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Latest Current Affairs of November 2018

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

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.

Ease of Doing Business 2019

Released by: World Bank

1.New Zealand46China
4.Hong Kong100Sri Lanka
5.South Korea110Nepal

Note: India's ranking for 2018 was 100.

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

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