November, 2017

Chhattisgarh Govt bans Firecrackers

The Chhattisgarh Government has imposed a ban on the bursting of firecrackers in six of its cities, including the state capital Raipur, ahead of the wedding season from December 1st to January 31st. According to the statement issued by the State Environment Conservation Board, the decision has been taken to control the pollution, which increases during winters due to the direction of wind.

120 BPM wins Best Film Award

Robin Campillo’s French film 120 Beats Per Minute, won the prestigious Golden Peacock award for best film at the controversy-ridden 48th International Film Festival of India. This movie is about a passionate fight against indifference towards AIDS. The film’s actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart won the Silver Peacock in the best actor male category.

Bitcoin Crosses $10,000

Bitcoin rose above the symbolic $10,000 threshold for the first time, bringing its rise for the year to date to more than 900 per cent. The price of the cryptocurrency edged above $10,000 on Coinbase, the largest dollar denominated bitcoin exchange, which gave the latest price as $10,052 in Asia. Bitcoin was trading at around $1,000 dollars at the beginning of 2017.

Jaitley launches Paytm Payments Bank

A new Payments Bank ‘Paytm Payments Bank’ was formally launched at the hands of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Currently, India has four Payments Bank including Paytm Payments Bank. The other three operational ones are Airtel Payments Bank, India Post Payments Bank and Fino Payments Bank. A customer can open a savings bank account in them and have deposits of upto Rs. 1 lakh.

Jet Airways ties up with Air France-KLM

Jet Airways and Air France-KLM announced a partnership to route more traffic through Europe and on to North America, in a potential challenge to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways that is a shareholder in Jet. The agreement also includes Delta Air Lines, with which Air France KLM has an existing partnership. It will effectively connect 44 destinations in India with 106 destinations in Europe.

FSSAI issues guidelines for food recall

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has asked companies to put in place a proper plan to recall food products from markets, if found unsafe. FSSAI also said it may review the license of the concerned food company if the recall is related to serious health issues. The new guidelines come more than two years after the controversial recall of Maggi noodles.

48th Edition of IFFI Concluded

International Film Festival of India concluded with the world premiere of Indo-Argentinian co-production “Thinking of Him”, directed by Pablo Cesar. The closing ceremony was attended by Goa CM, Manohar Parikkar, Union Minister Smriti Irani. The legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Indian film personality of the year Award at the glittering Closing Ceremony.

Professor Hiroshi Marui gets award

President Kovind conferred the 3rd Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Distinguished Indologist Award on Professor Hiroshi Marui of Japan at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Marui has spent over 40 years working on Indian philosophy and Buddhist Studies. He is President of Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies and has made significant contribution to Indology in Japan.

TRAI wants ‘neutral’ Net

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India upheld the basic principles of Net neutrality, disallowing telecom operators from prioritising, throttling or blocking content on their networks. The regulator said the internet serves as the basic infrastructure for the development of other markets, and restrictions on access could hinder growth and innovation. IoT is however not exempted

SAUBHAGYA Scheme launched in Manipur

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) was launched in Manipur by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh and Shri N. Biren Singh, CM of Manipur. A total of approximately 1.75 lakh households are proposed to be included under the Scheme. This is such a scheme where the poorest of the poor can afford electricity in their homes.

Badri appointed as first chairman of NAA

Badri Narain Sharma, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer of 1985 batch, has been appointed the first chairman of the National Anti-profiteering Authority. This body was set up under the goods and services tax to ensure that the benefits of lower taxes under the new regime are shared with consumers. Sharma, at present is an additional secretary in the department of revenue in the finance ministry

India Hypertension Management Initiative

Aimed at reducing disability and death related to cardiovascular diseases, the Union Health Ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research have launched the India Hypertension Management Initiative. The IHMI is focused on five essential components of scalable treatment of hypertension. IHMI will be progressively rolled out in 25 districts selected by the Health Ministry.

