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Current Affairs November 2018
The top National & international events of November 2018 are mentioned below:
Current Affairs November 2018 | 30th November
South Asia Youth Peace Conference held in New Delhi
- The three- day ‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ was inaugurated by Mr ShriKrishna G Kulkarni, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan, New Delhi.
- The Conference is being organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, UNESCO MGIEP and STEP (Standing Together to Enable Peace).
- The countries represented include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Salom Zurichishvili elected as first female President of Georgia
- Salom Zurichishvili was elected as the first female President of Georgia. She will take charge on December 16, 2018.
- She was born on March 18, 1952. Earlier she had served as Minister of Georgia from March 20, 2004 to October 19, 2005.
- She was members of Iran’s Prohibition Committee of UN Security Council Council (UNSC) between November 11, 2010, and October 10, 2013.
Konkan 18: India, UK naval exercise held in Goa
- The KONKAN series of exercises commenced in 2004.
- Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long term strategic relationship between both countries.
- The Royal Navy will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter. The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, equipped with integral Seaking and a submarine.
- In addition, maritime patrol aircraft, Dornier will also participate in the exercise.
- The thrust of exercise this year is on Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) and seamanship evolutions.
UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho-shin rituals under “intangible heritage”
- Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling and Japanese rituals are among the six new elements added by UN cultural agency UNESCO to its list of “intangible heritage”
- Chidaoba is Georgia’s traditional wrestling; it combines elements of wrestling, music, dance and special garments. Reggae is Jamaican music originating from marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston. It was started out as a voice of marginalized. Raiho-shin is Japanese ritual used to admonish laziness and teach children good behaviour.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 29th November
49th International Film Festival of India
- The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Panaji, capital of Goa.
- Israeli Director Dan Wolman was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.
The important awards presented at the festival are:
- Best film (Golden Peacock) award: Donbass (Ukrainian movie) directed by Sergei Loznitsa.
- Best director (Silver Peacock) award: Lijo Jose Pellissery (Malayalam film-India).
- Best Actor (Male) Award: Chemban Vinod for his role in ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’ (Malayalam-India)
- Best Actor (Female) Award: Anastasiia Pustovit for her role in ‘When the Trees Fall’ (Ukrainian).
Government appoints AM Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation
- AM Naik is Naik is currently the Group Chairman of engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro.
- NSDC has developed a unique model combining skill development with strong industry partnerships.
- NSDC is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
- It was founded in 2009 as a not-for-profit company.
Gender wage gap highest in India, women are paid 34% less than men: ILO
- According to the Global Wage Report 2018-19 published by International Labour Organization (ILO), women are paid most unequally in India, compared to men.
- On average, women are paid 34% less than men in India. Globally, on average, hourly wages of women are 16% less than those of men. Inequality is higher in monthly wages, with a gap of 22%.
- The gender wage gap has remained unchanged at 20% from 2016 to 2017.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 28th November
Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya
- The first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference was held in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. It was organized by Kenya and co-hosted by Japan and Canada.
- A few parties who participated in this conference include World Wildlife Fund, WWF; International Maritime Organization, IMO; International Seabed Authority; World Bank; AFRIEXIMBANK; Ocean Foundation, etc.
- Blue economy is a sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem.
- India has a strategic location in Indian Ocean region (IOR), and on this basis, it endorses growth of Blue Economy in a sustainable, inclusive and people-centred manner through framework of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti launched by Department of Defence Production to boost IPR culture in the indigenous defence industry
- Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti launched in New Delhi to boost Intellectual Property Right (IPR) culture in the indigenous defence industry.
- The event showcased salient inventions and innovations achieved by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) which have resulted in the successful filing of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications.
Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission
- President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Arvind Saxena as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
- Prior to this appointment, he was working as acting Chairman of UPSC since June 2018. He had joined UPSC as a member in May 2015.
- The Union Public Service Commission is India’s premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services.
- Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution, titled as Services Under the Union and the States, provide for a Public Service Commission for the Union and for each state. Accordingly, as per Art. 315, at Union level, Union Public Service Commission is envisaged by it.
Logix India: Government launches Logo and Brochure
- Logix India aims to serve as a major initiative to improve logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s global trade.
- India is preparing a comprehensive strategy for increasing exports and an Integrated Logistics Policy, which will benefit India’s economy by cutting cost and increasing the speed of cargo movement that will lead to massive job creation.
- India is ranked 44 in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index 2018 and logistics costs in India are 13-15 per cent of the product cost, while the global average is six per cent.
International Gita Festival, 2018 to be held in Kurukshetra
- The International Gita Festival 2018 will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7 to 23, 2018.
- It is being organized to commemorate the birth of ‘Srimad Bhagwat Gita’, the sacred scripture containing invaluable advice of Lord Krishna that he proffered to Arjuna, third Pandava in the battlefield of Kurukshetra on the first day of famous 18-day battle in Mahabharata.
Government launches PAISA Portal under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission
- To connect directly with beneficiaries and ensure there is greater efficiency in the delivery of services, a portal for processing interest subvention on bank loans under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
- The centralised electronic platform is titled PAiSA or Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest. The portal has been designed and developed by the Allahabad Bank, which is the nodal bank.
- All 35 states and Union Territories and all scheduled commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks (RRB) and cooperative banks are expected to be on board the PAiSA portal by the end of December.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 27th November
NPCC conferred with the status of Miniratna
- National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) a schedule ‘B’ CPSE under the administrative control of Ministry of Water Resources RD & GR has been conferred with the status of Miniratna: Category –I by the Government of India.
- NPCC incorporated in 1957. NPCC is a premier construction company of Government of India.
Former PM launched the book “Fables of Fractured Times”
- Former PM Manmohan Singh launched Manish Tiwari’s book “Fables of Fractured Times.”
- The book contains his views on a wide array of issues, trends, and events in the domestic and international arena in today’s fractured times. It published by Konark group.
