1. Sankalp Gupta becomes India's 71st Grandmaster
- Nagpur based teenager Sankalp Gupta has become India's 71st Grandmaster by finishing second in the GM Ask 3 round-robin event in Serbia.
- He secured the 3 required GM norms by playing three tournaments on the trot.
- To achieve the GM title, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.
- He won five games, drew three and lost one to Rudik Makrarian (Russia) to take the second place with 6.5 points in the GM tournament.
Honours & Awards
2. President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma awards in Rashtrapati Bhawan
- President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Padma Awards in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
- The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day.
- The Awards are given in 3categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri (distinguished service).
- 119 Padma Awards will be presented by President this year.
- The list comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards.
3. Iran’s military began its annual war games Zolfaghar-1400 in Gulf of Oman
- Iran’s military began its annual war games “Zolfaghar-1400” in the Gulf of Oman.
- Navy and air force units as well as ground forces were participating in a more than 1 million square-kilometer area east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
- The war games are aimed at “improving readiness in confronting foreign threats and any possible invasion.
- Nearly 20% of all oil shipping passes through the strait to the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean.
4. Manika Batra, Archana Kamath Clinch Doubles Title in WTT Contender tourname
- Indian pair of Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath clinched the women's doubles title in the WTT Contender tournament in Lasko, Slovenia.
- The Indian duo defeated the Puerto Rican team of Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz in straight sets by 11-3, 11-8, 12-10.
- Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath entered the finals of the women's doubles event of the WTT Contender tournament after defeating the team of Wang Yidi and Liu Weishan.
Honours & Awards
5. Priyanka Mohite to get Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award
- Maharashtra-based mountaineer Priyanka Mohite will be bestowed with the'Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020' for her outstanding contribution in the field of adventure.
- She will receive the award from President at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
- She started out by trekking in Sahyadri ranges in Maharashtra and rock-climbing, began summiting mountains from 2010.
- She has scaled the world's highest peak Mt Everest besides Mt Lhotse and Mt Makalu.
6. Australia is putting a rover on the Moon in 2024 to search for water
- Australian Space Agency announced plans to send a rover to the moon as early as 2026, under a deal with NASA.
- The rover will harvest lunar soil containing oxygen, which could eventually be used to support human life in space.
- It will be the 1st rover with Australian-made components to reach the moon.
- The ten-kilogram rover, measuring 60x60x50cm, will be launched aboard the Hakuto lander built by ispace, a Japanese-based robotic lunar exploration company.
Banking & Finance
7. ESAF Bank join hands with Nabard for local economic development
- ESAF Small Finance Bank has joined hands with NABARD for local economic development.
- K Rajan, the State Revenue Minister inaugurated the state-level Local Sustainable Economic Development Training Program organized by the bank in this regard.
- ESAF Small Finance Bank's state wide initiative on Local Sustainable Economic Development Training Program in collaboration with NABARD is a step towards building financial literacy at grass root levels.
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8. World Radiography Day 2021: 8th November
- Every year 8th November is observed as World Radiography Day to commemorate the discovery of X-radiation, or X-rays.
- In 1895 on this date German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen discovered X-rays who, in 1901, became the inaugural winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- The first World Radiography Day was celebrated in 2012.
- Globally, various organisations celebrate this day, including the UK's Society of Radiographers and the Association of Radiographers in Nigeria
Honours & Awards
9. Puneeth Rajkumar honoured posthumously with Basavashree Award 2021
- Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar will be posthumously conferred the Basavashree award 2021 by the Bruhanmutt.
- The award honours people for services to society in their respective fields by following the principles of Lord Basaveshwar.
- It is presented by Chitradurga Bruhanmutt since 1997.
- The award includes a Rs 5 lakh cash and a memento.
- PT Usha (2009), Malala Yousufzai (2014), P Sainath (2016), Dr K Kasturirangan (2020) are some to win the award in recent times.
10. Manu Bhaker and Javad Foroughi win mixed team gold in President's Cup
- India's pistol ace Manu Bhaker and Iran's Javad Foroughi won the 10m air pistol mixed team gold at the inaugural ISSF President's Cup.
- The Indo-Iranian pair got the better of the French-Russian duo of Mathilde Lamolle and Artem Chernousov 16-8 in the gold medal match.
- India's Abhishek Verma paired up with Ukranian Olena Kostevych to finish 6th while Saurabh Chaudhary paired with Swiss Heidi Gerber Diethelm made it among the top eight semi-finalists to finish 7th.
Banking & Finance
11. IBM sets up client innovation centre in Mysuru
- IBM Corp. launched a client innovation centre in Mysuru with support from the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM)
- Aim: to attract companies to set up operations in cities beyond Bengaluru.
- This initiative aims at supporting the rapid, high-tech driven economic growth in tier-2 and -3 regions while providing comprehensive hybrid cloud and AI technology consulting capabilities.
- The centre specialises in design, software engineering and analytics.
12. Astronaut Wang Yaping Becomes First Chinese Woman To Walk In Space
- Astronaut Wang Yaping became the first Chinese woman to walk in space.
- Her team completed a 6-hour stint outside the Tiangong space station as part of its ongoing construction.
- Wang and her colleague Zhai Zhigang stepped out of the module waving to the camera while tethered to the outside of the station and installed a suspension device and transfer connectors.
- Tiangong-meaning "heavenly palace" is the latest achievement in China's drive to become a major space power