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Current Affairs November:
China and Russia Signed Energy Cooperation Agreements
China and Russia signed energy cooperation agreements on 9 November. The
agreements were signed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President
of China Xi Jinping at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
summit in Beijing.The deals include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to
develop a second major supply route to supply Russian natural gas to China
along a western route.
In a historic climate change deal, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese
President Xi Jinping on 12 November announced both countries will curb their
greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. Under the agreement, the
United States would cut its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before the
year 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and will also aim to
get 20% of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources by the same year.It is
the first time China, the world’s biggest polluter, has set an approximate date
for 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 in
Romania by defeating Prime Minister Victor Ponta of Social Democratic Party.
Klaus Iohannis belongs to Christian Liberal Alliance of Romania. He got 54.81
percent of votes and Victor Ponta got 45.18 percent.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) rights committee on 21 November
adopted the first-ever resolution calling on governments to stop child
marriages. The resolution was presented by Canada and Zambia.
India and Bhutan on 7 November signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to
develop Nalanda University in Bihar as an international centre of excellence.
The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard in
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, after President of India Pranab Mukherjee held
talks with the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Second Edition of Global Slavery Index was released on 17 November by the
Australia-based Walk Free Foundation. The Index ranks 167 countries in terms of
the percentage of a national population and the total number of people living
in modern slavery – country by country, region by region. In absolute terms,
the index was topped by India followed by China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and
Russia. Index highlighted that estimated 35.8 million people are in modern
slavery 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 Arts
and Culture.The agreements were signed after the bilateral talks between Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in
India has voted on 25 November against a UN General Assembly draft resolution
calling for moratorium on the use of death penalty. The draft resolution on
‘Moratorium on the use of the death penalty’ was approved in the General
Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural
issues.India was among the 36 nations that voted against the resolution, which
got 114 votes in favour and 34 abstentions.
The Department of Posts released a commemorative postage stamp on Liver
Transplantation in India on 4 November on the occasion of 15 years of Liver
Transplantation in India. The patient who had undergone first successful liver
transplantation in India in 1998 Sanjay Kandaswamy was also present on the
Prime Minister Narendra modi on 9 November 2014 expanded his cabinet and added
21 more ministers to his government. The 21 new ministers include four Cabinet
Ministers, three Minister of State (Independent Charge) and 14 Minister of
State. With this expansion, the total number of ministers under different ranks
including the Prime Minister has gone up to 66 from previous 45. It is also the
first expansion of the Union Council of Ministers since the Modi government
took office on 26 May 2014. The Portfolios of Cabinet Ministers:- Manohar
Parrikar (Goa) – Defence Minister ; Suresh Prabhu (Maharashtra) – Rail Minister
; J P Nadda (Himachal Pradesh) – Health and Family Welfare Minister ; Birender
Singh (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 digital
certification will do away with the requirement of submitting a physical Life
Certificate in November each year by pensioners for getting pension.
The Union Government on 21 November approved the launch of the Deendayal
Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DUGJY) to provide access of electricity to rural
households across the country. A decision in this regard was taken at the
Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The Union
Cabinet also decided to merge the ongoing Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran
Yojana (RGGVY) with DUGJY scheme.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on 5 November launched the
Samajwadi Pension Scheme for 40 lakh families, including those belonging to the
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and minorities.
‘Jayapur’ was adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 November under the
Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (MP Model Village Plan). Narendra Modi chose Jayapur
village in Varanasi district (Uttar Pradesh) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram
Assam State Zoo in Guwahati in the month of November 2014 decided to have the
critically endangered pig Pygmy Hog (Porcula salvania). Pygmy Hog is the rarest
and smallest wild pig in the world. With this decision, Assam State Zoo is set
to become the first and only zoo of the world to have this critically
endangered species of pigs.
Namsai on 25 November 2014 officially became the 18th district of Arunachal
Pradesh. The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki made the
Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred with the “Grand
Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers” Award on 5 November. The “Grand
Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers” is perceived as the second
highest civilian award of Japan after “Order of the Chrysanthemum”. The award
was presented to Manmohan Singh by Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial
Palace in Tokyo. He was given this award for his “significant contribution to
the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and
India. He became the first Indian to receive this prestigious award.
The Darjeeling Zoo or the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park was on 1
November selected for the prestigious International Award The Earth Heroes
Award 2014. It has become the first zoo in India. It has competed with 300 zoos
across the world. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is largest high
altitude zoo of India. It is located in West Bengal.The Earth Heroes award is
annually awarded by the Royal Bank of Scotland in collaboration with the
Government of United Kingdom.
Indian-American student Neha Gupta has won the 2014 International Children’s
Peace Prize Award for her exceptional work to raise money for underprivileged
children around the world. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu the patron of the
Dutch children’s rights organization presented her with the award on 18
November in The Hague, Netherlands. She is the first American to be awarded
with this prize.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected for the Indira Gandhi
Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 in recognition of its
path-breaking achievements including the Mars Orbiter Mission and contribution
in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space. ISRO
was selected for the award by a jury chaired by Vice President Hamid Ansari on
19 November 2014.
Central Zone won the 2014-15 Duleep Trophy title on 2 November. They won by
defeating South Zone in the finals played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
with 9 runs. This was the first Duleep title for Central zone in ten seasons
and the narrowest win in the tournament’s history, in terms of runs. K Rahul
was adjudged as the Man-of-the-match for his knocks of 185 and 130 in the
The 2014 Durand Cup , the 127th edition of the Durand Cup which is the third
oldest association football competition in the world, was won by the Salgaocar
FC. Salgaocar FC defeated Pune FC in the final by 1-0 to claim their 3rd Durand
title.They were Durand Cup champions in the year 1999 and 2003 as well. 127th
Durand 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 Championship
at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad on 21 November. Indian team won 6-0 over
Nepal to register their first series win on Pakistan soil.With this win, the
Indian team has won all the three SAFF women finals against Nepal.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014 on 23
November at Sochi (Russia). He defeated Viswanathan Anand of India with a score
of 6.5 – 4.5. Out of a total of 12 games played, he won the Game 2, Game 6 and
Game 11. With this he retained the FIDE World Championship which he had won in
Chennai in 2013.
