19th November 2018 Top Current Affairs for Competitive Exams

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19th November 2018 Current Affairs Updates

1. President Kovind to visit Vietnam, Australia

President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a week-long state visit to Vietnam and Australia. This is the first ever visit to Australia of any Indian President. On the first leg of his two-nation tour, Rashtrapatiji will visit Vietnam from 18-20 November 2018 on the invitation of Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
The President’s visit is part of India’s continuing and growing engagement with countries in the Indo-Pacific region under its “Act East” Policy. During the two-nation visit, the President will be accompanied by high-level delegation which includes Union Minister of State for skill development and entrepreneurship, Anant Kumar Hegde and member of parliaments Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Dr. Heena Vijaykumar Gavit.
India and Vietnam have a Strategic comprehensive partnership and deep civilization linkages as well as regular high-level visits. This will be the president’s first visit to an ASEAN country since he assumed the office. The second leg of his visit would be Australia which is a strategic partner of India.

2. Kerala Introduces New Open Online Learning Programme: ‘KOOL’

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has rolled out- KOOL, its Online Open Learning training platform. The platform can be used to train teachers, students and the general public. To start with, teachers would be trained and the first batch will commence next month. Registration for the training began Sunday.

With the state’s schools going Hi-Tech, requiring teachers and students to be trained on different domains simultaneously, it was decided to launch KOOL, a press release said.

“KOOL is a major step by the State of Kerala to become India’s first complete digital state in Education”, said Prof C Raveendranath, state Education minister.

With the state’s schools going Hi-Tech, requiring teachers and students to be trained on different domains simultaneously, it was decided to launch KOOL, a press release said. KOOL has been designed in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model, which is becoming popular worldwide.

KOOL has an array of features for learners in the form of animated learning assistants, video tutorials and checklists for practicing the activities,a press release said. “We have 200 mentors with a capacity to train 4,000 persons at a time”, K Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, KITE said. It is compulsory for teachers to successfully complete 45 hours of computer course in order to clear their probation.

Over 5,000 teachers have approached KITE so far seeking such courses and the initial training in KOOL has been incorporated with relevant modules. The first batch of KOOL will include 2,500 teachers in the proportion of one mentor for every 20 teachers.

3. PM Modi inaugurates Western Peripheral Expressway today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway today. He also inaugurated the 3.2-kilometre long Escorts Mujesar-Ballabhgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro. Mr Modi also laid the foundation stone for Vishwakarma Kaushal Vishwa Vidyalaya.

Speaking after inaugurating the key projects in Haryana’s Gurugram, Mr Modi said the two infrastructure schemes will bring new revolution in connectivity of people. He added that Vishwakarma Kaushal Vishhwavidyalaya
will give the boost to the youth of the region. 
Mr Modi stated that the Expressway will play a big role in reducing pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas. He said the Expressway will also ensure ease of living and ease of travelling. 
The Prime Minister said increasing connectivity brings new avenues for employment. He said metros and railways and waterways develop an ecosystem from which sectors like construction and manufacturing can benefit.

IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra was appointed as the full-time chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) late Saturday, a government order said.

Mr Mishra, a 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the Income Tax cadre, was appointed as the principal special director in the central probe agency on October 27 and was entrusted with the “additional” charge of ED director for three months.

An order issued by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on Saturday gave a two-year tenure to Mr Mishra ‘from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.’

Official sources said Mr Mishra, who was posted as the chief commissioner of the Income Tax Department in Delhi before the ED appointment, has now been empanelled as an additional secretary in the central government and hence, has been given the top ED charge as a full-time assignment.

5. India’s first elephant hospital opens in Mathura – For elephants only

India is home to 50-60 per cent of all the elephants in Asia. Thus, the country is of paramount importance for the survival of the species.

However, elephants in India are facing a variety of problems, with respect to habitat loss, use in the entertainment industry, lack of medical facilities. Poaching is the other very serious threat.

The unique medical centre offers wireless digital X-ray, laser treatment, dental X-ray, thermal imaging, ultrasonography, hydrotherapy and quarantine facilities.

Located close to the elephant conservation and care centre, the hospital is designed to treat injured, sick or geriatric elephants and is equipped with a medical hoist for lifting elephants, as also an elephant restraining device with a dedicated indoor treatment enclosure for long duration medical procedures.

An observation deck will allow veterinary students and interns to observe and learn about elephant’s behaviour and treatment from a safe distance.

Training courses will be organized by Wildlife SOS to spread knowledge on elephant medical care, humane elephant management and veterinary procedures to spread compassion.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO Wildlife SOS said, “This is a huge milestone for elephant protection in India. This hospital will help us take better care of injured elephants in distress.”

6. IIT researchers devise programme to maximise LPG connections

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur have devised a computer programme that will help maximise LPG connections in BPL households in the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’.

An IIT Kharagpur team of researchers, led by Prof Manoj Kumar Tiwari of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, have devised the ‘Decision Support System’ (DSS) focusing on the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ for maximising (optimizing) the number of LPG connections, particularly in below poverty level (BPL) households
This kind of DSS can be developed for various central and state level policies for various commodities like agricultural commodities, solar panels distribution and so on.

A decision support system (DSS) is an information system that supports business or organizational decision-making activities. DSSs serve the management, operations and planning levels of an organization (usually mid and higher management) and help people make decisions about problems that may be rapidly changing and not easily specified in advance—i.e. unstructured and semi-structured decision problems. Decision support systems can be either fully computerized or human-powered, or a combination of both.

7. Jashne Bachpan: 14th edition of international children’s theatre festival held in New Delhi

The 14th edition of JashneBachpan, a theatre festival for children, will see performances from Switzerland, Sri Lanka and Indonesia along with their Indian counterparts here.

Organised by National School of Drama’s (NSD) Theatre in Education (TIE) Company, the theatrical extravaganza will kick start from November 17 at the Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium.

The nine-day theatre festival for children will see 21 productions from India and three foreign groups including Sri Lanka (non-verbal), Switzerland (English) and Indonesia (Javanese).

From India, a total of 24 groups have been selected out of 221 entries from various states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, and West Bengal among others.

The plays will be performed in vernacular languages like Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, and Malayalam besides non-verbal, English, Hindi and other foreign languages.


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