Current Affairs: 18 November 2016

Airtel announces merger with Axiata in Bangladesh

  • Telecom operator Bharti Airtel announced the completion of the merger of its subsidiary unit in Bangladesh with Robi Axiata. 
  • Post-merger, Axiata will hold 68.7% stake in the entity while Airtel will hold 25% and the remaining 6.3% stake will be held by NTT DoCoMo
  • This entity will now be the second-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh.

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Shillong hosts India's first cherry blossom festival

  • The first cherry blossom festival in India was held this week in Shillong, with Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma inaugurating the event. 
  • The opening ceremony of the four-day festival featured fashion shows, cycle rallies, a Cherry Blossom run and a Cherry Blossom beauty pageant. 
  • The festival was organised by the state government.

Reliance Global launches international calling app

  • Reliance Global Call has launched an international calling app "RGC India" which allows direct-dialling of contacts, doing away with the need to enter toll-free or PIN numbers 
  • It also announced an introductory offer wherein customers can avail talk-time worth Rs. 200 on sign-up with Rs.100. 
  • This is available to mobile and landline users of India on networks like Reliance and Airtel. 

Airbnb launches local tour feature

  • Airbnb recently launched a feature called 'Trips', which enables travellers to experience local activities in places they visit. 
  • The flagship piece of Trips, called 'experiences', will match travellers with locals who offer guided activities in the area. 
  • The feature, available in 12 cities, currently lists about 500 experiences including multi-day excursions and hours-long experiences.

Priyanka nominated for People's Choice Awards for 2nd time


  • Actress Priyanka Chopra has been nominated for American awards show, People's Choice Awards for the second time. 
  • She has been nominated in the 'Favourite Dramatic TV Actress' category for the role of 'Alex Parrish' in the American TV series 'Quantico'. 
  • Notably, Priyanka became the first Indian to win the People's Choice Awards when she won it in 2016.


World's largest LEGO store opens in London

  • Toy company LEGO on Thursday opened its largest store, spread over two-storeys, in Leicester Square, London. 
  • The store features a 20-foot tall Big Ben clock tower made of 200,000 bricks and a 'Mosaic Maker' for customers to purchase their own LEGO mosaic portrait. 
  • The opening also included the unveiling of a new LEGO mascot Lester, an English tea-drinking Minifigure.


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