Current Affairs

9 November, 2021

International

Highlights of MoS for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan’s Visit to Gambia, Senegal

Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, V. Muraleedharan undertook an official visit to the Republic of the Gambia and to the Republic of Senegal from 1-5 November 2021. It was his 1st visit to both countries.

Gambia:

V.Muraleedharan visited the Gambia for 3 days from 1-2 November 2021 and during his visit, he released the design of a commemorative stamp marking 75 years of India’s Independence. MoS has announced the repurposing of a US$ 500,000 grant for procuring dialysis machines for the West African nation.

Senegal:

The MoS visited Senegal from 4-5 November 2021, and Co-Chaired the 3rd India-Senegal Joint Commission Meeting (JCM), with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, Aissata Tall Sall. India and Senegal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Health and Medicine in Dakar and both sides celebrated the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
About Ministry of External Affairs:
Union Minister – Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (Constituency – Gujarat)
Minister of State (MoS) – V Muraleedharan (Constituency – Maharashtra), Meenakashi Lekhi (Constituency – New Delhi, Delhi)

Global Drug Policy Index 2021: India Ranks 18 out of 30 Countries; Norway Tops

India ranked 18 out of 30 countries in the 1st edition of the Global Drug Policy Index which was released by the Harm Reduction Consortium in November 2021. The index ranks Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia as the top 5 countries on humane and health-driven drug policies. The Global Drug Policy Index, a new tool that offers the first-ever data-driven global analysis of 30 countries’ drug policies and their implementation in a systematic, comprehensive and transparent manner.

India’s Global Drug Policy Index:

Rank Country Overall Index Absence Of
Extreme
Responses Proportionality
& Criminal
Justice Harm Reduction Access To
Medicine
18 India 46/100 63 /100 38 /100 49/100 33/100

National

Logistics Performance Index – LEADS 2021: Gujarat Retains Top Slot

Gujarat has retained its position as the top performer among 21 states in the LEADS (Logistics Ease Across Different States) 2021 index followed by Haryana, Punjab, Tamilnadu.

LEADS 2021 report has been prepared by a team of Transport & Logistics professionals at Ernst & Young LLP with guidance and inputs from officials of the Department of Logistics, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. LEADS 2021 is the 3rd edition of the LEADS report (1st -2018; 2nd – 2019). It includes the methodologies to identify the logistics infrastructure and services across India.

LEADS 2021 Index:

Categories Rank States/UTs Score
States 1 Gujarat 3.66
2 Haryana 3.52
3 Punjab 3.51
4 TamilNadu 3.36
5 Maharashtra 3.32
North Eastern
States and
Himalayan UTs 1 Jammu Kashmir 2.64
2 Sikkim 2.63
3 Meghalaya 2.51
UTs 1 Delhi 3.36
2 Chandigarh 3.06
About Ministry of Commerce and Industry:
Union Minister – Piyush Goyal (Constituency – Maharashtra)
Minister of State – Som Parkash (Constituency – Hoshiarpur, Punjab), Anupriya Singh Patel (Constituency – Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh)

Economy

PhonePe & Liberty General Insurance Partners to Offer Motor Insurance

Liberty General Insurance Limited has collaborated with PhonePe to provide motor insurance services digitally.Under this, Liberty General Insurance will provide a variety of Motor Insurance policies to the customers, digitally through PhonePe app. bnIn 2020, PhonePe ventured into distribution of insurance and has become one of India’s fastest growing digital distributors with sale of over 5 lakh policies in 5 months.

About PhonePe:
Founder & CEO– Sameer Nigam
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Founded– 2015
About Liberty General Insurance Ltd:
CEO– Roopam Asthana
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

ESAF Bank Partnered with NABARD for Local Economic Development

ESAF Small Finance Bank made a partnership with NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) for local economic development. Under the partnership, along with NABARD, the bank has organized a state-level Local Sustainable Economic Development Training Program to build financial literacy at basic levels.

Objective: To bring financial empowerment and economic independence at the local level through training and enabling the elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions to meaningfully intervene and build the well-being of the people in the constituencies they represent.
About ESAF Small Finance Bank:
Establishment – 10 March 2017
Headquarters – Thrissur, Kerala
MD & CEO – Kadambelil Paul Thomas

Sports

Novak Djokovic wins 37th Masters Title at Paris 2021

ovak Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Danill Medvedev (Russia) in the finals to win his 6th Paris Title & the record 37th Masters Title at Paris, France. In the finals, Djokovic, with an impressive 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeating Daniil Medvedev. With this win, Djokovic will remain at the ATP World Number 1 rank, for the record 7th consecutive year.

Note – Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals to win the 2021 US Open Men’s Singles Title.
ATP Men’s Singles Ranking:
1 – Novak Djokovic
2 – Daniil Medvedev
3 – Alexander Zverev
Michael Venus and Tim Puetz wins Paris Masters doubles title
Tim Puetz (Germany) & Michael Venus (New Zealand) paired to defeat the French team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the Men’s Doubles finals, to win the 2021 Paris Masters doubles title In 2000, The Paris Tennis Masters Series got its name from The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (POPB). This is the biggest indoor tournament in the world which was inaugurated in February 1984

About Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)
ATP is the Global Governing Body responsible for Men’s Professional Tennis.
CEO – Massimo Calvelli
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom

Manika Batra & Archana Kamath Wins Women’s Table Tennis Doubles Title at WTT Contender Tournament, Lasko

The Indian Table Tennis player Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath clenched the Women’s Double title as a pair at the 2021 WTT (World Table Tennis) Contender Tournament in Lasko (Slovenia). The Indian pair, placed at 36th in World Ranking, defeated the Puerto Rican team of Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz. WTT Contender Lasko, is the sixth tournament WTT Contender Series . The WTT series is part of the revamped International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). It features two tiers of events such as WTT Star Contender and WTT Contender.

About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):
President- Thomas Weikert
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland

Miscellaneous

Morinari Watanabe Re-elected as President of International Gymnastics Federation

Morinari Watanabe was re-elected as the President of International Gymnastics Federation or Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) for a period of three years.
Highlights :
i.Morinari Watanabe defeated Azerbaijan’s contender Farid Gayibov, in the FIG President election that was held during a conference in Turkey.
ii.Earlier, He was elected as the President of FIG in 2016 for a 4-year term.
iii.The next election for the President of FIG will be held in 2024, coinciding with the Summer Olympics to be held in Paris, France.
Note– In 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Deepak Kabra (Maharashtra) become the 1st Indian Gymnastics judge.
About International Gymnastics Federation:
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland
Founded- 23 July 1881

Astronaut Wang Yaping Became 1st Chinese Woman to Walk in Space

Astronaut Wang Yaping has become the first Chinese woman to walk in space following the completion of her 6-hour stint outside the Tiangong space station, as a part of its ongoing construction. Tiangong(means heavenly palace), the latest achievement of China’s efforts to become a major space power. This marks the first extravehicular activity of the Shenzhou-13 crew, and it is also the first in China’s space history involving the participation of a woman astronaut

Manika Batra & Archana Kamath Wins Women’s Table Tennis Doubles Title at WTT Contender Tournament, Lasko

The Indian Table Tennis player Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath clenched the Women’s Double title as a pair at the 2021 WTT (World Table Tennis) Contender Tournament in Lasko (Slovenia). The Indian pair, placed at 36th in World Ranking, defeated the Puerto Rican team of Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz. WTT Contender Lasko, is the sixth tournament WTT Contender Series . The WTT series is part of the revamped International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). It features two tiers of events such as WTT Star Contender and WTT Contender.

About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):
President- Thomas Weikert
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland

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