Current Affairs-November 2020

World

  • Moldova’s presidential election on Sunday looked likely to go to a runoff as the pro-Russian incumbent, Igor Dodon, held a lead over his main pro-Western opponent but not by enough to win outright in the first round, partial results showed.
  • Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has won a controversial third term in office in an election boycotted by the opposition.
  • Maori woman Nanaia Mahuta has become New Zealand’s first Indigenous female Foreign Minister.
  • Duarte Pacheco of Portugal has been elected the new President of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) for the period 2020-2023.
  • Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi Nguessan has been arrested for announcing the creation of a parallel government after boycotting last month’s presidential election.
  • Prince Fumihito, the brother of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, has been officially declared heir to the throne during a ceremony in Tokyo.
  • Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris,win the United States presidential election.Joe jorgenson is the women contested.
  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed orders a “military response” to “subdue authorities in Tigray Region” and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) following an alleged attack on a federal military base that resulted in multiple casualties. Abiy says that the “last red line has been crossed”.
  • Former Kosovo president Hashim Thaci pleaded not guilty to all war crimes charges brought against him in his first appearance before a judge after being taken into custody in The Hague.
  • Peru’s Congress voted to oust President Martín Vizcarra on in an impeachment trial over corruption allegations, the second such effort to remove him in a matter of months.
  • Turkmenistan‘s president has bestowed his favourite dog breed with the highest honour – a giant golden statue. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov unveiled the 19ft (6m) statue of the Alabay dog in the capital Ashgabat.
  • Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings has died at the age of 73.He led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected president in multiparty polls.
  • Polisario Front declares war on Morocco accusing Rabat of breaking the 1991 ceasefire.
  • The Solomon Islands Cabinet passes a ban on the use of social media platform Facebook in the country, citing public misuse of the platform, and a need for stricter cybercrime legislation and regulation.
  • Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino has resigned, a day after two people died during protests against his government.
  • A controversial millionaire pastor Shepherd Bushiri has turned himself in to police after South Africa issued a warrant of arrest against him for skipping bail and fleeing home to Malawi.
  • Maia Sandu, become Moldova’s first female president but her power to reform the country remains curtailed as her pro-Russian political adversary continues to control parliament. Sandu won the presidency with 57.75 per cent of the vote, while incumbent Igor Dodon gathered 42.25 per cent of ballots.
  • Professor Masatoshi Koshiba, one of Japan’s most eminent scientists, died on November 12 at the age of 94.Koshiba shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics with Raymond Davis Jr, and Riccardo Giacconi “for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for the detection of cosmic neutrinos.”
  • Lobsang Sangay, the leader of the exiled Central Tibetan Administration, visits the White House, marking their first meeting in 60 years.
  • 69 inmates escape from a prison in Baabda District, Lebanon. Five of them are killed in a car crash while being pursued by security forces.
  • Patrick Quinn, whose personal battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped power the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraising campaign, has died aged 37.
  • David Dinkins, who served as New York City’s first and only African American mayor during the 1990s, died.
  • Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country’s defence ministry has confirmed.
  • The world’s loneliest elephant Kaavan will finally leave behind his desolate enclosure for a new life on the other side of the continent, thanks to the determination of a coalition of determined volunteers and, somewhat unexpectedly, the American pop icon Cher.
  • Ingrida Šimonytė takes office as Prime Minister of Lithuania.
  • Roch Marc Christian Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s president, according to provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission .
  • Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and the head of the National Umma Party (NUP), Sadiq al-Mahdi, 85, died on from the novel coronavirus at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Science & Business

