World Urbanism Day: 8th November
World Urbanism Day is observed on 8 November globally.
The day is also known as “World Town Planning Day”.
The day aims to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities.
The day is organised by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).
Quick Fact: The day was founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria Della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires.
2.Person in News
MM Kutty to be the chairperson of CAQM
M.M. Kutty has been appointed as the chairperson of Commission for Air Quality Management(CAQM) in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas.
Kutty was the Former Chief Secretary of Delhi.
The CAQM was formed on October 28 after dissolving several pollution-monitoring bodies, including the Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority (EPCA).
CAQM will perform the job of coordinating activities between the State.
3.Conferences and Summits
13th Urban Mobility India Conference 2020 inaugurated
Hardeep S. Puri has inaugurates the 13th Urban Mobility India Conference 2020.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
The conference had focus on innovative measures taken at the national and international level to address the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic to provide accessible and convenient transport to the people.
The objective of the conference was to disseminate information to the cities, whose officials attend the conference to help them keep up-to-date with the latest and best urban transport practices globally.
Quick Fact: The one day conference was held virtually on the theme “Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility”.
India’s longest motorable single-lane bridge inaugurated
India’s longest single-lane motorable suspension bridge was inaugurated.
The bridge is located in Tehri-Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.
The bridge is known as the Dobra-Chanti Jhula (suspension) bridge.
The bridge was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to mark the 20th foundation day of the state on 9th November 2020.
Quick Fact: The bridge is 725-metre long and has been built in 14 years over the Tehri lake.
World Science Day for Peace and Development: 10th November
World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed each year on November 10.
The day highlights the important role that science plays in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
The theme for the day this year is “Science for and with Society”.
Amid the pandemic the focus of World Science Day is on “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic.”
Quick Fact: The Director-General of UNESCO is Audrey Azoulay.
Tezpur Litchi gets the GI tag
The Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) announced that Assam’s Tezpur Litchi has been given the geographical indication (GI) tag.
The application for the GI tagging was made in 2013 by North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Ltd (NERAMAC).
The geographical indication (GI) tags makes the item an incontrovertible proof of their origins in the state, and protects them from production elsewhere.
Tezpur’s Litchi is known for its excellent quality, pleasant flavour, juicy pulp with attractive red colour.
Quick Fact: A geographical indication (GI Tag) is used on a product of specific geographical origin that attains its uniqueness or reputation because of its place of origin.
7.Person in News
Akshay Kumar Singh to head Petronet LNG
Indian Oil Corp (IOC) director- Akshay Kumar Singh has been appointed to be the new managing director and chief executive of the Petronet LNG Ltd.
Petronet LNG Ltd. is the country’s biggest gas importer.
He will replace Prabhat Singh who has completed his 5-year term.
Petronet is a joint venture of IOC, GAIL, Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and BPCL.
Quick Fact: The Chairperson of IOC is Shrikant Madhav Vaidya.
8.Person in News
S Hareesh wins the JCB Prize for Literature
Malayalam author, S Hareesh has been awarded the JCB Prize for Literature 2020.
He has been awarded for his novel Moustache.
The novel was translated into English by Jayasree Kalathil & published by HarperCollins India.
The JCB Prize for Literature is regarded as the richest literary prize in India.