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Current Affairs Capsule November 2014

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By AffairsCloud.com Team

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Awards and Recognitions

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Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred with


Japan's top national award 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the
Paulownia Flowers' for his significant contribution to the enhancement
of relations and promotion of friendship between Japan and India. He is
the first Indian to receive the rare honour.
The LG People's Choice Award and Polly Umrigar Award have been won
by Indian fast bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Hindi Poet Kedarnath Singh has been conferred with Jnanpith Award for
his outstanding contribution to Indian Literature. It is Indias highest
literary award.
Radio Kashmir Jammu won the prestigious Akashawani Award on
Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting Award 2014 for its
programme Jeevan Rekha, a programme on rescue operations carried
by Radio Kashmir Jammu during enormous floods in this region a couple
of months back.
The Hindustan Times and The Week bags the International Press
Institute India Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Legendary classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj has been conferred with the
Sumitra Charat Ram Award 2014 for Lifetime Achievement.
Indian-American Neha Gupta has been conferred with International
Childrens Prize 2014 for her work to help orphans in India and other
countries.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been selected for the
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014.
Former Indian Cricket Captain Dilip Vengsarkar has been conferred with
CK Naidu Lifetime Achievement award.
Deutsche Bank won the Custodian of the Year 2014 Award.
Chairman of Steel Authority India Limited Mr. C.S. Verma has been
conferred with the IIM - JRD Tata Award for Excellence in Corporate
leadership in Metallurgical Industries for the year 2014.
Mangalyaan claims 2nd spot in Time's 25 best inventions of 2014.
Common Wealth Games Gold medallist Boxer Manoj Kumar has
conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award.
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ICC Cricket Awards

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Lahore based writer Bilal Tanweer wins the Shakthi Bhatt First Book
Prize for his book The Scatter Here Is Too Great.
India's Best Project-2014 award for implementation of skill development
and employment generation was bagged by Arunachal Pradesh. This
programme was aimed at benefit of youth, mostly less-educated and
school drop-outs.
The United Nations Light House Activities award for the year 2014 has
been won by the Assam based NGO called Aaranyak, which works for
the conservation of nature and Kathmandu-based International Centre
for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
Common Wealth Games (CWG) gold medallist boxer, Manoj Kumar has
finally received the prestigious Arjuna Award from Sports Minister
Sarbananda Sonowal.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson declared as the ICC Cricketer of


the Year as well as the ICC Test cricketer of the Year.

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Englands wicket keeper-batter Sarah Taylor - ICC Womens ODI


Cricketer of the Year award.
Australia opener Aaron Finch - The ICC T20I Performance of the Year
award.

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Scotlands Preston Mommsen - The ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer


of the Year award.

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Richard Kettleborough - David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the


Year for the second consecutive year.

Australia captain Meg Lanning - The ICC Womens T20I Cricketer of the
Year award.
Englands Katherine Brunt - The ICC Spirit of Cricket award, for
sportingly asking for a referral when a South Africa batter was adjudged
to have been given out caught and the decision was subsequently
reversed.
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Indian Affairs

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Laxmikant Parsekar sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Goa.


India and Bhutan have signed an MoU to develop Nalanda University at
Rajgir, Bihar as an International Centre for Excellence.
Union Cabinet has been reshuffled.
The India Economic Summit was help in New Delhi under the theme
Redefining Public-Private co-operation for a new beginning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi adopted Jayapur village in his Loksabha
Constituency.
Private sector lender Axis Bank has signed a pact with NongHyup Bank
(NH Bank) to enhance cooperation in treasury, trade and other business
between India and South Korea.
The National Bal Swachchatta Mission has been launched by the GOI on
November 14th. It is a six day programme, which will be carried out by
students in every district to create awareness about hygiene and
sanitation. Bal Swachchatta Week was observed from November 14th to
November 19th.
Under Pradhan Mandhri Jan Dhan Yojana, 100% Financial Inclusion have
been achieved by Goa and Kerala. The Union Territories achieved the
same are Chandigarh, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep. Three districts of
Gujarat Porbandar, Mehasana, and Gandhinagar have been declared
as 100% saturated in terms of coverage of all households with at least
one account.
Hand-in-Hand a joint military exercise between India and China
conducted at Pune on November 17th November 25th. The objective is
to build confidence and trust between the two armies.
Kisan Vikas Patra a small savings scheme to encourage people to save
money is relaunched.
Ing Vysya Bank merged with Kotak Mahindra Bank through an all stock
transaction worth over $2.4 billion.
The State Government of Gujarat launched Home Stay Scheme for
tourists who visiting the State of Gujarat.

