1. Punjab govt approves act to seize property of drug offenders
• The Punjab Cabinet has approved an act which will allow the properties of convicted drug offenders to be attached, seized, and forfeited.
• However, property older than six years at the time of the registration of the case will not be confiscated, officials said. The move will empower the state to crack down on properties acquired through illicit trafficking of drugs.
2. Sushil Kumar ‘walks over’ to gold at National Wrestling; Sakshi, Geeta excel
• Back in action after three-long years, two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar took less than three minutes to bag a gold medal as three of his rivals gave him a walk over in men’s 74kg freestyle competition of the National Wrestling championship in Indore on Friday.
• Sushil battled for just 2 minutes and 33 seconds in total on the mat as he fought only two of his initial round bouts before three of his opponents -- in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final -- gave him a walk over.
• Meanwhile, India’s lone woman Olympic medal winning wrestler Sakshi Malik and popular ‘Dangal girl’ Geeta Phogat also bagged a gold medal each in their respective weight categories of women’s wrestling on the second day of the marquee domestic event.
3. Bangalore will get First six-car Metro train by December
• Ever since the commissioning of the entire Phase-I, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has been receiving representations from numerous quarters appealing for the introduction of six cars (coaches) with a separate compartment earmarked for ‘Ladies’.
• Each train can carry up to 1,850 commuters when the three-car trains are converted into six-car ones, said a top official. At present, a maximum of 975 passengers can be accommodated in a train.
4. Britain appoints the first female Black Rod in 650 years
• Britain’s upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, has appointed a woman to the role of ‘Black Rod’ for the first time in the office’s 650-year history.
• Sarah Clarke, currently responsible for the organisation of the annual Wimbledon tennis championships, will be known as The Lady Usher of the Black Rod.
• In charge of the major ceremonial events in the Palace of Westminster, Black Rod is best known for having the door to the House of Commons slammed in the official’s face at the State Opening of Parliament to symbolise the independence of the lower House.
5. Australia retain Women's Ashes with T20I win over England
• Australia defeated England in the first T20I to retain the Women's Ashes, a seven-match points-based multi-format series.
• Australia won four points from two ODI wins, two points from the drawn day-night Test alongside two from the T20I victory to take an unassailable lead. Australia won the last series, which was staged in England and Ireland, 10-6 in 2015.
6. Navy Health Camp organised at Aurangabad (Distt Palwal) as part of Navy Week 2017 Celebrations
• As a part of Navy Week celebrations, Indian Navy is conducting a free health camp for the general public from 18 to 20 November 2017 at Aurangabad, Palwal District, Haryana.
• Through this outreach programme, the Indian Navy aims to bring about awareness in the general public about the role and task of the Navy and also encourage youngsters to consider Navy as a career.
7. NASA launches next-generation weather satellite
• NASA launched a next- generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts.
• The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather reports and forecasts.
• The satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as scheduled at 1:47 am (local time) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
8. Govt raises import tax on edible oils to highest in a decade
• India has raised import tax on edible oil to the highest level in more than a decade, the government said in an order, as the world’s biggest importer of edible oils tries to support its farmers.
• The duty increase will lift oilseed prices and their availability for crushing in the domestic market, helping the country in capping edible oil imports in the 2017/18 marketing year, which started on 1 November