Dar Batha is a former royal palace located in the heart of the medina of Fez. Converted into a museum in 1915, it is now home to a fine collection of some 6,000 pieces ranging from traditional Moroccan tiles to carpets and astrolabes.
Dar Batha was commissioned during the reign of Hassan I, the sultan of Morocco from 1873 to 1894. Built in the Arab-Andalusian style, with a calm garden and fine decorations, it served as a place for the sultan to entertain guests, a function it maintained during the following reign of Hassan I’s son, Abdelaziz.
From 1912 to 1915, Dar Batha was occupied by representatives of the French Protectorate. When they moved their accommodations to Rabat, Dar Batha was converted into a museum. Opened in 1915, it became the first museum in Morocco, initially as a museum of national art.
Today, Dar Batha houses a spectacular collection of Moroccan art, craftsmanship, and historic artifacts. Among these pieces are fine examples of Moroccan woodcarving, traditional zellige tilework, and sculpted plasterwork known as tadelakt, much of it brought from the city’s crumbling madrasas. You’ll also see Berber carpets, Fassi embroidery, old coins, antique instruments, and a room full of astrolabes, early scientific instruments used to identify celestial bodies and to determine latitude and time.
Arguably the most important and impressive exhibit is the museum’s collection of ceramics, which includes examples of the famous blue pottery of Fez. This style of pottery was first developed by artisans in Fez in the 10th century, who used a cobalt glaze to give their ceramics intricate blue patterns, a traditional style now known as Fez Blue.
•Convictions up from 158 to 246 THOSE who plundered the wealth of the country have found safer havens in Morocco, Johannesburg and Ghana, where they are investing their loot in properties, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu said in Lagos yesterday. According to him, looters have shifted base from Dubai, TheRead More
Gabon President Ali Bongo made his first appearance since falling ill nearly six weeks ago, in a video shared by the presidency from his medical leave in Morocco. The video was released on Monday but did not mention when it was recorded. Bongo suffered a stroke while at a conference in Saudi Arabia on Oct. […]
Rainbow Six Siege's new update, Operation Wind Bastion, is now available for download to all.
Following weeks of teasers and early testing, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege has received its next major update, Operation Wind Bastion. Headed to the sky-high peaks of Morocco, the free update wraps up the final season of Year 3 content, bringing new playable Operators, multiplayer map, and more to the tactical shooter.
Don't miss: Operation Wind Bastion packs some of the best Operators yet
Available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, Operation Wind Bastion is paired with a hefty, mandatory download for all. The new "Fortress" map explores a mudbrick kasbah, featuring a strong blend of close quarters encounters and long sightlines. New playable Operators, Nomad and Kaid, also make their debut for Rainbow Six Siege Year 3 Pass holders, with a wider public rollout scheduled for December 11....
Verizon is beefing up its TravelPass feature for customers traveling internationally.
Verizon announced today that it's adding 54 more countries to its list of countries supported by TravelPass, bringing the total number of countries to more than 185. Some of the countries that've been added include Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya.
TravelPass is priced at $10 per day and allows you to use your phone just like you do at home. That means you get unlimited called and texting along with 4G LTE data usage for up to 0.5GB of usage per day, after which point speeds will be reduced. If you'd like more high-speed data, you can purchase it. Verizon also offers TravelPass for Mexico and Canada for plans that don't already include usage in those countries for $5 per day.
You can view all of the countries supported by TravelPass right here.
Also announced today is that Verizon's International Monthly Plans work in an additional 33 countries. These plans come in $70 and $130 versions, with the former offering 100 minutes, 100 sent and unlimited received texts, and 0.5GB of data while the latter includes 250 minutes, 1000 sent and unlimited received texts, and 2GB of data. Verizon says that these plans are "for occasional use when you travel in more than 185 countries".
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged all parties meeting in Geneva this week to discuss the Western Sahara dispute to be constructive and impose no conditions for formal talks. Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania are taking part in two days of roundtable discussion with a UN envoy starting Wednesday to try to r ...
Americas The US Navy is allocating more funding towards studying and improving the F-35’s operational capability. Lockheed Martin is receiving a $18.5 million modification to a previously awarded IDIQ contract. The extra money covers program-related and logistical work and analysis of the F-35’s ability to accomplish its mission requirements set by the US military and […]
The United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration seeks to make immigration a universal human right. MEP Marcel de Graaff said: “I would like to say some words on the global compact on migration. On the 10th and 11th of December there will be an international congress in Marrakesh Morocco. The participating […]
Late at night in a little motel in eastern Afghanistan, Australian actor Sam Smith nervously stared at his door with a knife under his pillow and passport in his pocket. Smith was waiting for someone to barge in as gunshots rang outside.
This wasn’t for a scene. This was the reality of shooting “Jirga.”
“The film is a very mellow version of what actually happened in real life,” Smith told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at a Q&A on Monday following a screening of the movie. “Jirga,” Australia’s entry into the Oscar foreign film race, was directed by Benjamin Gilmour, and both he and Smith were in attendance for the screening.
“Jirga” is a drama that traverses the country of Afghanistan on location behind former soldier Mike Wheeler (Smith). Without knowledge of the language or culture, Wheeler enlists a local taxi driver (Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad) to take him to an Afghan family in a rural town. Wheeler is warned about the danger he will put himself in, but he insists on making amends after he regretfully killed the father of the family years ago while on duty.
Gilmour told the audience at the Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles that his decision to make the movie came after his time as a paramedic in Pakistan. There, Gilmour had a chance to see a culture that had “room for forgiveness,” something that isn’t covered on the news. While it is war-torn with Taliban presence, the Middle East also has well-meaning people that should be represented in film.
“The [Afghan ethnic group] Pashtun people believe that if someone comes to them for forgiveness, you embrace them,” Gilmour said.
The film and the complicated history behind the making of it have already made headlines. On Sunday “Jirga” won best “indie” film during Australia’s equivalent of the Oscars, the AACTAs. With the win, questions began to arise on just how they shot the film in such a volatile place.
Gilmour said he had originally planned to film in Pakistan, but the Pakistani authorities refused permission to film at the last minute. With little money and waning hope, Gilmour moved the shoot to Afghanistan with just the actors and a camera he bought at a mall.
“The intensity activates that creativity,” Gilmour said of the circumstances of the shoot. “Get it done without getting killed.”
Now in Afghanistan, Gilmour would soon get a call from the Australian ambassador to Afghanistan to leave immediately. He was informed that an Australian had recently been held for ransom and that they should try any way they can to move the shoot to Morocco.
They compromised. Gilmour would continue their shoot in Afghanistan — a two-month odyssey with only 20 days of actual filming — as long as the ambassador can send the U.S. satellite images of where they were filming. Among their many fears, Gilmour worried about them being attacked in friendly fire by mistake.
With all the variables in play, Gilmour needed a lead actor who he could trust and who would be a good companion. Smith was that person, even preparing long before the shoot by talking to military members who have killed while on duty.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is on a two-day business oriented visit to
Morocco. The prime minister is accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister
Marta Nováková and a delegation of 37 business leaders.
Mr. Babiš is due to hold talks with his Moroccan counterpart Saadadin
Usmani and sign an inter-governmental…
In the framework of the EU's "Ocean Week" initiative (7-13 November 2016), European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will outline Europe's current efforts to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the 22nd Convention of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 8 to 13 November 2016.
George Washington Black is an 11-year-old slave on a Barbados plantation. His life changes drastically when his new master's brother takes him under his wing as an assistant for his scientific endeavors. Instead of working in the fields, Wash now spends his days seeing the world through Titch's eyes, as well as learning to read and develop his talent for drawing. But he never feels entirely comfortable; the relationship between the two is certainly unconventional and destined to fall apart sooner or later. That day comes when a man is killed and Wash is blamed. Titch and Wash flee in Titch's hot air balloon and set off on an adventure that will take them around the world to London, Antarctica, and Morocco.
