Current Affairs Today 23rd November 2018 | Current Affairs News

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for Environmental best practice 2018.

  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for Environmental best practice 2018. The award was received by Derrick I. Joshua, Assistant Director, Environment Sustainability, MAHE at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, London. MAHE was selected for the award from 800 global nominations which competed to pick the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

Mohammed VI-B: Morocco launches its second earth observation satellite

  • Morocco successfully launched its second earth observation satellite named Mohammed VI-B on board of Arianespace Vega rocket from launch pad at Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana in South America.  It will be placed at same orbit as its twin satellite Mohammed 6-A, the first Moroccan satellite launched in November 2017 also on Vega rocket. The launch completes Morocco’s two-satellite constellation for Earth observation.
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Morocco Capital Rabat
Currency Dirham
President Saadeddine Othmani

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE

Sangai tourism festival held in Manipur

  • The annual Sangai Festival was celebrated in northeastern state of Manipur. It is grandest festival of state named after state animal, Sangai, the critically endangered brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. The festival aims to promote Manipur as world class tourism destination. It was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Himachal Pradesh government in the cabinet meeting accorded its approval to implement Sashakt Mahila Yojna

  • The Himachal Pradesh government in the cabinet meeting accorded its approval to implement Sashakt Mahila Yojna in the state with a vision to empower rural women by providing them an interface for organization and socio-economic development. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. The scheme not only envisages to link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities but also to improve their skill by imparting training.
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Himachal Pradesh Capital Shimla
CM Jai Ram Thakur
Governor Acharya Dev Vrat

 

Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class and India’s first ‘Justice City’ within its new capital Amaravati

  • Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class and India’s first ‘Justice City’ within its new capital Amaravati with the vision to provide a state-of-the-art ecosystem built on latest technology for supporting the judicial system in the state. Justice City will provide the necessary infrastructure to provide speedy justice for litigants, easy and better access to justice for the masses and reduce pending cases. A law museum is proposed to be built to showcase, preserve and disseminate information and knowledge on the rich legal heritage of India.

The Andhra Pradesh government has recently launched web portal ‘Bhuseva and Bhudaar’ which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers just like Aadhar number. 

  • The Andhra Pradesh government has recently launched web portal ‘Bhuseva and Bhudaar’ which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers just like Aadhar number. The “Bhudaar’’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state. With this, the land records will be available to people on the lines of Aadhar card enable the people to carry their land records in their pocket.
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Andhra Pradesh Capital Hyderabad, Amaravathi
CM Chandrababu Naidu
Governor ESL Narashiman

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

Voreqe Bainimarama has Sworn in as the Prime Minister of Fiji

  • Voreqe Bainimarama has Sworn in as Fiji’s Prime Minister for four more years after winning an election with a reduced majority. Voreqe Bainimarama was affirmed prime minister in a ceremony in the capital Suva after his FijiFirst Party won just over half the votes in the recent election. Bainimarama first seized power in a military coup in 2006 and refashioned himself as a legitimate leader after winning an election in 2014.

UNICEF appointed Millie Bobby Brown, the star of hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”, as its youngest ever goodwill ambassador

  • The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF appointed Millie Bobby Brown, the star of hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”, as its youngest ever goodwill ambassador. And the 14-year-old had a message for world leaders: “Listen to us.” The appointment – marked on World Children’s Day at United Nations Headquarters and the Empire State Building in New York – makes the 14-year-old UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador.

Shubhankar Sharma has become the first Indian golfer to win European Tour ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award

  • Golfer Shubhankar Sharma from Chandigarh has become the first Indian to win European Tour ‘Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year’ award. He achieved the feat soon after finishing tied 41st at the season-ending 2018 World Tour Championship event in Dubai.

Joyce Msuya appointed as acting Executive Director of UNEP

  • Tanzanian national Joyce Msuya was appointed as acting Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) following resignation of the executive director Erik Solheim. Solheim had quit in wake of internal audit report accused of rule-breaking UNEP. The report has accused him of gobbling up $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for Environmental best practice 2018

  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for Environmental best practice 2018. The award was received by Derrick I. Joshua, Assistant Director, Environment Sustainability, MAHE at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, London. MAHE was selected for the award from 800 global nominations which competed to pick the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities.

