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Important Current Affairs 29th November 2018 English

Appointments

Arvind Saxena Appointed UPSC Chairman
He has been working as acting head of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) since June 20.
Saxena joined the UPSC as a member on May 8, 2015. Prior to joining the UPSC, he was working as director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC).
He is replacing Vinay Mittal

International News

Inclusive Wealth Report
The Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malta come out on top of biennial survey of growth in the wealth of nations, the preliminary findings of which were presented by UN Environment and partners today in Paris.
Inclusive wealth index, as part of the Inclusive Wealth Report 2018 has been released by the UN Environment and partners. The Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) is a biennial effort led by the UN Environment to evaluate the capacities and performance of the nations around the world to measure sustainability of economy and wellbeing of their people.
The report also revealed that carbon damage is relatively larger in high-income countries. India too sails in the same boat, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation had said last month in a report on environment accounts.

Shri Nitin Gadkari addresses the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi 
India endorses the growth of the Blue Economy in a sustainable, inclusive and people centred manner through the framework of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). 
National Vision in this regard is clearly articulated in the term “SAGAR”- Security and Growth for All.
About IORA
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is a dynamic inter-governmental organisation aimed at strengthening regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean region through its 22 Member States and 9 Dialogue Partners.

Sports News


Magnus Carlsen Won Chess World Championship Title 
Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen has defended his chess world championship title by beating American challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in rapid tiebreaker games.
It’s the third time the 27-year-old Carlsen has successfully defended his title after winning it from Viswanathan Anand of India in 2013.

Sports

The Ironman Comes To India 
On October 20, 2019, the world’s 127th Ironman 70.3 race, and India’s first, will be held in Goa, in a culmination of discussions for two-and-a-half years.
Licensed by Yoska, a Bengaluru-based fit-tech start-up founded by Deepak Raj and Rudraprasad Nanjundappa, the race includes an open-water swim of 1.9 km, a bike ride of 90 km, and a run of 21.1km, totalling 113.1 km.
The brand ambassadors, Pete Jacobs, an Australian-born professional triathlete who won the IRONMAN World Championship in 2012; and Jaimielle Jacobs, a four-time IRONMAN 70.3 Age Group Champion, are expected to tour the country to introduce the race.

Science and technology

ISRO to launch HysIS satellite 
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the PSLV-C43/HysIS mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
HysIS – India’s own earth observation satellite. 
About HysIS
Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite
Aim : to provide observations within the visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

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