Saturday, 19 November 2016

18 November Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 18th November Current Affairs updates.

Foldable paper bike helmet wins James Dyson design award
  • Eco Helmet', a fordable paper bike helmet, created by New York-based Isis Shiffer, has won the James Dyson design award 2016.
  • When Shiffer started using bike came up with the idea schemes and released it required people to bring their own helmets which were expensive. 
  • The recyclable 'EcoHelmet' is expected to cost around $5 (approximately Rs. 340).
Man who inspired '3 Idiots' wins global innovation award
  • Ladakh-based engineer, Sonam Wangchuk, on whom Aamir Khan's character 'Phunsukh Wangdu' was based in the film '3 Idiots', was awarded the 'Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016' for his 'Ice Stupas' project.
  • The project aimed at reducing water shortage in high altitudes, the project, which will be supported by the Rolex fund, involves conical ice mounds designed like mini-glaciers to slowly release water.
Denver becomes 1st US city to legalise social marijuana use
  • The people of Denver, US have passed a ballot initiative, allowing private businesses like clubs, bars and restaurants to apply for permits allowing marijuana consumption within their premises. 
  • Denver had already legalised recreational marijuana use, but public consumption was illegal until now.
  • This comes after the US states California, Massachusetts, and Nevada legalised recreational marijuana use.
NASA astronaut set to become the oldest woman in space
  • NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, at an age of 56 years, will become the oldest woman in space history after she takes off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday. 
  • Notably, Whitson, who holds the record for most time spent in space by a woman, is also the first woman to become ISS commander. 
  • This will be Whitson's third spaceflight.
Telangana signs MoU with Microsoft for digital services
  • Telangana government signed a MoU with Microsoft Corporation India for helping the government explore cloud, machine learning and mobile-based solutions to improve citizen services, education, healthcare and agriculture. 
  • "Telangana government believes that ICT is the key to building not only a stronger economy but also an efficient and effective governance system," officials said.
Manuel Medrano wins best new artist at Latin Grammy Awards
  • Colombian singer Manuel Medrano and Puerto Rican artist Yandel each won two Latin Grammy Awards Thursday during a ceremony that began with a strong message in defence of Latinos.
  • Actor-director Diego Luna, who presented the song of the year award to the composers of "La Bicicleta," urged unity among Latinos.
SpiceJet receives World Travel Leaders Award at WTM, London
  • SpiceJet received the World Travel Leaders award at the WTM (World Travel Mart) Awards in London on 7th November 2016. 
  • The airline was recognised for its dramatic turnaround and its use of innovation to rebuild customer loyalty. SpiceJet was the only airline to be recognised this year, globally. 
  • The award was received by Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno And Mahindra e2o Nominated For Next Green Car Awards UK
  • Made in India cars have once again made it to international grounds. 
  • This time it's the 2016 Next Green Car Awards UK. Yes, the nominations are out for this award and two India-made cars have appeared on this list.
Livingstone school bags National Science Project Award
  • Livingstone Foundation-Hr. Sec. School (LFHSS) Dimapur has won the Best Science Project Award at the first ever National Science Concours of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT). 
  • The event organized to mark the UNESCO initiative of observing the World Science Day for Peace & Development 2016 (Nov 10), was held at SMIT Campus in Majitar, East Sikkim from November 10-11 with the Vice-Chancellor of Sikkim Manipal University, Brig. (Dr.) Somnath Mishra was the Chief Guest. 
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Tanpreet Parmar of Vancouver crowned Miss India-Canada 2016 in Toronto
  • TANPREET Parmar of Vancouver was crowned Miss India-Canada 2016 at the 26thannual Miss India-Canada event in Toronto.
  • Tanpreet is a Canadian actress, model, talk show host and mentor. She was crowned Miss Charity British Columbia2014-2015 and awarded “People’s Choice” at the Miss BC Pageant. Tanpreet was recognized for raising the most money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
India Pharma Week 2016'
  • UBM India, India’s leading exhibition organizer, launched the India Pharma Week, a bouquet of over 10 trend-setting activities across the city of Mumbai, to mark the special 10th anniversary of CPhI & P-MEC India 2016, its flagship event and the world’s leading pharma networking event. 
  • With the introduction of the India Pharma Week, the expo transformed itself from a three-day exhibition to a marquee show spanning a week (IPW, 17th-23rd November 2016).
Sachin Tendulkar to adopt another village in Andhra Pradesh
  • Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated projects worth Rs 6 crore at his adopted village of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga near Gudur, 110 km from Tirupati.
  • Previously, Tendulkar, a Rajya Sabha MP, had adopted the Gollapalli village in Andhra Pradesh in November 2014 as part of the PM’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
  • About SAGY: The initiative involves converting the village, housing 120 families, into a smart one.
India-China joint military exercise 'Hand-In-Hand' begins in Pune
  • The 6th Joint Military Training Exercise “Hand in Hand” between India-China began at the parade ground in Aundh Military Camp, Pune.
  • The exercise will finish on 27 November 2016. 
  • The military exercise focus on “transnational terrorism” and counter-terrorism operations in “semi-urban scenarios.”
TCS awarded Digital Innovator of the Year
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has been named as the ‘2016 Digital Innovator of the Year’ in the Ecosystem Excellence award category at GE’s Minds + Machines event in San Francisco, California.
  • The award recognizes TCS’ innovation and excellence in developing the TCS Digital StoreTM, an expanding suite of ready-to-use digital solutions that deliver superior customer experience, real time data analytics and organizational agility across multiple industry segments.
Airtel announces merger with Robi Axiata in Bangladesh
  • Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of the merger of its subsidiary unit in Bangladesh with Robi Axiata.
  • This group will be now second largest mobile phone operator in Bangladesh after Telenor unit Grameenphone.
BBC World Service announces biggest expansion 'since the 1940s'
  • BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services as part of its biggest expansion “since the 1940s”, due to the funding boost.
  • The new languages will be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba.
Sprinter Dharambir handed eight-year ban
  • Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh, who was barred from representing the country in the Rio Olympics at the last minute for failing a dope test, has been slapped an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

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