Current Affairs Pocket : 8th November 2019

Indian Navy, Indonesian Navy bilateral maritime exercise ‘Samudra Shakti
* India is jointly exercising its anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta along with Indonesian warship KRI Usman Harun, a multi-role corvette, in the Bay of Bengal as part of an ongoing bilateral exercise ”Samudra Shakti”. The aim of the exercise is to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices. The joint exercises include manoeuvres, surface warfare exercises, air defence exercises, weapon firing drills, helicopter operations and boarding operations.

Dr. Vinaya Shetty appointed as IODA’s 1st Indian and Asian General Vice President
* Dr Vinaya Shetty is the first Indian to be elected to the position of General Vice President (GVP), International Organisation Development Association (IODA) since its inception in 1986. She has helped in change and transformation of numerous organisations across industries in India and has been contributing to facilitating IODA’s efforts since 2009. In 2016, Vinaya became the first Indian woman entrepreneur finalist for the prestigious Empretech Women in Business Award by United Nations Conference Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan re-elected as President of UAE
* The UAE’s Supreme Council of the Union has re-elected His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as its President for a 4th five-year term, in accordance with the provisions of the UAE Constitution. He was first elected President on November 3, 2004, following the death of his father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

West Bengal based writer Abhisek Sarkar won award at Dhaka Lit-fest
* The ninth edition of the Dhaka Lit-fest started book lovers thronging the venue ground at the Bangla Academy. The three days of the festival, 200 speakers, performers, and thinkers take part in discussions on diverse topics.
* Shankar is the festival highlight of Bangla literature this year. West Bengal-based writer Abhishek Sarkar and Bangladeshi poet Rofiquzzaman Rony given the Gemcon Young Literature Award and Gemcon Young Poetry Award. Abhishek and Rofiquzzaman won the awards for their manuscripts, Nishiddho, and Dhoashar Tamate Rong, respectively.

Infosys Prize 2019 for science and research
* The Infosys Prize for 2019 was announced on November 7 at the Infosys campus in Bengaluru. The award is given annually to honour outstanding achievements of contemporary researchers and scientists across six categories are: Humanities: Manu V. Devadevan, Life Sciences: Manjula Reddy, Mathematical Sciences: Sidhartha Mishra, Physical Sciences: G. Mugesh, Social Sciences: Anand Pandian, Engineering and Computer Science: Sunita Sarawagi.

* The annual award includes a pure gold medal, a citation and a prize purse worth $100,000 or it’s equivalent in the Indian rupees.

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