Current Affairs Current Affairs November 2018

 Paytm (One 97 Communications Limited) has partnered with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to offer online insurance premium payments on its platform. Softbank-backed Paytm will provide premium payment solutions from over 30 insurance companies including LIC, ICICI Prudential Life, Reliance Life, and Max Life Insurance among others.
Source: The Economic Times

 The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report stated that India is the only country to have recorded a substantial decline in malaria cases in 2017 out of the 11 highest burden countries worldwide. India registered a 24% reduction in cases over 2016, largely due to substantial declines of the disease in the highly malarious state of Odisha, home to approximately 40 percent of all malaria cases in the country. According to the report, India accounted for 4% of global malaria cases in 2017.
Source- The Times of India

  State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) has inked an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to develop a roadmap for modernization of its air traffic services. Air traffic services (ATS) comprises air traffic management (ATM) and communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS). The collaboration is aimed at developing a CNS/ATM roadmap for the AAI for modernization of the national airspace system (NAS).
Source- The Economic Times

 The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its partnership with Google to offer the fans a great viewing experience of the upcoming semi-finals and final of the ICC Women’s World T20 to be held in West Indies. The collaboration includes enabling the casting of video content from the ICC mobile app on cast-enabled devices, like Chromecast and Google Home Hub.
Source- ANI News

Important Cabinet Approvals- 1st November 2018 The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows-
The Cabinet has approved- 
  • Extension of the term of the Commission to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes in the Central List till 31st May 2019.
  • Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 for regulation and standardisation of education and services by allied and healthcare professionals.
  • Apprised of Agreement between India and Uzbekistan on Cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation.
  • MoU between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters.
  • Apprised of the MoU between Atal Innovation Mission, India and Fund “Talent and Success”, Russia for the promotion of science & technology.
  •  MoU with Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology.
  •  Setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in the UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
  •  Commemoration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devj
  • 9. Cabinet approves: i) Implementation of the umbrella scheme “Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services”; ii) Sub-schemes to continue during 2017-20; and iii) National Facility for Airborne Research(NFAR) to be set up.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

      The 12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine started in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The theme of the 4-day congress is “Mountain Medicine in the Heart of the Himalayas”. The biennial event mainly focuses on science and research aspects of high altitude medicine. The flagship event of the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) is being held first time in Nepal and hosted by Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN). 
    Source- DD News

      The ‘UK India Business Council Ease of Doing Business Report’ has been released. It highlighted that UK businesses’ perceptions of corruption as a barrier to operating in India has halved since 2015. An in-depth survey of businesses with a combined turnover of USD 122 billion, the report found only 25% of UK businesses saw corruption as a major barrier in 2018, as opposed to 51% in 2015. 46% of UK Businesses responding had plans to expand their investments in India in the next 12 months. Since 2000, the UK has been the largest G20 investor in India, investing £17.5 billion and creating 371,000 new jobs, representing 10% of all FDI–related jobs in that period.
    Source: Outlook India

     Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has won this year’s Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, an award conferred by Indira Gandhi Trust each year on the late Prime Minister’s birth anniversary. The international jury for the awards was headed by former President Pranab Mukherjee.The CSE was established in 1980 under the leadership of the late Anil Agarwal and is presently headed by Sunita Narain.
    Source: The Hindu

     Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for Environmental best practice 2018. The award was received by Derrick I. Joshua, Assistant Director, Environment Sustainability, MAHE at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, London. MAHE was selected for the award from 800 global nominations which competed to pick the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities.
    Source- ANI News

      Voreqe Bainimarama has Sworn in as Fiji’s Prime Minister for four more years after winning an election with a reduced majority. Voreqe Bainimarama was affirmed prime minister in a ceremony in the capital Suva after his FijiFirst Party won just over half the votes in the recent election. Bainimarama first seized power in a military coup in 2006 and refashioned himself as a legitimate leader after winning an election in 2014.
    Source: The Washington Post


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