Current Affairs: 04 November 2018 – Daily News Update

Current Affairs: 04 November 2018 – Daily News Update

1. 1st WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health Held in Geneva

The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health was held at WHO Headquarters in Geneva on 30 October – 1 November 2018.

  • The conference responds to a World Health Assembly mandate to combat one of the world’s most significant causes of premature death, causing some 7 million deaths annually.


2. IIT-Madras creates ‘Shakti’, India’s first microprocessor

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have designed and booted up India’s first microprocessor, Shakti, which could be used in mobile computing and other devices.

  • According to IITM, the Shakti microprocessor can be used in low-power wireless systems and networking systems besides reducing reliance on imported microprocessors in communication and defence sectors.

3. India ranked 12th in web-borne threats

India is ranked 12th worldwide when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web, according to a recent report by global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab.

  • In the third quarter (July- September), 32.8 per cent of the users were attacked by web-borne threats in India.
  • Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India.

4. Kolkata leads Ease of Moving Index 2018

Ola Mobility Institute (OMI), the research and outreach arm of Ola, released India’s first Ease of Moving Index, 2018.

  • As part of report findings, Kolkata ranks the highest in terms of affordability of public transportation with 80% of commuters finding Kolkata’s public transport reasonable and affordable.
  • The report was released by Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

5. Decommissioned carrier INS Viraat to become a floating museum

The Maharashtra Cabinet has approved the conversion of decommissioned carrier INS Viraat into a floating museum.

  • As per primary estimates, the project worth 852 crore rupees will be implemented through public-private-partnership (PPP).
  • The decision has been taken to elicit interest among the school and college students in the marine sector.
  • Besides, it will make the new generation familiar with the glorious history of INS Viraat.

6. Ayurveda Day to be celebrated throughout the Country on 5th November

Ministry of AYUSH observes Ayurveda Day every year on Dhanawantari Jayanti (Dhanteras). This year Ayurveda Day is being observed on 5th November 2018.

  • On this occasion, Ministry is organising a “National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda” in association with NITI Aayog on 4th & 5th November 2018 at  Dr. Ambedkar International centre, Janapth, New Delhi.
  • Its aim is to encourage entrepreneurs and Ayurveda stakeholders towards businesses opportunities in the sector.


7. Indo-French Conclave held in Nagpur

Indo-French Conclave was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in which French and Indian firms signed 12 agreements worth 200 million euro.

  • These agreemnents will help to create 3,000 jobs in Maharashtra.
  • The Indo-French Conclave was organized by Indo French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) and the Embassy of France in India.


8. Noted Malayalam writer M Mukundan wins Ezhuthachan award

Noted Malayalam writer M Mukundan has been selected for this year’s Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literacy prize of the Kerala government.

  • The award is being given for his overall contributions to the language and literature.
  • Noted poet K Satchidanandan was the award winner in 2017.

Current Affairs: 04 November 2018 – Daily News Update