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December 01, 2017

29th November 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (29th November 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 29th November 2017

International Current Affairs
  • 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 today. 
    • The two leaders also agreed to deepen India-Greece bilateral cooperation and inked a pact for launching the first direct flight service between the two countries.
  • PM Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. 
National Current Affairs
  • 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. 
Science & Technology
  • 'Mitra', a made-in-India robot developed by Bengaluru-based Invento Robotics, declared the start of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. 
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US First daughter Ivanka Trump inaugurated the event by pressing a button on the bot following which it announced the start of the event and welcomed them.
  • 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. 
    • The test which is North Korea's 20th ballistic missile launch this year demonstrates it "can threaten everywhere in the world", the US has said.
New Appointments
  • Former Planning Commission member NK Singh was appointed the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission
    • The panel, which is to look into the impact of GST on finances of both the Centre and the states among other policies, will submit its report by October 2019. 
  • Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das was appointed India's Sherpa to G20.
    • He would be leading the country's negotiations at the global summit till December 2018.
  • Senior IAS officer Badri Narain Sharma has been appointed as the 1st Chairman of the National Anti-profiteering Authority under the GST regime. 
    • The authority has been constituted to ensure that the GST benefits are passed on to consumers.
  • Pradeep Singh Kharola, a 1985-batch IAS officer of the Karnataka Cadre, has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India
    • He will replace Rajiv Bansal, who has been serving as the interim CMD of Air India for over three months.
  • Snehlata Shrivastava has been appointed as the Secretary General of the Lok Sabha.
    • She is the first woman to be elected for the post.
Awards & Honors
  • Robin Campillo's French film '120 Beats Per Minute', which deals with the subject of AIDS, won the Golden Peacock Award for best film at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • 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. 
    • It will also offer a 4-7% interest rate on savings account and a free personalised RuPay digital debit card.
  • E-commerce giant Amazon has made it mandatory for users to link Aadhaar details to their accounts in order to track lost packages. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu won the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (individual) awards respectively at the inaugural Indian Sports Honours
  • The official poster for next year's FIFA World Cup was unveiled by FIFA in Moscow today. 
    • 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. 
    • Note : The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15.

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