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December 17, 2017

November 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of November 2017. These one-liners cover all important International, National, MOUs, Indexes, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Committees and Sports affairs of October month (from 1st to 30th November 2017). We will  provide the pdf version by this evening, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best and Happy Reading :)

November 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners) 

  • 10th November 2017 was observed as World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) / World Science Day with the theme 'Science for Global Understanding'.
  • 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES-2017) was recently held in Kathmandu, Nepal with the theme “Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia”.
  • 14th November 2017 was observed as World Diabetes Day with the Theme "Women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future."
  • 16th November 2017 was observed as International Day for Tolerance with the theme 'Together'.
  • 19th November 2017 (3rd Sunday of November) was observed as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with the theme "2020 Target: reduce road fatalities AND serious injuries by 50%".
  • 19th November 2017 was observed as International Men's Day with the Theme "Celebrate Men and Boys".
  • 19th November 2017 was observed as World Toilet Day with the Theme "wastewater".
  • 1st India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise IMBAX 2017 was held at Joint Warfare Centre at the Umroi Joint Training Node in Meghalaya.
  • 20th November 2017 was observed as Universal Children's Day with the theme '#KidsTakeOver'.
  • 21st November 2017 was observed as World Fisheries Day with the theme “2022 Ka Hai Sapna … Kisan Ki Aay Ho Dugna - Sankalp Se Siddhi”.
  • 22-year-old American model Kendall Jenner beat Gisele Bündchen to become the world's highest-earning model in 2017, as per Forbes.
  • 25th November 2017 was observed as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with the theme "Leave no one behind".
  • 28-year-old French judoka Teddy Riner won all-time record 10th world title at the World Open Championships in Morocco.
  • 31st ASEAN Summit was recently held at the Philippines capital Manila.
  • 3-day World Food India event was recently held at New Delhi.
  • 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) was recently held in New Delhi. Theme of this edition of World Congress : “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.”
  • 5 day Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise (DANX-2017) was recently held at New Delhi. Main objective of DANX 2017 : To practice and validate procedures and drills of all Command forces aimed at defending strategic Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) was recently held at Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 November 2017.
  • 7th edition of joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise SAMPRITI 2017 was recently held at Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram.
  • 9th November 2017 (2nd Thursday of November) was observed as World Quality Day with the Theme ‘Everyday Leadership'.
  • 9th November 2017 was observed as World Usability Day with the theme 'Inclusion Through User Experience'.
  • A NASA-funded study has found that India would soon overtake China as the World's Top Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) emitter after its emissions rose by 50% since 2007, while the latter's declined by 75% for the same period.
  • A new mixed gender team competition is set to be introduced at the European Games in 2019 in Minsk.
  • A Swiss parliamentary panel has approved the automatic exchange of information between Switzerland and India.
  • Aditya-L1, India's maiden mission to the Sun, will be launched in 2019 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by 185 runs to lift the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup 2017 trophy in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Aiming to provide ₹5,000 as financial aid to pregnant and lactating mothers, the Maharashtra Cabinet approved the implementation of Centre's Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana.
  • Amazon has shut down its online product discovery platform, Junglee.
  • An All-women panel will chair the annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) for the first time in the organisation's nearly 50-year history in Switzerland next year. The 7-women panel includes Indian social entrepreneur and activist Chetna Sinha.
  • Andhra Pradesh state government has hosted its first Hot Air Balloon Festival in Araku Valley.
  • Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) has signed an agreement with Veecon Media to sell 100% equity in its DTH business, operating under Reliance BIG TV.
  • 'Anurakthi', the world's first Sanskrit 3D film was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 in Goa.
  • As a reply to an RTI query, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it has decided not to pursue a proposal for introducing Islamic banking in India.
  • As many as 23 EU nations signed the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) agreement. Aim of this Agreement : To boost defence cooperation among member states.
  • Asgardia, the first-ever country planned to be floated into space, has successfully launched its maiden satellite from a NASA site.
  • At a joint trilateral meeting, India, China and the US have agreed to enhance cooperation in efforts aimed at improving cyberspace security.
  • At least 15 nations joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance to phase out the use of coal by 2030. They are Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Mexico and the Marshall Islands.
  • Australia defeated England in the first T20I to retain the Women's Ashes, a seven-match points-based multi-format series.
