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Daily GK Dose November 19th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 19th

1. World Toilet Day: 19 November

World Toilet Day is an official United Nations international observance day on November 19 to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

  1. United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.
  2. All over the world, 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practise open defecation. In India, Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) will celebrate the Day with mass awareness and mobilization activities across States and districts.
  3. This year’s World Toilet Day campaign is based on the narrative: When nature calls, we need a toilet.

2. PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Kundli-Manesar section of Western Peripheral Expressway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kundli-Manesar section of the Western Peripheral Expressway.

  1. Prime Minister will also inaugurate the 3.2-kilometre long Escorts Mujesar-Ballabhgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro.
  2. The Western Peripheral Expressway also known as KMP expressway is expected to divert more than 50 thousand heavy vehicles away from Delhi. The 136-kilometre long six-lane expressway which has been built at a cost of over 6 thousand 400 crore rupees will not only ease the burden of heavy traffic using Delhi as the transit point but also provide the high-speed link between northern and southern districts of Haryana.

3. Qaumi Ekta Week: 19-25 November

Qaumi Ekta Week will be observed across the country from to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and national integration.

  1. As part of the week-long programmes, 19 November will be observed as National Integration Day. Programmes like meetings, symposia and seminars will be organised to emphasise the themes of secularism, anti-communalism and non-violence.
  2. The National Foundation for Communal Harmony, an autonomous organisation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, organises Communal Harmony Campaign coinciding with the Qaumi Ekta Week and observes the Communal Harmony Flag Day on 25th November.

4. Punjab becomes 3rd state to ban hookah bars

The President has given assent to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently

  1. Punjab is the third state in the country after Gujarat and Maharashtra where hookah bars or lounges were banned through law.
  2. These bars are being opened in restaurants, hotels, and clubs and hookahs are even served at marriages venues.

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

"The main aim of conducting Jashnebachpan is to bring theatre into prominence. It has lost its sheen in the modern era because of the digital medium. Children aren't aware of theatre these days as none of the schools has theatre as a subject.

  1. The 14th edition of JashneBachpan, a theatre festival for children, will be organized by National School of Drama.
  2. The 14th edition of JashneBachpan, a theatre festival for children was held at the Sammukh, Abhimanch, Abhikalp and Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium in New Delhi.

6. Industrial park rating system to boost industry competitiveness: Suresh Prabhu

Development of industrial park rating system would help increase competitiveness of industries and promotion of the manufacturing sector, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

  1. The system is being developed by the ministry to assess industrial parks in the country based on four pillars -- internal and external infrastructure, connectivity, environment and safety management, and business support services.

7. Sanjay Kumar Mishra appointed as Director of Enforcement Directorate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Sanjay Kumar Mishra as Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

  1. He will have tenure of two-years from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier. The post of ED director is additional secretary rank post in the Union government.
  2. The Directorate of Enforcement is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, and Government of India.

8.  Alexander Zverev is the ATP 2018 champion!

Alexander Zverev beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the ATP Finals - the biggest title of the German’s fledgling career.

  1. Zverev is the first German to win the title since Boris Becker in Frankfurt in 1995 and the youngest since Djokovic won at the same age in Shanghai in 2008.

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