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Daily Current Affairs 30 November 2018 for Bank, SSC and Competitive Exams
India and states
Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch Single Emergency Number ‘112’
- Himachal Pradesh on November 28, 2018 became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number ‘112’ which will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.
- The emergency number was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).
- For this purpose, state established an ERC in Shimla along with 12 District Command Centres (DCCs) covering the entire state.
- The ERC has been integrated with police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women helpline (1090) services to provide emergency services via single emergency number 112.
- This single emergency number ‘112’ service is part of the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) which includes a ‘112 India’ mobile app integrated with panic button of smartphones.
- To ensure safety of women, a ‘SHOUT’ feature has been introduced in ‘112 India’ mobile app to seek immediate assistance from registered volunteers in the vicinity apart from assistance from ERC. The SHOUT feature is exclusively available for women.
India’s first indigenous film festival to be hosted in Odisha
- India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in February next year in Odisha.
- An initiative of activist film collective Video Republic, that has been campaigning for indigenous communities in the State, the three-stop event will kick off in Bhubaneswar on February 19 and 20, moving on to Puri from February 21 to 23 to eventually culminate in an interaction with the adivasi communities at Niyamgiri.
- It will showcase films made by indigenous people or made by non-indigenous filmmakers in collaboration with the indigenous communities.
IAF, US air force to conduct joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’
- The air forces of the United States and India are scheduled to participate in a 12-day- long joint exercise ‘Cope India 2019’ at two air force stations in West Bengal in December 2018.
- The exercise will be held from December 3-14 at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh airbase. It showcases efforts and commitment of the two nations to build a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
- The Cope India exercise is being held after a gap of eight years, with the last one having taken place in 2010.
- The exercise is a long-standing bilateral US Pacific Air Forces-sponsored Field Training Exercise, conducted with the Indian Air Force.
DAIC, JNU sign MoU to enhance research activities for sustainable development
- Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University on November 30, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate and enhance research activities and policy formulation aimed at socio-economic transformation and sustainable development.
- The MoU was signed by Prof M Jagadesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JNU and Atul Dev Sarmah, Director of DAIC.
- JNU, with a status of the ‘University of Excellence’ given by the UGC, is a world-renowned centre for teaching and research, having collaborations and MoUs with universities across the world in research projects, conferences, and publications.
NITI Aayog organises dialogue on health system for New India
- The Indian Government’s policy think tank, NITI Aayog organised a conference on “Health Systems for A New India: Building Blocks” on November 30, 2018.
- The event is a part of a series of Development Dialogues that NITI Aayog aims to organise to engage experts, thought leaders and government stakeholders across key avenues of long-term social and economic development.
- The conference featured senior government functionaries and eminent national and international experts in the healthcare space.
- The idea of a health system pertains to integrating existing and future programmes, financing, human resources and policies related to all dimensions of healthcare within the fabric of an all-encompassing, inclusive, long-term and stable system.
Jharkhand to provide free mobile phones to 28 lakh farmers, says CM
- Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on November 29, 2018 announced that the government will provide free mobile phones to 28 lakh farmers and a separate electric feeder for them for agriculture purpose by 2019/2021.
- The information was shared by the Chief Minister while speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day Agriculture and Food Summit in Ranchi. The CM said that a separate electric feeder would be set up by May 2019 for farmers for agriculture purpose, providing them six hours of uninterrupted electricity.
- The mobile phones will be given to the farmers to keep the middlemen away and also help farmers to have greater information about the market.
- The move will help the farmers know about the market rates and other information relating to agriculture.
- Besides this, the state will ensure that power supply will reach every household by December 2018 and by May 2019 separate feeders would be set up for agriculture, for households and industrial usage.
Banking & Finance
RBI makes LEI mandatory for market participants regulated by it
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to make Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code mandatory for all market participants regulated by the central bank.
- “All participants, other than individuals, undertaking transactions in the markets regulated by the RBI — government securities markets, money markets (markets for any instrument with a maturity of one year or less) and non-derivative forex markets (transactions that settle on or before the spot date) — shall obtain LEI codes by the due date,” it said in a notification.
- The LEI code has been conceived of as a key measure to improve the quality and accuracy of financial data systems for better risk management post the global financial crisis.
- The LEI is a 20-character unique identity code assigned to entities who are parties to a financial transaction.
- Globally, use of LEI has expanded beyond derivative reporting and it is being used in areas relating to banking, securities market, credit rating and market supervision.
India’s economy grows at 7.1 per cent for 2nd part of 2018-19
- India’s economy grew at 7.1 per cent for the second quarter of 2018-19 according to data released by Central Statistics Office today.
- These estimates represent a sizable jump from last year’s second quarter growth rate estimates, indicating sustained acceleration in country’s economic growth. The Gross Domestic Product, GDP at constant prices had grown at 6.3 per cent in July-September quarter of the last fiscal.
- The CSO estimates state that GDP at constant prices was 33.98 lakh crore rupees for second quarter this fiscal, which is a marked increase from 31.72 lakh crore rupees for the same period in 2017-18.
- Welcoming this development, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister, Dr. Bibek Debroy, attributed this positive trend to government’s successful policy efforts in maintaining a stable domestic environment despite global uncertainties.
- He further stated that the government’s focus on simplifying India’s business and investment eco-system has greatly improved India’s economic health in the recent past.
Reports & Lists
4 Indian-origin women among Forbes list of top 50 women tech moguls of US 2018
- Four Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes among America’s top 50 female technology moguls, a list that includes tech heavyweights IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive Anne Aaron.
