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Seven Indian States celebrate their formation day Today
November 1 marks the foundation day of seven Indian states namely Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. The union territories of Lakshwadeep, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar also celebrate their formation day on November 1.
Autorickshaw Drivers Trade Unions signed with Technovia for e-autos
The trade union coordination committee of autorickshaw drivers of Ernakulam district signed an agreement with Technovia Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a firm for the management of e-auto feeder service of the Koch metro. It will be valid for three months. The agreement may be subsequently renewed on mutual agreement. According to the agreement, the firm will assist in the management of e-autos and ensure that the vehicles are available at metro stations. It will also help in the distribution of vehicles, trip scheduling, supervision of services, daily cash management, upkeep of trip logs, and statistical analysis. It also provides autosavari.com, a web portal of the coordination committee that facilitates the membership registration of auto drivers.
IIT-Madras researchers designed India’s 1st microprocessor ‘Shakti’
The ‘Shakti’ family of processors was fabricated at ISRO’s Chandigarh semi-conductor laboratory, making it the first ‘RISC V Microprocessor’ to be completely designed and made in India. Shakti microprocessor can be used in mobile computing devices, embedded low power wireless systems and networking systems. ‘Shakti’ will reduce dependency on imported microchips and the risk of cyber attacks.
India win eighth consecutive ODI series against Windies
India defeated Windies by 9 wickets in the fifth ODI at Thiruvananthapuram to clinch the five-match series 3-1 and win their eighth consecutive ODI series against Windies. With scores of 140, 157 not out and 107 in the first three games, Kohli became the first Indian to score three consecutive hundreds in the 50-over format. India Team Captain – Virat Kohli, Windies Team Captain – Jason Holder.
Cattle feed distribution for the flood hit areas in Kerala
Kerala Feeds, a public sector undertaking under the State government, along with Ernakulam Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla inaugurated the district-level Snehasparsham project that provides 100 bags of cattle feed for free to dairy farmers. Kerala Feeds Managing Director B.Sreekumar said that in eligible cases, more cattle feed will be provided. It has been reported that the flood and landslips have left Ernakulam district with a property loss of Rs. 8,000 crore.
Maharashtra announced drought in 151 tehsils in 26 districts
Maharashtra government has announced severe and medium-scale drought in 151 tehsils in 26 districts. The announcement will hold for the next six months. Out of the 151 tehsils, 39 come under the ‘severe drought’ category while 112 are medium-scale areas. The declaration is based on the Centre’s drought manual of 2016. The government asked the District Collectors to not collect land revenue from farmers, implement a 33% subsidy on the electricity bill of agriculture pumps, kick start employment guarantee scheme, and exempt school and college fees for students from these tehsils. Farmers will get financial aid and government is likely to credit Rs.6,800 per hectare to farmers with non-irrigated farms and Rs.13,000 per hectare to those with irrigated farms.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu embarked on a 7 day visit to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi
He will inaugurate the 13th Annual Global Expo Botswana 2018. He will also inaugurate the Jaipur Foot Camp in Malawi to mark the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. About Botswana: ♦ President: Mokgweetsi Masisi ♦ Capital: Gaborone ♦ Currency: Botswana pula About Zimbabwe: ♦ President: Emmerson Mnangagwa ♦ Capital: Harare About Malawi: ♦ President: Peter Mutharika ♦ Capital: Lilongwe ♦ Currency: Malawian kwacha
CSIR developed Less Polluting Firecrackers named SWAS, SAFAL and STAR
These crackers developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are 15-20 percent cheaper than the conventional ones and free from harmful chemicals. ♦ SWAS stands for Safe Water releaser, ♦ SAFAL stands for Safe minimal Aluminum and ♦ STAR stands for Safe Thermite cracker. The crackers will come in the market after the approval from Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization (PESO), which is the nodal agency for safety requirements in manufacture, storage, transport of all types of explosives.
Doordarshan Cameraman, Two Policemen killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada
DD Cameraman Achyutanand Sahu and two policemen, Sub-Inspector Rudra Pratap Singh and Assistant Constable Manglu, were killed in the attack. Mor Mukut Sharma was a part of the three-member team, including cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and journalist Dheeraj Kumar, sent by the public broadcaster to cover the next month’s two-phased polls in the state, which has 90 seats. The first phase of polls covering 18 constituencies of eight Maoist-affected districts Bastar, Kanker Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon will be held on November 12. The remaining 72 constituencies will witness polling on November 20.
