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                                                                                                                30 November 2020


·         Government launches ‘Mission COVID Suraksha’ to help boost vaccine development

·         DRDO increases ICU beds in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID hospital at Delhi Cantt

·         United States second biggest FDI source for India during first half of FY 2020-2021

·         PM Modi visit to Varanasi: Inaugurates six-lane widening project of Prayagraj- Varanasi Section, attends Dev Deepawali Mahotsav

·         Quarantine named Word of the Year 2020

·         Delhi government caps price of RT-PCR test at Rs 800 in private labs

·         Government calls all-party meeting on December 4

·         India has lowest per million cases and per million deaths

·         US President-elect announces all-women communications team

·         New DRDO lab-created for focused research along India's border with Pakistan, China

·         Greg Barclay of New Zealand was appointed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

·         Germany is planning to impose a mandatory quota for the number of women working in senior management positions in the country’s listed firms

·         The International Computer Security Day is ccelebrated annually on November 30.

·         The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Invest India has launched this.

·         It lays out 18 Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs) in six SDG enabling sectors.

·         They are education, healthcare, agriculture and allied activities, financial services, renewable energy & alternatives and sustainable environment.

·         The President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates 80th All India Presiding Officers’ Conference in Kevadia, Gujarat

·         The two-day conference has been organized by Lok Sabha to celebrate Constitution Day on November 26.

·         The theme of the conference is Harmonious Coordination of Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary - Key to Vibrant Democracy.

·         The Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is the Chairperson of this conference.

·         The year, 2020, is also being celebrated as the centenary year of the Presiding officer's Conference.

·         The All India Presiding Officers Conference began in 1921.

·         The Government has launched this with an aim to help primary cooperative societies play bigger roles in Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

·         It is an innovative capacity building initiative for the farmers associated with such entities in the country.

·         Under this, the farmers in primary cooperatives in rural areas of the country would be trained by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).

·         The Union Cabinet approved Rs 6,000 crores of capital infusion into the National Infrastructure Investment Fund.

·         This is a part of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The move will leverage to create financial pipeline of Rs 1 lakh crore.

·         The Fund was set up by Government of India in February 2015.

·         The main objective of creating the fund was to increase the investment in Greenfield and brownfield projects.

·         It includes social and economic Infrastructure Projects.

·         India test fired the new land-attack version Brahmos at Andaman Islands.

·         It is a surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile.

·         The range of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km.

·         The speed has been maintained at 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound.

·         Brahmos-II is currently under development with a speed of Mach 7-8.

·         After India became a member of Missile Technology Control Regime in 2016, Russia is to jointly build a new version of Brahmos missile that has a range of 800 km.

·         The name of Brahmos missile was coined from the two rivers Brahmaputra of India and Moskva of Russia.

·         It is the fastest anti-ship cruise missile in the world.

·         The missile can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft and from land platforms.

·         The Varunastra was handed over to the Indian Navy by its manufacturer Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) located in Vishakhapatnam.

·         Varunastra is the first heavy weight torpedo of India.

·         It is an underwater weapon with an explosive warhead.

·         It is the first ever torpedo indigenously designed and developed in India.

·         It is an Indian advanced heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo.

·         It is an anti-submarine torpedo and is electrically-propelled.

·         The weapon has a range of 40 kilo meters, can travel at a speed of up to 70 kilo meters per hour.

·         It can carry a warhead weighing 250 kg.

·         It was developed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL)of the Défense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) located in Vishakhapatnam.

·         According to the Indian Défense Industry, it is the only torpedo in the world to have a GPS-based locating aid.

·         Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare – November30

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