1. Swami Vigyananda launched Hindu Economic Forum in New Zealand
Hindu Economic Forum New Zealand (HEFNZ) was officially launched by Swami Vigyananand on Sunday, 18 November 2018 in Auckland, with the vision “Grow Together; Share Together”.
- Hardik Desai and Raj Tyagi will be taking the lead in organizing the HEF New Zealand.
- Swami Vigyananda also announced that the first New Zealand Hindu Economic Conference to be organized by Hindu Economic Forum New Zealand in 2019.
2. Jai Ram Thakur will launch different developmental schemes in Palampur
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will be visiting Palampur on November 23. During his visit, he will be launching different developmental schemes worth crores of rupees.
- Thakur will first attend a state-level academic conference on free and compulsory education for all and then inaugurate a double-lane bridge at Kalu-De-Hatti on Maul Khad.
- He will also be laying the foundation stone for a drinking water supply scheme in Ghuggar and then attend a function organized at Gurudwara Sahib, Palampur on the occasion of Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh.
3. Twelve children books were shortlisted for 2019 Goodbooks Awards
Twelve children’s books have been shortlisted for The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards. This awards will recognize the children’s books published in India.
- The books were categorized into 4 categories (i) Best Picture Book (Story), (ii) Best Picture Book (Illustration), (iii) Best Book (Fiction) (iv) Best Book (Non-Fiction).
- Under every category, three books have been shortlisted. The awards are being given for the fourth consecutive year. The winners will be announced at The Hindu Lit for Life in January 2019.
4. I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated multi-media digital exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi at IFFI
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore today inaugurated a multi-media digital exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi at the International Film festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa.
- Titled “Mahatma on Celluloid”, the exhibition provides a state-of-the-art digital experience to the viewers who can relive the life and times of Mahatma, and draw inspiration from his ideas and work.
- “It is a very interactive exhibition. This exhibition has been taken around the entire country earlier but now we have brought it here in Goa,” said Rathore.
5. Wasim Jaffer became first Indian to touch 11,000-run milestone in Ranji Trophy
Veteran first-class cricketer Wasim Jaffer has became the first Indian batsman to touch the 11,000-run figure in the Ranji Trophy.
- The Vidharbha batsman achieved the milestone during the third-round match against Baroda here at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA).
- The cricketer, who had made his first-class debut in 1996-97, emerged as one of the legends of the Indian domestic cricket.
6. Standard definitions of kilogram, Ampere, Kelvin and mole changed after 130 years
The changes were done after representatives from 60 countries voted to redefine the International System of Units (SI) for weight, current, temperature and amount of chemical substance.
- This decision was made at the General Conference on Weights and Measures, held from November 13-16 2018, in Versailles, France, organized by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in France.
- Now, all SI units will be defined in terms of constants that describe the natural world. The changes will come into effect on May 20, 2019.
7. Interpol selected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as Next President
Interpol’s 94 member states selected South Korea’s Kim Jong-yang as Interpol’s next president in Dubai.
- The 57-year-old will serve until 2020 and succeeded Meng Hongwei.
- He is serving as Interpol’s acting president since Meng resigned and was a vice-president representing Asia.
8. Himachal Pradesh approved Sashakt Mahila Yojana
Himachal Pradesh has approved Sashakt Mahila Yojana
- The scheme would link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities and improving their skill by imparting training.
- The main aim is to empower rural women by providing them an interface for organization and socio-economic development.
9. India First Justice City to Set Up In Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class and India’s first ‘Justice City’ within its new capital Amaravati with the vision to provide a state-of-the-art ecosystem built on the latest technology for supporting the judicial system in the state.
- The state provides the necessary infrastructure to provide speedy justice for litigants, easy and better access to justice for the masses and reduce pending cases.
- “We are developing Justice City in Amaravati which will comprise integrated judicial hub spread across 3,309 acres with an estimated population of 2.5 lacs. The Justice City is expected to generate employment for more than 1.3 lac people,” said Mr. Cherukuri.
10. NMCG approved 10 composite Sewerage Projects in Agra worth Rs. 1573.28 Crore to help reduce pollution in Yamuna
The project for Rehabilitation/Renovation of Agra Sewerage Scheme (Interception & Diversion Works) conceived at a total cost of Rs. 857.26 crore including the O&M cost for 15 years.
- The major components of the project include tapping of 61 nalas/drains, construction of 3 Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP’s) of total capacity 166 MLD, construction of 10 decentralized STPs of 9.38 MLD and renovation of 2 existing STPs, laying of rising main of 17.61 km, renovation of Sewage Pumping Station (SPS), renovation of STPs renovation of interception work, upgradation of STPs (for chlorination), and operation & maintenance for 15 years.
- “These projects are expected to drastically reduce pollution load from Agra city into the river Yamuna, helping to save the Taj Mahal and leading to improvement of river water quality, ground water quality and overall aesthetics of the area,” an NMCG official said. Interception & Diversion (I&D) works and an STP at Kasganj costing Rs 76.73 crore were also approved by the executive committee.