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01 November 2015 Current Affairs

Hero MotoCorp founder Brijmohan Lal Munjal died
Hero MotoCorp founder and doyer of the Indian two wheeler industry, Brijmohan Lal Munjal
(92) died on 1 November, 2015 in New Delhi. He became the Chairman-emeritus of the group
earlier this year and remained on the board of the company as non-executive member. Hero
MotoCorp is the worlds largest two wheeler company. He was conferred with the Padma
Bhushan in 2005.

India seventh most valued Nation Brand in the world

India has moved up one position to become the worlds seventh most valued Nation Brand with
an increase of 32% in its brand value to 2.1 billion dollars. The US remains on top with a
valuation of 19.7 billion dollars followed by China and Germany as per the annual report on the
worlds most valuable nation brands compiled by Brand Finance.

Sania-Hingis pair won the WTA Singapore Open Tennis Womens Doubles Title
Swiss veteran Martina Hingis and Indias Sania Mirza on 1 November, 2015 won their ninth title
of this season at the WTA doubles finals held in Singapore. The defeated Spains eigth seeds
Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro with 6-0, 6-3. This is the ninth title for SaniaHingis pair in this season.

Worlds fastest cruise missile BrahMos successfully test fired from INS Kochi
The supersonic cruise missile BrahMos with a strike range of over 290 Km, was on 1 November
test fired successfully from the Navys newest stealth destroyer, INS Kochi and hit its target
Allepy, a decommissioned ship in the Arabian Sea. After two trials from INS Kolkata, test
firing from INS KOchi has validated the newly commissioned ships system.


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02 November 2015 Current Affairs

Fast patrol vessel ICGS Arinjay commissions in Kochi
The fast patrol vessel (FPV) of Aadesh-Class of Indian Coast Guard, ICGS Arinjay was
commissioned in Kochi, Kerala. ICGS Arinjay is the 15th of the 20 vessels being constructed by
Kochi Ship Yard under the of Aadesh-Class . Anti-smuggling and anti-piracy activities and also
for search and rescue operation.

India, Indonesia ink pacts on energy, culture exchange

India has signed two keys Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with Indonesia to strengthen
it ties with its maritime neighbour. MoUs signed are New and Renewable Energy sector: It
would serve the commitments both nations made to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 by 35
(India) and 29 (Indonesia) per cent respectively. Cultural Exchange programme for three years
from 2015 to 2018.

Russia, India sign military-technical cooperation agreement

The Russian and Indian defence ministers signed a military-technical cooperation agreement in
follow up to the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical
Cooperation. India signed to agree an S-400 Triumf air defence system contract with Moscow.
Russia is among Indias foremost weapons suppliers. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu signed the agreement.

Nico Rosberg won the Mexican Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Nico Roseberg won the Mexican Grand Prix on 2 November, 2015 held at
Mexico. After 23 years, Formula One race held in Mexico. This is the fourth title of this season
for Roseberg and 12th of his career. In this race Lewis Hamilton is at second position and
Valtteri Bottas of Williams is at third position.

Suresh N Patel appointed as MD and CEO of Andhra Bank

Suresh N Patel on 2 November, 2015 has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief
Executive Officer of Andhra Bank. Prior to this appointment, he has worked as Executive

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Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce. This is the first time that a person from North India is
appointed as MD of Andhra Bank.

03 November 2015 Current Affairs

11th International Food Data Conference held in Hyderabad
The 11th International Food Data Conference has been held at National Institute of Nutrition in
Hyderabad on 3 November, 2015. The conference has been attended by 350 delegates from 51
countries. It was the first time to conduct this conference in India. The conference has been
jointly organised by the International Network of Food Databases (Infoods), Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and National Institute of Nutrition (NIN). The NIN will come
out with revised nutritive values of Indian foods in December.

Manpreet Vohra appointed Indias new envoy to Afghanistan

Senior diplomat Manpreet Vohra has been appointed as Indias Ambassador to Afghanistan,
succeeding Amar Sinha. Vohra, a 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving
as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Vohra had served in the Indian High
Commission in Pakistan as the Deputy High Commissioner. He had also served as Indias
Ambassador to Peru.

IPL COO Sundar Raman resigned

The Indian Premier Leagues Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sundar Raman resigned from his
position on 3 November, 2015. The BCCI accepted his resignation. Employed as Managing
Director of Mindshare, Raman was brought to the IPL in 2008 by Lalit Modi. Raman worked
nearly 8 years for IPL.

Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik announced retirement for Test cricket

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from Test cricket on 3
November, 2015. He played 35 tests, scoring 1,898 runs with three centuries and eight half
centuries. In bowling he has taken 29 wickets.


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Tropical Cyclone Chapala hits Yemen

A rare tropical Cyclone Chapala hits Yemen triggering heavy flooding and causing damage in
coastal region of the country. The cyclone made landfall in the south eastern provinces of Yemen
in Arabian Sea bringing winds of speed more than 100 kms per hour. It is the second-strongest
cyclone on record over the Arabian Sea, only after Cylone Gonu (2007).

04 November 2015 Current Affairs

Justice T S Thakur will be next Chief Justice of India
Justice T S Thakur (63) will be next Chief Justice of India. His name has been recommended by
current CJI Justice Dattu. Current CJI Justice Dattu will retire on December 2, 2015. Presently,
Justice Thakur is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court. He would be the 43rd CJI.