Karnataka won the Vijay Hazare Cricket Trophy on 25 November by defeating
Punjab by 156 runs in the final at Ahmedabad.Karnataka had won the title
earlier 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 World
Economic Forum (WEF) as notified by it on 5 November. Ratnakar Bank Limited
(RBL), headquartered at Kolhapur (Maharashtra), is the only banking entity out
of these 17 companies from India, which have been described as region’s most
dynamic and high-growth companies by the WEF. The Global Growth Companies
community comprises over 370 companies around the world.
The Government of India (GoI) and the World Bank on 10 November signed a $200
million loan agreement to enhance the productivity of Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSMEs) by expanding and upgrading Technology Centers across India.
The Technology Center Systems Program (TCSP) will develop the technological and
skills base of MSMEs in selected manufacturing industries.
Kerala has become the first state in the country with bank accounts for all
families under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY). A formal declaration to
this effect was made by Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani at the State-Level
Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on 11 November.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 19 November
raised 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 technical
features. The Topol-M, a silo-based ICBM, was launched from the Plesetsk
cosmodrome in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region.
India on 9 November successfully test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capable
Agni-II missile with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the Wheeler
Island off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the army.The 20-metre long
Agni-II missile is a two-stage, solid-propelled ballistic missile. It has a
launch weight of 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1000 kg over a distance
of more than 2,000 km.
Pakistan has successfully test fired Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) Ballistic Missile on
13 November 2014. Shaheen-II Missile is capable of carrying nuclear and
conventional warheads to a range of 1500 kilometers.
China launched remote sensing satellite Yaogan-23 from the Taiyuan Satellite
Launch Centre on 15 November. This satellite was carried by the Long March 2-c
rocket. This is the 198th mission of the Long March rocket project. The
Yaogan-23 will be deployed mainly for scientific experiments, crop yield
estimates, national resource surveys and disaster relief.
Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Anita Kapur has been appointed as
the 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 be
serving as the Chairperson of CBDT till November 2015. She succeeded K V
Chowdhary who has retired on 31 October 2014.
Laxmikant Parsekar sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Goa. Parsekar was
elected the leader of the Goa BJP Legislative Party on 8 November 2014 and was
administered the oath of office on the same day. He replaced Manohar Parrikar,
who took oath as Union Cabinet Minister on 9 November 2014. Laxmikant Yashwant
Parsekar is the member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from Mandrem
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar on 8 November 2014
resigned from his position. He took oath as Union Cabinet Minister on 9
November 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 later
from March 2012 to November 2014 and represented the Panaji constituency in the
Legislative Assembly of Goa.
Murli Deora, Senior Congress leader from Maharastra and Former Petroleum
Minister, was died on 24 November in Mumbai. Deora was India’s longest serving
Petroleum Minister, completing exactly five years in office in a tenure that
began in January 2006 and was spread between UPA-1 and II. He first contested
the Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai South constituency in 1980 . He was first time
elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 from Maharashtra and since then had
completed two terms. At present, he was serving his third term.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Myanmar to attend the 25th ASEAN
summit, 12th ASEAN-India Summit and 9th East Asia Summit in Naypyidaw,the
capital of Myanmar from 12-13 November 2014. During the visit, many decisions
were taken and on the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister also met with
other leaders of ASEAN countries. Narendra Modi also met Myanmar President U
Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. This was the first meeting
between the two leaders, and focus was on connectivity, cultural contacts and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked 15th in the Forbes list of World’s
Most Powerful People for the year 2014. Forbe’s world’s most powerful people
-2014 list was released on 5 November. Russian President Vladimir Putin retains
his numero uno seat – just above his American rival Barack Obama (2nd) – for
the second consecutive year.
The world’s second tallest power transmission towers, built by Haldia Energy
Limited (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 river
Hooghly, are the tallest in the country. Covering a span of 1.5 km, the twin
towers 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 senior
journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was released on 1 November. The book follows
through the major stories of the 2014 Loksabha elections which affected the
fate of Narendra Modi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi.
The Supreme Court (SC) appointed Mukul Mudgal committee on 2013 Indian Premier
League (IPL)-6 spot-fixing submitted its final report to the court on 3
November 2014. The report of Justice Mukul Mudgal committee on match fixing in
IPL-6 was made public on 17 November 2014.The report gave a major relief to the
stepped down BCCI president N. Srinivasan observing that it could not be proved
that he was involved with betting activities. The Mudgal Committee submitted
two reports to the Supreme court on 9 February 2014.The Mukul Mudgal panel was
constituted by the Supreme Court in October 2013 to probe the allegations of
spot-fixing in IPL-6 matches. The committee is headed by Justice (Retd.) Mukul
Mudgal, former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
National Education Day (NED) was observed on 11 November 2014 to mark of the
birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This NED was 125th birth
anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.National Educational Day was observed on
the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, first Education minister of
Independent India.In 2008, Government of India declared that Azad’s birth
anniversary will be celebrated as the National Education Day.
