PLACES IN NEWS - 2018 NOVEMBER

November 1

Cabinet approves renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda” 
Veer SurendraSai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha.
Renaming of the Jharsuguda Airport in his name will fulfill Long-Pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the Respective area.

November 2

First-ever India-US Dialogue On Intellectual Property Launched In Delhi
The first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property has been launched in Delhi to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy.
The dialogue was launched by US Chamber of Commerce's Global InnovationPolicy Center (GIPC) andFICCIin partnership with the US-India Business Council.

November 4

Delhi’s Signature Bridge Opens For Public in Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal has inaugurated the Iconic Signature Bridge over river Yamuna in Delhi.
The Signature Bridge (675 meters Long) is a Cantileve Spar Cables Stayed bridge, Spans Yamuna River at Wazirabad Section, Connecting Wazirabad to East Delhi.
The Pyion of the Signature Bridge is the tallest Structure in Delhi and is double the height of Qutb Minar, with 154 Meter High Viewing box.

November 5

Singapore is Asia’s Most sustainable City: Arcadis
Singapore has maintained its Rank as Number One Asian City in the Sustainability Index by Engineering Firm Arcadis.
Singapore Secured 4th place in global rankings. As per the study, Singapore ranked 1st for the profit pillar that assesses the business environment and economic performance of cities.
Singapore secured 41st spot for the planet pillar that assesses the management of energy use, pollution and emissions.

November 7

K.J. Alphons inaugurated Tourist Facilitation and Information Counter at IGI Airport, New Delhi

Union Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons, inaugurated the Tourist Facilitation and Information Counter at Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi.
The main objective is to Give 24×7 Information to both Domestic and international visitors arriving into IGI Airport, New Delhi.
The is first of its kind facilitation centre is located at the T3 terminal arrival gates of the IGI Airport.
The counter will be connected to the 24×7 Helpline – ‘1363’ of the Tourism Ministry where the non-English speaking tourists can speak directly to agents and get guidance.

IFFI (International Film Festival of India) to Commence in Goa from Nov 20th

The 49th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th of this month.
The festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects the diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which three are Indian.
Information and Broadcasting Ministry said, the Festival will open with World Premiere of The Aspern Papers with international star cast.

Faizabad District Renamed to Ayodya By Yogi Adityanath

During Deepotsav Celebrations in Ayodya, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has announced that Faizabad district would henceforth be known Ayodya.
The Uttar Pradesh CM also Announced a Medical College in the name of King Dasharadhan for the district
Deepotsv event Organized in the Pilgrim Town, about 120 km from State Capital Lucknow
The event was also attended by the First Lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-Sook, and Uttar Pradesh Governer Ram Naik.

November 8

Bhubaneswar to have over 500 WiFi hot spots with 1800 access points
Bhubaneswar, the number one Smart City, has jumped the bandwagon of modern cities with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Through a project titled 'Bhubaneswar Me WiFi', the special purpose vehicle- Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd (BSCL) aims to make the city accessible at key places. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik launched the project which will take off initially with 100 hotspots powered by 275 access points. Eventually, the city will have 518 hotspots with 1800 access points.
While one Wi-Fi hotspot would be able to handle as many as 150 users at a given point of time, the internet speed will be available at two megabytes per second (MBPS). Access to 250 MB of data will be free for any user on a given day.

Lucknow stadium renamed after AtalBihari Vajpayee ahead of India-West Indies T20I match
The Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow was renamed as the "Bharat RatanAtalBihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium" ahead of hosting its first-ever international match.
The India-West Indies T20 that will be hosted at the venue will be the first game the stadium will host under the new name as well as overall.
It was renamed as a token of acknowledgement towards the late Vajpayee, who represented Lucknow in the parliament.

November 11

Palau became the First Country in the World to ban Reef-Killing SunscreenToxic to Coral Reefs
The laws passed by the Western Pacific Nation will go into Effect in 2020.
According to the law, retailers will be fined $1,000 for Selling Sunscreens that contain 10 Chemicals deemed harmed for Coral and Marine life.
Other than Palau, Hawaii also passed a Reef-harming sunscreen ban which will come into Effect in 2021.

November 13

North East’s first ‘water handloom hut’ inaugurated in Manipur
It is part of the 5 water handloom huts built on phumdis (floating biomass) at Loktak Lake in Bishnupur district.
The water handloom huts were built at the cost of Rs 75,000 each by the state department of textiles, commerce and industries.
The huts will improve the socio-economic conditions of the weavers residing in the Phumdis at Laktak Lake and build tourism.
About Manipur
Chief Minister: N Biren Singh
Governor: Najma Heptulla
Capital: Imphal
National Parks: Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sirohi National Park.

November 14

UP Cabinet Approves Renaming Of Faizabad As Ayodhya, Allahabad As Prayagraj
The Uttar Pradesh Government has approved renaming of Faizabad and Allahabad divisions as Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Earlier, the government renamed the Mughalsarai Railway station, another historic spot, as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction.

November 17

Sri Ramayana Express was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi.
It is the 800-seat special tourist train that would run on the Ramayana circuit to cover major spots related to the Hindu epic.
The pilgrimage circuit it will travel on, named- Sri Ramayana Yatra-Sri Lanka, consists of two travel components –one each in India and Sri Lanka.
The train aims to complete its journey till Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, in 16 days. The railways have decided the fare for 16-day trip at Rs. 15,120 per person.

