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‘EXERCISE INDRA’ to be conducted from 18 November
The joint military exercise between India and Russia named ‘EXERCISE INDRA 2018’ on combating insurgency will be conducted from 18 November 2018.
The exercise is being held under the aegis of United Nations (UN) at Babina Field Firing Ranges in Madhya Pradesh.
The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance the interoperability of the two Armies.
Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal resigns on ‘misconduct allegation‘
His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct.
Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue as the CEO of Flipkart, which will now include Myntra and Jabong.
Ananth Narayanan will continue as the CEO of Myntra and Jabong and will report to Krishnamurthy.
Sunscreens banned in Palau
Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs.
The government has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals.
The ban comes into force in 2020.
Eminent Odia singer Chitta Jena passed away
Eminent Odia singer Chitta Jena passed away on 13 November 2018 in Cuttack, Odisha.
He had made his debut as a playback singer in the movie Mana Akasha in 1974.
He was honoured with the prestigious ‘Prafulla Kar Samman’ for his outstanding achievement in the field of music.
Children‘s Day - 14th November
Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence.
He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and ruled India from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in 1964.
He is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state: a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic.
He was also known as Pandit Nehru due to his roots with the Kashmiri Pandit community while many Indian children knew him as ‘Uncle Nehru‘ (Chacha Nehru)
He became the prominent leader of the left-wing factions of the Indian National Congress during the 1920s, and eventually of the entire Congress, with the tacit approval of his mentor, Gandhiji.
As Congress President in 1929, Nehru called for complete independence from the British Raj and instigated the Congress‘s decisive shift towards the left.
As Prime Minister, he set out to realise his vision of India.
The Constitution of India was enacted in 1950, after which he embarked on an ambitious program of economic, social and political reforms.
Chiefly, he oversaw India‘s transition from a colony to a republic, while nurturing a plural, multi-party democracy.
In foreign policy, he took a leading role in Non-Alignment while projecting India as a regional hegemon in South Asia.
Under Nehru‘s leadership, the Congress emerged as a catch-all party, dominating national and state-level politics and winning consecutive elections in 1951, 1957, and 1962.
In India, his birthday is celebrated as Children‘s Day.
In 1955, he was awarded Bharat Ratna, India‘s highest civilian honour.
‘Water handloom hut’ inaugurated in Manipur
The first ever ‘water handloom hut’ in Manipur was inaugurated at Loktak Lake on 11 November 2018.
Five ‘water handloom huts’ have been built on phumdis (floating biomass) at Loktak Lake in Bishnupur district.
The objective of ‘water handloom hut’ is to improve the socio-economic conditions of the weavers residing in the phumdis at Loktak Lake.
ISRO to launch communication satellite GSAT-29
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch ‘GSLV MkIII-D2’ mission on 14 November 2018.
The mission will carry India’s high throughput communication satellite ‘GSAT-29’.
‘GSAT-29’ is a multibeam, multi-band communication satellite weighing 3,423 kgs.
The satellite will be carried by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III.
7th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting Concludes in Singapore
The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, led the Indian delegation to the 7th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting in Singapore.
The Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore Mr. Chan Chun Sing was the Chair of the meeting as Singapore is currently the Chair of ASEAN this year.
The Ministerial Meeting was held in preparation for the 2nd RCEP Leaders Summit
Retail inflation softens to 3.31% in October
According to the Central Statistics Office data, India’s retail inflation eased to 3.31% in October 2018 driven by cheaper food items.
The retail inflation number is the lowest since September 2017
Vegetable prices declined by 8.06% in October 2018.
Retail inflation, measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI), stood at 3.7% in September 2018 and 3.58% in October 2017.
BIS appointed Siddharth Tiwari as Chief Rep
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has appointed Siddharth Tiwari as the Chief Representative for Asia and the Pacific on 1 November 2018.
He succeeds Eli Remolona, who was Chief Representative of the Asian Office from 2008 to 2018.
He has served as Executive Secretary to the ‘G20 Eminent Persons Group’ on Global Financial Governance.
Dr Debabhuson Borah Gets Munin Barkotoki Literary Award
The prestigious Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2018 in Assam has been given to young writer-critic Dr Debabhuson Borah for his book on literary criticism titled ‘Nirbochon’.
The Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust announced the annual Award instituted to encourage young and promising writers in Assamese.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with a citation and a plaque.
BJP govt approved renaming of 25 places in past 1 year
The proposals to change the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj and Faizabad to Ayodhya are yet to be received by the ministry from the Uttar Pradesh government.
Several proposals, including the renaming of West Bengal as ‘Bangla‘, are pending with the central government. Recently, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the state government was considering renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati and the name change could be effected before next year‘s Lok Sabha elections.
The name of a state was changed the last time in 2011, when Orissa became Odisha. Bombay was changed to Mumbai in 1995, Madras to Chennai in 1996 and Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001.
The central government had approved the renaming of 11 cities of Karnataka, which included renaming Bangalore as Bengaluru, in 2014.
Award given to Aung San Suu Kyi revoked
Amnesty International revoked the ‘Ambassador of Conscience Award’ given to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 13 November 2018.
She received the award in 2009 when she was living under house arrest.
The award was revoked because of her failure to speak out for the Rohingya minority.
She was also stripped of her honourary Canadian citizenship in October 2018.
Largest brain-like supercomputer switched on
The world’s largest supercomputer designed to work in the same way as the human brain has been switched on for the first time.
The ‘Spiking Neural Network Architecture’ (SpiNNaker) machine is capable of completing more than 200 million actions per second.
The SpiNNaker machine has been designed and built in the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Mountaineer Satyarup climbed Mt Giluwe
Indian mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta became the first Indian to climb Mt Giluwe on 11 November 2018.
The summit of the mountain is at an elevation of 4,367 metres.
He had successfully climbed the Mt Everest in June 2016.
Mt Giluwe is the second highest mountain in Papua New Guinea.
Mt Wilhelm is the highest mountain of Papua New Guinea.
Lewis Hamilton Won Brazilian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lost the lead in a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon (Force India).
The incident dropped the Dutchman back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton, he could not quite catch him. Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari secured the third-place.
Dr Debabhuson won the ‘Munin Barkotoki Award’
Dr Debabhuson Borah won the prestigious ‘Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2018’ on 12 November 2018.
He won the award for his book on literary criticism titled ‘Nirbochon’.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with a citation and a plaque.
The award was named after the renowned writer, critic, and journalist Munin Barkotoki.
‘Samudra Shakti’ exercise inaugurated
Indian and Indonesian Navy’s Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ is being held from 12 to 18 November 2018.
The aim of the exercise is to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices.
INS Rana of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam under the Eastern Naval Command is participating in the exercise.
MoU signed between ADNOC and ISPRL
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd. (ISPRL).
Under the MoU, ADNOC is expected to store crude oil in the underground oil storage facility at Padur, Karnataka.
ISPRL is an Indian government-owned company mandated to store crude oil for emergency needs.
Nepal nominated Nilambar Acharya as ambassador to India
The Nepal government nominated Nilambar Acharya, the former Law Minister and senior politician, as Ambassador to India.
If elected, he will replace Deep Kumar Upadhyay who resigned resigned October last year.
Mr.Achayra, a former envoy to Sri Lanka, currently coordinates the Nepal side of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India relations.
He is a member of Nepali Congress party. Acharya‘s name is to be sent to a parliamentary committee for approval, which then will forward it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
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