World Fisheries day on 21 November 2014 was observed across the world by the
fisher folk communities. The day will remind the world to ensure sustainable
stocks of fisheries and healthy oceans ecosystems.The day also helps to
highlight the problems like over fishing and mechanization and moves towards
finding solutions to the increasingly inter-connected problems that world
facing and in the longer term, to sustainable means of maintaining fish
stocks.Fishing communities across the world celebrated through rallies,
workshops, public meetings, cultural dramas, exhibition, music show, and
demonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the fisheries of
world. As a part of World Fisheries Day celebrations, Union Government of India
announced to launch Blue Revolution to increase in fish production and
productivity in India.
US and China Signed Climate Change Agreement
Klaus Iohannis Elected As New President Of Romania
UN General Assembly Adopted Resolution On Child Marriages
INDIA & WORLD
India and Bhutan Signed MoU on Establishment Of Nalanda
Global Slavery Index – 2014
India and Australia Siged Five Agreements
India Votes Against UN General Assembly Resolution On Death
Commemorative Stamp on Liver Transplantation In India Released
21 New Ministers Inducted Into The Union Cabinet
PM Narendra Modi Launches Jeevan Pramaan – Digital Life
Certificate For Pensioners
Union Government Approved Launch Of DUGJY
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Launched Samajwadi Pension Scheme
PM Narendra Modi Adopts ‘Jayapur’ Village In Varanasi
Assam Zoo Set To Become First Zoo To Have The Endangered Pygmy
Namsai Becomes Arunachal Pradesh’s 18th District
Ninth G20 Summit Held In Brisbane
The 2014 G-20 Australia summit was the ninth meeting of the G-20
heads 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 communiqué
known as the Brisbane Action Plan. The Action Plan contains a package of more
than 800 reforms to boost global growth, shore up financial institutions and
improve economic resilience. If these are implemented, then global growth will
see an increase of 2.1 percent. After recovery from the global financial crisis
the 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 lift
G20 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 emerging
economies in 2016. Turkey took over the presidency from Australia and will host
the event in Antalya in 2015.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Manmohan Singh Received Japan’s Top National Award
West Bengal’s Darjeeling Zoo Selected For Earth Heroes Award
Neha Gupta Received International Children’s Peace Prize 2014
ISRO selected For Indira Gandhi Prize For Peace – 2014
SPORTS & GAMES
Central Zone Won Duleep Trophy 2014-15
Salgaocar FC Won Durand Cup 2014
Magnus Carlsen Won FIDE World Chess Championship 2014
Karnataka Won Vijay Hazare Trophy
WEF Recognizes 17 Indian Companies As Global Growth Companies
Government of India and World Bank Signed $200 Million Agreement
Kerala Becomes First State with Bank Accounts For All Families
India’s Growth Forecast Raised To 6.6 percent By OECD For 2015-16
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Russia Successfully Test Fired Topol-M Intercontinental
Nuclear Capable Agni-II Missile Successfully Test Fired
Pakistan Successfully Test Fires Shaheen-II and Shaheen 1A
China Launched Yaogan-23 Remote Sensing Satellite
PERSONS IN NEWS
Anita Kapur is CBDT new Chairperson
Laxmikant Parsekar Sworn In As Goa’s New Chief Minister
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Resigned
Former Union Minister Murli Deora Died
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visited Myanmar
Narendra Modi Ranks 15th On Forbes Most Powerful People List
PLACES IN NEWS
World’s 2nd Tallest Power Transmission Towers In West Bengal
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 Rajdeep
Justice Mudgal Committee Submitted It’s Final Report on IPL Spot
IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES
National Education Day was Observed on 11 November
World Fisheries Day Observed Across The World On 21 November
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Mauritius Parliament Dissolved For Elections
The Mauritius parliament was dissolved on 6 October, paving the way for elections that could lead to changes in the country’s constitution. The ruling Labour party, led by Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, wants to split powers between the president, now a largely ceremonial position, and the prime minister. That would require changes to the constitution.
Bolivian President Evo Morales Re-elected For A Third Term
Bolivian President Evo Morales was re-elected for a third term with more than 60 percent of the vote according to the election results declared on 12 October. As per the results, Evo Morales got 60 percent while his closest competitor Samuel Doria Medina could secure only 25 percent.
United Nations Elected Five New Non-permanent Members To Security Council
Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and Spain on 16 October were elected as the new non-permanent members of the Security Council for a two years term by the UN General Assembly. These five countries replace retiring members Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda.The newly elected members term will be begining from January 1, 2015.
Dilma Rousseff Re-elected As Brazil President
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected in the Presidential Elections held in the country on 26 October 2014. She belongs to the center-left Workers’ Party and her second term will finish in December 2018. Rousseff took 51.6% of the votes while her centre-right challenger Aecio Neves representing Brazilian Social Democracy Party (BSDP) got 48.4% votes.
INDIA & WORLD
UK and Ireland Signed Single Visa Deal
Britain and Ireland on 6 October Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on visa cooperation to allow Chinese and Indian visitors to travel to the two island nations on a single visa. The agreement was signed at the Irish Embassy in London by UK home secretary Theresa May and Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
India Ranks 18th On Most Desirable Place To Work
According to the consulting giant Boston Consulting Group latest report released on 7 October, India has been ranked 18th globally on the list of most desirable destinations to work, even as 70-80% of Indians are willing to work in an overseas location.The US has been ranked on the top, followed by the UK, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
India Ranked 55th In Global Hunger Index
The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) was released on 13 October by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide. According to the report, India improved its position in the Global Hunger Index in 2014 as it climbed to 55th position among 76 emerging economies from 63rd position in 2013. Mauritius holds the top place alongwith Thailand.
