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Important Current Affairs 25th November 2019


Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza promoted to the rank of Chief of General Staff: ISPR

• The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced major appointments and postings on Monday, according to which Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed Chief of General Staff.



• Nomura’s Food Vulnerability Index (NFVI) ranks countries on the basis of their exposure to large swings in food prices.

• NFVI has three components: (1) country’s GDP per person, (2) the share of food in household consumption and (3) the net food imports. Typically, lower per capita GDP, higher share of food in household consumption and high net food imports would make a country more vulnerable to spikes in food prices.

Key findings:

• The 50 countries most vulnerable to food price surges in the coming months largely belong to the Emerging Market group. The top 50 together account for almost 60 per cent of the global population.

• India has been ranked 44 out of 110 countries; a higher rank is worse.

• At 4.6%, India’s retail inflation for October touched a 16-month high because of the jump in food prices. Food inflation grew by almost 8% – almost double the rate of overall retail inflation. Key items that contributed to this rise were pulses (inflation rate 12%) and vegetables (inflation rate 26%) and fish and meat (inflation rate 10%).

• Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries.

Ocean Dance Festival of Bangladesh begins in Cox’s Bazar on Friday

• The 2019 edition of the four day long Ocean Dance Festival was held in Cox Bazar of Bangladesh from November 22-25, 2019.

• The theme of 2019 festival was ‘Bridging the distance’ or Durotter Shetubandhan.

• Ocean Dance Festival is the largest international dance festival of Bangladesh.

• More than 200 dancers, choreographers and scholars from 15 countries participated in the festival.

• The festival aims to expand cultural tourism in Bangladesh and also to bridge the cultural and economic distances among the countries.

• It was inaugurated by State minister of cultural affairs KM Khalid.

• The festival was organised by the Nrityajog, the Bangladesh wing of World Dance Alliance (WDA).


Sangai Festival 2019 Commences in Manipur(21st to 30th November)

• In Manipur, week-long Manipur Sangai Festival 2019 started from Sunday.

• The ‘Festival’ is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.

• The festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and biggest festival held annually to promote tourism.

• The formal inaugural function of the festival was held at Hapta Kangjeibung at Imphal this evening.

• During the festival, cultural programmes, traditional games, folk dance and classical music will be performed by different communities of the State as well as from other States.

• The festival will conclude on the 30th of this month.


Eliud Kipchoge, the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours, and 400 metres hurdles world champion Dalilah Muhammad won the World Athlete of the Year awards.

• Kipchoge, claimed governing body World Athletics’ year-ending prize in Monaco after making history last month when he ran the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles) in 1hr 59min 40.2sec. American Muhammad won her award after a magnificent year that saw her set a world record of 52.20 seconds at the US Trials in Iowa in July breaking a record that had stood since 2003.


Davis Cup final: Spain beat Canada with wins for Rafael Nadal & Roberto Bautista Agut

• Rafael Nadal clinched an emotional Davis Cup victory for Spain over Canada when he beat Denis Shapovalov in front of a jubilant home crowd in Madrid.

• Nadal's win gave Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead and a sixth Davis Cup title.

• The world number one has won all eight of his rubbers this week to help Spain to a first title since 2011

Lakshya Sen wins 4th title of the season, claims Scottish Open

• Lakshya Sen has clinched three titles out of the four tournaments that he has played since September -- SaarLorLux Open, Dutch Open, and Belgian International.

• After this win, Lakshya will break into the top-40 in the BWF rankings

• The Scottish Open 2019 was held from November 21- 24, 2019 at Glasgow, Scotland.

India bag 28 medals including 13 gold in U-15 Asian Wrestling C'ships

• In wrestling, India concluded its campaign at the Under-15 Asian Championships with 28 medals, including 13 gold, 14 silver and a bronze.

• The superb show by Indian grapplers continued as they won 5 gold on the last day at Taichung, China yesterday

• For the first time, India finished on top of the team rankings in freestyle category with 225 points as all 10 wrestlers finished on the podium.

• Kazakhstan finished second while Japan was third.


The General Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and former West Bengal Minister Kshiti Goswami passed away.

Goswami was PWD Minister in Jyoti Basu and Buddhadev Bhattacharjee’s cabinet in the Left Front Government in the State.

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kailash Joshi has passed away.

He was called as the ‘saint of politics’, served as the state’s chief minister from 1977 to 1978. He was MLA for eight terms and also served as a member of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.


India to host SCO forum of Young Scientists and Innovators 2020

• India has been chosen to host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum of Young Scientists and Innovators in 2020.

• This decision was taken during the 5th Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States Heads of Ministries and Departments of Science and Technology and Permanent Working Group on S&T Cooperation concluded in Moscow, Russia recently.

• Indian delegation was led by Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and Director General Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Dr. Shekhar Mande.

• Apart from this, India will be the host of Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of SCO Member States in 2020, which will approve the Draft SCO Roadmap on cooperation between research institutions of SCO Member States for the period 2021-2023.

• SCO has eight full time members namely:

China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan.