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Person Current Affairs November 3rd Week 2017.

1. Karnataka inks pacts with Chinese firms.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the sixth China-India Forum meet being jointly hosted by the Government of China, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), China-India Friendship Association (CIFA), and Podar Enterprise here on Friday.

Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Industries RV Deshpande said Karnataka expected trade and investments between India and China to increase as India sees big opportunities to attract Chinese companies to Make in India, besides attracting investments.

“Karnataka is an ideal first choice for investment as one of the most entrepreneurial states in the country. There are huge opportunities for collaboration between Karnataka and China,” Deshpande said.

The following MoUs were signed at the Forum: Semiconductor Alliance of China and Beijing Construction & Highway Development Group presented EoI letters to the Karnataka government.

Podar Enterprise signed strategic cooperation MoU with Hebei Provincial Government. Podar Advisory and Consulting Enterprise signed tri-party MoU of cooperation with Baoding City Government and Hebei Information Investment Group.

Fortune Plus, China, signed MoU for setting up electric vehicle hub with Imperator Autocorp Pvt Ltd. Podar Holding International Pte Ltd signed MoU for cooperation in education with Yigcal University, Shandong.

2. Teddy Riner remains undefeated and claims tenth World title.

Teddy Riner remains the emperor in judo. With his tenth World title he closed all mouths, he got all the respect. Also respect for the finallist, Toma Nikiforov, a lightweight compared to Riner but his guts and flair and good judo brought him into the final of the World Open Championships.

The first and last final of the day opposed already judo legend Teddy Riner, running for a tenth world title, and Toma Nikiforov (BEL), who was definitely among the strong men of the day, but for sure not among the top favourites. Immediately imposing his unbelievable power, Riner scored a first waza-ari after 25 seconds with a superb sumi-gaeshi. Half way to the end, Nikiforov seemed to be able to control Riner and launched a o-soto-gari, but the punishment was immediate, as Riner countered with a o-soto-gari for a second waza-ari. Eleven seconds from the end the French was penalised with a shido for stepping outside of the competition area, but then controlled the Belgian to conclude his incredible series of ten world titles. The question remains valid: who can defeat Riner? Who has the solution against him. Today was a long day for the French champion: six matches with totally different opponents and styles, but Riner had always the solution and was never in danger. He controlled everything from the start of the day and at the end showed his ten fingers.

Teddy declared: “I can’t say that I was at 100% today, but I really had good feelings since this morning. I enjoyed this competition very much. It’s a different format, it’s totally different from a usual sports hall, but it’s good to change sometimes and to get out of our comfort zone.

3.Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit Held in Vietnam.

Ahead of the opening of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Vietnam, Ian Bremmer, president of the political consultancy Eurasia Group tweeted: “Every foreign leader I’ve spoken with at APEC thinks Trump presidency has been enormous gift for the Chinese.” U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest remarks in Da Nang demonstrated the reasons behind that consensus.

On November 10, in his keynote speech at the APEC CEO summit, Trump sent a clear message to the Asia-Pacific region and even to the whole world: his administration will continue its “America First” policy and the rest of the world should take care of themselves. He said:

4. WCD Ministry to Host Hausala 2017 to Celebrate Child Rights Week.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development would be celebrating the Child Rights Week by hosting ‘Hausala 2017’ festival from 16-20 November 2017.

"Hausla 2017" festival will be hosted by the Ministry as an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

"Hausla 2017" festival will provide an opportunity to the children living Child Care Institutions (CCIs to showcase their talent.

Under this festival, children will participate in various events like Bal Sansad, athletics meet, painting competition, football, chess, declamation and quiz contests.

5. Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha Resigns.

Bangladesh on Saturday said its chief justice has tendered his resignation from overseas in the wake of government corruption allegations, as opposition groups raised fears that his departure was a blow to judicial independence.

Surendra Kumar Sinha, who led the Supreme Court to a landmark verdict on judicial oversight in August that went against the government, left Bangladesh last month amid widespread rumours that he had been pressured to step aside.

"His resignation letter has reached the Bangabhaban (presidential palace)," Joynal Abedin, press secretary to President Abdul Hamid, told AFP, adding that once submitted his termination was irreversible.  

