Current Affairs 13 November 2018

Current Affairs of 13 November 2018are as follows:-

1. Wrestler Bajrang Punia achieves World No. 1 rank in 65 Kg category:-

  • Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia recently touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category. 
  •  Bajrang was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the United World Wrestling (UWW) list. 
  • United World Wrestling is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling. Its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics. 
  •  Bajrang has won five medals this season, including Common Wealth Games and the Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship in Budapest.
  •  Bajrang was also the only Indian grappler to be given a seeding at the Budapest World Championship. 

2. Government approves constitution of new boards of Governors for IIMs:-

  • The Union Government on November 12, 2018, approved the process of constitution of new boards of Governors for 20 IIMs as per the IIM Act 2017.
  • The approval for the constitution of the new boards for IIMs has been given in consultation with the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.
  • The process is in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 of the IIM Act of 2017.
  • The IIM Act is a historical step of the Government that for the first time provided comprehensive autonomy to the higher educational institutions.
  • The process of constitution of the first boards would begin with three Ex-officio members, who will select the Chairperson, who shall normally be the current Chairperson and would be given the full term under the new Act.

3. Tripura CM dropped May day from the list of holidays in the State:-

  • Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has dropped the May Day from the list of holidays in the State.
  • He said that the government employees do not need a holiday on International Labour Rights Day.
  • He also claimed that his government has done justice by granting holiday on May 1 only to workers in the industrial sector as the day is meant for workers and labourers and no one else. 
  • Earlier the list of restricted holidays included 12 festivals and occasions in it, the New Year’s Day, Pous Parban (Bengali harvest festival), Basanti Puja, Mahavir Jayanti, May Day, Rath Yatra, Jhulanjatra Samapan, Biswakarma Puja, Akheri-Chahar-Sumba, Bhratridwitiya, Guru Nanak’s birthday and the World Disabled Day.

4. The government sets up National Data Repository:-

  • The Union Government has set up a state of -the- art National Data Repository. The information was shared by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while speaking at the DG Carbons Roadshow programme in Abu Dhabi.
  • The repository is a database of all the geo-scientific data of hydrocarbon resources in the country. He added that it is equipped with cutting-edge technology and will provide ready access to interested companies.
  • With the introduction of the National Data Repository, India has joined the league of countries like UK and Norway which have a National Data Repository for the upstream sector.

5. Bangalore Ranked Indias Most Congested City: NBER:- 

  • Bangalore tops the index for the most congested city, and Mumbai in the second position, while Pune follows in the seventh place, according to a recent research published under the US-based organization, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
  • A team of researchers conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley and three other U.S. universities, the research studies the current status of mobility in urban India, using Google maps.
  • In another index of traffic speed, Kolkata has been found to be the slowest city.

6. California wildfires claim 42 lives; become deadliest in state’s history:-

  • In the United States, the deadliest wildfire in California State’s history has claimed 42 lives till November 12, 2018. The wildfire has razed a staggering 6453 homes.
  • The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump and escape.
  •  More than 200 people remain missing in and around the town.  A 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles killed 29 people, and a series of wildfires in Northern California's wine country in the last fall killed 44 people.

7. Govt submitted price details of Rafale jets in the sealed cover to Supreme Court:-

  • The government on November 12 submitted the details regarding the pricing and negotiations of the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France's Dassault for ₹59,000 crore in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court.
  • Dassault has not yet formally conveyed to Centre the role of Reliance Defence as its Indian offset partner. Centre said that till Oct 2019 no offset partner can get any money under agreement from India.

8. RBI relaxes ECB norms for infrastructure creation:-

  • The Reserve Bank of India liberalised the norms governing foreign borrowings for infrastructure creation. 
  •  The central bank said that the minimum average maturity required for the External Commercial Borrowings, ECBs in the infrastructure space raised by eligible borrowers has been reduced to 3 years from 5 years.
  •  The provisions have been reviewed and in consultation with the Union Government.

9. Nepal nominated Nilambar Acharya as ambassador to India:-

  • The Nepal government nominated Nilambar Acharya, the former Law Minister and the senior politician, as Ambassador to India. If elected, he will replace Deep Kumar Upadhyay who resigned October last year. 
  • Mr.Achayra, a former envoy to Sri Lanka, currently coordinates the Nepal side of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India relations. He is a member of the Nepali Congress party.
  • Acharya's name is to be sent to a parliamentary committee for approval, which then will forward it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

10. Third 'Quadrilateral' meeting to be held in Singapore on November 14th:-

  • Officials from 4 countries (Quad) - Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third "Quadrilateral" or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th.
  • The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend this meeting and is expected to focus on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional challenges including development.

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