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INDIAN AFFAIRS

IOC sets up India’s first electric vehicle charging station in Nagpur

IOC sets up India’s first electric vehicle charging station in Nagpur

  1. In a major step for the spread the awareness of the green energy, India’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station had started here on Sunday by Indian OilBSE -0.58 % Corp (IOCBSE -0.58 %), according to the state-run oil marketing company.
  2. “Nagpur, being the first city to introduce the electric public transportation model in India, has added one more feather to its cap by adding the first electric charging station at Indian Oil’s COCO (company-owned, company-operated) fuel station in the city,” an IOC release said.
  3. “We applaud Ola for building the electric vehicle eco-system from a nascent stage in Nagpur and are happy to partner with them in their efforts,” IOC Executive Director (Maharashtra) Murali Srinivasan said in a statement.
  4. In the annual report that is the year 2016-17 presented earlier this year, IOC said it planned to set up battery charging stations and was exploring the manufacture and retailing of lithium-ion batteries.
  5. The statement said: “As India’s leading oil refiner and marketer, IOC considers promoting ecological sustainability as part of its core business. Thus, this partnership with Ola is the right step forward as we re-imagine how India will commute in coming years.”

KEYS:

  1. Indian Oil Corporation Limited, commonly known as IndianOil is an Indian state owned oil and gas company headquartered in New Delhi
  2. Customer service: 1800 233 3555
  3. Headquarters: New Delhi
  4. Revenue: 3.641 trillion INR (US$57 billion, 2017)
  5. Number of employees: 33,135 (2017)
  6. Founded: 1959
  7. Subsidiaries: Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Lanka IOC,

 

India and France to act against Terrorism

India and France to act against Terrorism

  1. There has been the concern of the growing terrorism, India and France on Friday decided to strengthen counter-terror cooperation, and asked the international community to oppose the countries which are financing, sheltering and providing safe havens to terrorists.
  2. “We expressed grave concern on growing terrorism and decided that we need to fight the evil together. We appealed to all countries to oppose those financing, sheltering and providing safe havens to terrorists,” Swaraj said at a joint press event with the French minister.
  3. Swaraj said. “The aim is to ensure free trade on international seas, tackle piracy and maritime terror. We decided to secure sea channels and build capabilities through engagements in bilateral as well as multilateral foras,” she said.
  4. Describing his talks “very useful and substantive”, he said, “On matters such as combating terrorism, maritime security, cooperation in the Indian Ocean — where France and India are two countries belonging to the Indian Ocean Rim — we have a complete commonality of views, which calls for the strengthening of our partnership.”
  5. “It was France’s first strategic partnership in Asia and for 20 years it has been enriched and continues to be concretized from year to year, he added.
  6. “We share not only values but also the same analysis of major international issues. Our bilateral relations must be understood as an expression of this common analysis,” he said.
  7. “They wished to have the State visit coincide with the first summit of the International Solar Alliance here in Delhi. This is very positive and will enable us to enhance the attractiveness of this international organisation, which will play a crucial role in helping developing countries gain access to sustainable energy at lower costs,” he said.

 

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates Namami Barak festival

  1. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has started the Namami Barak festival at there on Sunday and said that Barak and Brahmaputra rivers have the same language that is of goodwill, unity and harmony.
  2. Sonowal said, “The Namami Barak is not only a festival but it is a new journey to explore these parts of Assam. Saying this festival is organised to revive humanistic values, to discover resources and possibilities of the land.”
  3. He said Namami Barak festival would “boost our commitment to develop the economy of the state and motivate us to engage with renewed vigour to take Assam into high growth trajectory”.
  4. He said, “Forces inimical to the states peace and development must be defeated by the people living across the plains and hills, Barak and Brahmaputra valleys of the state by staying united.”
  5. “Construction of the mini secretariat at Silchar would start soon and Vivekananda Cultural and Research Institute is also going to be set up here,” he said.
  6. “River navigation from Silchar to the Bay of Bengal via Bangladesh would be started and this would boost the trade and business activities in the region,” he said.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Sarajevo Haggadah listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World