There were parts of this book that reminded me of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things because both books follow a person who was not expected to pursue science in their time. Wash learns about weather and creatures all over the world and later uses his knowledge to sketch and paint the wildlife and even collaborates with making the first aquariums. But there is always that feeling of uncertainty--even in places that are supposedly friendly to free black people, one wrong word or careless moment could mean the end of Wash's life. His relationship with Titch is the thing that took him away from the horrors of slavery, but it also haunts Wash as he wonders if it is possible for his mentor and father figure to think of him as anything other than a worthy cause.
Washington Black is a sprawling adventure that takes readers around the world. Edugyan renders time and place with beautiful specificity and the reader feels as if they could journey up the hill to Titch's balloon and watch the plantation below or see the endless expanse of Arctic snow for the first time. But the thread that runs throughout the entire story is that there is no safe place to be a black person in the 19th century--you can never truly be seen as just a neighbor, a friend, a lover, a scientist, or an artist because of the color of your skin.
Once again we returned for the annual tradition of the Christmas Panto at The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury, and this year it is the turn of Dick Whittington. The Roses Theatre brings this traditional story to life with music, mayhem and exhilarating fun as Dick has adventures whilst making new friendships and dastardly foes. Dick Whittington(...)Once again we returned for the annual tradition of the Christmas Panto at The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury, and this year it is the turn of Dick Whittington. The Roses Theatre brings this traditional story to life with music, mayhem and exhilarating fun as Dick has adventures whilst making new friendships and dastardly foes.
Dick Whittington at The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury Cast
Written and directed by Ben Crocker (for his seventh consecutive year of Panto at The Roses Theatre) the tale of how Dick Whittington (Amy Bridges) goes off to London to seek his fortune is brought to life in true Panto fashion. The marvellous Ben Eagle (who was Queen Dorothy in The Roses’ Sleeping Beauty last year and Friar Tuck in 2016's Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood) returns as our hilarious Panto Dame as Sarah The Cook. His outstanding performances always make me laugh so much but my highlight from this year's Panto has to be when he came into the audience and had their sweets from them! Also joined by Michael Watson-Gray as Idle Jack, who also gave a comical performance in Sleeping Beauty and again puts on a side-splitting performance in the sidekick role Idle Jack. Of course the pair do one of my favourite tradition scenes of the pies in the kitchen - which end up all over their faces!
I love it when the penny drops that one actor is playing several parts and this year it is Simon Spencer-Hyde who is back to perform the roles of Alderman Fitzwarren / Captain Horatio / The Emperor or Morocco. It is actually rather funny the way the rest of the cast make comments about each character being just off stage where they can see them, to give the costume changes time to occur.
The remaining cast include: Laura Barnard as Alice Fitzwarren / Fairy Bowbells - who I felt was really good in how she really changed her accent to sound like indeed two completely different characters (disappointed that she wore the same shoes mind); Derek Frood as King Rat (who has recently appeared in BBC’s Poldark) - a villain with a real air of Shakespeare in his performance and it is not surprising as his recent theatre credits including Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Priscilla Osegie as Tommy the Cat - her debut panto and what a fantastic job she did - my favourite part being when she discovered she had a voice, and how beautiful it is too - just disappointed I didn't hear it more (she could only miaow the rest of it).
There has been a change to the usual Chorus this year, with instead of auditions being held the chorus has been made up of two teams from local dance schools (one from Amy Flynn School of Dance and the other from Studio B Performing Arts Centre). It is clear what an amazing opportunity the chorus have had once again this year - with them been fully involved in the production from start to finish. It was fantastic to see that the choreography (by last year's villain Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty Lucy Jane Adcock) had been designed so that the children were much more seen. There were also a lot more talking parts - including a reserve fairy (for when Alice also needed to be on stage).
Thoughts on Dick Whittington Roses Theatre
Dick Whittington was everything we have come to expect from a Panto at the Roses Theatre and so much more. As well as the usual mix of great songs (LOVED that the song everyone would know and sing along to this year was none other than BABY SHARK); stunning costumes (with impressive changes - I particularly loved Alice's dress change when she was ship-wrecked; fantastic sets (some even glittered in a way to make it feel like it was water moving) and of course very talented cast (great audience participation) - there was magic and a UV light show!
Dick Whittington at the Roses Theatre is definitely a Christmas tradition to be had by the whole family. We ranged from 9-84 years and we all loved it for different reasons. Our eleven year was particularly amused by the double entendres (be rude not to with a name like Dick right!) and even our teen loved the quote from Romeo and Juliet "Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ’tis enough" - when Tom Cat kills King Rat (he even discussed the clever connections).
Sponsored by one of Gloucestershire's leading independent estate agents Peter Ball & Co. (which of course was comically added into an act).
Running from Saturday 1st December 2018 until Saturday 5th January 2019
Saturday 8th December 2018 at 11am is a relaxed performance.
Prices range from £10 to £25, with discounts for concessions, families and groups. Free for carers - proof of eligibility may be required.
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The European Commission has adopted a recommendation that aims at obtaining authorisation from the Council to open negotiations for the conclusion of a new fisheries protocol between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco. The current, 4-year protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco will expire on 14 July 2018.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) is winding up a two-day trip to Morocco
on Wednesday by inaugurating a bilateral Business Forum in the city of
Morocco is the Czech Republic’s biggest economic partner in the region of
North Africa. On the first day of the trip, Mr. Babiš held talks in…
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – JOHANNESBURG is the most popular destination city in Africa. This is according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, which puts the City of Gold at the top for the fifth consecutive year. It attracted 4,05 million international overnight visitors in 2017. Marrakech in Morocco is the […]
Well, if the good old European Union has its way, this channel may soon be banned in all nations of the EU except Hungary. Because Hungary is the only nation so far among the 28 member nations of the European Union which has announced that it will not sign a new Migration agreement at an international Congress in Maraset, Morocco on Dec. 10-11th called the Global Compact on Migration. Although the Compact calls for only voluntary compliance. It advertises itself as setting a framework for legislation for all nations that would ban – yes, make illegal – any criticism of mass migration – including by members of the press. This new EU Compact calls mass migration an international human right. Furthermore, it would be illegal for any media group to broadcast such criticism. If they did, they could be shut down. How’s that for European freedom of the press???
Spanish example: En Marruecos la importación, tráfico, posesión y consumo de drogas duras y blandas son ilegales.
English example: In Morocco, the import, trafficking, possession or use of hard and soft drugs is illegal.
As governments gather for the 2017 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) Annual Meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco (14-22 November), the amendment of the conservation measures for Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Bluefin tuna is the main item on the agenda.
World War III is building up in the Middle East as 20 countries participate in a military “exercise” dubbed “Northern Thunder”. The exercise includes 350,000 soldiers, 20 thousand tanks, 2450 warplanes, and 460 military helicopters supplied by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius. While this is occurring, Turkey has been bom ...
