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Important Current Affairs 1st November 2018
MHA approves ‘Safe City Project’ for Lucknow
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) approved a ‘Safe City project’ for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. The Safe city proposal for Lucknow will be implemented by Uttar Pradesh Police, assisted by the Municipal bodies and city transport authorities. The Safe City project for Lucknow also envisages gender sensitization awareness campaigns.
MoU b/w India & South Korea approved
The Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea on 1 November 2018. The main objective of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in tourism and to increase the exchange of information and data related to the sector. Korea is one of the leading tourist generating markets for India from East Asia.
TATA steel is the partner for hockey world cup
Steel manufacturing giant Tata Steel was named as an official partner for the 2018 Men’s hockey World Cup on 29 October 2018. The hockey world cup will be held here from 28 November 2018 to 16 December 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Tata Steel is the 10th-largest steel producer in the world.
Agreement b/w India & Morocco approved
The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on 1 November 2018. The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime. It aims to increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing the necessary peaceful ambience .
Arunachal to host ‘Rally Championships’
The third round of the Indian National Rally Championships, the country’s premier motorsports event, will be held in Arunachal Pradesh. The event will be organised from 2 November 2018 to 4 November 2018. The rally that is being hosted by the Motorsports Club of Arunachal Pradesh. The rally teams from major automotive companies will be participating in the race.
‘Olu’ to be the opening film at 49th IFFI
Malayalam film Olu will be the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). This was decided by the jury for the Indian Panorama. The IFFI will be held at Goa from 20th November – 28th November 2018. The Feature Film Jury of thirteen members was headed by film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
Couple honoured with ‘Roy M Huffington Award’
Marie and Vijay Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US. They were awarded for making significant contributions to the areas of literacy, education and healthcare in India. The Huffington Award is the highest honour granted by the Asia Society Texas Centre (ASTC). Vijay Goradia is the founder and Chairman of Vinmar International.
Axis Sec launched commodity derivatives
Axis Securities has launched trading in commodity derivatives with the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) on 31 October 2018. In August 2018, it had launched trading in commodity derivatives with the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX). Arun Thukral is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Axis Securities.
‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ launched in Kerala
The Kerala Tourism Department has launched  ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ . A ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ links tourists with their places of attraction and providers of experiential services. The ‘SMiLE’ guide renders information on 40 Malabar attractions. It has been conceived and executed by Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC).
Pankaj Advani won Asian Snooker Tour title
Pankaj Advani won the Asian Snooker Tour on 31 October 2018 in Jinan, China. He defeated China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final. He became the first Indian to win an Asian Snooker Tour event. The Government of India has awarded him Padma Bhushan in 2018.
UN chief appointed new envoy to Syria
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed veteran Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen as next Special Envoy for Syria. He succeeds Italian-Swedish envoy Staffan de Mistura. He is currently Norway’s ambassador to China. At the UN, Mr Pedersen served as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon between 2007 and 2008.
UN tourism organisation meet in Bahrain
The 109th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council was held in Manama, Bahrain. The UNWTO Executive Council began on 30 October 2018. Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons is leading the Indian delegation at the UNWTO Executive Council. India will be the chair of the ‘programme and budget committee’ of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021.
FP-LMIS inaugurated in Haryana
The Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) has been inaugurated in Haryana on 31 October 2018. It will ensure availability, supply and monitoring of family planning services from the state level to the Accredited Social Health Activists’ (ASHA) level. It would provide online information about medicines and family planning commodities.
Section 7 of RBI Act: Explained
Under Section 7 of the RBI Act of 1934, the government of India can give directions to the RBI to take certain actions ‘in the public interest’. Till now, the government has never invoked section 7 of RBI Act. The issue of invoking Section 7 (1) of the RBI Act came up during the hearing of Allahabad high court in a case filed by the Independent Power Producers Association of India.
Core sector growth slows down 4.3%
Growth of eight core infrastructure sectors slowed down to 4.3% in September 2018 as production of crude oil and natural gas declined. Previously, the lowest growth rate was in May 2018, when the core sectors expanded at 4.1%. Infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity grew by 4.7% in September 2017.
India-US Dialogue on IP began
The first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property (IP) was launched on 31 October 2018 to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy in New Delhi. The dialogue was launched by US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and FICCI in partnership with the US-India Business Council. The US-India Business Council is a business advocacy organisation.
‘Saubhagya Raths’ inaugurated in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ for 20 districts to identify households without electricity on 31 October 2018. Officials onboard these ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will survey areas in their respective jurisdiction with an aim to achieve 100% electrification of households. ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will traverse each district for one month till November 30, 2018.
Punjab Police bagged CCTNS award
The Punjab Police bagged the Union Home Ministry’s ‘Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems’ (CCTNS) award on 31 October 2018. They were awarded for the development of the Digital Criminal Intelligence Gazette and the generation of the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) reports. CCTNS was launched in 2018 to keep digitised records of FIRs and information on crimes and criminals.
S. S. Deswal appointed as DG of ITBP
SS Deswal has been appointed as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). SS Deswal, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre, is currently working as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). ITBP was raised in 1962 and works under the command of the Union Home Ministry.
World Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’ released
The World Bank released ‘Doing Business Report’ on 31 October 2018. According to the 2018 report, India is placed at 77th rank among 190 countries assessed by the World Bank. In 2017, India was placed at 100th rank. In the ‘Grant of Construction Permits’ indicator, India’s ranking improved from 181 in 2017 to 52 in 2018.

Important Current Affairs 2nd November 2018
India’s first microprocessor developed
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed and booted up India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’. The Shakti microprocessor can be used in low-power wireless systems and networking systems. The Shakti family of processors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh.
Mary Kom is the brand ambassador
Boxer Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship on 31 October 2018. India is hosting the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship from 15 November 2018. Since the inception of the Women’s World Championship in 2001, India had hosted the tournament once in 2006.
Vietnam will host the F1 race in 2020
Vietnam will host a Formula One race in April 2020. The race will be hosted in the capital Hanoi. Vietnam will be the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race in history after Malaysia and Singapore. Hanoi will be the second Southeast Asian city to host a race in 2020 along with Singapore.
BRICS nations signed a declaration
The BRICS nations have signed a declaration to accelerate creative and sustainable cultural cooperation on 31 October 2018. The declaration will see Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) cooperating in fashion, culture and animation. South Africa hosted an inaugural BRICS Fashion Show and Fashion Business Forum on 24 October 2018.
2019 World Corporate Games in Qatar
Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019. The games will provide an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive prowess through sports. The World Corportate Games aims to bring together, the local, regional and international business sporting community. The last edition was held in Houston in the US in 2017.
