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International Court of Justice re-elected Dalveer Bhandari

~ India's nominee to International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari has been re-elected to fifth and last seat of world court.
~ He was elected after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.
~ This is the first time since the ICJ was established in 1945 that there will be no British judge in ICJ.
~ Bhandari is fourth Indian judge to be elected to ICJ after B.N. Rau, Nagendra Singh and R.S. Pathak.
Dalveer Bhandari:
~ He had studied humanities and law from Jodhpur University and practiced law at Rajasthan High Court.
~ He was appointed judge in Delhi High Court in 1991.
~ He was appointed Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
~ In October 2005, he was elevated to Supreme Court as judge.
~ He became member of ICJ in 2012.
~ He was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2014.

International Court of Justice.
~ It is principle judicial body of UN. 
~ It was established in 1945.
~ It's headquarters is at Hague in Netherlands.
~ Ronny Abraham is current President of this organ…

IMDTalent Rankings puts India on 51st rank

~ India ranks 51st among 63 countries on the IMD Talent Rankings in terms of ability to attract, develop and retain talent.

~ Last Year, India's rank was 54.

~ The rankings of countries are based on their performance in three main categories:

Investment and DevelopmentAppealReadiness ~ Switzerland secures First rank in the list.
~ Among BRICS : CHINA - 40thRUSSIA - 43rdSOUTH AFRICA - 48thINDIA - 51stBRAZIL - 52nd 

Manmohan Singh has been selected for Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

~ Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been selected for Indira Gandhi Prize for peace, disarmament and development for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India's stature globally.
~ He born on 26 September 1932 in Gah now in Punjab, Pakistan.
~ He had obtained his doctorate in economics from Oxford.
~ He had worked for UN during 1966-69.
~ He had held several key posts in Government of India.
Chief Economic Advisor (1972-76)Reserve Bank Governor (1982-85)Planning Commission Head (1985-87)Finance Minister under Narasimha Rao le Government ~ He was 13th PM of India and is only the third Indian Prime Minister to complete two full terms as the PM.
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development:
~ It was started in 1986 by Indira Gandhi Trust.
~ It is an annual award.
~ The first winner of this award was Parliamentarians for Global Action.
~ The first person to win this award was Mikhail Gorbachev.
~ The last award was given in 2015 t…

India Ranks 136 in the World Press Freedom Index

~ India is ranked 136 in the World Press Freedom Index, three points down from last year. 
~ Norway is at the apex and North Korea at the bottom of the 180-strong list of nations.
~ Released annually by Reporters Without Borders, the Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. 
~ On the whole, the world has become a darker space for journalists, going by the Index map. 
~ A total of 21 countries are now colored black on the press freedom map because the situation there is classified as “very bad,” and 51 [two more than last year] are colored red, meaning that the situation in these countries is classified as “bad.” 
~ In all, the situation has worsened in nearly two thirds [62.2%] of the 180 countries in the Index.
~ India has gone down from last year’s 133 rank. 
~ The report blames the rise of Hindu nationalism for the drop in ranking.
~ “With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate, …

Joint Polar Satellite System-1 of NASA

~ NASA has launched a next generation satellite called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1).

~ It is a joint venture between NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

~ It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

~ It will be renamed NOAA-20 when it reaches its final orbit.

~ JPSS-1 is first multi-day weather forecasts satellite in NOAA's series of four, next-generation environment satellites representing major advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring.

~ It is designed to monitor weather around world and help improve forecasts.

~ It is polar-orbiting satellite.

~ JPSS-1 caries five advanced instruments designed to take global measurements of atmospheric, land and sea conditions from sea surface temperatures, volcanic ash, hurricane intensity and many more.

India's Manushi Chhillar becomes Miss World 2017

~ India's Manushi Chhillar became Miss World 2017.

~ She is also the winner of Femina Miss India 2017.

~ She is the sixth Indian Woman to win Miss World.
Reita Faria - 1966Aishwarya Rai - 1994Daina Hayden -1997Yukta Mookhey - 1999Priyanka Chopra - 2000Manushi Chillar - 2017
~ She is from Haryana.

~ She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer.

Urjit Patel, RBI Governor, appointed to Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board

~ RBI Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed to Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board (FSAB) of Bank of International Settlement (BIS).
~ The Financial Stability Institute of BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems. 
~ The FSI was jointly established by BIS and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in 1998.
~ The Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to help FSI continue to meet its mandate.
~ Banks for International Settlements (BIS) is international financial organization owned by 60 member central banks, representing countries around the world including India.
~ It fosters International monetary and financial cooperation and serves as bank for central banks.

Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund

~ Government has launched Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund.

~ It would be managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund.

~ This fund comprise of 22 stocks of mostly government owned companies.

~ It mainly covers the companies of following 6 sectors:

Basic MaterialsEnergyFinanceFMCGIndustrials Utilities
Exchange Traded Fund: ~ An ETF is a marketable security (that can be traded in market) that tracks, a commodity, bonds, or a basket of assets like an index fund.
~ Unlike mutual funds, an ETF trades like a common stock on a stock exchange.
~ ETFs show price changes throughout the day as they are bought and sold. 
~ ETFs typically have higher daily liquidity and lower fees than mutual fund shares, making them an attractive alternative for individual investors. 
~ Because it trades like a stock, an ETF does not have its net asset value (NAV) like a mutual fund has.