November 18

Indo-Japan Business Council's business festival in Pune
The Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), is hosting KONNICHI WA PUNE - a first of its kind business festival in Pune.
The festival aims to boost investment, promote businesses and cultural exchange between India and Japan.
The inaugural of the event Konnichiwa Pune, that the number of Japanese companies coming to the state will grow steadily in the next couple of years with focus on potential big city markets like Pune, Nasik, Aurangabad and Nagpur among others and not in Mumbai alone.
The high-speed train project will connect two important Indian cites, Ahmedabad in Gujarat and the economic hub Mumbai in Maharashtra.
President, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC) - ShrikantAtre

November 21

India's First Justice City to set up in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class and India's first 'Justice City' within its new capital Amaravati with the vision to provide a state-of-the-art ecosystem built on latest technology for supporting the judicial system in the state.
Justice City will provide the necessary infrastructure to provide speedy justice for litigants, easy and better access to justice for the masses and reduce pending cases.
About Andhra Pradesh:
CM: N. Chandra Babu Naidu
Governer: E.S.L. Narasimhan
Environment ministry approved to induce artificial rain via cloud seeding to clear smog in Delhi
The Environment Ministry approved a project led by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur to induce artificial rain via cloud seeding in Delhi. The objective is to clear smog in Delhi.
The success of the project depends on the presence of a minimum quantity of rain-bearing clouds over Delhi.
In the project, an aircraft has been planned to fly into the clouds and inject silver iodide, which will lead to the formation of ice crystals that will make the clouds denser, cause them to condense into rain and settle atmospheric dust enough to clear the sky.

November 22

49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began in Panaji
49th International Film Festival of India began in Panaji, capital of Goa.
The theme of for this year’s film festival is New India through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports.
Jharkhand is focus state for this year, with Jharkhand Day being celebrated on as part of festival. The focus country is Israel.

November 23

80-feet Buddha statue planned in Gujarat
After the 182-meter tall `Statue of Unity' of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Gujarat may get a gigantic Buddha statue.
Sanghakaya Foundation, a non-profit buddhist organization, that it has demanded land from the government for installing an 80-feet high statue of Lord Buddha in Gandhinagar district.
It has roped in Ram Sutar, the sculptor behind the Statue of Unity, for the project.

November 25

Carpet city Bhadohi gets ‘export excellence’ tag to benefit artisans, boost shipments
Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its hand-woven carpets around the world, was granted the export ‘excellence tag’ for the product category ‘Carpets and other floor Coverings’ by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the commerce ministry.
Bhadohi, which is near the river Ganges, will be the 37th town in the country to get this status.
Currently, the share of India’s hand-woven carpets in the world is 30% and the target is to increase the share to 50% by 2022.

November 26

Uttarakhand cabinet approved renaming of Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport after former PM Vajpayee
The Uttarakhand government chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat approved a total of 27 proposals including renaming the Dehradun airport after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
As per the approved proposal, the Jolly Grant airport in Uttarakhand will be renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

November 27

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled the finalized details for the construction of a 221-metre long statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.
Height of the Ram statue would be 151 meters its overhead umbrella would be 20 meters while the pedestal would be 50 meters.
The combined height of the structure would thus be 221 meters, making it the world’s tallest statue.
The statue will be made of bronze and will house a ‘modern museum’ which will have history of Ayodhya and the entire ‘Ikshvaku Vansh’ right from King Manu to the present status of ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled a 70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district, Bihar.
He also inaugurated a three-day Rajgir Mahotsava.
This is the second tallest statue of Buddha in the country.
The statue is made of 45,000 cubic foot pink sandstone and has been installed above a 16-metre radius pedestal in the middle of Lake Ghora Katora

November 28

CSIR to Established a High-End Skill Development Centre In Chandigarh
India’s premier National Research Laboratory CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) announced a new partnership with Merck, a leading German science and Technology Company, to establish a ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh.
This ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ will enrich skills by conducting workshops, trainings and seminar series on cutting edges life science processes, tools and techniques.

November 29

West Bengal Green varsity to be renamed as Rani Rashmoni Green University
State assembly of West Bengal passed ‘West Bengal Green University (Amendment) Bill 2018’ to rename the West Bengal Green University as Rani Rashmoni Green University in the commemoration of Rani Rashmoni’s 225th Birth anniversary.
West Bengal Green University Act was passed in year 2017 for setup of University in Hooghly.
Rani Rashmoni had played a very important role in the field of education in West Bengal.
About west Bengal:
CM: Mamata Benarjee
Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi
National Parks: Buxa Nationasl Park, Gorumara National Park, Singalia National Park

November 30

Uttarakhand adjudged ‘best state’, Himachal pavilion gets ‘silver medal’ at India International Trade Fair, New Delhi
38th India International Trade Fair, which was held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu conferred the awards to the states. Uttarakhand is adjudged as Best State and Himachal Pradesh is awarded with Second Position and holds the Silver Medal. 
The states were awarded due to their pavilions showcasing potential to boost tourism and promotion of local products.
About Indian International Trade Fair:
The theme of the IITF was: Entrepreneurs of Rural India.
It was organized by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO).


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