www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs November 20, 2017 (20/11/2017)
Topic : Awards & Honours, Latest Diary of Events
2017 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize – Dr Manmohan Singh
Former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has been chosen for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2017.
Dr. Manmohan Singh has been chosen for achievements during his term as Prime Minister of India between 2004 and 2014.
About the award:
The Indira Gandhi Prize or the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize or the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is the prestigious award accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.
This award is given for individuals or organisations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order; ensuring that scientific discoveries are used for the larger good of humanity, and enlarging the scope of freedom.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
National Integration Day – November 19
National Integration Day is observed every year on 19th of November all over India.
It is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the first woman prime minister of the India, Indira Gandhi.
National Integration Day promotes the unity in diversity and feeling of oneness amongst people to a great level.
It brings a type of racial and cultural similarity among people of different community.
National integration day is also known as the Quami Ekta Divas.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
World Toilet Day 2017
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day.
World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.
World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
This year 2017 theme: “Wastewater”.
The global sanitation crisis is reflected in the following facts, according to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta. 862 million people worldwide still practise open defecation.
Combined with safe water and good hygiene, improved sanitation could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year.
World’s biggest toilet pot model:
World’s biggest toilet pot model was recently unveiled at Marora, popularly known as the “Trump village”, in Haryana.
Topic : India’s foreign Policy, Profile of States
Namami Barak festival
The first ever Namami Barak festival was celebrated on November 18th at Barak Valley in Assam.
Namami Barak is an attempt to pay tribute to the River Barak and to showcase of Barak’s potential and possibilities to emerge as a hub of trade and commerce.
The cultural heritage of the valley together with its cuisine, fauna and flora, socio-economic and civic splendor were showcased before the global audience during the festival.
The Barak River is one of the major rivers of South Assam and is a part of the Surma-Meghna River System.
Topic : New discoveries in Science & Health, Latest Diary of Events
Scientists have discovered a new species of parasitic flowering plant. The species is named Gleadovia konyakianorum, in honour of the Konyak tribe of Nagas.
The plant is a holoparasite [complete parasite] that derives its entire nutritional requirement from the host plant, which is a Strobilanthes species.
Topic : New Appointments
Actor Trisha got UNICEF celebrity advocate status
Tamil actor Trisha Krishnan was conferred the UNICEF celebrity advocate status for child rights.
Trisha Krishnan is the first actor from the South Indian film industry to receive the UNICEF celebrity advocate status.
This was previously awarded to Bollywood actors Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Raveena Tandon.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
Universal Children’s Day – November 20
On 20th November 2017, Universal Children’s Day was observed all over the world.
Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954. It is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
The theme for Universal Children’s Day 2017 is: It’s a #KidsTakeOver.
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