02nd November 2018 Current Affairs

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PM Modi launches Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Support and Outreach Programme

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Support and Outreach Programme in New Delhi.
  • The MSME Outreach Programme will run for 100 days covering 100 Districts throughout the country.
  • The Union Ministers are likely to visit these districts to appraise the entrepreneurs about various facilities being extended to MSME sector by the Government and financial institutions.
  • It will help in further boosting the MSME to the overall growth of the country’s economy.

NMCG & UN-Habitat organize a policy dialogue - Urban Cafe: ‘River for Habitat

  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) partnered with UN-Habitat to organize a policy dialogue- ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’ in New Delhi.
  • Experts in the sector got together to discuss the deep association that rivers have with various aspects of human civilization.

'Pather Panchali' is only Indian movie to feature in BBC's 100-best foreign language films

  • Satyajit Ray’s epic masterpiece ‘Pather Panchali’ has been included by BBC’s 100 best foreign language films (only film from India) to feature in the list.
  • Pather Panchali released in 1955, was placed at number 15 in the list, which has been topped by Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’.
  • 27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese.

Palau to ban sunscreen as it tries to save its coral reefs

  • Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs.
  • The government has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals.
  • Researchers believe that these ingredients are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching.
  • The ban comes into force in 2020.

Netherland to be partner country for 25th DST-CII technology Summit 2019

  • According to Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Netherlands will be the Partner Country of 25th DST – CII Technology Summit to be organized in 2019.
  • There is a great scope to explore a closer partnership between the two countries to leverage emerging digital technologies.
  • India and the Netherlands are addressing unmet needs and opening new collaborative avenues together in areas such as water, health, agriculture, high tech systems and IT.

India clinches PayTM Series against West Indies 3-1

  • India has won the PayTM ODI series against West Indies by 3-1. The matches were held in India.
  • The Man of the Series award was given to Indian Captain Virat Kohli.
  • There are three T20 matches to be played between these two countries starting from today.

Qatar to host World Corporate Games 2019

  • Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019. The Games, making maiden appearance in the Middle East, will provide an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive prowess through sports.
  • The World Corporate Games, established nearly 30 years ago, aims to bring together, the local, regional and international business sporting community.
  • The event features both individual and team competitions, open equally to women and men of all ages and abilities with team events for skilled, semi-skilled or novice participants.

Mary Kom named as brand ambassador of women’s world C’ship

  • Olympic medallists Mary Kom has been named as the brand ambassador of the upcoming 10th edition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women World Championship.
  • The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) also unveiled the logo and anthem at the launch of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, to be held at the IG Stadium in New Delhi (from November 15-24)

China launches the new high-orbit satellite

  • China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system being built to rival United States Global Position System (GPS).
  • The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
  • It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit (36,000 km) above the Earth, meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Decommissioned carrier INS Viraat to become a floating museum

  • The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum.
  • It will make the new generation familiar with the glorious history of INS Viraat.
  • The carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of the state.
  • The project worth 852 crore rupees will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP).

Jharsuguda Airport renamed as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport

  • The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 01 Nov approved renaming of the Jharsuguda Airport (Odisha) as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport’.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier written to PM Modi urging the latter to name Jharsuguda Airport after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who launches the MSME support and Outreach Programme in New Delhi?

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Support and Outreach Programme in New Delhi.

2. What is the policy dialogue organize by NMCG and UN-Habitat?

Correct! Wrong!

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) partnered with UN-Habitat to organize a policy dialogue- ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’ in New Delhi.

3. What is the name of only Indian movie to feature in BBC’s 100-best foreign language films?

Correct! Wrong!

'Pather Panchali' is only Indian movie to feature in BBC's 100-best foreign language films

4. Who is the first country which ban the sunscreen?

Correct! Wrong!

Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs.

5. Who is the partner country for 25th DST-CII technology summit 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

According to Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Netherlands will be the Partner Country of 25th DST – CII Technology Summit to be organized in 2019.

6. Which ODI series India has won the matches against West Indies by 3-1?

Correct! Wrong!

India has won the PayTM ODI series against West Indies by 3-1. The matches were held in India.

7. Which edition of the World Corporate Games 2019 will be hosted by Qatar?

Correct! Wrong!

Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games in 2019. The Games, making maiden appearance in the Middle East, will provide an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive prowess through sports.

8. Who is the brand ambassador of Women’s World Championship?

Correct! Wrong!

Mary Kom named as brand ambassador of women’s world C’ship

9. Which country launches the new high-orbit satellite i.e., BeiDou-3?

Correct! Wrong!

China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system being built to rival United States Global Position System (GPS).

10. Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a _____________.

Correct! Wrong!

The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum.

11. Which state Airport renamed as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport”?

Correct! Wrong!

The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 01 Nov approved renaming of the Jharsuguda Airport (Odisha) as ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport’.

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