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CURRENT AFFAIRS NOVEMBER 21 TO 30 2018

Mary Kom made history at Boxing Championships
On 20 November 2018, India’s Mary Kom defeated China’s Wu Yu 5-0 in the 48kg quarterfinals of the women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi. She is assured of a medal. Mary has become the most successful medal winner in the Championship’s history with seven medals across different weight categories.
Reservation for women in legislative assembly
The Odisha Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33% reservation for women in legislative assemblies and Parliament. The resolution, moved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was passed by a voice vote. Currently, the 147-member state assembly has 12 women MLAs. The Women’s Reservation Bill is pending in the parliament.
Indian Railways introduces e-toilets
As a special initiative to mark World Toilet Day, Central Railway (CR) department has announced to introduce e-toilets in the railway coaches for the first time. The e-toilets electronically integrate all the toilet functions. These toilets are fully unmanned and perform automated operations. Pressure nozzles have also been attached to these toilets to make flushing easier.
Renault keeps Carlos Ghosn as CEO
Renault has appointed its Chief Operating Officer (COO) Thierry Bollore as deputy CEO to ensure day-to-day management of the company. His appointment was made after the arrest of its CEO Carlos Ghosn but he will remain as its CEO. Renault’s move to appoint a temporary leader was in line with a demand by the French government, which owns a 15% stake in the automaker.
Foundation Stones of CGD Project
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects across 129 districts on 22 November 2018. This will boost the availability of gas supply for half of the country’s population in 26 states and Union Territories. The projects have been awarded by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).
Kim Jong Yang elected as Interpol President
Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has been elected Interpol President. Kim will serve as president for the remainder of the current mandate, until 2020. The decision was taken at the 87th General Assembly of the Agency in Dubai. He was previously the Chief of police in South Korea’s most populous province.
India $ Russia signed $500 million deal
On 20 November 2018, India and Russia signed a USD 500 million deal for construction of two missile frigates in Goa for the Indian Navy. The agreement for manufacturing of the two Talvar-class warships was signed between Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and Russia’s state-run defence major Rosoboronexport. Russia will provide design, technology and key materials to GSL for construction of the ships.
‘Tata Literature Awards 2018’ announced
Anuradha Roy and James Crabtree are among the winners of the ‘Tata Literature Live Awards 2018’. Harper Collins India was named publisher of the year 2018. Veteran journalist and writer Mark Tully won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned poet Jayanta Mahapatra was named the poet laureate for 2018.
Dr Dixit appointed as Brand Ambassador
The Maharashtra government has appointed Dr Jagannath Dixit as the Brand Ambassador of its anti-obesity campaign. Dr Dixit has been appointed due to his experience and knowledge in the field. Dr Dixit is attached to the Government Medical College, Latur as a Professor.
Google launched ‘Neighbourly’ app
Google has announced the national roll-out of a new app from its ‘Next Billion Users’ team called ‘Neighbourly’. The app helps people source local information from their neighbours. Google is rolling out ‘Neighbourly’ starting with Bengaluru and Delhi, which topped the waitlist. More cities will be added every day, including Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune.
World Fisheries Day: 21 November
World Fisheries day is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world. The day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water. Fishing communities worldwide celebrate this day through rallies, workshops, public meetings, and cultural programs.
Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals
Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events of the FIG Acrobatic World Cup in Baku.  Prins Aris and Rejilesh Suribabu won bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events on 20 November 2018. Russian gymnasts won both the gold and silver.
BASIC Ministerial Meeting held in New Delhi
The 27th BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in New Delhi on 19-20 November 2018. The meeting was chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The BASIC group was formed by an agreement on 28 November 2009.
New ‘pinwheel’ star system discovered
Scientists have discovered a new, massive star system in the Milky Way galaxy. The scientists detected a gamma-ray burst progenitor system. It is a type of supernova that blasts out an extremely powerful and narrow jet of plasma. The system is estimated to be 8,000 light years away from Earth.
Himachal to set up ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’
The Himachal Pradesh government decided to set up a ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’ for preservation, protection and welfare of cows in the state. The Aayog will regulate institutions like cow sheds and shelters, besides the ‘gau vigyan kendras’ and the community animal-rearing centres. The Aayog would also cater to the problem of abandoned cows.
Amitabh Bachchan received Sayaji Ratna Award
Amitabh Bachchan was awarded the third Sayaji Ratna Award on 20 November 2018. The award was established in the memory of erstwhile Baroda ruler Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The Baroda Management Association had instituted the award to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the ruler in 2013. Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and noted industrialist Ratan Tata have been given the award earlier.
Bangladesh team won Subroto Cup
Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) won the 59th edition of the junior boys Subroto Cup International Football Tournament on 20 November 2018. The team defeated Amini School, Afghanistan in the final match. The final match was held at New Delhi. A total of 95 teams and 1500 players participated in the tournament.
India & World Bank signed a loan agreement
The Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank signed a $310 million Loan Agreement on 20 November 2018. The loan amount is for ‘Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project’ to provide reliable, quality, and affordable 24×7 electricity to the citizens of Jharkhand. The Project is part of the Government of India’s ‘Power for All program’ launched in 2014.
Book titled ‘Radio Kashmir’ released
A book titled ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ was released by the Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh on 20 November 2018. The book has been written by Dr Rajesh Bhat. The book depicts a unique distinction earned by ‘Radio Kashmir’ by serving people and the nation. The author Dr Rajesh Bhat is currently posted in the Policy Division of Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi.
World Television Day: 21 November
The United Nations’ (UN) World Television Day is annually observed around the world on November 21. The day recognizes that television plays a major role in presenting different issue that affect people. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day through a resolution on 17 December 1996.

Important Current Affairs 22nd November 2018
J&K Assembly dissolved by Governor
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the State Assembly on 21 November 2018. The Governor cited four main reasons for dissolving the Assembly with immediate effect. These include extensive horse-trading and possible exchange of money and the impossibility of forming a stable government by parties with opposing political ideologies.
India & Australia signed five agreements
On 22 November 2018, India and Australia signed five agreements to boost investments and enhance cooperation in key sectors like disability, agricultural research and education. The agreements were signed after President Ram Nath Kovind met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney. President Kovind is the first-ever Indian President to visit Australia.
Himachal govt approved Sashakt Mahila Yojna
The Himachal Pradesh government has approved to implement ‘Sashakt Mahila Yojna’ in the state. The scheme will empower rural women by providing them with an interface for socio-economic development. The scheme will link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities and also improve their skill by imparting training.
‘Land Reforms Bill’ passed in West Bengal
On 19 November 2018, the West Bengal Assembly passed the ‘West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill’, 2018 to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal. The Bill will help in the distribution of land-right documents to the people of the enclaves in the border district of Cooch Behar. Bangladesh and India had exchanged a total of 162 enclaves on Aug 1, 2015.
Four new horned frogs discovered
Four new species of horned frogs have been discovered in Himalayan regions of Northeast India. They were discovered by a team of biologists from Delhi University, University College Dublin and the National Museum (UK). The four new Indian species are Himalayan horned frog; the Garo white-lipped horned frog; the Yellow spotted white-lipped horned frog; and the Giant Himalayan horned frog.
Sushma Swaraj began her Laos visit on Nov 22
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj began her two-day visit to Laos from 22 November 2018. She will co-chair the 9th Meeting of ‘India-Laos Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation’. The joint commission meeting will further enhance the cooperation between the two countries in various areas. The capital of Laos is Vientiane and its currency is Lao Kip.
