Current Affairs : November 1, 2018

Here are the main headlines for current Events of November1,2018.

National Current Events

SC asks Centre for pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France 

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre for strategic and confidential” information about Rafale deal pricing with France in a sealed cover within 10 days.

Petitions can respond in seven days of report submission.
182-metre tall ‘Statue of Unity’ of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel costing Rs. 2990 crore inaugurated in Sadhu-Bet Island, Gujarat

The Statue of Unity which stands 182-metre tall is located at Sadhu island on the Narmada in Gujarat.

It was inaugurated on October 31, 143rd birth anniversary.

He was known as ‘Iron Man of India’ for his role in the unification of princely states after the independence from the British.
143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day)

India observes Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, also known as National Unity Day, on October 31, 2018, to commemorate the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India.

Delhi HC sentences 16 policemen to life imprisonment for killing 42 Muslims in 1987 Hashimpura massacre case in UP

The killings took place on May 2 in 1987 and the high court termed the massacre “targeted killing” of unarmed and defenceless people by the police.
Vice President departs for a visit to the African nations of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu with Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar will visit to the African nations of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

In Botswana, inaugurate the “Global Expo Botswana 2018”.

In Zimbabwe, Chancery project will take place. He will sign Memorandums of Understandings (MoU) and will announce LoC projects.In Malawi, he will inaugurate the Business Incubation Center, India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development and unveil a Mahatma Gandhi bust.

SSB DG S.S. Deswal appointed Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

Senior IPS officer S S Deswal was appointed as the chief of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), that guards country’s frontier with China. Deswal is the Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Anupam Kher resigns as chairperson of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

Anupam Kher puts resignation at FTII as he has more commitments in international arena such as upcoming American TV show ‘New Amsterdam and ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, based on Sanjay Baru’s 2014 book . The film revolves around Manmohan Singh.

J&K: Governor Satya Pal Malik flags off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ in Jammu for 20 districts to identify households without electricity

Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will survey areas with an aim to achieve 100 per cent electrification of households.

First ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property held in New Delhi by FICCI in partnership USIBC

The first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property launched by US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) and Ficci in partnership with the US-India Business Council.

The dialogue focuses on joint opportunities and challenges related to the whole spectrum of IP, including patent filing, regulatory landscape, copyright and infringement, technology transfer, and enforcement.

Economy & Corporate Current Events

Amazon Pay and ICICI Bank launch Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card in partnership with Visa

ICICI Bank and Amazon Pay have launched a co-branded credit card that offers extra reward points for Amazon Prime users. The Credit Card is that the reward points are uncapped, do not expire, and each reward point is equivalent to Rs 1.

SBI cuts daily cash withdrawal limit for Classic and Maestro Debit Cards holders from Rs 40,000 to Rs 20,000

The average cash withdrawal from ATMs per card is less than Rs 20,000 in a move to help in checking frauds and promote digital transaction.

World Current Events

New Zealand tops World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking of 190 countries, India 77th (100th in 2017)

In World Bank’s ease of doing business list, India ranked 77th for 2018.

In the last two years the country has climbed 53 notches and has become the top ranked country in South Asia for the first time and third among the BRICS nations.

World Cities Day observed on October 31 with its theme as: ‘Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities’

The 31st of October is celebrated as World Cities Day. The aim is to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development.

External Events Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Kuwait’s Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Kuwait City

Swaraj addressed to the problems of the Indian community such as delayed degree verification, socio-economic problems and higher education issues.

3.9 million blue-collared workers will be relieved in the Gulf nation.

NASA’s 2009 Kepler space telescope retires after running out of fuel

NASA’s Kepler space telescope unmanned which launched in 2009, left a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life.

Harvard University selects Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai for its 2018 Gleitsman Award for promoting girls’ education

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will be honoured by Harvard University2018 Gleitsman Award for her work promoting girls’ education.

Pioneering coral reef scientist Ruth Gates dies in Honolulu (USA) at 56

Ruth Gates was president of the International Society for Reef Studies.

He was working on the project “super coral “ in 2015 for developing coral that could withstand the devastating effects of climate change.

Louis Cha, a Hong Kong journalist and best-selling Chinese martial arts novelist, dies at 94

Louis Cha, a Hong Kong journalist and best-selling Chinese martial arts novelist.

His first novel, “The Book and the Sword,” was published in 1955.

He went on to write 14 martial arts novels.
Sports Current Events

Sri Lanka’s bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa ICC and charged with match-fixing

Sri Lanka bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was charged with match-fixing by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

He breached the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, being party to an effort to fix an international match.

Pankaj Advani wins second leg of the Asian Snooker Tour in Jinan, China

Nineteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani won the second leg of the Asian Snooker Tour in Jinan, China.

He beat China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final and become the first Indian to win an Asian Snooker Tour event.



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