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1. Joe Biden to be next US Prez; Kamala Harris becomes the first woman to be elected as VP

  • Democrat Joe Biden beat Republican Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States.
  • In a very closely fought presidential election, Biden clinched the race by securing 279 electoral votes.
  • Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first female, Black and Asian American Vice President-elect of the United States. The 56-year-old was born to immigrant parents from India and Jamaica.
  • The Electoral College representatives elected by the popular votes will cast their votes to officially elect the new president on the 14th of next month.

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The new president will assume office on the 20th of January next year after the inauguration ceremony.


2. PM Modi to launch development projects of more than Rs 600 Cr in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects worth around 614 crores in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi today.
  • UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be present on the occasion.
  • The 16 projects which will be inaugurated include Sarnath Light and Sound show. The show is going to be a major attraction for the tourists who reach this heritage site from all over the world.
  • During the event, PM will also lay the foundation stone for projects including the redevelopment of Ghats and development of tourist places.


3. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner

  • Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha took oath as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Mr Sinha at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • A former diplomat, Mr Sinha has been serving as Information Commissioner since January last year. He will have a tenure of three years as CIC.
  • Y.K. Sinha then administered the oath of office to Information Commissioners Heeralal Samariya, Ms. Saroj Punhani and Uday Mahurkar at a swearing-in ceremony. With their induction, the total number of Information Commissioners including the CIC has risen to eight in the Central Information Commission.

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Central Information Commission includes 1 Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and not more than 10 Information Commissioners (IC) who are appointed by the President of India on the recommendations of a Committee.

The first Chief Information Commissioner of India was Wajahat Habibullah.

First woman Chief Information Commissioner was Deepak Sandhu.


4. FASTags to be mandatory for all four-wheelers from 1st Jan 2021

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification making FASTags mandatory for all four-wheel vehicles from 1st Jan 2021.
  • This will apply to old vehicles as well as M and N category of motor vehicles sold before 1st Dec 2017.
  • As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, FASTags had been made mandatory for all registration of new four-wheeled Vehicles since 1st Dec 2017 and is being supplied by the Vehicle Manufacturer or their dealers.
  • For National Permit Vehicles the fitment of FASTag has been mandated since 1st of October, 2019.


5. Foreign Secy Harsh Vardhan Shringla is on 2-day visit to Maldives

  • Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is on a two-day visit to the Maldives from 9th Nov.
  • MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the visit will be the first high-level in personal interaction between the two sides since disruption caused by COVID19 pandemic.
  • Foreign Secretary is scheduled to call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and hold discussions with Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Economic Development, Planning, Human Affairs, Tourism and Youth and Sports.
  • During the visit, Foreign Secretary will review the bilateral ties and the progress of ongoing bilateral projects.

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Maldives Capital: Malé; Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa