National - 2018 NOVEMBER

November 1

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
The Agreement will provide a broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime, tracing, restraint, forfeiture or confiscation or proceeds and instruments of crime.
It aims to increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime, and in providing the necessary peaceful ambience which is a pre-requisite for the development of society as a whole.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
The main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding are:
To expand bilateral cooperation in tourism sector
To increase Exchange of information and data related to tourism
To encouraging cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators
To establish exchange programmes for cooperation in Human Resources Development

November 2

The Centre has amended its Haj policy to make the differently abled people perform the annual Piligrimage.
A person with special needs can perform Haj if he or she can undertake the journey on their own.
The Delhi high court has amended its Haj policy and differently-abled people are no longer barred from performing the annual pilgrimage.
The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice RajendraMenon and Justice IS Mehta, which was also told that only people with serious illnesses, like cancer or tuberculosis, are barred from the pilgrimage.

 NMCG & UN Habitat organize a policy dialogue - Urban Cafe: ‘River for Habitat’
The National Mission for Clean Ganga partnered with UN Habitat to organize a policy dialogue- ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’ in New Delhi on the occasion of World Cities Day 2018.
Experts in the sector got together to discuss the deep association that rivers have with various aspects of human civilization.
Our cities, our economy and various facets of our  daily lives, the challenges to maintaining  healthy river ecosystems and ways  to deal with the same.

November 3

PM Modi announces Rs 1 crore loan in 59 minutes for MSMEs
Modi has announced major steps including 59-minute loan portal for sanction of up to one crore rupees for small and medium enterprises (MSME).
He said,mandatory procurement of 20% from MSMEs by Public Sector Undertakings has now been increased to 25%.
It has also been decided that 3% of the total purchases from it will be reserved for women entrepreneurs.
Indian Railways eliminates Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) on Broad Gauge route
All Unmanned level crossings on routes having speed more than 130KMPH and on Sub-urban routes have been eliminated.
12 Zonal Railways on Broad Gauge route has now become free from Unmanned Level Crossings.
The Zones include Central Railway, Eastern Railway, North Eastern Railway, Southern Railway, and West Central Railway.
Signature Bridge set to be inaugurated along the Yamuna Expressway
The Signature bridge is being projected as India’s first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge and was pitched as an iconic project.
The bridge will reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi and will be developed into a tourist spot in the second phase of its development,Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.
The project missed several deadlines and the cost eventually inflated to ₹1,594 crore.
Naval Commanders’ Conference concludes in New Delhi
The Conference was inauguratedby the RakshaMantri, SmtNirmalaSitharaman, who set the tone for the deliberations stating that the Indian Navy is a force to reckon with in the Indo-Pacific region.
Major shipbuilding projects in Indian Shipyards, both Private and Public result in the creation of jobs at these Shipyards as well as encouragement to MSMEs.

November 4

India, Zimbabwe Sign 6 Agreements In Various Fields
During the visit of Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, India has agreed for the deputation of experts in five fields to assist Zimbabwe.
Around 6 agreements in various fields were signed in areas including Mining, Visa waiver, Broadcasting and Culture.
India will extend Line of credits of more than 350 million US Dollars to Zimbabwe for two power projects and a drinking water project.
India will give about 3 million US dollar grant for upgradation of Indo-Zim Technology centre.
President of Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa
Capital: Harare.

South Korean First Lady Kim-Jung Sook arrives in India
South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook arrived in New Delhi during which she will participate in Diwali festivities.
About South Korea:
President: Moon Jae-in
Capital: Seoul
Currency: South Korean won
Prime minister: Lee Nak-yeon

November 5

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has announced Swachh Bharat World Toilet Day Contest
Swachh Bharat World Toilet Day Contest for all districts and States.
Top 10 District Collectors, top 3 State Mission Directors and State Secretary in-charge of Sanitation will be recognized and awarded by the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The Contest does not apply to the five States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.

Vision Document 2030 is long-term vision for the Forest Department
Many environmentalists and groups oppose the decision to outsource the process to map a long-term vision for the Forest Department of the government.
Because of the opposition the long-term vision is facing trouble.
The department is undertaking a Vision Document 2030 which would set a governance strategy for the management of forests and wildlife in the State for the next 20 years in a sustainable manner.

IAMAI forms AR/VR Committee to promote Technologies
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) formed a new industry expert committee to develop and promote an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) ecosystem in India.
The committee is chaired by Namrita Mahindra, Senior General Manager, digital transformation, Mahindra Group and co-chaired by Satyajeet Singh, Head –Strategic Product Partnership, India and South Asia, Facebook.
Earlier, Bangladesh had won the title in 2016. Pakistan finished as the runner-up. India beat Nepal 1-0 and finish in the third position.