Sunil Arora appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner
- President Ram Nath Kovind appointed senior IAS officer Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
- He will succeed OP Rawat who will retire in December 2018.
- A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed as Election Commissioner in August 2017. CEC have tenure upto 65 years of age or 6 years whichever is early.
India recorded the highest average real wage growth in 2008-17: ILO Report
- Reflecting more rapid economic growth than in other regions, workers in Asia and the Pacific have enjoyed the highest real wage growth among all regions over the period 2006–17, with countries such as China, India, Thailand and Vietnam leading the way.
- In South Asia, India led the average real wage growth in 2008–17 at 5.5 against a regional median of 3.7. Nepal stood second with 4.7%.
Loan from ADB to improve State Highways in Bihar
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India (GoI) signed a $200 million loan to finance widening and upgrading of about 230 Kilometres State Highways in Bihar to all-weather standards with road safety features which will boost connectivity.
- It aims at upgrading State Highways to standard two-lane width with road safety features and paved shoulders including reconstructing, widening and strengthening culverts and bridges.
- ADB is a regional development bank which is headquartered in the Philippines.
Davis Cup, 2018- Croatia wins the cup
- The 2018 Davis Cup is the 107th edition of the Davis Cup, a tournament between national teams in men’s tennis.
- Croatia won Davis cup title 13 years after the first title.
Nageshwara Rao Guntur appointed as Chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
- Union Government has appointed renowned scientist Nageshwara Rao Guntur as Chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)
- AERB was established in November 1983 to carry out certain regulatory and safety functions in the fields of nuclear and radiation safety.
- It develops safety codes, guides, and standards for siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of the different types of plants, keeping in view the international recommendations and local requirements and develop safety policies in both radiation and industrial safety areas.
26th November: Constitution Day
- The Constitution Day of India (or Samvidhan Diwas) is observed every year on 26th November to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 26th November
70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha unveiled at Rajgir in Nalanda district
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled a 70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district of the state. It is the second tallest statue of Buddha in the country.
World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom wins record sixth gold
- Mary Kom emerged victorious against Hanna Okhota.
- Mary Kom has become the most successful boxer in world boxing history with 6 gold medals.
- She is the only boxer to win medals in seven world championships including six gold medals.
Marathon: Russia to venture into Internet of things with new satellite system
- Roscosmos, or Russia’s state space corporation, has planned to venture into the Internet of things (IoT) with the launch of a new satellite system named ‘Marathon’.
- The new satellite system will be a part of Russia’s Sphere satellite constellation, which will be fully established by 2026.
- IoT is a network of devices such as smartphones, home appliances and vehicles, connected to the internet, which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.
RIMES terms Titli cyclone ‘rarest of rare’
- Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia has termed ‘Titli’, the severe cyclonic storm that devastated Odisha in October as the ‘rarest of rare’ cyclone.
- It is the rarest of rare in terms of its characteristics such as curvature after landfall and retaining its destructive potential after landfall and curvature away from the coastal areas for more than two days.
- The severe cyclonic storm left more than 60 people dead, mainly due to land slide in interior Gajapati district.
RIMES is an intergovernmental body registered under the United Nations.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 24th & 25th November
7th International Tourism Mart to be held in Agartala, Tripura
- The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the Department of Tourism, Government of Tripura and the North Eastern States is organizing the “International Tourism Mart” in Agartala. The theme for this year is “Adventure Tourism”.
- This is an annual event organised in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets.
IMD develops technology to assess the rise of water level in rivers and reservoirs by rain
- India Meteorological Department (IMD) has developed a new technology called ‘Impact Based Forecasting Approach’ to assess the rise of water level in rivers and reservoirs by rain.
- The ‘Impact Based Forecasting Approach’ which shows “pre-event scenario” can help authorities in making real-time decisions.
- The heavy downpour which had ravaged Kerala in August 2018 had caused the death of around 500 people and economic damages worth over Rs 40,000 crore. Excessive rainfall had led to floods in Kerala and was the result of climate change. State Government had blamed IMD for lapses in its part for wrong rain forecast. IMD had forecasted estimated 98.5 mm rain in the state between 9 and 15 August 2018 but Kerala received was 352.2 mm of rainfall resulting in severe flooding.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: November 25
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) is observed every year across the world on 25 November. Observance of this day seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and girls, end violence against women.
- The UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November –10 December) under the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”.
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December 1999.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 23rd November
Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards
- United Nations Environment Program has selected the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and its enforcement officer RS Sharath for 2018 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards.
- The 2018 Awards will be given by UNEP with UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office on Drugs and Crime, INTERPOL (UNODC), USAID, Freeland Foundation, and Government of Sweden.
- The Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards publicly recognize and celebrate excellence in enforcement by government officials and institutions/teams combating transboundary environmental crime.
Cabinet approves setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
- Government is going to set up a medical college at Silvassa, UT Administration of Dadra and Nagar Haveli at a capital cost of Rs. 189 crore to be incurred in two years, 2018-19 – Rs. 114 crore and 2019-20 – Rs. 75 crore with a yearly intake of 150 students.
- This will increase the availability of doctors and an increase in medical education opportunities.
NASI SCOPUS Young Scientist Awards-2018 presented to winners
- The Scopus Young Scientist Awards, first launched by Elsevier in 2006, is part of an Elsevier’s global initiative to support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines.
Note: 2018 Winners:
- Agriculture, Plant Sciences and Rural Development: Jitender Giri, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.
- Biomedical Research and Healthcare: Maddika Subba Reddy, Group Leader and Staff Scientist- V, CDFD, Hyderabad.
- Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development: Vimal Chandra Srivastava, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, Roorkee.
- Innovation in Engineering and Physical Sciences: Ajay S. Karakoti, Associate Professor, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad.
- Women in Science: Zhumur Ghosh, Bose Institute, Kolkata.
