Current Affairs 21 November 2018

Current Affairs of 21 November 2018 are as follows:-

1. HRD Minister launches ‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ programme:-

  • The Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar launched the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) programme under Innovation cell of the Ministry of Human Resource Development through video conferencing in New Delhi on November 21, 2018. 
  • The HRD Ministry has established an 'Innovation cell' at AICTE to systematically foster the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that it is a significant step in institutionalizing innovation and developing a scientific temperament in the country.

2. British PM says rejecting her deal could mean no Brexit:-

  •  British Prime Minister Theresa May told the lawmakers on November 21, 2018, that rejecting her Brexit deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division. 
  • Her statement has come before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement
  •  The UK and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain's departure.
  •  However, they are still working to nail down an agreement on future relations. The EU leaders are scheduled to meet in Brussels on November 25 to finalize the deal.

3. China unveils the world's first underground hotel:-

  • Shanghai unveiled the world's first underground hotel, the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, buried 90 meters deep in an old quarry. Built in the Sheshan Mountain Range, on the hem of Shangai, the ritzy hotel costs $287.9 million.
  • The property was built by British firm Atkins, also behind the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and skyscraper Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City.

4. Twenty Seventh BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change held in New Delhi:-

  • The meeting was chaired by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India. Ministers welcomed the 184 ratifications, till date, of the Paris Agreement adopted under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
  • He listed their priorities under the Paris Agreement Work Programme to ensure implementation of the global climate deal after 2020.

5. Mary Kom enter semi-finals of Women's World Boxing Championships:-

  • MC Marry Kom, Lovlina Borgohain, Sonia Chahal and Simranjit Kaur enter the semifinals and assure India of four medals on day 6 of the Women's World Championships in New Delhi. In the quarterfinals, Mary Kom defeated China's Wu Yu 5-0 and Lovlina beat Kaye Scott of Australia 5-0.
  • Sonia defeated Colombia's Yeni Castenada 4-1 and Simranjit won against Ireland's Amy Sara Broadhurst 3-1. 

6. Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award:-

  • Filmmaker Nandita Das will be honored with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) Award at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane on November 29, 2018. 
  •  Das will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region.  
  •  The announcement was made by  Michael Hawkins, chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its academy.
  •  Nandita Das, who started her career as an actor in films like "1947 Earth", "Fire" and "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa", made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed feature "Firaaq".

7. Global education monitoring report 2019 released by UNESCO:-

  • The report shows that the number of migrant and refugee school-age children around the world today has grown by 26% since 2000 and could fill half a million classrooms.
  • The literacy levels in rural households of India dip with seasonal migration. About 80% of seasonal migrant children in seven cities lacked access to education near work sites.

8. Maldives to rejoin the Commonwealth after 2 years:-

  • The new president of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies after a two-year absence.
  • The Maldives left the Commonwealth during former President Abdulla Yameen's administration in October 2016, amid mounting pressure over corruption and deteriorating human rights.

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