Prime Minister of Italy Mr. Giuseppe Conte’s 1-day visit to India
Prime Minister of Italy, Prof. Giuseppe Conte, is on an official visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Conte will be accompanied by a delegation that will participate in the 24th edition of the DST-CII India-Italy Technology Summit 2018.
Italy President: Giorgio Napolitanco, Currency: Euro
Prime Minister: Matteo Renzi, Capital: Rome

November 6

3rd National Ayurveda Day observed throughout the countryon 5th November
The theme of 2018 Ayurveda Day was: “Ayurveda for Public health”.
It is annually celebrated on the eve of on Dhanawantari Jayanti (Dhanteras).
A 2-day “National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda” was inaugurated at Delhi.
Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for AYUSH: Shripad Yesso Naik
India and Republic of Korea Sign MoU In Field of Tourism
The Ministry of Tourism signed an MoU with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Government for the Republic of Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism in New Delhi.
Mr KJ Alphons, Union Tourism Minister and Mr. Do Jong-hwan Korean, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Republic of Korea signed the MoU.
Capital: Seoul, Currency: South Korean Won
India, South Korea Sign MoU on Cooperation In Sports
India and South Korea signed an MoU on cooperation in sports in New Delhi. Sports Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea Do Jong-hwan signed the MoU.
The objective of the MoU is to establish a framework to facilitate and promote cooperation between the two countries on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit.

November 7

Indian Army conducts Hot Air Ballooning Expedition “Jai Bharat”
To showcase the adventurous spirit of the Indian Army to the youth of the country, the Army Adventure Wing on Tuesday flagged off the event.
Trans India: North-South Hot Air Ballooning Expedition, from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari, covering a distance of approximately 3,236 kilometers.
As part of the Expedition, the Army will be flying two balloons across the country, touching a total of 31 stations, wherein Aero shows will be conducted by this team.
Election Commission sets up ‘Sangwari’ polling booths in various constituencies of Chhattisgarh to encourage women voters.
The Election Commission has set up ‘Sangwari’ polling booths in various constituencies of Chhattisgarh to encourage women, voters,to exercise their franchise in the Assembly elections.
In Chhattisgarhi dialect, ‘Sangwari’ means friend.
These women-friendly booths will be manned by all-female staff including presiding officers, supervisors and security personnel.
South Korean first lady visited India
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and First Lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook inaugurated the Queen Huh Memorial at Queen Huh Park in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya is the symbol of our pride, says Yogi Adityanath
She is also scheduled to participate in Diwali festivities and the ground-breaking ceremony of a memorial for a Korean queen in Ayodhya.
India elected as a member of ITU council for another 4 years
India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for another 4 years till 2022.
India ranking third among the 13 countries elected to the council from Asia-Australasia region.
The ITU has 193 member states that elect representatives to the council.
ITU HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Home Ministry releases Rs. 113 crore to six border states under Border Area Development Programme
Union Home Ministry has released more than Rs. 113 crore to six border states under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) as part of its plan to ameliorate the problems of people living in isolated locations.
These six states are Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

November 8

Cabinet approves leasing out of 6 airports under PPP model
The Union Cabinet approved the leasing out of six airports - Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru - for operation, management and development under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The cabinet provided "in-principle" approval for leasing out the airports under the PPP model.
Currently, the airports being managed under the PPP model include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cochin.
Cabinet apprised of India joining as Member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme under International Energy Agency
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of India joining as Member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme (AMF TCP) under International Energy Agency (IEA) on 9thMay, 2018. AMF TCP works under the framework of International Energy Agency (IEA) to which India has "Association" status since 30th March, 2017.

Cabinet approves Laying down procedure and mechanism for sale of enemy shares
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the mechanism and procedure for sale of the enemy shares.
‘In principle’ approval has been accorded for sale of enemy shares under the Custody of Ministry of Home Affairs/ Custodian of Enemy Property of India (CEPI), as per sub-section 1 of section 8A of the Enemy Property Act, 1968.
Department of Investment and Public Asset Management has been authorized under the provisions of sub-section 7 of section 8A of the Enemy Property Act, 1968, to sell the same.
Sale proceeds are to be deposited as disinvestment proceeds in the Government Account maintained by Ministry of Finance.

Cabinet approves filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Padur, Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) at Padur, Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies (NOCs).
The SPR facility at Padur is an underground rock cavern with a total capacity of 2.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) having four compartments of 0.625 MMT each. The filling of the SPR under PPP model is being undertaken to reduce budgetary support of Government of India.

Cabinet approves Amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 for setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
The "Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh" will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (No. 6 of 2014).
Cabinet has also approved the provision of funds of Rs. 420 crore for the first phase expenditure towards establishment of the Central Tribal University.

Cabinet approves strategic disinvestment of 100% Govt. of India’s equity in the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd. (DCIL)
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given ‘in principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 100% Government of India's shares in DCIL to consortium of four ports namely, Vishakhapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust.
Presently the Government of India holds 73.44% shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited.

