43% increase in measles deaths by year 2021-2022


1 43% increase in measles deaths by year 2021-2022

 According to a new assessment by  the World Health Organization (WHO)  and  the United States Centers  for  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , the number of measles/measles deaths across the globe will increase by 2021-2022 due to declining vaccination rates. There has been an increase of 43%  . Vaccination rates are lowest at 66 percent in low-income countries where the risk of measles deaths is highest, with no sign of containing the epidemic. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease spread by respiratory droplets spread when an infected person breathes, sneezes or coughs. Measles is caused by a single-stranded, enveloped RNA virus with one serotype. It is classified as a member of the genus Morbillivirus in the family Paramyxoviridae. Humans are the only natural host of the measles virus.

2 Prime Minister attended ‘Sant Mirabai Janmotsav’ in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister  Shri Narendra Modi  participated  in the program ‘Sant Mirabai Janmotsav’  organized  to  celebrate the 525th birth anniversary  of  Sant Mirabai  in  Mathura , Uttar Pradesh . Prime Minister Shri Modi   released a commemorative stamp and coin in honor of Sant Meera Bai. The Prime Minister also visited an exhibition and watched a cultural programme. The occasion marks the beginning of numerous year-long programs in memory of Saint Mirabai. On this occasion, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt  . Anandiben Patel , Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh  Shri Yogi Adityanath , Deputy Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh  Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya and Shri Brajesh Pathak , Mathura MP  Smt. Hema Malini  and other dignitaries were present.

3. Governor cannot stop re-passed bills

The Tamil Nadu government  protested in  the Supreme Court that the Governor was delaying the bills indefinitely, undermining the right of the people to benefit from essential laws enacted by the  House   . The Supreme Court took note of the Tamil Nadu government’s argument that  the Constitution does not confer “discretionary power” on the Governor to stop bills being “re-passed” by the state assembly  . The Supreme Court held that the first provision of  Article 200  says: ” If the Bill is again passed by the House or Houses with or without amendment and is presented for the assent of the Governor, the Governor shall give his assent thereto.” Will not stop ”. The court also accepted the state’s argument that the Governor has withheld assent and once sent back the bills, hence he cannot send the passed bills back to the President. It was also observed by the Supreme Court that stalling the Bill also meant sending it back to the Legislature for reconsideration as returning the Bills to the House was a necessary consequence of withdrawal of consent.

4 Online Coaching Platform: SATHEE

The Ministry of Education (MoE)  and  IIT-Kanpur  have  launched SATHEE  , an innovative online platform aimed at transforming  entrance exam preparation in India  . This collaborative initiative   breaks the mold of traditional coaching centers by offering free, accessible coaching and provides a level playing field for candidates from all backgrounds. In line with the National Education Policy, SATHEE leverages AI to personalize learning experiences and offers a comprehensive 45-day crash course that prepares students for exams like JEE and  NEET

5 Girish Chandra Murmu given key role in UN’s panel of external auditors

Comptroller and Auditor General of India   Girish Chandra Murmu   has achieved an important position by being elected as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Panel of External Auditors.  The election took place during the 63rd session of the panel held at the United Nations Headquarters  in  New York from November 20-21, 2023  . Mr. Murmu actively participated in the session, and his election as Vice-Chair for the coming year highlights India’s dedication to maintaining the highest standards of external audit. According to a statement issued by C&AG, the appointment reflects India’s commitment to proactively shape the global audit landscape.

6 Commerce Ministry to partner with e-commerce companies to promote exports from districts of the country

As an important step to enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)  and promote e-commerce exports from the country, the  Directorate  General of Foreign Trade (DGFT),  under  the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India,  has… Is cooperating with. The objective of this initiative is to leverage the districts as export hubs and promote e-commerce exports from the country. In the first such collaboration with various e-commerce companies, DGFT has   signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amazon India . As part of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Amazon and DGFT will co-organise capacity building sessions, training and workshops for MSMEs in the districts identified by DGFT under the Export Hub Initiative outlined in the Foreign Trade Policy – ​​2023 in a phased manner. The initiative aims to connect local producers in rural and remote districts to global supply chains. Additionally, this partnership aims to enable exporters/MSMEs to sell their ‘Made in India’ products to customers internationally.