  • Automobile giant Mahindra and Mahindra opened its new manufacturing plant in America's 'Motor City' Detroit, which got its first automotive production facility in 25 years.
  • Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupted for the first time in 54 years, forming an ash cloud 700 metres in the Indonesian sky.
  • Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will soon introduce Electric buses in the city.
  • Bollywood Actor Sharukh Khan inaugurated the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 in Goa.
  • Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov defeated Belgium’s David Goffin to win his maiden ATP World Tour Finals.
  • Cab aggregator Ola has piloted a cycle rental service called 'Ola Pedal' in IIT Kanpur for transportation within the campus.
  • California-based investment fund HigherOrderVC and journalists from across the world have teamed up to create PressCoin, a new cryptocurrency to provide financing for investigative journalism.
  • Canada has been named the '2017 Destination of the Year' by the Travel + Leisure magazine.
  • Canada has officially opened its first permanent highway to the Arctic Ocean.
  • CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar was named the Most powerful woman in India as she ranked 32nd in World's 100 Most Powerful Women list by Forbes.
  • Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra released a portrait of barrister Kapila Hingorani, which will be the first portrait of a female lawyer to be displayed in a Supreme Court library.
  • China amended its Criminal Law, making disrespecting the national anthem in public a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison.
  • China has successfully launched remote sensing satellites designed to conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments.
  • China launched world’s first fully electric cargo ship in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province.
  • China successfully launched two BeiDou-3 satellites named BeiDou-3 M1 and BeiDou-3 M2 into space on board of single carrier rocket Long March-3B from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern province of Sichuan.
  • China will begin construction of the world's highest planetarium next year in Tibet, which is often dubbed "Roof of the World", being 4,000 metres above sea level.
  • Collins Dictionary has named 'Fake News' Word of the year, with the phrase witnessing a 365% rise in usage since 2016.
  • Communal Harmony Week or Quami Ekta Week is being observed around India, beginning 19th November 2017. Aim of Quami Ekta Week : To foster and reinforce the spirit of Communal Harmony.
  • Debt-ridden Air India has received a loan worth ₹1,500 crore from Bank of India to meet urgent working capital needs.
  • Defence Ministry has cleared a proposal to procure 111 utility helicopters for the Indian Navy at a cost of ₹21,738 crore.
  • Digital payments platform Paytm along with ICICI Bank has introduced a new option titled 'Buy now - Pay later'. With 'Buy Now, Pay Later' option users can pay the amount for any purchased item after 45 days of making the purchase.
  • Digital payments platform Paytm has launched an in-app messaging service called Inbox. This service allows users to chat with others as well as send and request money.
  • Donald Trump has begun his 12-day trip to five Asian nations. With this, he will be the first US President in 25 years to make a state visit to South Korea.
  • E-commerce giant Amazon has made it mandatory for users to link Aadhaar details to their accounts in order to track lost packages.
  • Ending 3 years of battle, Bengal has won the Geographical Indication for its beloved sweet, the Rosogolla, putting to rest the controversy over its origin.
  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley formally launched the Paytm Payments Bank in New Delhi. The Payments Bank will have zero charges on all online transactions and no minimum balance requirement.
  • For the first time, Mumbai University is going to introduce on-screen marking system to assess answer sheets of semester-end examinations.
  • Former All England Open winner and coach Pullela Gopichand's 14-year-old daughter Gayatri Gopichand won the Under-19 singles event at the 26th Smt Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament held in Chandigarh.
  • Former Indian captain MS Dhoni officially launched his first global cricket academy in Dubai, UAE.
  • France defeated Belgium 3-2 to win Davis Cup for the first time in 16 years and 10th time overall.
  • Future Group's Founder Kishore Biyani is going to launch his Retail 3.0 e-commerce business model called 'Tathaastu'.
  • Global carbon emissions will touch a record high of 37 billion tonnes, an analysis by the Global Carbon Project has revealed.
  • Goa, with a score of 0.656, is the safest state in the country for women, according to a Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) report released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • Gopi Thonakal became the 1st Indian man to win the Asian Marathon Championship after he clinched the Gold medal in the 16th edition of the event.
  • Government has signed 4 MoUs under Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) Scheme with Nagaland and UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu for operational improvements.
