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    Current Affairs 14th November, 2018

    Posted on: 2018-11-14 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: General Knowledge

    Current Affairs

    14 November 2018


    1. India GSLV MkIII-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29

    • India’s GSAT-29 communication satellite was successfully launched by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MarkIII (GSLV MkIII-D2).
    • It was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
    • GSLV MkIII-D2 lifted off from the Second Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR at 17:08 hours (IST), carrying the 3423-kg GSAT-29 satellite.
    • About 17 minutes later, the vehicle injected the satellite into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) as planned.

    2. India International Trade Fair 2018 Opens

    • The 38th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2018 was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, C.R. Chaudhary at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today.
    • The flagship event of India Trade Promotion Organisation(ITPO) will continue from 14th to 27th November 2018.

    3. Odisha government signed MoU with AIFF

    • Odisha government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the Kalinga Stadium complex, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
    • As per the agreement, the State government will host National team camps and also I-League side Indian Arrows.
    • The training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex.

    4. Dasari announced his resignation as the CEO & MD of Ashok Leyland

    • Vinod K.Dasari announced his resignation as the CEO and MD of Ashok Leyland.
    • The resignation would take effect on March 31, 2019. Mr.Dasari said that he is to pursue other interests and continue his learning journey.
    • He has been a whole-time director of the company since May 8, 2008. He was appointed MD on April 1, 2011, and promoted as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on April 1, 2016.

    5. In MIO 2018 investors committed Rs.4.2 lakh crore to Odisha

    • The second edition of ‘Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 (MIO 2018)’ was held in Bhubaneswar.
    • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that it received overall investment intent of Rs.4,19,574 crore across 15 diversified sectors.
    • The various sectors includes chemicals and fertilizers, petrochemicals, food processing, healthcare, tourism, renewable energy, and electronics. A total of 183 investment proposals were received.
    • The highest amount of investment is proposed by Haldia Petrochemicals worth Rs. 70,000 crore. The first edition of the conclave which was held in 2016 generated investment intent worth Rs.2,03,000 crore.

    6. InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. to acquire Avenue for USD 215 mn

    • InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Cipla Ltd., said it is to enter into agreements for the proposed acquisition of Avenue Therapeutics Inc.
    • The acquisition is for a total consideration of $215 million.

    7. India celebrates the 130th birth anniversary of Pt Nehru

    • The nation celebrates the 130th birth anniversary of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India.
    • Pt Nehru was born on November 14, 1889. He was known for his love for children and was fondly called Chacha Nehru.
    • Before 1964, Children’s day was celebrated in India on November 20. It was observed as the Universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. But after Nehru’s death in 1964, the nation decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas (Children’s Day) to honor his memory.

    8. World Antibiotic Awareness Week is observed from Nov 12 to Nov 18

    • The main aim is to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public.
    • For 2018, the World Health Organization developed a range of materials for WAAW in all UN languages to help countries reflect their unique priorities.
    • It would consist of a multi-day messaging campaign focusing on 5  “focus” days of tailored social media messaging around each of the Objectives.
    • According to this, Ministries of Health will participate in WAAW 2018 by marking all or just some of these “focus” days by speaking up on social media.

    9. MoS Ayush laid foundation stone for All India Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy in Goa

    Union minister of state for Ayush Shripad Naik laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy at Dhargal, North Goa.

    The institute will house a 100-bed hospital, outpatient department, and a research center; and offer postgraduate and Ph.D. courses.

    10. UP cabinet approved the name chage of Faizabad to Ayodhya

    • The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the proposal to change the name of Faizabad district to Ayodhya and the Allahabad division as Prayagraj.
    • The approval comes after the announcement made by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the eve of Diwali.

    11. HRD Ministry launches Leadership for Academicians Programme

    • Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satya Pal Singh launched the Leadership for Academicians Programme, LEAP and Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching, ARPIT in New Delhi.
    • ARPIT is a unique initiative of online professional development of 15 lakh higher education faculty.
    • For implementing ARPIT, 75 discipline-specific institutions have been identified and notified as National Resource Centres in the first phase.

    12. Dr Debabhuson Borah Gets Munin Barkotoki Literary Award

    • Munin Barkotoki Literary Award 2018 in Assam has been given to young writer-critic Dr Debabhuson Borah for his book on literary criticism titled ‘Nirbochon’.
    • The Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust announced the annual Award instituted to encourage young and promising writers in Assamese.

    13. Lewis Hamilton Won Brazilian Grand Prix

    • Lewis defeated Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon (Force India).
    • The incident dropped the Dutchman back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton, he could not quite catch him.

    14. Seventh RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting Concludes in Singapore

    • The Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore Mr. Chan Chun Sing was the Chair of the meeting as Singapore is currently the Chair of ASEAN this year. 
    • The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega regional free trade agreement being negotiated amongst 16 countries, comprising 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) plus six ASEAN FTA partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.
    • The Ministers acknowledged the good progress made in the negotiations so far with successful conclusion of 5 chapters this year alone, taking the total to 7 chapters, namely (i) Economic and Technical Cooperation (ii) Small and Medium Enterprises (iii) Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation (iv) Government Procurement (v) Institutional Provisions (vi) Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures (STRACAP); and (vii) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS).

    15. Centre extended ban on 8 Meitei extremist for five years

    • The Centre extended the ban on eight Meitei extremist organizations for five years as they continued involvement in unlawful and violent activities.
    • The extremist organizations were advocating secession of Manipur from India, employing and engaging in armed means to achieve their goal besides attacking security forces, police and government employees.
    • The 8 banned organizations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act: ♦ Peoples' Liberation Army, ♦ Revolutionary Peoples' Front ♦ United National Liberation Front ♦ The Manipur Peoples' Army ♦ Peoples' Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak and its armed wing Red Army ♦ Kangleipak Communist Party and its armed wing Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup ♦ The Coordination Committee ♦ Alliance for Socialist Unity Kangleipak


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