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  • November 18, 2017 Current Affairs

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    Air Force Chief highlights need for maintaining full operational preparedness with optimal utilization of resources

    Air Force Affairs Chief BS Dhanoa highlighted the need for maintaining full operational preparedness with optimal utilization of available resources and also urged every Air Warrior to exhibit immaculate discipline and unwavering integrity. He highlighted the need for maintaining full operational preparedness with optimal utilization of available resources. He emphasized the need for Air Warriors to keep abreast with the latest technologies and to focus on the associated challenges while the IAF marches ahead with major the upgradation of capabilities and infrastructure. The Air Force Chief urged every Air Warrior to exhibit immaculate discipline and unwavering integrity.

    Iraqi forces successfully liberated town of Rawa from ISIS

    The US-backed Iraqi forces on Friday reclaimed the town of Rawa from the most dangerous terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS). Notably, the town of Rawa is located in Anbar province in the Euphrates valley and was the last known Iraqi town still held by ISIS terrorists. The Iraq's Joint Operation Command (IJOC) said in a statement read that the Iraqi national flag was hosted in the town of Rawa, which was reclaimed from ISIS terrorist organize easily. The commander of the operations S. Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah confirmed that assault was launched on Friday early morning and by late morning his forces had broken into the center of Rawa district.

    Telangana and Patanjali Group join hands together to establish Food Park

    Telangana government inked an MoU with the Patanjali group with an aim to set up ‘Food Park’. The Patanjali Group will set up a large food park in Telangana with units for processing edible oil, fruit pulp and spices. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Telangana government. Patanjali Group also expressed interest in developing indigenous seed varieties and animal feed value chain in the state. The MoU between the Group and Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) was signed at Haridwar in the presence of Baba Ramdev and Telangana Rashtra Samithi Member of Parliament K Kavitha.

    Union Cabinet increases carpet area of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

    The Union Cabinet approved an increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana (Urban). The purpose is to further enhance the scope, coverage, and outreach of Scheme for Middle Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana (Urban). The purpose is to further enhance the scope, coverage, and outreach of Scheme and outreach of Scheme. The limit of 120 sqm and 150 sqm is seen as reasonable enhancement and it will cater to the market generally scouted by MIG belonging to two income category.

    Reliance Capital Arm and YES Bank in Bancassurance Pact

    Reliance General Insurance, a subsidiary of Reliance Capital, has signed a comprehensive bancassurance-corporate agency agreement with YES Bank. YES Bank with its network of 1,040 branches across all 29 States and seven Union Territories will enable Reliance General Insurance to reach a large base of retail and MSME clients. This is the first partnership signed by YES Bank since the open-architecture norms under the corporate agency regulations were introduced by the IRDAI in April 2016.

    Maharashtra CM Fadnavis launches initiative to curb Childhood Obesity; Schools to get BMI Dialers to measure BMI

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a new initiative against childhood obesity, which will directly benefit over 6,000 children in Pune alone by making them aware of their Body Mass Index (BMI).  As per the initiative, a BMI dialer will be given to the schools through which children will be able to know their BMI. India is the diabetes capital of the world and by 2025 is expected to be the second-largest country with childhood obesity, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The initiative was taken by Rotary Club of Koregaon Park with JT Foundation. The s campaign will ensure that childhood obesity will not hamper the growth or development of our future generations. This is a positive movement and the government will ensure support to spread this across Maharashtra.

    First WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB held in Russia

    The WHO Global Ministerial Conference “Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response” was held in Moscow, Russia. It aims to accelerate implementation of the WHO End TB Strategy - with immediate action. A Ministerial Declaration was signed at the Conference containing bold commitments by countries to accelerate action to end TB and meet the milestones towards the 2030 SDGs. This will inform the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018.

    Famous Child Care activist Gopinath R. selected for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Youth Award 2017

    The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the largest student organization has selected Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017. Gopinath R. is a known child care activist from Bengaluru and has been taking care of at least 400 deprived children. He is selected a known child care activist from Bengaluru Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017 amongst the various nominations received this year from all over the country. The selection committee of Yuva Puraskar 2017 has selected nomination of Gopinath R. in appreciation of his work for “Childcare, protection, and development”.