7 Integrated Defense Staff Headquarters and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research signed MoU on joint research and development in the field of defense technology

 An MoU was signed between the Integrated Defense Staff Headquarters  and  the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research  on  joint research and development  in the field of  defense technology on November 23, 2023 in New Delhi. The MoU between HQ IDS and CSIR aims   to initiate collaborative interaction between CSIR laboratories, HQ IDS and the Armed Forces, namely the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, to enhance the scientific understanding of defense and enterprise related technologies. To provide an umbrella framework for This will promote joint research and development in dual-use technologies.

8 ASSOCHAM honors REC with ‘Best Employer in Diversity and Inclusion’ award

REC Limited a Maharatna CPSE under  the Ministry of Power , was awarded the  ‘ Best Employer for Policies in Diversity and Inclusion ‘ award at the 4th Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards and Conclave  organized by  ASSOCHAM on Thursday. Mr. TSC Bosh, Executive Director, REC, graciously accepted the award on behalf of REC. REC Limited, a Maharatna CPSE under the Ministry of Power, was established in 1969. It provides long-term loans and other finance products for the power infrastructure sector which includes generation, transmission, distribution, renewable energy, electric vehicles, battery storage, new technologies such as green hydrogen.

9 Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) signed MoU on Drug Free India Campaign (NMBA)

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment  ,  in the presence of   Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment  Dr. Virendra Kumar , senior officials of the Department and  senior members of ISKCON  , in New Delhi , for  Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan (NMBA)  , International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).  Signed an MoU with. The Union Minister asked ISKCON to promote the NMBA campaign in all its meetings and gatherings. Mr Kumar said his ministry is continuously running programs for proper treatment, publicity, reaching out to the community and sensitizing them through more than 550 voluntary organizations across the country.

Colonel Sunita, an officer of 10 Army Medical Corps, became the first woman officer to command the Armed Forces Transfusion Centre, the largest blood transfusion center of the Armed Forces, located in Delhi Cantt.

Army Medical Corps  officer  Colonel Sunita BS  created history  on 21 November 2023  by becoming the first woman Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces Blood Transfusion Centre , Delhi Cantt  . Prior to this, he performed the challenging role of Commanding Officer in a strategically important Field Hospital in Arunachal Pradesh where he provided the best possible medical support in the war zone. A graduate of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Colonel Sunita holds postgraduate (MD and DNB) degrees in Pathology.

11 Diplomatic visit of Indian Naval Ship Sumedha to Mozambique

Underscoring India’s commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties and maritime cooperation,  Indian Naval Ship Sumedha  made   an important port call at Maputo, Mozambique  on 21 November as part of her extended operational deployment to  Africa . The primary objectives of the port call include strengthening long-standing diplomatic relations and enhancing maritime cooperation. The partnership also aims to promote interoperability between the Indian and Mozambican navies. Activities scheduled from November 23 to 25, 2023 include professional interactions, cross-deck visits, planning conferences and joint exclusive economic zone monitoring.

12 Goa: International Film Festival of India launches Best Web Series award this year

The International Film Festival of India  has launched the Best  Web Series Award  this year to encourage the country’s rapidly growing film sector. A total of 32 entries in ten languages ​​from fifteen OTT platforms are to be selected for this award. The winning series  will be awarded a certificate and a  cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. Filmmaker  Rajkumar Hirani  has been made the head of a five-member committee to select the Best Web Series award. Other members of the selection committee are – Filmmakers – Utpal Borpujari and Krishna DK, Actors include Divya Dutta and Prosenjit Chatterjee.

