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Current Affairs Today – November, 20th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

Indian Affairs

Punjab Cabinet approves scheme to compensate acid attack victims

Punjab Cabinet approves scheme to compensate acid attack victims

  1. The Punjab Cabinet on Friday has given the approval for the scheme to compensate victims of various crimes, and also the minimum compensation of Rs three lakh to an acid attack victim.
  2. “While the Centre will provide a one-time assistance of Rs 4.01 crore to crime victims and their dependants, the state will make budgetary provisions thereafter for the same,” it said.
  3. “The department of home affairs and justice will be the nodal department for regulating, administering and monitoring the scheme, and will also ensure release of appropriate amount to the state legal services authority, which will further disburse the amount to district legal services authorities as per their requirements,” the release said.
  4. “Compensation of Rs three lakh would be provided to a victim of rape and Rs four lakh in murder with rape case, Rs two lakh in case of physical abuse of minor, Rs one lakh for rehabilitation of victim of human trafficking, Rs 50,000 for sexual assault, Rs two lakh in case of death.
  5. “Rs two lakh for permanent disability (80 per cent or more), Rs one lakh for partial disability (40 per cent to 80 per cent), Rs two lakh in case of burns affecting greater than 25 per cent of the body (excluding acid attack cases), Rs 50,000 loss of foetus and Rs 1.5 lakh for the victim of loss of fertility.”
  6. “If the victim is under 14 years of age, the compensation would be increased by 50 per cent over the amount specified in the Scheme,” the release said.

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Land area: 50,362 km²
  6. Capital: Chandigarh

 

Delhi government to form ‘Mahila Suraksha Dals’ to curb crimes against women in national capital

Delhi govenment to form ‘Mahila Suraksha Dals’ to curb crimes against women in national capital

  1. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Friday said the Delhi government would form “Mahila Suraksha Dals” (women protection groups) to hold the crime at women in the national capital.
  2. “We will form women protection groups … will make civil defence volunteers available to them and pilot projects will be run at two-three places first,” Sisodia said.
  3. “Rape cases have been reported over the last few days and there is an atmosphere of insecurity. The illegal liquor vendors across the national capital are one of the major reasons behind the increase in the number of crimes against women.
  4. “Illegal liquor shops running in many parts of Delhi is also a reason behind women being insecure on the streets of Delhi… Wherever liquor is being sold illegally, we will raid all those places,” Sisodia said.
  5. “We have held meetings with the Excise department and asked them to conduct raids to put an end to the illegal liquor business in the colonies and jhuggis (slums), on the basis of inputs given by the DCW,” Mr Sisodia told a press conference here.

 

Health Ministry introduces Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of Tuberculosis

  1. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has did the announcement in the recent of the launch of daily regimen for TB patients across the country under The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP).
  2. The Health Ministry has been facilating the thrice weekly regimen for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB), and after this there has been the changes has done in the treatment policy TB patients from thrice weekly to daily drug regimen using fixed dose combinations (FDC) for treatment. By this there will be the change in meny of the habitate and the intensity to deal with this disease which accounts for about 4.2 lakh deaths every year.
  3. The daily FDC anti-TB drugs has been made available at the all the medical store for TB patients who seek care in private sector, depending upon the convenience of patient and practitioner free of cost. The Health Ministry will take this forward with all major hospitals, IMA, IAP and other professional medical associations to expand the access to daily FDC to all TB patients.
  4. The salient features of this treatment strategy are use of Ethambutol in continuation phase for all patients, drugs to be given daily (as against only 3 times weekly previously), fixed dose combination (FDC) tablets to be used which will reduce pill burden (as against separate 7 tablets previously), for children, child friendly formulations as dispersible tablets and use of Information Technology (IT) enabled treatment adherence support system.

 

SARTTAC Steering Committee meeting held in New Delhi

  1. There has been the Meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s South Asia Regional Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) that is going ot held today in national capital to assess the Center’s activities since its inauguration in February 2017 and to review the Fiscal Year 2018 Work Plan.
  2. The meeting of the comeetee has been done at the February 13, 2017 after the inauguration of the Center. Officials from all Six (6) Member countries attended, together with the Development Partner representatives (the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, and USAID), and IMF staff.
  3. In his Opening Remarks, the Chairman, Shri Dinesh Sharma, Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India noted that “for building SARTTAC to meet its potential, a convergence of bright, right and positive minds are needed”.
  4. Located in New Delhi, India, SARTTAC works with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Member countries finance two-thirds of the Center’s Budget, with additional funding from the European Union, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

 

 

International Affairs

New global effort launched to end TB by 2030 – WHO

New global effort launched to end TB by 2030 – WHO

  1. There has been the some of the 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the WHO said.
  2. “The announcement on Friday came as the delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis,” Xinhua news agency reported.
  3. “Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB,” said World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
  4. “It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.”
  5. “Though global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention,” according to the WHO.

