Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 14 November 2020


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 14 November 2020


Public Service Broadcasting Day

  • Public Service Broadcasting Day is being observed on 12th November. 
  • The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947. 
  • The Father of the Nation addressed the displaced people, who had temporarily settled at Kurukshetra in Haryana after partition.

Parliamentary panel seeks government’s view on defining ‘office of profit’

  • A parliamentary panel has sought the Centre’s response to a long-pending demand for amending the Constitution to clear ambiguity over definition of ‘office of profit’, which bars lawmakers from taking up any positions that offer remunerations. 

Key highlights:

  • Parliamentarians and legislators can avoid disqualification if they join offices which figure in the exempted category outlined in the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959.
  • On constant prodding of Parliament's Joint Committee on Office of Profit, the law and justice ministry had prepared a draft note for the Union cabinet to “examine the constitutional and legal position relating to office of profit” and circulated it to other stakeholders for comments in February 2019. 
  • The ministry’s approach, however, was found to be sluggish by the parliamentary panel even as it had handed over a cabinet note on the issue to the committee in February last year.
  • The law and justice ministry will now give “oral evidence” on November 18 to the parliamentary panel on the draft bill to amend the Constitution to define office of profit, said the people.



Government sets up Inter-Ministerial Committee to strengthen the Capital Goods Sector

  • Government has set up a 22-member inter-ministerial committee toLook into issues pertaining to Capital Goods sector, including technology development, mother technology
  • development, global value chains etc.
  • To make the sector globally competitive.
  • To become the manufacturing hub for the world.
  • Capital Goods refers to products that are used in the production of other products but are not incorporated into thenew product (like industrial machinery, printing and packaging machinery etc).

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International Year of Health and Care Workers

  • It was designated by 73rd World Health Assembly recognising the dedication and sacrifice of the millions ofhealth and care workers at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. 
  • Its main functions are to determine the policiesof the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approvethe proposed programme budget.




  • A team of researchers have found a new genus of frogs in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and India’s northeast.
  • According to an international animal taxonomy journal. The genus has been named Rohanixalus after Sri Lankan taxonomist Rohan Pethiyagoda.
  • About:
  • A genus is a category of classification of animals, plants above a species and below a family. It can include one or many similar species.
  • Rohanixalus is the 20th recognised genus of the Rhacophoridae family and comprises eight out of the 422 known Old-World Tree Frog species in Asia and Africa.


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