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Top Current Affairs: 11 November 2017

Nov 11, 2017 14:36 IST
Top Current Affairs: 11 November 2017

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Philippines on agriculture

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 November 2017 gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Philippines on agriculture and related fields.

The MoU is expected to improve bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture, mutually benefiting both India and Philippines. It will promote understanding of best agricultural practices in the two countries, which will in turn help achieve better productivity along with improved global market access.

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2017 observed globally

The World Science Day for Peace and Development was observed across the world on 10 November 2017 with the theme ' Science for Global Understanding'.

The day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

Cabinet approves creation of National Testing Agency to conduct entrance examinations

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 November 2017 approved creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous, self-sustained organisation to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.

The agency would initially conduct the entrance examinations that are currently being conducted by the CBSE. Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up. The entrance examinations will be conducted online at least twice a year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best.

Union Cabinet approves appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission

The Union Cabinet on 10 November 2017 approved the appointment of Second National Judicial Pay Commission (SNJPC) for Subordinate Judiciary in the country. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Commission will be headed by Retired Justice J P Venkatrama Reddi, who formerly served as Judge of the Supreme Court of India. R Basant, a former Judge of Kerala High Court will serve as the member of the Commission.

The Commission mainly aims to evolve the principles that would govern the pay structure and other emoluments of Judicial Officers belonging to the Subordinate Judiciary of the country.

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