Qatar named as World’s Richest Country according to IMF’s GDP data

Qatar named as World’s Richest Country according to IMF’s GDP data

  1. There has been the ranking that has released by the business magazine ‘Fortune’, Qatar is World’s Richest Country in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Per Capita.
  2. GDP Per Capita is a measure of the total output of a country computed by dividing gross domestic product(GDP) by the number of people in the country. In theoretical terms, higher per capita GDP results in to a higher standard of living.
  3. Richest Countries in the World – Top 15
Rank Country GDP Per Capita
1 Qatar $124930
2 Luxembourg $109190
3 Singapore $90530
4 Brunei $76740
5 Ireland $72630
6 Norway $70590
7 Kuwait $69670
8 United Arab Emirates $68250
9 Switzerland $61360
10 Hong Kong $61020
11 San Marino $60360
12 United States $59500
13 Saudi Arabia $55260
14 Netherlands $53580
15 Iceland $52150

 

 

IFFCO retains global seat in International Cooperative Alliance

  1. IFFCO retains global seat in International Cooperative AllianceIFFCO, the world’s largest fertiliser cooperative, has helped the India retain the prestigious seat of the Director on Global Board of International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) for the record second time in row.
  2. IFFCO MD U S Awasthi said, “We are extremely proud that IFFCO retains the coveted seat at ICA for the second time in a row. It is honour that India’s contribution towards strengthening the cooperative movement and farmer service has been recognised in the global market.”
  3. The ICA has organised its global conference and general assembly 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 14 to 17, 2017. It is a non-profit international association established in 1895 to advance the co-operative model. The Alliance is the apex organisation for co-operatives worldwide, representing 284 co-operative federations and organisations across 95 countries (figures of January 2015). Ariel Guarco from Argentina is the new President of the International Co-operative Alliance.

KEYS:

  1. Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited, also known as IFFCO, is a small scale fertiliser cooperative federation based in India which is registered as a Multistate Cooperative Society
  2. IFFCO has 40,000 member cooperatives
  3. Headquarters: New Delhi
  4. Founded: 3 November 1967, New Delhi
  5. Revenue: 226 billion INR (US$3.5 billion, 2016–2017)
  6. Key person: Dr. Udai Shanker Awasthi
  7. Subsidiaries: IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company Limited, MORE
  8. Type of business: Cooperative

 

 

Banking and Finance

RBL Bank opens all women branch in Chennai

RBL Bank opens all women branch in Chennai

  1. Private sector lender RBL Bank has started the all the women branch in Chennai. This branch has inaugurates at the R A Puram area of the city would be managed by eight women and offer all products and services across liability and assets, said the bank in its official statement.
  2. “It is a matter of immense pride for us to launch our first all women branch in Chennai. This is a full-service branch offering a range of products and services”, RBL Bank, Branch and Business Banking, Head-Geography, Surinder Chawla said.
  3. “The women branch is a testament to the bank’s efforts in encouraging gender equality,” he said.
  4. “RBL Bank currently serves 3.54 million customers. It has 246 branches and 389 ATM services across the country,” the statement added.

KEYS:

  1. RBL Bank Limited is a scheduled commercial bank, headquartered in the Mumbai region of Maharashtra, India
  2. Founded in August 1943, RBL is one of the oldest private sector banks in India
  3. Headquarters: India
  4. CEO: Vishwavir Ahuja (3 Jul 2010–)
  5. Founded: August 1943
  6. Number of employees: 4,622 (as on October 2016)

 

Moody’s Investors Service upgrades ratings of nine PSUs

  1. In the term of the steps of the India at the, Moody’s Investors Service on Friday upgraded issuer ratings of nine state-owned firms including oil producer Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), refiners Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) , Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL), power generator NTPC and gas utility GAIL (India).
  2. “The foreign currency issuer ratings of BPCL, HPCL, IOC and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) was upgraded to Baa2 from Baa3, the same as India’s sovereign rating upgrade. The outlook on these ratings have been revised to stable from positive,” Moody’s said in a statement.
  3. For ONGC, which enjoyed a rating higher than the sovereign, the foreign currency issuer rating has been upgraded to Baa1 from Baa2. “The outlook is stable,” it said. Simultaneously, ratings of NTPC, hydroelectric producer NHPC, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and GAIL India have also been raised to Baa2 stable.
  4. “The rating upgrades for IOC, BPCL and HPCL follow the upgrade of the sovereign rating and reflect the strategic importance of the oil marketing companies as they own and operate the majority of the country’s fuel refining entities and most of the fuel distribution infrastructure,” Moody’s said.
  5. “The upgrade in ratings for NTPC, NHPC, NHAI and GAIL follows the upgrade of the Indian sovereign rating and reflects the strategic importance of these entities to the country, as well as their close operational and financial links with the government,” Moody’s said.
  6. Moody’s said, “he baseline risk of NHAI is closely related to the Indian government’s financial strength. “As a result, the baseline risk for NHAI is effectively the default risk of the Indian government,” it said. GAIL has a dominant position in the gas transmission business in India. Its transmission pipelines represented around 75% of country’s network and the company had around 60% market share in gas marketing.”

