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Current Affairs 13 November 2019

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Current Affairs is a type of broadcast journalism where the emphasis is on detailed analysis and discussion of news stories that have recently occurred or ongoing at the time of broadcast. The article Current Affairs 13 November 2019 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Education, Banking, Sports, Awards and Science importance of 13 November 2019.


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Elon Musk Says New Tesla Auto Factory Will Be In Germany

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Key Highlights

  • A new Tesla auto factory for the European market will be based in Germany, chief executive Elon Musk said.

  • Musk said during a ceremony at Germany’s Golden Steering Wheel awards that the new “Gigafactory” would be “in the Berlin area.”

  • He said the company planned the facility “near the new airport” in Berlin and that Tesla would also set up a design center in the area.

Hong Kong Universities Become “Battlefields” As Protesters, Police Clash

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Key Highlights

  • Police in Hong Kong battled pro-democracy protesters at several university campuses in sometimes savage clashes, as parts of the city were paralysed including Hong Kong’s Central financial district that was tear-gassed for a second day running.

  • The flare-ups occurred a day after police shot an unarmed protester at close range and a man was doused with petrol and set on fire in some of the worst violence since the protests began nearly five months ago in the China-ruled city.

Bolivian Senator Anez takes office as interim President

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Key Highlights

  • As the Senate’s second vice president, Jeanine Áñez is moving to take temporary control of the Senate, which could elevate her to the post of national president.

  • Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez declared herself interim President of the South American country in Congress despite a lack of a quorum to appoint her in a legislative session boycotted by lawmakers from former President Evo Morales’ leftist party.

Venice mayor declares disaster as city hit by 2nd worst high tide

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Key Highlights

  • Much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with wide spreading flooding, especially in the southern part of the country.

  • Venice was hit by the second-highest tide recorded in the lagoon city on November 12, which flooded its historic basilica and left many of its squares and alleyways deep underwater.

  • Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said he would declare a state of disaster and warned of severe damage.


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Supreme Court on disqualification of Karnataka rebel MLAs soon

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Key Highlights

  • The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the disqualification of 15 rebel MLAs in Karnataka by the then assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

  • The legislators had moved the top court against the speaker’s decision to disqualify and bar them from contesting elections under the anti-defection law till the current assembly expires in 2023.

  • A three-judge bench of the top court, comprising justices NV Ramana, Sanjeev Khanna, and Krishna Murari, will decide if the disqualified MLAs can be barred from contesting polls.

Supreme Court verdict on plea to bring CJI office under RTI today

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Key Highlights

  • A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi will rule on whether the CJI’s office is covered by the transparency law, the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

  • The Supreme Court verdict will come on a petition filed by Central Public Information Officer of the Supreme Court against a Delhi high court ruling of 2010 that held the office of the CJI to be a public authority and directed the secretary-general of the top court to disclose details of the assets of judges sought by RTI activist SC Agarwal.

Combating terrorism to be focus of BRICS meet

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Key Highlights

  • Issues such as the situation in Kashmir and Xinjiang are not expected to figure at the Brics {Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit beginning in Brasilia though the grouping will reiterate its commitment to fighting all forms of terrorism, a top Russian diplomat said.

  • The Brics grouping does not take up issues such as Kashmir, Ukraine, and Xinjiang on which there is no consensus and the focus will be on measures to promote a just and equal multi-polar world order, the deputy chief of the Russian mission in New Delhi Roman Babushkin told reporters.

Kudankulam plant safe, India tells Russia after reports of cyber attack

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Key Highlights

  • Indian authorities have informed their Russian counterparts that the Kudankulam nuclear power plant was secure following reports of a recent cyber attack and that measures had been put in place to prevent a repeat of such incidents, a top Russian diplomat said.

  • A part of a network at the Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, India’s largest civil nuclear facility, was breached earlier this year during a hacking attack believed to have originated on foreign soil. The attack did not compromise critical systems linked to the functioning of the plant but compromised the facility’s administrative network.

Visa delay stalls Chinese delegations’ visits

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Key Highlights

  • The visit to India of at least five delegations from China is yet to go ahead because of a delay in issuance of visas, people familiar with developments said.

  • The delegations, mostly from provincial governments across China, including one from various universities, were expected to travel to the country in November and there is now a question mark on whether the visits will happen this year, the people cited above said.


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BSEB Bihar inter exam 2019 registration begins today, here’s how to register

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Key Highlights

  • Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has started the online registration process for class 11 exam for session 2019-21.

