This post covers relevant news from national dailies and government releases for aspirants of examinations like UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It is highly useful for both, revision and awareness purposes.
National Important Current Affairs – 14 November 2018
■ India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is fondly remembered on his 130th birth anniversary with former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi among others paying floral tributes at his memorial ‘Shanti Van’ on the banks of Yamuna in New Delhi.
Pt Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889, was known for his love for children and was fondly called Chacha Nehru. He once said: “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”.
Note that: Before 1964, Children’s day was celebrated in India on November 20, which was observed as the universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. But after Nehru’s death in 1964, it was decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas (Children’s Day) to honour his memory.
■ Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched two new initiatives LEAP and ARPIT for higher education faculty.
The Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a three weeks Flagship leadership development training programme (2 weeks domestic and one week foreign training) for second level academic functionaries in public funded higher education institutions.
- The main objective is to prepare second tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future.
- The LEAP programme would provide senior faculty, with high academic credentials, the required leadership and managerial skills including skills of problem-solving, handling stress, team building work, conflict management.
- The implementation of LEAP Programme will be through 15 NIRF top ranked Indian Institutions.
The Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) is a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 15 lakh higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM.
- For implementing ARPIT, 75 discipline-specific institutions have been identified and notified as National Resource Centres (NRCs) in the first phase.
- ARPIT will be an ongoing exercise so that every year NRCs will continuously develop new refresher module in their earmarked discipline each year. The training materials will be uploaded and made available through SWAYAM. NRC will publish the list of the faculty who have been certified. The NRCs will revolutionize professional development of faculty by catering to massive numbers by leveraging ICT and online technology platform of SWAYAM.
- They are tasked to prepare online training material with focus on latest developments in the discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
- All faculties who successfully complete the online refresher course will be certified.
■ The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is hosting a conference on Global Digital Content Market (GDCM) 2018 in New Delhi.
India has been chosen as a host nation for the conference by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) due to the strong creative industry in the country in films, music and media. The focus for this year’s conference is the Asia Pacific region.
The conference will feature sessions on music, film, broadcasting and publishing, as well as collective management, emerging models and the implications for the market and policy makers. The aim of GDCM 2018 is to give industry stakeholders a platform to come together and discuss new avenues in the films, music, gaming and creative industry.
Note that: GDCM 2018 is the second edition of the conference. The first conference was held in Geneva 2016. It is organised by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva. India has recently approved accession to the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) that has increased the coverage of protection of copyrights in the international IP regime. India’s rank in the Global Innovation Index 2018 has improved by 24 places from that of 2015 and now ranks 57th.
■ Cyclonic storm Gaja is steadily approaching the Tamil Nadu shores, and weather officials have forecast rainfall at many places in north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and its adjoining districts. Named by Sri Lanka, it is the 55th tropical cyclone since the naming convention started in 2004.
■ The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) is being held in Kochi.
IONS, is an international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, which provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies.
- IONS is a voluntary initiative that seeks to increase maritime co-operation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues.
■ The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to change the syllabus of MBBS undergraduate courses with more classes on mental health, public health, and communication skills. The new MBBS course will be implemented from the academic year 2019, and it will also focus on counselling patients and their relatives about organ donation and students will be examined on their ability to handle patients.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 14 November 2018
■ Indian freelance journalist, Swati Chaturvedi, who is known for her investigative reports, has been awarded the 2018 London Press Freedom Award for Courage. She has been honored with this award for her work in exposing the ‘IT cell’ within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for keeping an army of angry trolls.
Note that: Swati Chaturvedi is the author of the book ‘I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the BJP’s Digital Army’.
■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the world’s largest financial technology festival Fintech in Singapore, saying that Fintech is a celebration of the belief in the spirit of innovation and power of technology. The Prime Minister said, technology is creating boundless opportunities to transform lives. Mr Modi is the first Head of Government to deliver his address at Singapore in the event. He said, it is an acknowledgment of the financial revolution sweeping through India and transforming the lives of 1.3 billion people.
Note that: The Prime Minister arrived in Singapore on a two-day visit to attend the East Asia Summit, ASEAN-India informal meet and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, RCEP Summit.
■ The inaugural edition of India, Indonesia Bilateral Naval Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ has started at the Surabaya port, Indonesia. The aim of Samudra Shakti is to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices.
■ The 33rd edition of ASEAN summit 2018 has begun in Singapore on November 11 with theme ‘Resilient and innovative Asean’. The summit is being chaired by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Besides the main event, several related meetings like Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), East Asia Summit (EAS) and Fintech Festival are also taking place during the 5-day event.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 14 November 2018
■ The International Energy Agency, in its latest report has announced that Natural gas is expected to overtake coal as the world’s second largest energy source after oil by 2030 due to a drive to cut air pollution and the rise in liquefied natural gas use. It further said that global gas demand would be 45% higher by 2040 than today.
Sports Current Affairs – 14 November 2018
■ World champion Kento Momota from Japan has won the 23rd edition of Fuzhou China Open Badminton tournament 2018. He defeated the 4th seed Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan. Momota is known for his explosive movements on court and his unpredictable style of playing.
■ Legendary comic-book writer and Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee passed away at 95 years of age. Stan Lee is credited with co-creating several fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Iron Man, and Thor.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 14 November 2018 “
Q1. M777 Howitzers, which are recently inducted into Indian Army, are procured from which country?
- A) United States
- B) South Korea
- C) Russia
- D) Italy
Q2. Which city was the venue of the International Conference on Yoga for Public Health?
- A) Kolkata
- B) Panjim
- C) Agartala
- D) Bhopal
Q3. Sangai Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza in which State of India?
- A) Mizoram
- B) Arunachal Pradesh
- C) Manipur
- D) Tripura
Q4. Ananth Kumar, who passed away recently, was in charge of which of the following union ministries?
- A) Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
- B) Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
- C) Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
- D) Ministry of Labour and Employment
Q5. During INSPIRE 2018, EESL and ADB signed pact for $13 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to set up an EERF. What does EERF stands for?
- A) Environment Efficiency Revolving Fund
- B) Ecology Efficiency Revolving Fund
- C) Eco Efficiency Revolving Fund
- D) Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund
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