Most Important Current Affairs of November 2018
1.Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch Single Emergency Number '112'
Himachal Pradesh on November 28, 2018 became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number ‘112’ which will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.
2. 8 States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya; total 15 States now have 100% household electrification
RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy, on November 29, 2018 announced that 8 States have achieved 100 percent saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya Scheme. With this, there are now total 15 States in the country that have 100 percent household electrification.
These eight states are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal.
3. ISRO successfully launches HySIS satellite aboard PSLV-C43
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 29, 2018 successfully launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite (HySIS), an earth observation satellite along with 30 foreign commercial satellites from Sriharikota launch centre in Andhra Pradesh.
4. Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of UPSC
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on November 28, 2018 appointed Arvind Saxena as the new Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He took over charge from Vinay Mittal who had completed his term.
5. Sunil Arora appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner
President Ram Nath Kovind on November 26, 2018 appointed Sunil Arora as the new Chief Election Commissioner. He would be succeeding OP Rawat who retired on November 24.
6.Venkaiah Naidu lays down foundation stone of Dera Baba Nanak - Kartarpur Sahib Corridor
Marking a new beginning in India-Pakistan relations, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on November 26, 2018 laid the foundation stone for the construction of Dera Baba Nanak - Kartarpur Sahib Road Corridor on the Indian side at Mann village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. The corridor will provide a passage to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy site of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.
7. India marks 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
India on November 26, 2018 marked the tenth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead and over 300 people injured. President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to the victims of terror attacks.
8.69th Constitution Day observed across India
The 69th Constitution Day was observed across India on November 26, 2018 to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949 and it came into force on January 26, 1950.
9. Mary Kom clinches gold in World Boxing Championship
Mary Kom created history on November 24, 2018 by winning her sixth world championship gold at the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships, held in New Delhi, India.
10. 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.
11. Maharashtra Cabinet passes Maratha Reservation Bill
The state cabinet of Maharashtra on November 18, 2018 passed the Maratha Reservation Bill, approving reservation for the Maratha community. The bill is likely to be tabled during the winter session of the state’s legislative assembly.
12. Rural Jharkhand declared Open Defecation Free (ODF)
The rural Jharkhand was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on November 15, 2018 during a regional review meeting of the eastern states held in Kolkata, West Bengal.
13. 33rd ASEAN Summit, 13th East Asia Summit and 2nd RCEP Summit: Major Highlights
The 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit concluded on November 15, 2018 at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Singapore. The Summit also saw the conclusion of other related summits like 13th East Asia Summit (EAS), 2nd Regional Comprehensive Economic Summit, (RCEP) and ASEAN plus summits.
14. Delhi’s Signature Bridge
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 4, 2018 inaugurated the long awaited Delhi's Signature Bridge, the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India.
15. 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.
16. Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi sworn-in as Supreme Court Judges
Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, M R Shah and Ajay Rastogi were on November 2, 2018 sworn-in as the Judges of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi administered oath of office to the four judges.