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Daily GK Dose November 16th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 16th

1. International Film Festival of India to commence in Goa from 20th-28th Nov

The 49th International Film Festival of India 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November, 2018.

  1. 49th edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects diversity of taste.
  2. International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian. Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

2. NITI Aayog Constitutes Himalayan State Regional Council

NITI Aayog has constituted the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ to ensure sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region.

  1. The Himalayan States Regional Council will be the nodal agency for the Sustainable development in the Himalayan Region which consists of the twelve States namely Jammu &Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, two districts of Assam namely Dima Hasao and KarbiAnglong and Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal.
  2. The Himalayan State Regional Council will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog.

3. Aadi Mahotsav festival begins in Delhi

The 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival is beginning in the national capital Delhi. Briefing media, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said, more than 600 artisans from 23 states will participate in the event. He said, 14 dance troupes will perform in the Mahotsav.

  1. The theme of the festival is 'celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce'. It will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through one hundred stalls.
  2. The highlights of the festival will be fashion show for tribal textiles and tribal cuisines. There are two venues for the Aadi Mahotsav, one will be at Delhi Haat and the other is Central Park in New Delhi.

4. Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates 4th International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the geriatric study has gained relevance in the recent years with increase in life span of people.

  1. This field has unique specialty where the parameter is based on age. He said that more than 70% of the population is below the age of 40 years, due to which India is facing bi-polar challenge.
  2. 4th International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine is being organized along with the Asia Pacific Geriatric Medicine Network Conference at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

5. Indian Navy completes refit of Maldivian Coast Guard Ship Huravee

Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee successfully completed her refit at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and the ship was formally handed over to Major Mohamed Jamshad, Commanding Officer MCGS Huravee in a ceremony organised to commemorate the occasion on 15 November 2018.

  1. MCGS Huravee was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, a Trinkat class patrol vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkatta in Mar 2001 and was subsequently gifted to Maldives by the Govt of India in Apr 2006 to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations and work together to ensure the maritime safety of the Indian Ocean Region.

6. India and UK sign MoU for collaboration in cancer research

India and United Kingdom have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in cancer research.

  1. It is follow-up to joint statement issued by Prime Ministers of India and UK during visit of PM Narendra Modi to the UK in April 2018.
  2. The MoU was signed between Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) for India-UK Cancer Research Initiative for collaboration in cancer research for the next five years.

7. UP cabinet approves renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya, Allahabad as Prayagraj

Uttar Pradesh Government has approved renaming of Faizabad and Allahabad as Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively.

  1. Allahabad’s ancient name was ‘Prayag’, but was changed after 16th-century Mughal emperor Akbar built fort near ‘Sangam’, the holy confluence of three rivers viz. Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Akbar named the fort and its neighbourhood ‘Ilahabad’. Later, Akbar’s grandson Shah Jahan renamed the entire city as ‘Allahabad’. But the area near the ‘Sangam’, the site of the Kumbh Mela, continues to be known as ‘Prayag’.
  2. Ayodhya has been associated with Lord Ram and is known as his birth place. Ayodhya has been the capital of various dynasties, including the Ikshvaku dynasty of which Lord Ram is a descendent.

8. IndusInd Bank launches interactive credit card in India

India’s IndusInd Bank has introduced an interactive credit card, said to be the first of its kind in the country.

  1. The MasterCard credit card has been developed in alliance with American payment card firm Dynamics.
  2. Dubbed IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card, the card offers customers a choice to pay with credit, EMI or reward points at the point-of-sale (POS).

9. Pankaj Advani won third IBSF billiards crown

India's Pankaj Advani won his third straight IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format. Advani overcame Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar in the final.

  1. This win also marks a hat-trick of wins for Advani in the shorter format. He had won in his hometown Bengaluru in 2016 before doing the same in Doha last year.

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