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30 November 2018

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a cost of Rs.5 crore on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). It directed the DJB to complete work on the sewerage network in Inderpuri by May 2019. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the DJB to deposit a “performance guarantee” to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within one month. The tribunal directed DJB that steps be taken at the earliest for disposal of municipal solid waste and cleaning of drains. The steps should be taken on a weekly basis for ensuring the cleaning of garbage and drain, and de-silting may be done at least once a month.

30 November 2018

Germany's Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for France to give up its permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and turn it into a seat for the European Union (EU). This would allow the EU to speak "with one voice" at the world body. France could instead become the permanent EU ambassador to the UN. France has been one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council since the body was first established in 1945 in the wake of World War II to prevent another large-scale conflict.

30 November 2018

The Royal Navy of UK will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter.  The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, equipped with integral Seaking and an IN submarine during the sea phase between December 2 to 6. In addition, Indian Navy's maritime patrol aircraft Dornier will also participate in the exercise.

30 November 2018

The states were awarded due to their pavilions showcasing potential to boost tourism and the promotion of local products. For Uttarakhand, Kedarnath reconstruction work, Home Stay scheme initiated by the Department of Tourism, nutraceutical products based on mountain grains, handloom products, and handicrafts were displayed at the Uttarakhand pavilion. For Himachal Pradesh, the traditional products like Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, Chamba Rumaal, Kangra and Thangka paintings and wooden and metal craft manufactured by the rural entrepreneurs were exhibited at the Himachal pavilion.

30 November 2018

Slovenia became the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Country with the female Army Chief after the appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc to the post of Head of its Army. The 55 years Old former Army Commander, Alenka Ermenc started her military career in 1991 when Slovenia won independence from former Yugoslavia.
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30 November 2018

Bengaluru's Elevated Corridor Project, covering a distance of 102 kilometres with six corridors, is estimated to cost between ₹25,000 and ₹26,000 crore. The proposed elevated corridors along with the Peripheral Ring Road are proposed as the answers to decongest the city's roads. The project, expected to be completed by 2025-2026, awaits Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's nod.

30 November 2018

25 steps of Eiffel Tower was sold for ₹1.34 crore (€1,69,000), three times the original estimate, at an auction in Paris. The 129-year-old staircase, 14-feet in height, weighs about 900 kilograms and includes about 25 steps. It connected the top two floors of the Eiffel Tower, before it was cut out in 1983 to instal a lift. It is still the country's third tallest structure, and was the highest building in the world for 41 years until the construction of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930.

30 November 2018

According to the latest edition of Global Water Monitor & Forecast Watch List (November 2018), released by IScience (US-based limited liability Corporation), Water deficits will increase and intensify in India in 2019. Exceptional water deficits occur throughout Gujarat in the west and severe to exceptional deficits from Madhya Pradesh through Karnataka, as well as in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, and India’s far northeast. The forecast predicts severe to exceptional surplus water for regions including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Mizoram. Moderate to severe deficits were forecast for Bihar. The monsoon rain deficits, caused due to the effect of El Niño, have caused drought-like conditions in almost a third of Indian districts. The months of May through July (2019), indicates primarily moderate deficits in India and some surpluses in Jammu and Kashmir, northern Pakistan, along the Gandaki River in central Nepal, and pockets of Tamil Nadu.  

30 November 2018

The two day Second edition of India-UAE Strategic Conclave organized by Economic Times, India was held in the Capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi. Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Navdeep Suri inaugurated the conclave where Key Business leaders and senior government officials lay down the blueprint to improve Economic cooperation between the two countries and explore the opportunities to enhance trade.

30 November 2018

Karnataka government in partnership with start-up accelerator Numa, launched an initiative called ‘DataCity’ in Bengaluru. It will be jointly organised by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and French utility company Suez. About DataCity: It will be a 7-month innovative programme that will enable corporates to identify the relevant innovative start-ups. These startups will be chosen based on the solutions they provide using data and technology, for addressing cities’ challenges.

30 November 2018

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change have given a go ahead to the Mumbai’s largest sewage treatment plant (STP), worth Rs 2,020 crore, to come up in Malad.  The STP will come up on 35 hectares of mangrove land.  The STP, a part of the BMC’s Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project II, still needs approval from the state forest department for replantation of the mangroves.

