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National Legal Services Day: 9 November
- Every year, November 9 is celebrated as ‘Legal Services Day’ in all Indian states Authorities.
- Legal Services Day was first started in 1995 by the Supreme Court of India to offer legal services free of charge to people from the weaker and poor sections of society.
- The Legal Services Authorities Act of 1987 was passed on October 11, 1987.
- The act went into force on November 9, 1995.
World Adoption Day: 9 November
- World Adoption Day is observed every year on 9 November.
- According to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) more than 150 million children throughout the world are in need of a home.
- Hank Fortner founded World Adoption Day in 2014.
- Hank was the founder of AdoptTogether, an adoption crowdfunding platform.
Uttarakhand foundation day: 9 November
- Uttarakhand Foundation Day is observed annually on November 9
- Uttarakhand was formed on the 9th November 2000 as the 27th State of India, when it was carved out of northern Uttar Pradesh.
- In 2007, the name of the state was formally changed from Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand.
Padma awards for 2021 presented by President- I
- President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma awards for the year 2021 in Rashtrapati Bhavan on 9 November 2021.
- The list comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri awards.
- Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo and Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and others will be given Padma Vibhushan.
Padma awards for 2021 presented by President- II
- Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Singer K S Chithra, prominent poet Chandrashekhara Kambara, retired Civil Servant Nripendra Misra and others have been conferred with Padma Bhushan.
- The list of Padma Shri awardees includes social worker Sindutai Sapkal, Musician Bombay Jayashri, British film director Peter Brook, Greek Indologist Nicholas Kazanas, etc.
Centre amends Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011
- Centre has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 for enhanced protection of Consumer Rights.
- The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has omitted Rule 5 defining the Schedule II prescribing the pack sizes of various types of commodities.
- A new provision has been introduced to indicate the unit sale price on pre-packed commodities.
Delhi government launches ‘Shramik Mitra’ scheme
- The Delhi government launched ‘Shramik Mitra’ scheme on 8 November 2021.
- It will ensure that the benefits of various programmes reach construction workers.
- As part of it, 800 ‘Shramik Mitras’ will reach out to construction workers, inform them about the schemes launched by the Delhi govt, connect them with relevant government schemes, and ensure that no worker is left out of any programmes.
International Solar Alliance launches new research journal at COP26
- The India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) has joined hands with research publishing and information analytics major Elsevier at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
- It has launched a new journal ‘Solar Compass’ to enhance research on the use of solar power.
- The journal will cover new technology, policy, and economic developments to increase access to clean energy.
Rohit Sharma becomes the third cricketer to score 3,000 runs in men’s T20I
- Rohit Sharma on 8 November 2021, completed 3000 T20I runs and became the third cricketer in the world to achieve this feat.
- Rohit reached the 3000 run mark in the match against Namibia in ICC men’s T20 World Cup at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
- Virat Kohli is at the top of the tally with 3227 runs, which is followed by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill with 3115 runs.
Rameshwar Prasad Gupta launches COP26 Charter of Actions
- Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has launched the “COP26 Charter of Actions”.
- It was launched at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
- Held on November 6, 2021, the event was organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
First National Yogasana Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar
- The first Physical National Yogasana Championships will be held in Bhubaneshwar from November 11 to 13, 2021.
- The event will be organized by the National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF) in association with the Odisha government.
- Yogasana sport for both male and female categories has also been included in Khelo India Youth Games 2021.
Former England cricketer Cecilia Robinson passes away
- Former England cricketer Cecilia Robinson passed away in Nov 2021.
- Cecilia was the first person born in Canterbury to play Test cricket, and she represented her county for three decades.
- After retiring from her cricket career, she became Games Mistress at Roedean School in East Sussex, eventually becoming head of Roedean’s Junior House, and was also Women’s captain of Tenterden Golf Club.
Srinagar joins UNESCO’s network of creative cities
- UNESCO has announced the addition of Srinagar to its network of creative cities.
- Srinagar has been designated as a “Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts”.
- From India, Srinagar joins Chennai and Varanasi (both UNESCO cities of music), Jaipur (crafts and folk arts), Mumbai (film), and Hyderabad (gastronomy).
- The “UNESCO Network” now has nearly 300 from 90 countries.
Gujarat ranks 1st for a 3rd consecutive year in the logistics index
- Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal launched the 3rd edition of the Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) report, 2021, on 8 November 2021.
- As per the report, Gujarat has been adjudged as the Best Performing State while Uttar Pradesh is the top improver.
- Haryana was second while Punjab got the third position as per the report.
Indian Army, Univ of Kashmir signs MoU for distance education
- The Indian Army on 8 November 2021, signed an MoU with the University of Kashmir for providing distance education courses to soldiers posted in the valley.
