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Top 5 Current Affairs: 22 November 2018

The Jammu and Kashmir state assembly was dissolved with immediate effect by Governor Satya Pal Malik after rival alliances staked claim to form the government. The dissolution was announced through a communiqué that was released by Raj Bhavan.

Nov 22, 2018 17:49 IST
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J&K Governor dissolves state assembly, President’s rule to be imposed

The Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on November 21, 2019 dissolved the State Assembly with immediate effect after rival alliances staked claim to form the government.

The dissolution was announced through a communiqué that was released by Raj Bhavan. The Governor cited four main reasons for dissolving the Assembly and these include horse-trading and possible exchange of money and the impossibility of forming a stable government by parties with opposing political ideologies.

The governor released the communiqué of dissolution minutes after People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti released a letter on Twitter announcing that she would seek to form the government with her traditional rivals, the National Conference (NC) and Congress.

HRD Minister launches ‘Institution’s Innovation Council’ programme

The Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar launched the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) programme under Innovation cell of the Ministry of Human Resource Development through video conferencing in New Delhi on November 21, 2018.

The HRD Ministry has established an 'Innovation cell' at AICTE to systematically foster the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that it is a significant step in institutionalising innovation and developing a scientific temperament in the country.

International Space Station completes 20 years

The International Space Station (ISS) turned 20 years old on November 20, 2018. The project was kicked by Russian space agency Roscosmos when it launched its Zarya module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 20, 1998.

The launch was followed by NASA’s Unity module. The pair was joined in low-earth orbit, which kick-started a 13-year construction effort of the most ambitious construction project in the history of humanity. The result of the effort was a habitable artificial satellite, which currently serves as a giant orbiting observatory and laboratory.

India, Vietnam issue joint statement

India and Vietnam released a Joint Statement on November 21, 2018 after extensive talks between Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, during the latter’s state visit to Vietnam from November 18-20, 2018.

The two Leaders reaffirmed the long traditional friendly relations between the two countries and shared how the relations between the two nations have been thriving in all areas since the establishment of the Strategic Partnership in 2007 and its elevation to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2016.

WTO to set up panels to rule on US tariff disputes

The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to hear grievances from a number of countries over new US steel and aluminium tariffs, as well as complaints from Washington over retaliatory duties.

The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of WTO approved the constitution of panels to review US decision to hit a long line of countries with tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium.

Earlier, the European Union, China, Canada, Norway, Mexico, and Russia all confirmed they would escalate their disputes by starting adjudication proceedings, while the US wants dispute panels against Canada, China and the EU.

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