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Important Current Affairs 27th November 2019

ISRO successfully launches India’s Earth imaging satellite Cartosat-3

• ISRO successfully launched India’s Earth imaging satellite ‘Cartosat-3’ from SatishDhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

• The Cartosat-3, India’s third-generation agile advanced satellite with high-resolution imaging and mapping abilities, has also been successfully injected at an orbit of 509 km.

• ISRO’s PSLV-C47 rocket also carried 13 nanosatellites of the US.

India Ratings projects India’s GDP growth for FY20 at 5.6%

• Fitch group firm India Ratings and Research has projected India’s GDP Growth rate for FY20 (2019-20) at 5.6%. Earlier this prediction was 6.1%.

• The new projection suggests that 2QFY20 (second quarter of 2019-20) GDP growth is likely to be 4.7 percent.

India to host naval drill Milan 2020 in March

• The Indian Navy will host military drill ‘Milan 2020’ in March which will witness the participation of several countries, Minister of State for Defence ShripadNaik said.

• In a written response to a question in the RajyaSabha, Naik said 41 nations from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe that share defence cooperation with India have been invited for the drill.

• The countries to whom invitations have been sent are Indonesia, France, Mozambique, Sudan, Israel, Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, New Zealand, USA, Tanzania, Comoros, Maldives, Brunei, Philippines, Japan, UK, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mauritius, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, Iran, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Russia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Bahrain, UAE and Seychelles

RBI imposes penalty on three co-operative banks

• The Reserve Bank of India penalised three cooperative banks — Nesargi Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Krishna PattanaSahakar Bank Niyamitha and Ron Taluka Primary Teachers’ Cooperative Credit Bank Limited — for non-submission of returns under Section 27 (2) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

• Krishna PattanaSahakar Bank Niyamitha was fined Rs 40,000 while Nesargi Urban Co-operative Bank Limited and Ron Taluka Primary Teachers’ Cooperative Credit Bank was fined Rs 20,000 each.

• RBI said this action was in exercise of the powers vested in it under the provisions of Section 47 A (1) (c) read with Section 46 (4) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (as applicable to cooperative societies) for non-submission of the returns under Section 27 (2) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (AACS).

• The Reserve Bank of India said it had issued a show-cause notice to the banks, in response to which the bank sought personal hearing.

Odia Weightlifter JhiliDalabehera Bags Prestigious EkalabyaPuraskar 2019

• Odisha-based globally acclaimed weightlifter Jhilli Dalabehera has been named for the prestigious Ekalabya Award 2019.

• JhilliDalabehera has won two gold, three silver and one bronze medals in international weightlifting events between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2019 to emerge as the clear winner for the 27th Ekalabya Award.

• The annual award is instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) and comprises a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.

Cartoonist Sudhir Dhar passes away at 87

• Renowned cartoonist Sudhir Dhar passed away at the age of 87 years.

• He had worked with several newspapers in his career spanning 58 years. Dhar began his career with The Statesman in 1961 after which he moved to Hindustan Times.

• Cartoons by SudhirDhar have also appeared in The Independent, The Pioneer, Delhi Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Saturday Review among others.


Arun Kumar Shukla appointed CMD of Hindustan Copper Ltd

• Arun Kumar Shukla has been appointed as chairman and managing director (CMD) of Hindustan Copper Ltd, a Personnel Ministry order said.

• Shukla is at present director (operations) in the state-owned firm.

• He has been appointed to the post till the date of his superannuation,i.e. July 31, 2023, the order said.

• Hindustan Copper Ltd is the vertically integrated copper producing company that manufactures copper right from the stage of mining to beneficiation, smelting, refining and casting of refined copper metal into downstream saleable products.

Romania president Klaus Iohannis wins second term

• Klaus Iohannis was elected for a second term in Romania’s presidential election on 24 November, giving the executive power to the country’s center-right.

• According to partial results, he won with more than 66% of the vote, defeating his rival, former Prime Minister VioricaDancila from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), who had 34%.

• Iohannis, former physics teacher and mayor of Sibiu, became president in 2014 and has been credited by the EU with trying to protect the rule of law.

• Romania’s president is elected every five years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

SpiceJet, Emirates sign codeshare agreement

• SpiceJet said it has signed a codeshare agreement with Emirates that will allow passengers of the Dubai-based airline to book tickets on the Indian budget carrier using Emirates’ ticketing system from early 2020.

• While passengers of Emirates will be able to access the SpiceJet network from early 2020, SpiceJet passengers travelling from India to Dubai can take benefit of Emirates’ expansive network later, opening up multiple international connections

for them.

• The codeshare agreement means travellers from across the globe can book a single ticket with attractive fares to any of Emirates’ nine points across India and connect onwards to 172 domestic routes that are part of SpiceJet’s network.

• The codeshare agreement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by both airlines in April this year.

Atanu Das wins men’s recurve bronze at Asian Archery Championships

• Archer Atanu Das won bronze in men’s recurve individual event at the Asian Archery Championships.

• Das defeated Jin Hayek Oh of South Korea 6-5 to bag the medal.

• He had also won a bronze in the recurve mixed team event with DeepikaKumari

• Indian archers are competing as neutral athletes due to suspension of the Indian federation over the election of two presidents of the Archery Association of India in June this year.

CII bestows India’s first Quality Ratna award on Chairman of Sundram Fasteners’, Mr Suresh Krishna

• The Chairman of Sundram Fasteners Ltd Suresh Krishna has been awarded the ‘Quality Ratna’ award by trade body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

• The award was given by the CII Institute of Quality during its 27th Quality Summit held in Bengaluru.

• The Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. SadanandaGowda presented the award to Mr. Krishna.

American singer Billie Eilish named Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year; Taylor Swift named inaugural ‘Woman of the Decade’ award.

• The famous American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish has been named as Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year.

• She is the youngest artist ever to be named Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

• Apart from this, pop star Taylor Swift will also be honoured with the inaugural ‘Woman of the Decade’ award.

• She will be honored for being “one of the most accomplished musical artists of all time over the course of the 2010s”

• Both of them will receive the award on December 12, 2019 at the Billboard Women in Music event in Los Angeles.

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