Emergency declared in Maldives

President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen has declared state of emergency for 30 days on grounds
of threat to national security. The declaration with effect to emergency has been made on
November 4, 2015 as per article 253 of the constitution of Maldives. The constitution of
Maldives gives president powers to declare emergency and suspend certain rights of the citizens.
The emergency has been announced at a time when the country is facing tensions after an
explosion aboard President Yameens speed boat on 28 September. On October 24th, Maldivian
government has accused the Vice President Ahmed Adeeb for the boat blast and ordered for his

Twitter launches Make In India emoji

The Indian government on 4 November, 2015 became the first non-US based brand to have a
twitter emoji.. #MakeInIndia which aims to promote the country as a global manufacturing
hub. An emoji of a black lion on an orange background will now appear next to the
#MakeInIndia hashtag in any tweet world wide.

PM Narendra Modi ranks 9th in 2015 Forbes Worlds Most Powerful Person
The Forbes list of the Worlds Most Powerful People 2015 was released on 4 November 2015.
The list provided the annual ranking of the Worlds 73 Most Powerful People. Indias Prime
Minister Narendra Modi was ranked as the worlds ninth most powerful person. In 2014, Modi

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was placed at 14th position. The list was topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the
third year in a row. Putin is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (rank 2), President
Barack Obama (rank 3).

Mysuru Railway Station became the first blind-friendly Railway Station in India
Mysuru Railway Station (Karnataka, India) became the first blind-friendly Railway Station in
India. The visually impaired friendly facilities at Mysuru Railway Station has been inaugurated
by Mysurus Member of Parliament Pratap Simha. Tactile maps of the railway station and train
schedules in Braille were unveiled on the occasion of inauguration. The authorities have also put
up 400 metal signages in Braille along the railings of the staircases leading to various platforms.
Anuprayaas, a Non Governmental Organisation assisted the railways in making Mysuru
railway station blind-friendly.

APJ Abdul Kalams Last Book Advantage India-From Challenge to Opportunity

Former President APJ Abdul Kalams last book Advantage India-From Challenge to
Opportunity about how can new initiatives like Make in India, Swachh Bharat can be used to
unleash countrys vast potential, was launched on 3 November at the Indian Institute of
Management-Ahmedabad (IIMA) in Ahmedabad. The book has been co-authored by IIMA
alumnus Srijan Pal Singh, who along with IIMA director Prof Ashish Nanda were present on the

05 November 2015 Current Affairs

T-Hub inaugurated in IIIT-Hyderabad
Governor of AP and Telangana ESL Narasimhan and Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata
on 5 November 2015 inaugurated the first phase of Technology Hub (T-Hub). T-Hub is a
technology incubation centre and is located at the International Institute for Information
Technology (IIIT-Hyderabad) in Gachibowli on the outskirts of Hyderabad. It is the countrys
largest such facility for start-ups and entrepreneurship.

Empowered Committee to approve schemes under Nirbhaya Fund

The Union Government on 4 November 2015 constituted an Empowered Committee to approve
schemes proposed under the Nirbhaya Fund. The Secretary of the Women and Child
Development Ministry will be the chairperson of the committee. The Committee comprises

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officials from various ministries, including Women and Child Development, Home Affairs, Road
Transport and Railways. The Empowered Committee of Officers will take decision on the
sanction of schemes/projects from Nirbhaya Fund within 15 days of the date of receipt of the
proposal by the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

President Pranab Mukherjee launched research project Imprint India

President Pranab Mukherjee on 5 November 2015 launched Imprint India, a joint initiatives of
countrys top educational institutions , aimed at developing a roadmap for research to solve
major engineering and technology challenges. Imprint India is a 1000 crore rupees project.

PM Narendra Modi launched three gold related schemes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November 2015 launched three gold related schemes. The
schemes are Gold Monetization Scheme, Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme and Indian Gold
Coins. The three schemes were announced by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his
2015-16 budget. The primary purpose of the schemes is to reduce dependence on imported gold,
recycle the unutilized gold in the country and most importantly, streamline the gold business in
the country. At present, India is the largest consumer of gold in the world.

06 November 2015 Current Affairs

Indian shooter Heena Sidhu won Gold in Asian Shooting Championship
Indian star shooter Heena Sidhu won the gold medal in the Asian Shooting Championship held
on 6 November, 2015 in Kuwait city. She won the gold in the womens 10 m air pistol category.

Union Government decided to impose 0.5% Swachh Bharat Cess on all services
Union Ministry of Finance on 6 November 2015 decided to impose 0.5 percent Swachh Bharat
Cess (SBC) on all taxable services. It will be levied in addition to the 14 percent service tax that
is in force now. The SBC will come into force on 15 November 2015. Its proceeds will be
exclusively used to support Swachh Bharat initiative.

Agro-Processing and Agri-Marketing Promotion Policy 2015 launched by Rajasthan


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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on 5 November 2015 launched the Rajasthan AgroProcessing and Agri-Marketing Promotion Policy 2015.The policy aims to promote agroprocessing and to reduce post harvest losses at the farm gate thus ensuring maximum prices of
farmers agri produce. The Agriculture Department of Rajasthan Government will be the nodal
department for the policy and Rajasthan State Agricultural marketing Board will act as nodal
agency for the policy.

Samia Suluhu sworn in as first female Vice President of Tanzania

Samia Hassan Suluhu on 5 November 2015 was sworn in as first female Vice President of
Tanzania. Suluhu started her career by working as a clerk in the Ministry of Planning and
Development. In 2000, Suluhu was elected as a special seat member to the Zanzibar House of
Representatives. In 2014, she was chosen as the Vice Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly.

07 November 2015 Current Affairs

Ravichandran Ashwin became fastest Indian to reach 150 test wickets
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on 6 November 2015 became the fastest Indian to reach 150
wickets in the Indian test cricket history. He achieved this in the first innings of the first test
against South Africa in Mohali, Punjab. Ashwin also became the first bowler in over 100 years to
take 50 wickets after opening the bowling.

