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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS
- Inventors’ Day is observed every year in India in November 9th. It is set aside by a country to recognise the contributions of inventors
Legal Services Day 2018
- Legal Services Day is observed every year in India in November 9th. It is observed to lay emphasis on legal literacy and increase legal awareness
CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
United Nations Postal System issues special postal stamps to mark Diwali celebration
- United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued special stamps with Diyas lamps (special event sheet) to commemorate India Hindu festival of Diwali. These stamps are available at UN headquarters post office in New York, US and also online.
UN World Food Programme and Alibaba Group form strategic partnership to eliminate hunger by 2030
- United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have formed strategic partnership to support efforts eliminate hunger globally by 2030. The agreement was signed between WFP Executive Director David Beasley and Alibaba Partner and Chairman of Alibaba Foundation Sun Lijun at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
BBC launches fake news fight-back with global campaign
- The Beyond Fake News project, which officially launches, will include panel debates in India and Kenya, hackathons exploring tech solutions, and a special season of programming across the BBC’s networks in India, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the US and Central America.
Changsha declaration that was signed for agricultural and rural development, at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China
- Over 20 countries committed to the Changsha Declaration at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China. 26 countries and 11 international organisations including Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) signed the Changsha Declaration. The Changsha Declaration focuses on agricultural and rural development. It aims to eliminate poverty and hunger. It aims to enhance the efforts towards South-South Cooperation, an initiative for eliminating hunger and malnutrition through mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources, and know-how between countries of the global south.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Palau becomes first country to ban sunscreen to save coral reefs
- The Western Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban many kinds of sunscreen, in a move to protect its coral reefs from chemicals that scientists say cause significant damage
|President||Thomas Remengesau Jr.|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
Meghalaya announced Rs 378 crores investment in Aqua Mission 2.0 starting April 2019
- It is the state’s flagship aquaculture mission aimed at cutting down fish imports into the hill state. About Aqua Mission 2.0: Mission 2.0 aims at addressing the 15,000 MT shortfall of fish production in the state within the next 5 years beginning April 2019.
Paytm tied up with 2 govt departments in Karnataka for better payment experience
- The two departments of Karnataka government are: The Directorate of Electronic Delivery of Citizen Services (EDCS) and DPAR (Department of Personnel and Administrative Service). Further, Paytm extended cash back of 10 percent for up to a maximum of Rs 20 per user on a minimum transaction amount of Rs 200 for payments.
|Governor||Vajubai Rudubai Wala|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE
RBI liberalises norms for governing external commercial borrowings of infrastructure creation
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has liberalised norms governing external commercial borrowings (ECBs) for infrastructure creation. The provisions have been reviewed and decision has been taken in consultation with Central Government.
RBI allows banks to provide partial credit enhancement of NBFC Bonds
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to bonds issued by systemically important non-deposit taking non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) registered with the RBI and housing finance companies (HFCs) registered with the National Housing Bank.
Allahabad Bank will receive a capital infusion of RS.3054 crore from the government
- Allahabad Bank has said the government had infused Rs 3,054 crore into the state-run lender
India’s economic growth to slow to 7.3% in 2019: Moody’s
- Indian economy will expand 7.4 percent in 2018, but the growth will slow down to 7.3 percent in the next fiscal. The economy grew 7.9 percent in the first half (January-June) of 2018, reflecting post demonetization base effect.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS
Samsung unveiled its first-ever foldable smartphone prototype
- Samsung has unveiled its first-ever foldable smartphone prototype, which, when opened, transforms into a small pocket-sized tablet. Samsung calls its foldable phone technology the ‘Infinity Flex Display’. The device looks like a standard smartphone when closed.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Lok Sabha Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava gets one year extension
- The tenure of the Lok Sabha Secretary General, Snehlata Shrivastava, has been extended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for one year. The 1982-batch retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, who was appointed last year in rank and status of a Cabinet Secretary, was scheduled to retire on November 30, 2018.
John Dugan has been appointed as the new chairman of Citigroup
- Citigroup has appointed John Dugan, a former comptroller of the currency, as its new chairman. John Dugan is 63 years old. He will succeed Michael O’Neill, who will retire at the end of 2018. John Dugan has been on Citi’s board for more than a year. He was comptroller of the currency from 2005 to 2010.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU
MoU signed between OMCs and CSC SPV for collaboration in LPG Services
- An MoU for collaboration in LPG services was signed between Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, HPCL & BPCL) and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited in presence of Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development &Entrepreneurship.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE
The 24th edition of the India-Italy Technology Summit was held in New Delhi
- The 24th edition of the India-Italy Technology Summit was held in New Delhi. It was co-hosted by India and Italy. The Summit was organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The summit focused on a number of areas including healthcare, aerospace, education, clean technology, renewable energy and information and communication technology.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS
The book “Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman” written by Krishna Trilok
- Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman, whose biography Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman was launched in Mumbai says the book has been a journey for him and took him to those corners of his life which have remained candid for a long time.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING
Singapore has been ranked as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis
- Singapore has maintained its rank as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis. The Sustainability Index assessed cities based on 3 pillars: profit pillar, people pillar and planet pillar. Singapore secured fourth place in global rankings. As per the study, Singapore ranked first for the profit pillar that assesses the business environment and economic performance of cities. Singapore ranked 31st out of 100 cities, for the people pillar that tests social mobility and quality of opportunity and life.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE
Nuclear submarine INS Arihant completes first deterrence patrol
- India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant has successfully completed its first deterrence patrol. The development signifies that underwater warship has completed its maiden long-range mission with live nuclear-tipped missiles.
GSAT-11 satellite is used for faster Internet connectivity
- GSAT-11, the heaviest Indian communication satellite built to date is back at the Guiana Space Centre for an early December launch. The satellite is for faster Internet connectivity. It returns to the South American port for the second time in six months after it was taken back to Bengaluru in April for inspections. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary, Department of Space said that the 5,700 kg spacecraft was shipped out of Bengaluru and has reached the European launch port.
Hubble Space telescope has spotted a formation of galaxies that look like a smiling face in the sky.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Hubble Space telescope has spotted a formation of galaxies that look like a smiling face in the sky. The image of galaxies looking like a smiling face was captured with Hubble telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
Angad Vir Singh Bajwa wins gold in Men’s Skeet at 8th Asian Shotgun Championship
- Angad Vir Singh Bajwa won gold medal by setting world record score in men’s skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship held in Kuwait
Simone Biles became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals
- Simone Biles became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals, by winning her 13th gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar. Simone Biles has surpassed the previous all-time record of 12 world championship gold medals by Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo, made in 1996. She won her 13th career gold medal in the individual vault competition.
India hosts Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities 2018 from 9th November
- “Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018” (GITC) is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018. This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).
Subhankar Dey won SaarLorLux Open Badminton Tournament held at Saarbrucken in Germany
- In Badminton, Subhankar Dey has won the SaarLorLux Open at Saarbrucken in Germany. In the summit clash, the unseeded Indian defeated fifth-placed Rajiv Ouseph of Britain, in straight games, in what was the first encounter between the two shuttlers.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES
1971 India-Pakistan war hero M.P. Awati passes away
- Vice-Admiral M.P. Awati (retd.), who commanded a naval unit of the Eastern Fleet in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and whose actions led to the destruction of an enemy submarine, passed away.