Current Affairs Capsule – 18 November 2019
- November 18, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed every year across the world on the 3rd Sunday of November. This year, it was observed on 17th November with the theme ‘Life is not a car part’. It is observed as the appropriate acknowledgment of victims of road traffic crashes and their families. It was started by the British road crash victim charity, RoadPeace, in 1993 and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
- Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the first ever National Agrochemicals Congress in Pusa, New Delhi. The meeting was held from 13th November to 16th November, 2019 under the theme ‘Country’s Status on various fronts of Agro chemicals’. It focused on sustainable production to sustainable agri-food systems along with the climatic conditions.
- Indian paddler Harmeet Desai won the men’s singles title at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 held at Batam, Indonesia on 17th November, 2019. Harmeet defeated compatriot Amalraj Anthony by 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 score. He had earlier won the Commonwealth Championship in July 2019 held in Cuttack, Odisha.
- Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik became the first Indian to receive the Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019 in Rome. Pattnaik represented India at the International Scorrano Sand Nativity event held in Lecce, Italy from 13th November to 17th November, 2019. At the event, Pattnaik along with Pavel Minilkov from Russia created an eight-foot high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. Earlier in 2013, he won the International Sand Sculpture Competition in Russia.
- The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has set up a Development Council for Bicycle for vision planning in design, engineering and manufacturing of lighter, smarter, value added, safe and faster premium bicycles, which are comparable with global standards for exports and domestic market. The Secretary of DPIIT will head the 23-member Council, which is constituted for a period of two years.
- Union Minister of Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan released the Water Quality Report for State Capitals & Delhi as analysed by the Bureau of India Standards (BIS). As per the report, in Delhi and 13 state capitals, tap water is undrinkable i.e. the water did not comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard and failed on several parameters. Only piped water drawn in Mumbai found to comply with all the eleven parameters while other cities failed in one or more.
- The TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix (TRACE Matrix) 2019, which measures business bribery risk in 200 countries, was released by the TRACE International. India with a score of 48 was ranked 78. Among the BRICS nations, South Africa is ahead of other countries with a score of 42. Bangladesh with a score of 72 was ranked 178, lowest in South Asia. The TRACE Matrix was originally developed in 2014 in collaboration with RAND Corporation and is updated annually by TRACE.
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Q1. When was the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims observed for the first time?
Q2. Where was the first ever National Agrochemicals Congress held?
- New Delhi
Q3. Who is the first Indian to receive the Italian Golden Sand Art Award 2019?
- Harmeet Desai
- Sudarsan Pattnaik
- Suraj Pal
- Naveen Chopra
Q4. Which city topped in the Water Quality Report for State Capitals & Delhi?
Q5. What was the rank achieved by India in the TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix (TRACE Matrix) 2019?