Latest Current Affairs of November 2018

The Indian businessman and founder of Wipro who has been conferred the highest French civilian distinction Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur for his contribution to information technology industry in IndiaAziz Premji
The bilateral naval exercise by Indian and Royal Navy (UK) being conducted near Goa from 28 Nov to 06 Dec 2018Konkan 2018
The spacecraft of NASA which has successfully landed on planet Mars touching down at Elysium Palinitia, after a six-month journeyInsight
The Norwegian Chess player who has won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2018 defeating Fabiana Caruana (USA) in London, EnglandMagnus Carlsen
The public sector enterprise which has been conferred the Miniratna status by the Govt of IndiaNational Projects Construction Corporation Ltd
The former Prime Minister of India after whom the Uttarakhand Govt has decided to rename the Jolly Grant Airport at DehradunShri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
The 1980-batch IAS officer who has been chosen to be the next Chief Election Commissioner from 02 December 2018Sunil Arora
The new framework instituted by Department of Defence Production with an airm to boost the Intellectual Property Rights culture in indigenous defence industry is namedMission Raksha Gyan Shakti
The National Festival for Children of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) being conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) from 26 to 29 November 2018Hausla 2018
The playback singer from Assam who has been appointed as the first Youth Advocate for the north-eastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rightsNahid Afrin
The Chinese badminton player who has won the women's singles title in the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships defeating India's Saina Nehwal in the finals at Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in LucknowHan Yue
The Indian badminton player who has won the men's singles title in the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships defeating China's Guangzu Lu in the finals at Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in LucknowSameer Verma
The former Union Railway Minister from 1991 to 1995 who passed away on 25 November 2018CK Jaffer Sharief
The Kannada actor and former Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting who passed away on 24 November 2018 Ambareesh
The contestant from Ukraine whom Indian boxer Mary Kom defeated in the finals at the World Boxing Championships to win her SIXTH gold in 48 kg category Hanna Okhota
The English actress and Emmy Award nominee for her role in STRANGER THINGS, who has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF (making her the youngest to become a goodwill ambassador)Millie Bobby Brown
The Indo-US Joint Military Exercise being conducted at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan is namedVajra Prahar
The venue of 7th International Tourism Mart to be organised by the Ministry of Tourism, GoI from 22 to 24 November 2018Agartala, Tripura
The environmental NGO founded by Anil Kumar Agarwal which has been awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2018Centre for Science and Environment
The day in November 2018 which has been chosen to be observed as Naturopathy Day the AYUSH Ministry of the Union Govt18 November
The Indian Army officer, known for his heroic leadership in the famous Battle of Longewala during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 who passed away on 17 November 2018Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri
The well-known theatre, film personality and ad film maker who passed away on 17 November 2018Alyque Padamsee
The word meaning 'poisonous' which has been selected as the Oxford Word of the Year 2018Toxic
The veteran journalist and Chairman of Hindu group of publications who has been chosen for the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018 by the Press Council of IndiaN Ram
The theme of World Tolerance Summit held in Dubai, UAE from 16 to 18 Nov 18 in line with International Day for Tolerance on 16 NovemberProspering From Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration
The theme of Aadi Mahotsav, a National Tribal Festival being held in Delhi from 16 to 30 Nov 2018A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce
The Indian athlete and Asian Games gold medallist who has been made the country's first youth ambassador by UNICEFHima Das
The severe cyclonic storm that hit the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu causing loss of lives and property was namedCyclone Gaja
The denomination in which the Govt has decided to issue a commemorative coin on the occasion of 75 anniversary of Netaji hoisting the tricolour at Port Blair on 30 Dec 1943Rs. 75
The place in Uttar Pradesh where the joint military exercise between Indian and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) will be conducted from 18 November 2018Babina
The place in Goa where the foundation stone of All India Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy was laid by Minister of state (I/C) for AYUSH Shri Shripad NaikDhargal
The international organisation which has stripped Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi of its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award for not speaking about violence against Rohingya muslim communityAmnesty International
The creator of iconic comic-book heroes including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man who passed away on 12 Nov 2018.Stan Lee
The city of Uttar Pradesh in which the Prime Minister inaugurated the first of the four multi-modal terminals on Ganga river as a part of Jal Marg Vikas projectVaranasi
The Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers who passed away on 12 November 2018Ananth Kumar
The Indian author who has been awarded the Press Freedom Award for her courage in writing the book "I am a Troll; Inside the Secret World of Bharatiya Janata Party's Digital Army"Swati Chaturvedi
The new Chairperson of Competition Commission of India appointed to replace Shri Sudhir MittalAshok Kumar Gupta
The India-Indonesia Navy bilateral exercise scheduled to be held from 12 to 18 Nov 2018 at the Surabaya port in Indonesia is named Samudra Shakti
The place in France where a World War - I memorial constructed by the Govt of India was inaugurated by the Vice-President of India, Shri Venkaiah NaiduVillers Guislain
The 25th edition of Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise scheduled from 10th to 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of BengalSIMBEX-2018
The place in Andhra Pradesh where setting up of a Central Tribal University has been approved by the Union CabinetReli, Vizianagaram
India's first microprocessor designed by IIT Madras and fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory of ISRO in Chandigarh is namedShakti
India's first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge (over river Yamuna) and with pylon height of 165 meters inaugurated by CM of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal is namedSignature Bridge
The venue of Women of India Organic Festival 2018 held from 26 Oct to 04 Nov 2018 with the theme "Good For Women. Good For India. Good for You. New Delhi
The venue of World Corporate Games for the year 2019Doha, Qatar
The rank of India in the Ease of Doing Business rankings released by the World Bank77
The well-known actor who has resigned from the post of Chairmanship of Film and Television Institute of India Anupam Kher
The countries which have announced their decision to join International Solar Alliance, an organisation initiated by IndiaJapan and Botswana
The new and 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff who took charge on 01 Nov 2018Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar
The joint military exercise between Indian and Japanese armies which commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram, India on 01 November 2018 is namedDharma Guardian - 2018
The airport in Odisha which has been renamed Veer Surendra Sai Airport as approved by the Union CabinetJharsuguda

