Although the US and most developed countries are nominally democratic, many of us seem to be again yearning for a man on a white horse, and in the current era, the horse ridden is corporate. On Health Care Renewal, we having been talking about this pheonomenon for a long time. We have written about it in terms of the messianic (or visionary, or charistmatic) CEO, CEO disease, and the imperial CEO.
These concerns are diffusing into the broader media. For example, from the introduction to a revent Vox article entitled "The Problem with CEO Worship"
Society has always had heroes, be those of war or art or politics. But entrepreneurs are particularly suited for our current moment, in which success in business is our primary marker of achievement. Business acumen doesn’t just get you money anymore; it can make you the most powerful man in the world.
The signs of CEO worship are everywhere: unprecedented venture capital funding for founders, media overemphasis on company leaders, and to use the most extreme and obvious example, the election of Donald Trump.
That article noted that CEO worship may overestimate the importance of leaders; create "secular fundamentalists" out of individuals; perpetuate destructive neoliberal ideologies; encourage CEOs to make worse decisions; and be bad for business
Those are not the only consequences. CEO worship makes it possible for a progressively impaired leader to go unconstrained. Unfortunately, we may be seeing the ultimate example of this in the US.
Incoherent Verbal Utterances
Even before he was elected, we noted that Donald Trump sometimes was completely incoherent when describing his health policy ideas. In early 2016 we raised questions about Donald Trump's cognition. At that time, a conservative columnist labelled as "word salad" Trump's attempts to sketch a position on health care, specifically the "mandate" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We found other examples of his utterances on health care policy that could be characterized as gibberish. This one was short, if not sweet
I want to keep pre-existing conditions. I think we need it. I think it’s a modern age. And I think we have to have it.
How could anyone understand this while listening in real time? A close reading suggests that maybe this was meant to suggest that some people ought to have insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, Trump seemed to befuddled by that concept. Furthermore, note that pre-existing conditions are not desireable, so that one would not want to "keep" them, nor can one choose not to. To what the word "it" in the second sentence and again in the fourth refers is unclear. The third sentence seems to be a complete non sequitur.
We found additional examples of incoherent verbal responses about health care in 2017, and early 2018. In the last six months, things have only gotten worse. Examples of verbal incoherence have multiplied, although most were not related to health care.
I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.
Perhaps this was meant to suggest that the president drew a larger crowd to an arena than did Elton John. However, note the non-sequiturs: from "Elton has an organ" to "lots of other people helping" to "we've broken a lot of records," "They need much more room, for basketball, for hockey..." Who are the people helping whom are they helping, and to do what? What records were broken by whom, and how is this relevant to Elton John, etc. To whom does they refer, and why do they need a lot of room? Etc, Etc. Again, in real time this would have made no sense at all
In fact, the president was difficult to follow because he simply doesn’t make any sense half the time.
Trump was asked one specific question about health care, and good luck to anyone who tries to figure out what his answer meant. He pretty clearly has just as little idea what he’s talking about on most major policy issues as he did when he first started running for president. On Jamal Khashoggi, waivers on Iranian sanctions, North Korea and Russia, he either ducked the questions with non sequiturs or just babbled.
When President Donald Trump met with Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia earlier this year, he started with a criticism. At the White House in April, Trump opened by chastising the Baltic leaders for starting the war in the 1990s that ended with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The Baltic leaders were apparently very confused and it took them 'a moment' to realize that the commander in chief was confusing Baltic states with the Balkans
this case is particularly notable considering Melania Trump is originally from the Balkans. The first lady was born in Slovenia, which gained independence in 1991 at the start of the Balkan wars. As Le Monde wrote, Trump remained 'apparently uneducated in the matter by his wife, Melania, originally from the former Yugoslavia.'
This suggests at best that at times Trump may be unable to distinguish words that sound vaguely alike but have quite different meanings.
