Read : Current Affairs: 18th November, 2020

Posted on :- 2020-11-23 10:42:49
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper

                                   current affairs(18TH  November)            












             PM UNVEILED 'STATUE OF PEACE' IN RAJASTHAN                     


  • PM unveils ‘Statue of Peace’ to mark 151st Birth Anniversary celebrations of Jainacharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj. PM also requested Spiritual leaders to promote AatmaNirbhar by going vocal for


  • Mentioning the educational institutions established by the

Jainacharya, the Prime Minister praised his efforts to make the country AatmaNirbhar in the field of education.


  • He established many institutes imbued with Indian values in states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar


  • The Statue unveiled in the honour of the Jain acharya, has been named as ‘Statue of Peace’. The 151 inch tall statue has been made from Ashtadhatu (octo-alloy) e. 8 metals, with Copper being the major constituent, and is installed at Vijay Vallabh Sadhana Kendra, Jetpura, in Pali, Rajasthan.


  • Shri Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj. He was a Jain monk born on October 26, 1870. He was a disciple of Vijayanand Suri. He was the founder of Shri Parshwanath Jain Vidyalaya in Pali district of


  • Also, he established the Mahavir Jain Vidyalaya in Mumbai, Pune and Vadodara. He supported Non-violent independent movements of Mahatma









  • The Reserve Bank of India has created a Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH). The aim of Innovation Hub is to promote innovation across the financial sector by leveraging on technology and creating an environment which would facilitate and foster


  • RBIH will collaborate with financial sector institutions,

technology industry and academic institutions and coordinate efforts for exchange of ideas and development of prototypes related to financial innovations.


  • Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH) would be managed by a Governing Council (GC) consisting of 10 members (including a chairperson).


  • Shri Senapathy (Kris) Gopalakrishnan, co-founder and former co-Chairman, Infosys, has been appointed as the first Chairperson of the RBIH.


  • Governor of RBI: Shaktikanta
  • Deputy Governors of RBI: BP Kanungo, MK Jain, MD Patra and Rajeshwar
  • Headquarters of RBI: Mumbai, Maharashtra.





  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum through video-conferencing.


  • The forum witnessed discussions on refuelling the economy and charting a course for the future, as the world economy is grappling with the COVID-19







  • Some other Speakers of the forum included Director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US President Bill Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Secretary- General of the United Nations Antonio


  • The Bloomberg New Economy Forum was established in 2018 by Michael Bloomberg, to build a community of leaders to engage in real conversations leading to actionable solutions about the critical challenges facing a world economy in the throes of a historic


  • The inaugural Forum was held in Singapore and the Second Annual Forum was hosted in





  • The Investment bank, Goldman Sachs has revised upwards the growth forecast for India in FY21 to -10.3% from its earlier projection of -14.8% in September


  • For the financial year 2021-22 (FY22), the Goldman Sachs has projected India’s GDP at 13%. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., is an American multinational investment bank

and financial services company headquartered in New York City.



  • It offers services in investment management, securities, asset management, prime brokerage, and securities underwriting. It also provides investment banking to institutional


  • The bank is one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world. The group also owns Goldman Sachs Bank USA, a direct







  • Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869 and is headquartered at 200 West Street in Lower Manhattan with additional offices in other international financial


                ASIA'S FIRST SOLAR POWERED TEXTILE MILL                       


  • The first solar power-enabled Textile Mill in Asia is set to be set up in Parbhani district,


  • Spread across 30 acres of land, the Jai Bhawani women’s cooperative textile mill will be first in Asia that will operate entirely on solar power. The overall cost of setting up the project is around Rs. 100


  • Once functional, the mill will process cotton to cloth and would provide jobs to many women in the


  • Parbhani is the leading cotton-producing district in Maharashtra and with the operationalization of the mill; it will give momentum to the industrial sector in the district.





  • Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has given the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy on 15 November 2020, for finishing 2020 as the year-end No. 1 (world number one).


  • With this, he has become the only second player in tennis history, after Pete Sampras, to receive the trophy sixth







  • Earlier Djokovic had finished as world number one in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Before this, only Pete Sampras has managed to finish six years on top of the rankings which he did between 1993 and




  • The National Naturopathy Day is observed in India on 18 November every year, to promote positive mental and physical health through a drugless system of medicine, called as


  • The 48-day program of webinars will continue till the

Third National Naturopathy Day, which falls on 18 November 2020.


  • The day was declared by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Government of India, on November 18,


  • As a part of the occasion, National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune under Ministry of AYUSH has organised a series of webinars on ‘Gandhian philosophy of Self Reliance through Self Health Reliance’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations from 2nd Oct


  • It was on this day in 1945 when Mahatma Gandhi became lifetime Chairman of the All India Nature Cure Foundation Trust and signed the deed with the object of making the benefits of Nature Cure available to all classes of


  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of AYUSH: Shripad Yesso Naik


                 NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY: 17TH NOVEMBER                        


  • In India, November 17 is observed every year as National Epilepsy Day, to create awareness about epilepsy. The month of November is observed as ‘National Epilepsy Awareness Month’. This National Epilepsy Day is observed by the Epilepsy Foundation of


  • Epilepsy is a varied set of persistent neurological disarray and causes sudden seizures and fits. The seizures of epilepsy result due to the unusual and extreme activities in the brain and the seizures also result from the hyper synchronous neuronal brain


  • According to the World Health Organisation(WHO), more than 50 million people across the globe have epilepsy, which makes it one of the most common neurological diseases.


  • Almost 80% of people suffering from Epilepsy reside in low and middle-income countries. It is estimated that with proper diagnosis and treatment more than 70% of the people with Epilepsy can live without a


  • The National Epilepsy Day is a national level campaign initiated by the Epilepsy Foundation of India to reduce the prevalence of Epilepsy in


  • The Epilepsy Foundation of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra was established by Dr Nirmal Surya in 2009. It is a non-profitable charitable organization to help the people with seizures to have a fulfilling life and to change the view about epilepsy in the




  • The United Nations observes “International Day for Tolerance” on 16th November every year. The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and


  • In 1994, UNESCO marked the 125th anniversary of

Mahatma Gandhi’s birth paving the way for the proclamation of 16 November as the

International Day for Tolerance by the UN.



  • The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non- Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, and cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.


  • The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November. This day pays tribute to the values of the Mahatma Gandhi on peace, non- violence and

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