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Daily GK Dose November 17th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 17th

1. Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sign $105 Million Loan to Support Hydropower Transmission in Himachal Pradesh

The tranche 3 loan is part of the $350 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Transmission Investment Program approved by the ADB Board in September 2011.

  1. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.


2. PM Modi to attend swearing-in ceremony of new President of Maldives

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male. This will be Mr Modi's maiden visit to the Maldives.

  1. Mr Modi said, he will convey to the new Maldivian government of Mr Solih, India's desire to work closely for realisation of their developmental priorities, especially in areas of infrastructure, health care, connectivity and human resource development.
  2. The Prime Minister said, the recent elections in the Maldives represent the collective aspirations of the people for democracy, rule of law and a prosperous future. He said, India strongly desires to see a stable, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Maldives.

3. East Asia Summit

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions.

  1. Membership expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia at the Sixth EAS in 2011.
  2. EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 December 2005.
  3. EAS is an initiative of ASEAN and is based on the premise of the centrality of ASEAN

4. India International Cherry Blossom festival

India International Cherry Blossom festival is scheduled to be held from November 14 to 17 in Shillong, Meghalaya.

  1. This festival is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival. The festival is organised by Government of Meghalaya’s Forest & Environment Department as well as by the Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
  2. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms. The Cherry Blossom tree flowers only for a short period in a year. The festival will showcase full pink and white cherry blossoms found all along the roadside of the famous Ward Lake. Alongside, the festival will also showcase the region’s food, wine and crafts in addition with several cultural events.

5. 9th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue between India and China held in Beijing

  1. The 9th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue between India and China held in Beijing. It was held between the two defence delegations headed by defence secretary Sanjay Mitra and China’s deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission.
  2. The 9th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue was held after one-year gap due to Doklam standoff.
  3. National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi are designated special representatives for the border talks

6. South Asian Regional Conference on Urban Infrastructure held in New Delhi

It was organised by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog in partnership with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  1. With respect to urban needs, the population in South Asia is expected to grow by around  250 million till 2030, while that in India is expected to reach around 590 million during the same period.

7. Women's World T20: India beat Ireland by 52 runs to enter semi-finals

India women beat Ireland by 52 runs to become the second team to seal semi-final berth at the ICC Women's World T20 in Providence, Guyana.

  1. Earlier, batting first, India scored 145 with Mithali Raj scoring 51 off 56 balls and Smriti Mandhana supporting with 33 off 29 balls.
  2. Chasing a modest 146-run target, Ireland, who lost wickets at regular intervals, could all manage 93/8 in the stipulated 20 overs as Deepti Sharma got 2 for 15 in 3 overs. Radha Yadav picked 3/25 in 4 overs

8. Ad guru Alyque Padamsee dies at 90

Noted ad film maker and Padma Shri Alyque Padamsee died in Mumbai at the age of 90.

  1. The ad man was the brain behind several iconic advertisement campaigns such as the Lalitaji for Surf, Cherry Charlie for Cherry Blossom Shoe Polish, the MRF Muscle Man, the Little girl in the waterfall, the Kamasutra couple, Hamara Bajaj, the TV detective Karamchand, the Fair & Handsome brand etc.
  2. He also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna award by Sangeet Natak Akademy.

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