Senators Say Crown Prince Is Guilty in Khashoggi Murder After CIA Briefing, Mueller Not Seeking Jail Time for Flynn, Cites "Substantial Assistance", Politico: NRCC Emails Hacked in 2018 Midterms, Georgia Voters Elect Republican Secretary of State, Congressmembers Call for Labor Sec. Acosta Probe over Epstein Plea Deal, DOJ Senior Official Allowed to Get Away with Sexual Assault, Federal Gov. Shuts Down for Nat'l Day of Mourning, Somalia: U.S. Reopens Permanent Diplomatic Presence, Pompeo Gives Russia 60 Days to Comply with Nuclear Treaty, West Bank: Israeli Forces Kill Disabled Palestinian in Overnight Raid, Morocco Begins U.N.-Brokered Talks over Occupation of Western Sahara, Libya: 15 Migrants Die After Boat Goes Adrift, Trump Organization Subpoenaed in Emoluments Clause Lawsuit, Missouri: Springfield Police Chief Apologizes to Rape Survivors, NYPD to Deploy Fleet of Drones, CBS Board Member Knew of Les Moonves Sexual Assault Allegations, Texas: Asylum Seeker and 4-Year-Old Child Reunited After 8 Months, UNC Students Protest Plan to House Confederate Statue in $5 Million Building
Next week world leaders descend on Marrakesh, Morocco to put the finishing touches on a long-awaited, and by now controversial, new framework for managing international migration. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, as it is officially called, will be discussed at the intergovernmental conference on December 10-11, after which the UN General […]
The U.N. secretary-general's envoy for Western Sahara is meeting with foreign ministers from Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania plus leaders of the Polisario Front over the future of the Morocco-annexed territory.
U.N. envoy Horst Koehler, a former German president, hosted a "round-table" discussion among the attendees at the first U.N.-hosted talks on the territory in six years, after meeting with them bilaterally earlier Wednesday.
The U.N. says the two-day meeting is a first step toward a renewed negotiations process aiming to "provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara."
Morocco annexed the former Spanish colony in 1975 and fought the pro-independence Polisario Front until a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in 1991. Morocco has proposed wide-ranging autonomy for Western Sahara, while the Polisario Front wants a referendum on the territory's future.
Verizon Wireless today said its customers now have access to daily wireless service in 54 additional countries abroad. TravelPass costs $10 per day and allows people to make calls, send texts, and use high-speed data. People are only charged on days they actually use their phone. Some of the new countries include Qatar, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi […]
The ubiquity of molokhia — an irresistible dish of braised greens served over rice that hails from Egypt and has taken root in the cuisines of Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Israel and across North Africa — would seem to indicate that it’d be easy to find on menus around town. Such is not the case, largely...
The ubiquity of molokhia — an irresistible dish of braised greens served over rice that hails from Egypt and has taken root in the cuisines of Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Israel and across North Africa — would seem to indicate that it’d be easy to find on menus around town. Such is not the case, largely...
Now more than ever, the world needs network innovation to connect ideas and unleash our full potential. VMA Group are working with a global technology organisation to find a Marketing Channel Coordinator. Our client is leading the revolution in networking, making it one of the most exciting technology companies amongst its competitors. The successful candidate will be fluent in French and will have 2-3 years marketing experience. If this sounds like you, and you also have excellent project management skills ready to be utilized within a highly collaborative, innovative environment, please read on and apply. Responsibilities of the Marketing Channel Coordinator: You will be the primary Marketing contact, responsible for providing marketing support for up to 50 named Partners across multiple countries including but not limited to France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Nordics, Italy, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. You will providing this support for French speaking countries with other countries supported in English Host regular marketing reviews with named Partners, assist with marketing planning to achieve stated sales goals Share news of our clients marketing campaigns and supporting activities, ensure Partners engage appropriately with our clients portfolio of marketing support for mutual business growth Maintain Outreach and SFDC. Use the Outreach Engagement Platform to create sequences and monitor responses in order to measure engagement levels and ensure target partner list is aligned to pipeline achievement goals. Person Specification for the Marketing Channel Coordinator: The ideal candidate will have a B2B marketing background (preferably in the technology sector), with a minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience. Must have advanced native English skills and be fluent in French Strong organisation and time management skills with the ability to effectively prioritise workload. Excellent attention to detail. Project management skills. Flexibility - able to deal with changing requirements and priorities. Share ideas and collaborative Also desirable would be experience in creating and running email marketing campaigns using Mail Chimp. **************************** VMA GROUP is the leading international interim and permanent recruitment and executive search specialists for Marketing, Digital and Communications roles. Specialist practices cover internal communications, external communications, marketing, digital, financial services, investor relations and public affairs. With a truly global reach, VMA GROUP has offices across the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. VMA GROUP is committed to equal opportunities and is a Diversity Pledged Recruiter.
Now more than ever, the world needs network innovation to connect ideas and unleash our full potential. VMA Group are working with a global technology organisation to find a Marketing Channel Coordinator. Our client is leading the revolution in networking, making it one of the most exciting technology companies amongst its competitors. The successful candidate will be fluent in German and will have 2-3 years marketing experience. If this sounds like you, and you also have excellent project management skills ready to be utilized within a highly collaborative, innovative environment, please read on and apply. Responsibilities of the Marketing Channel Coordinator: You will be the primary Marketing contact, responsible for providing marketing support for up to 50 named Partners across multiple countries including but not limited to France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Nordics, Italy, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. You will providing this support for German speaking countries with other countries supported in English Host regular marketing reviews with named Partners, assist with marketing planning to achieve stated sales goals Share news of our clients marketing campaigns and supporting activities, ensure Partners engage appropriately with our clients portfolio of marketing support for mutual business growth Maintain Outreach and SFDC. Use the Outreach Engagement Platform to create sequences and monitor responses in order to measure engagement levels and ensure target partner list is aligned to pipeline achievement goals. Person Specification for the Marketing Channel Coordinator: The ideal candidate will have a B2B marketing background (preferably in the technology sector), with a minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience. Must have advanced native English skills and be fluent in German Strong organisation and time management skills with the ability to effectively prioritise workload. Excellent attention to detail. Project management skills. Flexibility - able to deal with changing requirements and priorities. Share ideas and collaborative Also desirable would be experience in creating and running email marketing campaigns using Mail Chimp. **************************** VMA GROUP is the leading international interim and permanent recruitment and executive search specialists for Marketing, Digital and Communications roles. Specialist practices cover internal communications, external communications, marketing, digital, financial services, investor relations and public affairs. With a truly global reach, VMA GROUP has offices across the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. VMA GROUP is committed to equal opportunities and is a Diversity Pledged Recruiter.
There will be no just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict without addressing the Jewish refugee issue, said the Israeli Consul-General to Montreal, David Levy. CJNews reports on Montreal’s Commemoration of the Exodus of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran.
Vivianne Schinasi-Silver calls herself “the last of the Mohicans,” the final generation to remember “the golden age” of the Jewish community of Egypt. The retired college teacher and her family were among the tens of thousands of Jews who were forced to leave the country in the aftermath of the 1956 Suez Crisis. They arrived in Montreal the following year.
Schinasi-Silver recounted her story at an observance of the annual Day to Mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jews From the Arab Countries and Iran, an event organized by the Israeli Consulate. The family of five – Schinasi-Silver, who was 15 at the time, was the eldest of three children – left behind a comfortable life in Cairo and nearly all their considerable assets, never to fully recover materially. Her parents and younger brothers also never completely adjusted, as she recounted in her candid 2007 memoir, 42 Keys to the Second Exodus. Five years ago, the Knesset designated Nov. 30 as a day to remember this neglected chapter in Jewish history. The date was chosen because it is the day after the United Nations adopted a plan to partition Palestine in 1947. Nov. 29 is also the UN-designated International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People.
“Today, after decades of ethnic cleansing, there are perhaps no more than 2,000 to 5,000 Jews in all of the Arab countries combined, the majority of whom live in just one country, Morocco,” said Israeli Consul General David Levy, whose father was from Morocco. “Everyone speaks of the Palestinian refugees, yet nearly no one ever addresses the forgotten 800,000-plus Jewish refugees from Arab lands.”
Israel continues to try to find peace with all its neighbours, including the Palestinians, Levy said, but “we know that no solution to our impasse will be considered just, unless it addresses the long-forgotten issue of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.”