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired by Indian Army in Rajasthan
Indian Army on 7 November 2015 successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. It was launched from an Autonomous Mobile Launcher
(AML). For BrahMos, it was the 50th test-flight. It is capable of carrying a conventional and
nuclear warhead of 300 kg. It can be launched from land, Sea, Sub-seas and air.

India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2015 held in Rajasthan

The seventh edition India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2015 has been held from 7-20
November 2015 in Bikaner district of Rajasthan. This edition of exercise focused on Counter
Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate. This joint exercise
will engage in variety of joint missions including joint planning, Search and Rescue, Cordon and
Search operations, special arms skills and joint tactical drills. The bilateral exercise seeks to
further boost people to people as well as military to military ties between India and Russia.

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08 November 2015 Current Affairs

Arundhati Bhattacharya tops list of most powerful business women in India
Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of Indias largest bank SBI, remains the most powerful
woman in the Indian business sector in the list of Fortune India. ICICI Banks Chanda Kochhar
and Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank follow Bhattacharya at the second and third place. HPCL
Chairperson and Managing Director (MD) Nishi Vasudeva is at fourth position, while AZB &
Partners Co-Founder Zia Mody and Aruna Jayanthi Chief Executive of Capgemini India shared
the fifth rank.

Wasim Jaffer is the first cricketer to score 10000 runs in Ranji

Wasim Haffer who is opener of Vidarbha has became first ever cricketer in Ranji Trophy history
to score 10000 runs. He reached at this milestone while playing a match against Bengal at the
Jadavpur University second campus ground in Salt lake.

Santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma honoured with Kala Shikhar award
Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on 7 November 2015 was honoured with the Aditya
Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement. The governor of Maharashtra C
Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to Shiv Kumar in Mumbai. He is also the recipient of the
Padma Shri and the Padma Vibhushan.

09 November 2015 Current Affairs

Shashank Manohar as Chairman of International Cricket Council
Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shanshank Manohar will be the new Chairman of
International Cricket Council. He will replace former BCCI President N. Srinivasan who was
elected as the first chairman of the ICC in June 2014. Manohar will be in this post till June 2016.

Surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile successfully test-fired


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Indian Armys Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on 9 November 2015 successfully test-fired
surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile. The 4000-km range nuclear capable missile was test-fired
from Abdul Kalam (Wheeler) Island off the Odisha coast. It is 20 meters in length weighs 17
tonnes and carries a pay load of one tone. It was developed by Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO). It is the fourth missile in the series of Agni missiles.

2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner Nigeria

Nigeria on 8 November 2015 won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In the finals Nigeria
defeated Mali with 2-0 score. India will host the bi-annual championship in 2017. It is the third
championship for Nigeria.

India signs with Asian Development Bank for 273 million dollars for funding rural roads
Union government signed an agreement of 273 million dollars loan from the Asian Development
Bank (ADB) to improve rural roads in Assam, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West
Bengal. This is the last tranche of the 800 million dollars financing facility under the Rural
Connectivity Investment Programme. The loan will help in constructuring over 6,000 kilometers
of rural roads in five states.

10 November 2015 Current Affairs

RBI Governor appointed as Vice Chairman on BIS Board
Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, was appointed as the ViceChairman of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He joined the BIS Board of Directors
in December 2013. He will be in this post for three years.

Ministry of Defence launched Army Cloud, Data Centre & Digi-Locker for the Indian
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 9 November 2015 launched Army Cloud,
Software Defined Data Centre and Digi-Locker facilities for the Indian Army at the Army
Headquarters in New Delhi. The three initiatives are aimed at catalysing automation and
digitization of the Indian Army and help in transforming it from a Platform Centric to a Network
Centric Force.


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Scientists revealed that the Himalayas were born 47 million years ago
An international team of scientists who discovered the first oceanic microplate in the Indian
Ocean has found that Himalayas were born about 47 million years ago when India and Eurasia
initially smashed into each other. The team of Australian and US scientists believe the collision
occurred 47 million years ago when India and Eurasia initially smashed into each other. The new
research shows that 50 million years ago, India was travelling northwards at speeds of some 15
centimetres a year. Soon after it slammed into Eurasia crustal stresses along the mid-ocean ridge
between India and Antarctica intensified to breaking point. A sudden increase in crustal stress
causes the formation of the Himalayan Mountain Range to 47 million years ago.

11 November 2015 Current Affairs

GSAT-15 successfully launched from French Guiana
GSAT-15, Indias latest communications satellite, was launched successfully by the European
Ariane 5 VA-227 launch Vehicle on November 11, 2015. The 3164 kg GSAT-15 carries
communication transponders in Ku-band and a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation
(GAGAN) payload operating in L1 and L5 bands.

Justice AP Shah appointed as the Ethics Officer (Ombudsman) at BCCI

The former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Ajit Prakash Shah has been designated as the
ethics officer (ombudsman) at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for 1 year tenure. He
will act as sole decision maker on all conflict of interest issues plaguing Indian cricket. He was
the Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India

Pakistan veteran Younus Khan retired from ODI cricket

Pakistan veteran Younus Khan retired from one-day internationals after match with England held
on November 11th 2015. The match against England was the 265th and final match in the format
and will bring to an end a 15-year ODI careerof Younus. Younus, who made his debut against
Sri Lanka in February 2000, scored 7,240 runs from his 264 ODI matches, with seven centuries
and 48 half-centuries.


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12 November 2015 Current Affairs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to UK
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 November reached London for a three day visit to
UK. He was accorded a guard of honour by the 48 member F company Scots guard accompanied
by the regimental band of Irish guards. He met the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and held
talks with him. India and UK announced an enhanced defence and strategic partnership as well
as a civil nuclear agreement. A trade deals worth 9 billion pounds would be signed during
Modis visit. A brief stop to pay tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square
followed by speech at the Houses of Parliament.

