Current Affairs November 14, 2017


37st India International Trade Fair begins in New Delhi:

 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) begin at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

The 14-day annual event, organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind.This year the theme of the fair is “Startup India Standup India“. Vietnam is the Partner Country, while Kyrgyzstan is the Focus Country. Jharkhand is participating as a Partner State in the event.

As many as 7,000 participants from 22 countries will show case their products ranging from electronics to textiles.

Piyush Goyal approves Vizag-Jagdalpur express’ extension to Chhattisgarh’s Kirandul:

 Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal approved to extend Visakhapatnam-Jagdalpur express upto Dantewada’s Kirandul to facilitate easy transport of passengers in the Naxal-affected region.

The Union Minister approved several rail projects for the state while chairing a high-level meeting of officials in the presence of state Chief Minister Raman Singh.

He also sanctioned a new rail line between Nagpur Road Halt and Manendragadh via Chirmiri.


  • Capital: Raipur
  • Chief Minister: Raman Singh
  • Governor: Balram Das Tandon

Sainik Sankshema Sabha to be organised in all districts of Andhra and Telangana:

 Ex-servicemen Welfare Board officials have announced that Sainik Sankshema Sabha will be organised in all districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Inaugurating the Lieutenant General R.K. Anand, the General Officer Commanding Dakshin Bharat Area, said this at a rally and grievance redressal programme held in Secunderabad.

Headquarters Telangana & Andhra Sub Area under the aegis of HQ Dakshin Bharat Area has conducted. Thousands of former armed forces personnel from Ranga Reddy, Medchal, Malkajgiri, Vikarabad and Hyderabad districts including those who had served in World War-II attended the rally.

Andhra Pradesh

  • Capital: Amaravati
  • Chief Minister: Chandrababu Naidu
  • Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan


  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Chief Minister: Chandrasekhar rao
  • Governor: S. L. Narasimhan

Northeast to get India first ever Air Dispensary:

Northeast is all set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) has already contributed Rs. 25 crores as part of the initial funding for this initiative.

WCD Ministry to Host Hausala 2017 to Celebrate Child Rights Week:

The Ministry of Women and Child Development will celebrate the Child Rights Week (Hausla 2017) from 16th to 20th November 2017. The country celebrates the Children’s Day on 14th November and the International Child Rights Day is celebrated on 20th November every year. The period between the two important events will be celebrated as Child Rights Week by WCD Ministry by hosting an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

Chhattisgarh launches toll-free helpline number for senior citizens:

Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, in his address to people of state in his monthly radio programme Raman Ke Goth aired from Akashwani Raipur, said that state Government has launched toll free number 1800-180-1253 and helpline number 0771-2511253 in Police Headquarters Raipur with senior citizen cell, for helping senior citizens.

India’s First Cartoon Network theme park to be set up in Gujarat:

 India will have the first Cartoon Network-branded theme park. Turner International India, which owns the Cartoon Network brand, has entered into a brand partnership with Gujarat based real estate, entertainment and hospitality group Rajgreen for the launch of a 61,000-square meter property Amaazia, in Surat.


  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani
  • Governor: Om Prakash Kohli


PM Modi inaugurated Rice Field laboratory in Manila named after him:

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines and inaugurated ‘Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory’. Four agreements were signed by India and Philippines in areas including Defence Cooperation and Logistics, agriculture, Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises-MSME and forging closer relations between the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Philippines Foreign Service Institute

In the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, it was agreed that bilateral cooperation in areas of terrorism and boosting trade and investment could be further enhanced.


  • Currency: Philippine peso
  • Capital: Manila

10th South Asia Economic Summit begins today in Kathmandu:

The 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) will begin at Kathmandu. The theme of three-day summit is “Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia“.

The summit is being organised by National Planning Commission and Ministry of Commerce of Nepal and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, Nepal.

Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission of Nepal Dr. Swarnim Wagle told media persons at Kathmandu,the summit will be on development of South Asia.


  • Prime minister:Sher Bahadur Deuba
  • Currency: Nepalese rupee
  • Capital: Kathmandu

UN to host first talks on use of ‘killer robots’:

The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions.

More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla’s Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls from activists who have warned the machines will put civilians at enormous risk.

A UN disarmament grouping known as the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) will hold five days of talks on the issue in Geneva.


Mumbai to host Asian Bankers Association summit:

For the first time, the nation’s financial capital will host the 34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) this week.

The two-day conference will be held in the megapolis from November 16 and will be hosted by State Bank, with the theme of ‘Asia’s turn to transform’, SBI said.

Rajyavardhan Rathore releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017:

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 in NewDelhi.  The objective of constructing the India Youth Development Index (YDI) 2017 is to track the trends in Youth Development across the States. The Index enables recognizing the high and low performing states, identifies the weak domains and informs the policy makers the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.

Uber approves Softbank Multibillion Dollar Investment offer:

Uber Technologies Inc. approved SoftBank Group Corp.’s offer to buy a multibillion-dollar stake in the ride-hailing company, setting the stage for one of the largest private start-up deals ever.

The agreement lets SoftBank and other firms invest up to $1 billion in Uber and proceed with a tender offer in coming weeks to buy up to $9 billion in shares from existing investors.


Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resigns:

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has resigned about six weeks after he went on leave amid criticism by the government over a Supreme Court verdict which scrapped Parliament’s power to remove judges on grounds of misconduct and incapacity.

Justice Sinha which term was scheduled to expire in January next year is the first top judge of the country to step down.


  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka


Mithali Raj named best sportswoman at Indian Sports Honours:

Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj bagged the Indian Sportswoman of the Year (Team Sports) award at the Indian Sports Honours (ISH) event held in Mumbai. Further, Mithali-led Indian team, which ended as runners-up in the World Cup, won the Team of the Year award.


Teddy Riner remains undefeated and claims tenth World title:

 Teddy Riner won his tenth World title at the 2017 Judo World Championships Open in Marrakesh and remains undefeated emperor in judo. French heavyweight judo champion Teddy Riner won his 10th world title with victory at the open-weight world championships in Marrakech.

Golfer Vani Kapoor Finishes in Top 10 at women’s India open:

 Indian golfer Vani Kapoor registered her maiden top-10 finish after finishing tied 6th at the Women’s Indian Open in Gurugram. Meanwhile, another Indian, Aditi Ashok, finished the tournament at the tied 13th spot.


World Kindness Day – November 13:

World Kindness Day is an international observance on 13 November. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement a coalition of nations kindness NGOs. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. In 2009, Singapore observed the day for the first time. Italy and India also observed the day.

Nation pays homage to 1st PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the nation’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary.

Born on November 14, 1889 in Allahabad (in what was then the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, now Uttar Pradesh), Nehru is fondly called “Chacha Nehru”. Children’s Day is celebrated across India on this day.

Nehru was sworn-in as the Prime Minister on August 15, 1947 when India gained independence from Britain.

World Diabetes Day being observed today:

World Diabetes Day is being observed on November 14th in the country as elsewhere around the world in a befitting manner to create awareness about diabetes among millions of people worldwide.

This year, the theme of the day is “Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future”.

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