Current Affairs Update – 17-20 November, 2017



Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 17 to 20 November, 2017. These are important for the upcoming IBPS PO, Clerk Mains, NICL Assistant, OICL AO exams.

Days
Universal Children’s Day 2017
observed across the world

  • The Universal Children’s Day was
    observed across the world on 20 November 2017 with the theme ‘2017: It’s a
    #KidsTakeOver’.
  • This year, UNICEF celebrated the
    day by inviting children from around the world to voice their support for
    millions of their friends and kin who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.
  • The Universal Children’s Day aims
    to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights to build a better world
    for Children.
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237th Corps of Engineers Day was
celebrated in Delhi

  • The 237th Corps of Engineers Day
    was celebrated on 18 November 2017 in a solemn ceremony conducted at ‘Amar
    Jawan Jyoti’, India Gate in New Delhi.
  • Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian
    Army, Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma along with other serving and retired
    officers laid wreaths and paid homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed
    their life for the country.
  • Besides this, a function was also
    organised in Delhi to honour the achievers of the Corps in the fields of technical
    competence, professional excellence, sports and adventures.
  • The day is celebrated to
    commemorate the raising of first Engineer Company in 1780.
  • The modern day Corps of Engineers
    consists of three groups of combat engineers – Madras Sappers, Bengal Sappers
    and Bombay Sappers – which were merged into the Corps on 18 November 1932.
  • Since its inception, history is
    replete with outstanding contributions of the Corps of Engineers both in war
    and peace.
World Toilet Day observed
globally

  • The World Toilet Day was observed
    across the globe on 19 November 2017 with the theme ‘Wastewater’.  The day aims to inspire action to tackle the
    global sanitation crisis.
  • The Sustainable Development
    Goals, especially SDG 6, aim to reach everyone with sanitation by 2030 and
    almost half the proportion of untreated wastewater, increasing recycling and
    enabling safe re-usage.
Qaumi Ekta Week to be observed
from 19-25 November 2017

  • The ‘Qaumi Ekta Week’ also known
    as National Integration Week will be observed all over the country from the 19
    to 25 November 2017. 
  • The weeklong event will be
    observed with an aim to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony,
    national integration in the nation.
Here are the week long programmes that will be observed during Qaumi
Ekta Week:

  1. 19 November 2017: It will be
    observed as National Integration Day and programmes like meetings, symposia and
    seminars will be organized to emphasize the themes of secularism,
    anti-communalism and non-violence.
  2. 20 November 2017: It will be
    observed as Welfare of Minorities Day.
  3. 21 November 2017: It will be
    observed as Linguistic Harmony Day. Programmes like Special literary functions
    and Kavi Sammelans will be organized to enable people of each region to
    appreciate the linguistic heritage of other parts of India.
  4. 22 November 2017: It will be
    observed as Weaker Sections Day and meetings and rallies will be organized to
    highlight programmes which help SCs/STs and weaker sections through
    distribution of surplus land to landless labourers.
  5. 23 November 2017: It will be
    observed as Cultural Unity Day and cultural functions will be organized to
    present the Indian tradition of unity in diversity and for promoting cultural
    conservation and integration.
  6. 24 November 2017: It will be
    observed as Women’s Day. On this day, the importance of Women in Indian Society
    and their role in development of nation-building will be highlighted.
  7. 25 November 2017: It will be
    observed as Conservation Day and several meetings and functions will be
    organized to emphasise the growing need for awareness and action to conserve
    the environment.
Awards & Honors
Girish Karnad conferred with 2017
Tata Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Actor-playwright Girish Karnad
    was on 19 November 2017 conferred with Tata Literature Live! Lifetime
    Achievement Award 2017 for his outstanding contribution in the field of
    theatre.
  • On the other hand, Tata Trusts’
    Big Little Book Award’ for Author in Bengali Children’s Literature was
    presented to Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
  • While, Book of the year in
    non-fiction category went to ‘Age of Anger: A History of the Present’ by Pankaj
    Mishra, whereas in the fiction category, Easterine Kire’s ‘Son of the
    Thundercloud’ bagged the award.
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India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned
Miss World 2017

  • India’s Manushi Chhillar was
    crowned Miss World 2017 at the prestigious pageant’s 67th edition that was held
    in Sanya, China on 18 November 2017.
  • The 20-year-old was crowned Miss
    World 2017 by outgoing titleholder Stephanie Del Val le, Miss World from Puerto
    Rico. Chhillar’s win has brought home the coveted title after a 17-year-long
    wait. The last Indian contestant to win Miss World was Priyanka Chopra in the
    year 2000.
  • The other contestants who made it
    to the top 5 include Miss England, Miss France, Miss Kenya and Miss Mexico.
    While Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was the first runner up, England’s Stephanie Hill
    came in as the second runner up.
  • Almost 108 contestants from
    countries across the world participated in the beauty pageant.
  • Chhillar’s win has also levelled
    India with Venezuela, as the countries with most number of titles in the
    history of the pageant.
News related to India & states
NCPCR celebrates ‘Baal Utsav’ as
part of Hausla-2017

  • The National Commission for
    Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) celebrated Baal Utsav on 18 November 2017 as
    a part of Hausla-2017, a week-long festival organised by Women and Child
    Development Ministry for children living in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) across
    the country.
  • The programme saw participation
    from over 1000 children. It also saw participation from child artists, actors,
    theatre artists, musicians, members of WCD Ministry and NCPCR and several
    non-government organisations from Delhi and NCR region.
  • Speaking on the occasion,
    Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Virendra Kumar expressed
    happiness at the presence of such a large number of children and said that
    children are the key to success and development of the country.
  • He further urged all the CCIs to
    provide all the children living in the institutions with a family atmosphere to
    enable their growth and development.
Union Government launches
Saubhagya Web Portal