India & UK signed a Civil Nuclear Pact

India and UK on 12 November, 2015 signed a civil nuclear pact and decided to collaborate in the
field of defence and cyber security besides launching a railway rupee bond in UK. They also
announced deals worth 9 billion pounds (Rs. 90,000 Crores) during the visit of Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi to UK for three days.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in top 50 global businessmen list of Fortune

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been named among the top 50 global business leaders by
Fortune Magazine. Three Indians are placed in the list of Fortune. Mater Cards CEO Ajay
Banga is ranked at fifth position, Cognizants CEO Fernandez DSouza at 16th place and
Microsofts Nadella is ranked at the 47th place. Nikes Mike Parker topped the list followed by
Facebooks Mark Zukerberg at second place, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson (3), Apples
Tim Cook (4) and Alphabets Larry Page at 11th position.

IISc Bengaluru at 99th position in top 100 world university rankings

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore ranks in the worlds top 100 universities for
engineering and technology. IISc made its entry at 99th spot in a list that remains dominated by
US institutions with Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the
top three positions in the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for Engineering &

Subir Gokarn has been appointed as executive director at IMF


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Former RBI Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn was appointed as an Executive Director on the
board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He will present India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
and Bhutan on the Washington-based IMFs Executive Board. He replaces Mr Rakesh Mohan at
the IMF.

Centre relaxes Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) norms in 15 main sectors

The centre announced Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) reforms, easing norms across 15 sectors
including defence, banking, construction, single brand retail, broad casting and civil aviation.
This is aimed at boosting the investment environment and bring in more foreign investments in
the country. The governement also raised the threshold limit of approval by Foreign Investment
Promotion Board (FIPB) from the earlier Rs. 3,000 crore to Rs. 5,000 crore. In defence sector
foreign investment up to 49% has been allowed under automatic route from the earlier
government approved route. In broad casting (FM Radio) and News Channels FDI up to 49 % is
allowed through the FIPB route from the earlier 26%. In Banking sector investment up to
sectoral limit of 74% provided.

13 November 2015 Current Affairs

Aung San Suu Kyi wins outright majority in Myanmar election
National League for Democracy (NLD) party lead by Aung San Suu Kyi has won Myanmars
landmark election and claimed a staggering majority in parliament, ending half a century of
dominance by the military and providing the symbol of a decades-old democracy movement with
a mandate to rule. party had won 348 seats across the lower and upper house of parliament, 19
more than the 329 needed for an absolute majority. US president Barack Obama called Suu Kyi
to congratulate her and her partys successful campaign.

Indias Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel Samarth commissioned

Indias coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Samarth was commissioned by Defence
Minister Manohar Parrikar on 10 November, 2015 at Vasco in Goa. It is the Coast guards
largest OPV. The 105 m OPV is fitted with most advance technology, navigation and
communication equipment, sensors and machinery. It has a maximum speed of 23 knots. It will
be used in Exclusive Economic Zone.

India, UK done commercial deals worth 9 billion pounds


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India and the UK on 12 November 2015 announced commercial deals worth 9 billion pounds in
London. The deals took place between the companies operating from both the countries. One of
the deals include Apollo Hospitals partnered with Holland & Barrett International in a 20 million
pounds deal to open 1000 Holland & Barrett outlets in India over the next 5 years. Indo-UK
Healthcare, a consortium of Indo-British Promoters, has committed to invest over Rs. 10,000
crore to bring the famed NHS Hospitals of England into the country over the next five years.

3.2 billion deal on energy, climate change done between India & UK
A head of the Paris climate summit, India and UK have agreed on a comprehensive package of
collaboration on energy and climate change which includes commercial deals worth 3.2 billion
pounds. The package encompasses joint research programmes and initiatives to share technical,
scientific and financial and policy expertise.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Neev Fund in UK

Indias first Low Income State Infrastructure Equity Partnership (the Neev Fund) was launched
on 13 November, 2015 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in UK. The fund has coinvestment from the UK Department of International Development and the State Bank of India.
The fund aims to provide equity partnerships for small infrastructure development in sectors like
water & sanitation, clean energy and urban infrastructure.

12th ASEM Foreign Ministers meet held in Luxemburg

12th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM FMM12) took place in Luxemburg on 5-6
November 2015. The ASEM FMM 12 was held under the theme Working Together for a
Sustainable and Secure Future. 51 Foreign Ministers from 30 European and 21 Asian countries
as well as the Secretary General of ASEAN participated in the two day meeting.

14 November 2015 Current Affairs

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Ambedkar memorial in London
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the recently acquired Ambedkar memorial by
Maharashtra Government at King Henrys Road in London, United Kingdom. On this occasion,
Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to mark the dedication of the Memorial. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi also unveiled a Basaveshwara Statue at Lambeth in London. Basaveshwara
(1105-1167 AD) was a great philosopher and social reformer who had fought against social evils
of his time.

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Naval Ship Vishwakarma commissioned at Vishakapatnam

INS Vishwakarma, the erstwhile Shipwright School (SWS) and a premier training establishment
of the Indian Navy has been commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff at
Visakhapatnam. INS Vishwakarma was commissioned in keeping with the Navys thrust towards
indigenisation and Make in India initiative.

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates 35th IITF in New Delhi

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated 35th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at
Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The 14 day fair has been organised by India Trade Promotion
Organisation (ITPO). In this edition over 7,000 firms from India and overseas are participating.
This year Afghanistan has been roped as the partner country and Bangladesh is the focus
country. Theme of 2015 edition of IITF is Make in India in order to encourage companies to
manufacture their products in India.