Consul general in Montreat David Levy with Vivianne Schinasi-Silver and her family
He said the day should also be a celebration of the rich Jewish history in the Middle East and North Africa, in cities as diverse as Tripoli, Aden, Damascus and Baghdad. “Established for centuries, these communities contributed enormously to the economic and cultural development and flourishing of these lands,” he said. But, as of 1947, it became “state policy to persecute, pillage and murder Jews. “This is why it is incumbent upon us all to remember, not only the plight of these refugees, but their presence and legacy in their native lands, which have since become devoid of any living Jewish presence.”Read article in full
Theresa has a barrow in the market place Donald is the singer in a band Donald says to Theresa 'girl I like your face' And Theresa says this as she takes him by the hand Obladi oblada life goes on brahhh Lala how the life goes on...
Photo was taken by me two weeks ago on the road between Tinmel and Ouirgane in Morocco's High Atlas. In 1959 Paul Bowles travelled these roads driving a borrowed Volkswagen with a bulky Ampex tape recorder on the back seat. The result was the ultimate road trip music - his field recordings of the music of Morocco which have been lovingly remastered by Dust to Digital. As Chögyam Trungpa tells us in The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation, travel is a microcosm of life. You cannot be attached to how the journey unfolds or even if you will reach the destination you had in mind. Travelling is a constant lesson in surrender, which leads to the realisation that the destination and the path are one. Or, in other words, Obladi oblada life goes on...
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Hansuya Moodley of Ballito, KZN, in Marrakech, Morocco, with the Atlas Mountains in the background. The camel ride was a highlight of her holiday. Want R500? Send your pic (at least 500KB) along with a brief description, plus the full names of any...
Number of irregular immigrants reaching Spain more than double
The number of irregular immigrants traveling to Spain continues to rise, with 59,048 reaching the country in the southwest of Europe during the first 11 months of the year, according to data published by the Spanish Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
The ministry said this is an increase of 129 percent on the 25,786 migrants who came to Spain in the first 11 months of 2017.
52,795 of the migrants came to Spain by making the dangerous sea crossing of the Mediterranean Sea, which separates Spain from the coast of Morocco just 14 kilometers away at the narrowest point.
November saw 11,543 arrivals. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that at least 114 people lost their lives attempting the crossing in what was the most fatal month of 2018 for migrants attempting to reach Spain.
According to the IOM, 90 people died attempting to reach Spain in October, 99 in September and 68 in August.
As well as the 52,795 people who reached Spain by the maritime route, a further 6,253 reached Spanish territory by crossing into the Spain's two north African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, either by being smuggled through frontier posts or scaling the double 6 meter high razor wire which makes up the border fence.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 21.4 percent of all irregular migrants to Spain come from Morocco, 20.9 percent from Equatorial Guinea and 15.9 percent from Mali.
Hujung tahun ini pasti ramai yang merancang percutian mereka bagi menghabiskan cuti tahunan. Apa salahnya sekali sekala bagi ganjaran untuk diri sendiri kan? Kali ini kami kongsikan percutian solo dari lelaki ini ke Morocco dan Egypt. Negara timur tengah ini sememangnya antara yang menjanjikan keindahan […]
For Nissan's Sahara Desert road test the automaker brought together four of its most capable off-road models from across the globe. The Nissan Titan was joined by a Nissan Navara mid-size truck and two SUVs, the Nissan Patrol and Nissan Terra.
On 20 November
2018, India’s Mary Kom defeated China’s Wu Yu 5-0 in the 48kg quarterfinals of
the women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi. She is assured of a medal.
Mary has become the most successful medal winner in the Championship’s history
with seven medals across different weight categories.
for women in legislative assembly
Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33% reservation for women
in legislative assemblies and Parliament. The resolution, moved by Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik, was passed by a voice vote. Currently, the 147-member
state assembly has 12 women MLAs. The Women’s Reservation Bill is pending in
Railways introduces e-toilets
As a special
initiative to mark World Toilet Day, Central Railway (CR) department has
announced to introduce e-toilets in the railway coaches for the first time. The
e-toilets electronically integrate all the toilet functions. These toilets are
fully unmanned and perform automated operations. Pressure nozzles have also
been attached to these toilets to make flushing easier.
keeps Carlos Ghosn as CEO
appointed its Chief Operating Officer (COO) Thierry Bollore as deputy CEO to
ensure day-to-day management of the company. His appointment was made after the
arrest of its CEO Carlos Ghosn but he will remain as its CEO. Renault’s move to
appoint a temporary leader was in line with a demand by the French government,
which owns a 15% stake in the automaker.
Stones of CGD Project
Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD)
projects across 129 districts on 22 November 2018. This will boost the
availability of gas supply for half of the country’s population in 26 states
and Union Territories. The projects have been awarded by the Petroleum and
Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB).
Jong Yang elected as Interpol President
Kim Jong Yang of
South Korea has been elected Interpol President. Kim will serve as president
for the remainder of the current mandate, until 2020. The decision was taken at
the 87th General Assembly of the Agency in Dubai. He was previously the Chief
of police in South Korea’s most populous province.
$ Russia signed $500 million deal
On 20 November
2018, India and Russia signed a USD 500 million deal for construction of two
missile frigates in Goa for the Indian Navy. The agreement for manufacturing of
the two Talvar-class warships was signed between Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) and
Russia’s state-run defence major Rosoboronexport. Russia will provide design,
technology and key materials to GSL for construction of the ships.
Literature Awards 2018’ announced
Anuradha Roy and
James Crabtree are among the winners of the ‘Tata Literature Live Awards 2018’.
Harper Collins India was named publisher of the year 2018. Veteran journalist
and writer Mark Tully won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Renowned poet Jayanta
Mahapatra was named the poet laureate for 2018.
Dixit appointed as Brand Ambassador
government has appointed Dr Jagannath Dixit as the Brand Ambassador of its
anti-obesity campaign. Dr Dixit has been appointed due to his experience and
knowledge in the field. Dr Dixit is attached to the Government Medical College,
Latur as a Professor.
launched ‘Neighbourly’ app
announced the national roll-out of a new app from its ‘Next Billion Users’ team
called ‘Neighbourly’. The app helps people source local information from their
neighbours. Google is rolling out ‘Neighbourly’ starting with Bengaluru and
Delhi, which topped the waitlist. More cities will be added every day,
including Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune.
Fisheries Day: 21 November
day is celebrated every year on November 21 throughout the world. The day helps
in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives
it sustains, both in and out of water. Fishing communities worldwide celebrate
this day through rallies, workshops, public meetings, and cultural programs.
gymnasts won two bronze medals
won two bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events of the FIG
Acrobatic World Cup in Baku. Prins Aris
and Rejilesh Suribabu won bronze medals in the men’s and women’s group events
on 20 November 2018. Russian gymnasts won both the gold and silver.
Ministerial Meeting held in New Delhi
The 27th BASIC
(Brazil, South Africa, India and China) Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change
was held in New Delhi on 19-20 November 2018. The meeting was chaired by Dr
Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The BASIC
group was formed by an agreement on 28 November 2009.
‘pinwheel’ star system discovered
discovered a new, massive star system in the Milky Way galaxy. The scientists
detected a gamma-ray burst progenitor system. It is a type of supernova that
blasts out an extremely powerful and narrow jet of plasma. The system is
estimated to be 8,000 light years away from Earth.
to set up ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’
Pradesh government decided to set up a ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’ for preservation,
protection and welfare of cows in the state. The Aayog will regulate
institutions like cow sheds and shelters, besides the ‘gau vigyan kendras’ and
the community animal-rearing centres. The Aayog would also cater to the problem
of abandoned cows.
