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GKToday Updates : 5 Nov 2020 Daily Current Affairs


1. PM Modi & his Italian counterpart to hold virtual bilateral summit on Nov 6

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Prof. Giuseppe Conte will hold a Virtual Bilateral Summit on Friday.
  • MEA said, the Virtual Bilateral Summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship and exchange views on major regional and global issues of mutual concern.
  • Several Govt-to-Govt and Private Sector agreements or MoUs are under finalization and will be concluded on this occasion.
  • India and Italy share a warm and multifaceted relationship based on strong historical ties, common democratic traditions, rule of law and a shared goal of international peace and stability.

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Italy is India’s 5th largest trading partner in the EU, after Germany, Belgium, UK and France. Bilateral trade stood at 9.52 billion Euros in 2019.


2. Enhanced version of Pinaka rocket successfully flight tested by DRDO

  • An advanced version of the Pinaka rocket system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been successfully test fired on Nov 4.
  • The rocket was successfully flight tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
  • A total of 6 rockets were launched in the series and as per the officials, all the tests met the complete mission objectives.
  • The development of Enhanced Pinaka system was taken up to achieve longer range performance compared to earlier design with reduced length and would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-I rockets which are currently under production.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency under the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in Delhi, India.

Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy


3. UNGA adopts two India sponsored resolutions on Nuclear disarmament

  • The first committee of the United Nations General Assembly has adopted two India-sponsored resolutions on nuclear disarmament which aim to reduce risk of nuclear accidents and call for a prohibition on the use of nuclear weapons.
  • The two resolutions adopted include ‘Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons’ and ‘Reducing Nuclear Danger’ under the Nuclear weapons cluster.
  • The first committee of the UN General Assembly deals with the issue of disarmament and works in close cooperation with the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament and UN Disarmament Commission, the two other bodies to deal with the nuclear issues.

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The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, serving as the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN.

President: Volkan Bozkır; Headquarters: New York, United States


4. Prasar Bharati signs MoU to launch 51 education TV channels

  • India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has entered into a MoU with Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics, Ministry of Electronics and IT under which 51 DTH education TV channels will be available as DD co-branded channels to all DD Free Dish viewers.
  • This move aims to bring quality educational programmes to every household, including those in rural and remote areas.
  • The services will be available free of cost for all the viewers 24×7 for skill development and providing quality education to the last person in the country.

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Prasar Bharati is India’s largest public broadcasting agency. It is a statutory autonomous body set up by an Act of Parliament and comprises the Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio.

CEO: Shashi Shekhar Vempati


5. Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes first Indian-origin minister of New Zealand

  • Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s first-ever minister of India-origin after Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern included five new ministers into her cabinet.
  • She has been appointed as Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Minister for Youth and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment.
  • Radhakrishnan was first elected as Member of Parliament belonging to the Labour Party of New Zealand in 2017.
  • Later in 2019, she was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Ethnic Communities.

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New Zealand PM: Jacinda Ardern; Capital: Wellington