Current Affairs of 23 November

Azim Premji
Forbes India Leadership Awards - Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, has won Forbes India Leadership Awards 2018, Lifetime Achievement. Forbes India honoured entrepreneurs and company bosses across nine categories, with an emphasis on excellence, innovation, and transformational leadership.

Nahid Afrin
Nahid Afrin - Popular Indian singer Nahid Afrin of Assam has been appointed as the first 'Youth Advocate' of the north-eastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights. The UNICEF engages 'Youth Advocates' to harness their voice as agents of change in society. 

Joyce Msuya
Joyce Msuya - Tanzanian national Joyce Msuya was appointed as acting Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) following the resignation of the executive director Erik Solheim. Erik Solheim resigned following an audit report questioning his huge travel expenses.

Shyama Prasad Ganguly
Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle - JNU's Hispanic Studies professor Shyama Prasad Ganguly has won Mexico's highest civilian honor “Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca” (Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle) accorded to foreign nationals. 


SHe-Box - The Ministry of Women and Child Development has linked the sexual harassment complaints portal ‘SHe-Box’ with all the Central Ministries, Departments and 653 districts across 33 states and union territories. SHe-Box is an online portal, which has been created by the WCD Ministry to report complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace.


Asia Environment Enforcement Award - The United Nations Environment has awarded India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) with the Asia Environment Enforcement Award, 2018 for the excellent work done by the Bureau in combating transboundary environmental crime. India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has been conferred the award in the Innovation category. 

Ustad Imrat Khan
Ustad Imrat Khan - Indian classical music stalwart Ustad Imrat Khan, who dedicated his life to propagating the Sitar and the surbahar worldwide, passed in the United States. Imrat Khan famously turned down the Padma Shri last year saying the recognition had come too late and diminished his achievements. 

Ajit Doval and Wang Yi

India China Boundary Talk - National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will be in Chengdu, China for boundary talks with foreign minister and state councilor Wang Yi. The two senior officials are also expected to prepare for a meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting that begins on November 30 in Argentina capital Buenos Aires.


Capital Infusion Plan For PSB - Finance Ministry is likely to infuse Rs 54,000 crore in public sector banks (PSBs) soon as part of its ambitious recapitalisation plan to improve the financial health of lenders. Last October, the government had announced Rs 2.11 lakh crore bank recapitalisation plan, of which Rs 1.35 lakh crore was capital infusion from the government while the rest was through recap bonds and market raising.


Paytm Partnered with LIC - Paytm (One 97 Communications Limited) has partnered with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to offer online insurance premium payments on its platform. Softbank-backed Paytm will provide premium payment solutions from over 30 insurance companies including LIC.


Dedicated Aircraft for Atmospheric Research - India will procure a dedicated aircraft for carrying out all airborne atmospheric research and air pollution. The exclusive aircraft, equipped with sophisticated instruments, will work as National Facility for Airborne Research (NFAR). The cabinet committee on economic affairs approved establishment of the NFAR with an initial financial commitment of Rs 130 crore during 2020-21.


Tallest Structure in India - Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu stated that the proposed Andhra Pradesh Assembly building at Amaravati will be taller than the Statue of Unity (182 Meter) by 68 metres. Once completed, this will be the tallest structure in the country. Naidu has finalised the design which was submitted by UK-based architects Norma Fosters.


HCL and Bajaj Finance Included in Sensex - IT major Wipro and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones Ltd. will be dropped from the Sensex, effective December 24. In their places, HCL Technologies and Bajaj Finance will enter the index, according to information available on the BSE website.


100 years of Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre - Government of India has decided to mark the remembrance of 100 years of the historical Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre next year. The commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released on 13th April, 2019 (the day the incident took place 100 years ago).


Domestic Gold Council - The government on November 23, 2018 has decided to set up domestic Gold council in India to promote the growth of the sector and boost exports of jewellery. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said this while inaugurating the 2nd Edition of India Gold and Jewellery Summit in New Delhi.


Real Time Data of City Bus - Delhi becomes the first city in the country to open up transit data of city buses, that will provide static and real time data through the website — www.otd.delhi.gov.in — including geo-coordinates of bus stops, route maps, timetables, and real time GPS feeds of bus locations every 10 seconds.


Google: Strict Rule for Political Advertisement - Google said that it is expanding stricter political advertising requirements to the European Union as part of efforts to curb misinformation and increase transparency ahead of the bloc’s elections next year. As the EU prepares for the vote, U.S. tech companies are facing pressure to do more to counter foreign influence campaigns.