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Daily GK Dose November 18th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 18th

1. Australia takes India to WTO over sugar subsidies


Australia said that it was taking legal action against India, the world's second-largest sugarproducer, at the WTO over subsidies which has caused a "significant downturn" in world sugar prices and hurt Australian producers.

  1. Australia alleges that the subsidies, which have seen Indian sugar production leap from an average 20 million tons to 35 million tonnes this year, far exceed the level of farmer assistance permitted under WTO rules.
  2. Australia is the third largest exporter of sugar.

2. 8th National Conference of Women in Police begins in Ranchi

The 8th National Conference of Women in Police (NCWP) will begin in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

  1. The two-day conference which is being organized by Bureau of Police Research &Development in collaboration with Jharkhand Police, is the only national level platform to address the issues of Women in uniform and create an enabling atmosphere for them to maximize and optimize their professional potential.
  2. NCWP has been continuously working on strengthening and monitoring of mechanism to deal with sexual harassment in all the Police Organizations / CPOs by suggesting active ways and means.

3. India's first specialized hospital for elephants opens in Mathura

India's first specialized hospital for elephants was opened by Agra Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar at Farah block's Churmura village, Mathura. It is promoted by Wildlife SOS which had established first elephant conservation and care centre in 2010.

  1. India's elephant population fell to 27,312 in 2017 from 29,391-30,711 in 2012, government data shows.
  2. Hundreds of elephants across India, which accounts for more than half of Asia's elephant population, are held in captivity and sharp metal hooks are often used to pinch and tease them into subordination.

4. India and ADB sign $169 Million Loan to Provide Water and Sanitation Services in Tamil Nadu

Union Government has inked $169 Million Loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program. It is first tranche of $500 million multi-tranche financing to provide water and sanitation services in Tamil Nadu.

  1. The first tranche of ABD loan will target cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Rajapalayam, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, and Vellore.
  2. The program will develop climate-resilient sewerage collection and treatment and drainage systems in 10 cities. Under it country’s first solar-powered sewage treatment plant will be installed.

5. National Press Day: November 16

The National Press Day (NPD) is celebrated every year on November 16 as symbolic of free and responsible press in India.

  1. Recommending the establishment of Press Council in 1956 the Ist Press Commission had concluded that the best way of maintaining professional ethics in journalism would be to bring into existence a body with statutory authority, of people principally connected with industry whose duty it would be to arbitrate.
  2. The PCI was first constituted on 4 July 1966 as an ‘autonomous, statutory, quasi-judicial’ body, and it started functioning from16 November, 1966 with Justice JR Mudholkar, then a Supreme Court Judge, as its chairman.

6. Indo-Japan Business Council's business festival in Pune

The Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), is hosting KONNICHI WA PUNE - a first of its kind business festival in Pune on 17th & 18th November, 2018. The festival aims to boost investment, promote businesses and cultural exchange between India and Japan.

  1. Shrikant Atre, President, Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), said at the inaugural of the event Konnichiwa Pune that the number of Japanese companies coming to the state will grow steadily in the next couple of years with focus on potential big city markets like Pune, Nasik, Aurangabad and Nagpur among others and not in Mumbai alone.
  2. The high-speed train project will connect two important Indian cites, Ahmedabad in Gujarat and the economic hub Mumbai in Maharashtra.

7. WCD Ministry nominates 3 new members of National Commission for Women

Ministry of Woman and Child Development (WCD) has nominated three members to National Commission for Women (NCW) in pursuance Section 3 of the NCW Act 1990. They are Chandramukhi Devi, Soso Shaiza, and Kamlesh Gautam. All three are BJP members.

  1. They will hold office for period of three years or till age of 65 years or until further orders from date of assumption of charge of office, whichever is the earlier.
  2. NCW is a statutory body established under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. It was established in January 1992 to review constitutional and legal safeguards for women.

8. MCG to host both men's, women's World T20 finals in 2020

Australia's biggest stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final match of both the men's and women's World Twenty20 cricket in 2020.

  1. The women's World T20 will run from February 21 to March 8 while the men's tournament will be held from October 18 to November 15 in Australia.
  2. The eight host cities will be Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

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