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Jeevan Pramaan An Aadhar based Digital Life Certificate for


pensioners was launched by PM Narendra Modi. It will benefit crores of
pensioners.
Playing It My Way An Autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar released.
Andhra Bank has launched two schemes namely AB Little stars and AB
Teens for children (age 10-15) and teens respectively.
Barack Obama, President of The United States of America will be the
Chief Guest of Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2015.
An MoU with respect to cooperation on clean energy investment was
signed between Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd
(IREDA) and US Exim Bank.
An MoU was signed between State bank of India and Adani Enterprises
for $1 Billion to construct mine, rail, and port project in Australia.
A rural electrification scheme called Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti
Yojana has been approved by the GOI. The cost of the scheme is Rs
43,033 crore and will replace the existing Rajiv Gandhi Grameen
Vidyutikaran Yojana.
The 45th edition of International Film Festival of India began at Goa.
The festival was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and
Superstar Rajinikanth.
CBI has named Additional Director R K Dutta to head the CBI probe in
the 2G spectrum scam after the Supreme Court removed the agencys
Chief Ranjit Sinha from the 2G spectrum case.
Market Regulator SEBI withdraws recognition granted to Delhi Stock
Exchange due to serious irregularities.
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandra Babu Naidu is going to sign 6 MoUs with
Japan.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dedicated the National Command
Control Communication and Intelligence Network (NC3I) & Information
Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) to strengthen the Indian
Coastal Surveillance.
Classical Indian dancer Sitara Devi, famously known as Kathak Queen has
been rested in peace at the age of 94 at Mumbai.
Former Petroleum Minister Murali Deora has been deceased due to
cancer.
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Kotak Mahindra Bank, promoted by Uday Kotak became the first bank in
India to wholly own non-life insurance company, after Reserve Bank of
India (RBI)'s approval on 25th November 2014. The emergence of Kotak
General Insurance will be the 29th non-life insurance company in the
country.
World Gold Council (WGC) and Indian Institute of Management,
Ahmadabad (IIMA) collaborated to set up India Gold Policy Centre to
conduct research on all aspects of the domestic gold industry.
Lok Sabha passes Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill,
2014. As per the new Bill, CBI Director will be chosen by a panel
comprising Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha or the
Leader of a single largest party in the House and Chief Justice of India or
any other Supreme Court Judge.
The Central Bank, RBI has eased the gold import restrictions, which is
popularly known as 80:20 norms.
Reserve Bank of India has issued Guidelines for Small Financial Banks
and Payment Banks.
Lok Sabha has passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders Bill,
2014.
The first Common Wealth Science Conference was inaugurated at
Bengaluru.
The Bombay Stock Market (BSE) crossed INR 100 Trillion (over USD 1.6
Trillion) market capitalization of Indian companies on 28th November
2014 morning.
Kotak Mahindra Bank became the first bank in India to wholly own nonlife insurance company, after Reserve Bank of India (RBI)'s approval. The
emergence of Kotak General Insurance will be the 29th non-life
insurance company in the country.
Union Government has passed Central University Amendment Bill 2014
in the Lok Sabha. The bill provides for the establishment of Mahatma
Gandhi Central University in Motihari (Bihar).
Union Government has launched Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
Scheme or E-visa to make travel of foreigners to India on Tourist Visa on
Arrival (TVOA) facility easier. The scheme is available for 43 countries to
boost tourism to India.
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Arunachal Pradesh got a new district Namsai. It is the 18th district of the
State.
State Bank of India (SBI) will launch an Islamic equity fund next month
aimed primarily at its 17 crore Muslims. The Securities and Exchange
Board of India recently allowed the State Bank of India and three mutual
funds to launch Sharia funds.