And I’m not blaming anybody, but I’m just telling you I think that the Fed is way off-base with what they’re doing, number one. Number two, a positive note, we’re doing very well on trade, we’re doing very well — our companies are very strong. Don’t forget we’re still up from when I came in 38 percent or something. You know, it’s a tremendous — it’s not like we’re up — and we’re much stronger. And we’re much more liquid. And the banks are now much more liquid during my tenure. And I’m not doing – I’m not playing by the same rules as Obama. Obama had zero interest to worry about; we’re paying interest, a lot of interest. He wasn’t paying down — we’re talking about $50 billion lots of different times, paying down and knocking out liquidity. Well, Obama didn’t do that. And just so you understand, I’m playing a normalization economy whereas he’s playing a free economy. It’s easy to make money when you’re paying no interest. It’s easy to make money when you’re not doing any pay-downs, so you can’t — and despite that, the numbers we have are phenomenal numbers.
The author of the article stated,
I have basically no idea what Trump is talking about here, and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t either.
On repeated close reading, I still do not have any idea what Trump meant. I would add the following questions: 38 percent of what? Who is much more liquid, and how is liquid defined? Who is paying a lot of interest? What does "paying down and knocking out liquidity" mean? What is a "normalization economy?" Note that this was coming from someone who claims to be a brilliant business manager.
Furthermore, consider what Trumps aid about the climate,
And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.
Oceans are "small?" What "blows over and sails over?" Over what? What "flows?" What "takes many people?"
STAT reviewed decades of Trump’s on-air interviews and compared them to Q&A sessions since his inauguration.
To summarize the conclusions.
The differences are striking and unmistakable.
Research has shown that changes in speaking style can result from cognitive decline. STAT therefore asked experts in neurolinguistics and cognitive assessment, as well as psychologists and psychiatrists, to compare Trump’s speech from decades ago to that in 2017; they all agreed there had been a deterioration, and some said it could reflect changes in the health of Trump’s brain.
In 2018, Trump's verbal communications at times are even more garbled. Parts of the passages above suggest the word salad produced by somebody with fluent aphasia versus the nonsensical responses produced by patients suffering from acute delusional states. That Trump is capable of producing this sort of word salad at times, without realizing he is making no sense, suggests the intermittent symptoms seen early in progressive dementia.
Lack of Insight About Cognition
Furthermore, Trump appears to lack insight about his difficulties commicating.
In July, 2018, after the NATO conference, Politico reported, that Trump seemed to have no insight about why much of what he says appears unbelievable to others. The article noted
leaders who spent the first 18 months of Trump’s presidency thinking there might be a method to his chaos creation — and struggling to discern what it might be — now seem to have concluded that it’s just chaos, and that Trump himself may not understand what he’s doing.
More specifically, European officials commented on what Trump was saying:
A senior NATO official said leaders had concluded that they simply could not rely on anything Trump said.
'You know the way he speaks, you cannot take him literally,' the official said.
Another EU official echoed the point. 'He speaks a language that doesn’t match with diplomacy,' the second official said. 'We were used to the Brits, who speak a more frank diplomatic language, but this is another thing.'
These officials again seemed to be stating that Trump's verbiage can be completely incoherent, albeit they were doing so diplomatically. After the conference, however, when confronted with a question about the inconsistency of his remarks,
When a Croatian journalist confronted Trump about his inconsistencies, the president flatly denied there were any, and he repeated a defense of his own sanity that he had made when previously questioned about his fitness for the presidency.
'We understand your message, but some people ask themselves, will you be tweeting differently once you board the Air Force One?' the reporter said.
Trump, speaking at his news conference before leaving the summit, replied: 'No, that's other people that do that. I don’t. I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius.'
Not to belabor the point, but the examples noted above suggest neither consistency nor stability. And true geniuses almost never boast about their intellect.
In September, 2018, The Hill reported an interview with Trump in which he said his personal health and management style were reasons that Republicans might do better than expected in the 2018 elections,
'You know, I took that test when I got my last physical, and the doctor said that’s one of the highest scores we’ve ever seen,' Trump said. 'I did that not because I wanted but I did it, I was always good at testing.'
He continued: 'But if there’s anything great about me it’s stability, and I’m a good manager. Always been a good manager, but you know, I have a vision,'
Note that above Trump was presumably referring to the screening test for dementia he took during his official physical examination. High scores on the test are common, and do not signify great intelligence, just the probable absence of dementia.
In addition, this interpretation assumes that the test was administered in an unbiased way. However, there are reasons to question whether Trump's physical was unbiased. In retrospect, we now know that soon after taking the test, Trump nominated the physician who administered it to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Later the physician withdrew his name after allegations of his questionable personal behavior appeared (look here).
At least Trump's boast about having "a vision" does correspond to the language often used by public relations spokespeople to justify their CEOs' lack of accountability and high compensation (look here)
Similarly, in the Vox summary of the November, 2018, Washington Post interview (see above for link), Trump stated
a lot of people like myself - we have very high levels of intelligence
Finally, a November 18, 2018 article in MediaIte described this interchange between Trump and interviewer Chris Wallace on Fox News, starting with his response to a question about how he makes decisions
'I don’t think about them,' Trump replied. 'I don’t think about, you know, how I make them....'
However, he responded to a question about Federal Reserve policy
They're making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me
This suggests that Trump has lost insight into his own thinking.
External Observers Suggested Trump Is Cogitively Impaired
More than ever, Trump is acting by feeling and instinct. 'Trump is nuts,' said one former West Wing official. 'This time really feels different.' Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine has privately expressed concern, a source said, telling a friend that Trump’s emotional state is 'very tender.' Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are unsettled that Trump is so gleefully acting on his most self-destructive impulses as his legal peril grows.
[Dr] Lee told Salon that two Trump administration officials approached her after the book was published to express their concern about the president’s mental health, saying he was 'scaring' them because he was 'unraveling.'
In comments to Newsweek over email, Lee said 'it appeared that the officials (if they were officials at all) were at least frequently in [Trump’s] presence.
She continued, 'They were definitely calling from within the White House, which I confirmed by calling back their number. However, I did not ask about their rank. There was no reason for me to doubt they were high-ranking enough to have regular access to the president.'
Lee also said that a 'person [who] was a friend of his entire family, since his childhood” had also been in touch with her at the same time in October 2017, as people in the White House were “stating concern about the president (this was an observation from afar).'
Also in September, 2018, a Politico review of the new book by Robert Woodward based on numerous White House interviews suggested that Trump's inner circle called him a "dope," "idiot," or "moron."
Donald Trump is the chief executive officer of arguably the most powerful country in the world. Starting during his campaign for the US presidency, we noted that his utterances about health care were at times so incoherent as to suggest cognitive dysfunction. In the two years since then, especially in the last six months, he has increasingly been noted to be verbally incoherent or confused, has seemed to lack insight about these episodes, and has been observed by close allies and associates to be cognitively impaired.
However, there have ben few, at best, public attempts to link these suggestions of cognitive impairment together, nor to discuss their implications. The most recent of those that I have found was in January, 2018 (look here and here). Yet the problems appear to have been getting worse since then.
While patients with worsening cognitve impairment deserve accurate diagnosis, compassionate care, and access to what few effective, safe treatments may be available for their condition, they obviously should not be in a position to make consequential decisions. They certainly should not be in charge of large organizations, particularly powerful countries with nuclear weapons.
Yet President Trump's apparent cognitive decline remains anechoic.
For this we may blame CEO worship, which we have too often seen in health care. We have seen many health care leaders praised for their brilliance and paid royally despite leadership resulting in financial distress, threats to the organizations' health care missions, poor patient care, unethical behavior, or even crime. Yet health care CEOs, like other corporate CEOs, and like politicians are just people, sometimes smart, but almost never brilliant. Promoting them as messianic to bewitch key constituencies, justify the remuneration of other top managers, and the hiring of more public relations flacks is likely to lead to the sort of organizational disasters and system-wide dysfunction we discuss on Health Care Renewal. The rise of the falsely messianic leader may allow the entry of the most dangerous false messiahs, the psychopathic ones. (We discussed the likelihood that some health care leaders are actually psychopaths here.)
We must get quickly past our worship of CEOs. We may not long survive in a world where leaders of nuclear armed nations have no cognitive clothes.
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ITU is pleased to announce it has signed the Development Grant contract with the European Triathlon Union (ETU) for the year 2019.