India-Japan military exercise begins
Armies of India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018’ at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram on 1 November 2018. The focus of the two-week-long exercise will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase inter-operability between the two forces. The Indian contingent is represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.
Delhi government and railways signed MoU
The Delhi government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the railways to cater to pilgrims availing the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ on 1 November 2018. As per the agreement, Railways will provide separate coaches to pilgrims who are selected under the Yojana. The scheme will enable 1,100 senior citizens of Delhi every year to undertake free pilgrimage.
Vikas appointed as CEO of Swadhaar Finserve
Private sector lender RBL Bank appointed Vikas Muttoo as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its subsidiary Swadhaar Finserve. Vikas Muttoo was the Chief Business Officer of Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited. The headquarters of Swadhaar Finserve is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Mukundan selected for ‘Ezhuthachan award’
Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018. The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam literature, carries a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation. ‘Kesavante Vilapangal’ and “Delhi Gadhakal” are among his popular works.
Int day to end Impunity for Crimes observed
The ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed on 2 November every year. The day draws attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers. It is observed in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November 2013.

Important Current Affairs 3rd November 2018
Apeejay Literary Festival will held in Kolkata
The 10th ‘Apeejay Literary Festival’ will be held from 18 January 2019 to 20 January 2018 in Kolkata. The festival will focus on health, current affairs, women’s issues and children’s literature among other themes. Andrew Sean, author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be addressing the event.
India Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018
India Pavilion was inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome on 2 November 2018. India was partner country at Videocittà 2018. Videocittà 2018 is an event focussing on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. India’s participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
1st Annual Senior Care Conclave organised
1st ‘Annual Senior Care Conclave – Igniting Industry for India’s Ageing Sector’ was held in New Delhi on 1 November 2018. It was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). A report titled, ‘Igniting Potential in Senior Care Services’ was released at the event. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare delivered the keynote address at the event.
Patrol vessel ‘ICGS Varaha’ launched
A new offshore patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha was launched by Indian Coast Guard in Chennai on 3 November 2018. The vessel has been designed and built indigenously. ICGS Varaha will soon be fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. It also carries pollution response equipment to contain the oil spill at sea.
Ease of Moving Index 2018 released
Ola mobility institute has released ‘Ease of Moving Index 2018’ on 1 November 2018. The index covers 20 cities inhabited by approximately 92 million people and was based on a survey of over 43,000 respondents along with secondary data inputs.  Kolkata was ranked first in terms of affordability of public transport. Delhi’s transport has been found to be most comfortable.
Cabinet approved to open ISA membership
The Union Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval for opening up the International Solar Alliance (ISA) membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations on 1 November 2018. It will move a resolution in the first assembly for amending the framework agreement of the ISA. The ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India.
Indian Railways eliminated UMLCs
Twelve Zonal Railways on Broad Gauge route have now become free from Unmanned Level Crossings. As on 1 April 2018, there were 3479 Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge routes and total 3402 UMLCs have been eliminated. All Unmanned level crossings on routes having speed more than 130KMPH and on Sub-urban routes have been eliminated.
Mandela internship programme established
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has established the Nelson Mandela ‘Be the Legacy’ internship programme on 3 November 2018. The programme is aimed at empowering young people under the age of 30 years from IORA member states with work experience in their chosen fields of study. The programme will be launched on 18 July 2019.
Rahul Dravid inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’ on 1 November 2018. Rahul Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper Claire Taylor, were announced as the new inductees in the Hall of Fame. Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41.
Paleontologists discover new Sauropod species
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of a dinosaur that lived 110 million years ago in Argentina. The remains came from three separate dinosaurs from the herbivorous group of sauropods, the best known of which are the Diplodocus and Brontosaurus. This new species has been named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis.
Justice Ranganathan takes oath as CJ
Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court on 2 November 2018. Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya administered the oath of office to Justice Ranganathan. Justice Ranganathan was the judge of the Hyderabad High Court before his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.
Kirloskar group got RBI’s nod for NBFC biz
Kirloskar Capital has received a licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC). Kirloskar Capital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kirloskar Oil Engines (KOEL). It will be headed by Vimal Bhandari. Prior to joining Kirloskar Capital, Vimal Bhandari was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indostar Capital.
Tourist Police & Suraksha App launched
The Arunachal Pradesh Police launched the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Tourist Police’ and the ‘Arunachal Suraksha App’ to help the citizens during emergencies. The mobile app, first of its kind for the state police, would help users to find the nearest police stations and the contact details. It has also the capacity to send SOS message to emergency contacts.
INS Viraat to become a floating museum
The Maharashtra Cabinet approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum on 2 November 2018. The carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The project will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP). INS Viraat was decommissioned in March 2017.
India and Japan signed a Loan Agreement
India and Japan signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage in West Bengal on 2 November 2018. The Project will strengthen the capability to respond to the fluctuation in supply and demand of power. It will also improve the stability of the power supply. This will contribute to the Industrial Development and Living Standard Improvement in West Bengal.
Over 1.2 cr subscribers join APY
More than one crore twenty lakh subscribers have joined Atal Pension Yojana (APY). More than 27 lakh new subscribers have joined the scheme during the current financial year. States, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are the top contributors in the Atal Pension Yojana enrollment.
China launched new high-orbit satellite
China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown ‘BeiDou’ global satellite navigation system on 2 November 2018. It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. The satellite is meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Ordinance to amend Companies Act approved
The government of India has promulgated the Companies Amendment Ordinance, 2018 to promote Ease of Doing Business with better corporate compliance. President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the promulgation of the Ordinance. The main amendments in the Act include shifting of the jurisdiction of 16 types of corporate offences from the Special Courts to in-house adjudication.
RBI allowed banks to provide PCE to NBFCs
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to NBFCs and HFCs on 2 November 2018. PCE will be provided to bonds issued by systematically important Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). The proceeds from the bonds backed by PCE from banks will be utilised for refinancing the existing debt of the NBFC/HFCs.
Atul Goel appointed as MD, CEO of UCO Bank
Atul Kumar Goel assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank on 2 November 2018. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India. He replaced R.K. Takkar, who has completed his three-year tenure on November 1, 2018. He started his career as Chartered Accountant in Allahabad Bank in 1992.

Important Current Affairs 4th November 2018
National Affairs- 2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       India Mobile Congress(IMC) 2018 concluded on 27 October 2018.
·       Train 18, the country’s first engine-less train, was unveiled on 29th October 2018.
·       The Statue of Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat on 31 October 2018.
·       Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised a conference on  ‘Innovation in Cyberspace & Cyber Security’ on 29th October 2018.
National Affairs- 1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       India’s first gallery on robotic dinosaurs was inaugurated on 27th October 2018 at the Pushpa Gujral Science City in Kapurthala, Punjab.
