Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Current Affairs December 1, 2015

PM launches India Pavilion at Paris climate summit

  • Prime Minister inaugurates India Pavilion in Paris, says pavilion is a window to our heritage where nature has been treated as mother and humanity as part of nature.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi switched on the water screen and inaugurated the India Pavilion.The PM warned developed countries should assume more responsibilities in making alternative energy technologies affordable and accessible.
  • India’s harmony with nature, climate action plans to curb carbon emissions is what one could see at this India Pavilion.
  • PM launched the coffee table book ‘Parampara’, ‘INVESTING IN A GREEN FUTURE’. This book is on India’s climate friendly and sustainable practices.
  • The US, China and India are among the 19 countries who have come together for a “Mission Innovation” initiative that commits governments to doubling public investment in basic energy research over the next five years.
  • PM Narendra Modi with French President Francois Hollance will jointly launch the international solar alliance  an international renewable energy research and development initiative bringing together all sun-rich nations.
  • India’s national energy plan puts a special focus on solar energy. The aim is to reach capacity of 100 gigawatts by 2022, to be scaled up further in the future. Spearheading this the initiative places India in a more assertive and constructive position on the international stage as a country that shapes climate change action.
India re-elected member of International Maritime Council
  • India has been re-elected unopposed to the Council of the International Maritime Organization under Category “B” at the 29th session of the Assembly of the IMO, held in London on 27 November.
  • The 29th Session of the IMO Assembly is being held at IMO Headquarters London from 23 November to 2 December, 2015.
  • The session is attended by a high level Indian delegation led by Secretary (shipping) Rajive Kumar.
  • India’s overseas seaborne EXIM trade, which is presently about 600 million tonnes per annum, is expected to be quadrupled to about 2,200 million tons by 2020.
  • India ranks amongst the top 20 ship owning countries of the world.
Saudi women begin campaigning in polls for first time
  • Saudi female candidates running for municipal councils have begun campaigning in elections, marking the first time women are allowed to vote and contest polls in the kingdom.
  • Around 865 women are among 6,140 Saudis standing in the local elections due to be held on December 12, according to official figures.
  • Two thirds of seats at the kingdom’s 284 councils are up for grabs.
  • The other third of members will be appointed by the government.
  • Women’s participation in the polls, the third of their kind in the oil-rich Gulf country, was decreed in 2011 by the-then King Abdullah.
  • The monarch, who died in January, had also ordered that 20 per cent of members of the kingdom’s quasi-parliament, the Shura Council, be females.
Coast Guard commissions interceptor, enhances vigil
  • A Coast Guard interceptor boat has been commissioned at Karaikal further enhancing vigil along Puducherry and South Tamil Nadu coast.
  • ‘ICGS C-422’ was commissioned in a traditional ceremony at Karaikal port by Puducherry Assembly Speaker V Sabapathy.
  • The commissioning ceremony was attended by top officials including Inspector General SP Sharma, Commander CG Region (East).
  • The boat is capable of multiple tasks including surveillance, interdiction, and search and rescue.
Putin, citing national security, signs Turkey sanctions decree
  • President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey, underlining the depth of the Kremlin’s anger toward Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.
  • The decree, which entered into force immediately, said charter flights from Russia to Turkey would be banned, that tour firms would be told not to sell any holidays there, and that unspecified Turkish imports would be outlawed, and Turkish firms and nationals have their economic activities halted or curbed.
  • Erdogan has been equally robust. He has said Turkey will not apologize for downing the jet, saying Ankara was fully within its rights to defend its air space.

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