19-20 November 2017 - Daily Current Affair

19-20 November 2017 - Daily Current Affair

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42nd International Congress of Military Medicine Begins

  • The 42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), begins in New Delhi. 
  • The five-day event is being organised for the first time in India, and is the largest medical conference ever organised by the AFMS.
  • The theme of this 42nd World Congress is “Military Medicine in Transition: Looking Ahead.”
  • The ICMM is an international inter-governmental organisation created in 1921 with its secretariat at Brussels in Belgium and currently has 112 nations as members.

RBL Bank opens all women branch in Chennai

  • Private sector RBL Bank has set up an all women branch in Chennai. 
  • The branch would be managed by eight women and offer all products and services across liability and assets.
  • This is a full service branch offering a range of products and services.
  • The women branch is a testament to the bank’s efforts in encouraging gender equality.
  • RBL Bank currently serves 3.54 million customers.
  • It has 246 branches and 389 ATM services across the country.

Road-map for Talanoa Dialogue prepared at Bonn UN Climate Change Conference

  • The UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP23) was held in Bonn, Germany and was presided over by Government of Fiji.
  • It concluded with countries putting in place a roadmap for ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, a year-long process to assess countries’ progress on climate actions.
  • The conference provided countries around the world took the opportunity to showcase their actions taken to fulfill pledges under landmark 2015 Paris agreement. 
  • It also made progress on framing rules for implementing Paris Agreement post-2020 and brought rich nations on board to walk the talk on pre-2020 commitments.

Scientist discover new Parasitic plant found in Nagaland

  • Scientists from Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new species of parasitic flowering plant named Gleadovia konyakianorum.
  • The species, named Gleadovia konyakianorum, in honour of the Konyak tribe of Nagas, was identified during a botanical exploration earlier this year near Tobu town of Mon district in eastern Nagaland. 
  • The plant was discovered in the semi-evergreen forest at an altitude of 1,500-1,600 metres during an exploration near Tobu town of Mon district in eastern Nagaland.
  • Parasitic plants are often referred to as curious plants, as they steal their nutritional needs from the host.
  • It is a holoparasite (complete parasite) plant that derives its entire nutritional requirement from the host plant, which is a Strobilanthes species.
  • It has no chlorophyll (which helps a plant make its own food using sunlight).

Women’s Youth World Boxing Ch’ship begins in Guwahati

  • The Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship begins in Guwahati, Assam.
  • The Three young boxers will lock horn in the preliminaries.
  • In 54 kilogram category, Shashi Chopra will play in 60 kg category, Mizoram’s Vanlalhriapuii will bout against Korean player and Astha Pahwa will take on opponent from Bulgaria in 69 kg.
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal inaugurated the event. 
  • The finals will be held on November 26.

Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar takes charge as Sebi executive director 

  • Markets regulator Sebi said Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar has taken charge as an executive director on November 16.
  • He (Baiwar) will look after the investigation department and division of foreign portfolio investors and custodians. 
  • In October, Sujit Prasad took charge as an executive director. 
  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had also promoted two senior employees — Amarjeet Singh and Nagendraa Parakh — as executive directors in July.
  • Other executive directors are P K Nagpal, S Ravindran, S V Murali Dhar Rao, S K Mohanty and Ananta Barua. 

Grigor Dimitrov lifts ATP Finals Title

  • The sixth-seeded Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final. 
  • Dimitrov claimed his first Master’s title in Cincinnati in August and has risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London.

Afghanistan wins maiden Under-19 Asia Cup

  • Afghanistan thrashed Pakistan by 185 runs to clinch their maiden Under-19 Asia Cup title at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Ikram Ali khil was the man of the match against Pakistan U19 in the ACC U19 Youth Asia Cup Final for his 107 not out and Mujeeb Zadran was the man of series for his 20 wickets in the tournament.

Ethiopians Almaz Ayana, Berhanu Legese win women’s and men’s event in Delhi Half Marathon

  • Current woman world athlete of the year Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia clinched gold in her debut race while compatriot Berhanu Legese won the men’s event in the Delhi Half Marathon, 2017. 
  • In the Men’s section, Legese clocked 59 minutes 46 seconds to claim the first spot, while his countryman Andahmlak Belihu finished second and Kenyan-American Leonard Korir came third.
  • India’s Nitendra Rawat finished 10th.
  • In the Women’s section, it was a clean sweep for Ethiopia, with world recorded holder Almaz Ayana finishing at the top of the podium.
  • Ayana, the world’s leading woman long distance runner on the track, clocked one hour, seven minutes and 11 seconds to emerge champion in her maiden half marathon race as Ethiopians ran away with all the three top positions. 
  • She clocked one hour, seven minutes and 11 seconds. Ababel Yeshaneh claimed the second spot, with Netsamet Gudeta coming third.
  • Both the men’s and women’s winners pocketed USD 27,000 as prize money.

Former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passes away

  • Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passed away at a private hospital in New Delhi. He was 72.
  • He was heading the All India Football Federation when he suffered a massive stroke in 2008 that left him paralysed.
  • He was also the Union parliamentary affairs minister.

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies aged 49

  • Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, a Wimbledon champion in 1998 and 16-time Grand Slam winner in doubles and mixed doubles, has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.
  • Novotna, who entered the tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, died surrounded by her family in the Czech Republic. 
  • She was a three-time Olympic medalist and a member of Czechoslovakia’s 1988 Fed Cup championship team.
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