India, Greece sign Air Services Agreement
- India and Greece on Monday has signed an air services agreement and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the term of the event of the field of new and renewable energy, officials said.
- This agreement has been signed in New Delhi between India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her visiting Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias.
- “The two top diplomats held detailed discussions on all aspects of the bilateral relationship. The pacts were inked after talks between the two sides,” India’s state-run broadcaster All India Radio reported.
- “They also re-affirmed commitment to further expanding cooperation in mutually beneficial spheres,” the report said.
Delhi to host International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2020
- A high level delegation of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) has been started the President Prof Qiuming Cheng, Secretary General Prof S C Finney, and Treasurer Prof H Kitazato visited India during 20-24 November 2017 in that there has been discussed the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) to be held in Delhi, India in the year 2020.
- In the discription of the Olympics of Geosciences, the IGCs that has held at the IUGS through a process of global bidding. India had won the bid in 2012 at Brisbane, Australia to host the Congress in 2020. The win is a remarkable achievement in that the event that has make the Indian soil after nearly 6 decades much to the excitement of the entire geoscientific community.
- The Organizing Committee has been chaired by Dr V P Dimri as its President, Dr P R Golani as its Secretary General, Prof.Talat Ahmad, VC, JamiaMilliaIslamia as the Chair, Scientific Program Committee, Prof.SomnathDasgupta, former VC, Assam University as Chair, Field Trip Committee and other eminent geoscientists as Chairs of various other subcommittees.
Election Commission of India teams up with Facebook to encourage youth to vote
- The Election Commission and Facebook on Monday announced that it has did the partnership in that the social media giant will remind the youth who recently turned 18 to register to vote by sending them reminders on their Facebook profile.
- The reminder will be sent in 13 languages that is English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.
- The message will have a “register now” button, which will take the users to the National Voters’ Services Portal upon clicking.
- “I am happy to announce that the Election Commission of India has launched a special drive to enrol all prospective and eligible young citizens of India as voters who are turning 18 years or more than 18 years on January 1, 2018,” said Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti in a statement.
- “This partnership of the Election Commission with Facebook for the dissemination of Information will help us reach out the young digital community of India in fulfilling our mission ‘No Voter to be Left Behind’ and ‘Every Vote Counts’.”
Bangladesh approves ₹1,800 crore to Bhashan Char islands project for Rohingya
- The government has announced the Tk 2312 crore for the construction of homes for 1 lakh Rohingyas on Bhashan Char, an island near Hatia of Noakhali.
- The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council, that is lead by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has given the final approval for the ‘Asrayan-3 (the construction of residences and necessary security infrastructure for the housing of 100,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Noakhali’s Hatia) on Tuesday.
- “Meanwhile we have signed an agreement for the Rohingyas’ repatriation with Myanmar.But they will need time to take back so many migrants. Many Rohingyas are living in dire conditions. This project was undertaken to provide them with shelter.” said Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at a press conference.
- “The massive wave of Rohingya refugees is a threat to both security and the environment. It has become difficult to find residential space for all of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Cox’s Bazar. The hills and forests are also being destroyed.”
- “The project work order says the sudden influx of Rohingyas, which has increased the refugee population from 507,000 to about 1.2 million, has created various problems and is damaging Cox’s Bazar’s position as a tourist spot,” news portal bdnews24 said.
- “A few months later a report by the Noakhali district administration declared Bhasan Char to be similar to other river islands in the area. There will be no problems building settlements if the relevant infrastructure is in place,” the report said.
- Bangladesh, to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal, is a South Asian country marked by lush greenery and many waterways
- Its Padma (Ganges), Meghna and Jamuna rivers create fertile plains, and travel by boat is common
- On the southern coast, the Sundarbans, an enormous mangrove forest shared with Eastern India, is home to the royal Bengal tiger
- Capital: Dhaka
- Currency: Bangladeshi taka
- Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
- Date format: dd-mm-yyyy; BS দদ-মম-বববব (CE−594)
India, Singapore agrees to enhance security cooperation
- India and Singapore on has signed an agreement on Wednesday for the term of the maritime security and in that there has been call of the freedom of navigation in critical sea lanes in the backdrop of China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
- “The conclusion of the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation…will lead to increased cooperation in maritime security, joint exercises, temporary deployments from each other’s naval facilities and mutual logistics support,” the defence ministry said in a statement after talks between defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen.
- “Taking forward India’s leading role in the Indian Ocean Region, Ng agreed to India’s proposal for continuous and institutionalized naval engagements in their shared maritime space, including establishing maritime exercises with like-minded regional/Asean partners,” the ministry added. “India and Singapore remain strongly committed to tackle the transnational security threats,” Sitharaman said at a joint media interaction with Ng, noting that both sides agreed to ramp up overall defence cooperation.
- “They welcomed the renewal of agreement between the air forces of the two countries earlier this year and look forward to the successful renewal of a similar pact between their armies,” the statement said.
- “The two ministers also discussed Singapore’s proposal to expand the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea to all ADMM (Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting)-Plus countries as well as to establish guidelines for air encounters between military aircraft,” the statements said.
North Korea test-fires ballistic missile, going 4,500 km high
- North Korea has claimed that the rocket it test-fired on Wednesday morning that is very new type of the intercontinental ballistic missile that can blast or hit in the any place of the US mainland, as it declared itself a “complete” nuclear state.
- “It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” said Jim Mattis, US defence secretary. “It’s a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that could threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”
- “This test looks to be a test run of North Korea’s re-entry technologies as it has already proved its capability to hit anywhere in the continental US with previous launches,” said Koh Yoo-hwan, a professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University.
- Melissa Hanham, senior research associate with the East Asia Nonproliferation Program of the Middlebury Institute, explained to NPR how the analysis works. “Imagine a Super Soaker or a hose that you’re shooting up in the air at a very high angle and then coming down not too far away from you,” she said. “If you were to change the trajectory and instead point it away from you, that water would travel a much farther distance.”
- “As we sort of sat back and held back from negotiations with North Korea, they were able to ramp up their technological experiments,” Hanham says. “And they’ve not only improved the quality of their existing missiles, but they’ve diversified their forces and now added a range of new missiles, including solid-fuel missiles, very far long-range missiles including [ICBMs]. And they’re working on a nuclear warhead as well.”
- North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula
- Pyongyang is the nation’s capital and largest city
- Capital: Pyongyang
- Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un
- Premier: Pak Pong-ju
- Points of interest: Paektu Mountain, Arch of Triumph
BANKING AND FINANCE
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley formally launches Paytm Payments Bank
- After the launch of the Airtel Payments Bank inmonth of January this year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has also get started the Paytm Payments Bank in the capital today.
- Speaking at the event, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO of Paytm stated, “India is at a cusp of a financial revolution. The demography and access to financial services will create a ton of jobs in the country and Paytm is very proud to be a part of this financial services revolution. Paytm Payments Bank will work towards creating a massive number of jobs in the long run.”
- Renu Satti, MD and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank added, “Paytm Payments Bank is the country’s largest mobile-first, technology-led bank. By virtue of reaching every nook and corner of the country, we will be able to bring the large un-served and under-served population to the mainstream economy. We are committed to offering the most transparent, safe and trusted banking to masses.”
- “We all are realising that convenience, security and even proprietary lie in switchover itself. The conventional mind will find it extremely difficult to accept this, but then the whole mass below itself will change and only isolated cases will find them as an exception,” said the Finance Minister. He added: “Earlier, we perceived banks to be brick and mortar branches. In fact, my fraternity in politics is still reasonably behind times. I still get representations during Parliament session from my colleagues who only insist on brick and mortar branches to be opened in their constituencies.”
