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November 06, 2015

6th November 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (6th November) is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
    • This day was established on 5th November 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly, during Kofi Atta Annan's tenure as Secretary-General.
    • Aim of this day : To educate people about the damaging effects of war and armed conflict on the environment.
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari returns home after concluding his five day visit to Indonesia.
    • Note : He had to cancel his visit to Brunei due to shutting down of Bali airport in Indonesia because of volcanic ash from Mount Rinjani.
  • Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao is on a five-day visit to India.
    • He held talks with Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    • The two countries will sign a number of MoUs after talks between Li and Ansari.

National Affairs
  • PM Narendra Modi will visit Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow.
    • There he will inaugurate the 450 MW phase two Baglihar power project in Ramban.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee launched IMPRINT India to boost research in the country. 
    • IMPRINT - Impacting Research Innovation and Technology 
    • ‘IMPRINT India’ is a Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in ten technology domains relevant to India.
    • The objectives of this initiative is to 
      • identify areas of immediate relevance to society requiring innovation, 
      • direct scientific research into identified areas, 
      • ensure higher funding support for research into these areas and 
      • measure outcomes of the research effort with reference to impact on the standard of living in the rural/urban areas.
    • IMPRINT India will focus on Ten themes with each to be coordinated by one IIT/IISc, namely
      • Health Care - IIT Kharagpur,
      • Computer Science and ICT – IIT Kharagpur,
      • Advance Materials – IIT Kanpur,
      • Water Resources and River systems – IIT Kanpur,
      • Sustainable Urban Design – IIT Roorkee,
      • Defence – IIT Madras,
      • Manufacturing – IIT Madras,
      • Nano-technology Hardware- IIT Bombay,
      • Environmental Science and Climate Change – IISc, Bangalore and
      • Energy Security – IIT Bombay.

Awards & Honors

  • A 25-year-old Prithika Yashini is all set to become India's first transgender Sub Inspector of Police soon.
    • In a landmark judgement, the Madras High ourt has cleared all the legal hurdles in her appointment.
    • Prithika Yashini was born as a boy named Pradeep Kumar, later she turned into Prithika after a sex change surgery.
    • Earlier her application was rejected by the TNUSRB under the ground that she didn't come under given 'two categories', following which she moved the High Court.
  • Famous film, television and stage actor Vikram Gokhale  was honored with the prestigious Vishnudas Bhave Award.
    • Gokhle has been honored for his outstanding contribution to Marathi theater.
    • The award was given to him on the eve of 'Marathi Rangbhumi Din'.
Business & Economy
  • Govternment is going to impose Swachh Bharat Cess of half a per cent (0.5 %) on all services liable for Service Tax from 15th of this month.
    • All services, including air travel, telephony, eating out and banking will become expensive.
    • Note : The additional cess would be over and above the 14 percent Service Tax rate which is already being levied and may yield the government an additional about Rs 400 crore during the remainder of the current fiscal.

People in News
  • After being on the run for the past 27 years, One of India's most-wanted criminals, underworld don Chhota Rajan was deported to India today from Indonesia by a joint team, headed by the Central Bureau of Investigation officials, to face trials in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling against him in Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Maldivian Vice President Ahmed Adeeb under arrest over an alleged attempt to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen was today impeached by the Parliament in an extraordinary session after approving the controversial 30-day state of emergency.

  • Heena Sidhu wins Gold medal in 10m air pistol women's event at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait City.
  • FIFA rankings
    • Indian Football team slips five places to 172 in the latest chart, the second lowest ever.
    • Belgium topped for the first time ever and became the best team in the world. 

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