Friday, 20 November 2015

Current Affairs November 20, 2015

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Visit India Next Month for Annual Summit
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in New Delhi on December 11 to hold annual summit talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and take further the already close relations between the two major Asian economies.
  • In the 9th annual Indo-Japan summit talks, Mr Modi and Mr Abe are likely to review implementation of various decisions taken in course of last one year to boost ties, particularly in the trade and investment sector.
  • “The Japanese Prime Minister will be here on December 11,” .
  • Mr Modi had visited Japan from August 30 to September 3 last year during which that country had announced doubling of its private and public investment in India to about $34 billion over a period of five years.
  • The two sides had also decided to elevate their ties to a Special Strategic Global Partnership.
 
Universal Childrens Day
  • Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day.
  • International Day for Protection of Children, is observed in many countries as Children’s Day on June 1 since 1950, was established by the Women’s International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (22 November 1949). Major global variants include a Universal Children’s Day on November 20, by United Nations recommendation.

Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi Yadav to be deputy CM of Bihar
  • Lalu Prasad’s both sons, Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, would be sworn in as cabinet ministers in Nitish Kumar’s council of ministers, highly placed RJD sources .
  • Tejaswi Yadav would be made deputy chief minister of Bihar.
  • Abdul Bari Siddiqui, an old Lalu loyalist, is likely to be made the finance minister in the new Bihar dispensation.
  • Nitish Kumar will take oath as chief minister of Bihar for the fifth time on November 20.

India 6th most affected by terrorism in 2014; ISIS, Boko Haram
  • According to the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index 2015 (GTI), India ranked 6th out of 162 nations most affected by terrorism in 2014.
  • India is among the 10 countries most impacted by terrorism in 2014, according to a new report which said that ISIS and Boko Haram are now jointly responsible for more than half of all global fatalities from terrorist attacks.
  • India witnessed a slight increase in terror-related deaths, up by 1.2 per cent in 2014 to reach a total of 416, the highest number of terrorist incidents and deaths since 2010.
  • There were 763 incidents which represents a 20 per cent increase from 2013, the report by Washington-based Institute for Economics and Peace said.
  • In India, the two deadliest Islamic terrorist groups in 2014 were Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen.

Seven Indians on BBC 100 Women list
  • The list includes singer Asha Bhosle, tennis star Sania Mirza and veteran actor Kamini Kaushal among others.
  • Making a mark on the global map, seven Indian personalities have made it to BBC’s list of 100 most aspirational women.
  • They are singer Asha Bhosle, tennis star Sania Mirza, veteran actor Kamini Kaushal, Rimppi Kumari, farmer, Smriti Nagpal, entrepreneur, Mumtaz Shaikh, campaigner, and Kanika Tekriwal, entrepreneur.
  • Each year, BBC names 100 women a mix of influential personalities who are world leaders in politics, science and entertainment, as well as less popular but inspirational women from all over the world.

Delhi Cabinet Clears Lokpal Bill, Could be Tabled in Assembly Next Week
  • The Delhi cabinet cleared the Jan Lokpal Bill , tabled in the assembly next week.
  • The draft bill brings the office of the Chief Minister under the preview of Lokpal. It also stipulates that investigation by the Lokpal be completed in 6 months and trials be conducted in a time-bound manner.
  • The bill is based on the Lokpal bill of Uttarakhand, which was drafted by Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia in 2011.
  • The bill was approved by the cabinet after a row in the assembly, where the BJP asked why it wasn’t being passed despite the brute majority of the Aam Aadmi Party. The Congress, which has failed to win any seats in the assembly, also levelled the same question.

Cabinet nod to four rail line projects worth Rs 8351 crore
  • Seeking to give a boost to the railway infrastructure, Government gave its nod to four rail line projects in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at a cost of around Rs 8351 crore.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for the doubling of 189.278 km Kottavalasa-Koraput railway line with a completion cost of Rs 2977.64 crore.
  • It also approved doubling of 164.56 km Koraput-Singapur Road section railway line with a completion cost of Rs 2361.74 crore and 110.22 km Jagdalpur-Koraput section railway line with a completion cost of Rs 1839.02 crore.
  • The demand of goods traffic on these existing single lines was increasing over a period due to increase of production of goods and minerals in the vast catchment and subsequent transportation requirement.
  • Doubling of these lines will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between these sections thereby increasing the revenue of Railways

World’s second-largest diamond ‘found in Botswana’
  • The world’s second-largest gem quality diamond has been discovered in Botswana, the Lucara Diamond firm.
  • The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from its Karowe mine, about 500km (300 miles) north of the capital, Gaborone.
  • It is the biggest diamond to be discovered in Botswana and the largest find in more than a century.
  • The 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond was found in South Africa in 1905 and cut into nine separate stones, many of which are in the British Crown Jewels.
  • ” Lucara says two other “exceptional” white diamonds  an 813-carat stone and a 374-carat stone were also found at the Karowe mine.
  • “This has been an amazing week for Lucara with the recovery of the second largest and also the sixth largest gem quality diamonds ever mined,” Mr Lamb.