Sarajevo Haggadah listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World

  1. Sarajevo Haggadah, the 14th- century richly illuminated Hebrew manuscript, which has been known for the brought of the Sarajevo through the efforts of Jews fleeing persecution in Spain, that hs been conducted in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, a senior official of the UN body said.
  2. “We are celebrating the legacy of Heggadah on this occasion. It is an iconic heritage of the world. And, this beautifully illuminated manuscript was recently included in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register,” the official of the UNESCO office in India, here said.
  3. The world body, while adding the Haggadah to the list, described it as a manuscript, which represents an “exquisite example of the medieval Hebrew illuminated and decorative art”.
  4. According to the nomination dossier sent to the UNESCO for inscription last year, the Sarajevo Haggadah consists of “84 folios of parchment (without the blank leaves at the beginning and end, and the liturgical additions)”.
  5. “It contains a series of illuminations on one side of the page only: 69 miniatures, which are spread across 34 folios at the beginning. The miniatures have frameworks in colour with spiral ornaments,” it said.
  6. “The illuminations show the history from the Pentateuch, starting from the Genesis, through Egyptian slavery and the Exodus, until the blessing of Joshua. The last four miniatures do not have a Biblical character,” the dossier reads.
  7. “The 109-page text known as the Sarajevo Haggadah was presented as a wedding gift in the 14th century to a young couple in Barcelona, Spain. In 1492, when Spain expelled the country’s Jews, a refugee brought the book to Italy.”
  8. “A rabbi later brought the Haggadah from Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina and passed it down through his family until a descendant, Joseph Kohen, sold it to the National Museum in 1894,” the dossier said.

 

UN Assembly Passes Pakistan-Sponsored Resolution On Self-Determination

UN Assembly Passes Pakistan-Sponsored Resolution On Self-Determination

  1. A UN General Assembly committee has passed the one of the Pakistan-sponsored draft resolution that is of the right of the self-council of the peoples who are subject to colonial domination and foreign occupation.
  2. “The latter categorically states ‘All people have the right of self-determination by virtue of their right to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic social and cultural development’. The right to self-determination has also been reaffirmed and upheld time and again repeatedly by all major UN, NAM, OIC and other summits as well other numerous resolutions and declarations,” Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said.
  3. “The latter categorically states ‘All people have the right of self-determination by virtue of their right to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic social and cultural development’. The right to self-determination has also been reaffirmed and upheld time and again repeatedly by all major UN, NAM, OIC and other summits as well other numerous resolutions and declarations,” she said.
  4. Lodhi told members of Third Committee of the General Assembly that the “draft resolution before the committee reaffirms the universal significance of the right to self-determination”
  5. The resolution, she said, sends a strong signal of support from the international community to peoples everywhere in the world who still find themselves “subjugated and oppressed and struggling against foreign occupation”.
  6. “We note however as has frequently been stated by the United States and other delegations that this resolution contains many misstatements of international law and is inconsistent with current state practice,” he said in the committee after the passage of the draft resolution.

KEYS:

  1. The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, the only one in which all member nations have equal representation, and the main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN
  2. President: Peter Thomson
  3. Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
  4. Abbreviation: GA; UNGA; AG
  5. Founded: 1945, New York City, New York, United States
  6. Subsidiaries: UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations System Staff College
  7. Parent organization: United Nations

 