Cabinet approves Procurement Quota to M/s ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Procurement Quota to M/s ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL.
CCEA approved the following proposal of Department of Telecommunications regarding continuation of Procurement Quota for M/s ITI Limited:
To continue the Reservation Quota policy for M/s ITI Ltd. by reserving 30% of the procurement orders placed by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for M/s ITI Ltd. for the products manufactured by it and for those outsourced items in which there is a minimum 12% value addition by M/s ITI during 2018-19 and 16% value addition in 2019-20 and 20% value addition in 2020-21 and
20% of the orders for the turnkey projects (like GSM network roll-out, Wi-Fi etc. of BSNL & MTNL and BharatNet project network roll-out, etc. of BBNL).

Union Cabinet approves opening up of International Solar Alliance membership to all UN countries
The decision was taken to put solar energy on the global agenda with the universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.
International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries and is headquartered at Gurugram, India.
'Mo bus' service rolled out in Odisha
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the technology-driven and citizen-friendly Mo bus service featuring free wi-fi, CCTV surveillance, public information display system and on board announcements in the city.
After flagging off the bus service, Patnaik himself travelled in the bus with the passengers from Biju Patnaik International Airport to Odisha Assembly.
The 'Mo bus' service will cover nine routes in the state capital in the first phase.

Over 500 children participated in NMCG’S Bal Ganga Mela in Noida
National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in partnership with HCL Foundation and German development agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) organized “Bal Ganga Mela” at HCL’s Noida campus.
More than 500 children from HCL Foundation-supported government schools in Noida, bridge centres, Power of One community champions and scholars participated in the mela.
The day is symbolic as it marks the declaration of Ganga as the National River of India in 2008 and is dedicated to raising awareness about rejuvenating the holy river and teaching children to become environmentally aware and responsible citizens.

November 9

HC appoints ad-hoc committee for Mumbai Cricket Association
The Bombay High Court set up an ad-hoc (temporary) committee to look after day-to-day functioning of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
The high court appointed an ad-hoc committee with MCA chief executive officer CS Naik, Umesh Khanvilkar, Navin Shetty, Shahalam Shaikh and Ganesh Iyer as members.
Umesh Khanwilkar and CS Naik has been given restricted charge of the bank account of the MCA.
The Committee has been directed to submit audited statement of income and expenditure with better particulars to this Court quarterly.
Further, all major decisions regarding MCA have to be taken with the prior consent of the court.

Cabinet clears strategic sale of government stake in Dredging Corporation
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved 100% strategic disinvestment of the government's equity in the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd. Presently, the government of India holds 73.44% shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited.
Union Cabinet gave its approval to Amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 for setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
Cabinet also approved leasing out six airports, namely Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru for operation, management, and development under Public Private Partnership.

November 10

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters.
Salient features:
Service of summons and other judicial documents or processes;
Taking of evidence in civil matters;
Production, identification or examination of documents, recordings;
The execution of a Letter of Request for taking of evidence in civil matters; and
Recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

November 11

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Indian Armed Forces Memorial in France.
The memorial was a tribute to Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.
This is the 1st India-built war memorial in the country.
Naidu said 800,000 Indian troops fought in all the theatres of the war with 1.5 million volunteering to fight.
Capital of France: Paris
Currency: Euro, CFP Franc
President: Emmanuel Macron

24th Kolkata International Film Festival begins at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.
This festival was inaugurated by Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee.This festival will serve as a platform to showcase cinemas across the globe.
Around 171 films and 150 short and documentary films from 70 countries will be screened at the festival.
This edition will also celebrate 100 years of Bengali cinema by screening classics by auteurs.
PM Modi inaugurates first multi-modal terminal in Varanasi
The Prime Minister inaugurated first multi-modal terminal on Ganga river in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
The Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port constructed at the cost of 207 crore rupees.
This is the first of the four Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I on River Ganga as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.
The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia, and Gazipur.
Its objective is to promote inland waterways as a cheap and environmentfriendly means of transportation, especially for cargo movement.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the project implementing agency.
ADB grants Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) $13 million to promote efficient
Energyusage in the country
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it would provide USD 13 million loans to EESL to promote efficient energy usage in India.
ADB and the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) signed a USD 13 million grant, to be provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), for the additional financing of an ongoing ADB-supported project that is promoting end-use energy efficiency.
The ADB funding is helping EESL finance energy service utilities for installing established energy-efficient technologies such as light-emitting diode (LED) street-lights with municipalities while exploring newer technologies and their self-sustaining business models.
H.Q: Mandaluyong, Philippines
President: Takehiko Nakao
Founded: 1966
India and Morocco sign agreement on mutual legal assistance
India and Morocco have signed an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
The agreement will strengthen bilateral cooperation and enhance effectiveness and provide a broad legal framework for prevention,investigation, and prosecution of crimes as well as in tracing, restraint and conscation of funds meant to finance terrorist acts.
It was signed by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Morocco Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar in New Delhi.
Capital: Rabat
Currency: Moroccan dirham


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