13 Antarctic ozone hole getting bigger and thinner: study

A new study   reveals alarming changes in the Antarctic ozone hole , indicating not only a significant increase in size, but also a thinning trend during most of the spring. The ozone hole over Antarctica has expanded significantly over the past four years, despite early signs of improvement since the 2000s, according to   a study published in Nature Communications . The study emphasizes that the Antarctic ozone hole, which was once on the path to recovery, has been experiencing significant expansion and thinning in recent years. Research reveals a decrease in ozone concentrations at the center of the ozone hole, indicating significant thinning of the ozone layer.

14th 2nd CII India Nordic Baltic Business Conclave 2023

The 2nd edition  of  CII India Nordic Baltic Business Conclave was held  on 22-23 November 2023  in New Delhi  . The 2nd CII India Nordic Baltic Business Conclave seeks to strengthen ties between India and the innovative Nordic Baltic Eight (NB-8) countries. This initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, aims to promote cooperation between India and the Nordic Baltic Eight (NB-8) countries. The initiative is known for its prowess in innovation and technology. The Nordic Baltic Eight (NB8), consisting of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, stands as an innovation and technological powerhouse. With India’s growing emphasis on technology, significant opportunities for partnership are emerging between both the geographies, which promise substantial growth in the future.

15 UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2023 released

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)  recently  released  its 14th Emissions Gap Report 2023  ,  revealing a bleak outlook for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Even with the most optimistic climate action projects, there is only a 14% chance of achieving this goal. Despite efforts to deliver existing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2030, UNEP projects a rise of 2.5°C, exceeding the 2°C target set by the Paris Agreement. Current policy scenarios indicate a potential increase of 3 °C due to implementation lag, with only nine countries having updated their NDCs since the 2022 climate conference.

16 “Climate equality: A planet for the 99%” report released

 A recently released report from  Oxfam  highlights the stark inequality in carbon emissions , showing that  richest one percent of the global population emits as much carbon as the poorest five billion people  , comprising 66 percent of the world’s population. Is included. The amount of emissions from the wealthiest individuals, which is equivalent to 1.3 million deaths due to heat, is cause for concern. The report, titled “ Climate equality: A planet for the 99% ”, outlines the harmful impact of the annual emissions of the super-rich. According to Oxfam, understanding the role of the “ultra-rich and wealthy people” is considered important in stabilizing the planet and ensuring a “good life” for all.

17 Mysterious E Prime Layer Discovered in Earth’s Core

 An international team of researchers, including scientists from  Arizona State University  , has discovered a mysterious layer in the outermost part of the Earth’s core , known as  the E prime layer  . The discovery is attributed to the penetration of surface water into the planet’s depths, altering the composition of the outermost region of the metallic liquid core. The Earth  is made up of four primary layers  :  the inner core, the outer core, the mantle, and the crust.The research, published in Nature Geoscience  , challenges the previous assumption that the exchange of material between the core and mantle is minimal. Experiments have shown that when water reaches the core-mantle boundary, it reacts with silicon in the core, resulting in the formation of silica.

18 Israel declared Lashkar-e-Taiba a terrorist organization

 Ahead of the 15th anniversary  of  the 26/11 Mumbai attacks,  Israel  designated Pakistan –  based  terror outfit  Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)  as  a terrorist organization , a move  in  line with Israel’s efforts to support the global war on terrorism. This announcement  Gaza Strip  was made against the backdrop of Israel’s ongoing military operation in  , which  was launched on the heels of Hamas attacks on Israeli targets. Israel took this action after it demanded that Hamas be declared a terrorist organization. Similar to India’s practice of identifying internationally recognized organizations by the UNSC or the US State Department, Israel usually lists terrorist organizations that operate against it within or around its borders. The United States, Britain, European Union, Canada, Australia, Japan are among the countries and groups that have declared Hamas a terrorist organization.

19 The festival of Haribodhini Ekadashi is being celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm all over Nepal.