- The soldiers posted in Kashmir, will be able to seek admission to various courses being offered by the Directorate of Distance Education, University of Kashmir.
- A total of 18 courses are presently available for enrolment.
Govt launches first-ever mentorship programme for young innovators
- Union Minister of State Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh launched the first-ever Mentorship Programme for Young Innovators to mark the 75th Year of India’s independence, on 8 November 2021.
- It is called the ‘DBT-Star College Mentorship Programme’.
- It envisages a ‘Star College’ in every district of the country supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
17 scientists from across India awarded Swarnajayanti Fellowships
- 17 scientists from scientific institutions across India have been awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowships for their innovative research ideas.
- The Swanajayanti Fellowship scheme was instituted by the government to commemorate India’s fiftieth year of Independence.
- Under the scheme, the awardees are provided a fellowship of Rs. 25,000/- per month for five years.
JFPR approves grant of $2 million for a project in Maharashtra
- The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) has approved a $2 million grant to provide key knowledge and technical support to an ADB-funded project.
- The project aims to promote agri-business network in Maharashtra to boost farm incomes and reduce food losses.
- The grant will support the $100 million Maharashtra Agri-business Network Project (MAGNET) approved by ADB in September 2021.
Padma Shri awardee Koneru Ramakrishna Rao passes away
- Former chancellor of GITAM Deemed-to-be University and former vice-chancellor of Andhra University (AU), Koneru Ramakrishna Rao, passed away in November 2021.
- Professor Rao was an internationally recognized psychologist, Gandhian scholar, and educator, who has written over 20 books and 300 research publications.
- He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.
International Week of Science and Peace: 9-14 November
- International Week of Science and Peace (IWOSP) is a global observance celebrated every year from November 9 to 14.
- It is celebrated to encourage people to develop better technology and cultivate peace in their countries.
- It was first observed in the year 1986.
- It was proclaimed as an International Week of Science and Peace by the UN General Assembly in the month of December 1988.
Mitrabha Guha becomes India’s 72nd Grandmaster
- International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 – Novi Sad, Serbia.
- To achieve the GM title, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.
- He scored his second GM-norm at the Sheikh Russel GM tournament in Bangladesh.
Nepal Army Chief embarks on a four-day trip to India
- General Prabhu Ram Sharma, Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff, on 9 November 2021, embarked on a 4-day visit to New Delhi.
- He was conferred the honorary rank of General in the Indian Army by President Ram Nath Kovind, a long-held tradition between the two armies.
- A similar title was conferred on Indian Army Chief General Naravane when he visited Nepal in November 2020.
Veteran banker KV Kamath appointed as senior advisor for KKR India
- Global investment firm KKR has announced the appointment of KV Kamath as a Senior Advisor to KKR India.
- KV Kamath served as the first President of the New Development Bank, a multilateral development bank established by the BRICS nations, from its founding in 2015 until 2020.
- Prior to that, he was Chairman of ICICI Bank and Infosys Limited, two of India’s leading companies.
Karnataka to train 18,000 women self-help group, members
- The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED) will train 18,000 rural women from Karnataka’s SHGs (Self Help Groups) in various aspects.
- They will be trained in solid waste management and solar energy utilization in rural areas.
- This will be done in collaboration with the Dept of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).
Sanjay Bangar appointed Royal Challengers Bangalore’s head coach
- Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore has elevated its batting consultant Sanjay Bangar to the post of head coach for the next two years.
- Bangar, who was appointed as the team batting consultant in February 2021, will take over from Mike Hesson.
- Sanjay represented India in 12 Tests and 15 ODIs between 2001 and 2004.
Maharashtra bags top leadership award at COP26 in Glasgow
- Maharashtra has bagged the inaugural Inspiring Regional Leadership award at the U2C General Assembly that coincided with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) summit in Glasgow on 7 Nov’21.
- It also received high commendations in two other categories – Climate Partnerships and Creative Climate Solutions.
- British Columbia and Québec in Canada won awards in these two categories.
Bangla version of the book ‘Operation X’ launched
- The Bangla version of the book ‘Operation X’ about the naval commando operation jointly launched by the Indian Navy and the Mukti Bahini of Bangladesh was launched in Dhaka on 8 November 2021.
- The book is written by Capt MNR Samant and Sandeep Unnithan.
- The book has been compiled from personal notes of Capt MNR Samant and first-hand accounts of Indian Naval Personnel.
Rajasthan: Pushkar cattle fair began on 8 November 2021
- Internationally renowned and one of the biggest cattle fairs of north India began in Rajasthan’s Pushkar on 8 November 2021.
- This is a 13-day fair but this time it is restricted only to the cattle trade.
- There will be no exhibitions, cultural and sports activities and no foreign tourists to enjoy the event due to Covid-19 guidelines.
- 415 cattle and 235 camels are a part of it this time.