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Current Affairs November 1, 2018

1. India jumps 23 places in ease of business ranking

  • According to the latest Doing Business Report of world bank ,India has recorded a jump of 23 positions against its rank of 100 in 2017 to be placed now at 77th rank among 190 countries assessed.
  • As a result of continued performance, India is now placed at first position among South Asian countries as against 6th in 2014.
  • As a result of continued efforts by the Government, India has improved its rank by 53 positions in last two years and 65positions in last four years.


2. Tata Steel named as official partner of men’s hockey World Cup

  • Steel manufacturing giant Tata Steel was named   as an official partner for the prestigious men’s hockey World Cup to be held here from November 28 to December 16.
  • Tata Steel, the 10th-largest steel producer in the world, signed the agreement with the quadrennial event to continue its efforts of promoting development through sports throughout the country.
  • Earlier, India had hosted the tournament in 1982 in Mumbai and in 2010 in New Delhi. 16 countries will take participate in the tournament.
  • The upcoming 14th edition of the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World Cup will be the 3rd time it is held in India and the first time it is held in the eastern part of India.


3. PM Modi unveils world’s tallest statue, credits Sardar Patel for united India

  • Eight years after proposing the ambitious project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Statue of Unity – the world’s tallest statue at 182 metres -built in honour of freedom fighter and India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • The statue stands on Sadhu island on the Narmada in Gujarat and is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
  • The height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this. It is also symbolic of engineering and technology affordability.
  • Built at a cost of Rs 2,989 crores, the project took 42 months to complete.


4. NASA sets record with ‘supersonic’ parachute for Mars 2020 mission

  • NASA’s “supersonic parachute” that will play a key role in landing its state-of-the-art Mars 2020 rover has created a world record by deploying in just four-tenths of a second and surviving 37,000 kg load.
  • According to NASA, it was the fastest inflation in history of a parachute this size and created a peak load of almost 70,000 pounds of force.
  • The mass of nylon, Technora and Kevlar fibre of the parachute will play a major role in landing NASA’s Mars 2020 rover on Mars in February 2021


5. India signs $950 million contract with Russia to buy two stealth frigates

  • India has signed a $950 million contract with Russia for two upgraded Krivak III-class stealth frigates.
  • A government-to-government contract was signed between India and United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia last week for the supply of two stealth frigates after two years of negotiations.
  • The two ships to be brought from Russia are expected to be delivered by 2022 and have been designed to work with Ukraine-made gas turbines.


6. Anupam Kher resigns as FTII chairman

  • Succeeding Gajendra Chauhan, actor Anupam Kher took over the reins of Film and Television Institute of India as the Chairman in Octorber last year.
  • Kher is the first chairperson of the film institute to resign before the completion of his term — his tenure is also the shortest since FTII’s formation in 1974.
  • Headquarters of FTII  is situated in Pune.


7. Senior IPS officer S S Deswal appointed ITBP chief

  • Senior IPS officer S S Deswal was  appointed the chief of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), that guards country's frontier with China
  • Deswal, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre, is at present the Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Deswal's appointment as the DG, ITBP for a period up to his superannuation on August 31, 2021.


8. Malala Yousafzai to be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education

  • Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education. Harvard's Kennedy School said Yousafzai will be conferred with the 2018 Gleitsman Award at a ceremony on 6th December.
  • Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was recognized for her global work supporting schooling for all children.
  • Now aged 20, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England. The Gleitsman Award provides 125,000 US dollars for activism that has improved quality of life around the world.



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