15 November 2015 Current Affairs

India-Australia sealed Nuclear deal procedures
India and Australia have sealed Nuclear deal procedures for supply of Uranium from Australia to
energy starved India. India has became the first country to buy Uranium from Australia without
being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Australia has about a 40 per
cent of worlds recoverable Uranium resources and annually exports around 7,000 tonnes of it.

Saina Nehwal as runner up at 2015 China Open Superseries Badminton Tournament

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has won silver medal at 2015 China Open Super series
Premier Badminton Tournament in womens singles category. Chinese shuttler Xuerui Li on 15
November 2015 won the 700000 US dollar Womens Singles final of China Open Superseries
Premier Badminton tournament. This was Sainas fifth final of the year 2015. It was Lis 2nd
championship title of the year after she won the Denmark Open Superseries Premier in October
2015 , beating Indias PV Sindhu to the title.

Nico Rosberg won the Brazilian Grand Prix of Formula One


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Mercedes driver Nico Roseberg from Germany has won the 2015 Brazilian Grand prix title of
Formula One race. He defeated Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to grab the trophy. Sebastian Vettel
grabbed the third position in the race. It was his second consecutive win following the 2015
Mexican Grand Prix. It was his fifth win of 2015 and the 13th of his career.

First AMRIT out let opened at AIIMS in New Delhi

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 15 November 2015 launched the Affordable
Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) pharmacy outlet at the All India
Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. The purpose of the outlet is to reduce the
expenditure incurred by patients on treatment of cancer and heart diseases by 50 to 60 percent. It
is a retail pharmacy outlet that sells drugs and implants for the two ailments-cancer and heart
diseases-at highly discounted rates. It has been tie-up with government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd

16 November 2015 Current Affairs

G-20 Summit 2015 held in Antalya, Turkey
The G-20 Summit held in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015. The 2015 G-20 Antalya
summit was the tenth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. Donald Tusk, President of the
European Council, and Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, represented
the EU at the summit. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are attended
the summit.The worlds leading economies adopted a comprehensive agenda including the
implementation of past commitments, boosting investment to drive growth and promoting
inclusiveness to ensure the benefits of their actions can be shared by all. G20 leaders also
reaffirmed the need to work together to fight terrorism. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit
with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for
climate change, trade, growth and employment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Turkey

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Turkey on 15-16 November, 2015. After successful threeday tour of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 November night reached
the resort town of Antalya in Turkey for the G-20 Summit. In Antalya, PM Modi raised issues
related to terrorism, climate change and global cooperation to unearth black money, among
others. He conducted bilateral talks with Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The
procedures for bringing India and Australia nuclear deal into force was completed at the bilateral
meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm


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Syed Akbaruddin appointed as next Permanent Representative of India to UN

On 16th November 2015, Syed Akbaruddin was appointed as the next Permanent Representative
of India to the United Nations. He succeeded Asoke Kumar Mukerji. He is a 1985 batch officer
of Indian Foreign Service. At present, he is serving as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of
External Affairs.

Indian Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey passed way

Veteran Bollywood actor Saeed Jaffrey (86) passed away on 15th November 2015 in London.
He has worked in a number of Indian and British movies like My Beautiful Laundrette, Gandhi,
A Passage to India, Chashme Buddoor, Ram Teri Ganga Maili etc. Jaffrey was the first Indian
actor to exhibit Shakespeare plays in United States. He had became the first Indian to receive the
Order of the British Empire (OBE) and was awarded with Filmfare Best Supporting Actor
Award for Shatranj Ke Khiladi in 1978.

17 November 2015 Current Affairs

Odisha Government implements National Food Security Act
Odisha Government has started implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in
14 of the 30 districts of the state in first phase covering 26.33 lakh families. In this regard State
Food supplies and Consumer Welfare department has issued directives to the district
administration to monitor the implementation of the NFSA and rectify irregularities. Under the
NFSA, beneficiaries are entitled to get 5 kg of rice at Rs 3 or 5 kg of wheat at Rs 2 from Public
Distribution System (PDS) Centres.

Governing Council of NIIF constituted

Union Ministry of Finance on 13 November 2015 constituted the Governing Council (GC) of the
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The GC will be chaired by the Union
Finance Minister and the members included Department of Economic Affairs Secretary,
Financial Services Secretary, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Hemendra Kothari,T V Mohandas Pai. Its
objective is to back new and stressed projects and help restart the investment cycle. It was
proposed by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget 2015-16.

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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has announced his retirement from all forms of
international cricket after conclusion to the second Test match against New Zealand at WACA.
He had overall played 73 test matches. In his test career, he had scored 2,036 runs at a batting
average of 22.35 and his top score was 123 (not out). He had scored one century and 11 half
centuries. He had played a key role in the final match of 2015 ICC World Cup which had led to
Australia to win the World Cup for the record 5th time.

18 November 2015 Current Affairs

Tianhe-2 Worlds powerful Supercomputer
Chinas Tianhe-2 supercomputer has emerged as the worlds most powerful supercomputer
system for the sixth consecutive time. It was unveiled in 46th edition of Top500 list of
supercomputers. It has held the title since June 2013. The Chinese Supercomputer is capable of
performing calculations with processing speed of 33.86 petaflops per second.

New envoy to China Vijay Gokhale

Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale has been appointed as Indias Ambassador to China. He
will replace Ashok Kantha, who was appointed as envoy to China in January 2014 for a two-year
term i.e. till January 2016. Currently, Mr.Gokhale is serving as the Indias Ambassador to
Germany. He is a 1981 batch India Foreign Service (IFS) officer.

Russias defence satellite EKS Kosmos-2510

Russias newest defence satellite named as EKS Kosmos-2510 was successfully launched into
space and has been placed into its dedicated orbit. It was launched using Russian Soyuz-2.1b
carrier rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. EKS Kosmos-2510 is early warning satellite and
has been deployed as the first satellite in a new fleet of 10 EKS military satellites to be launched
by 2018 to form new defence system to detect enemy missile heading towards Russian territory.