  • Prof Carlos Frenk has been awarded the 2020 Paul Dirac Medal and Prize for theoretical physics by the Institute of Physics (IoP).
  • The stock market debut by Chinese tech giant Ant Group has been abruptly halted. Ant, backed by Jack Ma, billionaire founder of e-commerce platform Alibaba, was set to sell shares worth about $34.4bn.
  • Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop has completed the world’s first passenger ride on a super high-speed levitating pod system, the company said on Sunday, a key safety test for technology it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation.
  • Pfizer and German partner BioNTech xperimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results,  a major victory in the war against a virus that has killed over a million people and battered the world’s economy.
  • Global health officials are eyeing the animals as a potential risk for people after Denmark embarked on a plan to eliminate all of its 17 million minks, saying a mutated coronavirus strain could move to humans and evade future COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The world’s longest serving prime minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain, has died aged 84.
  • The scientist behind the first Covid-19 vaccine , Ugur Sahin  & Ozlem Tureci, to clear interim clinical trials says he is confident his product can “bash the virus over the head” and put an end to the pandemic that has held the world hostage in 2020.
  • Asia-Pacific nations sign the world’s biggest free-trade agreement in Vietnam. It replaces the Trans-Pacific Partnership which was rejected by US president Donald Trump.
  • Social media giant Twitter, under increased threat of regulation and plagued by serious security breaches, is appointing one of the world’s best-regarded hackers Peiter Zatko to tackle everything from engineering missteps to misinformation.
  • Online news and lifestyle site Buzzfeed is taking over HuffPost in a deal that brings together two of the most high-profile digital media firms.
  • The World Health Organization said it has suspended Gilead’s remdesivir from its so-called prequalification list, an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries, after issuing guidance against its use in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.
  • The National Science Foundation announces the decommissioning of the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico.
  • Guitar Center, the biggest musical instrument retailer in the United States, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amidst ongoing impacts to retail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • James Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years and was a guiding force for a couple of the most well-known cultural institutions in the US, has died.
  • U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to be his treasury secretary and announced other members of his economic team on Monday, the Biden transition team said in a statement.

Arts & Entertainment

  • Baby Shark Dance”, produced by Pinkfong, surpasses “Despacito” as the most-viewed video on YouTube.
  • Rupert Bear is a children’s comic strip character created by British artist Mary Tourtel and first appearing in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920 celebrated its 100 birth day throughout the world.
  • “Jeopardy!” game show host Alex Trebek died on Sunday at the age of 80, and his passing was mourned by fans who called the brainy quizmaster a nightly source of information and sheer joy.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie voted Women’s prize ‘winner of winners’. Nigerian author’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun, which won in 2007, named the best book in the prize’s 25-year history by the public.
  • Legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, famed for his work with Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray, has died from Covid complications.The 85-year-old actor was admitted to hospital in Kolkata city on 6 October after he tested positive for the virus.
  • Superhero movie “Wonder Woman 1984″ will debut simultaneously in U.S. theaters and on AT&T Inc’s HBO Max streaming service starting on Christmas Day, an unusual release plan prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Douglas Stuart has won the Booker Prize for Shuggie Bain, his debut novel about a boy in 1980s Glasgow trying to support his mother as she struggles with addiction and poverty.
  • Jan Morris, historian, travel writer and trans pioneer, dies aged 94.
  • Dave Prowse, the Bristolian former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85.

Sports

  • Mumbai Indians who won the Indian Premier League 2020 title, with a five-wicket victory over first-time finalists Delhi Capitals.
  • Lewis Hamilton clinched a seventh World Championship and became the most successful racing driver ever with a masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix .
  • Trailblazers beat Supernovas by 16 runs to win clinch the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge title.
  • Dustin Johnson finally clinched an elusive second major title with a five-stroke victory at the Masters, staving off self-doubt as he overcame a shaky start to his final round to end with a tournament-record low score at Augusta National.
  • FIFA bans the president of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad from all football-related activity for five years, following an investigation into financial misconduct.
  • French rugby legend Christophe Dominici dies aged 48. Dominici played 67 times for his country and won the French championship five times with Stade Français before retiring in 2008.
  • New Zealand’s Greg Barclay has been elected as the International Cricket Council’s new independent chairman.
  • Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever players, died of a heart attack at the age of 60.
  • Papa Bouba Diop, the former Senegal midfielder who scored the first goal of the 2002 World Cup against France, has died at the age of 42.

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