Current Affairs in Short: 19 November 2018
The Delhi Government has formed a committee to revise auto fares. The 11-member fare revision committee chaired by Special Commissioner of Transport Anil Banka will submit its report to the government in 30 days. The auto fares were last revised by the Sheila Dikshit government in 2013.
Alexander Zverev upsets world number one Novak Djokovic to claim ATP World Tour Finals
• Alexander Zverev on November 18, 2018 upset world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Finals and ended the year with the biggest victory of his career.
• With the win, the 21-year-old became the youngest champion of the season-ending event since Djokovic claimed the first of his five titles a decade ago and the first from Germany since 1995.
• Djokovic was attempting to tie Roger Federer’s record of six titles but followed the same path as the Swiss great, who lost to Zverev in the semi-finals at the O2 Arena.
• Zverev also became the first player to beat both Djokovic and Federer in the same ATP Finals.
GSAT 29 placed in final geostationary orbit
• ISRO on November 17, 2018 successfully placed the high throughput communication satellite GSAT 29 in its final geostationary orbit.
• This was done after carrying out the final orbit raising operation by firing the liquid apogee motor engine for 207 seconds.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation's heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII-D2 on November 14 successfully injected GSAT-29 into orbit.
• The satellite is intended to meet the communication needs of people in remote areas in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.
• Soon after the launch of the 3,423 kg satellite from Sriharikota, scientists at the Master Control Facility at Hassan, Karnataka monitored it and engaged in orbit raising operations to enable it reach its final destination.
Delhi Government forms committee to revise auto fares
• The Delhi Government has formed a committee to revise auto fares, in an attempt to woo autorickshaw drivers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
• The 11-member fare revision committee chaired by Special Commissioner (Transport) Anil Banka will submit its report to the government in 30 days. The auto fares were last revised by the Sheila Dikshit government in 2013.
• There are around one lakh registered autorickshaws operating in Delhi. The auto drivers had extended support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and campaigned for it in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and assembly elections in Delhi in 2015.
• In July 2018, some representatives of the auto unions had met Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with a demand to revise fares. They had claimed that assurance was given to them that they will soon be able to charge Rs 25 for the first kilometre, followed by Rs 10 for each subsequent kilometres covered by autos.
• The existing auto fares stipulate at Rs 25 for the first two kilometers and Rs 8 for every subsequent kilometre.
Cyber "war room" to be set up BIT in Sathyamangalam
• Lucideus Technologies, an IT Risk Assessment and Digital Security Services provider is setting up a "cyber war room" at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in Erode district, for grooming students to combat increasing cyber crime.
• The "war room", claimed to be the first such in India, would be launched by the next academic year.
• Modalities like investment and equipment and gadgets, are being worked out. According to City Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan, India had 465 million internet users in 2017 and cyber security needs adequate importance as the country is facing the third highest number of cyber attacks among countries.
Padma Shri awardee saint Narayan Das Maharaj passes away
• Padma Shri awardee and revered saint Narayan Das Maharaj of Triveni dham near Jaipur passed away on November 17, 2018.
• The nonagenarian breathed his last at the ashram. His funeral took place on November 18.
• Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot condoled the death of the saint who was awarded the Padam Shri in January this year for social service.
PayPal to soon host third edition of Recharge
• Digital payments provider PayPal on November 18, 2018 announced the third edition of 'Recharge' aimed at serving women who plan to take up job opportunities after a career break.
• The third edition of 'Recharge' is a six week programme focused on empowering women technologists to get back to workforce after a hiatus.
• Recharge has equipped women technologists with the skills and confidence required to help jump-start their careers after a break.
• In the last two years, the Recharge programme has received over 1,500 applications. This year, the programme will be launched in Bengaluru and Chennai on December 17 and 19, respectively.
• The PayPal Recharge programme would give an opportunity to network with leaders from PayPal and the industry among others.
MoS for Health flags off Organothon to support, pledge for organ donation
• An Organothon, to support and pledge for organ donation, was flagged off at Connaught place in New Delhi on November 18, 2018 by Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey.
• Speaking on the occasion, Choubey said, organ donation gives a chance of life to others and is like living after death.
• He said, people can save life of seven people by donating their seven vital organs after death. The Minister also stressed on more awareness on organ donation.
Hero of 1971 Indo-Pak War, Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri passes away
• Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri (retd), who is known as the hero of the historic 1971 battle of Longewala, died on November 17, 2018 in a private hospital in Mohali in Punjab. He was 78.
• Brig Chandpuri was a Maha Vir Chakra awardee. He had fought in the battle of Longewala (1971), one of the first major engagements in the western sector during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
• The battle was fought between assaulting Pakistani forces and Indian defenders at the Indian border post of Longewala in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan.
Manav Thakkar settles for bronze in Belarus
• India's Manav Thakkar settled for a bronze medal in the Under-21 singles category while Harmeet Desai progressed to the pre-quarter finals of the men's singles in the International Table Tennis Federation Challenge Belgosstrakh Belarus Open in Minsk, Belarus on November 17, 2018.
• Manav, who had an impressive run in the tournament, lost to Russia's Denis Ivonin in the semifinals to miss out on the gold medal.
• Harmeet too impressed in his outing, beating Russia's Alexey Liventsov. He will take on China's Zheng Sun in the pre-quarters.