India to host Conference on Tobacco Control today
i. India is set to host the crucial global tobacco control conference today for the first time, where it will push for incorporating smokeless tobacco as an agenda.
ii. The 7th Session of the Conference of Parties to World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will begin today at Greater Noida.
128th anniversary of Sir CV Raman being celebrated on 07th November.
i. The 128th anniversary of Nobel laureate Bharat Ratna Sir CV Raman is being celebrated on 07 November.
ii. He was born on November 7, 1888 at Thiruvanaikaval in Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu.
iii. Sir CV Raman won the Nobel prize in Physics 1930 for his discovery -Raman effect - the scattering of light which makes the sea and clear sky look blue.
First S4A debt recast gets approval
i. Construction major Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) became India’s first firm to get debt recast under RBI’s new Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A).
ii. The RBI-mandated Overseeing Committee (OC) under the S4A has approved HCC’s Rs. 5,000-crore debt recast passed by an ICICI Bank-led joint lender forum in September 2016.
iii. Under this debt recast of HCC 52% of the debt (nearly Rs. 2,600 crore) was found to be sustainable and can be serviced as per original terms and conditions, including about interest rate and tenure.
Google Capital changes its name to 'CapitalG'
i. Google Capital, the search giant's venture arm that invests in growth-stage companies, has changed its name to 'CapitalG'.
ii. The old GoogleCapital.com domain now forwards to CapitalG.com, and Google Capital's Twitter account has announced that it’s being retired in favour of a new @CapitalGTweets account.
iii. CapitalG’s new site confirms a previously unmentioned detail that it has invested in Snapchat.
India, Sri Lanka sign pact to address fishermen crisis
i. India and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement under which a hotline will be set up between officials of the two countries to address the fishermen crisis.
ii. It also set up procedures to return arrested fishermen and have a minister-level meeting every few months on the issue.
Petra Kvitova wins 2016 WTA Elite Singles Trophy
ii. She defeated Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2 to grab the title at Zhuhai, China. Venus Williams was the defending champion for the title.
iii. However, she chose not to participate despite qualifying for the edition.
RBI appoints M Rajeshwar Rao as Executive Director
i. The Reserve Bank has appointed M Rajeshwar Rao as Executive Director (ED) following G Mahalingam’s voluntary retirement from the central bank.
ii. As Executive Director, Rao will look after Department of Statistics and Information Management, Financial markets Operations Department and International Department.
iii. Prior to taking over as the Executive Director, he was the Chief General Manager, Financial Markets Operations Department.
Vice President Releases Throor book ‘An Era of Darkness: British Empire in India’
i. Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari released book ‘An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India’ authored by Dr. Shashi Tharoor.
ii. The author rightly points out that British rule in India was effectively and regularly supplemented by “famine, forced migration and brutality” – the ‘three examples of why British rule over India was despotic and anything but enlightened’.
BJP's Avinash Khanna all set to be appointed NHRC member
i. BJP Vice President Avinash Rai Khanna is all set to be appointed as a member of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) with a high-level selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearing his name.
ii. The 55-year-old former Rajya Sabha member from Punjab and BJP in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir will perhaps be the first active politician to be appointed as a member of NHRC, which is headed by a former Chief Justice of India.
India rises to second place in global business optimism index
i. The latest Grant Thornton International Business Report for the July-September quarter has placed India 2nd on the global scale for business optimism.
ii. During the April-June 2016 period, India was ranked at the third position after being on top for two consecutive quarters. Indonesia took the top spot, with the Philippines coming in third.
‘Lost’ Chandrabhaga river found in Odisha
i. Scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) claimed to have found evidence confirming the existence of a mythical Indian river, Chandrabhaga.
ii. This is the second among such findings. In October 2016, KS Valdiya led expert committee had found that Saraswati River did exist. The IIT study aimed to verify this myth.
Henri Kontinen, John Peers win 2016 BNP Paribas Masters Doubles title
i. Henri Kontinen and John Peers have won the ATP World Tour Masters Doubles title at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
ii. Kontinen and Peers defeated top-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 to claim the title.