Bachchan received Sayaji Ratna Award
was awarded the third Sayaji Ratna Award on 20 November 2018. The award was
established in the memory of erstwhile Baroda ruler Sayajirao Gaekwad III. The
Baroda Management Association had instituted the award to mark the 150th birth
anniversary of the ruler in 2013. Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and
noted industrialist Ratan Tata have been given the award earlier.
team won Subroto Cup
Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) won the 59th edition of the junior boys Subroto Cup
International Football Tournament on 20 November 2018. The team defeated Amini
School, Afghanistan in the final match. The final match was held at New Delhi. A
total of 95 teams and 1500 players participated in the tournament.
& World Bank signed a loan agreement
of India, the Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank signed a $310 million
Loan Agreement on 20 November 2018. The loan amount is for ‘Jharkhand Power
System Improvement Project’ to provide reliable, quality, and affordable 24×7
electricity to the citizens of Jharkhand. The Project is part of the Government
of India’s ‘Power for All program’ launched in 2014.
titled ‘Radio Kashmir’ released
A book titled
‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ was released by the Union
Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh on 20 November 2018. The book has been written by
Dr Rajesh Bhat. The book depicts a unique distinction earned by ‘Radio Kashmir’
by serving people and the nation. The author Dr Rajesh Bhat is currently posted
in the Policy Division of Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi.
Television Day: 21 November
Nations’ (UN) World Television Day is annually observed around the world on
November 21. The day recognizes that television plays a major role in
presenting different issue that affect people. The United Nations General
Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day through a resolution on
17 December 1996.
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Assembly dissolved by Governor
Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik dissolved the State Assembly on 21 November
2018. The Governor cited four main reasons for dissolving the Assembly with
immediate effect. These include extensive horse-trading and possible exchange
of money and the impossibility of forming a stable government by parties with
opposing political ideologies.
& Australia signed five agreements
On 22 November
2018, India and Australia signed five agreements to boost investments and
enhance cooperation in key sectors like disability, agricultural research and
education. The agreements were signed after President Ram Nath Kovind met
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney. President Kovind is the
first-ever Indian President to visit Australia.
govt approved Sashakt Mahila Yojna
Pradesh government has approved to implement ‘Sashakt Mahila Yojna’ in the
state. The scheme will empower rural women by providing them with an interface
for socio-economic development. The scheme will link rural women with
sustainable livelihood opportunities and also improve their skill by imparting
Reforms Bill’ passed in West Bengal
On 19 November
2018, the West Bengal Assembly passed the ‘West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment)
Bill’, 2018 to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal. The Bill
will help in the distribution of land-right documents to the people of the
enclaves in the border district of Cooch Behar. Bangladesh and India had
exchanged a total of 162 enclaves on Aug 1, 2015.
new horned frogs discovered
Four new species
of horned frogs have been discovered in Himalayan regions of Northeast India. They
were discovered by a team of biologists from Delhi University, University
College Dublin and the National Museum (UK). The four new Indian species are
Himalayan horned frog; the Garo white-lipped horned frog; the Yellow spotted
white-lipped horned frog; and the Giant Himalayan horned frog.
Swaraj began her Laos visit on Nov 22
Minister Sushma Swaraj began her two-day visit to Laos from 22 November 2018. She
will co-chair the 9th Meeting of ‘India-Laos Joint Commission on Bilateral
Cooperation’. The joint commission meeting will further enhance the cooperation
between the two countries in various areas. The capital of Laos is Vientiane
and its currency is Lao Kip.
appointed Sidharth Rath as MD
On 21 November
2018, State Bank of Mauritius (SBM-India) has appointed Sidharth Rath as its
Managing Director (MD). He was with Axis Bank as the Group Executive and Head
of Corporate, Transaction Banking, and International Banking. SBM has received
the licence from Reserve Bank of India to operate as a scheduled commercial
bank in India with effect from December 1, 2018.
got Asia Environment Enforcement Award
On 21 November
2018, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has got the ‘Asia Environment
Enforcement Award 2018’. It was awarded for its work in combating
trans-boundary environmental crimes. This is the 2nd time in a row that the
awards are being given by UN Environment to India. WCCB is a statutory body
under the Environment Ministry to combat organised wildlife crime in the
Dhabi to host India-UAE Strategic Conclave
The UAE will
host the second edition of ‘India-UAE Strategic Conclave’ on 27 November 2018. The
day-long conference will be held in Abu Dhabi. It will initiate dialogues to
widen the scope of bilateral investments between the two countries. The
conclave aims to improve the connection between the business communities of the
batsman to score 11,000 runs in Ranji
On 21 November
2018, Veteran cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to score 11,000
runs in Ranji Trophy. Jaffer, who plays for Vidarbha, achieved the feat on day
two of the Ranji Trophy match against Baroda. He has played 31 Tests and two
One-Day Internationals for India. He last played for India in April 2008.
on tuberculosis in India in 2019
The 50th Union
World Conference on Lung Health will be held in Hyderabad in 2019. The
conference ‘Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action’ will be held
from 30 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. The conference will be organised by
the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
Bose named WhatsApp India Head
On 21 November
2018, WhatsApp named Abhijit Bose as its India Head. He will join the WhatsApp
in early 2019 and will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of
California. He was the co-founder of Ezetap, an electronic payments company.
goodwill ambassador appointed
Millie Bobby Brown was named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Goodwill Ambassador on 21 November 2018. She is the youngest person ever to be
appointed as the UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. As a Goodwil Ambassador, she
will use her global platform to raise awareness of children’s rights and issues
affecting young people.
highest honour given to Prof. Ganguly
Ganguly has been awarded the ‘Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle’ on 20 November
2018. The award is the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico. The
award was in recognition of his outstanding work in the study of the Spanish
language and Mexican culture. He headed the Centre for Spanish and Latin
American Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
guarantee process norms changed
Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) has changed norms
to improve credit guarantee process for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE). It
will now capture key information on the financial status of the borrowers. The
modification will be applicable from 1 December 2018. CGTMSE has been jointly
set up by the government of India and SIDBI.
mega ‘Sangai’ festival inaugurated
Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated Manipur’s annual ‘Sangai’ tourism festival on 21
November 2018. The festival is named after the state animal, Sangai, the
brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. The 10-day festival will see various
cultural troupes from different parts of the country. The festival was started
got ‘export excellence’ tag
Badohi in Uttar
Pradesh has got the ‘export excellence’ tag from the Government of India. It is
known for its hand-woven carpets around the world. Under the tag, carpet makers
will get financial assistance from the central government to procure modern
machines, improve export infrastructure. The status was granted by the
Directorate General of Foreign Trade, under the Commerce Ministry.
Implementation Committee constituted
Narendra Modi constituted a ‘National Implementation Committee’ (NIC) to
commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in India and abroad. Union
Home Minister Rajnath Singh is the Chairman of National Implementation
Committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Culture are
the Members of NIC.
portal launched in Andhra Pradesh
launched ‘Bhudaar’ portal which makes land records available to people with
unique identification numbers. The ‘Bhudaar’ is an 11-digit unique identification
code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties
in the state. Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar an
Program launched by HRD ministry
‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ (IIC) program under ‘Innovation cell’ of
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) was launched in New Delhi on 21
November 2018. The purpose of formation of network of IICs is to encourage,
inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas. MHRD has
established the ‘Innovation cell’ at AICTE.
