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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 26 NOV 2017
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1.      PRESIDENT OF INDIA INAUGURATES INTERNATIONAL GITA MAHOTSAVA-2017 IN HARYANA
i. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Gita Mahotsava-2017 in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Gita Mahotsava-2017 will conclude on December 3, 2017.
ii. Mauritius is the partner country and Uttar Pradesh is the partner state for this event. About 20 lakh people participated in Gita Mahotsav last year, which also included people from 35 countries.
iii. This year, about 25-30 lakh people are expected to participate in this event till December 3, 2017. President Ram Nath Kovind, also participated in Gita Yajna and Gita Poojan ceremonies at Brahma Sarovar and inaugurated an international seminar on Gita at the Kurukshetra University campus.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 NOV 2017
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1.      SHUBHANGI SWAROOP INDIAN NAVY'S FIRST FEMALE PILOT
i. In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
ii. Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate branch of the Navy.

2.      CENTRE SUGGESTS ODISHA TO ENHANCE PMGSY TARGET TO 10,000 KM
i. The Centre suggested to the Odisha government to enhance its rural road construction target under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to 10,000 km from 7,000 km during the current fiscal year.
ii. Union Secretary to Rural Development Minister Amarjit Sinha made the suggestions to Odisha after attending a high level review meeting held under the chairmanship of Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi.
iii. The Odisha government had earlier set a target to construct 7,000 km roads during this fiscal. So far, around 42,058 km of road have been completed connecting 13,063 habitations under PMGSY. The field level work is going on for completion of another 14,800 km of road that will connect 3,492 habitations more. These projects would be completed by March, 2019.
iv. PMGSY is being implemented with fund support from both the Central and state government on 60:40 basis.

3.      MHA CONDUCTED MULTI STATE MEGA MOCK TSUNAMI EXERCISE 2017
i. The Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre based at Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services had conducted “Multi-State Mega Mock Exercise of Tsunami for East Coast of India”.
ii. Participants in the drill included State Disaster Management Authorities of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The mock drill was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Disaster Response Force.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 NOV 2017
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1.      CABINET APPROVALS ON NOVEMBER 23, 2017
i. Cabinet approves agreement between India and Philippines on co-operation in customs matters,  Cabinet approves India’s Membership for European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.
ii. Cabinet approves signing of India – Russia Agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism, Cabinet approves continuation of the scheme on Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs beyond the 12th Plan Period.
iii. Cabinet approves Expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to improve child sex ratio.

2.      GOVT TO SET UP PRADHAN MANTRI MAHILA SHAKTI KENDRAS IN 115
i. The Centre has approved setting up of 'Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendras' across 115 most backward districts of the country through a new scheme for reaching out to rural women and facilitating skill development, employment, digital literacy, health and nutrition.
ii. The government also approved expanding the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme from 161 districts to 640 districts in the country, as well as 150 additional 'one stop centres' for the survivors of sexual violence along with seven other programmes that are part of the umbrella scheme -- the National Mission for Empowerment of Women. The financial outlay for these schemes from 2017 to 2020 will be Rs 3,636.85 cr.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 NOV 2017
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1.      PRIME MINISTER LAUNCHES UMANG APP
i. Prime minister Narendra Modi has launched Umang mobile application, an integrated platform for government to citizen services. Umang- an acronym for "unified mobile app for new age" e-governance - currently hosts around 162 services from 33 government departments of central and state governments. The app has been developed by the ministry of electronics and information technology.
ii. Some of the services relate to Aadhaar, DigiLocker, Pay Gov, Bharat Bill Payments System, and CBSE. The app provides easy facility for provisioning the services through mobile without long drawn detailed project report /bidding process.
2.      INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON INDIAN SPACE PROGRAMME HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. International Seminar on Indian Space Programme: ‘Trends and Opportunities for Industry’ was inaugurated in New Delhi.
ii. The seminar was jointly organised by Indian Space Research Organisation, Antrix Corporation Limited (the commercial arm of ISRO) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
iii. Objective of this seminar was to deliberate on the best practices in space sector and to develop a coherent framework for enabling the domestic and global expansion of India’s Space Sector. The seminar also highlighted the recent achievements and major milestones of Indian Space Sector and provided information about its future programs and plans.
iv. Eminent speakers including Dr M Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (Bangalore), K. Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kunhikrishnan, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre attended this seminar.

