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November 04, 2015

4th November 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • A state of emergency for 30 days was declared by the Maldivian government, giving sweeping powers to security forces, after arms and explosives were found at the country’s capital as well as at an island resort Today.
    • About Maldives :
      • Capital : Male
      • Official language : Maldivian (Dhivehi)
      • President : Abdulla Yameen
      • Vice President : Ahmed Adeeb
  • Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigns after mass protests.
    • Ponta is the country's only sitting premier to face a trial for corruption, and he was already under pressure to quit from the political opposition and President Klaus Iohannis, who defeated him in last November's presidential election.

National Affairs
  • The Union government today announced Rs 10,000-crore road and bridges development projects for Nagaland besides committing a slew of road projects for the entire North-East in five year period.
    • Road and Highways Minister : Nitin Gadkari
  • The Maharashtra Government has approved a revised scheme, named APJ Abdul Kalam Amrut Yojna, for pregnant and lactating women in the tribal areas of the state.
    • The scheme aims at providing at least one full hot cooked nutritious food to every pregnant lady and lactating mother.
  • The Meghalaya High Court has asked the Centre to consider enforcing Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in militancy-hit Garo Hills region in the state to help the administration restore the rule of law.

Awards & Honors
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world's ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine in a 2015 list which is topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    • Top 10 people in the list
      • Russian President Vladimir Putin
      • German Chancellor Angela Merkel
      • US President Barack Obama
      • Pope Francis
      • Chinese President Xi Jinping
      • Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
      • US Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen
      • UK Prime Minister David Cameron
      • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
      • Google's Larry Page

New Appointments
  • Justice T S Thakur will be the next Chief Justice of India.
    • He would succeed Justice HL Dattu as the next Chief Justice of India.
    • He will take over as the CJI after Justice Dattu retires on 2nd December2015.

  • Academy Award-winning British actor and screenwriter Colin Welland (81) passed away. 
    • Welland is best known for his screenwriting in "Chariots of Fire," which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1982.

  • Indian boxer Shiva Thapa attains 2nd position in International rankings in the 56-kilogram category.
    • Shiva was placed second with 1550 points in the 56kg category, up five places from the previous list.
    • The top spot was occupied by Irishman Michael Conlan (2150 points), who won the gold medal at the World Championships.
  • Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has announced his retirement from Test cricket.
    • Now will play only in the One-Day International (ODI). 
    • Note : He is the husband of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

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