DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: NOVEMBER 21, 2018

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NATIONAL

Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commences in Jaipur

The 12-day long joint military exercise between India and the United States known as ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced in Jaipur.

A contingent of the United States Pacific Commander arrived at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges on November 18 for undertaking Joint training with the Indian Special Forces.

The United States Special Forces will carry out rigorous joint training in semi-desert and rural terrain to enhance the interoperability of the two armed forces and further the military to military cooperation.


India, Vietnam to step up defence cooperation, oil exploration

India and Vietnam have decided to step up defence cooperation and oil exploration with India.

It aims to boost their bilateral ties as they reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation, over-flight and unimpeded economic activities in the South China Sea.

Kovind and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong agreed to effectively implement the Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam–India Defence Cooperation for the period of 2018-2020.

Vietnam appreciated India’s offer of the USD 500 million line of credit to defence industry.

Vietnam

Capital: Hanoi

Currency: Vietnamese dong


Kerala government signs MoU with Airbus BizLab

The Kerala state government is all set to ink a MoU with Airbus BizLab India, a global aerospace accelerator which is part of Airbus, for establishing the Aerospace Innovation Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Innovation Centre will be the nodal body for planning and executing all the activities to help the startups focused on the aerospace and defence sectors.

Airbus BizLab will also provide support and mentoring for startups in Kerala and conduct regular workshops and discussions with experts from aerospace and defence sectors.


Google launches new app Neighbourly for Indian Markets

The app Neighbourly is a specifically designed for the Indian market and it will give hyperlocal information on neighbourhoods. This will be user generated content, similar to Quora.

The app will enable a user to comment about three neighbourhoods and as it is GPS tracked, will not allow a user to comment about a place where a person is not physically located.


7th International Tourism Mart organized in Agartala

Tripura hosted three-day 7th International Tourism Mart at Agartala with tour operator delegates from 18 countries participating in an effort to popularise tourist destinations in the northeastern states.

The event would be organised with an estimated budget of Rs 2.60 crores, which would be provided by the Ministry of Tourism.

Union Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons inaugurated the International Tourism Mart.


INTERNATIONAL

Saudi, UAE Announced USD 500 million in Aid to Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which lead a military coalition against the Huthi rebels in Yemen, has announced USD 500 million in aid to the country on the brink of famine.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will each give USD 250 million in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people.

The donations will go through the United Nations as well as other international and local aid groups.


Indo-Japan Business Council’s Business Festival Held In Pune

The Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), has hosted KONNICHIWA PUNE – a first of its kind business festival in Pune on 17th & 18th November, 2018.

The festival aims to boost investment, promote businesses and cultural exchange between India and Japan.

Maharashtra has emerged as one of the top destinations for the Japanese companies operating in the country.  Of the total 1309 Japanese firms in the country, Maharashtra has more than 750 of them operating in various sectors.

With the state government’s Make in Maharashtra initiative, many Japanese companies have expressed interest in development of infrastructure and tourism.

Note: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Train project is an iconic joint project between the two countries, which will introduce our Shinkansen technology. Japan has made a commitment for this project which will be funded by Japan.


RANKINGS

India slips two places to 53rd Position on Global talent ranking

India has slipped two places to rank 53rd on a global annual talent ranking released by IMD Business School, Switzerland.

Within Asia, Singapore has topped the charts with a global 13th place on the list that ranks 63 countries in developing, attracting and retaining talent.

The rankings are based on three factors: Investment and Development, Appeal and Readiness.

While Switzerland has topped the global ranking for the fifth year in a row, it is followed by Denmark, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands in the top-five.


Fortune releases 2018 Business Person of the Year list

Indian-American Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Adobe, has been named by Fortune in its 2018 Business Person of the Year list, which ranks 20 business executives.

The list has been topped by CEO of insurance company “Progressive”, Tricia Griffith. Narayen, 56 has been ranked 12th on the list.

The list includes CEO of graphics chipmaker Nvidia, Jensen Huang, French conglomerate Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman.


BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Dr Jitendra Singh releases book ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ written by Dr Rajesh Bhat

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh released a book titled ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ written by Dr Rajesh Bhat.

The author Dr Rajesh Bhat is currently posted in the Policy Division of Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi. Dr Bhat has penned more than 250 academic research papers and articles.


APPOINTMENTS

UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim Resigns

The UN’s environment chief, Erik Solheim, has resigned following severe criticism of his global travels and internal rule-breaking which led some nations to withhold their funding.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had accepted Solheim’s resignation.

A draft internal UN audit leaked to the Guardian in September found Solheim had spent almost $500,000 (£390,000) on air travel and hotels in just 22 months, and was away 80% of the time.

UNEP

Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya


SPORTS

Bulgaria’s Petkov becomes oldest European international goalkeeper

Bulgarian Georgi Petkov became the oldest European international goalkeeper when he started against Cyprus.

Petkov, who is 42 years and eight months old, also became Bulgaria’s oldest player in their Nations League match in Nicosia.

He beat the record of former Liverpool goalkeeper Elisha Scott, who was aged 42 years and six months when he made his last appearance for Ireland in 1936.

Petkov, who was born in 1976, debuted for the Bulgarian national team in 1998 and last played for Bulgaria in a 2009 friendly against Switzerland. As goalkeeper of Slavia Sofia, he is also the oldest player in the Bulgarian League.


IMPORTANT DAYS

Universal Children’s Day – November 20

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

Theme 2018: Children are taking over and turning the world blue


OBITUARY

Oscar-winning screenwriter and best-selling author William Goldman passed away

Two-time Oscar winning screenwriter William Goldman has passed away.

Goldman wrote such classic movies as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men and The Princess Bride.


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