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International Affairs

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One World Trade Centre opened at New York, thirteen years after the
9/11 attacks. It is now the tallest building in USA.
The lower house of Parliament of Japan was dissolved by the Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of the mid-December general election.
The International Buddhist Conference 2014 was held from 15
November to 18 November 2014 in Lumbini, Nepal with the objective of
preserving Buddhist culture and heritage.
Singapore has been ranked as the No 1 place for the seventh
consecutive year in the world in terms of ease in doing business, as per
the latest report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Singapore is followed by Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong and
Sweden.
India and Australia have signed pacts on social security, transfer of
sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade and trafficking, tourism,
and Arts and Culture during the presence of Prime Ministers of both the
countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime
Minister Tony Abbott have also agreed to have a Free Trade deal by
2015 end.
United States of America and Afghanistan signed a long delayed Bilateral
Security Arrangement (BSA). The deal will allow the US troops to stay
there till next year.
Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary resigns over Islamic State strategy.
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Foreign Ministers of the eight member states signed an agreement on


energy cooperation namely 'SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy
Cooperation (Electricity)' in the presence of their heads of state and
government during the concluding ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit
held at Kathmandu, Nepal. Islamabad has been selected as the host of
19th SAARC Summit.

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SAARC Committee has decided to dissolve three regional centres and


merge four others to end the duplication of work. The three dissolved
centres are Information Centre in Kathmandu, Human Resource
Development Centre in Islamabad and New Delhi-based Documentation
Centre.
Pope Francis conferred Sainthood on two Indians Father Kuriakose Elias
Chavara and Sister Euphrasia.
The deadline to reach an agreement for Irans Nuclear Programme deal
with six world powers (P-6 countries) has been extended to the end of
June, 2015 after recent talks in Vienna, Austrian failed.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart
Sushil Koirala flagged off the Kathmandu-Delhi bus service from
Kathmandu. This service was named as Pashupatinath Express.

Important Appointments

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Ranjani Shankaran has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing


Director of Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI), an atomic
power company of India.
Hasmukh Adhia has been appointed as the Financial Services Secretary.
Senior IRS Officer Anita Kapur has been appointed as the new
Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
Vivek Sood appointed as CEO of Uninor, a subsidiary of Norway based
Telenor Groups.
Indian Actor Farhan Akthar has been aapointed as the UN Womens
Goodwill Ambassador.
Public Enterprise Selection Board (PSEB) finalised Sutirtha Bhattacharya,
a 1985 Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS officer as the new chairman and
managing director of Coal India limited (CIL).
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National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been named as Indias Special
Representative for boundary talks with China.
Deepak Gupta has been appointed as the Chairman of UPSC. He replaces
Razni Razdan as her term ended.
Indian Tennis Player Sania Mirza has been appointed as the UN
Womens Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.
West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi to hold the additional charge of
Bihar.
Shah Rukh Khan has been appointed as the brand ambassador of DHFL.
Eminent lawyer and Advocate Sunil Manohar appointed as Advocate
General of Maharashtra.
Former judge of Supreme Court Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad
was selected as next Chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI) by a
committee headed by Vice-President Hamid Ansari. He will be replacing
Justice Markendeya Katju.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra has been appointed
as the Secretary General of Lok Sabha.