“I am really proud and excited with this contract, that will allow, once more, to help the development of triathlon in all regions in Europe”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “ETU’s plan for 2019 covers many different National Federations and projects, with a special focus on fostering the growth of National Federations and developing talent in athletes and coaches, which shows how connected ETU President Renato Bertrandi is with the development necessities of European nations.”
ETU President Renato Bertrandi presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to provide development camps in Cyprus and Serbia, as well as support for the Youth Triathlon Festival Camp in Slovenia, and four training sessions for the ETU Development Team.
After signing the agreement, Bertrandi said, “We have listened very carefully to the needs and the “wish list” from our National Federations, athletes, coaches and Officials in order to develop a comprehensive programme that covers as many areas as we can, and that will help to consolidate the work of our Development experts across the Continent. I would like once again to extend my deep gratitude to ITU for the continued support and faith in our work and I look forward to seeing our new athletes race in 2019 and onwards.”
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Three ministers of the Lithuanian government will be replaced in order to ensure bigger reform breakthrough, prime minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday.
"There are some areas in which as a head of government I would like to see bigger progress, more dynamics and more determination. I want to announce that I decided today to replace three ministers currently working at the government," Skvernelis told reporters.
Proposals to dismiss ministers of education and science, environment and culture will be submitted to the country's President Dalia Grybauskaite on Wednesday, Skvernelis added.
His decision was announced amid protracted walkout by Lithuanian teachers who have been protesting against recently introduced changes to the teachers' remuneration system.
"There are many things to be fixed, and it is not only up to the Ministry of Education and Science", Skvernelis underlined.
He did not have any potential replacements at the moment, the PM claimed.
Jurgita Petrauskiene, minister of education, said the PM's decision was not a surprise as she had been facing "a lot of questions on this subject recently". Last week, Grybauskaite questioned the possibility of Petrauskiene to proceed at the office. According to the president, the government's education system reform had shortages and was being implemented in an "arrogant" way.
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·On 10 November
2018, the Delhi government announced ‘Jashn-e-Virasat-e-Urdu’, a festival to
celebrate Urdu culture and its heritage.
·The 24th Kolkata
International Film Festival began in Kolkata on 10 November 2018.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th
to 28th November 2018.
Asian Shooting Championship 2018 winners
won the silver medal in 10m Air Rifle Junior Men’s event.
Valarivan won the bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Junior Women’s event.
Hriday won the gold medal in 10m Air Rifle Junior mixed event.
Chaudhary won the gold medal in the 10m Air pistol junior men’s event.
& Saurabh won the gold medal in the 10m Air pistol mixed team event
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·The Central and
Andhra Pradesh governments and the World Bank have signed the $172.20 million
loan agreement for an agriculture project.
have successfully produced electricity from a mushroom covered in bacteria.
·NASA’s Ralph and
Lucy are all set to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
appointed Robyn Denholm as the Chairman of the company’s board of directors.
News (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
India’s first nuclear-powered submarine, successfully completed its first
howitzer’ and ‘K9 Vajra-T’ were formally inducted into Indian Army on 9
‘Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise’ (SIMBEX) has started from 10
November 2018 at Port Blair.
and Reports (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
·According to a
report by Kaspersky Lab, India is ranked 12th worldwide when it comes to the
dangers associated with surfing the web.
·A report titled
‘Global Macro Outlook 2019-20’ was released by Moody’s Investors Service on 8
·According to a
report by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate in
India rose to 6.9% in October 2018.
Affairs (5 Nov- 10 Nov 2018)
participated in China’s first international import expo in Shanghai on 5
·More than 20
countries have committed to ‘Changsha declaration’ on agricultural and rural
development in Changsha, China on 2 November 2018.
·The 2018 ‘United
Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities’ was held on 5 November
and Authors (5 Nov- 10 Nov 2018)
released his biography, ‘Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of AR
Rahman’, written by Krishna Trilok on 3 November 2018.
