Daily Current Affairs Updates– 18th November 2015

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 18th November 2015
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 18th November 2015:
    Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.

    National:
    1).Union Cabinet approved Interest Subvention scheme for exporters:
    ·        They can avail loan from banks with3%lower rate
    2).Union Cabinet approved the sale of 10% of its stake in Coal India
    ·        Government’s holding after sale –69.65%
    ·        Present holding –79.65%
    3).Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet

    ·        Penalty –Rs. 258 crore
    ·        Reason – they fixed fuel surcharge rates which in turn determined the rates of air cargo transport
    ·        Complaint filed by –Express Industry Council of India(EICI)
    ·        Air India andGoAirwere other airlines that were mentioned in the complaint
    International:
    4).India and China to deepen defence ties and maintain peace and tranquility at the Line of Actual Control (LAC)
    ·        Decision taken in a meeting between the following dignitaries in New Delhi
    a)   Union Defence Minister –Manohar Parrikar
    b)   Vice-Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) –General Fan Changlong
    5).China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer topped the 46th edition of Top 500 list of supercomputers for the 6th consecutive time
    ·        Developed by –National University of Defence Technology, China
    ·        2nd Place – SupercomputerTitanofUS Department of Energy
    6).Russia launched new defence satellite EKS Kosmos-2510 successfully
    ·        EKS Kosmos-2510 – 1st warning satellite in the new fleet of10 EKSmilitary satellites to be launched by2018
    ·        Carrier rocket –Russian Soyuz-2.1b
    ·        Venue –Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a military facility in north-western Russia’sArkhangelsk region
    ·        Control of satellite –Titov Main Space Center of Russia’s Space Forces
    7).Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, bestowed with Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Champion for the Asia Region
    ·        Honoring organisation –United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
    ·        He became1st Indian to be conferred with this honour
    ·        Presented by –Margarete Wahlstrom, Special Representative of UNISDR
    ·        Venue – Asia Leaders’ Meeting towards Implementation of theSendai Framework for DRR in Asia 
    Science:
    8).5 new long-haired species of wasps discovered by Researchers from India
    ·        Research organization –National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources
    ·        Name of species –adikeshavus meaningfirst one to have long hairs
    ·        Uniform length of wasps – 1 to 2 mm
    Obituaries:
    9).Famous neurosurgeon and Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Dr. Satya Paul Agarwal passed away
    ·        He was theSecretary General ofIndian Red Cross Society since 2005
    ·        He also served asDirector General of Health Services(DGHS), for Union Government of India from 1996 to 2005
    ·        He receivedPadma Bhushan award for his contributions to public services
    ·        IRCS – established in1920 and is part of theInternational Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
    10).Senior Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal passed away
    ·        He hails fromAgra, Uttar Pradesh
    ·        He was aRashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak
    ·        He was the prominent leader ofRamjanmabhoomi movement
    ·        1984 – key organiser of the 1stVHP Dharma Sansad held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi
    11).Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Director, K. Shankaran Nair passed away
    ·        He hails fromOttapalam, Kerala
    ·        1968 – he became the deputy chief toRameshwarnath Kao, founder of RAW
    ·        1977 – he became theDirector of RAW
    ·        1986 – was appointed as India’sHigh Commissioner to Singapore
    ·        2008 – Nair’s memoirInside IB andRAW:The rolling stonethat gathered moss was published
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