20th November 2018 Current Affairs

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‘Ease of Doing Business Challenge’ launched

  • The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the ‘Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge’ on 19 November 2018.
  • The objective of this challenge is to invite innovative ideas based on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other cutting-edge technology to reform Government processes.
  • The platform for the Grand Challenge is the Startup India Portal

Commerce Minister Releases Report on Industrial Park Rating System

  • The Union Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu on November 19, 2018 released a report on Industrial Park Rating System.
  • The report was prepared by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Maldives cabinet approves to rejoin Commonwealth

  • According to Maldives new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, The Maldives cabinet has approved to rejoin the Commonwealth (the 53-nation grouping).
  • The country left the Commonwealth during former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration in October 2016.
  • Mr Solih’s office has issued a 15-page document outlining its agenda for the first 100 days which includes measures to launch investigations into state funds lost through corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Fuego volcano of Guatemala erupted for 5th time this year

  • Fuego volcano of Guatemala has erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain.
  • According to Disaster Management Agency, a red has been issued and some 4,000 people were taken to temporary shelters as a precaution.
  • A column of ash rose about a kilometre above the crater and areas around the volcano, near Guatemala City, were under a barrage of gas-ash and fiery rocks.

‘Global talent rankings’ released

  • The annual ‘Global Talent’ rankings was released by IMD Business School in Switzerland on 20 November 2018.
  • The rankings are based on three factors: Investment and Development, Appeal, and Readiness.
  • India got the 53rd rank.
  • Switzerland has topped the global ranking for the fifth year in a row.
  • Within Asia, Singapore got the 13th rank.

Sanjay Kumar appointed as Chief of ED

  • IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra was appointed as the full-time Chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 18 November 2018.
  • He was appointed as the Principal Special Director in ED in October 2018 and was given the ‘additional’ charge of ED director for three months.
  • The post of ED director is an additional secretary rank post in the Union government.

20th November: Universal Children's Day

  • The Universal Children’s Day has been observed across the world on 20th November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
  • The theme of 2018 is ‘Children are taking over and turning the world blue’.
  • The intergovernmental organisation is asking individuals, schools and corporates worldwide to ‘Go Blue’ this Universal Children’s Day to help build a world where every child goes to school and is safe from harm.
  • UN (United Nations) Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954.

Military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ commenced

  • The joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ between India and the United States commenced in Jaipur on 19 November 2018.
  • The aim is to enhance the interoperability of the two armed forces.
  • The armies will train on different aspects including hostage rescue, building intervention, desert survival, medical aid and combat firing.

Padma Shri Awardee Saint Narayan Das Maharaj Passes Away

  • Padma Shri awardee and revered saint Narayan Das Maharaj of Triveni dham near Jaipur passed away.
  • He was awarded Padma Shri in January 2018.

‘Women Empowerment campaign’ launched

  • ‘Nari Sashaktikaran Sankalp Abhiyan’ or Women Empowerment campaign was launched in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 20 November 2018.
  • The month-long campaign is aimed to empower women in the state through various programmes.
  • The campaign will educate women about the schemes being run by central and state governments for their welfare and security.

Try out the quiz ?

Q.1 What is the main platform of Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge’?

Correct! Wrong!

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the ‘Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge’ on 19 November 2018. The objective of this challenge is to invite innovative ideas based on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Blockchain and other cutting-edge technology to reform Government processes. The platform for the Grand Challenge is the Startup India Portal.

Q.2 Who introduce report on Industrial Park Rating System?

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The Union Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu on November 19, 2018 released a report on Industrial Park Rating System.

Q.3 Which of the following country approves to rejoin the commonwealth ?

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According to Maldives new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, The Maldives cabinet has approved to rejoin the Commonwealth (the 53-nation grouping).

Q.4 Which of the following volcano has erupted 5th times this year?

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Fuego volcano of Guatemala has erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain.

Q.5 What is the rank of India in Global talent Ranking 2018 ?

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The annual ‘Global Talent’ rankings was released by IMD Business School in Switzerland on 20 November 2018. The rankings are based on three factors: Investment and Development, Appeal, and Readiness. India got the 53rd rank.

Q.6 Who among the following has been appointed as chief of ED?

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Sanjay Kumar appointed as Chief of ED

Q. 7 On which date Universal Childrens day is being celebrated ?

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The Universal Children's Day has been observed across the world on 20th November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

Q.8 What is name of joint military exercises of india and U.S which has been commenced on 19th November in Jaipur ?

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The joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ between India and the United States commenced in Jaipur on 19 November 2018.

Q.9 Saint Narayan Das Maharaj who recently passed away had been awarded by which of the following honor?

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Padma Shri awardee and revered saint Narayan Das Maharaj of Triveni dham near Jaipur passed away. He was awarded Padma Shri in January 2018.

Q.10 Where has been ‘Women Empowerment campaign’ launched?

Correct! Wrong!

‘Nari Sashaktikaran Sankalp Abhiyan’ or Women Empowerment campaign was launched in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 20 November 2018.

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