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Daily Current Affairs 21st November 2017

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Daily Current Affairs 21st November 2017

1. Beyoncé named 2017's highest-paid woman in music
• American singer Beyoncé has been named the highest-paid woman in music in 2017 by Forbes. Her earnings, mainly from album 'Lemonade' and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs. 682 crore).
• Adele, with earnings of $69 million (Rs. 448 crore) came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million (Rs. 286 crore), was ranked third on the list.

2.  1st-ever space station module was launched by Russian rocket
• The International Space Station's first component was launched into space on a Russian Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on November 20, 1998.
• The first long-duration stay at the $100 billion space station was from November 2000 to March 2001, following which there has always been an uninterrupted human presence on the ISS.

3. Shri J P Nadda inaugurates ‘1st World Conference on Access to Medical Products and International Laws for Trade and Health’
• India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals and also focusing on developing India as a hub for affordable medical devices. India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals and also focusing on developing India as a hub for affordable medical devices.
• Highlighting the importance of transparency between regulatory authorities and pharma sector, Shri Nadda stated that the coordination between the National Regulatory Authorities and pharmaceutical sector will enable launch and registration of new health technologies.
• He further said that the dialogue on role of competition in competitive pricing and discussion on related WTO agreements influencing health should lead to a larger umbrella of suggested policy options for the government.

4. Megastar Sridevi inaugurates Indian Panorama Section at the 48th International Film Festival of India!
• Megastar Sridevi, who celebrates 50 years in the Indian film industry this year, inaugurated the Indian Panorama Section of the 48th International Film Festival of India.
• The inaugural ceremony scheduled on 21st November, introduced audiences to IFFI's official selection of 26 Feature & 16 Non-Feature films under the Indian Panorama 2017 category.

5. India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to ICJ
• India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was on Monday re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.
• Mr. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.
• The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew out of the race for the Hague-based ICJ, thus paving the way for Mr. Bhandari’s re-election to the prestigious world court. Mr. Bhandari and Britain’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the ICJ.

6. Bangalore City to soon have 1-stop helpline for all civic issues
• The government has proposed bringing the complaint cells of all civic and transport agencies under a common umbrella with the aim to streamline redressal of public grievances. As part of this, a common portal, as well as a four-digit complaint number, are proposed to be in place by January.
• The complaint cells of various agencies like BWSSB, BDA, BMRCL, BBMP, BESCOM and BMTC will be brought on a common platform. Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia said he has already held a meeting with all departments in this regard and the response has been positive.

7. India, World Bank ink $98 million loan pact for renewable energy
• India and the World Bank on Monday signed a $98 million loan pact, and a $2 million grant agreement to help the country increase power generation capacity through cleaner, renewable energy sources.
• The Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project will finance Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA), to provide sub-loans to states to invest in various solar parks. The solar parks will be mostly under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) Solar Park Scheme.
• The first two solar parks are in the Rewa and Mandsaur districts of Madhya Pradesh, with targeted installed capacities of 750 MW and 250 MW respectively, it said. Other states where potential solar parks could be supported under this project are in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Haryana.

8. Aadhaar-linked software for smoother rehabilitation of slumdwellers in Mumbai
• In a bid to stop multiple allotment of tenements for project affected people (PAP) to a single beneficiary, the BMC is preparing a software to link Aadhaar with slums.
• The software, while allotting tenement to a PAP, will notify civic officials if the person has already been allotted PAPs through BMC. The BMC has more than 16, 000 units in Mahul at Chembur to rehabilitate PAPs.
• The civic body is currently working on two projects -- Tansa Pipeline and Brimstowad – for which it has to remove encroachments on the pipeline and major drains. After deciding the eligibility of the encroachments through dedicated authorities, the BMC allots PAP units to those affected.

9. India-Russia sign pact for visa free entry of flight crew
• India and Russia have agreed to implement the general declaration for visa free entry of the crew of chartered and scheduled flights between the two countries. A pact on the issue was signed here recently by officials of the two countries.
• The agreement will facilitate visa free entry, stay and exit of crew of aircraft of the designated airlines as well as other aircraft companies operating chartered and special flights in the respective territories on reciprocal basis.

10. Delhi: ‘Eco-friendly’ industrial hub to come up in Ranikhera by 2021
• Delhi government is planning to build an eco-friendly industrial hub at Ranikhera by 2021, officials said. The construction on the project is expected to begin in three-four months, and once completed it is expected to give employment to over one lakh people.
• The industrial estate would cater to specific needs of IT, ITeS (Information Technology-Enabled Services) industry, and research and will have 10-12 clusters of different industries. The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) will be handling the project.

11. NDTV group CEO Narayan Rao dies at 63
• K. V. L. Narayan Rao, group chief executive officer and executive vice chairperson at New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV)  passed away .
• Rao, who played a fundamental role in the growth of NDTV, which runs a clutch of news and lifestyle channels, was associated with the company for close to 22 years.
• He joined the organization in January 1995 to look after human resources, administration and operations of NDTV and later joined the company board as executive director in 1998.