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  • Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal resigns on 'misconduct allegation'

    November 13, 2018
    His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct. Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue as the CEO of Flipkart, which will now include Myntra and Jabong. Ananth Narayanan will continue as the CEO of Myntra and Jabong and will report to Krishnamurthy.

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    Amnesty International withdraws Human Rights Award from Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

    November 13, 2018
    Amnesty International had withdrawn its highest human rights honor from Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, citing her defense of the military’s deadly crackdown against Rohingya Muslims and growing restrictions on free speech. The international human rights group 'Amnesty International' named Ms Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar's oppressive military junta.
    Category: Awards and Honours

    BJP govt approved renaming of 25 places in past 1 year

    November 13, 2018
    The proposals to change the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj and Faizabad to Ayodhya are yet to be received by the ministry from the Uttar Pradesh government. Several proposals, including the renaming of West Bengal as 'Bangla', are pending with the central government. Recently, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the state government was considering renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati and the name change could be effected before next year's Lok Sabha elections. The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Third 'Quadrilateral' meeting to be held in Singapore on November 14th

    November 13, 2018
    Officials from 4 countries (Quad) - Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third "Quadrilateral" or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th. The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend this meeting, and is expected to focus on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional challenges including development.

    UIDAI said biometrics cannot identify bodies

    November 13, 2018
    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said to the Delhi High Court that identifying the unidentified body with the biometrics is technically not possible. The UIDAI submitted that matching of biometrics, including fingerprints and iris, is done on an 1:1 basis and Aadhaar number is required for it. This is after a petition filed by social activist Amit Sahni who sought direction to the Centre and the UIDAI to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify unidentified bodies.

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    Nepal nominated Nilambar Acharya as ambassador to India

    November 13, 2018
    The Nepal government nominated Nilambar Acharya, the former Law Minister and senior politician, as Ambassador to India. If elected, he will replace Deep Kumar Upadhyay who resigned resigned October last year.
    Mr.Achayra, a former envoy to Sri Lanka, currently coordinates the Nepal side of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India relations. He is a member of Nepali Congress party. Acharya's name is to be sent to a parliamentary committee for approval, which then will forward it to the... Read More

    Govt submitted price details of Rafale jets in sealed cover to Supreme Court

    November 13, 2018
    The government on November 12 submitted the details regarding the pricing and negotiations of the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France's Dassault for 59,000 crore in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court. Dassault has not yet formally conveyed to Centre the role of Reliance Defence as its Indian offset partner. Centre said that till Oct 2019 no offset partner can get any money under agreement from India.
    Category: Defence

    Tripura CM dropped May day from the list of holidays in the State

    November 13, 2018
    Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has dropped the May Day from the list of holidays in the State. He said that the government employees do not need a holiday on International Labour Rights Day. He also claimed that his government has done justice by granting holiday on May 1 only to workers in industrial sector as the day is meant for workers and labourers and no one else.
    Earlier the list of restricted holidays included 12 festivals and occasions in it, the New Year’s Day,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    RBI not to favor NBFCs in liquidity issue

    November 13, 2018
    Despite the growing demand for liquidity support for Non-banking Finance Companies (NBFC), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) does not favour to provide any special support to the sector. But it will continue to provide funds to the banking system as liquidity deficit in the system is a concern.
    The RBI says that bigger NBFCs are not facing any liquidity issues. The middle and smaller NBFCs, mostly housing finance firms, are the ones who face some issues.
    The liquidity issue for NBFCs... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

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    PM Modi inaugurated India's 1st Multi-Modal Terminal on Ganga

    November 13, 2018
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country's first Multi-Modal Terminal on Ganga River in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. It was the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on the National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the... Read More

    BKT plans to set up a USD 100 million plant in US

    November 13, 2018
    Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), a leading off-highway tire manufacturers, is planning to invest $100 million to set up its new production unit in the United States. This unit will be its first manufacturing site outside of India. The yearly production from the tire manufacturing plant is expected to produce around 20,000 MT in the entire Off Highway tire segment. Currently, Europe is BKT’s largest sales market accounting for more than half of its overall turnover.
    Category: International

    ISRO to launch modern communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard rocket GSLV-Mark-Three

    November 13, 2018
    The flight would take place from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota at five in the evening tomorrow. This would be the second development flight of the heavier launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III.
    It has the capacity to lift satellites of about four-tons into a geostationary transfer orbit.

    Bangladesh ODI captain Mortaza to contest in general elections

    November 13, 2018
    Bangladesh's ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza will contest in the upcoming elections on a ticket from the ruling party, Awami League, as confirmed by PM Sheikh Hasina. He could reportedly contest from his hometown district of Narail in south-western Bangladesh. Mashrafe is widely expected to retire after the World Cup in 2019. He has already retired from Twenty20 international cricket and has not played a Test match since 2009.
    Category: International

    Rise in Indian AC units increases risks in Climate change

    November 13, 2018
    A report says, by 2022, India is expected to have a fourth of the world’s air conditioning units. This could immensely affect the climate change and increase the risk rate. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) are a family of gases that are largely used in refrigerants at home and in car air-conditioners. This greenhouse gas substantially worsen global warming. India, China, the United States and Europe have committed themselves to reducing the use of HFC by 85% by 2045. An estimation says,... Read More
    Category: Environment

    NBCC Inks Pact With Health Ministry To Buy Out HSCC

    November 13, 2018
    NBCC (India) Limited (formerly National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited) signed an agreement with the Health Ministry to acquire Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (HSCC). Earlier NBCC stated that it will buy out the government’s stake in consultancy firm HSCC for Rs 285 crore.

    Hyundai to invest Rs.7,000 crore in Tamil Nadu

    November 13, 2018
    Hyundai, the South Korean automotive manufacturer, is to invest Rs.7,000 crore to expand its facility at Sriperumbudur, Chennai. Hyundai Motor India Limited CEO and MD Y.K. Koo said that the investment will also go towards the manufacture of new models and electric vehicles. Hyundai is to sign an MoU with the Global Investors Meet and it has been scheduled for January. A delegation, led by Mr. Koo, called on Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat over increase in... Read More
    Category: International

    Bangalore Ranked Indias Most Congested City: NBER

    November 13, 2018
    Bangalore tops the index for the most congested city, and Mumbai in the second position, while Pune follows in the seventh place, according to a recent research published under the US-based organization, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). A team of researchers conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley and three other U.S. universities, the research studies the current status of mobility in urban India, using Google maps. In another index of traffic speed, Kolkata... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Palau becomes first Country In World To Ban Reef-Killing Sunscreen

    November 13, 2018
    It is the first country to ban reef toxic sunscreen by 2020 in an attempt to protect its coral reefs after the president of the country signed a bill into law.
    Category: International

    Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta became first Indian to scale Mt Giluwe in Papua New Guinea

    November 13, 2018
    He summited an elevation of 4,367 metres which will be followed by Mt Wilhelm – the highest mountain of Papua New Guinea. Satya scaled 5 of the 7 volcanic summits. He aimed to complete his 6th Volcano in Mexico Mt Pico de Orizaba and then to Antarctica to climb Mt Sidley in December 2018.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India and Morocco signed Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

    November 13, 2018
    The main aim of the MOU is to strengthen bilateral cooperation, provide a broad legal framework for prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes. It will also help in tracing, restraint and confiscation of funds meant to finance terrorist acts.  
    Category: Indian Affairs

    S. S. Deswal appointed as DG of ITBP

    November 13, 2018
    The ACC approved the appointment of S. S. Deswal, IPS as Director General, Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
    He took charge from R K Pachnanda, the outgoing DG of ITBP, who superannuated recently.



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