Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Tencent becomes first Asian company to be valued at more than $500 billion
Tencent has become the first Asian company to be valued at more than $500 billion.
- Alibaba is Asia’s second-highest-valued firm at $474 billion.
- The President of Tencent is Martin Lau and the company was founded in 1998.
India and Russia sign pact for visa-free entry of flight crew
India and Russia have agreed to implement the general declaration for visa-free entry of the crew of chartered and scheduled flights between the two countries. The agreement will facilitate visa-free entry, stay and exit of the crew of aircraft of the designated airlines as well as other aircraft companies operating chartered and special flights in the respective territories on the reciprocal basis.
Beyonce named highest-paid female singer in 2017
American singer Beyonce has been named the highest paid woman in music in 2017 by the Forbes. Her earnings, mainly from album Lemonade and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs682 crore). Adele, with earnings of $69 million came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million, was ranked third on the list.
Top 5 highest-paid woman in music in 2017 are-
1. Beyonce ($105 million)
2. Adele ($69 million)
3. Taylor Swift ($44 million)
4. Celine Dion ($42 million)
5. Jennifer Lopez ($38 million).
The American business magazine Forbes was founded in 1917 and its headquarters is New York.
World’s biggest toilet pot model unveiled in Haryana on World Toilet Day
The world’s biggest toilet pot model was unveiled at Marora, popularly known as the “Trump village“, in Haryana on the World Toilet Day (19 November) in a bid to create awareness towards sanitation and use of toilets. A mega toilet pot measuring 20×10 feet was unveiled to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee wins award from Indian Mountaineering Foundation
Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee, who is also an acclaimed mountaineer was presented with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). Banerjee has presented the award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen Wins Big Little Book Award 2017
Sahitya Akademi awardee Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen has been declared the winner of the Big Little Book Award for the year 2017 in the Author in Bengali Language category for her contribution to the children’s literature. The award, given out by Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to recognise and honour authors and illustrators of children’s literature, focused on the writers in the Bengali language in its second edition. Chennai-based illustrator Proiti Roy received the award in the illustrator category.
Indian origin South African appointed as UNAIDS Special Ambassador
Acclaimed South African Indian-origin AIDS researcher Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been appointed as a UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV. Professor Abdool Karim is one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers and has made pioneering contributions to understanding the HIV epidemic among young people, especially among young women. In 2013, Professor Abdool Karim was awarded South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe, for her contribution to the response to HIV.
- The UNAIDS started operations in 1996.
- The Executive Director of UNAIDS is Michel Sidibe.
India’s Dalveer Bhandari reelected to the International Court of Justice
India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. Mr. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.
- The permanent members of the Security Council are USA, Russia, France and China.
- The UK is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council.
- International Court of Justice Headquarters is The Hague, Netherlands.
Universal Children’s Day –November 20th
The 20th November
is celebrated all over the world as Universal Children’s Day
. The Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on 20th November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness amongst children worldwide and improve the welfare of the children. The theme for the Universal Children’s Day 2017 is “It is a #Kids Take Over