    India and France Agree to Deepen Security Co-operation

    India and France have agreed to deepen security cooperation, bilaterally and in the multilateral fora, and strengthen strong commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.  After holding delegation-level talks with Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean Yves-Le Drain, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated both countries have vowed to get rid of the menace of terrorism.

    Vice President launches Journey of Women Law Reforms and The Law Commission of India Some Insights book

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu received the first copy of the book ‘Journey of Women Law Reforms and The Law Commission of India  Some Insights’, from the Author former Joint Secretary, Dr. Pavan Sharma. The author has made an excellent analysis and more such studies can help focus nation’s attention to important areas like matrimonial laws, property laws, laws relating to inheritance, succession, guardianship as well as NRI marriages and issues of sexual violence.

    Shagun Chowdhary crowned National Womens Trap champion at 61st National Shooting Championship

    Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown when she won the women’s trap event at the 61st National Shooting Championship, in New Delhi. She is the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth. She overcame the challenge from Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari to score 41-38 in the final. N Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the Junior Women’s title in the same event shooting 37. Rajeshwari led a team consisting Sukhreet Kaur and Inaya Vijaya Singh to claim the women’s team trap gold. Madhya Pradesh won medals both in the senior and junior women’s team events.

    Chakravarthi appointed as ambassador of World Packaging Organisation (WPO)

    Chakravarthi AVPS, Managing Director, Ecobliss India appointed as global ambassador of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). He is the first Asian to be appointed as ambassador of World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The honorary appointment was made in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the 99th board meeting of WPO. He has won Worldstar award for packaging excellence for five consecutive years. Before establishing Ecobliss India, he has worked with companies like International paper, Ballarpur Industries, Akerlaund Rausing, Huhtamaki, and Pragati.

    Nicaraguas Sergio Ramirez wins Spains Cervantes Prize

    Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. He has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta Linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. The award consists of 125,000-euro ($148,000). The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.

    Paytm and ICICI Bank collaborate to offer short-term instant digital credit

    Digital payments services company, Paytm entered into a tie-up with ICICI Bank to jointly launch ‘Paytm-ICICI Bank Postpaid’, that offers short-term credit to their common customers. The offers instant digital credit for various transactions including payment for movie tickets, bill payments, flights, as well as physical goods without any documentation or transaction fees. Under this facility, real-time credit assessment of customers is done through  Big Data based algorithm of ICICI Bank.

    Maharashtra bans Plastic Bottles at Government Offices, Hotels

    Maharashtra government announced a ban on plastic bottles, with effect from 18 March 2018, which will cover government offices, functions and state educational institutes before it is extended to private institutes. They announced the new measures on plastic bottles ban, at a meeting with municipal officials in Mumbai on 16th November 2017. They that, plastic bottles will be prohibited at the Mantralaya – the state government headquarters, before the statewide ban comes into effect on Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year, in March 2018. The state government is to hold meetings with beverage manufacturers and industry leaders and urge them to shift to environment-friendly options such as compostable plastic.

  • November 17, 2017 Current Affairs

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    Union Minister India ended in polio disease and will use a similar intensified effort to end TB

    Union Ministry of Health Affairs JP Nadda reaffirmed India’s commitment to eliminating TB by 2025 at 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference at Moscow, Russia. The main aim is to strengthen and energize the discourse on TB and are perhaps the biggest window for global action on TB in the foreseeable future the Ministerial and High-Level meetings offer participating nations the potential. The National Strategic Plan has four pillars to address the major challenges for TB control, namely Detect, Treat, Build and Prevent to eliminate TB. Around 257 districts and screened over 30 million vulnerable persons and detected over 15,000 additional TB cases are treated for TB in urban slum areas through the urban health mission.

    Two-day 12th North East Business Summit Inaugurated in New Delhi

    The Two-day “12th North-East Business Summit” was inaugurated in New Delhi. The summit aims to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India. Focus areas are Infrastructure and Connectivity with Public-Private Partnerships, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion. The Summit is being organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with Manipur being the state partner for the event.

    Fourth Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour Held in Argentina

    The countries around the world have shared knowledge on policies and good practices, and have committed to eliminating child labor in a series of global conferences held in Oslo (1997), The Hague (2010) and Brasilia (2013).  The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour was organized by the Government of Argentina and was held in Buenos Aires.

    France Named as Host of 2023 Rugby World Cup

    France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup to stage one of the world’s best attended and lucrative sporting events. The country beat strong bids by South Africa and Ireland, but the award represents a repudiation of the sport’s leadership which have transformed the quadrennial tournament into a multi-million-pound enterprise.

