November 9 and November 10, 2018

The missed News of the Non-Published Editions of various newspapers including The Hindu and Mint (on account of Diwali) has been included in the Current Affairs Dated November 9 and November 10.

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NATIONAL NEWS

 

  1. The Odisha government constituted a 3-Member Inter-Ministerial Committee to address issues raised by farmers.
    • The committee will be headed by: Odisha’s Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera.
  1. A new world record was set as 3,01,152 diyas were lit on the banks of River Sarayu, during Deepostav 2018, in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

 

  1. The Women and Child Development Ministry launched an online marketing portal named: “Mahila-E-Haat” for promoting women farmers and entrepreneurs.
    • For unique organic products of the women farmers and entrepreneurs from across the country.
    • It will serve as an e-platform to bring them together and promote the achievements of women farmers.
  1. Bihar government approved a proposal to offer Rs 25,000 to every girl graduating in 2018 and onwards.
    • The one-time payment will be offered to every girl who graduated from the colleges of Bihar on or after April 25, 2018, irrespective of pass division, community or region.
    • This scheme is a part of a larger government scheme that aims to pay each girl Rs 54000 including payments made to her from birth to graduation.

 

  1. The Kerala government has commenced a scheme to offer free education and vocational training to the children of fishermen who died or went missing in the 2017 Ockhi Cyclonic storm.
    • This Project will continue till 2037. The scheme provides a package of:-
      1. Rs 10,000 per year for children in classes from LKG to Class V
      2. Rs 25,000 for children in classes 6 to 10
      3. Rs 30,000 for higher secondary students and up to Rs 1,00,000 for students doing graduation.
  1. According to research firm Canalys, India has overtaken US to become second largest smartphone market in the July-September 2018 quarter.
    • India saw shipment of 40.4 million units during third quarter and was second to China where 100.6 million smartphones were shipped.
    • Smartphone shipment in US was at 40 million units.

 

  1. Union Cabinet has given approval for leasing out (privatization) six airports of AAI (Airports Authority of India) viz. Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru for operation, management and development under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) through (the) Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee.
    • PPP in airport management has helped the government raise sizeable revenue and utilize the model for better air connectivity elsewhere in the country.
  1. The Gujarat Government is planning to change the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati.

 

  1. Union Cabinet has recently approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
    • The decision was made according to the provision provided under the 13th Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
  1. Double Jeopardy — Article 20 (2) of the Constitution mandates that a person cannot be prosecuted or punished twice for the same offence.
    • It was held that the bar of double jeopardy does not arise if an accused was discharged of a criminal offence, even before the commencement of trial, on the basis of an invalid sanction for prosecution.
    • The principles of double jeopardy cannot be invoked if the accused has not been tried at all and convicted or acquitted on the basis of an invalid sanction for prosecution.

 

  1. According to the report ‘Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report’ released by International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC), India continues to have the highest burden of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea child deaths in the world, with 1,58,176 pneumonia and 1,02,813 diarrhea deaths in 2016.
    • The report analyses how effectively countries are delivering 10 key interventions — breastfeeding, vaccination, access to care, use of antibiotics, oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc supplementation — to help protect against, prevent, and treat, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
    • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) vaccine is used for Pneumonia.

 

  1. The M777 Ultra Light Howitzers from the U.S. and K9 Vajra-T self-propelled artillery gun from South Korea were inducted at the Devlali Field Firing Ranges in Maharashtra.
    • The Army last inducted an artillery gun system — the Bofors guns procured from Sweden in the early 1980s.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

  1. UK India Business Council released its report named: ‘Beyond the Top 200-Effective International Collaboration for Indian Higher Education’.
    • By 2030 India will have the largest number of people in the world of college-going age – a staggering 140 million.
    • Currently there are 736 universities in India educating 28.6 million students.
  1. To mark the celebration of Deepawali, United Nations Postal System issued stamps with Diyas lamps.
    • The sheet in the denomination of USD 1.15 contains ten stamps and tabs featuring festive lights and the symbolic lamps.
  1. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have formed strategic partnership to support efforts eliminate hunger globally by 2030.
    • Alibaba will lend its cutting-edge technology and resources to support digital transformation of WFP’s operations.
  1. Union Cabinet has recently approved signing and ratifying the Extradition Agreement between India and Morocco.
    • It will provide a strong legal base for the extradition of fugitive offenders who are accused of economic offences, terrorism and other serious offences in one contracting State and found in another contracting State.

