Daily Current Affairs for BBA & IPM and HM Entrance Exams: 14th & 15th November 2021

By Rajat Pandey|Updated : November 15th, 2021
  • Current Affairs plays a vital role in the preparation of BBA & IPM and HM Entrance exams. Current Affairs keep you update about the happenings around the world. The majority of questions asked in the exam are from the latest current affairs. 
  • Current Affairs not only keeps you up to date but also provides you a better perspective and knowledge about the important burning issues worldwide

14th November 

National & International Appointments

1. PC Mody appointed as new Secretary General of Rajya Sabha

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  • Pramod Chandra Mody (1982 batch IRS Officer) has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Rajya Sabha.
  • He was formerly working as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • He replaced P.P.K. Ramacharyulu, who was appointed to the post on 1st September, 2021 and has now been appointed as an adviser to the Rajya Sabha chairman.
  • Chairman of RS (Vice President of India): M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • Leader of the Rajya House: Piyush Goyal.

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 Defense

2. India and France to hold 6th edition Exercise SHAKTI 2021

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  • Navies of India and France will conduct 6th edition of biennial training exercise ‘EX SHAKTI 2021’ from 15th to 26th November 2021 in Frejus, France
  • Indian Army will be represented by Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion and France Army will be represented by troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of 6th Light Armoured Brigade
  • Focus: Counter Terrorism operations, military cooperation and inter-operability
  • India and France also carry out Exercise GARUDA and Exercise VARUNA

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 National & International Appointments

3. Daniel Bruhl appointed Goodwill Ambassador by UN World Food Programme

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  • Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl has been named as the Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Daniel Bruhl will help WFP in its mission to reach world with Zero Hunger
  • He is known for his performances in movies like Rush, Goodbye Lenin and as Baron Zemo in Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • WFP: World’s largest humanitarian organization aimed at ending hunger around the globe. It was founded in 1961, headquartered in Rome and has offices in 80 nation

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 Important Dates

4. World Diabetes Day: 14th November

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  • World Diabetes Day (WDD) is observed every year on November 14 to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
  • The day also birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
  • The day was launched in 1991 by the IDF and World Health Organization (WHO) and became an official UN Day in 2006.
  • Theme for WDD 2021-23: Access to Diabetes Car – If Not Now, When?

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 Defense

5. 32nd Indo-Thai CORPAT begins in Andaman Sea

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  • The 32nd edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) was conducted from 12th to 14th November 2021 in Andaman Sea.
  • It is a three-day bi-annual CORPAT exercise
  • Indian Navy was represented by Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk while Royal Thai Navy participated with Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS) Tayanchon
  • It was conducted for 1st time in 2005 along their International Maritime Boundary Line
  • CORPAT builds up understanding, interoperability between navies

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 Sports

6. Women’s T20 tournament to make debut in 2022 Commonwealth Games

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  • Women’s cricket T20 tournament will be making its debut at 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England
  • This will be 1st time that women cricket will be included in Commonwealth Games
  • Earlier, cricket was played as List A men’s tournament at 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2022 matches will be played under Twenty20 format and there will only be women’s tournament.
  • Opening match on schedule will be between Australia and India at Edgbaston Stadium

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 National Affairs

7. Five Integrated Check Posts to be set up on India Bangladesh border

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  • Five new Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) will be set up on India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal to ensure better connectivity and security.
  • In total, 7 ICPs will be set up in West Bengal
  • These include 5 ICPs on Indo-Bangladesh border at  Changrabandha in Cooch Behar, Phulbari in Jalpaiguri, Hilli in South Dinajpur, Mahadipur in Malda and Gojadanga in North 24-Parganas and one ICP borders with Nepal at Panitanki in Darjeeling district 

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 National & International Appointments

