1. ‘Samudra Shakti’ Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Progresses in the Bay of Bengal :
- This is a joint exercise between India & Indonesia ,where ,INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is exercising with Indonesian Warship KRI Usman Harun, a multi-role Corvette in the Bay of Bengal .
- Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ from 06 Nov to 07 Nov 19.
- The joint exercises include manoeuvres, Surface Warfare exercises, Air Defence exercises, Weapon firing drills, Helicopter Operations and Boarding Operations.
21st Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) :
- The 21st Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.
- This FSDC council purpose is to review present global and domestic macroeconomic situation and financial stability and vulnerabilities issues, those also includes matters related to NBFCs and Credit Rating Agencies.
- The Council also reviewed & evaluated action taken by members on the decision taken by FSDC earlier .
- It also took note of the activities of FSDC Sub-Committee chaired by the Governor, RBI and the initiatives taken by the various financial regulators in the country.
Joint exercise on urban earthquake search and rescue -2019 :
- A four-day joint exercise on urban earthquake search and rescue of the member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, organised by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) concluded in New Delhi.
- Various members of SCO are China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan also participate in this exercise.
- Mongolia participated as an observer.
- During the exercise held from November 4-7, participants from SCO member countries shared preparations, coordination during disaster and internationally recognized procedures during joint search and rescue exercises in a large urban earthquake environment.
4. ‘Cyclone 'Bulbul' at Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands :
- Odisha is likely to witness wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph on 8thNovember accompanied by heavy to very heavy rain. West Bengal will also face the same situation on 9th November.
- Meeting held to review the preparedness to deal with the situation in view of cyclone storm ‘Bulbul’.
5. ' No Money for Terror' Ministerial Conference’ in Australia :
- Union Minister of State ,Shri G.Kishan Reddy is leading a five-member delegation to the 'No Money For Terror' Ministerial Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia.
- 65 nations represented at the conference to avoid terror finance.
- India will be hosting the next 'No Money For Terror' Conference in 2020.
- India's concern over the tacit support given by some nations to terror groups.
6. ‘Occupational safety, health and working conditions code- 2019’ referred to Standing Committee :
- The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019, which was introduced in Lok Sabha has been referred to the Standing Committee on Labour headed by Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, MP for examination and further assessment.
- The Committee has also decided to invite memoranda containing views/suggestions from the public in general and NGOs/Experts/Stakeholders and institutions in particular.
- This code is for safety, health & working conditions at the workplace .
7. Women Scientists’ & Entrepreneurs’ Conclave :
- The Women Scientists’ & Entrepreneurs Conclave, was inaugurated as an integral part of India in ongoing International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 in Kolkata.
- Major highlight is to give importance of networking to improve the representation of women in science and research.
- The main purpose of this conclave is to provide a platform for young women scientists to interact with the women leaders in science and technology .
- This is an ambitious effort to acknowledge the contribution of women in catalyzing sustainable growth for India.
8. Maharashtra at top place in justice delivery as per India Justice Report 2019 :
- This report highlights key issues across four pillars: police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid .
- Maharashtra has topped the list of 18 large & medium States in the overall first ever ranking states of India on justice delivery & followed by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana.
- Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are at the bottom, while among seven smaller States, Goa leads the group.
- India Justice Report 2019, released on Thursday by the Tata Trusts in collaboration with the Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, among others.
9. Kerala on its way to achieve 100% Internet penetration :
- Kerala is on its way to achieve 100% internet penetration .
- Kerala Fibre Optic Network project , would provide Internet to every household in the State.
- This project is to be completed by December 2020.
- According to the report, titled ‘India Internet 2019,’ the State’s Internet penetration rate is the second highest in the country (54%), next only to Delhi NCR with 69% penetration.
- The Internet penetration rate (defined as number of individuals aged above 12 per 100 population who accessed the Internet in the last month.
- Internet penetration lowest in Odisha (25), Jharkhand (26) and Bihar (28).
- TRAI data as of June 2019 show that Kerala is well placed in terms of Internet connections in India.
10. Ayodhya verdict expected on November 17th :
Babri Masjid built by Mir Baqui on the wishes of Babur.
The court has reserved judgment, and a verdict is expected before November 17th , when Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi will retire.
Sources : The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, Press Information Bureau website