Friday, 27 November 2015

Current Affairs November 27, 2015

Parliament to go paperless

  • When the Winter Session opens, Parliament will go paperless and its corridors will no longer be filled with huge bundles of annual reports and question papers.
  • From this session onwards, annual reports from the ministries, committee reports, private members’ bills, unstarred questions and bulletin -1 will be uploaded on Parliament website.
  • The MPs are entitled to purchase an iPad, whose cost will be reimbursed by Parliament. “Parliament website has been redone and all the reports will be uploaded immediately after they are tabled in Parliament,”.While Wi-fi facility is already available inside both Houses, the Central Hall and the residences of MPs, upgrading Parliament’s internet facility to 4G is also on the cards.

India Inc to Dole Out 10.8% Salary Hike in 2016: Report

  • Indian employers are expected to shell out an average salary hike of 10.8 per cent to their staff in 2016 despite being less upbeat on the business outlook, but inflation will end up eroding much of the increments.
  • “India is expected to see an overall projected salary increase of 10.8 per cent. Factoring inflation at 6.1 per cent, the net salary increase in 2016 is expected to be marginally higher at 4.7 per cent as against 4.5 per cent last year, when inflation was at 5.9 per cent,” according to the Towers Watson 2015-16 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report.

Bihar to impose prohibition from April 2016

  • Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said a ban on the sale and consumption of liquor would be imposed in Bihar from the next fiscal year, beginning April 1, 2016.
  • During the campaign for the Assembly polls, he had promised that if he returned to power, the government would impose a ban on alcohol. The consumption of liquor was causing a dent in the income of the poor and affecting the education of their children.
  • “My government is bound to fulfil its promise. I have directed my officials to begin work for the formulation of the new policy which will come into effect from April 1, 2016,” Mr. Kumar said, addressing an official function here to mark Prohibition Day.

China to open first overseas military logistics base in Gulf of Aden

  • In a move that could pave the way for China opening a first ever full-fledged military base in the Indian Ocean, Beijing that it was for the first time in discussion with Djibouti to open an overseas military logistics facility on the Gulf of Aden.
  • In a move that could pave the way for China opening a first ever full-fledged military base in the Indian Ocean, Beijing said that it was for the first time in discussion with Djibouti to open an overseas military logistics facility on the Gulf of Aden.

Anil Wadhwa is India’s new envoy to Italy

  • Senior diplomat Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry, has been appointed India’s new envoy to Italy.
  • A 1979-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Wadhwa is expected to take up his assignment shortly, an official announcement.He will replace Basant Kumar Gupta.
  • Wadhwa’s appointment is seen significant in view of India-Italy ties that have been under stress over the trial of two Italian marines on charges of shooting dead two Indian fishermen off the coast of India in 2012.

Woman appointed top prosecutor

  • Aishath Bisam has been appointed the first woman Prosecutor General of Maldives.
  • She assumed charge after her name was approved by the Parliament with a majority of 66 votes, according to a release of the High Commission of Maldives in Colombo.

Anju Bobby George appointed TOPS chairperson

  • Former long jump champion Anju Bobby George was, appointed the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) chairperson.
  • The sports ministry has cleared her appointment for the post that fell vacant after the resignation of BJP parliamentarian and Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.
About George
  • Anju, the only Indian to have won a medal at World Championships (Paris, 2003), will be assuming charge in December first week. She is presently a member of the TOPS’ identification committee, which also includes national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid.

Captain Amarinder Singh gets his way, state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa quits

  • Punjab Cong chief resigned at the direction of the high command to enable a reshuffle a year ahead of polls.
  • After dithering for long, the Congress central leadership has given in to pressure from its former chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, on a leadership change in Punjab.
  • State Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa and legislature party leader Sunil Jakhar resigned from their posts, at the direction of the high command, to enable an elaborate reshuffle a year ahead of the assembly elections.

Indian banks’ overseas arms see 11.3% rise in credit: RBI

  • Indian banks’ overseas branches reported 11.3 per cent rise in credit growth at Rs 8.33 lakh crore during 2014-15, says a RBI survey.
  • “Business growth continued for both groups of banks during 2014-15. Credit extended by overseas branches of Indian banks increased by 11.3 per cent to Rs 8,331.5 billion (USD 133.1 billion) in March 2015 and lending by foreign banks operating in India also increased by 13 per cent to Rs 3,359.9 billion (USD 53.7 billion),” RBI said in a statement.

Nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile successfully test-fired

  • India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350km, as part of a user trial by the army.
  • The missile test was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur at 1210 hrs.
  • The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500kg to 1,000kg of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twine engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
  • The last user trial of Prithvi-II was successfully conducted on February 19, 2015, from the same test range in Odisha.

India successfully test fires nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile

  • India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off the Odisha coast.
  • The surface-to-surface Dhanush was test fired from INS Subhadra in the Bay of Bengal.
  • It is a naval variant of India’s indigenously-developed Prithvi missile.

Wispy gold as light as air

  • Scientists in Switzerland have developed a 20-carat gold nugget that is thousand times lighter than conventional forms of the precious metal and can float on milk foam.
  • Researchers led by Raffaele Mezzenga, Professor of Food and Soft Materials at ETH Zurich, produced the new kind of foam out of gold, a three-dimensional mesh that consists mostly of pores. It is the lightest gold nugget ever created.
  • The new gold form can hardly be differentiated from conventional gold with the naked eye — the aerogel even has a metallic shine.

PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth enter Macau Open quarters

  • Three Indian shuttlers advanced to quarterfinals of $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • Indian shuttlers had a good outing at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold as P.V. Sindhu, B. Sai Praneeth and H.S. Prannoy progressed to the quarterfinals of their respective events at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.
  • Defending champion Sindhu had a tough contest against old foe Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia. But the Hyderabadi, who won the women’s singles title here in 2013 and 2014, came out on top winning 21-17, 21-18 in 46 minutes.

Brazil president Dilma Rousseff sanctions visa waiver for 2016 Rio Olympics

  • Foreigners from selected places will be able to stay for up to 90 days without visa during the Games.
  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has agreed to suspend visa requirements for foreigners during the 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
  • The “exceptional, unilateral visa waiver” is specifically aimed at citizens from countries and regions “with a strong Olympic tradition, which have hosted the Games in the past and pose no migration risk or national security risks, for the duration of the Olympics,” said Brazilian government in a statement on Wednesday, reports Xinhua.
  • Foreigners from the selected places who enter the South American country between June 1 and September 18, 2016, will be able to stay for up to 90 days without a visa.

Former Nagaland minister T. Sentichuba Ao passes away

  • Former minister and senior Congress leader T. Sentichuba Ao passed away at Zion hospital in Dimapur after a brief ailment. He was 80-years-old.
  • The veteran legislator was first elected to the Nagaland Assembly in 1969 from Yisemyong under United Front Nagaland (UFN) ticket. He was elected six times from the same constituency.
  • Sentichuba, who was a pioneer social leader in various organizations, joined Congress in 1998.

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