·       Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for India’s largest dry dock at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala on 30th October 2018.
·       The Union Cabinet has approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’.
Miscellaneous News (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’.
·       The ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed on 2 November every year.
·       Boxer Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Boxing Championship.
Awards & Honours (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018.
·       Marie and Vijay Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US.
·       Malala Yousafzai will be conferred ‘2018 Gleitsman Award’ by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.
Important Defence News (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       A new offshore patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha was launched by Indian Coast Guard in Chennai on 3 November 2018.
·       A night trial of India’s indigenously developed nuclear-capable ‘Agni-1 ballistic missile’ was successfully conducted on 30 October 2018.
·       The sail training ship of Indian Navy ‘INS Tarangini’ returned to Kochi on 30 October 2018 after a seven-month-long voyage.
Index & Reports (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Ola mobility institute has released ‘Ease of Moving Index 2018’ on 1 November 2018.
·       The World Bank released ‘Doing Business Report 2018’ and India has been placed at 77th rank.
·       World Wide Fund (WWF) has released a report titled ‘The Living Planet’.
·       The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a report titled ‘Air Pollution and Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air’.
Govt. Schemes & Policies (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme on 30 October 2018.
·       Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Central governments ‘Support and Outreach’ initiative for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on 2 November 2018.
·       Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ to identify households without electricity on 31 October 2018.
Imp Business & Economy (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       State Bank of India (SBI) formed a Joint Venture (JV) with Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd to create a digital payment network.
·       The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to NBFCs and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs).
·       The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India had acquired IDFC Infrastructure Finance Limited (IDFC-IFL).
Important Sports News- 2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       In Men’s Hockey, India and Pakistan were declared joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophy at Muscat in Oman.
·       Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019.
·       Pankaj Advani won the Asian Snooker Tour on 31 October 2018 in China.
·       Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’.
Important Sports News- 1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Table tennis player Ayhika Mukherjee won the silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles category of the ITTF Challenge Belgium Open.
·       Indian golfer Khalin Joshi  won the Panasonic Open India title.
·       Roger Federer won the Swiss Indoors title in Basel.
·       The 1st edition of ‘North East Olympic Games’ concluded in Imphal on 28 October 2018.
·       Vietnam will host a Formula One race in April 2020.
India and World-2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       The Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea on 1 November 2018.
·       The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on 1 November 2018.
·       The first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property (IP) was launched on 31 October 2018 to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy in New Delhi.
India and World-1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the ’13th India-Japan Bilateral Summit’ in Tokyo.
·       India and Japan signed a currency swap agreement worth $75 billion on 29th October 2018.
·       India and Japan signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage in West Bengal.
·       The Kingdom of Netherlands will be the Partner Country for the 25th DST – CII Technology Summit.
International Affairs- 2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown ‘BeiDou’ global satellite navigation system on 2 November 2018.
·       The 109th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council was held in Manama, Bahrain.
·       The ‘China-France Oceanography Satellite’,  jointly built by China and France, was launched on 29 October 2018.
International Affairs- 1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       Michael D Higgins has been re-elected as President of Ireland.
·       Jair Bolsonaro was elected as President of Brazil.
·       The United Arab Emirates’ first locally made ‘KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite’ was launched from Japan.
·       ‘Little India Gate’ was inaugurated in northern Indonesia.
·       The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond.
Important Appointments-3 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       SS Deswal has been appointed as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
·       Justice Vijai Kumar Bist was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court on 30 October 2018.
·       RBL Bank appointed Vikas Muttoo as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its subsidiary ‘Swadhaar Finserve’.
Important Appointments-2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the re-appointment of Aditya Puri as Managing Director of the HDFC bank for another two years.
·       Atul Kumar Goel assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank.
·       Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen has been appointed as next Special Envoy for Syria.
·       Lieutenant General P.S. Rajeshwar took over as the 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff.
Important Appointments-1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
·       The government of India appointed Sanjay Kumar Mishra as Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED).
·       Justice Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.
·       Justice Naresh Harishchandra Patil was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
·       Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court.

Important Current Affairs 5th November 2018
NASA grants $7 Million For new life detection
NASA has awarded nearly $7 million for a fresh interdisciplinary project to detect new, non-Earth-like life on Mars, Jupiter and Saturn’s icy moons. The Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures (LAB) will lay the groundwork for characterising potential biosignatures, or signs of life. The LAB is a consortium of 15 team members from universities and institutions around the world.
Subhankar Dey won SaarLorLux Open
In Badminton, Subhankar Dey has won the SaarLorLux Open at Saarbrucken in Germany on 5 November 2018. He defeated Rajiv Ouseph of Britain in finals. This is Subhankar’s first title of 2018. In March 2018, he had finished runner-up in the Kabal International tournament at the Czech Republic.
India to extend USD 310 m loan for Zimbabwe
India would extend a US$ 310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for a thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s second biggest power plant with an installed capacity of 920 MW. The decision was taken during a meeting between Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
‘Changsha declaration’ signed in China
More than 20 countries have committed to ‘Changsha declaration’ on agricultural and rural development in Changsha, China on 2 November 2018. The ‘Changsha Declaration’ aims to ramp up the efforts towards South-South Cooperation, an initiative working to eliminate hunger and malnutrition through the mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources.
India ranked 12th in web-borne threats
According to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab, India is ranked 12th worldwide when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web. In the third quarter (July- September), 32.8% of the users were attacked by web-borne threats in India. Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India.
Seminar on Ayurveda inaugurated
‘National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda’ was inaugurated on 4 November 2018. This seminar is being organised by the Ministry of AYUSH in association with NITI Aayog in New Delhi. The seminar is expected to develop awareness among stakeholders about the business opportunities in the Ayurveda sector.
China’s international import expo inaugurated
India participated in China’s first international import expo in Shanghai. The six-day China International Import Expo (CIIE) was inaugurated on 5 November 2018 by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Indian delegation was led by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan. The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) along with relevant government agencies has built India pavilion at the expo.
1st India-Nepal passenger train
The first passenger train to run on ‘broad gauge’ between India and Nepal is likely to run from December 2018. The train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa district in south-eastern Nepal. An immigration check-post is likely to be established at Jayanagar station. No visa will be required for Indian and Nepalese nationals crossing the border through this stretch.
AR Rahman launched his biography
AR Rahman released his biography, ‘Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of AR Rahman’, in Mumbai on 3 November 2018. The book has been written by author Krishna Trilok. AR Rahman has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and fifteen Filmfare Awards.
