1.Person in News

Bahrain’s PM Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa passes away

Bahrain’s Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa passed away.

He was the longest-serving prime minister of Bahrain.

He was the world’s longest-serving prime minister as well and had held the post since independence in 1971.

In 1970,  he was named as the head of the state council, the executive branch of government which became the council of ministers after independence from Britain.

Quick Fact: The King of Bahrain isHamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

2.Miscellaneous

Public Service Broadcasting Day: 12th November

Public Service Broadcasting Day is observed every year on 12 November.

The day is observed to commemorate the first and only visit of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947.

On 12 November 1947, Mahatma Gandhi had addressed the displaced people (refugee from Pakistan), who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

The day was declared as Public Service Broadcasting Day or (Jan Prasaran Diwas) in 2000.

3.National Affairs

2nd National Water Awards presented

National Water Awards (NWAs) for 2019 was presented by the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu.

This was the second edition of the award.

Tamil Nadu has bagged the Best State Award, followed by Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

The award ceremony was organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Quick Fact: The Minister of Jal Shakti is Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

4.National Affairs

Aatma Nirbhar Package 3.0 announced

The Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitaraman has announced the ‘Aatmanirbhar’ Package 3.0.

According to Finance Minister, PMI rose to 58.9 in October 2020 indicating strong recovery of the economy

The Union Cabinet has approved a Rs 2 lakh crore production-linked incentive (PLI) package to boost demand in the country.

new Scheme “Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana” was launched to incentivise the creation of new employment opportunities during the COVID recovery phase.

5.Defence and Security

5th Scorpene Submarine “Vagir” launched

The Indian Navy launched the fifth Scorpene submarine “Vagir”.

The submarine was launched at the Mazagon Dock of south Mumbai.

The submarine is capable of taking missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine laying, intelligence gathering and area surveillance.

Vagir forms a part of six Kalvari class submarines that is being built in India.

Quick Fact: Kaveri class submarines were designed by the French Navy and an energy company DCNS.

6.Person in News

Kash Patel appointed as Chief of Staff to acting US Defence Secretary

Indian-American Kash Patel has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Acting US Defence Secretary.

The acting US Defence Secretary is Chris Miller. 

Chris Miller was appointed after Donald Trump fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper.

Kashyap Pramod Patel, also known as Kash Patel, has previously served as senior counsel for counter-terrorism at the House Permanent Select Committee.

7.National Affairs

Hornbill Festival to be celebrated virtually

Nagaland government has decided to celebrate the Hornbill Festival virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival is also called the Festival of Festivals. 

It is held from December 1 to 10 every year.

It showcases the culture, heritage, food and customs of Naga tribes. 

Quick Fact: The Chief Minister of Nagaland is Neiphiu Rio.

8.National Affairs

Fifteenth Finance Commission Report

The Fifteenth Finance Commission has submitted its report to the President of India.

The Commission recommended that the states shall get 41% of central tax revenues. 

The commission recommended the states to keep aside at least 8% of their budget for building health care capacities.

The Finance Commission also recommended setting up of Modernisation of Defence and Internal Security Fund.

Quick Fact: The Fifteenth Finance Commission was headed by N K Singh.