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signed a MoU with IIM-C
Chamber of Commerce (ICC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park to help facilitate incubation of start-ups on 21
November 2018. The Innovation Park will incubate and handhold the start-ups,
and provide them with training and mentorship. IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park is
a not-for-profit company and is currently incubating 40 start-ups.
to head the UN Environment Programme
On 22 November
2018, Tanzanian microbiologist Joyce Msuya has been appointed as acting head of
the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) following the resignation of Erik Solheim. Erik
Solheim was the Executive Director of UNEP. Prior to joining UN, served as
Adviser to the World Bank Vice President. She also served in the Republic of
Korea, as the inaugural World Bank Special Representative.
approved ‘ACROSS’ scheme
Committee on Economic Affairs has approved continuation of ‘Atmosphere &
Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services’ (ACROSS) during
2017-2020. ACROSS scheme consists of 9 sub-programmes It will be implemented by the Ministry of
Earth Sciences. The objective of the ACROSS scheme is to provide a reliable
weather and climate forecast for the betterment of society.
to host 2019 ‘Laureus Awards’
The 19th edition
of the prestigious ‘Laureus World Sports Awards’ will be held in Monaco on 18
February 2019. ‘Laureus World Sports Awards’ are considered as the ‘Oscars of
sports’. Tennis player Roger Federer won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year
award for 2017. Former India cricket captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and
Sachin Tendulkar are members of the Laureus Academy.
new coal blocks found in 4 Eastern states
Survey of India (GSI) has found 44 new coal blocks in four states of Eastern
India. The location of these coal blocks are spread across West Bengal’s
Purulia and Birbhum districts, coal city of Talcher in Odisha, Bihar’s
Bhagalpur and Jharkhand’s East Bokaro and south Karanpura. The estimated coal
resource of these 44 new blocks is close to 25,000 million tonnes.
appoints ‘Youth Advocate’ for Northeast
On 23 November
2018,singer Nahid Afrin of Assam has been appointed as the first ‘Youth
Advocate’ of the Northeastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights. The
UNICEF engages ‘Youth Advocates’ to act as agents of change in society. She
made her playback debut in the 2016 Bollywood film ‘Akira’. She received the
best female playback singer award at the Assam state Film Award 2018.
new rules for reclassifying a promoter
and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has come out with new rules for
re-classification of a promoter as a public investor. An outgoing promoter will
have to relinquish special rights as well as control over the affairs of the
listed firm. The promoter will not be allowed to have any representation on the
board of directors. They will not be allowed to hold over 10% stake.
sub-quota panel’s term extended
The term of the
commission examining the issue of sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes
(OBCs) in the central list has been extended till May 31, 2019. The decision
was approved by the Union Cabinet on 22 November 2018 The commission was formed
in October 2017. The five-member panel is headed by Justice (retd.) G Rohini.
VI- B Satellite successfully launched
‘Mohammed VI – B’ satellite was successfully launched on 21 November 2018 by
Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center, in French Guiana. ‘Mohammed VI – B’
satellite is a high-resolution Earth-observation satellite. It will be used for
mapping and land surveying, regional development, agricultural monitoring,
prevention and management of natural disasters, and mine exploration.
Bhatt appointed as brand ambassador
Uber Eats has
appointed actor Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador in India on 22 November
2018. India is the first country for Uber Eats globally where the company has
appointed a brand ambassador. Uber Eats is the food delivery arm of Uber and
was launched in India in May 2017. The food delivery service is available
across 37 cities in India.
credit grew by 14.88% & deposits by 9.13%
According to the
RBI data, bank credit rose by 14.88% to Rs 91.11 lakh crore in the fortnight
ended 9 November 2018. The deposits grew by 9.13% to Rs 118.25 lakh crore. In
the previous fortnight ended October 26, 2018, credit had grown by 14.57% to Rs
90.37 lakh crore, while deposits rose by 9.01% to Rs 117.71 lakh crore. In
September 2018, the non-food credit rose by 11.3%.
Chandra won the Young Scientist award
Professor Vimal Chandra Srivastava has won the ‘NASI-Scopus Young Scientist
Award 2018’ in ‘Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development’ category. He has
been given the award for his work on Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Clean
Liquid Fuels, and Multi-component Adsorption. The Award was instituted by
Elsevier in the year 2006.
between India and Tajikistan approved
On 22 November
2018, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth
Matters. The areas of cooperation include exchanges of youth, representatives
of youth organisations, and Government officials in-charge of youth
policy-making. The MoU shall remain valid for a period of five years.
between India and Mauritius approved
On 22 November
2018, the Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between
India and Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology. The MoU is
beneficial for bilateral relations of both the countries. It will help in
expanding cooperation in the field of consumer protection and will provide an institutional
mechanism for the exchange of information.
& healthcare professions Bill approved
On 22 November
2018, the Union Cabinet approved the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill
2018. The aim of the bill is to regulate and standardise the education and
services provided by allied and healthcare professionals. The Bill provides for
setting up of an Allied and Healthcare Council of India. The allied and
healthcare professionals include physiotherapists, nutritionists etc.
Valley Film Festival’ from 28 Nov
edition of the ‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival’ will begin in Assam on 28
November 2018. The aim of the festival is to promote cinema of the Northeastern
region of India. ‘Spring Thunder’ will be the opening film of the festival and
Assamese Film ‘Bornodi Bhotiai’, will be the concluding film of the festival.
fast patrol vessels for CG launched
Two fast patrol
vessels manufactured by ‘Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers’ (GRSE) for
Indian Coast Guard were launched on 22 November 2018. The vessels have been
named ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi. The vessels are fitted with
state-of-the-art main engines with advanced control systems with modular
accommodation for 35 personnel.
largest exhibition ConMac 2018 begins
exhibition on construction equipment and technology ‘ConMac 2018’ began on 22
November 2018 in Kathmandu. The 3 day mega event is organised by the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Embassy of India in
Nepal. The exhibition is showcasing, mainly heavy equipment such as dozer,
crusher and concrete mixer.
corridor project approved
has approved building and development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba
Nanak in Gurdaspur district to International Border. It will provide a smooth
and easy passage to pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur
throughout the year. Kartarpur corridor project will be funded by the Central
makes jute packaging mandatory
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval to expand the scope
of mandatory packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material Act, 1987. The
CCEA approved that 100% food grains and 20% sugar shall be mandatorily packed
in diversified jute bags. The decision will give an impetus to the
diversification of the jute industry.
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Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award
Nandita Das will be honoured with the ‘International Federation of Film
Producers Associations’ ( FIAPF) Award 2018. The award will be given at the
’12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ on 29 November 2018. She will be presented
the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region.
She started her career as an actor in films like ‘1947 Earth, ‘Fire’ etc.
India Leadership Awards 2018 announced
India Leadership Awards’ was held on November 22 in Mumbai. The award honours
the top executives of companies in India. Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro
Limited, got the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2018’. Vivek Chaand Sehgal,
Chairman of Motherson Sumi Systems, got the ‘Entrepreneur for the Year 2018
subscribers at 463.6 mn at Aug.-end
official data by the Department of Telecom (DoT), India’s broadband subscriber
numbers touched 463.6 million at the end of August 2018. The number of
broadband subscribers stood at 460.24 million in July 2018. The total number of
telephones rose to 1,189.17 million. Maximum rise in total telephone
connections was recorded in Mumbai followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Charan Parida passed away
Sabha member from Odisha, Baishnab Charan Parida passed away on 22 November
2018. He was a prominent politician, writer, columnist and a social activist. Mr
Parida was elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2010 and his term ended on July 1,
2016. He was president of Odisha Bhasa Suraksha Sammilani and had been fighting
for promotion of Odia and use of the language in official works.
·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.
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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
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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.
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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).
News (5 Nov – 10 Nov 2018)
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.
