Current Affairs 30 November 2018

Current Affairs of 30 November 2018 are as follows:-

1. Slovenia becomes only NATO country with female Army Chief:-

  • Slovenia became the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Country with the female Army Chief after the appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc to the post of Head of its Army.
  • The 55 years Old former Army Commander, Alenka Ermenc started her military career in 1991 when Slovenia won independence from former Yugoslavia.

2. ISRO launched HysIS into orbit:-

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS),  being dubbed ‘Sharp Eye’, into space along with 30 other foreign satellite son board the workhorse PSLV rocket on 29th November.
  • HysIS with a mission life of five years was placed in an orbit 636 km above the earth.
  • It will travel over the poles and always face the son. While 23 satellites were from the US, the rest were from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Spain. These satellites were commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.

3. Bengaluru's proposed 102km elevated corridor to cost 26,000 cr:-

  • Bengaluru's Elevated Corridor Project, covering a distance of 102 kilometers with six corridors, is estimated to cost between ₹25,000 and ₹26,000 crore.
  • The proposed elevated corridors along with the Peripheral Ring Road are proposed as the answers to decongest the city's roads.
  • The project, expected to be completed by 2025-2026, awaits Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's nod.

4. NGT forms committee to prepare to scrap of banned diesel, petrol vehicles:-

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) formed a committee to prepare a policy for dealing with the scrapping of banned petrol and diesel vehicles. 
  • The committee will consist of the secretary, Ministry of Road Transport, central government with representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Environment Ministry and the Delhi government.
  • The Supreme Court order, the Delhi government has deregistered 40 lakh vehicles, which include petrol vehicles that are 15-years-old and 10-years-old diesel vehicles, and they are being dumped in the Mayapuri scrap market.
  • The green panel directed the Delhi chief secretary to take steps and prepare an action plan for shifting the scrap yards from busy localities of the city to other appropriate locations, within three months.

5. RBI moves to ease liquidity for NBFC:-

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the securitization norms by relaxing the Minimum Holding Period (MHP) requirement in order to make more liquidity available to Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFC).
  • The move follows a demand from the government for a special window for NBFCs, to provide them liquidity support. RBI has decided to relax MHP requirement for originating NBFCs, as they are now allowed to securitize loans with a maturity of more than five years after holding them for six months on their books, as compared to one year earlier.
  • The relaxation on the MHP will be allowed when the NBFC retains 20% of the book value of these loans. After the introduction of Infrastructure Leasing & Finance Services (IL&FS), a core investment company, the NBFC sector is facing liquidity shortage as IL&FS started defaulting on loans which resulted in the government dismantling the existing board of IL&FS and installing a new one.

6. Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as a first woman president:-

  • Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia's presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office. 
  • The new president is expected to take office on Dec. 16. Zurabishvili, a government-backed independent candidate, won with 59.52 percent of some 1.98 million votes cast. Grigol Vashadze -- backed by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili -- got some 40.48 percent of the vote.

7. NGT imposed Rs.5 crore on the DJB:-

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a cost of Rs.5 crore on the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). It directed the DJB to complete work on the sewerage network in Inderpuri by May 2019.
  • A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the DJB to deposit a “performance guarantee” to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within one month.
  • The tribunal directed DJB that steps be taken at the earliest for disposal of municipal solid waste and cleaning of drains. The steps should be taken on a weekly basis for ensuring the cleaning of garbage and drain, and de-silting may be done at least once a month.

8.  Eight States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya scheme:-

  • 8 States which achieved 100% household electrification under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana - Saubhagya scheme is Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana, and West Bengal.
  • With this, total 15 States in India have 100 percent household electrification.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Rs 16320-Crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana'- Saubhagya on September 25, 2017, to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
  •  The scheme aims to achieve the goal of universal household electrification in the country by March 31, 2019.

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