India to build corridor from Gurdaspur to International Border for Sikh pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Sahib
- Kartarpur Sahib is situated in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province and there have been demands to build a corridor linking it with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur District of Punjab.
- It is the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev and one of the holiest shrines of Sikhs.
- India will also request Pakistan to recognise the sentiments of the Sikh community and develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory also.
Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS) scheme
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved the continuation of the nine sub-schemes of the umbrella scheme “Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS)” during 2017-2020 at an estimated cost of Rs. 1450 crore.
- It will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences through its institutes namely India Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service (INCOIS).
- The scheme will provide improved weather, climate and ocean forecast and services, thereby ensuring transfer of commensurate benefits to the various services like Public weather service, disaster management, Agro-meteorological Services, Aviation services, Environmental monitoring services, Hydro-meteorological services, climate services, tourism, pilgrimage, power generation, water management, Sports & adventure etc.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 22nd November
Kim Jong-yang elected as Interpol president
- The delegates chose acting head South Korean Kim Jong Yang to take the role of President of Interpol.
- Kim was elected at the 87th session of the organization’s general assembly in Dubai, which gathered around 1,000 senior law enforcement officials from across the globe.
- Kim will serve as president for the remainder of the current mandate, until 2020.
- INTERPOL, International Criminal Police Organization, is the international organization that facilitates international police cooperation.
Paytm partners with LIC for facilitating insurance premium online
- Digital payments service Paytm has entered into a partnership with Life Insurance Corp (LIC) and this will help customers to make insurance premium payments through the service provider.
Bainimarama sworn in for second term as Fiji PM
- Incumbent Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in for a second term after his ruling Fiji First party won this year’s general elections.
- Bainimarama was sworn in by President Jioji Konrote. Fiji is small Island nation in South Pacific Ocean.
WhatsApp appoints Abhijit Bose as Head of WhatsApp India
- WhatsApp appointed has appointed Abhijit Bose as head of WhatsApp India.
- Bose, who joins WhatsApp from Ezetap where he has served as co-founder and CEO, will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California and will be based in Gurgaon, the company said in a statement.
WhatsApp said Bose and his team will focus on helping businesses, both large and small connect with customers.
Joyce Msuya appointed as acting Executive Director of UNEP
- Joyce Msuya, a Tanzanian microbiologist and environmental scientist, was appointed as acting Executive Director of UNEP.
- She was appointed following the resignation of Executive Director Erik Solheim.
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, ICC sign MoU for energising startup ecosystem in East and Northeast India
- IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for energising start-up ecosystem in East and Northeast India.
- The IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park will incubate the start-ups and provide them with training and mentorship.
- The MoU will help start-up entrepreneurs access ICC’s member network which will allow a larger platform for their offerings. It will also help them work through policy issues and other compliance matters, facilitate funding and ensure B2B and B2G interactions.
- ICC is a premier body of business and industry in Eastern and North-Eastern India. Its membership comprises several of largest corporate groups in the country, with business operations all over the country and abroad.
Sangai tourism festival held in Manipur
- ‘Manipur Sangai Festival’, the biggest tourism festival of the state, was kickstarted in Imphal, Manipur.
- The Chief Minister of the state said that this year’s festival is going to create history as it is being organised at three venues of both hill and valley districts including Imphal, Mao and Keibul Lamjao for the first time.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 21st November
49th International Film Festival of India opens in Panaji, Goa
- 49th International Film Festival of India began in Panaji, Goa. It showcases New India through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports.
- The state of focus is Jharkhand, with Jharkhand Day being celebrated on the 24th November as part of the festival. The Country of Focus is Israel. Ten films from Israel will be screened at the festival.
- This edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects divers.
- The festival will also include a tribute to the Iron Man Sardar Patel. The Homage section of this festival will pay tribute to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi.
PM sets up National Implementation Committee to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak
- National Implementation Committee (NIC) was set up under Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
- Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma are its members.
- Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, which is the apex religious body of the Sikhs, will be knowledge partner for the event.
Former JNU Professor S.P. Ganguly awarded Mexican Order of Aztec Eagle, the highest civilian honour to a foreigner in Mexico
- Professor S.P. Ganguly, a well-known Hispanist who headed the Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, has been awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico.
- The award was in recognition of his “outstanding work in the study and dissemination of the Spanish language and Mexican culture.”
- He has authored, edited and translated over 25 books in an academic career spanning 40 years.
The 27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change held in New Delhi
- 27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in New Delhi. The leaders urged advanced countries to enhance their support for developing nations in effectively implementing the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
- The BASIC Ministers emphasized their deep concern for climate change and reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and its Paris Agreement, and to promote a global green and low carbon transition and ecological civilization with a view to building a community with a shared future for mankind.
- BASIC countries are bloc (geopolitical alliance) of four large newly industrialized countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China.
Maldives cabinet approves to rejoin Commonwealth
- The Maldives cabinet has approved to rejoin the Commonwealth, 2 years after withdrawing from the 53-nation grouping.
- The country left the Commonwealth group during former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration in October 2016 over corruption issue.
WHO World Malaria Report 2018
- This year’s report says that after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled.
- Data from 2015–2017 highlight that no significant progress in reducing global malaria cases was made in this period. There were an estimated 219 million cases and 435 000 related deaths in 2017.
- India has turned out as the only country among the 11 highest-burden countries to mark progress in reducing its disease burden, registering a 24 percent decrease in 2017 than 2016.
- Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease affecting humans and other animals caused by parasitic single-celled microorganisms belonging to the Plasmodium group.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 20th November
Industrial Park Rating System to be released by Commerce Ministry
- The Ministry of Commerce & Industry released the report prepared by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) on Industrial Park Rating System.
- Manufacturing has emerged as one of the high growth sectors in India and it has moved 23 places up in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB-2019) and achieved rank 77 out of 190 countries.
- In order to ensure that India moves into the top 50 countries in Ease of Doing Business, the Ministry has undertaken this exercise in studying infrastructure across states and in 3354 industrial clusters in order to assess the quality of infrastructure in industrial parks.
