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November 15, 2017

15th November 2017 Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th November 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 15th November 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump pledged that the two countries should have the "world's greatest militaries". 
    • During a meeting at the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines on Monday, the two leaders also discussed a bilateral strategic partnership to enhance defence cooperation between India and the US, and expand economic ties and market access for each other.
  • 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 decision has been made in face of criticism that the conference has in the past lacked female representation.
    • Important Note : The 7-women panel includes Indian social entrepreneur and activist Chetna Sinha.
  • Japan will simplify its visa rules for Indians from January 2018 and issue multiple-entry visa for short-term stays.
  • Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Trade and Industry today officially declared yoga as a sport. 
    • Any Saudi citizen wanting to practice or teach yoga can avail a licence from the government. 
    • Note : The campaign to recognise yoga as a sporting activity was led by Nouf Marwaai, who also became the first certified yoga instructor in the country.
National Current Affairs
  • Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami today launched a project to provide free coaching for Plus-Two students to train them for competitive exams like NEET. 
    • This first-of-its-kind initiative would include 412 training centres for government and government-aided school students.
  • Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao today announced that Electricity will be supplied 24*7 to all sectors across the state from January 1, 2018, "as a new year gift".
  • Ending 3 years of battle, Bengal today won the Geographical Indication for its beloved sweet, the Rosogolla, putting to rest the controversy over its origin. 
    • Note : Odisha had also claimed that the signature sweet had originated in their state. 
Science & Technology
  • 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. 
    • Note : Firing the supersonic cruise missile from a frontline fighter jet would be a first for India..
  • In a first, the government is going to invite hackers to launch attacks on models of critical infrastructure networks such as metros, airports, nuclear power plants, banking, and transportation.
    • The government will later fix the vulnerabilities identified during this exercise. 
    • The hacking event, which will see national and international participants, is a part of a Global Conference on Cyber Space.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • 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. 
    • South Korea's Lee family, which controls Samsung, has been ranked second with a fortune of $40.8 billion.
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced its total employee strength by 10,584 in the six-month period after its merger with its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank. 
    • The bank expects the employee count to further decline by approximately 5,000 people in this fiscal. 
    • The staff strength reduced to 2,69,219 in September compared to 2,79,803 in March.
  • Veteran actress Shyama (82), known for her films like 'Aar Paar' and 'Barsaat Ki Raat' passed away. 
    • Shyama, whose original name is Khurshid Akhtar, has won the Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in 'Sharada', .
Awards & Honors
  • The founder of Super 30, an Indian educational program, Anand Kumar has received Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award 2017 by President Ram Nath Kovind.
    • He was honored with this award for his contributions in the field of education.
  • Actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth were announced as the winners of the NTR National Film Award for the years 2014 and 2016 respectively.
    • NTR National Award is a prestigious award given by the Andhra Pradesh government in the memory of Tollywood Actor and Former Chief Minister Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao (NTR).
New Appointments
  • Rajasthan Police has appointed its first transgender constable, Ganga Kumari, after the state High Court's directive. 
  • Former cricketer Rahul Dravid has been named as the Ambassador of Bengaluru FC for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • 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
    • Note : Aditi became the first female golfer to represent India at the Olympics, after participating in the Rio 2016 Games.
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