- In the last of the week, Paytm Payments bank had received yet another cash infusion from the parent company. Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications and Vijay Shekhar Sharma together invested $18.84 Mn (INR 122 Cr) in Paytm Payments Bank. This takes their total infusion in the payments bank to $61.78 Mn (INR 400 Cr).
- Paytm is an Indian electronic payment and e-commerce brand based out of Delhi NCR, India
- Launched in August 2010, it is a consumer brand of parent company One97 Communications
- The name is an acronym for “Payment Through Mobile
- Customer service: 12038883888
- Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
- Founded: 2010
- CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Dec 2010–)
- Headquarters: Noida
- Parent organization: One97 Communications
Muthoot Finance launches loan scheme targeting SMEs
- Gold finance company Muthoot Finance has launched a new loan scheme targeted at Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) on Wednesday for their working capital requirements.
- Company Executive Director George Muthoot Alexander said gold loans above Rs 10 lakh would be provided at an interest rate of 12 per cent per annum.
- “The new gold loan scheme is a unique offer, which will benefit all sections of clientele. The company expects togrow its customer base in this high ticket loan category fromthe current 4 per cent to 10 per cent by June 2018,” he said.
- “The loan would be available through all 4,200 branches, including 487 in Karnataka, the company gets 12 per cent business from Karnataka alone and added that with big ticket loans, business in the state would go up. In the event of quick need for money, you can get loan in 10 to 15 minutes,” Alexander said.
- Muthoot Finance Ltd. is an Indian financial corporation
- It is known as the largest gold financing company in the world
- Headquarters: Kochi
- Founder: M George Muthoot
- Founded: 1939, Kerala
- Number of employees: 30,000 (2012)
- Subsidiaries: Asia Asset Finance
Amazon makes Aadhaar mandatory for tracking lost packages
- Amazon has said that there will be the mendatory of the Adhaar on its website in order to track down lost packages. As per a report by Buzzfeed News, Amazon customer representatives has said to the customer that if not uploading a copy of Aadhaar “might result in a delay in the resolution of the problem.”
- When asked, Amazon said that Aadhaar has been necessary for the authenticity of the customers who have lost their packages. An Amazon India spokesperson said that in case a customer doesn’t have an Aadhaar card, he or she can submit other government certified identity, which are likely to come with some restrictions. On the other hand, Amazon customers faced a tough time in convincing Amazon to take up their complaints without submitting their Aadhaar numbers fist.
- Critics has been told that in term of the biometrics and its use for verification. Not only that, Aadhaar is also compulsory to receive welfare scheme benefits which makes it more of a coercion on the part of the government.
- com, Inc., doing business as Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company based in Seattle, Washington that was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994
- Customer service: 1800 3000 9009
- Founder: Jeff Bezos
- Founded: 5 July 1994, Seattle, Washington, United States
- Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States
- Subsidiaries: Audible Inc., Whole Foods Market, Zappos,
- Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the United States (541,900 employees).
Science and Technology
MIT technique turns carbon emissions into fuel
- Researchers at MIT has developed and find the turning carbon dioxide emissions from power plants into a useful product. The substance that emmits from the power plant that can be use as the fuel for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as chemical feedstock with a large variety of applications.
- This can be as the threat for the environment has spurred a worldwide effort to develop alternate forms of energy in an attempt to slow down global warming — and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with one of the wildest ways to do it we’ve come acrosslike perpetual motion: Take the carbon pollution and turn it back into usable fuel.
- In this the researchers has developed that the CO2 into a lone oxygen atom and carbon monoxide. While carbon monoxide by itself is bad news — there’s a reason we have detectors for them in our houses (and if you don’t, maybe have a word with your super) — it can be combined with other elements like hydrogen to create useful fuels. What was once a pollutant is now a source of energy.
- “It is important to use carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxide for the conversion of sustainable thermal energies to chemical energy,” Xuefeng Zhu, a professor of chemical physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences who was not involved in this research, said in a statement.