    Union Cabinet approves Scientific and Technological Cooperation agreement between India and Belarus

    The Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and Belarus on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for mutual benefit in the areas of science, technology, agriculture. The agreement was signed between Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB). It was exchanged in September 2017 at New Delhi during official state visit of Belarus President H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko. The main aim of identifying, assessing, developing and commercializing globally competitive technologies from India and Belarus.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long Tribal Festival in New Delhi. The theme of the festival is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’. The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through about 200 stalls. Over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States participated in the festival. The Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable for recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs is a special feature of the festival. ‎In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, all stalls will prefer and promote payments through cards.

    Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Poland for Civil Aviation Cooperation

    The Union Cabinet approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Poland for Promotion of Civil Aviation Cooperation. The main aim of MoU is to recognize mutual benefit of Cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation having particular significance in establishing and improving Regional Air Connectivity (RCA) in India. Besides, both sides will recognize mutual benefits of environmental testing and approvals. It recognizes mutual benefits of environmental testing and approvals, aircraft maintenance facilities approvals, flight simulators monitoring and approvals and aircrew members approvals. The MoU will be for a term of five years.

    Madhya Pradesh partners with Nagaland and Manipur under Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana

    Madhya Pradesh partnered with Nagaland and Manipur under Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana to strengthen cultural relations between them. The  Government has made its Higher Education Department as a nodal department to execute the scheme. They will participate in Sangai Mahotsav which is being organized in Manipur. Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Ekta Diwas (31st October 2015) on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

    Legendary Hindi Poet Kunwar Narayan Passes Away

    Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kunwar Narayan passed away in New Delhi. He was 90. He was Born on 9 September 1927 in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad, Kunwar Narayan was known for his poetry, stories, and critiques. His first poetry collection was "Chakravyuh".

    India to host Global Conference on Cyber Space for first time ever

    In present time cybersecurity is a big issue globally. India is also moving to a digital era. Hence against this backdrop, focusing on a Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development, India will host the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS). The Curtain Raiser events will be held from 20th November. It is the fifth edition of GCCS wherein international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks and cyber experts will gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyberspace. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the mega event. The main goal is to promote the importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy, to defend the status quo of an open, interoperable and unregimented cyberspace, to create political commitment for capacity building initiatives to address the digital divide and assist countries, and to develop security solutions in a balanced fashion that duly acknowledge the importance of the private sector and technical community. Overall 33 ministers from various nations dealing with the subject matter of cyberspace have already confirmed. More than 7000 people have already registered on the website and among them, only 2500 will get their invites to the conference.

    President Launches Schemes Worth Rs 3,455 crore in Jharkhand

    President Ram Nath Kovind launched various schemes entailing total expenditure of Rs 3,455 crore in Jharkhand to coincide with the state's 17th Foundation Day. He launched the Rs 636-crore 'Mukhyamantri Health Insurance Scheme' under which 57 lakh of the 68 lakh families in the state will benefit. The President also kicked off the Rs 290-crore '108 Ambulance' service in the state. He launched JOHAR (Jharkhand's Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Development) schemes entailing the expenditure of Rs 1,500 crore to help tribal and Dalit families double their incomes in four years.

    RBI Governor Urjit Patel Appointed to Advisory Board of BIS

    RBI Governor Urjit Patel was appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS). The Bank of International Settlement is a global financial organization owned by major central banks from across the world. The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems.

    Moody's Upgrades India's Sovereign Rating for First Time in 14 Years

    The International rating agency Moody's Investors Service upgraded India's local and foreign currency issuer ratings to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed the outlook on the rating to stable from positive.  Moody’s has revised the sovereign rating of India a notch above investment grade after a long gap of 14 years. Moody's has also upgraded India's local currency senior unsecured rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and its short-term local currency rating to P-2 from P-3.

    NEA and CTGC Sign Joint Venture Pact to Construct West Seti Hydropower Project

    Nepal Electricity Authority, NEA signed a joint venture agreement with China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), a Chinese company to construct 750 MW West Seti Hydropower Project. The agreement was signed in Kathmandu by NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising and representatives of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC).   The estimated cost of the project will be 1.8 billion US dollars. CTGC will have 75% stake in the joint venture and NEA will hold remaining 25%.