  • Greece supports India in its bid for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said during a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
  • Haryana became India’s first state to treat Hepatitis-C patients of all categories through oral medicine.
  • Haryana govt announced lifetime monthly pension of Rs 10,000 for Hindi Satyagrahis and those from the state who were jailed during Emergency.
  • Himachal Pradesh will be the first state to use EVMs with VVPAT machines on all booths during assembly elections.
  • HSBC's private-banking unit was fined a record $51 million over sales of structured products linked to Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong.
  • In a bid to become plastic-free by March 2018, the Maharashtra government is going to ban the use of plastic packaged drinking water bottles at government offices and will subsequently extend the ban to private offices.
  • In a first, a 45-member Indian Air Force contingent is participating in the two-week-long Blue Flag military drill with the air forces of Israel and eight other nations.
  • In his budget speech, British finance minister Philip Hammond has announced that the government is going to launch Driverless cars by 2021.
  • India and China held their first meeting on border consultation and coordination mechanism in Beijing after the Doklam standoff.
  • India and Russia have agreed to implement visa-free entry for the flight crew of scheduled and chartered flights between the two countries.
  • India conducted a flight test of its indigenously designed and developed, long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from a defence base off Odisha coast.
  • India has asked the United Nations to declare 2018 as the International year of millets and promote it as nutrition-rich smart food across the world.
  • India has become the home to the largest number of families on the list of Forbes Asia's 50 Richest Families for the third time, taking up 18 spots.
  • India has jumped 30 places to be ranked 100th among 190 countries in the World Bank's 2018 ease of doing business report.
  • India has signed an over ₹630-crore loan agreement and a ₹13-crore grant agreement with the World Bank, in an attempt to increase its power generation capacity through renewable energy sources.
  • India has the highest number of people, about 732 million, without access to toilets, as per 'Out of Order : The State of the World’s Toilets 2017' report.
  • India is going to construct 17 highway tunnels along the India-China border in order to ensure all-weather connectivity along the Line of Actual Control.
  • India is going to host 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2020 at NCR New Delhi from 2nd to 8th March 2020. Theme of this event : "Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Future".
  • India is set to test-fire supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet in a bid to improve its ability to carry out deep surgical strikes.
  • India was re-elected as member of executive board of United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO).
  • India will contribute $100 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund to help the poorest nations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at reducing poverty and raising the quality of life.
  • India will overtake Japan in nominal GDP by 2028 to emerge as the World's Third-largest Economy, according to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the corporate and investment banking division of Bank of America.
  • India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit was held at Dantewada in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
  • Indian boxers won 5 gold medals at the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati.
  • Indian captain Virat Kohli became the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to score 50 international centuries, registering his 18th Test ton against Sri Lanka in the first Test.
  • Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was named a government nominee in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) managing committee.
  • Indian cueist Pankaj Advani defeated Amir Sarkhosh of Iran to win his 18th international title in the form of the 15-frame IBSF World Snooker Championship in Doha.
  • Indian golfer Aditi Ashok has qualified for the season-ending event of the LPGA Tour, CME Group Tour Championship, becoming the first Indian to qualify for the competition.
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad has secured 49th position in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2018.
  • Indian luger Shiva Keshavan will make his sixth appearance at the Winter Olympics as he qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
  • Indian mixed martial artist Bharat Khandare has become the first fighter from India to sign with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
  • Indian Navy is going to use advanced catapult-based aircraft launch mechanism (CATOBAR) from United States for its second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II), which is on drawing board.
  • Indian Olympic medal-winning boxer and five-time world champion Mary Kom won her 5th Gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championships after defeating North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi.
  • Indian online payments company BillDesk has launched cryptocurrency exchange Coinome in India which allows for the trading of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.
  • Indian para shooters Deepender Singh and Manish Narwal won Gold and Silver respectively in the P1 10m Air Pistol SH1 category in the Shooting Para Sport World Cup.
  • Indian professional English billiards player Pankaj Advani clinches his 17th world title after thrashing Mike Russell in IBSF World Billiards Championship.
  • Indian women's hockey team clinched the Asia Cup title by beating China. With this, the Indian team has qualified for the World Cup 2018.
  • Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat, who won India's first-ever gold medal in women's wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, has won a Gold medal at the All India Police Championship 2017.
  • Indian wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Geeta Phogat won Gold medals in their respective weight categories at the National Wrestling Championship.