SBM appointed Sidharth Rath as MD
On 21 November 2018, State Bank of Mauritius (SBM-India) has appointed Sidharth Rath as its Managing Director (MD). He was with Axis Bank as the Group Executive and Head of Corporate, Transaction Banking, and International Banking. SBM has received the licence from Reserve Bank of India to operate as a scheduled commercial bank in India with effect from December 1, 2018.
WCCB got Asia Environment Enforcement Award
On 21 November 2018, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has got the ‘Asia Environment Enforcement Award 2018’. It was awarded for its work in combating trans-boundary environmental crimes. This is the 2nd time in a row that the awards are being given by UN Environment to India. WCCB is a statutory body under the Environment Ministry to combat organised wildlife crime in the country.
Abu Dhabi to host India-UAE Strategic Conclave
The UAE will host the second edition of ‘India-UAE Strategic Conclave’ on 27 November 2018. The day-long conference will be held in Abu Dhabi. It will initiate dialogues to widen the scope of bilateral investments between the two countries. The conclave aims to improve the connection between the business communities of the two countries.
First batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji
On 21 November 2018, Veteran cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy. Jaffer, who plays for Vidarbha, achieved the feat on day two of the Ranji Trophy match against Baroda. He has played 31 Tests and two One-Day Internationals for India. He last played for India in April 2008.
Conference on tuberculosis in India in 2019
The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health will be held in Hyderabad in 2019. The conference ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action’ will be held from 30 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. The conference will be organised by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
Abhijit Bose named WhatsApp India Head
On 21 November 2018, WhatsApp named Abhijit Bose as its India Head. He will join the WhatsApp in early 2019 and will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California. He was the co-founder of Ezetap, an electronic payments company.
Youngest-ever goodwill ambassador appointed
British actress Millie Bobby Brown was named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador on 21 November 2018. She is the youngest person ever to be appointed as the UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. As a Goodwil Ambassador, she will use her global platform to raise awareness of children’s rights and issues affecting young people.
Mexico’s highest honour given to Prof. Ganguly
Professor S.P. Ganguly has been awarded the ‘Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle’ on 20 November 2018. The award is the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico. The award was in recognition of his outstanding work in the study of the Spanish language and Mexican culture. He headed the Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Credit guarantee process norms changed
The Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) has changed norms to improve credit guarantee process for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE). It will now capture key information on the financial status of the borrowers. The modification will be applicable from 1 December 2018. CGTMSE has been jointly set up by the government of India and SIDBI.
Manipur’s mega ‘Sangai’ festival inaugurated
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated Manipur’s annual ‘Sangai’ tourism festival on 21 November 2018. The festival is named after the state animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. The 10-day festival will see various cultural troupes from different parts of the country. The festival was started in 2010.
Bhadohi got ‘export excellence’ tag
Badohi in Uttar Pradesh has got the ‘export excellence’ tag from the Government of India. It is known for its hand-woven carpets around the world. Under the tag, carpet makers will get financial assistance from the central government to procure modern machines, improve export infrastructure. The status was granted by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, under the Commerce Ministry.
National Implementation Committee constituted
Prime Minister Narendra Modi constituted a ‘National Implementation Committee’ (NIC) to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in India and abroad. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is the Chairman of National Implementation Committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Culture are the Members of NIC.
‘Bhudaar’ portal launched in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh launched ‘Bhudaar’ portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers. The ‘Bhudaar’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state. Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar an M-Bhudaar.
IIC Program launched by HRD ministry
The ‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ (IIC) program under ‘Innovation cell’ of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) was launched in New Delhi on 21 November 2018. The purpose of formation of network of IICs is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas. MHRD has established the ‘Innovation cell’ at AICTE.

Important Current Affairs 23rd November 2018
ICC signed a MoU with IIM-C
The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park to help facilitate incubation of start-ups on 21 November 2018. The Innovation Park will incubate and handhold the start-ups, and provide them with training and mentorship. IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park is a not-for-profit company and is currently incubating 40 start-ups.
Joyce to head the UN Environment Programme
On 22 November 2018, Tanzanian microbiologist Joyce Msuya has been appointed as acting head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) following the resignation of Erik Solheim. Erik Solheim was the Executive Director of UNEP. Prior to joining UN, served as Adviser to the World Bank Vice President. She also served in the Republic of Korea, as the inaugural World Bank Special Representative.
Cabinet approved ‘ACROSS’ scheme
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved continuation of ‘Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services’ (ACROSS) during 2017-2020. ACROSS scheme consists of 9 sub-programmes  It will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The objective of the ACROSS scheme is to provide a reliable weather and climate forecast for the betterment of society.
Monaco to host 2019 ‘Laureus Awards’
The 19th edition of the prestigious ‘Laureus World Sports Awards’ will be held in Monaco on 18 February 2019. ‘Laureus World Sports Awards’ are considered as the ‘Oscars of sports’. Tennis player Roger Federer won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for 2017. Former India cricket captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are members of the Laureus Academy.
44 new coal blocks found in 4 Eastern states
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found 44 new coal blocks in four states of Eastern India. The location of these coal blocks are spread across West Bengal’s Purulia and Birbhum districts, coal city of Talcher in Odisha, Bihar’s Bhagalpur and Jharkhand’s East Bokaro and south Karanpura. The estimated coal resource of these 44 new blocks is close to 25,000 million tonnes.
UNICEF appoints ‘Youth Advocate’ for Northeast
On 23 November 2018,singer Nahid Afrin of Assam has been appointed as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the Northeastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights. The UNICEF engages ‘Youth Advocates’ to act as agents of change in society. She made her playback debut in the 2016 Bollywood film ‘Akira’. She received the best female playback singer award at the Assam state Film Award 2018.
SEBI new rules for reclassifying a promoter
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has come out with new rules for re-classification of a promoter as a public investor. An outgoing promoter will have to relinquish special rights as well as control over the affairs of the listed firm. The promoter will not be allowed to have any representation on the board of directors. They will not be allowed to hold over 10% stake.
OBC sub-quota panel’s term extended
The term of the commission examining the issue of sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the central list has been extended till May 31, 2019. The decision was approved by the Union Cabinet on 22 November 2018 The commission was formed in October 2017. The five-member panel is headed by Justice (retd.) G Rohini.
Mohammed VI- B Satellite successfully launched
Morocco’s ‘Mohammed VI – B’ satellite was successfully launched on 21 November 2018 by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center, in French Guiana. ‘Mohammed VI – B’ satellite is a high-resolution Earth-observation satellite. It will be used for mapping and land surveying, regional development, agricultural monitoring, prevention and management of natural disasters, and mine exploration.
Alia Bhatt appointed as brand ambassador
Uber Eats has appointed actor Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador in India on 22 November 2018. India is the first country for Uber Eats globally where the company has appointed a brand ambassador. Uber Eats is the food delivery arm of Uber and was launched in India in May 2017. The food delivery service is available across 37 cities in India.
Bank credit grew by 14.88% & deposits by 9.13%
According to the RBI data, bank credit rose by 14.88% to Rs 91.11 lakh crore in the fortnight ended 9 November 2018. The deposits grew by 9.13% to Rs 118.25 lakh crore. In the previous fortnight ended October 26, 2018, credit had grown by 14.57% to Rs 90.37 lakh crore, while deposits rose by 9.01% to Rs 117.71 lakh crore. In September 2018, the non-food credit rose by 11.3%.
