Top GKToday’s News Headlines- 19 November 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 19 November 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

National Current Affairs

  • Justice R. Banumathi to become part of SC collegium, which comprises five senior-most judges, with the retirement of CJI Ranjan Gogoi
  • Rajya Sabha begins its historic 250th Session
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lyonpo Tandi Dorji in Delhi
  • AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launches toll-free number 14500 to report incidents of sand smuggling
  • Health Ministry sign Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for technical support
  • 12th Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019 organised in Lucknow
  • Home Ministry bans Meghalaya-based insurgent group Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC)

IMD World Talent Ranking

  • India was ranked 59th (53rd in 2018) among 63 countries in the 2019 IMD World Talent Ranking that was topped by Switzerland.
  • The ranking is based on the performance in three main categories — investment & development, appeal and readiness
  • IMD (International Institute for Management Development) is a business school based in Switzerland.

Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK)

  • Union WCD Minister Smriti Irani along with Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK) in New Delhi
  • BPKK is a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones in India
  • It has been launched to provide insights on traditional crop varieties and promote dietary diversity.


  • Bill Gates presented lifetime achievement awards of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi on Nov 17
  • The awards were given to Dr Cyrus S. Poonawalla, CMD, Serum Institute of India, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon India and Dr Prakash Baba Amte, Director, Lok Biradari Prakalp

Economy & Business Current Affairs

  • ADB to provide $91 million loan to modernize the Vijayanagara Channel irrigation systems in Karnataka

International Current Affairs

  • India-Qatar maritime exercise Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea) being held in Doha from Nov 17 to 21
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attends 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) in Bangkok; ‘Sustainable Security’ was theme of the meeting
  • India, France to carry out joint patrolling in Indian Ocean Region in 2020: French Navy Chief Admiral Christophe Prazuck
  • Pakistan successfully test fires 650-km range Shaheen-1 surface-to-surface ballistic missile that is capable of delivering all types of warheads

Sports Current Affairs

  • Hosts Brazil defeat Mexico in final 2-1 at Estádio Bezerrão, Gama to lift Men’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup trophy
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece wins men’s singles title at ATP Finals in Milan, Italy
  • Red Bull driver Max Verstappen wins Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Sao Paulo
  • South Korea’s Kim Joo Hyung wins the Panasonic Open golf tournament in Gurugram
  • Assam Olympic Association (AOA) to launch ‘Grassroot Olympic – Mission Talent Hunt’ to identify the sports talent

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