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National

President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the 1st Gyan Kumbh

President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the 1st Gyan Kumbh, billed as a premier event of higher education in Uttarakhand.

This event is being jointly organized by the Higher Education Department of the Uttarakhand

Government and the University of Patanjali in Haridwar.

 

Shillong is going to host the 3rd edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival

Shillong (Meghalaya’s capital) is going to host the 3rd edition of the India International Cherry

Blossom Festival from 14th to 17th November 2018.

 

Railways Ministry Launches ‘UTS On Mobile’ Facility To Enable Seamless Booking Of Unreserved Tickets

Ministry of Railways has introduced Unreserved Mobile Ticketing with a view to promoting three C’s- Cashless transactions (Digital payment), Contactless ticketing (no need to physically visit the point of sale) and Customer convenience and experience.

The facility of booking unreserved tickets, including season tickets and also platform tickets is available through the ‘UTSONMOBILE’ app available for Android, IOS and Windows phones.

 

International

International

Little India Gate inaugurated in Indonesia’s Medan city

‘Little India Gate’, the first-of-its-kind structure in Indonesia recognizes the contribution of the Indian community in the development of Medan city.

Kampung Madras area is one of the city’s significant ethnic enclaves comprising a large population of people of Indian descent whose ancestors had settled down in Medan in the mid-nineteenth century.

 

First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health held in Geneva

The theme of the conference was: “Improving Air Quality, Combating Climate Change- Saving Lives”.

Air pollution exceeding recommended WHO (World Health Organisation) Air Quality levels, causing 7 million deaths annually.

According to WHO, household air pollution is a leading killer in poor rural and urban homes.

 

India-Japan Military Exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’ Kick Starts In Mizoram

Armies of India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte with a focus on strengthening counter-terror cooperation.

The focus of the two-week-long exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018′ will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase interoperability between the two forces.

 

Economy&Finance

Banking, Business & Economic

 

59-minute approval portal for loans of up to Rs.1 crore to MSMEs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a 59-minute approval portal for loans of up to Rs.1 crore to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Further, the mandatory sourcing limit by state-run companies from MSMEs has been increased to 25% from the previous 20%.

 

Temporary waiver from US sanctions against buyers of Iranian crude oil.

India and 7 other nations have been granted a temporary waiver from US sanctions against buyers of Iranian crude oil.

The US will reimpose sanctions on Iran on November 5, with crude oil being Iran’s largest source of income.

India currently imports nearly 80% of its crude oil consumption.

 

Sports

Sports

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

India is going to host AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships from 15th to 24th November 2018 at New Delhi.

 

1st bowler in professional cricket history to dismiss four batsmen LBW in four successive deliveries

Jammu and Kashmir’s 30-year-old pacer Mohammed Mudhasir has become the 1st bowler in professional cricket history to dismiss four batsmen LBW in four successive deliveries.

Mudhasir achieved the feat by dismissing Rajasthan’s Chetan Bist, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Rahul Chahar, and Tanvir Mashart Ul-Haq today, becoming only the second player to take four wickets in four balls in Ranji Trophy.

 

Rahul Dravid Inducted Into ICC Hall Of Fame

Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame on Thursday as Sunil Gavaskar presented him with the momento prior to the start of the fifth One-Day International between India and West Indies.

Dravid was presented with the framed cap by Gavaskar as he was formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats, including 48 hundreds and 146 fifties. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41.

The four Indians who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame prior to Dravid are:

Sunil Gavaskar (1971-1987) – inducted in 2009

Bishan Singh Bedi (1966-1979) – inducted in 2009

Kapil Dev (1978-1994) – inducted in 2010

Anil Kumble (1990-2008) – inducted in 2015

 

Miscellaneous

Awards & Honors

Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for the year 2018

Noted Malayalam novelist and short story writer M Mukundan (76) has been selected for Kerala government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for the year 2018.

He has been chosen for his overall contributions to the Malayalam literature.

 

1st recipient of the Chris Evert Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy

Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep has become the 1st recipient of the Chris Evert

Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy.

This trophy has been named after WTA’s first-ever world number one, Chris Evert.

 

MOUs & Agreements

India and Japan signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage

India and Japan signed a loan agreement of Rs 18.17 bn for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage in West Bengal.

The deal was signed by the Additional Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), C.S. Mohapatra, and Katsuo Matsumoto, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

 

New Appointments

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

He is going to replace R. K. Takkar, who completed his three-year tenure on November 1, 2018.

 

M.C. Mary Kom has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the Women’s World Championship

Olympic bronze medalist and five-time World Champion, M.C. Mary Kom has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Championship in New Delhi.

Thought of the Day 

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”


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