Daily Current Affairs - 11th Nov 2018

Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as Chairperson of Competition Commission of India

  • Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed former IAS officer Ashok Kumar Gupta as Chairperson of Competition Commission of India (CCI). He replaces acting chairperson Sudhir Mital.
  • CCI is quasi-judicial statutory body established under The Competition Act, 2002. It functions under Ministry of Cooperate Affairs. CCI aims to eliminate practices that adversely affect competition in different industries and protect interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade.

ATP World Tour Awards 2018 announced

  • The big three of men’s tennis – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – were all among the winners at the 2018 ATP World Tour Awards.
  • Novak Djokovic won the ‘Comeback Player of the Year Award’. Djokovic’s coach Marian Vajda was also named ATP Coach of the Year.
  • Rafael Nadal won the ‘Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award’ for his fair play, professionalism and integrity on and off the tennis court.
  • Roger Federer won the Fans’ Favourite player Award.

Bajrang Punia becomes number 1 in World in 65kg category

  • Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category. The 24-year-old Bajrang, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the UWW list.
  • It has turned out to be a remarkable season for Bajrang, who was also the only Indian grappler to be given a seeding at the Budapest World Championship. Bajrang is comfortably leading the table and Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points.

CIMAP signs agreement with US-based RIFM for improving the quality of fragrant oils

  • Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) has signed MoU with US-based Research Institute for Fragrant Materials (RIFM) for improving the quality of fragrant oils. It was signed at conclusion of two-day annual conference of International Fragrance Association (IFA) in Paris, France.
  • It will give a big boost to fragrance quality in India as RIFM internationally standardizes the quality of fragrant materials.
  • Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) is a frontier plant research laboratory of CSIR. It is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Digital payment transactions jump to 244 cr in Aug 2018

  • The number of digital payment transactions in India touched 244.81 crore in August 2018, more than three-fold rise from October 2016, underlining the massive adoption of digital payment modes over the last two years.
  • The statement by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in New Delhi that New payment modes, BHIM-UPI, AePS and NETC have transformed digital payment ecosystem by increasing Person to Person (P2P) as well as Person to Merchant (P2M) payments.

Global Cooling Innovation Summit to be inaugurated in New Delhi.

  • Two-day Global Cooling Innovation Summit will be inaugurated by Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi.
  • The Summit is a first-of-its-kind solutions-focused event that will bring together leaders from around the world to explore concrete means and pathways to address the climate threat that comes from the growing demand from room air conditioners.
  • The event is jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, along with Rocky Mountain Institute, Alliance for An Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE).

Jawahar Lal Sarin presented with France’s highest civilian honour

  • Renowned French scholar Jawahar Lal Sarin was presented with France’s highest civilian honour Chevalier de la Lgion d’Honneur. He was presented with this award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enhancing Indo-French cultural cooperation and promoting French language.
  • Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) is the highest civilian award given by the French government to person for his outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality.

Ladakh restoration project wins 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage conservation

  • The restoration of an aristocratic house project from partial ruin state in Ladakh undertaken by LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation) Center has won 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage conservation in Award of Distinction category. LAMO is public charitable trust established to articulate an alternative vision for the arts and media in Ladakh.
  • UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation was established in 2000. It recognizes efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

Largest industrial conclave 'Make in Odisha 2018' begins in Bhubaneswar

  • The largest industrial conclave 'Make in Odisha 2018' begins in Bhubaneswar. About 800 industrialists from India and abroad are expected to take part in the five-day long conclave.
  • The event is expected to attract 2 lakh crore rupees capital for industrial development in the state.

Long cohabitation is presumed marriage: Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court has upheld presumption that couple who live together as husband and wife are legally married and woman can claim maintenance under Section 125 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The apex court held that law presumes in favour of marriage and against concubinage when man and woman have cohabited continuously for a number of years.
  • This judgment of SC was based on appeal filed by woman against Karnataka High Court decision of June 2009.

Manu-Saurabh win mixed event gold with junior world record

  • Indian pair of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary have won Gold medal creating a world record in the 10 meter air pistol mixed team junior event at 11th Asian Airgun Championships in Kuwait.
  • Youth Olympic Games Champions Manu and Saurabh created a junior world record score of 485.4 in the finals on the concluding day. Indian junior teams score was well ahead of Chinese pair of Wang Xiaoyu and Hong Shuqi who scored 477.9 winning Silver medal.
  • Another Chinese pair clinched the Bronze medal while India's second pair in the finals, Abhidnya Patil and Anmol Jain finished fourth. Indian's junior shooting squad ended the championships with a tally of 11 medals, including four Gold.

National Legal Services Day: November 9

  • National Legal Services Day (NLSD) is observed every year in India on 9th November to spread awareness for ensuring reasonably fair and justice procedure for all citizens.
  • The aim of celebrating this day is to offer free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people belonging to weaker sections of society.

PK Dash, Akhilesh Ranjan and Neena Kumar inducted as members of CBDT

  • Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed three senior IRS officers K Dash, Akhilesh Ranjan and Neena Kumar as new members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). All three members belong to 1982-batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
  • CBDT is nodal policy-making body of Income Tax (IT) department under Finance Ministry. It is supreme body in India for framing policies related to direct taxes and is also tasked to enforce direct tax laws in the country.
  • CBDT chairman: Sushil Chandra

Poor-Quality diet greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles: FAO

  • According to recently released report “Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets”, one-in-five deaths is associated with poor-quality diets. It shows that regularly eating poor-quality food has become greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles. The report was published by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  • FAO is a specialised agency of UN that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its parent organization is UN Economic and Social Council (UNESC). Its headquarters is in Rome, Italy.

Swati Chaturvedi wins courage prize for book on PM Modi

  • Freelance journalist Swati Chaturvedi has been handed the Press Freedom for Courage for her book, I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of The Bharatiya Janata Party's Digital Army.
  • The award ceremony was organised by the UK chapter of Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders in London.

Usable Toilet, 2-child norm mandatory for candidates of Assam Panchayat polls

  • The Assam State Election Commission has made its mandatory of having a usable toilet and a two-child norm for all aspiring candidates of the upcoming panchayat polls.
  • State Election Commissioner Harendra Nath Bora said, the decision of making a usable toilet compulsory has been taken to make cleanliness a priority in society.

World Science Day for Peace and Development: 10th November

  • World Science Day for Peace and Development is observed on 10 November every year. The day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
  • The day aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science.
  • The theme for 2018 World Science Day is ‘Science, a Human Right’