Current Affairs – November 17, 2020 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are Today’s News Headlines for November 17, 2020

India

Nitish Kumar appointed as Chief Minister of Bihar

On November 16, 2020, Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Biahr by Governor Phagu Chauhan. The 69-year-old CM had continuously run as CM of Bihar since 2005. Only between 2014-15, Jitan am Manjhi was the CM.

‘Statue of Peace’ unveiled at Pali in Rajasthan

PM Modi unveiled ‘Statue of Peace’ to mark the 151st birth anniversary celebrations of Jainacharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj

November 16: National Press Day

National Press Day was celebrated on November 16, 2020. It marks the establishment of the Press Council of India in 1966.

A. M. Arun, Founder of Vasan Eye Care dies in Chennai

On November 16, 2020, the founder of Vasan Eye Care, A. M. Arun (51 years old) passed away in Chennai. In 1991, Arun took over the reins of the family business. Today, the business has 170 eye care hospitals in India and 27 dental Hospitals across 4 states in South India.

Economy & Corporate

DIPAM-World Bank sign Agreements

On November 16, 2020, the World Bank and DIPAM (Department of Investment and Public Asset Management) signed an agreement. Under the agreement, the World Bank is to advise DIPAM on asset monetisation.

WPI-based inflation rate increases to 1.48% in October

Wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation rate rose to 1.48% in October. It was at 1.32% in September.

ICRISAT, Hyderabad permitted to use drones for agricultural research activities

The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) permitted the International Crops Research Institute (ICRISAT), to use drones for agricultural research activities.

World

November 16: International Day for Tolerance

On November 16, 2020, the International Day for Tolerance was observed. The 2020 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence was awarded to Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) from the Democratic Republic in Congo. The prize was awarded for the rescue of child soldiers from militia groups.

Crew 1 Mission: SpaceX, NASA send 4 astronauts to International Space Station

Four astronauts were launched on a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station. On November 15, 2020, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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