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China and Russia Signed Energy Cooperation AgreementsChina and Russia signed energy cooperation agreements on 9 November. Theagreements were signed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Presidentof China Xi Jinping at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)summit in Beijing.The deals include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) todevelop a second major supply route to supply Russian natural gas to Chinaalong a western route.
In a historic climate change deal, U.S. President Barack Obama and ChinesePresident Xi Jinping on 12 November announced both countries will curb theirgreenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. Under the agreement, theUnited States would cut its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before theyear 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and will also aim toget 20% of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources by the same year.It isthe first time China, the world’s biggest polluter, has set an approximate datefor emissions to peak.
Klaus Iohannis was elected as the fifth President of Romania on 16 November.The Mayor of Sibiu Klaus Werner Iohannis won the Presidential elections inRomania by defeating Prime Minister Victor Ponta of Social Democratic Party.Klaus Iohannis belongs to Christian Liberal Alliance of Romania. He got 54.81percent of votes and Victor Ponta got 45.18 percent.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) rights committee on 21 Novemberadopted the first-ever resolution calling on governments to stop childmarriages. The resolution was presented by Canada and Zambia.
India and Bhutan on 7 November signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) todevelop Nalanda University in Bihar as an international centre of excellence.The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard inThimphu, the capital of Bhutan, after President of India Pranab Mukherjee heldtalks with the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Second Edition of Global Slavery Index was released on 17 November by theAustralia-based Walk Free Foundation. The Index ranks 167 countries in terms ofthe percentage of a national population and the total number of people livingin modern slavery – country by country, region by region. In absolute terms,the index was topped by India followed by China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan andRussia. Index highlighted that estimated 35.8 million people are in modernslavery globally. Out of this, 61% people are living in top five countries.
India and Australia on 18 November signed five agreements on social security,transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Artsand Culture.The agreements were signed after the bilateral talks between IndianPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott inCanberra, Australia.
India has voted on 25 November against a UN General Assembly draft resolutioncalling for moratorium on the use of death penalty. The draft resolution on‘Moratorium on the use of the death penalty’ was approved in the GeneralAssembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and culturalissues.India was among the 36 nations that voted against the resolution, whichgot 114 votes in favour and 34 abstentions.
The Department of Posts released a commemorative postage stamp on LiverTransplantation in India on 4 November on the occasion of 15 years of LiverTransplantation in India. The patient who had undergone first successful livertransplantation in India in 1998 Sanjay Kandaswamy was also present on theoccasion.
Prime Minister Narendra modi on 9 November 2014 expanded his cabinet and added21 more ministers to his government. The 21 new ministers include four CabinetMinisters, three Minister of State (Independent Charge) and 14 Minister ofState. With this expansion, the total number of ministers under different ranksincluding the Prime Minister has gone up to 66 from previous 45. It is also thefirst expansion of the Union Council of Ministers since the Modi governmenttook office on 26 May 2014. The Portfolios of Cabinet Ministers:- ManoharParrikar (Goa) – Defence Minister ; Suresh Prabhu (Maharashtra) – Rail Minister; J P Nadda (Himachal Pradesh) – Health and Family Welfare Minister ; BirenderSingh (Haryana) – Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 November launched “Jeevan Pramaan” – an“Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate” for pensioners.The digitalcertification will do away with the requirement of submitting a physical LifeCertificate in November each year by pensioners for getting pension.
The Union Government on 21 November approved the launch of the DeendayalUpadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DUGJY) to provide access of electricity to ruralhouseholds across the country. A decision in this regard was taken at theCabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The UnionCabinet also decided to merge the ongoing Rajiv Gandhi Gramin VidyutikaranYojana (RGGVY) with DUGJY scheme.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on 5 November launched theSamajwadi Pension Scheme for 40 lakh families, including those belonging to theScheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and minorities.
‘Jayapur’ was adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November under theSansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (MP Model Village Plan). Narendra Modi chose Jayapurvillage in Varanasi district (Uttar Pradesh) under the Sansad Adarsh GramYojana (SAGY).
Assam State Zoo in Guwahati in the month of November 2014 decided to have thecritically endangered pig Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania). Pygmy Hog is the rarestand smallest wild pig in the world. With this decision, Assam State Zoo is setto become the first and only zoo of the world to have this criticallyendangered species of pigs.
