Current Affairs: 02 November 2018 – Daily News Update

Current Affairs: 02 November 2018 – Daily News Update

1. Jharsuguda Airport renamed as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”

  • Veer Surendra Sai is a well-known freedom fighter of Odisha.
  • Renaming of the Jharsuguda airport in his name will fulfill long-pending demand of the Odisha Government, which reflects the sentiments of the local public of the respective area.
  • It will also be a befitting tribute to the contribution of the revered personality associated with the State.

2. 10 Day Long Clean Air Campaign Launched In Delhi and Four Major NCR Cities

An aggressive ten day long Clean Air Campaign from 01st to 10th November, 2018 was launched in Delhi by Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

  • To monitor and report polluting activities as well as to ensure quick action, 52 teams were jointly flagged off by Union Minister for Environment, Forest &Climate Change and the Minister from Government of Delhi.
  • These teams will be visiting different parts of Delhi and adjacent towns of Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Noida.

3. India-Japan military exercise Dharma Guardian-2018 begins in Mizoram

Armies of India and Japan began their first-ever joint military exercise at a jungle warfare school in Mizoram’s Vairengte.

  • The focus of the two-week-long exercise ‘Dharma Guardian-2018″ will be to enhance tactical skills against global terrorism and increase interoperability between the two forces.
  • The Japanese contingent is represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.

4. MHA approves Rs.194.44 crore Safe City Project for Lucknow

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved a Safe City project for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme.

  • The project would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.
  • This approval is a part of MHA’s plans to implement Safe City projects in 8 selected cities, namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow under Nirbhaya Fund with the purpose of strengthening safety and security of women in public places.
  • The projects are being implemented in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of  Urban Development, Ministry of Electronic and  Information Technology, respective Municipal & Police Commissioners of the cities and civil society organizations.

5. NMCG & UN Habitat organize a policy dialogue – Urban Cafe: ‘River for Habitat’

The National Mission for Clean Ganga partnered with UN Habitat to organize a policy dialogue- ‘Urban Cafe: River for Habitat’ in New Delhi on the occasion of World Cities Day 2018 on October, 31.

  • Experts in the sector got together to discuss the deep association that rivers have with various aspects of human civilization – our cities, our economy and various facets of our  daily lives, the challenges to maintaining  healthy river ecosystems and ways  to deal with the same.

6. The Fourth NITI Aayog- DRC Dialogue Held in Mumbai

The Fourth Dialogue of the NITI Aayog – Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council, Peoples’ Republic of China was held in Mumbai.

  • The Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Li Wei, President of DRC and the Indian delegation was led by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
  • This is the second ministerial dialogue between China and India since the meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Johannesburg during the BRICS summit in July 2018.

7. Kirloskar Capital gets RBI nod for NBFC biz

Kirloskar Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kirloskar Oil Engines (KOEL), has received RBI licence to start a non-banking financial company (NBFC).

  • The company plans to lend more than Rs 1,000 crore over the next three years.
  • The company had earlier roped in former Indo-Star Capital Finance Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vimal Bhandari, to head its operations.

8. ‘Pather Panchali’ is only Indian movie to feature in BBC’s 100-best foreign language films

Satyajit Ray’s epic masterpiece ‘Pather Panchali’ has been included by BBC’s 100 best foreign language films but it is the only film from India to feature in the list.

  • Ray’s film, released in 1955, was placed at number 15 in the list, which has been topped by Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’.
  • 27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese

Current Affairs: 02 November 2018 – Daily News Update