New members appointed to NMML Society
The Government of India appointed four new members to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society. The new NMML society members are former journalist Ram Bahadur Rai, former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, journalist Arnab Goswami and MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe. The term of the nominated members will be up to April 26, 2020, or until further orders.
World Toilet Day Contest announced
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has announced Swachh Bharat World Toilet Day Contest for districts and States. The purpose of the Contest is to encourage all districts in India to re-intensify the sanitation movement with a special focus on Open Defecation Free-ODF Sustainability. The Contest does not apply to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.
World Tsunami Awareness Day observed on 5 Nov
The ‘World Tsunami Awareness Day’ is observed on 5 November. The day is observed in order to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction. In 2018, World Tsunami Awareness Day will align with the International Day for Disaster Reduction and the ‘Sendai Seven Campaign’.
Karen Khachanov won Paris Masters title
Russia’s tennis player Karen Khachanov won the Paris Masters title on 4 November 2018. He defeated  Novak Djokovic in the finals. He also won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in October 2018. He is currently ranked at 18.
Luksika Kumkhum won first WTA title
Tennis player Luksika Kumkhum from Thailand won the L&T Mumbai Open on 4 November 2018. She defeated Irina Khromacheva from Russia in the finals. It was her maiden Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title. She received a cash prize of US$ 20000.
India, Zimbabwe signed six agreements
India and Zimbabwe signed six agreements on 3 November 2018. The agreements were signed on mining, Information and communications technology (ICT), visa waiver and traditional medicine. MoUs were also signed between the two countries on cooperation in the field of arts, culture and heritage. India also accepted Zimbabwe’s request to supply 10 ambulances to the African nation.
Lilima Minz received ‘Ekalabya Puraskar’
Woman Hockey player Lilima Minz was honoured with the prestigious ‘Ekalabya Puraskar’ on 4 November 2018. She was part of the squad that represented the country in the 2016 summer Olympics. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation. The Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted by ‘IMPaCT’, the social wing of the Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys.
Ayurveda Day celebrated on 5th November
Ayurveda Day was observed on 5th November 2018. Ministry of AYUSH observes Ayurveda Day every year on ‘Dhanawantari Jayanti’ (Dhanteras). On this occasion, Ministry is organising a ‘National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda’ in association with NITI Aayog on 4th & 5th November 2018.
MoU signed between OMCs and CSCs
A MoU for collaboration in LPG services was signed between Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited on 3 November 2018. Under the agreement, the beneficiary can visit the nearby Common Services Centres (CSCs) across India to get the services of OMCs. OMCs and CSCs have agreed to provide the benefits of Ujjawla connection to citizens through CSCs.
First overseas blockchain payment executed
HSBC has executed India’s first financial transaction using blockchain for a deal involving an export by Reliance Industries to Tricon Energy. The blockchain platform integrated with Bolero’s electronic Bill of Lading (eBL) platform to issue and manage an eBL. This allowed a digital transfer of the title of goods from the seller to the buyer.
RBI starts process to set up PCR
The Reserve Bank has initiated steps to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR). PCR will capture details of all borrowers, including wilful defaulters and also the pending legal suits in order to check financial delinquencies. PCR will also include data from entities like market regulator SEBI, the Corporate Affairs Ministry and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India.

Important Current Affairs 6th November 2018
Elavenil Valarivan won bronze medal
Elavenil Valarivan won the bronze medal at the 11th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait on 6 November 2018. Elavenil shot 227.9 in the corresponding Women’s event to claim the bronze medal. Shi Mengyao of China won the gold medal while Xu Hong won the silver medal at the event.
Divyansh won silver medal in men’s shooting
India’s junior shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar won a silver medal in the 11th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait city on 6 November 2018. Divyansh shot 251.4 in the final of 10m Air Rifle Junior Men’s event. Wang Yuefeng from China won the gold medal, who shot a Junior World and Asian record score of 252.3.
Earth’s ozone layer is finally healing
According to a new United Nations report, earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from the damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants. The upper ozone layer above the northern hemisphere should be completely repaired in the 2030s and the gaping Antarctic ozone hole should disappear in the 2060s. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s.
UN Pledging Conference held
The 2018 ‘United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities’ was held on 5 November 2018. About 19 countries pledged a total of USD 425.69 million at the Pledging Conference. India pledged contributions of USD 13.36 million for the various UN agencies India’s pledged contributions include $4.5 million to the UN Development Programme.
Gafur Rakhimov elected president of AIBA
Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on 3 November 2018. Rakhimov beat his only opponent, former boxer Serik Konakbayev of Kazakhstan. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is a sports organisation that sanctions amateur (Olympic-style) boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships.
Naidu launched ‘Jaipur Foot’ camp in Malawi
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a ‘Jaipur Foot’ camp in Malawi on 5 November 2018. The camp was launched under the ‘India for Humanity’ programme, which honours Mahatma Gandhi’s service to humanity. The Indian government partnered with Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayta Samiti for ‘India for Humanity initiative’. The ‘India for Humanity’ was launched on 2 October 2018.
RBI imposed Rs 1 cr fine on Fino Payments Bank
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on Fino Payments Bank for opening new accounts despite directions not to do so until further order on 5 November 2018. This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. Fino Payments Bank started its operations in June 2017.
Lucknow stadium renamed after Vajpayee
The newly-built ‘Ekana International Stadium’ has been renamed after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow. The stadium will now be known as ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’. UP Governor Ram Naik has approved the government proposal to this effect.
Jayant Sawarkar to get Maha lifetime award
Noted Marathi actor Jayant Sawarkar will be honoured with the Maharashtra government’s ‘Natvarya Prabhakar Panshikar Lifetime Achievement’ award in the field of theatre. The ‘Sangeetacharya Annasaheb Kirloskar Lifetime Achievement’ award will be given to tabla artist Vinayak Thorat. Both awards comprise cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh, citation and memento each.
Anupam Kher got ‘Distinguished Fellow’ award
Anupam Kher was honoured as a ‘Distinguished Fellow’ by IndiaGlobal – a leading think-tank that works on issues concerning non-resident Indians. The actor was given a fellowship on November 3, 2018 at the 3rd IndiaGlobal Summit. The event was held at the prestigious MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston, and was facilitated by MIT Sloan India Business Club.
Tourist Facilitation Counter inaugurated
K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the Tourist Facilitation and Information Counter at Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi on 5 November 2018. The counter will be connected to the 24×7 Helpline ‘1363’ of the Tourism Ministry. It shall also cater to non-English speaking tourists. vIt is located at the T3 terminal arrival gates of the IGI Airport.
No anti-dumping duty on PTFE resin
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled against putting an anti-dumping duty on the imports of a synthetic fluoropolymer from India and China. The fluoropolymer is a key ingredient in the non-stick coating for pans and other cookware. A polymer of tetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is used because of its chemical inertness, heat resistance and electrical insulation properties.