Sarah Clarke becomes first female Black Rod after 669 years

  1. The Queen has appointed Sarah Clarke, for the farmer director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, as Black Rod. This is the for the first time that the woman has been directing the ceremonial parliamentary position in its 669-year history.
  2. Clarke said she was “deeply honored and delighted” to be offered the post. “Over many years I have been fortunate to work at the heart of some of the world’s most complex events and institutions. To be given the opportunity to join such an experienced and dedicated team is a great privilege.
  3. “The House of Lords is a place where the smallest detail is as important as the big picture and the depth of heritage and tradition is second to none. I am truly looking forward to starting work.”
  4. The Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Sarah Clarke to the role of Black Rod. As the first woman to take on the role, this is a historic moment for the house.
  5. “The Lords has a great record of women taking on senior political roles. Five of the last seven leaders of the Lords and the current leader of the opposition have been women, as well as both my predecessors as Lord Speaker.
  6. “I am sure Sarah will continue that tradition and do an exemplary job as Black Rod.”
  7. Fowler said: “People are most familiar with Black Rod for the part they play at state opening, but the job is much more than that. Some of the most important work happens behind the scenes in organising addresses to parliament by visiting heads of state and other state events, as well as ensuring we have appropriate plans in place to keep the important work of the Lords going in a crisis.
  8. “Sarah’s fantastic record at Wimbledon and elsewhere shows she is the right person for the task.”

BANKING AND FINANCE

NRIs, PIOs don’t need to link bank a/c, PAN with Aadhaar: UIDAI

NRIs, PIOs don’t need to link bank a/c, PAN with Aadhaar: UIDAI

  1. NRIs and PIOs has not necessary to link bank accounts and other services with Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said today, besides this for the implementation agencies to work out a mechanism to verify the status of such individuals.
  2. It said the Prevention of Money laundering Rules 2017 and the Income Tax Act clearly stipulate that the linking of bank accounts and PAN respectively “is for those persons who are eligible to enroll for Aadhaar”.
  3. It said, “All central ministries and departments, state governments and other implementation agencies should bear in mind that Aadhaar as an identity document can be sought only from those eligible for it under Aadhaar Act, and that most NRIs/PIOs/ OCIs may not be eligible for its enrolment.”
  4. The Aadhaar-issuing body said, “Several representations had been received about problems faced by Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) where Aadhaar was being demanded with regard to various services and benefits.”
  5. “The laws regarding submitting/linking of Aadhaar for availing the services/benefits applies to the residents as per the Aadhaar Act 2016… Most of the NRIs/PIOs/OCIs may not be eligible for Aadhaar enrolment as per Aadhaar Act…,” the UIDAI said in a note dated November 15 to central ministries and states.

 

Delhi’s Khan Market World’s 24th Most Expensive Retail Location

Delhi’s Khan Market World’s 24th Most Expensive Retail Location

  1. Delhi’s Khan Market has placed itself at the most expensive reatalor in India and has put itself at the 24th position in global rankings as per the latest report released by real estate consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield.
  2. Khan Market, beside the changing in the rental values, moved up by four positions in the global rankings since 2016 because of some key global markets facing devaluation in their rentals. Compared to peer markets in the APAC region, Khan Market was ranked at 11 while DLF Galeria in Gurugram and Linking Road in Mumbai are ranked 19 and 20 respectively in the APAC rankings.
  3. Upper 5th Avenue in New York retained its top place, while Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay and London’s Bond Street were ranked 2nd and 3rd in the global ranking, respectively

 

Toyota teams with Suzuki to bring EVs to India by 2020

  1. Japanese automobile popular company Toyota and Suzuki has signed the agreement for the work with together by the introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2020.
  2. “The two companies together will bring the technology and Suzuki will set up manufacturing facilities through Maruti,” R C Bhargava, chairman at Maruti Suzuki, told Business Standard.
  3. “Suzuki would produce EVs and supply some vehicles to Toyota, which would chip in with its technical support. Toyota and Suzuki also plan to conduct a comprehensive study of activities for the widespread acceptance of EVs in India. Such activities encompass the establishment of charging stations, human resources development — training for after-service technicians employed throughout sales networks — and systems for the appropriate treatment of end-of-life batteries,” Suzuki said in a statement.
  4. “Early this year, Suzuki had announced that it intended to construct a lithium-ion battery plant in Gujarat, the first such plant in the country. The Rs 1,151-crore unit would be set up with Toshiba and Denso. In addition to lithium-ion batteries, electric motors and other major components would be locally procured for the production of EVs in India, helping the government fulfil its ‘Make-in-India’ initiative in the field of EVs,” Suzuki said.
  5. “The Toyota and Suzuki pact holds tremendous potential, as Toyota is a leader in the hybrid electric space and can help bring various technological solutions on the table. This partnership, owing to the fact that Suzuki is a consistent leader in the Indian market, is well suited to creating solutions needed for India,” said Ashim Sharma, partner and group head (auto, engineering & logistics) at the Nomura Research Institute India.