19 November 2015 Current Affairs

2015 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize to UNHCR
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was on 19
November chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for

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2015. The international jury of the prize, headed by Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid
Ansari on the occasion of birth annniversary of Indira Gandhi selected the UNHCR for the
prestigious Peace Prize. The UNHCR was chosen for the award in recognition of its immense
contributions in assisting millions of refugees in their rehabilitation and resettlement.

RBI allows RRBs to launch internet banking

Reserve Bank of India has allowed strong regional rural banks (RRBs) to launch online
transaction through internet banking. Profitable RRBs with minimum Rs.100 crore net worth and
better asset quality will be allowed to offer this service. Banks with capital adequacy ratio over
10% will be allowed to introduce the online transaction services. Weak banks will be allowed to
offer internet services without online transaction facilities.

World Congress on Disaster Management in Visakhapatnam

The second World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) has started in Visakhapatnam,
Andhra Pradesh. The 4-day conference was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.
Chandrababu Naidu and was attended by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah
Naidu and Union Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju. The first congress was held in
Hyderabad in 2008. It will address and discuss issues such as implementation of the Sendai
Framework for disaster risk reduction. About 1,500 delegates and policy makers from about 100
countries are likely to participate in the 4 day global meet. The outcome of the congress will be
presented to the government as recommendations.

20 November 2015 Current Affairs

23rd APEC Economic Leaders Summit
23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Summit was held at
Manila, Philippines from 18 November to 19 November 2015. The summit was chaired by
Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III. The theme of the Summit was Building Inclusive
Economies, Building a Better World. The leaders from 21 member-countries issued the 2015
Leaders Declaration titled Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World: A Vision for
an Asia-Pacific Community. The next 24th summit will be held in 2016 at Peru.

Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister


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Senior JDU leader Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Bihar for the fifth time on 20
November 2015. Governor Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to
Nitish Kumar. In 2000, Nitish was made CM of Bihar for the first time, but had resigned within
7 days. Later he was sworn in as CM of Bihar in 2005, 2010 and February 2015.

Egypt, Russia signed on nuclear power plant

Egypt and Russia on 19 November 2015 signed an agreement to build a nuclear power plant in
Egypt. As per the agreement, Russia will extend a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction.
The plant is expected to be completed by 2022. The plant will be the first in Egypt and will be
built at Dabaa in the North of the country. The project would involve the building of a thirdgeneration plant with four reactors.

21 November 2015 Current Affairs

13th ASEAN-India Summit 2015
The 13th ASEAN-India summit was held on 21 November, 2015 in Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia.
India and the leaders of 10 member grouping reviewed the new plan of action to further enhance
ASEAN-India cooperation along the politico-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars. The
two sides exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest or concern.
ASEAN group includes Brunei, Combodia, Indonesia, Lavos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a new global
resolve and new strategies to combat terrorism.

15th World Snooker Title for Pankaj Advani

Ace Indian Cueist Pankaj Advani won the IBSF World Snooker Championship. In the final held
on 21 November, 2015 he defeated Chinas Xingtong by 8-6 score. This is the 15th World Title
for Pankaj. He also became the first person in history to won both the Billiards and Snooker
World Titles in the same year.

22 November 2015 Current Affairs

27th ASEAN leaders Summit 2015


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27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders summit held in Kaula Lumpur,
Malaysia on 22 November, 2015. This summit was chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Razak. In this summit, the leaders of 10 nations grouping signed a declaration for launching
ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) like European Union. The declaration was signed in front
of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Supersonic interceptor AAD missile test fired successfully

India has successfully test fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile which
is capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha Coast. The
interceptor named as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, is a 7.5 metre long single stage
solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and
an electro-mechanical activator.

N. Gopalaswami committee on Sanskrit promotion

A 13 member expert committee headed by former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N.
Gopalaswami has been constituted by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry
exclusively on Sanskrit promotion. The committee recommends measures to integrate the study
of the ancient classical language with other disciplines and also suggests changes in Sanskrit
education in schools and Universities.

23 November 2015 Current Affairs

India & Malaysia signed three MoUs
India and Malaysia have agreed to strengthen their defence cooperation, including improved
maritime security and disaster response in the region. The two countries have agreed to
cooperate in cyber security. India and Malaysia have signed three memoranda of understanding
on 23 November, 2015 pertaining to cyber security, cooperation in management, delivery and
monitoring of government programmes and cultural exchanges.

Narendra Modi visit to Malaysia

To attend the 13th ASEAN-India Summit and the 10th East Asia Summit (EAS), Prime Minister
Narendra Modi visited Malaysia on 21-22 November, 2015. In Kaula Lumpur he attended both
the summits on 21 November followed by a bilateral visit. He met with Malaysian Prime

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Minister Nazib Razak and held bilateral talks. Both the countries signed three memoranda of
understanding which includes cyber security, cooperation in management, delivery and
monitoring of government programmes and cultural exchanges. Modi along with Malaysian
Prime Minister inaugurated the Thorana Gate which was built by India with 11 lakh dollars.

Novak Djokovic won ATP World Tour Tennis Title

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the ATP World Tour finals held on 23 November,
2015. He became the first tennis player to win the ATP World Tour Title for four times
continuously. In the final match Djokovic defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland by 6-3, 6-4
score. It was the fifth time that he won this tournament and earlier he had won this title in 2008,
2012, 2013 and in 2014.