 

 

Science and Technology

INS Sarvekshak reaches Dar-Es-Salaam for hydrographic survey

INS Sarvekshak reaches Dar-Es-Salaam for hydrographic survey

  1. In the term of the startup of the bolster bilateral relations with friendly foreign countries and navies in the Indian ocean region, INS Sarvekshak, a hydrographic survey ship of Southern Naval Command, has reached at the Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania on 15 Nov 17 for undertaking joint  Hydrographic Survey along with the Tanzanian Navy.
  2. This joint research has been started with the Naval personnel of Tanzania that has been given the trainning in the India in India in National Institute of Hydrography, Goa. At the time of the survey, training of Tanzanian Naval personnel will also be undertaken on advanced hydrographic equipment and practices. The ship will visit Dar-es-Salaam harbour in Tanzania during her stay for refuelling and replenishing stores and provisions. Joint exercises with Tanzanian Navy are planned during the period of deployment.
  3. The ship that has been going to use, that will do the survey of the Pemba Island which would include detailed surveys of Port of Wesha and Kiuyo and Pemba Channel in Tanzania and on completion will be proceeding to Port Louis in Mauritius in December for survey of Grand Port.
  4. In the term of the before use of this, Indian Naval Hydrographic Ships Jamuna, Sutlej and Darshak have undertaken various hydrographic surveys of Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, Makoni and Port Tanga in Tanzania. INS Sarvekshak has also undertaken various foreign cooperation surveys in the last few years in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles and Kenya.

 

 

Sports

India to host Asia Cup of Road Racing with National Championship

India to host Asia Cup of Road Racing with National Championship

  1. The 20th JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship has been going to done like the international flavour that is with the many of the extra high-profile FIM Asia Cup of Road Racing (ACRR) leg to the grand finale.
  2. “We are delighted to be hosting the third round of the ARRC. It is an important event on the FIM calendar, and will add value to the finale,” Sanjay Sharma, JK Motorsports president, said.
  3. “We also have a couple of categories for Super Bikes that makes it truly exciting for speed junkies and bike-lovers,” he added.
  4. In that the every time the team fields two riders and is awarded one point for a win, two for a second-place finish and so on. The JK National Racing Championship finale meanwhile will see battles for titles in the Euro JK 17, LGB Formula 4 and the Suzuki Gixxer Cup classes.

 

 

Awards and Recognitions

Sushil Kumar, Geeta Phogat win gold in 62nd National Wrestling championship

Sushil Kumar, Geeta Phogat win gold in 62nd National Wrestling championship

  1. Two-time Olympic  Sushil Kumar, who has get returns after the year 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, has won a gold medal in men’s 74 kilogram freestyle competition of National Wrestling championship in Indore.
  2. He has started his action after three long year, Kumar fought for just two minutes and 33 seconds in total on the mat as he battled only two of his initial round bouts before three of his challengers in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final.
  3. There has been also the, India’s single woman Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik and wrestler Geeta Phogat also achieved a gold medal each 62kg and 59 kg categories respectively of women’s wrestling on the second day of the competition.
  4. In that the popular ‘Dangal girl’ Geeta’s husband Pawan Kumar also managed to end on top in 86kg.

 

 

Obituary

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies aged 64

  1. The “driving force” behind rock band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died, at the aged 64 years .
  2. “Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC,” he said. “I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.”
  3. “So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless @ACDC,” the singer wrote on Twitter.
  4. “It is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” it read. “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.”
  5. “Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother,” said the statement on the band’s website.

 

Important Days

Universal Children’s Day

  1. Universal Children’s day has been celebrated on November 20 every year.
  2. Children’s Day has started the second Sunday of June in 1856 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, who was the pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts: Dr. Leonard held a special service dedicated to, and for the children. Dr. Leonard named the day Rose Day, though it was later named Flower Sunday, and then Children’s Day.

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