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Science and Technology

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European Space Agency (ESA)'s Rosetta spacecraft chased the comet


named 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko (67P) (situated between the
orbitrs of Mars and Jupiter) and successfully launched the Lander Philae
to be landed on the comet. This is the first space mission to have landed
a robotic lander on a comet, but the robot is struggling with anchoring
due to weak gravity conditions.
India successfully test fired the indigenously developed nuclear capable
surface-to-surface missile PrithviII from the test range at Chandipur,
Odisha.
NASA has installed Worlds first zero gravity 3D printer on International
Space Station (ISS).
The Kuaizhou II or Speedy Vessel II a satellite for monitoring natural
disasters was successfully launched by China.

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Yaogan Weixing-24 a remote sensing satellite by China to carry out


disaster relief monitoring, scientific experiments and to estimate crop
yields.
Symantec antivirus Company known as Symantec Corporation has
uncovered an stealth software application (Malware) running sending
screenshots, recover deleted files, steal passwords named as Regin.
Earths most abundant material has been named as Bridgmanite.

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Indian Skipper M S Dhoni has been named as the Captain for the ODI
team of the year and the Test team of the year is led by Angelo Mathews
of Sri Lanka.
Duleep Trophy was won by the Central Zone Cricket team after
defeating the South Zone by 9 runs.
Virat Kohli become the fastest Cricketer to reach 6000 runs (144th
match and 136th Innings) in ODI. He broke the 20 year old record of West
Indies batsman Vivian Richards.
Indian Cricketer Rohit Sharma had scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka and
become the highest ODI scorer in the history of Cricket. He broke the
record of Virendar Sehwag (219 runs). Rohit Sharma is the only player to
have scored two double centuries in ODIs. First one (209 runs) was
against Australia.
Kapil Dev launched SloPho (slogan and photography) - a social gamified
collaboration platform or basically an app available for free on Android.
International Boxing Association unanimously gave permanent
membership to recently elected Boxing India during its quadrennial
congress in Jeju Islands, Korea.
Indian Badminton players Saina Nehwal and Srikanth K won the China
Open Womens singles and Mens singles respectively for the first time.
Lewis Hamilton has joined Formula 1s illustrious ranks of double World
Champions after race victory in the season-deciding Abu Dhabi GP
emphatically clinched him the 2014 drivers title.
Switzerland's Roger Federer beat France's Richard Gasquet to seal
Switzerland's first Davis Cup triumph.
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Magnus Carlsen of Norway clinched FIDE World Chess Championship


2014 at Sochi, Russia. He defeated Noted Indian Chess player
Viswanathan Anand with a score of 6.5 - 4.5.
Indian Cyclist Deborah clinched four gold medals at the Track Asia Cup
Cycling Championship 2014 which was held from 21st to 23rd
November 2014 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi.
Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died after head injury by bouncer.
During a domestic match in Sydney Phillip Hughes was hit by a delivery
from bowler Sean Abbott.
Karnataka defended Vijay Hazare Trophy after defeating Punjab by 156
runs in the final match.
Indian Women Boxer, Sarjubala Devi has won Silver medal in the World
Womens Boxing Championships held in Jeju City, Korea.

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Important Days Observed in November


Remembered Day

Nov 1
Nov 2

World Vegan Day


International Day to
End Impunity for
Crimes against
Journalists

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Date

International Day for


Preventing the
Exploitation of the
Environment in War
and Armed Conflict
International Day of
Radiology

2014 Theme

The date was chosen


in commemoration of
the assassination of
two French journalists
in Mali on 2
November 2013.

