Current Affairs 25th November, 2018
Posted on: 2018-11-25 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: General Knowledge
25 November 2018
1. Centre made jute packaging mandatory for all food grains
- The Centre approved a proposal making jute packaging mandatory for all food grains.
- The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- In India, the jute sector employs approximately 3. 7 lakh workers directly.
- The move is significant as it would support several lakh farm families and workers whose livelihood is dependent on the jute sector.
2. MEA Sushma Swaraj to co-chair 9th Meeting of India-Lao PDR Joint Commission on Bilateral Co-operation
- Smt Sushma Swaraj will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations covering areas of Defence, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Science and IT, Energy, and Mining among others.
- The Minister will also call on the Prime Minister of Lao PDR Thongloun Sisoulith.
3. Mary Kom storms into final of AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship
- She won in 69-kilogram category, 21-year-old Lovlina Borgohain lost to Chen Nien-chin of Chinese Taipei in the other semifinal.
- By reaching final, Mary Kom already becomes the most successful woman pugilist in the event's history.
- She entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit.
- She last won a world championship medal in 2010 -- a 48-kilogram category gold.
4. Filmmaker Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award
- Filmmaker Nandita Das will be honored with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations( FIAPF) Award at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane on the 29th of this month.
- She will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region.
- This was announced by Michael Hawkins, chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its academy in a statement in Brisbane.
5. Karnataka CM launched Badavara Bandhu scheme
- Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy launched mobile banks to disburse interest-free loans to street vendors and small traders at the AMPC Market in Yeshwantpur.
- The mobile bank scheme is called ‘Badavara Bandhu’ (friend of the poor).
- The scheme announced in the budget this year seeks to free the poor business community from the clutches of moneylenders.
- Under the scheme, small traders will get loans of up to Rs. 10,000 without any interest and collateral.
- The beneficiaries will have the flexibility of repaying the loan on daily installments of Rs. 100 or one-time repayment within three months.
- If they repay within the stipulated time, they are eligible for a fresh loan of up to Rs. 15,000.
6. SER won the 41st All India Railway bridge championship
- South Eastern Railway (SER) emerged champion in the team event of the 41st all-India Railway bridge championship at Garden Reach, Kolkata.
- South Eastern, Eastern, Metro and Central entered the super league before the former won the title with 43. 79 VPs. Eastern finished runner-up.
- South Eastern was represented by Hasibul Hasan, Pranab Roy, Sandip Dutta, Prasanta Bera, Subhasish Sarkar and Wrik Chakraborty who have also represented the country in many international tournaments.
7. Metro to Whitefield in 2021 and Electronics City in 2022 says BMRCL
- With the deadline for completion of the entire second phase of Metro pushed back to 2023, work on various reaches will be affected.
- It will be at least another three years before people working in the tech corridor of Baiyappanhalli and Whitefield can use Namma Metro services.
8. Coimbatore collector released the potential linked credit plan by NABARD
- Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district Collector T. N. Hariharan released the potential linked credit plan prepared by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for the district.
- The plan envisages a 6. 61% hike in loans to be disbursed by banks during the next financial year (2019-20).
- The potential credit outlay estimated is Rs. 19, 448 crore for 2019-20. Of this, the agriculture and allied sectors will get 39. 55 %, MSMEs (micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises) will get 42. 02 %, and other sectors will get 18. 43 %.
9. Sachin Waze launched app offering data protection and privacy in Mumbai
- A messaging app aimed at reducing rumor-mongering and ensuring complete data privacy was launched by former police officer Sachin Waze in Mumbai.
- The app, Direct Baat, is available on Android and is being developed for other platforms.
- Mr. Waze said the app does not store any data of the user except for registration details, which eliminates the scope of user data being leaked owing to external or internal breaches.
10. UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim Resigns
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim resigned following an internal audit report gobbled up $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.
11. Neighbourly app launched in Bengaluru, Delhi to gather information about a neighbourhood: Google NBU
- Google’s Next Billion Users (NBU) team announced the national roll-out of its Neighbourly app in Delhi and Bangalore.
- The full-fledged app offers services in 8 vernacular languages and is a targeted app with a geographic radius between 1 to 5 km.
- The initial phase was tested in Mumbai, followed by Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mysore, Vizag, Kochi and Coimbatore,
12. IIT-Hyderabad researchers developed smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk
- Researchers, headed by IIT Professor Shiv Govind Singh, at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, developed a smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk.
- This could be done by using an indicator paper that changes color according to acidity which further can be incorporated with algorithms on a smartphone to accurately detect the color change.
- The team will extend the research to study the effects of mobile phone cameras and lighting on detection efficiency.
13. Mohammed VI-B: Morocco launches its second earth observation satellite
- Morocco’s first satellite named Mohammed VI-A was launched on 8th November 2017 by Vega rocket from Kourou space center.
- Mohammed VI-B is the second satellite of Morocco’s ambitious space program- the first in Africa.
- The satellite is named after Mohammed VI, King of Morocco who launched this ambitious space program in 2013.
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