  • The registration form for intermediate examination 2019-21 has been uploaded on the BSEB website at seniorsecondary.biharboardonline.com.

  • The head of the institutions will take a printout of these forms and provide the enrolled students two copies of the forms. The last date of registration and fee submission is November 30.

Odisha To Begin Civil Service Exam 2019 Application Today

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Key Highlights

  • Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) will begin online application process for state Civil Services exam today.

  • The application process will conclude on December 10, 2019. The window to submit application fee will remain open till December 16, 2019. The Commission has announced 153 vacancies in Group A and Group B services.

ABVP to approach UGC against JNU fee hike

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Key Highlights

  • Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will approach University Grants Commission (UGC) with signatures of JNU students against fee hike and new hostel manual.

  • In a press statement, ABVP said it will carry out the signature campaign and submit it to the UGC.

  • “If UGC does not agree on our demands, we will sit on an indefinite strike,” ABVP said adding that it was committed to making the university administration roll back the fee hike.


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India’s GDP likely to grow 5% this fiscal: SBI report

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Key Highlights

  • An SBI reserach report that was published on November 12 sharply cut the country’s GDP growth forecast to 5 percent for FY 2019-20 from the earlier projection of 6.1 percent.

  • The second quarter GDP growth rate is likely to slip to 4.2 percent on account of low automobile sales, deceleration in air traffic movements, flattening of core sector growth and declining investment in construction and infrastructure, according to Ecowrap — the report from the Economic Research Department of State Bank of India (SBI).

RBI becomes net buyer of dollars in September, bought $5.61 billion

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Key Highlights

  • After remaining net seller of the US dollar for two consecutive months, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) turned net purchaser of the greenback after it bought $5.614 billion in September, RBI data showed.

  • During the reporting month, the RBI purchased $6.514 billion and sold $900 million in the spot market, according to a recent RBI data.


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PV Sindhu India’s Best Bet Going Into Big Tournaments, Says Pullela Gopichand

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Key Highlights

  • Badminton head coach Pullela Gopichand backed PV Sindhu to fire when it matters, while also blaming the crammed schedule making life difficult for shuttlers as there is Olympic qualification at stake also besides taking part in the mandatory meets. Since winning the World Championship, Sindhu has not been at her best.

  • “Ideally, Sindhu should have rested but world badminton makes it mandatory for you to play all the 1000s, 750s and 500s. So we almost end up playing 14-15 tournaments which are mandatory,” Gopichand said.

Dominic Thiem In ATP Finals Semis As Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Face Shootout

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Key Highlights

  • Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer.

  • In the standout match so far at London’s O2 Arena, the Austrian fifth seed took the fight to the world number two, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) Earlier, Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash.

Hong Kong Open: Saina Nehwal Knocked Out After Losing To Cai Yan Yan In First Round

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Key Highlights

  • Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Hong Kong Open after a 13-21, 20-22 defeat to China’s Cai Yan Yan.

  • The world No.9 Indian’s bad run continues as she has now made opening round exits in five of her last six tournaments.

  • It was the second consecutive opening round defeat against China’s Cai Yan Yan for Saina Nehwal after she lost in straight games of the China Open.

  • Saina Nehwal thus trails 0-2 to Cai Yan Yan in the overall head-to-head records. PV Sindhu will be action against South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun later in the day.


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Suranga Bawadi selected as World Monument Watch list for 2020

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Key Highlights

  • Suranga Bawadi was selected as the World Monument Watch List for 2020, by the New York-based non-governmental organisation.

  • Suranga Bawadi was selected under the category of “Ancient Water System of the Deccan Plateau” along with 24 monuments across the world.

  • It is one of the integral parts of ancient Karez system of supplying water through subterranean tunnels, is now set to get funding for restoration.

Nita Ambani elected to board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, first Indian in 150 years

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Key Highlights

  • Reliance Chairperson, Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani was recently elected to the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

  • She became the first Indian to be honoured with the role of the trustee in the Museum’s 150-year-history.

  • The news was announced by the Museum’s Chairman Daniel Brodsky, who said, “Mrs. Ambani’s commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art and culture is truly exceptional.


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Mini Mercury skips across sun’s vast glare in rare transit

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Key Highlights

  • Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun Monday in a rare celestial transit.

  • Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury – a tiny black dot – as it passed directly between Earth and the sun.

  • The eastern US and Canada got the whole 5 ½-hour show, weather permitting, along with Central and South America. The rest of the world, except for Asia and Australia, got just a sampling.



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