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Important Current Affairs 10th November 2018 English

National News    

Indian Army inducts 3 artillery gun system
Indian Army inducted three major globally combat proven artillery gun system viz. M777 A2 ultra light howitzers (ULH), K-9 Vajra-tracked self-propelled guns and ‘Composite Gun Towing Vehicle’ at Deolali Field Firing Range in Maharashtra. 
Facts

  • M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers : It is 155mm, 39 Calibre ULHs towed artillery gun, with maximum range of 24-30km procured from US. 
  • It will be procured under India-US deal signed in November 2016 for 145 M777 Ultra-Light Howitzers. Under it, 25 guns will be imported and rest will be assembled in India by BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defense.

National Legal Services Day
National Legal Services Day (NLSD) is observed every year in India on 9th November to spread awareness for ensuring reasonable fair and justice procedure for all citizens.
National Legal Services Day (NLSD)
It was started by Supreme Court of India in 1995 to provide help and support to poor and weaker sections of the society.

CIMAP signs agreement with US-based RIFM for improving the quality of fragrant oils
Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) has signed MoU with US-based Research Institute for Fragrant Materials (RIFM) for improving the quality of fragrant oils. It was signed at conclusion of two-day annual conference of International Fragrance Association (IFA) in Paris, capital city of France.
Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) is a frontier plant research laboratory of CSIR. It was originally established as Central Indian Medicinal Plants Organisation (CIMPO) in 1959. It is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.


International News

SIMBEX: Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise

India and Singapore will hold 25th joint naval exercise SIMBEX, acronym for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise from November 10 to 21 in India off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.
SIMBEX 2018
It will witness diverse range of exercises at sea such as live weapon drills including multiple missile firings, heavy weight torpedo (HWT) and medium range gun and anti-submarine rocket firings; advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercises, submarine rescue demonstrations; integrated surface and anti-air warfare (AAW); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and cross deck helicopter flying among others.

Appointment

Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as Chairperson of Competition Commission of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed former IAS officer Ashok Kumar Gupta as Chairperson of Competition Commission of India (CCI). He replaces acting chairperson Sudhir Mital. 
Competition Commission of India

  • CCI is quasi-judicial statutory body established under The Competition Act, 2002. It was established in October 2003 and became fully functional in May 2009.
  • CCI aims to eliminate practices that adversely affect competition in different industries and protect interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade.
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Important Current Affairs 9th November 2018 English

National News    

RBI may set-up a digital payments ombudsman by March 2019

09 November 2018 Current Affairs: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may set-up an ombudsman for digital payments by March to reduce the burden on banking ombudsman because of a rising number of complaints.

Who is the Banking Ombudsman?

The Banking Ombudsman actually is a senior official appointed by the RBI to redress customer complaints against pitfalls in the stipulated banking services covered by the Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006.

The Banking Ombudsman may award compensation not exceeding Rs 1 lakh to the complainant for mental agony and harassment.


Allahabad Bank to get 3,054 crore capital infusion from govt


•    State-run Allahabad Bank on Thursday said the Centre is infusing Rs 3,054 crore into it during the current fiscal.

•    Allahabad Bank had posted a loss of Rs.1, 944 crore in the June quarter compared to a profit of Rs. 28.8 crore a year ago.

•    The bank received Rs. 1,790 crore as capital from the government in July this year.

•    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had imposed additional restrictions on the bank under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework in May this year.

Cabinet clears strategic sale of government stake in Dredging Corporation
 

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the strategic sale of government stake in Dredging Corporation of India to a consortium of four ports.

The government currently holds 73.44 per cent in Dredging Corporation of India Ltd (DCIL).

Every graduate girl in Bihar to get Rs 25,000 now

 •    Bihar government has approved a proposal to pay Rs 25,000 to every girl graduating in 2018 and onwards.

•    The one-time payment will be made to every girl who graduated from the colleges of the state on or after April 25 this year, irrespective of pass division, community or region.

•    The Cabinet alloted 300 crore rupees for disbursal of this payment to an estimated one lakh twenty thousand girls expected to clear their graduation course this year.

•    The scheme is a part of a larger government scheme that aims to pay each girl 54 thousand rupees including the payments made to her, right from birth to graduation.

Defence News

Bilateral Exercise SIMBEX 18 - marks Silver Jubilee this Year

The 25th edition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” is scheduled from 10th to 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994. 

SIMBEX 2018 will be the largest edition since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity. 


Defence Minister inducts K9 Vajra, M777 howitzer guns into Army

The Army on Friday inducted new artillery guns and equipment, including K9 Vajra and M777 howitzers, at Deolali artillery centre in Nashik district of Maharashtra.

The induction ceremony took place in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army chief General Bipin Rawat. 

International News

Cabinet approves extradition agreement with Morocco

Union Cabinet chiared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved signing and ratifying the extradition agreement between India and Morocco.

The agreement will provide a strong legal base for the extradition of fugitive offenders who are accused of economic offences, terrorism and other serious offences in one contracting state and found in another contracting state.

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Important Current Affairs 8th November 2018 English

National News

Cabinet approves setting up of Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh. 

The "Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh" will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (No. 6 of 2014).  
Cabinet has also approved the provision of funds of Rs. 420 crore for the first phase expenditure towards establishment of the Central Tribal University.

Government to Lease Six Airports, Cabinet Approves Plan

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the leasing out of six airports -- Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru -- for operation, management and development under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).

International News


DEPwD organises Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities
“Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018” is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018.

This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).The Global IT Challenge for disability is a capacity building project that helps youth with disabilities to overcome their limitations and challenges for a better future through access to ICT.


Alibaba, WFP form partnership to eliminate hunger by 2030


The UN World Food Programme and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have formed a strategic partnership to support efforts eliminate hunger globally by 2030.

WFP Executive Director David Beasley and Alibaba Partner and Chairman of the Alibaba Foundation Sun Lijun signed an agreement at Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

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Important Current Affairs 7th November 2018 English

Day & Dates News

National Cancer Awareness Day

•    7th November 2018 was observed as National Cancer Awareness Day.
•    This day is observed across the country to spread awareness about the disease.
•    There were 2.9 million cases of cancer in the country with 1.1 million new cases being reported annually.
•    This day was announced by then Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on 7th November
•    2014.

Important: 

World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February every year.

Science & Space News
China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station as ISS Days Numbered

•    China today unveiled a model of its 'Heavenly Palace' space station, as the International Space Station (ISS) is set to retire in 2024.

•    The station has a 17-metre core module along with two other modules for scientific experiments which will be equipped with solar panels. 

•    Three astronauts will be permanently stationed in the 60-tonne orbiting lab.

International News
Ozone layer will be completely HEALED by the 2060s

 
A United Nations' study has revealed that the Ozone layer, which shields the Earth against cancer causing solar rays, will be completely healed by 2060s.

The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is slowly recovering at a rate of one to three per cent per decade, a study from the United Nations has revealed.

National News    

Govt releases Rs 113 crore to six Border States
 

Union Home Ministry has released more than Rs. 113 crore to six Border States under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) as part of its plan to ameliorate the problems of people living in isolated locations.

These six states are:
1. Assam,
2. Nagaland,
3. Sikkim,
4. Gujarat,
5. Rajasthan and
6. Uttarakhand.
 

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Important Current Affairs 6th November 2018 English

International News

India elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council 
 

India has been elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term (2019-2022). The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai, UAE.

By securing 165 votes, India ranked third among the 13 countries elected to the Council from the Asia-Australasia region, and eighth among the 48 countries elected to the Council globally. The ITU has 193memberstates who elect representatives to the Council.


The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to commence in Goa from 20th-28th Nov

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November, 2018. 49th edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflect diversity of taste. 

International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian. Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

National News

Prime Minister to Inaugurate the Ring Road and Babatpur Airport Road in Varanasi Next Week
 
•    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation, two important national highways in Varanasi, having a total length of 34 kilometres and constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore on Monday, the 12th of November, 2018.

•    The 16.55 km Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I has been completed at a cost of Rs 759.36 crore, while the work of four-laning and construction of 17.25 km Babatput-Varanasi road on NH-56 has cost Rs 812.59 crore.

•    The Babatpur Airport highway will link Varanasi to the airport and go on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. With a flyover at Harhua and an ROB at Tarna, the road will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport. This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city.

Women of India Organic Festival 2018 Culminates with a record sale of Rs. 2.75 Crores and Footfalls of 12 lakh

The total sales by the women farmers and entrepreneurs, who came from 26 States, were a record of over Rs. 2.75 crore, up from Rs. 1.84 crore in last year’s edition that was organised at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi. The festival is expected to have had footfalls of nearly 12 lakh. 

The Festival, which was held from 26th October to 4th November, saw a regular stream of people from diverse walks of life on all days, giving immense encouragement to the earnest efforts of all the participants.

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Important Current Affairs 5th November 2018 English

Day & Dates News

World Tsunami Awareness Day being observed today

•    World Tsunami Awareness Day is being observed today across the world, including Pakistan, aiming at minimizing the number of people affected by disasters worldwide. 

•    The objective of the day is to raise awareness about precautionary measures against tsunami and share innovative approaches to risk reduction. 

•    Over the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, which is the highest number of deaths than in any other natural hazard.

Sports News

Subhankar Dey wins SaarLorLux Open Badminton tournament in Germany

 In Badminton, Subhankar Dey has won the SaarLorLux Open at Saarbrucken in Germany.

SaarLorLux Open 
 
The 2018 SaarLorLux Open was a badminton tournament which takes place at Saarlandhalle in Saarbrücken, Germany from 30 October to 4 November 2018 and had a total prize of $75,000.

Obituary News
1971 war hero M.P. Awati passes away

Vice-Admiral M.P. Awati (retd.), who commanded a naval unit of the Eastern Fleet in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and whose actions led to the destruction of an enemy submarine, passed away at his hometown near Satara in Maharashtra. Vice-Admiral Awati, a Vir Chakra recipient, was 91.

International News
India, South Korea sign MoU on cooperation in sports

India and South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in sports in New Delhi. 

Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea Do Jong-hwan signed the MoU. 

The MoU covers a range of areas including elite sports, sports science and anti-doping. 

International News

No anti-dumping duty on PTFE resin from India, China: USITC
 

The US International Trade Commission has ruled against putting anti-dumping duty on the imports of a synthetic fluoropolymer, a key ingredient in non-stick coating for pans and other cookware, from India and China.

USITC

The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, bipartisan, quasi-judicial, federal agency of the United States that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches.

The agency determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directs actions against unfair trade practices, such as subsidies, dumping, patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

National News
State to sanction Rs. 42 cr. to BBMP for immediate cleaning of SWDs


•    The State government told the High Court of Karnataka that it had been decided to sanction Rs.42 crore to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for immediate cleaning of Storm-water Drains (SWD).

•    A submission in this regard was made before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S.Sujatha during the hearing on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions, related to potholes, SWDs, and illegal hoardings, through which the court is monitoring the actions of the BBMP and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to address various issues. 

•    The Bench suggested that it was advisable to clean the SWDs once now as it would take some time for the BBMP to finalise the process for regular maintenance system.

Defence News
India's 1st Ballistic Missile Sub Fully Operational

 

INS Arihant, India's first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has completed its first "deterrence patrol".

INS Arihant

INS Arihant is the lead ship of India's Arihant class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The 6,000 tonne vessel was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project at the Ship Building Centre in the port city of Visakhapatnam.

Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha launched


•    The Indian Coast Guard has launched a new offshore patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha from a corporate shipyard near Chennai. 

•    This is the third in a series of seven similar ships to be handed over to the Coast Guard. The timeline for the delivery of all the vessels is March 2021.

•    ICGS Varaha will soon be fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. The weapons will include a 30 mm guns with Fire Control Systems.

•    It will also be capable of carrying a twin-engine helicopter and four high-speed boats for Search and Rescue and Maritime Patrol. 

•    It also carries pollution response equipment to contain the oil spill at sea.

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Important Current Affairs 4th November 2018 English

(National News)

Jharakhand to become ODF by 15th of this month

With the current rate of sanitation coverage in Jharkhand, the state will become open defecation free (ODF) by November 15, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000 to create a separate state.
"Ganga Gram" is a concept to transform the banks of the Ganga river there into ideal villages with emphasis on ODF, solid and liquid waste management, water conservation, groundwater recharge, modern crematorium, tree plantation, and organic and medicinal plant agriculture.

Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme launched

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched ‘Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme which aims at increasing use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigation.

‘Soura Jalanidhi’
‘Soura Jalanidhi’ is a dug well based solar pump irrigation system in convergence mode. Under the scheme, 5,000 solar pumps will be provided to farmers at a subsidy of 90 per cent to irrigate 2,500 acres of land.
The Chief Minister also launched the web portal of this scheme on the occasion
The State Government has allocated `27.18 crore for implementation of the scheme. 

(Award News)

Anupam Kher Conferred with 'Distinguished Fellow' Title by Boston Business School
 
Veteran actor Anupam Kher was conferred a 'Distinguished Fellow' title at the Cambridge MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston.

(International News)

22-yr-old Jharkhand girl heads Australia High Commission for a day

Making India proud, a 22-year-old girl, Pari, hailing from a Naxal-affected village in Jamshedpur, took charge of the Australian High Commission for a day.
Pari, who advocates for child rights and their development in remote rural areas, got selected by Plan India, a child rights organisation providing children, especially girls, with access to education, healthcare, protection, and livelihood opportunities.

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Important Current Affairs 3rd November 2018 English

(National News)

President Kovind inaugurates Gyan Kumbh in Haridwar

•    President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the 1st Gyan Kumbh, billed as a premier event of higher education in Uttarakhand. 
•    This event is being jointly organised by the Higher Education Department of the Uttarakhand Government and the University of Patanjali in Haridwar.
•    The higher education ministers of 18 states, the Union HRD minister as well as over 200 academicians from across the country would attend the event.

(International News)

US is reportedly granting 8 countries Iran sanctions waivers
 

•    India and 7 other nations have been granted a temporary waiver from US sanctions against buyers of Iranian crude oil. 
•    The US will reimpose sanctions on Iran on November 5, with crude oil being Iran's largest source of income. 
•    India currently imports nearly 80% of its crude oil consumption.

(Sports News)
Delhi to host Women’s World Boxing C’ship

India is going to host AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships from 15th to 24th November 2018 at New Delhi.
AIBA World Boxing Championships 
The AIBA World Boxing Championships and the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships[2] are biennial amateur boxing competitions organised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), which is the sport governing body.

(Appointment News)

Atul Goel takes over as MD, CEO of UCO Bank


Atul Kumar Goel today assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank. o He is going to replace R. K. Takkar, who completed his three-year tenure on November 1, 2018. 
Prior to this assignment, he was executive director of Union Bank of India.

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Important Current Affairs 2nd November 2018 English

International News

India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome Film Festival
 
India was partner country at Videocittà 2018, an event focussing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. was organized along with Rome Film Festival and Mercato Internazionale dell'Audiovisivo (MIA) (the International Audio Visual Market). India’s participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and coordinated on Ministry’s behalf by FICCI.

23rd World Corporate Games 2019 in Qatar
 
Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games next year.
This is the first time the World Corporate Games will be held in the Middle East.
World Corporate Games
Founded in 1988 the Corporate Games are the world’s largest multisport festivals for businesses with great sports and fabulous celebrations for everyone to enjoy regardless of their age, ability or level of fitness.


The U.S. revoked duty import of at least 50 Indian products
 
The U.S. revoked duty-free concessions on the import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors. 
The Federal Register issued a notification, listing 90 products which were so far subject to duty-free provisions under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), an oldest and largest U.S. trade preference programme. 
The GSP is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary-countries.

Japan cabinet approves bill to accept foreign workers
 
Japan's cabinet on Friday approved a draft bill to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country to address chronic labour shortages.
The bill would allow foreign nationals with skills in sectors facing particularly severe shortages to obtain five-year visas, which would not allow them to bring their families. 
Foreign workers in those fields who hold stronger qualifications and pass a more difficult Japanese language test will be able to obtain a visa that can be extended indefinitely, eventually leading to residency, and will be able to bring over family. 

Science & Space News
China launches new high-orbit satellite

 •    China on Friday successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system being built to rival United States Global Position System (GPS).
•    The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
•    It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. In a geostationary orbit, following the Earth's rotation, it will view the same point on Earth continuously.
•    The satellite is meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI. 
•    It will be the fourth global satellite navigation system after the US GPS system, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.

Defence News
INDO - Japan joint military exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN 2018
 
 
•    Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN - 2018, a joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies, commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram, India on 01 November 2018. 
•    The Japanese contingent is being represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side is being represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles. 
•    Being first of its kind, the 14 days long joint exercise is being conducted from 01 Nov 2018 to 14 Nov 2018. 

National News    
33rd Army Aviation Day celebrated on 01 Nov 2018

Army Aviation Corps celebrated its 33rd Raising Day on 01 Nov 2018, and to mark this occasion, a Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, New Delhi.
The ceremonial wreath was laid by Lieutenant General Kanwal Kumar, Colonel Commandant and Director General of Army Aviation, along with a host of serving officers, soldiers and veterans in attendance.

PM Modi to launch Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Support and Outreach Programme

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Support and Outreach Programme in New Delhi today. 
The  MSME Outreach Programme will run for 100 days covering 100 Districts throughout the country. 

