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Weekly Current Affairs November 2018: 3rd week

Published on November 19, 2018

Banking and Financial Awareness:

  • IndusInd Bank has launched the IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card, nation’s first interactive credit card with buttons.
    Weekly Current Affairs November 2018: 3rd week
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US $13 million loan to Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) to promote efficient energy usage in India.


  • Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das has been appointed as India’s first ever Youth Ambassador by The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (UNICEF).

Honour, Awards and Ranks

  • N Ram, journalist and Chairman of the Hindu Publishing Group has been selected under prestigious award category of Raja Ram Mohan Roy award.

Important Dates

  • International Day for Tolerance - 16 November
  • World Diabetes Day - 14 November
  • Public Service Broadcasting Day - November 12
  • World Pneumonia Day - November 12

MOU’s, Agreement and Summits

  • Loan Agreements Signed between India and ADB are:
    • A $300 million Loan Agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL). 
    • A $169 million loan to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the State of Tamil Nadu.
    • for increased supply of hydropower, A $105 million loan to continue financing the transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh 
  • Department of Biotechnology and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) signed an MOU for the India-UK Cancer Research Initiative has been signed in New Delhi.
  • Two-day summit to mark the World Tolerance Day was inaugurated in Dubai, the UAE, theme - ‘Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’.
  • 6th Indian Social Work Congress was held in New Delhi, theme - "Human Development and Social Inclusion: Imperatives for Social Work Education and Practice".
  • To explore concrete means and pathways to address climate threat that comes from the growing demand from room air conditioners, first Global Cooling Innovation Summit was held in New Delhi.
  • To encourage youth to contribute in public debates and participate in civic engagement for the 2019 general elections, Twitter India has launched #PowerOf18 campaign.

Important news – world

  • After nine years, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously agreed to lift sanctions against Eritrea.
  • To protect its coral reefs, Palau has become the first country to ban reef toxic sunscreen by 2020.
  • 5-Day long India- Taiwan SME Development Forum was held at Taipei, Taiwan, Indian Delegation was led by Secretary MSME Dr. Arun Kumar Panda.

Important News- India

  • To provide insurance coverage to dairy farmers, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the ‘Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme’.
  • For attracting youth to cooperative business ventures, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, launched the ‘Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme’ of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).
  • For the Central and State statisticians to exchange views, 26th edition of Central and State Statistical Organizations(COCSSO) Conference was organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. theme - “Quality Assurance in Official Statistics”.
  • For higher education faculty, Union Ministry off Human Resource Development launched two new initiatives viz. Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) and Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT).
  • On the occasion of 75th anniversary of hoisting of the Tricolour for the first time by Netaji Subhash, Government has announced to release Rs 75 commemorative coin.
  • The world's only autumn cherry blossom festival, India International Cherry Blossom festival is scheduled to be held in Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • India's first Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port on river Ganga was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi inaugurated at Ramnagar in Varanasi.
  • A portable solar-powered Cold Storage device with 500 kg capacity for storing vegetables and fruits, among other items has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.
  • Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) 2018 was held in New Delhi.

Defence News

  • To increase interoperability between Indian and Russian Armies a joint military exercise between Indian and Russia INDRA 2018 was conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.

Sports News

  • John Hastings, former Australia all-rounder has retired from all cricket.
  • Joe Cole, Former England and Chelsea Football midfielder has retired.
  • Tenth edition of Women’s World Boxing Championships begins in Delhi. 
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