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Dehradun Airport To Be Renamed After Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Current Affairs Headlines of 29th November, 2018

Dehradun Airport To Be Renamed After Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Uttarakhand government has decided to rename the Dehradun airport after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The proposal to rename the Jolly Grant airport after Atal Bihari Vajpayee was approved by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.

The cabinet also gave its nod to the setting up of the Uttarakhand State Agency For Public Services to ensure time-bound delivery of services and redressal of complaints.

The cabinet has cleared a total of 27 proposals, including convening a three-day Winter Session of the Assembly from 04th of December.

‘Gita Festival’ will be held in Kurukshetra

The ‘International Gita Festival 2018’ will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from 7 to 23 December 2018.

Mauritius will be the partner country of the festival.

Gujarat will be the partner state of the festival.

Artists from India as well from Mauritius, Indonesia, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Russia will perform during the annual festival.

CSIR To Establish A High-End Skill Development Centre In Chandigarh

India’s premier National Research Laboratory CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) announced a new partnership with Merck, a leading German science and technology company, to establish a ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh.

This ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ will enrich skills by conducting workshops, trainings and seminar series on cutting edges life science processes, tools and techniques.

Equipped with the next generation technologies, like gene editing & single-molecule biomarker detection, the centre will help accelerate healthcare research and train Indian students and researchers in latest life science technologies and make them industry ready.

Rohit appointed as CEO real estate business

Hospitality firm OYO has appointed Rohit Kapoor as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its new real estate businesses.

Before this, he has been the Executive Director and a member on the board of Max Healthcare.

He will be responsible for growing OYO’s business in India as well as across international markets, through strategic partnerships and investment opportunities.

‘Logix India 2019’ will be held in New Delhi

Logistic meet ‘Logix India 2019′ will be held from 31 January to 2 February 2019 in New Delhi.

The event is aimed at improving logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s Global Trade.

The event is organised by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Raksha Mantri Launches ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’, in New Delhi.

The event showcased salient inventions and innovations achieved by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) which have resulted in the successful filing of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications.

As part of the ongoing initiatives to enhance self-reliance in defence, the Department of Defence Production has instituted a new framework titled ‘Mission Raksha GyanShakti’ which aims to provide a boost to the IPR culture in the indigenous defence industry.

The end objective of ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ is to inculcate IP culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.

Conference on child health to be held in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate two-day international ‘Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health’ in New Delhi on 12 December 2018.

The objective of the conference is to improve knowledge and accountability to accelerate action on women’s and children’s health.

The programme has been framed around the objectives of the global strategy of ‘Survive, Thrive and Transform’.

Tamil Nadu won cadaveric organ donation award for 4th time

Tamil Nadu bagged the Best State Award in cadaveric organ donation from the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The State has been awarded for the fourth consecutive year. Health Minister C.Vijaya Baskar received the award from the Ministers of State, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel during the 9th Indian Organ Donation Day programme in New Delhi 28th November 2018.

‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ launched

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ on 27 November 2018.

The aim of the mission is to promote self-reliance in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in defence.

Under the mission, 10,000 personnel of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will be trained on IPR.

Regional ‘Youth Peace Conference’ began

A 3 day ‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ is being held from 28 November to 30 November 2018 in New Delhi.

The conference is being organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in partnership with UNESCO- MGIEP and Standing Together To Enable Peace Trust.

The conference is being organised to mark the beginning of the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

NPCC has got the status of ‘Miniratna’

National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) has been conferred with the status of ‘Miniratna’ 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 comes under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Hockey World Cup 2018 Inaugurated In Odisha

Odisha is hosting the Hockey World Cup 2018. The opening ceremony of Men’s Hockey World Cup took place at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

The opening ceremony, which was almost a three-hour long, conveyed a powerful message of “oneness of humanity”.

India is hosting the FIH Hockey World Cup for the third time, earlier Mumbai in 1982 and New Delhi in 2010 have hosted the event.

World’s top 16 teams will fight for the coveted title in the 14th edition of the tournament.

Singer Mohammed Aziz passed away

Veteran singer Mohammad Aziz passed away in Mumbai on 27 November 2018.

The singer has lent his voice to over 2000 songs in Hindi, Bengali and Odia films.

He made his singing debut with Bengali film ‘Jyoti’.

He has recorded several devotional Bhajans and Sufi songs as well.

Social security scheme launched in Nepal

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli unveiled a contribution-based social security scheme’ on 27 November 2018.

It will cover health and medical facilities, safe motherhood, and provide security to dependent family members.

The scheme will compulsorily be applied for formal sector workers.

It will come into effect from 22 May 2019.

FM Arun Jaitley Released the book “Making of New India”

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book “Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government”, from Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs. Shri Jaitley formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This book is edited by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Dr. Anirban Ganguly and Shri Kishore Desai and contains 51 essays on themes ranging from economy to diplomacy, education to public health.

According to the introduction to the book, it is an attempt to “present a perspective of the way the government, more importantly, the Prime Minister himself, functions”.

RBI launches survey on Indian startup sector

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a survey on India’s startup sector (SISS).

The survey will create a profile of the startups and provide dimensions pertaining to their profitability and workforce.

The survey would also aim at talking about the problems being faced by the sector in the country.

Odisha government launched a lexicon for 21 rare tribal languages

Odisha government released lexicons of 21 tribal languages for multilingual education (MLE) purposes for elementary schools in tribal-dominated districts.

The main aim is to bring back the tribal languages in circulation and prevent them from vanishing.

This initiative has been prepared by the Special Development council which will further enhance proficiency in tribal languages.

Thus, this step towards tribal proficiency will help in the better connection between the government functionaries and the tribal communities.

Akhilesh appointed as convenor of task force

The government of India appointed Akhilesh Ranjan as convenor of ‘New Direct Tax Law Task Force’ on 26 November 2018.

The task force was formed to advise the government on drafting a new direct tax law that suits India’s economic requirements.

The task force was constituted in November 2017.

Akhilesh Ranjan is a member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

PM Modi will take part in 13th G-20 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Argentina on 28 November 2018.

He will be taking part in the 13th G-20 summit.

The theme of the summit is ‘Building Consensus for a Fair and Sustainable Development’.

The capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires and its currency is Argentine peso.

Government of India launched ‘IDSP’ initiative

On 26 November 2018, the government of India has launched the initiative called ‘Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme’ (IDSP) of ‘Integrated Health Information Platform’.

The initiative has been launched in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana, & Uttar Pradesh.

The initiative will provide near-real-time data to policymakers for monitoring public health.

International Day for Palestinian People

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November every year.

On 29 November 1947, the UN Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine.

The resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a ‘Jewish State’ and an ‘Arab State’.

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