  • India's 24-year-old table tennis player G Sathiyan clinched the Gold medal after defeating Japan's Kazuhiro Yoshimura 4-2 in the Men's singles final of the 2017 ITTF Challenge Spanish Open in Almeria.
  • India's 3rd largest private sector lender Axis Bank has started cross-border payments over the blockchain using fintech company Ripple’s technology.
  • India's Ambani family has topped the Forbes list of Asia's 50 Richest Families for the first time, with a net worth of $44.8 billion.
  • India's first wave-powered navigational Buoy (an anchored float serving as a navigation mark) to guide ships in and out of harbours was launched in Chennai.
  • India's industrial output grew 3.8% year-on-year in September.
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced the interest rates on home and automobile loans by 0.05%, effective November 1.
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) launched India’s first integrated lifestyle and banking digital service platform named YONO (acronym for ‘You Only Need One’).
  • India's Mirabai Chanu (23) has bagged the country's maiden Gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships, becoming only the second Indian to do so after Karnam Malleswari, who won gold in 1995.
  • Interim Meeting of Steering Committee of International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Centre (SARTTAC) was recently held in New Delhi.
  • International credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service has upgraded India's bond rating for the first time in 14 years, saying continued progress in India's economic and institutional reforms will enhance its high growth potential.
  • International credit rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) kept India's sovereign rating unchanged at 'BBB-', its lowest investment grade rating for bonds.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of ISIS, although he acknowledged that the remnants of the militant group will remain.
  • Iraqi forces have captured Rawa, the last ISIS-held town in the country.
  • Italy banned the commercial use of images of Michelangelo's 16th-century statue of David without official authorization from the Galleria dell’Accademia.
  • Japan will simplify its visa rules for Indians from January 2018 and issue multiple-entry visa for short-term stays.
  • Kerala government launched the 'She Pad' scheme to provide free sanitary napkins, storage spaces, and environment friendly incinerators at all government and aided schools.
  • London Olympics bronze medalist Gagan Narang won a Silver medal in the men's 50m rifle prone event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships.
  • Madhya Pradesh has partnered with Nagaland and Manipur under Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana to strengthen cultural relations between them.
  • Maharashtra government has decided that scholarships reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) students will be extended to students belonging to Economically Backward Classes (EBC) including the Maratha community.
  • Maharashtra-based MMA fighter Bharat Kandare became the first-ever Indian to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won his fourth F1 World Championship, finishing the season with 363 points after securing second position in the last race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
  • Microsoft Founder Bill Gates who met Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, has agreed to help the state in tackling the problem of Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain, caused by infection or an allergic reaction) through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • 'Mitra', a made-in-India robot developed by Bengaluru-based Invento Robotics, declared the start of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad.
  • Mudhol Hound has become the 1st Indian dog breed to get Army training.
  • Mumbai has become the first team to feature in 500 matches in Ranji Trophy history after taking the field against Baroda at the Wankhede Stadium.
  • Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the return of over 6 lakh Rohingya Muslims who had fled to Bangladesh to escape a violent crackdown by the Myanmar military.
  • Nepal scrapped the Budhi Gandaki hydropower project with a Chinese firm.
  • New Zealand selected its first transgender athlete for the Commonwealth Games after naming weightlifter Laurel Hubbard (39) in the squad for the 2018 Games in Australia.
  • North Korea test-fired its highest-ever Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), reaching an altitude of around 4,500 km, over 10 times higher than the orbit of NASA's International Space Station, before landing off Japan's coast.
  • Online news and social networking service Twitter has officially increased the character limit from 140 to 280 for tweets in all languages.
  • Pakistani cricketer Saeed Ajmal announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup.
  • PM Narendra Modi along with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee flagged a new train service between Kolkata and Bangladesh. The passenger train, named Bandhan Express, was launched by the three leaders via video-conferencing.
  • PM Narendra Modi launched e-governance app titled UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance), which unifies over 100 central and state government services.
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the 30-km-long 1st phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail.
