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Top 5 Current Affairs: 15 November 2018

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh has launched the ‘Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme’ of the National Cooperative Development Corporation.

Nov 15, 2018 17:17 IST
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UNSC lifts asset freeze, travel ban imposed on Eritrea after 9 years

The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote on November 14, 2018 agreed to lift the sanctions imposed against Eritrea, after nine years.

The Security Council had imposed an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban on Eritrea, amidst claims that the northeast African nation, supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia. However, Eritrea has always denied the accusations.

The 15-member council adopted a UK-drafted Resolution 2444, calling for an end to the nine-year-old embargo on the impoverished country as it rebuilds relations with its neighbouring nation Ethiopia following almost decades of animosity, conflict and standoff.

Open Defecation in India: All north-eastern states to become ODF by December 2018

All the north-eastern states on November 14, 2018 committed to declaring themselves as Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 2018. The decision was taken during the regional review meeting of the north-eastern states held in Guwahati, Assam.

The review meeting saw participation from teams belonging to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. The meeting comprised discussions on sustaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) and rural water supply.

ISRO successfully launches communication satellite GSAT-29

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 14, 2018 successfully launched communication satellite GSAT-29 aboard its heavy-lift Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MkIII-D2).

The launch vehicle-injected India’s second high-throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 into its planned geostationary transfer orbit just over 17 minutes into its flight.

After injection, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan assumed the control of the 3,423 kg satellite.

Department of Biotechnology, Cancer Research UK sign MoU for India-UK Cancer Research Initiative

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of India and Cancer Research UK on November 14, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the India-UK India-UK Cancer Research Initiative.

The India-UK Cancer Research Initiative is a collaborative 5-year bilateral research initiative by the Department of Biotechnology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

The Initiative was launched at the Inaugural Researchers’ Summit, which was held in New Delhi from November 14 to November 16, 2018.

Union Agriculture Ministry launches NCDC’s 'Yuva Sahakar Scheme' to promote young entrepreneurs

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh on November 14, 2018 launched the ‘Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme’ of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).

The NCDC has come up with this youth-friendly scheme for attracting youth to cooperative business ventures. It has created a dedicated fund with liberal features enabling youth to avail the scheme.

The scheme will be linked to Rs 1000 crore ‘Cooperative Start-up and Innovation Fund (CSIF)’ created by the NCDC.

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