- The 2018 Inaugural Top 50 Women In Technology list identifies three generations of forward-thinking technologists leading more than a dozen tech sectors across the globe,” Forbes said in its America’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018.
Four Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes among America’s top 50 female technology moguls which are:
- Padmasree Warrior, former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco
- Komal Mangtani, senior director at app-based cab aggregator Uber
- Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent
- Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO and founder of identity-management company Drawbrige
India home to 46.6 million stunted children, a third of world’s total: Global Nutrition Report 2018
- According to the Global Nutrition Report 2018, India is facing a major malnutrition crisis as it holds almost a third of world’s burden for stunting.
- The findings should be alarming for the policymakers because when India began the National Family Health Survey, its stunting and wasting among children were on a par with Thailand.
- Today, Thailand has all but overcome the problem while we have made slow and uneven progress, even after then President Pranab Mukherjee launched a nationwide mass communication campaign against malnutrition in November 2012, with actor Aamir Khan as its face.
- With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list of countries followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million), the Global Nutrition Report 2018 said.
- India also accounted for 25.5 million children who are wasted, followed by Nigeria (3.4 million) and Indonesia (3.3 million).
- Wasting, or low weight for height, is a strong predictor of mortality among children under five. It is usually the result of acute significant food shortage and/or disease.
- India also figures among the set of countries that has more than a million overweight children. The other nations are China, Indonesia, India, Egypt, US, Brazil and Pakistan.
- In four countries, more than a fifth of all children are overweight — Ukraine, Albania, Libya and Montenegro.
42% of world’s coal power stations run at loss, building new renewables would be cheaper by 2030: Report
- Carbon Tracker said that two-fifths of the world’s coal power stations, including in India, are running at a loss. It has analysed 6,685 coal power plants worldwide to study its financial condition and to understand its profitability.
- The findings challenge the need for new coal generation and show that it makes economic sense to close plants in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.
- Carbon Tracker finds that 42 per cent of global coal capacity is already unprofitable because of high fuel costs and by 2040 that could reach 72 per cent as existing carbon pricing and air pollution regulations drive up costs.
- In case of India, it costs more to run 62 per cent of country’s coal capacity than to build new renewable generation and by 2030 that will increase to 100 per cent.
Seon Seob Kim to be new head of Hyundai Motor in India
- South Korean auto major Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Friday announced Seon Seob Kim as the new head of its Indian arm as part of leadership rejig of its global operations.
- Kim, who is currently senior vice president, head of Business Operations Strategy Division at Hyundai Motor Company, will take over from incumbent Y K Koo.
- HMC further said as part of its leadership changes, Executive Vice President Seung Jin Kim, head of Global Future Strategy TFT, has been appointed as the head of Hyundai Motor Global Operation Division.
AIFF to launch school-level project with FIFA
- The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will launch a school-level project by March-April next year in association with the game’s world governing body FIFA. This was stated by AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das at the Star Sports India Football Forum 2018 organised by SportzPower in Mumbai today.
- He said the project, schools league’, will be launched on a pilot basis. Das gave the information when he was asked what has the AIFF done to change the football culture in India.
- Kushal Das said that at the time the Under-17 World Cup was held in India last year, the AIFF had started a programme called “Mission Eleven” which was a school contact programme. He said under this programme, the AIFF touched about 15 thousand schools across the country.
Ministry of Tribal Affairs & TRIFED felicitate Mary Kom at Aadi Mahotsav”
- Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED felicitated sixth time Women’s World Boxing Champion Mary Kom at the closing ceremony of Aadi Mahotsav” at Dilli Haat today.
- Ms Kom is the Brand Ambassador for the TRIBES India’s Punchatantra range of products handcrafted by tribal master-craftsmen from across the country.
- Speaking on the occasion, Mr Oram said that Mary Kom is the pride of India who has recently won her 6th Women’s World Boxing Championship gold, breaking all previous records of Gold Medals won by any women boxer anywhere in the world.
China plans to deliver free WiFi to the world by 2026
- Chinese internet technology firm is planning to launch a constellation of 272 satellites by 2026 with an aim to provide free WiFi service worldwide.
- LinkSure Network, founded in Shanghai in 2013, markets itself as a global innovative mobile internet company specialising in free internet access, content and location-based services on its official website.
- It unveiled its first satellite in the constellation plan on November 27, 2018.
- The satellite, ‘LinkSure-1,’ will be launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China’s Gansu province next year, and by 2020 there will be 10 satellites in space.
- The constellation will have 272 satellites by 2026.
- According to their company website, LinkSure already services more than 900 million users across 223 countries and regions, mainly through its application WiFi Master Key, which allows users to connect to certain Wi-Fi hotspots without the use of individual login details.
Kenya hosts inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy conference
- Africa is hosting a historic conference that has to do with environmental protection. The first ever Sustainable Blue Conference starts today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
- The three-day conference has high global support with over twenty world leaders in Nairobi for the event. A number of environment friendly civil society organizations are also in attendance.
- After years of advocacy in the area, this is the first conference on Sustainable Blue Economy.
- It is taking place across three continents. Kenya is hosting it with Canada and Japan as co-hosts.
- There are 17,000 plus participants from some 184 countries involved in the conference.
- It is under the theme: ‘The Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’
Congo’s Ebola outbreak now second-largest in history: WHO
- The World Health Organization has said that Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago.
- According to Congo’s health ministry, the total death toll has reached 426, among which 379 are confirmed cases and 47 are probable ones.
- The WHO Emergencies Chief, Dr. Peter Salama has called it “a sad toll”. The Chief has predicted that the virus outbreak in northeastern Congo will last at least another six months before it can be contained.
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