38th India International Trade Fair

Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

From 14 Nov to 27 Nov 2018

Partner country: Afghanistan

Focus country: Nepal

Focus State: Jharkhand


Launch of GSLV MkIII-D2

GSLV Mk III-D2 - Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III

Launched on: 14 Nov 2018

Launched from: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

Satellite launched: 3423-kg GSAT-29 satellite

Features of GSLV

  1. GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle.
  2. Two massive boosters with solid propellant constitute the first stage, the core with liquid propellant form the second stage and the cryogenic engine completes the final stage.

Features of GSAT-29

  1. GSAT-29 is a multiband, multi-beam communication satellite, intended to serve as test bed for several new and critical technologies.
  2. Its Ku-band and Ka-band payloads are configured to cater to the communication requirements of users including those from remote areas especially from Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern regions of India.

Note: India has achieved significant milestone with this heaviest launcher lifting off the heaviest satellite from the Indian soil. Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan missions will be launched by this heavy-lifter.


Operation Greens

Aim of Operation Greens: to stabilize the supply of Tomato, Onion and Potato(TOP) crops and to ensure availability of TOP crops throughout the country round the year without price volatility.

Outlay: Rs 500 crores

The strategy

  1. Short term Price Stabilisation Measures
    • NAFED will be the Nodal Agency to implement price stabilisation measures. MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy on the following two components:
      • Transportation of Tomato Onion Potato(TOP) Crops from production to storage;
      • Hiring of appropriate storage facilities for TOP Crops;
  2. Long Term Integrated value chain development projects
    • Capacity Building of FPOs & their consortium
    • Quality production
    • Post-harvest processing facilities
    • Agri-Logistics
    • Marketing / Consumption Points
    • Creation and Management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP Crops.

Important Days of November

Vigilance Awareness Week: 29 October to 03 November 2016

Theme: Eradicate Corruption: Build a New India

World Tsunami Awareness Day: 05 November 2017

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2016

World Science Day for Peace and Development: 10 November

Designated by : UNESCO

Theme: Science, a Human Right

First Observed in: 2001

World Pneumonia Day: 12 November

Designated by : WHO

Theme: Stop Pneumonia: 10 years of progress and the path forward

First Observed in: 2009

World Diabetes Day: 14 November

Designated by : International Diabetes Federation

Theme: The Family and Diabetes

First Observed in: 1991 by IDF, adopted by UN in 2006

International Day for Tolerance: 16 November

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First observed in : 1995

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence awarded every two years on the occasion has been awarded to social entrepreneur and film maker Manon Barbeau and the Coexist Initiative, a non-profit organisation of Kenya

