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1. Narendra Modi inaugurates Kundli-Manesar section of KMP Expressway

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) western peripheral expressway.
  • The 136-kilometre long six-lane expressway built at a cost of over 6400 crore rupees.
  • Mr Modi also inaugurated 3.2 km-long Ballabhgarh-Mujesar Metro rail link for the people of Delhi and Faridabad.
  • After Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Gurugram, Ballabhgarh will be the fourth city in Haryana to be connected by metro (now total length 29 kilometres in the state).
  • He also laid the foundation stone for Shri Vishwakarma Skill University that is to come up at Dudhola in Palwal district of Haryana.

2. President Kovind arrives in Vietnam’s Hanoi

  • As part of his two-nation visit (Vietnam and Australia), President Ram Nath Kovind reached Hanoi the capital of Vietnam.
  • Indian President will address delegation of Vietnam India business forum and the Indian business community.
  • India and Vietnam have robust trade and economic relations with bilateral trade of 12.8 billion US dollars.

3. AYUSH Ministry celebrating first Naturopathy Day

  • The AYUSH Ministry is celebrating its first Naturopathy Day across the country.
  • The Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy is organising health camps, workshops and exhibitions in association with local naturopathy centres and hospitals.
  • More than 1,000 Naturopathy specialist doctors from all over the country participated in the event, which was organised by International Naturopathy Organisation in association with Ministry of Ayush.
  • Work on building natural clinics is already in progress in Pune, Goa, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

4. 8th National Conference of Women in Police begins in Ranchi

  • The two-days 8th National Conference of Women in Police (NCWP) has begun in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
  • The conference is being organized by Bureau of Police Research & Development in collaboration with Jharkhand Police.
  • It is the only national-level platform to address the issues of Women in uniform and create an enabling atmosphere for them to maximize and optimize their professional potential.

Note:

  • NCWP has been continuously working on strengthening and monitoring of mechanism to deal with sexual harassment in all the Police Organizations / CPOs by suggesting active ways and means.

Honours & Awards

5. Centre for Science and Environment wins Indira Gandhi peace prize 2018

  • The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has won 2018 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
  • The CSE was established in 1980 under the leadership of the late Anil Agarwal and is presently headed by Sunita Narain.
  • It has over the years worked on various burning issues from air and water pollution, food safety, wastewater management, climate change and so on.
  • The award, comprising a cash prize of Rs.25 lakh and a citation.
  • The last two recipients have been the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Note:

  • The Indira Gandhi Prize is the prestigious award accorded annually by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust to individuals or organisations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order.
  • Indira Gandhi peace prize conferred by Indira Gandhi Trust each year on the late Prime Minister’s birth anniversary.

National Appointment

6. Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed as full-time Chief of ED

  • Senior IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra has been appointed as the full-time chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for two-years.
  • He replaced current ED director Karnal Singh’s whose term ended on 25th Oct 2018.
  • Mr Mishra, a 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the Income Tax cadre.

Note:

  • The ED enforces two major laws in the country to check black money — the criminal Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Foreign Exchange Management Act.

Important Days

7. 19th November: World Toilet Day

  • The World Toilet Day is observed across the world on 19th November with an aim to motivate millions across the world on issues of sanitation.
  • The theme for 2018 is ‘Nature-based solutions’.
  • The day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.
  • This year’s World Toilet Day campaign is based on the narrative: When nature calls, we need a toilet.

Note:

  • In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated 19th November as World Toilet Day.
  • World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

8. Quami Ekta Week to be observed across the country from 19-25th November

  • The Quami Ekta Week (National Integration Week) is being observed across the country from the 19th to 25th November 2018.
  • The week is observed to highlight the strength and resilience of the nation to withstand any potential threats to the secular fabric.
  • These occasions will also provide an opportunity to reaffirm age-old traditions and faith in the values of tolerance, co-existence, and brotherhood in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society.

The programmes to be observed during Qaumi Ekta Week:

19th Nov

National Integration Day

20th Nov

The Welfare of Minorities Day

21st Nov

Linguistic Harmony Day.

22nd Nov

Weaker Sections Day

23rd Nov

Cultural Unity Day

24th Nov

Women’s Day

25th Nov

Conservation Day

 Obituaries 

9. Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri passes away

  • Maha Vir Chakra awardee Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (retd) (78-year) passed away in a private hospital in Mohali in Punjab.
  • Mr Chandpuri is known as the hero of the historic 1971 battle of Longewala.
  • The battle of Longewala (1971) was one of the first major engagements in the western sector during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, fought between assaulting Pakistani forces and Indian defenders at the Indian border post of Longewala in the Thar desert of Rajasthan.

Sports

10. Manav Thakkar settles for bronze in Belarus

  • India’s Manav Thakkar settled for a bronze medal in the Under-21 singles category in the International Table Tennis Federation Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open in Minsk, Belarus.
  • Manav lost to Russia’s Denis Ivonin in the semifinals to miss out on the gold.

11. MCG to host both men’s, women’s World T20 finals in 2020

  • Australia’s biggest stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host the final match of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 cricket in 2020.
  • The women’s World T20 will run from 21st February to 8th March 2020.
  • The men’s tournament will be held from 18th October to 15th November 2020 in Australia.
  • The eight host cities will be Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Note:

  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • The MCG is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and was included on the Australian National Heritage List in 2005.

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