Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Paris suicide bomber identified; ISIS claims responsibility for 129 dead
World > Paris Attack > 14th November
France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 129 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris. Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall. People were shot dead at restaurants and bars at five other sites in Paris. At least 180 people were injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrific Paris attacks, for which France vowed revenge.

Syed Akbaruddin appointed as next Permanent Representative of India to UN
India > Syed Akbaruddin > 16th November
Syed Akbaruddin was on 16 November 2015 appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at New York. In this position, Akbaruddin will head India’s diplomatic mission in the UN and articulates the country’s stand on critical issues at the global forum.

Govt to impart digital literacy training to 52.5 lakh by 2016
Politics and Government > Digital Literacy Training > 17th November
The government has advanced the deadline for making 52.5 lakh people digitally literate, under National Digital Literacy Mission, by a year to 2016 than end of 2017 fixed earlier.

The Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) or National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Scheme has been formulated to impart IT training to 52.5 lakh persons, including Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorised ration dealers in all states/UTs across the country so that the non-IT literate citizens are trained to become IT literate.

World Pneumonia Day observed with the theme Every Breath Counts: Stop Pneumonia Now
Days > World Pneumonia Day > 12th November
World Pneumonia Day was observed on 12 November 2015 across the world with the theme Every Breath Counts: Stop Pneumonia Now. To mark the occasion, special programmes were held to raise awareness of pneumonia, promote prevention and treatment and generate action to fight the illness.

Swachh Bharat cess to be levied on portion of taxable service
Economy > Swachh Bharat Tax > 12th November
According to the Finance Ministry service tax on restaurant bills will go up from 5.6 per cent to 5.8 per cent following the levy of 0.5 per cent Swachh Bharat cess on all taxable services from November 15. The Swachh Bharat cess, will be levied only on the portion of taxable services (after abatement) and will go towards funding of the cleanliness drive, a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

State Bank of India launches Neev fund to help low-income states
Banking and Insurance > SBI Launches Neev Fund > 13th November
According to the nation's largest lender State Bank of India(SBI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country's first low-income state infrastructure equity partnership (or the Neev fund) in London. The fund aims at providing equity partnerships for small infrastructure development in sectors like water and sanitation, clean energy and urban infrastructure.

India, UK strike 3.2 bn pound deal on energy, climate change
Economy > India-UK Deal > 13th November
Ahead of the Paris climate summit, India and Britain have agreed on a comprehensive package of collaboration on energy and climate change which includes commercial deals worth 3.2 billion pounds.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing UK visit, the two countries reaffirmed the importance of addressing climate change and promoting secure, affordable and sustainable supplies of energy that will support economic growth, energy security and energy access.

RBI Governor Dr Raghuram Rajan elected as Vice-Chairman on BIS Board
Banking and Insurance > Bank for International Settlements Board > 14th November
Dr Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on 9 November 2015 was elected as the Vice-Chairman on the Board of Directors of BIS. With this, he became the first Indian to be elected to this position in the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Children’s Day observed across India on 14 November
Days > Children’s Day > 14th November
Children’s Day was observed on 14 November 2015 across the country. To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Women and Child Development at the Union level and the child welfare departments at the state level conducted programmes with focus on child development.

Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to win Brazilian Grand Prix
Sports > Racing > 15th November
German Formula One motor racer Nico Rosberg on 15 November 2015 defeated Lewis Hamilton to grab the Brazilian Grand Prix trophy. With the win, Rosberg reserved his place as runner-up in 2015 Formula One world championship.

International Day for Tolerance observed across the world
Days > International Day for Tolerance > 16th November
The International Day for Tolerance was observed globally on 16 November 2015 with an aim to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and help them understand the negative effects of intolerance.

NASA, ISRO join hands for space imaging, climate studies
Science and Technology > NASA - ISRO > 16th November
Scientists from NASA and ISRO would be part of a special outreach programme organized at Gujarat Science City, where the experts would talk about a joint mission Nasa and Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) along with satellites for disaster response, India-US space collaboration, climate change observations in Greenland and imaging other planets with radar.


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