Sinha, who is believed to be visiting his daughter in Canada, was accused of serious crimes last month including money laundering and financial irregularities, just a day after he departed on a month-long leave, expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation.

Former law and justice minister Moudud Ahmed, now a member of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), called the resignation "unprecedented and shameful".

"We`ve never heard before of a sitting chief justice resigning," he told AFP. "He has been forced to resign. This is a direct attack on the independence of the judiciary."

6. Kenneth Juster sworn in as new US Ambassador to India.

Kenneth Juster has been sworn in as the US ambassador to India with Vice President Mike Pence voicing confidence that he will build an even stronger partnership that will benefit both countries and their people.

Juster replaces Indian-American Richard Verma as the top American diplomat to India.

The position has been lying vacant since January 20 after Verma resigned from the post after the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US.

His nomination was confirmed by the US Senate unanimously on November 2. Juster founded and served as the US Chair of the US-India high technology cooperation group, and was one of the key architects of the `next steps in strategic partnership initiative` between the US and India.

"Congrats, Ken Juster, the new US ambassador to India!" Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet after administering the oath of office to him on Monday.

"The ties between the United States and India run deep, and @POTUS & I are confident that with his leadership, integrity & experience, Ken will build an even stronger partnership that will benefit our nation & our people," Pence said.

7. Sujoy Ghosh Resigns as Jury Head of 48th International Film Festival of India.

Amid allegations that two movies selected by a 13-member jury for the Indian Panorama section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) were removed from the final list by the I&B Ministry, the panel’s head Sujoy Ghosh has stepped down from the post. Ghosh, director of the Bollywood hit Kahaani, confirmed to The Indian Express that he has resigned as head of the jury but declined to offer any comment.

On November 9, the I&B Ministry announced the list of ‘feature’ and ‘non-feature’ films for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI, which is scheduled to be held from November 20 to 28 in Goa. Following the announcement, some members of the jury criticised the decision to drop Sanal Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie S Durga and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film Nude from the list, allegedly without consulting them. The ministry has not responded to the allegations.

S Durga, which has been screened at a number of international film festivals, exposes the reality of a misogynistic society and captures various encounters of a couple running away in the night. Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film.

8. Rajyavardhan Rathore releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017.

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore on Monday released the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017.  

The objective of constructing the India Youth Development Index (YDI) 2017 is to track the trends in Youth Development across the States. The Index enables recognizing the high and low performing states, identifies the weak domains and informs the policy makers the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, an Institute of National Importance has come out with Youth Development Index and Report 2017. 

Constructing Youth Development Index for the year 2017 was done using the latest definition of youth as used in National Youth Policy – 2014 (India) and World Youth Development Report of Commonwealth (15 – 29 years) as well as using the Commonwealth Indicators in order to facilitate Global comparison.

9. Legendary Hindi Poet Kunwar Narayan Passes Away.

Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kunwar Narayan passed away here at his home today morning. He was 90. According to family sources, Kunwar Narayan was in coma since July 4 after suffering from brain haemorrhage.

He will be cremated at Lodhi crematorium today evening, sources said. “A fine intellect, a critical and rigorous rasik of music, cinema, poetry and philosophy, and a civilized human being, Kunwar Narayan will be sorely missed for his unfailing generosity, calm, inspiring intellect and creative presence,” Ashok Vajpeyi, Hindi poet and Raza Foundation managing trustee, said.

Born on September 9, 1927 in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad, Kunwar Narayan was known for his poetry, stories and critiques.

Apart from his first poetry collection “Chakravyuh”, which is considered a landmark in Hindi literature, his other works including “Atmajayee”, “Apne Samne”, “Koi Dusra Nahi”, and “In Dinon” put him on the forefronts of the literary world.

Along with other famous poets, he also made it to “Tisra Saptak”, a literary series, edited by poet and journalist Agyeya.

While he received positive response for “Akaaron Ke Aas Paas”, a collection of stories, his collection of literary criticism, “Aaj aur Aaj se Pehle”, is also considered among his best works.

