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World Economic Forum Global Gender Index- India slips to 108th position
India slipped 21 places on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index to 108, behind neighbours China and Bangladesh, primarily due to less participation of women in the economy and low wages, according to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017. India’s latest ranking is 10 notches lower than its reading in 2006 when the WEF started measuring the gender gap. According to the Report, India has closed 67 percent of its gender gap. Bangladesh ranked 47th while China was placed at 100th.
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- The World Economic forum Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Klaus Schwab is the Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF.
Assam signs MoU with Singapore
Assam government has MoUs and Terms of Reference (ToR) with Singapore for skilling youth of the state. The MoU and ToR for North East Skills Centre (NESC) were signed between Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department, of Assam government and ITE Education Service, Singapore. A MoU for Guwahati City Greening was inked between the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority and Singapore Corporation Enterprise.
- Sarbananda Sonowal is the present CM of Assam.
- Jagdish Mukhi is the present Governor of Assam.
Indiana and Karnataka sign agreement to be sister states
Indiana, a State in the US, and Karnataka have signed an agreement to establish sister-state ties for cooperation in economic, educational and cultural fields. The two states will focus on workforce development, academic co-operation, information and communications technologies, advanced manufacturing, and materials. The agreement was signed between Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb and Priyank Khage, Karnataka Minister for IT, BT and Tourism.
- Siddaramaiah is the present CM of Karnataka.
- Vajubhai Vala is the present Governor of Karnataka.
Neelamani Raju becomes first woman DIG of Karnataka Police
Neelmani N. Raju has been appointed as Karnataka’s first woman Director General and Inspector General of Police. She will take over from Rupak Kumar Dutta, who is retiring from service.
Delhi to host 9th World Green Film Festival
The 9th World Green Film Festival “CMS Vatavaran” will be hosted by New Delhi from 2nd Nov 2017. It is a global film festival on the environment and wildlife. 133 films including 5 from Kashmir will be screened at this festival. The theme for this festival is “Conservation for Water”.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank sanctions Rs. 13000 Cr loan to A.P
China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved a loan of Rs 13000 Cr for five projects in Andhra Pradesh. The five projects include two roads and buildings department, one each for rural safe drinking water department, municipal and urban development department and Panchayat Raj department.
- Jin Liqun is present president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
- Beijing, China is headquarters of AIIB.
India leapfrogs 30 places in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index
As per the latest Index of Doing business released by the World Bank, India has leapfrogged 30 places to 100th rank. The top three countries in the Index are New Zealand, Singapore, and Denmark.
SBI cuts benchmark lending rates by 0.05 percent across maturities
The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) slashed benchmark lending rate by 0.05 percent across maturities. The reduction in the marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) came after a gap of almost 10 months. The bank had last cut the rate on January 1, 2017. The move by the SBI will trigger a rate cut by other lenders. With the reduction, the MCLR for one year has come down to 7.95 percent from 8 percent, SBI website said. The new rate would be effective November 1, 2017.
K.Sachithanandan selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram
Noted Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan, has been selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram 2017. This is Kerala government’s highest literary honor. The award is for his contributions to Malayalam literature and poetry. This award has been Instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language, the award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh and a citation. Satchidanandan’s literary career began with the publication of ‘Kurukshetram’, a collection of essays on poetry (1970) and ‘Anchusooryan’, a collection of poems (1971).
November 1st – World Vegan Day
November 1st is celebrated as World Vegan Day by vegans all over the world. It was in 1994 that the Chairperson of Vegan Society decided to establish Nov 1st as the World Vegan Day. The day is observed by creating awareness about the benefits of veganism to all sections of the society through various means.