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‘Tourist Police’ launched in Nagaland
Nagaland’s Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio launched ‘Nagaland Tourist Police’ on 26 November 2018.
It will work for the safety and security of the tourists and report any crime against them to the nearest police station.
Nagaland is the second state in the North East to introduce tourist police.
Arunachal Pradesh is the first state in the North East to introduce tourist police.
No homework for students of classes I & II
According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) order, there will be no homework for students of classes I and II.
The order also said that there will be prescribed weight limit of school bags for each class.
The weight of school bags for students of classes I and II should not exceed 1.5 kg, while the school bag of students of class III to V should weigh between 2 kg to 3 kg.
Nageshwara Rao appointed as AERB chief
Nageshwara Rao Guntur has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on 26 November 2018.
He is the Chairman of the Project Design Safety Committee, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor and former distinguished scientist of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCI) Ltd.
His appointment as the AERB chairperson will be for three years.
‘PAiSA’ launched by government of India
The government of India launched ‘PAiSA – Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access’ on 26 November 2018.
The portal is a centralised electronic platform for processing interest subvention on bank loans to beneficiaries under ‘Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana’.
The web platform has been designed and developed by ‘Allahabad Bank’ which is the Nodal bank.
Government to infuse Rs.42,000 cr in PSBs
To improve the financial condition of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), the government of India will infuse Rs.42,000 crore by March 2019.
The government in early 2018 infused Rs.11,336 crore in 5 PSBs: Punjab National Bank, Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Andhra Bank, and Corporation Bank.
The government had announced the Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital infusion programme in October 2017.
Health Ministry Launches Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP)
Ms. Preeti Sudan, Union Health Secretary did soft-launch of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) segment of the Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) in seven states.
The path-breaking initiative will provide near-real-time data to policymakers for detecting outbreaks, reducing the morbidity and mortality and lessening disease burden in the populations and better health systems.
The first one-of-its-kind initiative by the Government of India, IHIP uses the latest technologies and digital health initiatives.
‘Global Wage Report’ released by ILO
The ‘Global Wage Report’ was released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 27 November 2018.
According to the report, India recorded the highest average real wage growth in South Asia during the 2017-18.
India was followed by Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran.
For the first time, the ILO report also focused on the global gender pay gap.
‘Hausla-2018’ inaugurated in Delhi
The national festival for children of Child Care Institutions (CCIs), ‘Hausla 2018’ was inaugurated on 26 November 2018.
The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The aim of the festival is to provide a national platform for the children from CCIs across India to showcase their talent.
The theme of the festival is ‘Child Safety’.
WhatsApp Business Head Neeraj Arora Resigns
WhatsApp’s Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora has resigned from the post after 7-years in the company.
His exit comes seven months after WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum left the company.
Arora had been an integral part of WhatsApp since 2011 and played a vital role in the company’s acquisition by Facebook in 2014.
Neeraj Arora was the front-runner for the post of the CEO at WhatsApp after the departure of Koum.
Koum had quit over data privacy concerns in April 2018. The company recently appointed Abhijit Bose as India head.
ISRO to launch India’s ‘HysIS’ satellite
ISRO will launch ‘PSLV-C43’ mission on 29 November 2018.
The ‘PSLV-C43’ rocket will carry India’s ‘HysIS’ satellite and 30 other satellites.
‘HysIS’ is an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO.
The primary goal of the satelite is to study the Earth’s surface in visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Gujarat top state in implementing AB-PMJAY
According to the data from the health ministry, Gujarat has emerged as the top performer in implementing the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
The state accounted for around 26% of the total number of hospital admissions cleared under the scheme so far.
Tamil Nadu was ranked second and Chattisgarh was ranked third.
AB-PMJAY was launched on 23 September 2018.
Oscar-Winning Director Bernardo Bertolucci Passes Away
Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and whose erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris” enthralled and shocked the world, has passed away. He was 77.
Netherlands win FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy
The Netherlands outclassed Australia 5-1 to win its seventh Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy at the Wujin Hockey Stadium in Changzhou China.
The tournament featured only six teams, including world’s top four of the Netherlands, Britain, Australia, Argentina as well as Asian Games champion Japan and host China.
Prof Punyasloke got Swarnajayanti Fellowship
Prof Punyasloke Bhaduri of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research Kolkata was awarded the prestigious ‘Swarnajayanti Fellowship’ by the government of India for 2017-18.
Under this fellowship, scientists are provided with generous support to pursue research in the frontier areas of science and technology.
It is awarded for a period of 5 years.
Public bicycle sharing project & app launched
Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a public bicycle sharing project and a mobile app on 26 November 2018.
The bicycle sharing project and the mobile app is named ‘Mo Cycle’.
The project will provide mobile app-based services to users to locate and use a bicycle.
The ‘Mo Cycle’ system will help in reducing traffic congestion, enhance space efficiency, and improve air quality.
DTAA signed between India and China
On 26 November 2018, India and China have signed a protocol to amend the ‘Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement’ (DTAA).
The DTAA has been amended for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
It also incorporates changes required to implement treaty related minimum standards under ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project’.
Premji to be conferred French civilian award
Azim Premji will be conferred with the ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’ (Knight of the Legion of Honour).
Alexandre, Ambassador of France to India will confer the award to Premji.
The award comes in recognition of his outstanding contribution in developing the information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France, and his contribution to society as a philanthropist.
India & ADB signed $200 million agreement
On 26 November 2018, the government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $200 million loan agreement.
The loan amount will be used for widening and upgrading State Highways (SHs) in Bihar under the ‘Bihar State Highways III Project’ (BSHP-III).
The Project will also establish a State-level Road Research Institute.
India’s Q2 GDP growth rate at 7.5%-7.6%
‘SBI Ecowrap’ report was released by SBI Research on 26 November 2018.
The report said that India’s GDP growth in the September 2018 quarter (Q2) is expected to slow to 7.5%-7.6% mainly due to the slowdown in rural demand.
The report also said that SBI Composite Leading Indicator (CLI), a basket of 21 leading indicators for Q2 FY19, is showing a marginal declining trend.
Sunil Arora appointed as new CEC
President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on 26 November 2018.
He will take charge on 2 December 2018.
He was a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre.
Sunil Arora, who is an Election Commissioner (EC) currently, was appointed to the Election Commission in September 2017.
Varsha Varman won women’s trap gold
Varsha Varman won the women’s trap gold medal at the ’62nd National Championship for Shotgun’ on 26 November 2018.
She represented Madhya Pradesh at the event.
She won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon in the women’s double trap team event.
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