Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 11 November 2020


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 11 November 2020


Hunar Haat 

  • Hunar Haat will restart from today after a gap of about seven months due to the Corona pandemic.
  • Minority Affairs Minister will inaugurate the Hunar Haat at Delhi Haat at Pitampura. 


  • ‘Hunar Haat’, the flagship initiative by the Minority Affairs Ministry to generate employment for master craftspeople.
  • The theme of this event is Vocal for Local where indigenous exquisite products made from Maati (clay), Metal and Machiya (wooden and jute products) will be the major attraction. 
  • The Minister has said that, it will showcase the rare exquisite products made from clay, different metals and wooden products, products made from cane-bamboo and mesmerising pottery work will be available for display. 
  • The Hunar Haat will continue till 22nd of November. 
  • The Minister said that every corner of the country has a traditional and ancestral legacy of indigenous products. 

New Nursing Act proposed

  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has finalised NNMC to replace the Indian Nursing Council Act 1947.
  • The draft bill replaces the Indian Nursing Council with a new representative body called National Nursing andMidwifery Commission.
  • It would have representatives of Centre and states, would frame policies and regulate standards for thegovernance of nursing and midwifery education.

Key features: 

  • A common entrance test held.
  • Mandatory registration and a temporary licence for foreignnationals who are qualified nurses and midwives to practice in India.



1st BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

  • Union Finance Minister participated in the meeting to discuss the BRICS Economic and Financial Cooperation agenda for 2020.

Key issues discussed:

  • Outcomes of G20 Saudi Presidency in 2020 including the G20 Action Plan in response to COVID-19. Expansion of the membership of the New Development Bank (NDB).
  • NDB is an initiative of BRICS (Brazil, Russia,India, China, South Africa) countries for mobilizing resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies anddeveloping countries.


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Armenia and Azerbaijannew peace deal

  • Russia conducted a new peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • The two countries that have been in a military conflict for over six weeks over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus.


  • During the course of the conflict, considered one of the most serious in recent years, over 1200 have lost their lives as per the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities, while thousands have been displaced.
  • The deal, which is meant to end the conflict between the two nations, was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev and Armenian prime minister NikolPashinyan. 
  • Since the conflict started in September, multiple ceasefire agreements have been signed between the two sides, but none so far have been successful.

What is the new peace deal?

  • As per the new peace deal, both sides will now maintain positions in the areas that they currently hold, which will mean a significant gain for Azerbaijan as it has reclaimed over 15-20 per cent of its lost territory during the recent conflict.
  • Under this agreement, all military operations are suspended, Russian peacekeepers will be deployed along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor that connects the region to Armenia. These Russian peacekeepers with a force of roughly 2,000 will be deployed in the area for a period of five years.
  • Refugees and internally displaced persons will return to the region and the adjacent territories and the two sides will also exchange prisoners of wars and bodies.
  • Significantly, a new corridor will be opened from Nakhchivan to Azerbaijan, which will be under Russian control.


Virgin Hyperloop completes first human trial

  • Virgin Hyperloop said it made history as the first people successfully travelled in a hyperloop pod at the DevLoop test facility in the United States.
  • The testing will continue with Tanay Manjrekar, Virgin Hyperloop’s Power Electronics specialist and native of Pune, riding next.
  • Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, were the first people in the world to ride on this new form of transportation.

Key findings:

  • The human testing was overseen by the industry-recognized Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifer. 
  • Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect abnormal conditions and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.


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