Current Affairs Today – November, 22nd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – November, 22st, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

International Congress of Military Medicine begins in New Delhi

International Congress of Military Medicine begins in New Delhi

  1. The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) that is organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) that is under the Ministry of Defence (MoD) began here today. The ICMM is an international inter-governmental organisation that has established in the year 1921 with its secretariat at Brussels in Belgium and currently has 112 nations as members.
  2. This will be the five days event that is organised for the first time in India, and is the largest medical conference ever organised by the AFMS. The theme of this 42nd World Congress is “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.”
  3. Around 350-400 foreign delegates from 80 countries has been going to attend the event. In the term of the, about 300 Indian delegates comprising Armed Forces Medical, Dental, Nursing and Veterinary Officers are participating in it. Top Indian scientific institutions, MoD, Ministry of Health, the United Nations and the International Committee of Red Cross are also represented at the Congress.
  4. There are 26 thematic sessions covering diverse areas including “Terrain Specific Military Medical Support”, “Health Protection and Promotion in the Military Environment”, “Combat Medical Support”, and “Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief”. Workshops by international faculty on management of mass casualties, barrier nursing for haemorrhagic fevers and medical ethics in military medicine has been going to put the point on thr highlights of the Congress. Panel discussions on women in combat, medical disability benefits, veterans’ health and health screening of recruits are also planned.

 

Maharashtra CM launches initiative to curb Childhood Obesity

Maharashtra CM launches initiative to curb Childhood Obesity

  1. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday has started the one of the new initiative against childhood obesity here, that will give the benefit over 6,000 children in Pune alone by making them aware about their Body Mass Index (BMI).
  2. In that there has been the help of the BMI dialler, school children, parents and teachers will also be sensitised about childhood obesity by the volunteers of the Rotary Club across Pune district.
  3. “Fewer children these days are found in the playgrounds, moreover all comforts are provided to these children easily. This is one of the major causes for rampant rise in childhood obesity.
  4. “This campaign will ensure that childhood obesity will not hamper the growth or development of our future generations. This is a positive movement and the government will ensure support to spread this across Maharashtra,” said Fadnavis.
  5. “We aim to take this fight against childhood obesity to the next level. Pune tops the first five cities of India in obesity, so it is the most appropriate place to launch the campaign,” said Todkar.

KEYS:

  1. Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, is best known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
  2. This sprawling metropolis is the seat of the Bollywood film industry
  3. It also has sites like the British Raj-era Gateway of India monument and cave temples at Elephanta Island
  4. To the south is the rustic, beach-lined Konkan Coast. In the city of Pune, Aga Khan Palace is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
  5. Area: 307,713 km²
  6. Capital: Mumbai

 

Haryana Government’s New Scheme Offers Domestic Power Connections On EMI

Haryana Government’s New Scheme Offers Domestic Power Connections On EMI

  1. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has started the new scheme under which one can pay just Rs 200 and get a domestic power connection in any rural area of the state while the remaining amount can be paid in easy instalments of Rs 100 to Rs 200, an official release said today.
  2. At present, one has to pay between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000 to get a power connection. “The state government has initiated several schemes which have helped in reducing the losses of the Power Department by 7 per cent,” Mr Khattar said, as quoted by the release.
  3. Villages at where the loss of the line has been decreases by the 20 per cent are getting 24-hour power supply. Four districts Panchkula, Ambala, Gurugram and Faridabad, are getting 24-hour power supply.
  4. “The Haryana government would fulfil its promise to provide 24-hour power supply all over the state in the next two years,” he said.
  5. “The previous governments had been only instigating the people not to pay their bills, but we are explaining and encouraging them to pay bills,” he added.

KEYS:

  1. Haryana is a North Indian state surrounding New Delhi on 3 sides
  2. The Yamuna River runs along its eastern border with Uttar Pradesh
  3. Shared with Punjab, the state capital Chandigarh is known for its modernist buildings and gridlike street plan designed by Swiss architect, Le Corbusier
  4. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden features 1,600 species, while its Rock Garden showcases sculptures made with recycled materials
  5. Capital: Chandigarh
  6. HDI rank: 17th (2011)

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India moves up one notch to 126 in GDP per capita terms’: IMF Data