  • PM Narendra Modi-led government's Demonetisation move marked its First Anniversary on 8th November 2017.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated an ordinance under Article 123 of Constitute to amend Indian Forest Act, 1927 to encourage bamboo plantation by farmers in private lands. This ordinance omits bamboo (taxonomically a grass) grown in non-forest areas from definition of trees.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 37th India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Gita Mahotsav 2017 in Kurukshetra, Haryana.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 5th Edition of Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in New Delhi. Theme of GCCS 2017 : “Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development”.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Philippines to attend the India-ASEAN summit, inaugurated the 'Shri Narendra Modi Resilient Rice Field Laboratory' at Los Bano.
  • Prince of Wales Charles Philip Arthur George, accompanied by Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India.
  • Private lender HDFC Bank has launched a fund for startups with an initial corpus of $25-30 million.
  • Private sector lender Yes Bank signed an agreement with the government to provide Rs 1,000 crore financing for food processing projects.
  • Qatar has been named the World's Richest Country with a GDP of over ₹81 lakh per person.
  • Real estate tycoon Hui Ka Yan topped the Forbes list of China's 400 richest for the first time with a fortune of $42.5 billion.
  • Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has become Asia's richest person with a wealth of $42.1 billion, according to Forbes.
  • Ritu Phogat bagged the Silver medal in the Under-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship in Poland.
  • Russia is going to help build a new pipeline project to deliver natural gas from Iran to India, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak announced.
  • Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Trade and Industry officially declared yoga as a sport.
  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, the wealthiest person in the Middle East, has been arrested in a corruption prob.
  • Scientists from New Zealand have developed the World’s First Artificial Intelligence Politician, that can answer a person’s queries regarding local issues such as policies around housing, education and immigration.
  • Shibuya Mirai, an artificial intelligence bot resembling a seven-year-old boy was granted official residency of Japan.
  • Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has reached a career-best world number two rank, after becoming the first Indian to win four Superseries titles in a year.
  • Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu won the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (individual) awards respectively at the inaugural Indian Sports Honours.
  • Singapore has suspended trade relations with North Korea in compliance with UN sanctions against the reclusive nation's nuclear and missile programmes.
  • Spain's Rafael Nadal was presented with ATP World No. 1 award, as he became the oldest player to finish as year-end world number one in ATP rankings history.
  • Spanish racer Marc Márquez became the youngest four-time MotoGP world champion after clinching his fourth MotoGP world title in five years at the season-concluding Valencia Grand Prix.
  • Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will be renamed and restructured to make it more "lean and professional". The word 'authority' will be removed from the organisation's name as the word has no place in sports.
  • Sports Ministry has included former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and domestic cricketer Vinay Lamba in their Anti-Doping Appeals Panel.
  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was on a 4-day visit to India.
  • Strike bowler Mitchell Starc became the first man to take two hat-tricks in the same first-class game in Australia as he hit ominous form ahead of the Ashes Test series against England.
  • Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami launched a project to provide free coaching for Plus-Two students to train them for competitive exams like NEET.
  • Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao declared Urdu as the state's second official language.
  • Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao announced that Electricity will be supplied 24*7 to all sectors across the state from January 1, 2018, "as a new year gift".
  • Thailand will introduce biometric checks nationwide for users wanting to obtain new SIM cards from next month.
  • The 12th meeting of Standing Committee of Inter-State Council was held in New Delhi.
  • The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was recently held in Da Nang, Vietnam. Theme of APEC Vietnam 2017 : ‘Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future’.
  • The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time since 2007 in order to curb high inflation.
  • The bilateral military exercise between India and Kazakhstan, “PRABAL DOSTYK 2017” began at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. Prabal Dostyk’ means ‘Robust Friendship’.
  • The Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) has decided to retire Sachin Tendulkar's number 10 jersey from the Indian men's cricket team.
  • The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) launched 4 electric buses in Mumbai, 45 years after electric buses were first discontinued in the city.
  • The cabinet has approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra’ scheme for a period 2017-18 to 2019-20. Aim of this Scheme : Empowering rural women through community participation to create an environment in which they realise their full potential.
  • The cbinet approved expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Yojana for a pan India coverage from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • The central government launched the Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana, an annual scholarship to promote Philately (the hobby of collecting and studying postage stamps).
  • The Centre has announced that it will promote Khichdi as 'Brand India Food' at the World Food India event in Delhi.
  • The Centre made it mandatory for all four wheel motor vehicles sold on or after December 1 to have FASTags fitted on them by the manufacturers or authorised dealers.
  • The Centre started its final phase of BharatNet project, to provide high-speed broadband and WiFi in all panchayats by March 2019.