India Ranked 142 On WEF’s Gender Gap Report
Global Gender Gap Report 2014, which was published on 28 October by World Economic Forum (WEF) – India was ranked 114 out of 142 countries on Gender Gap index. Iceland has the narrowest gender gap in the world, followed by Finland, Norway and Sweden.
PM Narendra Modi Launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 October launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or ‘Clean India’ campaign in New Delhi. The campaign was launched on the occasion of 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.The total expected cost of the programme is Rs. 62,009 crore, out of which the proposed central assistance will be of Rs. 14,623 crore.
PM Narendra Modi Launched ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY) on the occasion of the birth anniversary of renowned Socialist leader Jai Prakash Narayan on 11 October. SAGY will be implemented under the overall supervision of Union Ministry of Rural Development. The programme is an ambitious village development project under which each Member of Parliament will take the responsibility for developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019.
Prime Minister Launched Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram on 16 October in New Delhi.The scheme is aimed at creating conducive environment for industrial development and doing business with ease.
Union Govt Launched Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana
Union Government has launched Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana (VKY) on 28 October for welfare of Tribal people and particularly to lift human development indices of tribal people.
Gujarat Govt Set Up ‘ SPV ‘ To Promote Vadodara As Cultural Capital
Gujarat government on 10 October set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to promote Vadodara as the cultural capital of Gujarat and encourage tourism in Vododara. The SPV set up will be known as Vadodara International Art and Culture Festival Authority and it will be headed by State Tourism and Finance Minister Saurabh Patel. Thus, Gujarat became the first state in India to set up the authority for promoting tourism.
Union Home Ministry Announced To Renamed 12 Cities and Towns of Karnataka
Union Home Ministry on 17 October announced to rename 12 cities and towns of Karnataka. According to the proposal, the 12 cities whose names were sought to be changed are:- Bangalore as Bengaluru; Mangalore as Mangaluru ; Bellary as Ballari ; Bijapur as Vijayapura or Vijapura ; Belgaum as Belagavi ; Chikmagalur as Chikkamagaluru ; Gulbarga as Kalaburagi ; Mysore as Mysuru ; Hospet as Hosapete ; Shimoga as Shivamogga ; Hubli as Hubballi, and Tumkur as Tumakuru.
Bharatiya Janta Party Won The 2014 Assembly Elections of Haryana
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) won the state assembly elections of Haryana. The results of the elections were announced by the Election Commission of India on 19 October 2014. BJP by securing 47 seats emerged as the largest party, with clear majority. The elections were held for total 90 seats on 15 October 2014.
BJP emerged As The Largest Party In Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra assembly elections of 2014, the results for which were declared on 19 October 2014. The elections were held on 15 October 2014 for total 288 seats. Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) by winning 122 seats emerged as the largest party but none of the parties succeeded in securing a secure clear majority.
12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12)
The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12) was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from 6 – 17 October 2014. “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” was the theme for the COP 12 summit. The conference was attended by more than 2000 delegates from 193 countries. The meeting concluded on a disappointing note that biodiversity targets agreed upon in 2010 at Nagoya are far from being met with most nations continuing on a business as usual track. The 13th meeting of the parties to the convention takes will take place October 2016 in Los Cabos, Baja California South, Mexico. The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Indian American Thomas Won US National Medal of Science
Thomas Kailath, a Pune educated Indian-American engineering professor at Stanford University, is one of the recipients of the US National Medal of Science announced by President Barack Obama on 3 October.
Nobel Prize Winners 2014 Announced
The Nobel Prize winners of 2014 in the different categories were announced in the month of October 2014. Nobel Prizes are announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences every year in the memory of Alfred Nobel.The categories were the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, The Nobel Literature Prize and The Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Prize Winners of 2014 in the different categories were as follows:-
* Physiology (or) Medicine :- U.S.-British scientist John O’Keefe and Norwegian couple May-Britt Moser, Edvard Moser won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the “inner Global Positioning System (GPS)” that helps the brain navigate through the world.
* Physics :- Three Japanese-born researchers Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics. They were honoured for inventing efficient blue Light-Emitting Diodes(LED) lamps that worked as a bright and energy-saving white light sources.
* Chemistry :- American scientists Eric Betzig and William Moerner and Germany’s Stefan Hell won the 2014 Nobel prize for chemistry. The trio of Betzig, Moerner and Hell were conferred for their contribution in the area of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy which helped in bringing optical microscopy into the nano-dimension.
* Literature:- The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to French author Patrick Modiano for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation. He is the 14th French writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature (one, Jean Paul-Sartre, declined to accept it).
* Peace :- Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai have been jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
* Economics :- French economist Jean Tirole won the 2014 Economics Nobel Prize for his analysis of market power and regulation.It was the second Nobel Prize for a French national this year after author Patrick Modiano won the literature award.
Australian Author Richard Flanagan Won 2014 Man Booker Prize
Australian author Richard Flanagan was on 15 October awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his wartime novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”. The novel narrates story of a love and war during the construction of the Thailand Burma Death Railway in World War II. Flanagan is the third Australian to win the prize after Thomas Keneally and Peter Carey.
