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Current Affairs in Short: 14 November 2018

Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been given the charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs following the untimely demise of incumbent Minister Ananth Kumar on November 12. President Ram Nath Kovind assigned the charge to Tomar.

Nov 14, 2018 17:24 IST
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D V Sadananda Gowda assumes additional charge of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer

• Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda was on November 14, 2018 given the additional charge of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer.
• He was assigned the charge of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer after the untimely demise of incumbent Minister Ananth Kumar.
• The charge was assigned to Gowda by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. The Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L. Mandaviya along with other senior officers of the Ministry were present on the occasion.

Narendra Singh Tomar given charge of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

• Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was on November 14, 2018 given the charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
• President Ram Nath Kovind assigned the charge to Tomar. He was assigned the Ministry after the untimely demise of incumbent Minister Ananth Kumar.
• Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Ananth Kumar passed away on November 12, 2018 at a private hospital in Bengaluru. He was 59.
• The Minister was diagnosed with lung cancer just three months ago and had returned to Bengaluru recently after undergoing treatment in the United States and Britain.

Sri Lankan court stays President’s order dissolving Parliament; House convened

• Sri Lanka's parliament was convened on November 14, 2018 following the Supreme Court’s decision to stay President’s Gazette for dissolution of parliament and holding of early elections.
• The three-judge bench headed by chief justice passed its ruling on petitions filed against Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dissolve parliament.
• The court has put an injunction on gazette till December 7 and also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5.
• Following the order, the Sri Lankan Parliament was convened and a no-confidence motion was passed by voice vote against the newly elected Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
• Supporters of Ranil Wickremsinghe claimed that he is the Prime minister again while Rajapaksa’s supporters asserted that the whole process was illegitimate.
• The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when the President in a sudden move appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Wickremsinghe.

India International Trade Fair begins

• Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on November 14, 2018 inaugurated the 38th India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
• The main theme of the 2018 edition of the fair is ‘Rural Enterprises in India’ .
• While Afghanistan is the Partner Country this year, Nepal is the Focus Country and Jharkhand is the Partner State.
• Around 800 participants from different states, government departments and domestic and international companies are expected to take part in the fair to showcase their products.
• The 14-day annual event will continue till November 27, 2018.

NITI Aayog, UNICEF launche UNICEF- Atal Tinkering Lab Hackthon

• NITI Aayog and UNICEF on November 14, 2018 launched the UNICEF- Atal Tinkering LabHackthon to encourage children towards making new innovations.
• The Hackthon is a 72-hour problem solving quest. The winners of the competition will be announced on November 20, 2018.
• Speaking on the occasion NITI Aayogvice chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar said,  Atal Tinkering Labs and Atal Innovation Mission are a bridge between innovation and schools across the country, providing solutions to grassroot problems.
• UN Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev, said, India’s ecosystem of innovation is inspiring and it is interesting to see how young people are producing low-cost, high-impact solutions.

British, EU negotiators reach agreement on terms of Brexit deal

• British and EU negotiators have reached a framework Brexit agreement that will be examined by the UK cabinet at an emergency meeting on November 15, 2018.
• Prime Minister Theresa May's office said that the Cabinet will meet at 2 pm on November 15 to consider the draft agreement. The negotiating teams have reached Brussels to decide on the next steps.
• According to sources, a technical agreement has been struck but it still needs political approval from both the British and European sides.

UAE to be partner country in Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit for 2nd consecutive year

• UAE will participate in the 'Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit', as a partner country for the second consecutive year.
• The Summit is scheduled to be held from January 18-20, 2019. The UAE will participate in the summit through a high-level delegation.
• The 9th edition of the Summit provides a forum for discussion on global, national and state-level agendas with a sharp focus on all round economic development for a ‘New India’.

UN urges Bangladesh to halt Rohingya repatriation plan

• UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Bangladesh to halt plans for the repatriation of more than 2,200 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
• In a statement, the UN Human Rights Office has said that forcibly returning them to their home country would be in violation of international law and put their lives and freedom at serious risk.
• Bachelet said, the refugees in Bangladesh are the victims of human rights violations committed in the midst of the violence that erupted in August 2017 and are unwilling to return under current conditions.
• She appealed to the Government of Bangladesh to ensure scrupulously that any repatriation takes place in line with international standards of voluntariness, safety and dignity, with full transparency, and only when the conditions are right.
• Bachelet also called on the Government of Myanmar to show its seriousness in creating the conditions for return by addressing the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine state, in particular, the systematic discrimination against and persecution of Rohingyas.

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