3.      NORTHEAST DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT HELD IN MANIPUR
i. Manipur hosted the first- ever North East Development Summit 2017 in Imphal. NEDS 2017 was jointly organised by Manipur State Government in collaboration with Union Commerce Ministry and India Foundation.
ii. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the summit. Objective of this summit was to showcase the economic potential and to attract investments in food processing, bamboo industry, real estate and other businesses within the state.
iii. Union Minister for Commerce and Industries, Suresh Prabhu, Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajeev Kumar also attended this Summit.
iv. During the course of this Summit, around 20 Memorandum of Understandings were signed between various Departments of Manipur State Government and National and International Companies/Investors.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 22 NOV 2017
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1.      CABINET APPROVES SETTING UP OF 15TH FINANCE COMMISSION
i. The Cabinet has approved the setting up of the 15th Finance Commission which will assess the tax resources of the nation and suggest a formula for their devolution among states. Its recommendations will have to be in place before April 1, 2020, it takes 2 years for Finance Commission to give its recommendations.
ii. As per Article 280 of the Constitution, the Commission is required to make recommendations on the distribution of the net proceeds of taxes between the Centre and the States.

2.      INDIA-MYANMAR JOINT ARMY EXERCISE “IMBAX-2017” BEGINS IN MEGHALAYA
i. IMBAX-2017 First India-Myanmar bilateral military exercise 2017 begun in Umroi in Meghalaya. IMBAX-2017 will continue till November 25, 2017.
ii. This exercise is being held to train Myanmar’s army delegation for participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. IMBAX-2017 is being conducted at the recently created Joint Training Node of the Indian Army at Umroi, which is situated 30km away from Meghalaya capital’s Shillong.
iii. 15 officers from Myanmar Army and 16 officers from the Indian Army are taking part in IMBAX-2017. As Indian Army contingents have rich experience of serving in UNPKO,  Indian Army officers taking part in IMBAX-2017 will impart training to Myanmar Army delegation on the tactics, procedures, expertise and methodology to be adopted by contingent of member nations while taking part in UNPKO.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 21 NOV 2017
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1.      MAHARASHTRA CM LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO CURB CHILDHOOD OBESITY
i. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a new initiative against childhood obesity in Pune. Under this initiative, schools will be given Body Mass Index dialler, through which children will be able to know their BMI.
ii. This initiative has been taken by Rotary Club of Koregaon Park with JT Foundation. With the help of BMI dialler and a supporting documentary, not only school children, but their parents and teachers will also be given information about childhood obesity.
iii. According to the World Health Organisation, India is projected to be the second-largest country with childhood obesity by 2025.
iv. Around 6000 children in Pune will benefit from this campaign by gaining information about BMI. It is to be noted that Pune is among the top five Indian cities having high prevalence of obesity.

2.      NAGALAND, ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS, DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI AND DAMAN & DIU SIGN MOU WITH GOI under UDAY Scheme
i. On the 2nd Anniversary of Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana, the Government of India signed four MoUs under the Scheme with the State of Nagaland and with Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu for operational improvements.
ii. An overall net benefit of approximately Rs. 551 crores, Rs. 18 crores, Rs. 13 crores and Rs. 10 crores respectively would accrue to the State of Nagaland & UTs of Andaman & Nicobar, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.

3.      HARYANA GOVERNMENT’S NEW SCHEME OFFERS DOMESTIC POWER CONNECTIONS ON EMI
i. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced a new scheme offering Domestic Power Connections in rural areas On Equated Monthly Instalment.
ii. Currently it costs between Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 4000/- to get a domestic power connection. Under this new scheme, households in rural areas can pay just Rs. 200 and get a domestic power connection. The remaining amount can be paid in easy instalments of Rs. 100 to Rs. 200.
iii. Haryana State Government has initiated several schemes aimed at reducing losses of State Power Department. In certain villages, where line losses have been reduced by 20% are now getting 24-hour power supply. Mr Khattar has stated that his government would fulfil its promise to provide 24-hour power supply all over Haryana in the next two years.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20 NOV 2017
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1.      42ND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MILITARY MEDICINE BEGINS
i. The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence began in New Delhi.
ii. The five-day event is being organised for the first time in India, and is the largest medical conference ever organised by the AFMS. The theme of this 42nd World Congress is “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.”

