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Daily Current Affairs : 4-Nov-19

Major Topics Covered :

  1. SCOJtEx-2019

  2. 5TH INDIA INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL

  3. NATIONAL WATERWAY-2

  4. TAWANG FESTIVAL

  5. PM VISITS THAILAND

  6. PRIME MINISTER MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA

  7. PRIME MINISTER MEETING WITH STATE COUNSELLOR OF MYANMAR

  8. 16TH INDIA-ASEAN SUMMIT

  9. RCEP MEET

  10. PACT FOR COOPERATION BETWEEN INDIAN THAI PORTS (RANONG PORT)

  11. GLYPHOSATE

  12. RISING NPAS:BANKS EXPOSURE TO UNRATED LOANS INCREASED THREEFOLD IN 3 YEARS

  13. HOW LONG IS A DAY ON EACH PLANET?

SCOJtEx-2019

Part of GS- 3 Environment, Disaster Management


Why in news?

Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah will inaugurate the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue (SCOJtEx-2019) on 04th November, 2019 at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.


Highlights:


On the initiative of Government of India, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is hosting SCOJtEx-2019.


It is being organized with the aim to provide an opportunity to enhance the coordination & co-operation involving multi-agency operations in an earthquake scenario.


The four-day long simulation exercise shall be held from 4-7 November, 2019 at Delhi.

The participants of all 08 member countries namely China, India, Kazakhastan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan shall be participating in this exercise.


The four-day long simulation exercise shall be conducted as per the International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) methodology & guidelines.



Source: PIB


5TH INDIA INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Part of GS- 1 A&C, GS- 3 S&T


Why in news?

The 5th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 will be held at Kolkata from 5th to 8th November, 2019. The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan announced this at a curtain raiser Press Conference in New Delhi.


Highlights:


IISF 2019 expects to host a gathering of approximately 12,000 participants from India and abroad. Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and Science City in Kolkata would be the prime sites for the events at IISF 2019


Multitude of significant events are lined up for IISF 2019, which will host more than 28 different events during this period.


For school students, a Students Science Village will be a major highlight. More than 2500 school students from all over the nation have been invited.


The Students Science Village programme is linked with Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, where in every Member of Parliament has been asked to nominate five students each along with their teacher from their constituency for the village.


The Young Scientists’ Conference is another major event, where in around 1500 young scientists and researchers are expected to interact with various subject matter experts of international repute.


An exhibition of India’s Scientific & Technological prowess would also be in display through several expos, the most prominent being the Science Expo at Science City.


New-age Technology show and an expo for the Divyangjan would be another highlight. This year’s IISF will also witness Vigyanika,the Science Literature Festival where several programs related to the various genre will been organised.


It is noteworthy to point that for the first time, there will be a two-day Science and Technology media conclave, which shall be organised at the Bose Institute’s new campus in Salt Lake area.


The International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) will be another highlight of the festival and will promote in recognizing the efforts of filmmakers and motivate them to develop scientific and innovative content.


The special role of Women Scientists and Entrepreneurs in shaping the scientific growth trajectory will be another highlight of this Festival.


The North-East Science Students’ Meet will bring hundreds of innovative, dedicated and award-winning students on a single platform to share their experiences and put forth new dimensions of science.



Source: PIB


NATIONAL WATERWAY-2

Part of GS- 1 Geography


Why in news?

In line with Government’s focus on improving connectivity to the North Eastern Region (NER), a landmark container cargo consignment will sail on inland waterways from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) terminal at Pandu in Guwahati on 4 November, 2019.


Background:


Taking ahead the Government’s vision of promoting IWT, the first consignment of containerized cargo on National Waterway-1 (Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system) was received by the Prime Minister on 12 November 2018 when he dedicated to the nation, the Multi Modal Terminal at Varanasi.


IWT on NW-1 has witnessed healthy growth with the augmentation of navigation capacity of Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project.