Current Affairs Today
The Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway, also known as Western Peripheral Expressway, became fully operational on November 19 after PM Narendra Modi inaugurated its Kundli-Manesar stretch in Gurugram.
It'll bring down travel time from Sonipat to Manesar to about 45 minutes.
Along with Eastern Peripheral Expressway, the six-lane expressway is expected to divert over 50,000 heavy vehicles away from Delhi.
The World Toilet Day is organized around the world on 19th of November.
The day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
The theme for WTD 2018 is ‘When Nature Calls’.
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Asia’s oldest bourse, is to snap ties with S&P Dow Jones. BSE plans to develop indices through its in-house development team. S&P Dow Jones manages and operates the benchmark Sensex.
The two entities had announced a joint venture (JV) named Asia Index in 2013. The JV is to provide an array of indices enabling global and domestic investors to participate in South Asia’s vibrant economies.
The cumulative losses of the State-owned banks widened nearly three-and-a-half times to Rs.14,716.2 crore in the July-September quarter of the current fiscal. This loss is due to the mounting of bad loans. 21 public sector banks had posted a net loss of Rs.4,284.45 crore in the September quarter of 2017-18. The balance sheets of these PSU lenders has been impacted due to the higher provisioning towards bad loans.
The Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have been taking steps to... Read More
After Maharashtra and Gujarat, Punjab becomes country's third state to ban hookah bars or lounges. The ban was announced through a law after President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a bill from the state to check the use of tobacco.
President has approved the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently.
The Punjab assembly had passed the Bill... Read More
He is also known for portraying Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the 1982 film 'Gandhi'. A renowned theatre personality, Padamsee had also received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
He was Chairman of the London Institute of Corporate Training and also served as an adviser to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.
On the first leg of his two-nation tour, Kovind visit Vietnam from 18-20 November 2018 on the invitation of Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
In Hanoi, President will address the Indian community and the Vietnam-India Business Forum. India and Vietnam have robust trade and economic relations with bilateral trade of US$ 12.8 billion in 2017-18.
The President's second leg of the visit will be in Australia from November 21 to 24. This is the first... Read More
India’s Lakshya Sen won a bronze medal in the BWF World junior badminton championship at Markham, Canada. He was defeated by Thailand's Vitidsarn.
Lakshya Sen, the 17-year-old from Almora, fought hard before going down 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 in a match that went on for an hour and 11 minutes. Earlier this year he clinched the Asian Junior title.
He is the Director of Blue Bells Group of Schools.
She was awarded in recognition of her remarkable contribution to ‘K-12 education and promotion of Art and Culture’.
The award was conferred by His Highness Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, member of the Cabinet and Minister of State for Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Ashish Gulati, Vice-chairman, Blue Bells Group of Schools, received the award on her behalf.
She was among the 9 Indian educationists who were awarded the Global... Read More
Mohd. Asab and Ahvar Rizvi defeated Ankur Mittal, the reigning World champion, and won the double trap gold and silver in the 62nd National Shotgun championship held at Jaipur, Rajasthan. Asab shot 134 to beat Ahvar by one point and Ankur shot 128.
Double trap: Men: 1. Mohd. Asab 134; 2. Ahvar Rizvi 133; 3. Ankur Mittal 129
Junior men: 1. Ahvar Rizvi 133; 2. Shardul Vihan 120; 3. Vinay Pratap Singh 118
Women: 1. Prabsukhman Kaur 84; 2. Shalini Yashwant 75; 3. Anam Basit... Read More
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $300 million Loan Agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) in New Delhi.
The Project entails:
Long-term finance for PPP projects,
Improvement of the operational capacity of IIFCL, and
Expansion of the portfolio of infrastructure financing instruments available to IIFCL.
Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party's candidate who surprisingly emerged victorious over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the election held on September 23, had extended the invitation during a phone call by Modi.
Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga also attended the ceremony.
The last time an Indian prime minister visited Maldives was in 2011 when Manmohan Singh was PM.
U.S. and European firms are looking at options away from China after the U.S.-China trade war. China is now seen as not as cost competitive as it was in the past. Companies in the U.S. and Europe are looking at long-term options to build supply chain capabilities in India as an alternative to China. Now, India surely is in a good position to take advantage of this, though the scale is a challenge for us to match China.
The Environment Ministry has given the final clearance for a project to build duplex flats for Members of Parliament (MP) at a cost of ₹676.5 crore in New Delhi.
The building complex will have 264 new flats along with servant quarters and basement car parking.
It will be constructed over an area of 19,91,37 square metre.
One of India’s greatest Sarod Master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was presented “Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement” at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi for his immense contribution to the enrichment and promotion of Indian Classical Music.
He already received a fellowship of Sangeet Natak Akademi, UNESCO Award, UNICEP National Ambassadorship, Fukuoka cultural Grand price of Japan & ‘Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters’ of France.
India's first indigenously developed engineless train "Train 18" on November 18 successfully conducted its first trial run on tracks at Moradabad-Rampur section of Northern Indian Railways.
The train comprises of as many as 16 coaches including the driving coach.
According to Railways, the train was made to run at three different speeds of 30 kilometers per hour (Km/hr), 50 Km/hr and 60 Km/hr respectively. The maximum speed of the "Train 18" is 220 Km/hr.
Integral... Read More
The Maharashtra Cabinet approved the decision to extend reservation to the Maratha community. The reservation was extended by creating a new category called Socially and Educationally Backward Class. The category creation was based on the recommendations of the State Backward Class Commission. The announcement was made by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the eve of the winter session of the State legislature.
Sunil Mehta committee released a statement for the formation of an asset management company (AMC) for resolving large bad loans.
The name of the AMC is Sashakt India Asset Management.
It was announced by Sunil Mehta, the chairman of a bankers’ panel working on a faster resolution of stressed assets in public sector banks on the sidelines of a CII-CFO summit held in Mumbai.
The company will follow a five-pronged strategy under Project Sashakt to tackle stress in the banking... Read More
Indian cities are finding it difficult to monitor the air pollution for the entire city using a single monitoring system. Nowadays real-time monitoring of air quality has become absolutely necessary for the timely intervention to check pollution levels. Most Indian cities do not have more than one continuous monitoring system.
Experts say that a single Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System would make a solution to this problem. But such a device cannot represent an accurate picture... Read More
The 10th joint military exercise between Indian and Russia– EXERCISE INDRA, under the United Nations (UN) started at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station, in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.
The main aim is to combat insurgency.
The main focus will be upon:
Training on enhancing team building,
Special tactical level operations such as Cordon and Search,
To share best practices and
For peacekeeping/ enforcement environment.