Latest Current Affairs 26th November 2019

PM Modi: Some parties used Ayodhya issue as vote bank :Prime Minister says issue of Ayodhya was left undecided by previous governments to pander to vote bank politics; Says the abrogation of Art 370 has established the Constitution’s supremacy; perpetuating the ‘temporary’  provision helped separatists and their interests; points out that earlier governments had been lax on terror.

Uddhav Thackeray to lead Sena-Cong-NCP govt; Swearing-in on Dec 1:A day of twists in the tale sees Uddhav Thackeray chosen as leader of Maha Vikas Aghadi; Shiv Sena, NCP Congress alliance say they will form govt on December 1; Special session of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly starts on Wednesday.

Parliament passes Bill to protect rights of Transgenders:The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill on protection of rights of transgenders after a motion to refer it to a Select Committee of the Upper House was defeated.

Bangladesh: 70th Constitution Day of India observed in Dhaka:High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das on Tuesday said that Indian Constitution gave people civil rights which were very forward looking for the time when it was adopted.

70th Constitution Day celebrated across the country :Constitution Day celebrated across the country on Tuesday, marking 70th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution in 1949 by the Constituent Assembly; Number of events were organised where people read the Preamble of the Consitution.

Southern Naval Command commemorates 70th Constitution Day:As a part of 70th Constitution Day celebrations at Southern Naval Command, Kochi, all units under Headquarters Southern Naval Command, including Indian Navy ships and training establishments, carried out a reading of the Preamble and the Fundamental Duties enshrined in the Constitution for all serving and civilian personnel.

Ayodhya Verdict: Sunni Waqf Board decides against filing review petition:Sunni Waqf Board member Abdul Razzaq says, six out of seven members of the board agree on not to file review petition on Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya land; Says, majority decision was against filing review petition.

Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Chief Minister :Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis submits resignation from his post; Governor asks him to function as caretaker CM till alternative arrangements in place; Fadanvis attacks Attacks Shiv Sena, saying, hunger for power is so much that they are even willing to ally with Sonia Gandhi; Says, BJP will work as an effective opposition.

Time now to focus on duties: PM Modi on Constitution Day:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chose the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution to emphasise on people’s duties, saying their rights were stressed upon earlier but time has now come to focus on citizens’ responsibilities as well.

Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 introduced in Lok Sabha:Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill provides domestic companies with a new option to pay tax at the rate of 22 per cent, provided they do not claim certain deductions under the IT Act.

Apex court asks Centre to take decision in 10 days on installing smog towers in Delhi-NCR:The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to take a concrete decision within 10 days on having smog towers in Delhi-NCR to combat pollution which has shortened the life span of millions of citizens. It issued notice to all states, seeking a report on air quality, drinking water and garbage disposal.

26 hour countdown for launch of ISRO’s third generation earth imaging satellite Cartosat-3 begins:The 26 hour countdown for the launch of ISRO’s third generation earth imaging satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the US began at 7.28 hrs today.

Nation remembers 26/11 martyrs on its 11th anniversary:The Nation is remembering the martyrs of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its 11th anniversary today. Various events have been organised in the city today. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday paid tributes to the martyrs of the terror attack.

IAF growing steadily to become strategic aerospace power, says Rajnath Singh:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Indian Air Force (IAF) is growing steadily to become a truly strategic aerospace power. Rajnath Singh was addressing the second bi-annual IAF Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi yesterday.

Notification for fifth phase of Jharkhand assembly elections to be issued today:Notification for the fifth and final phase of Jharkhand assembly elections will be issued today. Sixteen constituencies in the Santhal Pargana area will go to Polls in this phase on 20th of next month. The last date of filing of nomination papers is 3rd December and scrutiny of papers will be held the next day. Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers till December 6th.

SC to pronounce order on floor test in Maharashtra assembly tomorrow:The Supreme Court will pass its order tomorrow on the plea of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to hold an immediate floor test in the Maharashtra assembly.

Constitution Day being celebrated today:Constitution Day or Samvidhan divas, is being celebrated today across the country to mark the adopting of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. It came into force on 26th January, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of Indian Republic.

Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hits Albania; Major damage reported :A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on Richter Scale, rocks Albanian capital Tirana; At least nine persons reported dead while 300 others injured; Reports of damage from several parts of the region.

Sri Lanka: Minority Tamil political parties urged to stand united on issues faced by Tamils:In Sri Lanka, the main political grouping of minority Tamils has called upon Tamil political parties to stand united on the issues faced by the Tamils.

Lahore High Court accepts Musharraf’s petition seeking to stop verdict in high treason case:The Lahore High Court on Tuesday accepted a petition to hear the plea from the ailing former military ruler Pervez Musharraf seeking to stop the special court from announcing its reserved verdict in the high treason case against him on Thursday, according to media reports.

Will not do anything threatening India’s security: Lankan President:Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the country cannot engage in any activity which threatens the security of India and that they understand the importance of Indian concerns.

Rupee spurts to over 2-week high of 71.50 against US dollar:The Indian rupee on Tuesday rose by 24 paise to settle at an over two-week high of 71.50 against the US dollar as persistent foreign fund inflows and hopes about US-China trade logjam breakthrough boosted forex market sentiment.

Stock indices retreat from record levels on profit booking:Market benchmark BSE Sensex retreated from its record high level to close down by around 68 points on Tuesday mainly due to profit booking in telecom, IT and auto stocks amid growth concerns and evolving political drama in Maharashtra.

Central Board of Direct Taxes ‘Compulsorily’ retires 21 officers:In yet another strike against corruption, Central Board of Direct Taxes compulsorily retires 21 Group B officers of the rank of Income Tax Officers, under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in the public interest, due to corruption and other charges and CBI traps.

ICC Test Rankings: Mayank breaks into Top 10; Kohli gets closer to Steve Smith:India and Indians dominate ICC Test rankings; Mayank Agarwal enters top ten, Virat Kohli in second place just three points away from top ranked Steve Smith.

Asian Archery Championships: Atanu Das wins recurve Bronze:Indian archer Atanu Das clinched a bronze medal in individual category of men’s recurve at the Asian Championships in Kolkata on Tuesday.

ISRO’s PSLV-C47 Cartosat-3 launch countdown begins:The Indian Space Research Organization has started the countdown for the launch of earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other nano-satellites from the US.

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