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Current Affairs President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues. The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal. He will open a two-day North-East Development Summit at the City Convention Centre in Imphal.  Around 20 memorandums of understanding(MoU) will be signed with investor companies during the Summit to attract investment in the State to generate employment avenues for the unemployed educated youths of the State.

The Indian Panorama, the most sought-after section of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, was inaugurated at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi. Around 6 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category.  They included Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Rawail, Ruchi Narain, Nishikant Kamat, Nikhil Advani and KG Suresh. Filmmakers whose movies are being screened in the prestigious Indian Panorama section were also felicitated.

American singer Beyonce has been named the highest-paid woman in music in 2017 by the Forbes. Her earnings, mainly from album 'Lemonade' and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs682 crore). Adele, with earnings of $69 million came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million, was ranked third on the list. The Top 5 highest-paid woman in music in 2017 are Beyonce ($105 million) Adele ($69 million) Taylor Swift ($44 million) Celine Dion ($42 million) Jennifer Lopez ($38 million).

Maharashtra government set to constitute ‘Gender Budget Cells’ for facilitating the coordination amongst other departments.  Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar announced the setting up of Gender Budget Cells. The inter-departmental committee would be set up among the concerned department to ensure better effective implementation of various schemes. Further Mungantiwar said that a nodal officer would be appointed in each administrative department to monitor the implementation of the schemes of WCD. Besides, evaluating quality improvement, the culture of evaluation should also take root in the administration.” Sources in the department said that at least 30% of allocations in various schemes of WCD like animal husbandry are earmarked for women.

India and the World Bank signed a $98 million loan pact and a $2 million grant agreement to help the country increase power generation capacity through cleaner, renewable energy sources. The Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project will finance Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited(IREDA), to provide sub-loans to states to invest in various solar parks. The first two solar parks are in the Rewa and Mandsaur districts of Madhya Pradesh, with targeted installed capacities of 750 MW and 250 MW respectively.

India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. Mr. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.

The World Fisheries day is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world by fisherfolk communities to highlight the critical importance to human beings. The Fish forms an important part of diets of people around the world, particularly those living near rivers, coasts and other water bodies. In India, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is celebrating the day.

Acclaimed South African Indian-origin AIDS researcher Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim appointed as a UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV. Professor Abdool Karim is one of the world's leading AIDS researchers and has made pioneering contributions to understanding the HIV epidemic among young people, especially among young women.

On 21st November 1997, the working fishermen and women representing World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers from 18 countries met at New Delhi and established the World Fisheries Forum (WFF) advocating for a global mandate of sustainable fishing practices and policies. To commemorate this occasion, every year 21st November is celebrated all over the world as World Fisheries Day.   Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare inaugurated the World Fisheries Day Celebrations. This year’s theme is “2022 Ka Hai Sapna … Kisan Ki Aay Ho Dugna - Sankalp Se Siddhi”.

The first India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX 2017) was held at Joint Warfare Centre at the Umroi Joint Training Node in Meghalaya. It is first of its kind military training exercise between India and Myanmar on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO). It was conducted by Army’s RED HORNS DIVISION under the aegis of GAJRAJ CORPS. The six-day training exercise aimed at building and promoting closer relations with armies of the neighboring countries. It aims to train officers of Myanmar Army in various United Nations Peacekeeping roles and tasks.

On the 2nd Anniversary of Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), the Government of India signed four MoUs under the Scheme with the State of Nagaland and with Union Territories (UTs) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu for operational improvements. An overall net benefit of approximately Rs. 551 crores, Rs. 18 crores, Rs. 13 crores and Rs. 10 crores respectively would accrue to the State of Nagaland & UT of Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

Popular Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen declared as winner in ‘Author in the Bengali language’ category at the second edition of Big Little Book Award. The Big Little Book Award honors authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature that are global in appeal and contextual in nature. The award has been instituted under Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to promote children’s literature. The chief of Parag Initiative is Swaha Sahoo. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award. She has been writing for children as well as general readers for the past three decades.

Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, a Wimbledon champion in 1998 and 16-time Grand Slam winner in doubles and mixed doubles died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. Novotna entered the tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. Novotna was a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Czechoslovakia's 1988 Fed Cup championship team.

The United Nations - Universal Children's Day is celebrated every year on November 20 to promote international togetherness and improve children's welfare around the world. The theme of UCD 2017 is 'Kids Take Over'.   The special day established in the year 1954, offers an opportunity for communities around the globe to promote children's rights in order to create a better world for kids.

Indian Government decided to cancel a $500 million deal for procuring Spike ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) from Israel. The $500 million deal to procure Spike ATGM form Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel was expected to be signed after price negotiations completed last year. Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman wants that Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Indian Army should be indigenously developed and build by DRDO.

The world’s biggest toilet pot model was unveiled at Marora, popularly known as the “Trump village”, in Haryana. On the World Toilet Day (November 19), a mega toilet pot made up of iron, fiber, wood, and plaster of Paris, measuring 20×10 feet was unveiled at Marora, in an aim to create awareness towards sanitation and use of toilets. Apart from inaugurating individual toilets, two books on the use of toilets and sanitation were also released. The main Purpose is to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education.

The Union Government signed a guarantee agreement for IBRD/CTF loan of US $98 million and Grant Agreement for the US $2 million for Shared Infrastructure. The objective Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project is to increase solar generation capacity through the establishment of large-scale parks in the country. The project consists of two components viz. (i) Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks and (ii) Technical Assistance.

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