India and UK to sign a MoU

India and UK will soon sign a MoU in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation. It seeks to facilitate cooperation in the transport sector and enable the sharing of expertise and latest technology to promote efficient mobility solutions. It will also establish the terms on which such assistance can be provided.

Centre sanctions Rs 275 cr

Central Government has sanctioned Rs 275 crore for establishing a Global Centre for Security and Counter-Terrorism in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Announcement in this regard was made by Rajasthan Home Minister, Gulab Chand Kataria on November 28, 2017. Central Government will allocate Rs. 165 crore and Rajasthan State Government will bear Rs 110 crore for setting-up this centre.

Victoria legalises Euthanasia

Victoria became the first Australian state to legalize assisted dying or euthanasia. Lawmakers voted to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from June 2019. The legislation was passed in Victoria after 100 hours of debate, making it the only place in Australia where the practice will be legal.

Program for women entrepreneurs

U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) announced a collaborative initiative titled “Women for Women Innovators, Social Leaders & Entrepreneurs ”. This announcement was made during USIBC’s road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit event, “Creating the Foundations of Innovation” in Hyderabad. It will offer leadership, mentoring, and development opportunities for women entrepreneurs and innovators.

Karnataka Bank ties up with BCG

Karnataka Bank Ltd has partnered with the Boston Consulting Group (India) Pvt Ltd for its transformation initiatives and the transformation project ‘KBL Vikaas’. It is aimed at total transformation of the bank by re-positioning it as a relevant and significant bank by focusing on technology and by keeping intact its core values and identity. The project was launched in Mangaluru.

West Bengal to get World Bank subsidy

West Bengal State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari has mentioned that the state government has negotiated with the World Bank to avail subsidy to buy 130 electric buses. World Bank has agreed to provide a subsidy of Rs seven lakh per bus. Out of the 130 electric buses, 100 would operate in Kolkata and the remaining 30 will operate in industrial towns of Durgapur and Asansol.

Snehlata appointed as Secretary General

Snehlata Shrivastava, a 1982-batch retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. Her appointment to this post was made by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. She will replace Anoop Mishra, who is retiring on November 30, 2017. She will have the rank and status of Cabinet Secretary with effect from December 1.

E Chandrasekharan Nair passes away

30 : Veteran Communist Party of India leader and former Minister E. Chandrasekharan Nair, died following a chest congestion inThiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was admitted to Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences. He died on 29th November 2017. He was elected to Assembly six times in 1957, 1967, 1977, 1980, 1987 and 1996. He had served as Minister thrice under the Late E.K.Nayanar.

Skill India partners with Airbnb

On 28th November 2017, a tripartite MoU was signed between National Skill Development Corporation and THSC with Airbnb. The MoU will provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India. This MoU aims to empower more citizens, including those in rural and underserved areas nd pursue new livelihood opportunities by sharing their homes.

PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro Rail

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 30 km-long, first phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail between Miyapur and Nagole, at Miyapur station. PM Modi took a ride along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in its maiden run. Minimum fare for a ride in Hyderabad Metro Rail is Rs 10 for two km and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for the entire stretch.

Media interaction programme in Manipur

Manipur Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh inaugurated a two-day India-Myanmar media interaction programme in Imphal. Eleven journalists from Myanmar are taking part in this interaction programme. This event was sponsored by the Manipur tourism department in collaboration with Information and Public Relations department and the state level committee of the Act East Policy.

INSPIRE 2017 kicked off in Jaipur

First edition of the International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE 2017) begun in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It brings together various stakeholders to showcase best practices in the sector. It provides a platform to discuss energy efficiency policies, market transformation strategies, emerging technologies, delivery and business-model-driven transformations.

India, Greece sign agreement

India and Greece signed an air services agreement in New Delhi. The agreement was signed between Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. This air services agreement will allow Indian airlines to operate in Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion and accordingly Greek airlines will be able to start services to major Indian cities.