Namsai on 25 November 2014 officially became the 18th district of ArunachalPradesh. The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki made thedeclaration.
Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred with the “GrandCordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers” Award on 5 November. The “GrandCordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers” is perceived as the secondhighest civilian award of Japan after “Order of the Chrysanthemum”. The awardwas presented to Manmohan Singh by Japanese Emperor Akihito at the ImperialPalace in Tokyo. He was given this award for his “significant contribution tothe enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan andIndia. He became the first Indian to receive this prestigious award.
The Darjeeling Zoo or the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park was on 1November selected for the prestigious International Award The Earth HeroesAward 2014. It has become the first zoo in India. It has competed with 300 zoosacross the world. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is largest highaltitude zoo of India. It is located in West Bengal.The Earth Heroes award isannually awarded by the Royal Bank of Scotland in collaboration with theGovernment of United Kingdom.
Indian-American student Neha Gupta has won the 2014 International Children’sPeace Prize Award for her exceptional work to raise money for underprivilegedchildren around the world. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu the patron of theDutch children’s rights organization presented her with the award on 18November in The Hague, Netherlands. She is the first American to be awardedwith this prize.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Indira GandhiPrize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 in recognition of itspath-breaking achievements including the Mars Orbiter Mission and contributionin strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space. ISROwas selected for the award by a jury chaired by Vice President Hamid Ansari on19 November 2014.
Central Zone won the 2014-15 Duleep Trophy title on 2 November. They won bydefeating South Zone in the finals played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhiwith 9 runs. This was the first Duleep title for Central zone in ten seasonsand the narrowest win in the tournament’s history, in terms of runs. K Rahulwas adjudged as the Man-of-the-match for his knocks of 185 and 130 in thefinal.
The 2014 Durand Cup , the 127th edition of the Durand Cup which is the thirdoldest association football competition in the world, was won by the SalgaocarFC. Salgaocar FC defeated Pune FC in the final by 1-0 to claim their 3rd Durandtitle.They were Durand Cup champions in the year 1999 and 2003 as well. 127thDurand Cup played at the Raia Sports Complex, Goa.
India Won 3rd SAFF Women’s Championship
India won the 2014 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championshipat the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad on 21 November. Indian team won 6-0 overNepal to register their first series win on Pakistan soil.With this win, theIndian team has won all the three SAFF women finals against Nepal.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014 on 23November at Sochi (Russia). He defeated Viswanathan Anand of India with a scoreof 6.5 – 4.5. Out of a total of 12 games played, he won the Game 2, Game 6 andGame 11. With this he retained the FIDE World Championship which he had won inChennai in 2013.
Karnataka won the Vijay Hazare Cricket Trophy on 25 November by defeatingPunjab by 156 runs in the final at Ahmedabad.Karnataka had won the titleearlier this year in March 2014 to complete a historic treble (Ranji Trophy,Irani Cup and Vijay Hazare Trophy) under R Vinay Kumar.
17 companies from India were recognised as Global Growth Company by WorldEconomic Forum (WEF) as notified by it on 5 November. Ratnakar Bank Limited(RBL), headquartered at Kolhapur (Maharashtra), is the only banking entity outof these 17 companies from India, which have been described as region’s mostdynamic and high-growth companies by the WEF. The Global Growth Companiescommunity comprises over 370 companies around the world.
The Government of India (GoI) and the World Bank on 10 November signed a $200million loan agreement to enhance the productivity of Micro, Small and MediumEnterprises (MSMEs) by expanding and upgrading Technology Centers across India.The Technology Center Systems Program (TCSP) will develop the technological andskills base of MSMEs in selected manufacturing industries.
Kerala has become the first state in the country with bank accounts for allfamilies under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY). A formal declaration tothis effect was made by Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani at the State-LevelBankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on 11 November.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 19 Novemberraised India’s growth forecast to 6.6 percent for the financial year 2015-2016.
Russian Strategic Missile Troops (RVSN) on 1 November successfully test fired a‘Topol-M’ Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) to test its technicalfeatures. The Topol-M, a silo-based ICBM, was launched from the Plesetskcosmodrome in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region.
India on 9 November successfully test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capableAgni-II missile with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the WheelerIsland off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the army.The 20-metre longAgni-II missile is a two-stage, solid-propelled ballistic missile. It has alaunch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distanceof more than 2,000 km.
