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Lucknow stadium renamed after Vajpayee
The newly-built ‘Ekana International Stadium’ has been renamed after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow.
The stadium will now be known as ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’.
UP Governor Ram Naik has approved the government proposal to this effect.
National Cancer Awareness Day observed on 7 November across the nation
‘National Cancer Awareness Day‘ started in 2014 when it was first announced by the former Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
February 4th is World Cancer Day, when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority.
M Venkaiah Naidu launched ‘Jaipur Foot’ camp in Malawi
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a ‘Jaipur Foot’ camp in Malawi on 5 November 2018.
The camp was launched under the ‘India for Humanity’ programme, which honours Mahatma Gandhi’s service to humanity.
The Indian government partnered with Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayta Samiti for ‘India for Humanity initiative’.
The ‘India for Humanity’ was launched on 2 October 2018.
Ram Mohan Roy award for N. Ram
Veteran journalist and The Hindu Publishing Group Chairman N. Ram has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018.
The award is presented by the Press Council of India (PCI) for his outstanding contribution to journalism.
Ruby Sarkar, the chief correspondent of Deshbandhu, and Rajesh Parshuram Joshte of Daily Pudhari, have been named joint winners for ‘Rural Journalism’.
Elavenil Valarivan won bronze medal
Elavenil Valarivan won the bronze medal at the 11th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait on 6 November 2018.
Elavenil shot 227.9 in the corresponding Women’s event to claim the bronze medal.
Shi Mengyao of China won the gold medal while Xu Hong won the silver medal at the event.
Gafur Rakhimov elected president of AIBA
Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on 3 November 2018.
Rakhimov beat his only opponent, former boxer Serik Konakbayev of Kazakhstan.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is a sports organisation that sanctions amateur (Olympic-style) boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships.
Ola launches operations in New Zealand after UK, Australia
Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola has officially launched operations in New Zealand, offering ride services in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
It comes after Ola launched operations in Australia and the UK in January and August respectively.
Ola claims to have over 125 million users in India, Australia, and the UK. Ola was founded in 2010 by Ankit Bhati and Bhavish Aggarwal.
Delhi CM Inaugurates Signature Bridge
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated Delhi’s Signature Bridge, the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India.
The bridge was constructed by the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC) at an expenditure of Rs 1,518.37 crore.
The 675-metre bridge aims to reduce travel time and traffic congestion between the north-eastern and northern parts of Delhi.
Tourist Facilitation Counter inaugurated
K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the Tourist Facilitation and Information Counter at Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi on 5 November 2018.
The counter will be connected to the 24×7 Helpline ‘1363’ of the Tourism Ministry.
It shall also cater to non-English speaking tourists.
It is located at the T3 terminal arrival gates of the IGI Airport.
RBI imposed Rs 1 cr fine on Fino Payments Bank
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on Fino Payments Bank for opening new accounts despite directions not to do so until further order on 5 November 2018.
This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
Fino Payments Bank started its operations in June 2017.
IFFI to commence in Goa from November 20
The 49th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th of November.
The festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects the diversity of taste.
International Competition section has 15 films out of which three are Indian. Information and Broadcasting Ministry stated that Festival will open with World Premiere of The Aspern Papers with an international star cast.
Divyansh won silver medal in men’s shooting
India’s junior shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar won a silver medal in the 11th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait city on 6 November 2018.
Divyansh shot 251.4 in the final of 10m Air Rifle Junior Men’s event.
Wang Yuefeng from China won the gold medal, who shot a Junior World and Asian record score of 252.3.
Guidelines for ‘Operation Greens’ issued
Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens.
Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores.
It was launched to stabilise the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.
Jayant Sawarkar to get Maha lifetime award
Noted Marathi actor Jayant Sawarkar will be honoured with the Maharashtra government’s ‘Natvarya Prabhakar Panshikar Lifetime Achievement’ award in the field of theatre.
The ‘Sangeetacharya Annasaheb Kirloskar Lifetime Achievement’ award will be given to tabla artist Vinayak Thorat.
Both awards comprise cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh, citation and memento each.
Anupam Kher got ‘Distinguished Fellow’ award
Anupam Kher was honoured as a ‘Distinguished Fellow’ by IndiaGlobal – a leading think-tank that works on issues concerning non-resident Indians.
The actor was given a fellowship on November 3, 2018 at the 3rd IndiaGlobal Summit.
The event was held at the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston, and was facilitated by MIT Sloan India Business Club.
Actor Anupam Kher honoured with ‘Distinguished Fellow Award‘ in Boston
He was awarded at the 3rd India Global Summit held at MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston.
The Summit discussed the growing importance of relationship between India, USA and China.
Anupam Kher holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for: Ram Lakhan (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khel (1992), Darr (1993) and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).
First 5G iPhone to hit the stores in 2020 - Intel to provide iPhone 5G modem
The first 5G iPhone is likely to use an Intel modem, the 8161, and it could hit the stores in 2020, according to a report in the Fast Company.
If everything goes as planned, Intel will be the sole provider of iPhone modems.
To increase transistor density for more speed and efficiency, Intel is likely to fabricate the 8161 using its 10-nanometre process.
India allowed to buy Iranian oil - US
India is one of the eight countries to receive temporary exemptions from U.S. sanctions on Iran that came into effect on 5 November 2018.
The other countries that have been exempted are China, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.
U.S. said that each country on the list had demonstrated ‘significant reductions’ of the purchase of Iranian crude over the past six months.
INS Arihant Completes 1st Deterrence Patrol
INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has completed its first “deterrence patrol”.
The 6,000-tonne INS Arihant, under development for three decades under a highly classified programme, comes under the direct control of the Nuclear Command Authority headed by PM Modi.
The INS Arihant can now be considered a fully functional underwater ballistic missile delivery platform.
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