1.International Affairs

Joe Biden has won the US presidential election

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. defeated Donald Trump to become the 46th U.S. president. 

Biden’s electoral college vote counted to 290, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House. 

Alongside Biden, California Senator Kamala Harris, becomes the first Black and Indian-American woman to serve as vice president.

Biden has become the oldest president-elect in U.S. history.

2.Miscellaneous

National Legal Services Day: 09 November

In India,“National Legal Services Day’ is observed  every year on 9th November.

It is observed by all Legal Services Authorities, to commemorate the enactment of the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987.

The Day is observed to make people aware of the various provisions under the Legal Services Authorities Act and about the right of the litigants. 

The day was started by the Supreme Court of India in 1995 to provide help and support to poor and weaker sections of the society.

3.India and the World

Vidya Balan’s short film ‘Natkhat’ becomes eligible for Oscar nomination

The Indian film ‘Natkhat’, starring and co-produced by Vidya Balan, won the top prize at the third edition of Best Of India Short Film Festival 2020. 

With this honour, the film has become eligible for 2021 Oscar qualification. 

The film is directed by Shaan Vyas and co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan.

The film won cash prize money of $2,500 and an opportunity for a television broadcast deal on ShortsTV. 

4.Person in News

Vidisha Maitra elected to UN advisory committee

Vidisha Maitra was elected to the UN’s Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ). 

The election was tightly contested and Maitra won with 126 UN members supporting her.

The opposing candidate who was from Iraq.

The UN’s Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) is one of the most coveted in the United Nations system as it controls the financial and budgetary purse of the UN.

5.India and the World

Atal Innovation Mission-Sirius Programme

The Atal Innovation Mission-Sirius Innovation Programme has been launched for Indian and Russian school children.

The objective of the programme is to develop technological solutions for both India and Russia.

The programme will be held between November 7, 2020 and November 21, 2020. 

The innovations developed by the students is to be from the field of block chain, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Quick Fact: SIRIUS stands for Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station.

6.National Affairs

First Solar based Integrated Multi Village Water Supply Project inaugurated

First Solar based Integrated Multi Village Water Supply Project has been inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh.

The project was inaugurated by Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

The project is as per the vision of PM Modi for the utilization of multiple resources.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu was also present at the event.

7.Defence and Security

Model of Anti-Satellite Missile system inaugurated

The Model of Anti-Satellite Missile system was inaugurated at Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO).

The model was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri Raj Nath Singh.

The DRDO had successfully conducted anti-satellite missile test-fire at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.

The Anti-Satellite Weapon is designed to destroy satellites for military purposes.

Quick Fact: India had tested its Anti-Satellite weapon in 2019 under its operation code named “Operation Shakti”.

8.International Affairs

Sudan has been removed from State sponsors of Terrorism List

Sudan has been removed from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. 

State Sponsors of Terrorism List is a list generated by the United States.

The list has names of countries that are repeatedly providing support to international terrorism.

International Terrorism is a brand provided by United Nations through resolution process at the General Assembly.

Quick Facts: The list was first generated in 1979 with Iraq, South Yemen, Libya and Syria.