Daily Current affairs: Important days
November 16 – International Day for Tolerance
- Every year on 16 November, the international community celebrates the International Day for Tolerance with activities that target both educational institutions and the general public.
- The 2018 winners are social entrepreneur and filmmaker Manon Barbeau (Canada) and the Coexist Initiative, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women (Kenya).
- UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence: In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.
Daily Current affairs: National
India Post launches e-commerce portal
- India Post announced the soft launch of its e-commerce portal. Department of Posts has done only soft launch of the portal.
- The full fledge operations of the service will begin after mid-December 2018. India Post will utilise its parcel business network for this purpose. Department of Posts has been focusing on e-commerce sector to improve its revenue receipts.
Aadi Mahotsav organized by MoTA and TRIFED
- Aadi Mahotsav a National Tribal Festival is being organized in New Delhi by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine and commerce.
- The theme of the festival is: “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce”.
- The Mahotsav will comprise of display and sale of items of tribal art and craft, tribal medicine & healers, tribal cuisine and display of tribal folk performance, in which tribal artisans, chefs, folk dancers/musicians from 23 States of the country shall participate and provide glimpse of their rich traditional culture.
NITI Aayog constituted Himalayan State Regional Council
- NITI Aayog has constituted the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ to ensure sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region.
- The Himalayan State Regional Council will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog and will consist of the Chief Secretaries of the Himalayan States as well as the Secretaries of key Central Ministries, senior officers of NITI Aayog as well as special invitees.
- The Council has been constituted to review and implement identified action points based on the Reports of five Working Groups, which were established along thematic areas to prepare a roadmap for action.
- The Himalayan States Regional Council will be the nodal agency for the Sustainable development in the Himalayan Region which consists of the twelve States namely Jammu &Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, two districts of Assam namely Dima Hasao and KarbiAnglong and Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal.
Daily Current affairs: States
India International Cherry blossom festival held in Meghalaya
- The third edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 was held in Shillong. It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma in the presence of Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu.
- The four-day long festival is being organized by the Forest and Environment Department, Govt of Meghalaya, Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Delhi police launched NIPUN
- Delhi Police has launched an e-learning portal ‘Nipun’ to impart training and provide up to date information to police officers.
- The initiative is aimed at imparting in-service online training and information to police personnel through specialised courses available online which have been designed by experts in various fields.
- The online courses on this portal have been designed in collaboration with University Grant Commission (UGC), FICCI, NHRC, NCPCR and Janaki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University under project CLAP “The Collaborative Learning and Partnership”.
Daily Current affairs: MoU
India and UK sign MoU for collaboration in cancer research
- India and United Kingdom have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in cancer research.
- It is follow-up to joint statement issued by Prime Ministers of India and UK during visit of PM Narendra Modi to the UK in April 2018.
Two projects under Swadesh Darshan Scheme inaugurated in Arunachalpradesh
- Two important projects under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India have been inaugurated at PTSO Lake in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.
- These projects are “Development of North East Circuits: Bhalukpong- Bomdila – Tawang Project & Nafra- Seppa- Pappu, Pasa, Pakke Valleys- Sangdupota- New Sagalee- Ziro- Yomcha Project”.
- The Tourism Ministry had launched ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme with an objective to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country. These tourist circuits will be developed on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner.
Daily Current affairs: Science and Technology
Astronomers discovered frozen planet named as Barnard’s star b
- Astronomers have discovered a frozen planet with a mass over three times that of the Earth, orbiting the closest solitary star to the Sun.
- The potentially rocky planet is a ‘super-Earth’ and orbits around its host star once every 233 days, said researchers from Queen Mary University of London.
- The planet lies at a distant region from the star known as the ‘snow line’ This is well beyond the habitable zone in which liquid water, and possibly life, could exist.
- The planet’s surface temperature is estimated to be around -170°C, they said. However, if the planet has a substantial atmosphere the temperature could be higher and conditions potentially more hospitable.
- Barnard’s star b is the second closest known exoplanet to our Sun. The closest lies just over four light-years from Earth. That exoplanet, Proxima b, orbits around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri.
Daily Current affairs: Banking
RBI injected Rs 12,000 crore liquidity via OMO on November 15
- Reserve Bank of India pumped in Rs 12,000 crore into the system through purchase of government securities. The eligible participants submitted their offers in electronic format on the Reserve Bank of India Core Banking Solution (E-Kuber) system.
- According to the statement, The Stocks were issued for a minimum amount of Rs. 10,000/- (nominal) and in multiples of Rs. 10,000/- thereafter. Interest on the Government Stock will be paid half-yearly.
IndusInd Bank launches India’s first interactive credit card with buttons
- IndusInd Bank launches India’s first interactive credit card with buttons.
- The card empowers customers with a choice of payment options such as EMI, Reward Points or Credit at the push of a button at the point of sale.
- The card has been created in partnership with Dynamics Inc, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh USA, and designs and manufactures intelligent, battery powered payment cards.
Daily Current affairs: Reports
Natural Gas may become world’s 2nd largest energy source by 2030: Report by IEA
- According to report by International Energy Agency (IEA) titled World Energy Outlook 2018, natural gas is expected to overtake coal as the world’s second largest energy source after oil by 2030.
Daily Current affairs: Summits/Conferences
NITI Aayog Organizes South Asian Regional Conference on Urban Infrastructure
- NITI Aayog, the premier think tank of the Government of India, partnered with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to host a South Asian regional conference at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi to discuss the key issues, perspectives and the way forward in the Urban Infrastructure.
- The two-day conference on “Urban Infrastructure: New Approaches to Public & Private Partnerships and Municipal Finance Innovations” was inaugurated by CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant.
India-Taiwan SME Development forum beings in Taipei
- The 5-Day long India- Taiwan SME Development Forum was held at Taipei, Taiwan. The Indian Delegation was led by Secretary MSME Dr. Arun Kumar Panda.
- Currently, there are over 63 million MSMEs across various industries that employ more than 111 million persons and produce more than 8,000 products, ranging from traditional to high-tech precision items.
World Tolerance Summit Inaugurated in Dubai
- The two-day summit to mark the World Tolerance Day was inaugurated in Dubai, the UAE. Held for the first time in UAE, the theme of the Summit was ‘Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’.
- The World Tolerance Summit brings together government leaders, key figures from the public and private sectors, peacekeeping ambassadors and change-makers from across the world to discuss the importance of tolerance, peace and equality, and celebrate diversity.
13th East Asia Summit held in Singapore
- 13th East Asia Summit is being held in Singapore.
- India has been participating in the EAS since its very inception in 2005.
- The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions. Membership expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia at the Sixth EAS in 2011.
- EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 December 2005. EAS is an initiative of ASEAN and is based on the premise of the centrality of ASEAN.
Daily Current affairs: Awards
Dr Debabhuson Borah has been honoured with the prestigious Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2018
- Young writer-critic Dr Debabhuson Borah has been honoured with the prestigious Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2018 in Assam for his book on literary criticism titled ‘Nirbochon’
Veteran Journalist N Ram received Raja Ram Mohan Roy award
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated National Press Day (16 November) celebrations in New Delhi. The winners of National Awards for Excellence in Journalism were honored on the occasion.
- Eminent journalist and Chairman of the Hindu Publishing Group, N Ram has been selected under prestigious award category of Raja Ram Mohan Roy award.
Daily Current affairs: Appointments
Athlete Hima Das appointed first Youth Ambassador of UNICEF India
- India’s ace sprinter and Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter Hima Das was appointed as first ever youth ambassador of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India.
- UNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in country gets best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.
Daily Current affairs: Sports
Australia’s John Hastings Retires From International Cricket
- Former Australia all-rounder John Hastings has retired from all cricket, citing the risks posed by a bleeding lung condition
- Hastings played one Test, 29 ODIs and nine Twenty20 internationals for Australia before retiring from Tests and ODIs a year ago to become a T20 specialist.