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Important Current Affairs 15th November 2020


PM inaugurates future-ready Ayurveda institutions at Jamnagar and Jaipur

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar and National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) at Jaipur on 5th Ayurveda Day via video conferencing.

• These institutions are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st Century.

• This will provide them the autonomy to upgrade the standard of Ayurveda education, frame various courses as per emerging national and international demand.

S. Jaishankar Represents India at 15th East Asia Summit 2020

• The External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS) on 14 November 2020 on behalf of PM Modi.

• The Summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc because Vietnam is ASEAN Chair in 2020 (ASEAN holds the central role and leadership in the forum).

• All the 18 EAS countries participated in the virtual Summit.

Harsh Vardhan attends 8th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meet

• The 8th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial meeting was held on 13 November 2020 through a virtual platform for Science and Technology cooperation among the member countries, which are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

• The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Russian Federation. (Russia is the Chair for 12th BRICS Summit)

• The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan represented the Indian delegation at the meeting

• The meeting concluded with the adoption of BRICS STI Declaration 2020.


China successfully sends world’s first 6G communications test satellite into orbit

• China successfully launched 13 satellites into orbit with a single rocket, including the world’s first 6G experiment satellite.

• The satellites were launched into the orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi Province from Long March-6 carrier rocket

• With the launch of 6G communications test satellite, China has become the world’s first country to test 6G technology.


Bangladeshi teen Sadat Rahman wins International Children’s Peace Prize 2020

• Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh has been awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2020.

• The award was presented to 17-year-old Sadat by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai on 13 November 2020, during a ceremony in the Netherlands. He was selected out of 142 applicants from 42 countries.

• He was awarded the prize for his involvement in setting up his social organization and mobile app ‘Cyber Teens’ to stop cyberbullying.

• The International Children’s Peace Prize is given annually since 2005 by the International children’s rights organization KidsRights based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Science and Technology

India Successfully Test Fires Quick Reaction Surface-To-Air Missile off Odisha Coast

• India successfully test-fired the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system off the coast of Balasore in Odisha on 13 November 2020.

• The system achieved a major milestone by a direct hit on to a Banshee Pilotless target aircraft at medium range and medium altitude.

• The QRSAM system has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for the Indian Army

Books & Authors

A New Book on Gulzar “Boskiyana” by Radhakrishna Prakashan

• ‘Boskiyana’, a new Hindi book on Gulzar, veteran Indian poet-lyricist has been published by Radhakrishna Prakashan. The book portrays the life of Gulzar through his films, poetry, philosophies, lifestyle, likes and dislikes.

• The 228- page book is edited and compiled by Yashwant Vyas. ‘Boskiyana’ is the name of the house of Gulzar in Mumbai.

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