Current Affairs: 05 November 2018 – Daily News Update

Current Affairs: 05 November 2018 – Daily News Update

1. VP Venkaiah Naidu reaches Malawi on final leg of his 3-nations Africa tour

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.

  • At the Kamuzu International Airport, he was received by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Malawi, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Malawi, V Bright Masaka and Minister in waiting, George Mkondiwa.
  • He will address the Indian community in Malawi at a reception function in Lilongwe later tonight. Mr Naidu reached Malawi on the final leg of his three nations Africa tour after visiting Botswana and Zimbabwe.


2. Government launches Unreserved Mobile Ticketing facility

Union Ministry of Railways has launched Unreserved Mobile Ticketing facility (UTS on Mobile) to enable seamless booking of unreserved tickets including season tickets and also platform tickets all over Indian Railways.

  • UTS on Mobile aims to promote three C’: Cashless transactions (Digital payment), Contact less ticketing (no need to physically visit the point of sale and Customer convenience and experience.
  • With this, booking of unreserved tickets on all non-suburban sections across all Zonal Railways will be now made available on mobile.
  • The facility for booking unreserved tickets is available through ‘UTSONMOBILE’ app, available for mobile phones with Android, IOS and windows operating system.

3. Union Cabinet approves opening up of International Solar Alliance membership to all UN countries

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval for opening up International Solar Alliance (ISA) membership to all countries that are members of the United Nations.

  • In this regard, Cabinet has approved to move Resolution in first Assembly of ISA for amending the Framework Agreement of ISA.
  • It will make ISA inclusive, whereby all member countries of UN could become member. Thus, expanding membership will lead to ISA initiative benefitting the world at large.

4. India, Sharjah to bolster economic ties


Over 100 Indian investors participated in a business conference in the UAE to strengthen Sharjah’s trade relations with India and to promote the Gulf emirate as a leading business and investment hub in the region.

  • The ‘Sharjah-India Business Roundtable’, held on the sidelines of the last week’s Indian-UAE Partnership Summit, was part of India’s continued interest in the emirate’s diversified economy.
  • Sharjah is one the key drivers for Indian outbound investment into the Gulf region, valued at more than USD 137 billion and a primary non-oil trade partner.

5. President Kovind inaugurates Gyan Kumbh in Haridwar

President Ram Nath Kovind has stressed the need to impart quality education to the students.

  • After inaugurating a two-day Gyan Kumbh at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar on Saturday, He said that besides educating children, it is imperative on the part of teachers to inculcate good manners and character building in the students.
  • The president appreciated the role of Uttarakhand Government in forging co-ordination with Centre in a matter of providing education which falls under the concurrent subject.

6. Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation announces Swachh Bharat World Toilet Day Contest

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has announced Swachh Bharat World Toilet Day Contest for districts and States.

  • The purpose of the Contest is to encourage all districts in India to re-intensify the sanitation movement with a special focus on Open Defecation Free-ODF Sustainability.
  • As per the advisory issued by the Ministry, top 10 District Collectors, top 3 State Mission Directors and State Secretary in-charge of Sanitation will be recognized and awarded by the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • The Contest does not apply to the five States of  Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.
  • Districts can apply for the Contest through the online portal. The application window will be opened on the occasion of World Toilet Day on 19th November and will remain open till the end of this month.


7. Saurabh Netravalkar, ex-India U-19 star, now US cricket captain

The 27-year-old former Mumbai medium pacer, who had quit the game to study computer science in Cornell University, became the captain of the US national cricket team.

  • The six-foot-tall left-arm seamer was India’s highest wicket-taker in the team’s ill-fated U-19 World Cup campaign in 2010.Two of his notable victims were England’s future captain Joe Root and Pakistan’s turbulent opener Ahmed Shehzad.
  • Three years later, Netravalkar played his only Ranji Trophy game for Mumbai against Karnataka and claimed three wickets.


8. Karen Khachanov lifts Paris Masters Men’s Singles title

In Tennis, Karen Khachanov has lifted the Paris Masters Men’s Singles title with a stunning win over world number two Novak Djokovic.

  • With the victory, Khachanov has become the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title.

Current Affairs: 05 November 2018 – Daily News Update