Malala Won 2014 World’s Children Prize
Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan won the 2014 World’s Children Prize on 29 October 2014 after a global vote involving millions of children. She received the prize at a ceremony in Mariestad near Stockholm. World Children’s prize was created in 2000 and is run by the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation (WCPF), based in Mariefred, Sweden.
SPORTS & GAMES
Chennai Super Kings Won Champions League Twenty-20
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2014 title of Cricket. CSK lifted the title by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 8 wickets in the final match in Bengaluru on 4 October. P.Negi of the Chennai Super Kings was named the Player of the Match.This is the second Champions League win for the Chennai Super Kings, who won earlier in 2010.
India Finish Incheon Asiad In 8th Place
India ended the 17th Asian Games – 2014 with 57 medals to finish in eighth place. India won 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze but failed to emulate their 2010 exploits at Guangzhou, where they won 65 medals – 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze. China has topped the medal table for the ninth successive times in the 17th Asian Games. With a total of 342 medals including 151 gold, 108 silver and 83 bronze, China dominated the medal tally in the 17th edition of Asian Games. Hosts South Korea were second with 79 golds while Japan finished third with 47 gold medals. The 17th Asian Games also known as XVII Asiad, was held from 19 September 2014 to 4 October 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. The theme of the 2014 Asian Games is “Meet Asia’s Future”. “Diversity Shines Here” was the motto of 17th Asian Games.The moscot of the Asian Games Incheon 2014 was three spotted Harbour Seal siblings named Barame, Chumuro and Vichuon meaning wind, dance and light in Korean language.The 2019 Games will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Here are all the Gold Medal Winners from India:-
* Jitu Rai – Men’s 50 metre Pistol Shooting
* Sandeep Kumar, Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma – Men’s compound team Archery
* Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Mahesh Mangaonkar, Kumar Kush – Men’s team squash
* Yogeshwar Dutt – Men’s Freestyle 65 kg Wrestling
India Won Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 Hockey Title
India on 19 October successfully defended its Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) Under-21 Hockey title at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Johor Bohru, Malaysia. In the finals, Indian team defeated Great Britain, 2-1. With this win, India became the first team to win the title twice since the inception of the tournament in 2011. India won its first title in 2013.
Pankaj Advani Won World Billiards Point Format Championship
Indian player Pankaj Advani won the World Billiards Point Format Championship on 24 October. This was Advani’s 11th World title and third of the year in different formats of the game. In 2014, Advani has won three different world titles – the IBSF World 6 – Red Snooker, World Team Billiards and World Billiards Championship (point format), which is an unprecedented record in itself.
India To Grow 5.6% In 2014
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast 5.6 percent growth rate for India this year and a higher 6.4 percent in 2015. According to the IMF latest World Economic Outlook report released on 7 October, In China growth will remain at 7.4 percent this year and is projected to be of 7.1 per cent in 2015.
Tata’s Land Rover Is Top Indian Brand
Tata group’s Land Rover is the only Indian brand in world’s 100 most valuable brands. Tata Group-owned iconic British car brand Land Rover has been ranked 91st with a brand value of $4.47 billion (Rs. 27,267 crore) and is one of the five new entrants to this annual list compiled by leading brand consultancy Interbrand. US company Apple has retained its top slot with a valuation of nearly $119 billion.
Asian Countries Signed MoU For Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
21 Asian countries, including India, have signed an agreement to become founding members of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to aid the infrastructure development in the Asian region and reduce the dependence on Western-dominated World Bank and IMF. The Joint Secretary of the Economic Affairs division of the Ministry of Finance signed the MoU on behalf of India at Beijing on 26 October. The MoU specifies that the authorised capital of AIIB is $100 billion and the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around $50 billion. The Headquarters of the AIIB will be at Beijing, and the bank is expected to be operational in 2015. China’s Vice Finance Minister Jin Liqun, who was also the former Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank, has been appointed as the Secretary General of AIIB.The 21 members of the AIIB are China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
India Ranked 142 In World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business – 2015″ Report
India has been placed at 142 among 189 countries in the latest World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business – 2015″ report released on 29 October. India was ranked 134th in the last year’s edition of the list. Singapore topped this list with 88.27 points and is followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark and South Korea.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
World’s First Solar Battery Developed By US Scientists
Scientists at Ohio State University, US developed the world’s first solar battery which recharges itself using air and light. The developed solar battery is in fact a hybrid device that is party rechargeable battery and part solar cell.
Japan Launches Weather Satellite ‘ Himawari-8 ‘
Japan successfully launched the nation’s next-generation Himawari-8 weather satellite on 7 October from the Tanegashima Space Center aboard an H-2A rocket.
ISRO’s PSLV-C26 Successfully Launched India’s Third Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1C
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched India’s third navigation satellite, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System -1C ( IRNSS-1C), into the space. The satellite was launched through ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C26 (PSLV-C26) rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on 16 October 2014. PSLV-C26 injected the IRNSS-1C satellite, weighing 1425 kg, into the designated orbit.This was the 27th consecutive successful flight of PSLV.
Researchers Develop World’s Thinnest Electric Generator
Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report on 15 October that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable.
Argentina Successfully Launches Its First Communication Satellite
Argentina successfully launched its first geostationary communications satellite named ‘ARSAT-1′ from the spaceport near Kourou in French Guyana on 16 October.