‘Preventing the environment from War’ observed
The ‘International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict’ is observed every year on 6 November. The aim is to educate people about the damaging effects of war and armed conflict on the environment. The day was declared by the United Nations on 5 November 2001.
India allowed to buy Iranian oil: US
India is one of the eight countries to receive temporary exemptions from U.S. sanctions on Iran that came into effect on 5 November 2018. The other countries that have been exempted are China, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. U.S. said that each country on the list had demonstrated ‘significant reductions’ of the purchase of Iranian crude over the past six months.
Ram Mohan Roy award for N. Ram
Veteran journalist and The Hindu Publishing Group Chairman N. Ram has been chosen for the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018. The award is presented by the Press Council of India (PCI) for his outstanding contribution to journalism. Ruby Sarkar, the chief correspondent of Deshbandhu, and Rajesh Parshuram Joshte of Daily Pudhari, have been named joint winners for ‘Rural Journalism’.
INS Arihant completes Nuclear Triad
INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear-powered submarine, successfully completed its first deterrence patrol. This means that INS Arihant is now prowling the deep seas carrying ballistic missiles. Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear (SSBN) submarine is part of Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command. The vessel has been designed by the Indian Navy’s Submarine Design Bureau.
MoU signed between India & Malawi
India and Malawi signed three MoUs on extradition, cooperation in atomic energy and visa waiver for diplomats and officials on 5 November 2018. India will also construct a Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Malawi. India will also extend the new line of credit of $215.16 million for 18 water projects in Malawi. India has agreed to allow import of mangoes from Malawi.
MoU signed between India & South Korea – II
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea on 5 November 2018. The MoU was signed in the field of sports cooperation. The cooperation under this MoU may include areas like exchange of coaches, athletes, and experts.
MoU signed between India & South Korea – I
The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of South Korea in the field of Tourism on 5 November 2018. The aim of the MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector and to increase the exchange of information and data related to tourism. It also encourages cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators.
Guidelines for ‘Operation Greens’ issued
Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has approved the operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens. Operation Greens was announced in the Budget speech of 2018-19 with an outlay of Rs 500 crores. It was launched to stabilise 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.

Important Current Affairs 7th November 2018
WB inked $172 million agreement with AP
The Central and Andhra Pradesh governments and the World Bank have signed the $172.20 million loan agreement for an agriculture project. The project will enhance the agricultural productivity, profitability, and climate resilience of poor and marginalised farmers in Andhra Pradesh. The projects seeks to ensure that farming continues to remain a financially viable activity.
PM to inaugurate various projects in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Ring Road Phase-I and Babatpur-Varanasi road in Varanasi on 12 November 2018. The Prime Minister will also launch inland waterways terminal on river Ganga. It is the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on NW-I (River Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project.
Pakistan-China luxury bus service launched
Pakistan and China have launched a luxury bus service passing from Lahore to Kashgar city in China on 5 November 2018. It is part of an initiative to connect the two countries via road under the US$ 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The bus will take 36 hours from Lahore to reach the Xinjiang province in China’s far west.
Namrata Ahuja bagged IPI-India Award
The prestigious 2018 IPI India Award for excellence in journalism has been given to Namrata Ahuja of ‘The Week’ magazine. She received the award for her exclusive story on Naga underground camps. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a trophy and a citation. The  International Press Institute (IPI) is a forum of editors, publishers and senior executives of newspapers and magazines.
China unveils replica of its space station
China has unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station. The Chinese space station would replace the international community’s orbiting laboratory, International Space Station (ISS). The station assembly is expected to be completed around 2022 and would have a lifespan of around 10 years. The ISS has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024.
Meghalaya announces Aqua Mission 2.0
The Meghalaya Government announced `378 crore investment in the State’s flagship aquaculture mission named ‘Meghalaya State Aqua Mission 2.0’. The aim of the mission is to cut down fish imports into the State. Under the mission, willing partners will need to contribute only 15% while another 25% will be credit linkages and the rest 60% Government assistance.
China unveiled ‘most advanced’ stealth drone
China has unveiled its new-generation stealth combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), UAV – CH7, on 5 November 2018. The CH7 makes China the second country, following the US, to produce high-altitude long-endurance combat UAVs with advanced penetration capabilities. The CH7 can intercept radar electronic signals, and simultaneously detect, verify and monitor high-value targets.
S. Korea, U.S. resumed marine drills
South Korea and the United States resumed their combined marine drills on 5 November 2018. The Korea Marine Exercise Program (KMEP) exercise has been suspended for six months since May 2018 as the two countries engaged in diplomacy with North Korea. The two-week KMEP involves some 500 troops, including U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, and military equipment.
MoU signed between NMCG & HCL foundation
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has signed a MoU with the HCL Foundation to work on tributaries of Ganga- Hindon and Yamuna and to increase forest cover in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The two organisations will work for sensitisation and awareness programs on forest and environment conservation. The organisations will also try to ensure plantation success rate of 60% to 70%.
Book on history of women’s cricket to be out
A book on history of women’s cricket in India will be released on 30 November 2018. The book, titled ‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’, is co-authored by sports journalists Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Pathak. The book explores the biggest moments for the game in the country.
Dharmendra appointed Ambassador to Iran
Senior diplomat Gaddam Dharmendra has been appointed India’s Ambassador to Iran. Dharmendra is a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer. At present, he is the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He replaced Saurabh Kumar, who was appointed India’s ambassador to Myanmar in October 2018.
First Chairperson of Lokayukta sworn in
Retired Gauhati High Court judge Pranoy Kumar Musahary was sworn in as the first Chairperson of Meghalaya Lokayukta on 6 November 2018. Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office to Justice (retd) Musahary. The Lokayukta is empowered to probe allegations of corruption against public functionaries such as the Chief Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Assembly.
Elavenil-Hriday won gold in shooting
India’s Air Rifle mixed team junior pairing of Elavenil Valarivan and Hriday Hazarika won the gold medal at the 11th Asian Championship in Kuwait City on 6 November 2018. A second Indian pair of Mehuli Ghosh and Arjun Babuta also won bronze in the same event. The silver medal was won Chinese pair of Shi Mengyao and Wang Yuefeng.
Online portal to promote women farmer launched
The Women and Child Development Ministry have set up an online marketing portal. Named ‘Mahila-E-Haat’, the portal was launched ahead of the ‘Women of India National Organic Festival, 2018’. The portal is a unique online platform where the women organic farmers and entrepreneurs from across the country can display their products.
