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Daily GK Dose November 28th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 28th

1. PM to attend G20 Summit in Argentina

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Argentina on November 28 to attend the G-20 summit.

  1. The Group of Twenty-G-20 is a leading forum of the world's major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today's most pressing economic challenges.
  2. Collectively, G20 members represent all inhabited continents, 85 per cent of global economic output, two-thirds of the world's population and 75 per cent of international trade.

2. Nepal launches Social Security Scheme for formal sector workers

Nepal government has launched a Social Security Scheme for formal sector workers.

  1. The new social security scheme is contribution based and it will cover health and medical facilities, safe motherhood, accident and physical incapacity security, security to dependent family members and security at old age.
  2. The scheme will be compulsorily applicable to formal sector workers. The scheme will soon be extended to informal sector workers as well.

3. ‘HAUSLA-2018’ was inaugurated in the Capital Delhi

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the National Festival for Children of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) – Hausla 2018.

  1. The inter-Child Care Institution festival draws children from 18 States for the various events like painting competition, athletics meet, football, chess competition and speech writing as part of the Festival.
  2. This festival will provide a national platform for the children from CCIs across India to showcase their talent.

4. Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Signs $75 Million Loan to Improve Urban Services in 4 Karnataka Towns

Government of India and the Asian Development Bank signed a $75 million loan here to provide 24 x7 water supply in Karnataka’s four coastal towns of Kundapura, Mangalore Puttur and Udupi and improve sanitation infrastructure for Mangalore town.

  1. The Program, approved by ADB Board in 2014, aims to improve urban water resource management in selected river basins in Karnataka through modernization and expansion of urban water supply.
  2. The investment program is supporting four coastal towns in Karnataka to provide continuous piped water supply to people, and promote efficient and sustainable use of water.

5. CSIR to establish a High-End Skill Development Centre in Chandigarh

India’s premier National Research Laboratory CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) announced a new partnership with Merck, a leading German science and Technology Company, to establish a ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh.

  1. This ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ will enrich skills by conducting workshops, trainings and seminar series on cutting edges life science processes, tools and techniques.
  2. This High-End Skill Development Centre will function on the principle of “no-profit, no-loss” basis and has been primarily created to augment Government of India’s initiative for building skills in the area of Life Science.

6. NPCC gets Miniratna and ISO 9001:2015 certification

National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) has been conferred with the status of Miniratna: Category –I by the Government of India. The empowerment of Miniratna Status to NPCC will help the company in taking speedy decisions by enhancing the delegation of powers to the Board.

  1. NPCC, a schedule ‘B’ CPSE under the administrative control of Ministry of Water Resources RD & GR, has also been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
  2. The Corporation, incorporated in 1957, is a premier construction company having mandate with creation of infrastructure to provide impetus for economic development of the country.

7. Nageshwara Rao Guntur appointed as Chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board

Union Government has appointed renowned scientist Nageshwara Rao Guntur as Chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). His appointment as the AERB chairperson will be for three years.

  1. Guntur is the chairman, Project Design Safety Committee, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) and former distinguished scientist Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
  2. It was established in November 1983 to carry out certain regulatory and safety functions in the fields of nuclear and radiation safety on a countrywide basis.
  3. It is headquartered is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

8. Harmanpreet Kaur named captain of ICC Women's World Twenty20 XI

India's batting star Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 XI, which also featured opener Smriti Mandhana and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav.

  1. A selection panel of ICC in Dubai picked up the team on the basis of the players' performances in the tournament, which concluded today with Australia winning the title.
  2. Three players from England, two from Australia and one each from Pakistan, New Zealand and the Windies have also been named in the eleven.

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