National Crisis Management Centre

India and Russia have entered into an agreement under which, EMERCOM of Russia would cooperate with India in the establishment of the National Crisis Management Centre in India. It’s objective is to handle disaster and other emergency situations. This cooperation was agreed during a meeting between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Minister, Vladimir Puchkov in Moscow, Russia.

India to assist Kabul in Renovation

India will provide USD 2.87 million to Afghanistan for refurbishment (renovation) of 350 buses that will help in strengthening the public transport system of Kabul. The Indian Embassy in Kabul said that an MoU in this regard was signed by Manpreet Vohra, Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, and Afghan Transport Minister Hameed Tahmasi. The buses are expected to be operational by end of 2018.

DBS Bank lowers India’s FY18 GDP growth

Singapore’s DBS Bank has lowered India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for current fiscal (FY 2017-18) to 6.6 percent from the previous 6.8 percent. Growth forecast has been lowered as DBS Bank believes that Indian businesses are still adjusting to the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. For FY 2018-19, DBS expects Indian economy to grow at 7.2 percent.

IndiaFirst Life launches Insurance Khata

IndiaFirst Life Insurance has launched India’s first-ever micro-insurance plan ‘insurance khata’ for those in the informal sector and agricultural laborers with seasonal incomes. Insurance Khata provides individuals with the flexibility to pay a premium in parts depending on the periodicity of his/her income. The entry level minimum premium for ‘Insurance Khata’ is Rs. 500/-.

Amazon India launches “Startup C-Cube”

Amazon India collaborated with hardware accelerator “HAX” and crowd-funding community “Kickstarter” to announce “Startup C-Cube” – a multi-level challenge for the startups in Bengaluru. This move is expected to bring companies together to work towards building the product startup ecosystem. The announcement was made at the first anniversary of Amazon’s flagship programme “Launchpad”.

Air India Express gets CAT-III-B

Air India Express (AIE), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, has secured the Category III-B certification. By gaining this certification, Air India Express flights can now land and takeoff in low visibility conditions even up to an RVR (runway visual range) as low as up to 50 meters. This certification is mandatory to operate during fog season which sets in Northern India.

5 Russians banned for Doping

5 more Russian competitors from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have been banned for life over anti-doping rule violations by IOC. Dmitrii Trunenkov and Aleksei Negodailo, both in the gold-medal winning four-man bobsleigh team, plus biathlon relay silver medalists Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina, who also won silver in the 7.5 km event. Sergei Chudinov was also disqualified for doping.

Water Resources pavilion bags Gold Medal

The pavilion of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation bagged gold medal in the Ministries/ Departments category. It won the prize for excellence in display in the IITF 2017, in New Delhi. Akhil Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, received the Gold Medal award from Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry CR Chaudhary.

Pradeep appointed as Air India CMD

Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India. Pradeep, a Karnataka cadre IAS officer, would replace Rajiv Bansal, who has been serving as the interim CMD for a little over three months. Currently, Pradeep Singh Kharola is the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

Das appointed as India’s G20 Sherpa

Union Ministry of Finance has appointed Shaktikanta Das, former secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), as India’s G20 (Group of Twenty) Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the Development Track. Role of a Sherpa is to coordinate on the agenda for the upcoming G20 summit. The position of India’s G20 Sherpa fell vacant in August 2017, when Mr. Panagariya left NITI Aayog.

NK Singh appointed as Chairman

The Central government has appointed NK Singh as chairman of 15th Finance Commission. The commission will make recommendations after reviewing several important aspects of federal fiscal finance including the deficit, cash balances, debt levels, and fiscal discipline efforts of the Union and the states. It will make recommendations, by October 2019, for five years commencing April 1, 2020.

India’s first rooftop solar carport

Tata Power Solar Systems has commissioned India’s first rooftop solar carport at 70000 sq. meter Unity One Mall, in Rohini, Delhi. Tata Power Solar Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power Company. Solar carports are overhead canopies (mounted with solar panel) built to cover parking areas. This solar carport will make the mall self-sufficient in terms of energy requirement.