  • The Election Commission has restored the 'Two leaves' symbol of the AIADMK for the party's E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam camp.
  • The European Commission is going to propose a 40% quota for women on company boards in an effort aimed at tackling gender inequality in the senior ranks of publicly listed companies.
  • The first ever Namami Barak festival was held at Silchar in Assam.
  • The government extended the online portal SHe-Box, which previously allowed women government employees to file workplace sexual harassment claims online, to include women employees in the private sector.
  • The government has decided to allow Digital Payments for charging Electric Vehicles through various platforms including the BHIM app and Bharat QR code.
  • The government has raised the maximum amount that a Central government employee can borrow from the government for house-building to ₹25 lakh from the earlier ₹7.5 lakh.
  • The government has selected famous monument Charminar located in Hyderabad as a 'Swachh Iconic Site' and directed the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to ensure cleanliness around the monument.
  • The government has set a target of 18 billion digital transactions for 2017-18.
  • The government is going to make hallmarking along with carat count mandatory for gold jewellery sold in the country, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced.
  • The Governments of Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal conducted joint security exercise named ‘Sagar Kavach’ to further tighten the existing coastal security mechanism along the 630 km long coastline.
  • The Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Urjit Patel has been appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board or the Bank of International Settlement (BIS). Head of this Board : Jaime Caruana
  • The Indian Air Force along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully test-fired indigenously developed lightweight 'Glide' bomb named SAAW (Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon) in Odisha.
  • The Indian Defence Ministry has cancelled a $500-million deal aimed at acquiring Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from Israel, in a bid to promote indigenously developed missiles.
  • The Indian men's kabaddi team defeated Pakistan to win Gpld in Asian Kabaddi Championship 2017.
  • The Indian Railways has decided to use Artificial Intelligence to prevent the possibility of signals failing, moving from a find-and-fix to predict-and-prevent approach.
  • The Indian Railways has launched Project Saksham, India’s largest time-bound “upskilling” exercise for its employees to boost their efficiency.
  • The Indian Railways is going to introduce Asia's largest Solid State Interlocking (SSI) system in Kharagpur on Sunday.
  • The Indian shooting contingent finished the Commonwealth Shooting Championships 2017 in Australia with 20 medals (6 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze medals).
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it will launch 30 satellites in a single mission aboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in December.
  • The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released ‘The Paradise Papers’, a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.
  • The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is going to launch the first rocket completely built by private sector in 2020-21.
  • The Karnataka Assembly has passed an Anti-Superstition Bill. This bill bans 23 superstitious practices including human sacrifice, parading women naked and segregation of menstruating or pregnant women etc.
  • The Kerala government has decided to set up a 'Trauma care' policy to provide road accident victims free treatment for the first 48 hours.
  • The king and queen of Bhutan—Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema Wangchuck were on a 4-day visit to India.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has approved a resolution to award Death Sentence to rape convicts in cases where the victims are girls aged 12 years and below.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) conducted Multi State Mega Mock Tsunami Exercise 2017 along the entire East Coast in 31 coastal districts across four States and one Union Territory (West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry).
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched a next-generation satellite called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) into space.
  • The official poster for next year's FIFA World Cup was unveiled by FIFA in Moscow. The poster has been designed by Russian artist Igor Gurovich and portrays Ballon d'Or-winning legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin, and also celebrates Russia's achievements in space exploration.
  • The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced that the nation will host a World XI side in January 2018.
  • The President of the Iran Weightlifting Federation has announced that for the first time the nation will allow women weightlifters to compete internationally, after establishing the Iran Weightlifting Federation Women's Committee.
  • The proposal to increase the height of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue, to be built off Mumbai coast, from 192 metres to 210 metres has been cleared, making it the world's tallest statue once built.
  • The Punjab Cabinet has approved an act which will allow the properties of convicted drug offenders to be attached, seized, and forfeited.
  • The Punjab government has announced that it will organise a Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh from December 7-9.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cancelled a bond sale via Open Market Operations (OMO) worth ₹10,000 crore.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked cooperative societies not to use the word 'Bank' in their names as it violates the Banking Regulation Act.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed banks to provide doorstep banking to senior citizens of over 70 years of age and differently-abled people by December 31.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made 20-digit Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) compulsory for companies having aggregate fund-based and non-fund based exposure over Rs 5 crore.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reduced its order for printing bank notes in this financial year to 21 billion pieces.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has simplified Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations to make it easier for foreign investors to invest in the country.