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has launched an app and web-based platform, ‘NSE goBID’
- The app has been launched for retail investors to buy government securities.
- The app would allow investors to invest in T-Bills of 91 days, 182 days and 364 days and various government bonds from one year to almost 40 years.
- T-bills are short term securities issued on behalf of the government by the RBI and are used in managing short term liquidity needs of the government.
- 91-day T-bills are auctioned every week on Wednesday and 182-day and 364-day T-bills are auctioned every alternate week on Wednesdays.
Animation, Gaming & Visual effects Institute to be set up in Mumbai
- The central government has announced setting up of Animation, Gaming and Visual effects Institute in Mumbai.
- This was announced by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.
- This will encourage youth participation in the field of film and cinematography.
2-Day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) Summit 2018 held in Papua New Guinea
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2018 was concluded in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. All 21-member countries participated in the summit.
- It was hosted by Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill. It is the 1st such summit which in its 25-year history failed to agree on a formal joint statement.
West Bengal Assembly passes Bill to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal
- West Bengal Assembly unanimously passed West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal.
- It will help them to get full-fledged status as citizens of India, along with all civic amenities and rights.
- It will also help in the distribution of land rights documents of people of enclaves in the border district of Cooch Behar.
Jalaj Srivastava appointed Chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India
- Union Government has appointed senior IAS officer Jalaj Srivastava as chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). He is 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Prior to this appointment, he was Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.
- The authority come under the aegis of Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways.
Vajra Prahar: India-USA joint military exercise commences in Jaipur
- India, US Joint Special Forces Exercise 2018 named Vajra Prahar commenced at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR), Bikaner in Rajasthan.
- For this exercise, US Army is represented by the contingent of one officer and 10 Other Ranks from Special Forces Group of United States Pacific Command.
- The forces will carry out 12 days rigorous joint training in semi desert and rural terrain with the aim to enhance inter-operability of the two armed forces and further military to military co-operation.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 19th November
WTA Taipei Open: Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi win Women’s Doubles title
- India’s top two singles players win their maiden title on the WTA Tour, grabbing the doubles trophy at the USD 125,000 Taipei OEC Open.
- Taipei Open is a tournament for female professional tennis players played on indoor carpet courts. It is currently classified as WTA 125K tournament.
14th edition of JashneBachpan, children’s theatre festival, begins in New Delhi
- JashneBachpan, a theatre festival for children, was held at the Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium in New Delhi.
- Organised by National School of Drama’s (NSD) Theatre in Education (TIE) Company, the festival is a nine-day event. The main aim of conducting Jashnebachpan is to bring theatre into prominence.
- The plays during the festival were divided into four categories – by children, by children and adults, by adults for children and puppetry performance.
The first Naturopathy Day observed on November 18
- Union AYUSH Ministry celebrated first Naturopathy Day with aim of promoting drug-less system of medicine to prevent diseases by altering diet and lifestyle.
- The official statement of the ministry said that there is an increase in non-communicable diseases, mainly owing to the changes in lifestyle. In such a scenario, Naturopathy plays an important role; many diseases can be prevented with these practices.
- On this day, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy is organising health camps, workshops and exhibitions in association with local naturopathy centres and hospitals.
Note: AYUSH is the ministry for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy
Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed as Director of Enforcement Directorate
- IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra was appointed as the full-time chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
- Mishra is 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of Income Tax cadre.
- Enforcement Directorate is economic intelligence and law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. It functions under the Department of Revenue, Union Ministry of Finance.
NHAI to raise Rs 4,000 crore via masala bond
- The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will raise up to Rs 4,000 crore through sale of masala bonds as part of its overall Rs 62,000-crore debt raising plan to fund construction of highways.
- Masala bonds are rupee-denominated bonds sold in offshore capital markets. NHAI’s first-ever masala bond issued last year had received an overwhelming response from a wide range of investors.
GROWTH-India telescope’s first science observation
- The 0.7 m GROWTH-India telescope at the Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle, Ladakh, has made its first science observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion.
- Novae are explosive events involving violent eruptions on the surface of white dwarf stars, leading to a temporary increase in brightness of the star. Unlike a supernova, the star does not go on to die but returns to its earlier state after the explosion.
- The GROWTH-India telescope was commissioned six months ago.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 17th & 18th November
Government inks $300 million loan agreement with ADB to support IIFCL
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Centre have signed a $300-million loan agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL).
- The move is expected to enhance the availability of long-term finance for public-private partnership projects, improve the operational capacity of IIFCL, and expand the portfolio of infrastructure financing instruments available to the company.
- IIFCL was set up in 2006 to provide long-term debt for infrastructure projects.
- It provides financial assistance to commercially viable projects, which includes projects implemented by the public sector company, private sector company; or private sector company selected under Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative.
Three new members nominated to NCW by WCD
- In keeping with the Section 3 of the NCW Act, 1990, Ministry of Woman and Child Development (WCD has nominated Chandramukhi Devi, Soso Shaiza, and Kamlesh Gautam as NCW members for their stipulated three-year term.
- They will hold office for a period of three years or till the age of 65 years or until further orders from date of assumption of charge of the office, whichever is earlier.
- NCW is a statutory body established under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. It was established in January 1992 to review constitutional and legal safeguards for women. It recommends remedial legislative measures, advises Government on all policy matters affecting women and facilitates redressal of grievances related to women.
Nirbhaya Fund: Government approves 3 new proposals
- Union Government has approved three proposals under Nirbhaya Fund including setting up of Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs)
- The proposals are : (1) Setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs), (2) Procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases, and (3) Setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations.
- Nirbhaya Fund was created by the Ministry of Finance in 2013 with a corpus of Rs 1000 crore. It is dedicated for the implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security of women in the country.
India’s first specialized hospital for elephants opened in Mathura
- India’s first specialized hospital for elephants was formally opened in Churmura village in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.