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Nov 6

Organised &
Purpose

Nov 8

Nov 10

World Science Day


for Peace and
Development

Promotes the role of


The
medical imaging in
commemoration of
modern healthcare
World War 1.
and coincides with the
anniversary of the
discovery of x-rays.
Peace and
Development is
promoting Quality
Science Education:
ensuring a
sustainable future for
all.
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World Pneumonia
Day

Nov 13

World Kindness Day

Nov 13
Nov 13

World Usability Day


World Quality Day

Nov 14

World Diabetes Day

Nov 15

Day of the
Imprisoned Writer

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International Day for


Tolerance

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Nov 12

Land of the
Free/Home of the
Brave.
Universal access for
pneumonia
prevention and care.
It was introduced in
Key facts about
1998 by the World
chronic kidney
Kindness Movement a disease and aging.
coalition of nations
kindness NGOs.
Engagement.
Building a Quality
World Together.
Primary global
Healthy Living and
awareness campaign
Diabetes (Theme
of the diabetes world. 2014-2016).
The day marks the
birthday of Frederick
Banting who, along
with Charles Best,
first conceived the
idea which led to the
discovery of insulin in
1922
To recognize and
support writers who
resist repression of the
basic human right to
freedom of expression
and who stand up to
attacks made against
their right to impart
information.
UNESCO in 1995 to
generate public
awareness of the
dangers of
intolerance.
It was started by the
Speed kills - design
British road crash
out speeding.
victim charity,
RoadPeace, in 1993
and was adopted by
the United Nations
General Assembly in
2005.
Observed in the US

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Veterans day

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Nov 11

Nov 16 (Third
sunday in nov)

World Day of
Remembrance for
Road Traffic Victims

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World Prematurity
Day

Nov 19

World Toilet Day

Nov 19

International Men's
Day

Nov 19

International
Journalist's
remembrance Day
International gun
owner day
World COPD day
(Chronic Obstructive
Lung Disease)

Nov 17

International
observance of student
community, held
annually,
commemorating the
Nazi German
storming of Czech
universities in 1939
and the subsequent
killing and sending of
students to
concentration camps.
To raise awareness of
preterm birth and the
concerns of preterm
babies and their
families worldwide.

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International
Students Day

Equality and
Dignity.

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Nov 17

Nov 19

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Nov 19 (Each year


on the second or
third Wednesday in
November)

Nov 20
Nov 20

Nov 20 (third
Thursday in Nov)

Africa
Industrialization Day
Universal Childrens
Day

World Philosophy
Day

Organized by Global
It's Not Too Late.
Initiative for Chronic
Obstructive Lung
Disease (GOLD) to
improve awareness
and care of chronic
obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD)
around the world

To promote the
objectives outlined in
the Charter and for
the welfare of
children.
Social
Transformation and
Intercultural
Dialogue.

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Transgender Day of
Remembrance
(TDoR)

Nov 21

World Television
Day

Nov 21

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To memorialize those
who have been killed
as a result of
transphobia (the
hatred or fear of
transgender and
gender nonconforming people)
and to bring attention
to the continued
violence endured by
the transgender
community.[2](TDoR)
was founded in 1999
by Gwendolyn Ann
Smith, a trans woman
who is a graphic
designer, columnist,
and activist,[3] to
memorialize the
murder of Rita Hester.
Commemorating the
date on which the first
World Television
Forum was held in
1996.
To say hello to at least Greet ten people for
ten people on the day. peace (General
The message is for
theme).
world leaders to use
communication rather
than force to settle
conflicts. Celebrated
from 1973 as a
response to the Yom
Kippur War.
UNiTE to End
Violence against
Women, is Orange
your Neighborhood.

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Nov 20

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World Hello Day

Nov 25

Nov 26
Nov 26

International Day for


the Elimination of
Violence against
Women
International Day of
Cats
National Milk Day

To commemorate the
birthday of the
legend Dr. Verghese
Kurien, Father of
White Revolution and
also known as
the Milkman of India.

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Nov 29

International Day of
Solidarity with the
Palestinian People

To commemorate the
drafting of the
Constitution by the
Constituent Assembly
finished in 26 Nov
1949.
UN organized to mark
the anniversary of
resolution 181.

National Law Day

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Nov 26 (65th
National law day on
2014)

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