AspirantWorld One liners : 17th November

• Russia has begun delivering the S-400 missile system to India in order to improve the country’s air defence capabilities. In 2021, Russia began deliveries for deployment on schedule. In 2018, India paid $5 billion for this system. The contract between India and Russia got problematic as the US threatened to impose penalties on countries that do business with Russia in the defence sector. India purchased five S-400 systems in 2018 and paid the first $800 million instalment in 2019. The S-400 is widely regarded as the world’s most sophisticated air-defense system. The missile can defend itself against missiles, rockets, cruise missiles, and aeroplanes from within its air defence bubble.

• SITMEX–21, the 3rd edition of the Trilateral Maritime Exercise, is taking place in the Andaman Sea from 15 to 16 November. The event will include the navies of India, Singapore, and Thailand. From India, the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Karmuk is competing in the third edition. It’s a Missile Corvette made in the United States. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is hosting the event in the Andaman Sea with the goal of enhancing collaboration amongst the participating navies in order to improve overall maritime security in the area.

• The Purvanchal Express, a 341-kilometer train line in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The highway, which connects the state capital of Lucknow with Ghazipur, is expected to cost Rs 22,500 crore to build. In a military transport plane, PM Modi arrived at the Purvanchal Expressway airfield. The Expressway’s main feature is a 3.2-kilometer-long airstrip that allows Indian Air Force fighter jets to land and take off in an emergency. The Purvanchal Expressway runs from village Chaudsarai in the Lucknow district to Haidaria village, 18 kilometres east of the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border, on National Highway 31.

• Several nations will experience the next lunar eclipse on November 19, 2021 in the morning. It will be the century’s longest partial lunar eclipse. It will be the second lunar eclipse of 2021, and it will seem identical to the one that happened on May 26. It will be the longest lunar eclipse in the last 580 years. The eclipse is expected to last around 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds. At maximum eclipse, 4% of the moon’s diameter will be engulfed in Earth’s black umbral shadow.

• Kashi Utsav will be held in Varanasi from November 16 to November 18, 2021, to commemorate Kashi’s ancient legacy and culture. Varanasi’s “Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre” is hosting the event. The utsav will also honour legendary figures such as Goswami Tulsidas, Sant Raidas, Sant Kabir, Munshi Premchand, Bhartendu Harishchandra, and Shri Jaishankar Prasad, who lived centuries ago.

• Maharashtra and RMI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for technical assistance in EV policy. The Maharashtra government has signed an MoU with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a non-profit organisation based in the United States, to provide technical help for the state’s electric vehicle (EV) policy. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow, United Kingdom (COP26). By 2025, Maharashtra’s EV strategy targets for a 10% share of all electric vehicle registrations in India.

• Every year on November 16th, National Press Day is held to honour India’s free and responsible press. The Press Council of India began working as a moral watchdog on this day, ensuring that the press maintains high standards and is neither influenced or threatened. It also marks the establishment of the Press Council of India. The First Press Commission was established in 1956 with the goal of forming a Press Council to preserve India’s press freedom. The Press Council of India was created on July 4, 1966. It went into effect on November 16, 1966. As a result, every year on November 16th, National Press Day is observed.

• On 16th of November the United Nations observes the International Day of Tolerance. Every year on November 16th, the United Nations commemorates “International Day for Tolerance.” The United Nations is dedicated to promoting tolerance across cultures and peoples through encouraging mutual understanding. The 125th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth was commemorated by UNESCO in 1994, paving the way for the United Nations to declare November 16th as the International Day for Tolerance.

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