Current Affairs of 16 November

Fitch Retained India’s Rating - Fitch Ratings retained India’s sovereign rating at ‘BBB-’, the lowest investment grade rating, although maintaining its stable outlook. India’s real GDP growth is expected to be at 7.8 percent in FY19, up from 6.7 percent in FY18 even as the government may find it tough to meet its fiscal deficit target of 3.3 percent. 

CBI: No Entry without Permission - Soon after the Andhra Pradesh government barred the entry of CBI without permission, the West Bengal government followed the suit by withdrawing the ‘general consent’ accorded to the investigating agency to conduct raids or carry out investigations in the state. Now central agency would henceforth require permission from the state government to carry out any sort of investigation except those ordered by the court.

Grand K
Kilogram Redefined - The so-called “Grand K” kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world’s sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired. Nations gathered in Versailles, Paris, instead approved the use of a scientific formula to define the exact weight of a kilogram. Countries also unanimously approved updates to three other key units- the kelvin for temperature, the ampere for electrical current and the mole for the amount of a substance.

Nirbhaya Fund - The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has decided to use Nirbhaya Fund to set up 1,023 fast track courts to dispose off pending cases of rape of children and women. The project has a total financial implication of Rs 767.25 crore.

MH-60 ‘Romeo’ helicopters
MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Helicopters - The NDA government issued the “letter of request” to the US government for the Rs 13,500 crore acquisition of 24 naval multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ helicopters, armed with torpedoes and missiles for potent anti-submarine warfare capabilities. MH-60 choppers will be manufactured by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin, under the US foreign military sales programme.

World Tolerance Summit - World Tolerance Summit 2018 was inaugurated in Dubai, UAE. The theme of the summit was ‘Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’. The summit is being held to commemorate the UN-designated International Day of Tolerance. UNESCO had declared November 16 as World Tolerance Day. 

South Asian Regional Conference on Urban Infrastructure - The South Asian Regional Conference on “Urban Infrastructure: New Approaches to Public and Private Partnerships and Municipal Finance Innovations” began in New Delhi. The two-day conference is being organised by NITI Aayog, with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Jharkhand Declared Open Defecation Free - The rural Jharkhand was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on November 15, 2018 during a regional review meeting of the eastern states held in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Himalayan State Regional Council - NITI Aayog constituted the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ to ensure sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region. Council will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member of NITI Aayog. It will consist of the Chief Secretaries of the Himalayan States as well as the Secretaries of key Central Ministries.

India-Kyrgyz Inter-Governmental Commission - The 9th Session of the India-Kyrgyz Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation (IK-IGC) was held in New Delhi. The IK-IGC was co-chaired by The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and his counterpart.

Sushma Swaraj
India and Senegal Agreed on Clean Energy - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj handed over two e-rickshaws to the Ambassador of Senegal in a gesture symbolising the partnership between the two countries in the clean energy sector. India is supplying 250 e-rickshaws with lithium-ion batteries on a grant basis to Senegal.