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November 18, 2018

18th November 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (18th 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 18th November 2018

International Current Affairs
  • President Ram Nath Kovind is on a week-long state visit to Vietnam and Australia.
    • Kovind will be in Vietnam in the first leg of his trip. 
      • This will be his first visit to an ASEAN country.
    • The second leg of the visit will be in Australia from November 21 to 24. 
      • This is the 1st visit by an Indian President to Australia.
      • Kovind will visit Sydney and Melbourne.
      • He will meet Governor General Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Scott Morisson
      • He will unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parramatta, a prominent suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales.
  • Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed confidence in renewal of bilateral ties and maintaining security and peace in the Indian Ocean.
    • PM Modi assured Solih of India's firm commitment in helping Maldives achieve sustainable economic development.
    • Note : Modi was on his 1st Maldivian visit since assuming office.
National Current Affairs
  • Today is 291st Foundation Day of Jaipur
  • Union Government has approved 3 proposals under Nirbhaya Fund. They are :
    • Setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs)
    • Procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases
    • Setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations
  • Researchers from IIT Kharagpur have devised Decision Support System (DCS) to help maximise LPG connections in BPL (Below Poverty Line) households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
    • It is a first of its kind for analysis of national level energy policy. 
    • This kind of DSS can be developed for various central and state level policies for various commodities like agricultural commodities, solar panels distributions and so on.
  • The Environment Ministry has given the final clearance for a project to build Duplex flats for Members of Parliament (MP) at a cost of ₹676.5 crore in New Delhi. 
    • The building complex will have 264 new flats along with servant quarters and basement car parking. 
    • It will be constructed over an area of 19,91,37 square metre.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Indian government has signed 3 agreements with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). They are :
    • $105 million loan agreement to continue financing transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh for increased supply of hydropower to state and national grid. 
    • $300 million loan agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL).
    • $169 Million loan agreement for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Indian government is going to release a Rs. 75 coin on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose hoisting the Tricolour for the 1st time at Port Blair.
    • It was on December 30, 1943, the legendary freedom fighter, who had founded the Indian National Army (INA) hoisted the Tricolour for the first time at Cellular Jail, Port Blair.
    • This coin will weigh 35 grams.
    • It will be made of 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper, and 5 per cent nickel and zinc, each.
    • This coin will bear the portrait of 'Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose' saluting the flag on the background of Cellular Jail in Port Blair.
    • A numeral 75th along with inscription "anniversary" will be depicted below the portrait. The coin will carry an inscription saying 'First Flag Hoisting Day' in both Devnagari script and English.
  • Financial Performance of Public Sector Banks for July - September 2018 (Q2 2018 - 19)
    • Net Profit
      • State Bank of India - Rs. 944.87 Crores
      • Bank of Baroda - Rs. 425.38 Crores
      • Canara Bank - Rs. 299.54 Crores
      • Indian Bank - Rs. 150.14 Crores
      • Vijaya Bank - Rs. 139.94 Crores
      • Union Bank of India - Rs. 139.03 Crores
      • Corporation Bank - Rs. 103.01 Crores
      • Oriental Bank of Commerce - Rs. 101.74
      • Bank of Maharashtra - Rs. 27 Crores
    • Net Loss
      • Punjab & Sind Bank - Loss of Rs. 109.23 Crores
      • Dena Bank - Loss of Rs. 416.70 Crores
      • Andhra Bank - Loss of 434.10 Crores
      • Indian Overseas Bank - Loss of Rs. 487.26 Crores
      • United Bank of India - Loss of Rs. 883.17 Crores
      • Central Bank of India - Loss of Rs. 923.60 Crores
      • UCO Bank - Loss of Rs. 1136.44 Crores
      • Bank of India - Loss of Rs. 1156.25 Crores
      • Syndicate Bank - Loss of Rs. 1542.54 Crores
      • Allahabad Bank - Loss of Rs. 1822.71 Crores
      • IDBI Bank - Loss of Rs. 3602.49 Crores
      • Punjab National Bank - Loss of Rs. 4532.35 Crores
New Appointments
  • 1984 Maharashtra-cadre IAS officer,  Ajay Bhushan Pandey has been appointed as the next Revenue Secretary.
    • He is going to replace Hasmukh Adhia, who will retire on November 30. 
    • Pandey will continue to hold the additional charge of Chief Executive Officer of UIDAI and Chairman of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) until further orders. A Pandey will take over from December 1.
Sports Current Affairs
  •  India's top two women's tennis players, Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, won their 1st doubles title together as they lifted the OEC Open trophy in Taipei today. 
    • This was also the first WTA title, singles or doubles, for both the Indian players.
  • 5-time world champion MC Mary Kom defeated Aigerim Kessenayeva of Kazakhstan to reach quarterfinals of 48 kg category at AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

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