1. Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Museum
- Union Home Minister laid the foundation for ‘Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum’ in the state through video conferencing.
- The museum is to be set up at Luangkao village, Tamenglong district, the birthplace of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
- Gaidinliu was only 13 years old when her cousin and Guru, Haipou Jadonang, introduced her to the Heraka movement.
- The threat she posed was so great that the British reportedly offered a reward of Rs 500 and tax relief for the entire village if anyone could reveal her whereabouts.
2. Virtual Science Lab: Jigyasa Program
- India’s first virtual science lab for children under the ‘CSIR Jigyasa’ program that will connect students with scientists across the country was launched.
- CSIR has partnered with IIT Bombay to develop a virtual lab platform under the ‘CSIR Jigyasa’ program, which facilitates classroom learning with laboratory research for school students.
- It will not only take science to all segments of students in every corner of the country but is also in tune with the National Education Policy (NEP).
- Accordingly, the students are allowed to choose any subject and the concept of streams has been disbanded.
- The new facility will immensely benefit the students from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya
- The target audience for the virtual lab is students of standards VI to XII (11-18 years), who would like to explore science using different activities, the release said.
- The content will be available in English initially but has been planned to be made available in Hindi and other regional languages as well.
- The JIGYASA program focuses on spreading awareness about the importance of science in society via a practical educational setup, especially among students and teachers.
- It boasts a culture of inquisitiveness and enables students and teachers to live the theoretical concepts of science through practical hands-on projects and examples in the CSIR laboratories.
- It is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalaya’s with 38 CSIR National Laboratories.
- The JIGYASA program targets around 100,000 students and 1000 teachers annually.
- It extends classroom education with well-planned laboratories for more practical learning and connects school students with scientists to develop a logical understanding of science and technology.
3. ISRO’s five-day Technology Conclave-2021
- Union Minister inaugurated ISRO’s five-day Technology Conclave-2021 and highlighted the Futuristic and Disruptive Technologies to be developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO.
- The conclave is being organized by the Directorate of Technology Development and Innovation, DTDI under the aegis of ISRO.
- For the first time in 70 years, the sector has been unlocked for private participation to make India a competitive Space market
4. The Global State of Democracy Report, 2021
The number of countries moving towards authoritarianism in 2020 was higher than that of countries going in the other direction, towards democracy, the Global State of Democracy Report, 2021 released by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA
While 20 countries moved in the direction of authoritarianism, seven countries moved towards democracy, the report said.
Highlights of the report
- The pandemic has prolonged this existing negative trend into a five-year stretch, the longest such period since the start of the third wave of democratization in the 1970s.
- Democratically elected Governments, including established democracies, are increasingly adopting authoritarian tactics.
- This democratic backsliding has often enjoyed significant popular support.
- The report highlighted the case of Brazil and India as “some of the most worrying examples of backsliding.
- However, India remained in the category of a mid-level performing democracy as it has since 2000, the report showed.
- The United States and three members of the European Union (EU) [Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia] have also seen concerning democratic declines.
- In non-democratic regimes, the trend was deepening.
5. EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation
- The fifth EAS Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation will be held in Kolkata on 23-24 November 2021.
- The event is being organized by India in partnership with Australia.
- Apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K).
- During the conference, experts from both will deliberate upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions
- The Sessions are Maritime Security; Resource and Information Sharing; Science and Technology Cooperation; and Pandemic and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
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6. AUSKUS Agreement
- Australia formally embarked on a hotly contested program to equip its Navy with nuclear-powered submarines in a new defense alliance with Britain and the United States.
- It is the first agreement on the technology to be publicly signed since the three countries announced in September the formation of a defense alliance, AUKUS
- AUKUS was formed to confront strategic tensions in the Pacific where China-US rivalry is growing.
- The deal will help Australia to complete an 18-month study into the submarine procurement
- Details of the procurement have yet to be decided, including whether Australia will opt for a vessel based on U.S. or British nuclear-powered attack submarines.
- With access to the information, this agreement delivers, coupled with the decades of naval nuclear-powered experience our U.K. and U.S. partners have, Australia will also be positioned to be responsible and reliable stewards of this technology
- Under the AUKUS deal, Australia would obtain eight state-of-the-art, nuclear-powered but conventionally armed submarines capable of stealthy, long-range missions.
7. SBI lists Green Bonds
- The State Bank of India (SBI) on November 22 dual-listed $650 million green bonds simultaneously on the India International Exchange India INX) and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE).
- Commemorating the occasion of World Investor Week, the dual listing matched this year’s theme of ‘Sustainable Finance,’ as indicated by the regulatory body, International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA)
- The Bombay Stock Exchange’s (BSE) international arm, India INX, had signed an MoU with the Luxembourg Stock Exchange on November 19, 2020, for cooperation in the financial services sector.
8. UNESCO Peace Media Awards-2021
- TV show produced by Doordarshan and radio show by All India Radio received multiple awards at the recently held ABU – UNESCO Peace Media Awards-2021 at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
- All India Radio’s program ‘Living on the edge – The coastal lives’ won an award in the category of ‘Ethical and Sustainable Relationship with Nature’.
- Doordarshan’s program ‘DEAFinitely Leading the Way won an award under the ‘Living Well with Super Diversity’ category.
- The award presentation ceremony was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 17th of November.
- The awards were given by UNESCO in collaboration with Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union under the ‘Together for Peace’ initiative.
- All India Radio series ‘Living on the edge – The coastal lives’ explores life for fishing communities living on the edge in Visakhapatnam.
- This program was devised and produced by Monika Gulati, Programme Executive of All India Radio in Delhi.
- ‘DEAFinitely Leading the Way’ talks about the inspiring journey of a specially-abled child. The purpose of the documentary is to motivate specially-abled persons to live their life with dignity.
- The documentary was produced and directed by Pradeep Agnihotri, Programme Executive of Doordarshan in Delhi.
9. Tamal Bandyopadhyay
- Senior journalist and Business Standard columnist Tamal Bandyopadhyay won the Tata Literature Live! award for his book Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy.
- Published by Roli Books, Pandemonium was selected under the business book of the year category.
- Bandopadhyay, who writes the Banker’s Trust column, had earlier received an award at Kalinga Literary Festival for Pandemonium — touted as a definitive insider story on the rot in India’s banking system.
10. Lewis Hamilton
- Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton won the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to cut Max Verstappen’s overall Formula One lead to eight points with two races remaining.
- Red Bull’s Verstappen was second, after starting seventh following a five-place grid drop for failing to respect warning flags in Saturday’s qualifying, but took a bonus point for fastest lap.
- Double world champion Fernando Alonso was third for Renault-owned Alpine, the 40-year-old Spaniard’s first podium finish since 2014.
11. Alexander Zvere
- Alexander Zverev captured his second ATP Finals title after producing a brilliant performance to defeat world number two Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday’s final in Turin.
- Zverev, the Olympic singles gold medallist in Tokyo, won his tour-leading sixth trophy of the season and ended a run of five straight losses to defending champion, Medvedev.
- The German third seed broke once in each set as he swept US Open winner Medvedev aside in 75 minutes to add to the season-ending crown he won in 2018.
12. Abhinandan Varthaman
- Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who was held captive for three days by Pakistan after he chased and downed a Pakistani fighter jet in 2019, was awarded Vir Chakra, third-highest wartime gallantry award, by President Ram Nath Kovind
- He was among several other military officers who have presented Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service decorations in a defense investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan