Current Affairs: November 28, 2018

Main current events of November 28, 2018 are as follows:

National Current Events
International Gita Festival, 2018 in Kurukshetra (Haryana) from Dec 7 to 23

The International Gita Festival 2018 will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7-23 in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state. Paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the ‘paint-the-wall’ competition.
Pandit Keshav Ginde wins Maharashtra government’s Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award

Renowned flautist Pandit Keshav Ginde won Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Lifetime Achievement Award for Classical Music.
‘Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government’, a book of 51 essays edited by Bibek Debroy, Anirban Ganguly and Kishore Desai, launched

‘Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government’, compilation of 51 essays and is edited by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, NITI Aayog official Kishore Desai, and Director of BJP-affiliated Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, Anirban Ganguly. President Ram Nath Kovind on remarked that the term ‘inclusiveness’ is no more a slogan, but an idea on the make, due to the Narendra Modi government’s role in “giving shape and form to an all-inclusive idea of ‘New India’.
Sunil Arora appointed new Chief Election Commissioner

The Centre formally appointed seniormost election commissioner Sunil Arora as the Chief Election Commissioner. He will replace Om Prakash Rawat.
9th Indian Organ Donation Day observed on November 27; Tamil Nadu is Best Performing State

The Tamil Nadu health department received Union ministry of health and family welfare’s best performance award for organ donation for the fourth time in a row. State health minister C Vijaya Baskar received the award for the department at the ninth annual National Organ Day held in Delhi.
Economy & Corporate Current Events
Defence Minister launches ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated “Raksha Gyan Shakti”, to promote self-reliance in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in defence. Under the mission, the target for the year 2017-18 is to train 10,000 personnel of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) and Ordnance factory Board (OFB) on IPR and facilitate filing of at least 1,000 new IPR applications.
RBI relaxes mandatory hedging requirement for funds raised through the external commercial borrowing route

In a bid to encourage more companies to raise money overseas, the RBI has relaxed the mandatory hedging requirement to 70% from initially 100% for funds raised through the external commercial borrowing route. It will bring down cost of borrowing from overseas markets as companies would find it less expensive to manage risks associated with exchange rate fluctuations.
ADB to provide $75 million for 24-hour water supply in Karnataka’s four coastal towns

India on Tuesday signed a $75-million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide round-the-clock water supply to Karnataka’s four coastal towns of Kundapura, Mangalore Puttur and Udupi, and to improve sanitation infrastructure in Mangalore town.
Karnataka government launches ‘Data City,’ an international open innovation programme to develop solutions to answer the challenges of Bengaluru city

The Karnataka government launched ‘Data City,’ an international open innovation programme to develop solutions to answer the challenges of Benagaluru city. The initiative brings together city authorities, corporates and startups to address cities’ challenges and develop innovative solutions to build sustainable and efficient cities, using data and technology.
CSIR to establish a High-End Skill Development Centre in Chandigarh in partnership with German company Merck

The centre will impart advanced competences and analytical skills required for life- sciences research to Indian students and researchers. The centre will set up a next-generation lab for real-time analysis and organise workshop for advanced technologies.
World Current Events

Ukraine’s parliament approves introduction of martial law in the border regions of the country for 30 days

Ukraine will be under martial law for 30 days after the country’s Parliament voted to support President Petro Poroshenko’s motion, arguing it was needed to fight “growing aggression from Russia”.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari attending ‘Sustainable Blue Economy Conference’ being held in Nairobi from November 26 to 28

The first ever Sustainable Blue Conference starts today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi with Canada and Japan as co-hosts. It is under the theme: ‘The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ It invilved political leaders and government representatives from across the world, the African Union, United Nations organs and Commonwealth are also participating.
PM Modi to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina to attend 13th G20 Summit from Nov 29 to Dec 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Argentina from November 28 to December 2 to participate in the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. The theme of the G20 Summit is ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development’.
Director Alfonso Cuaron selected for Sonny Bono Visionary Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival in US

Ace director Alfonso Cuaron will be honoured with Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 30th Palm Springs International Film Festival. Sonny Bono Visionary award is named after the festival’s founder and former Palm Springs Mayor. It is bestowed upon a filmmaker that breaks boundaries in the work.
Sports Current Events
Pakistan beat New Zealand in 2nd test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs to level 3-test series 1-1

Pakistan (418/5 declared) beat New Zealand (90/10, 312/10) in 2nd test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs to level 3-test series 1-1
J. Prithiviraj unanimously elected President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI)

Coimbatore Auto Sports Club’s J. Prithiviraj was elected as President of The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India at its annual general meeting.

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