1. Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of UPSC
Saxena will have a tenure till August 7, 2020, when he attains the age of 65 years.
- He has been working as acting head of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) since June 20. He took over charge from Vinay Mittal who had completed his term.
- Saxena joined the UPSC as a member on May 8, 2015. Prior to joining the UPSC, he was working as director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC).
2. Maharashtra approved 16% Maratha quota
The Maharashtra assembly has unanimously approved 16% reservation for the Maratha community in jobs and educational institutes.
- Following this, the total reservation in the state for OBC, SC/ST groups, other minor social groups, and the Marathas will be 68%.
- The government created a separate category called Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC).
3. BCCI announced two-year ban for age frauds
From the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
- Earlier, a cricketer faced a ban of one year.
- In September, the BCCI had banned a Meghalya-bound Delhi player, Jaskirat Singh Sachdeva, for producing a fake birth certificate to play in an Under-19 tournament.
4. CSIR to Establish A High-End Skill Development Center In Chandigarh
CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) announced a new partnership with Merck, a leading German science and technology company, to establish a ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh.
- This ‘High End Skill Development Center’ will enrich skills by conducting workshops, trainings and seminar series on cutting edges life science processes, tools and techniques.
- The first of its kind, Academia-Industry-led, laboratory in Chandigarh has been established to augment Government of India’s initiative for skilling India in the area of Life Science, said the statement. The centre will facilitate hands-on experience to learning and real time sample analysis.
5. President of India Received the First Copy of the book Making of New India
The book is edited by the nationalist think-tank Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF) and members of the Niti Aayog: Dr. Bibek Debroy, Dr. Anirban Ganguly and Shri Kishore Desai.
- The book contains 51 essays on themes ranging from economy to diplomacy, education to public health.
- The book endeavors to elaborate on how the government has set out to realize the vision of a New India.
6. G20 Summit 2018 began in Argentina
The 2018 G20 Summitbegan on November 28, 2018 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the 13th meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) and the first G20 summit to be hosted in South America.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be representing India at the Summit and is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Argentina President Mauricio Macri, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the sidelines of the summit.
- The members of the G20 consist of 19 individual countries plus the European Union (EU).
- The 19 member countries of the forum are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
7. International Gita Festival to be held from Dec 7-23 in Kurukshetra
The International Gita Festival, 2018, will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7-23, in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state.
- About 200 famous painters from across the country would reach Kurukshetra to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the ‘paint-the-wall’ competition.
- The objective behind this event is to spread the message of Gita to the world.
8. RBI launched survey on India’s startup sector
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched a Survey on India’s startup sector (SISS) with an endeavor to create a profile of the startup sector in India and provide dimensions relating to turnover, profitability and workforce.
- In a recent NASSCOM-Zinnov report titled “Indian Start-up Ecosystem 2018: Approaching Escape Velocity,”, India has emerged as the third largest startup hub in the world.
- According to the report, Bangalore, Delhi-NCR and Mumbai are the top cities which have seen a tremendous growth in startups, with Bangalore becoming one of the fastest growing technology startup hubs.
9. Miko 2 IIT-Bombay graduates launch Indias first advanced personal robot for kids
Graduates of Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) who are Co-founders of a start-up called Emotix have launched India’s first advanced personal robot Miko 2 for Kids.
- IIT Bombay graduates Sneh Rajkumar Vaswani along with his batchmates Prashant Iyengar and Chintan Raikar have founded the Tech start-up Emotix.
- Miko 2 is India’s first advanced robot that can see, hear, sense, express, talk, recognize faces, remember names, Identify moods and initiate a conversation.
10. cDonbass won Golden Peacock award at the 49th IFFI
Donbass, a Ukrainian film directed by Sergei Loznitsa, won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji, Goa on 28th November. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.40 lakh, a trophy, and a citation.
- The film tells the story of a hybrid war taking place in Eastern Ukraine, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies perpetrated on a mass scale by separatist gangs. In Donbass, war is called peace and propaganda is uttered as truth.
- Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Silver Peacock for Best Director for the Malayalam film Ee.Ma.Yau, a stunning satire on death and how it affects human lives.
11. Himachal Pradesh first state to launch single emergency number ‘112’
Himachal Pradesh became the first state to launch a pan-India single emergency number ‘112’ where all kinds of immediate help can be sought in urgent matters.
- Under this project, an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) has been established in Shimla along with 12 district command centres (DCCs), covering the entire state.
- The ERC has been integrated with police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women (1090) helpline numbers to provide emergency services through the emergency number ‘112’.
- The central government has allocated Rs 321.69 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of ERSS project across the country.
11. IAS Ranbir Singh appointed as Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi
Batch IAS Officer, Ranbir Singh served as the commissioner of East Delhi Municipal Corporation was appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi.
- Ranbir Singh will succeed Vijay Kumar Dev who had been appointed as the chief secretary of the Delhi Government.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs had last Thursday issued the order appointing the 1987-batch IAS officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre.
- Dev will succeed Anshu Prakash following his transfer to the department of telecommunications in the central government.
12. NCLT appointed board of IL FS to monetise green assets
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)-appointed board of the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. (IL&FS), acting on behalf of its relevant subsidiaries has initiated the process of exploring the sale of the controlling stake held by the IL&FS Group in renewable energy assets and businesses.
- Also, IL&FS would be divesting its stake in businesses relating to project development and implementation of solar power plants and projects under development of about 300 MW capacity with corporate customers.
- These include operating wind power generating plants with an aggregate capacity of 873.5 MW as well as under-construction wind power generating plants with aggregate capacity of 104 MW; asset management services for the operating wind power generating plants as well as the business division conducting project development and implementation of wind power generating plants.