Current Affairs(3rd NOVEMBER)
PM MODI INAUGURATED 'AROGYA VAN' IN GUJARAT
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Arogya Van’ in the Narmada district of Gujarat. PM Modi was accompanied by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Governor Acharya Devvrat. PM also inaugurated Arogya Kutir, Ekta
Mall, and Children Nutrition Park.
- Arogya Van is set up on 17 acres of land in Kevadia for
spreading awareness on Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation. It features around 380 species of plants and trees with rich medicinal values.
- Arogya Kutir has a traditional treatment facility named Santhigiri wellness centre which will provide healthcare based on Ayurveda, Siddha, Yoga and Panchakarma.
- Ekta Mall displays a diverse range of handicrafts and traditional items from all over India symbolizing unity in diversity and is spread over 35000 sq ft.
- Children Nutrition Park & Mirror Maze is spread over an area of 35000 sq ft; it is the world’s first-ever technology-driven nutrition park for children.
PAUL ZACHARIA SELECTED FOR EZHUTHACHAN PURASKARAM
- Noted Malayalam writer, Paul Zacharia has been selected for this year’s Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the Kerala government’s highest literary honour.
- Paul Zacharia was chosen for his contribution to Malayalam literature during the past five decades.
- A five-member jury, headed by Kerala Sahitya Akademi President Vyshakhan, selected him for the award. ‘Salam America’, ‘Oridath, ‘Aarkkariyam’, ‘Bhaskara patelarum ente jeevithavum’ are among his various literary works.
- Zacharia also won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 and the Kendra
Sahitya Akademi Award in 2004.
- The Ezhuthachan Puraskaram is the highest literary honour that is given by the Kerala
Sahitya Akademi, Government of Kerala.
- The award is named after Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language and consists of a cash prize of ₹5, 00,000 and a citation.
IAF TEST-FIRED BRAHMOS FROM SUKHOI 30 MKI
- The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired an air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal.
- The aircraft took off from an airbase in Punjab & reached the Bay of Bengal after mid-air refueling.
- The missile successfully hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal, with deadly accuracy. This test was the longest range BrahMos strike that was undertaken by the Sukhoi 30
- This missile was developed by DRDO, the air-launched version of nuclear-capable BrahMos has a strike range of 400 km with the capability to hit targets at sea or land in all weather conditions.
AAI HANDED OVER LUCKNOW AIRPORT TO ADANI GROUP
- The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has handed over the Lucknow airport to the Adani group on lease for a period of 50 years. Apart from this, the Adani group has taken over/will take over operations of 5 more airports.
- In February 2019, the Central Govt had privatised six
major airports of the country namely Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati.
- The right to run all these 6 airports has been won by Adani Group for 50 years.
- Adani group has taken over the operations of Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram in September 2020, Mangaluru on October 31, 2020, Lucknow on November 02, 2020, and will take on the operations of Ahmedabad Airport on November 11, 2020.
RAJIV JALOTA AS THE CHAIRMAN OF MUMBAI PORT TRUST
- Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer, Rajiv Jalota has been appointed as the chairman of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). The appointment committee of the Union cabinet issued the order for the central deputation.
- The post of MbPT chairman was vacant after former chairman Sanjay Bhatia retired on July 31 and was appointed as Lokayukta of Maharashtra.
- Jalota, who is the first Goods and Services Tax (GST) commissioner of Maharashtra, is currently the additional chief secretary in the higher and technical education department of the state government.
- He first served as sales tax commissioner and then as GST commissioner from January 2015 to January 2020.
- Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray
- Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
JAMES BOND ACTOR SEAN CONNERY PASSES AWAY
- The Scottish actor, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, Sean Connery passed away. Connery will be remembered first as British agent 007.
- Scottish movie legend Connery, who shot to international stardom as the suave and sophisticated British agent James Bond and went on to grace the silver screen for four decades.
- He was admired by generations of film fans as the original and best 007 and went on to create a distinguished body of work in films such as The Man Who Would Be King, the
Name of the Rose and the Untouchables.
LEWIS HAMILTON WINS EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2020 at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari race track, Italy.
- This was his 9th win of the season and 93rd F1 win of his career. Valtteri Bottas finished second while Daniel Ricciardo finished third. Mercedes won the seventh consecutive constructors’ title for 2020.
- Earlier Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, held at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany.
- He also won the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, held at Algarve International Circuit, Portugal. With this win, he has surpassed the record of 91 wins set by German great Michael Schumacher.
BOOK AUTHORED BY T. BANDYOPADHYAY TO BE RELEASED
ü Tamal Bandyopadhyay has authored a book titled “Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy” and will
be released on November 09, 2020.
- This book, published by Roli Books, provides an understanding of the challenges and economic potential of India.
- The book “Pandemonium” accounts how many promoters had
swapped equity with debt while the managements of the banks were finding a way to protect their balance sheets until the intervention of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) against their bad loans.
- The Same issue trouble also affected the developing non-banking financial companies of India who were quick to identify the post-demonetisation easy liquidity and the reluctance of banks to lend which promoted them to borrow short to lend long.