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November 11, 2015

11th November 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Clamping down on the 'rent-a-womb' practice by foreigners and overseas Indians, the Indian government today directed all its missions not to issue visas to those intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy.

National Affairs
  • Festival of lights, Diwali being celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety.
  • Today (11th November) is National Education Day.
    • We observe this day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India.
    • He served from 15 August 1947 until 2 February 1958.

People in News
  • Kerala Finance Minister K.M. Mani has resigned.
    • His resignation comes in the wake of the Kerala High Court yesterday upholding a vigilance court order for further probe into the alleged involvement in a bar licence bribery case.
  • Bangladesh has handed over top separatist ULFA leader Anup Chetia, whose extradition India has been seeking for nearly two decades.
    • ULFA - United Liberation Front of Asom

Science & Technology
  • India's latest communications satellite ‎GSAT‬-15 launched successfully from Kourou space port in French Guiana.
  • The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2014, according to a new report released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
    • The report, titled Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, said that between 1990 and 2014 there was a 36% increase in radiative forcing -- the warming effect on our climate -- because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide from industrial, agricultural and domestic activities.
    • The bulletin explains that the atmospheric concentrations of CO2 has reached 397.7 parts per million (ppm) in 2014-and the global annual average is likely to pass the symbolic 400ppm milestone in 2016.

  • Pakistan's veteran batsman Younis Khan has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.
    • Important Note : Younis Khan is the first Pakistani batsman to score 9000 Test runs.
  • London Olympics Silver medallist Vijay Kumar shot two more medals on the final day of the 13th Asian Shooting Championship to take India's final tally to 44 including 17 Gold, 14 Silver and 13 Bronze.
    • Vijay won the Bronze in the 25M Center Fire Pistol event and also teamed up with veteran Samaresh Jung and Pemba Tamang to bag the Team Silver in the event.

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