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November 08, 2017

6th November 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (6th November 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 6th November 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (6th November) is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
    • This day was established on 5th November 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly, during Kofi Atta Annan's tenure as Secretary-General. 
    • Aim of this day : To educate people about the damaging effects of war and armed conflict on the environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In this regard, both countries have held several rounds of discussions in Joint working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation (JWGACTC) under Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) set up by them.
Awards & Honors
  • Tamil Nadu's Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple has received the Award of Merit from the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
    • The temple was applauded for undertaking renovation and beautification work worth over ₹20-crore without causing harm to its centuries-old heritage.
  • The Department of Post has issued stamps on 3 signature Hyderabadi dishes – Biryani, Baghare baingan, and Seviyan. 
    • The stamps are a tribute to Hyderabad's cuisine, ahead of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Qutub Shahi dynasty
    • Note : They are part of a series comprising 24 Indian dishes, including the Tirupati laddu, idli, and pongal.
New Appointments
  • The government today appointed Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia as the new Finance Secretary
    • The Gujarat cadre IAS officer was involved in formulating the GST rules and is also a part of the GST Council. 
    • Adhia has replaced Ashok Lavasa who achieved superannuation in October.
Banking, business & Economic Affairs
  • Paradise Papers  :
    • 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 Paradise Papers are a cache of 13.4 million documents exposing the offshore dealings used by multinationals like Nike and Facebook, and several world figures including UK's Queen Elizabeth.
    • With over 714 Indians named in the Paradise Papers leak, India has ranked 19th among 180 countries in terms of the number of names revealed in the leak. 
    • The names of former Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan are there in the list. 
    • Sanjay Dutt's wife Maanayata and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia also figured in the leaked files.
  • Private lender HDFC Bank has launched a fund for startups with an initial corpus of $25-30 million.
    • The Bank has also tied up with IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIM Ahmedabad to mentor startups.
  • 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. 
  • Veecon will renew the existing DTH license of BIG TV after submitting the required bank guarantee with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Approximately 500 employees in RCom's DTH business will be retained by Veecon.
Science & Technology
  • 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. 
    • Planned to be completed in 2019, the planetarium in Tibetan capital Lhasa would benefit from clear skies due to the altitude and have the region's largest optical astronomical telescope with a 1-metre-diameter lens.
  • Thailand will introduce biometric checks nationwide for users wanting to obtain new SIM cards from next month.
    • The move is aimed at combatting electronic fraud and enhancing mobile banking security in the country. 
  • 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.
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