Sathiyan wins gold in 2017 ITTF

Indian paddler G Sathiyan defeated Japan’s Kazuhiro Yoshimura 4-2 to clinch the men’s singles gold medal at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open in Almeria, Spain. Sathiyan beats Kazuhiro Yoshimura 11-7, 3-11, 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7 in the men singles final. This was Sathiyan’s second major title after the single gold he had won two years ago in the ITTF World Tour Belgium Open.

Thodupuzha Vasanthi passes away

Popular Malayalam stage, movie and television actor Thodupuzha Vasanthi passed away at a private hospital in Thodupuzha, Kerala. Thodupuzha Vasanthi was 65 years old. She was battling cancer for some time now. Her film career began in 1975. She had acted in over 450 films. She had won the state government award for theatre acting.

Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford Award

29 : Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the Freedom of Oxford award. It is done due to her “inaction” in handling the raging Rohingya refugee crisis and turning a “blind eye to violence” in the country that forced over 600,000 people to flee to Bangladesh. Oxford City Council in London voted unanimously to permanently remove the honour given to her in 1997.

Training program for EWRs of Panchayats

Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi launched an intensive training program for Capacity Building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions in New Delhi. This program is being organized by NIPCCD under Ministry of WCD. The training programme will focus on women’s issues and will provide information on education and financial matters.

2 day Korea Tourism Festival in Haryana

A two-day ‘Korea Culture and Tourism Festival’ showcasing Korea’s rich art, culture and heritage were inaugurated in Gurugram, Haryana. Representatives from the regional tourism boards and tourism-related organisations of South Korea were present at the inauguration event. The festival showcased famous tourist destinations, delicacies, art, culture, and heritage of South Korea.

Odisha launches Fish Pond Yojana

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Fish Pond Yojana’. Aim of this scheme is to boost fish production in Odisha. The scheme has been launched with a budgetary provision of Rs 96 crore. Under the scheme, additional 2200 hectare of freshwater aquaculture farming will be created, for which farmers will be given 50% financial assistance from state government.

International Ambedkar Conclave

On 27th November 2017, President Kovind inaugurated the International Ambedkar Conclave. It was organised by the Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that, Ambedkar had attained senior public positions and acclaim on the basis of his extraordinary educational achievements, despite facing conditions of deprivation and inequality.

IMMSAREX-17 begins in Cox’s Bazar

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise-2017 started in Bay of Bengal on November 27, 2017. The exercise was inaugurated by Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid near Inani Beach at Cox’s Bazar. Objective for conducting this exercise is to increase regional cooperation between IONS member states. First edition of IONS was held in 2008 in New Delhi.

BoB launches digi supply Chain solution

Bank of Baroda launched digital Supply Chain Finance solution which provides working capital loan opportunities for the small and medium enterprises and large corporate clients. This new product provides a range of supply chain finance products such as pre- and post-shipment finance. BoB’s digital Supply Chain Finance solution has been designed to ensure faster approvals.

Health Ministry wins Medal at the ITTF

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has won Bronze Medal for its creative and informative display at the 37th India International Trade Fair 2017. 37th India International Trade Fair 2017 was held from 14th – 27th November 2017 in New Delhi. Health Ministry had also organised three Swasthya Chetna camps for providing free of cost health check-up.

Ishaan Khatter wins Best Actor award

Actor Ishaan Khattar has won the Best Actor award for his debut film ‘Beyond The Clouds’ at the International Bosphorus Film Festival in Turkey. ‘Beyond The Clouds’ has been directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi. It is a tale of a brother and sister, and how they find happiness in separation and turbulent time. In India, ‘Beyond The Clouds’ is scheduled to release in early 2018.

Bond gets Lifetime Achievement Award

On 26th November 2017, the Chandigarh Literary Society awarded children’s author Ruskin Bond its first Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Chandigarh Lit Fest ‘Literati-2017’ at the Lake Club, in Chandigarh. The Lifetime Achievement Award given to Ruskin Bond consisted of a citation and Rs 2 lakh cash. Ruskin Bond’s first novel was “Room on the Roof” at 17 years.

