Current Affairs Pocket : 22nd Nov. 2017

India-Russia Signed 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.
  • 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.

NASA tests Supersonic Parachute for Mars 2020 mission

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully tested supersonic landing parachute that will be deployed in its Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020.
  • The mission will rely on a special parachute to slow spacecraft down as it enters Martian atmosphere at over 5.4 kilometers per second.
    It was first of several tests in support of NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission.

India ranks 51 on IMD Talent Rankings

  • India ranked 51st among 63 countries on the IMD Talent Rankings in terms of ability to attract, develop and retain talent.
  • The annual IMD World Talent Ranking covers 63 countries and assessed methods countries adopted to attract and retain talent.
    Switzerland topped list followed by Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg in top 10.
  • Globally, Europe continues to dominate rankings being most competitive countries. Leading Asian economies in rankings are Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Veteran Journalist Manik Banerjee Gets IMF Award

  • Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee, who is also an acclaimed mountaineer was presented with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award‘ by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).
  • Banerjee was presented the award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades.

Nabaneeta Dev Sen Presented Big Little Book Award 2017

  • Sahitya Akademi awardee Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen has been declared winner of the Big Little Book Award for year 2017 in the “Author in Bengali Language” category for her contribution to the children’s literature.
  • The award, given out by Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to recognise and honour authors and illustrators of children’s literature, focused on the writers in Bengali language in its second edition. Chennai-based illustrator Proiti Roy received the award in the illustrator category.

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