 The festival of  Haribodhini Ekadashi  is being celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm all over Nepal . it   is a religious ritual dedicated to Lord Vishnu . On this occasion, devotees worship Lord Vishnu by visiting Vishnu temples, observing fast and taking holy bath in rivers and ponds. Haribodhini Ekadashi is considered an important festival of Hindus in Nepal because on this day Vishnu wakes up from his monsoon month sleep. The marriage of Tulsi planted on Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi is done. Thousands of devotees arrived today to celebrate Haribodhani Ekadashi in a religious fair called Ganga Jamuna Mai Utsav organized in Dhading district of Nepal.

20 Kolkali Art of Kerala

Kolkalifolk art from  the Malabar region   of Kerala being displayed to commemorate the arrival in India of  St. Thomas (one of the disciples of Jesus Christ), who landed at Muziris (Cranganore)  on the Kerala coast in  52 AD  . With a history of about 200 years, Kolakali art is said to  incorporate elements of  Kalaripayattu  , a martial art practiced in Kerala and Tamil Nadu  . In this, each artist moves in a circle while rotating small sticks and maintaining rhythm with special steps. As the pitch of the music increases, the tempo increases until the performance reaches its climax. As the dance progresses, the circle expands and shrinks. Kolkali is widespread among the Dravidians. It has greatly influenced the folk dance forms of Bengal, Gujarat, Punjab and Maharashtra. This art form is  popular in  Kolattam in Tamil Nadu   and  Andhra Pradesh.  is known as as Kolamu  .

21 Prime Minister congratulates Roshibina Devi, Kushal Kumar and Chhavi for winning medals in the 16th World Wushu Championship in America

Prime Minister  Shri Narendra Modi  congratulated   Roshibina DeviKushal Kumar  and  Chhavi  for winning medals in the   recently held  16th World Wushu Championship in America . The 2023 World Wushu Championships was the 16th edition of the World Wushu Championships. It was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, United States from November 16 to 20, 2023. India finished 18th in the medal table  by winning  a total of three medals including one  silver and two bronze medals.  In this competition, Roshibina Devi won the silver medal from India’s side, while Kushal Kumar and Chhavi won the bronze medal. The Chinese team topped the medal list by winning 15 gold medals  . According to data from the International Wushu Federation, Vietnam’s team and China’s Macau team ranked second and third.

22 ICC introduces stop-clock system and amends transgender policy

Recently  the International Cricket Council (ICC) has  introduced  unprecedented measures aimed at bringing  revolutionary changes to the rules of the game . Addressing continuing challenges in cricket, the ICC’s   introduction of  the stop-clock system and a revised transgender policy  have attracted global attention and also sparked discussions within the cricket community. The introduction of the stop-clock system aims to   increase game play efficiency while addressing the persistent problem of time wastage between overs. This initiative   will continue from December 1, 2023 to April 2024 . Male-to -female players who have gone through any type of  male puberty  are  now  ineligible to participate in women’s international cricket, regardless of surgical or gender reassignment treatment. According to previous International Olympic Committee guidelines, transgender women were required to maintain testosterone serum levels below 5 nanomoles for 12 months. However the ICC’s revised stance now excludes individuals who have experienced male puberty from competing in women’s international cricket.

The 23rd first Khelo India Para Games will be held in Delhi from 10 to 17 December.

Youth Affairs and Sports Minister  Anurag Singh Thakur  has announced that  the first Khelo India Para Games  will be held  in  New Delhi from December 10 to 17  . He also informed that under these games,  one thousand three hundred and fifty players from across the country will participate in seven categories  of games.

24 Justice Fathima Beevi passed away

India bid farewell to its leading legal personality,  the country’s first woman Supreme Court judgeJustice Fatima Beevi  , who passed away at the age of 96. After her illustrious tenure in the Supreme Court, Justice Beevi   continued to break barriers by becoming the Governor of Tamil Nadu . His multifaceted career earned him praise not only as a legal pioneer but also as a distinguished political figure. From serving as a Munsiff in the Kerala Subordinate Judicial Services to holding the roles of Subordinate Judge, Chief Judicial Magistrate and District and Sessions Judge, Justice Beevi had a remarkable career.