Vimal Chandra won the Young Scientist award
IIT Roorkee Professor Vimal Chandra Srivastava has won the ‘NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award 2018’ in ‘Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development’ category. He has been given the award for his work on Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Clean Liquid Fuels, and Multi-component Adsorption. The Award was instituted by Elsevier in the year 2006.
MoU between India and Tajikistan approved
On 22 November 2018, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters. The areas of cooperation include exchanges of youth, representatives of youth organisations, and Government officials in-charge of youth policy-making. The MoU shall remain valid for a period of five years.
MoU between India and Mauritius approved
On 22 November 2018, the Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology. The MoU is beneficial for bilateral relations of both the countries. It will help in expanding cooperation in the field of consumer protection and will provide an institutional mechanism for the exchange of information.
Allied & healthcare professions Bill approved
On 22 November 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill 2018. The aim of the bill is to regulate and standardise the education and services provided by allied and healthcare professionals. The Bill provides for setting up of an Allied and Healthcare Council of India. The allied and healthcare professionals include physiotherapists, nutritionists etc.
‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival’ from 28 Nov
The sixth edition of the ‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival’ will begin in Assam on 28 November 2018. The aim of the festival is to promote cinema of the Northeastern region of India. ‘Spring Thunder’ will be the opening film of the festival and Assamese Film ‘Bornodi Bhotiai’, will be the concluding film of the festival.
2 fast patrol vessels for CG launched
Two fast patrol vessels manufactured by ‘Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers’ (GRSE) for Indian Coast Guard were launched on 22 November 2018. The vessels have been named ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi. The vessels are fitted with state-of-the-art main engines with advanced control systems with modular accommodation for 35 personnel.
Nepal’s largest exhibition ConMac 2018 begins
Nepal’s largest exhibition on construction equipment and technology ‘ConMac 2018’ began on 22 November 2018 in Kathmandu. The 3 day mega event is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Embassy of India in Nepal. The exhibition is showcasing, mainly heavy equipment such as dozer, crusher and concrete mixer.
Kartarpur corridor project approved
Union Cabinet has approved building and development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border. It will provide a smooth and easy passage to pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur throughout the year. Kartarpur corridor project will be funded by the Central Government.
Government makes jute packaging mandatory
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval to expand the scope of mandatory packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material Act, 1987. The CCEA approved that 100% food grains and 20% sugar shall be mandatorily packed in diversified jute bags. The decision will give an impetus to the diversification of the jute industry.

Important Current Affairs 24th November 2018
Filmmaker Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award
Filmmaker Nandita Das will be honoured with the ‘International Federation of Film Producers Associations’ ( FIAPF) Award 2018. The award will be given at the ’12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ on 29 November 2018. She will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region. She started her career as an actor in films like ‘1947 Earth, ‘Fire’ etc.
Forbes India Leadership Awards 2018 announced
The ‘Forbes India Leadership Awards’ was held on November 22 in Mumbai. The award honours the top executives of companies in India. Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited, got the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2018’. Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman of Motherson Sumi Systems, got the ‘Entrepreneur for the Year 2018 award’.
Broadband subscribers at 463.6 mn at Aug.-end
According to official data by the Department of Telecom (DoT), India’s broadband subscriber numbers touched 463.6 million at the end of August 2018. The number of broadband subscribers stood at 460.24 million in July 2018. The total number of telephones rose to 1,189.17 million. Maximum rise in total telephone connections was recorded in Mumbai followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Baishnab Charan Parida passed away
Former Rajya Sabha member from Odisha, Baishnab Charan Parida passed away on 22 November 2018. He was a prominent politician, writer, columnist and a social activist. Mr Parida was elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2010 and his term ended on July 1, 2016. He was president of Odisha Bhasa Suraksha Sammilani and had been fighting for promotion of Odia and use of the language in official works.
Musician Ustad Imrat Khan passed away
Classical music stalwart Ustad Imrat Khan has died in the U.S. on 23 November 2018. He dedicated his life to promote the sitar and the surbahar worldwide. Ustad Imrat Khan belonged to the illustrious Etawa gharana, or the Imdadkhani Gharana. The gharana is one of the oldest in India with a musical legacy of over 400 years and traces its roots to Agra.
5% subsidy for non-basmati rice exports
The government of India will give a subsidy of 5% for non-basmati rice exports from 26 November 2018 to 25 March 2019. The move is expected to boost the exports of non-basmati rice. The subsidy will be given under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS). The products include husked (brown) rice, parboiled and broken rice.
Jharkhand Day being celebrated at IFFI in Goa
Jharkhand Day is being celebrated at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on 24 November 2018. For 2018, Jharkhand is the focus state at the International Film Festival of India. This is for the first time that any state has been made focus state at the film festival. The movies which have been shot in Jharkhand, are being screened at the film festival.
Doval, Wang held India-China border talks
India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the ’21st round of border talks’ in China on 24 November 2018. Ajit Doval and Wang Yi are the designated Special Representatives (SRs) for border talks between India and China.  The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
‘India Skills Report 2019’ released
As per the ‘India Skills Report 2019’, Andhra Pradesh has topped the list of states with the highest employability followed by Rajasthan and Haryana. The report also said that the employability levels of engineering graduates have increased across all the sectors. The report was published jointly by Wheebox, PeopleStrong and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
J&K Bank made a public sector unit
The proposal for treating J&K Bank Limited as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) was approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC). The Jammu and Kashmir bank has been brought under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) act, the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) guidelines, and the State Legislature. The J&K Bank Ltd is the only state government-promoted bank in the country.
First ever plane with no moving parts launched
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built and flown the first-ever silent aeroplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines. The aeroplane is powered by an ionic wind technology. Ionic wind technology uses a powerful electric field to generate charged ions, which are then expelled from the back of the aircraft for generating thrust.
Sachin is the brand ambassador of Apollo Tyres
Tyre maker, Apollo Tyres has appointed cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as its new brand ambassador on 22 November 2018. He will be the ambassador of Apollo Tyres for a period of five years. Apart from Apollo Tyres, he is also the brand Ambassador for BMW in India. Sachin Tendulkar was the former brand ambassador of MRF Tyres.
HDFC ERGO sets up remote sensing lab
General insurance company ‘HDFC ERGO General Insurance’ has set up a remote sensing lab for crop insurance. The lab will work on accurately assessing the risks of the insurers and will also be able to give early warnings about the losses. Remote sensing involves setting up scanning an area through the use of satellite to get deeper information about that region.
World Congress on Mountain Medicine begins
The ’12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine’ began in Kathmandu on 21 November 2018. The theme of the 4-day congress is ‘Mountain Medicine in the Heart of the Himalayas’. The event mainly focused on science and research aspects of high altitude medicine. The event was held for the first time in Nepal and hosted by Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN).
New technology developed by IMD
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has developed a new technology called ‘Impact Based Forecasting Approach’. It will be used to assess the rise of water level in rivers and reservoirs by rain. It can help state governments to minutely monitor the impact of rain and take real-time decisions.
‘Jhiri Mela’ inaugurated by J-K Governor
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated a week-long ‘Jhiri Mela’ at village Jhiri in Jammu district on 23 November 2018. The annual fair is commemorated in the memory of the martyrdom of ‘Baba Jittoo’. He was a farmer who gave up his life about 500 years ago in protest against the oppressive demands of a landlord.
