Current Affairs – November 15, 2020 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are Today’s News Headlines for November 15, 2020

India

Deepotsav celebrations of Ayodhya enter Guinness World Records

On November 13, 2020, Ayodhya’s ‘Deepotsav’ celebrations entered Guinness World Records. As many as 5,84,572 earthen lamps were lit on the banks of river Saryu.

Economy & Corporate

Sanjay Kumar Mishra gets one-year extension as Enforcement Directorate chief

Enforcement Directorate chief Sanjay Kumar Mishra has got one-year extension. He completed two years of his tenure.

World

BRICS Science, Technology & Innovation Ministers Meet held

On November 13, 2020, the BRICS meeting of Science, Technology and Innovation was held. India’s SERB-POWER (Science and Engineering Research Board–Promoting Opportunities For Women in Exploratory Research) initiative was praised during the meet.

15th East Asia Summit held

On November 14, 2020, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS). The summit discussed ways to strengthen the platform. The EAS is a group of  10 ASEAN countries that includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), and also Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the US.

G20 historic debt pact to help poorer nations hit by Covid

On November 13, 2020 , the US, China and other G20 countries agreed on a common approach for restructuring government debt. The guidelines of the approach lays out how debt of poorer nations can be reduced or rescheduled.

November 14: World Diabetes Day

On November 14, 2020, the World Diabetes Day was observed under the theme “The Nurse and Diabetes.”

Sadat Rahman of Bangladesh wins International Children’s Peace Prize

On November 14, 2020, Sadat Rahman of Bangladesh was awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize. The prize was awarded for his work to stop cyber bullying of teens.

UNEP calls for integrated approaches to help save nature, combat climate change

on November 14, 2020, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) called for integrated approaches to help save nature and combat climate change in its report. The report was jointly released by UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC),. It highlights areas where global conservation action can deliver the most to achieve biodiversity goals and mitigate climate change.

‘A Promised Land’: Book of Barack Obama

‘A Promised Land’, a book authored by former US President Barack Obama, is set to be released.

Sports

Khelo India Scheme: 500 private academies to be funded

The Sports Ministry has introduced an incentivisation structure to extend monetary support to 500 private academies. The 14 priority disciplines identified for excellence in 2028 Olympics will be eligible for receiving support in the first phase.

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