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Daily GK Dose November 22nd 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 22nd

1. ConMac 2018 starts in Kathmandu

The Embassy of India in Nepal and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organizing an exhibition of construction equipment and technology-ConMac 2018 in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu.

  1. More than 150 business exhibitors and companies from India including JCB, L&T, Hyundai, Caterpillar and Tata Hitachi will showcase their products and services during 3 day exhibition.
  2. Nepal's Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth will inaugurate the event.
  3. Ambassador of India to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri will be the Guest of Honour.


2. 12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine begins in Kathmandu

12th World Congress on Mountain Medicine started in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The theme of congress is “Mountain Medicine in the Heart of the Himalayas”.

  1. The biennial event mainly focuses on science and research aspects of high altitude medicine. It will also include practical workshops related to trekking, expedition medicine and clinical education.
  2. The flagship event of the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) is being held first time in Nepal and hosted by Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN).

3. PM sets up National Implementation Committee to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Union Government has decided to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak at national as well as international level.

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi constituted National Implementation Committee (NIC) under Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in the country and abroad.
  2. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma are its Members.
  3. Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Department of Posts will also release Commemorative coin and postage stamps to mark this event.

4. IIT-Hyderabad researchers develop smartphone sensor to detect adulteration in milk

Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad are working to develop smartphone-based sensor to detect adulteration in milk.

  1. They have developed detector system which can measure level of acidity in milk using indicator paper. They have also developed algorithms that can be incorporated in smartphone to accurately detect change in acidity.
  2. The sensor-chip based method measures pH, which is indicator of the acidity and colour of paper indicates different pH levels.

5. 49th International Film Festival of India opens in Panaji, Goa

49th International Film Festival of India began in Panaji, capital of Goa. The theme of for this year’s film festival is 'New India' through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports.

  1. Jharkhand is focus state for this year, with Jharkhand Day being celebrated on 24th November as part of festival.
  2. The focus country is Israel.

6. PM launches grand challenge for improving ‘Ease of Doing Business’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge.

  1. Eliminating physical interface, improving service delivery, enhancing transparency and reducing cost and time in setting up and doing business are the expected outcomes of this challenge.
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spelt out several steps taken for the MSME sector including granting of loans upto Rs 1 crore in 59 minutes and government support for employment creating enterprises.

7. S.P. Ganguly awarded Mexican Order of Aztec Eagle

Mexican government has honoured Indian academician Shyama Prasad Ganguly with “Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca” (Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico.

  1. He was awarded for disseminating Spanish language and Mexican culture to strengthen Mexico-India cultural relations. He is first Indian Academician to get this award.
  2. He is former professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

8. Indian gymnasts win two bronze medals in Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup

Indian gymnasts won two bronze medals in the men's and women's group events of the FIG Acrobatic World Cup in Baku.

  1. Prins Aris and Rejilesh Suribabu finished third after scoring 20.560 to bag the bronze medal at the National Gymnastics Arena.
  2. Russian gymnasts won both the gold and silver. Germany's Kudryashov, Aleksandr Sorokin, Valeriy Tukashvili and Kirill Zadorin were ranked first with a score of 28.336 while Pavel Gubskiy, Kirill Lukyanov, Vladimir Petrov and Denis Solun finished second after scoring 28.005.

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