PM Modi to visit Brazil for BRICS summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a 2-day visit to Brazil from the 13th of this month to attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil. The theme of the Summit this year is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. This will be the sixth time that Mr Modi participates in the BRICS Summit.



BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010.

  • President: Jair Bolsonaro Trending
  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Currency: Brazilian real
  • Official language: Portuguese

Indian Railways launches 3 online applications for all-India rollout

Indian Railways has launched three applications for all-India roll out to strengthen its IT-enabled services. The applications, namely CRS Sanction Management System, Rail-road crossing GAD approval system and TMS for construction aim at beefing up IT-enabled services.

  • Railway Minister: Piyush Goyal.

IFFI 2019 to screen 3 films for differently-abled

This year, at the Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), will have the screening of Accessible India Films to promote the creation of inclusive spaces for the differently-abled to access the joy of cinema through Audio Deion.

This unique film section will witness the screening of three films, two in Hindi – Lage Raho Munna Bhai and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and one in Konkani- Questao De Confusao.

  • IFFI Dates – 20th Nov – 28th Nov 2019
  • Location – Goa

India to host 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup

India will host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup from 13th to 29th of January. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) India will play host to the men’s tournament.

  • Expected Dates – 13th Jan – 29th Jan 2023
  • Founded – 1971
  • Inaugural season – 1971
  • of teams – 16
  • Last Champion – Belgium (1st title – 2018)
  • Most titles – Pakistan (4 titles)

Kumar Mangalam Birla conferred ABLF Global Asian award

Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, was conferred the ABLF Global Asian Award, for “powerful individual whose business footprint and commitment to excellence have engaged international interest and attention”. The Asia Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) is backed by the UAE government and currently runs in three forms- talks, awards, and publications.

Indian Bank, Muthoot Microfin sign MoU

Public sector Indian Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with Muthoot Microfinance to serve Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

  • Indian Bank founded: 15 August 1907.
  • Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Tagline: Your Own Bank.
  • MD & CEO – Ms. Padmaja Chunduru
  • Muthoot Microfinance Founded – Kerala, India 1939
  • Headquarters of Muthoot Microfinance – Kochi, India
  • MD – Thomas Muthoot
  • CEO – Sadaf Sayeed

Indian Coast Guard conducted Exercise ReSAREX-2019

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) tested its efficiency and preparedness during the Regional Level Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise 2019 (ReSAREX- 19) conducted off the Goa coast.


  • Indian Coast Guard founded: 18 August 1978.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.

Arvind Singh takes over as AAI chairman

Arvind Singh, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre, took charge as the chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The AAI, which comes under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, owns and manages more than 100 airports across the country.

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1 April 1995

Sanjay Gupta appoints country manager at Google India

Google India has appointed Sanjay Gupta as its new country manager and vice-president of sales and operations for India.

He replaces Rajan Anandan, who left Google to join Sequoia Capital India.

  • Date of Incorporation of Google India – 16 December 2003

Sahitya Akademi awardee writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen passes away

Sahitya Akademi awardee writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen passed away. She is the founder and president of the West Bengal Women Writers’ Association.

  • Born 13 January 1938, Calcutta, Bengal
  • Died 7 November 2019 (aged 81) , Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Occupation – Novelist, children’s author, poet, academic
  • Spouse – Amartya Sen



  • Sahitya Akademi award in 1999 for her book ‘Naba-Nita’
  • Padma Shri in 2000
  • Kamal Kumari National Award in 2004


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