Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 November 2018

Nov 9, 2018 17:33 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 November 2018

India to resume exporting raw sugar to China from early 2019

India plans to resume exporting raw sugar to China beginning 2019, almost after a decade. The move is a part of a larger goal of shifting focus to the overseas markets to shed surplus stocks that have muted prices and created financial distress in the Indian sugar mills.

India is the largest producer of sugar in the world. India produces sugar of all three grades- raw, refined and white. Indian sugar is also of a high quality and is Dextran free because of the minimum time taken from cut to crush.

Bihar approves funds worth Rs 25000 for graduate girls

The state cabinet of Bihar on November 8, 2018 approved a proposal to pay Rs 25000 to every girl graduating in 2018 and onwards.

As per the decision, the one-time payment will be made to every girl who graduated from the colleges of the state on or after April 25, 2018, irrespective of the pass division, community or region. The state cabinet has allotted Rs 300 crore towards the disbursal of the payment.

India re-elected as member of ITU council till 2022

India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council (ITU) for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022.

The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai. India secured 165 votes and ranked third among the 13 countries elected to the council from the Asia-Australasia region and eighth among the 48 countries elected to the council globally.

The ITU has 193 member states, which elect representatives to the council.

Defence minister inducts 3 major artillery gun systems into Army

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on November 9, 2018 inducted three major artillery gun systems, including the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K-9 Vajra-Tracked Self Propelled Guns and 6x6 Field Artillery Tractors into the Army.

The 155mm, 39 Calibre Ultra light Howitzers have been procured from the US under Government to Government Foreign Military Sales and will be assembled in India by BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence. The Gun System is versatile, light weight and can be heli-lifted, thereby providing the much needed flexibility in deployment in various terrains.

US to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

The United States will no longer allow people who enter the country illegally to claim asylum, as per a new rule. The new rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to get President Donald Trump's signature shortly.

According to the new rule, the President has the authority to restrict illegal immigration, if he determines it to be in the national interest. The Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said new rule applies to aliens who violate such a suspension or restriction regarding the southern border.

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