Current Affairs of 21 November

Abhijit Bose
Abhijit Bose - WhatsApp named Abhijit Bose as its India Head, meeting one of the key demands made by the government. Mr. Bose will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California and will be based in Gurugram. Government had asked WhatsApp to set up a local corporate presence and appoint a grievance officer to address complaints.

Kim Jong Yang
Kim Jong Yang - Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has been elected Interpol President for a two-year term. The decision was taken at the 87th General Assembly of the Agency in Dubai.

Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen - Indian-American Shantanu Narayen, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adobe, has been named by Fortune in its 2018 Business Person of the Year list. Narayen ranks 12th on the list, which has been topped by CEO of insurance company Progressive Tricia Griffith. 

MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters - India made a formal request to the U.S. for the purchase of 24 MH-60R Multi-Role Helicopters (MRH) for the Navy in a deal estimated at $2bn. The Government issued the Letter of Request (LoR) on November 15 for procurement of 24 MRH.

NSE goBID - National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has launched a mobile application and web-based platform for retail investors to buy government securities. The new app - NSE goBID will allow retail investors to invest in treasury bills (T-Bills) of 91 days, 182 days and 364 days and various government bonds from one year to almost 40 years.

Saubhagya Scheme - The Narendra Modi government has reiterated that every household in India will get electricity connection by December end, three months ahead of the deadline under the flagship Saubhagya scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ for universal household electrification at the budget of Rs 16,320 crore.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik
Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly Dissolved - Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik passed an order dissolving the state legislative Assembly. The Governor’s communique came shortly after both PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone staked claim to form the government in the state. 

India and Nepal Set up Hotline - India and Nepal have decided to set up a hotline to ensure effective coordination between them to check smuggling. The two top officials had met in Kathmandu for the 19th annual Indo-Nepal Director General-level talks.

ATM Operation Not Viable - Changes in regulatory landscape are making it unviable to operate ATMs, and may lead to the closure of half of the 2.38 lakh machines in the country by March 2019, the Confederation of ATM Industry (CATMi) warned. The industry body said that recent regulatory changes, including those on hardware and software upgrades, coupled with mandates on cash management standards and the cassette swap method of loading cash, will make ATM operations unviable, resulting in the closure.

World Fisheries Day - World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21 to highlight the importance of healthy oceans ecosystems and to ensure sustainable stocks of fisheries in the world. 

Universal Children’s Day - United Nations Universal Children’s Day was celebrated on 20th November of each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
Australia Rejected UN Migration Pact - Australian government has announced that it would reject a UN migration pact already denounced by the United States, Poland, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, adopting the pact would risk encouraging illegal entry to Australia. The UN Global Compact for Migration was agreed in July after 18 months of negotiations and is due to be adopted next month.

Project for Gir Lions - Gujarat government launched a Rs 351-crore project for the conservation of the Gir lions. The project is launched in the backdrop of the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak that claimed 23 Asiatic lions lives in their only dwelling Gir National park in Saurashtra.

Erik Solheim
Erik Solheim - UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim resigned from his post on November 20, 2018 following an audit report questioning his huge travel expenses. 

USA Suspended Assistance To Pakistan - United States has suspended its 1.66 billion dollar security assistance to Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no serious steps to address the core US concern that Pakistan often encourages groups which use violence against its neighbours.

Mamta Banerjee
Land Rights To Enclave - West Bengal Assembly unanimously passed a Bill to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal, ending an era of uncertain future for the people residing in those enclaves. Bangladesh and India had exchanged a total of 162 enclaves on Aug 1, 2015, ending one of the world’s most-complex border disputes.

Chandrababu Naidu
Web Protal for Land Records - Andhra Pradesh has launched a web portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers. The “Bhudaar’’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state.

Justice City - Andhra Pradesh is building a world-class and India's first 'Justice City' within its new capital Amaravati. Justice City will provide the necessary infrastructure to provide speedy justice for litigants, easy and better access to justice for the masses and reduce pending cases. 

Sashakt Mahila Yojna - The Himachal Pradesh government approved to implement Sashakt Mahila Yojna in the state with a vision to empower rural women. The scheme not only envisages to link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities but also to improve their skill by imparting training.

Assistance to Yemen - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which lead a military coalition against the Huthi rebels in Yemen, announced USD 500 million in aid to the country on the brink of famine. Saudi Arabia and the UAE will each give USD 250 million in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people.