Current Affairs: November 20, 2018

Main current events of November 20, 2018 are as follows:

National Current Events

Center for Science and Environment (CSE) awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was awarded with Indira Gandhi Prize for combating environmental deterioration and in influencing public policies and programmes that have benefitted social and economic development in India.
12-day long India-USA joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commences in Jaipur

‘Vajra Prahar’ military exeecise between India and US started in Jaipur. Exercise includes hostage rescue, building intervention, desert survival, medical aid and combat firing, the Special Forces will undertook outdoor exercise to validate their practices.
India-Russia joint military exercise INDRA 18 started

Indra’ is bilateral military exercise between India and Russia. Exercise will lead to practice of joint planning to enhance inter-operability of the two armies in peace keeping environment under the aegis of the UN.
Sulabh International introduces India’s first “sewer cleaning machine”

Sulabh International introduced India’s first “sewer cleaning machine” to reduce sewer deaths and put an end to the unsafe practice of manual scavenging.
Govt to set up a National Institute of Inter-Faith Studies in Punjab

Institute of Inter-Faith Studies will be set up in Punjab to promote brotherhood and diversity to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Govt. observing Qaumi Ekta Week from November 19 to 25

‘Qaumi Ekta Week’, National Integration Week is observed from the 19 to 25 November with an aim to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony, national integration in the nation.
Nabam Runghi, credited to be the man behind making Itanagar the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, dies at 84

Runghi was the first agency council member of the then North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). He carried bricks collected from the Ita Fort, a 500-year-old fort in Itanagar to the then Assam capital Shillong to prove that Itanagar is major historical place and worthy to be made capital.
Biography titled ‘Didi: The Untold Mamata Banerjee’ by Shutapa Pal released

“Didi: The Untold Mamata Banerjee” authored by Shupata Pal shows unique position the Trinamool Congress supremo and establishes her as a national figure.
Economy & Corporate Events
PM Modi launches grand challenge for improving Ease of Doing Business

Grand challenge will invite innovative ideas based on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other cutting-edge technology to reform Government processes.
Govt launches chatbot loaded AirSewa digital platform for air passengers

AirSewa 2.0 is the upgraded version of the web portal and mobile app which provides chatbot support for a faster resolution and personalised traveller experience.
AAI inks agreement with US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to prepare modernisation roadmap

Airports Authority of India (AAI) inked an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to develop a roadmap for modernisation of its air traffic services which comprises of air traffic management (ATM) and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS).
Jalaj Srivastava appointed Chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

Jalaj Srivastava is Additional Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture. He is appointed as Chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
World Current Events
World Toilet Day observed on November 19 with its theme as ‘When Nature Calls’

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November to take action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.
China completes deployment of its home grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) constellation with the successful launch of two more satellites

China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) constellation launched two more satellites and will start providing services to countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Sports Current Events
Alexander Zverev beats Czech Republic’s Novak Djokovic in final to win ATP Finals title in London

Germany’s Alexander Zverev beats Czech Republic’s Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 in final to win ATP Finals title in London
New Zealand won the 1st test at Abu Dhabi
New Zealand (153, 249) defeat Pakistan (227, 171) by 4 runs in 1st test series at Abu Dhabi.

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