Current Affairs – December 01, 2017

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One Rupee Note Turns 100 years on 30th Nov 2017          

The humble One Rupee Note in India has completed a hundred years on 30th Nov 2017.The first one rupee note was printed in India on November 30, 1917, with the photo of King George V. This was the time when India was under the British rule. The origin of the 1 Rupee note lies in the World War I where the inability to mint coins forced the then colonial authorities to shift to printing Re 1 notes in 1917.   
The first One Rupee note was launched on November 30, 1917, with the text “I promise to pay” written on it. Since 1917 to 2017 there have been 125 different one rupee notes that have been issued for circulation with different serial numbers & signatures. The design of a one rupee note has changed 28 times since the past 100 years. The note is issued by the Government of India and not the Reserve Bank and is not signed by the RBI governor, but by the finance secretary.
Skill India signs MOU with Airbnb    
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s implementation arm National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC) signed a tripartite a MoU with Airbnb to provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India. Through the partnership, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Airbnb, NSDC and THSC will work together to create an accredited skill development module for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay facilities, unique accommodations and local experiences.        
US Based Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service.
Saubhagya scheme launched in Manipur 
The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) was launched in Manipur, by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh and N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur. A total of approximately 1.75 lakh households (1.62 lakh rural households and 0.13 lakh urban households) of Manipur are proposed to be included under the Scheme. The objective of the ‘Saubhagya’ is to provide energy access to all by last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining un-electrified households in rural as well as urban areas to achieve universal household electrification in the country.
Mirabhai Chanu wins gold in World Weightlifting Championship           

Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. Chanu lifted 85kg in a snatch and 109 kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194 kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. Olympic bronze medalist Karnam Malleshwari had won the top prize in worlds twice- in 1994 and 1995. Some of the world’s top weightlifting nations such as Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan could not take part in the competition due to issues related to doping.
Logo and Mascot of 2018 Hockey World Cup unveiled     

The logo and mascot of the Hockey World Cup 2018 have been unveiled at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Odisha had successfully hosted the Asian Athletics Championships recently. As many as 16 countries, including hosts India, will participate in the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup. The Chief Minister also launched the countdown timer for the international event scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar in 2018. The 2014 Men’s Hockey World Cup was held in The Hague, Netherlands.
IOA recognizes Boxing Federation of India   

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was recognized as a national body by the Indian Olympic Association, which removed the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate. The BFI, already recognized by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry, finally got the IOA’s nod, which had IABF registered as the official body till now. The IOA’s decision is expected to end the IABF’s attempts at reviving itself.
The AIBA was founded in 1946.     
AIBA has its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Victoria becomes first Australian state to legalize euthanasia    
The state of Victoria has become the first one in Australia to legalize euthanasia or medically and legally assisted dying. This will become effective from July 2019. The scheme will be available only to persons of over 18 years of age and who is terminally ill with less than six months to live. They should be of sound mind but suffering from unbearable pain. They have to be certified by multiple doctors.  
The countries that have legalized euthanasia are Netherlands, Belgium, Columbia, Luxembourg, Canada and now Australia.
Asian Development Bank sanctions $500 million for developing rural roads  

On 29th November 2017, the Asian Development Bank announced that it was granting a $500 million loan for the development of rural roads in five states in India. The states are West Bengal, Assam, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Over 12000 km of rural roads in the five states will be upgraded using the ADB loan.

Egyptian journalist Khaled el- Bashey wins Nelson Mandela Innovation Award        

The 2017 Nelson Mandela Innovation Award has been won by the Egyptian journalist Khaled el- Bashey. He is a former member of the Egypt journalists union. The award will be presented to Khaled at a function in the Fiji Capital of Suava on 7th December 2017.
Snehlata Shrivastava appointed first woman Secretary General of Lok Sabha          

A retired 1982 batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, Snehlata Shrivastava has been appointed as the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. She replaces Anoop Mishra, who retired on 30th November 2017. Snehlata has held several important positions in the Madhya Pradesh as well as the Union Government.

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