The Ministry of
Home Affairs (MHA) approved a ‘Safe City project’ for Lucknow at a total cost
of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. The Safe city proposal for
Lucknow will be implemented by Uttar Pradesh Police, assisted by the Municipal
bodies and city transport authorities. The Safe City project for Lucknow also
envisages gender sensitization awareness campaigns.
b/w India & South Korea approved
The Cabinet has
approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and
South Korea on 1 November 2018. The main objective of the MoU is to expand
bilateral cooperation in tourism and to increase the exchange of information
and data related to the sector. Korea is one of the leading tourist generating
markets for India from East Asia.
steel is the partner for hockey world cup
manufacturing giant Tata Steel was named as an official partner for the 2018
Men’s hockey World Cup on 29 October 2018. The hockey world cup will be held
here from 28 November 2018 to 16 December 2018 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Tata
Steel is the 10th-largest steel producer in the world.
b/w India & Morocco approved
Cabinet approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on 1 November 2018. The
Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation
between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime. It aims to
increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing
the necessary peaceful ambience .
to host ‘Rally Championships’
The third round
of the Indian National Rally Championships, the country’s premier motorsports
event, will be held in Arunachal Pradesh. The event will be organised from 2
November 2018 to 4 November 2018. The rally that is being hosted by the
Motorsports Club of Arunachal Pradesh. The rally teams from major automotive
companies will be participating in the race.
to be the opening film at 49th IFFI
Olu will be the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India
(IFFI). This was decided by the jury for the Indian Panorama. The IFFI will be
held at Goa from 20th November – 28th November 2018. The Feature Film Jury of
thirteen members was headed by film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
honoured with ‘Roy M Huffington Award’
Marie and Vijay
Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US. They were
awarded for making significant contributions to the areas of literacy, education
and healthcare in India. The Huffington Award is the highest honour granted by
the Asia Society Texas Centre (ASTC). Vijay Goradia is the founder and Chairman
of Vinmar International.
Sec launched commodity derivatives
has launched trading in commodity derivatives with the National Commodity and
Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) on 31 October 2018. In August 2018, it had
launched trading in commodity derivatives with the Multi Commodity Exchange
(MCX). Arun Thukral is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
Virtual Tour Guide’ launched in Kerala
Tourism Department has launched‘SMiLE
Virtual Tour Guide’ . A ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ links tourists with their
places of attraction and providers of experiential services. The ‘SMiLE’ guide
renders information on 40 Malabar attractions. It has been conceived and
executed by Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC).
Advani won Asian Snooker Tour title
won the Asian Snooker Tour on 31 October 2018 in Jinan, China. He defeated
China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final. He became the first Indian to win an Asian
Snooker Tour event. The Government of India has awarded him Padma Bhushan in
chief appointed new envoy to Syria
Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed veteran Norwegian diplomat
Geir O. Pedersen as next Special Envoy for Syria. He succeeds Italian-Swedish
envoy Staffan de Mistura. He is currently Norway’s ambassador to China. At the
UN, Mr Pedersen served as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon between 2007 and
tourism organisation meet in Bahrain
session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive
Council was held in Manama, Bahrain. The UNWTO Executive Council began on 30
October 2018. Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons is leading the Indian
delegation at the UNWTO Executive Council. India will be the chair of the
‘programme and budget committee’ of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021.
inaugurated in Haryana
Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) has been inaugurated
in Haryana on 31 October 2018. It will ensure availability, supply and
monitoring of family planning services from the state level to the Accredited
Social Health Activists’ (ASHA) level. It would provide online information
about medicines and family planning commodities.
7 of RBI Act: Explained
Under Section 7
of the RBI Act of 1934, the government of India can give directions to the RBI
to take certain actions ‘in the public interest’. Till now, the government has
never invoked section 7 of RBI Act. The issue of invoking Section 7 (1) of the
RBI Act came up during the hearing of Allahabad high court in a case filed by
the Independent Power Producers Association of India.
sector growth slows down 4.3%
Growth of eight
core infrastructure sectors slowed down to 4.3% in September 2018 as production
of crude oil and natural gas declined. Previously, the lowest growth rate was
in May 2018, when the core sectors expanded at 4.1%. Infrastructure sectors of
coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and
electricity grew by 4.7% in September 2017.
Dialogue on IP began
The first ever
India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property (IP) was launched on 31 October 2018
to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy in New Delhi. The
dialogue was launched by US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy
Center (GIPC) and FICCI in partnership with the US-India Business Council. The
US-India Business Council is a business advocacy organisation.
Raths’ inaugurated in J&K
Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik flagged off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ for 20 districts
to identify households without electricity on 31 October 2018. Officials
onboard these ‘Saubhagya Raths’ will survey areas in their respective
jurisdiction with an aim to achieve 100% electrification of households. ‘Saubhagya
Raths’ will traverse each district for one month till November 30, 2018.
Police bagged CCTNS award
Police bagged the Union Home Ministry’s ‘Crime and Criminal Tracking Network
and Systems’ (CCTNS) award on 31 October 2018. They were awarded for the
development of the Digital Criminal Intelligence Gazette and the generation of
the State Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) reports. CCTNS was launched in 2018 to
keep digitised records of FIRs and information on crimes and criminals.
S. Deswal appointed as DG of ITBP
SS Deswal has
been appointed as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). SS
Deswal, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre, is currently working as
Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). ITBP was raised in 1962 and
works under the command of the Union Home Ministry.
Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’ released
The World Bank
released ‘Doing Business Report’ on 31 October 2018. According to the 2018
report, India is placed at 77th rank among 190 countries assessed by the World
Bank. In 2017, India was placed at 100th rank. In the ‘Grant of Construction
Permits’ indicator, India’s ranking improved from 181 in 2017 to 52 in 2018.
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first microprocessor developed
Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed and booted up
India’s first microprocessor, ‘Shakti’. The Shakti microprocessor can be used
in low-power wireless systems and networking systems. The Shakti family of
processors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Indian Space
Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh.
Kom is the brand ambassador
Boxer Mary Kom
was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World
Boxing Championship on 31 October 2018. India is hosting the 10th edition of
the Women’s World Boxing Championship from 15 November 2018. Since the
inception of the Women’s World Championship in 2001, India had hosted the
tournament once in 2006.
will host the F1 race in 2020
host a Formula One race in April 2020. The race will be hosted in the capital
Hanoi. Vietnam will be the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One
race in history after Malaysia and Singapore. Hanoi will be the second
Southeast Asian city to host a race in 2020 along with Singapore.
nations signed a declaration
nations have signed a declaration to accelerate creative and sustainable
cultural cooperation on 31 October 2018. The declaration will see Brazil,
Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) cooperating in fashion, culture
and animation. South Africa hosted an inaugural BRICS Fashion Show and Fashion
Business Forum on 24 October 2018.
World Corporate Games in Qatar
Qatar will host
the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019. The games will provide
an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive
prowess through sports. The World Corportate Games aims to bring together, the
local, regional and international business sporting community. The last edition
was held in Houston in the US in 2017.
military exercise begins
Armies of India
and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018’
at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram on 1 November 2018. The focus of the
two-week-long exercise will be to enhance tactical skills against global
terrorism and increase inter-operability between the two forces. The Indian
contingent is represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.
government and railways signed MoU
government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the railways to
cater to pilgrims availing the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ on 1 November
2018. As per the agreement, Railways will provide separate coaches to pilgrims
who are selected under the Yojana. The scheme will enable 1,100 senior citizens
of Delhi every year to undertake free pilgrimage.
appointed as CEO of Swadhaar Finserve
lender RBL Bank appointed Vikas Muttoo as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
its subsidiary Swadhaar Finserve. Vikas Muttoo was the Chief Business Officer
of Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited. The headquarters of Swadhaar Finserve is
in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
selected for ‘Ezhuthachan award’
novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala
government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018. The
award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam literature, carries a
cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation. ‘Kesavante Vilapangal’ and “Delhi
Gadhakal” are among his popular works.
day to end Impunity for Crimes observed
‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed
on 2 November every year. The day draws attention to the low global conviction
rate for violent crimes against journalists and media workers. It is observed
in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2
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Literary Festival will held in Kolkata
‘Apeejay Literary Festival’ will be held from 18 January 2019 to 20 January
2018 in Kolkata. The festival will focus on health, current affairs, women’s
issues and children’s literature among other themes. Andrew Sean, author
Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be
addressing the event.