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Address: 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
- Acceptance rate: 7.9% (2016)
- Founder: William Barton Rogers
- Founded: 10 April 1861, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
- Phone: +1 617-253-1000
- Subsidiaries: MIT Sloan School of Management, edX, MORE
- Typical SAT scores: Reading 680-770 (2014), Writing 690-780 (2014), Math 740-800 (2014)
Srikanth, Sindhu win top awards at the Indian Sports Honours
- At the top of the term of the sport, Kidambi Srikanth, who won four Super Series titles this year, bagged the Sportsman of the Year award at the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours held here.
- “Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was the Sportswoman of the Year award in the individual sport category,” a release said.
- Sportsman of the year (Individual sport): Srikanth Kidambi
- Sportsman of the year (Team sport) – Ravichandran Ashwin
- Sportswoman of the year (Individual sport) – PV Sindhu
- Sportswoman of the year (Team sport) – Mithali Raj
- Team of the year (Men/Women) – Indian Women’s Cricket Team
- Coach of the year – Bisveshwar Nandi
- Emerging Sportswoman of the year – Aditi Ashok
- Emerging Sportsman of the year – Neeraj Chopra
- Differently abled Sportsman of the year – Devendra Jhajaria
- Differently abled Sportswoman of the year – Deepa Malik
- Keep Walking Honour for Lifetime achievement – Balbir Singh
- Inspirational Honour – Sania Mirza
- Transformational Contribution to Sport – Abhinav Bindra
- Breakthrough performance of the year – Hardik Pandya
- Star Sports ‘Believe’ Honour (Comeback of the year) – Saina Nehwal
- Spirit of Sport – Yogeshwar Dutt
- Player of the year – Sunil Chhetri
- Club of the year – Mumbai Indians
- Best Fan Club – Manjappada Kerala Blasters
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
French film on AIDS wins Best Film Award at IFFI 2017
- Robin Campillo’s French film 120 Beats Per Minute, that is the based on the fight against the AIDS, has won the prestigious Golden Peacock award for best film at the controversy-ridden 48th International Film Festival of India, which has held on Tuesday. The film’s actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart won the Silver Peacock in the best actor male category.
- “I dedicate the award to all people who are living the way, which is considered shameful. Be visible, get out, shout your pains. Try to change your reality. That’s the only way we can live. If we live in shadows, nothing good will come for ourselves,” he said.
- “I dedicate this award to all nurses of Kerala and stood their ground (in Tikrit) and with hope and conviction and got out of the dilemma they were in,” Paravathy said after receiving her award.
- “The story is about children, being assault victims. It is a Chinese story, but a story which is happening around the world,” the director said via a video message.
- “It is a huge honour. I have always been influenced by Indian cinema and to be honoured by the country which has had a huge influence on me is a privilege,” he said.
Former Kerala minister E Chandrasekharan Nair passes away
- Veteran CPI leader and former Kerala Minister, E Chandrasekharan Nair, who was famous in the value-based politics in the state, has been died on Wednesday at the age of 89.
- He was the biggest leader of the CPI in the state, Chandrasekharan was a member of the first Legislative Assembly in the state in 1957, when EMS Namboothiripad created history by heading the first ever democratically-elected Communist government in the world.
- He was the six-time legislator and a three-time Minister, Chandrasekharan has been known as arguably the best Food and Civil Supplies Minister the state has seen, holding the portfolio in 1980, 1987 and 1996. He was also the lead of the Animal Husbandry portfolio from 1987 to 1991 and the Law and Tourism portfolios from 1996 to 2001.
- Expressing his condolences, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The death of Chandrasekharan Nair is a huge loss to Kerala’s social and public life. He had played a major role in strengthening the unity of the Left front, and in making Kerala society secular. He had sacrificed much to strengthen the Communist movement in the state.”
World AIDS Day
- World AIDS Day, has been the awareness that is celebrate on 1st December every year since the year 1988, the main aim of this event is to spread the awareness of the AIDS that is effect by the HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
- Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world has been do the event on this day, AIDS prevention and control.
- World AIDS Day is ranked as the eights in the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day.