Pakistan has successfully test fired Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) Ballistic Missile on13 November 2014. Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying nuclear andconventional warheads to a range of 1500 kilometers.
China launched remote sensing satellite Yaogan-23 from the Taiyuan SatelliteLaunch Centre on 15 November. This satellite was carried by the Long March 2-crocket. This is the 198th mission of the Long March rocket project. TheYaogan-23 will be deployed mainly for scientific experiments, crop yieldestimates, national resource surveys and disaster relief.
Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Anita Kapur has been appointed asthe new Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 5 November.CBDT is the topmost authority of the Income-Tax Department. Anita Kapur will beserving as the Chairperson of CBDT till November 2015. She succeeded K VChowdhary who has retired on 31 October 2014.
Laxmikant Parsekar sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Goa. Parsekar waselected the leader of the Goa BJP Legislative Party on 8 November 2014 and wasadministered the oath of office on the same day. He replaced Manohar Parrikar,who took oath as Union Cabinet Minister on 9 November 2014. Laxmikant YashwantParsekar is the member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from Mandremconstituency.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar on 8 November 2014resigned from his position. He took oath as Union Cabinet Minister on 9November 2014. Manohar Parrikar is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)in India. He has been Chief Minister of Goa first from 2000 to 2005 and laterfrom March 2012 to November 2014 and represented the Panaji constituency in theLegislative Assembly of Goa.
Murli Deora, Senior Congress leader from Maharastra and Former PetroleumMinister, was died on 24 November in Mumbai. Deora was India’s longest servingPetroleum Minister, completing exactly five years in office in a tenure thatbegan in January 2006 and was spread between UPA-1 and II. He first contestedthe Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai South constituency in 1980 . He was first timeelected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 from Maharashtra and since then hadcompleted two terms. At present, he was serving his third term.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Myanmar to attend the 25th ASEANsummit, 12th ASEAN-India Summit and 9th East Asia Summit in Naypyidaw,thecapital of Myanmar from 12-13 November 2014. During the visit, many decisionswere taken and on the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister also met withother leaders of ASEAN countries. Narendra Modi also met Myanmar President UThein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. This was the first meetingbetween the two leaders, and focus was on connectivity, cultural contacts andcommercial ties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked 15th in the Forbes list of World’sMost Powerful People for the year 2014. Forbe’s world’s most powerful people-2014 list was released on 5 November. Russian President Vladimir Putin retainshis numero uno seat – just above his American rival Barack Obama (2nd) – forthe second consecutive year.
The world’s second tallest power transmission towers, built by Haldia EnergyLimited (HEL), has come up in West Bengal.The 236-metre-long twin towers,located at HEL’s 600-MW capacity plant at Haldia and Raichak across the riverHooghly, are the tallest in the country. Covering a span of 1.5 km, the twintowers weigh 1,800 tonnes.The world’s highest transmission tower (370 metres)is located at Mount Damaoshan in China.
A book titled ” 2014:The Election that Changed India” authored by seniorjournalist Rajdeep Sardesai was released on 1 November. The book followsthrough the major stories of the 2014 Loksabha elections which affected thefate of Narendra Modi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi.
The Supreme Court (SC) appointed Mukul Mudgal committee on 2013 Indian PremierLeague (IPL)-6 spot-fixing submitted its final report to the court on 3November 2014. The report of Justice Mukul Mudgal committee on match fixing inIPL-6 was made public on 17 November 2014.The report gave a major relief to thestepped down BCCI president N. Srinivasan observing that it could not be provedthat he was involved with betting activities. The Mudgal Committee submittedtwo reports to the Supreme court on 9 February 2014.The Mukul Mudgal panel wasconstituted by the Supreme Court in October 2013 to probe the allegations ofspot-fixing in IPL-6 matches. The committee is headed by Justice (Retd.) MukulMudgal, former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
National Education Day (NED) was observed on 11 November 2014 to mark of thebirth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This NED was 125th birthanniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.National Educational Day was observed onthe birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, first Education minister ofIndependent India.In 2008, Government of India declared that Azad’s birthanniversary will be celebrated as the National Education Day.
