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4 November 2017

The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam in Tamil Nadu won UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for cultural heritage conservation programme in the Awards of Merit category. It is first temple from Tamil Nadu to grab the prestigious honour from the UN body.

4 November 2017

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made 20-digit Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) compulsory for companies having aggregate fund-based and non-fund based exposure over Rs 5 crore. The move is aimed at improving risk management in wake of huge stressed assets in banking system. Before this, RBI had made LEI mandatory for transactions in interest rate, forex and credit derivative market.

4 November 2017

The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was on an official visit to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in the IEF 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7). India is the current chair of International Energy Forum (IEF) which is promoting the AMER - a biennial event bringing together Energy Ministers and experts from Asian countries.

4 November 2017

The US Senate confirmed by a voice vote the nomination of Kenneth Juster as the next US Ambassador to India. Juster, 62, has played a key role in the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal. He will replace Richard Verma as the top American diplomat to India. Juster is soon expected to be headed to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad. The annual summit is being co-hosted by India and the United States.

4 November 2017

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) built the world's highest motorable road at a height of over 19,300 feet. The road has been constructed in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The 86-kilometre long strategic road has been constructed under 'Project Himank' of the BRO. It connects Chisumle and Demchok villages. The road passes through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.

4 November 2017

U.S. leader Donald Trump will travel to Asia in November for the first time since becoming president, stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines on a trip expected to be dominated by the North Korea nuclear threat. His visit will include attending two major summits, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conclave in the Philippines.

4 November 2017

The Home Ministry approved the addition of 55 counters at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport and 1,800 more personnel will be deployed by January 2018 to deal with rising passenger traffic. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) will provide space for at least 10 more immigration counters at departure area by November 15 while additional space will be provided for another 10 immigration counters to be functional by January 2018.

4 November 2017

The central government launched the Deen Dayal SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude and Research in Stamps as a Hobby) Yojana, an annual scholarship to promote philately, the hobby of collecting and studying postage stamps. Only students of Class 6 to Class 9 will be eligible for the scholarship. The amount of scholarship will be Rs 6,000 per annum. The scholarship will be provided to 920 students who have a good academic record and pursue philately.

4 November 2017

Air New Zealand has been crowned "2018 Airline of the Year" by leading international aviation. The award marks the 5th consecutive year Air New Zealand has received the top honour in its Airline Excellence Awards.  It is followed by Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. Meanwhile, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines are also featured on the list.

4 November 2017

Eminent Hindi Litterateur Krishna Sobti (92) was awarded the 53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017 for her path-breaking contribution to Indian literature. She will be overall eight women to win this prestigious award. Her language is highly influenced by the intermingling of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi cultures.