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- India’s ace sprinter and Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter Hima Das was appointed as first ever youth ambassador of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India. UNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in country gets best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential. In September 2018, she was appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam. She is nicknamed ‘Dhing Express’ after her village in Assam. She was the first Indian athlete to win gold medal in track event at IAAF World U20 Championships held in Tampere, Finland. She won Gold medal: Women’s 4 × 400 metres relay, Silver medal: Mixed4 × 400 metres relay and Silver medal: Women’s 400 m individual race in Asian Games 2018.
- IndusInd Bank has launched first interactive Credit Card in India with buttons called IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card. It will give customer multiple options on how to make a payment using his or her Credit Card. This Card has been created in partnership with Pittsburgh USA headquartered Dynamics Inc., which designs and manufactures intelligent, battery powered payment cards.
- Delhi Police has launched an e-learning portal ‘Nipun’ to impart training and provide up to date information to police officers through specialised courses available online which have been designed by experts in various fields. The online courses on this portal have been designed under project CLAP “The Collaborative Learning and Partnership”.
- India and United Kingdom have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in cancer research. It is follow-up to joint statement issued by Prime Ministers of India and UK during visit of PM Narendra Modi to the UK in April 2018. The initiative will provide funding to develop new research alliances and undertake impactful research to enable significant progress against cancer outcomes.
- Four-day regional meeting of World Customs Organisation (WCO) was held in Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan. It was attended by representatives of 33 member countries of Asia. The meeting was jointly chaired by WCO Deputy Secretary General Ricardo Travino and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman S Ramesh. Established in 1952 as Customs Co-operation Council (CCC), WCO is independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations.
- 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. The workshop comprised discussions on sustaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), and rural water supply. It saw participation from teams belonging to West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha. West Bengal currently has rural sanitation coverage of 97per cent. Sikkim became India’s first Open Defecation Free State in 2008, long before the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched.
- The 15-member United Nations Security Council on November 14, 2018 agreed to lift the sanctions imposed against Eritrea, after nine years. The Security Council had imposed an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban on Eritrea, amidst claims that the northeast African nation, supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia. However, Eritrea has always denied the accusations.
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