Google Honors India's First Woman Advocate 'Cornelia Sorabji' through its doodle

~ Google doodle celebrates the 151st birthday of Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to practice law in India and England.

~ She was pioneer to graduate in law from India as early as 1892 and first Indian national to attend British University.

~ She was born in Nashik in 1866.

~ She was the first woman to study law at Oxford University and Bombay University.

MR vaccination campaign

~ The MR campaign is the largest ever campaign against Measles and Rubella. 

~ Under it, children are given single shot of MR vaccination free-of cost irrespective of their previous vaccination status or disease status.

~ All children aged between 9 months to 15 years are eligible for vaccination.

~ Measles is a deadly disease and one of the important causes of death in children.

~ It is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing of an infected person.

~ It is a viral disease.

~ Rubella, also known as German measles or three-day measles is an infection caused by the rubella virus.

World Pneumonia Day : 12 November

~ The World Pneumonia Day is observed globally every year on November 12 for generating awareness about the 'pneumonia'.

~ It was first observed in 2009.

~ Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs.

~ Lungs are made up of small sacs called alveoli, which fill with air when healthy person breathes. When a person gets affected with pneumonia, alveoli are filled with pus and fluid, which makes breathing painful and limits oxygen intake.

~ It is caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.

World Diabetes Day : 14 November

~ The World Diabetes Day is observed every year across the world on 14 November to raise awareness about diabetes.

~ The theme for year 2017 is 'Women and diabetes - Our right to healthy future'.

~ Diabetes is 9th leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year.

~ The World Diabetes Day was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2007.

Catastrophic Earthquake strikes on Iran-Iraq border

~ A devastating earthquake of magnitude of 7.3 strikes near Ezgeleh (epicenter), Iran, about 135 miles from Baghdad.
~ This earthquake brought catastrophic destruction to both the countries.
~ More than 400 people died in this earthquake and several thousand got injured.

India's Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Billiards Championship

~ Pankaj Advani has won 2017 IBSF World Billiards Championship held at Doha.

~ He is the only player in the world to win world titles in all formats of both, Billiards and Snooker.

~ He is the first cueist (snooker, billiard or pool player) in the world to win the Grand double three times.

~ He is also the winner of the following awards:

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Rata Award (2006)Arjuna Award (2004)Padma Shri (2009)

Audrey Azoulay has been appointed New Director General of UNESCO.

~ Audrey Azoulay, former French Culture Minister, has been appointed as Director General of UNESCO.
~ She is the 11the Director General of UNECO and the second woman to occupy this position.
~ She is the first Jewish Director of UNESCO.
~ United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a UN organization that helps preserve historical and cultural sites worldwide. 
~ It's headquarters is in Paris.
~ It was established in 1945.

Vietnam hosted APEC summit

~ The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was held in Da Nang, Vietnam.

~ The theme of summit was 'Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future.'

~ Next year's APEC summit will be held in Papua New Guinea.

~ It is a regional economic forum of 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promote free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

~ It was established in 1989.

~ India is not the member of this forum.

~ India has been enjoying the status of observer of this forum since 2011.

Mary Kom wins Gold

~ Indian boxer Mary Kom defeated Hyang Mi Kim of North Korea 5-0 in a unanimous verdict to clinch gold in the women's 48kg category at the Asian boxing championship on Wednesday.
~ It was her fifth gold in this event.
~ She is from Manipur.
~ She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and only woman boxer to have won a madal in each one the six world championships.
~ She has also won Bronze Medal in 2012 London Olympic Games.
~ She became the first Indian Woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
~ In 2016, she was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

UNESCO's Creative Cities Network includes Chennai for Contribution in Music

~ Chennai was recently included in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO's) Creative Cities Network for Contribution in Music.
~ Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur (added as City of Music) and Varanasi (City of Crafts and Folk Art) were added last year.
~ UNESCO's Creative Cities Network was launched in 2004. It aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.
~ It includes cities within its seven creative fields
Crafts and Folk ArtDesign Film GastronomyLiteratureMedia ArtsMusic

2nd Technology and Innovation Support Centre to be established in Chennai

~ India's second Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) will be established at Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR), Anna University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) under World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) TISC Program.
~ The objective of TISC is to stimulate Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and Innovation. 
~ In this regard, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry has signed Institutional agreement with Anna University.
~ It will thereby help to promote entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing network of TISCs in India.
~ TISC will give impetus to knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among TISCs, capacity building, generation and commercialization of Intellectual Properties. 
~ WIPO''s TISC program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology infor…

New Commodities that are granted Geographical Indication Tag

~ Seven commodities were granted Geographical Indication (GI) this year by the Indian patent office.

