Current Affairs: November 14, 2018

Main current events of November 14, 2018 are as follows:

National Current Events
D. V. Sadananda Gowda assigned additional charge of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers

Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation, DV Sadananda Gowda was assigned with additional portfolio of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers after the demise of Ananth Kumar.
Narendra Singh Tomar assigned additional charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

The Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar was assigned with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs after the demise of Ananth Kumar.
New envoys from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Latvia and Jordan presented their credential to President

Artis Bertulis, ambassador of Latvia, Pham Sanh Chau, ambassador of Vietnam, Mohamed Salam Jameel A F El-Kayed, ambassador of Jordan and Kalupage Austin Fernando, high commissioner of Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President of India, Ram Bath Kovind.
Union HRD Ministry launches two new initiatives -LEAP and ARPIT

Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching, ARPIT is an online professional development to enhance the quality of teachers. LEAP is a three weeks flagship leadership development training programme to prepare the second tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future.
Armies of India and Russia started “Exercise Indra 2018”

India and Russia held ‘Exercise Indra’ in Jhansi from Nov 18 to Dec 2 and both countries decided to “upgrade and intensify” defense cooperation through joint manufacture, co-production and co-development of key military hardware and equipment.

Punjab: Gobind Singh Longowal elected as President of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)

Gobind Singh Longowal re-elected as 43th President of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), an apex Gurudwara body.
Infosys Prize 2018
Each awardee receives a pure gold medal, a citation and a prize purse worth USD 100,000

Infosys Prize aims to inspire young minds to explore science as a career option and advance innovation in the country. Project on biosensors and carbon particles received award.
Engineering and Computer Science: Navakanta Bhat of IISc, Bangalore

Navakanta Bhat recognized for her works on design of novel biosensors.
Physical Sciences: S. K. Satheesh of IISc, Bangalore

S.K.Satheesh performed project on  black carbon aerosols, in air which influence the energy balance of the atmosphere which enabled a better understanding of the role of these particles on climate change, precipitation, and human health in the Indian subcontinent.
Economy & Corporate Current Events
Govt. to release Rs 75 commemorative coin

Ministry of Finance will release a Rs 75 commemorative coin on the occasion of 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tricolor for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Port Blair bearing bear the portrait of ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’ saluting the flag with an inscription of both Devanagari script and English writing ‘First Flag Hoisting Day’.
38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi

The 38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) with the theme ‘Rural Enterprises in India’ started in New Delhi. Afghanistan and Nepal is partner and focus countries respectively.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets PM Modi in New Delhi

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Indian PM Narendra Modi discussed importance of global conversation. Twitter launched its ‘#PowerOf18’ initiative aimed at encouraging Indian youth to contribute to public debate and participate in civic engagement in the upcoming election season.
World Current Events

Amnesty International revokes Ambassador of Conscience Award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2009

Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi received her Nobel Peize in 2009 during her house arrest. Amnesty International announced the Conscience award on the eighth anniversary of Ms Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest.
33rd ASEAN Summit being held in Singapore

The 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore with the theme of resilience and innovation. They emphasized on the topics of counterterrorism, cyber security, transboundary threats and climate change.
Sri Lanka: Supreme Court stays until December 7 the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision was criticized by ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by saying it “unconstitutional” and “illegal”.
Sports Current Events

Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah remain top batsman and bowler respectively in the latest ICC ODI rankings
India captain Virat Kohli with 899 points and the fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah with 841 points maintained their top positions.

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