29th November 2018 Current Affairs

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UGC to set up a consortium for approved journals

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines.
  • According to commission, the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India which has adversely affected its image.
  • Members of CARE will prepare lists of quality journals in their respective disciplines within a defined timeframe.
  • These lists will be critically analysed and curated for quality by a special cell at the entrusted institution using defined criteria.
  • Reference List of Quality Journals’ will be maintained by the CARE and this will be used for all academic purposes.

8 States achieve 100% electrification

  • Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh said that 8 States have achieved 100% saturation in household electrification under the Saubhagya scheme.
  • The 8 states are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal.
  • Saubhagya scheme’s objective is to provide access to electricity to all the remaining households in the country.

Bhasha Sangam launched by HRD ministry

  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched an initiative called ‘Bhasha Sangam’.
  • ‘Bhasha Sangam’ is a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages.
  • The initiative was launched under ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ on 22 November 2018 and will continue till the 21 December 2018.

Donbass wins the Golden Peacock at IFFI 2018

  • Donbass’ has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
  • The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs to be shared equally between the Producer and the Director (Sergei Loznitsa), Trophy and the citation.
  • Donbass tells the story of a hybrid war taking place in a region of Eastern Ukraine, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies perpetrated on a mass scale by separatist gangs.
  • Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director Award for his 2018 film ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’.
  • The Best Actor (Male) Award has gone to Chemban Vinod for his portrayal in Ee.Ma.Yau .

‘Asian of The Year’ award 2018 announced

  • Indian Navy Commander Vijay Varma and Captain P Rajkumar won the ‘Asian of The Year’ Award on 28 November 2018.
  • They were awarded for their selfless service and bravery in rescue operations during the devastating floods in Kerala.
  • The awards have been constituted by the English language newspaper ‘The Straits Times’ and it is based in Singapore.

Arvind Saxena appointed UPSC chairman

  • Shri Arvind Saxena (1978-batch – Indian Postal Service officer) has been appointed as the chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • Earlier, Mr. Saxena has been performing duties of the post of acting Chairman, UPSC (Since 20th June 2018).
  • The term of Mr. Saxena appointment will be till 7th August,2020 (attains the age-65 years), or till further orders.
  • Arvind Saxena studied Civil Engineering at the Delhi College of Engineering and did his MTech. in Systems & Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) New Delhi in 1978.

A.M. Naik appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation

  • The Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) Shri A.M. Naik has been appointed as the Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • NSDC has developed a unique model combining skill development with strong industry partnerships.
  • Shri Naik was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his outstanding contribution to the economic growth of the country.
  • The objective of NSDC to promote skill development by catalysing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions.

International Day for Palestinian People

  • The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November every year.
  • On 29 November 1947, the UN Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine.
  • The resolution provided for the establishment in Palestine of a ‘Jewish State’ and an ‘Arab State’.

ISRO launches India's first hyperspectral imaging satellite

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) reliable workhorse PSLV-C43 rocket successfully lifted off with earth observation satellite HysIS (hyperspectral imaging satellite) along with 30 foreign satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Prades.
  • The 30 commercial satellites (1 micro and 29 nano) from eight countries, combined weight is 261.5 kg.
  • HysIS can provide hyperspectral imaging capabilities for a variety of purposes, including agriculture and forestry.
  • It carries two payloads one to capture images in the visible near-infrared (VNIR) range of the light spectrum and another in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) range.
  • The satellite will provide Earth observation service till 2023.

India & UK began exercise ‘Konkan’

  • The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of United Kingdom began the exercise ‘Konkan-2018’ at Goa on 28 November 2018.
  • The bilateral exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices.
  • The Royal Navy was represented by HMS Dragon and the Indian Navy was represented by INS Kolkata.

Himachal Pradesh first state to launch pan-India single emergency number

  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the India’s first Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) at Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
  • All emergency numbers, including 100 (for police), 101 (for fire), 102 (for ambulance) and disaster response have been integrated into countrywide one number, 112.
  • The system would identify the location of the person in distress connecting through voice or data and immediate assistance would be provided.
  • Several web-enabled other schemes have also been launched by the Union Government for safety and security of the women.

Try out the quiz ?

Q.1 Read the following sentences carefully
1.The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines.
2.The initiative was launched under ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ on 22 November 2018 and will continue till the 21 December 2018.
3.According to commission, the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India which has adversely affected its image.
Which of the above sentences is /are correct?

Correct! Wrong!

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up a Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) which will prepare a fresh list of credible quality journals in the non-science disciplines. According to commission, the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India which has adversely affected its image. Members of CARE will prepare lists of quality journals in their respective disciplines within a defined timeframe. These lists will be critically analysed and curated for quality by a special cell at the entrusted institution using defined criteria. Reference List of Quality Journals’ will be maintained by the CARE and this will be used for all academic purposes.

Q.2 Which of the following state has achieved 100% electrification?

Correct! Wrong!

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh said that 8 States have achieved 100% saturation in household electrification under the Saubhagya scheme. The 8 states are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal.

Q.3 Which of the following program has been launched by HRD Ministry for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages?

Correct! Wrong!

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched an initiative called ‘Bhasha Sangam’.

Q.4 Who has been awarded with Golden peacock Award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)?

Correct! Wrong!

Donbass’ has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Q.5 Who won ‘Asian of The Year’ award 2018?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian Navy Commander Vijay Varma and Captain P Rajkumar won the ‘Asian of The Year’ Award on 28 November 2018.

Q.6 Who has been appointed as UPSC Chairman?

Correct! Wrong!

Shri Arvind Saxena (1978-batch - Indian Postal Service officer) has been appointed as the chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Q.7 Who is appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation?

Correct! Wrong!

The Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) Shri A.M. Naik has been appointed as the Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Q.8 On which date the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations?

Correct! Wrong!

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on 29 November every year.

Q.9What is the name of rocket on which India's first hyperspectral imaging satellite has been launched?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) reliable workhorse PSLV-C43 rocket successfully lifted off with earth observation satellite HysIS (hyperspectral imaging satellite) along with 30 foreign satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Prades.

Q.10 What is the name of joint exercise takes place between India and UK on 28th November?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of United Kingdom began the exercise ‘Konkan-2018’ at Goa on 28 November 2018.

Q.11 Which state has launched India first pan-India single emergency number?

Correct! Wrong!

Himachal Pradesh first state to launch pan-India single emergency number

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