Current Affairs: November 21, 2018

Main current events of November 21, 2018 are as follows:

National Current Events

49th International Film Festival of India opens in Panaji

49th International Film Festival of India opens in Panaji, Goa with the theme of ‘New India through a variety of genres of cinema’. The state of focus is Jharkhand and the country of focus is Israel.
Court awards first death penalty in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in New Delhi

The Delhi Patiala House Court awarded death sentence to Yashpal Singh and Naresh Sherawat life imprisonment for their role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
S.P. Ganguly awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle

Professor Shyama Prasad Ganguly, head of the Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico for his outstanding work in the study and dissemination of the Spanish language and Mexican culture.
PM sets up National Implementation Committee (NIC) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

The NIC constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary next year. A commemorative coin and postage stamps was released and a national institute of Inter Faith Studies was set up by the HRD Ministry in Punjab.
IIT-Hyderabad researchers develop smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad has developed a Smartphone-based system to detect adulteration in milk which has a detector system to measure acidity in milk using an indicator paper that changes colour according to acidity. Algorithms are also incorporated to accurately detect the colour change.
ICMR releases Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines

ICMR released Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines to advise hospitals in setting up Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes (AMSP) to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in healthcare facilities.
27th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change held in New Delhi

The BASIC countries comprises of  Brazil, South Africa, India and China. The two-day Meeting on Climate Change concluded in New Delhi to promote low carbon transition to safeguard the future of mankind.
India and Russia sign USD 500 million deal for construction of 2 missile frigates Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for the Indian Navy

India and Russia signed an agreement for manufacturing of the two Talvar-class warships was signed between defence PSU Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and Rosoboronexport under the government-to-government framework for defence cooperation.
Book titled ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ by Dr Rajesh Bhat released

‘Radio Kashmir: In Times of Peace & War’ authored by Dr Rajesh Bhat reveals how Radio Pakistan and its notorious Radio Trarkhal beamed vicious misinformation against India to create unrest in the minds of people of Kashmir while trifling with their sentiments and identity.
Economy & Corporate Current Events
PM launches Grand Challenge on resolving 7 identified Ease of Doing Business problems

Grand challenge will invite innovative ideas based on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other cutting-edge technology to reform Government processes.
RBI Central Board Meeting decides to set up a panel to decides issues such as transfer of the RBI’s surplus funds to Centre, review the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework, frame a restructuring scheme for stressed MSMEs loans and relax a component of capital adequacy norms by one year

The Reserve Bank of India board set up a committee to discuss the controversial issue of transfer of surplus reserves to the government. The RBI board laid relaxation of lending norms for banks under the Prompt Corrective Action regime.
World Gold Council and MMTC-PAMP India jointly launch ‘Precious Metals Assay and Training Institute’ (PMATI) to develop skilled assayers

The World Gold Council and MMTC-PAMP India jointly launched the ‘Precious Metals Assay and Training Institute’ (PMATI) to develop skilled assayers aimed at establishing assaying as a certified qualification and career in the country and will enhance gold and the standardization of best practices in the precious metals industry.
World Current Events
Universal Children’s Day observed on November 20

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated around the world on November 20 since 1954 to ‘promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare’ with the theme ‘Children are taking over and turning the world blue’.
President Ram Nath Kovind meets Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi, addresses National Assembly

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the Vietnam national Assembly house and discussed about building a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, strengthen bilateral cooperation in defence, atomic energy, space, science and technology, oil and gas, infrastructure, agriculture and innovation-based sectors.  MoUs were also signed in the fields of communications, education and trade and investment.
Fiji: Voreqe Bainimarama sworn in as PM for another 4-year term after his party won general elections

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was sworned in by President Jioji Konrote for a second term after his ruling FijiFirst party won this year’s general elections.
‘Stranger Things’ actress Millie Bobby Brown named UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador

‘Stranger Things’ will help to raise awareness of children’s rights and issues affecting youth, such as lack of education, safe places to play and learn, and the impact of violence, bullying and poverty. Actor Millie Bobby Brown was named as UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador.
Sports Current Events
Indian gymnasts win 2 bronze medals in the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku

Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events of the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku.
Bangladesh’s Krida Shiksha Prothishthan (BKSP) wins Under-17 Boys Subroto Cup international football tournament in Delhi

Subroto Cup international football tournament won by Bangladesh’s Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) defeating Amini School of Afghanistan.

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