8. Fumio Kishida re-elected as Prime Minister of Japan

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  • Fumio Kishida (64 years) has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Japan in the parliamentary elections held on 10th November 2021.
  • His governing party Liberal Democratic Party scored a major victory securing 261 seats in the 465-member lower house.
  • He is the former Foreign Minister of Japan.
  • Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the northwest Pacific Ocean with Tokyo as capital
  • Emperor of Japan: Naruhito

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 National & International Organizations

9. World Bank sanctions Rs 770 crore for Inland Water Transport department

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  • World Bank and Inland Water Transport (IWT) dept of Assam has signed MoU for Rs 770 crore loan to improve river transportation in the state.
  • Central Govt will refund 80% of the sanctioned amount and the state government would bear the remaining 20%
  • CM of Assam also flagged off four steel catamaran vessels at Pandu Port recently under World Bank-funded project to integrate high-quality passenger and vehicle ferry services into the state’s wider transport network system.

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 Books & Authors

10. Book titles ‘Nehru: The Debates that Defined India’ released

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  • A book titled ‘Nehru: The Debates that Defined India’ has been released, highlighting the former PM's encounters with his contemporaries.
  • The book has been co-authored by Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain.
  • This book mentions the political journey of Jawaharlal Nehru from being elected as Congress president to various other important aspects of his life.
  • The book has been published with permission from HarperCollins India.

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 National & International Appointments

11. Ram Nath Kovind confers honorary rank on Prabhu Ram Sharma

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  • President Ram Nath Kovind has conferred honorary rank of ‘General of the Indian Army’ on Nepal’s Army Chief Gen Prabhu Ram Sharma.
  • Prabhu Ram Sharma is on a four-day visit to India to explore ways to expand bilateral defence cooperation.
  • Earlier, Nepal had conferred honorary rank of ‘General of Nepal Army’ to Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane in November 2020.
  • PM of Nepal: Sher Bahadur Deuba

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15th November

 Sports

1. Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2021

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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix, and gained momentum in his Formula One title fight with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
  • Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, beat Verstappen despite starting from 10th position on the grid due to a penalty.
  • Verstappen, the winner of the race's previous edition in 2019, finished second and saw his lead in the driver's championship shrink to 14 points.
  • The winner of a race gets 25 points.

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 Sports

2. Australia wins maiden T20 World Cup title

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  • Australia won their maiden T20 World Cup title, crushing New Zealand in the final at the Dubai International Stadium.
  • Chasing a stiff target of 173, the Aussies overhauled New Zealand's score with seven balls remaining.
  • David Warnerwas chosen as Player of The Tournament for his effort with the bat.
  • In the previous two editions of the event (2014 and 2016), it was India batter Virat Kohli who won the title.

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 Summits & Conferences

3. Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference begins today

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  • Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) being organized from 15-17 Nov. 
  • Union Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will lead the official and business delegation. 
  • He will participate in the inaugural Ceremony of ADIPEC and also take part in a Ministerial Round Table titled "Charting the Climate Action Path from COP 26 to COP 27".
  • Mr. Puri will inaugurate the India Pavilion, set up jointly by the FIPI, DGH, and CII. 

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 International Affairs

4. Dubai Airshow begins at Al Maktoum International Airport

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  • The biggest-ever Dubai Airshow began at Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai
  • With more than 1,200 exhibitors taking part in the 5-day show.
  • Dubai Airshow is also the largest of its kind since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The show also features more than 160 of the world’s most advanced aircraft on the ground and in the air.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent is also taking part in the Dubai Air Show with the Sarang and Suryakiran Aerobatics Teams.

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 Obituaries

5. Legendary author Wilbur Smith passes away

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  • Renowned writer Wilbur Smith (88) passed away at his home in South Africa.
  • During his decades long career as a writer, Smith authored 49 novels and sold over 140 million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages.
  • Smith was born in today's Zambia in 1933 to a British family.
  • In 1964, the author published his first novel, "When the Lion Feeds," which narrates the tale of a young man growing up on a South African cattle ranch.

