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  • Odisha CM cancelled brewery project in Dhenkanal

    November 20, 2018
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cancelled the setting up of a brewery plant in Dhenkanal district. The cancellation is due to the protests made by the villagers. Mr. Patnaik took the decision based on the recommendations of Revenue Divisional Commissioner D.V. Swamy, who probed the felling of trees in Jhinkargadi forest. The government went back on its decision following a massive public outcry. The brewery plant was to come up on 12 acres of forestland in Jhinkargadi.

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    IFFI and NFAI to pay special tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

    November 20, 2018
    International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 is to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation as the Nation the celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The National Film Archives (NFAI) of India, in collaboration with the Bureau of Outreach and Communication, will hold a multi-media digital exhibition as a tribute to the Mahatma.
    The exhibition is titled as “Mahatma on Celluloid”. It is aimed at providing a state-of-the-art digital experience to the viewers... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Definition of kilogram changed after 130 years

    November 20, 2018
    The world's standard definition of the kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole has been changed, after representatives from 60 countries voted to redefine the International System of Units (SI) for weight, current, temperature and amount of chemical substance. The new definition of Kilogram will be replaced by the Planck constant.
    It will adopted on May 20, which is World Metrology Day. The new definition of kg involves accurate weighing machines called 'Kibble balance'.

    Tripura will be hosting International Tourism Mart from 22nd November

    November 20, 2018
    Tripura will host the 7th International Tourism Mart from 22nd November 2018 at Agartala. The three day event, which aims at propagate tourism potentials of the northeast states, will have tour operator delegates from 18 countries. The International Tourism Mart is an annual event that is held in the northeastern states. Tripura will be hosting it for the first time this year. The estimated budget of the fair this year is Rs 2.6 crore. This event has been organized in Assam, Meghalaya and... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Qaumi Ekta Week (National Integration Week) observed from 19th to 25th November

    November 20, 2018
    Qaumi Ekta Week is observed across the country from 19th to 25th November to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and national integration. On November 19, National Integration Day was observed. On November 20, Welfare of Minorities Day is to be observed in which items of the 15 Point Programme may be emphasized. 21st November will be observed as Linguistic Harmony Day with special literacy functions and Kavi Sammelans to enable people of each region to appreciate... Read More

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    Taliban confirmed to hold talks with U.S. officials

    November 20, 2018
    Senior Taliban officials held talks with U.S. officials in Qatar on November 14, 15 and 16. The talks were held to discuss on ending the Afghan conflict. But no agreement was reached on any issue. U.S. envoy Khalilzad was in Kabul after the second round of regional meetings with top Afghan officials to coordinate efforts on ending the conflict. Mr.Khalilzad told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the ground for intra-Afghan talks is more ready than any other time.
    Category: International

    Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, hero of Longewala battle, passed away at 78

    November 20, 2018
    Brigadier (retired) Kuldip Singh Chandpuri is known as the hero of the Longewala battle against Pakistan in 1971. Brigadier Chandpuri had joined the Indian Army in 1962 and was commissioned to the 23rd Battalion of The Punjab Regiment. For his bravery, valour and spirit, Brigadier Chandpuri was the recipient of many awards and honours. Prominent among these were the Maha Vir Chakra - for defending the Longewala Post, and the Vishisht Seva Medal.
    Category: Obituary

    NSE launched online platform for retail investors to buy G-sec

    November 20, 2018
    National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) launched a mobile application and web-based platform for retail investors to buy government securities (G-Secs). The new app - 'NSE goBID', was launched by SEBI chairman Ajay Tyagi. Through this app, retail investors can invest in treasury bills (T-Bills) of 91 days, 182 days and 364 days and various government bonds from one year to almost 40 years. It will allow investors to make payments directly from their bank accounts using the... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Tamil Nadu government is to release Rs.1,000 crore to the cyclone Gaja affected areas

    November 20, 2018
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami ordered the State government to release Rs.1,000 crore towards relief operations in cyclone Gaja-affected areas. The death toll due to the cyclone rose to 46. As per official estimates, 270 cattle and 1,181 goats died in the disaster. About 88,102 hectares of agricultural and horticultural crops were affected and over 4,800 fishing boats damaged, as per the initial estimates. Relief operations by various government agencies were in full swing... Read More
    Category: Environment

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    Africa Industrialization Day is observed on 20 November

    November 20, 2018
    The purpose of Africa Industrialization Day (AID), marked each year on 20 November, is to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the continent with regard to industrialization. The theme for AID 2018 is “Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa.

    Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the upgraded version of AirSewa 2.0 web portal

    November 20, 2018
    The Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the upgraded version of AirSewa 2.0 web portal and mobile app. It aims in providing superior user experience with enhanced functionalities to air travelers.
    The upgraded version operates through an interactive web portal as well as through a mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms.
    Several features are added. Features such as secure sign-up and log-in with social media, chatbot for travelers support, and improved grievance management,... Read More

    President Ram Nath Kovind addresses Vietnam India business forum

    November 20, 2018
    Goods and Services Tax, GST made India, a country of 1.3 billion people, into One Nation, One Tax, and One Market for the first time in its history.
    He was addressing the Vietnam India business forum and Indian Community at Hanoi in Vietnam on Monday. The President urged Vietnamese and Indian businesses to partner each other for trade and investment, and technology collaboration.

    Indian army opts Russian Igla S missile

    November 20, 2018
    India is to buy Russia’s Igla-S missile system as the choice for the Army’s multibillion-dollar contract for man-portable air defence systems. The Igla-S bid from Rosoboronexport of Russia has been declared the L1 in the Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) deal.
    The threat of U.S. sanctions for arms purchases from Russia doesn’t guarantee any certain transaction despite the declaration of the Russian bid. The other bidders were MBDA of France and SAAB of Sweden.
    Category: Defence

    Jalaj Srivastava appointed as New IWAI Chairman

    November 20, 2018
    IWAI comes under the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways headed by Nitin Gadkari. He served as Chairman of New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Principal Secretary of Department of VAT, Delhi Government. Srivastava is known for the launching of “Shakti Cab” and “URJA” project for women.

    ACC appointed Sumanta Chaudhuri as the new Coal Secretary and many others

    November 20, 2018
    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi named 1985-batch IAS from West Bengal cadre Sumanta Chaudhuri as the new Coal Secretary. He replaced Inder Jit Singh. Prior to this appointment, he was the Managing Director of Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium. Other Appointments: ACC also appointed Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Upma Chowdhry, was appointed Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs. IAS officer Jalaj... Read More

    Alexander Zverev beats world no. 1 Djokovic to win ATP Finals title

    November 20, 2018
    Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated world number one Novak Djokovic to win his maiden ATP World Tour Finals title. The 21-year-old won with a scoreline of 6-4, 6-3 and became the youngest player to win the ATP title since Djokovic himself in 2008. Further, Zverev became the first German to win the season-ending tournament since Boris Becker in 1995.
    Category: Sports

    SBICAP Ventures launched SME affordable housing funds

    November 20, 2018
    SBICAP Ventures (SVL), an alternative asset manager and a wholly owned subsidiary of SBI Capital Markets, launched two funds for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and affordable housing sectors.
    The 2 funds are: Small and Medium Enterprises: to raise a corpus of Rs 4 billion and Affordable Housing Fund to raise a corpus of Rs 3.5 billion. It will be an equity fund and there will be two anchor investors – SBI and SBI CAP/SVL putting in 10 percent and 10-12 percent... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    RBI agrees to inject Rs 8,000 crore into the market after 9-hour meeting

    November 20, 2018
    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) agreed to inject 8,000 crore into the market by purchasing government bonds by November 22. RBI will buy these securities through multi-security auction using multiple price method. An increased cash flow was among the issues behind an alleged rift between the Centre and RBI.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Industrial Park Rating System to be released by Commerce Ministry

    November 20, 2018
    Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu released a report on Industrial Park Rating System at a national workshop in New Delhi. It is a part of the center’s vision to make India a 5 Trillion Dollar economy out of which 20 percent is expected to be generated from industries. It would help increase the competitiveness of industries and the promotion of the manufacturing sector as it would assess the parks against global standards.  
    Category: Indian Affairs



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