- It is promoted by Wildlife SOS, a non-profit organization, which had established first elephant conservation and care centre in 2010 and is currently looking after 20 elephants requiring specialised treatment.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 16th November
NITI Aayog constitutes Himalayan State Regional Council for development of Himalayan region
- A Council has been constituted to review and implement the identified action points for the sustainable development of the Himalayan region.
- It will monitor implementation of action points for Central Ministries, Institutions and 12 Himalayan State Governments in Indian Himalayan Region which include regional cooperation and river basin development, spring mapping and revival across the Himalayas in a phased manner for water security.
- Himalayan State Regional Council will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog and will consist of the Chief Secretaries of the Himalayan States as well as the Secretaries of key Central Ministries, senior officers of NITI Aayog special invitees.
Exports grow at 17.86% to $26.9 b in October
- India’s goods exports bounced back in October posting a 17.86 per cent year-on-year growth to $26.98 billion boosted by an increase in shipments of petroleum products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and engineering goods.
- While the import of crude and petroleum products jumped over 52 per cent to $14.20 billion during the month, import of gold declined 42.9 per cent to $1.68 billion.
2nd Mega Food Park in Maharashtra inaugurated in Aurangabad
- Paithan Mega Food Park has been set up in 102 acres of land at cost of Rs 124.52 crore.
- The facilities at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this mega food park include dry warehouse of 10,000 metric tonne (MT), cold storage (1,000 MT), pre-cooling facility (10 MT), ripening chambers (400 MT), individual quick freezing (IQF) facility (1.5 metric tonne per hour).
N Ram to be awarded ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ by PCI
Veteran journalist and the Hindu Group of Publications Chairman N Ram has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award by Press Council of India.
National Press Day celebrated on 16 November
- The National Press Day (NPD) is celebrated every year on November 16 as symbolic of free and responsible press in India.
- This was the day on which the Press Council of India (PCI) started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that not only did press maintain high standards expected from this powerful medium.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 15th November
Hima Das appointed as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador India’S ace sprinter has been appointed as UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador.
- UNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in the country gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential. Hima has been appointed as its Youth Ambassador. Hima, nicknamed the “Dhing Express”, is an Indian sprint runner from the state of Assam.
- Hima has won Gold Medal Women’s 4 × 400 metres relay along with M. R. Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and V. K. Vismaya. She won a silver medal in women’s 400 m individual race.
Government to release Rs 75 commemorative coin to mark the 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Bose
- The government of India will release Rs 75 commemorative coin on occasion of 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Cellular Jail, Port Blair on December 30, 1943.
- The coin would weigh 35-gram and will be composed of 50% silver, 40% copper, and 5% each of nickel and zinc. It will bear the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose saluting the flag on the background of cellular jail.
Nexxt Credit Card: IndusInd Bank launches the first interactive Credit Card in India with buttons
- IndusInd Bank has launched the first interactive Credit Card in India with buttons called IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card.
- This Card has been created in partnership with Pittsburgh USA headquartered Dynamics Inc., which designs and manufactures intelligent, battery powered payment cards.
Yes Bank chairman Ashok Chawla resigns
- Ashok Chawla, chairman of Yes Bank Ltd, resigned from the lender’s board.
- He was named in a corruption charge sheet by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
NIPUN: Delhi Police launches e-learning portal for training its personnel
- Delhi Police has launched an e-learning portal ‘Nipun’ to impart training and provide up to date information to police officers.
- The online courses on this portal have been designed in collaboration with University Grant Commission (UGC), FICCI, NHRC, NCPCR and Janaki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University under project CLAP “The Collaborative Learning and Partnership”.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 14th November
Infosys Prize 2018: 6 professors awarded for science and research
- The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) on the occasion of its 10th anniversary announced six winners of the ‘Infosys Prize 2018’ in the six different categories of the award.
- This year’s recipients are Navakanta Bhat, Kavita Singh, Roop Mallik, Nalini Anantharaman, SK Satheesh, and Sendhil Mullainathan.
- Infosys Prize is an annual award bestowed upon researchers, scientists, social scientists and engineers in India by the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF). It is given to six categories Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Humanities.
World Diabetes Day: 14 November
- World Diabetes Day is observed every year across the world on 14 November to raise awareness about diabetes.
- Observance of day aims to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health and provide access to health-care treatment and education.
PM inaugurates country’s first multi-modal terminal constructed on river Ganga in Varanasi
- India’s first Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port on river Ganga at Ramnagar in Varanasi was inaugurated and received first container cargo belonging to PepsiCo.
- It is the first of four Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I (NW1) on River Ganga as part of World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
- The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) was approved in January 2017 for capacity augmentation of navigation on NW-1. The project aims to enable commercial navigation of vessels with a capacity of 1500 – 2000 tons on NW1.
Global Cooling Innovation Summit held in New Delhi
- The first Global Cooling Innovation Summit was held in New Delhi.
- It was jointly organised by Department of Science and Technology along with Alliance for An Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE), Rocky Mountain Institute, Conservation X Labs and CEPT University.
DIPP hosts Global Digital Content Market 2018
- The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is hosting a conference on Global Digital Content Market (GDCM) 2018, on 14th – 15th November 2018, in New Delhi.
- The conference will feature sessions on music, film, broadcasting and publishing, as well as collective management, emerging models and the implications for the market and policy makers.
- India has been chosen as a host nation for the conference by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) due to the strong creative industry in the country in films, music and media.
- The aim of GDCM 2018 is to give industry stakeholders a platform to come together and discuss new avenues in the films, music, gaming and creative industry along with points of challenge that is presented due to the changing creative landscape because of the disruption brought about by digital technologies.
Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal resigns after allegations of ‘sexual assault
The head of Walmart Inc’s Indian venture Flipkart Group, Binny Bansal, has resigned following an internal probe into “serious personal misconduct”.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 13th November
ISRO set to launch its communication satellite GSAT-29
- ISRO is set to launch its communication satellite GSAT-29 on its heavy-lift vehicle, the GSLV-MkIII (on November 14).