KEYS:

  1. Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan
  2. Customer service: 1800 425 0001
  3. Production output: 16,985,870 units (CY 2015)
  4. CEO: Akio Toyoda (23 Jun 2009–)
  5. Founder: Kiichiro Toyoda
  6. Subsidiaries: Lexus, Subaru Corporation, Daihatsu, Hino Motors, MORE
  7. Toyota is the world’s fifth-largest company by revenue.

Science and Technology

NASA Launches NOAA Weather Satellite to Improve Forecasts

NASA Launches NOAA Weather Satellite to Improve Forecasts

  1. NASA on Saturday successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that is the most advanced polar-orbiting satellite to improve weather forecasts up to seven days in advance.
  2. “The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California,” NASA said.
  3. “Launching JPSS-1 underscores NOAA’s commitment to putting the best possible satellites into orbit, giving our forecasters — and the public — greater confidence in weather forecasts up to seven days in advance, including the potential for severe, or impactful weather,” said Stephen Volz, Director of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service.
  4. “Approximately an hour after launch, the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power. JPSS-1 will be renamed NOAA-20 when it reaches its final orbit. Following a three-month checkout and validation of its five advanced instruments, the satellite will become operational,” NASA said.

SPORTS

Yuki Bhambri outlasts Ramkumar Ramanathan to win KPIT-MSLTA Challenger in Pune (tennis)

Yuki Bhambri outlasts Ramkumar Ramanathan to win KPIT-MSLTA Challenger in Pune (tennis)

  1. Yuki Bhambri has placed its first title of the 2017 season on the ATP Challenger Tour that by getting the defeat and win over compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final of the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger in Pune on Saturday.
  2. Yuki,who is the country’s top single player that has take over the Ramanathan 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a little over two hours at Balewadi Sports Complex.
  3. By getting the Yuki’s last Challenger had come at the same tournament and venue in 2015. He had broken into the top-100 after that trophy-winning effort and this win will again push him to the top-100 bracket.
  4. Now he is the ranked at the 137 now and 80 points earned from his event will put him close to 120, when the new rankings list is released tomorrow.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2017 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize goes to Dr Manmohan Singh

2017 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize goes to Dr Manmohan Singh

  1. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has been going to get the most prestigious prize that is the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India’s stature globally.
  2. “The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is awarded to Manmohan Singh for his leadership of the country and his achievements during the momentous 10 years from 2004 to 2014, for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development, for improving India’s stature in the world and its relationship with the neighbors and the leading nations of the world, and for his dedication to the security and well being of ordinary citizens regardless of their faith, caste, region or language,” a statement from the Trust’s secretary Suman Dubey said.
  3. “The Trust said Singh is only the third Indian prime minister to complete two full terms as the PM between 2004 and 2014. His tenure witnessed the path-breaking nuclear agreement with the US and the Copenhagen Climate Change agreement,” the statement said.
  4. “The 10 years of his premiership were not only a period of rapid economic and social changes, they witnessed the lowest terrorist violence, prolonged period of communal harmony, peace on the country’s borders and a globally acknowledged rise in India’s standing in the global community of nations,” the statement said.

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Hello Day

World Hello Day

  1. World Hello Day is the normal holiday that is celebrated annually on November 21, for the present the expression of the conflicts should be resolved through communication rather than the use of force.
  2. Participants that is in that ten people and the many of the people get together on that day and expression of the importance of personal communication in preserving peace.
  3. The annual global event began to be celebrated in 1973 as a response to the Yom Kippur War.

 

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