19th November 2018 Current Affairs

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PM Modi inaugurates Kundli-Manesar Palwal Western Peripheral Expressway

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway.
  • He also inaugurated the 3.2-kilometre long Escorts Mujesar-Ballabhgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro.
  • Modi also laid the foundation stone for Vishwakarma Kaushal Vishwa Vidyalaya.
  • The Western Peripheral Expressway also known as KMP expressway is expected to divert more than 50 thousand heavy vehicles away from Delhi.
  • The 136-kilometer long six-lane expressway has been built at a cost of over 6400 crore rupees.

Frank Bainimarama re-elected as Prime Minister of Fiji for second term

  • Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will stay in power for a second consecutive term as he has narrowly won a general election held in Fiji.
  • Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party won 50.2 percent of the vote to claim 27 of the 51 seats in the Pacific island nation’s parliament for the next four years.

Sunil Mehta Panel Incorporates ‘Sashakt India AMC’ for Large NPAs

  • Sunil Mehta, the chairman of a bankers’ panel working on the faster resolution of stressed assets in public sector banks, had announced that an asset management company (AMC) for resolving large bad loans has been formed and will be called as Sashakt India Asset Management.
  • The panel is now working towards identifying potential investors for an alternate investment fund (AIF) which will fund the AMC.

Alexander Zverev wins ATP World Tour Finals

  • Alexander Zverev beat Novak Djokovic by a margin of 6-4, 6-3 to win his maiden ATP title on 18 Nov.
  • He is now the first German to win the ATP singles title since Boris Becker did it in 1995 and also the youngest man to win the year-end championships since Djokovic in 2008 in Shanghai.
  • Zverev was on the front foot from the start breaking Djokovic not once but thrice. World number one Djokovic was given a run for his money throughout the match as the 21-year-old German made him work hard for his points. With this win, Zverev ends the season on a high while Djokovic fails to equal Federer’s tally fo six titles.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Presented Lifetime Achievement Award In Delhi

  • One of India’s greatest sarod masters, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, was presented the ‘Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement’ at the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, for his “immense contribution to the enrichment and promotion of the Indian classical music”.
  • The award was presented to him by former diplomat Lalit Mansingh.
  • Best known for his clear and fast ‘ekhara taans’, Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior.
  • He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan (in 2001) and is among the tallest Indian classical musicians.

Jalaj Srivastava Appointed New IWAI Chairman

  • Jalaj Srivastava, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has been appointed the chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
  • The IWAI comes under the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, currently headed by Nitin Gadkari.
  • Srivastava is presently working as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.

Qaumi Ekta Week begins to reinforce spirit of communal harmony

  • Qaumi Ekta Week will be observed across the country from to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and national integration from Nov 19 to Nov 25.
  • The observation of the week will help to highlight the inherent strength and resilience of the nation to withstand actual and potential threats to the eclectic and secular fabric of the country.
  • The occasion also provides an opportunity to reaffirm age-old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society.

World Toilet Day: November 19

  • World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nations international observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

AYUSH Ministry celebrating first Naturopathy Day on November 19

  • The Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) ministry celebrated the first Naturopathy Day on 18 Nov with the aim of promoting the drug-less system of medicine to prevent diseases by altering the diet and lifestyle.
  • As other areas of ministry has already got dedicated days, only Naturopathy was without any specific day.

GROWTH-India telescope’s first science observation

  • The 0.7 m GROWTH-India telescope at the Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle, Ladakh, has made its first science observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion.
  • Novae are explosive events involving violent eruptions on the surface of white dwarf stars, leading to temporary increase in brightness of the star.
  • Unlike a supernova, the star does not go on to die but returns to its earlier state after the explosion.
  • A report on this published in The Astronomer’s Telegram notes the magnitude of the nova explosion first identified by Darnley et al as it varies, during November 8 to November 10.

INDO-Russian Joint Exercise INDRA 2018 Held in Jhansi

  • The joint military exercise between India and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) was conducted at Babina Military Station in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Company sized contingents of the 5th Army of the Russian Federation and a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of India participated in the training exercise.
  • The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance interoperability of the two Armies in the peacekeeping/enforcement environment under the aegis of the UN.
  • This is the tenth series of Exercise INDRA.