2.      ASSAM CM SARBANANDA SONOWAL INAUGURATES NAMAMI BARAK FESTIVAL
i. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Namami Barak festival at Silchar, Assam.
ii. Sarbananda Sonowal said that, the Namami Barak is organised to revive humanistic values, to discover resources and possibilities of the land. Also a new train connecting Silchar Dibrugarh – Trivandrum was flagged off. Sonowal added that Dibrugarh and Silchar direct air connectivity has also started.
iii. He requested Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain to start a new train from Saurashtra to Dibrugarh and Silchar. He said that construction of the mini secretariat at Silchar would start soon and Vivekananda Cultural and Research Institute is also going to be set up in Silchar.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 NOV 2017
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1.      24TH MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM HELD IN BENGALURU
i. The 24th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum was held in Bengaluru. The theme for the 24th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum was ‘Space Technology for Enhanced Governance and Development’.
ii. The event was co-organised by India’s Department of Space, Indian Space Research Organisation and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
iii. The General Co-chairs were Mr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary of DOS & Chairman of ISRO and Ms. Mami Oyama, Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Japan.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 NOV 2017
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1.      INDIA, FRANCE AGREE TO DEEPEN SECURITY CO-OPERATION
i. 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.
ii. 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.

2.      CENTRE OKAYS RS 10,000 CR FOR 107 MAHARASHTRA IRRIGATION PROJECTS
i. The Centre has given an in-principle approval to provide an assistance of Rs 10,000 cr to fund 107 irrigation projects in drought-hit Vidarbha and Maratha regions of Maharashtra.
ii. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.

3.      1ST WHO GLOBAL MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON ENDING TB HELD IN RUSSIA
i. The WHO Global Ministerial Conference “Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response” was held in Moscow, Russia.
ii. 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.

4.      INDIA’S FIRST MEGA COASTAL ECONOMIC ZONE TO COME UP IN MAHARASHTRA
i. The government has given the go-ahead for setting up India’s first mega coastal economic zone at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Maharashtra as part of a plan to develop 14 such industrial clusters to spur manufacturing and generate jobs.
ii. The plan envisages a total investment of Rs 15,000 cr in the first phase and creation of more than 1.5 lakh jobs.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 NOV 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 NOV 2017
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1.      PRESIDENT RAM NATH KOVIND LAUNCHES SCHEMES WORTH RS 3,455 CRORE IN JHARKHAND
i. President Ram Nath Kovind launched various schemes and laid the foundation stones of infrastructure projects in Jharkhand. These schemes and projects are to be carried out at an expenditure of Rs 3455 cr.
ii.nFirstly, he launched Rs 290-crore ‘108 Ambulance’ service in the state. This service will have 329 life support system equipped ambulances which will provide free round the clock service across the state.
ii. Thereafter, President Kovind launched Jharkhand State Government’s JOHAR (Jharkhand’s Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Development) scheme.

2.      VENKAIAH NAIDU INAUGURATES AP AGTECH SUMMIT 2017 IN VISAKHAPATNAM
i. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 3-day Andhra Pradesh AgTech Summit 2017 in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
ii. The summit will discuss on innovative ideas, technologies and global best practices to push agricultural transformation in Andhra Pradesh. More than 50 stalls have been set up to showcase latest agriculture technologies and products of companies.
iii. Chief Guest for the Valedictory session on 17 November will be Bill Gates. This summit is organised by the Andhra Pradesh Government in association with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industry and Dalberg Advisors.
iv. More than 1,500 global leaders from 61 countries including business heads, start-up founders, leading policymakers, progressive farmers, non-governmental organisation, agriculture and technology experts attended the summit.