- ISRO is also preparing for a PSLV mission on November 26 to launch HySIS, a new variant of Earth observation satellites, along with 20-30 small commercial satellites.
- GSAT-29 is a 3,500 Kg communication satellite for high quality internet services.
Public Service Broadcasting Day: November 12
- Public Service Broadcasting Day is observed every year across India on November 12 year to commemorate first and the last visit of Mahatma Gandhi of All India Radio Studio (AIR), New Delhi in 1947.
- On this occasion, artistes of Akashvani Bhawan, Delhi performed Vaishnav Jan Toh and other bhajans and school children performed Rabindra Sangeet.
Indian Navy joins hands with Indonesian Navy in Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’
- The aim of the exercise is to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices.
- The strategic partnership between the two nations was elevated to ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ recently and Defence co-operation has been a significant pillar in this partnership.
Iceland is the safest country to visit: World Risk Report
- Which? Travel recently ranked 20 of the most popular destinations around the world for its safety. It took into consideration several factors like crime rates, the likelihood of terrorist attacks, natural disasters and health concerns.
- The data was extracted from reports in the World Economic Fund on crime rates, the World Risk Report on natural disasters, the NHS Fit For Travel website on health and the Foreign Office’s assessments of the risks of terrorism.
- Iceland topped the charts with the lowest risk of a natural disaster as well as crime rates, while India is the fourth dangerous.
Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru. Ananth Kumar aged 59 represented the Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency six times since 1996.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 12th November
SpiNNaker: Largest brain-mimicking supercomputer switched on
- The world’s largest supercomputer Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine designed to work in same way as human brain was switched on for the first time.
- It is capable of completing more than 200 million actions per second, with each of its chips having 100 million transistors.
- It is designed and built in The University of Manchester in the UK and can model more biological neurons in real time than any other machine on the planet.
ADB to provide US $13 million loan to EESL to promote efficient energy usage in India
- Asian Development Bank (ADB) it will provide US $13 million loans to Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) to promote efficient energy usage in India.
- It was approved by the bank in 2016 to finance the installation of millions of energy-efficient lights on streets and homes as well as energy-efficient water pumps across India.
- The existing loan aims to achieve energy savings of around 3,800 gigawatt-hours annually.
INSPIRE 2018 organized in New Delhi by EESL and World Bank
- The second edition of the International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE 2018) was launched in New Delhi.
- It was jointly organised by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and World Bank.
- EESL was set up under Union Ministry of Power to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects. It is a joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and POWERGRID.
7 people including late singer Elvis Presley awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
- United States President Donald Trump will present 7 distinguished individuals including late singer Elvis Presley 2018 Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 16, 2018.
- Presidential Medal of Freedom is United States’ highest civilian award. It is awarded to individuals with exceptional meritorious service to security or national interests of US, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.
National Education Day: 11 November
- National Education Day of India is celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
- He was the first education minister of independent India.
- National Education Day was instituted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2008 and its objective is to strengthen educational institutions and to raise the quality of education to greater heights.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 10th & 11th November
World Science Day for Peace and Development: 10 November
- Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
- 2018 Theme: “Science, a Human Right”- By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science.
Ladakh restoration project wins 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage conservation
- The restoration of an aristocratic house project from partial ruin state in Ladakh undertaken by LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation) Center has won 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage conservation in Award of Distinction category.
- LAMO is public charitable trust established to articulate an alternative vision for the arts and media in Ladakh.
- The restored structure is strategically located at the foot of Leh Palace, contributes to the continuity of historic townscape of the 17th century.
National Legal Services Day: November 9
- The 9th of November is selected as the Legal Services Day which was first started by the Supreme Court in the year 1995 all across the India to offer help and support to the weaker and poorer group of people who may be women, disabled persons, Scheduled Tribes, children, Scheduled Castes, human trafficking victims as well as natural calamities victims.
- The aim of celebrating this day is to offer free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people belonging to weaker sections of society.
India, Singapore bilateral naval exercise ‘ SIMBEX 2018’ begins
- The 25th edition of SIMBEX, “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” begins in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
- The 2018 edition of the bilateral maritime exercise will be the largest edition since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity.
India re-elected as the member of ITU council till 2022
- India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council (ITU) for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022.
- The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai.
- ITU is the specialized agency of the United Nations on Telecommunications.
- The ITU has three sectors viz. Standardization, Radio, Development. For Asia Pacific regional coordination, ITU has a regional office in Bangkok.
World’s first Artificial Intelligence news anchor unveiled in China
- The world’s first AI news anchor is unveiled in China. It has a male image with a voice and facial expressions.
- He learns from live broadcasting videos by himself & can read texts. He was developed by Xinhua News Agency & Sogou.com.
Bangalore ranked as India’s most congested city
- According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bangalore is the most congested city IN India followed by Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai & Kolkata.
- In another index of traffic speed, Kolkata was ranked as the slowest city followed by Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai.
Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as the chairman of Competition Commission of India
- Former IAS Officer Ashok Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the Chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
- Gupta is a 1981 Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer. His last job was Secretary, Ministry of Defence (Department of Defence Production).
- His tenure as the CCI Chairman will be till October 25, 2022, i.e. when attains the age of 65 years, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 9th November
India to resume exporting raw sugar to China from early 2019
- India plans to resume exporting raw sugar to China beginning 2019, almost after a decade. The move is a part of a larger goal of shifting focus to the overseas markets to shed surplus stocks that have muted prices and created financial distress in the Indian sugar mills.
- India plans to export two million tonnes of raw sugar to China beginning next year. Raw sugar is the second product after non-basmati rice that China will import from India.
- The move is expected to reduce the 60 billion trade deficit that China has with India.
