Current Affairs Daily Digest – November 12′, 2017

  1. Debjani Ghosh is next Nasscom President

The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) has appointed Debjani Ghosh, former MD, Intel South Asia, as its President-Designate. Ghosh will be succeeding R Chandrashekhar whose tenure will come to an end in March.

Ghosh has held other posts at Nasscom in the past. She has been a member of company’s executive council and a trustee of Nasscom Foundation.

  1. Vikas Khanna to open India’s 1st culinary museum in Karnataka

Michelin-starred Chef Vikas Khanna returns to his alma mater with India’s first living culinary museum that will eventually display over 10,000 objects.

The museum, spread approximately over 25,000 sq ft, is shaped in the form of a giant pot very similar to the ones found in Harappa.

  1. Cuttack gets a judicial museum

The historic city of Cuttack, Former capital of Odisha got a judicial museum.Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra inaugurated the Orissa High Court museum, which was the erstwhile official residence of State chief justices, located inside the famous Barabati fort.

The latest repository follows a police museum, a maritime museum and birthplace museums of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Madhusudan Das and Biju Patnaik.

Inaugurating the museum, which is the the first of its kind in the state, Justice Misra hoped that the museum would serve immensely in boosting legal education and research of the state.

  1. Mumbai to host Asian Bankers Association summit

For the first time, the nation’s financial capital will host the 34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) this week.

The two-day conference will be held in the megapolis from November 16 and will be hosted by State Bank, with the theme of ‘Asia’s turn to transform.

Founded in 1981, the ABA serves as a forum for advancing the cause of the banking industry and promote regional economic cooperation across the continent.

  1. Punjab to organise Military Literature Festival

The Punjab government and Chandigarh administration will jointly organise the three-day Military Literature Festival from December 7 at the Lake Club.

The event aims to bring Indian and foreign defence analysts under a single roof and also showcase the country’s military history. Seminars on India’s defence literature, art, music, photography, among others will be organised during the festival.

  1. Gurugram to have North India’s biggest butterfly park

Forests Minister Rao Narbir Singh has laid the foundation stone for Butterfly Conservatory Park, which will be developed on 15 acres in Sector 52 of Gurugram and will be the biggest butterfly park in North India.

The state Forest Department is setting up the park to conserve the species of butterflies that are near extinction because of the massive urbanisation in the area. The park will be developed in association with Uthaan, an NGO.

  1. Odisha, WB to hold first-ever joint coastal security exercise

The governments of Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal will soon organize a joint security exercise named as ‘Sagar Kavach’ to further tighten the existing coastal security mechanism along the 630 km long coastline.

Sagar Kavach security exercise is a realistic drill to check the efficacy of the security parameters and preparedness of various security forces like the Indian Navy, Marine police force, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Forest Department, Fisheries and district administration.

  1. ASEAN inks free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong in Manila

Hong Kong has signed free trade and investment pacts with the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in what one of the Chinese territory’s senior officials called a “loud and clear” vote against rising regional trade protectionism.

Total merchandise trade between Hong Kong and ASEAN was HK$833 billion ($107 billion) last year, official figures show. Total services trade was HK$121 billion ($16 billion) in 2015.

The ASEAN Hong Kong China Free Trade Agreement (AHKCFTA) was signed on the sidelines of a summit of the regional grouping in the Philippine capital of Manila.

  1. Pankaj Advani wins 17th world title

Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani has clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed his arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Doha, Qatar.

Advani beat Russell 6-2 (0-155, 150-128, 92-151, 151-0, 151-6, 151-0, 150-58, 150-21) to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year.

10. MS Dhoni launches cricket academy in Dubai

India‘s former captain MS Dhoni launches his cricket academy in Dubai. The MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have some of the best coaches from India to train.

The former Indian captain himself launched the academy in the presence of excited trainees, parents and other key stakeholders of the facility.

11. Olympian Dipa Karmakar receives honorary degree from NIT

Arjuna-awardee gymnast Dipa Karmakar was honoured with a D.Litt. degree from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala.

The 24-year-old Tripura girl became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women’s vault event at the Rio Olympics last year.

  • National Institutional Ranking Framework and National Board of Accreditation Chairman ─ Surendra Prasad
  • NITA Director ─ Ajoy Kumar Roy

12. Former India cricketer AG Milkha Singh passes away at 75

Former India cricketer A G Milkha Singh passed away following a cardiac arrest. He was 75. A G Milkha Singh played four Test matches in the early 60s.

A flamboyant left-hand batsman and a fine fielder, Milkha Singh made his Ranji Trophy debut at 17 and played his first Test just after his 18th birthday.

His elder brother Kripal Singh, also played for the country, in 14 Tests. They played together in one Test against England in 1961-’62.

13. Former Nepal PM Kirti Nidhi Bista passes away

Nepal’s three-time Prime Minister Kirti Nidhi Bista passed away at the age of 90. The veteran politician breathed his last in his residence at Gyaneswor in the capital after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Bista served as Prime Minister from 1969 to 1970, 1971 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979 during the party-less Panchayat system under two monarchs — King Mahendra and King Birendra.

14. Veteran Cyclist Ashok Khale Passes Away

Veteran cyclist Ashok Khale, who was recently injured in an accident on the Sion-Panvel highway, died. He was 64. Khale, won several medals for cycle-riding in state and national-level championships.

He used to participate in the Giro d’Italia, an annual multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy and covered several countries in 5-6 days. He had represented India in Giro d’Italia event too and was also called as the King of the Ghats.


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