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November 05, 2014

5th November 2014 - Important Current Affairs updates


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International Affairs
  • The Republicans have won control of the Senate in the US mid-term elections, increasing their power in the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.
  • In an unusually candid report, the U.S. Pentagon has openly criticized Pakistan for using militant groups as proxies in a war against a “superior” Indian army, a step that could mark growing strategic closeness between Washington and New Delhi since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office in May.
National Affairs
  • Indian Navy's sailing ship INS Sudarshini is set to sail from Kochi to Singapore next month to mark the golden jubilee of bilateral ties between India and the island state in South-East Asia.  
  • The four-day Aarogya Mela will begin from tomorrow in Delhi to highlight the significance of the country’s public health system.
    • This is world's largest Ayurveda Convension.
    • Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Health Ministers of four thousand representatives from India and abroad will take part during this event.
  • Legendary singer, composer Dr. Bhupen Hazarika's third death anniversary today
    • The Assam Rural Development Department has laid foundation stone of Bhupen Hazarika memorial open stage and park at 219 development blocks today. 
    • The construction will be carried out under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
  • Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel announced that two state medical colleges would get 170 new seats for the MBBS course under a central government scheme.
  • The eighth edition of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Film Bazaar, held every year on the sidelines of IFFI, is all set to begin at Panaji from 22nd November 2014.
Books and Authors
  • Sachin Tendulkar launches his autobiography 'Playing It My Way'.
    • Presented first copy to his mother.

People in News
  • Voters in South Carolina elected the first African-American Tim Scott, to the US Senate from the South
    • Tim Scott becomes only the fifth black US senator and the first in the south since the 19th century
  • Indian-American governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley has registered a convincing win over her nearest Democratic rival Vincent Sheheen to win a second term.
  • Eminent environmental scientist R.K. Pachauri and economist Nitin Desai have been included in the newly re-constituted 18-member panel of Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.
  • Eminent Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti has been chosen to serve as the 16th director-general of the CERN particle-physics laboratory.
  • Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin will be in New Delhi next week to firm up the agenda for the expected annual summit meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in early December.
Business & Economy
  • Telangana government presents its first ever budget with a total expenditure of Rs. 1,00,637 cr.
    • Telangana Finance Minister - Etela Rajender
  • The government has decided to infuse Rs. 2,375.42 crore to revive 23 District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) in four states which were on the verge of closure.
    • 16 in Uttar Pradesh, three each in Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra, and one in West Bengal.
Science & Technology
  • Facebook has restricted access to nearly 5,000 pieces of information on its website in India in the first six months of 2014, the highest for any country, following requests from government and other agencies to act against hate-content on social media platforms.
Awards & Honors
  • Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bags ICC People's choice award for the year 2014.
    • He becomes the third Indian after Sachin Tendulkar and M S Dhoni to win this award.
  • Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today received Japan's top national award, 'Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers'.
    • He received the award from Japan's Emperor Akihito.
  • Indian Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag will be conferred the title of honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army during his maiden visit to this country next week.
  • Popular digital platform ESPN cricinfo today announced the launch of a 100-day countdown to the ICC World Cup 2015, which involves an extensive multimedia plan to provide engaging coverage for its readers.
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