BANKING AND ECONOMY

 

  1. Muhurat trading — The special one-hour trading window in the Indian stock market on the auspicious day of Diwali. Indian Markets are closed on Diwali.
    • It was held between 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Diwali.
  1. Unemployment rate in India has increased to 6.9% in October 2018, the highest in 2 years, as per a study by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy.
    • Labour Participation Rate, a measure of the proportion of adults willing to work, has declined to 42.2%, the lowest since January 2016.
  1. Reserve Bank of India liberalised the rules governing External Commercial Borrowing for infrastructure firms in terms of both tenure and the hedging requirements.
    • Reduction in minimum tenor for borrowing through the ECB route, from 5 years to 3 years.
    • The average maturity requirement for mandatory hedging has been reduced to 5 years from earlier 10 years.
  1. Reserve Bank of India announced its plan to establish an Ombudsman for digital payments by March 2019.
    • It would address increasing number of complaints currently being handled by the banking ombudsman.
    • With digital transactions gaining at a rapid pace over the past year, multiple issues such as failed transactions or funds sent to the wrong address have been cropping up as well.
    • This has forced RBI to sit up and take notice of such issues through an ombudsman mechanism.

 

  1. Moody’s Investor Service in its report titled ‘Global Macro Outlook 2019-20′ stated that Indian economy will slow down to 7.3% in 2019.
    • The economy will expand 7.4% in 2018.
  1. Public Credit Registry — It is an information repository that collates all loan information of individuals and corporate borrowers.
    • PCR will help banks distinguish between bad and good borrowers, and accordingly, charge interest rates —high rates for suspects and lower rates for good borrowers.
    • Corporate borrowers won’t be able to take loans from multiple banks without disclosing their existing debt.
    • PCR will have data from SEBI, the Corporate Affairs Ministry, the GST network and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India.
    • PCR has been set up on the recommendations of Deosthalee Committee set up by the central bank.
    • Other Countries PCR and Private Credit Bureaus (PCBs) are the two types of Credit Reporting Institutions. In several countries, PCR and one or more PCBs coexist, while in others, either a PCR or only PCB(s) operate.
    • A PCB is generally owned by specialized firms and operates for profit, while a PCR is owned by the public sector, with the ownership lying mostly with the country’s banking sector regulatory authority.
    • The sharing of credit information under PCR is in public interest for financial stability.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

  1. Robyn Denholm has been appointed as the Chairman of Tesla replacing Elon Musk.
    • Denholm , prior to this appointment was the Chief Financial Officer with Telstra.
  1. Justice (Retd) of Gauhati High Court, Pranoy Kumar Musahary, was sworn in as the Chairperson of Meghalaya’s first Lokayukta.
  2. IAS officer Ashok Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the Chairperson of Competition Commission of India (CCI).

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

 

  1. On November 7 is celebrated as National Cancer Day
    • Indian society of oncology had partnered with four states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh to launch the ‘Pendharkar model’.
    • Under this, government staff at district hospitals will be trained in handling cancer care and providing chemotherapy.
  2. On 8th November 2018, International Day of Radiology was observed throughout the world.
    • Main theme of International Day of Radiology 2018 is: Cardiac imaging.
  3. Legal Services Day is celebrated every year on 9th of November.
    • The aim of celebrating the Legal Services Day is to offer the free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people of weaker sections of society.

 

AWARDS

 

  1. Arunima Sinha was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde of United Kingdom in Glasgow, Scotland.
    • In 2013, she became the world’s first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest.
  1. Mathematician and Super 30 founder Anand Kumar was awarded ‘Global Education Award’.
  1. Union government awarded the Assam Police for “good practices” under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), an e-governance project.
  1. Renowned French scholar Jawahar Lal Sarin was presented with France’s Highest Civilian Honour Chevalier de la Lgion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour).
    • He was presented with this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enhancing Indo-French cultural cooperation and promoting French language.
  1. Swati Chaturvedi, a freelance journalist, has bagged the 2018 London Press Freedom Award for Courage.

 

 

SPORTS

 

  1. Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score four Twenty20 International (T20I)
  1. 34th National Junior Athletics Championships 2018 was held at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
    • National Records for the event —

 

Name Event Record
Parveen Kumar U-20 Boys 10km Racewalk 42:41:68 seconds
Amit U-18 Boys 5-km Racewalk 21:17:63 seconds
Akashdeep Singh U-20 Boys 10000m Racewalk 40.47.78 seconds
Pawana Nagraj U-14 Girls High Jump 1.63m
Pranjali Patil U-16 Girls 100m Hurdles 14.36 seconds
Abhinash Kumar U-14 Boys Long Jump 6.84m
Aparna Roy U-18 Girls 100m Hurdles 13.76 seconds
Saurabh Rathi U-18 Boys Decathlon 6955 points
Shaili Singh U-16 Girls Long Jump 5.94m
Jasmine Kaur U-16 Girls Shot Put 14.27m
Nitesh Poonia U-18 Boys Hammer Throw 81.47m
Danish Makwana U-14 Boys Shot Put 18.03m

 

  1. Saurabh Chaudhary won the Junior Men’s Air Pistol Gold in the 11th Asian Air Gun Championship held in Kuwait.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

  1. China unveiled UAV – CH7, its new-generation stealth combat Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), claimed to be the most advanced drone developed so far by China.
    • China has become the second country, following the US, to produce high-altitude long-endurance combat UAVs with advanced penetration capabilities.
  1. China has unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which will replace the International Space Station.
  1. China has designed World’s firstAI Synthetic Anchor” which has officially become part of the Xinhua reporting team.