Pavilion Inaugurated at Videocittà 2018
was inaugurated at Videocittà 2018 in Rome on 2 November 2018. India was
partner country at Videocittà 2018. Videocittà 2018 is an event focussing on
Virtual Reality, Video gaming, Animation, Film Making, etc. India’s
participation at Videocittà 2018, Rome was organized by Ministry of Information
Annual Senior Care Conclave organised
Senior Care Conclave – Igniting Industry for India’s Ageing Sector’ was held in
New Delhi on 1 November 2018. It was organised by Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII). A report titled, ‘Igniting Potential in Senior Care Services’
was released at the event. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and
Family Welfare delivered the keynote address at the event.
vessel ‘ICGS Varaha’ launched
A new offshore
patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha was launched by Indian Coast Guard in Chennai
on 3 November 2018. The vessel has been designed and built indigenously. ICGS
Varaha will soon be fitted with advanced navigation and communication
equipment, sensors and machineries. It also carries pollution response
equipment to contain the oil spill at sea.
of Moving Index 2018 released
institute has released ‘Ease of Moving Index 2018’ on 1 November 2018. The
index covers 20 cities inhabited by approximately 92 million people and was
based on a survey of over 43,000 respondents along with secondary data inputs. Kolkata was ranked first in terms of
affordability of public transport. Delhi’s transport has been found to be most
approved to open ISA membership
Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval for opening up the International Solar
Alliance (ISA) membership to all countries that are members of the United
Nations on 1 November 2018. It will move a resolution in the first assembly for
amending the framework agreement of the ISA. The ISA is an alliance of more
than 121 countries initiated by India.
Railways eliminated UMLCs
Railways on Broad Gauge route have now become free from Unmanned Level
Crossings. As on 1 April 2018, there were 3479 Unmanned Level Crossings on
Broad Gauge routes and total 3402 UMLCs have been eliminated. All Unmanned
level crossings on routes having speed more than 130KMPH and on Sub-urban
routes have been eliminated.
internship programme established
The Indian Ocean
Rim Association (IORA) has established the Nelson Mandela ‘Be the Legacy’
internship programme on 3 November 2018. The programme is aimed at empowering
young people under the age of 30 years from IORA member states with work
experience in their chosen fields of study. The programme will be launched on
18 July 2019.
Dravid inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’ on 1 November
2018. Rahul Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper
Claire Taylor, were announced as the new inductees in the Hall of Fame. Dravid
has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats. He has scored
the runs at an average of 45.41.
discover new Sauropod species
have discovered the remains of a dinosaur that lived 110 million years ago in
Argentina. The remains came from three separate dinosaurs from the herbivorous
group of sauropods, the best known of which are the Diplodocus and
Brontosaurus. This new species has been named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis.
Ranganathan takes oath as CJ
Ranganathan was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court on
2 November 2018. Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya administered the oath of
office to Justice Ranganathan. Justice Ranganathan was the judge of the Hyderabad
High Court before his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High
group got RBI’s nod for NBFC biz
Capital has received a licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a
Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC). Kirloskar Capital is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Kirloskar Oil Engines (KOEL). It will be headed by Vimal
Bhandari. Prior to joining Kirloskar Capital, Vimal Bhandari was the Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of Indostar Capital.
Police & Suraksha App launched
Pradesh Police launched the ‘Arunachal Pradesh Tourist Police’ and the
‘Arunachal Suraksha App’ to help the citizens during emergencies. The mobile
app, first of its kind for the state police, would help users to find the
nearest police stations and the contact details. It has also the capacity to
send SOS message to emergency contacts.
Viraat to become a floating museum
Cabinet approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a
floating museum on 2 November 2018. The carrier will be housed on a concrete
foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of Maharashtra. The
project will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP). INS
Viraat was decommissioned in March 2017.
and Japan signed a Loan Agreement
India and Japan
signed a loan agreement for the construction of the Turga Pumped Storage in
West Bengal on 2 November 2018. The Project will strengthen the capability to
respond to the fluctuation in supply and demand of power. It will also improve
the stability of the power supply. This will contribute to the Industrial
Development and Living Standard Improvement in West Bengal.
1.2 cr subscribers join APY
More than one
crore twenty lakh subscribers have joined Atal Pension Yojana (APY). More than
27 lakh new subscribers have joined the scheme during the current financial
year. States, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and
Karnataka are the top contributors in the Atal Pension Yojana enrollment.
launched new high-orbit satellite
successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown ‘BeiDou’
global satellite navigation system on 2 November 2018. It is the first BeiDou-3
satellite in high orbit, about 36,000 km above the Earth. The satellite is
meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
to amend Companies Act approved
of India has promulgated the Companies Amendment Ordinance, 2018 to promote Ease
of Doing Business with better corporate compliance. President Ram Nath Kovind
gave his assent to the promulgation of the Ordinance. The main amendments in
the Act include shifting of the jurisdiction of 16 types of corporate offences
from the Special Courts to in-house adjudication.
allowed banks to provide PCE to NBFCs
The Reserve Bank
of India (RBI) permitted banks to provide partial credit enhancement (PCE) to
NBFCs and HFCs on 2 November 2018. PCE will be provided to bonds issued by
systematically important Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) and Housing
Finance Companies (HFCs). The proceeds from the bonds backed by PCE from banks
will be utilised for refinancing the existing debt of the NBFC/HFCs.
Goel appointed as MD, CEO of UCO Bank
Atul Kumar Goel
assumed charge as Managing Director and CEO of UCO Bank on 2 November 2018. Prior
to this, he was the Executive Director of Union Bank of India. He replaced R.K.
Takkar, who has completed his three-year tenure on November 1, 2018. He started
his career as Chartered Accountant in Allahabad Bank in 1992.
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Affairs- 2 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
Congress(IMC) 2018 concluded on 27 October 2018.
·Train 18, the
country’s first engine-less train, was unveiled on 29th October 2018.
·The Statue of
Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat on 31 October
and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised a conference on‘Innovation in Cyberspace & Cyber Security’
on 29th October 2018.
Affairs- 1 (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
gallery on robotic dinosaurs was inaugurated on 27th October 2018 at the Pushpa
Gujral Science City in Kapurthala, Punjab.
Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for India’s largest dry dock at Cochin
Shipyard in Kerala on 30th October 2018.
Cabinet has approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as ‘Veer
Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’.
News (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed India’s first
‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ is observed
on 2 November every year.
·Boxer Mary Kom
was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World
& Honours (29 Oct – 3 Nov 2018)
novelist and short story writer M Mukundan has been selected for the Kerala
government’s highest literary award ‘Ezhuthachan Puraskaram’ for 2018.
·Marie and Vijay
Goradia received the ‘Roy M Huffington Award’ for 2018 in the US.
will be conferred ‘2018 Gleitsman Award’ by Harvard University for her work
promoting girls’ education.
In the heart of Rabat, Morocco's capital city, Dar Rbatia has been serving cherished classics for nearly three decades; the pastilla, the local meat pie, comes recommended, stuffed with shredded spiced pigeon, savoury-sweet with a heavy coating of cinnamon, sugar and ground almonds on the crisp phyllo-like pastry.
Belgium's coalition government risks collapse after its far-right NV-A party broke ranks to reject a UN migration pact to be adopted in Morocco next week. It also caused a storm by posting, then removing, images of veiled Muslim women on social media and saying the UN treaty would help Islam flourish in Europe. "You can take pictures like this every day in Brussels," NV-A leader Bart de Wever said.
Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, have adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative. This initiative promotes the sustainable blue economy in the Western Mediterranean, and involves 10 countries from in and outside of the EU (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia).