Top 20 Current Affairs of the Day: 16 November 2018

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16 November 2018

IKEA, the Swedish home furnishing company, announced its ‘Better Air Now’ plan to turn rice straw into a new renewable material source for its products. The initiative aims at reducing global air pollution. This project of IKEA will begin from India and is focussed on New Delhi, Gurugram and Faridabad, which are among the world’s most air-polluted cities. Earlier IKEA was developing air purifying curtains and air purifiers.

16 November 2018

The 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival is beginning in the national capital Delhi. Briefing media, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram more than 600 artisans from 23 states will participate in the event.  The theme of the festival is 'celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce'.  It will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through one hundred stalls. The highlights of the festival will be a... Read More

category: Festivals

16 November 2018

O.P. Bhatt, former SBI chairman, has resigned from the search and selection committee of Yes Bank which was set up to identify a new Managing Director and CEO. He cited conflict of interest. Mr. Bhatt has attended three meetings of the search committee. Yes Bank stated that the Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) has decided to continue with the existing members to complete the process as per the timeline communicated by RBI.

16 November 2018

India beat Ireland by 52 runs to enter the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World T20, in a group league encounter at Providence in Guyana. Ireland could make  93 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. For India, Radha Yadav picked 3 wickets for 25 in four overs. Earlier, put into bat, India scored 145 for six with Mithali Raj scoring 51 off 56 balls and Smriti Mandhana supporting with 33 off 29 balls.

category: Sports

16 November 2018

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to extend a Rs.5,000-crore loan to a 1,000 MW pumped-storage project in West Bengal. For this plant, the State Cabinet has approved a Rs.6,922-crore cost for the power project.  The project (250MW x4) is coming up in the Ayodhya Hills in the State’s Purulia district. The pumped storage power plant works as a large storage battery which generates power during peak... Read More


16 November 2018

Mahindra Electric Mobility has opened a new electric technology manufacturing hub which is of worth Rs.100 crore in Bengaluru. The new plant has rolled out its lithium-ion three-wheeler range, Treo and Treo Yaari. ​​​ The new facility will make battery packs, power electronics and motor assembly which are an integral part of an electric powertrain. The plant uses global standards of manufacturing processes. It will increase the manufacturing capacity to 25,000 units per annum from... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

16 November 2018

In consonance with the spirit of digital India, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik launched the force's e-learning portal NIPUN and training division website on November 14. The e-learning portal aims to give online training and information through specialised courses designed by experts in the field.

category: Indian Affairs

16 November 2018

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) lifted a range of sanctions against Eritrea four months after that country and Ethiopia signed a peace agreement that UN chief António Guterres described as 'a wind blowing in the direction of peace'. An arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban were imposed in 2009 amid claims that Eritrea supported militancy in Somalia. The resolution was drafted by the United Kingdom and backed by the United States and its allies.

category: International

16 November 2018

India's second largest IT services firm Infosys named Jayesh Sanghrajka as its interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The current CFO, MD Ranganath, step down after an 18-year career with the company. Sanghrajka has spent 13 years in Infosys over two stints and is currently Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer.


16 November 2018

Denmark signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CGIAR to establish an international research center. The MoU was signed by Danish Health Minister Ellen Trane Norby Denmark in Seattle, in the United States, with the international network of research centers CGIAR. Denmark has planned to create an international research center. The main focus of the center is to fight against resistance to antibiotics, a scourge affecting almost half a million people worldwide.  The center aims in... Read More

16 November 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the National Press Day celebrations in New Delhi.  Press Council of India Chairman CK Prasad the winners of the National Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be honored on the occasion.  Eminent journalist and Chairman of the Hindu Publishing Group, N Ram has been selected under prestigious award category of Raja Ram Mohan Roy award.  Ruby Sarkar, Chief Correspondent of Deshbandhu, Bhopal and Rajesh Josh of Daily Pudhari in... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

16 November 2018

The planet for Barnard’s star – 2nd closest star system to our sun – appears to be a cold super-Earth. The planet has been labeled Barnard's Star b (GJ 699 b). It orbits its red star every 233 days near the snow-line, a distance where water freezes. Barnard’s star is six light-years away from earth.

16 November 2018

India captain Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah maintained their top positions in the batsmen and bowlers ranking respectively in the latest ICC (International Cricket Council) ODI (One Day International) rankings published  Virat Kohli remained in the number one position in the ODI batsmen ranking with 899 points.  Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list. He has secured 8th position. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the list. In the ODI... Read More

category: Sports

16 November 2018

The Women and Child Development Ministry announced the government will give employers the salaries for seven of the 26 weeks of maternity leave for women earning more than ₹15,000 a month. The government will utilise the funds lying in the labour welfare cess to pay the employers. Maternity leave was extended from 12 to 26 weeks last year.

category: Indian Affairs

16 November 2018

The Centre delays in approving the name change of West Bengal to ‘Bangla’. The state Assembly had passed a resolution in July 2018 to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ in Bengali, English, and Hindi. The West Bengal government’s proposal to change the State’s name had been sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for consultation, as the proposed name resembles that of Bangladesh. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the... Read More

16 November 2018

The winning teams from India were IIT Kharagpur, NIT Trichy and MIT College of Engineering, Pune. The winning teams from Singapore comprised Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Prime Minister Modi is in Singapore for the two-day visit to the country. He began his visit on November 14 by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.

category: Awards and Honours

16 November 2018

This is a part of the development of the biotechnology sector in Odisha which will be based on three key pillars – innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment. According to the Biotechnology Policy 2018, the government would provide full support for the formation of public-private partnerships, bio incubation centers, and biotech finishing schools, In the Summit, Odisha government signed an agreement with ITES, Singapore to building a 64-acre skill development center named... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

16 November 2018

In July, the CBI named Ashok Chawla in a chargesheet relating to the Aircel-Maxis case. Mr. Chawla has also been the chairman of the Competition Commission of India, and continues to be the chairman of the National Stock Exchange and is also on the Jet Airways board. Yes Bank has also accepted the resignation of Vasant Gujrati, the chairman of Yes Bank’s audit committee. The bank has announced the appointment of Uttam Prakash Agarwal as an additional director (independent), with... Read More

16 November 2018

The MOU was signed between Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, India and Cancer Research UK. It is a collaborative 5-year bilateral research initiative that focuses on affordable approaches to cancer.

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16 November 2018

The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. The year 1995 was chosen by the UNESCO to mark the year for tolerance as well as the 125th birthday anniversary of the Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in order to promote the tolerance and non violence.

category: Important Days

16 November 2018

The International Energy Agency in its latest report ‘World Energy Outlook’ stated that India will overtake the U.S. to become the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide from the power sector before 2030.  Carbon dioxide emissions from India’s power sector are expected to rise to nearly 80% by 2040 as power use almost triples, driven in part by air conditioning.

category: Indian Affairs

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