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Daily GK Dose November 21st 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 21st

1. Vajra Prahar: India-USA joint military exercise commences in Jaipur

India, US Joint Special Forces Exercise 2018 named Vajra Prahar commenced at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR), Bikaner in Rajasthan. The exercise was called between Special Forces of both countries to deal with operations for counter-terrorism and is being done at unit as well as sub-unit levels.

  1. For this exercise, US Army is represented by contingent of one officer and 10 Other Ranks from Special Forces Group of United States Pacific Command.
  2. They will carry out 12 days rigorous joint training in semi desert and rural terrain with aim to enhance inter-operability of the two armed forces and further military to military co-operation.

2. Union Government to set up a first National Institute of Inter-Faith Studies in Punjab

The Centre Government will set up a first-of-its-kind institute of Inter-Faith Studies in Punjab to promote brotherhood and diversity. It is being to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak.

  1. The institute will be set up on lines of teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji who preached qualities of brotherhood, diversity and the concept of unity in diversity.
  2. Government will also develop Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab where Guru Nanak is believed to have spent most of his life.

3. Ministerial meet of BASIC Countries held in India

The meeting of BASIC countries was organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in New Delhi and was addressed by Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

  1. The BASIC group consists of countries; Brazil, South Africa, India and China.
  2. Although BASIC group of countries are the leading emerging economies, still they have significant percentage of the world’s poorest people.

4. Sulabh International introduces India’s first sewer cleaning machine to end unsafe manual scavenging

Sulabh International has introduced India’s first sewer cleaning machine to reduce sewer deaths and put end to unsafe practice of manual scavenging.

  1. The machine was unveiled on occasion of World Toilet Day 2018 (observed on 19 November) by mayors of all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) in the presence founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak.
  2. It is social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, and non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. It is largest nonprofit organization in India. It was founded by social activists Bindeshwar Pathak in 1970.

5. Government of India and the World Bank sign $310 million Loan Agreement for Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project

The Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank signed a $310 million Loan Agreement for Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project to provide reliable, quality, and affordable 24x7 electricity to the citizens of Jharkhand.

  1. The Project is part of the Government of India’s Power for All program launched in 2014. The plan envisages addition of over 4.5 GW generation capacities by 2022 (including a significant share of 1.5 GW from solar energy), through a mix of Private and Public-sector investments.
  2. The Government of Jharkhand has achieved significant results towards electrification. As per data from the Jharkhand Distribution Company more than 80 percent of all citizens in the State have access to electricity.

6. Jalaj Srivastava appointed Chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India

Union Government has appointed senior IAS officer Jalaj Srivastava as chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

  1. It is nodal statutory body in charge of development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. It was established in October 1986 and is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  2. Its main function is to build necessary infrastructure in inland waterways, surveying economic feasibility of new projects and also carrying out administration and regulation.
  3. IWAI comes under Union Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, currently headed by Nitin Gadkari.

7. Centre for Science and Environment awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

Delhi-based environment think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) will be awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2018 for its work in environmental education and protection.

  1. CSE is being awarded prize for its steady fast advocacy of measures to combat environmental deterioration and for its success in influencing public policies and programmes that have benefitted social and economic development in India.
  2. It was selected for this award by international jury, chaired by former president Pranab Mukherjee.

8. Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) wins 59th edition of Subroto cup International Football Tournament

Closing Ceremony & Final Match of the59th edition of Subroto Cup International Football Tournament was held in New Delhi on 20 Nov.

  1. The final match was played between Amini School, Afghanistan and Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP), Bangladesh in which BKSP won the championship with a solitary goal scored by Habibur Rahman (Jersey No. 15) at the 11th minute.
  2. Best Goalkeeper award was presented to Pranub Limboo of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Namchi, Sikkim and the Best Player award was presented to Mohammad Nemil of Reliance Foundation School, Mumbai.

9. Dr Jitendra Singh releases book ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’

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 released a book titled ‘Radio Kashmir – In Times of Peace & War’ written by Dr Rajesh Bhat.

  1. Dr Jitendra Singh congratulated the author of the book and appreciated his efforts for writing a book on Jammu and Kashmir after extensive and in-depth research.
  2. He said that the writer has wide experience of working in print and electronic, as well as private and government media. Dr Singh said that reporting of radio in Jammu and Kashmir has its own significance.

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