Delhi observes ‘Clean Air Week’ from November 1-5 to fight against the worsening air quality
Centre in collaboration with the Delhi, UP and Haryana governments organise ‘Clean Air Week’ between November 1-5 in Delhi and four other National Capital Region (NCR) cities – Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida. This decision was taken in a meeting held in Delhi under the Chairmanship of Union Environment Secretary CK Mishra to discuss the urgent steps for air pollution reduction and regulating fire crackers in the light of the Supreme Court’s Order. On October 23, 2018, the Supreme Court had allowed the sale of “green firecrackers.” On Diwali, citizens would be allowed to burst crackers only between 8 pm to 10 pm.
Mphasis signed with IIMBs incubation centre
Mphasis has signed with NSRCEL, the start-up incubation centre at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, to support the early-stage social venture. The programme aimed to incubate and support ‘for profit’ social ventures and startups that have been in operation for one to three years. Over 550 applications were received for this programme and 16 of them were shortlisted for the three-month pre-incubation. They were then given an opportunity to pitch before an advisory council for selection to the programme which will be for 12-18 months. TAXSHE Services Pvt. Ltd., ECONUT Coconut Producer Company Ltd., Blink Research and Services Pvt. Ltd., ThinkZone, and Rural Caravan Pvt. Ltd. are the selected ventures.
Austria to withdraw from UN migration pact
Austria is set to follow the United States and Hungary by backing out of a United Nations (UN) migration pact. United Nations’ (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration agreement is due to be formally approved in December in Morocco. The pact aims to boost international cooperation on migration issues. ♦ Austrian Chancellor – Sebastian Kurz.
INS Tarangini returned after 205-day world tour
The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini based at Kochi, returned after a seven-month sail across the world. The ship sailed over 22000 nautical miles across 15 ports in 13 countries in 205 days.
Pankaj Advani becomes first Indian to win Asian Snooker Tour title
The 33-year-old from Pune, Pankaj Advani became the first Indian to win an Asian Snooker Tour event after defeating China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final in Jinan, China. Pankaj is Nineteen-time world champion. He won Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award for Billiards & Snooker.
Centre to launch womens emergency helpline facility
National women’s emergency helpline facility is to be launched in India. Women in distress can call helpline 181. Women can get assistance for any situations such as police, medical, legal, psycho-social or rescue shelter emergency. In Tamil Nadu, the 1091 helpline is functioning in providing assistance for women. It provides police assistance to women in distress. However, for 24×7 service, 181 helplines, under the Department of Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme, will provide all types of assistance and information to women. The helpline will function from the Amma Call Centre premises in Ambattur.
Madras HC bans online drug sale
Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association filed a writ petition seeking a ban on websites that facilitate the online sale of drugs. It said the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 was enacted during the colonial era and much before the advent of online trade. Despite making amendments to the law over the last 78 years, there is no provision in it that permits the online sale of drugs and medicines. The petition wanted the ban to be in place until the Centre brings into force a legal framework for permitting such sales. The petition concerned about the online sale of drugs listed in Schedule H, H1 and X of the 1940 Act was rampant in the country though there was a specific legal ban on selling such medicines without the prescription of medical practitioners.
Entrepreneurship scheme Samruddhi launched in Karnataka
The main objective is to impart skill development and benefit aspiring, young citizens from rural and tier II cities. The scheme, targeted at socially marginalized communities to provide them with skill development and alternate means of employment has a total cost of Rs.800 crore. For this, the government is partnering with private enterprises to train the youth from backward communities. The training will include retail management, taxation policies, and GST, inventory management, soft skills, and logistics. To create industry owned private enterprise, the State government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 30 retail companies.
India ranked 65 in Global Passport Index, Singapore tops the chart
The ranking improved nine notches since the previous year and means that the Indian passport holders has been granted visa-free access to 65 countries. The other countries are India, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbabwe share the 65th rank. Singapore and Germany have the world’s “most powerful” passport with access to 165 countries.