Aegon appoints Vineet Arora as MD & CEO

Aegon Life Insurance has appointed Vineet Arora as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, effective from January 2018. Vineet Arora will replace K S Gopalakrishnan who had left the company on November 17, 2017. Chief People Officer of Aegon Life Insurance, Saba Adil, will serve as the interim In-charge and Principal Officer.

Volcano erupts in Bali

Mount Agung is erupting for the second time in less than a week in Bali. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said 40,000 people had been evacuated from near Bali’s erupting Mount Agung volcano. The volcano alert for Bali’s Mount Agung has been raised to its the highest level, prompting the closure of the tourist island’s main airport amid fears of an imminent major eruption.

India won 10 medals in Para-Badminton WC

Indian contingent to BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea has clinched 10 medals, including two golds. India’s Parul Parmar defeated Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles Standing Lower. Other gold was also won by Parul Parmar, who paired with Japan’s Akiko Sugino in women’s doubles (SL 3-4) final.

7th IMG to be held in China

The 7th international military games will be held in Wuhan city in the central China‘s Hubei Province. The International Military Sports Council (CISM)’s Military World Games is a top sports event for military personnel. It comprises 329 competitions in 27 categories and is expected to attract around 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions.

India won Asian Kabaddi Championship

Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were both crowned the champions of Asia at the 2017 Asian Kabaddi Championship, in Gorgan, Iran. In the men’s finals, star raider Ajay Thakur led from the front, and India beat Pakistan 36-22. India won the match by a 14-point margin. The Indian women’s team beat South Korea 42-20 in their final.

Jazz singer Jon Hendricks passes away

Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer, and lyricist died at a New York City hospital. He was 96 years old. He found fame in the 1950s and ’60s teaming with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross. Their interracial trio became one of the most celebrated jazz vocal groups ever. The trio’s first album, “Sing a Song of Basie,” won acclaim for its use of vocalese.

World’s First 3D Sanskrit Film Anurakthi

World’s first Sanskrit 3D film ‘Anurakthi was among the main attraction in 3D category at the International Film Festival of India in Panaji in Goa. The motto of making the film is to make the Sanskrit language relevant even for today. The movie directed by Asokan PK revolves around the traditional art form of Kerala, Koodiyattam.

115 Backward Districts to be Transformed

The government has embarked upon a major policy initiative for the rapid transformation of 115 backward districts across the country by 2022. Senior level government officials, at the rank of Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary, have been nominated as ‘Prabhari’ officers for each district. A briefing of these officials was held under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha.

ADB to extend $20 billion Loan to India

ADB announced that it increased annual funding to India to up to $4 billion from existing $2.7 billion from next year to accelerate inclusive economic transformation. So cumulatively, India, the largest recipient of ADB, will get about $20 billion over a period of 5 years. Under this strategy, ADB’s annual sovereign funding to India will increase from $2 billion to $3 billion.

Om Prakash Saraf passes away at 95

Om Prakash Saraf, former MLA of Jammu Kashmir, passed away in Jammu Kashmir. Om Prakash Saraf, former MLA from Jammu Kashmir, passes away at 95. He has become the first person in Jammu Kashmir, who in his lifetime had decided to donate his body to the medical college. There was no cremation of his body. Instead, his body was handed over to the Government Medical College, Jammu.

Kohli makes 10 int. hundreds in an year

28 : Virat Kohli has become the first captain to score 10 international hundreds in a calendar year. On 26th November 2017, Virat Kohli struck his 19th hundred in Test as India played against Sri Lanka at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. It was also his fifth double hundred in Test cricket. Virat Kohli reached his fourth Test hundred in 2017 in just 130 balls.

