1. Reopening Kartarpur Corridor
- The Kartarpur corridor was closed in March 2020, just four months after it had been opened with much fanfare
- The government is considering reopening the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara corridor to Pakistan to allow Sikh pilgrims to cross over after it was shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Government is in a view to open the route by November 19, the birth anniversary of the Sikh founder Guru Nanak, known as Gurpurab or “Prakash Parv”.
- The Kartarpur corridor connects the Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in the Narowal district of Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in the Gurdaspur district in India’s Punjab province.
- The agreement will facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims who would just need a permit to cross over to Pakistan.
- The corridor was built to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism on 12th November 2019.
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2. Devasahayam Pillai
- A Hindu man from the Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, who converted to Christianity in the 18th century, is set to become by the Vatican on May 15, 2022.
- Devasahayam Pillai, who took the name ‘Lazarus’ in 1745, was first approved for sainthood for “enduring increasing hardships” after he decided to embrace Christianity.
- Devasahayam is said to have faced harsh persecution and imprisonment after he decided to convert to Christianity, ultimately resulting in his killing in 1752.
- While he was declared eligible for sainthood last year, the Vatican announced the date of the ceremony.
- In 2004, the diocese of Kottar in Kanyakumari, along with the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council (TNBC) and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) recommended Devasahayam for beatification to the Vatican.
- In February, last year, the Vatican declared that he was eligible for sainthood.
- He was declared Blessed by the Kottar diocese in 2012, 300 years after his birth.
3. Largest National Institute of Fashion Technology
- Union Minister of State for Textile and Railways Darshana Vikram Jardosh was all set to house the National Institute of Fashion Technology’s (NIFT) largest campus of the country.
- The Srinagar campus, which is the 17th of the institute in the country, will be spread over 133 canals in Budgam’s Ompora area and will come up at the cost of 287 crores, with 35% reservation for students from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
- Design Resource Centre (DRC) will also be set up at NIFT Srinagar to create design-oriented excellence in the local handloom sector and will play a pivotal role in the promotion of the local craft industry.
4. Direct-Ascent Anti-Satellite
- Russia has carried out a Direct-Ascent Anti-Satellite (DA-ASAT) test by shooting down an old satellite which has created huge debris in the low earth orbit, according to the U.S. space command.
- It drew sharp reactions from US officials who also said it endangered the International Space Station (ISS).
- According to the US space command, Russia has conducted the DA-ASAT test to shoot down an old Soviet Tselina-D SIGINT satellite, Kosmos-1408, which was launched in 1982 and had been dead for a long time.
- While Russia has previously tested ASAT weapons, the DA-ASAT is more advanced and similar to the ones the US has in its inventory, according to observers.
5. SITMEX 2021
A trilateral naval exercise involving Singapore, India, and Thailand is being conducted in the Indian Ocean from 15 to 16 November.
- The Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise (SITMEX) 21 exercise is taking place in the Andaman Sea.
- It features the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) Formidable-class frigate RSS Tenacious and the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN) Khamrosin-class anti-submarine patrol craft HTMS Thayanchon.
- The Indian Navy is being represented by the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk missile corvette in the exercise.
- The RTN is hosting the two-day exercise, which is the third edition of SITMEX.
- The first SITMEX exercise took place in September 2019 at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This lasted five days and was hosted by India.
6. Civil Aviation to serve Meals
- The Ministry of Civil Aviation allowed airlines to serve meals onboard all domestic flights.
- The service was banned on flights shorter than two hours during the second wave of COVID-19.
- The airlines operating flights in domestic sectors may provide meal services onboard, without restriction on the duration of the flight.
- The decision was taken in light of the reduction in Covid caseload
7. First Indian Contingent In Antarctica
- India has successfully launched the 41st scientific expedition to Antarctica with the arrival of the first batch of its contingent at the southern white continent.
- The first batch comprising 23 scientists and support staff reached the Indian Antarctic station, Maitri, as per the Ministry of Earth Sciences
- Indian Antarctic program, which began in 1981, has completed 40 scientific expeditions
8. International Atomic Energy Agency
Iran has invited the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for talks after the UN official expressed concern over a lack of contact with Iranian authorities.
- Previously, the IAEA complained that it had been denied “indispensable” access to a centrifuge component manufacturing workshop where it needed to service equipment.
- Iran has produced more than 120 kilograms (265 pounds) of 20% enriched uranium, far more than what the U.N. nuclear watchdog had reported.
- The 2015 deal promises Iran economic incentives in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, and is meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.
- The U.S. unilaterally pulled out of the deal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump, but Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia have tried to preserve the accord.
- Under the deal with world powers, the other signatories were to provide Iran with 20% enriched uranium needed for its research reactor.
- Under the terms of the nuclear deal, Iran was prohibited from enriching uranium above 3.67% with the exception of its research reactor activities.
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9. Australia lifts ICC T-20 World Cup trophy
- In T-20 WORLD CUP Cricket, Australia lifted their maiden T20 World Cup title as they defeated New Zealand in the final by 8 wickets at Dubai International stadium tonight.
- Chasing a victory target of 173, Australia won the game with 7 balls to spare.
- They made 173 for the loss of 2 wickets.
- David Warner was declared Player of the series
10. Mannu Bhandari
- Renowned Hindi author Mannu Bhandari passed away at Narayana hospital in Gurugram, Haryana.
- She was 90 years old.
- Aapka Bunty, Mahabhoj, and Yahi Sach Hai are some of her works in Hindi.
- Her famous novel ‘Yahi Sach Hai’ was adapted into a movie, ‘Rajnigandha’, in 1974.
11. International Day of Tolerance
- Every year on November 16, the world celebrates the International Day of Tolerance to strengthen mutual understanding among cultures, societies, and people.
- This day holds significance as it began as an initiative to affirm that tolerance is silent support towards the world’s cultures, religions, and societies and also recognizes human rights and freedom of others.
- It aims to increase acceptance of the world’s diversity as well as the inclusivity of various religions, languages, and cultures.
- This year’s theme for International Day for Tolerance is based on premise that, “Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, forms of expression, and ways of being human”.
12. National Press Day
- National Press Day is observed on November 16th every year to acknowledge and honor the Press Council of India
- Press Council of India is a statutory and quasi-judicial establishment.
- The day marks the presence of an independent and responsible press in India.
- First Press Commission 1956 envisioned a committee to protect the ethics of journalism