Jangalmahal Festival inaugurated in Kolkata
The three-day ‘Jangalmahal festival’ was inaugurated in Kolkata on 23 November 2018. The aim of the festival is to revive and popularise the culture and heritage of the Jangalmahal area. The forested areas of West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts in the southern part of the West Bengal form the Jangalmahal area.
Non-transport usage of quadricycles allowed
The government of India has declared quadricycle as a ‘non-transport vehicle’ under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. This will provide a safe and cheap mode of transport for the last mile connectivity. A non-transport vehicle is a vehicle whose usage is allowed under personal capacity only. A quadricycle is a vehicle with the size of a three-wheeler but has four tyres and is fully covered.
Odisha’s Baliyatra festival inaugurated
‘Baliyatra festival’ was inaugurated in Odisha on 23 November 2018. Baliyatra festival commemorates the ancient maritime glory of Odisha. The festival is associated with ancient mariners, who established trade and cultural links through sea routes with different archipelagos of the Indian Ocean. The festival will end on 2 December 2018.
EIB & SBI to finance wind energy projects
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and State Bank of India (SBI) have agreed to cooperate on financing renewable energy sector in India. The EIB will also provide new support for wind energy projects across India,  With this collaboration, the promoters of wind projects in India will get low-cost financing under the dedicated €600 million renewable energy financing programme of EIB.

Important Current Affairs 25th November 2018
Mary Kom won gold in boxing championship
MC Mary Kom won the gold medal in Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on 24 November 2018. She defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final match. She became the first female boxer to win six gold medals at World Boxing Championships.  She previously won the gold medal in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 editions of the World Boxing Championships.
Elimination of Violence against Women:25 Nov
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed on 25 November 2018. The aim of the day is to raise public awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to various forms of violence. The theme for 2018 is ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo’.
Miscellaneous News (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh has got the ‘export excellence’ tag from the Government of India. A book titled ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ written by Dr Rajesh Bhat was released on 20 November 2018. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the ‘Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge’ on 19 November 2018.
Sports News (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
India’s Lakshya Sen won the bronze medal in the World Junior Badminton Championship 2018. Tennis player Alexander Zverev won the ATP Finals in London. Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) won the 59th edition of the junior boys Subroto Cup International Football Tournament on 20 November 2018. Cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy.
Indexes and Reports (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Global education monitoring report 2019 was released by UNESCO on 19 November 2018. World Health Organisation has released ‘World Malaria Report 2018’ on 19 November 2018. The ‘Global Talent’ rankings were released by IMD Business School in Switzerland on 20 November 2018. The report on ‘Industrial Park Rating System’ was released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 19 November 2018.
Art & Culture (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
‘Baliyatra festival’ was inaugurated in Odisha on 23 November 2018. The ‘Jangalmahal festival’ was inaugurated in Kolkata on 23 November 2018. The ‘Jhiri Mela’ was inaugurated at village Jhiri in Jammu district on 23 November 2018. Manipur’s annual ‘Sangai’ tourism festival was inaugurated on 21 November 2018. The ‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival’ will begin in Assam on 28 November 2018.
Days & Events (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November every year. Africa Industrialisation Day is observed on 20 November every year. Universal Children’s Day is observed on 20 November every year. World Television Day is observed on 21 November every year. World Fisheries day is observed on 21 November every year. The first ‘Naturopathy Day’ was observed across India on 18 November 2018.
Govt Policies & Schemes (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
The ‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ program under ‘Innovation cell’ of Ministry of Human Resource Development was launched on 21 November 2018. Andhra Pradesh launched Bhudaar portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers. The government of India has declared quadricycle as a ‘non-transport vehicle’ under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
Appointments – II (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
British actress Millie Bobby Brown was named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. State Bank of Mauritius (SBM-India) has appointed Sidharth Rath as its Managing Director (MD). Singer Nahid Afrin of Assam has been appointed as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the Northeastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights.
Appointments – I (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Ajay Bhushan Pandey has been appointed as new Secretary Revenue in Ministry of Finance. Jalaj Srivastava has been appointed the Chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). Sanjay Kumar Mishra has been appointed as the full-time Chief of the Enforcement Directorate. Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has been elected Interpol President.
Person in news (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, known as the hero of the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, died on 17 November 2018. Uber Eats has appointed actor Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador in India on 22 November 2018. Tyre maker, Apollo Tyres has appointed cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as its new brand ambassador on 22 November 2018.
Awards and Honours – II (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Professor S.P. Ganguly has been awarded the ‘Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle’ on 20 November 2018. On 21 November 2018, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has got the ‘Asia Environment Enforcement Award 2018’. IIT Roorkee Professor Vimal Chandra Srivastava has won the ‘NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award 2018’ in ‘Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development’ category.
Awards and Honours – I (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma became the first Indian to emerge as the ‘Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year 2018’ on the European Tour. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has won Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2018. Amitabh Bachchan was awarded the third Sayaji Ratna Award on 20 November 2018.
Business & Economy News (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) launched a mobile application and web-based platform named ‘NSE goBID’ on 19 November 2018. The J&K Bank Limited will now be treated as a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) bank. The Reserve Bank of India’s Central Board decided to constitute a ‘Board for Financial Supervision’ which will examine the framework for banks under Prompt Corrective Action.
Defence News (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
The joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ between India and the United States commenced in Jaipur on 19 November 2018. India and Russia signed a USD 500 million deal for construction of two Talvar-class warships in Goa for the Indian Navy. Indian Coast Guard’s two fast patrol vessels named ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi were launched on 22 November 2018.
India and World (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
The 27th BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held in New Delhi on 19-20 November 2018. The UAE will host the second edition of ‘India-UAE Strategic Conclave’ on 27 November 2018.
MoU & Agreements – II (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
India and Australia signed five agreements to boost investments and enhance cooperation in key sectors like disability, agricultural research and education. The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters.
MoU & Agreements – I (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
The Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand, and the World Bank signed a $310 million Loan Agreement for a power project. The Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology. The European Investment Bank and State Bank of India have agreed to cooperate on financing renewable energy sector in India.
Science and Technology (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
The world’s standard definition of the kilogram, the ampere, the Kelvin and the mole has been changed. The ‘GROWTH-India telescope’ at the Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle, Ladakh has made its first science observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion. Google has announced a new app from its ‘Next Billion Users’ team called ‘Neighbourly’.
International Affairs (19 – 24 Nov 2018)
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held on 17 and 18 November 2018 in Papua New Guinea. Nepal’s largest exhibition on construction equipment and technology ‘ConMac 2018’ began on 22 November 2018 in Kathmandu. The ’12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine’ began in Kathmandu on 21 November 2018.

Important Current Affairs 26th November 2018
Salim Khan to receive Special Award at IFFI
Screenwriter Salim Khan will be honored with ‘International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Special Award’ for his lifetime contribution to cinema. He will receive the honour at the closing ceremony of the 49th edition of the IFFI on November 28. He will be presented with a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a certificate, and a shawl.
To resign is a right of the employee: SC
According to a Supreme Court order, an employee has the right to resign from a job. An employee cannot be compelled to serve in case he is not willing until and unless there is some stipulation in the rules. The Supreme Court made the observations while allowing the appeal of a former Air India engineer, who was refused his dues by the Central government carrier.
