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    Current Affairs 04th November, 2018

    Posted on: 2018-11-04 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: General Knowledge

    Current Affairs

    4 November 2018


    1. Indian Railways rolls out All-India Unreserved Mobile Ticketing facility

    • Railway tickets can be booked online as the Ministry 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. 

    4. IAMAI Forms AR/VR Committee to Promote Technologies in India

    • The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) formed a new industry expert committee to develop and promote an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) ecosystem in India.
    • The committee is chaired by Namrita Mahindra, Senior General Manager, digital transformation, Mahindra Group and co-chaired by Satyajeet Singh, Head –Strategic Product Partnership, India and South Asia, Facebook.

    6. NASAs Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end

    • NASA, the U.S space agency, said that its pioneering Dawn spacecraft ran out of fuel, ending an 11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system.
    • The Dawn spacecraft orbited the two largest objects in the asteroid belt. The mission was launched in 2007. 
    • The $467 million Dawn mission was initiated to study the protoplanet Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, missed scheduled communications sessions with NASA’s Deep Space Network on October 31 and November 1.
    • The mission managers concluded that the spacecraft finally ran out of hydrazine. It was an expected end to the mission, although the spacecraft lasted two years longer than originally planned.

    7. Little India Gate inaugurated in Indonesia's Medan city

    • ‘Little India Gate’, the first-of-its-kind structure in Indonesia recognises the contribution of 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 mid-nineteenth century.

    8. First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health held in Geneva

    • 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.

    9. Four High Court Chief Justices elevated as SC judges

    • The four new judges of Supreme Court (SC) appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind under Article 124 are:

    ♦ Hemant Gupta,

    ♦ R Subhash Reddy,

    ♦ Mukesh Kumar Rasikbhai Shah and

    ♦ Ajay Rastogi.

    • They were administered oath of office by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. They will have tenure till they attain age of 65. With this appointment, the strength of the Supreme Court rose to 28.

    10. Atul Goel appointed as MD, CEO of UCO Bank

    • Atul Kumar Goel assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank by replacing R K Takkar.
    • Earlier, Goel was executive director of Union Bank of India. About UCO Bank: ♦ Tag line – Honors Your Trust ♦ Headquarters – Kolkata

    11. Mary Kom named brand ambassador of 2018 Women's World Boxing Championships

    • Five-time World Champion Mary Kom leads the 10th edition of AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, which is to be held at the IG Stadium's K.D. Jhadav Hall, New Delhi between November 15 and 24.
    • Over 300 women boxers from 70 countries will participate in this edition.

    15. Indian Navy to recruit women sailors for the first time

    • For the first time ever, the Indian Navy is looking at recruiting women in the rank of sailors.
    • The matter was discussed at the three-day Naval Commanders Conference that concluded on 2nd November 2018.
    • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while addressing the conference urged the Navy to give impetus to the enrolment of women.
    • To this, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba confirmed that enrolment of women in the sailor rank was one of the agendas of the conference.

    16. BoM has decided to reinstate its CEO and ED

    • The board of Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) is to reinstate and restore its Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ravindra Marathe and Executive Director (ED) R.K.Gupta’s financial responsibilities, a move which will be a huge morale booster for the public sector bank’s staff. 
    • Their powers were taken away in June after they were arrested by the economic offences wing of Pune Police following allegations of violation of norms while extending loans to real estate developer. Mr.Marathe will retire from the bank on November 30.


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