Current Affairs(2nd NOVEMBER)
PM MODI LAUNCHES COUNTRY'S FIRST SEAPLANE SERVICE
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the country’s first seaplane service between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in
Gujarat’s Narmada district and Sabarmati Riverfront in
- He travelled in the maiden flight of the twin-engine plane from pond-3 close to Sardar Sarovar Dam and landed at Sabarmati riverfront where a water aerodrome has been set up.
- The 19-seater seaplane will be managed by private airline SpiceJet. The flight will be able to accommodate 12 passengers and tickets will cost Rs 4,800 per person.
- The service will cover the 200km distance between Sabarmati and Kevadia, in just 45 minutes by flight, which usually takes 4 hours.
- There will be four flights a day between Ahmedabad and Kevadia on each side, which means four arrivals and four departures.
INDIA'S FIRST 'TYRE PARK' IN WEST BENGAL
- In West Bengal, Kolkata will soon feature India’s first “Tyre Park”, where artworks made from scrap and defective parts will be on display. The West Bengal Transport Corporation will launch this Tyre Park.
- The Tyre Park, which will come up at the Esplanade area,
would have a small cafe where people can sit, relax and enjoy the craftsmanship made from tyres.
- No scrap material can be labelled as waste; it can be reused and converted into an art form. Scrap tyres, lying as waste in various bus depots, have been reworked and converted to colorful shapes by the in-house team of WBTC.
- Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee.
- Governor of West Bengal: Jagdeep Dhankhar.
PANNA TIGER RESERVE INCLUDED IN LIST OF UNESCO
- In Madhya Pradesh, the Panna Tiger Reserve has been included in the ‘World Network of Biosphere Reserves’ list of the
- This is the 12th biosphere reserve from India to be included in the
‘World Network of Biosphere Reserves’, and third from Madhya Pradesh, after Pachmarhi and Amarkantak. Currently, Panna Tiger Reserve is home to 54 tigers.
- The UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) covers internationally designated protected areas (known as biosphere reserves) that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature (like encourage sustainable development).
- Madhya Pradesh Governor: Anandiben Patel (additional charge).
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
CHINA'S LONG TERM PROGRAM FOR ECONOMY & DEFENCE
- China’s ruling party- CPC (Communist Party of China) – sets long-term targets for boosting the economy and military power.
- It announced 3 goals to be achieved by 2025, 2027 and 2035. They are: Boosting domestic consumption and innovation. A national security and defence modernization plan ahead of the
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) centennial in 2027.
- A ‘Vision 2035’ longer-term economic blueprint that calls for “big leaps” in economic strength and technological prowess. China’s national security plans and goals are to establish the PLA as a modern force by 2027.
- The plan is also to realise what it called “The unity of a rich country and a strong Army”. It stressed the importance of informatisation and to “Strengthen military training and war preparation”.
KERALA BEST GOVERNED STATE IN INDIA: PAI INDEX
- Kerala has adjudged the best - governed state in the country while Uttar Pradesh (UP) pushed to the bottom in the large states category, according to the PAI - Public Affairs Index 2020 released by the Public Affairs Centre.
- The city-based not-for-profit organisation, headed by former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, highlighted that the states were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.
- Four southern states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, & Karnataka stood in the 1st four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance.
- Uttar Pradesh, Odisha & Bihar were at the bottom of the ranking. In the small state category, Goa ranked 1st, followed by Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh.
- Chandigarh emerged the best - governed union territory in the category of UTs PAI points, followed by Puducherry & Lakshadweep.
- By the PAC, the governance performance is analyzed in the context of sustainable development defined by 3 pillars of equity, growth and sustainability.
SHANE WATSON RETIRES FROM ALL FORMAT OF CRICKET
- Shane Watson, Australian opener for the Chennai Super Kings announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, including franchise cricket after his team CSK beat Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets on November 1, 2020.
- The cricketer had already retired from international cricket when CSK bought him in the 2018 IPL auction. He had
played a major role in the 2018 IPL final with his unbeaten century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, which helped CSK grab its third IPL trophy.
- This year, for the first time in IPL's history, the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) failed to qualify for the play-offs despite some spectacular wins.
- Shane Watson was one of the most successful all-rounders in IPL. He initially played for the Rajasthan Royals from 2008 to 2015. He was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2016-2017. He was finally brought in by the Chennai Super Kings in
AMIT PANGHAL WINS GOLD IN INT. BOXING TOURNAMENT
- Indian boxers Amit Panghal, Sanjeet and Ashish Kumar have won gold medals at the recently concluded Alexis Valentine International Boxing Tournament held in Nantes, France.
- The tournament was the first international event that Indian boxers were a part of since the lockdown.
- Amit Panghal, the silver medalist at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the 52 kg-weight categories, overcame the challenge from American boxer Rene Abraham.
- Sanjeet was up against France’s Soheb Bouafia in the 91 kg final bout and produced a clinical performance to win the top honours.
- In the 75 kg weight category, Indian boxer Ashish Kumar won the gold medal after his opponent from the USA, Joseph Gerome Hiks, gave him a walkover due to injury.
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY AGAINST JOURNALIST
- The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is an UN-recognized day observed annually on 2
- The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers, estimated at only one in every ten cases.
- The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ in General Assembly Resolution.
- The Resolution urged the Member States to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity. The date was chosen in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.