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November 27, 2018

27th November 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (27th 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 27th November 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu is on an official visit to India. 
    • During this visit, he held delegation level talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. 
    • They discussed diversifying the historical relations and boosting cooperation in the fields of agriculture, ICT, health and pharma, education, tourism, and culture.
    • About Romania :
      • President : Klaus Iohannis
      • Prime Minister : Viorica Dancila
      • Capital : Bucharest
      • Official Language : Romanian
      • Curency : Romanian Leu
  • Pakistan is going to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, as per local media reports quoting Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry. 
    • India had boycotted the summit which was to be held in Pakistan in 2016 following the terror attack in Uri. 
    • The Summit was eventually cancelled after Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also pulled out.
New Appointments
  • 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre, Sunil Arora, has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
    • He will replace O P Rawat on 2nd December 2018.
    • With this, Arora will be the 23rd CEC of India.
    • He will have nearly two-and-a-half-year tenure as CEC and  General Election 2019 will be conducted under his stewardship.
  • Akhilesh Ranjan, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) member has been appointed as the Convenor of Task Force that is drafting New Direct Tax Legislation (Law)
    • He will replace Arbind Modi who retired in September 2018. 
    • Note : The task force was constituted in November 2017 in order to review Income-tax Act, 1961 and to draft new direct tax law in consonance with the economic needs of the country.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Ahead of the official release of the second-quarter GDP figures, State Bank of India (SBI) estimated India’s economy to expand by 7.5-7.6 percent, slower than the prior quarter, mainly on account of a slowdown in rural demand. 
Science & Technology
  • NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars after nearly a seven-month, 458-million-kilometre journey.
    • The 360-kg lander also shared its first photo from Mars, showing an area called Elysium Planitia, where it will dig five metres below the surface. 
    • The $993-million mission will measure the Mars' internal heat and study quakes.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $200 million loan agreement to finance widening and upgrading of about 230 Kilometers State Highways in Bihar to all-weather standards with road safety features.
  • India and China today signed a protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between the two countries.
    • This protocol among, other things, updates the existing provisions for the exchange of information to the latest international standards.
    • It also incorporates changes required to implement a treaty-related minimum standards under the action reports of Base Erosion & Profit shifting (BEPS) Project, in which India had participated on an equal footing.
  • Veteran Bollywood playback singer Mohammad Aziz (64) passed away.
    • The singer has lent his voice to over 2000 songs in Hindi, Bengali and Odia films.
    • Aziz, who was known for his love for Mohammad Rafi, started his musical career in Kolkata and then moved to Mumbai.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Netherlands women’s hockey team won its 7th Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy at the Wujin Hockey Stadium in Changzhou, China by defeating Australia. 
  • Haryana's Manu Bhaker has won a double Gold in junior sport pistol while Ravi Kumar and Rahi Sarnobat were crowned national champions in the men and women’s events respectively in Thiruvananthapuram. 

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