Angad Vir Singh won gold medal in shooting
Angad Vir Singh Bajwa won the gold medal in the men’s skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship on 6 November 2018. He became the first Indian skeet shooter to win a gold medal at any continental or world level event. Di Jin of China won the silver medal while Saeed Al Maktoum of UAE won the bronze medal.
India elected as a Member of the ITU Council
India has been elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term (2019-2022). The elections to the council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai, UAE. The ITU is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies.
IFFI to commence in Goa from 20th-28th Nov
The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November 2018. Israel has been selected as the ‘Country of Focus’ for 49th IFFI 2018. Jharkhand has been selected as the ‘State of Focus’ for 49th IFFI 2018. Mr Dan Wolman from Israel will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI.
Government released funds to six border states
The government of India has released over 113 crore rupees to six border states to meet special development needs of people living in isolated locations. The amount was released to Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP). BADP schemes include construction of primary health centres, schools, community centres etc.
Rohit is India’s highest run-scorer in T20Is
Rohit Sharma has become India’s highest run-scorer in T20 international cricket. He has scored 2203 runs in 86 T20 matches. Virat Kohli, who has scored 2102 runs in 62 T20 matches, held the record previously. Rohit Sharma has also scored 4 centuries in T20I format. He also scored three double hundreds in one-day internationals.
Separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh
The Supreme Court has given nod for a separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh. It will start functioning from 1 January 2019 in Amravati. The new court will be the 25th High Court in the country. Presently, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have a common High Court situated at Hyderabad. The existing court will from 2019 be known as the Telangana High Court.

Important Current Affairs 8th November 2018
Study finds that 3 moons orbit the Earth
A team of astronomers and physicists has confirmed that the dust clouds orbit the Earth. These dust clouds move with the Earth and Moon at a stable 4,00,000 kilometres from the Earth. The dust clouds is also known as ‘Kordylewski’ clouds.  The first glimpse of the clouds was seen only in 1961 by Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski.
Novel bionic mushrooms can produce electricity
US researchers have successfully produced electricity from a mushroom covered in bacteria. The scientists used 3D printing to attach clusters of energy-producing bugs to the cap of a button mushroom. The fungus provided the ideal environment to allow the cyanobacteria to generate a small amount of power.
European defence coalition launched in Paris
Defence ministers from European countries met in Paris on 7 November 2018 and launched a joint military force known as the ‘European Intervention Initiative’ or EI2. The military force could rapidly be deployed in response to a conflict or natural disaster. Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Portugal, Britain and Finland are part of this initiative.
India loses row over safeguard duty at WTO
India lost a major trade dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 6 November 2018. A dispute settlement panel upheld Japan’s complaint that India’s imposition of safeguard duty on imports of hot-rolled steel flat products during September 2015 and March 2018 violated core global trade rules. Japan launched the dispute settlement proceedings against India in 2017.
ASEAN member countries offer concession
Several Asian member countries of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have offered India a concession on the extent to which it needs to open up its markets. India can now open up 83% of its market against the earlier 92%. The RCEP is a proposed trade agreement between the ASEAN countries and the six free trade agreement partners.
LS Secretary General got one-year extension
The tenure of Snehlata Shrivastava has been extended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for one year. She was scheduled to retire on 30 November 2018 but after the extension, she will retire in  30 November 2019. She is the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. She has served as Secretary in the Ministry of Law and Justice and as Special/Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
Proposed Ganga bill bans ports, jetties
According to a proposed ‘Ganga Act’, the government has banned the construction of jetties, ports or ‘permanent hydraulic structures’ in the Ganga river. The Bill lays down a host of restrictions to ensure the ‘uninterrupted, ecological flow’ of the river.  The proposed act is formally called the National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Conservation and Management) Bill, 2018.
New record created in Ayodhya
A new world record was set in Ayodhya on 7 November 2018 with over three lakh ‘diya’ lit up simultaneously. A total of 3,01,152 diyas were lit up simultaneously for five minutes. The record was created at the Deepotsav event on the banks of the Sarayu river. The target was to illuminate a total of 3.35 lakh diya on both sides of the ghats at Ram Ki Paidi.
Tesla names new chair to replace Elon Musk
Electric carmaker Tesla has appointed Robyn Denholm as the Chairman of the company’s board of directors, replacing Elon Musk. She will also be leaving her role as CFO and Head of Strategy at Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company. She has been on the Tesla board as an independent director since 2014. Elon Musk will remain the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tesla.
India’s economic growth to slow down in 2019
A report titled ‘Global Macro Outlook 2019-20’ was released by Moody’s Investors Service on 8 November 2018. The report said that the Indian economy will expand 7.4% in 2018, but the growth will slow down to 7.3% in 2019. It also said that the economy grew 7.9% in the first half (January-June) of 2018. Moody’s said global economic growth will slow in 2019 and 2020 to a little under 2.9%.
DEPwD to organise Global IT Challenge
‘Global IT Challenge (GITC) for Youth with Disabilities 2018’ will be organised by the from 9 November 2018. It is organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. India is hosting the event in collaboration with the Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International.
JNPT planning to host edible oil refinery
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is planning to host an edible oil refinery to maximise revenue and ensure captive cargo. The raw material for the refinery will be imported from abroad and a considerable part of the finished products will be sent out through the sea. The port already has a liquid cargo terminal in addition to the 4 container terminals. The port is situated in Maharashtra
‘Bhubaneswar Me Wi-Fi’ launched
Odisha Government launched the ‘Bhubaneswar Me Wi-Fi’ project in Bhubaneswar on 5 November 2018. The project is implemented by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL). It will initially have 100 hotspots enabled locations with 275 access points. One wi-fi hotspot would be able to handle 150 users at a given point of time BSCL is a Special Purpose Vehicle incorporated by Odisha Government.
Samay won the ‘Breakthrough Junior Challenge’
Samay Godika won the 2018 ‘Breakthrough Junior Challenge’ for his video submitted in the life sciences category on circadian rhythms. He will receive a $250,000 college scholarship. ‘Breakthrough Junior Challenge’ is a global science video competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics.
‘Mo bus’ service launched in Odisha
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Mo bus’ service in Bhubaneswar on 6 November 2018. The newly-launched buses feature free Wi-Fi, CCTV surveillance, public information display system and on board announcements. The bus service will come up with ‘Mo Bus’ mobile app through which citizens can book their tickets and also get to know the locations of the vehicle.
Chabahar port work exempted from sanctions
The United States has exempted India from the imposition of certain sanctions for the development of Chabahar port project in Iran. India has committed $500 million to the project and $2 billion to build a railway line from Chabahar to Hajigaj in Afghanistan. India signed an agreement with Iran and Afghanistan in May 2016 for the port’s development.