  • The second meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA) was recently held in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Rajnath Singh.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) will use Blockchain Technology for smart contracts and Know Your Customer (KYC) from next month.
  • The Supreme Court ruled that technical education in courses like engineering, can't be provided in distance education mode.
  • The Syrian Army declared victory over the Islamic State militant group after it captured the jihadists' last stronghold Abu Kamal.
  • The Telangana government has directed all public and private schools in the state to introduce Telugu as a compulsory subject from the next academic session.
  • The UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP23) was recently held in Bonn, Germany.
  • The Union Cabinet approved appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC) for subordinate judiciary in country. Head of SNJPC : J P.Venkatrama Reddy (Former Judge of Supreme Court.
  • The Union Cabinet approved signing and ratifying agreement between India and Armenia on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the creation of the National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous and self-sustaining testing organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST.
  • The Union Government has given go-ahead for setting up India’s first mega Coastal Economic Zone (CEZ) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Maharashtra.
  • The Union Government has inked US$ 119 million Financing Agreement with World Bank for IBRD loan for the Odisha Higher Education Programme for Excellence & Equity (OHEPEE) Project.
  • The Union Government launched BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund targeting an initial amount of about Rs. 8,000 Crore.
  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was on a visit Russia from 27th to 29th November, 2017. During this 3 day visit, he held discussions with Mr. Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Minister for Internal Affairs and other senior Russian leadership.
  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development celebrated Child Rights Week (Hausla 2017) from 16th to 20th November, 2017.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has allowed banks to hire private data entry operators and enrolment machines to speed up the opening of Aadhaar enrolment centres at bank premises.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India has announced that NRIs and PIOs are not required to link bank accounts and other services with Aadhaar.
  • The United States (US) has become the only nation not in the Paris climate agreement after Syria announced its plan to join the deal.
  • The United States has announced it will start revoking passports of registered child sex offenders and issue new ones that have a notice saying the bearer "was convicted of a sex offence against a minor".
  • The US Congress has authorised up to $700 million to reimburse Pakistan for activities supporting US operations in Afghanistan.
  • The Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet has approved Blackbuck Conservation Reserve in trans-Yamuna belt near Allahabad.
  • The world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos was successfully flight-tested for the first time from the Indian Air Force's fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target.
  • The world's largest landlocked country Kazakhstan is changing its name to Qazaqstan as part of a transition from Cyrillic to a Latin-based script.
  • To further enhance the scope, coverage and outreach of Scheme, the Union Cabinet has approved increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana (Urban).
  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev launched a rail link connecting the three countries. The 826-kilometre Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad is the shortest and most reliable rail link between Asia and Europe.
  • Two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, who made a return to wrestling after a gap of three years also won a Gold medal at the National Wrestling Championship after receiving walkovers in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final.
  • Union textiles and information & broadcasting minister Smriti Irani flagged off a Digital Rath as part of an initiative to accelerate adoption of cashless payments among merchants in various cities.
  • United Airlines retired its last Boeing 747 flight, often called the 'Queen of the Skies,' after 47 years.
  • US President Donald Trump declared North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, subjecting the reclusive nation to additional sanctions.
  • US President Donald Trump met his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte for the first time at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.
  • US-based Hennessey Performance Engineering has unveiled Venom F5 hypercar, the world's fastest road car with a top speed of 484.4 kmph.
  • US-based high-speed transport technology startup Virgin Hyperloop One has signed MoUs with governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to conduct feasibility study of routes in the states.
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, a fortnight long Tribal Festival in New Delhi. Theme of the Festival : A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’.
  • Victoria became the 1st Australian state to legalise assisted dying or euthanasia after lawmakers voted in favour of allowing terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives.
  • With an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 491 on the 500-point scale, PM Modi's Constituency, Varanasi has become the most polluted Indian city among 42 cities, according to data from Central Pollution Control Board.
  • World number 11 Saina Nehwal became the National champion for the third time, defeating world number 2 PV Sindhu in the women's singles final of Senior National Badminton Championships.
  • Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore released India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the nation for 37 years after its independence, resigned from his post.
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