Daily Current Affairs – November 8 2018
80th anniversary of “Kristallnacht”
- On May 15, 1939, the ocean liner MS St. Louis departed Germany and crossed the Atlantic with 907 German Jews aboard, desperate for refuge from persecution.
- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised in parliament for Canada’s refusal to admit Jewish asylum seekers fleeing Nazi Germany just months before the outbreak of World War II.
‘Sangwari’ polling booths
- The Election Commission has set up ‘Sangwari’ polling booths in various constituencies of Chhattisgarh to encourage women voters to exercise their franchise in the Assembly elections.
- ‘Sangwari’ means friend. These women friendly booths will be manned by all-female staff including presiding officers, supervisors and security personnel.
Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar records coldest night of season
- In J&K, Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season with the mercury settling below the freezing point for the first time at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.
- Kargil was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir registering the minimum of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius.
‘Rosogolla Day’ to be observed on Nov. 14
- The West Bengal government has decided to observe ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, to commemorate the first anniversary of the State’s famous sweet getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘Bengal’s Rosogolla’.
US grants Iraq sanctions waiver to buy Iranian electricity
- The United States has granted Iraq a waiver to allow it to keep importing electricity from neighbouring Iran despite renewed American sanctions on Tehran.
Taiwan commissions warships amid China threat warnings
- Taiwan commissioned a pair of guided missile frigates that are expected to boost the island’s ability to counter Chinese submarines amid rising military threats from Beijing.
United States Midterm elections
- In the United States Midterm elections, opposition Democrats have captured the House of Representatives while President Donald Trump’s Republican Party retains its majority in the Senate.
UN issues Diya stamps to celebrate Diwali
- The United Nations Postal System has issued stamps with ‘Diyas’ lamps to mark the celebration of Diwali.
Frontline health workers in the country against Ebola vaccinated
- The World Health Organization and Ugandan Ministry of Health, have begun vaccinating frontline health workers in the country against Ebola.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
RBI relaxes ECB norms for infrastructure creation
- The Reserve Bank of India liberalised the norms governing foreign borrowings for infrastructure creation. The minimum average maturity requirement for the External Commercial Borrowings, ECBs in the infrastructure space raised by eligible borrowers has been reduced to three years from earlier five years.
Australia announces cheap loans to Pacific countries for building infrastructure
- Australia announced up to 2.18 billion US dollars in grants and cheap loans to Pacific countries for building infrastructure.
- The announcement came in the backdrop of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby scheduled.
Financial Powers of Vice Chiefs enhanced
- The Ministry of Defence has delegated greater financial decision-making powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services in order to expedite the decision making process involved in the revenue procurements of the Armed Forces.
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