West Bengal to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’
The West Bengal government will observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14. The day will be observed to commemorate the first anniversary of the State’s famous sweet getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘Bengal’s Rosogolla’. On 14 November 2017, West Bengal got the GI tag for ‘Bengal’s Rosogolla’. The GI tag is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.
EC issues order on poll expenses
According to the Election Commission, the costs incurred on publicising information about the criminal cases against a candidate will be counted as part of poll expenditure. The expenses will be borne by the candidate and the political parties. The Election Commission said that the FIR cases against a candidate have to be given publicity.
R Chandranathan appointed new Meghalaya DGP
The Meghalaya government has appointed R Chandranathan as the Director General of Police (DGP). Chandranathan, an IPS officer of 1986 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre, was serving as the Special Director General (Railways in Assam). Chandranathan succeeded former DGP Swaraj Bir Singh who retired on 31 July 2018
ECB norms for infra firms eased
The Reserve Bank of India has liberalised the norms governing external commercial borrowings (ECBs) for infrastructure creation. The minimum average maturity requirement for ECB in the infrastructure sector has been reduced to three years from earlier five years. Additionally, the average maturity requirement for mandatory hedging has been reduced to five years from earlier ten years.

Important Current Affairs 9th November 2018
Arunima got Honorary Doctorate in UK
On 6 November 2018, Arunima Sinha has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom for her inspirational achievements. On 21 May 2013, Arunima Sinha became the world’s first female amputee to climb the Mount Everest. In 2015, she was presented with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
SIMBEX will begin from 10 November
The ‘Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise’ (SIMBEX) is scheduled from 10th to 21st November 2018. The 2018 edition marks the Silver Jubilee of SIMBEX. The exercise will have two phases: Sea phase and Harbour phase. The initial harbour phase will be held at Port Blair from 10 to 12 November 2018 and followed by Sea Phase from 12 to 16 November 2018 in the Andaman Sea.
Sale of government stake in DCIL approved
On 8 November 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the strategic sale of government stake in Dredging Corporation of India Ltd (DCIL) to a consortium of four ports. The four ports are Vishakhapatnam Port Trust, Paradip Port Trust, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust. The government of India currently holds 73.44% in DCIL.
India participated in Afghan peace talks
Russia hosted a conference on Afghanistan bringing together representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban on 9 November 2018. India participated in the conference at a ‘non-official’ level. India’s non-official delegation will comprise two retired diplomats – TCA Raghavan, a former envoy to Pakistan, and Amar Sinha, a former ambassador to Afghanistan.
New artillery guns inducted in Army
The Indian Army inducted its first new pieces of artillery on 9 November 2018. The ‘M777 howitzer’ and ‘K9 Vajra-T’ were formally inducted into service at the Deolali field firing ranges in Maharashtra. M777 howitzers are US-made lightweight guns, the K9 Vajras are South Korea-made self-propelled artillery guns. This is the first major induction since the Bofors were inducted in the 1980s.
RBI may set-up a digital payments ombudsman
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may set-up an ombudsman for digital payments by March 2019 to reduce the burden on banking ombudsman. The number of complaints related to digital transactions has increased. These complaints are being handled by banking ombudsman. At present, RBI is in the process of creating a scheme for establishing offices for the digital payments ombudsman.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Italy
On 8 November 2018, the Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Italy for training and education in the fields of Labour and Employment. The MoU will facilitate the expansion of the training and education activities to promote decent work. The MoU will also facilitate in developing new training modules for different social partners.
Agreement on mutual legal assistance approved
The Union Cabinet has approved the agreement between India and Morocco on mutual legal assistance in civil and commercial Matters on 8 November 2018. This agreement will enhance co-operation in the service of summons, judicial documents, letters of request and the execution of judgments decrees and arbitral awards. The Agreement will be beneficial for the citizens of both countries.
VP embarked on three-day visit to France
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has embarked on a three-day visit to France on 9 November 2018. He will attend the Paris Peace Forum being held to commemorate the centenary of the end to the First World War. The aim of the Paris Peace Forum is to establish a global platform to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism, international cooperation and reform of global governance institutions.
NASA’s Ralph to explore ‘Trojan Asteroids’
NASA’s Ralph and Lucy are all set to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Ralph is a space instrument that has travelled as far as Pluto, while Lucy is a mission payload. The Lucy spacecraft will carry a near-twin of Ralph, called L’Ralph, which will investigate Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. The mission will be launched in 2021 and would be the very first space mission to study the Trojans.
China to import raw sugar from India
India will export raw sugar to China from early 2019. Indian Sugar Mills Association and COFCO, a public sector company of China have entered into a contract for exporting 15000 tonnes of raw sugar. Raw sugar is the second product after non-basmati rice that China will import from India. India is the largest producer of sugar in the world with 32 million tonnes of production in 2018.
Anand conferred with ‘Global Education Award’
Mathematician and Super 30 founder Anand Kumar was conferred with ‘Global Education Award’ in Dubai on 8 November 2018. He was awarded for his ‘pioneering’ contributions to the field of education and illuminating the lives of many talented students. The award was presented by ‘Malabar Gold & Diamonds’, a flagship company of Malabar Group, a leading Indian business conglomerate.
Cabinet approves a Central Tribal University
On 8 November 2018, the Union Cabinet approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh. The ‘Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh’ will be set up in Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. It also approved the funds of Rs. 420 crore for the establishment of the Central Tribal University.
Mechanism for sale of enemy shares approved
On 8 November 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the mechanism and procedure for sale of the enemy shares. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management has been authorised to sell the shares. According to Enemy Property Act, 1968, ‘Enemy property’ refers to any property belonging to, held or managed on behalf of an enemy, an enemy subject or an enemy firm.
France’s highest civilian honour conferred
Jawahar Lal Sarin was conferred with France’s highest civilian honour by French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on 9 November 2018. He was given France’s highest civilian honour ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’. He was awarded for his outstanding contribution to enhancing Indo-French cultural cooperation and promoting the French language.
Agreement b/w India & Morocco approved
The Cabinet approved the signing and ratifying of an extradition agreement between India and Morocco on 8 November 2018. The agreement will provide a legal base for the extradition of fugitive offenders who are accused of serious offences. This Treaty will also strengthen the bilateral relations to deal with criminal elements acting against the national interest of both India and Morocco.
Saurabh won gold at Asian Airgun Championships
Saurabh Chaudhary won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol junior men’s event of the Asian Airgun Championship held in Kuwait city, Kuwait on 8 November 2018. He won the gold medal in shooting at the Asian Games in August 2018. He also won gold medal at the World Shooting Championships in September 2018 and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October 2018.
