02 November 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

02 November 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

02 November 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Jharsuguda Airport renamed as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport (in Odisha) as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.
  • Veer Surendra Sai was an Indian freedom fighter and tribal leader who sacrificed his life fighting against the British East India Company.
  • It will fulfil the long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area.
  • Sai was born on 23rd January 1809 in a Khinda village near Lapanga on the way to Jharsuguda about 40 km to the north of Sambalpur, Odisha.

2. PM Modi launches Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Support and Outreach Programme

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Support and Outreach Programme in New Delhi.
  • The MSME Outreach Programme will run for 100 days covering 100 Districts throughout the country. 
  • The Union Ministers are likely to visit these districts to appraise the entrepreneurs about various facilities being extended to MSME sector by the Government and financial institutions.
  • It will help in further boosting the MSME to the overall growth of the country's economy.

3. The fourth NITI Aayog- DRC Dialogue held in Mumbai

  • 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 DRC-NITI Dialogue provides an important platform for both sides to discuss key macroeconomic issues impacting both countries and areas of mutual interest.

4. Malayalam film Olu to be the opening film at 49th IFFI

  • According to Jury for the Indian Panorama, Malayalam film Olu will be the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) -2018 in Goa.
  • The Feature Film Jury of thirteen members was headed by acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
  • July also selected the Marathi film Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale as the Opening non-feature film.

5. NMCG & UN-Habitat organize a policy dialogue - Urban Cafe: ‘River for Habitat’

  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) partnered with UN-Habitat to organize a policy dialogue- ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’ in New Delhi.
  • Experts in the sector got together to discuss the deep association that rivers have with various aspects of human civilization.


6. Mary Kom named as brand ambassador of women’s world C’ship

  • Olympic medallists Mary Kom has been named as the brand ambassador of the upcoming 10th edition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women World Championship.
  • The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) also unveiled the logo and anthem at the launch of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, to be held at the IG Stadium in New Delhi (from November 15-24)

International Affairs

7. 'Pather Panchali' is only Indian movie to feature in BBC's 100-best foreign language films

  • Satyajit Ray's epic masterpiece 'Pather Panchali' has been included by BBC's 100 best foreign language films (only film from India) to feature in the list.
  • Pather Panchali released in 1955, was placed at number 15 in the list, which has been topped by Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai'.
  • 27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese.

8. Netherland to be partner country for 25th DST-CII technology Summit 2019

  • According to Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Netherlands will be the Partner Country of 25th DST – CII Technology Summit to be organized in 2019.
  • There is a great scope to explore a closer partnership between the two countries to leverage emerging digital technologies.
  • India and the Netherlands are addressing unmet needs and opening new collaborative avenues together in areas such as water, health, agriculture, high tech systems and IT.

 Banking & Finance

9. More than 1 crore members added to EPFO in last two years

  • According to the Union Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, more than 1 crore members have been added to Employees' Provident Fund Organisation in the last two years.
  • It is the constant endeavour of the government to bring more workers in the unorganised sector under the fold of the EPFO.
  • Around 40 crore people are working in the unorganised sector and our government is more concerned about them.

Science & Defence

10. India-Japan military exercise Dharma Guardian-2018 begins in Mizoram

  • First-ever two-week-long India-Japan military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018’ has begun at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte.
  • The Japanese contingent is represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.
  • It will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase interoperability between the two forces.

11. China launches the new high-orbit satellite

  • China successfully launched a high orbit satellite to boost its home-grown BeiDou global satellite navigation system being built to rival United States Global Position System (GPS).
  • The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
  • It is the first BeiDou-3 satellite in high orbit (36,000 km) above the Earth, meant to serve countries in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
  • It will be the fourth global satellite navigation system after the US GPS system, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.

12. Decommissioned carrier INS Viraat to become a floating museum

  • The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum.
  • It will make the new generation familiar with the glorious history of INS Viraat.
  • The carrier will be housed on a concrete foundation near Nivati Rocks in Sindhudurg in Konkan region of the state.
  • The project worth 852 crore rupees will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP).
  • This will enable the tourists to see the diverse aquatic life and experience sky-diving, sailing and other thrilling sporting activities.
  • INS Viraat holds a place of pride in Indian defence history, was decommissioned in March 2017 and since then has been laid up at the Naval Dockyard.

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