·The book, titled
‘The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women’s Cricket in India’, co-authored by
sports journalists Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Pathak will be released on 30
– II (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
of India appointed former journalist Ram Bahadur Rai, former Foreign Secretary
S. Jaishankar, journalist Arnab Goswami, and MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe as members
of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society.
·The tenure of
Snehlata Shrivastava, Secretary General of Lok Sabha, has been extended by
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for one year.
– I (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
Gupta has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Competition Commission of
Gaddam Dharmendra has been appointed India’s Ambassador to Iran.
High Court judge Pranoy Kumar Musahary was sworn in as the first Chairperson of
was elected as the President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
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Luksika Kumkhum from Thailand won the L&T Mumbai Open.
player Karen Khachanov won the Paris Masters title.
Subhankar Dey has won the SaarLorLux Open in Germany.
·Angad Vir Singh
Bajwa won the gold medal in the men’s skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun
·Rohit Sharma has
become India’s highest run-scorer in T20 international cricket.
and Honours – II (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
Chaturvedi has won the 2018 Press Freedom Award for Courage.
Center’ in Ladakh has won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage
Sarin was conferred with ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’, France’s highest
·Samay Godika won
the 2018 ‘Breakthrough Junior Challenge’ Prize.
and Honours – I (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
player Lilima Minz was honoured with the prestigious ‘Ekalabya Puraskar’.
journalist and The Hindu Publishing Group Chairman N. Ram has been chosen for
the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award 2018.
2018 IPI India Award for excellence in journalism has been given to Namrata
Ahuja of ‘The Week’ magazine.
and Events (5 Nov- 10 Nov 2018)
·Ayurveda Day is
observed on 5 November.
Awareness Day’ is observed on 5 November.
Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed
Conflict’ is observed on 6 November.
Day for Peace and Development is observed on 10 November.
·The West Bengal
government will observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on 14 November.
& Economy (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
·The Reserve Bank
of India (RBI) has initiated steps to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit
Registry (PCR) to capture all details of borrowers.
executed India’s first financial transaction using blockchain for a deal
involving an export by Reliance Industries to Tricon Energy.
liberalised the norms governing external commercial borrowings for
of CJs of 4 HC cleared – II
·Justice S K
Seth, senior-most judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, has been appointed as
the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Karol, the most senior judge of Himachal High Court, has been appointed as the
Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.
of CJs of 4 HC cleared – I
of India cleared the appointment of Chief Justices of High Courts of Allahabad,
Patna, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura on 10 November 2018.
Mathur, a senior judge of Rajasthan High Court, has been appointed as the Chief
Justice of Allahabad High Court.
·Justice A P
Sahi, senior judge of Allahabad High Court, has been appointed as the Chief
Justice of Patna High Court.
into Agricultural Hall of Fame
·Peter Dhillon, a
Canadian Sikh farmer, has been inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of
Fame. He has joined the company of great Canadians who have made their mark in
agriculture and agro-food business. He is also the current Chairman of Ocean
Spray, a marketing cooperative of cranberry farmers in the U.S. and Canada.
to send organs on chips to space
NASA is planning
to send small devices containing human cells in a 3D matrix — known as tissue
chips or organs-on-chips — to the International Space Station (ISS). This will
help in knowing how the cells respond to stress, drugs and genetic changes. Tissue
chips are made of flexible plastic. They have ports and channels to provide
nutrients and oxygen to the cells inside them.
inaugurated war memorial in France
On 10 November
2018, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a war memorial in France to
pay tribute to thousands of Indian soldiers who died in the World War I. The
memorial is the first-of-its-kind built by India in France. Vice President M
Venkaiah Naidu is in Paris to represent India at the Armistice of World War I
Education Day observed on November 11
Education Day is celebrated in India on November 11. The day is celebrated as a
mark of respect to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was a freedom fighter and
independent India’s first Education Minister (served from 1947 to 1958). He was
an eminent scholar of Urdu, Persian and Arabic. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna
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to meet in Singapore on 14 November
Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third
‘Quadrilateral’ or Quad meeting in Singapore on 14 November 2018. The meeting
will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. The meeting will focus
on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional
challenges including development.