  • Union Minister of State for Power
    and Renewable Energy RK Singh on 16 November 2017 launched the Web Portal for
    Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’. The portal can be
    accessed at http://saubhagya.gov.in.
  • The Saubhagya Web portal will
    ensure transparency and will accelerate household electrification in rural as
    well as urban areas in the country.
  • Through Saubhagya Web portal,
    every State can fill in the current status of progress of electrification works
    which will enable accountability for the State utility/ DISCOM.
  • It offers a feature on village electrification
    camps and in line with that, DISCOMs will organize camps in villages for
    facilitating instant filling up of application forms and to complete requisite
    documentation to expedite release of electricity connections to households.
  • States may announce the schedules
    of the village camps to be held on this portal to create awareness among the
    people about the one-stop facility for getting electricity connections.
  • DISCOMs/ State Power Department
    will be required to adopt the innovative mechanism for collection of data in
    electronic form including collection of application form for obtaining
    electricity connections.
INS Sarvekshak reaches
Dar-Es-Salaam to conduct Joint Hydrographic Survey with Tanzanian Navy

  • INS Sarvekshak, a hydrographic
    survey ship of Southern Naval Command, arrived Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania on 15
    November 2017 for conducting Joint Hydrographic Survey along with the Tanzanian
    Navy.
  • The Joint Hydrographic Survey is
    being conducted with an aim to boost bilateral relations with friendly foreign
    countries and navies in the Indian ocean region.
  • The joint survey will be
    conducted with the Naval personnel of Tanzania who have been trained in India
    in National Institute of Hydrography, Goa.
  • During 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 for refuelling and replenishing stores and provisions. 
Union Health Ministry introduces
Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of Tuberculosis

  • The Union Ministry of Health
    and  Family Welfare on 17 November 2017
    launched Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) across the
    country under The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP).
  • Earlier, the Health Ministry was
    providing the treatment of tuberculosis thrice weekly, however it has now
    decided to change the treatment strategy for TB patients from thrice weekly to
    daily drug regimen using fixed dose combinations (FDC) for treatment.
  • The move is aimed at bringing the
    transformation in the approach and the intensity to deal with this disease
    which accounts for about 4.2 lakh deaths every year.
Banking & Financial
News
Moody’s upgrades India’s sovereign rating after 14 years

  • US credit rating agency Moody’s
    raised India’s sovereign rating to Baa2 from its lowest investment grade of
    Baa, while changing the outlook for the country’s rating to stable from
    positive.
  • Since 2004, Moody raised the
    sovereign rating for the first time ignoring a haze of short-term economic
    uncertainties to bet on the nation’s prospects from a raft of policy changes by
    the government.
  • The revision of sovereign rating
    of India came after a gap of 14 years.
  • The rating agency simultaneously
    upgraded India’s local and foreign currency issuer rating to Baa2 from Baa3.
  • The upgrade of the rating is
    based on the Indian government’s “wide-ranging programme of economic and
    institutional reforms.
  • The credit rating agency expected
    that continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will, over time,
    improve India’s high growth potential and its large and stable financing base
    for government debt, and will likely contribute to a gradual decline in the
    general government debt burden over the medium term.
  • According to Moody’s, reforms
    which are taken place in India have significantly decreased the risk of a sharp
    increase in debt, even in potential downside scenarios.
  • Those implemented reforms to date
    will progress the government’s purpose of improving the business climate,
    stimulating foreign and domestic investment, enhancing productivity, and
    ultimately fostering strong and sustainable growth.
Union Cabinet approves increase in carpet area of houses under Pradhan
Mantri Awas Yojana

  • The Union Cabinet on 16 November
    2017 approved the increase in the carpet area of houses eligible for interest
    subsidy under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), which is a part of
    Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
  • It approved the increase in the
    carpet area in the Middle Income Group (MIG) I category of CLSS from the
    existing 90 square metre to up to 120 square metre.
  • It increased the carpet area in
    respect of MIG II category of CLSS from the existing 110 square metre to up to
    150 square metre.
  • These changes will be effective
    from 1 January 2017, the date the CLSS for MIG became effective.
World News
WHO launches global effort to end TB by 2030

  • The World Health Organisation
    (WHO) on 17 November 2017 launched a new global effort to end Tuberculosis by
    2030. Under this new initiative, 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to
    end TB by 2030.
  • The initiative was launched
    during the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in
    the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, that was attended by
    114 countries in Moscow.
  • WHO Global Ministerial Conference
    on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era
  • The Moscow Declaration to End TB
    aims to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build
    accountability.
  • More than 1000 participants took
    part in the two-day conference which resulted in collective commitment to end
    TB.
  • The participants pledged to
    achieve universal health coverage by strengthening health systems and improving
    access to people-centered TB prevention and care.
  • They also vowed to mobilize
    sufficient and sustainable finances by increasing domestic and international
    investments.
  • The ministers also promised to
    build accountability through a framework to track and review progress on ending
    TB including multisectoral approaches.
  • They also promised to minimize
    the risk and spread of drug resistance and do more to engage people and
    communities affected by, and at risk of, TB.

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