PERSONS IN NEWS
Jens Stoltenberg Becomes NATO’s Secretary General
Former two-term Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg took up his post as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General on 1 October. He succeeds Fogh Rasmussen. Stoltenberg was previously Prime Minister of Norway from 2000-2001 and from 2005-2013.
Aamir Khan Appointed As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has been appointed as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asian region on 9 October. Aamir Khan will focus on supporting child nutrition to end stunting across the region.
Manohar Lal Khattar Sworn In As New Chief minister Of Haryana
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Lal Khattar was on 26 October sworn in as new Chief Minister of Haryana, where BJP has formed government for the first time on its own. Khattar is also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the state. Khattar a first time MLA, represents Karnal constituency in the Haryana assembly. He is Haryana’s first non-jat chief minister in 18 years. Khattar is the 10th chief minister of the state, which was created November 1, 1966.
Devendra Fadnavis Sworn In As Maharashtra Chief Minister
Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 31 October 2014. Devendra Fadnavis became the Mayor of Nagpur in 1997 when he was just 27 year old. He thus became the second youngest Mayor in India. He also was the youngest municipal corporator of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) at the age of 21 in 1992. He has been elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra State, representing Nagpur, since, 1999.
US Secret Service Director Julie Pierson Resigned
Julie Pierson, the director of the US secret service has resigned on 1 October amid mounting criticism of her handling of security breaches at the White House and allegations of misleading public statements.
Veteran Journalist M V Kamath Died
Former chairman of Prasar Bharati and veteran Journalist Madhav Vittal Kamath, popularly kmown as MV Kamath, died on 9 October. He was 93. He was awarded Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian journalism in 2004 and he has written over 50 books.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee Visited Norway
President of India Pranab Mukherjee visited Norway on 13 – 14 October 2014. During his visit, Pranab Mukherjee held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Pranab Mukherjee also met King Harald in Oslo, the capital of Norway. During the visit, India and Norway signed 13 agreements to promote bilateral relations. These include agreement between Defence sector of two countries and an agreement on exemption of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passports. He became the first Indian head of state to visit Norway and first president to cross the Arctic Circle.
MS Dhoni Ranks 5th On Forbes ‘Most Valuable Athlete Brand List’
India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes’ List of the World’s Most Valuable Athlete Brands, a list that has been topped by American basketball player LeBron James and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Dhoni is ranked fifth with a brand value of USD20 million in 2014, slightly down from USD21 million in 2013. The top 10 Most Valuable Athletes list was released on 9 October 2014.
PLACES IN NEWS
India Among Five Nations To Build World’s Biggest Telescope
India, along with four other countries will start work on the world’s biggest telescope in the United States. The 30-metre telescope, also known as Thirty Minutes Telescope (TMT), will be constructed near the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii Island in United States. It will cost around $1.4 billion and the construction is expected to be completed by March 2022. The diameter of this telescope will be a mammoth 30 meter. This will enable to identify an object as small as coin from a distance of 500 km. The other four countries involved in this project include the U.S., Japan, China and Canada.
UNICEF —— United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund
UNESCO —— United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
IRNSS —– Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System
TADA ——- Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act
WIPO ——- World intellectual property Organisation
BOOKS IN NEWS
“ Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace ” Book Released
A book titled “Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace ” authored by Leon Panetta, and Jim Newton was released on 7 Octobe. Panetta is a former Defence Secretary and ex-CIA Director and Newton is an editor of the Los Angeles Times. Panetta through the book for the first time came in a different tone in relation to ISI links with terror outfit. Leon Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2009–2011, and as Secretary of Defense from 2011–2013.
Madhava Menon Committee Announced Guidelines For Govt Ads
The Supreme Court appointed high-powered committee headed by Professor NR Madhava Menon submitted its report to the court on 6 October. The committee in its report has framed guidelines to regulate expenditure and contents of advertisements paid out of tax payers’ money. The three-member committee has recommended that names and pictures of political parties and their office bearers like presidents should not be mentioned in government advertisements.
IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES
World Food Day Observed Across The World
World Food Day was observed across the world on 16 October 2014 with the theme Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.The aim of World Food Day 2014 is to focus world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
International Internet Day Observed Across The World
International Internet Day was observed across the world on 29 October 2014 to mark the anniversary of the first usage of the Internet to send a message electronically in 1969. International Internet Day is celebrated worldwide on 29 October every year. Since 2005, the International Internet Day has been celebrated to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology.
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EU Imposed New Economic Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine
The European Union (EU) on 12 September 2014 imposed new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. The restrictions include financing for some Russian state-owned companies and asset freezes on leading Russian politicians.
John Key Re-elected As The PM Of New Zealand For A 3rd Term
John Key was re-elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealand for a third term. John Key-led National Party (NP) scored a huge victory in country’s Parliamentary elections. In the 2014 General Elections of New Zealand held on 20 September 2014, the centre-right National Party led by John Key won 48 percent of the vote.
Scotland Rejects Independence From UK
In a historic referendum held on 18 September 2014 the voters of Scotland rejected its independence from the United Kingdom.The result of this referendum was declared early on 19 September 2014.
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai Is New President Of Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s election commission on 21 September has named Former Finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country’s Presidential election.
INDIA & WORLD
India and Germany Agreed To Cooperate In Skill Development
India and Germany on 8 September agreed to prepare a roadmap for cooperation in skill development, solid waste management and cleaning of rivers.This decision was taken during the meeting between German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 September in New Delhi.
India and Australia Signed Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
India and Australia have signed the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (CNCA) that will allow Australia to export uranium to India as well as three other agreements, including on water resources and in sports. The four agreements were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in New Delhi on 5 September.