President inaugurates AP Fibre Grid

27 : Over one crore households in Andhra Pradesh will get access to high-speed internet and rent-free telephone and cable TV services from next Dec as part of the AP Fibre Grid Project. The AP State Fibernet Ltd. is the implementing authority of the project. It will provide the 3 services at tariffs starting as low as Rs 149 for 5 GB data and 250 TV channels and a free telephone connection.

How life evolved on earth

A boost in levels of oxygen may have caused a three-fold increase in biodiversity during between 445 and 485 million years ago, a study has found. The explosion of diversity, recognised as the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, brought about the rise of various marine life. The study was carried out by the Washington University in the U.S.

SAM: World’s first AI politician

Scientists have developed the world’s first artificial intelligence politician, that can answer a person’s queries regarding local issues such as policies around housing, education etc. The virtual politician, called SAM, was created by Nick Gerritsen, a entrepreneur in New Zealand. Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science concerned with making intelligent machines.

Gopi Thonakal wins Asian Marathon

Gopi Thonakal became the first Indian to win Asian Marathon Championships. He achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event held at Dongguan in China. Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won the bronze.

China launches remote sensing satellites

China successfully launched remote sensing satellites designed to conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The satellites were carried by Long March-6 rocket, a new generation of liquid-fuelled carrier rocket developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The launch was the 256th mission of the Long March rocket family.

India and Finland sign agreement

India and Finland joined hands to boost mutual ties in the areas of trade and investment, renewable energy and science and technology. The two countries enjoy traditionally warm and friendly relations since diplomatic relations were established in 1949. In 2016, Finland was India’s 60th largest trading partner globally and the 10th largest within the EU.

Iran allows women to compete in sports

Women weightlifters from Iran will be allowed to compete internationally for the first time. Iran has one of the world’s strongest weightlifting cultures, and its men have won seven Olympic gold medals this century. The federation’s chief also said that the women weightlifters can compete wearing special clothes for Muslim athletes.

Google to train workers for Skill India

Aiming to build a highly skilled tech workforce in India, Google partners with Pluralsight and Udacity to provide training in emerging technologies like Mobile and Web Development. In July, Google announced that it would train around 2 million developers in India to foster innovation and support the growth of India’s startup ecosystem. Google will also provide scholarships.

India’s largest consumer of electricity

Maharashtra stands as the single largest consumer of electricity in India, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. With the increasing demand, there was an increase of 8.6% over the demand for 69,216 MU in the year ago. The report was published by Central Electricity Authority.

WHO Deputy DG appointed

Soumya Swaminathan is set to assume the charge of deputy director-general of the WHO in Geneva. Her appointment as the Deputy Director-General for Programmes, announced early last month by the World Health Organisation, elevates India’s stature globally. Swaminathan is the daughter of agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan who is hailed as the father of the ‘Green Revolution’.

National Milk Day

India celebrates National Milk Day on November 26, the birthday of Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution in India. India credits Kurien for his billion-litre idea that made the country among the large-scale producers of milk in the world. The Father of Milk Revolution is also the founder of the popular dairy brand in India, Amul.

Nirmala Sitharaman elected IDSA Prez

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been elected President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). IDSA was set up in 1965 by the Ministry of Defence as an autonomous think tank, and it is customary to have the Defence Minister as its President. The Minister chairs the Executive Council which governs the Institute.

Golden Temple – most visited place

The Golden Temple has been awarded the ‘most visited place of the world’ by ‘World Book of Records’, a London-based organisation that catalogues and verifies world records. General secretary of India chapter, Surbhi Kaul, and president of Punjab chapter, Randeep Singh Kohli, gave this award to SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh and other senior officials Golden Temple is located in Amritsar.

India-UK to conduct military exercise

The third India-United Kingdom joint army training exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior’ will be conducted in Rajasthan from Dec 1-14. The first exercise was conducted in 2013 at Belgaum, Karnataka, whereas for the second exercise in 2015, an Indian Army contingent had visited the United Kingdom. Approximately 120 personnel will participate in the exercise

Nayantara Sahgal gets Award

Nayantara Sahgal was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Lit Fest 2017. The writer of the immensely popular novel Rich Like Us, is the winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1986. When The Moon Shines By Day is her latest book.

