Current Affairs – November 21, 2020 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are Today’s News Headlines for November 21, 2020

India

New envoys of four countries present credentials to President Kovind

On November 20, 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind accepted credentials from new envoys of four countries such as Maldives, Hungary, Tajikistan and Chad.

India-Thailand CORPAT held

The 30th edition of Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy was conducted.

IRNSS accepted as a component of World-Wide Radio Navigation System

IRNSS has been accepted as a component of WWRNS. The IRNSS is Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and WWRNS is World-Wide Radio Navigation System.

National Newborn Week observed from Nov 15 to 21

Ministry of Health to observe National Newborn Week from Nov 15 to Nov 21. Theme:  ‘Quality, Equity, Dignity for every newborn at every health facility and everywhere’.

Economy & Corporate

GoI approves subsidised loans of Rs 3,971 crores for micro-irrigation projects

The Agriculture ministry has nodded to provide subbsidised loans worth Rs 3,971.31 crore to implement micro-irrigation projects. The loans are to be provided through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 launched by International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency, on November 20, 2020 has launched the Energy Technology Perspectives, 2020.

CCI approves acquisition of Future Group by Reliance

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of Future Group by Reliance under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002

OECD MAP 2019 award won by Indo-Japan cooperation

The India-Japan Mutual Agreement Procedure won OECD Mutual Agreement Procedure 2019 Award. The procedure won the award for its highest agreement ratio.

RuPay card Phase-II launched jointly by India and Bhutan

India and Bhutan jointly launched RuPay card Phase II. This will now allow Bhutanese citizens to access RuPay network in India.

Piyush Goyal addresses Asia Health 2020 summit

Minister of Commerce, Piyush Goyal addressed the Asia Health 2020 summit. The summit was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

G20 Finance Ministers’ virtual meeting attended by Nirmala Sitharaman

Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman virtually participated the G20 Finance Ministers meet.

World

Douglas Stuart wins 2020 Booker Prize

A New-York based writer Douglas Stuart won Booker Prize, 2020. He was born in Glasgow.

Mexico: Fourth country to cross 1,00,000 COVID-19 deaths

Mexico passed the 1,00,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths. With this it has become the fourth country after United States, Brazil and India to do so.

Africa Industrialization Day celebrated on Nov 20

The Africa Industrialization Day was celebrated on November 20, 2020. Theme: “Inclusive and sustainable industrialisation in the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) and COVID-19 era”.

World Children’s Day celebrated on November 20

The World Children’s Day was celebrated November 20, 2020. It is celebrated on November 202 as the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Also, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN on November 20.

Indian-origin economist Lord Meghnad Desai resigns from Labour Party

Indian-origin economist Lord Meghnad Desai (80) has resigned as a member of the UK’s Opposition Labour Party. He resigned over its failure to effectively tackle antisemitic racism within its ranks.

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