India and Bangladesh Signed MoU on Traditional Medicines
India and Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of traditional medicines and homeopathy. The MoU was signed on 9 September in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
India-Vietnam Signed Seven Agreements
India and Vietnam on 15 September signed seven agreements, including one for direct flights between their capitals, for scouting for oil, and an extended line of credit for purchase of defence equipment. The seven agreements were signed in the presence of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
Civil Aviation Ministry Launched Know Your Rights ‘ Portal
Union Civil Aviation ministry on 9 September launched a new portal namely ‘Know your rights’ for passengers. The portal was launched to mark 100 days of the new government.
Union Cabinet Approved National AYUSH Mission
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 September approved launching of National Ayush Mission (NAM) to address the gaps in health services through promotion of ancient and traditional systems of medicine like Ayurved, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy.
Union Cabinet Approved ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’
The Union Cabinet on 24 September gave its approval for restructuring of “Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan” into “Swachh Bharat Mission” (Clean India Mission).The programme is aimed at creating a clean India by 2019 with people’s participation. The sanitation mission was launched on 2 October 2014 in all 4041 statutory towns.
PM Narendra Modi Launched ‘Make in India’ Campaign
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Make In India” (MIN) campaign with a high-pitch event held at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on 25 September. The campaign aims at reviving the job-creating manufacturing sector, which is being seen as the key to taking the Indian economy on a sustainable high growth path.
Uttarakhand Govt Declared 9th September As Himalaya Diwas
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat officially declared September 9th as ‘Himalaya Diwas’.The state will celebrate Himalaya Diwas to spread the message of conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems. Harish Rawat in his declaration announced that from 2015 onwards, the state government would celebrate the day.
Bihar Govt Recognised Transgender As Third Gender
The Bihar government on 9 September 2014 recognised eunuch and transgender as third gender. This was done to extend the quota benefit as eunuch and transgender were declared as backward class annexure II category.
West Bengal Cabinet Approved Farmer-Friendly Project
The West Bengal cabinet on 12 September cleared a farmer-friendly project (Sech-Bandhu Prakalpa) offering 46,000 new pump sets with power connectivity to the farmers to boost irrigation in the state.
President’s Rule Imposed In Maharashtra
President’s rule was imposed on 28 September in poll-bound Maharashtra after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigned following the break-up of 15-year-old Congress-NCP alliance in the state.President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation for imposition of central rule in Maharashtra, a day after the Union Cabinet recommended clamping of President’s rule in the state.
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting
The G-20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was held at Cairns, Australia on 20-21 September 2014. Meeting of G20 finance ministers in Australia endorses plan to automatically exchange information on a reciprocal basis by end of 2018. The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation and decision-making. Its membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union.
AWARDS & HONOURS
South Africa-based Organization Awarded The Gandhi Prize
A South Africa-based outfit involved in conflict resolution has been awarded the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace for its efforts in promoting peace and addressing disputes globally. Graca Machel, chairperson of The African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes’s (Accord) Board of Trustees and former First Lady when her late husband Nelson Mandela was President, accepted the award on behalf of the institution at the Annual Gandhi Awards Celebration, hosted by the Gandhi Development Trust in Durban.
MS University Chancellor Mrunalinidevi Conferred with Best Manager Award
Dr Mrunalinidevi Puar, Chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University, has been conferred with the “Best Manager” award by the Oxford Summit of Leaders (Science and Education) in UK on 2 September.
Indian Scientist Kamal Bawa Won Midori Prize In Biodiversity 2014
Indian scientist Kamal Bawa, an eminent professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, has won the prestigious Midori Prize in Biodiversity 2014 for his research that included climate change in the Himalayas.
Snowden and Rusbridger Won Sweden’s ‘Alternative Nobel Prize
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger on 24 September won Right Livelihood Award. The award was shared between the two.The Right Livelihood Award is also known as Alternative Nobel prize of Sweden.
SPORTS & GAMES
US Open Tennis Tournament Winners – 2014 Women’s Singles :- Serena Williams of US won the US Open Tennis Tournament women’s singles title on 8 September in New York. She defeated Caroline Wozniazki of Denmark in the final. Men’s Singles:- Croatia’s Marin Cilic won the U.S. Open men’s singles title on 8 September to become the newest winner of this coveted Grand Slam title. He defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final.
Lewis Hamilton Won Italian F1 Grand Prix – 2014
Mercedes driver Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton of Britain won the Italian F1 Grand Prix on 7 September.
USA Won 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
USA won FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 by defeating Serbia. The World Cup was held on 14 September at Madrid, Spain.
Lewis Hamilton Won Singapore F1 Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won the Singapore F1 Grand Prix on 21 September to take a slender 3-point lead over his teammate Nico Rosberg (Germany), who was leading the 2014 season till now.
SBI Launched First Multi-Currency International Debit Card Launched
State Bank of India (SBI) on 8 September launched its first multi-currency international debit card to allow consumers to use a single card to pay in multiple currencies. This card launched in a tie-up with MasterCard would, at present, enable customers to load four international currencies in this card.
Mukesh Ambani Tops Richest Indian List
Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani has again topped the list of richest Indian while Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani has made it to the 10th spot. As per the Hurun India Rich List for 2014 released on 16 September, Mukesh Ambani’s wealth has risen 37 percent to Rs 1.65 lakh crore this year.