discovered two planets
discovered two new rogue planets that do not have stars to orbit. Researchers
found the planets in the regions called the Galactic bulge and disk. As planets
don’t orbit stars and are ‘free-floating,’ it’s difficult to determine the
size. One planet could be similar in size to Earth, while another one may be
similar to Jupiter.
spotted new iceberg in Antartica
NASA has spotted
an enormous new Antarctic iceberg while on a mission to survey the region’s
shifting sea ice and glaciers. NASA’s Operation IceBridge flight spotted the
giant berg which broke off from Pine Island Glacier in October 2018. The US
National Ice Centre estimates the iceberg named B-46, is 66 square nautical
miles (87 square miles) in size.
invites foreign experiments
The Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO) has taken its first step towards its mid-2023-planned
mission to Venus. It issued an announcement of opportunity (AO) to the
international space community to propose their scientific payloads to be
carried on the mission. This AO for space-based experiments to study Venus is
open to international scientists from various space agencies.
looking at pool of 10 experiments
announcement of Gaganyaan mission, ISRO has now drawn up a list of experiments
to be conducted ahead of the mission. ISRO is looking at a pool of 10
experiments to be conducted in low earth orbit, where it plans to send
astronauts. The experiments could include testing of medical equipment to
micro-biological experiments such as biological air filters and biosensors.
Gaja to cross Tamil Nadu & Andhra
A deep depression
in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm named Cyclone Gaza. It
is likely to cross the north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coast on 15
November 2018. It is moving at a speed of 12 kmph is likely to intensify into a
‘severe cyclonic storm’. The coastal areas of north Tamil Nadu would experience
moderate rainfall and heavy rainfall.
began in Chattisgarh
The voting for
the first phase of the assembly election in Chhattisgarh began on 12 November
2018. The Election Commission has set up five all-women polling booths called
‘Sangwari’ booths in various constituencies of Chhattisgarh. This will
encourage women voters to exercise their franchise in the Assembly elections. These
women friendly booths are being manned by all-female staff.
countries inked 1st e-commerce agreement
ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 12
November 2018 signed an agreement to facilitate cross-border e-commerce
transactions within the region. The agreement is the grouping’s first agreement
on e-commerce. It also aims to deepen cooperation among ASEAN member states so
as to spur the use of e-commerce as a way of driving regional economic growth.
signed a MoU with Vilnius
Corporation and Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 10 November 2018. The MoU is a part of the
European Union (EU) project ‘International Urban Cooperation’. The primary
focus of the cooperation would be urban planning, corporate planning,
transport, solid water management and water management.
Minister inaugurated INSPIRE 2018
R K Singh, Union
Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy inaugurated the
‘International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy
Efficiency’ (INSPIRE 2018) on 11 November 2018. It is being organised by Energy
Efficiency Services Limited and World Bank. It will focus on enhancing grid
management, e-Mobility, and technologies for energy efficiency in India.
and Morocco signed an Agreement
An Agreement on
mutual legal assistance in criminal matters was signed between the Government
of India and Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. It will strengthen bilateral
cooperation with Morocco. It will provide a broad legal framework for the
prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes as well as in tracing,
restraint and confiscation of funds meant to finance terrorist acts.
air quality in severe category
quality continues to be in a severe category. An Air Quality Index between 401
and 500 is considered as severe. There are 6 AQI categories, namely Good,
Satisfactory, Moderately polluted, Poor, Very Poor, and Severe. The AQI is an
index for reporting daily air quality. AQI focuses on particulate matter,
ground-level ozone, Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide.
Global Future Councils began in Dubai
annual meeting of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Councils began in
Dubai on 11 November 2018. The objective of the Annual Meeting of the Global
Future Councils is to convene the world’s best network of experts to identify
new ideas and models that can be applied to critical global challenges. The
theme of the meeting is ‘Globalisation 4.0’.
ban on fish import
introduced a six-month ban on fish import effective from 12 Nov 2018. The
decision has been taken in view of continuing uncertainty about the presence of
formalin in imported fish in Goa. The decision has been taken by Goa Health
Minister Vishwajit Rane. This is the second ban this year on fish import, the
earlier one was for fifteen days in July.