SEMINARS & MEETINGS - 2018 NOVEMBER

November 1

19th Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) held under the Chairmanship of the Union Finance Minister, ShriArunJaitley in New Delhi.
It reviewed the current global and domestic economic situation and financial sector performance.
The Council discussed at length the issue of real interest rate, current liquidity situation, including segmental liquidity position in NBFCs and mutual fund space
Finance Ministry:
 Union Minister: ShriArunJaitley.
 Minister of State: Shri Shiv PratapShukla, Shri P. Radhakrishnan.

November 2

The Fourth Dialogue of the NITI Aayog – Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council, Peoples’ Republic of China was held in Mumbai.

 The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Li Wei, President of DRC and the Indian delegation was led by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
The meeting focused on the topics of the global economic situation and China-India macroeconomic policy, innovation, open development and economic transformation and the potential and prospects of China-India economic and trade investment cooperation.
NITI: National Institution for Transforming India.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman: Rajiv Kumar
CEO: Amitabh Kant.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Seminar On ‘Emerging Trends In Aviation Engineering And Logistics’ (AVIAMAT - 2018) held in New Delhi
Indian Air Force has organised a two day seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Aviation Engineering and Logistics’ (AVIAMAT - 2018) at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi.
The Seminar brought together designers, producers, and users of high-tech aviation equipment to discuss the potential of innovative indigenous technologies.
KJ Alphons presides over the Program and Budget Committee meeting of UNWTO
The next UNWTO Executive Council will be held in Bahrain.
About United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
Secretary-General: Mr. ZurabPololikashvili
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
The 3-day 2nd edition of the Navy Commanders’ Conference of 2018 commenced in New Delhi.
 The themes for this conference were: ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Emerging Technologies’.
The Hon’bleDefence Minister would address the Navy Commanders in the conference
This is a part of PM NarendraModi’s vision of ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ (SAGAR) and providing an environment of stability and peace in the IOR.
Defence Ministry:
Union Minister: Smt. NirmalaSitharaman.
Defence Secretary: Sanjay Mitra.
Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

November 3

The FirstWorld Health Organization (WHO) Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health took place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The conference was organized in collaboration with UN Environment, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Bank and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
WHO Director - General: TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus, 
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland. 

The 3-day 13th Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee Meet concluded at Mantripukhari Garrison in north Imphal.
 The Indian delegation was headed by Lieutenant General Gopal R, AVSM, SM, GOC Spear Corps and the Myanmar delegation was headed by Maj Gen Phone Myat, Commander, North West Command.
Myanmar:
Capital: Naypyidaw.
Currency: Burmese kyat.

President Kovind inaugurates GyanKumbh in Haridwar
President Ram NathKovind inaugurated the first GyanKumbh in Uttarakhand, which is being jointly organised by the Higher Education Department of the Uttarakhand Government and the University of Patanjali in Haridwar.
While addressing the gathering, President Kovind said that the objective of the GyanKumbh is to enhance the quality of education in India.
About Uttarakhand:
Capital : Dehradun  
Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat
Governor: Smt. Baby Rani Maurya.

DHARMA GUARDIAN – 2018: a 14-day joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies commenced in Mizoram.
First-of-its-kind exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN – 2018, a joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies, commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram, India.
The exercise aims to build and promote army to army relations in addition to exchanging skills.
About Japan:
Capital: Tokyo.
Currency: Japanese yen.

November 4

Indo - French Conclave was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in which French and Indian firms signed 12 agreements worth 200 million euro.
organized by Indo French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) and the Embassy of France in India.
Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler also participated in the conclave.
About Indo French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI):
Secretary General: Payal Kanwar
Headquarters: Mumbai

The two-day long preparatory meeting of the “Shanghai Cooperation Organization Joint Exercise on Urban Earthquake Search & Rescue - 2019” concluded in New Delhi.
 Delhi which will be organized by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on behalf of Government of India.
About SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization):
 Headquarters: Beijing, China
Secretary General: Rashid Alimov.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF):
Director General: Mr. Sanjay Kumar.
Headquarters: New Delhi.

India - UAE Partnership Summit (IUPS) 2018 was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
About United Arab Emirates:
 Capital: Abu Dhabi
 Currency: UAE dirham
 Official language: Arabic
 President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
 Prime Minister: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

November 5

18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting was held in Durban, South Africa.
Theme of the IORA meeting was: “IORA: Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for Peace, Stability And Sustainable Development”.
South Africa is the current chairman of the IORA organization.
About Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA):
Headquarters: Mauritius.
Established: 7 March 1997.
 Secretary-General: Dr. Nomvuyo N. Nokwe.