Filling of Padur strategic reserve approved
The Union Cabinet has approved the filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) at Padur, Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies (NOCs). The SPR facility at Padur is an underground rock cavern with a total capacity of 2.5 million metric tonnes. The filling of the SPR is being undertaken to reduce budgetary support of Government of India.
Six airports set to be privatised
The Union Cabinet gave an ‘in principle’ approval for operating, managing and developing six non-metro airports under Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The airports which will be privatised are Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru. At present, airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cochin are managed under the PPP model.
Defence ministry enhanced financial power
The Defence Ministry has enhanced financial powers to Vice Chiefs of the armed forces. The Vice Chiefs will be able to exercise financial powers up to five times more than the existing powers with an enhanced ceiling of 500 crore rupees. The move is aimed at expediting the decision-making process involved in the procurements for the Armed Forces.

Important Current Affairs 10th November 2018
Digital transactions registered growth
According to the Ministry of Electronics & IT, the number of digital payment transactions in August 2018 was 244.81 crore. The total value of such transactions was 204.86 lakh crore rupees in August 2018. The number of transactions on BHIM-UPI was 48.236 crore transactions in October 2018 and its value was of Rs 74,978.27 crore in Oct 2018.
Bajrang becomes number one in world
On 10 November 2018, Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia achieved the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category. He was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the United World Wrestling (UWW) list. Alejandro Enrique from Cuba is at number two with 66 points. Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev is at number three and Takuto Otoguro from Japan is at number four.
Festival to celebrate Urdu heritage & culture
On 10 November 2018, the Delhi government announced ‘Jashn-e-Virasat-e-Urdu’, a festival to celebrate Urdu culture and its heritage. The festival aims to keep the Urdu language alive and ensure its growth through larger participation. The festival will witness a diverse range of artists and art forms practising Urdu including traditional forms like Chaar Bait, Dastangoi and Kissagoi.
24th Kolkata International Film Festival began
The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival began in Kolkata on 10 November 2018. A centenary tribute will be paid to legendary Swedish director-producer Ingmar Bergman through the screening of eight of his outstanding movies. The event is considered to be the country’s second oldest film fest. Award winning international films from the US, Spain, France and Russia will also be screened.
3 new members appointed to CBDT
PK Dash, Akhilesh Ranjan and Neena Kumar have been appointed as new members in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). All three officers are from the 1982-batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Sushil Chandra is the chairman of CBDT. The CBDT frames the policy for the I-T Department that is tasked to enforce direct tax laws in the country.
ATP World Tour Awards 2018 announced
The 2018 ATP World Tour Awards were announced on 9 November 2018. Novak Djokovic won the ‘Comeback Player of the Year Award’. Djokovic’s coach Marian Vajda was also named ATP Coach of the Year. Rafael Nadal won the ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ for his fair play, professionalism and integrity on and off the tennis court.
Roger Federer won the Fans’ Favourite player Award.
PM to inaugurate first multi-modal terminal Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first multi-modal terminal on the Ganga river in Varanasi on 12 November 2018. The aim is to promote inland waterways as a cheaper and more environment-friendly means of transport. The multi-modal terminals are being built under the Jal Marg Vikas Project. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency.
Exit polls banned by Election Commission
The Election Commission imposed ban on holding exit polls from 12 November in Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Telangana, and Rajasthan. Under the Representation of People Act, 1951, Election Commission bans exit polls from the time the poll begins till half-an-hour after the polling ends. An exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they have exited the polling stations.
UNWFP & Alibaba entered into a partnership
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Alibaba Group have entered into a strategic partnership to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Alibaba will provide its technology and resources to support the digital transformation of WFP’s operations. Under the partnership, a digital World Hunger Map to monitor the status of global hunger will be developed.
India’s unemployment rate jumps to 6.9%
According to a report by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate in India rose to 6.9% in October 2018. The estimated number of people employed during October 2018 was 397 million. Around 407 million individuals were estimated to be employed during October 2017. Only 39.5% of the adult population was employed in October 2018.
Swati won ‘Press Freedom Award for Courage’
Journalist Swati Chaturvedi has won the 2018 Press Freedom Award for Courage on 8 November 2018. She won the award for her book, ‘I am a Troll: Inside The Secret World of The BJP’s Digital Army’. The award ceremony was organised by the UK chapter of Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders in London.
PM to visit Singapore on Nov 14-15
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Singapore on 14 November 2018 to attend the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS). The EAS is a premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region.  EAS includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Russia and 10 ASEAN member-states. It was established in 2005.
No double jeopardy bar if there was no trial
The Supreme Court has held that the bar of double jeopardy does not arise if an accused was discharged of a criminal offence on the basis of an invalid sanction for prosecution. Article 20 of the Constitution mandates that a person cannot be prosecuted or punished twice for the same offence. The judgment is based on an appeal filed by the State of Mizoram.
HAL trainer ‘HTT-40’ clears spin test
HTT-40, the indigenously-built basic trainer aircraft built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), cleared its first spin test on 9 November 2018. A spin test is the most crucial phase in developing a safe and airworthy aircraft. The Defence Acquisition Council has approved buying of 70 HAL-built basic trainers for the Indian Air Force. R. Madhavan is the Chief Managing Director (CMD) of HAL.
Global Cooling Innovation Summit
Two-day Global Cooling Innovation Summit will be inaugurated by Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on 12th November 2018. The summit will also see the launching of ‘Global Cooling Prize’ competition. The aim of the competition is to spur the development of a residential cooling solution that has at least five times (5x) less climate impact.
World Science Day for Peace and Development
World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed on 10 November every year. The day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.  The day aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. The theme for 2018 is ‘Science, a Human Right’.
Manu-Saurabh won gold in shooting
Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary won the gold medal in the 10-meter air pistol mixed team event at the 11th Asian Airgun Championships on 9 November 2018. This was also Saurabh’s third gold medal in two days, having won the team and individual 10m Air Pistol events on 8 November 2018 India’s junior shooting squad thus ended the championship with a tally of 11 medals, including four gold.
Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report released
The 2018 ‘Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report’ was released by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) on 9 November 2018. The report said that India’s vaccination coverage to prevent rotavirus infection was the lowest among the 15 countries. It also pointed out that India lost over 2.6 lakh children under five years from pneumonia and diarrhoea in 2016.
Ladakh restoration project wins UNESCO award
‘The LAMO Center’ in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region has won an UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation on 9 November 2018. It was chosen for its systematic restoration of an aristocratic house in Ladakh. It won in the category of ‘Award of Distinction’ under UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as CCI Chairperson
Ashok Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). He would be replacing the acting Chairperson of CCI Sudhir Mital. CCI is a statutory body of the Government of India responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, 2002. It was established on 14 October 2003.


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