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RRB English Current Affairs 12th November 2018

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. 5-member expert panel sought public comments on easing norms for setting up petrol pumps
  2. 25thedition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” started off of Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.
  3. NagalandChief Minister Neiphiu Rio launched GPS Mapping of Government Schools and Personnel Location System in 
  4. West Bengal cabinet, headed by CM Mamata Banerjee, decided to set up development boards for the Matua and Namasudra 
  5. Bangalore ranked India’s most congested city, Pune Ranked 7th : National bureau of economic research (NBER)
  6. IndianArmy officials and Chinese PLA troops organized a high-level meeting at Bumla, near Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  7. Supreme Court has approved a separate High Court for Andhra Pradeshand it will start functioning from 1st January 2019.
  8. Election Commission sets up ‘Sangwari’ polling booths in various constituencies of Chhattisgarh to encourage women voters
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  1. China taps India as digital economy partner
  2. 5thWorld Internet Conference (WIC), also known as the Wuzhen Summit, was held in Wuzhen, China.
  3. Palaubecame the first country in the world to impose a ban on sunscreens toxic to coral reefs.
  4. Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP)signed an agreement with US-based Research Institute for Fragrant Materials (RIFM) for improving quality of fragnant oils.
BANKING & FINANCE
  1. Enforcement Directorate (ED)flagged the RBI about the activities of a Karnataka-based firm charging it with running a ponzi scheme “in the name of Islamic banking or halal investment”.
  2. Reserve Bank of India cancelled the certificate of registrations of as many as 31 non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) for unspecified reasons.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
  1. India pipped US to become 2nd largest smartphone market behind China
  2. Nokia, Infosys collaborate to drive enterprise digital transformation
  3. India to export 50,000 tonnes of sugar to China
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  1. Jawahar Lal Sarinwas conferred with France’s highest civilian honour ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’.
  2. Swati Chaturvedi, an Indian freelance journalist, won the 2018 London Press Freedom Award for Courage.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  1. former IAS officer Ashok Kumar Guptawas appointed the chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
  2. 3 IRS officers- PK Dash, Akhilesh Ranjan and Neena Kumar inducted as members of CBDT
  3. Abhay Kumarwas appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of 
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  1. Xinhua, China’sstate-run press agency, unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) anchor that can read news in English and Chinese.
  2. NASA’s Ralph, a space instrument, will travel with the Lucy missionto Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, in 2021.
  3. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, have developed fluorescent carbon nanodots for simultaneous detectionand destruction of cancer cells.
  4. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inducts K9 Vajra, M777 howitzer guns into Army in Nashik, Maharashtra
SPORTS
  1. Former India U-19 speedster Saurabh Netravalkar named captain of United States national cricket team
OBITUARY
  1. Veteran Marathi actor Lalan Sarang dies in Pune