Guidelines on responding to child abuse

In a first, the World Health Organisation has formulated clinical guidelines on responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. WHO’s first of kind gender-sensitive guidelines provide first line support to child or adolescent in response to the disclosure of sexual abuse. The guidelines are grounded in human rights standards and ethical principles.

2017 Miss Universe

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has won Miss Universe 2017 crown. The 66th annual Miss Universe pageant had 92 contestants vying for the crown, which is the largest number since Miss Universe 2011 and 2012 when 82 contestants fought for the title. Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was adjudged the first runner up while Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett became the second runner-up.

Memorial to honour Indian soldiers

On December 2, a unique Indian Armed Forces Memorial will be inaugurated at Villiers Guislain, right at the spot where the Indian cavalry had resisted a German counterattack in 1917 at Cambrai. The Indian Tricolour will be hoisted and French children will sing Jana Gana Mana. Cambrai was the world’s first “all-arms” battle where infantry, artillery, cavalry, tanks and aircraft participated.

2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

27 : Valtteri Bottas survived several laps of high-speed pressure from his Mercedes team-mate and world champion Lewis Hamilton to claim a memorable victory. It was Bottas’ third career victory, all of them recorded since he joined Mercedes to partner the 32-year-old Hamilton in January. The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

India conducts exercise in Andamans

India has conducted a major military exercise in the strategically-located Andaman and Nicobar Island archipelago. This is expected to help to counter China’s strategic moves in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and ensure the security of sea lanes converging towards the Malacca Strait. The “Defence of A&N Islands Exercise” (DANX), was conducted from November 20 to 24, 2017.

S&P retains India’s rating at ‘BBB’

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) kept its sovereign rating for India unchanged at ‘BBB-‘, with an outlook for the nation as ‘stable’. BBB- rating is the lowest investment grade and just one notch above junk status. S&P stated that India’s sizable fiscal deficit, low per capita income, and high government debt do not warrant a sovereign rating upgrade as of now.

India wins 5 medals

It was a gold rush for India at the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships with the country’s pugilists grabbing five top positions to finish overall champions for the first time. The country had won just one bronze medal at the previous edition of the event and had not won a gold since 2011. The tournament was held in Assam.

India defeats Sri Lanka

India bowled Sri Lanka out for 166, winning the Nagpur Test by an innings and 239 runs. R Ashwin became the quickest bowler to 300 Test wickets. The third and final Test begins in New Delhi on December 2. India has taken a 1-0 lead.

International Gita Mahotsava-2017

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Gita Mahotsava-2017 in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Gita Mahotsava-2017 will conclude on December 3, 2017. Mauritius is the partner country and Uttar Pradesh is the partner state for this event. Mahotsava help in spreading preachings of Gita to the world. About 20 lakh people from 35 countries participated last year.

Conference on National Law Day in Delhi

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 2-day conference on National Law Day in New Delhi. This conference is organised by the Law Commission and the Niti Aayog to mark the National Law Day. The National Law Day is celebrated on November 26, the day on which the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

Ind to help Mauritius on digital locker

The Government of India will assist Mauritius to develop and set up digital locker services. DigiLocker is a key initiative of the Indian government under its flagship Digital India program. The free service provides citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud wherein they can store their documents. The service is aimed at paperless governance.

Assam to celebrate ‘Lachit Divas’

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the Assam government would celebrate ‘Lachit Divas’ at various state capitals in India from next year. ‘Lachit Divas’ is celebrated to promote the ideals of Lachit Borphukan – the legendary general of Assam’s history. Sarbananda Sonowal took part in the Lachit Divas celebration at the statue of Lachit Borphukan at Brahmaputra riverfront.

