Current Affairs 24 November 2018

Current Affairs of 24 November 2018 are as follows:-

1. Joyce Msuya appointed as acting Executive Director of UNEP:-

  • Tanzanian biologist Joyce Msuya appointed as acting Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) after the resignation of Erik Solheim.
  • Erik Solheim resigned from the post of Executive director of UNEP following an internal audit report that said he had gobbled up $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.
  • Msuya Msuya previously worked with World Bank and she is consistently advocating for conservation of the planet.

2. Baishnab Charan Parida Ex MP of Odisha passed away:-

  • Baishnab Charan Parida, the former Biju Janata Dal Rajya Sabha member,  passed away after a prolonged illness here on November 22. He was 77 years old.
  • Parida is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. He was a prominent politician, writer, and promoter of Odia language. Parida was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 2010 and his term had ended in July 2016.

3. NASA to review workplace culture at SpaceX, Boeing:-

  • NASA, the U.S. space agency, has ordered a sweeping safety review of operations and workplace culture, including drug-free policies at Boeing and SpaceX.
  • The two companies are currently working to send astronauts to space.  The review will start next year as the agency focuses on safe and successful commercial crew missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • NASA also announced that all its commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements including the adherence to a drug-free environment.

4. WCCB won Asia Environment Enforcement Awards for combating transboundary environmental crime:-

  • The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) was selected for the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award 2018, for its outstanding contributions in combating the trans-boundary environmental crime by the United Nations Environment program.
  • WCCB is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the government under the Environment Ministry to combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
  • This is the second time in a row that the awards are being given by UN Environment to India. WCCB’s enforcement officer RS Sharath was also selected for Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards 2018 under the individual category.

5. Karnataka State to introduce biometric attendance system in govt. colleges:-

  • Karnataka State is to introduce biometric attendance system in government colleges.
  • The Biometric system of attendance will also be introduced in the colleges under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. 
  • The teachers and staff of the colleges running in shifts will have to perform the duty for minimum seven hours divided into shifts.
  • Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey said that the decision has been taken on directives issued by the Chief Minister Raman Singh in a meeting of the Department.

6. Mary Kom storms into final of AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship:-

  • She won in 69-kilogram category, 21-year-old Lovlina Borgohain lost to Chen Nien-chin of Chinese Taipei in the other semifinal.
  • By reaching final, Mary Kom already becomes the most successful woman pugilist in the event's history. 
  • She entered the event with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 -- a 48-kilogram category gold.

7. Coimbatore collector released the potential linked credit plan by NABARD:-

  • Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district Collector T.N. Hariharan released the potential linked credit plan prepared by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for the district.
  • The plan envisages a 6.61% hike in loans to be disbursed by banks during the next financial year (2019-20).
  • The potential credit outlay estimated is Rs.19, 448 crores for 2019-20. Of this, the agriculture and allied sectors will get 39.55 %, MSMEs (micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises) will get 42.02 %, and other sectors will get 18.43 %.

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