1. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will hold its flagship event, Connect 2021, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, from November 26 to 27.
● Connect is an international information and communication technology conference and exhibition (ICT).
● "Building a Sustainable Deep T'ech'N'ology Ecosystem" is the theme of the conference.
● The goal of 'Connect 2021' is to increase the state's GDP to $1 billion by 2030.
● On November 26, 2021, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin will kick off the event.
● The event's partner countries are Australia and the United Kingdom.
● The Government of Tamil Nadu is hosting the CII's flagship event, which is being co-hosted by the Software Technology Parks of India and the Union Ministry of Electronics and Telecommunications.
2. On the suggestion of the Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance and Government of India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved RBL Bank to collect direct taxes on behalf of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
● RBL Bank customers can now pay their direct taxes through the bank's mobile banking or net banking systems, as well as branch banking networks.
● RBL Bank is a significant private sector bank in India, with a growing presence throughout the country.
● Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial Banking, Branch & Business Banking, Retail Assets, and Treasury and Financial Markets Operations are the five business verticals within which the Bank provides specialised services.
● It presently serves over 9.97 million customers through a network of 445 branches, 1,435 business correspondent branches (including 271 banking outlets), and 386 ATMs in 28 Indian states and union territories.
3. The Department of Fisheries has rated Andhra Pradesh the greatest marine state in the country.
● On the occasion of World Fisheries Day on November 21, 2021, the Department of Fisheries, under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, awarded best performing States for 2021-22 to recognise their achievements in the field and commitment to the sector's growth.
● Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, presented the awards in Bhubaneswar.
4. IIT Guwahati's state-of-the-art Centre for Nanotechnology and Centre for Indian Knowledge System was launched by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
● He also published a book on the implementation of the NEP 2020.
● On the occasion, Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu was present.
● In a variety of national and international rating systems, IIT Guwahati has received high marks.
● The Centre for Nanotechnology will aim to address future issues and strengthen academic-industry collaborations in Nanotechnology.
● The Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) will focus on preserving, documenting, and sustaining Indian-specific knowledge, such as Indian classical music, Yoga, Sanskrit, traditional medicines, temple architecture, ceramic tradition, and North-East Indian agricultural practises, among other things.
● The Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT) provided financing for the Centre (MeitY).
5. With 8,573 members playing together for more than five minutes, Venezuela has achieved a new Guinness World Record for the largest orchestra.
● The record was set by "El Sistema," the country's National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras.
● Russia set the previous record for an orchestra when it performed in St. Petersburg with 8,097 players.
● The broadcast contained a tape of Susana Reyes, a Guinness World Records specialist, declaring that the Venezuelan musicians had set a new record after playing Pyotr Tchaikovsky's LaMarche Slave for more than five minutes.
6. President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has claimed that the government will establish the world's first "Bitcoin City."
● The new city will be built in La Union's eastern section and will be first funded by bitcoin-backed bonds.
● A volcano would provide geothermal energy.
● Except for the value-added tax, Bitcoin City will not levy any taxes (VAT).
● The first half of the VAT will be used to pay for the bonds that will be issued to create the city, and the second half will be used to pay for services like rubbish collection.
7. Syed Akbaruddin, a senior Indian diplomat, has written a new book titled "India against UK: The Story of an Unprecedented Diplomatic Win."
● The book includes behind-the-scenes information on India's win over the United Kingdom in the 2017 International Court of Justice (ICJ) elections.
● Syed Akbaruddin, India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the time, gives a behind-the-scenes perspective of India's global maturation through the lens of this historic election.
8. Anita Desai, one of India's best-selling authors, has been awarded the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 in recognition of her 50-year literary career.
● Meanwhile, Adil Jussawala, an Indian poet, has been named Poet Laureate for 2021.
● Both of these awards are given to honour outstanding work that has had a significant impact on the Indian literary scene.
● The Twelfth Edition of Tata Literature is now available online! From November 18th to November 21st, 2021, the Mumbai Litfest was held.
● During her long writing career, she has received numerous accolades and honours, including the Padma Bhushan, the Sahitya Akademi Award and subsequent Fellowship, and the Royal Society of Literature's Benson Medal.
9. In a Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, President of India Ram Nath Kovind bestowed Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations.
● President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman the Vir Chakra for his part in driving Pakistan's fighter planes back in February 2019.
● President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Sapper Prakash Jadhav the second-highest peacetime gallantry medal, the Kirti Chakra (posthumously), for neutralising terrorists during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir.
● The honour was given to his wife and mother.
● Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal received the Shaurya Chakra (posthumously) for his role in an operation that resulted in the elimination of five terrorists and the recovery of 200 kilograms of bomb material.
● The honour was given to his mother and wife, Lt Nitika Kaul.
● For murdering an A++ category terrorist during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir, Naib Subedar Sombir received the Shaurya Chakra posthumously.
● Suman Devi, his wife, and Rajendra Devi, his mother, were also honoured.
● Major Maheshkumar Bhure, an alumni of Sainik School Satara, was also awarded the Shaurya Chakra by the President.
● According to the citation, Major Bhure oversaw an operation that resulted in the deaths of six key terrorist commanders.
10. The Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021 has been awarded to Pratham NGO for its efforts to broaden the scope of education in India.
● For more than a quarter-century, it has been a trailblazer in ensuring that every kid has access to a high-quality education.
● Its use of digital technology to deliver education in a novel way.
● Its continuous assessment of educational quality.
● Its quick response in encouraging youngsters to learn despite the limits imposed by Covid-19.
● The Indira Gandhi Peace Prize is a prominent honour given out every year.
● Indira Gandhi, the previous Prime Minister of India, was the inspiration for the name.
● Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust has given it out every year since 1968.
● It includes a monetary award of Rs. 25 lakh as well as a citation.
11. Kento Momota of Japan won the men's singles title in the 2021 Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton competition, defeating Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-11.
● From November 16 to 21, 2021, the US$600,000 tournament was held in Bali, Indonesia.
● An Seyoung of South Korea won the women's singles title by defeating top-seeded Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 21-19.
List of winners of 2021 Indonesia Masters
● Men’s Single: Kento Momota (Japan)
● Women’s Single: An Seyoung (South Korea)
● Men’s Double: Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi (both of Japan)
● Women’s Double: Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (both of Japan)
● Mixed Double: Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai (both of Thailand)