Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Bengaluru Beats San Francisco in Confidence to Go Digital
India’s Silicon Valley – ‘Bengaluru’ – is the best host among 45 cities worldwide, according to a report from the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU). Bengaluru expressed the highest confidence in their digital environment based on people and skills, financial environment, innovation and entrepreneurship and new technology development. San Francisco came in second followed by two other Indian cities, Mumbai and New Delhi while Tokyo, Yokohama and Berlin brought up the rear. The EIU surveyed 2,620 executives across the 45 cities in June and July, in partnership with telecommunications firm Telstra Corp.
World Bank to give India $119 million loans for Orissa’s Education scheme
On 7th November 2017, India and the World Bank signed an agreement by which the World Bank will give a loan of $119 million to India for implementing the Orissa’s Higher Education Programme for Excellence and Equity Project. The Project aims to provide equitable access to students in selected institutions of Orissa and enhance the governance of education system in the state. The Project will continue until November 2022.
Scientists discover most ancient spiral galaxy in the universe
Scientists have discovered the most ancient spiral galaxy in the universe which they believe existed 11 billion years ago. It was originally thought that the oldest spiral galaxy existed only 2.6 billion years ago. Researchers from the Australian National University and the Swinburne University of Technology were responsible for this discovery. Their study has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.
Twitter Officially Expands its Character Count from 140 to 280
Twitter has officially increased the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. It was called micro-blogging site because of its lesser character limit. The move follows a trial among a small group of users which started in September in response to criticism that it was not easy enough to tweet. The change is part of Twitter’s plan to attract new users and increase growth.
1. Twitter- Character Counts increased from 140 to 280.
2. Twitter – Social networking and microblogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.
3. Twitter CEO- Jack Dorsey, Headquarters- California, USA.
Indian Short Film wins Best Short Film Award in Montreal
Indian short film ‘The School Bag’ has won the ‘Best Short Film Award’ at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM). It tells a story based in Pakistan. The movie is directed by Dheeraj Jindal. Actress Rasika Dugal plays the mother in the short film.
Sanjeev Kaushik appointed Whole-time Director of SEBI
Sanjeev Kaushik, an IAS Officer of Kerala Cadre has been appointed as the Whole-time Director of SEBI. The appointment is valid for a period of three years. Prior to this, he was the Chairman and MD of the India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He replaces S.Raman who retired from the post.
November 8th – World Radiology Day
The 8th of November is observed as the World Radiology Day throughout the world. This day is an annual event promoting the role of imaging in modern health care. The World Radiology Day coincides with the anniversary of the discovery of X-Rays by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. The theme of the Radiology Day 2017 is “Emergency Radiology”
Book on Rise of Adolf Hitler wins top award in France
On 6th November 2017, the novel “L’ordre du jour“
meaning the Agenda in English, written by Eric Vulliard
won the top Goncourt Prize 2017
. The book details how the German industry and finance backed Adolf Hitler and how the financial support of these industrialists was crucial to Hitler’s rise.
H.S Prannoy is the new National Badminton Champion
H.S Prannoy defeated World No. 2 Kidambi Srikanth in a thrilling finale to claim the men’s singles title at the 82nd Senior National Championship, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Second seed Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No. 11 recently, saw off top seed Srikanth 21-15 16- 21 21-7 in a 49-minute clash to return the favour after his semi-final loss to his compatriot at the French Open Super Series last month.
Saina Nehwal beats Sindhu to become National Women’s Badminton Champion
Saina Nehwal clinched the women’s singles title beating P.V.Sindhu in straight sets at the 82nd Senior National Championship in Nagpur. World No. 11 Saina prevailed over World No. 2 and top seed Sindhu 21-17, 27-25. Saina defeated fifth seed Anura Prabhudesai while Sindhu beats Ruthvika Shivani in the semifinals.
Mary Kom Wins Gold Medal at Asian Boxing Championship
M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Vietnam. She defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi. This is Mary Kom’s first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games. Mary Kom’s last medal came in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, where she became the first Indian woman boxer to win gold in the Women’s Flyweight (51 kg) category.
- Mary Kom- won Asian Women’s Boxing Championship- defeated N Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi- in Vietnam.
- This is Mary Kom’s sixth medal in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and fifth gold medal.
- She is a Padma Bhushan Awardee and hails from Manipur.