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Daily Current Affairs 22nd November 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 22nd November 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 22nd November 2023. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 22nd November 2023 Current affairs test.


National News

1. VFX and Tech Pavilion Launched at 54th IFFI by Anurag Thakur:

  • The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur, inaugurated a first-of-its-kind VFX and Tech Pavilion at the 54th International Film Festival of India in Goa.
  • This pavilion, introduced by NFDC at Film Bazaar, showcases cutting-edge filmmaking technologies like animation, visual effects, virtual reality, and CGI.
  • It aims to reveal new opportunities in filmmaking through innovative concepts like virtual worlds and intelligent characters.

2. 17th Film Bazaar Opens at IFFI, Goa by Anurag Singh Thakur:

  • Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs & Sports, inaugurated the 17th edition of the Film Bazaar at the Marriott Resort in Goa.
  • Organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the Film Bazaar is known as South Asia’s largest film market and ranks as the fifth-largest globally.
  • It plays a crucial role in bridging local filmmakers with international producers and distributors, promoting creative exchange on a global platform.

State News

3. Gujarat Declares ‘Ghol’ Fish as State Fish:

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel announced the ‘Ghol’ fish, scientifically known as Protonibea diacanthus, as the state fish of Gujarat.
  • This decision, made during the first Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 at Gujarat Science City, aims to highlight and preserve the state’s rich aquatic biodiversity.
  • The Ghol fish, also known as the Black Spotted Croaker, is found across the Indo-Pacific region and holds significant cultural and economic value in coastal communities.

Defence News

4. Indo-US Joint Special Forces Exercise “VAJRA PRAHAR 2023” in Meghalaya:

  • The 14th edition of the Indo-US Joint Special Forces exercise, “VAJRA PRAHAR 2023,” began at the Joint Training Node in Umroi, Meghalaya.
  • Started in 2010, this exercise symbolizes the strong partnership between the Indian Army and the US Army Special Forces.
  • It focuses on sharing best practices and experiences, particularly in joint mission planning and operational tactics.
  • The current edition, hosted in Meghalaya, continues the tradition of mutual learning and interoperability.

Economy News

5. India’s Foreign Direct Investment Drops 24% in H1 FY24:

  • India witnessed a 24% decrease in foreign direct equity investments, amounting to $20.5 billion in the first half of the financial year 2023-24.
  • This decline is seen against the backdrop of global economic uncertainties.
  • Although no specific reasons have been officially cited, the global economic climate likely contributed to this downturn.
  • This follows a previous year’s decrease of over a fifth to $46.03 billion.

Banking News

6. Private Banks’ Record Government Bond Purchase:

  • Indian private sector banks made a landmark purchase of government bonds worth 83.43 billion rupees ($1 billion) in a single session.
  • This marks the most significant acquisition in seven years since November 15, 2016, as recorded by the Clearing Corp of India.
  • This event represents a notable shift in India’s financial sector.

Important Days News

8. World Fisheries Day 2023 Observed:

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  • World Fisheries Day, observed every November 21st, emphasizes the importance of sustainable fisheries and the crucial role of small-scale fishers in global food security and livelihoods.
  • The day was established following the 1997 meeting of the “World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers” in New Delhi, which advocated for sustainable fishing practices and policies.

Summits & Conferences News

9. India-Australia 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi:

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held bilateral discussions with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles in NewDelhi.
  • This India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue focused on enhancing defence cooperation and strengthening strategic ties.
  • The dialogue addressed key areas like anti-submarine warfare, air-to-air refuelling, Indo-Pacific security, hydrography, and collaborations in critical minerals, space, education, science, and technology.

10. PM Modi Skips BRICS-Plus Meet on Middle East Situation:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not attend the virtual BRICS-Plus joint meeting on the Gaza crisis, with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar representing India.
  • The meeting, which discussed the situation in Gaza, saw leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Lula da Silva, and Ramaphosa in attendance.
  • Modi’s absence was due to his focus on domestic election campaigns.

Schemes News

11. Cancellation of DST’s SATHI Program:

  • The Department of Science and Technology’s SATHI (Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institutes) program has been cancelled.
  • Launched in 2020, the program aimed to establish advanced analytical instrument centers for collaborative research.
  • Concerns have been raised about its impact on research funding and the influence of private sector involvement.

12. Seven Changes Announced in the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme:

  • The Ministry of Finance’s Department of Economic Affairs notified seven changes to the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS).
  • One of the key changes is the increase in the maximum deposit limit to Rs 30 lakh, effective from April 1, 2023, as per the Budget 2023 announcement.

13. Rs 1,100 Crore Allocated for Inland Waterways and Ayush Projects:

  • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced a funding of over Rs 1,100 crore for 25 inland waterways projects in the Northeast region, with Rs 850 crore designated for Assam.
  • This includes projects like permanent jetties at Bogibeel and Badarpur, and the construction of a jetty at Sonamura in Tripura.

Ranks & Reports News

14. Khan Market in Delhi Ranked 22nd in Global High Street Retail Locations:

  • According to Cushman & Wakefield’s ‘Main Streets Across the World’ report, Delhi’s Khan Market is the 22nd most expensive high street retail location globally, with an annual rent of USD 217 per square foot.

Appointments News

15. Microsoft Appoints Aparna Gupta as Leader of Global Delivery Center:

  • Aparna Gupta has been named the new Global Delivery Center leader at Microsoft.
  • With over 25 years of industry experience, she will focus on customer innovation and delivery excellence.

16. Colin Jackson Named International Ambassador for Tata Steel Kolkata 25K Event:

  • Former 110m hurdles world record holder, Colin Jackson, has been appointed as the International Event Ambassador for the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K event, scheduled for December 17, 2023.

17. Sourav Ganguly Appointed as ‘Brand Ambassador of Bengal’:

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee named former cricketer and ex-BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as the “Brand Ambassador of Bengal” at the Bengal Global Business Summit 2023.

Sports News

18. ICC Relocates Men’s U19 World Cup to South Africa:

  • The ICC has moved the men’s Under-19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa due to the provisional suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket over government interference concerns.

19. ICC Bans Transgender Players from International Women’s Cricket:

  • The ICC has banned transgender players from participating in international women’s cricket, aligning with the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines.

20. AIFF and Odisha Government Sign MoU for FIFA-AIFF Academy:

    • The AIFF, in collaboration with the Government of Odisha and FIFA, signed an MoU to establish the AIFF-FIFA Talent Academy.
    • The event was attended by Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development.


Certainly! Let’s continue with the summary of the latest news:

21. Indian Women’s Hockey Team Wins Asia Cup 2023:

      • The Indian Women’s Hockey Team clinched the Asia Cup 2023 title, defeating China in the finals held in Jakarta.
      • This victory marks a significant achievement in Indian women’s hockey, boosting their confidence for upcoming international tournaments.
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