3.      5TH BIENNIAL HOTELIVATE STATE RANKING SURVEY FOR TOURISM – DELHI TOPS THE LIST
i. According to the 5th biennial Hotelivate State Ranking Survey for Tourism, Delhi is the top tourist destination of India. This survey was conducted by hospitality consulting firm, Hotelivate in association with World Travel & Tourism Council-India Initiative.
ii. States were assessed on eleven parameters, which included state expenditure on tourism, number of branded hotel rooms, aircraft movement, road and rail network and other intangible aspects. As per the finding of the survey, Delhi, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat are the top five tourism destination states.
iii. Being a capital city, Delhi scored extremely high on parameters of aircraft movement and hotel rooms, which contributed to its overall top rank.
iv. Survey findings revealed that none of the Indian states spent more than 1% of Gross State Domestic Product on tourism.

4.      12TH NORTH EAST BUSINESS SUMMIT INAUGURATED IN NEW DELHI
i. 12th North East Business Summit, a two day event, 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, Services Sector Development- Particularly in Tourism, Hospitality & Food Processing.
ii. The Summit is being organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce. Manipur is the state partner for this event. The conference includes technical sessions on development of infrastructure and connectivity in North East: Focus on Regional Air Connectivity, Skill development in NE & Financing the services sector, Roads & Highways, Development of Food Processing Industry in NE with focus on Natural Organic and Super Foods from NE and Promotion of Tourism & Hospitality Sector in NE.

5.      NAGALAND BECOMES FIRST NORTH EAST STATE TO LAUNCH POS FOR ELECTRICITY BILL PAYMENTS
i. Nagaland became the first among the North Eastern states to launch Point of Sale for electricity bill payment. The PoS facility was formally launched by State Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar, at Kohima Electrical Sub-division-1 in Kohima.
ii. He said that, the department has been losing around Rs 150 cr annually due to non-payment of bills by consumers and asked the citizens to pay sincerely. Through the PoS, a consumer can make cashless payment of the electricity bills, which is in line with India’s digitisation. Chief Engineer of Power Department, Khose Sale said that, PoS services will be extended to other major cities and districts of Nagaland.

6.      MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI INAUGURATES “HUNAR HAAT” IN NEW DELHI
i. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated the 4th edition of ‘Hunar Haat’ at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
ii. ‘Hunar (skill) Haat’ is a platform created by the Minority Affairs Ministry to offer employment and market opportunities to artisans and craftsmen from minority communities. At the 4th edition of Hunar Haat works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates are kept on display. This will continue till 27 November 2017.

7.      CLIMATE CHANGE PERFORMANCE INDEX 2018 – INDIA RANKS 14TH, SWEDEN RANKS HIGHEST
i. India has ranked 14th out of 56 nations and European Union on Climate Change Performance Index 2018 released by environmental organisation Germanwatch.  This marks an improvement from its 20th rank in CCPI 2017
ii. China, which is one of the highest GHG emitting country, ranks 41st. Similar to last year’s rankings, top three rankings are still unoccupied  as no country has adhered to commitments made in 2015 Paris Climate Accord that aims to keep the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
iii. The bottom three countries in the index are Korea (58), Iran (59) and Saudi Arabia (60).

8.      4TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINED ERADICATION OF CHILD LABOUR, ARGENTINA
i. Plenary session of 4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This Conference was jointly organised by Government of Argentina and International Labour Organization.
ii. While delivering the country statement at this conference, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi stated that Indian Government is fully committed to continue working to eliminate child labour.
iii. Ms. Gandhi highlighted the specific provisions of amendment in the Child Labour Act of 1986, provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, National Food Security Act 2013 and Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaranty Act 2005 which are direct and indirect steps taken by Indian Government in this direction.

9.      RBI GOVERNOR URJIT PATEL APPOINTED TO BIS ADVISORY BOARD
i. RBI Governor Urjit Patel was appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board of the Bank of International Settlement.
ii. Bank of International Settlement is a global financial organisation owned by major central banks from across the world. The Financial Stability Institute of the BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems.
iii. The Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to help the FSI continue to meet its mandate in a way that is responsive to the changing needs of its key stakeholders around the world. Members of the FSI Advisory Board would include Urjit Patel, William Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, central bank governors in Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and other top bankers from across the world.

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