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November 14, 2017

14th November 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (14th November 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 14th November 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today is World Diabetes Day.
    • This day  was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world.
    • Theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 : "Women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future."
  • As many as 23 EU nations today signed the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) agreement.
    • Aim of this Agreement : To boost defence cooperation among member states. 
    • This agreement legally binds nations to participate in joint projects as well as to increase defence spending and contribute to rapid deployments. 
National Current Affairs
  • 128th birth anniversary of 1st Prime Minister of the country Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru is being observed as Children's Day today. 
  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development is going to celebrate Child Rights Week (Hausla 2017) from 16th to 20th November, 2017.
    • Note : The period between National Children’s Day (14 November) and International Child Rights Day (20 November) is observed as Child Rights Week. 
  • Andhra Pradesh state government is hosting its first Hot Air Balloon Festival in Araku Valley.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the 37th India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan in Delhi
  • The Indian Railways has launched Project Saksham, India’s largest time-bound “upskilling” exercise for its employees to boost their efficiency.
    • Project Saksham aims to upgrade the skillsets of 13 lakh-strong workforce of Indian Railways with a single drive spanning nine months. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • 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. 
  • Nepal today scrapped the Budhi Gandaki hydropower project with a Chinese firm.
    • The 1,200-MW project was cancelled over irregularities and lack of transparency, Thapa added. The project was estimated to cost over ₹16,000 crore.
Science & Technology
  • 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
    • Note : While conventional buoys are solar-powered, this one would harness energy from waves to power its beacon.
  • Asgardia, the first-ever country planned to be floated into space, has successfully launched its maiden satellite from a NASA site. 
    • The satellite contains data uploaded by over 1.16 lakh registered "Asgardians", which makes the "space nation" rank 174 in terms of population. 
  • Global carbon emissions will touch a record high of 37 billion tonnes, an analysis by the Global Carbon Project has revealed. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Two-time Olympic medalist, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar, is set to make a comeback by taking part in the upcoming National Wrestling Championship.
    • Kumar, who will represent Railways, was last seen in action at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where he finished with a gold medal. 
  • Pakistani cricketer Saeed Ajmal announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing National T20 Cup. 
    • He made his Test debut at the age of 31 and picked 178 wickets, the second-most for bowlers who made their debut after 30. 
    • He picked 184 and 85 wickets in 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is respectively.
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