Researchers create bionic mushrooms that can produce electricity
- Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have created a bionic device that generates green power by 3D-printing clusters of cyanobacteria on an ordinary white button mushroom.
- The researchers took an ordinary white button mushroom from a grocery store and made it bionic, supercharging it with clusters of cyanobacteria that create electricity and swirls of graphene nanoribbons that can collect the current.
Cabinet approves filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves in Karnataka
- The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) in Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies (NOCs).
- The SPR facility at Padur is underground rock cavern with a total capacity of 2.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) having four compartments of 0.625 MMT each.
Central Government to set up Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh
- Union Cabinet has approved setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
- The proposed university will come up after necessary amendment in the Central Universities Act, 2009.
- It will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh. It will be established under Thirteenth Schedule to Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (No. 6 of 2014).
CCEA approves Strategic Sale of Government Equity in Dredging Corporation of India
- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved strategic disinvestment of 100% Government of India’s shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) to the consortium of four ports.
- Presently, Central Government holds 73.44% shares in DCIL.
- DCIL is miniratna public sector unit (PSU) engaged in the business of dredging. It does dredging for Indian seaports exclusively. It was established in March 1976 and is headquartered in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
- It also occasionally dredges at foreign seaports in countries such as Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Dubai.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 8th November
UN Postal System issues special postal stamps to mark Diwali celebration
- United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued special stamps with Diyas (special event sheet) to commemorate Indian Hindu festival of Diwali.
- The special event sheet (stamps) issued by UNPA are in denomination of US $1.15. It contains ten stamps and tabs featuring festive lights and symbolic lamps known as Diyas.
Lucknow’s Ekana cricket stadium renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to rename newly-built Ekana International Stadium in capital city Lucknow after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- Its name was changed in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in August 2018. The former prime minister was Member of Parliament from Lucknow for five consecutive times between 1991 and 2009.
Asian Shotgun Championship: Angad Vir Singh Bajwa wins gold in Men’s Skeet
- Angad Vir Singh Bajwa won a gold medal by setting world record score in men’s skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship held in Kuwait. With this, he became first Indian skeet shooter to win continental or world level event.
- India’s pair of Elavenil Valarivan and Hriday Hazarika won a gold medal in 10m rifle mixed event.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 7th November
Government approves operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens
- Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) approved operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens.
- Operation Greens was announced by Union Government in Budget 2018-19 to stabilise the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) crops. It is aimed at ensuring availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.
- National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) will be nodal agency to implement price stabilisation measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of subsidy two components of transportation of TOP Crops from production to storage and hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP crops.
US sanctions on Iran: India, China temporarily exempted
- The Trump administration’s tough new sanctions on Iran have taken effect, but eight major importers of Iranian oil are being spared from immediate penalties. The sanctions target Iran’s energy, shipping and financial sectors and are aimed at crippling the country’s economy following US President Trump’s withdrawal from 2015 nuclear deal.
- India is one of eight countries to receive temporary exemptions from U.S. sanctions on Iran.
- China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey – are the eight countries.
Shakti: IIT Madras develops India’s first indigenous microprocessor
- The researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have designed India’s first of a family of six industry-standard microprocessors.
- The initial batch of 300 chips, named RISECREEK and produced under Project Shakti, have been fabricated free at Intel’s facility at Oregon, U.S., to run the Linux operating system.
- The project is aimed at developing industrial-grade microprocessors and other components of the microprocessor ecosystem.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 6th November
Border Area Development Programme
- Union Home Ministry has released more than Rs. 113 crore to six border states under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) as part of its plan to ameliorate the problems of people living in isolated locations. The six states are Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
- The umbrella BADP scheme is being implemented by Union Home Ministry in 367 border blocks of 104 border districts in 17 states. Its objective is to meet special developmental needs and well-being of people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the international border area.
INS Arihant: India Joins Exclusive Nuclear Missile Club
- INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has completed its first “deterrence patrol”.
- The INS Arihant completes India’s nuclear triad by adding maritime strike capability to land- and air-based delivery platforms.
- The 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, under development for three decades under a highly classified programme, comes under the direct control of the Nuclear Command Authority headed by PM Narendra Modi.
RBI initiates steps to set up digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) to capture details of all borrowers
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated steps to set up wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) to capture loan information of individuals and corporate borrowers.
- A public credit registry is an information repository that collates all loan information of individuals and corporate borrowers. A credit repository helps banks distinguish between a bad and a good borrower and accordingly offer attractive interest rates to good borrowers and higher interest rates to bad borrowers.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 5th November
AYUSH Ministry organizes National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda
- The National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda was held in New Delhi.
- It was organised by Ministry of AYUSH in association with NITI Aayog.
- The aim of the seminar is to create awareness among stakeholders about the business opportunities, encouraging young entrepreneurs to use of modern technologies and modern innovations in business development in the sector and to highlight opportunities at a global level.
Indian Coast Guard launches new Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) launched a new Offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ICGS Varaha at L&T Kattupalli shipyard near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is fourth in the series of 98 M OPVs designed and built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
USITC rules against anti-dumping duty on PTFE resin from India, China
- The US International Trade Commission has ruled against putting an anti-dumping duty on the import of a synthetic fluoropolymer from India and China.
- The fluoropolymer is a key ingredient in the non-stick coating for pans and other cookware.
- The US International Trade Commission (USITC) noted in its ruling that polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE resin from India and China were sold in the US at less than fair value.
RBI initiates a process to set up digital Public Credit Registry
- The Reserve Bank of India has initiated the process to set up a digital Public Credit Registry to capture all the details of borrowers, including wilful defaulters and also the pending legal suits in order to check financial delinquencies.
- The public credit registry will also include data from entities like market regulator SEBI, the corporate affairs ministry, Goods and Service Tax Network and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India to enable the banks and financial institutions to get a 360-degree profile of existing and prospective borrowers on a real-time basis.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 3rd & 4th November
Railways Ministry launches ‘UTS on Mobile’ facility to enable seamless booking of unreserved tickets
The Ministry of Railways launched the ‘Unreserved Mobile Ticketing’ facility (UTS on Mobile) to enable seamless booking of unreserved tickets all over Indian Railways, wiping out the need for passengers to wait in queues for purchasing the tickets.
