Current Affairs November 17, 2017

National Affairs

Three-day Jharkhand Food Summit to start from February 23

The aim of the summit is to attract food and processing investors of the country.

The Food Processing Ministry of the Central Government has announced a grant of Rs.113 crore for food processing potential in Jharkhand.


Capital: Ranchi

Chief Minister: Raghubar Das

Governor: Draupadi Murmu

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

The Point Of Sale facility was formally launched by State Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar,at Kohima.


Capital: Kohima

Chief Minister: T.R Zeliang

Governor: Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya

‘The Trust Project’ by Facebook & Google

To Identify fake news and help readers identify trustworthy news sources, Facebook, Google, Twitter and several media organisations have joined the non-partisan “The Trust Project”.

“The Trust Project” is led by journalist Sally Lehrman of Santa Clara University.

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 estimated cost of the project will be 1.8 billion US dollars.
NEA Executive Director :Kulman Ghising

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.



Chief Minister:Siddaramaiah

Governor: Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala

India, China, US agree to cooperate together on cyberspace security

A joint trilateral meeting between representatives from three countries was held at the Vivekananda International Foundation, a New-Delhi.


Cyberspace refers to the virtual computer world, and more specifically, is an electronic medium used to form a global computer network to facilitate online communication.

Minister of Commerce and Industry participate in SCO meeting

The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu participates in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Meeting of the Ministers of Member States responsible for Foreign Economic and Foreign Trade.
The meet strengthens India- Russia Investment and collaboration in creating JV under the Make in India initiative of the GOI.


Headquarters: Beijing, China

Secretary General: Rashid Alimov

Boeing ties up with HAL to build Super Hornets

The Boeing Company ties up with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to explore the co-manufacture of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter in India.

Along with HAL, Boeing also tries to ties up with the Mahindra Group in building Super Hornets in India.


Headquarters: Chicago, United States

CEO: Dennis Muilenburg

Andhra Pradesh Govt join hands with Bill Gates Foundation: Agtech Summit 2017

It relieves farmers by implementing a ‘digital innovation programme’ and the aim is make Smart Farming.
It is inaugurated by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Andhra Pradesh

Capital: Hyderabad

Chief Minister: Chandrababu Naidu

Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan

Punjab government collaborates with Save the Children organization

The collaboration is to promote child safety in state and also to educate the people on Child Sexual Abuse and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.
A program called ‘Satark Main, Surakshit Main’ was also launched in Chandigarh by Punjab government to save the Children.


Capital: Chandigarh

Chief Minister: Amarinder Singh

Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki

The Union Cabinet approves Rs 3,320 cr for judicial infrastructure

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary.

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

The International rating agency Moody’s Investors Service upgraded ratings to Baa2 from Baa3 and its short-term local currency rating to P-2 from P-3.

Moody’s Investors Service

Headquarters: New York, United States

CEO: Raymond W.McDaniel

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 provided a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display their rich heritage and skills.

Union Ministry of Minority Affairs

Union Minister: Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Constituency: Jharkhand

International Affairs

1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference at Moscow, Russia

India ended up Polio and in similar way it will eradicate Polio by 2025,says,Health Minister JP Nadda.
Theme: “Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response”.



Currency: Russian Ruble

President: Vladimir Putin

China, Russia to hold simulated anti-missile drill

The aim of the exercise was to jointly practice ‘defence against missiles and how to handle sudden and provocative attacks on the two countries’ territories by ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.


Capital: Beijing

Currency: Renminbi

President: Xi Jinping

MoU signed between India & Poland for Civil Aviation Cooperation

The main aim of MoU is to improve regional Air Connectivity(RCA)and to recognize mutual benefit of Cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation.The MoU will be for a term of five years.


Capital: Warsaw

Currency: Polish zloty

Prime Minister:Beata Szydlo

India’s global ranks 14 in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

India is ranked 14th in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2018 for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by opting to transform its electricity sector towards green technology.
China, with its high emissions ranks 41st.

Shah Rukh Khan to inaugurate IFFI at Panaji on 20th Nov

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will inaugurate the International Film Festival of India which is going to held at Panaji, Goa.
Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s movie “Beyond The Clouds” will be the opening film of the fest.
Indo-Argentine film “Thinking of Him” by filmmaker Pablo Cesar will be the closing film of the festival.



Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar

Governor: Mridula Sinha


An International Award for APMDC

The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) bagged Abu Dhabi Award.


2023 hosts Rugby World Cup

France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating rival bids from South Africa and Ireland.


Capital: Paris


President: Emmanuel Macron

Shagun Chowdhary crowned National Women’s Trap champion

The first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth, Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown at the 61st National Shooting Championship in New Delhi.

HS Prannoy enters top 10 in BWF rankings, Kidambi Srikanth retains second spot

Prannoy, gained a place to move into the tenth spot.
Kidambi Srikanth retained his best spot at number two.
In Women Singles, Sindhu is placed at second while Nehwal is at Eleven.
In women’s doubles, Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy moved a spot up to be placed at number 24.

Historical Events

National Integration Week will be observed from November 19-25, 2017

Quami Ekta Week (National Integration Week) is celebrated to foster and reinforce the strength of public harmony and national integration.