Current Affairs of 17 November

Ajay Bhushan Pandey
Ajay Bhushan Pandey - The central government appointed UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey as new Secretary Revenue in place of Hasmukh Adhia. He will continue to hold additional charge of CEO of UIDAI and also Chairman of GST Network.

Narendra Modi and Ibrahim Mohamed Soli
Prime Minister visited Maldives - Prime Minister Modi held talks with new Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Soli after attending his swearing-in ceremony. This is Modi’s first visit to the Maldives as prime minister. Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga also attended the ceremony. 

Real Hero of Border Movie
Kuldip Singh Chandpuri - Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, known as the hero of the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, died. Brig Chandpuri was a recipient of the Maha Vir Chakra — the country’s second-highest gallantry award — for his role at Longewala, an outpost in the Thar desert of Rajasthan. The movie ‘Border’ also based on 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Satellite ExseedSat-1
ExseedSat-1 - First time in Indian space history SpaceX will launch the first Indian satellite, ExseedSat-1. The one-kg satellite, will be launched on board SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force base at California, USA. The satellite will be used for communication purpose. It has been designed and developed by Mumbai-based Exceed Space.

India Surpassed China in Air Pollution - Air Pollution in India has not only been turning toxic but has also surpassed pollution levels in China in recent years. According to Berkeley Earth, which analyses air quality in real-time, “India surpassed China in recent years as the region of the world with the most severe air pollution”.

Australia moves WTO against India - Australia has referred India to the World Trade Organization over subsidies it pays its sugar cane farmers, which Australia says has created a global surplus that’s affecting its own farmers. Earlier Prime Minister Scott Morrison also raised the sugar dispute in a meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor — The Maker of New India - Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor — The Maker of New India is written by R Balashankar. The book will be launched in the first week of December.

President Ram Nath Kovind
Indian President will Visit Vietnam and Australia - President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a week-long state visit to Vietnam and Australia. On the first leg of his tour, he will leave for Vietnam on 18 November. This is the first ever visit to Australia of any Indian President. 

Alyque Padamsee
Alyque Padamsee - Alyque Padamsee, widely called the Brand Father of Indian advertising, died. Mr Padamsee was also best known for his role as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1982 historcial drama "Gandhi". For his contributions to the creative field, he was honored with Padmashri in 2000.

Record Electoral Bonds Sold by SBI - More than Rs. 400 crore worth of electoral bonds were sold by the State Bank of India in the 10-day window of October, a sharp rise from the Rs. 32 crore worth of bonds sold in the July tranche. The electoral bond data assumes significance against the backdrop of the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.