Manu won double gold in shooting
Manu Bhaker of Haryana won a double gold in junior sports pistol at the National Shooting Championship on 25 November 2018. Ravi and Rahi Sarnobat were crowned national champions in the men’s 10m air rifle and women’s 25m pistol events respectively at National Shooting Championship on 25 November 2018. In the 25m junior girl’s pistol event, Bhaker, Tanu Rawal and Tejaswani won a gold medal.
National Milk Day observed on 26 November
National Milk Day is observed on 26 November every year. The day commemorates the contribution of Dr Verghese Kurien towards Milk Revolution in India. Dr Verghese Kurien played a key role in the formation of milk co-operative ‘Amul’. He is also known as ‘Father of the White Revolution’ in India.
Harmanpreet is the captain of Twenty20 XI
Indian cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur was named the captain of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 XI. A selection panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) picked up the team on the basis of the players’ performances in the Women’s World T20 tournament. 3 players from England, 2 from Australia and one each from Pakistan, New Zealand, and the West Indies are also part of the team.
Ram statue to be installed in Ayodhya
On 25 November 2018, the Uttar Pradesh government unveiled the picture of the grand statue of Lord Ram that it proposes to install in Ayodhya. The height of the Ram statue will be 151 metres and its overhead umbrella will be 20 metres in height. The statue will be made of bronze. There will also be a provision for a ‘modern museum’ inside the base that will showcase the history of Ayodhya.
Maitree Diwas to be celebrated in Arunachal
Maitree Diwas, a multi-cultural social event, will be organised at Tawang on 28th-29th November 2018 in Arunachal Pradesh. Maitree Diwas aims at celebrating the strong spirit of friendship that exists between the civilians and the Indian Army. This will be the 10th Maitree Diwas since it was initiated by Late Dorjee Khandu, Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh in 2004.
Sanjay Kumar won the First UN-GGIM award
Sanjay Kumar was conferred the ‘Global Geospatial Industry Ambassador’ Award by the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) on 19 November 2018. He was awarded at the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress held in China. He is the Founder and CEO of Geospatial Media & Communications.
Chatbot ‘ANYA’ launched by Lupin
Lupin, India’s third-largest drugmaker on 23 November 2018 has launched a chatbot named ‘ANYA’ for disease awareness. It is specially designed to provide medically verified information aimed at answering patient queries related to ailments. ANYA will initially address queries related to diabetes.
Govt hikes outlay for FAME India scheme
The Ministry of Finance has enhanced the total outlay on the first phase of the ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles’ (FAME India) scheme from Rs 795 crore to Rs 895 crore. The aim of the scheme is to incentivise the production and promotion of eco-friendly vehicles. The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.
CK Jaffer Sharief passed away
Former Railway Minister CK Jaffer Sharief passed away in Bengaluru on 25 November 2018. He held the office of the Minister of Railways under PV Narasimha Rao, from 1991 to 1995, and was instrumental in gauge conversion across the nation. Jaffer Sharief was also elected as the Member of Parliament for the first time on 1971 from the Bangalore North constituency.
12 movies nominated for UNESCO Gandhi Medal
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated 12 movies for 2018 International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Of these 12 films, two are from India and the rest are foreign movies. The two Indian movies competing for the honour are Tamil film ‘Baaram’ and Ladakhi movie ‘Walking with the Wind’.
Australia won ‘Women’s World Twenty-20’ title
Australia cricket team has won the ‘Women’s World Twenty-20’ title. It was their fourth World Twenty-20 title. They defeated England in the final match. Austrailia’s Ashleigh Gardner was named ‘Player of the Match’. Austrailia’s Alyssa Healy was named ‘Player of the tournament’.
Noida & Greater Noida selected by UN
The United Nations has selected Uttar Pradesh’s Noida and Greater Noida to participate in its Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative. They have been selected in the ‘University City’ category. Overall 25 cities across the world have been selected in five categories by the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) cities initiative.
Lord Buddha’s statue in Rajgir unveiled
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled a 70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district on 25 November 2018. It is the second tallest statue of Buddha in the country. The statue has been installed above a 16-metre radius pedestal in the middle of Lake Ghora Katora. It is made of pink sandstone.
Sameer Verma won the Badminton Championship
Badminton player Sameer Verma won the ‘Syed Modi International Badminton Championships’ on 25 November 2018. He defeated China’s Guangzu Lu in the men’s singles final. Men’s doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and women’s doubles players Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy also won silver in their respective finals.
RIMES terms Titli cyclone ‘rarest of rare’
The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia has termed cyclone ‘Titli’ as ‘rarest of rare cyclone’. Cyclone ‘Titli’ struck Odisha in October 2018. It is the rarest of rare in terms of its characteristics such as recurvature after landfall and retaining its destructive potential. RIMES is a 45-nation international organisation on disaster warning.
India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue held
The first-ever India Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue was held at St. Petersburg in Russia on 25 November 2018. The Indian side was led by NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar with the Russian delegation headed by Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin. The participants will discuss the development of bilateral ties in trade, investment, technology, and industry.
Bhavani Devi won gold in Fencing Championship
India’s Bhavani Devi won the gold medal in the Sabre event in the ‘Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship’ held in Australia on 25 November 2018. She defeated England’s Emily Ruaux in the final. Bhavani Devi is the first Indian to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Fencing Championship. Earlier, Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the Tournoi Satellite Fencing Championship in Iceland.
Constitution day observed on 26 November
Constitution day which is also known as the ‘Samvidhan Divas’ is celebrated every year on 26 November. The adoption of the Constitution took place on 26 November 1949 but it came into effect on 26 January 1950. On 19 November 2015, the government of India with the help of a gazette notification declared 26 November as the Constitution Day.

Important Current Affairs 27th November 2018
Government to infuse ₹42,000 cr in PSBs
To improve the financial condition of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), the government of India will infuse ₹42,000 crore by March 2019. The government in early 2018 infused ₹11,336 crore in 5 PSBs: Punjab National Bank, Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Andhra Bank, and Corporation Bank. The government had announced the Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital infusion programme in October 2017.
‘Global Wage Report’ released by ILO
The ‘Global Wage Report’ was released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 27 November 2018. According to the report, India recorded the highest average real wage growth in South Asia during the 2017-18. India was followed by Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran. For the first time, the ILO report also focused on the global gender pay gap.
Prof Punyasloke got Swarnajayanti Fellowship
Prof Punyasloke Bhaduri of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research Kolkata was awarded the prestigious ‘Swarnajayanti Fellowship’ by the government of India for 2017-18. Under this fellowship, scientists are provided with generous support to pursue research in the frontier areas of science and technology. It is awarded for a period of 5 years.
No homework for students of classes I & II
According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) order, there will be no homework for students of classes I and II. The order also said that there will be prescribed weight limit of school bags for each class. The weight of school bags for students of classes I and II should not exceed 1.5 kg, while the school bag of students of class III to V should weigh between 2 kg to 3 kg.
Gujarat top state in implementing AB-PMJAY
According to the data from the health ministry, Gujarat has emerged as the top performer in implementing the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). The state accounted for around 26% of the total number of hospital admissions cleared under the scheme so far. Tamil Nadu was ranked second and Chattisgarh was ranked third.
AB-PMJAY was launched on 23 September 2018.
DTAA signed between India and China On 26 November 2018, India and China have signed a protocol to amend the ‘Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement’ (DTAA). The DTAA has been amended for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. It also incorporates changes required to implement treaty related minimum standards under ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project’.
