a country that Japan had brutally colonized from 1910 to 1945.

Lankan Army contingent leaves for India to participate in joint military exercise

  • A Sri Lankan Army contingent left for India to participate in the annual joint military exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lanka Army. The Exercise Mitra Shakthi - VII will commence on Sunday at Kumaon Regiment camp premises in Pune.
  • The two-week-long military exercise to be held for the seventh time is designed to enhance capacity among participants and promote interoperability, military cooperation, the conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of experiences and explore possibilities for any potential security threats in future.
  • Mitra Shakthi is an annual training programme that has been conducted between both organizations since the year 2012.

PIB establishes a fact-checking unit to combat fake news against government

  • The Press Information Bureau of India has set up a fact-checking unit to verify news related to the various ministries to combat fake news. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has urged people to email snapshots of any dubious material they come across on any platform including social media and get it verified.
  • People can send a snapshot or URL of dubious material at pibfactcheck@gmail.com.

PM Modi announces 400-million-dollar line of credit to Sri Lanka

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a 400-million-dollar Line of Credit of to Sri Lanka to boost the island nation's development. Mr Modi said that India will also extend a 50 million dollars Line of Credit to Sri Lanka to fight terrorism.
  • Mr. Modi has assured the Sri Lankan President of India's full assistance in taking his country on the path of rapid development. Mr Modi said, India gives priority to its relations with Sri Lanka under its Neighbourhood First' Policy.

S Korea cuts growth forecast to weakest in decade

  • South Korea’s central bank has cut its growth forecast for this year to two percent, which would be the weakest rate in a decade. The two per cent figure would be the slowest expansion since 2009, when the country posted 0.8 percent growth in the wake of the global economic crisis.
  • The world's 11th-largest economy is highly dependent on international commerce but is grappling with the fallout of a prolonged China-US trade dispute and embroiled in a spat of its own with neighbouring Japan.

Sathiyan wins both group matches to enter last-16 in ITTF World Cup

  • India's G.Sathiyan has won both his group matches against higher-ranked opponents to enter the round of 16 in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Men's World Cup at Chengdu, China. The Indian topped top group D standings with four points to book a pre-quarterfinal berth.

Shooting: Angad Bajwa unofficially hits world record score in skeet final

  • Angad Vir Singh Bajwa has unofficially hit a world record score in the men's skeet final at the 63rd National Shooting Championships for Shotgun events in New Delhi. Angad defeated his senior and fellow Tokyo 2020 quota winner Mairaj Ahmad Khan of Uttar Pradesh, shooting a clean 60. Mairaj scored 58.
  • Angad also equalled a record he jointly holds with skeet legend Vincent Hancock and two others.

Suriname president sentenced to 20 yrs over executions of political opponents

  • A military court in Suriname has sentenced President Desi Bouterse to 20 years in prison over the executions of political opponents, when he was the South American country's dictator in the 1980s. Mr Bouterse is on a state visit to China and will appeal the judgement when he returns next week.
  • Mr Bouterse has dominated Suriname's politics since taking power in a 1980 military coup.

Syed Modi International tournament: Sourabh Verma, Rituparna Das to play their semifinals

  • Sourabh Verma will face Korea's Heo Kwang Hee for a place in the men's singles final of Syed Modi International Championships in Lucknow. Sourabh notched up a 21-19, 21-16 victory over Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn, in the quarterfinal match.
  • In the women's singles, Rituparna Das will face Thailand's Phittayaporn Chaiwan today. Rituparna overcame Shruti Mundada 24-26, 21-10, 21-19 in an all-Indian quarterfinal to enter the last-four stage.

Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy: K'taka thrash Haryana by 8 wickets in semi-final

  • Defending champions Karnataka romped into the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy after thrashing Haryana by eight wickets in the first semi-final in Surat. The highlight of the match was Abhimanyu Mithun taking five wickets in an over and became the first bowler in the domestic circuit to claim a hat-trick in all the formats.
  • Asked to bat first, Haryana piled up 194 for eight wickets on the board but Karnataka chased it in 15 overs with half-centuries by openers Devdutt Padikkal putting up 87 and K L Rahul scoring 66 runs.

Uddhav Thackeray To Take Maharashtra Floor Test Today

  • Uddhav Thackeray, who took oath as Chief Minister on Thursday evening after a week of political whirlwind in Maharashtra, will face a floor test in the assembly on 30th november. NCP MLA Dilip Walse Patil will be the pro-tem or temporary Speaker for the special session of the Maharashtra Assembly.
  • Uddhav Thackeray heads an alliance of the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, also called Maha Vikas Aghadi. Together, the three parties have 154 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly, nine more than the majority mark. They also have the support of some Independents, taking their strength to 165.

US President Trump announces resumption of peace talks with Taliban

  • US President Donald Trump has announced the resumption of peace talks with the Taliban but refused to give a timeline for the drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan, as he made an unannounced visit to American soldiers stationed in the war-torn country. Trump said the terms of the deal would have to include a Taliban ceasefire.

Volleyball: Indian teams enter semis of 13th South Asian Games

  • Indian men and women volleyball teams have entered the semifinals of 13th South Asian Games. In the last group 'A' match, Indian men’s team defeated host Nepal in straight sets by 25-15, 25-13 and 25-16 in Kathmandu. India will now take on runners up of Group 'B' in the first semifinal tomorrow.
  • Earlier in the day, Indian Women’s team defeated Bangladesh in the last match of Group 'A' 25-8, 25-11 and 25-9.

World-renowned rock climber Brad Gobright dies in Mexico fall

  • A world-renowned rock climber, US national Brad Gobright, fell to his death while climbing a sheer rock face in northern Mexico. Gobright and fellow American Aidan Jacobson were climbing a route known as the Shining Path in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.
  • The men had finished climbing the 900-metre summit and were rappelling back down when the accident occurred. Gobright was known for his gravity-defying solo ascents with no ropes.

YES Bank gets USD 2 billion funding from eight investors

  • Yes Bank said that eight investors led by Erwin Singh Braich have evinced interest to pump USD 2 billion into the capital-starved private sector lender. The board of directors of the bank will reconvene on December 10 to finalize and approve details of capital infusion, which will take place through preferential allotment.