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Current Affairs of 13th November 2019

Pankaj Vishwakarma, Updated On:13-Nov-2019


Current Affairs





1. ‘Brown to Green Report 2019’ : India is the only country among G20 nations that is close to the target of 1.5 deg cel temperature rise  :



  • As per ‘Brown to Green Report 2019’ released by the Climate Transparency, India is the only country among the G20 nations who is close to achieve the target of 1.5 deg cel as per Paris Agreement of 2015 on climate change.
  • Extreme climatic events led to approx 16,000 deaths and financial losses of approx USD 142 billion every year in G20 countries from 1998-2017.
  • India reporting to have the highest number of deaths i.e. 3441 per year & comes under top five in terms of economic losses.
  • G20 countries are alone responsible for world’s 80% GHG emissions.
  • India has most ambitious ‘Nationally Determined Contribution’ target of reducing 1.5 deg cel compared to it fare share of global emissions.



2. Redevelopment project of 3 km long Central Vista & Parliament :



  • A common central secretariat will be constructed for all ministries which is currently spread across over Delhi.
  • CPWD selected M/s HCP Design as the consultant .
  • The design from HCP will be consulted with public before finalisation.
  • New buildings will be energy efficient with modern workspaces having a lifespan of 150-200 years.
  • New buildings will be ready by March 2022 at 75th year of India’ independence.
  • Planned by Lutyens, Parliament house, North & South blocks were built by British in 1911 to 1931 which will not be demolished but their uses will change.
  • After independence, Govt Of India constructed office buildings such as Krishi Bhavan, Nirman Bhavan & Shastri Bhavan.



3. Article 142 :



  • Article 142 says “Supreme Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction may pass such decree or make such orders as is necessary for doing complete justice in any cause or matter pending before it.”
  • Article 142 has vast powers for Supreme Court & done tremendous good to deprived section of society & outside the laws governing issues.
  • Article 142 invoked in recent Ayodhya Verdict  in view of the long pendency of case for 25 years .
  • Supreme Court invoked article 142 saying that a wrong committed must be remedied.
  • Article 142 was earlier used in :
  • Bhopal Gas Tragedy 1989’ to provide relief to thousands of people as ‘Union Carbide judgement.
  • In 2014 ,to cancel allocation of coal blocks which was awarded in 1993 onwards.
  • Restoring whiteness of Taj Mahal by banning polluted industries in that area.
  • In 2013, Indian Premier League spot fixing scandal by appointing Mudgal Committee.


4. President Rule imposed in Maharashtra under Article 356:

  • Maharashtra’s Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari  told that situation arises as it is impossible to constitute a stable government and the government could not be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind on 12th November approved a proclamation imposing President’s Rule in Maharashtra after receiving recommendation from Governor Koshyari.
  • President issued a proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution. 



5. ‘Tiger Triumph’ India­-U.S. Disaster Relief Exercise : 

  • ‘Tiger Triumph’ is a joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise by India-US Joint triservices from November 13th to 21st on the Eastern seaboard .
  • The main purpose is Interoperability for conducting HADR operations .



6. 6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance :

  • ‘6th World Congress on Rural and Agriculture Finance’ was jointly organised by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Asia - Pacific Rural Agricultural and Credit Association (APRACA) on 12th November 2019 at New Delhi.
  • Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharamn told that farmers’ concerns and rural development is their top priority.
  • Finance Minister asks NABARD to focus on J&K and Ladakh for optimum farm produce and efficient solar energy utilisation. 
  • Other subjects include Rural and Agriculture Finance, Critical Input to Achieve Inclusive and Sustainable Development.



7. National Seminar organised on ‘Social Audit of Rural Development Programmes’ :

  • National Seminar on ‘Social Audit of Rural Development Programmes’ Is organised by the Department of Rural Development and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 13th and 14th November 2019.
  • The main objective is to understand the current status of social audits and Social Audit Units and develop a plan for roll out of social audit in other programmes.
  • This seminar will take stock of the current status of Social Audits and SAUs in terms of independency, funds, issues identified, actions taken etc.
  • Social Audit is also recognized by many which includes the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) also, as a powerful tool to enforce transparency and accountability. 
  • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was the first Act to mandate Social Audits by the Gram Sabha of all the projects taken up in the Gram Panchayat.



8. Barkotoki Literary Award 2019 :

  • ‘Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust’ has selected young poet Ankur Ranjan Phukan and short story writer Monoranjan Bori for the Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2019.
  • This award recognises the manuscripts of Ankur Ranjan Phukan's Khando-ta and Monoranjan Bori's Moh-jokh.
  • The award aims to encourage young and promising writers in the Assamese
  • The 25th edition of the award, Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2019, will be conferred at a formal function in Guwahati.


9. First elephant memorial in Mathura : 

  • An NGO, Wildlife SOS has built India’s first Elephant Memorial in Mathura.
  • This memorial is for elephants that have lost their lives due to illegal trafficking, abuse, and cruelty.
  • Most elephants used in tourist rides and circuses suffer intense torture all through their lives.
  • This memorial has stone boulders and plaques with the names of few elephants, who suffered this fate.


10. Public Service Broadcasting Day- 12th November : 

  • Public Service Broadcasting Day which was celebrated on 12th November.
  • This day aims to commemorate the first and only visit of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to All India Radio on 12th November 1947.
  • He visited All India Radio to condolence the grief stricken people who suffered due to partition of India. 

Sources : The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, The Times of India, Press Information Bureau .








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