Kerala Introduces New Open Online Learning Programme: ‘KOOL’

  • The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has rolled out– KOOL, its Online Open Learning training platform.
  • The platform can be used to train teachers, students and the general public.
  • With the state’s schools going Hi-Tech, requiring teachers and students to be trained on different domains simultaneously, it was decided to launch KOOL.
  • KOOL has been designed in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model.

Myntra, Jabong To Merge; A Narayanan Will Continue As CEO

  • Online fashion retailer Myntra will integrate its sister firm Jabong with itself and the integrated firm will continue to be led by Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan.
  • The two will, however, continue to operate as separate brands.
  • Flipkart had acquired Myntra in 2014 and Myntra had acquired Jabong in 2016.
  • The company said since Myntra’s purchase of Jabong, the two brands have been steadily integrating key business functions and streamlining processes.

Try out the quiz ?

Q.1 Read the sentences carefully
1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway.
2.He also inaugurated the 3.2-kilometre long Escorts Mujesar-Ballabhgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro.
3. Mr. Modi also laid the foundation stone for Vishnu Kaushal Vishwa Vidyalaya.
Which of the above sentences is /are incorrect

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway. He also inaugurated the 3.2-kilometre long Escorts Mujesar-Ballabhgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro. Mr. Modi also laid the foundation stone for Vishwakarma Kaushal Vishwa Vidyalaya. The Western Peripheral Expressway also known as KMP expressway is expected to divert more than 50 thousand heavy vehicles away from Delhi. The 136-kilometer long six-lane expressway has been built at a cost of over 6400 crore rupees.

Q.2 Who won the election of prime minister of Fiji?

Correct! Wrong!

Frank Bainimarama re-elected as Prime Minister of Fiji for second term

Q.3 Who among the following announces that an asset management company (AMC) for resolving large bad loans has been formed and will be called as Sashakt India Asset Management?

Correct! Wrong!

Sunil Mehta Panel Incorporates ‘Sashakt India AMC’ for Large NPAs

Q.4 Who won ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Novak Djokovic by a margin of 6-4, 6-3?

Correct! Wrong!

Alexander Zverev beat Novak Djokovic by a margin of 6-4, 6-3 to win his maiden ATP title on 18 Nov.

Q.5 Where Ustad Amjad Ali Khan got Lifetime Achievement Award?

Correct! Wrong!

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Presented Lifetime Achievement Award In Delhi

Q.6 Who is appointed as new IWAI Chairman?

Correct! Wrong!

Jalaj Srivastava, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has been appointed the chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

Q.7 Read the Sentences carefully 1. Qaumi Ekta Week will be observed across the country from to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and national integration from Nov 17 to Nov 25.
2. The occasion also provides an opportunity to reaffirm age-old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society.
3. The observation of the week will help to highlight the inherent strength and resilience of the nation to withstand actual and potential threats to the eclectic and secular fabric of the country.
Which of the above sentences is /are correct

Correct! Wrong!

Qaumi Ekta Week will be observed across the country from to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and national integration from Nov 19 to Nov 25. The observation of the week will help to highlight the inherent strength and resilience of the nation to withstand actual and potential threats to the eclectic and secular fabric of the country. The occasion also provides an opportunity to reaffirm age-old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society.

Q.8 On which date world Toilet Day is celebrated?

Correct! Wrong!

World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nations international observance day on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

Q.9 Which of the following day is being celebrated on 19th November?

Correct! Wrong!

AYUSH Ministry celebrating first Naturopathy Day on November 19

Q.10 Name the Indian Telescope located in Hanle, Ladakh, has made its first science observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion?

Correct! Wrong!

The 0.7 m GROWTH-India telescope at the Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle, Ladakh, has made its first science observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion.

Q.11 What is the name of INDO-Russian Joint Exercise which recently held in Jhansi?

Correct! Wrong!

INDO-Russian Joint Exercise INDRA 2018 Held in Jhansi

Q.12 Which of the following state has introduces New Open Online Learning Programme: ‘KOOL’?

Correct! Wrong!

Kerala Introduces New Open Online Learning Programme: ‘KOOL’

Q.13 Which of the following online shopping store is going to merge?

Correct! Wrong!

Myntra, Jabong To Merge; A Narayanan Will Continue As CEO

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