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Current Affairs (National)
♦India to host the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics in New Delhi
- The 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi from 18th to 21st November 2019.
- Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra DG ICAR & Secretary DARE informed that the conference will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Guest will be Bill Gates.
- Aims: Field of agriculture statistics is happening in the country and this will be a learning opportunity for the statisticians, young scientists and decision makers in India to adopt modern practises in agriculture such as Big Data analysis, AI, precision farming etc.
♦Govt announces visa-on-arrival facility for UAE nationals
- The Indian government on 17th November issued a notification, granting visa-on-arrival facility to nations of United Arab Emirates.
- Aims: Enhancing “people-to-people” contacts and trade relations with UAE, said officials from the government.
- It will be available up to a period of 60 days with double entry for business, tourism, conference, and medical purposes, added another government official.
- The international airports where the facility will be available are in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Note: About UAE
- Capital: Abu Dhabi
- Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
♦Shri Ram Vilas Paswan releases Water Quality Report
- The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan has always exhorted providing quality products to consumers which includes providing clean & safe drinking water for all. This is also in line with Jal Jeevan Mission, announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi which aims to provide tap water to all households by 2024.
- In Delhi, all the 11samples drawn from various places did not comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard& failed on several parameters.
- All the 10 samples drawn from Mumbai were found to comply with the requirements. Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Raipur, Amravati and Shimla.
- Samples drawn from 13 of the State Capitals i.e. Chandigarh,Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Jammu, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chennai, Kolkata complied with the requirements of the Indian Standard.
♦GI Tag For Darjeeling Green and White Tea
- Darjeeling Tea Association on 16th November said green and white tea of the hills have been registered as geographical indication (GI) products in the country.
- These two varieties of Darjeeling tea have been registered under Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999, with effect from October 2019, it said.
- The Tea Board had filed an application in this regard on December 2017.
Banking and Financial
♦Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank mulls $2.2-billion loan for Indian infra projects
- Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is evaluating loans worth over $2.2 billion for funding power transmission and distribution projects in Assam, metro rail projects in Chennai, Mumbai and rural water supply system in Karnataka.
- Since starting operations in 2016, AIIB has invested $2.894 billion in 13 projects in India, including a $500-million loan approved last month to ease congestion in Mumbai- the country’s financial hub- and another $75 million to Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd for on-lending to renewable energy projects.
- AIIB has also invested $50 million last month in Oriental Infra Trust, an infrastructure investment trust sponsored by Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt Ltd and Oriental Tollways Pvt Ltd with five operational road assets, consisting of four toll-road assets and one annuity road asset, in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
Note: About AIIB
- Headquarters: Beijing, China
- Membership: 74 Members
♦ANR National Awards conferred to Sridevi, Rekha
- Renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi presented the Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award to veteran actors Sridevi and Rekha at an event held at Annapurna Seven acres on 17th November. Instituted by the Akkineni International Foundation, the award will be presented annually to the celebrities to honour their decades of contribution to Indian cinema.
♦Joint Exercise between the Qatari Emiri Navy and the Indian Navy Forces (the Roar of the Sea)
- Indian Navy Guided Missile Stealth Frigate INS Trikand and Patrol Aircraft P8-I arrived at Doha for the inaugural edition of the Bilateral Maritime Exercise Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea) being conducted from 17 to 21 Nov 19 between the Indian Navy and Qatari Emiri Naval Forces. Za’ir-Al-Bahr 2019 would strengthen cooperation and enhance interoperability between the two navies.
♦Indian Army conducts ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ exercise in Rajasthan’s Barmer
- The Sudarshan Chakra Corps of the Indian Army conducted ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ exercise in Rajasthan’s Barmer on November 16. Around 40,000 jawans of the Indian Army are participating in the exercise.
- ‘Sindhu Sudarshan’ exercise will continue till December 05.
♦Sarita Devi elected as member of AIBA athletes commission
- Laishram Sarita Devi of Manipur is among the six boxers from 5 continents who were elected as members of AIBA Athletes Commission.
- The election of the Athletes Commission members was organized during AIBA Men and Women World Boxing Championships 2019 in Russia.
♦Harmeet won Indonesia Open TT Championship
- In an all-Indian final, Harmeet Desai, seeded fourth, defeated A. Amalraj, seeded seventh, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 in the final of the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open table tennis championship here on 17th
- This is Harmeet’s second International title of the year, after the Commonwealth championship in July in Cuttack.
♦IAAF changes name to World Athletics
- The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has changed its name and will now be officially known as World Athletics.
- International Association of Athletics Federations was a changed name of International Amateur Athletic Federation, which was founded in 1912 as a world governing body for the sport of track and field athletics. The name was changed in 2001.
Note: About World Athletics
- Headquarters: Monaco
- President: Sebastian Coe
- Founded: 17 July 1912, Stockholm, Sweden
♦17 November- The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
- The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services.
- Theme- Road Safety – Safer vehicles.
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