Current Affairs: November 15, 2018
Main current events of November 15, 2018 are as follows:
National Current Events
Winter Session of Parliament from December 11 to January 8
Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) will old winter session from Dec 11 to Jan 8 discussing eight important bills from Rajya Sabha and fifteen from Lok Sabha including MCI and Muslim women.
Meghalaya: India International Cherry Blossom festival in Shillong
World’s only Autumn Cherry Blossom festival will be held from Nov 14 to 17 in Meghalaya on sides Ward’s lake generating huge employment across the cities.
GSAT-29 communication satellite launched by GSLV MkIII-D2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota
ISRO launched a communication satellite GSAT-29, lifted by Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III) which is designated rocket for India’s first human spaceflight proposed for 2022.
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and UNICEF present Young Champions Awards on occasion of Children’s Day
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and UNICEF India launched nationwide challenge, the Atal Tinkering Marathon across six different thematic areas, clean energy, water resources, waste management, healthcare, smart mobility and agri-technology.
India and UK sign MoU on ‘India-UK Cancer Research Initiative for Affordable Approaches to Cancer’ in New Delhi
India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and UK’s Cancer Research UK (CRUK) started a programme addressing issues of affordability, prevention and care of cancer by bringing together Indian and UK experts across clinical research.
56th National Metallurgists’ Day celebrated in Kolkata on November 14
The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) with Tata Steel is organizing its 56th National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) and 72nd Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) at Kolkata from November 14 discussing on mineral extraction and beneficiation, manufacturing of ferrous, non-ferrous, development and characterisation of products, environment and other sustainability issues, tribology, surface engineering, joining technologies, casting, powder metallurgy, non-destructive testing, emerging technologies, industry automation, etc.
129th birth anniversary of 1st PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru celebrated as Children’s Day
130th birth anniversary of the first prime minister of independent India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated across the nation as ‘bal diwas’.
West Bengal govt. celebrating November 15 as “Rosogolla Dibas”
“Rosogolla Dibas” was celebrated in West Bengal to commemorate the first anniversary of the sweetmeat getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘West Bengal’s Rosogolla’.
Delhi Police launches e-learning portal ‘NIPUN’
‘NIPUN’ portal launched by Delhi Police will give online training and information through specialised courses designed by experts in the field of law, standing orders, Investigation checklists, forms for case files and the latest Supreme Court and High Court rulings.
Economy & Corporate Current Events
Govt launches credit scheme for cooperative startups titled ‘Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme’
The ‘Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme’ will be implemented by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and Cooperative Startup and Innovation Fund (CSIF) providing cheaper loans to startups in the cooperative sector and those having innovative projects.
IndusInd Bank launches IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card – the first interactive Credit Card in India with buttons
Nation’s first interactive credit card, IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card which provides EMI, Reward Points or Credit at the push of a button, on the card, at the point of sale (POS) options.
World Current Events
Sri Lanka: Parliament passes no-confidence motion against PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka’s Parliament passed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena after the sack of Ranil Wickremesinghe
PM Modi launches APIX (Application Programming Interface Exchange), at the Fintech Festival in Singapore
Prime Minister Modi launched the APIX (Application Programming Interface Exchange), a banking technology platform in Singapore to assist banking institutions to reach out the people without bank accounts.
30 African countries launch joint initiative to save 4 carnivore species
30 African countries started initiative to save carnivorous animals and work on topics like Habitat loss and fragmentation, prey depletion, retaliatory killing of carnivores by owners of livestock and increasing trade in lion specimens and live cheetah
World Diabetes Day observed on November 14
Nov 14 is observed World Diabetes day to commomerate the birthday of Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
Memoir ‘Becoming’, written by former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, released
‘Becoming’, authored by former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama released in the press citing her personal experiences and journey of life.
Sports Current Events
Athlete Hima Das appointed 1st Youth Ambassador of UNICEF India
The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador on the occasion Children’s Day.