17th November UPSC Current Affairs

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Army relaxes cap on purchase of four wheelers through CSD

Why in News?
  • Reversing an earlier decision, the Army issued an order increasing the price cap for purchase of four wheelers through the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) for military personnel and veterans.
  • CSD receives a limited corpus of funds from the Central government to cater for subsidies applicable to all category of items which require a pre-payment for booking them.
  • The Canteen Stores Department, (CSD), is a solely owned Government of India Enterprise under Ministry of Defence and has its depot in all major military bases operated by the Indian Armed Forces.

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Gujjars, Bakarwals’ illegal eviction pushing them to the wall

Why in News?
  • Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti visited the nomads of south Kashmir, whose hutments were demolished by the authorities recently, and accused the Centre of pushing the Gujjars and Bakarwals to the wall.
Bakarwals are a nomadic Muslim community.
  • According to reports, Bakarwal is a backward community which along with Gujjars form 80 per cent of the Scheduled Tribe population of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Bakarwals started settling down in Batti Barigarh after 1975. The then chief minister Sheikh Abdullah had granted them rights to reside in forest areas.

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Indian, U.S. aircraft carriers to take part in Phase-II of Exercise Malabar

Why in News?
  • Aircraft carriers of India and the U.S. will take part in Phase-II of Exercise Malabar 2020, also consisting of Australia and Japan, scheduled to take place from November 17 to 20 in the Northern Arabian Sea.
Malabar Exercise
  • It is an annual trilateral naval exercise between the navies of India, Japan, and the USA which is held alternately in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • It began as a bilateral naval exercise between India and the USA in 1992 and was expanded into a trilateral format with the inclusion of Japan in 2015.
  • The Exercise is aimed to support free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and remain committed to a rules based international order.
  • It is also aimed at interoperability with an emphasis on humanitarian assistance, surface war manoeuvres, anti-submarines warfare, counter-terror operations, gunnery training and aerial surveillance.

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Parliament winter session unlikely

Why in News?
  • The winter session of Parliament that usually commences by last week of November is unlikely to be held due to the high number of coronavirus (COVID -19) positive cases in Delhi.
Sessions of Parliament
  • A session of the Indian Parliament is the period during which a House meets almost every day uninterruptedly to manage the business. There are typically three sessions in a year. A session contains many meetings.
  • The process of calling all members of the Parliament to meet is called Summoning of Parliament. It is the President who summons Parliament.
In general, the sessions are as follows:
  • Budget session (February to May)
  • Monsoon session (July to September)
  • Winter session (November to December)
Winter Session
  • The winter session of Parliament is held in mid-November to mid-December every year.
  • It is the shortest session of all.
  • It takes up the matters that could not be considered upon earlier and makes up for the absence of legislative business during the second session of the Parliament.

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Ethiopia risks falling into an ethnic civil war with regional implications

Why in News?
  • Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed started a military operation in the rebellious Tigray region which could spill out of control given the underlying complexities of the conflict.
  • The Tigray Region is the northernmost of the nine regions (kililat) of Ethiopia.
  • It is the homeland of the Tigrayan, Irob and Kunama peoples.
  • It is also known as Region 1 according to the federal constitution.
  • Capital and largest city: Mekelle.
  • It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, the Amhara Region to the south and the Afar Region to the east and south east.




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sandeep singh
sandeep singh
13 days ago

v good content


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