current affairs(9TH NOVEMBER)
JOE BIDEN WINS US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
- Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has defeated Donald Trump to become the 46th U.S. president. Biden will become the oldest president-elect in U.S. history and the first to oust a sitting commander-in-chief after one term since Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in
- Biden’s Electoral College vote to 290, surpassing the 270
needed to win the White House. Biden’s running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, becomes the first Black and Indian-American woman to serve as vice president.
- President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr: Biden Jr. was born in November, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden previously served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 and United States Senator for Delaware from 1973 to
- Vice President Kamala Harris: Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. She has served as the junior United States senator from California since 2017.
- Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist whose work on the progesterone receptor gene stimulated work in breast cancer research, had arrived in the S. from Tamil Nadu in India in 1958 as a 19-year-old graduate student in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Her father, Donald J. Harris, is a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics, who arrived in the U.S. from British Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study at UC Berkeley, receiving a PhD in economics in
SHIPPING MINISTRY TO BE RENAMED: PM MODI
- The Ministry of Shipping is being expanded and renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and
- This information was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 November 2020, during a launch event of Ro-Pax terminal at
- PM Modi was flagging off the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat, which will reduce the 370-km road distance between the two places to 90-km by sea
- The service will also cut the travel time between the two places to about four hours from 10 to 12 hours.
- The ferry will make three trips daily, annually transporting five lakh passengers, 80,000 passenger vehicles, 50,000 two-wheelers and 30,000 trucks, as per the
- Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Shipping: Mansukh L.
MICHAEL HOLDING APPOINTED AS MCC FOUNDATION PATRON
- Former West Indies fast bowler, Michael Holding has been appointed as a new patron of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Foundation.
- The 66-year-old Holding is a passionate advocate for equality in cricket and the wider
- The MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of the Marylebone Cricket Club, custodian of the game’s laws, and was created with the aim of enhancing lives through
- Last month, actor, mental health advocate and cricket-lover Stephen Fry had joined the Foundation as a patron. The pair join the list which includes Claire Taylor, Mike Brearley, Mike Atherton, Mike
Director of the MCC Foundation: Sarah Fane.
MCC Foundation Founded in 1993.
- The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative by the NITI Aayog, and Russia’s Sirius (Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station) have jointly launched ‘AIM–Sirius Innovation Programme 3.0’.
- AIM–Sirius Innovation Programme 3.0 is a 14-day virtual programme for Indian and Russian schoolchildren. It is the first Indo-Russian bilateral youth innovation initiative, which seeks to develop technological solutions, both web-based and mobile- based, for the two
- During the event, around 48 students and 16 educators and mentors will create 8 virtual products and mobile applications to address global challenges across a wide range of areas, in the wake of the covid-19
- These areas include culture, distance education, applied cognitive science, health and well-being, sports, fitness, and games training, chemistry, artificial intelligence, and digital financial
VIDYA BALAN'S SHORT FILM FOR OSCAR NOMINATIONS
- The Indian film ‘Natkhat’, starring and co-produced by Vidya Balan, has won the top prize at the third edition of Best of India Short Film Festival 2020.
- By winning the festival, the film has become eligible for 2021 Oscar qualification. The film has been directed by Shaan Vyas and co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan.
- The film also won cash prize money of $2,500 (approximately Rs 1,85,497) and an opportunity for a television broadcast deal on
- The Best of India Festival has been established by ShortsTV since 2018 to honour and recognize the exceptional work of the Indian (India)
- International Day of Radiology is observed globally on 8th November every
- The day is celebrated to promote the awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care and
improving public understanding of the vital role radiologists and radiographers play in the healthcare continuum.
- In 2020, the International Day of Radiology will therefore be dedicated to all imaging professionals and their essential role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic making an indispensable contribution to the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
- The motto of International Day of Radiology 2020: ‘Radiologists and radiographers supporting patients during COVID-19’.
- The day also marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. World Radiology Day was first celebrated in the year
- In India, 09 November is celebrated as “National Legal Services Day” every year by all Legal Services Authorities, to commemorate the enactment of the Legal Services Authorities Act
- The Day is celebrated to make people aware of the various provisions under the Legal Services Authorities Act and the right of the
- The aim of celebrating this day is to offer free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people belonging to weaker sections of
- It also seeks to make sure the availability of free services to weaker section people as well as making them conscious about their
- On 11 October 1987, the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 was enacted, while the act took effect on 9 November 1995. The day was started by the Supreme Court of India in 1995 to provide help and support to poor and weaker sections of the
- It was established with a mandate to offer help and support to a weaker and poor group of sections of people which may be women, disabled persons, Scheduled Tribes (STs),
children, Scheduled Castes (SCs), human trafficking victims as well as natural calamities victims.
NGT BANS SALE AND USE OF FIRECRACKERS IN DELHI-NCR
- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region from 9 November to 30
- The ban will be applicable in cities and towns where the air quality is in the “poor”
- NGT further added that in cities or towns where the air quality
is “moderate” or below, only green firecrackers will be sold and the time duration of bursting them will be restricted to two hours during festivals such as Diwali, Chhath, New Year/Christmas Eve as may be specified by the state.
- Currently, the state governments have their own set of guidelines with regard to permitting/banning the sale and use of firecrackers during the festive