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November 16, 2015

16th November 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (16th November) is International Day for Tolerance.
    • This day is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.
    • The aim of this day is to enhance the awareness about dangers of intolerance and its implications in maintaining the peace among people.
    • Theme of 2015 : Mobilization and Involvement of Health Personnel to Accelerate Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
    • Theme of 2014 : An opportunity to renew our commitments
  • India and Australia announce completion of procedures for implementation of civil nuclear deal.
    • Important Points to Note :
    • India and Australia signed this civilian nuclear cooperation agreement during then Australian PM Tony Abbott’s visit to New Delhi.
    • His successor, present Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull told PM Narendra Modi today that procedure for the pact has been completed and can now be implemented. 
    • This opens doors for the much-needed uranium supply for India’s nuclear reactors.
  • US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for UN-sponsored peace talks and a ceasefire to resolve years of war in Syria.
National Affairs
  • The Government today declared the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) (NSCNK), all its formations and front organizations as a terrorist organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
    • The NSCN (K), a militant outfit, came into existence in 1988 and is active along the Indo-Myanmar border.
    • NSCN (K) has resorted to terrorism by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaged in other violent activities including the June 4, 2015 attack on the Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur.
  • The Uttar Pradesh tourism organized 3 day Taj Balloon Festival, a hot air balloon festival in Agra with 14 colourful inflatables dotting the city’s skyline. 
    • State tourism department has collaborated with Sky Waltz, a Delhi-based company to organize the festival.
  • Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda launched the country’s first Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) programme. 
    • The programme is aimed at lowering treatment cost of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases. 
    • The country’s first AMRIT outlet has been inaugurated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where drugs will be sold at highly discounted rates.
  • Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey (86) was passed away.
    • He starred in as many as 100 Hindi films, including acclaimed projects like Satyajit Ray’s “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” opposite Sanjeev Kapoor.
    • He also worked with Hollywood legends like Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Roshan Seth, James Ivory, Richard Attenborough and Daniel Day-Lewis. 
    • His noted international films are “The Man Who Would Be King”, “Death on the Nile”, “Sphinx”, “The Jewel in the Crown”, “A Passage to India”, “My Beautiful Laundrette”, “The Deceivers”, “After Midnight”, “On Wings of Fire” and “Chicken Tikka Masala”.  
    • Jaffrey received a BAFTA nomination for “My Beautiful Laundrette”.
    • He is also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.
  • Kamala Laxman, a noted writer of children’s books and wife of iconic cartoonist and creator of the Common Man R.K. Laxman, passed away.
New Appointments
  • Syed Akbaruddin appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at New York.
    • He will replace Asoke Kumar Mukerji. 
    • Mr Akbar is 1985 batch officer of Indian Foreign Service. 
    • Currently, he is serving as Additional Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry. 
    • He also served as MEA spokesperson and was Chief Coordinator of successful India Africa Foreign Summit held in New Delhi last month.
  • German racing driver for Mercedes Formula One  Nico Rosberg has won Brazilian Grand Prix title.

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