India Ranks 6th In Billionaire Numbers
According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, released on 17 September, India has retained its sixth position in the number of billionaires residing in the country. It is home to 100 such people, with a collective net worth of $175 billion. There are 2,325 billionaires worldwide, with the addition of 155 new ones in 2014. On the top 40 list of billionaire countries/territories, the US maintained its position as the first, with a population of 571 billionaires in 2014.
Alibaba Becomes World’s Largest IPO
The IPO of China’s largest e-commerce outfit, Alibaba Group, has become the world’s biggest ever on strong demand, raising $US25.03 billion after bankers exercised an option to boost the deal size by 15 per cent. Agricultural Bank of China previously held the world record, with a $US22.1 billion IPO in 2010. The record was achieved after the underwriters of the previously announced Initial Public Offering (IPO) exercised in full the option to purchase an additional 48,015,900 American depositary shares on 22 September, from Alibaba Group and certain shareholders.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
India Successfully Test Fired N-capable Agni-I Missile
India on 11 September successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface -to-surface Agni-I missile from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.The Agni I has a range of 700–1250 km.
NASA Unveils World’s Largest Welder To Build World’s Most Powerful Rocket
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden officially unveiled the world’s largest welder to start construction of the world’s most powerful rocket – NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket – at NASA’s Michoud’s Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) on 12 September.
Nasa’s Maven Spacecraft Successfully Enters Mars Orbit
Nasa’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft on 22 September 2014 entered orbit around Mars, completing an interplanetary journey of 10 months and 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Maven is a space probe designed to study the Martian atmosphere while orbiting Mars. Mission goals include determining how the Martian atmosphere and water, presumed to have once been substantial, were lost over time.
ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Successfully Inserted into Mars Orbit
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan “Mars-craft” is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It was successfully inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014. It is India’s first interplanetary mission and ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. This was also India’s first attempt to reach Mars orbit — historically, only Europe’s ESA made it to Mars on its first attempt.
PERSONS IN NEWS
P Sathasivam Sworn In As Kerala Governor
Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Palaniswamy Sathasivam was on 5 September sworn in as Kerala Governor. He is the 23rd Governor of the state. He is the first Chief Justice of India to be appointed to the post which is lower in warrant of precedence to the CJI.
Justice H.L. Dattu Sworn In As 42nd Chief Justice of India
Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu was sworn in as the 42nd Chief Justice of India (CJI) on 28 September 2014. Justice Dattu succeeds Chief Justice R M Lodha who retired on 28 September 2014. He will have a tenure of 14 months and will retire on 2 December 2015.
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan Resigned
Prithviraj Chavan on 26 September resigned as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra after his government was reduced to a minority. Chavan submitted his resignation to governor of the state C Vidyasagar Rao.
Former Attorney General GE Vahanvati Died
Former Attorney General of India GE Vahanvati (Goolam Essaji Vahanvati) died on 2 September in Mumbai. Vahanvati was first Muslim to become Attorney General of India and he was 13th Attorney General of India. He was appointed the 13th attorney general in June 2009 for a three-year term after UPA government was re-elected. In 2012, the term was extended by another two years. He resigned from the position of Attorney General on 27 May 2014 following the regime change at the Centre.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visited U.S
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visited U.S from 26 – 30 September 2014. During his five day visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 27 September. In his speech addressing Indian-Americans at Madison Square Garden in New York, Narendra Modi announced lifetime visas for PIOs (Persons of Indian origin). India and US has issued a joint vision statement declaring cooperation in energy, economic growth, science, technology health and education. The Vision Statement titled ” Chalein Saath-Saath: Forward Together We Go” was issued after the Summit-level meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama at White House in Washington DC. In the meeting, the two sides had decided to take steps for extension of the pact besides agreeing to enhance cooperation in joint production and development of defence equipment.
Kira Kazantsev Crowned Miss America 2015
Miss Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015. She belongs to New York. This is the third year in a row that the contestant from New York has won. Kazantsev received the crown on 14 September at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from outgoing Miss America and Miss New York Nina Davuluri.
PLACES IN NEWS
London Ranked As World’s Most Expensive City
London has overtaken Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive place to live and work. This fact was revealed in the 5th edition of the Savills Live/Work Index that was released on 26 September 2014. At the other end of the scale, Mumbai remained the cheapest world city in which to locate employees.
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization
ESCAP – Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
FICCI – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
NCERT – National Council of Education Research and Training
BOOKS IN NEWS
M S Swaminathan In Conversation with Nitya Rao Book Released
The book entitled “M S Swaminathan, in conversation with Nitya Rao – The Ethics and Politics of Science” was released on 10 September by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was in New Delhi.This book is in continuation of the earlier book released in August 2013.
Finance Ministry Sets Up H R Khan Committee On Unclaimed PPF, Small Savings Deposits
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has set up a committee on 3 September under Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor H R Khan to assess the amount of unclaimed deposit in the popular Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Post Office saving schemes, and suggest steps for utilisation of funds for the benefit of senior citizens.
IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES
World Tourism Day Observed Across The World
World Tourism Day (WTD) was observed across the world on 27 September 2014. The theme of the World Tourism Day 2014 is Tourism and Community Development. The 2014 WTD is focused to highlight the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities.
World Heart Day Observed Across The World
World Heart Day was observed across the world on 29 September 2014. The objective of the day is to inform people around the world of the danger of heart disease and stroke. 2014 theme for World Heart Day’s is Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices. The World Health Organization on the occasion said that there is a need to reduce the consumption of salt that is linked to death of people from cardiovascular diseases.