India moves up one notch to 126 in GDP per capita terms’: IMF Data

  1. India has moved up one position to 126th in terms of per capita GDP of countries, still ranked lower than all its BRICS peers, while Qatar remains the world’s richest on this parameter, as per International Monetary Fund (IMF) data.
  2. Among BRICS countries, India has the lowest per capita GDP. Russia boasts of a per capita GDP of $27,900, while for China, it stood at $16,620, Brazil at $15,500 and South Africa at $13,400.
  3. As per the IMF data, the richest 10 countries in the world in per capita GDP terms also include Singapore (4th, $90,530), Brunei (5th, $76,740), Ireland (6th, $72,630), Norway (7th, $70,590), Kuwait (8th, $69,670), United Arab Emirates (9th, $68,250) and Switzerland (10th, $61,360).
  4. According to a Fortune magazine report based on the IMF data, several top-ranking countries such as Qatar and Brunei “have fuel and oil propelling their economies”, while investment and strong banking systems have helped propel economic growth in other countries like Iceland and Ireland.

 

India, China Hold First Border Talk After Doklam Standoff in Beijing

India, China Hold First Border Talk After Doklam Standoff in Beijing

  1. Officials from India and China has going to held the first meeting of the border affairs working mechanism after the 72-day Doklam stand-off, with civilian and military officials from the two countries meeting in Beijing on Friday.
  2. Both sides “reviewed the situation in all sectors” of the border and “agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas is an important prerequisite” for growing relations, a statement from the Indian Embassy in Beijing said.
  3. Both sides also exchanged views on “further confidence-building measures and strengthening of military-to-military contacts”.
  4. The 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) was held in Beijing, a press release from the Indian Embassy here said.

 

Modi Government third most trusted in the world after Switzerland and Indonesia

  1. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance on Sunday, after that the India ranked third in World Economic Forum’s list of most trusted governments.
  2. Nadda has taken the Twitter to share the list, and later followed it with another tweet saying that the list was testimony to India’s development.
  3. “India securing third best place in the list of most trusted governments worldwide is an evidence that the country is treading in the right direction of development under our Hon’ble PM @narendramodi Ji’s leadership,” Nadda wrote on Twitter.
  4. “This is compared to only about one third of Americans. The situation is even worse in Greece, where only about one in 10 citizens trust those in charge,” according to the report.

BANKING AND FINANCE

GOVT. sets Rs 10000 min balance in bank accounts as rural poverty measure

GOVT. sets Rs 10000 min balance in bank accounts as rural poverty measure

  1. There has been the increasing number of the households with a minimum Rs 10,000 in their savings account, better will be a panchayat’s prospects of that has been getting the positively on the poverty index, the government has decided in a bid to devise measures to evaluate neediness.
  2. The government has planned a set of parameters to assess poverty in a gram panchayat and the criteria to determine “economic development” will look at bank deposits of households. There has been the some of the remain healthy savings bank account is set at Rs 10,000.
  3. The criteria of minimum balance in a savings bank account to measure “economic development” has seemingly changed over months of brainstorming. As reported by TOI in May, the ministry initially considered a deposit
  4. of Rs 20,000. To assess the progress made by a GP, the government’s stress appears to be on nonfarm work and employment.
  5. Key parameters are number of households with “bank loans for diversified livelihood”, families “employed in dairy and animal resources” and those in “non-farm employment with skills, markets and bank linkage”. The health of a GP will also be decided by number of households in either wage or self-employment.

 

Govt seeks Rs 13,000-cr surplus from RBI

Govt seeks Rs 13,000-cr surplus from RBI

  1. The government has not told to the Reserve Bank to pay any special dividend aand there has been the only showing the money is Rs 13,000 crore of surplus lying with the central bank, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has said.
  2. “There is no proposal at this stage to ask for any special dividend. What is being discussed is to only ask for what the RBI earned this year but did not distribute. That is about Rs 13,000 crore. That’s what the government has suggested the Reserve Bank to transfer,” Garg told PTI.
  3. RBI’s profit was about Rs 44,000 crore, of which Rs 30,000 crore has been distributed and Rs 13,000 crore it retained towards risks and reserves. So the government has made a suggestion that the Rs 13,000 crore may also be transferred, he said.
  4. Asked about the contours of the recap bonds, Garg said “the recapitalisation package is in the final stages. The Department of Financial Services is working on it and soon we would see all these aspects being addressed”.
  5. Garg said, “Moody’s has acknowledged the reform process and believes that India is in a position to control its debt and put its banking sector in order.”
  6. “The kind and quality of reforms, the boldness of reforms, the structural, fundamental needs of reform is what has persuaded them to believe that India is now on a longer term high growth path …That (reform) process will continue and I don’t see any slackening in reform effort,” he said.

