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Important Current Affairs 24th November 2019

PM Modi launches Fit India School grading system

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Fit India School grading system in schools across the country on November 24, 2019.

• The Fit India School rankings have been divided into three categories — The Fit India Schools, which is the first level of ranking, Fit India School (3 star) and Fit India School (5 star).

• Schools can declare themselves as fit by visiting the Fit India portal. Fit India three star and Fit India five star ratings will also be given.

India to host SCO forum of Young Scientists and Innovators next year

• India has been chosen to host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum of Young Scientists and Innovators in 2020.

• Indian delegation was led by Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and Director General Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Dr. Shekhar Mande.

• SCO has eight full time members namely:

China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan.

8th International Tourism Mart Organised at Imphal, Manipur

• The 8th International Tourism Mart has been organised at Imphal, Manipur from 23 November to 25 November, 2019.

• The Theme of 2019 International Tourism Mart is “Sustainable Tourism an engine for Economic Growth and Employment”.

India Ranks 44 in Nomura’s Food Vulnerability Index (NFVI) 2019

• India has been ranked 44 among 110 countries in Food Vulnerability Index (NFVI) 2019, complied by Nomura Global Market Research.

• The NFVI ranks countries on the basis of their exposure to large swings in food prices.

• The higher the rank, the worse is the case.

AIIA signs MoU with Western Sydney University to promote Ayurveda

• The New Delhi based All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Western Sydney University, Australia.

• The MoU will promote collaboration in research and help in developing guidelines for integrating Ayurveda principles with modern medicine.

• The exchange of MoU took place on the occasion of the event ‘India- Australia International Education and Research Workshop’ held at the Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.

National Tribal Craft Mela 2019 inaugurated in Bhubaneswar

• Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 7-day long National Tribal Craft Mela-2019 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on November 23, 2019.

Indian Army conduct ‘Epic Run 2019’ in West Bengal

• Indian Army conducted the ‘Epic Run 2019’ at Pedong, West Bengal on November 23, 2019 in recognition and respect for the soldiers and their Next of Kin (NOK).

• The Indian Army is commemorating the Year 2019 as the ‘Year of NOK’ (YoNoK).

OECD predicts India’s GDP growth rate in 2020 at 6.2%

• Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has made the following GDP growth rate predictions for India:

• 2019- 5.8%

• 2020- 6.2%

• 2021- 6.4%

• The projections were made in the OECD Economic Outlook’s second edition.

Marathon Man Eliud Kipchoge, Hurdle Heroine Dalilah Muhammad Win Athlete of the Year

• .The pioneering marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge, who is the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours, has won the World Athlete of the Year 2019.

• Besides, the 400 metres hurdles world champion Dalilah Muhammad has been named as the World Athlete of the Year 2019 in women’s category.

Former Madhya Pradesh CM Kailash Joshi Passes Away at 91

• Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Kailash Joshi died after a prolonged illness. He was 91.

• He had served as the state’s chief minister from 1977 to 1978.