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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People | November 29

The date of 29 November is observed as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People since 1978.

This date is based on the Partition Plan or the Resolution 181(II), intended to establish an Arab State and a Jewish State,which was adopted on 29 November 1947.

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Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim dies, aged 91

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim died at the age of 91.

The legendary songwriter is recognized for helping American musical theatre evolve beyond pure entertainment and reach new artistic heights with such works as "West Side Story," "Into the Woods" and "Sweeney Todd."

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Frank Williams,founder Of Williams F1 Team, Dies Aged 79

Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, has died.

Williams took his motor racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the summit of Formula One, overseeing 114 victories, a combined 16 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, while becoming the longest-serving team boss in the sport’s history.

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Williams founded the team in 1977.

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Dance choreographer Shiva Shankar no more

Renowned dance choreographer Shiva Shankar died due to Covid-19 related complications. He was 72.

The National Award-winning artiste Shiva Shankar ‘Master’ as he is known in the film industry,had worked in nearly 800 films covering 10 languages.

His choreography for the ‘Dheera Dheera...’ number in Rajamouli's Maghadheera won him the National Award in 2011.

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Czech President appoints Milos Zeman Petr Fiala as PM

Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Petr Fiala as Prime Minister in a ceremony he performed from a plexiglass cubicle after testing positive for Covid-19.

PM Modi congratulated H. E Petr Fiala on his appointment.

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Czech Republic:
Currency: Czech koruna;
Capital:Prague

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In A First, Drone Used To Deliver Medicines In Meghalaya

An e-VTOL (Virtual take-off and landing ) Drone AquilaX2 was used to deliver medicines to a remote primary health centre in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district, 25 km away from the district headquarter covering a distance of 25 kms in less than 25 minutes.

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SWADESH, World’s First Multimodal Brain Imaging Data and Analytics, Developed at DBT-National Brain Research Centre, Haryana

DBT-National Brain Research Centre (DBT-NBRC) have recently developed project SWADESH, a unique brain initiative focusing on certified neuroimaging, neurochemical, neuropsychological data and analytics that are made accessible to researchers for managing brain disorders.

SWADESH was inaugurated by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of Science and Technology.

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NBRC is the only institute in India dedicated to Neuroscience Research and Education.

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Indian Oil, BPCL, HPCL launch Model Retail Outlet Scheme

Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited announced the launch of Model Retail Outlet Scheme and a Digital Customer Feedback Program called Darpan@petrolpump.

Scheme involves an intense 5 Level evaluation process of over 70000 retail outlets on a set of core service and facility parameters & standard of customer amenities.

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The initiative was inaugurated by the Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

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Exim Bank commits $100 million loan for Covid vaccines in FY 22

Export-Import Bank of India has committed loans worth $100 million for domestic manufacturers of Covid-19 vaccines or related products.

The loans are also being extended to other countries. With vaccine portfolio size of $250 million in Africa,this will be an advantage for Indian firms as the financing mandates Africa to source vaccines and related products only from India.

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Awards at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India - Japanese Film ‘Ring Wandering’ bags The Golden Peacock

Director Masakazu Kaneko of ‘Ring Wandering’ received the Golden Peacock and a Certificate, in addition to a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakh.

Czech Director Václav Kadrnka’s 'Saving One Who Is Dead' won the Silver Peacock for the Best Director.

Lyricist Prasoon Joshi won the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021.

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Lingui,The Sacred Bonds by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal.

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Sixth BRICS Film Festival awards announced at closing ceremony of IFFI 52

South African film ‘Barakat’ and Russian film ‘The Sun above Me Never Sets’ shared the Best Film Award.

Brazilian filmmaker Lúcia Murat was awarded Best Director for her documentary ‘Ana’.

Indian actor Dhanush won Best actor (Male) for his role in ‘Asuran’.

Brazilian actor Lara Boldorini honored with Best actor (Female) for her role in 'On Wheels'.

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Director Yan Han from China won Jury Special Mention Award for ‘A Little Red Flower’

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Nagaland CM Rio, Union minister Ajay Bhatt inaugurated 3-day International Tourism Mart at Kohima

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Union MoS for tourism Ajay Bhatt and jointly inaugurated the 3-day-long 9th International Tourism Mart for the Northeast region at Kohima,Nagaland.

The objective of the event is to highlight the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets.

Coffee table book on Nagaland was also launched on this occasion.

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International Tourism Marts are organised in the North Eastern States on a rotation basis

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First of its kind program 'WISER' for lateral entry for women researchers in joint R&D projects between India & Germany launched

The programme called Women’s Involvement in Science and Engineering Research (WISER) program was launched by Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) for encouraging women researchers in joint R&D projects.

It is to promote women in the field of research and development through lateral entry.

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IGSTC is going to support awardees with a maximum amounting to Rs. 39 L from Indian side.

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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh addressed the 9th BRICS Science & Technology Ministers’ meet at New Delhi.

Dr Jitendra Singh chaired the 9th BRICS Science & Technology Ministers meet held.

He called for working towards a rightful place for BRICS in the Global Innovation Index by strengthening Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

All the member states adopted the BRICS innovation Action Plan 2021-24, BRICS STI Declaration 2021 and Calendar of BRICS STI Activities 2022.

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Government constitutes 5-member panel to monitor Central Vista project

The Centre has constituted a Central Vista Oversight Committee to directly oversee the Rs 20,000 crore project for a period of two years.

Former Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal has been appointed the Chairman. PK Tiwari, former Deputy CAG, Shailendra Roy, former Director L & T, Prof Mausam, IIT, Delhi has been appointed members.Joint Secretary, MoHUA will be Convenor.

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In September 2019, the government announced Central Vista.

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First ever Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) by NITI Aayog - 50% population of Bihar 'multidimensionally poor'.

Bihar with 51.91% has the maximum percentage of the population living in poverty among all the States and the Union Territories followed by Jharkhand (42.16%), Uttar Pradesh (37.79%), Madhya Pradesh (36.65%) and Meghalaya (32.67%).

Kerala registered the lowest population poverty levels at 0.71%.

The report was based on the reference period of the 2015-16 NFHS survey.

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Kerala was followed by Puducherry
(1.72%),Lakshadweep(1.82%),Goa(3.76%) and Sikkim(3.82%)

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RBI panel for higher cap on promoter stake in pvt banks at 26% after 15 yrs

RBI accepted most of the recommendations(21 out of 33) of its working group on corporate ownership of private sector banks, by allowing unrestrained promoter shareholding in the first five years of operations and hiking the same to 26% after 15 years from the extant 15% and also the new capital requirements.

RBI constituted the working group on June 12, 2020.

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Ace mountaineer Harshwanti Bisht elected as first woman president of Indian Mountaineering Foundation

Noted mountaineer from Uttarakhand Harshwanti Bisht has earned the distinction of being elected the first woman president of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

Bisht, who did a course in mountaineering from the Uttarkashi-based Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in 1975, scaled the Nanda Devi peak in 1981 which earned her the Arjuna award.

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IMF was founded in 1958. It has headquarters in New Delhi.

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World's tallest railway bridge pier to come up in Manipur

The Indian Railways is constructing the world's tallest bridge pier in Manipur which is a part of 111 km long Jiribam-Imphal railway project.

The bridge, which is being built at a pier height of 141 metres, will surpass the existing record of 139 meter of Mala - Rijeka viaduct, Montenegro in Europe.

The work on the bridge will be completed by December 2023.

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