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November 10, 2018

10th November 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (10th November 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 10th November 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (10th November) is World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) / World Science Day.
    • This day is annually observed on November 10 to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide.
    • World Science Day for Peace and Development 2018 Theme : "Science, a Human Right
  • After United States President Donald Trump rejected India's R-Day invite citing scheduling conflicts, India is now planning to invite South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as the Chief Guest for India's Republic Day celebrations 2019.
    • Since 1950, India has been hosting head of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. 
    • Some of the guests are :
      • 2013 : Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (Bhutan King)
      • 2014 : Shinzō Abe (Japanese Prime Minister)
      • 2015 : Barak Obama (Then American President)
      • 2016 : François Hollande (Then French President)
      • 2017 : Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi)
      • 2018 : Heads of ASEAN states
  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Parliament after his party announced that it did not have the majority to secure support for PM Mahinda Rajapaksa. 
    • Sirisena called for snap parliamentary elections on January 5, nearly two years ahead of schedule. 
    • Sri Lankan Parliament's Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, had refused to recognise Rajapaksa as PM until he proved majority.
  • For the 1st time in the world, the Scotland government has mandated a curriculum that will teach about LGBTI rights at all public schools.
    • Schools will also teach about LGBTI terminology, tackling homophobia and prejudice. 
    • LGBTI - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex
  • For the first time, Bangladesh is going to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on a limited scale in the country's general elections to be held on December 23.
    • Nearly 10.4 crore people, including more than 5.1 crore women, are registered as voters in Bangladesh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the Maldives' President-elect on November 17.
    • Important Note : Maldives is the only South Asian country PM Modi has not visited since assuming office.
  • U S Vice President Mike Pence will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week during his 4 nation tour. 
    • Pence will travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia and Papua New Guinea from November 11 to 18. 
    • He is scheduled to attend the US-ASEAN Summit, East Asia Summit and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meet.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for leasing out 6 Airports for operating, managing and developing under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model
    • The 6 airports chosen are :
      1. Lucknow
      2. Ahmedabad
      3. Jaipur
      4. Mangaluru
      5. Trivandrum
      6. Guwahati
  • The Cabinet has approved a plan to allow foreign oil companies to store oil in the Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserve (Karnataka). 
    • The Padur strategic reserve has four compartments to hold about 18.5 million barrels of oil.
    • Note : India has built emergency storage in underground caverns at Visakhapatnam, Mangaluru and Padur to hold 36.87 million barrels of crude.
  • India is going to export 2 million tonnes of raw sugar to China from next year. 
    • Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and COFCO, a Chinese state-owned company, have signed an initial deal for 50,000 tonnes of sugar. 
    • Aim of this move : To reduce $60 billion trade deficit India has with China.
  • Veteran Marathi actress Lalan Sarang (79) passed away .
    • She was known for acting in plays like 'Kamla', 'Sakharam Binder', 'Gidhade' and 'Rathchakra' and films like 'Samna'.
Science & Technology
  • Indian Army today inducted three major artillery gun systems and equipments, including the M777 American Ultra-Light Howitzer and the K-9 Vajra at Deolali artillery centre in Maharashtra's Nashik. 
    • It's the first major induction of such guns since Bofors were inducted around 30 years ago.
    • Moreover, 100 K-9 Vajra will be inducted at the cost of ₹4,366 crore by 2020.
  • China today disclosed the technical details of its supersonic cruise missile, HD-1, leading military experts to believe that it has the potential to compete with the BrahMos missile jointly developed by India and Russia.
    • This missile uses a solid-propellant ramjet that can reach targets 290 kilometres away at a speed of Mach 2.2 to 3.5. 
    • The missile weighs 2,200 kilograms, can fly as high as 15 kilometres and as low as 5-10 meters when sea skimming.
    • The HD-1 can be launched from a land-based Transport Erection and Launch vehicle (TEL). 
New Appointments
  • American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop One today announced it has hired Jay Walder, former CEO of bike-sharing operator Motivate, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    • Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of the United Arab Emirates shipping and logistics company DP World, will replace Richard Branson as the company's new chairman. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • 35 year old Pacer Munaf Patel, who was a part of India's 2011 World Cup winning squad, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
    • Munaf represented India from 2006 to 2011, taking 125 wickets in 86 matches.
  • Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the 1st ever Indian woman to smash a hundred in T20I cricket, achieving the feat against New Zealand in the Women's World T20 2018. 
    • She scored 103 runs off 51 balls, which included eight sixes and seven fours. 

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