Ayodhya Mahotsav to be held in S. Korea

Ayodhya Mahotsav’, depicting the cultural heritage of the temple town, would be held in Seoul and Gimhe cities of South Korea. In return, a ‘Korea Festival’ will be held in Lucknow and Ayodhya. South Korean’s believe that 2,000 years ago, an Ayodhya princess had married a Korean king Kim Suro. At present, their descendants are members of the “Crock Clan” and had built a memorial in Ayodhya.

JM Financial to get home finance arm

JM Financial has received a certificate of registration from the National Housing Bank for carrying out housing finance activities through its subsidiary JM Financial Home Loans. Currently, services offered by JM Financial include investment banking, broking etc. It already has two non-banking arms, one of which is focused on real estate lending and the other is into credit business.

Axis Bank launches int. payment service

Private sector bank, Axis Bank has launched an instant international payment services using RippleNet (Ripple’s enterprise blockchain technology solution). This facility is currently available for Axis Bank’s retail customers in India to receive payments from the UAE-based Rak Bank. RippleNet is referred to as world’s only enterprise blockchain solution for global payments.

Govt doubles incentive rates of garments

Under Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS), Central Government has doubled incentive rates for export of readymade garments and made-ups to 4 % from 2 % earlier. This decision has been taken to boost shipments of readymade garments and made-ups. Encouraging readymade exports through incentives would lead to more production, which would eventually generate employment opportunities.

Messi wins European Golden Shoe award

Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season, in Barcelona. It is the fourth time Lionel Messi has received the Golden Shoe Award, drawing him even with Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders. The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspaper and magazines.

N Sambasiva Rao appointed as A.P. DGP

Andhra Pradesh government appointed 1984-batch IPS officer N Sambasiva Rao as Andhra Pradesh DGP. N Sambasiva Rao has been holding the DGPs post as “full additional charge” since July 23, 2016, while his actual position was DGP (Coordination). Dinesh Kumar is Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh.

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal

26 : Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding on the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled the Rakhine state in Myanmar to escape a military crackdown. The Rohingya are a stateless minority who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, also known as Burma. More than 600,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since deadly Rohingya attacks in August.

26th November: Constitution Day

26th November is Constitution Day. On the day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. From 2015, the Government is observing 26th November as Constitution Day. The HRD Ministry has launched a Digital Signature campaign to generate awareness on fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution.

Rajasthani singer Mangi Arya passes away

Rajasthani Maand folk singer Mangi Bai Arya passed away following a heart attack in Udaipur. Mangi Bai Arya was 88 years old. She had learnt singing from her father Kamlaram Arya, an eminent classical singer of his times. She had contributed significantly in taking Maand to the national and international levels. She has won several awards, including the Kendriya Sangeet Natak Akademy Award.

Ritu Phogat clinches Silver medal

India wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) clinched the silver medal in the Under-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship at Poland. In quarterfinal, Ritu defeated Bulgarian Wrestler Selishka 4-2 points before defeating Chinese Wrestler Jiang Zhu 4-3 points in the semifinal. Ritu had won the National championship in Indore this month. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships in May 2017.

12th Inter-State Council meeting

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 12th meeting of the Standing Committee of Inter-State Council on Nov 25. The Standing Committee in 12th meeting discussed 118 recommendations contained in Volumes-III, IV and V and finalised its recommendations. Inter State council is a constitutional body under Article 263 of the constitution.

Madras High Court judge sworn in

Justice Satrughana Pujahari has been sworn in as Madras High Court judge. Justice Satrughana Pujahari had been transferred from the High Court of Orissa to the Madras High Court by a notification dated November 14, 2017. With his appointment, the total number of judges has gone up to 54 as against the sanctioned strength of 75.

Air force drill “Vigilant Ace”

The air forces of South Korea and the United States will hold ‘Vigilant Ace’ a joint drill from 4th – 8th December. ‘Vigilant Ace’ between air forces of United States and South Korea is held at periodic intervals to simulate wartime defenses. The exercise comes as North Korea continues to press forward with developing its nuclear and missile program.