Current Affairs 09 November 2018

Current Affairs of 09 November 2018 are as follows:-

1. Lok Sabha Secretary General gets a one-year extension:-

  • The tenure of the Lok Sabha Secretary General, Snehlata Shrivastava, has been extended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for one year.
  • The 1982-batch retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, who was appointed last year in rank and status of a Cabinet Secretary, was scheduled to retire on November 30, 2018.
  • Her extension will be effective from December 1, 2018, up to November 30, 2019.
  • She has served as Secretary in the Ministry of Law and Justice and as Special/Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

2. PM Modi to inaugurate several projects in Varanasi:-

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate several projects in Varanasi on November 12, 2018, including the newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga.
  •  The terminal has been built as a part of the Union Government’s Jal Marg Vikas project that aims at developing the stretch of River Ganga between Varanasi to Haldia for navigation of large vessels. 
  • The Prime Minister will also receive India’s first container vessel that sailed from Kolkata on October 30, 2018. 
  •  On the same day, Prime Minister will also inaugurate two National Highways projects and three sewage infrastructure projects.

3. Defence minister inducts 3 major artillery gun systems into Army:-

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on November 9, 2018, inducted three major artillery gun systems, including the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K-9 Vajra-Tracked Self Propelled Guns and 6x6 Field Artillery Tractors into the Army.
  • The 155mm, 39 Calibre Ultra light Howitzers have been procured from the US under Government to Government Foreign Military Sales and will be assembled in India by BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence.
  • The Gun System is versatile, lightweight and can be heli-lifted, thereby providing the much-needed flexibility in deployment in various terrains. 

4.  India hosts "Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018" from 9 November":-

  • Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018" (GITC) is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November 2018.
  • This year, India is hosting the event in collaboration with the Government of Korea and Rehabilitation International (RI).
  • It propagates implementation of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) - Article 21 relates to access to information.
  • 18 countries namely, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, India and UK - participate in this event.

5. World's first AI news anchor unveiled in China:-

  • Chinese press agency Xinhua unveiled AI-based anchor that can read the news in English and Chinese, as naturally as a professional news anchor.
  • The system, developed with Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou, produces realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions.

6. RBI may set-up a digital payments ombudsman by March 2019:-

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may set-up an ombudsman for digital payments by March to reduce the burden on banking ombudsman because of a rising number of complaints.
  • Who is the Banking Ombudsman? The Banking Ombudsman actually is a senior official appointed by the RBI to redress customer complaints against pitfalls in the stipulated banking services covered by the Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006.
  • The Banking Ombudsman may award compensation not exceeding Rs 1 lakh to the complainant for mental agony and harassment.

7. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa wins historic skeet gold at Asian Shotgun Championship:-

  •  India’s Angad Vir Singh Bajwa won the gold medal with a world record score in the men's skeet final at 8th Asian Shotgun Championship in Kuwait. 
  •  With the feat, he became the first Indian skeet shooter to win gold at a continental or world level event.
  •  Angad shot a perfect 60 out of 60 in the final round to claim top spot ahead of China's Di Jin who shot 58. UAE's Saeed Al Maktoum won bronze with a score of 46.
  •  Prior to this, India's 10m rifle mixed team pairing of Elavenil Valarivan and Hriday Hazarika struck gold with a junior world record score. They finished with a score of 502.1, which is a World and Asian Junior record in the event. 

8. India re-elected as the member of ITU council till 2022:-

  • India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council (ITU) for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022.
  • The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai. India secured 165 votes and ranked third among the 13 countries elected to the council from the Asia-Australasia region and eighth among the 48 countries elected to the council globally.
  • The ITU has 193 member states, which elect representatives to the council. 

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