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 National Affairs

6. Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai among world's top 10 polluted cities

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  • According to the data from air quality and pollution city tracking service from IQAir, a Switzerland-based climate group, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai are among the top ten most polluted cities of the world.
  • Delhi top the list with AQI at 556, Kolkata and Mumbai recorded an AQI of 177 and 169, respectively, at 4th and 6th position.
  • The cities with the worst AQI indices also include Lahore, Pakistan, and Chengdu, China.
  • IQAir is also a technology partner of the UNEP.

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 Agreement

7. Indian Oil and NTPC ink deal to collaborate on green energy

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  • NTPC Ltd inked an initial pact with Indian Oil to collaborate in the field of renewable energy.
  • This is a first-of-its-kind novel initiative by two leading national energy majors of India, to support the country’s commitment to achieving renewable energy targets and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • This comes in the backdrop of Indian Oil announcing its plan to build the country’s first green hydrogen plant at its Mathura refinery.

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 Agreement

8. IIT Guwahati to join hands with Oil India Ltd, to tech in energy sector

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  • IIT-Guwahati will collaborate with OIL on the development and introduction of new technologies energy, and related sectors.
  • The partnership will also focus on cooperation in Transfer of existing tech, Knowledge up-gradation and innovation partnership, Training and skill development, and other areas of mutual agreement.
  • The MoU will facilitate a new path for exploring various opportunities in applied and translational research for the sustainable energy sector with OIL

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 Banking & Finance

9. HDFC Bank integrates with government's e-NAM platform

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  • HDFC Bank integrated with the National Agriculture Market (eNAM) to enable digital collections and settlement of funds to various e-NAM beneficiaries.
  • HDFC Bank has partnered with the SFAC to further improve the ease of doing business on e-NAM platform by offering collection modes like multi-net banking, debit card, NEFT/RTGS and UPI/IMPS
  • This integration will help farmers, FPOs, commission agents, institutional buyers and other Mandi level service providers. 

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 Banking & Finance

10. Tata Projects bags $120mn order for power transmission project in Banglades

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  • Tata Projects Limited has received an order for a 400kV double circuit transmission line project valued at around $120 million from the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB).
  • This is a 120-km project from Barapukuria to Bogura in Bangladesh to be executed in 30 months.
  • The funding for the same will be provided by EXIM Bank under Indian Line of Credit.
  • This project is on the line of South Aisa power pool comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.

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 Obituaries

11. Noted historian Babasaheb Purandare passes away

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  • Noted historian and Padma Vibhushan awardee Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (Babasaheb) passed away recently.
  • Purandare (99) was an authority on the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
  • Purandare was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award in 2019.
  • He was conferred with the Maharashtra Bhushan award in 2015.
  • He had conceived and directed the theatrical history extravaganza on Shivaji Maharaj’s life titled Jaanta Raja. 

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 Summits & Conferences

12. FICCI to hold virtual agriculture summit on Nov 17-18

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  • FICCI will organize  ‘Envisioning Smart & Sustainable Agriculture’, a virtual agriculture summit and awards event. 
  • Aim: to bring all key stakeholders on a common platform to ideate an implementable strategy for smart and sustainable agriculture
  • The sessions will focus on issues such as strengthening agri-inputs for sustainably increasing productivity
  • A knowledge report on India Beyond 75: Envisioning smart and sustainable agriculture’ is being released during the event

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 Banking & Finance

13. Paytm Money launches AI-powered ‘Voice Trading’

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  • Paytm Money has launched ‘Voice Trading’, powered by artificial intelligence.
  • It will allow users to place a trade or get information about stocks via single voice command.
  • This service has been launched in line with Paytm Money’s efforts to offer next-gen and AI-driven tech to elevate user experience.
  • The voice trading feature enables a single voice command, with the use of neural networks and natural language processing (NLP) to allow instant processing.
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