DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: NOVEMBER 29, 2018
DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: NOVEMBER 29, 2018
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Himachal Pradesh Becomes First State To Launch Single Emergency Number:
- Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number “112” which will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.
- Under the project, one ERC has been established in Shimla along with 12 District Command Centres covering the entire state.
- The ERC has been integrated with police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women helpline (1090) services to provide emergency services via single emergency number 112.
- In order to ensure safety of women, a ‘SHOUT’ feature has been introduced in ‘112 India’ mobile app to seek immediate assistance from registered volunteers in the vicinity apart from the immediate assistance from ERC. The SHOUT feature is exclusively available to women
STATIC : HIMACHAL PRADESH
Capital : Shimla
Chief Minister : Jai Ram Thakur
CM Naveen launches public bicycle sharing project & ‘Mo Cycle’ app:
- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a public bicycle sharing project and a mobile app ‘Mo Cycle’ to reduce traffic congestion, enhance space efficiency, and improve air quality in the city.
- About 2000 MO CYCLES will be operated by three leading vendors, Hero-Hexi, Yaana, and Yulu, at about 400 plus Mo Cycle stations around the city.
- Riders can take the Mo Cycle from any location, and drop off at any destination of their choice. The operators will coordinate to ensure the redistribution, and availability of Mo Cycle, at locations with high demand, at any given time
Joint Maritime exercise Konkan 18 held in goa:
- India and United Kingdom Exercise KONKAN-18 held at Goa,which is scheduled till december 2,2018.
- Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long term strategic relationship between both countries. Both Navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as training exchanges and technical cooperation.
- The Bilateral KONKAN exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices.
- The Royal Navy will be represented by HMS Dragon, a Type 45 Class Destroyer equipped with an integral Wildcat helicopter. The Indian Navy will field INS Kolkata, the first ship of latest Kolkata class destroyers, equipped with integral Seaking and an IN submarine.
- The exercise is aimed at deriving mutual benefit from each others’ experiences and is indicative of the continuing cooperation between the two countries.
Capital : London
Currency : Pound sterling
Prime Minister : Theresa May
Govt approves construction of over 2 lakh affordable houses for poor:
- Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has approved the construction of over two lakh more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
- Now the cumulative number of houses sanctioned under the scheme has gone to over 65 lakh.
- The approval was given in the 40th meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee held in New Delhi
Government launches Bhasha Sangam
- A unique initiative called Bhasha Sangam launched by government to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages.
- The initiative, under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, was launched on 22nd of this month and will continue till the 21st of December.
- Bhasha Sangam is a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages.
- Another objective of Bhasha Sangam is to enhance linguistic tolerance and respect and promote national integration.
National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) has been conferred with the status of Miniratna:
- National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) has been conferred with the status of Miniratna : Category –I by the Government of India.
- The empowerment of Miniratna Status to NPCC will help the company in taking speedy decisions by enhancing the delegation of powers to the Board.
- NPCC, a schedule ‘B’ CPSE under the administrative control of Ministry of Water Resources RD & GR, has also been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
International Gita Festival to be held in Kurukshetra:
- The International Gita Festival, 2018, will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7-23, in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state.
- The Gita festival will also be organised in Mauritius next February.About 200 famous painters from across the country would reach Kurukshetra to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the ‘paint-the-wall’ competition.
India, China ink protocol on hygiene inspection requirements for exports:
- India and China have signed a protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports.
- A protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports was signed in New Delhi during the visit of Chinese Vice Minister, General Administration of Customs of China Hu Wei who is leading a six-member delegation to India.
- The move would enable India to commence export of fish meal and fish oil to China.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Donbass wins the Golden Peacock at IFFI 2018:
- Donbass’ directed by Sergei Loznitsa has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa .
- The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs 4 million (Rs 40 lakhs) to be shared equally between the Producer and the Director, Trophy and the citation.
- Donbass tells the story of a hybrid war taking place in a region of Eastern Ukraine, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies perpetrated on a mass scale by separatist gangs. In Donbass, war is called peace and propaganda is uttered as truth.
BANKING & ECONOMY
SBI hikes FD rates by 5-10 bps:
- State Bank of India (SBI), the largest lender of the country, revised its fixed deposit (FD) interest rates on select maturities.
- FDs with a tenor of one year but less than two years will fetch 6.8 per cent up from 6.7 per cent – a hike of 10 bps.
- Similarly, the interest rate on 2-3 year FDs has been increased by 5 bps to 6.80 per cent from 6.75 per cent. In all cases, senior citizens will earn 50 bps higher.The interest rate for senior citizens also goes up to 7.30% on SBI FDs with tenure between one year and two years, from 7.2% earlier.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Isro launches India’s first hyperspectral imaging satellite along with 30 foreign satellites:
- ISRO is all set to launch its workhorse rocket PSLV-C43 carrying India’s earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites, including 23 from the US, from Sriharikota.
- The 45th flight of PSLV will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
- HysIS is an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO. It is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission.
- The satellite will be placed in 636 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO) with an inclination of 97.957 deg. The mission life of the satellite is 5 years.
Head quarters : Bengaluru.
Director : K. Sivan
UGC to Establish ‘Consortium’ to Weed Out Dubious Journals:
- The University Grants Commission (UGC) announced that it will set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will compile a list of “credible quality journals” and ultimately replace UGC’s own list of journals.
- CARE will be headed by the UGC Vice Chairman Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan.
- The commission admitted that the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India which has adversely affected its image. The body will be tasked to prepare a “CARE Reference List of Quality Journals”.
- Members of CARE will prepare lists of quality journals in their respective disciplines within a defined timeframe.
Shri Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission:
- The President has appointed Shri Arvind Saxena as UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Chairman .Prior to joining UPSC as Member, Shri Saxena was working as Director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC).
- Shri Arvind Saxena joined UPSC as a Member on May 8, 2015, and has been performing duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC since June 20, 2018.Saxena will be serving in the office till August 7, 2020, when he attains the age of 65 years.
A.M. Naik appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation:
- Shri A.M. Naik has been appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
- Currently Shri Naik is the Group Chairman of India’s biggest engineering and construction conglomerate – Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T).
- Shri Naik was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s 3rd highest civilian award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the economic growth of the country.
Nageshwara Rao Guntur appointed as Atomic Energy Regulatory Board chief:
- Renowned scientist Nageshwara Rao Guntur has been appointed as chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for three years.
- Guntur is the chairman, Project Design Safety Committee, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor and former distinguished scientist Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
Croatia clinch victory over France to win Davis Cup:
- Croatia dethroned holders France to win the Davis Cup for the second time as Marin Cilic beat Lucas Pouille in straight sets to seal the victory.
- Cilic won 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-3 to secure the title for Croatia for the first time since 2005.
Two-year ban for age frauds :BCCI Announcement
- The BCCI announced that From the 2018-19 season cricketer guilty of age fraud will be barred from all its recognised tournaments for two years.
- Earlier In September , a Meghalya-bound Delhi player Jaskirat Singh Sachdeva faced a ban for one year for producing a fake birth certificate to play in an Under-19 tournament.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women : 25 November
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is being observed on November 25.
- The 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo
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