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1) During November 2017 which city became the third city from India to be included in Creative Cities Network of UNESCO for its contributions to music? – Chennai

Explanation: Chennai joined the elite club of world cities on 7 November 2017 when it was included in Creative Cities Network (CNN) of UNESCO for its contributions to music. The city joined two other cities in India – Jaipur and Varanasi – to have figured in the prestigious list for their contributions to music and folk arts.

Other cities included in this prestigious list this year are Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Manchester (UK) and Milan (Italy).The dossier to nominate Chennai for the CCN was submitted a few months back to the UNESCO by the Union culture Ministry.

Once a city is included on the list, it holds cultural events for four years to highlight its uniqueness and it is monitored by the UNESCO. CCN currently has 116 member cities from 54 countries, covering various fields.

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2) Which Global online payments giant on 8 November 2017 announced the launch of its domestic operations in India as payment aggregator? – PayPal

Explanation: PayPal, the global online payments giant founded by Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, on 8 November 2017 announced the launch of its domestic operations. The company is expected to battle with Alibaba-backed firm Paytm.

PayPal is known to disrupt the payments industry nearly two decades ago in the US. However, it isn’t starting afresh in India too. It is a leading service provider for millions of technology and management freelancers to receive payments from overseas clients. It also claims to service a third of all B2C export transactions happening in the country today.

At present India’s digital payment space seems crowded with Paytm, PhonePe, the government’s BHIM and even Google.

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3) In an attempt to tackle the issue of sexual harassment at workplaces in the country, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on 8 November 2017 launched an online complaint portal named SHe-Box. The term SHe-Box stands for – Sexual Harassment electronic box

Explanation: The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on 8 November 2017 launched an online complaint portal, SHe-Box (Sexual Harassment electronic box). The portal can be accessed by women working in the government, as well as the private sector.

She-Box will attempt to tackle the issue of sexual harassment at workplaces in India. It is worth mentioning that the prevalence of sexual harassment at workplaces in India can mostly be attributed to the lack of proper grievance redressal system, which gives perpetrators the confidence to carry forth their atrocious acts without the fear of being reprimanded.

Once a complaint is filed, it will be sent to the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of the concerned organisation, and the complainant, as well as WCD, can monitor the progress of the inquiry. As per the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, it is mandatory for every organisation, with 10 or more employees, to ordain an ICC to address workplace harassment complaints.

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4) Fossils of the oldest-known ancestors of most living mammals, in the form of teeth and dating back to 145 million years, were discovered recently in which country? – England

Explanation: Teeth belonging to the extinct shrew-like creatures, which have been claimed to be the oldest-known ancestors of most living mammals, were discovered in cliffs on the Dorset coast in Portsmouth, England.

Scientists of Portsmouth University claimed that they are 145 million years old and are the earliest undisputed fossils of mammals belonging to the line that led to humans. The fossils were discovered by Grant Smith, then an undergraduate student.

The mammals associated with this fossil discovery were tiny, furry creatures that probably emerged under the cover of night.

Recent fossil discoveries from China pushed back the date of the earliest mammals to 160 million years ago. However, this has been disputed, based on data from molecular studies.

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5) Who emerged the National men’s and women’s singles champions at the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship that concluded in Nagpur on 8 November 2017? – H.S Prannoy (men’s) and Saina Nehwal (women’s)

Explanation: H.S Prannoy outwitted World No. 2 and title favourite Kidambi Srikanth in a thrilling finale to claim the men’s singles title at the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship on 8 November 2017.

On the other hand 27-year-old Saina Nehwal, a former world number one and presently world no. 11, dug deep into her reservoir of experience and upstaged the much fancied and World No. 2 PV Sindhu by 21-17, 27-25 in a pulsating summit clash. This was the third Senior National Badminton title for Nehwal.

The 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship was held at the Divisional Sports Complex in Nagpur.

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