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GKToday Updates : 21 Nov 2020 Daily Current Affairs
1. Prime Minister to attend G20 Summit beginning today
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 15th G20 Summit beginning today. The meeting will be held in a virtual format. The summit is the second G20 Leaders’ meeting this year.
- The two-day Summit will be chaired by Saudi Arabia and the theme is “Realising the Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”.
- The focus of the G20 Summit will be on an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19. During the Summit, the leaders will discuss pandemic preparedness and the ways and means to restore jobs.
- The last G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ summit was held in March this year, where the leaders developed a timely understanding among the G20 countries to help contain the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic and to forge a global coordinated response.
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India will enter the G20 Troika, along with Saudi Arabia when Italy will take over the Presidency of the G20 on 1st December this year.
2. PM Modi reviews preparedness of COVID-19 vaccine delivery, distribution, administration
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the preparedness of Covid-19 vaccine delivery, distribution and administration.
- During the meeting, the Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of innovators, scientists, academicians and pharma-companies in their efforts to develop vaccines and directed that every effort should be made to facilitate the research, development and manufacturing of the vaccine.
- Five vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which four are in Phase II or III and one is in Phase-I or II. Countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar, Bhutan, Switzerland, Bahrain, Austria and South Korea have shown keen interest in partnering for vaccine development of Indian vaccines and use thereof.
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The Government has provided assistance of 900 crore rupees under Covid Suraksha Mission to support Research and Development of Covid-19 vaccination.
3. Douglas Stuart wins UK Booker Prize 2020 for debut novel Shuggie Bain
- British writer Douglas Stuart has won the UK’s Booker Prize for his debut novel Shuggie Bain. The autobiographical novel was one of four debut books in this year’s shortlist.
- The UK Booker Prize winner was announced at a live-streamed ceremony in London that saw participation by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and former US President Barack Obama.
- The UK Booker Prize 2020 judges panel included authors Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, writer Lemn Sissay and translator Emily Wilson. The panel was chaired by editor and literary critic Margaret Busby.
4. World Fisheries Day being celebrated today
- World Fisheries Day is observed every year on 21st of November to demonstrate solidarity with all fisher-folk communities, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders throughout the world.
- The Department of Fisheries in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying is celebrating the day in New Delhi and for the first time, the Central Government will award best performing States in the Fisheries Sector for 2019-20.
- India is a leading fish producing country and the second major producer of fish through aquaculture in the world.
- Fisheries sector in India provides direct employment to about 28 million fishers and fish farmers besides meeting the food and nutritional security and foreign exchange earnings. India contributes about 7.7 per cent to the global fish production and it ranks 4th in global exports of fish products.
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On 10th of September this year, PM Narendra Modi had launched the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana” (PMMSY) at an estimated investment of 20 thousand 50 crore rupees for a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25. The scheme aims to achieve fish production to 22 million metric tonnes by 2024-25 and also to create an additional employment opportunity to about 55 lakh people.
5. ICC introduces minimum age policy, player must be 15 years old to play international cricket
- The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board announced a minimum age policy for International cricket. As per the policy, a player must be at least 15-years-old to play cricket globally.
- The ICC Board stated that the minimum age policy has been introduced for international cricket to improve the safeguarding of players.
- The policy will apply to all cricketing events including ICC events, bilateral cricket and U19 cricket. Now, a player has to be at least 15 years old to be a part of the men’s and women’s cricket team or the under-19 International cricket team.
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ICC CEO: Manu Sawhney; Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates