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Daily Current affairs for 21st Nov 2017 ( English)

1.       Nov 21- The World Fisheries day is celebrated every year to highlight critical importance to human lives, of water and lives it sustains, both in and out of water. This year’s theme is 2022 Ka Hai Sapna Kisan Ki Aay Ho Dugna – Sankalp Se Siddhi”. In India, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is celebrating the day. Fish forms an important part of diets of people around world, particularly those living near rivers, coasts and other water bodies. Due to close proximity of living habitats across water bodies, it has led to severe ocean and coastal pollution from run-off and from domestic and industrial activities carried out near-by. It has led to depletion of fish stocks in immediate vicinity, requiring fishermen to fish farther and farther away from their traditional grounds. The World Fisheries Day helps to highlight these problems and moves towards finding solutions to increasingly inter-connected problems and in the longer term, to sustainable means of maintaining fish stocks.
2.       Government has signed four MoUs under Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) Scheme with Nagaland and UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu for operational improvements. With this, 27 States and 4 UTs have joined UDAY till date. These MoUs will pave way for improving operational efficiency of Electricity Departments or DISCOM of these State/UTs. These State/UTs have joined only for operational improvement and shall not undergo financial restructuring and issue of bonds under the scheme. The scheme is optional for the states to join. Under it, state governments were to take over up to 75% of their respective discoms’ debt by issuing sovereign bonds to pay back the lenders. Remaining 25% of debt will be issued by discoms in the form of bonds.
3.       The Hyderabad based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in association with Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR) has developed Improved Samba Masuri (ISM) variety rice with low Glycemic Index (GI). ISM has lowest GI of 50.99 against the normal 53 to 70 in several rice varieties. It also has shown better yield and fine grain type, enhancing its market potential and profit for farmers. It is also resistant to bacteria blight.Rice with low GI is considered suitable for people with diabetics. Consumption of food with low GI results in slow release of glucose into the bloodstream reducing the ill-effects of diabetes. The ISM has been grown in 1.3 lakh hectares in 7 states including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
4.       India’s nominee to International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari (70) was re-elected to fifth and the last seat of world court. He was elected after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. This is the first time since the ICJ was established in 1945 that there will be no British judge in ICJ. Bhandari is fourth Indian judge to be elected to ICJ after B.N. Rau, Nagendra Singh and RS Pathak. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in United Nations General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in UN Security Council (UNSC).
5.       The Union Finance Ministry has granted Infrastructure Status to Logistics sector. The inclusion of “Logistics Sector” in the Harmonized Master List of Infrastructure Sub-sectors was considered in the 14th Institutional Mechanism (IM) Meeting chaired by Finance Minister. Logistics Infrastructure was included by insertion of new item in renamed category of ‘Transport and Logistics’The proposal was mooted by the Commerce Ministry and was approved by finance ministry.
6.       The first India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX 2017) was held at Joint Warfare Centre at the Umroi Joint Training Node in Meghalaya. It was conducted by Army’s RED HORNS DIVISION under aegis of GAJRAJ CORPS. The six-day training exercise aimed at building and promoting closer relations with armies of the neighbouring countries. It also aims to train officers of Myanmar Army in various United Nations Peacekeeping roles and tasks. It is first of its kind military training exercise between India and Myanmar on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO).
7.       India ranked 51st among 63 countries on the IMD Talent Rankings in terms of ability to attract, develop and retain talent. In previous rankings, India was ranked 54th. The rankings of countries are based on their performance in three main categories — investment and development, appeal, and readiness. Switzerland topped list followed by Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg in top 10.
8.       The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare observed Vasectomy Fortnight to raise awareness about male sterilisation and to promote the participation of men in family planning. Under this awareness campaign, all states and union territories observed Vasectomy Fortnight by providing quality of male sterilisation services at public health facilities.
9.       The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully tested supersonic landing parachute that will be deployed in its Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020.
10.   Google Doodle honored first Indian Women Physician Rukhmabai on her 153rd birth anniversary.(Nov 22,1864) to practice medicine in colonial India.
11.   Forbes on 21st Nov 2017 released the list of World’s highest paid woman in Music 2017. The list is topped by Singer – Song writer Beyonce Knowles followed by Britain’s Adele and Pop Star Taylor Swift in Second and third position respectively.
12.   Indian –origin Quarraisha Abdool Karim  was appointed as UNAIDS Special Ambassador for adolescents and HIV’s. She is one of the World’s leading AIDS researchers.
13.   The Ministry of Defence on 21st Nov,2017 have announced that the widows of gallantry award winners will continue to get their allowance even after remarriage. As per the existing condition for grant of monetary allowance to winners of gallantry awards, the allowance is given to the recipient and on his death to his widow.
14.   According to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, dark features earlier thought to be evidence of liquid water  flowing on mars may actually be granular flows comprising of sand and dust.
15.   The First world conference on Access to Medical  products and International Laws for Trade and Health in the context of 2030 agenda for sustainable development was inaugurated  in  Delhi, India  by Union minister of Health and family welfare J.P.,Nadda
16.   The Union Government has banned the use of LED lights and other artificial lights on mechanized fishing vessels in an attempt to protect the marine ecology. Besides this, the duration of fishing ban has increased from 47 to 61 days,  with the consent of all the coastal state governments.

17.Nov 21- World Television Day is celebrated every year across the world since 1996.
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