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    Current Affairs 06th November, 2018

    Posted on: 2018-11-06 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: General Knowledge

    Current Affairs

    6 November 2018

    1. 1.        India elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council
    • India has been elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term (2019-2022).
    • The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai, UAE.
    • By securing 165 votes, India ranked third among the 13 countries elected to the Council from the Asia-Australasia region, and eighth among the 48 countries elected to the Council globally.
    • The ITU has 193 member states who elect representatives to the Council.


    1. 2.        Pilot Ganga Grams will be the role model for village cleanliness
    • Ganga Gram is a concept to transform the villages on the bank of river Ganga into ideal villages with emphasis on Open Defecation Free, Solid and Liquid Waste Management, Water Conservation, Ground Water Recharge, modern crematorium, tree plantation, organic and medicinal plants.
    • After declaration of all 4465 Ganga Bank villages as ODF, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is working in the direction of sustaining the ODF status of this area.


    1. 3.        The 49th Edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to commence in Goa
    • Israel to be the Country Focus
    • Jharkhand to be the State Focus
    • Dan Wolman to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award


    1. 4.        Women of India Organic Festival 2018 Ends
    • Culminates with a record sale of Rs. 2.75 Crores and Footfalls of 12 lakh
    • Organised by the Ministry of Women & Child Development culminated on the night of Sunday, 4th November, at the expansive grounds of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath Road.
    • Over the 10 days, women farmers and entrepreneurs from across the country, participated with vast variety of organic products ranging from food and fabrics to wellness and personal care participated in this festival, which is an annual affair.


    1. 5.        India, Zimbabwe signed 6 Agreements In Various Fields
    • During the visit of Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, India agreed for the deputation of experts in five fields to assist Zimbabwe. 
    • Around 6 agreements in various fields were signed in areas including Mining, Visa waiver, Broadcasting and Culture.
    • India will extend Line of credits of more than 350 million US Dollars to Zimbabwe for two power projects and a drinking water project. India will give about 3 million US dollar grant for upgradation of Indo-Zim Technology center. 
    • Assistance for construction of Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Zimbabwe will also be granted by India.


    1. 6.         India clinched bronze in SAFF U 15 at Nepal
    • India clinched the bronze medal in the SAFF U-15 Championship at Nepal.
    • India beat Nepal, the host, and registered a 1-0 win in a third-place playoff. 


    1. 7.        Actor Anupam Kher honoured with 'Distinguished Fellow Award' in Boston
    • He was awarded at the 3rd India Global Summit held at MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston.
    • The Summit discussed the growing importance of relationship between India, USA and China.
    • Anupam Kher holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for: Ram Lakhan (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khel (1992), Darr (1993) and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).


    1. 8.        Union Cabinet approves opening up of International Solar Alliance membership to all UN countries
    • The decision was taken to put solar energy on the global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.
    •  International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries and is headquartered at Gurugram, India.
    • The main objective of ISA is to include global deployment of over 1,000GW of solar generation capacity and mobilisation of investment of over US$ 1000 billion into solar energy by 2030.


    1. 9.        Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame         
    • Dravid was presented with the framed cap by Gavaskar as he was formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
    • 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.
    • Earlier this year, Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper Claire Taylor, were announced as the new inductees in the Hall of Fame.
    1. 10.    India and Japan signed a Loan Agreement worth Rs. 1,817 crore for Hydel power project in Bengal
    • India and Japan signed a Loan Agreement for Hydel power project in Bengal
    • Turga pumped storage hydel power project is to be constructed at Purulia in West Bengal.
    • This project will contribute to the industrial development and living standards in the state.
    • 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).
    1. 11.    Vietnam to host a Formula One race in April 2020
    • Vietnam capital Hanoi will be the second Southeast Asian city to host a race in 2020 along with Singapore.
    • Vietnam will be only the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race in history after Malaysia and Singapore.
    • Formula One (F1) was taken over by US firm Liberty Media last year for $8 billion.


    1. 12.    GSAT 11 returned to Guiana space centre for December launch
    • GSAT-11, the heaviest Indian communication satellite built to date is back at the Guiana Space Centre for an early December launch.
    • The satellite is for faster Internet connectivity.
    •  It returns to the South American port for the second time in six months after it was taken back to Bengaluru in April for inspections. 
    • K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Secretary, Department of Space said that the 5,700 kg spacecraft was shipped out of Bengaluru and has reached the European launch port. 
    • GSAT-11 is built to provide superior communication and 12 GBPS connectivity with its multiple spot beams in Ka and Ku bands.


    1. 13.    GSAT 11 returned to Guiana space centre for December launch
    • The study carried out at the National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru said that the domestication of rice can be tracked to the loss of a small RNA molecule (miR397). This can be used to improve crops.
    • Indica rice, a subspecies of Oryza sativa, is domesticated from two wild species Oryza nivara and Oryza rufipogon.
    • Studies found that the genomes did not show variation proportional to the changes in the phenotype.
    • Researchers failed to identify genes responsible for the changes observed in domesticated Indica rice as compared to its wild relatives. The answer lay in regulatory molecules known as the small RNAs.


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