Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Current Affairs November 25, 2015

Assembly passes CrPC Amendment Bill
  • In what could trigger a fresh dispute between the Kejriwal government and the Centre, the Delhi Assembly passed a Bill proposing amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) that broadens the scope of magisterial probes into cases of suspicious deaths, kidnapping, rapes and similar crimes under police/magisterial custody.
  • The Opposition BJP resented the move arguing that the Delhi Assembly is “overstepping” into the jurisdiction of Parliament which alone has the power to make changes into the CrPC while backing its stand with the Article-239 (AA) 69th Amendment Act of 191, of the Constitution. CrPC is a subject in the Concurrent list.
Solar energy to light up border posts and fencing in Rajasthan
  • Hundreds of floodlights along the border fencing and posts manned by BSF at the India-Pakistan border will soon get lighted with solar energy.
  • Union home ministry as pilot project has approved to set up solar power house of five mega watt capacity at Tala area at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
  • If this solar power project is successful then at all the international borders of the country will have solar-powered lighting, implemented in phases. The government would save crores of rupees using solar power and also save on diesel used for generators.
November Rain in Bengaluru Breaks 99 Year old Record
  • It has certainly been a wet November for the city of Bengaluru. The wettest in 99 years, is in fact.
  • The northeast monsoon hits the city at this time every year but rainfall has been unusually high this month. It has already crossed the highest recorded rainfall for November — 252 mm — a measurement recorded way back in 1916. The rainfall recorded this November is 277.5 mm.
PM Narendra Modi signs strategic partnership with Singapore, inks 10 pacts
  • 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 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.
  • Modi also met Singapore President Tony Tan Keng on the second day of his visit and was accorded a ceremonial welcome here at Istana, the official residence and office of the President.
  • The ten pacts signed by the two sides included a joint declaration by the two Prime Ministers on a strategic partnership.
  • The other pacts included an agreement between the two countries on enhanced defence cooperation, which provides for defence ministers’ dialogue, joint exercises between armed forces, cooperation between defence industries to identify areas of co-production and co-development.
PM Modi invites Singapore firms to invest in Navratna PSUs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited investors to participate in the proposed divestment of Navratna PSUs and sought the Singaporean government’s help in building at least 20 smart cities.
  • In wide-ranging discussions with Singapore leaders, including its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng, Modi stressed on the idea to ‘create many Singapores’ within India. He also pitched for issuance of rupee bonds and infrastructure bonds in Singapore.
  • Besides, Modi sought faster completion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to create a new economic block within Asia.
  • The Prime Minister also invited his Singaporean counterpart to visit India, especially Gujarat to see with his entire family the Asiatic lion, which forms part of the symbol of Singapore.
Largest animal cloning factory can save species, says Chinese founder
  • Tianjin facility aims to produce thousands of cow embryos as well as racehorses and sniffer dogs.
  • The scientist behind plans to build the world’s largest animal cloning factory in China has hailed the venture as an “extremely important” contribution that could help save critically endangered species from extinction.
  • Xu Xiaochun, the chief executive of BoyaLife, the company behind the 200m yuan (£20.6m) project, said it would begin operations in the first half of 2016 in Tianjin, a city about 160km (100 miles) from Beijing.
Turkey Shoots down Russian Warplane near Syrian Border
  • Two big powers supporting different factions in the Syrian civil war clashed with each other when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had strayed into its airspace.
  • The tensions immediately took on Cold War overtones when Russia rejected Turkey’s claim and Ankara responded by asking for an emergency NATO meeting, eliciting more Russian anger and ridicule. After the meeting, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, called for “calm and de-escalation” and said the allies “stand in solidarity with Turkey.”
  • It was thought to be the first time a NATO country has shot down a Russian plane in half a century. And while few expect a military escalation, with neither Russia nor NATO wanting to go to war, the incident highlighted the dangers of Russian and NATO combat aircraft operating in the same theater and has soured chances for a diplomatic breakthrough over Syria.
State Department issues worldwide travel alert
  • The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres.
  • The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.”
  • It also warned of the possibility of individuals carrying out their own attacks.
After Beyonce, Barack Obama next in line to feature in new Coldplay album
  • Us President Barack Obama is all set to features on Coldplay’s new song.
  • Obama’s decision to let the British rockers feature him on the track has been a surprising one.
  • The recording comes from Obama singing at the funeral of Charleston shooting victim Clementa C Pinckney earlier this year.
Facebook now offers free basic Internet access across India
  • Facebook has expanded its controversial ‘Free Basics’ initiative across the country to offer basic Internet access with its telecom partner Reliance Communications (RCom).
  • Earlier called ‘’, Facebook had launched the initiative in India with RCom to offer free access to about 32 apps and websites in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa.
  • The number of such free apps and websites has now been increased to over 80.
  • India has over eight lakh users under the Free Basics initiative.
  • Free Basics, which aims to bring free Internet access to the developing world.
  • is live in more than 24 countries with 15 million users.
‘Gamechanger’: First-ever reusable rocket returns safely from space
  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company, Blue Origin, that it has successfully landed its main rocket, New Shepard, back on Earth after launch. This makes it the first ever rocket to have landed intact after taking off, hinting at a potential game changer in space technology – a commercially viable reusable rocket.
  • Blue Origin’s announcement was accompanied by a highly stylised video of the landing.
Teenage boy solves Rubik’s cube in less than five seconds to set new record
  • A 14-year-old boy has solved a Rubik’s cube in under five seconds, beating the previous world record time by 0.35 seconds.
  • Lucas Etter was taking part in the River Hill Fall competition in Clarksville, Maryland,  when he managed to unmix the 3×3 cube in just 4.9 seconds.
  • Video of his feat shows an unruffled Lucas working out his strategy before completing the cube and leaping to his feet as the clock halted at 4.904 seconds.
Eight Barcelona players nominated for UEFA Team of the Year
  • European champions Barcelona featured prominently in the 40-man shortlist for the UEFA Team of the Year announced.
  • Barca, who claimed their fifth European title after beating Juventus 3-1 in June’s Champions League final, have eight representatives with the Serie A champions accounting for six.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo was included in the shortlist for the 12th straight time, having been named in the final 11 last year for a record eighth successive season. Bayer Leverkusen’s Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 21, was the youngest player to make the list with veteran Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon the oldest at 37.

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