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China’s international import expo inaugurated
India participated in China’s first international import expo in Shanghai.
The six-day China International Import Expo (CIIE) was inaugurated on 5 November 2018 by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Indian delegation was led by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan.
The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) along with relevant government agencies has built India pavilion at the expo.
1971 War Hero M.P. Awati Passes Away
Vice-Admiral M.P. Awati (retd.), who commanded a naval unit of the Eastern Fleet in the 1971 India-Pakistan war and whose actions led to the destruction of an enemy submarine, passed away.
Vice-Admiral Awati was 91 years old. He was the commanding officer of INS Kamorta during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, and successfully faced enemy operations for almost a fortnight. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for his leadership and gallantry.
AR Rahman launched his biography
AR Rahman released his biography, ‘Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of AR Rahman’, in Mumbai on 3 November 2018.
The book has been written by author Krishna Trilok.
AR Rahman has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and fifteen Filmfare Awards.
World‘s largest supercomputer ‘SpiNNaker‘ switched on for the first time
The world‘s largest neuromorphic supercomputer SpiNNaker (‘Spiking Neural Network Architecture’ machine), which was designed and built to work like a human brain, has been switched on for the first time.
Made up of one million processors, SpiNNaker can complete over 200 million-million actions per second.
The supercomputer will help scientists better understand how neurological diseases like Parkinson‘s impact the brain.
Subhankar Dey won SaarLorLux Open
In Badminton, Subhankar Dey has won the SaarLorLux Open at Saarbrucken in Germany on 5 November 2018.
He defeated Rajiv Ouseph of Britain in finals.
This is Subhankar’s first title of 2018.
In March 2018, he had finished runner-up in the Kabal International tournament at the Czech Republic.
Luksika Kumkhum won first WTA title
Tennis player Luksika Kumkhum from Thailand won the L&T Mumbai Open on 4 November 2018.
She defeated Irina Khromacheva from Russia in the finals.
It was her maiden Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title.
She received a cash prize of US$ 20000.
Seminar on Ayurveda inaugurated
‘National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda’ was inaugurated on 4 November 2018.
This seminar is being organised by the Ministry of AYUSH in association with NITI Aayog in New Delhi.
The seminar is expected to develop awareness among stakeholders about the business opportunities in the Ayurveda sector.
India to extend USD 310 m loan for Zimbabwe
India would extend a US$ 310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for a thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan.
Hwange is Zimbabwe’s second biggest power plant with an installed capacity of 920 MW.
The decision was taken during a meeting between Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
‘Changsha declaration’ signed in China
More than 20 countries have committed to ‘Changsha declaration’ on agricultural and rural development in Changsha, China on 2 November 2018.
The ‘Changsha Declaration’ aims to ramp up the efforts towards South-South Cooperation, an initiative working to eliminate hunger and malnutrition through the mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources.
India ranked 12th in web-borne threats
According to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab, India is ranked 12th worldwide when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web.
In the third quarter (July- September), 32.8% of the users were attacked by web-borne threats in India.
Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India.
18th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers Meeting Held in Durban
The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting was held in Durban, South Africa. Gen.(Dr.) VK Singh (Retd.), Minister of State for External Affairs, attended the IORA Council of Ministers Meeting.
This meeting took place during the on-going celebrations of the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.
1st India-Nepal passenger train
The first passenger train to run on ‘broad gauge’ between India and Nepal is likely to run from December 2018.
The train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa district in south-eastern Nepal.
An immigration check-post is likely to be established at Jayanagar station.
No visa will be required for Indian and Nepalese nationals crossing the border through this stretch.
Singapore is Asia most sustainable city - Arcadis
Singapore maintained its rank as number one Asian city in the Sustainability Index by engineering firm Arcadis.
The Sustainability Index assessed cities based on 3 pillars: profit pillar, people pillar and planet pillar.
Singapore secured fourth place in global rankings. As per the study, Singapore ranked first for the profit pillar that assesses the business environment and economic performance of cities.
Singapore ranked 31st out of 100 cities, for the people pillar that tests social mobility and quality of opportunity and life.