India’s Q2 GDP growth rate at 7.5%-7.6%
‘SBI Ecowrap’ report was released by SBI Research on 26 November 2018. The report said that India’s GDP growth in the September 2018 quarter (Q2) is expected to slow to 7.5%-7.6% mainly due to the slowdown in rural demand. The report also said that SBI Composite Leading Indicator (CLI), a basket of 21 leading indicators for Q2 FY19, is showing a marginal declining trend.
Varsha Varman won women’s trap gold
Varsha Varman won the women’s trap gold medal at the ’62nd National Championship for Shotgun’ on 26 November 2018. She represented Madhya Pradesh at the event. She won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon in the women’s double trap team event.
SEBI issues norms for raising debt finance
On 26 November 2018, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) came out with a framework to identify listed companies that need to meet 25% of their financing needs through debt securities. It would be applicable to all entities that have an outstanding long-term borrowing of Rs.100 crore or more and a credit rating of AA and above. The framework will come into effect from 1 April 2019.
ISRO to launch India’s ‘HysIS’ satellite
ISRO will launch ‘PSLV-C43’ mission on 29 November 2018. The ‘PSLV-C43’ rocket will carry India’s ‘HysIS’ satellite and 30 other satellites. ‘HysIS’ is an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO. The primary goal of the satelite is to study the Earth’s surface in visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
‘Tourist Police’ launched in Nagaland
Nagaland’s Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio launched ‘Nagaland Tourist Police’ on 26 November 2018. It will work for the safety and security of the tourists and report any crime against them to the nearest police station. Nagaland is the second state in the North East to introduce tourist police. Arunachal Pradesh is the first state in the North East to introduce tourist police.
‘Hausla-2018’ inaugurated in Delhi
The national festival for children of Child Care Institutions (CCIs), ‘Hausla 2018’ was inaugurated on 26 November 2018. The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The aim of the festival is to provide a national platform for the children from CCIs across India to showcase their talent. The theme of the festival is ‘Child Safety’.
Premji to be conferred French civilian award
Azim Premji will be conferred with the ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’ (Knight of the Legion of Honour). Alexandre, Ambassador of France to India will confer the award to Premji. The award comes in recognition of his outstanding contribution in developing the information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France, and his contribution to society as a philanthropist.
Nageshwara Rao appointed as AERB chief
Nageshwara Rao Guntur has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on 26 November 2018. He is the Chairman of the Project Design Safety Committee, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor and former distinguished scientist of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCI) Ltd. His appointment as the AERB chairperson will be for three years.
Public bicycle sharing project & app launched
Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a public bicycle sharing project and a mobile app on 26 November 2018. The bicycle sharing project and the mobile app is named ‘Mo Cycle’. The project will provide mobile app-based services to users to locate and use a bicycle. The ‘Mo Cycle’ system will help in reducing traffic congestion, enhance space efficiency, and improve air quality.
Sunil Arora appointed as new CEC
President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on 26 November 2018. He will take charge on 2 December 2018. He was a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre. Sunil Arora, who is an Election Commissioner (EC) currently, was appointed to the Election Commission in September 2017.
Hedging provision for ECBs reduced by RBI
On 26 November 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxed norms for External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs). It reduced the mandatory hedge coverage from 100% to 70% under ‘Track I’ of the ECB framework. ‘Track I’ refers to medium-term foreign currency-denominated ECBs with a minimum average maturity of 3-5 years. This move will help reduce costs for companies that raise foreign funds.
India & ADB signed $200 million agreement
On 26 November 2018, the government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $200 million loan agreement. The loan amount will be used for widening and upgrading State Highways (SHs) in Bihar under the ‘Bihar State Highways III Project’ (BSHP-III). The Project will also establish a State-level Road Research Institute.
GSI is the custodian of all meteorites
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has been made the sole custodian and curator of all meteorites within the Indian boundary. It has been declared as the nodal agency for collection, preservation, registration, and dissemination of all meteorite falls/finds within the country. The declaration was made by the Ministry of Mines. The GSI is headquartered in Kolkata.
‘PAiSA’ launched by government of India
The government of India launched ‘PAiSA – Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access’ on 26 November 2018. The portal is a centralised electronic platform for processing interest subvention on bank loans to beneficiaries under ‘Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana’. The web platform has been designed and developed by ‘Allahabad Bank’ which is the Nodal bank.

Important Current Affairs 28th November 2018
100% stake sale in AIATSL approved by Govt
The government of India appro­ved 100% stake sale in state-owned airline Air India’s ground-handling company ‘Air India Air Transport Services Limited’ (AIATSL). Proceeds from the sale of AIATSL would be used to pay off Air India’s debt. AIATSL is the largest ground handling company in India and is present in almost all airports across the country.
Conference on child health to be held in Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate two-day international ‘Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health’ in New Delhi on 12 December 2018. The objective of the conference is to improve knowledge and accountability to accelerate action on women’s and children’s health. The programme has been framed around the objectives of the global strategy of ‘Survive, Thrive and Transform’.
Rohit appointed as CEO real estate business
Hospitality firm OYO has appointed Rohit Kapoor as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its new real estate businesses. Before this, he has been the Executive Director and a member on the board of Max Healthcare. He will be responsible for growing OYO’s business in India as well as across international markets, through strategic partnerships and investment opportunities.
Regional ‘Youth Peace Conference’ began
A 3 day ‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ is being held from 28 November to 30 November 2018 in New Delhi. The conference is being organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in partnership with UNESCO- MGIEP and Standing Together To Enable Peace Trust. The conference is being organised to mark the beginning of the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
President received the first copy of the book
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind received the first copy of the book ‘Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government’ from the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 27 November 2018. The book has been edited by Dr Bibek Debroy, Dr Anirban Ganguly, and Kishore Desai. It contains 51 essays on themes ranging from economy to diplomacy, education to public health.
New deep sea shark species found
New deep-sea shark species named ‘Pygmy false catshark’ has been found in the northern Indian Ocean. It was found off the southwestern coast of India and north of Sri Lanka. It is about 65cm long and dark brown in colour without any prominent pattern. Its scientific name is ‘Planonasus indicus’. It is the first such discovery in India since the ‘Mangalore houndshark’ in 2011.
Non-food bank credit grows at fastest pace
According to the RBI data, the total credit flow from banks to the commercial sector grew at 15.6% year-on-year to Rs. 97.32 lakh crore in the fortnight ended 9 November 2018. The non-food credit grew by 15.12% to Rs 90.51 lakh crores, while the total non-statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) investments rose 22.26%. Bank credit was lowest during the November 2016 to March 2017 period.
Singer Mohammed Aziz passed away
Veteran singer Mohammad Aziz passed away in Mumbai on 27 November 2018. The singer has lent his voice to over 2000 songs in Hindi, Bengali and Odia films. He made his singing debut with Bengali film ‘Jyoti’. He has recorded several devotional Bhajans and Sufi songs as well.
‘Logix India 2019’ will be held in New Delhi
Logistic meet ‘Logix India 2019′ will be held from 31 January to 2 February 2019 in New Delhi.  The event is aimed at improving logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s Global Trade. The event is organised by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).
RBI launches survey on Indian startup sector
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a survey on India’s startup sector (SISS). The survey will create a profile of the startups and provide dimensions pertaining to their profitability and workforce.
The survey would also aim at talking about the problems being faced by the sector in the country.
RBI to inject Rs. 40,000 crore in Dec 2018
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will infuse Rs. 40,000 crores into the system through Open Market Operations (OMOs) in December 2018. The RBI had announced to inject Rs 40,000 crore into the system in November 2018. OMO refer to the buying and selling of government securities in the open market in order to expand or contract the amount of money in the banking system.
Norms for interoperability of CCPs issued
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has announced the guidelines for interoperability of Clearing Corporations (CCPs). The interoperability would permit trading members to clear trades through a firm of their choice instead of going through the CCPs owned by the stock exchanges. The new norms will help in reducing the trading costs.
It will be effective from 1 June 2019.
Akhilesh appointed as convenor of task force The government of India appointed Akhilesh Ranjan as convenor of ‘New Direct Tax Law Task Force’ on 26 November 2018. The task force was formed to advise the government on drafting a new direct tax law that suits India’s economic requirements. The task force was constituted in November 2017. Akhilesh Ranjan is a member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
NPCC has got the status of ‘Miniratna’
National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) has been conferred with the status of ‘Miniratna’ by the Government of India. The empowerment of ‘Miniratna’ status to NPCC will help the company in taking speedy decisions by enhancing the delegation of powers to the Board. NPCC comes under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
India and ADB signed $75 Million Loan pact
On 27 November 2018, India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed $75 million loan agreement. The loan amount will be used for a water supply project in four coastal towns of Karnataka. The fund will also be used to improve sanitation infrastructure for Mangalore town. The project was approved by ADB Board in 2014
‘Gita Festival’ will be held in Kurukshetra
The ‘International Gita Festival 2018’ will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from 7 to 23 December 2018.  Mauritius will be the partner country of the festival. Gujarat will be the partner state of the festival. Artists from India as well from Mauritius, Indonesia, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Russia will perform during the annual festival.
PM Modi will take part in 13th G-20 summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Argentina on 28 November 2018.  He will be taking part in the 13th G-20 summit. The theme of the summit is ‘Building Consensus for a Fair and Sustainable Development’. The capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires and its currency is Argentine peso.
Social security scheme launched in Nepal
Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli unveiled a contribution-based social security scheme’ on 27 November 2018. It will cover health and medical facilities, safe motherhood, and provide security to dependent family members. The scheme will compulsorily be applied for formal sector workers. It will come into effect from 22 May 2019.
Government of India launched ‘IDSP’ initiative
On 26 November 2018, the government of India has launched the initiative called ‘Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme’ (IDSP) of ‘Integrated Health Information Platform’. The initiative has been launched in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana, & Uttar Pradesh. The initiative will provide near-real-time data to policymakers for monitoring public health.
‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ launched
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ on 27 November 2018. The aim of the mission is to promote self-reliance in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in defence. Under the mission, 10,000 personnel of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) will be trained on IPR.

Important Current Affairs 29th November 2018
Conference of Heads of Investigating Agencies
The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) organised the ‘2nd National Conference of Heads of Investigating Agencies’ in New Delhi on 29 November 2018. The theme of the conference is ‘Capacity Building of Police Investigators in the Era of New Age Crimes’. The conference will deliberate on various legal aspects, procedures, and use of technology in investigation.
8 States achieve 100% electrification
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh said that 8 States have achieved 100% saturation in household electrification under the Saubhagya scheme. The 8 states are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. Saubhagya scheme’s objective is to provide access to electricity to all the remaining households in the country.
Bhasha Sangam launched by HRD ministry
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched an initiative called ‘Bhasha Sangam’. ‘Bhasha Sangam’ is a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages. The initiative was launched under ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ on 22 November 2018 and will continue till the 21 December 2018.
Saudi-India Business Meeting Held in Riyadh
Saudi-India Business meeting was held with the Council of Saudi Chambers in Riyadh on 28 November 2018. The meeting was attended by top the officials and CEOs of the companies of Saudi Arabia. The Indian delegation was represented by several leading infra and housing companies. The Indian delegation was led by Manoj K Bharti, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs.
1st advanced personal robot for kids launched
India’s first advanced personal robot for children called ‘Miko 2’ was launched on 27 November 2018. It was developed by the Mumbai-based start-up named ‘Emotix’. The robot will help parents in early education and development of children. The robot comes with preloaded games, riddles, fun facts, rhymes, music, dance etc and can be loaded with new content.
16% reservation for Marathas approved
On 29 November 2018, the Maharashtra assembly has passed the ‘Maratha Reservation Bill’ 2018. According to the bill, 16% reservation for Marathas will be given under the socially and educationally backward category. The Bill has now been sent to the state Legislative Council. However, there will be no reservation for Marathas in local body elections.
India & UK began exercise ‘Konkan’
The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of United Kingdom began the exercise ‘Konkan-2018’ at Goa on 28 November 2018. The bilateral exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices. The Royal Navy was represented by HMS Dragon and the Indian Navy was represented by INS Kolkata.
Mumbai to host ‘Global Aviation Summit’
The two-day ‘Global Aviation Summit’ will be held in Mumbai in January 2019. The summit will be organised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). The theme of the summit is ‘Flying for all – especially for the next 6 billion’.
Port Blair to host IIBF
The first ever India-Indonesia Business Forum (IIBF) will be held on 29 November 2018 at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The forum aims to facilitate the commercial and people-to-people linkages between the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with Aceh and North Sumatra Provinces of Indonesia. The 1st Business Forum was held in Indonesia in July 2018.
Report on ‘Health and Climate Change’ released
The ‘Lancet Countdown 2018 on Health and Climate Change’ report was published on 29 November 2018. The report was authored by people from 27 organisations including the WHO and the World Bank. The report said that globally each person was exposed to an additional 1.4 days of heat wave between 2000 and 2017. India experienced an additional 40 million heat wave exposure cases in 2016.
Blue Economy Conference held in Kenya
The first Global Conference on the ‘Sustainable Blue Economy’ was held on 28 November 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was organised by Kenya. Canada and Japan were co-hosts of the conference. The conference committed to protect ocean and coastal resources, help them regenerate, and to ensure they remain viable for the present and future generations.
International Day for Palestinian People
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November every year. On 29 November 1947, the UN Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine. The resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a ‘Jewish State’ and an ‘Arab State’.
Protocol signed b/w India & China on hygiene
On 28 November 2018, India and China have signed a protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for the exports. The protocol will enable India to commence export of fish meal and fish oil to China. China has so far not allowed the exports of fish meal and fish oil by India. China imports fish oil to the tune of USD 143.29 million, and fish meal to the tune of USD 263.43 million.
CSIR to establish a Skill Development Centre
CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) will establish a ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in Chandigarh. It will establish the centre in partnership with Merck, a leading German Science and Technology company. The centre will help accelerate healthcare research and train Indian students and researchers in latest life science technologies and make them industry ready.
UGC to set up a consortium for journals
University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up a ‘Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics’ (CARE).\ CARE will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines. CARE’s focus will be on journals in disciplines such as social sciences, humanities, languages, arts, culture and the Indian knowledge system.
‘Asian of The Year’ award 2018 announced
Indian Navy Commander Vijay Varma and Captain P Rajkumar won the ‘Asian of The Year’ Award on 28 November 2018. They were awarded for their selfless service and bravery in rescue operations during the devastating floods in Kerala. The awards have been constituted by the English language newspaper ‘The Straits Times’ and it is based in Singapore.
Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of UPSC
On 28 November 2018, the President of India appointed Arvind Saxena as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The term of his appointment will be till 7 August 2020 when he attains the age of 65 years or till further orders. He joined UPSC as a Member on 8 May 2015. Prior to joining  UPSC as Member, he was working as Director of the ‘Aviation Research Centre’ (ARC).
A.M. Naik appointed as Chairman of NSDC
On 28 November 2018, A.M. Naik has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He is the Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T). NSDC aims to promote skill development by creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions.
Donbass won the ‘Golden Peacock’ at IFFI 2018
‘Donbass’ has won the coveted ‘Golden Peacock Award’ at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on 28 November 2018. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs to be shared equally between the Producer and the Director, Trophy, and the citation. ‘Donbass’ is the official submission of Ukraine for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
Single emergency number ‘112’ launched in HP
On 28 November 2018, Himachal Pradesh became the first state to launch a pan-India single emergency number ‘112’. Under this project, an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) has been established in Shimla along with 12 district command centres (DCCs). The ERC has been integrated with police (100), fire (101), health (108), and women (1090) helpline numbers to provide emergency services.

Important Current Affairs 30th November 2018
Passport Seva Project launched
The government of India launched ‘Passport Seva Project’ (PSP) in major consulates in the United States. The aim is to simplify the overall passport applications procedure and reduce the turnaround time for applicants from 10 days to 48 hours or less. PSP prints Indian passports in the US and reduces turnaround for applicants.
Congo’s Ebola outbreak is the second deadliest
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now the second largest and second deadliest in history. The latest outbreak in Congo, which began in August 2018, has a case fatality rate of 57%. The deadliest outbreak occurred in West Africa in 2014, where more than 11,000 people were killed due to Ebola.
A report on HIV and AIDS released by UNICEF
The report titled ‘Children, HIV and AIDS: The World in 2030’ was released by UNICEF on 29 November 2018. According to the report, in India, an estimated 120,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV in 2017. The report noted that South Asia has made substantial progress in reducing HIV risks and vulnerability among children, adolescents, pregnant women and mothers.
2nd International Ambedkar Conclave inagurated
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 2nd ‘International Ambedkar Conclave’ on 30 November 2018 in New Delhi. The conclave is the part of the commemoration of Constitution Day. The Conclave is being organised by the Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians and the Dr Ambedkar Chamber of Commerce.
‘Chidaoba’ wrestling got UNESCO heritage tag
Georgian traditional wrestling called ‘chidaoba’ won recognition from UNESCO as a global cultural asset on 29 November 2018. The UNESCO had added it to its list of ‘intangible cultural heritage’. A match ‘chidaoba’ lasts for five minutes, during which wrestlers wearing traditional high-necked woollen coats try to defeat their opponent using various holds.
Manav Thakkar won Portugal Open TT
Table tennis player Manav Thakkar won the singles and doubles titles at the Portugal Junior and Cadet Open on 29 November 2018. Manav defeated Jeet Chandra in the singles final match.
Manav partnered with Manush Shah to win the doubles title.
Previously, he won the bronze medal in the U-21 singles category in the ITTF Challenge Belarus Open on 16 November 2018. India to chair Kimberley Process from Jan 2019 India will chair the Kimberley Process (KP) from January 2019. KP is a global initiative to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain. The conflict diamonds are used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments in the world. India is the founding member of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
Irish sport of hurling won heritage status
The Irish sport of ‘hurling’ was granted UNESCO’s special status of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ on 29 November 2018. The game is played by teams of 15 on a pitch with ‘H’ shaped goals at either end. According to UNESCO, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is made up of oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, and festive events.
Dialogue on health system organized
NITI Aayog began a series of ‘Development Dialogues’ from 30 November 2018. It will engage experts, thought leaders and government stakeholders across key avenues of long-term social and economic development. The first event was a conference on ‘Health Systems for A New India: Building Blocks’. The conference will feature senior government functionaries and experts in the healthcare space.
Magnus won the ‘World Chess Championship 2018’
World number one Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has won the ‘World Chess Championship’ title on 28 November 2018. He defeated Fabiano Caruana from the United States in a tie-breaker event. He won the ‘World Chess Championship’ title for the fourth time. He won his first ‘World Chess Championship’ title in 2013 by beating Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.
Georgia elects its first woman President
Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia’s presidential election on 29 November 2018. She became the first woman President of Georgia. She was the former French Diplomat. She was the former Foreign Minister of Georgia. The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi and its currency is Georgian Lari.
Indian economy likely to grow at 7-7.4%
According to a report by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), the Indian economy is projected to grow at 7–7.4% in 2018-19. The real agriculture Gross Value Added (GVA) is envisaged to grow at 3% and real industry GVA at 7% in 2018-19. NCAER is a New Delhi based non-profit think tank of economics.
Slovenia appoints first female army chief
Slovenia has become the only NATO country to appoint a woman as head of its army. Maj Gen Alenka Ermenc took up the post of Chief of Staff of the Slovenian army on 28 November 2018. Maj Gen Ermenc is currently serving as the army’s Deputy-Chief of Staff. She began her military career in 1991 when the country won its independence from the former Yugoslavia.
Global Nutrition Report 2018 released
The ‘Global Nutrition Report 2018’ was released on 29 November 2018. According to the report, Forty-six million children in India are stunted because of malnutrition. In India, high rates of malnutrition lead to anaemia, low birth rates, and delayed development. The report is an independently produced annual analysis of the state of the world’s nutrition.
Keshav Ginde to get Pt. Bhimsen Joshi award
Renowned flautist Pandit Keshav Ginde will be conferred with the prestigious ‘Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award 2018’ for classical music. The award has been instituted by Maharashtra Governement. The award honours maestros in classical music and singing, and carries a cash award of Rs 500,000, a memento and a citation.
India & China to hold joint military exercise
China and India will hold a joint 14-day military exercise ‘Hand in Hand’ in China’s Chengdu city from 10 December 2018. It will promote understanding between the two militaries and improve their capabilities in fighting terrorism. The exercise is being held after a gap of one year as both the sides were locked in a standoff in Doklam in the Sikkim sector of the border in 2017.
LEI mandatory for market participants
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code mandatory for all participants undertaking transactions in the markets regulated by the RBI. The LEI is a 20-character unique identity code assigned to entities who are parties to a financial transaction. The LEI code is a measure to improve the quality and accuracy of financial data systems.
‘Cope India 2019’ will be held in West Bengal
Air forces of the United States and India are scheduled to participate in a 12-day joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’ in West Bengal. The exercise will be held from 3-14 December 2018. The ‘Cope India’ exercise is being held after a gap of eight years, with the last one having taken place in 2010. ‘Cope India’ was first held in 2004 as a fighter training exercise at Air Station Gwalior.
Interest subsidy for exporters increased to 5%
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the interest subsidy on the post and pre-shipment export credit from 3% to 5%. This move will boost the exports of the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector manufacturers. The increased subsidy is applicable from 2 November 2018. Exporters get the subsidy under the ‘Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre & Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit’.
Norms eased for NBFCs to securitise loan books
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxed norms for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to securitise their loan books. They have been permitted to securitise loans of over five-year maturity after holding them for six months on their books. The RBI has also prescribed certain ‘Minimum Retention Requirement’ (MRR) for NBFCs for availing the relaxed 

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