World Philosophy Day: (3rd Thursday of Nov) 16 November

Designated by : UNESCO

First Observed in: 2002

World Toilet Day: 19 November

Designated by : World Toilet Organisation

Theme: When Nature Calls

First Observed in: 2001 by World Toilet Organisation and accepted by UN in 2013

Universal Childrens' Day: 20 November

Designated by : UN General Assembly

Theme: Children are taking over and turning the world blue

Day established in: 1954

World Television Day: 21 November

Designated by : UN General Assembly

Day established in: 1997

World Fisheries Day: 21 November

Designated by : World Fisheries Forum

Theme in India: 2022 Ka Hai Sapna...Kisan Ki Aay Ho Dugna - Sankalp Se Siddhi

First Observed in: 1997

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: 25 November

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Orange the World: #HearMeToo

First Observed in: 2000

National Milk Day: 26 November

Designated by : Indian Dairy Association

Occasion: Birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien

First Observed in: 2014


Launch of PSLV -C43

Launched by: ISRO

Launched from: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC)

Launch date: 29 Nov 2018

Main satellite launched: India’s Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS). HysIS is an earth observation satellite built around ISRO’s Mini Satellite2 (IMS-2) bus weighing about 380kg. The mission life of the satellite is five years.

Other satellites launched: One micro and 29 nano-satellites from eight countries, including Australia (1), Canada (1), Columbia (1), Finland (1), Malaysia (1), Netherlands (1), Spain (1) and USA (23).


49th International Film Festival of India

Venue: Goa

Opening and Closing Ceremony held at: Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium

Opening Film: Aspern Papers (UK/Germany)

Opening film of Indian Panorama: Kharvas

Closing Film: Sealed Lips (Germany)

Best Film (Golden Peacock) Award: Donbass directed by Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine)

Best Director Award (Silver Peacock): Lijo Jose Pellissery for Ee.Ma.Yau (India-Malayalam)

Best Actor (Male) (Silver Peacock): Chemban Vinod for Ee.Ma.Yau

Best Actor (Female) (Silver Peacock): Anastasiia Pustovit for When the Trees Fall (Ukraine)

Special Jury Award (Silver Peacock): Milko Lazarov for Aga (Germany)

Best Debut Feature Film of a Director: Alberto Monteras II for Respeto (Philippines)

The ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal: Walking with the Wind directed by Praveen Morchhale (India-Ladakhi)

Special Award for his Lifetime Contribution to Cinema: Salim Khan


Women's World Twenty 20

Held from 09 to 24 November 2018

Host: West Indies

Winners: Australia

Runners-up: England

Player of the series and most runs: Alyssa Healy (Australia)

India lost to England in the semi-finals

The captain of Indian team was Harmanpreet Kaur


PAiSA

PAiSA - Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access

It is a centralized electronic platform for processing interest subvention on bank loans to beneficiaries under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) launched by the Central Govt.

The web platform has been designed and developed by Allahabad Bank which is the Nodal bank.

All 35 states / UTs & all scheduled commercial banks, RRBs and Cooperative Banks are expected to be on board the PAiSA portal the year end.


Qaumi Ekta Week (National Integration Week)

From 19 to 25 November 2018

Programme

November 19, 2018 : National Integration Day

November 20, 2018 : Welfare of Minorities Day

November 21, 2018 : Linguistic Harmony Day

November 22, 2018 : Weaker Sections Day

November 23, 2018 : Cultural Unity Day

November 24, 2018 : Women’s Day

November 25, 2018 : Conservation Day


Leasing out of airports

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the leasing out of six airports of AAI viz.

  1. Ahmedabad,
  2. Jaipur,
  3. Lucknow,
  4. Guwahati,
  5. Thiruvananthapuram and
  6. Mangaluru

The lease is for operation, management and development under Public Private Partnership (PPP) through Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC).

Empowered Group of Secretaries headed by CEO, NITI Aayog with Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Secretary, Department of Expenditure to decide on any issue falling beyond the scope of PPPAC.



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Ease of Doing Business 2019

Released by: World Bank

RankCountryRankCountry
1.New Zealand46China
2.Singapore77India
3.Denmark81Bhutan
4.Hong Kong100Sri Lanka
5.South Korea110Nepal

Note: India's ranking for 2018 was 100.


Abbreviations in News

INSPIRE: International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency