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Current Affairs of 4th November

Pankaj Vishwakarma, Published On:04-Nov-2019


                                       Current Affairs

1.Pacts for Cooperation finalised between India’s ports  & Thailand’s Ranong port :



  • India is closer to access strategic gateway to SouthEast Asia . It finalised a  pact for cooperation between India’s Kolkata, Chennai & Visakhapatnam ports with Thailand’s Ranong port.
  • It is planned as a logistic gateway between India & Thailand. With this plan, sea travel time between India & Thailand will be reduced to 7 days instead of 10 to 15 days earlier.
  • In present scenario, cargo ships from Krishnapatnam port travels to Len Chabang port in Chon Buri & Bangkok port in Bangkok via Malaysia.
  • Connecting to Ranong port is a direct connectivity between India’s east coast & Thailand’s west coast.
  • It is a boost to Act East policy & a complement to Thailand’s Look West Policy. 
  • It will also saves the transportation cost i.e. fuel & helps in reducing crude oil dependency.

2.Sri Satya Pal Malik has taken oath as the new Governor of Goa :


  • Sri Satya Pal Malik has taken oath as the new Governor of Goa on Sunday i.e. 3rd November 2019.
  • Oath was administered by Bombay High Court Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog at Raj Bhavan at Dona Paula -Goa on Sunday.
  • He was appointed on 25th October 2019 by President Ram Nath Kovind .
  • Before this appointment , he was the Governor of erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir. Now J&K becomes split into two Union Territories of J&K & Ladakh.
  • Article 155 of the Constitution of India states that there should be a Governor of state appointed by the President under his warrant & seal.

3. 500 Passenger trains of South Central Railway  to get ISRO enabled GPS: 



  • 500 Passenger trains of South Central Railway to get ISRO enabled GPS
  • These trains are fitted with Real­time Train Information System (RTIS) , which will monitor speed & movement of the trains from starting point to the destination.
  • RTIS is developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CIRE) with the help of ISRO. 
  • SCR is headquartered at Secunderabad - Telangana.
  • SCR has installed these RTIS for internal observation & later plans to give these datas to passengers & to also installed in freight carrying locomotives also.
  • Bharat Electronics Limited has got this contract to install 2835 devices.

4. RCEP deals could be signed probably by February 2020 :



  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)  if signed & implemented can be the world’s largest trade bloc
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is in Bangkok for 16th ASEAN summit in Bangkok-Thailand.
  • In 16th ASEAN summit in Bangkok in Thailand.
  • RCEP is a comprehensive free trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN Member States and ASEAN's free trade agreement partners Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.
  • RCEP negotiations formally started in November 2012.

5. First India-Uzbekistan joint exercise ‘Dustlik 2019’ : 



  • India’s Defence Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh visited Uzbekistan . This was the first visit of any Indian defence minister in the last 15 years. 
  • India Uzbekistan joint signed deals in Military, Medicines, Education & Training .
  • First India Uzbekistan Joint Exercise, “Dustlik 2019 , jointly presided over by India’s defence minister & Uzbekistan’s counterpart Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov. This bilateral exercise will be conducted from 4th Nov to 13th Nov at Chichiq training area nearby Tashkant. 
  • India has also offered a concessional line of credit of $40 million to help Uzbekistan for procurement of goods and services from India .

6. PM Narendra Modi meet Japan’s PM’s Shinzo Abe at Bangkok today :



  •  PM Narendra Modi meet Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe at Bangkok today.  He meet there on the sidelines of East Asia Summit in Bangkok.
  • Their discussions is mainly focussed on to prepare grounds for India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue & Annual Summit to be held later this year.
  • PM is in Bangkok to participate in East Asia Summit & RCEP. PM will steered India’s negotiations at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership RCEP.
  • RCEP negotiations began in Cambodia in 2012 which covers areas like including trade in goods and services, investment, market access, economic cooperation, intellectual property and e-commerce.
  • These two countries will hold their first Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) ahead of the Japan-India annual summit this year for “advancing cooperation towards peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Besides meeting with Japan’s PM , he will also meet Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australian PM Scott Morrison in Bangkok.

7.  NITI Ayog has suggested to install Air Purifiers at public places  :



  • NITI Ayog has prepared a report titled’ Strategy to curb air pollution in Delhi NCR’’ in coordination with international experts. 
  • This report says that pollution level in Delhi is 20 times higher than WHO recommendation.
  • It has also suggested to the Ministry of Environment , Forest & Climate change to create a Special Purpose Vehicle under section 8 of the Companies Act 2013.
  • NITI Ayog suggested companies to produce best quality air purifiers to be installed at public places like bus stop, railway stations , airports, major markets & other public places.
  • Report also suggested to focus on areas like dust from roads, construction , biomass, transportation & municipal solid waste.  To control dust it suggested to use water & fog cannons.
  • It also suggested to complete elimination of Diesel Generator sets & use of Gas powered generator sets.

8. Odd-even schemes to restart in Delhi from today i.e. 4th to 14th November 2019 :



  • Odd-even schemes to restart in Delhi from today i.e. 4th to 14th November 2019 from 8AM TO 8 PM from Monday to Saturday to combat air pollution in the city. It was introduced in 2016 by the Delhi Government.
  • 200 traffic points has been identified for close loop implementation of this scheme.
  • This is the third time this scheme is implemented in capital.
  • It allows vehicles registration numbers ending with even numbers to ply on even days & vehicles registration numbers ending with odd numbers to ply on odd days. Same process is also applicable to vehicles plying with other states as well.
  • Two wheelers are exempted while CNG vehicles are not exempted while, earlier CNG vehicles were exempted from the same.
  • School buses having school children in school dresses & woman only vehicles having children upto 12 years age are also exempted. 
  • As per Delhi’s Govt claim Delhi’s pollution is down by 25% , while this smoke is coming from stubble burning from neighbouring states.

9. Meeting to review preparedness for cyclone MAHA : 



  • A cyclone over Gujarat, Maharashtra and Daman & Diu is expected to reach & intensify here on 5th November morning.
  • This cyclone is named as MAHA.
  • It is currently located at Central Arabian sea & moving west & north westwards.
  • Heavy rainfall with heavy winds upto 100 kmph & tidal waves upto 1.5 mtr is expected . It will start weakening from 6th November night & early morning of 7th November.
  • Meeting with the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba,  held today to review the preparedness for the cyclone.
  • Cyclones which originates from Bay of Bengal & Arabian sea are named by eight member countries of WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) established in 1950 headquartered at Geneva- Switzerland.
  • WMO/ESCAP is an inter-governmental regional body jointly established by WMO & United Nation. (United Nation Economic & Social Commission for Asia Pacific)  Panel on Tropical Cyclones established in 1972. India becomes a member since then.

10. 35th National junior athletics at Acharya Nagarjuna University -Andhra Pradesh: 



  • Ritik Malik (Delhi), Shaili Singh (Karnataka), Chanda (Delhi) and Nivya Antony (Kerala) set new National records in the boys’ under­18 100m, girls’ under­16 long jump, girls’ under­20 1500m and girls’ under­20 pole vault events respectively on day two of the campus of Acharya Nagarjuna University-Guntur on Sunday.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website


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