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Current Affairs Of 17 November 2020


Current Affairs Of 17 November 2020


15 Asia-Pacific Nations sign World’s Biggest Free Trade Pact ‘RCEP’ in 37th ASEAN virtual Summit 2020 hosted by Vietnam; India keeps out

10 members of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and their Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia signed the World’s largest regional free-trade agreement “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – RCEP” on the sidelines of the 37th ASEAN virtual Summit 2020 hosted by Vietnam. India had pulled out of RCEP in 2019 over concerns on Imports.

Russia Chaired the 8th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Ministerial Meeting Virtually 

The theme of Russian Presidency (2020) is “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.

nOPV2 vaccine for Polio becomes the 1st Ever Vaccine to be listed under WHO’s EUL

The World Health Organization (WHO) listed nOPV2 (novel Oral Polio Taccine type 2) Poliovaccine produced by Indonesia’s Bio Farma PT for Emergency Use Listing (EUL), this is the first approval by WHO of its kind amidst several outbreaks in several parts of the world. 

About World Health Organization (WHO):
Director General – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland


Lonar lake in Maharashtra and Sur Sarovar in UP Added to Ramsar sites

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) announced that Sur Sarovar also known as Keetham Lake in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and Lonar Lake in Maharashtra,  the only crater lake of Country has been added to the ‘Ramsar Sites’.


SBM Bank India Partnered with PayNearby to Launch a Neo Banking Platform

SBM Bank (India) Limited (SBM Bank India), the wholly-owned subsidiary of State Bank of Mauritius has partnered with Fintech PayNearbyto launch a neo banking platform.


Stashfin Partners with Visa to Launch Co-branded Prepaid Cards with Credit Lines

Stashfin has partnered with Visa to launch co-branded prepaid cardswith credit lines. The credit line card can be used at physical merchant locations and ATMs(Automated Teller Machines) as well as in Visa-accepted  online modes.


Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh Won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020 for his work to Combat Cyberbullying

17 year old Sadat Rahman from Bangladesh won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2020 for his involvement in setting up his social organization and creating  mobile application ‘Cyber Teens’ to end cyberbullying.


Lewis Hamilton wins F1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix 2020;Secures Record Equalling 7th Driver’s Championship Title

About Turkey:
President – Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Capital – Ankara
Currency – Turkish Lira (TRY)


Legendary Bengali Actor and Padma Bhushan Awardee Soumitra Chatterjee Passed Away at 85

“Paatal Lok” Actor Asif Basra Passed Away at 53

the 53-year-old actor Asif Basra, committed suicide and found dead in a private complex in Mcleodganj, Dharmashala, Himachal Pradesh. He was well known for his role as a senior executive in “Paatal Lok” series. He was born on 27th July 1967 in Maharashtra.


World Diabetes Day 2020 – November 14

The theme of the World Diabetes Day 2020 is “The Nurse and Diabetes”

Children’s Day in India 2020: November 14 

This year(2020) marks the 131st birth anniversary of Chacha Nehru.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2020 – November 15

According to the World Health Organisation(WHO)’s regional office for Europe the theme of the 2020 WDoR is “First Responders”

National Press Day 2020: November 16

CSIR-CDRI Scientist Dr Susanta Kar Honoured with Prof. A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award-2020

Dr Susanta Kar, Senior Scientist, Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research- Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh was honoured with “Prof. A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award 2020” by Society of Biological Chemists(India)