The Hindi poet was honoured with Jnanpith Award in 2005 and Padma Bhushan in 2009. He was also bestowed the Premchand Award, Kabir Samman, Vyaas Samman, Shalaka Samman, Tulsi Award, Hindustani Akademi Award for “Atmajayee” and Sahitya Akademi Award for “Koi Doosra Naheen” among others.

10. RBI Governor Urjit Patel Appointed to Advisory Board of BIS.

 RBI Governor Urjit Patel was on Wednesday appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board or the Bank of International Settlement (BIS), a global financial organisation owned by major central banks from across the world. The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems.

Since the beginning of 2017, the FSI has been implementing a new strategy that includes achieving closer interaction with central banks and financial supervisory agencies, which are its main stakeholders. As part of these efforts, the BIS has decided to reactivate the FSI Advisory Board that was originally created in 1998 and ceased to operate some time later, Switzerland-based BIS said in a statement.

The Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to help the FSI continue to meet its mandate in a way that is responsive to the changing needs of its key stakeholders around the world. To achieve this objective, the Advisory Board will comprise a small but diverse group of central bank governors, heads of financial sector supervision and chairs of standard-setting bodies and regional supervisory groups.

The FSI was jointly created in 1998 by the BIS and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Among other mandates, the FSI seeks to promote cross-sectoral and cross-border supervisory contacts and cooperation.

Jaime Caruana, General Manager of the BIS, will be Chair of the new FSI Advisory Board (until 30 November 2017 after which he will be replaced by Agustín Carstens, incoming General Manager of the BIS). Members would include Patel, as also William Dudley, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, central bank governors in Brazil, South Africa, Japan, among other top bankers from across the world.

11. Two-day 12th North East Business Summit Inaugurated in New Delhi.

17 November 2017 Current Affairs: The Two-day “12th North-East Business Summit” was inaugurated in New Delhi.

The summit aims to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India. Focus areas are Infrastructure and Connectivity with Public-Private Partnerships, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion.

The Summit is being organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with Manipur being the state partner for the event.

12. Chakravarthi appointed as ambassador of World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

Ecobliss India managing director AVPS Chakravarthi has been appointed as the ambassador of World Packaging Organisation at its 99th board meeting held in Rio de Geneiro, Brazil recently.

Chakravarthi said, “There is no culture on earth that can do without packaging and I am downhearted for some sections regard packaging as a problem and an unavoidable burden.  The world cannot do without packaging but we must learn to make packaging more effective than ever before and we must educate people everywhere to respect the purpose of packaging.”

“Every measure needs to be taken for the upliftment of the packaging industry similar to the steel and cement industry.”

Chakravarthi has over three decades of experience in the paper, printing and packaging industry. He has served as chairman of Indian Institute of Packaging, Hyderabad and has been on the board of Indian Institute of Packaging for over a decade. He has won Worldstar award for packaging excellence for five years in a row.

Before establishing Ecobliss India, Chakravarthi has worked with companies like International paper, Ballarpur Industries, Akerlaund Rausing, Huhtamaki, and Pragati among others.

13. Nicaraguas Sergio Ramirez wins Spains Cervantes Prize.

The Spanish government says Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado has won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world`s highest literary honor.

Ramirez has written more than 20 novels, including "Margarita, esta linda la mar" (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain`s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998.

An active journalist, Ramirez was deputy vice president of Nicaragua between 1985 and 1990 and a long-time member of the leftist Sandinista bloc.

The prize was announced Thursday by Spanish Education and Culture Minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo.

The 125,000-euro ($148,000) award generally alternates between Spanish and Latin American writers. Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza won the prize in 2016.

The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote."

14. Vice President launches Journey of Women Law Reforms and The Law Commission of India Some Insights book.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said we need to focus on women’s issues in the country. 

His comment came at a function where he received the first copy of the book ‘Journey of Women Law 

Reforms and The Law Commission of India – Some Insights’, from the Author former Joint Secretary, 

Law Commission of India, Dr. Pavan Sharma, here.

The author, Mr Naidu said, has made `an excellent analysis and more such studies can help focus 

nation’s attention to important areas like matrimonial laws, property laws, laws relating to inheritance, 

succession, guardianship as well as NRI marriages and issues of sexual violence.` 

He hoped that the book would inspire many more experts to focus on women’s issues in the next few years. 


 

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