    Karnataka launches project to install WiFi facilities in gram panchayats

    Karnataka State Government unveiled an ambitious project to install Wi-Fi facility in all gram panchayats across the state. During this year itself, Wi-Fi facility will be installed in 2500 gram panchayats. The main objective of this project is to bridge the digital divide. Through this project, each and every entrepreneur from the cities and towns across Karnataka, will be provides an opportunity to benefit from the enabling eco-system. This project is a part of Karnataka State Government’s efforts to strengthen the Information Technology sector in the state.

    Nagaland becomes first North East state to launch PoS for electricity bill payments

    Nagaland became the first among the North Eastern states to launch Point of Sale (PoS) for electricity bill payment. The PoS facility was formally launched by State Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar, at Kohima Electrical Subdivision-1 in Kohima on 16th November 2017. The Chief Engineer of Power Department, Khose Sale informed that PoS services will be extended to other major cities and districts of Nagaland.

    Abu Dhabi Award for APMDC

    The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) bagged an international award from Abu Dhabi.  The ADI PEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference) Excellence in Energy Awards 2017 had adjudged the APMDC as the winner for the second position in the category of “social contribution in country value.”

  • November 16, 2017 Current Affairs

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    Hunar Haat inaugurated in IITF 2017

    The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs had organized Hunar Haat at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.  It has become a successful mission to provide employment and employment opportunities and national as well international markets for thousands of master artisans from across the country. It has provided a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display their rich heritage and skills. It is also providing domestic and international markets to these artisans and craftsmen.

    UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference 2017 Held in Canada

    Canada hosted the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference in Vancouver, Canada. This conference is the largest gathering of Defence ministers dedicated to UN Peacekeeping. The goals of this conference are to measure the progress made since the 2016 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial; The main aim is to encourage new pledges from the Member States, particularly in areas where the UN faces gaps, such as rapid deployment, helicopters, and francophone units.

    Syria Signs up Paris Agreement on Climate Change

     According to the UN report, Syria officially signed up to the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to reject the global climate-rescue pact. War-torn Syria became the 169th of 196 countries that are members of the UN climate convention to take the legal step of ratification. After Nicaragua signed up in October 2017, Syria and USA were the only countries not to have adopted the pact.

    RBI Rejects HDFC Bank's Request to Declassify HDFC as FII

    The Reserve Bank of India has reportedly rejected HDFC Bank's plea to declassify its parent Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) as a foreign institutional investor (FII). The RBI has rejected the request citing current rules which require HDFC to be classified as FII. The move will have an impact on HDFC Bank's fundraising program from qualified institutional placement (QIP). FIIs being barred from investing in the bank will limit the fundraising options as it can only be raised from domestic investors.

    Indonesian beauty queen crowned Miss International 2017

    Indonesia’s Kevin Lilliana was crowned Miss International 2017 at an event held at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.   Lilliana also won the award for being the best-dressed contestant.

    National Press Day is observed on November 16

    India celebrated the National Press Day on November 16 as the Press Council of India started functioning as a responsible body overlooking the works of the press as a whole body on this day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted media on National Press Day, which is commemorated every year on November 16, and appreciated their contribution to make India a democratic country.

    Mukesh Ambani Topped Forbes List of Asia's Richest Families

    India’s Ambani family topped the Forbes list of Asia’s Richest Families for the first time with a net worth of $44.8 billion, up $19 billion from the previous year. The collective wealth of Asia’s 50 richest families on the list is a record $699 billion, according to the Forbes. The Top 3 Families in Asia- 1. India's Ambani Family- $44.8 billion 2. Korea’s Lee family- $40.8 billion 3. Hong Kong’s Kwok family-  The Top 3 Families in India- 1. India's Ambani Family- (Rank 1; $44.8 billion 2. Premji family (Rank 11; $19.2 billion net worth) 3. Mittal family (Rank 14; $17.2 billion).

    Andhra Pradesh hosting its first ever hot-air balloon festival

    The Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organized by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism. The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries. The participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea. The Extraordinary shaped balloons like the Seahorse, the Kiwi, the Bee and much more are lined up in the festival. This festival is being organized to promote tourism. A large team of over 100 photographers, nature lovers and students from across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrived at Araku to capture the scenes of the festival. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage, and stunning waterfalls.

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