WCCB wins Asia Environment Enforcement Awards for combating trans-boundary environmental crime

  • United Nations Environment Program has selected Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and its enforcement officer RS Sharath for 2018 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards. They were selected under organization and individual categories respectively for their outstanding contributions in combating the trans-boundary environmental crimes.  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.

NASI SCOPUS Young Scientist Awards-2018 presented to winners in New Delhi

  • National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) SCOPUS Young Scientist Awards 2018 were presented to winners in New Delhi. This year five multi-disciplinary categories in awards were introduced.
Sl.No Fields Winner
1 Agriculture, Plant Sciences and Rural Development Jitender Giri, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi
2 Biomedical Research and Healthcare Maddika Subba Reddy, Group Leader and Staff Scientist- V, CDFD, Hyderabad
3 Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development Vimal Chandra Srivastava, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, Roorkee
4 Innovation in Engineering and Physical Sciences Ajay S. Karakoti, Associate Professor, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad
5 Women in Science Zhumur Ghosh, Bose Institute, Kolkata

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

AAI has signed a pact with USTDA to develop a roadmap for modernization of its air traffic services.

  • State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) has inked an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to develop a roadmap for modernization of its air traffic services. Air traffic services (ATS) comprises air traffic management (ATM) and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS). The collaboration is aimed at developing a CNS/ATM roadmap for the AAI for modernization of the national airspace system (NAS).

IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, ICC sign MoU for energising start-up 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 MoU will bring incubator and industry toghether in more formal way. IIM Innovation Park is currently incubating 40 start-ups with almost half from West Bengal.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE

4th edition of Intex South Asia was inaugurated by Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • The 4th edition of Intex South Asia was inaugurated by Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Intex South Asia is the largest international textile sourcing show in South Asia. It was organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Retailers Association of India, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) etc.

The 12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine started in Kathmandu, Nepal

  • The 12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine started in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The theme of the 4-day congress is “Mountain Medicine in the Heart of the Himalayas”. The biennial event mainly focuses on science and research aspects of high altitude medicine. The flagship event of the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) is being held first time in Nepal and hosted by Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCHEMES AND PROGRAM

Government launches Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) Program 

  • Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) Program of Ministry of Human Resource Development’s (HRD) Innovation Cell was launched in New Delhi by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. HRD Ministry has established Innovation cell at AICTE with purpose to systematically foster culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

India ranked 53ed in the 2018 IMD World Talent Ranking

  • India has slipped two positions to rank 53rd among 63 nations at the 5th edition of the IMD World Talent Ranking 2018, which is recently released by IMD Business School, Switzerland. Switzerland has topped the global ranking for the fifth year in a row.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) clinched the 59th edition of the junior boys Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2018.

  • The Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) clinched the 59th edition of the junior boys Subroto Cup International Football Tournament 2018. In the final, BKSP defeated Amini School of Afghanistan by a solitary goal at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi. A total of 95 teams participated in the tournament, including 8 teams from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian player to touch the 11,000 run figure in the Ranji Trophy

  • Veteran first-class cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian player to touch the 11,000 run figure in the Ranji Trophy by scoring an impressive knock of 153 off 284 balls during the third round match against Baroda in Nagpur at Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium. The Right Hand Vidarbha batsman had played 32 international test matches and scored 1944 with the average of 34.11.

Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi won the women’s doubles title of WTA Taipei Open Championship held in Taipei, Taiwan

  • WTA Taipei Open Championship held in Taipei City in Taiwan. Total Prize money of the Event is USD125,000. Luksika Kumkhum from Thailand won women singles by defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, the unseeded Indian Tennis pair, teamed together to clinch the women double’s trophy at the WTA Taipei Open. They paired together for the first time and clinched their maiden WTA title against the fourth seeded Natela Dzalamidze and Olga Doroshina of Russia. The title was worth 160 WTA points and $5,500. The runners-up collected 95 points and $2,700. The 25 year old Ankita Raina also won the Asian games 2018 Tennis singles bronze medal.
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