 The 3-day 78th annual conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics was held in New Delhi.
It was organized by the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi; and Tata-Cornell Institute,Ithaca, USA.
3 broad based subjects were discussed. They were:
7 Year plan for agriculture-output and bio-waste management,
Post-harvesting requirements for reducing the gap between what customers pay and farmers receive.
Social and Community organizations for agricultural development and coping with limited non-renewable resources.

National Seminar on Entrepreneurship & Business Development in Ayurveda begins in New Delhi
A two-day National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda has begun in New Delhi. The seminar has been organised by the AYUSH Ministry.
The seminar is expected to develop awareness among stakeholders about business opportunities, encouraging young entrepreneurs to use modern technologies and highlight opportunities at the global level.
Experts in marketing, innovation, policymakers, experts in start-up as well as experienced entrepreneurs in Ayurveda pharmaceuticals and hospital industry will guide and share their experiences with the participants.
Nearly 800 participants from across the country are expected to take part in the seminar.

1st WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution & Health held in Geneva
The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will be held at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.
The conference responds to a World Health Assembly mandate to combat one of the world’s most significant causes of premature death, causing some 7 million deaths annually.
WHO Director General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head quarters: Geneva

November 6

The National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda was held in New Delhi. It was organised by Ministry of AYUSH.
The theme of 2018 Ayurveda Day was:  “Ayurveda for Public health”.
On November 5, 2018, Ministry of AYUSH observed the 3rd Ayurveda Day.
Ministry of AYUSH:
Minister of State (I/C): Shri. ShripadYessoNaik.

November 7

India participated in China’s 1st International Import Expo (CIIE) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai
Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated CIIE. It is considered to be the world’s first import-themed national-level expo.
The Indian delegation was led by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan.
China:
Capital: Beijing.
Currency: Renminbi.
Consul General of India’s Consulate in Shanghai: Anil Kumar Rai.

November 9

Joining Moscow meeting on Afghanistan not under compulsion
Joining Moscow meeting was hosted by Russia.The representatives of the Afghan Taliban radical movement were present in the meeting. India sent two former diplomats to the meeting.
India supports all efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan that will preserve unity and plurality.In a bid to boost tourism, Thailand's cabinet has approved a measure to temporarily waive the visa-on-arrival fees for visitors from India and 20 other countries.

November 10

U.S. Vice President Pence to meet PM Modi
United States Vice President Mike Pence will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his four-nation trip next week, during which he will also attend the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore.
Generally, the summit is attended by the U.S. President. However, this time, Mr. Pence will be representing the country at the request of President Donald Trump.
Mr. Pence will travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea between November 11 and 18, which will include the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea.

November 11

25th edition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” held in Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.
The 2018 edition marks the Silver Jubilee of SIMBEX. The sea phase of this year’s edition is being conducted under the Command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.
SIMBEX 2018 will be the largest edition since 1994 in terms of scale and complexity.
Singapore:
Capital: Singapore.
Currency: Singapore dollar.

Indian Army officials and Chinese PLA troops organized a high-level meeting at Bumla, near Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The two sides reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen friendship and maintain peace along the 4057-km-long Line of Actual Control separates India from China.
India was by led by Major General PGK Menon and the Chinese side had Major General Li Xi Zhong.
This was the first time major generals of the two countries took part in a border personnel meeting (BPM), since its initiation in 1990.

5th World Internet Conference (WIC), also known as the Wuzhen Summit, was held in Wuzhen, China.
The conference aimed to bring out exchanges, mutual learning, cooperation and sharing in the digital fields and stressed on peace and development of the global cyberspace.
About China:
Capital: Beijing
Currency: Renminbi
Official language: Standard Chinese
President: Xi Jinping
33rd ASEAN summit begins in Singapore

Prime Minister NarendraModi is scheduled to attend the East Asia Summit and Associated meetings of ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on 14thand 15th November in Singapore
In the biggest of its kind event more than 400 companies from over 100 countries are taking part as exhibitors.
Prime Minister of Singapore Lee HsienLoong is the Chairman of the Summit, which will continue till 15th November along with other related Summits like EastAsia Summit (EAS),Regional Comprehensive Economic Summit, (RCEP) and ASEAN Plus Summits.
About ASEN
Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia.
5th World Internet Conference (WIC), also known as the Wuzhen Summit, was held in Wuzhen, China.

The Conference aimed to bring out Exchanges, Mutual learning, Cooperation and Sharing in the Digital Fields and Stressed on Peace and Development of the Global Cyberspace.
Top 15 of the latest Scientific and Technological Achievements in the Global Internet Industry were Unveiled.
They were Selected from More than 400 Candidate Projects and Programs, Aimed at Reaching Faster Internet Speed, more Digital Profit, and better web Security.
About China
Capital: Beijing
Currency: Renminbi
President: Xi Jinping


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