Current Affairs in Short: 22 November 2018
Filmmaker Nandita Das will be honoured with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations Award at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane on November 29, 2018. Das will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region.
Nandita Das to receive FIAPF Award
• Filmmaker Nandita Das will be honoured with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) Award at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane on November 29, 2018.
• Das will be presented the award in recognition of her achievement in film in the Asia Pacific region.
• The announcement was made by Michael Hawkins, chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its academy.
• Nandita Das, who started her career as an actor in films like "1947 Earth", "Fire" and "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa", made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed feature "Firaaq".
British PM says rejecting her deal could mean no Brexit
• British Prime Minister Theresa May told the lawmakers on November 21, 2018 that rejecting her Brexit deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division.
• Her statement has come before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalise the Brexit agreement.
• The UK and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain's departure.
• However they are still working to nail down an agreement on future relations. The EU leaders are scheduled to meet in Brussels on November 25 to finalise the deal.
• Pro-Brexit and pro-EU British lawmakers on both sides of the debate are opposing the deal.
• While pro-Brexit lawmakers feel that it will leave the UK tied too closely to EU rules, the pro-Europeans say it will erect new barriers between Britain and the EU, its biggest trading partner.
World is not moving fast enough to curb global warming: UN Chief
• United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told an online climate change conference that the world is not moving fast enough to curb global warming and needs immediate action to address the issue.
• Addressing the Virtual Climate Summit, Guterres urged world leaders to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
• He also praised the online summit, which has been organised by the Marshall Islands using online technology to remain carbon neutral, as an example of the innovative thinking needed to combat climate change.
US, South Korea scale down joint military exercise ‘Foal Eagle’
• The United States and South Korea have scaled down an annual joint military exercise, Foal Eagle, scheduled for the spring of 2019.
• According to US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, the move is to facilitate nuclear talks with North Korea.
• Foal Eagle is the biggest of the regular joint exercises held by the allies and has always infuriated North Korea, which condemned it as preparations for the invasion.
Indian embassy in Nepal, CII to organise exhibition ConMac 2018 in Nepal
• The Embassy of India in Nepal and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are organising an exhibition of construction equipment and technology-ConMac 2018 in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu from November 22, 2018.
• More than 150 business exhibitors and companies from India will showcase their products and services during the 3-day exhibition.
• With more than 200,000 sq ft of display area, the exhibition is poised to be Nepal’s largest exhibition of construction equipment. More than 4000 business visitors are expected during the exhibition.
• Nepal's Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth will inaugurate the event. The Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri will be the Guest of Honour.
• The exhibition aims to further enhance high-level engagement between the construction industries of the two countries.
President Kovind unveils the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parramatta in Sydney
• President Ram Nath Kovind on November 22, 2018 unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parramatta in Sydney, Australia.
• A large number of people from the Indian community were present on the occasion to welcome the Indian President. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was also present on this occasion.
• Both the leaders addressed the Indian Diaspora and the Indian President also presented the book Hind Swaraj to the Australian Prime Minister.
WhatsApp names Abhijit Bose as India Head
• WhatsApp on November 22, 2018 announced the appointment of Abhijit Bose as its India head.
• This is the first time that the Facebook-owned app has named a head for the country that accounts for most users across the world.
• It had been drawing flakes from the government to devise ways to trace the origin of fake messages circulated on the platform.
• While a US-based grievance officer has been appointed, WhatsApp has sought to address rumour-mongering on its platform by flagging forwarded messages with an explicit "forwarded" label to clarify when a text had not originated from the sender.
• It also attempted to slow down forwarding in India by limiting the number of contacts to whom a message could be sent - to five at a time.
Gujarat Govt announces new measures for water scarcity hit farmers
• Gujarat Government has announced new measures for water scarcity hit farmers in the state.
• Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that 19,920 cusecs of water is being released in Narmada canals since November 12 from Sardar Sarovar Dam for the farmers who plan to sow Rabi crops.
• According to the official release, the state government will provide an additional 7 crore kilograms of fodder in scarcity-hit areas.
• Further, a team led by Minister of State for Backward Class Welfare Vasan Ahir will visit Punjab to examine the possibility of importing wheat crop stubble to be used as cattle fodder.