November Week IV — 19 Nov – 25 Nov, 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS

 

  1. The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) unveiled its Online Open Learning training platform named- 
    • It will be used under a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model, which will enable the state’s schools to go Hi-Tech.
    • It will enable training to teachers, students and the general public and the first batch will commence from December 2018.
    • This will help Kerala to become India’s first complete digital state in Education.
  1. Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu released report on Industrial Park Rating System.
    • It is a part of centre’s vision to make India a 5 Trillion Dollar economy out of which 20 per cent is expected to be generated from industries.
    • It would help increase competitiveness of industries and promotion of the manufacturing sector as it would assess the parks against global standards.
  1. Maharashtra government led by CM Devendra Fadnavis passed the Maratha Reservation Bill.
    • As per the bill, Maharashtra will create a new category called SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Class)in order to give reservation to Marathas.
    • This has been passed for reservation by citing ‘Extraordinary Circumstance’ as rights of neither OBCs nor Marathas.
    • Under certain provisions of Article 15 of the Constitution, reservation can be provided over and above the prescribed 50%.
  1. Punjab becomes 3rd Indian state after Maharashtra and Gujarat to permanently ban Hookah bars or lounges.

 

  1. ‘Vajra Prahar’,a 12-day long joint military exercise between India and the United States was started in Jaipur.

 

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