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1st ‘Annual Senior Care Conclave – Igniting Industry for India’s Ageing Sector’ held in New Delhi

1st ‘Annual Senior Care Conclave – Igniting Industry for India’s Ageing Sector’ held at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

It was hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with Columbia Pacific Communities as their Premium Partner .
Hon’ble Minister of State for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Ms. Anupriya Patel delivered the key note address and released the CII report- “Igniting Potential in Senior Care Services”.

Columbia Pacific Communities:
CEO: Mr Mohit Nirula,
♦ Headquarters:  New Delhi.
♦ President: Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal.

DHARMA GUARDIAN – 2018: a 14-day joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies commenced in Mizoram

First-of-its-kind exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN – 2018, a joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies, commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram, India.

It will be a 14 days long exercise continuing till November 14, 2018.

♦ Capital: Tokyo.
♦ Currency: Japanese yen.

IAMAI formed committee to promote Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) formed a new industry expert committee, under its Emerging Technology Council, focused on AR/VR.
To promote Augmented and Virtual Reality(AR/VR) technology to drive economic growth, job creation, and skill development in the country.

Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI):
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ President: Subho Roy.
♦ Chairman: Rajan Anandan (Google).

3-day 13th Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet held at Mantripukhari Garrison, Imphal

The 3-day 13th Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet concluded at Mantripukhari Garrison in north Imphal.

It was held under the aegis of Spear Corps of Indian Army.
19-member delegation consisting of officials of the Myanmar Army, police and bureaucratic departments attended the meeting.
The Indian delegation was headed by Lieutenant General Gopal R, AVSM, SM, GOC Spear Corps and the Myanmar delegation was headed by Maj Gen Phone Myat, Commander, North West Command.
♦ Capital: Naypyidaw.
♦ Currency: Burmese kyat.

Kolkata tops in public transport index: Ola

According to a study named ‘Ease of Moving Index’ by Ola Mobility Institute, city of Kolkata topped among all metro cities in public transport.

♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru.
♦ CEO & Co-founder: Bhavish Aggarwal.

SMiLE virtual tour guide to give fillip to Malabar tourism: Kerala

To give boost to Malabar tourism, the Kerala Tourism Department launched a ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ site for the region in north Kerala.

SMiLE is the acronym for: ‘Small and Medium Industries Leveraging Experiential’ Tourism.
It was conceived by and executed by Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) that focuses on eco-friendly and experiential tourism.

♦ Capital: Thiruvananthapuram.
♦ Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan.
♦ Governor: Palanisamy Sathasivam.
♦ National Parks: Periyar National Park, Silent Valley National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Mathikettan National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park.

Decommissioned carrier INS Viraat to become a floating museum: Maharashtra cabinet

The conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum was approved by the Maharashtra Cabinet.

About INS Viraat:
The ship is the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, according to the Indian Navy, which bought it in 1986 and recommissioned it a year later. At present, Viraat is at Mumbai’s Naval dockyard after its decommissioning in 2017.
♦ Capital: Mumbai.
♦ Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis.
♦ Governor:  C. Vidyasagar Rao.
♦ National Parks: Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, Chandoli National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Navegaon National Park.



‘Little India Gate’ inaugurated in Indonesia’s Medan city

The first-of-its-kind ‘Little India Gate’ was inaugurated at Kampung Madras or Madras Village area in Medan city, Indonesia.

♦ Capital: Jakarta.
♦ Currency: Indonesian rupiah.
♦ Language: Indonesian, Malay.

India Pavilion inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome Film Festival; India was the partner country for RFF

An Indian Pavilion was inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 event in Rome Film Festival.
India was the partner country for the event that focused on Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc.
It was organized along with Rome Film Festival and Mercato Internazionale dell’Audiovisivo (MIA) (the International Audio Visual Market).

♦ Capital: Rome.
♦ Currency: Euro.

First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health held in WHO Headquarters in Geneva

The 3-day long 1st Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health concluded at the World Health Organisation’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Theme of the conference was: “Improving Air Quality, Combatting Climate Change-Saving Lives”.
To combat one of the world’s most significant causes of premature death: Air Pollution.

♦ Full Form: World Health Organization.
♦ Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.


Banking & Finance

Kirloskar group got RBI licence to open Rs. 1000 crore NBFC Kirloskar Capital

Reserve Bank of India gave licence to the Kirloskar group to launch a non-banking finance company (NBFC) named Kirloskar Capital.
Kirloskar group:
♦ Chairman: Atul Kirloskar.
♦ Headquarters: Pune.



Rahul Dravid receives ICC Hall of Fame cap from Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

About International Cricket Council (ICC):
♦ Chairman – Shashank Manohar
♦ CEO – David Richardson
♦ Headquarters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Supreme Court gets 4 new judges: Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi

Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi were sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court.

Air Marshal MSG Menon, VSM takes over as Director General (Wks & Cer) of Indian Air Force

Air Marshal MSG Menon VSM has taken charge as Director General (Wks & Cer) of Indian Air Force (IAF).
Previously, he was the Assistance Chief of Air Staff (AF Wks) at Air Headquarters. He is a Cat ‘AYE’ Air Traffic Controller.

Justice Ramesh Ranganathan appointed Chief Justice of Uttarakhand

Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Uttrakhand High Court. Previously, he served as the senior-most judge of the Hyderabad High Court. He replaces Justice KM Joseph who was promoted to the Supreme Court.

Atul Goel takes over as MD, CEO of UCO Bank

Atul Kumar Goel took charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank.

About UCO Bank:
♦ Tag line – Honors Your Trust
♦ Headquarters – Kolkata

G.N. Bajpai resigns as Director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS)

GN Bajpai resigned as Director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS)

About Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS):
♦ Type – infrastructure development and finance company
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai

Science & Technology

World’s longest DNA sequence decoded

A team of United Kingdom scientists led by Matt Loose at Nottingham University, have created a new record for decoding the world’s longest DNA sequence.

China launches new high-orbit satellite to boost its BeiDou global satellite navigation system

China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its BeiDou global satellite navigation system, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province, China.
About China:
♦ Capital – Beijing
♦ Currency – Renminbi
♦ Official language – Standard Chinese
♦ President – Xi Jinping

Shakti : India’s first indigenous microprocessor developed by IIT-Madras

India’s first microprocessor, Shakti, was designed and booted up by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM).

To reduce reliance on imported microprocessors in the communication and defence sectors.

Important Days

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – 2 November

On 2nd November 2018, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was observed throughout the world.

Key Points:
i. When: The United Nations General Assembly declared 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’.
ii. The date was chosen to commemorate the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2nd November 2013.
iii. Why: This day aims to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to do their work independently and without interference.

33rd Army Aviation Day celebrated on 1 November 2018

On 1st November 2018, Army Aviation Corps celebrated its 33rd Raising Day.
Key Points:
i. On this day, a Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, New Delhi. Wreath was laid by Lieutenant General Kanwal Kumar, Colonel Commandant and Director General of Army Aviation and other officials.
ii. Army Aviation Corps is the aerial manoeuvre arm of the Indian Army. It has played a major role by providing air support to soldiers and also relief to people at times of natural calamity.
About Indian Army:
♦ Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – General Bipin Rawat
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi

World Vegan Day – November 1

On 1st November 2018, World Vegan Day was celebrated throughout the world.
Key Points:
i. When: This day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of founding The Vegan Society and the coining of the terms: “vegan” and “veganism”.
ii. Why: This day highlights the benefits of veganism. Veganism is the practice of not consuming any animal products like milk, curd, eggs, cheese, honey, meat etc.
iii. Also, the month of November is observed as World Vegan Month.
About The Vegan Society:
♦ Chairperson – Stephen Walsh
♦ Location – Birmingham, England

Thought of the day

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