Singapore secured the 41st spot for the planet pillar that assesses the management of energy use, pollution, and emissions.
First overseas blockchain payment executed
HSBC has executed India’s first financial transaction using blockchain for a deal involving an export by Reliance Industries to Tricon Energy.
The blockchain platform integrated with Bolero’s electronic Bill of Lading (eBL) platform to issue and manage an eBL.
This allowed a digital transfer of the title of goods from the seller to the buyer.
Karen Khachanov won Paris Masters title
Russia’s tennis player Karen Khachanov won the Paris Masters title on 4 November 2018.
He defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals.
He also won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October 2018.
He is currently ranked at 18.
Nagaland records highest school dropouts in India
As per survey conducted by the World Bank, the student dropout rate in Nagaland‘s upper primary (VI-VIII) and the secondary (IX-X) class stood at 17.7 per cent and 35.1 per cent respectively.
The student dropout rate in Nagaland‘s primary schools, in Grades I-V, stood at 19.4%, four times above the national average of 4.3%, making it the state with highest school dropout rate in the country.
This data was presented by Community Avenue Network (CAN) Youth of Nagaland Chief Functionary Jenpu Rongmei during the launching programme of ‘My Scholarship Foundation‘ at Tourist Lodge in Dimapur.
India, Zimbabwe signed six agreements
India and Zimbabwe signed six agreements on 3 November 2018.
The agreements were signed on mining, Information and communications technology (ICT), visa waiver and traditional medicine.
MoUs were also signed between the two countries on cooperation in the field of arts, culture and heritage.
India also accepted Zimbabwe’s request to supply 10 ambulances to the African nation.
Pakistan clinched T20 series
Pakistan clinched the three-match series and claimed the world’s best Twenty20 team.
It defeated New Zealand here after a six-wicket victory to 2-0.
Mohammad Hafeez (34 not out) and Shoaib Malik (10) added 34 quick-fire runs to help Pakistan overhaul the 154-run target in 19.4 overs. New Zealand was lifted to 153 for seven by Corey Anderson and Colin Munro who made 44 each after Kane Williamson opted to bat on a slow-paced pitch.
New members appointed to NMML Society
The Government of India appointed four new members to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society.
The new NMML society members are former journalist Ram Bahadur Rai, former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, journalist Arnab Goswami and MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
The term of the nominated members will be up to April 26, 2020, or until further orders.
Subhankar Dey Wins SaarLorLux Open Badminton Tournament
In Badminton, Subhankar Dey has won the SaarLorLux Open at Saarbrucken in Germany.
In the summit clash, the unseeded Indian defeated fifth-placed Rajiv Ouseph of Britain, in straight games, in what was the first encounter between the two shuttlers.
This is Subhankar’s first title of 2018. Earlier, he had finished runner-up in the Kabal International tournament at the Czech Republic.
Delhi AQI falls to moderate level
The National Capital Region’s air quality improved significantly and fell to moderate levels.
The Delhi Police seized over 800 kg of banned firecrackers during raids in the north and west Delhi.
This move is after the order by Supreme Court which said only ‘green crackers’ will be sold in Delhi-NCR during Diwali.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on 4th November was 171.
This range falls in the moderate category. Earlier, the AQI ranged 336 on 3rd November.
World Toilet Day Contest announced
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has announced Swachh Bharat World Toilet Day Contest for districts and States.
The purpose of the Contest is to encourage all districts in India to re-intensify the sanitation movement with a special focus on Open Defecation Free-ODF Sustainability.
The Contest does not apply to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.
Simone Biles Sets World Record, Wins 13th World Championship Gold
Simone Biles made history by picking up her record 13th career gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Doha, Qatar.
Simone Biles became the first ever gymnast to win 13 world championship gold medals. She hails from the USA.
‘Preventing the environment from War’ observed
The ‘International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict’ is observed every year on 6 November.
The aim is to educate people about the damaging effects of war and armed conflict on the environment.
The day was declared by the United Nations on 5 November 2001.
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