PM Modi launches historic Support and Outreach Programme for MSME Sector
The Prime Minister of India launched a historic Support and Outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. As part of this programme, the Prime Minister unveiled 12 key initiatives which will help the growth, expansion and facilitation of MSMEs across the country. Important ones are:
- Announced launch of the 59-minute loan portal to enable easy access to credit for MSMEs. Loans upto Rs. 1 crore can be granted in-principle approval through this portal, in just 59 minutes.
- Public sector companies should compulsorily procure 25 percent, instead of 20 percent of their total purchases, from MSMEs.
- To enhance Ease of Doing Business, clusters will be formed of pharma MSMEs. Seventy percent cost of establishing these clusters will be borne by the Union Government.
- Ordinance promulgated for minor violations under the Companies Act.
Justices Hemant Gupta, R. Subhash Reddy, M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi were sworn in as judges of SC
- Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, Mukesh Kumar Rasikbhai Shah and Ajay Rastogi were sworn-in as the Judges of Supreme Court.
- These four new judges of SC were appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind under Article 124 based on the recommendation of SC Collegium comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice A K Sikri and Justice S A Bobde.
Decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat into to be maintained as floating museum
- Maharashtra state cabinet approved plan for conversion of Indian Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier INS Viraat, into India’s first-ever moored maritime museum-cum-marine adventure centre.
- INS Viraat’s conversion will be on public-private-partnership (PPP) basis.
- INS Viraat was built in 1943 during Second World War and was first commissioned as HMS Hermes into the British Royal Navy in November 1959. British navy had decommissioned in 1985 after 27 years of service. It has sailed nearly 11 lakh km, enough to cover the globe 27 times.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 2nd November
Union Cabinet approves opening up of International Solar Alliance membership to all UN countries
- The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval for India moving a resolution for opening up of International Solar Alliance (ISA) membership to all UN countries.
- ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The ISA Framework Agreement had entered into force in December 2017 and formally became de-jure treaty based International Intergovernmental Organization. It is headquartered at Gurugram, India.
- Opening the membership of the ISA will put solar energy in global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.
First India-Japan military exercise, Dharma Guardian-2018, begins in Vairengte, Mizoram
- The first joint military exercise named “Dharma Guardian” between India and Japan has begun at Indian Army’s Counter-Insurgency Warfare School at Vairengte (Mizoram)
- The focus of the two-week-long exercise will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase interoperability between the two forces, the Army said in a statement.
Lt General Rajeshwar takes over as 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
- Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar took over as 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff.
- The government had established Integrated Defence Staff, headed by Chief of Integrated Staff as Chairman (who enjoys status equivalent to that of the Vice Chief of Service.) to ensure cooperation and synergy between armed forces.
- It was created on 1 October 2001 based on recommendations of GoM which was set up in 2000 (post-Kargil) to review India’s defence.
Jharsuguda Airport in Odisha to be renamed as Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda
- The Union Cabinet has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport in Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda.”
- Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter from Odisha. He was descendant of Madhukar Sai and was legally entitled to be crowned as king of Sambalpur. But he was not acceptable to the British crown. Surendra Sai was a born rebel and an uncompromising enemy of the British Raj from his young age.
- The renaming of airport fulfils long-pending demand of Odisha Government and reflects the sentiments of the local public. It is a befitting tribute to the contribution of revered personality associated with State.
Current Affairs November 2018 | 1st November
Ease of Doing Business Index- India ranked 77th
- India ranked 77th among 190 countries by jumping 23 ranks in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) 2018 rankings.
- In the 2017 rankings, India ranked 100th and had jumped 30 places. The index of 190 countries ranks countries based on 10 indicators across the life-cycle of a business, from “starting a business” to “resolving insolvency.”
- These 10 indicators are: Starting business, Dealing with construction permits, Getting electricity, Registering property, Getting credit, Protecting minority investors, Paying taxes, Trading across borders, Enforcing contracts and Resolving insolvency. All the indicators carry equal weightage.
Agni-I ballistic missile
- India has successfully carried out night user trial of Agni-I, short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 700 km was successfully conducted from a test range off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army. The launch of was undertaken as a part of periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from Dr Abdul Kalam Island.
- It weighs 12 tonnes and is 15-metre-long. It is designed to carry the payload of more than one tonne (both conventional and nuclear warhead). It is a single stage missile powered by solid propellants.
Malala Yousafzai honored with Gleitsman Award, 2018 for promoting girls’ education
- Harvard University (US) has selected Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai (20) for its 2018 Gleitsman Award in recognition of her work promoting girls’ education.
- The Gleitsman Award provides the US $125,000 for activism that has improved quality of life around the world.
- In 2014, at the age of 17, she was awarded the Nobel peace prize, becoming the youngest Nobel Laureate in the history of Nobel award.
India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property (IP)
- The first ever dialogue between India and US on intellectual property rights started in New Delhi. It is launched by US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in partnership with US-India Business Council (USIBC).
- The dialogue aims to identify solutions and also share technical knowledge and expertise between both countries in IP domain.
NASA retires Kepler space telescope
NASA has retired Kepler, the unmanned space telescope after it ran out of fuel needed for further science operations. This ends nine-and-a-half years’ mission of Kepler space telescope in which it had discovered over 2,600 intriguing exoplanets from outside solar system.
World Cities Day: October 31
- The World Cities Day is observed every year across the world on 31st October to work together for planned and sustainable urban life in the wake of a rapid growth of population and problems. The observation of 2018 World Cities Day was celebrated in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
- The sub-theme of this year is ‘Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities.’ The World Cities Day was established by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution 68/239 in December 2013.
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