30 November 2018

Reggae music, with artists like Bob Marley, won international fame and secured a spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of intangible cultural heritage deemed worthy of protection and promotion. Reggae music emerged in the late 1960s out of Jamaica’s ska and rocksteady styles, also drawing influence from American jazz and blues. It quickly became popular in the U.S. as well as in Britain, where many Jamaican immigrants had moved in the post-World War years.

30 November 2018

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) formed a committee to prepare a policy for dealing with the scrapping of banned petrol and diesel vehicles.  The committee will consist of the secretary, Ministry of Road Transport, central government with representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Environment Ministry and the Delhi government. The Supreme Court order, the Delhi government has deregistered 40 lakh vehicles, which include petrol vehicles that are 15-years-old and 10-years-old diesel vehicles, and they are being dumped in the Mayapuri scrap market. The green panel directed the Delhi chief secretary to take steps and prepare an action plan for shifting the scrap yards from busy localities of the city to other appropriate locations, within three months.

30 November 2018

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and University of Auckland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster academic exchange and research collaboration, faculty exchange and visiting/adjunct appointments and Student Mobility. It is the first strategic partnership of University of Auckland with a Higher Educational Institute of India.

30 November 2018

The Pakistan government has decided to convert Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar into a museum soon. This is after the request by the actor. The Kapoor Haveli in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Bollywood icon Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in Peshawar on December 14, 1924. The actor-director is best known for a string of hit films he made in the 1950s and 1960s.

30 November 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump cancelled his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He cited the reason as the naval stand-off in which Russian forces seized three Ukrainian ships. Mr.Trump had planned a meeting with Mr.Putin before attending the Buenos Aires Group of 20 meeting. The meeting was scrapped days after Russian forces seized three small Ukrainian naval vessels and more than 20 sailors, including at least three wounded in a shooting by the Russian side, and briefly blocked passage through the Kerch Strait.

30 November 2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the securitization norms by relaxing the Minimum Holding Period (MHP) requirement in order to make more liquidity available to Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFC). The move follows a demand from the government for a special window for NBFCs, to provide them liquidity support. RBI has decided to relax MHP requirement for originating NBFCs, as they are now allowed to securitize loans with a maturity of more than five years after holding them for six months on their books, as compared to one year earlier. The relaxation on the MHP will be allowed when the NBFC retains 20% of the book value of these loans. After the introduction of Infrastructure Leasing & Finance Services (IL&FS), a core investment company, the NBFC sector is facing liquidity shortage as IL&FS started defaulting on loans which resulted in the government dismantling the existing board of IL&FS and installing a new one.

30 November 2018

Nearly one-third of the world's 150.8 million stunted children live in India, the 2018 Global Nutrition Report revealed. With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list of countries followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million). Over 46 million Indian children aged under five years are stunted due to malnutrition and 25.5 million more are 'wasted', meaning they don't weigh enough for their height. India is suffering from two forms of malnutrition– anaemia and stunting.

30 November 2018

8 States which achieved 100% household electrification under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana - Saubhagya scheme are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. With this, total 15 States in India have 100 per cent household electrification. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Rs 16320-Crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana'- Saubhagya on September 25, 2017 to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. The scheme aims to achieve the goal of universal household electrification in the country by March 31, 2019.

30 November 2018

Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office. The new president is expected to take office on Dec. 16. Zurabishvili, a government-backed independent candidate, won with 59.52 percent of some 1.98 million votes cast. Grigol Vashadze -- backed by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili -- got some 40.48 percent of the vote.

30 November 2018

During his two day visit to Assam, President Ram Nath Kovind took part in India Air Force's special programme held in Borjhar. He presented Standards to 118 Helicopter Unit in Guwahati and Colours to Air Defence College, Lucknow. The President in his speech said the world looks at India differently today. India is seen as an eminent power, expected to play a prominent role in shaping the global paradigm with regards to international security, trade and commerce, and environmental protection. The Standards is the Indian Air Force’s topmost peacetime award for an operational or fighting unit. The Colours is for a static unit.

30 November 2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS),  being dubbed ‘Sharp Eye’, into space along with 30 other foreign satellites on board the workhorse PSLV rocket on 29th November. HysIS with a mission life of five years was placed in an orbit 636 km above the earth. It will travel over the poles and always face the son. While 23 satellites were from the US, the rest were from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Spain. These satellites were commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.

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