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3 November 2017

Sikkim is set to get its first airport by the end of November, over 30 kilometres from the state capital of Gangtok. The airport, built at an estimated cost of Rs. 300 crore, was supposed to be completed in 2012 but faced repeated delays. It is at an altitude of 4,700 feet, and will be among the five highest Indian airports. Up until now, people travelling to and from Sikkim had to trek to Bagdogra in West Bengal to access the nearest airport.

3 November 2017

The term “fake news” has been named Glasgow-based Collins Dictionary's Word of the Year 2017. Usage of the term - which has often been used by US President Donald Trump - has risen by 365% since 2016.

3 November 2017

Goa, with a score of 0.656, is the safest state in the country for women, according to a Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) report released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Kerala (0.634) has been ranked second, followed by Mizoram, Sikkim and Manipur, while Bihar (0.410) has been placed last. Further, national capital Delhi has got the 28th position, scoring 0.436.

3 November 2017

CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar was named the most powerful woman in India as she ranked 32nd in World's 100 Most Powerful Women list by Forbes. CEO of HCL Enterprise Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson of Hindustan Times Group Shobhana Bhartia and actress Priyanka Chopra are the other Indian women who featured on the list.

3 November 2017

The restored Royal Opera House, located at Mumbai's Charni Road, has received the Award of Merit from the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. In 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, four restored city landmarks were among the 16 winners from six countries - Australia, China, India, Iran, New Zealand and Singapore. Meanwhile, amongst this, all Mumbai bagged the maximum number of UNESCO Heritage Awards for - Christ Church and Royal Opera House (Award of Merit), Bomonjee Hormarjee Wadia Fountain and Clock Tower and Wellington Fountain (Honourable Mention). Ahead, Delhi bagged for Haveli Dharampura in Shahjahanabad. The other two winners from India were the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, and the Gateways of Gohad Fort near Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

3 November 2017

India ace Kidambi Srikanth grabbed career-best ranking of World No. 2 in the latest BWF (Badminton World Federation) ranking. Srikanth, who reached five finals and clinched four titles this year so far, now has 73,403 points, 4527 point away from World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who heads the ranking list.

3 November 2017

The Aadhaar-Mobile SIM linking should be completed by February 6, under e-KYC verification, the Centre told the Supreme Court. The Centre also mandated production of 12-digit unique Aadhaar number for opening new bank accounts. The government has introduced three new methods, including through one-time password (OTP), to ease the process of linking the Aadhaar identity number with individual mobile numbers.

3 November 2017

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has appointed her chief whip Gavin Williamson as her new Defence Secretary after the shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon. Mr Williamson is 24 years younger than Mr Fallon, and was elected as an MP in 2010. Julian Smith, previously Mr Williamson’s deputy in the whips’ office, will take over as chief whip.

3 November 2017

The government made installation of FASTag, a rechargeable card that uses passive radio frequency identification (RFID ) technology to debit toll charges automatically, mandatory for all four-wheel automobiles sold from December 1. For existing vehicles, drivers can buy the tag from designated banks and toll booths and fix them on the windscreen. The ministry notified the changes to relevant sections of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The move is part of the government’s much-hyped electronic toll collection (ETC) system.

3 November 2017

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has procured six eco-friendly, battery-operated buses at a cost of Rs.10 crore. The step is aimed at reducing air and noise pollution in Mumbai. The buses take three hours to get fully charged and can cover about 300 kilometres on a full charge.

3 November 2017

State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced the interest rates on home and automobile loans by 0.05%, effective November 1. It has cut interest rate on home loans to 8.3% and on auto loans to 8.7%. SBI also cut its fixed deposit rates by 0.25% to 6.25% for most maturities and for senior citizens, the rate has been reduced to 6.75%.

3 November 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list for the 7th consecutive year and for the 12th time in total. UK PM Theresa May was ranked second on the list. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates at the third position.

3 November 2017

The road was constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Project Himank, in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, passing through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet. The Project Himank has already constructed roads like Khardangu La at an altitude of 17,900 ft and Changla Pass at 17,695 ft in Leh by connecting Nobra valley and Durbuk valley in the cold desert.