1. Iraq PM Adel Abdul Mahdi sworn in
Iraq’s new Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was sworn in but could not announce the full cabinet after legislators failed to reach a consensus on key postings.
- Under Iraq’s constitution, Shia, Sunnis, Kurds and other minorities must all be represented in cabinet.
- Abdul Mahdi was initially expected to nominate a full 22-member cabinet, including the defence and interior ministers.
2. Wipro appointed former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya as independent director
Wipro said it had appointed former State Bank of India chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya as an independent director beginning January 1, 2019.
- Recently, she was also appointed to Infosys board.
- Bhattacharya’s appointment is for a period of five years and is subject to shareholder approval.
3. Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for 2014, 2015 & 2016 announced
The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 is being conferred on the doyen of Manipuri dance Sh. Rajkumar Singhajit Singh; Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) and on one of India’s greatest sculptors, Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar, respectively.
- The first Tagore Award was conferred on Pt. Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012 and second was conferred on Shri Zubin Mehta in 2013.
- The annual award was instituted by the Government of India during the commemoration of 150thBirth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
4. Corporation Bank bagged MSME award
Corporation Bank has bagged the ‘Best MSME Bank – Winner 2018’ award instituted by the Assocham.
- It said that the award was conferred based on the bank’s performance in SME (small and medium enterprise) segment.
- Shivanand Hebbar, DGM, received the award from Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma at the ‘6th Assocham SMEs Excellence Award – 2018’ in Delhi.
5. Dwayne Bravo Announced Retirement From International Cricket
Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo brought the curtains down on his 14-year international career by announcing his retirement from all formats of the game.
- Bravo, who made his debut for the Windies in 2004, played 40 Tests, 164 one-day internationals (ODI) and 66 Twenty20 internationals (T20I).
- However, the 35-year-old will continue to play T20 franchise cricket around the world.
6. Govt set up GoM headed by Home minister to look into sexual harassment at work place
The government constituted a group of ministers (GoM) headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to prevent and deal with sexual harassment of women in workplaces.
- The group will examine and recommend further measures required to strengthen and make the existing provisions for the safety of women within three months.
- The other members of the GoM are road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and women and child development minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.
7. Saurabh Kumar named Indias next Ambassador to Myanmar
Saurabh Kumar is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of 1989 batch.
- At present, he is the Ambassador of India to Iran. He will take up this assignment soon.
- He will succeed Vikram Misri who has been serving as Ambassador of India to Myanmar since 2016.
8. Tezpur University professor bagged INSA Teachers Award
Indian National Science Academy (INSA) selected Tezpur University professor Ashis Mukherjee for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Teachers Award (2018).
- He will be conferred the award at the Anniversary General Meeting of the Academy in December 2018.
- He was selected for his consistent and high-level of teaching, and inspiration and mentoring students to take up careers in Science and Technology.
9. India most outward migrants in 2017 according to ADB report
The number of international migrants was topped by India, followed by China and Bangladesh.
- India had the most outward migrants in 2017 (17 million), followed by China (10 million) and Bangladesh (7.5 million).
- One-third of international migrants were from Asia in 2017.
- The global stock of international migrants from Asia rose 3.9 percent from 83.6 million in 2015 to 86.9 million in 2017.
10. MAHEs Department of European Studies bagged prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of excellence award
- The European Union announced the selection of Department of European Studies (DES) of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) for the prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) Award.
- It became the only Centre of Excellence in European Studies in the country.
11. Center launched two schemes, IMPRESS and SPARC
The Centre, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, launched two schemes, Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS) and Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC). The aim is to promote higher education research in India.
- IMPRESS deals with social science research projects and coordinated by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
- SPARC involves the foreign collaboration mainly in science research, coordinated by IIT Kharagpur.
12. Jyoti Shelar won the first place in the English category of SCARF
Jyoti Shelar, The Hindu ’s Mumbai-based correspondent won the first place in the English category of Schizophrenia Research Foundation’s (SCARF) media for mental health reporting award.
Ms. Shelar’s report on suicides by farmers and the resultant impact on the mental health of their families won her the award.
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