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1) The 31st Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) formally started on 13 November 2017. This summit is being hosted by which country? – The Philippines

Explanation: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte formally opened the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN Summit) in capital Manila on 13 November 2017. The theme for the ASEAN Summit this year is “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. Security and regional integrity will be among the key issues during the summit for the world leaders.

ASEAN, the regional intergovernmental organization established in 1967, is celebrating 50 years of its existence this year. World’s seventh largest market and third-largest labour force, the organisation has matured into a community that focuses on economic integration and growth.

ASEAN comprises of Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. Later China, Japan and South Korea were accorded plus three status in the organisation. Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States are the 5 partner states of the association while Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste are the two observer states. Bangladesh, Canada, Mongolia, North Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and European Union are also associated with ASEAN as member countries of East Asia Summit.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is representing Indian in the ASEAN Summit.

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2) The 2017 Summit meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was held on 10 and 11 November 2017 in which country? – Vietnam

Explanation: Da Nang city of Vietnam hosted the 2017 Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. The theme of this edition of summit was “Creating new Dynamism, Fostering a shared future”.

The summit was marked by different views to free trade expressed by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Trump reiterated “America First” policy while Jinping called on for strengthening multilateral trade. But in the resolution passed on 11 November 2017, the APEC Leaders reiterated their commitment to the full implementation of the Free-Trade Agreement of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world.

The United States, China, Australia, Japan, Russia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Peru, Chile, Brunei and Papua New Guinea are the 21 member countries of APEC at present.

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3) Which project became the first one to be commissioned under the Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative on 10 November 2017? – Biaras Drass Hydropower plant

Explanation: The 1.5-mw small hydropower plant in Biaras Drass of Kargil, commissioned on 4 November 2017, became the first project to be commissioned under the Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative.

The plant will power the Drass town in Kargil, which is one of the coldest places in India. Power from the Biaras SHP would be sufficient to meet normal power requirement of about 1,000 families, which would make them comfortable in the extreme winter season.

The total cost of the project, fully funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is Rs. 17 crore and this is the first project to be commissioned under the Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative (LREI).

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4) During November 2017 which state became the first state in the country to treat Hepatitis C patients of all categories through oral medicines? – Haryana

Explanation: Haryana has become the first state in the country to treat Hepatitis C patients of all categories through oral medicines. This was announced by state’s Health Minister Anil Vij on 9 November 2017.

This is the first time that any state government of India has included oral medicine for the cure of Hepatitis C in government hospitals. The medicine would be provided free of cost to permanent residents of all categories at district level.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease which is caused by the hepatitis C virus: the virus can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.

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5) Telangana state government declared which language as state’s second official language on 10 November 2017? – Urdu

Explanation: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao declared Urdu as state’s second official language on 10 November 2017. He also asked all government offices starting from the Chief Minister’s Office to District Collectorate, to receive all petitions in Urdu as well.

After this announcement all competitive examinations in Telangana will also be conducted in Urdu.

The Telangana government had earlier also passed a Bill to secure 12% reservation for the Muslims, which will ultimately increase their reservation in jobs and educational institutions. The Bill is yet to be approved by the Centre.

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