GK Update 16th November 2017

By: D.K Chaudhary

1. First Ever APCERT Conference in New Delhi
i. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the aegis of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology organized the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference in New Delhi.ii. This is the 15th Conference of APCERT and first ever conference in India and South Asia. The conference theme is “Building Trust in the Digital Economy”. This was inaugurated by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Electronics & Information Technology.
News In-a-Line:
Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference– New Delhi- theme “Building Trust in the Digital Economy”– first-ever conference in India and South Asia.
  1. Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology- Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  2. APCERT- Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team.
2. India’s 1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit Begins in Chhattisgarh
i. India’s first Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit began in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. The event has been organized by NITI Aayog in partnership with the government of United States of America.
ii. The event is a part of 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held in India.
News In-a-Line:
India’s 1st Tribal Entrepreneurship Summit-  in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh- organized by NITI Aayog in partnership with the USA.
  1. Chhattisgarh CM- Raman Singh, Governor- Balramji Dass Tandon.
  2. NITI- National Institution for Transforming India, Formed on- 01 January 2015.
  3. NITI Ayog Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar.
3. Founding Ceremony of International Solar Alliance Held in Germany
i. A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in Bonn, Germany.
ii. Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was present at the event from the Indian side.
About the ISA-
The ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, H.E. Francois Hollande, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France. The ISA is a treaty-based alliance of 121 prospective solar-rich Member Nations.
News In-a-Line:
Curtain Raiser Event- Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA)- in Bonn, Germany.
  1. Germany Capital- Berlin, Currency- Euro.
  2. ISA- International Solar Alliance.
4. Vijay Prasad Dimri Appointed President of 36th Intl Geological Congress
i. Scientist Vijay Prasad Dimri has been appointed as the president of the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC), a global platform for the advancement of earth science, to be held in 2020.
ii. He has replaced Shailesh Nayak. India, along with its co-host neighboring countries Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka, and Pakistan won the bid to host the 36th IGC in the National Capital Region from March 2 -8, 2020.
News In-a-Line:
Scientist Vijay Prasad Dimri- appointed president of the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC)- replaced Shailesh Nayak.
  1. IGC- International Geological Congress, Founded as a non-profit scientific and educational organization in 1878
  2. India had organized the 22nd session of IGC at New Delhi in 1964, the first IGC in Asia.
5. Slovenia’s President Wins Second Term in Runoff Election
i. Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor wins Second Term in Runoff Election. He received nearly 53 percent of votes.
ii. His rival, Marjan Sarec, the former actor and mayor of a small town north received a little more than 47 percent of the vote.
  1. Slovenia Capital- Ljubljana.
6. India, US, Japan, Australia Hold First Quad Talks on Indo-Pacific Cooperation
i. India, the United States, Japan and Australia held their first official-level talks in Manila, Philippines with a focus on keeping the India-Pacific region “free and open”.
ii. After the meeting, India, Australia and Japan issued separate statements listing the Indo-Pacific as the major area of the deliberations and resolved to expand cooperation to uphold a rules-based order and respect for international law in the strategically important region.
News In-a-Line:
India, the United States, Japan and Australia- held first official-level talks in Manila, Philippines.
  1. Japan Capital- Tokyo, USA Capital- Washington DC, Australia Capital- Canberra.
7. Saudi Arabia Recognizes Yoga as Sport
i. The Saudi Arabian government has approved the practice of yoga as a sports activity, claimed a social media post of Nouf Marwaai, founder of the Arab Yoga Foundation in the Saudi kingdom.
ii. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recognized the practice of Yoga as an approved sport, which can be practiced freely there.
News In-a-Line:
Saudi Arabian government- approved the practice of yoga as a sports activity.
  1. June 21- UN-designated- International Yoga Day- in 2015.
  2. Saudi Arabia Capital- Riyadh, Currency- Saudi Riyal.
8. China Launches World’s First All-Electric Ship
i. China has launched world’s first all-electric ship that can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge.
ii. The 70.5-metre-long ship, which weighs about 600 tonnes, was launched in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province. The vessel, manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd, is powered by a 26-tonne lithium battery.
iii. It can cruise at the top speed of 12.8 km per hour.
News In-a-Line:
China- launched world’s first all-electric ship- can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge- 70.5-metre-long- 600 tonnes weight- manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Ltd.

  1. China Capital- Beijing, Currency- Renminbi.
  2. President- Xi Jinping.
9.  India’s First Wave-Powered Navigational Buoy Launched in Chennai
i. India’s first wave-powered navigational buoy, developed by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), to guide ships in and out of ports, was launched in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The buoy, deployed at Ennore Kamarajar Port, will help ships, moving in and out of the harbour, navigate through a designated channel.
ii. According to the NIOT, the buoy’s beacon, for guiding ships, is powered by wave energy while conventional ones use solar power. The buoy stores energy generated by waves in a battery.
News In-a-Line:
India’s first wave-powered navigational buoy– developed by  National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT)– launched in Chennai, Tamil Nadu– at Ennore Kamarajar Port.

  1. Tamil Nadu CM- Edappadi K Palaniswami, Governor- Banwarilal Purohit.
10. India to Become 3rd Largest Economy by 2028- BofA ML Report
i. A report by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch has stated that in the next decade, India will overtake Japan to become the third-largest economy.
ii. The report also adds that India is likely to become the world’s fifth largest economy by 2019. As per data available in the report, India is likely to cross Germany and Japan in nominal GDP by 2028, assuming that the nation witnesses a 10% growth every year for the next 10 years.
There are three factors that will enable India to achieve this goal- 
1. Reduced dependency ratios are expected to raise saving and investment rates. This is likely to fund 7% real growth.
2. Financial maturity, due to financial liberalization and inclusion, should continue to lower lending rates structurally.
3. Increasing incomes and affordability will likely underpin the emergence of mass markets, supporting an expected 7% real GDP growth.
  1. Japan Capital- Tokyo, PM- Shinzo Abe.
  2. Home Minister of India- Rajnath Singh.


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