Decommissioned carrier INS Viraat to become a floating museum

•    The Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum. 
•    As per primary estimates, the project worth 852 crore rupees will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP).
•    As per the proposal sent by the Maharashtra Government to the Union Defence Ministry, the carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of the state.
•    This will enable the tourists to see the diverse aquatic life and experience sky-diving, sailing and other thrilling sporting activities.
•    INS Viraat, which holds a place of pride in Indian defence history, was decommissioned in March 2017 and since then has been laid up at the Naval Dockyard. 

Four new Supreme Court judges sworn in
Justices Hemant Gupta, R.Subhash Reddy, M.R. Shah and Ajay Rastogi were Friday sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court, taking its strength to 28.
Important:-
•    Justice Gupta was the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice Reddy was the Gujarat High Court’s chief justice.
•    Justice Shah was the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and Justice Rastogi was the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.
•    The apex court has a sanctioned strength of 31.
•    With the elevation of these four new judges, the strength has risen from 24 to 28.

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Important Current Affairs 1st November 2018 English

Appointment News
SS Deswal appointed Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police

The ACC has approved the appointment of Shri S. S. Deswal, IPS (HY: 84) as Director General, Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

He took charge from Shri R K Pachnanda, the outgoing DG of ITBP, who superannuated today.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India, raised on 24 October 1962, under the CRPF Act, in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962. The ITBP was intended for deployment along India's border with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

International News

Cabinet approves India-Morocco agreement on criminal matters

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

Benefits:-

•    The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime, tracing, restraint, forfeiture or confiscation or proceeds and instruments of crime. 

•    It aims to increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing the necessary peaceful ambience which is a pre-requisite for the development of society as a whole. 


World Bank's 'Ease Of Doing Business' Index 2019


•    The World Bank on October 31, 2018 released the Doing Business Report 2019 titled as ‘Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform’, assessing and ranking countries on the basis of ease of doing business in the year 2018.

•    As per the 2019 Report, India jumped 23 places on the Ease of Doing Business Index to 77th rank, up from 100th rank last year. 

•    This year, India’s Distance to Frontier score improved to 67.23 from 60.76 in the previous year. 


India among nations that face grave danger to soil biodiversity


India’s soil biodiversity is in grave peril, according to the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas prepared by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The WWF’s ‘risk index’ for the globe — indicating threats from loss of above-ground diversity, pollution and nutrient over-loading, over-grazing, intensive agriculture, fire, soil erosion, desertification and climate change — shows India among countries whose soil biodiversity faces the highest level of risk. 

Important:-

Soil biodiversity encompasses the presence of micro-organisms, micro-fauna (nematodes and tardigrades for example), and macro-fauna (ants, termites and earthworms).

National News

Jharsuguda Airport is now 'Veer Surendra Sai Airport'

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”

Important to Know:-

•    Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. 
•    Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area.
•    It will also be a befitting tribute to the contribution of the revered personality associated with the State.


MHA approves Rs.194.44 crore Safe City Project for Lucknow
•    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved a Safe City project for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. 

•    The project would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.

•    This approval is a part of MHA’s plans to implement Safe City projects in 8 selected cities, namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow under Nirbhaya Fund with the purpose of strengthening safety and security of women in public places.


Madhya Pradesh celebrates its 63rd Foundation Day today


Madhya Pradesh is celebrating its 63rd Foundation Day with traditional pride and grandeur today. 

Madhya Pradesh was founded on November 1, 1956, and now is the second largest Indian state in size with an area of 3 Lakh 8 thousand sq. km.

Important:-

•    Governor is Smt. Anandiben Patel 
•    Chief Minister is Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Famous for:-

•    Bandhavgarh National Park
•    Kanha Tiger 
•    ReserveBhimbetka rock shelters


Growth of 8 infrastructure sectors slows down to 4.3% in September


Growth of eight infrastructure sectors slowed down to 4.3 per cent in September this year, the lowest in the last four months, as production of crude oil and natural gas declined.


1.    Fertilizer grew by 2.5 percent
2.    Cement by 11.8 per cent
3.    Electricity output grew by 8.2 per cent
4.    Coal declined to 6.4 per cent
5.    Refinery products to 2.5 per cent 
6.    Steel sectors fell to 3.2 per cent
7.    Crude oil dipped by 4.2 per cent 
8.    Natural gas by 1.8 per 

These eight segments comprise more than 40 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production.

Defence News
India Conducts Successful Night Trail of Agni-1 Ballistic Missile
A night trial of India's indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km was successfully conducted today from a test range off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army.

Agni-I (Agnī "Fire") is a short-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

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