17 November - National Press Day

17 November - World COPD Day 2021

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district of UP.

  • PM, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Purvanchal Expressway at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district of UP on November 16, 2021. It will connect Lucknow with Ghazipur.
  • The 341 km long Purvanchal Express has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 22,500 crore.
  • The expressway starts from village Chaudasarai located on Lucknow-Sultanpur road (NH-731) and ends at village Haidaria located on National Highway No. 31, 18 km east of UP-Bihar border.
  • A 3.2 km long runway has also been built on the expressway for landing and take-off of fighter jets of the Indian Air Force in case of emergency.

HDFC Bank has launched the 2nd edition of its "Moh Band Rakho" campaign.

  • HDFC Bank Ltd. has launched the 2nd edition of its Moh Band Rakho campaign to raise awareness on fraud prevention in support of International Fraud Awareness Week 2021 (November 14-20, 2021).
  • HDFC Bank aims at raising awareness of its customers about all types of frauds and the importance of keeping one's mouth shut to ensure their prevention and pledge not to share confidential banking information with anyone.
  • HDFC Bank will organize 2,000 workshops over the next four months as part of this campaign.

"Kaiser-i-Hind" has been declared as the state butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • The State Cabinet of Arunachal Pradesh, chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, approved Kaiser-e-Hind as the state butterfly on November 13, 2021.
  • The Kaiser-e-Hind butterfly is scientifically known as Tinopalpus imperialis.
  • Kaiser-e-Hind literally means Emperor of India. This species of butterfly has a wingspan of 90–120 mm.
  • They are found in well-wooded areas in six Indian states along the eastern Himalayas at altitudes of 6,000–10,000 feet.
  • These are Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim and Manipur.
  • In addition, the butterfly is also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.

PM launches an important initiative for the welfare of the tribal community.

  • The Prime Minister has launched several important initiatives for the welfare of the Tribal (Adivasi) community in the Tribal Gaurav Divas Mahasammelan.
  • He also launched Ration Aapke Gram scheme and sickle cell mission in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The mission has been developed for screening and management of patients suffering from sickle cell anaemia, thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies and to increase public awareness about these diseases.

BharatPe will launch merchant shareholding program.

  • BharatPe has launched the world's first Merchant Shareholding Program (MSP) for its merchant partners worth $100 million.
  • Under the programme, the company offers its merchant customers an opportunity to buy equity shares of BharatPe and become a partner.
  • The company plans for a public listing by 2024 and aims for a public listing value of $1 billion.
  • The merchant payments and financial services company will encourage its more than 7.5 million existing merchant partners.

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