India won 2015 Mens Junior Asia Hockey Cup

Indian mens junior hockey team won the eight edition of Mens Junior Asia Hockey Cup. In the
finals held in Malaysia India defeated Pakistan with 6-2 goals. Harmanpreet Singh of Indian
team scored highest four goals in the finals. South Korea won the bronze medal by defeating
Japan in this tourney. Eight international teams participated in the 8th junior Asia Hockey cup.

24 November 2015 Current Affairs

Narendra Modi visit to Singapore
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Singapore on 23-24 November 2015. He met with
Singapore Prime Minister Le Hisien Loong and held bilateral talks. Both the countries signed 10
agreements on the occassion of Modi visit which included cyber security, shipping and civil
aviation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met Singapore President Tony Tan Keng and was
accorded a ceremonial welcome at Istana, the official residence and office of the President. Modi
on 24 November attended and addressed the India-Singapore Economic Convension.

MoUs between Singapore and India

India and Singapore elevated their ties to the strategic partnership level and signed bilateral
agreements for enhanced defence cooperation and in areas like cyber security, shipping and civil
aviation. The 10 pacts signed by the two nations included a joint declaration between the two
nations on enhanced defence cooperation, which provides for defence ministers dialogue, joint
exercises between armed forces, cooperation between defence industries to identify areas of coproduction and co-development.

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Dhanush Missile test fired successfully

The nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile was successfully test fired from warship
Subhadra, off the Puri coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal. The test was conducted by Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile has a length of 8.53 meters and is
0.9 meter wide. It is single-stage, liquid propelled which can hit both land and sea-based targets
upto strike range of 350 kms. It is a surface-to-surface missile and can carry both conventional as
well as a nuclear payload of 500 kg.

25 November 2015 Current Affairs

New Assocham president Sunil Kanoria
Sunil Kanoria, vice-chairman of non-banking finance company, SREI Infrastructure Finance
Limited on 25 November 2015 took over as new president of The Associated Chamber of
Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). Mr Kanoria has been instrumental in bringing over
`34,000 crore (over $5 billion) of consolidated assets under SREI which became one of the first
NBFCs to get listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is also the joint managing director of
SREI BNP Paribas.

SEBI signed MoU with Bangladesh

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) on bilateral cooperation and
technical assistance. The MoU was signed by UK Sinha, Chairman, SEBI and Dr M Khairul
Hossain, Chairman, BSEC at Dhaka, Bangladesh. It aims at enhancing investor protection and
creating conditions for an effective development of securities markets in the two countries. The
MoU seeks to promote further development of economic links and cooperation between the two

Dedicated commercial satellite launched by Japan

First dedicated commercial satellite was launched by Japan by launching Canadian
communications spacecraft, Telstar 12V on 23 November 2015. With this, Japan is entered into
the commercial satellite launch business. The first commercial satellite launch was overseen by
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.


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26 November 2015 Current Affairs

Prithvi-II test fired successfully
Nuclear capable surface to surface Prithvi-II missile was test fired successfully from Integrated
Test Range Chandipur, off Odisha Coast on 26 November, 2015. Prithvi-II is capable of carrying
both convensional and nuclear payloads. The missile has a strike range of 250-350 Km and is
capable of carrying a 500 Kg to 1000 Kg load. The twin engine Prithvi-II is 8.56 m in length, 1.1
m in width and weighs 4,600 Kg. The missile uses advanced inertial guidance system fro striking
its target. It has the ability to dodge enemy missiles.

Anti-Submarine corvette INS Kadmat in Indian Navy

INS Kadmat, the second of the four indigenously built steath Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
corvette was handed over to the Indian Navy on 26 November, 2015 by the Garden Reach
Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). Indigenously developed ship has bulk of sensors and
weapons system. It can accomodate 17 officers, 106 sailors and can carry a helicopter on board.
The first ship of the series, INS Kamorta was inducted into the Navy in August, 2014.

South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise 2015

The South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise (SAADMEx) 2015 was held on 23-26
November 2015 in New Delhi. This was the first-ever joint exercise to be conducted by the
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of India. This joint exercise was attended by South
Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries which include
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.It aimed to
synchronise efforts to institutionalise regional cooperation on disaster response among SAARC
member countries. During the course of the exercise, various types of latest gadgets and
equipments as well as varied Disaster Response skill sets were demonstrated by the teams of the
participating nations.

Israeli-Indian Barak-8 missile successfully test fired

The joint Israeli-Indian Barak-8 missile on 26 November, 2015 was successfully test fired in
Israel. The Barak-8 missile is designed to defend naval vessels against incoming missiles,planes
and drones. The next test on the system is likely to be held later in India. The missile having a
range of 50-70 Kms has been fitted with a dual pulse propulsion system.


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27 November 2015 Current Affairs

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm)-2015
Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit of leaders of the 53 Commonwealth
nations in Malta on 27 November. The meeting will focus on climate change and the threat of
extremist violence. The theme of the 2015 summit is The Commonwealth Adding Global
Value. On behalf of India External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the summit. The
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm), held every two years, will focus on
climate change, with talks on security issues also expected. UK Prime Minister David Cameron
has pledged to set up a Commonwealth unit to target the scourge of extremism.

Pankaj Saran -New envoy to Russia

Pankaj Saran on 27 November 2015 selected as Indias new ambassador to Russia. Currently he
is the high commissioner of Bangladesh. He will replace PS Raghavan in Moscow. Saran is a
1982 Indian Foreign Service batch officer.

Commonwealths new Secretary General- Patricia Scotland

Dominica-born British lawer Patricia Scotland has been elected as the new Secretary General of
the commonwealth. She becomes the first woman and also the first British citizen elected for this
post. She will succeed Kamelesh Sharma from India in April 2016.