~ It includes :

1. Banaganapalle mangoes (Andhra Pradesh).

2. Tulaipanji Rice (West Bengal)

3. Pochampally Ikat (Telangana)

 4. Gobindobhog Rice (West Bengal)

5. Durgi Stone carvings (Andhra Pradesh)

 6. Etikoppaka toys (Andhra Pradesh)

 7. Chakhesang Shawl (Nagaland)

Government signs $119 Million Loan Agreement with World Bank for OHEPEE project

~ The Union Government has inked US $119 million Financing Agreement with World Bank for IBRD loan for the Odisha Higher Education Programme for Excellence and Equity Project (OHEPEE).
~ The OHEPEE Project aim is to improve the quality of 'students' equitable access to selected institutions and enhance governance of the higher education system in Odisha.
~ The closing date for project is November, 2022.

UN-India Partnership Fund

~ The fund was set up as partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) on 9 June 2017, on occasion of the World Oceans Day.

~ It aims to support Southern-owned and led, demand driven and transformational sustainable development projects across developing world.

~ It priorities projects reducing poverty and hunger, improving health, education and equality, and expanding access to clean water and energy and livelihoods.

~ It mainly focuses on transformational sustainable development projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States.

NIRBHAY Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile successfully tested

~ DRDO successfully conducted flight test of long range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from test range at Chandipur, Odisha.

~ It is India's first indigenously designed and developed Long Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile. 

~ It is a mixture of missile and aeronautical technologies which allows it to take off vertically like missile and cruise horizontally like an aircraft.

~ It has operational range of 1000 km and can carry warheads of up to 300 Kg including nuclear warheads. 

~ It can be launched from various kind of platforms.

A new Ant Species has been discovered in the Western Ghats

~ The name of the species is 'Tyrannomyrmex alii'.

~ It was found in Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala.

~ It has been named after eminent myrmecologist Musthak Ali, who is regarded as India's 'ant man'.

~ It was discovered from Vallakadavu range of Western Ghats.

~ Tyrannomyrmex is a rare myrmicine (subfamily of ants).

Periyar Tiger Reserve ~ It is a protected area near Thekkady in the districts of Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, India. 
~ It is also an elephant reserve.
~ It is located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills.
~ The Periyar and Pamba Rivers originate in the forests of the reserve.

A New Species of Wild Banana Discovered in Andaman and Nicobar

~ The name of the new species of banana is 'Musa Paramjitiana'. 
~ It has been name in honor of Paramjit Singh, director of the Botanical Survey of India.
~ It was discovered in North Andaman's Krishnapuri forest.
~ It is critically endangered.


~ The Joint Indo-Russia Tri-Services Exercise INDRA-2017 was successfully held at Vladivostok, Russia.
~ It was India's first joint tri-services exercise and also first between Russia and India.

~ It is annual exercise which is being conducted since 2003.

~ It was also first time Russia has hosted Tri-Services Exercise on its soil.

Global Clubfoot Conference

~ Global Clubfoot Conference was organized in New Delhi by CURE India in partnership with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

~ Clubfoot is one of the most common orthopedic birth defects where one or both feet are rotated inwards and downwards.

~ The causes of this disease are unknown, but it may be combination of genetic and environment.


~ India has jumped over 30 ranks to 100th position from its previous ranking of 130th position in 2017.

~ The ease of doing business assesses 190 economies over 10 indicators.

~ These 10 indicators are :

Starting a business Dealing with construction permits Getting electricity Registering property Getting CreditProtecting minority investors Paying taxesTrading across bordersEnforcing contracts Resolving insolvency  ~ India saw improvement in 6 out of 10 indicators. 
~ India is the only country in South Asia and BRICS economies to feature among most improved economies this year. 
~ In South Asia region, India was top improver, but was ranked below Bhutan
~ New Zealand gets 1st rank in the Index.

Name of Various Reports/Index and the respective issuing organization

Global Gender Gap Report Global Competitiveness IndexHuman Capital Report Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report Global Risks Report Inclusive Growth and Development Report 


Renowned Hindi literature writer Krishna Sobti has been awarded the 53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017.She is eighth women to win this award.She also has written under the name Hashmat.His famous works are : Mitro Marjani, Dear se Bichhudi, Zindaginama, Badalon ke Ghere, Ai Ladki, Dil-o-Danish and Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan.She has been the winner of the following awards alsoHindi Akademi AwardsShiroman AwardsMaithali Sharan Gupt Samman Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel Zindaginama,Shaitya Akademi FellowshipPadma Bhushan JNANPITH AWARD: It is India' highest literary honor.It was established in 1961 by Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust founded by the Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain family that owns the Times of India newspaper group.Any person, who writes in any of the 22 official language mentioned in VIII Schedule of Constitution of India and English language, is eligible for this award.This award carries a cash prize of 11 lakh rupees.The first winner of this …

Govt has launched Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana to promote philately

Launched by : Union Ministry of Communication.It is a pan India scholarship program for school children to encourage Philately.SPARSH : Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude and Research in Stamps as a HobbyUnder the Scheme, annual scholarships will be awarded to children of Standard 6 to 9 having good academic record and also pursuing Philately as hobby through competitive selection process in all postal circles.Philately is a hobby of collection and study of postage stamps.