India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 launched successfully from French Guiana
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana. GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme.
A N Jha is appointed as the new Finance Secretary
A N Jha, Secretary, Expenditure, has been appointed as new Finance Secretary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared Jha's appointment to the post after incumbent Hasmukh Adhia, a 1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), retired on November 30.
A.M. Naik appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation
Shri A.M. Naik has been appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Currently Shri Naik is the Group Chairman of India's biggest engineering and construction conglomerate – Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T).
Shri Sunil Arora takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner of India
Shri Sunil Arora assumed charge as the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India succeeding Shri O.P.Rawat. Shri Rawat who demitted the office on 1st December, 2018 after completing his tenure. Prior to assuming charge as Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Arora had been serving as Election Commissioner in Election Commission of India since 1st September 2017.
Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey takes over as Revenue Secretary
Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey (IAS: MH 1984) took over as the Union Revenue Secretary upon superannuation of Dr Hasmukh Adhia. A Maharashtra cadre officer, Dr. Pandey will continue to head the Unique Identification authority of India (UIDAI) as its CEO and will also hold his position as the Chairman of GSTN.
ISRO's PSLV-C43 successfully places HysIS, 30 foreign satellites in respective orbits
Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) workhorse, the PSLV, carrying 31 satellites, soared in a trajectory crossing the path of the Sun and sped to inject the country's Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), dubbed ‘Sharp Eye’, in its intended orbit. The HysIS is is an Earth observation satellite primarily to assist in a wide range of applications in agriculture, forestry, geological environments, coastal zones, among others. The 30 satellites are one each from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands and Spain, and 23 from the USA.
Shri Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
The President has appointed Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The tenure of Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, UPSC will commence from the date he enters upon the office of Chairman, UPSC. The term of his appointment will be till 07. 08.2020 when he attains the age of 65 years or till further orders whichever is earlier.
NPCC is now a Miniratna
National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) has been conferred with the status of Miniratna : Category –I by the Government of India. The empowerment of Miniratna Status to NPCC will help the company in taking speedy decisions by enhancing the delegation of powers to the Board.
Bhakti wins National crown
Bhakti Kulkarni pipped Mary Ann Gomes to the National women chess title on superior tie-break after the 11th and final round.
ICC Women’s World T20: Australia eases past England to claim title
Australia has won its fourth Women’s World Twenty20 championship after cruising to an eight-wicket victory over England in the final. It was Australia’s fourth World Twenty20 title after winning three successive tournaments in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Ashish Kundra appointed new Mizoram chief electoral officer
The Election Commission appointed IAS officer Ashish Kundra as poll-bound Mizoram’s new chief electoral officer, replacing S.B. Shashank.
India GSLV MkIII-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29
India’s GSAT-29 communication satellite was successfully launched by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MarkIII (GSLV MkIII-D2) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. GSAT-29 is a multiband, multi-beam communication satellite, intended to serve as test bed for several new and critical technologies. Its Ku-band and Ka-band payloads are configured to cater to the communication requirements of users including those from remote areas especially from Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern regions of India.
INDO-Russian joint exercise INDRA 2018
The joint military exercise between Indian and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) is being conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station from 18 November 2018. Company sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of Republic of India will participate in the training exercise spanning for eleven days including induction and de-induction of the Russian contingent. The training will be supervised by a joint directing panel comprising of senior officials of both the national contingents.
India jumps to 77th rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index
India jumped 23 ranks in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index 2018 to 77. In the 2017 report, the country was ranked 100. The Index ranks 190 countries based on 10 indicators across the life-cycle of a business, from “starting a business” to “resolving insolvency.”
Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime, tracing, restraint, forfeiture or confiscation or proceeds and instruments of crime. It aims to increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing the necessary peaceful ambience which is a pre-requisite for the development of society as a whole. It will further be instrumental in gaining better inputs and insights in the modus operandi of organized criminals and terrorists, which in turn can be used to fine-tune policy decisions in the field of Internal Security.
Cabinet approves renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport"
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as "Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda".Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha. Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area.
Indo - Japan joint military exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN 2018
Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN - 2018, a joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies, commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram, India on 01 November 2018. The Japanese contingent is being represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side is being represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles. Approximately one platoon strength each of both the battalions is participating in this exercise.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 'The Statue of Unity' in honour of Sardar Patel
The Statue of Unity, a 182-metre giant structure built in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, has been inaugrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The imposing monument, touted as the world's tallest statue, is twice the height of Statue of Liberty and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river.
Turkey unveils world's largest airport in Istanbul
Istanbul’s new airport, designed to become the biggest airport in the world, was officially opened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Istanbul Airport ultimately will have the capacity to handle 200m passengers a year via six runways, four terminals and 233 aircraft parking positions. The mega-project is being launched in four phases and is scheduled for completion in 2028.
Sri Lanka’s ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister
President Maithripala Sirisena pulled his faction out of Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition. Within hours, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn-in as Prime Minister. The startling developments marked the collapse of the country’s first national unity government with Mr. Sirisena joining hands again with the leader he ousted in 2015.
Mumbai wins Vijay Hazare trophy
Mumbai clinched the National one-day title Vijay Hazare Trophy after a gap of 11 years with a four wicket victory over Delhi at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Bengaluru gets first Bitcoin ATM in India
Bengaluru gets India's first Bitcoin ATM despite the RBI's virtual ban on cryptocurrency deals. Cryptocurrency exchange Unocoin has set up India's Bitcoin ATM in Bangaluru. The machine will let customers to deposit and withdraw the rupee from the kiosk.
Akash Malik wins India’s maiden archery silver at Youth Olympics
Akash Malik became India’s first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games, providing a fitting finale to the country’s best-ever campaign at the marquee event Buenos Aires.
Anna Burns win Man Booker Prize 2018
Anna Burns was awarded the 2018 Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’, a work set in a divided society which takes inspiration from the Northern Ireland of her childhood.
Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga claims India’s first Youth Olympics gold
Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga notched up India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category here. Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.
Youth Olympic Games 2018 kicks off in Buenos Aires
The opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games 2018 was held at the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The glitzy event was held on the streets, for the first time. The Games will bring 4,000 athletes from 206 teams, aged 15-18.
Nobel Peace Prize winners 2018
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 has been awarded to Congolese gynaecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Gita Gopinath appointed IMF chief economist
Indian-origin economist Gita Gopinath was appointed the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, becoming only the second Indian after Raghuram Rajan to hold the prestigious post. Rajan held the post from 2003 to 2006 before he joined the finance ministry as chief economic adviser and later the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Gopinath, 46, succeeds Maurice “Maury” Obstfeld. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
James P. Allison, Tasuku Honjo win Nobel Prize in Medicine for cancer research
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, by the Nobel committee of the Karolinska Institute.The two immunologists - from the U.S. and Japan, respectively - were awarded the Prize “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”
PM Modi gets UN’s highest environmental honour
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is amongst the six winners of the United Nation’s highest environmental honour, the ‘Champions of the Earth Awards’ that was announced on 26th September 2018 for his “unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022”. Modi along with French President Emmanuel Macron were recognised in the ‘Policy Leadership Category’ for their “pioneering work in championing” the International Solar Alliance and “new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action.
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