Friday, 18 November 2016

Current Affairs, Daily GK Update 18 November 2016

Daily Current Affairs GK
1. Indian Navy inducts 4 types of indigenously developed sonars:
  • The Indian Navy has formally inducted four types of indigenously developed sonars that will boost its underwater surveillance capability.
  • The systems have been designed and developed by NPOL Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a Kochi based laboratory of DRDO.
  • 1. Abhay is an advanced hull mounted active-cum-passive integrated sonar system.
  • 2. AIDSS stands for Advanced Indigenous Distress sonar system for submarines. It is distress sonar is an Emergency Sound Signaling Device.
  • 3. NACS stands for Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System. It determines the in-situ performance of SONAR systems used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of SONAR.
  • 4. Humsa UG has been designed for upgrading the existing Humsa sonar system for intensifying the command over the high seas.
2. National Student Startup Policy launched by President:
  • President Pranab Mukherjee launched the National Student Startup Policy on the opening day of the second Visitor’s Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The policy aims to create 100,000 technology based student start-ups and a million employment opportunities within the next 10 years.
  • It has been formulated by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
3. Jammu and Kashmir Government launches Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery Project:
  • Jammu and Kashmir Government has launched Jhelum-Tawi flood recovery project to give push to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure post-2014 floods in the state. 
  • The project which is funded World Bank was formally launched Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar.
4. Sunway Taihulight named World’s fastest Super Computer:
  • China’s ‘Sumway Taihulight’ has won the fastest supercomputer title in the recently released 48th edition of Top500 list of supercomputers.
  • China has retained the top spot for the eighth consecutive year now in this list.
  • The Supercomputer is capable of performing 93 million billion calculations per second.
5. Sachin Tendulkar to adopt another village in Andhra Pradesh:
  • Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar inaugurated projects worth Rs 6 crore at his adopted village of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh (AP).
  • On this occasion he was adopted Gollapalli village in the same state under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.It would be developed with an amount of Rs 3.05 crore.
6. James Clapper resigns as US Intelligence Chief:
  • S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is the first high official to quit his job from the Barack Obama administration.
  • Clapper coordinated the work of various agencies including Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
7. Airtel announces merger with Axiata in Bangladesh:
  • Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of the merger of its subsidiary unit in Bangladesh with Robi Axiata.
  • This entity will now be the second-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh.
  • Bharti Airtel is an Indian global telecommunications services company based in New Delhi, India. 
  • It operates in 18 countries across South Asia, Africa, and the Channel Islands.
8. HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri ranked 36th in Fortune's top business men list:
  • HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri has been ranked 36th in the US magazine Fortune's top 50 business persons list for 2016.
  • He is the only Indian among three persons of Indian origin in the global rankings.
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg topped the list by the US magazine.
9. Dharambir Singh awarded 8-year ban by NADA:
  • The 200 m runner, Dharambir Singh has been slapped an eight-year ban by National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for failing a dope test at the last minute at the Rio Olympics 2016.
  • The Sprinter from Haryana had tested positive for an anabolic steroid.
10. Rishi Jaitly named CEO of Times Global Partners:
  • Times Internet, the digital arm of The Times of India group appointed former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Times Global Partners.
11. Patel most common Indian surname in UK:
  • According to a newly released Oxford Dictionary, Patel is one of the most common Indian surnames in the United Kingdom.
  • In one of the largest studies of its kind, the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland put together the origins of nearly 50000 surnames.

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