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India’s First Justice City To Set Up In Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class and India’s first ‘Justice City’ within its new capital Amaravati with the vision to provide a state-of-the-art ecosystem built on latest technology for supporting the judicial system in the state.
Justice City will provide the necessary infrastructure to provide speedy justice for litigants, easy and better access to justice for the masses and reduce pending cases.
A law museum is proposed to be built to showcase, preserve and disseminate information and knowledge on the rich legal heritage of India.
Dr Dixit appointed as Brand Ambassador
The Maharashtra government has appointed Dr Jagannath Dixit as the Brand Ambassador of its anti-obesity campaign.
Dr Dixit has been appointed due to his experience and knowledge in the field.
Dr Dixit is attached to the Government Medical College, Latur as a Professor.
Mary Kom made history at Boxing Championships
On 20 November 2018, India’s Mary Kom defeated China’s Wu Yu 5-0 in the 48kg quarterfinals of the women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.
She is assured of a medal.
Mary has become the most successful medal winner in the Championship’s history with seven medals across different weight categories.
Himachal Pradesh Approves Sashakt Mahila Yojna
The Himachal Pradesh government in the cabinet meeting accorded its approval to implement Sashakt Mahila Yojna in the state with a vision to empower rural women by providing them an interface for organization and socio-economic development.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The scheme not only envisages to link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities but also to improve their skill by imparting training.
Indian Railways introduces e-toilets
As a special initiative to mark World Toilet Day, Central Railway (CR) department has announced to introduce e-toilets in the railway coaches for the first time.
The e-toilets electronically integrate all the toilet functions.
These toilets are fully unmanned and perform automated operations.
Pressure nozzles have also been attached to these toilets to make flushing easier.
UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim Resigns
The UN’s environment chief, Erik Solheim, has resigned following severe criticism of his global travels and internal rule-breaking which led some nations to withhold their funding.
The former environment minister of Norway had been at the helm of the Nairobi-based UN Environment since June 2016.
Solheim’s resignation comes ahead of crucial talks opening in Poland on December 2 on implementing the Paris climate deal.
‘Tata Literature Awards 2018’ announced
Anuradha Roy and James Crabtree are among the winners of the ‘Tata Literature Live Awards 2018’.
Harper Collins India was named publisher of the year 2018.
Veteran journalist and writer Mark Tully won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Renowned poet Jayanta Mahapatra was named the poet laureate for 2018.
Kim Jong Yang elected as Interpol President
Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has been elected Interpol President.
Kim will serve as president for the remainder of the current mandate, until 2020.
The decision was taken at the 87th General Assembly of the Agency in Dubai.
He was previously the Chief of police in South Korea’s most populous province.
Amitabh Bachchan received Sayaji Ratna Award
Amitabh Bachchan was awarded the third Sayaji Ratna Award on 20 November 2018.
The award was established in the memory of erstwhile Baroda ruler Sayajirao Gaekwad III.
The Baroda Management Association had instituted the award to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the ruler in 2013.
Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and noted industrialist Ratan Tata have been given the award earlier.
Andhra Pradesh Launches ‘Bhudaar’ Portal
Andhra Pradesh has launched a web portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers.
The “Bhudaar’’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state.
Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar and M-Bhudaar.
Reservation for women in legislative assembly
The Odisha Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33% reservation for women in legislative assemblies and Parliament.
The resolution, moved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was passed by a voice vote.
Currently, the 147-member state assembly has 12 women MLAs.
The Women’s Reservation Bill is pending in the parliament.
Google launched ‘Neighbourly’ app
Google has announced the national roll-out of a new app from its ‘Next Billion Users’ team called ‘Neighbourly’.
The app helps people source local information from their neighbours.
Google is rolling out ‘Neighbourly’ starting with Bengaluru and Delhi, which topped the waitlist.
More cities will be added every day, including Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune.
Yes Bank Director R. Chandrashekhar Resigns
R. Chandrashekhar, an independent director at Yes Bank, resigned from his position.
R. Chandrashekhar is the third person to resign from Yes Bank, in the recent time.
Yes Bank is in the process of finding a new CEO to replace the incumbent CEO, Rana Kapoor.
27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change Held in New Delhi
The 27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in New Delhi, India.
The meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India.
The meeting has urged the advanced countries to enhance their support to the developing nations in effectively implementing the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
Renault keeps Carlos Ghosn as CEO
Renault has appointed its Chief Operating Officer (COO) Thierry Bollore as deputy CEO to ensure day-to-day management of the company.
His appointment was made after the arrest of its CEO Carlos Ghosn but he will remain as its CEO.
Renault’s move to appoint a temporary leader was in line with a demand by the French government, which owns a 15% stake in the automaker.
Foundation Stones of CGD Project
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects across 129 districts on 22 November 2018.
This will boost the availability of gas supply for half of the country’s population in 26 states and Union Territories.
The projects have been awarded by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).
Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Goldman Passes Away
The Oscar-winning screenwriter and best-selling author William Goldman, known for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All The President’s Men”, passes away. He was 87.
Goldman also wrote the novels and then the screenplays for Marathon Man (1976), Magic (1978) and the much-loved The Princess Bride (1987).
The cause of death was complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.
India $ Russia signed $500 million deal
On 20 November 2018, India and Russia signed a USD 500 million deal for construction of two missile frigates in Goa for the Indian Navy.
The agreement for manufacturing of the two Talvar-class warships was signed between Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and Russia’s state-run defence major Rosoboronexport.
Russia will provide design, technology and key materials to GSL for construction of the ships.
Bangladesh team won Subroto Cup
Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) won the 59th edition of the junior boys Subroto Cup International Football Tournament on 20 November 2018.
The team defeated Amini School, Afghanistan in the final match.
The final match was held at New Delhi.
A total of 95 teams and 1500 players participated in the tournament.
Book titled ‘Radio Kashmir’ released
A book titled ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ was released by the Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh on 20 November 2018.
The book has been written by Dr Rajesh Bhat.
The book depicts a unique distinction earned by ‘Radio Kashmir’ by serving people and the nation.
The author Dr Rajesh Bhat is currently posted in the Policy Division of Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi.
Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals
Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events of the FIG Acrobatic World Cup in Baku.
Prins Aris and Rejilesh Suribabu won bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events on 20 November 2018.
Russian gymnasts won both the gold and silver.
Himachal to set up ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’
The Himachal Pradesh government decided to set up a ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’ for preservation, protection and welfare of cows in the state.
The Aayog will regulate institutions like cow sheds and shelters, besides the ‘gau vigyan kendras’ and the community animal-rearing centres.
The Aayog would also cater to the problem of abandoned cows.
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