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Current Affairs of 6th Nov 2019

Pankaj Vishwakarma, Updated On:07-Nov-2019

                                                                                Current Affairs 

1. New Delhi hosted ‘International Conference on Soil and Water Resources Management for Climate Smart Agriculture and Global Food & Livelihood Security’  :

  • Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare yesterday inaugurated ‘International Conference on Soil and Water Resources Management for Climate Smart Agriculture and Global Food & Livelihood Security’ a five day long conference at National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi .
  • This conference was jointly organised by Soil Conservation Society of India & World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC).
  • China and International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO), U.S.A. also a partner of this event. 
  • Issues and challenges of soil and water conservation were the main focussed area.
  • This will also ensures reaching our flagship target of Doubling the farmers’ income by the Year - 2022.


2. ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue in the State of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh & NCT of Delhi’ : 


  • This scheme is launched by M/o Agriculture & Farmers Welfare to reduce stubble burning. 
  • This scheme is mainly to promote mechanisation of agricultural practices and subsequently  to reduce stubble burning by aiding better residue management practices through mechanisation. 
  • There is a reduction of approximately 12.01% till this month in Stubble burning as compared to last year of 2018.

  1.  India is exploring opportunities of trade agreements with USA & E U : 

  • In view of withdrawal from RCEP negotiation citing various concerns of the farmers, dairy sector, MSMEs and domestic manufacturing industries.
  • Union Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal said that we are in the process of evaluating Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Japan, South Korea and ASEAN countries.
  • The evaluation of  FTA with South Korea,which was started 3 years back,is being evaluated on fast track. 
  • India has already got an agreement from ASEAN for a review of the FTA and a Joint Working Group (JWG) is already evaluating FTA with Japan.

4. Building ‘Brand India’ for services sector:

  • To promote the services industry ,Ministry of Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal launches curtain raiser of GES 2019.
  • GES 2019 will be held in Bengaluru from 26th – 28th November 2019 this year which was inaugurated in New Delhi in early this month.
  • Services sector expected to contribute USD 3 trillion to Indian Economy .
  • India has already set an ambitious target of  USD 5 trillion economy by 2024.
  • India will develop  & promote 12 champion services sectors.
  • Uttar Pradesh will be a partner State in GES 2019.
  • Esports is also one the major focus of GES 2019.  It is an organized video game competition mainly between professionals.


5. Rising Himachal 2019: Global Investors meet in Dharamshala- Himachal Pradesh : 

  • Himachal Pradesh is organizing Global Investors' Meet 2019. It is a flagship business event,at Dharamshala on November 7 -8, 2019.
  • Global investors meet will showcase Himachal Pradesh’s potential for investment. 
  • It is to promote policy and regulatory environment, investment opportunities in eight focus sectors which will  boost manufacturing and subsequently employment generation in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Eight focus sectors are mainly agri-business and post-harvest technology, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality, civil aviation, hydro and renewable energy, wellness, healthcare and AYUSH, housing and urban development, IT-ITeS and electronics, education and skill development especially for Himachal Pradesh.

6. DRDO’s Igniter Complex at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune

  • Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik inaugurated Igniter Complex at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) in Pune .
  • It is an esteemed laboratory of DRDO and mainly engages in developing Rocket and Gun Propellants, Pyrotechnic Devices, High Explosive Systems and synthesis of high energy molecules. 
  • HEMRL has also developed various varieties of  fuel /oxidizer based igniter containing organic binders. 
  • Ignition system for Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Nag, Pinaka, Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM)  have been designed and developed by HEMRL -Pune.

7.    World Travel Market (WTM) in London :

  • It's a three day long event in London. 
  • WTM event theme for India Pavilion at WTM 2019 is ‘Incredible India – Find the Incredible India’
  • On 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Statue of Unity has also been places & displayed with major focus at the India Pavilion at WTM 2019 in London.
  • Ministry of Tourism is currently participating in this three day long World Travel Market (WTM) from November 04-06, 2019 in London, UK. 

8.  Economic slowdown may lowers down India’s carbon burden : 

  • With the growing economic slowdown worldwide, Carbon dioxide emissions are set to grow at their slowest pace since 2001due to very less demand in industries, power , manufacturing industries. 
  • This time emissions are expected to grow less than  3% from last year.
  • Due to very low demand & slowdown in economy coal & power demand expected to be at a slower pace.

9. China told that they are ready to address  India’s concerns on RCEP: 

  • China  is ready to negotiate the regional free trade arrangement on RCEP. 
  • China said that this negotiation will help both the countries & they are open to negotiate with respect to India concern. 

10.  US formally started pullout from Paris agreement on Climate change :

  • Paris Agreement- 2015 global agreement on Climate change for countries to reduce emissions and reverse global warming.
  • The US is already the second biggest CO2 emitter .
  • The US president has announced to withdraw from this agreement in 2017. This process will take a year to withdraw from Paris agreement. 

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


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