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High Level Meeting of Interior Ministers of IOR adopts Colombo declaration to Counter Drug Trafficking

  • The High Level Meeting of Interior Ministers of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to Counter Drug Trafficking was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • It had adopted Colombo declaration.
  • The delegates from 18 littoral states of the IOR have resolved to work towards making the region a “Drug Free Zone”.
  • Indian delegation was led by the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir.

    City Union Bank launches India’s first banking robot Lakshmi in Chennai

  • India’s first banking robot named Lakshmi was launched by the Kumbakonam-based City Union Bank (CUB) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Lakshmi will be first on-site huamanoid (robot) in India. Currently, CUB has readied only one version of huamanoid banker and but is planning to deploy 25-30 robots at key branches by end of year if Lakshmi proves a hit with customers.
  • Lakshmi is artificial intelligence powered robot.
  • It can speak English, gesture and engage in a life-like manner in conversations.
  • The robot can interact with customers on more than 125 subjects including account balance and interest rates on loans.
  • It will not voice the sensitive financial information like account details rather display it discreetly on its screen.

    Thematic Day on Small Islands and Developing States at COP22

  • UNESCO’s Section for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge will organize a series of discussions on the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and climate change during the thematic day on November 12in Morocco
  • It is dedicated to SIDS at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22).

World Remembrance Day


  • Remembrance Day is being observed around the world on 11 November
  • to remember the Armed Forces who died during WW I.
  • Armistice Day is also commemorated yearly on November 11 to mark the armistice between Germany and the Allies.