Current Affairs 06 November 2018

Current Affairs of 06 November 2018 are as follows:-

1. Twitter removes thousands of automated accounts in the US:-

  • In the United States, Twitter has removed thousands of automated accounts that were posting tweets encouraging voters to sit out of the nation’s crucial midterm elections. 
  • A statement from the social media company read that it had removed a series of accounts for engaging in attempts to share disinformation in an automated fashion. 
  •  Twitter said it appeared the account network was run out of the United States but did not provide details on how the accounts worked.
  • For months, Twitter has sought to eliminate automated and bogus accounts designed to manipulate the public conversation on its platform. 

2. BhubaneswarMe Wi-Fi' launched:-

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the 'BhubaneswarMe Wi-Fi’ by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited to make the city accessible across its major happening places.
  • On the first day, 100 hotspots located in major locations with 275 access points (APs) went live.
  • One wi-fi hotspot would be able to handle 150 users at a given point of time and the Internet speed will be available at 2 megabytes per second (MBPS).
  • There will be no charge on data usage for citizens when they access government services through this network. Besides, access up to 250 MB of data will be free for any user on a given day.
  •  After the consumption of the free 250 MB daily data, a person would be required to log in and choose a payment plan for subsequent use. 'BhubaneswarMe Wi-Fi' will provide very low-cost top up plans for the users.

3. Scientists found microplastics in marine life:-

  • Scientists at the Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management Project Directorate at Chennai’s National Institute of Ocean Technology recorded fluorescent blue and green microplastic particles and fibres are found in species of marine worms.
  • Research says that Microplastics are practically everywhere. Microplastics are an issue because once inside the bodies of marine life forms, they can cause internal lesions.
  • Apart from accumulating toxins, microplastics can threaten microfauna such as plankton (tiny, single-celled creatures that fish and even whales feed on) that thrive in oceans.
  • Now, scientists have recorded these tiny plastic particles, less than one millimetre in length, closer home, in the marine life off the Kochi coast. Invertebrates dwelling on the ocean floor as well as fish now house microplastics. 
  • Species found with microplastics are   ♦ Marine worms (Sternaspls scutata & Magelona Cinta)  ♦ Bivalve (Tellina)  ♦ Sardines (Mathi) (All fished off Kochi coast) ♦ Anchovies (Natholi) - Punnapra.

4. Actor Anupam Kher honoured with 'Distinguished Fellow Award' in Boston:-

  • He was awarded at the 3rd India Global Summit held at MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. The Summit discussed the growing importance of a relationship between India, USA and China.
  • Anupam Kher holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for Ram Lakhan (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khel (1992), Darr (1993) and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).

5. Gaddam Dharmendra appointed India's Ambassador to Iran:-

  • Senior diplomat Gaddam Dharmendra has been appointed India's Ambassador to Iran, the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Dharmendra, a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and at present, additional secretary in the MEA here, will replace Saurabh Kumar, who was appointed India's ambassador to Myanmar in October.
  •  Dharmendra is expected to take up the assignment shortly. His appointment comes at a time when the global focus is on oil imports from Iran as the US recently imposed "the toughest ever" sanctions aimed at altering the Iranian regime's "behaviour".
  • India and China are among the eight countries that have been given the rare temporary exemptions from the Iranian sanctions.

6. US exempts India, China from its sanctions for buying Iranian oil:-

  • The United States on November 5, 2018, temporarily exempted eight countries, including India from the US sanctions for buying Iranian oil. 
  • Addressing a press conference in Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the list of the countries temporarily exempted from the sanctions.
  • The countries include India, China, Japan, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.
  • Pompeo said that these countries showed a significant reduction in oil purchase from the Persian Gulf country after the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

7. Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the 'ICC Hall of Fame':-

  • Dravid was presented with the framed cap by Gavaskar as he was formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
  • The four Indians who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame prior to Dravid is ♦ Sunil Gavaskar (1971-1987) - inducted in 2009 ♦ Bishan Singh Bedi (1966-1979) - inducted in 2009 ♦ Kapil Dev (1978-1994) - inducted in 2010 ♦ Anil Kumble (1990-2008) - inducted in 2015.
  • Earlier this year, Dravid, along with Ricky Ponting and England women wicketkeeper Claire Taylor, was announced as the new inductees in the Hall of Fame.

8. Tourism Minister inaugurated Tourist Facilitation Counter at IGI airport:-

  • Tourism Minister K J Alphons inaugurated the Tourist Facilitation and Information Counter at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. 
  • The facilitation counter is located at the terminal-3 arrival gates of the IGI Airport. 
  •  The centre is aimed at helping the tourists who will visit the country. The counter will be connected to the 24x7 Helpline - 1363 of the Tourism Ministry.
  •  The Tourism Ministry is also starting facilitation counters in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Gaya and Varanasi.

9. 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers HeLd in Duraban:-

  • 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers Meeting in Durban, South Africa on 2 November 2018. 
  • This meeting is taking place during the on-going celebrations of the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.   

10. Nitten, Vlada duo won silver in the ITF World championship:-

  • Nitten Kirrtane, former National champion, and Vlada Kirlovska of Latvia won the mixed doubles silver in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World championship for over-40.
  • The top seeds Stefanie Kolar and Marcus Hilpert beat the Indo-Latvian pair 7-6(13), 6-2 in the final.

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