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Weekly Current Affairs November 2018: 1st week

Published on November 09, 2018

Banking and Financial Awareness:

  • Kirloskar group received licence from the Reserve Bank to launch a non-banking finance company (NBFC), Kirloskar Capital.
    Weekly Current Affairs November 2018: 1st week
  • for establishing a card acceptance and digital payment platform, State Bank of India (SBI) and payments solution provider Hitachi Payment Services India has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture.


  • HDFC Bank had announced that the RBI had approved the re-appointment of Aditya Puri as MD and CEO of the bank for another two years.
  • Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s presidential election.

Honour, Awards and Ranks

  • Indian Air Force has organised a two-day seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Aviation Engineering and Logistics’ (AVIAMAT-2018) at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi.
  • Harvard University Honoured Malala Yousafzai by Gleitsman Award .
  • Miss Grand International 2018 title 6th edition won by Miss Paraguay Clara Sosa as the beauty pageant in Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Simona Halep placed her name as first recipient of the Chris Evert Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy by winning the match.
  • India jumped 23 positions in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index 2019, now ranked 77 out of 190 countries in 2018.


  • Former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana passed away.
  • Playwright, poet and author NtozakeShange passed away.
  • Padma Shri Professor QaziAbdussattar, a noted Urdu writer passed away.

Important Dates

  • National Unity Day - 31st October.
  • The Vigilance Awareness Week - from 29th October to 3 November, theme ‘Eradicate Corruption – Build A New India’.

MOU’s, Agreement and Summits

  • First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health took place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2-day seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Aviation Engineering and Logistics’ (AVIAMAT-2018) organised by Indian Air Forceat Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi.
  • To deepen bilateral strategic cooperation on IP policy, first ever India-US Dialogue on Intellectual Property has been launched in Delhi 
  • Netherlands has been added as the new Partner Country 25th DST – CII Technology Summit to be organized in 2019.
  • PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe attended the 13th Annual Summit between India and Japan in Tokyo .

Important news – world

  • To support sustainable marine and fisheries projects, Seychelles launched the world’s first Sovereign Blue Bond.
  • Istanbul has officially opened the world’s largest airport terminal “under one roof” with a capacity to serve 90 million passengers .

Important News- India

  • Railway Board Chairman AshwaniLohaniunveiled India’s first engine-less train, “Train 18”, developed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated SardarVallabhbhai Patel’s memorial, called the Statue of Unity on the leader’s 143rd birth anniversary in Gujarat’s Narmada district.
  • Cochin Shipyard in Kerala has become the India’s largest Dry Dock .
  • Assam has begun the 5th National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems at Kaziranga .
  • According to global airlines’ body International Air Transport Association (IATA), India will become the world’s third largest aviation market around 2024 surpassing the UK.
  • No Bharat Stage-IV vehicle shall be sold across the country with effect from April 1, 2020 by Supreme court latest amendment.
  • To strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, and to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of the state, Arunachal Pradesh signed an MoU with the British Council.
  • Four MoUs have been signed between Israeli institutions and Punjab government to address issues of farmers and depleting groundwater level in the state.
  • India and Bangladesh jointly signed agreements for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements.

Defence News

  • India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise ‘Dharma Guardian- 2018’ at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte with a focus on strengthening counter-terror cooperation.
  • India has signed a $950 million contract with Russia for two upgraded Krivak III-class stealth frigates.

Sports News

  • MC Mary Kom has been named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women’s World Championship in New Delhi.
  • Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games 2019.
  • Tata Steel was announced as an official partner of the men’s hockey World Cup 2018.
  • Roger Federer won his 99th career title by winning the Basel Open for the ninth time in his career.
  • 19-time world champion Pankaj Advani has won the second leg of the Asian Snooker Tour in Jinan, China.
  • Ayhika Mukherjee, an Indian table tennis player has won a silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles category of the ITTF Challenge Belgium Open.
  • Indian golfer Khalin Joshi clinched the Panasonic Open India title at the Delhi Golf Club, with this win, he became the seventh Indian to win the Panasonic Open India title.
  • India and Pakistan were declared joint winners of the Asian Champions Trophyin Men’s Hockey at Muscat in Oman.
  • Sourav Kothari Clinches 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship.
  • In women’s freestyle 57kg weight class, Pooja Dhanda won a bronze medal in Budapest, Hungary.
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