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Current Affairs in Short: 28 November 2018

The International Cricket Council on November 26, 2018 submitted its bid for the inclusion of T20 women's cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Cricket has made just one appearance at the Games previously, with men playing in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.

Nov 28, 2018 16:31 IST
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Madhya Pradesh: Polling for 230 seats of state Assembly elections underway

• In Madhya Pradesh, the polling for the 230 seats of the state assembly elections got underway on November 28, 2018.
• Around 31 per cent polling was reported in the first 5 hours of polling. The voting, which began at 8 in the morning, will end at 5 in the evening.
• More than 65 thousand polling stations have been set up. As many as 2899 candidates, including 250 women, are in the fray. There are around 5.4 crore eligible voters in the state.

Mizoram: 49% turnout recorded in first 6 hours of polling

• The north-east state of Mizoram went to polls on November 28, 2018.  Over 49 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in the first 6 hours of polling.
• A large number of voters of different age groups have been found standing in queues in front of polling stations.
• The polling for 40 constituencies began at 7 am in the morning and it will continue till 4 pm in the evening.
• There are total 7, 70,395 voters in the state to elect a 40-seated legislative assembly.

ICC submits bid to CWG Federation to include women's T20Is into 2022 Games

• The International Cricket Council on November 26, 2018 submitted its bid for the inclusion of T20 women's cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
• The bid, which has been made in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will see the women's team sport apply to become part of the Commonwealth Games family.
• Cricket has made just one appearance at the Games previously, with men playing in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.
• The bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation proposes an eight-team T20 event played in two pools of four teams, totalling 16 matches in eight days held at two venues.

Final vote on Brexit deal with EU to be held on Dec 11

• British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on November 26, 2018 that the final vote on the Brexit agreement with the European Union (EU) will be held in the Parliament on December 11, 2018.
• May said at a parliament session today that I'm looking ahead to 11 December and to when this House will be faced with the decision as to whether or not it wishes to deliver on the vote of the British people with a deal that not only delivers that vote but also protects their jobs.
• British Prime Minister told MPs that the deal finalised with the European Union (EU) over the weekend is the best one that honours the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit.
• MPs from across party lines carried on their attack on the controversial agreement, which is opposed by the Opposition parties as well as many of May's own Conservative Party MPs.

PM to inaugurate International conference on maternal, newborn and child health

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a two-day international conference on Maternal, newborn and child health in New Delhi on December 12, 2018.
• The heads of state from 16 countries and about 1200 participants from across the world are expected to attend the fourth Partners' forum.
• The programme has been framed around the objectives of the global strategy of Survive, Thrive and Transform.
• The main objective of the conference is to improve knowledge, alignment and accountability to accelerate action on women's, children's and adolescents health.

MRI scans may predict dementia risk before symptoms appear

• Scientists have found that MRI brain scans can help predict whether a person will develop dementia in the next three years before the symptoms of the disorder appear.
• In a study, researchers from Washington University and the University of California, San Francisco in the US used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans to predict dementia with 89 per cent accuracy.
• The findings suggest that doctors may one day be able to use widely available tests to tell people their risk of developing dementia before symptoms arise. A single MRI scan would reportedly predict dementia on average 2.6 years before memory loss is clinically detectable.
• Although there are no drugs available yet to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, identifying those at high risk of developing dementia within the next few years could still be beneficial.
• It would help people make decisions on their financial and living arrangements while they are still in full control of their faculties.

Maharashtra withdraws Maharashtra Agricultural Produce Marketing Development and Regulation Act Ordinance

• The Maharashtra state government has withdrawn the Maharashtra Agricultural Produce Marketing Development and Regulation Act Ordinance that was passed in the lower house on November 27, 2018.
• The bill was withdrawn in the upper house. The traders had observed a one day-bandh on the same day against the government’s decision to de-notify all agri-commodities from the purview of the mandis. The traders and workers at APMC went on indefinite strike against the new APMC law.
• The state’s Marketing Minister Subhash Deshmukh said that government will now consider the demands of traders and mathadi workers.

WCD Minister inaugurates sports meet for children living in child-care institutions

• The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi on November 28, 2018 inaugurated a sports meet for children living in child-care institutions at JLN stadium in New Delhi.
• The event was organised as a part of the National Festival for Children of Child Care Institutions, Hausla 2018. It saw participation from the contingents of 18 states with over 600 children.
• World Champion MC Mary Kom also attended the programme and administered an oath of sportsmanship to the children.
• On the occasion, the WCD Minister highlighted the steps taken by the government to secure a safe future for the children including POSCO e-box portal, 24X7 childline 1098 and the railway childline, which is operational to help children stranded in trouble.

BPRD to organise 2nd National Conference of Heads of Investigating Agencies

• The 2nd National Conference of Heads of Investigating Agencies will be organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development in New Delhi on November 29, 2018.
• The two-day Conference will deliberate on various legal aspects, procedures and use of technology in investigation to improve its quality and secure effective prosecution.
• The theme of the conference is capacity building of police investigators in the era of new age crimes.
• The heads of state crime branches and other state police investigation agencies like Economic Offence Wing, Special Task Force will participate in the conference along with CBI, NIA, Enforcement Directorate.
• Besides, more than 200 delegates from all states and union territories would also be participating in the conference.

Trump administration may release long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in 2019: Israel's UN ambassador

• Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon has said that the Trump administration may release its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in the beginning of 2019.
• Danon said that there is a window of opportunity for the US to present the plan without interfering in Israeli elections likely scheduled for May or June.
• Otherwise, he said, it will have to wait until next fall. However, Danon said he doesn’t believe that the Palestinians would consider the plan as they accuse US President Donald Trump of being biased towards Israel.

Southern Railway to introduce weekend premier train services between Coonoor and Mettupalayam in Udhagamandalam

• The Southern Railway has decided to introduce weekend premier train services between Coonoor and Mettupalayam in Udhagamandalam (Ooty), which is a part of the world-renowned Nilagiri Mountain Railway that has been awarded the Heritage Railway Status by United Nations.
• The premier trains will run from Mettupalayam, on the foothills of the Western Ghats on all Saturdays from December 8, 2018, while the return trip will run on all the Sundays.
• The premier train will leave Mettupalayam at 9.10 am and reach Coonoor at 12.30 pm on the same day. On the return leg, the train will leave Coonoor at 1.30 pm and reach Mettupalayam by 4.30 pm. The reservations for the train have been made open to the public.
• The Southern railway has confirmed that that first class ticket on the premier train will cost Rs 1100, while the second class ticket will cost Rs 800. Besides, each passenger will be gifted a souvenir worth Rs 200.00. The premier train will carry a maximum of 132 passengers.

Nepal government launches Social Security Scheme

• The Nepal government on November 27, 2018 launched a social security scheme for the formal sector workers of the country.
• The new social security scheme is contribution based and it will cover health and medical facilities, safe motherhood, accident and physical incapacity security, security to dependent family members and security at old age.
• The scheme will be compulsorily applicable to formal sector workers and will soon be extended to informal sector workers as well.

A section of stairs from Eiffel Tower sold for 170,000 euros

• A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris was sold for almost 170,000 euros, around three times the pre-sale estimate.
• The auctioneers announced that more than two dozen wrought-iron steps from the original spiral structure, from between the second and third floors of the Paris landmark, were sold to a Middle East collector.
• The auction house, Artcurial originally estimated the sale price to be between 40,000 and 60,000 euros.
• The stairs, which stand 4.3 m high and were part of a private Canadian collection, date from 1889 when the legendary French engineer Gustave Eiffel built the 324 m edifice as the centrepiece of the Paris Universal Exhibition.

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