India's nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice. Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-to-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ. However, in a dramatic turn of events Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.
The congress was organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The International Committee of Military Medicine is an international inter-governmental organisation created in 1921 with its secretariat at Brussels in Belgium and currently has 112 nations as members.
India's Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 at the prestigious pageant’s 67th edition that was held in Sanya, China. The 20-year-old’s win has brought home the coveted title after a 17-year-long wait. The last Indian contestant to win Miss World was Priyanka Chopra in the year 2000.
The Indian National Bar Association (INBA) recently organised the ‘Bar Leadership Summit on Reforms in the Indian Legal Sector’ in New Delhi collaboration with the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
The Universal Children’s Day was established by United Nations in 1954. The date 20 November coincides with the adoption of the 'Declaration of the Rights of the Child' by UN General Assembly 1959.
NASA has successfully launched a highly advanced polar-orbiting satellite to improve weather forecasts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The Book of the year Award in non-fiction category went to 'Age of Anger: A History of the Present' by Pankaj Mishra, whereas in the fiction category, Easterine Kire's 'Son of the Thundercloud' bagged the award.
India's Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 at the prestigious pageant’s 67th edition that was held in Sanya, China. Chhillar’s win has brought home the coveted title after a 17-year-long wait. The last Indian contestant to win Miss World was Priyanka Chopra in the year 2000.
42nd International Congress of Military Medicine, Military Medicine, Girish Karnad, Universal Children's Day
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) celebrated Baal Utsav as a part of Hausla-2017, a week-long festival organised by Women and Child Development Ministry for children living in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) across the country.
The World Toilet Day was observed across the globe on 19 November 2017 with the theme ‘Wastewater’. The day aims to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Home Affairs, organises Communal Harmony Campaign along with the Qaumi Ekta Week and observes the Communal Harmony Flag Day on 25 November.
The Moscow Declaration to End TB aims to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build accountability. More than 1000 participants took part in the two-day conference which resulted in collective commitment to end TB.
Earlier, the Health Ministry was providing the treatment of tuberculosis thrice weekly, however it has now decided to change the treatment strategy for TB patients from thrice weekly to daily drug regimen using fixed dose combinations (FDC) for treatment.
It approved the increase in the carpet area in the Middle Income Group (MIG) I category of CLSS from the existing 90 square metre to up to 120 square metre. It increased the carpet area in respect of MIG II category of CLSS from the existing 110 square metre to up to 150 square metre.
Union Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy RK Singh on 16 November 2017 launched the Web Portal for Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’. The portal can be accessed at http://saubhagya.gov.in. Through Saubhagya Web portal, every State can fill in the current status of progress of electrification works which will enable accountability for the State utility/ DISCOM.
Saubhagya scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 September 2017 with an outlay of Rs 16320 Crores including Budgetary Support of Rs 12320 Crores. Under Saubhagya scheme, all willing households in rural areas and poor families in urban areas are given free electricity connections.
US credit rating agency Moody's raised India's sovereign rating to Baa2 from its lowest investment grade of Baa, while changing the outlook for the country's rating to stable from positive. Since 2004, Moody raised the sovereign rating for the first time ignoring a haze of short-term economic uncertainties to bet on the nation’s prospects from a raft of policy changes by the government.
It will provide support in the civil aviation market by reviewing any legal and procedural issues which may adversely affect cooperation between India and Poland. It will provide for exchange of information related to aviation regulations, regional air operations, airworthiness requirements and safety standards to enhance safety and security of air transport.
Researchers have discovered rare, living specimens of stromatolites, the oldest evidence of life on Earth, deep within a remote and protected World Heritage Area in Australia. The discovery was made by a group of researchers including those from the University of Tasmania in Australia.
As per the Cabinet approval, TCIL can now fill the posts for a further period of three years from the date of approval as per the Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) guidelines. Earlier, the Cabinet allowed deputation of Group A officers till September 2016.
Facebook has announced new tools for video creators to join its platform in an attempt to take on Google-owned YouTube. The new tool will be called Facebook Creator App. It will help the community create original video, go live with exclusive features and connect with their community on the Facebook.
The UN climate conference (COP23) commenced in Bonn, Germany fetched a good result for developing countries, including India, as the developed nations, at last, agreed to budge on the issue of their pre-2020 actions as well world gets a new platform to discuss the issue, called Talanoa Dialogues. The contentious issue, which requires revisiting of greenhouse gas mitigation targets or the emission cut target by developed countries and provision of finance, technology know-how and capacity building support to developing countries, has now found a place in the draft decision text of the COP23.
INS Sarvekshak is a specialised survey ship of the Indian Navy presently based at Kochi and is fitted with up to date survey equipment like Deep Sea Multi beam echo sounder system, Side Scan Sonars and a fully automated digital surveying system.
Stromatolites are laminated structures of micro- organisms which have created layers of minerals using elements dissolved in the water in which they live. Fossil stromatolites are the oldest evidence for life on Earth. They first appeared 3.7 billion years ago.
Joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise SAMPRITI 2017, concluded on 16th November 2017 at Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram with a validation exercise. The exercise SAMPRITI 2017 was aimed to strengthen and widen the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies. It was the 7th such exercise in the SAMPRITI series.
The Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its consent for the creation of the posts of Chairman and Technical Members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST. The decision was followed up immediately after the sharp reduction in the GST rates of a large number of items of mass consumption. This paves the way for the immediate establishment of this apex body, which is mandated to ensure that the benefits of the reduction in GST rates on goods or services are passed on to the ultimate consumers by way of a reduction in prices.
The collective wealth of Asia’s 50 richest families on the list is a record USD 699 billion, a 35 per cent increase from last year. For the third time, India enjoys the biggest presence on the list, with 18 richest families, followed by Hong Kong with nine richest families.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Ekta Diwas on the occasion of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s anniversary on 31st October 2015 started ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’ Yojana with an objective to strengthen cultural relations of various parts of the country and to embolden the mutual connection between the people dwelling in different states. Under the ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’ scheme, Madhya Pradesh has been made a partner of Nagaland and Manipur. The Madhya Pradesh government has made its Higher Education Department as a nodal department to execute the scheme. An eight member’s team from Madhya Pradesh has also toured Manipur and Nagaland in this regard.
For the third time, India enjoys the biggest presence on the list, with 18 richest families, followed by Hong Kong with nine richest families. Mukesh Ambani family is the biggest gainer in dollar and percentage terms. Their net worth rose by USD 19 billion as shares of Reliance Industries soared high due to better refining margins and the increasing demand produced by its telecom arm Reliance Jio.