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November 17, 2018

17th November 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th 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 17th November 2018

National Current Affairs
  • India's first specialized hospital for Elephants was inaugurated by Agra Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh
    • This hospital offers laser therapy, hydrotherapy, quarantine facilities and has a medical hoist to lift elephants. 
    • It also has an observation deck that allows veterinary students and interns to observe elephants' behaviour.
  • The Women and Child Development Ministry has approved setting up over 1000 Fast Track Special Courts to dispose off pending cases of rape and POCSO Act across the country.
    • The project has a total financial implication of over 767 crore rupees. 
    • What is POCSO Act ?
      • POCSO or The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 was established to protect the children against offences like sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography.
      • It was formed to provide a child-friendly system for trial underneath which the perpetrators could be punished. 
      • The Act defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age. 
  • The Gujarat government today announced that the Statue of Unity will get air and railway connectivity soon. 
    • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will extend its support to Gujarat in building airports at Rajpipla, Dholera and Rajkot/
    • The work to lay railway tracks till Kevadiya will be expedited the govt said.
Science & Technology
  • Scientists today unanimously voted to redefine Kilogram, retiring the 130 year old platinum alloy cylinder conceived in Paris in 1889. 
    • Redefined by the Planck constant, the new system determines the unit of mass through the electrical force needed to counteract the weight of a kilogram on a Kibble balance. 
    • Important Note : The changes will come into effect from May 20, 2019, World Metrology Day.
  • The trial run of India's first engine-less train, Train 18, was successfully conducted today on a standard railway track of Bareilly-Moradabad section, New Dwlhi.
    • The fully air-conditioned 16-coach train, built at a cost of ₹100 crore in 18 months, can run at a speed of around 160 kmph
    • The train will cut travel time by 15% as compared to Shatabdi Express.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The International Energy Agency in its latest report titled ‘World Energy Outlook’ stated that India will overtake the U.S. to become the world’s 2nd-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide from the power sector before 2030. .
    • Carbon dioxide emissions from India’s power sector are expected to rise nearly 80 per cent by 2040 as power use almost triples.
    • Note : China will remain the biggest emitter.
Awards & Honors
  • On the occasion of the National Press Day (16th November 2018), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley conferred the 'Raja Ram Mohan Roy' Award to eminent journalist and former Editor The Hindu, N Ram.
    • Ruby Sarkar (Chief Correspondent, Deshbandhu, Bhopal) and Rajesh Parshuram Joshte (Daily Pudhari, Ratnagiri) were given the 'Award for 'Rural Journalism'.
    • V S Rajesh (Deputy Editor, Kerala Kaumudi) was awarded in the 'Development Reporting' Category.
    • Subhash Paul (Rashtriya Sahara, Delhi) was given the award for 'Photo Journalism-Single News Picture'.
  • Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (78), who served as a Major during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, passed away after battling cancer. 
    • Note : Based on the Battle of Longewala, JP Dutta's 1997 film 'Border' portrayed Chandpuri in lead, played by Sunny Deol. 
  • Indian theatre personality and Padma Shri awardee Ad film maker Alyque Padamsee (90) passed away. 
    • He is credited with iconic ads like Hamara Bajaj and Liril soap.
    • He is also known for portraying Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the 1982 film 'Gandhi'. 
    • Note : He is widely called the Brand Father of Indian advertising

New Appointments
  • Ibrahim Mohamed Solih today sworn-in as the new President of the island nation Maldives.
    • Indian Prime ministe Narendra Modi attended the oath taking ceremony as the chief guest. 
    • Note :  This is Modi's 1st visit to the Island Nation. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was the last Indian PM to visit Maldives in November 2011.
  • Google has announced that Kerala-born former Oracle product chief Thomas Kurian will be the new head of the company's cloud division
    • Kurian is going to replace Diane Greene on 26th November 2018.
  • Justice Govind Mathur took oath as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court
    • The oath was administered by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik in a simple ceremony in the court room of chief justice.
  • The Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) has nominated 3 people to be Members of the National Commission for Women (NCW). They are :
    • Chandramukhi Devi
    • Soso Shaiza 
    • Kamlesh Gautam

Sports Current Affairs
  • India’s Pankaj Advani won his 3rd straight IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format by defeating Myanmar's Nay Thway Oo.
    • This win also marks a hat-trick of wins for Advani in the shorter format. 
  • English professional footballer Joe Cole announced his retirement after making more than 700 appearances for seven clubs including West Ham and Chelsea. 
    • Cole was part of England’s “Golden Generation”, playing alongside David Beckham, Wayne Rooney etc.

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