 

NSE arm launches SME Index to track firms on Emerge platform

  1. India Index Services & Products (IISL), an NSE Group entity, has started the new Nifty Index to measure the performance of small and medium enterprises listed on the dedicated NSE platform for small companies.
  2. The Nifty SME Emerge Index reflects the performance of the event that has the eligible companies listed on the Emerge. The index represents about 62 per cent of the full market capitalisation of all SMEs listed on the Emerge.
  3. “The index is a well-diversified basket of SMEs spread across 14 sectors with services, IT and consumer goods as top three sectors by weight,” IISL chief executive Mukesh Agarwal said in a statement.
  4. “As the number of SMEs listed on the Emerge increases, we’ll launch more variants of SME indices to meet the needs of various investors,” he added.

KEYS:

  1. The National Stock Exchange of India Limited is the leading stock exchange of India, located in Mumbai
  2. The NSE was established in 1992 as the first demutualized electronic exchange in the country
  3. Market cap: US$1.41 trillion (March 2016)
  4. of listings: 1,696
  5. CEO: Vikram Limaye (17 Jul 2017–)
  6. Headquarters: Mumbai
  7. Customer service: 1800 22 0051
  8. Currency: Indian rupee (₹)

Science and Technology

NASA to send instrument on Japan’s 2024 Mars probe studying its moons

NASA to send instrument on Japan's 2024 Mars probe studying its moons

  1. NASA will has been sending the instrument that is of the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos on a Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of the Red Planet planned for launch in 2024, the US space agency has said.
  2. “The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will shed light on one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet – when and how the small moons formed,” NASA said.
  3. “Solving the riddle of how Mars’ moons came to be will help us better understand how planets formed around our Sun and, in turn, around other stars,” Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at Headquarters in Washington, said in a statement.
  4. Scientists are hoping that the sample will be returned to Earth in 2029. “International partnerships like this provide high-quality science with high-impact return,” Zurbuchen said.
  5. NASA said it is also supporting the development of one of the spacecraft’s suite of seven science instruments. The selected instrument, named MEGANE (meaning “eyeglasses” in Japanese), will be developed by a team led by David Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
  6. “They may have formed as the result of a large impact on Mars or they may be captured asteroids of a sort that may have brought a great deal of water to both Mars and Earth,” said Fujimoto.

SPORTS

Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win the singles title of 2017 Nitto ATP Finals (tennis)

Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win the singles title of 2017 Nitto ATP Finals (tennis)

  1. There has been the game of the Sunday has been feeling the O2 felt like a changing of the guard, then it has the right of the event from tennis’s perspective – who stepped up to fill the hole left by more famous names.
  2. Grigor Dimitrov has been started the one of the great shot, but he has long been the most fascinating and charismatic figure outside the ranks of grand-slam winners.
  3. Dimitrov has long been nicknamed “Baby Fed” – because his stylish game, with its flourishing one-handed backhand, is so reminiscent of Roger Federer himself.
  4. “It’s such an honor to play here, one of the best weeks I have ever had,” Dimitrov told the on-court interviewer, Annabel Croft, once he had regained his composure. “I want to thank my girlfriend Nicole, she’s somewhere hiding, she deserves quite a bit of credit.”

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee gets IMF award

Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee gets IMF award

  1. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) presented veteran journalist Manik Banerjee, who was the one of the famous mountaineer, with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’.
  2. Banerjee has represented the award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades.
  3. The former sports journalist has created the one of the invaluable contribution of the promotion of mountaineering and allied adventure activities in various media besides his service in spreading the spirit of adventure activities among the under privileged.

OBITUARY

Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkey’s 3-time Olympic gold weightlifter, dead at 50

Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkey’s 3-time Olympic gold weightlifter, dead at 50

  1. Turkey’s legendary triple Olympic gold-medal winning weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, the diminutive “pocket Hercules,” has died aged of 50 years, state media said.
  2. “The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu, who had in late September been admitted to intensive care after suffering liver failure, died in hospital in Istanbul,” the Anadolu news agency said.
  3. “Turkish weightlifting has suffered a great loss,” the head of the Turkish weightlifting federation Tamer Taspinar told Anadolu.
  4. “He was the ‘pocket Hercules’ who broke 46 records. He was a sportsman who won the hearts not just of the Turkish people but the world,” Taspinar added.

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