MakeMyTrip hires Goibibo co-founder Deepak Tuli
  • Leading online travel and hotel services provider MakeMyTrip on Thursday announced the appointment of Deepak Tuli, former co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Goibibo as its Senior Vice-President-Growth Business.
  • In his new role, Mr.Tuli will focus on building and implementing strategies for growing new business lines in the accommodations segment for the Nasdaq-listed company.
About Mr. Tuli:
  • Mr. Tuli joins MakeMyTrip with over 10 years of experience in the e-commerce ecosystem, with expertise in diverse areas including mobile platforms, digital marketing, product management, among others.
  • Prior to Goibibo, he was a part of the launch team at Yatra, where he setup the non-air business for the company.His appointment is in line with the company’s efforts to strengthen its leadership team.
  • Early this year it appointed former Chief Marketing Officer of Bharti AXA Life Insurance Mr Saujanya Shrivastava as the CMO. MakeMyTrip also appointed Anshuman Bapna founder of MyGola.com as the Chief Products Officer in July after it acquired MyGola.com in April 2015.

Infosys surges after completing acquisition of Noah Consulting
  • Infosys rose 2.76% to Rs 1,048.65 at 15:21 IST on BSE after the company announced the completion of acquisition of Noah Consulting, LLC.
  • Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex was up 374.28 points, or 1.47%, to 25,856.80
  • On BSE, so far 2.95 lakh shares were traded in the counter, compared with an average volume of 1.86 lakh shares in the past one quarter.
  • The stock hit a high of Rs 1,051.75 and a low of Rs 1,024.60 so far during the day. The stock hit a record high of Rs 1,219 on 12 October 2015. The stock hit a 52-week low of Rs 932.55 on 10 July 2015.
  • The large-cap company has an equity capital of Rs 1148.47 crore. Face value per share is Rs 5.
  • Infosys’ consolidated net profit rose 12.1% to Rs 3398 crore on 8.9% growth in net sales to Rs 15635 crore in Q2 September 2015 over Q1 June 2015.

‘NISAR mission biggest collaboration of ISRO and NASA’
  • The collaboration between NASA and ISRO began in 2005 with the Chandrayaan-I mission where an eight-kilogram Moon Mineralogy mapper from NASA accompanied the mission, resulting in “joint-discovery” of water on moon.
  • The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission will be the biggest collaboration between the two space agencies. The mission involves building a 2,600 kg satellite that will “effectively make a time-lapse movie of the earth” while keeping a close eye on disturbances in the ecosystem, ice-sheet collapses and natural hazards.

China Buys Russian Advanced Fighter Jets for $2 Billion
  • Russia has agreed to sell 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China for more than $2 billion, in the first sale of the cutting-edge warplane to a foreign country.
  • The deal tightens the military bonds between Russia and China a key aim for Moscow following its falling-out with the West over the annexation of Crimea last year and is a timely cash boost for the Kremlin amid a deep recession.
  • The choice of China as the first foreign buyer of the fourth-generation Su-35, one of Russia’s most advanced fighters, “reflects the high level of mutually beneficial cooperation and depth of our strategic partnership,” an executive at state-owned technology and defense conglomerate Rostec, Viktor Kladov.
  • The two countries have been negotiating the sale of Su-35s, originally designed in the 1980s, since 2011, according to Kommersant. The deal prices each plane at around $83 million.
  • Weapons are one of the country’s key export earners. In total, Russia sold arms worth approximately $15 billion last year.

New world record for most sixes in a T20 match
  • In a Twenty20 match recently, as many as 31 sixes were hit during a match between Auckland Central Districts at the Eden Park in the Georgie Pie Super Smash, New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournament.
  • It is a record for most number of sixes in a T20 game. The previous record was of 30 sixes, which was achieved twice. An IPL 2010 match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed 30 sixes and so did an Ireland versus Netherlands World T20 match at Sylhet in 2014.
  • In the match, Auckland’s openers Jeet Raval and Brad Chopra, who collectively hit four three and one respectively sixes to provide their team an explosive start.

Brazil, Argentina win to boost World Cup qualifying chances
  • Brazil revived their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Peru.
  • Arch-rival Argentina, who have also struggled in early qualifying for Russia in 2018, got a similar boost with a 1-0 victory over Colombia.
  • Douglas Costa got Brazil rolling in the 22nd minute, scoring off a cross from by Willian, who tormented Peru all night from his spot on the right side.
  • Renato Augusto made it 2-0 in the 57th, slotting home a 15-meter (yard) shot behind Peru keeper Diego Penny.
  • Filipe Luis chipped it into the wide-open goal to score in the 77th after Costa lashed a left-footed shot that Penny deflected.

Jonah Lomu dies of heart attack, aged 40
  • The cause of All Blacks great Jonah Lomu’s death remains uncertain, but was probably related to his kidney failure, his friend and former ABs doctor John Mayhew.
  • Lomu, aged 40, collapsed and died at his Auckland home morning after returning from Dubai, where he had been holidaying after being at the Rugby World Cup in Britain.
  • Paramedics were called but he was unable to be resuscitated, Mayhew.
  • Lomu, who had battled kidney disorders since the end of 1995 when he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. He had a kidney transplant in 2004 and suffered health setbacks during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.


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