1.Miscellaneous

Naturopathy Day: 18th November

The National Naturopathy Day is observed nationwide on 18 November every year.

The day aims to promote positive mental and physical health through a drugless system of medicine, called as Naturopathy. 

The day was declared by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India in 2018.

Quick Fact: The Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of AYUSH is Shripad Yesso Naik.

2.International Affairs

Team Halo launched by UN to counter misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine

The United Nations launched “Team Halo” to counter misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine

The launch was in collaboration with “the Vaccine Confidence Project” of University of London.

Under the initiative, the scientists are to create social-media friendly videos on COVID-19 vaccine science based on their personal experiences.

Over 22 Indian scientists are part of the “Team Halo”

3.Sports

Novak Djokovic lifts ATP Year-end No. 1 Trophy

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic won the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy.

This is the 6th time he has won the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy.

He has also become the only second player in tennis history, after Pete Sampras, to receive the trophy sixth time.

He was awarded the trophy for finishing 2020 as the year-end No. 1 (world number one).

Quick Fact: Djokovic had finished as world number one in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

4.National Affairs

Assam won best state award in fisheries sector

Assam has won four awards in fisheries sector from the National Fisheries Development Board operating under the Ministry of Fisheries.

The state received the best state award under the category of best hilly and North Eastern State in Fisheries. 

The Assam Apex Cooperative Fish Marketing and Processing Federation Limited (FISHED) won the first place in the category of hilly and North Eastern Government Organization. 

Odisha bagged the best state in marine state category.

Quick Fact: The awards carry Rs 10 lakh prize money, a shawl, a certificate and a momento.

5.India and the World

Four Indian Cities selected by WEF to pioneer roadmap for Smart Cities

The World Economic Forum has selected 36 cities from 22 countries for pioneering a policy road map for smart cities.

The smart cities are being developed under the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance.

Of the 36 cities, 4 are Indian cities, namely: Bengaluru, Faridabad, Indore and Hyderabad.

The selected 36 cities are to collaborate with global experts and enhance their city policies in areas ranging from cyber security to services to be provided to physically challenged people. 

Quick Fact: Some of the other cities selected under the programme are Toronto, London, Moscow, Brasilia, Dubai, Melbourne, etc.

6.Science and Technology

India’s AI supercomputer is among world top 500 most power non-distributed computers

Param Siddhi is a high-performance computing-artificial intelligence (HPC-AI) supercomputer that was established at C-DAC under the National Supercomputing Mission.

The AI Supercomputer has secured rank 63 in TOP 500 most powerful non-distributed computer system list in the world.

Param Siddhi was developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology. 

The supercomputer has a speed of 5.267 petaflops.

Quick Fact: One petaflop is equal to one thousand million million FLoating point Operations (FLOP) per second.

7.International Affairs

Japan and Australia sign Defence Pact in order to counter China

Japan and Australia have signed the “Reciprocal Access Agreement” in order to counter the growing influence of China in the South China sea and in the Pacific Island Nations.

The defence agreement took six years of negotiations. 

The agreement will bring the countries closer amidst militarization in South China sea and series of disputes over islands in East China sea.

Quick Fact: Similar to the “Reciprocal Access Agreement”, India and Australia signed the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement in June 2020. 

8.Miscellaneous

World COPD Day: 18th November

The World COPD Day is observed globally on November 18 every year.

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it  obstructs the airflow in lungs.

The World COPD day is observed in order to increase awareness about the chronic inflammatory lung condition. 

The World COPD day is organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Disease and was first marked in 2002.

Quick Fact: The theme for World COPD Day 2020 is “Living Well with COPD-Everybody, Everywhere”