Agni-I test fired successfully

India on 27 November, 2015 successfully test fired Agni-I ballistic missile from Dr. Abdul
Kalam Island off Odisha coast. The neclear capable surface to surface missile can destroy targets
nealry 700 Km away. The missile is 15 m long and powered by solid and liquid propellants at a
speed of 2.5 km per seconds. It weighs around 12 tonnes and can carry both convensional and
nuclear payload of about 1000 Kg. It is equipped with sophisticated navigation system.

China launched latest Yaogan-29 satellite

China on 27 November, 2015 launched latest Yaogan Weixing series satellite called Yaogan-29
(YG-29) by a Long March -4C launch vehicle from the LC-9 launch complex at the Taiyuan
Satellite Launch Centre (TSLC). It was reported as the 219th launch of the rocket family known

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as the Chang Zheng in Chinese. The satellite will be used for experiments, land surveys, crop
yield estimates and disaster relief.

Harika won the FIDE online Chess Championship

Indian Grand Master Harika Dronavalli won the title of FIDE World Online Women Blitz
Championship held on 26 November in Rome, Italy. More than 300 chess players from 39
countries took part in the preliminary tournaments. Total 10 players participated in the finals.
Among these Harika from India and Nana Dzagnidze of Gerogea stood at first place with 13.5
points each. With better tie brake score, Harika won the title.

28 November 2015 Current Affairs

Nico Rosberg won 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg from Germany has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title of
Formula One race held on 28 November. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title race was the nineteenth and
final round of the 2015 season of Formula One. It was Rosbergs overall fourteenth
championship title of F1 in his career and the sixth win in the 2015 season. Lewis Hamilton
(Great Britain) of Mercedes team stood at second position in this race.

Russia imposes economic sanctions against Turkey

Russia has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey, a NATO member over the issue of
downing of a Russian Sukhoi 24 warplane on the Syrian border. Russian economic sanctions
covers ban on imports from Turkey, work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish
nationals working for Russian companies. End to charter flights between the countries and urges
Russian tour operators to refrain from selling tourist packages to Turkey.

India-Japan agreement on Metro Rail Projects

India and Japan on 27 November exchanged notes for Japans Official Development Loan
Assistance worth Rs. 5,536 crore for Chennai and Ahmedabad metro rail projects. Japan has
committed loan of amount of about Rs. 1,080 crore for the Chennai Metro Rail Project (IV
Phase) and Rs. 4,456 crore for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project.


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29 November 2015 Current Affairs

PV Sindhu won Macau Open Badminton tournament
Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu on November 29, 2015 won the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold
womens singles title for the third consecutive time. In the finals Sindhu defeated Minatsu Mitani
of Japan with 21-9, 21-23, 21-14 score. This was Sindhus first title of the season and the fifth

World Heavy Weight Champion-Tyson Fury

Britains Tyson Fury was crowned the new world heavy weight champion after a win over
Vladimir Klitschko of Ukraine who suffered his first defeat in eleven years since 2004. With this
victory Tyson Fury won the prize money of about Rs. 35 crores along with world heavy weight
championship belt.

Great Britain wins 2015 Davis Cup of Tennis

Andy Murray led Great Britain have won the 2015 Davis Cup for first time since 1936 and for
the 10th time in the competitions 115-year history. Great Britain tennis team defeated Belgium
team by 3-1 score in the finals to win the 104th edition of the competition. The Davis Cup is the
premier international team event in mens tennis organised by the International Tennis
Federation (ITF). It was established in 1900 as a tennis challenge between Great Britain and the
United States.

UGC plans worlds largest portal Bharatvani project

The UGC, the apex body tasked with maintenance of standards in higher education, has proposed
an all-inclusive and interactive portal, Bharatvani, the largest internet language site in the
world, where knowledge in all Indian languages will be collected and disseminated. UGC
secretary asked all universities and colleges to share digitised and non-digitised material in
various languages available with them for the ambitious Bharatvani project. Bharatvani is a
project with an objective of delivering knowledge in and about all languages in India using
multimedia (i.e., text, audio, video, images) formats through a portal (website).

30 November 2015 Current Affairs


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Climate Change Conference in Paris

The international conference on climate change has began on 30 November, 2015 in Paris -Le
Bourget, France. The summit is aimed at ending a two decade long logjam that seeks to contain
global warming. About 40,000 delegates from 195 nations are attended the summit. Among the
participants, 183 countries have submitted action plans to achieve the goal of limiting warming
to 2 degree centigrade. World leaders launched Mission Innovation for accelerating clean energy
revolution across the world. As part of this initiative, the participating countries double their
clean energy research and development funding by 2020.

Indias GDP growth accelerates to 7.4 per cent

Indias economic growth accelerated to 7.4% in the July- September quarter, overtaking China as
the worlds fastest growing major economy in manufacturing, mining and services sectors. The
GDP expansion by 7.4 per cent in the second quarter of the current fiscal bettered 6.9% growth
in China for the same period. Russia contracted by 4.1 per cent and Brazil with 4.2 per cent in
the same period. How ever, the growth rate for the latest quarter was far below 8.9 per cent
recorded in the July- September quarter of the previous fiscal.

India launched International Solar Alliance

India launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference held on
30 November, 2015 in Paris. The new body, which has invited all countries located fully or
partly between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn to join, is to function from the National
Institute of Solar Energy in India, Gurgaon, Haryana. The centre will provide land and 30 million
dollars to form a secretariat for the Alliance, and also support it for five years.

Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) injection launched by Centre

As part of Global Polio Endgame strategy, India has launched Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in
New Delhi. The vaccine was launched by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P
Nadda. The launching of IPV would enable children to get double protection from polio i.e.
orally and in the form of injection. IPV and OPV together will further strengthen the childrens
immune system and will provide double protection against polio. IPV injection will be given to
children below one year of age along with the third dose of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at the
routine immunization sessions free of cost.


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