World Fisheries day on 21 November 2014 was observed across the world by thefisher folk communities. The day will remind the world to ensure sustainablestocks of fisheries and healthy oceans ecosystems.The day also helps tohighlight the problems like over fishing and mechanization and moves towardsfinding solutions to the increasingly inter-connected problems that worldfacing and in the longer term, to sustainable means of maintaining fishstocks.Fishing communities across the world celebrated through rallies,workshops, public meetings, cultural dramas, exhibition, music show, anddemonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the fisheries ofworld. As a part of World Fisheries Day celebrations, Union Government of Indiaannounced to launch Blue Revolution to increase in fish production andproductivity in India.
US and China Signed Climate Change AgreementKlaus Iohannis Elected As New President Of RomaniaUN General Assembly Adopted Resolution On Child MarriagesINDIA & WORLD
India and Bhutan Signed MoU on Establishment Of NalandaUniversityGlobal Slavery Index – 2014India and Australia Siged Five AgreementsIndia Votes Against UN General Assembly Resolution On DeathPenaltyNATIONAL
Commemorative Stamp on Liver Transplantation In India Released21 New Ministers Inducted Into The Union CabinetPM Narendra Modi Launches Jeevan Pramaan – Digital LifeCertificate For PensionersUnion Government Approved Launch Of DUGJYSTATES
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Launched Samajwadi Pension SchemePM Narendra Modi Adopts ‘Jayapur’ Village In VaranasiAssam Zoo Set To Become First Zoo To Have The Endangered PygmyHogNamsai Becomes Arunachal Pradesh’s 18th DistrictCONFERENCES
Ninth G20 Summit Held In Brisbane
The 2014 G-20 Australia summit was the ninth meeting of the G-20heads of government. It was held on 15-16 November 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.At the conclusion of the Summit, the G20 leaders released the final communiquéknown as the Brisbane Action Plan. The Action Plan contains a package of morethan 800 reforms to boost global growth, shore up financial institutions andimprove economic resilience. If these are implemented, then global growth willsee an increase of 2.1 percent. After recovery from the global financial crisisthe G20 agreed on the need for bold and coordinated push to generate strong,sustainable economic growth across the bloc. It set an ambitious goal to liftG20 growth by more than 2 percent to 2018 and millions of additional jobs.China will play host to the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit of the emergingeconomies in 2016. Turkey took over the presidency from Australia and will hostthe event in Antalya in 2015.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Manmohan Singh Received Japan’s Top National AwardWest Bengal’s Darjeeling Zoo Selected For Earth Heroes Award2014Neha Gupta Received International Children’s Peace Prize 2014ISRO selected For Indira Gandhi Prize For Peace – 2014SPORTS & GAMES
Central Zone Won Duleep Trophy 2014-15Salgaocar FC Won Durand Cup 2014Magnus Carlsen Won FIDE World Chess Championship 2014Karnataka Won Vijay Hazare TrophyECONOMY
WEF Recognizes 17 Indian Companies As Global Growth CompaniesGovernment of India and World Bank Signed $200 Million AgreementKerala Becomes First State with Bank Accounts For All FamiliesIndia’s Growth Forecast Raised To 6.6 percent By OECD For 2015-16SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Russia Successfully Test Fired Topol-M IntercontinentalBallistic MissileNuclear Capable Agni-II Missile Successfully Test FiredPakistan Successfully Test Fires Shaheen-II and Shaheen 1AChina Launched Yaogan-23 Remote Sensing SatellitePERSONS IN NEWS
Anita Kapur is CBDT new ChairpersonLaxmikant Parsekar Sworn In As Goa’s New Chief MinisterB)RESIGNS
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ResignedC)DEATHS
Former Union Minister Murli Deora DiedD)VISITORS
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visited MyanmarE)MISCELLANEOUS
Narendra Modi Ranks 15th On Forbes Most Powerful People ListPLACES IN NEWS
World’s 2nd Tallest Power Transmission Towers In West BengalABBREVIATIONS
AAFI —– Amateur Athletics Federation of India
APEC —– Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
CDRI —- Central Drug Research Institute
SAARC —- South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
ASEAN — Association of South East Asian Nations
BOOKS IN NEWS
” 2014:The Election That Changed India” Authored By RajdeepSardesai ReleasedCOMMITTEES
Justice Mudgal Committee Submitted It’s Final Report on IPL SpotFixingIMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES
National Education Day was Observed on 11 NovemberWorld Fisheries Day Observed Across The World On 21 November
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