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Current Affairs Update – 11 November, 2017


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 11 November, 2017. These are important for the upcoming IBPS PO, Clerk Mains, NICL Assistant, OICL AO exams.


News related to India & states

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Philippines on agriculture


  • The Union Cabinet on 10 November 2017 gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Philippines on agriculture and related fields.
  • The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The MoU is expected to improve bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture, mutually benefiting both India and Philippines.
  • The MoU will promote understanding of best agricultural practices in the two countries, which will in turn help achieve better productivity along with improved global market access.
  • Under the agreement, the two countries would be cooperating in the field of rice production and processing, multi cropping system, dryland farming systems, bio-organic farming, solid and water conservation and management, soil fertility, sericulture, agro forestry and livestock improvement.
  • The agreement also provides for the established of a Joint Working Group, which will comprise equal number of representatives from both the nations.

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Cabinet approves creation of National Testing Agency to conduct entrance examinations


  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 November 2017 approved creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous, self-sustained organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.
  • The cabinet approved creation of the agency as a society registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860. To start off, the agency will be given a one-time grant of Rs 25 Cr from the Union Government.
  • The agency would initially conduct the entrance examinations that are currently being conducted by the CBSE.
  • Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up.
  • The entrance examinations will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best.
  • The agency would also locate centres at sub-district/district level in order to serve the requirements of the rural students.
Significance of the NTA

  • The establishment of the agency is expected to benefit around 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations.
  • It will relieve CBSE, AICTE and other agencies from responsibility of conducting these entrance examinations.
NTA Members

  • The agency will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • It will also have a CEO/ Director General, who will be appointed by the Union Government.
The Director General will be assisted by 9 verticals headed by academicians/ experts.

Days

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2017 observed globally


  • The World Science Day for Peace and Development was observed across the world on 10 November 2017 with the theme ' Science for Global Understanding'.
  • The day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.
  • The World Science Day for Peace and Development was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference through its Resolution 31C/ 20 in 2001. The Day is celebrated all over the world to consider the commitment made at the UNESCO-ICSU World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999).
  • The Day aims to renew the national and international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society.

Appointments

RedBus co-founder Phanindra Sama named Telangana's Chief Innovation Officer


  • The Telangana Government has appointed Phanindra Sama, who Co-Founded bus ticketing company RedBus and serial entrepreneur, as Chief Innovation Officer of the State.
  • A South African investment firm had acquired RedBus for about Rs. 780 crore. After the successful exit, Phanindra Sama has been working with start-ups and overseeing the activities of Kakatiya Sandbox in Nizamabad.
  • Phanindra received the formal appointment letter from Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao at Secretariat on Friday.
  • Phanindra will head the State's Innovation Cell, which aims at promoting innovation at the grass root level, catching the school children in rural areas very young.









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