Daily Current Affairs Updates–24th November 2016:
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Massive support for govt's decision on demonetisation in survey on PM Modi's app
i. More than 93 per cent of the five lakh people, who participated in a survey on Narendra Modi App, have supported government for its decision to demonetise old 500 and 1000 rupee notes after Prime Minister sought public feedback on the issue on Tuesday.
ii. The survey result was read out by IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at Cabinet meeting last evening, prompting the Prime Minister to say that it reflects the mood of the people. In a tweet, Mr Modi thanked the people for their historic participation in the survey.
iii. 92 per cent respondents felt that demonetisation will have an impact on curbing black money, corruption and terrorism. 99 per cent of respondents expressed their views that corruption and Black money needs to be fought and eliminated.
iv. 90 per cent of the respondents think that the Narendra Modi government's move to tackle black money is brilliant, while 92 per cent think that its efforts against corruption are very good. 98 per cent respondents believe that black money exists in India.
On the last day of the Nagaland Winter Session today, the House passed the 33 per cent Reservation of Women in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). The Chief Minister and the Leader of the House T.R. Zeliang moved the consideration and passing of the Nagaland Municipal (Third Amendment) Bill, 2016.
i. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu yesterday formally launched the ‘Smart Water Distribution Monitoring’ web interface through which people can check the status of drinking water in the water tanks nearby Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu yesterday formally launched the ‘Smart Water Distribution Monitoring’ web interface through which people can check the status of drinking water in the water tanks nearby.
ii. The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system helps in reduction of water wastage as well as ensure seamless supply to the households. The monitoring portal is a part of ourvmc.org from where it can be accessed.
i. Maharashtra Public Works Department, PWD, has decided to use 'Jet Patcher', a machine to repair the road pits speedily, across the state. PWD minister ChandrakantPatil said that there was no permanent solution to the frequently rising problem of roads getting damaged and affecting the smooth rides.
ii. The traditional way of filling the potholes was also not effective and led to further road damage. Jet Patcher is deployed on a heavy commercial vehicle and can be moved easily from one location to another. The machine can repair the potholes and open up a road in an hour. The pilot project started from November 21 and is being implemented on Alandi road in Khed tehsil of Pune district.
i. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has appealed to the students to spread the message of communal harmony to other parts of the country. Addressing the function organised by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony in New Delhi today, MrRijiju said, in future each child will take different course in his life and will get an opportunity to serve the country.
ii. He appealed to the students that they should never get swayed by the appeals made by any group to divide them on the basis of religion and caste.Theprogramme was organised as a part of activities being organised on the occasion of celebration of “Communal Harmony Week” being observed from 19th to 25th of this month.
iii. The students from various schools representing different religious communities participated in the function. During the function, the students presented various programmes including religious songs, speeches and patriotic songs.
Hundreds of Garotribals gathered in Guwahati to celebrate the harvest festival of Wangala, which marks the end of a period of toil for farmers. While men play the drums during the festival, women perform the Wangala Dance. The festival attracts a large crowd, including tourists, every year.
Rajasthan government has decided to launch a project to provide quality meals at cheap prices to people belonging to the weaker sections of the society. Under the 'Annapurna RasoiProgramme', labourers, rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, students and working women among others will be provided breakfast at ₹5 per plate and lunch and dinner at Rs.8 per plate.
i. Turkey will chair the Energy Club of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2017. With this, it became the first non full member country to be the chairman of a club in the organisation.Ankara's proposal for non-SCO member countries to host the term presidency of the Energy Club was accepted in a meeting on 22 November 2016. The nomination came after officials from Russia and China gave green signal to Ankara after the country’s President RecepTayyipErdogan pointed to the SCO as Turkey's alternative to the European Union.
24th APEC Summit concludes in Peru
i. Asia-Pacific Economic CooperationThe 24th edition of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit concluded on 20 November 2016 in Lima, Peru. The summit ended with adoption of the 2016 Leaders Declaration.
ii. The summit also closed with a joint pledge to work toward a new free trade agreement that would include all 21 members as a path to “sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.” The theme of the 24th APEC Summit was “Quality Growth and Human Development”. The architecture of Caral, an ancient city of Peru, served as the inspiration for the official logo of the APEC summit.
i. In Colombia, Government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels will sign a revised peace accord in Bogota today bringing a formal end to the 52-year civil war ever closer but the Opponents say it is too soft on the leftist FARC force which is blamed for thousands and thousands of killings and kidnappings.
ii. The document will be signed between President Juan Manual Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono. The agreement is set to be ratified by the Congress after being debated next week, since President Juan Manuel Santos and his allies hold a majority in the Legislature.
i. In Egypt, archaeologists have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the River Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say, the size of the 15 newly discovered graves indicates the high social standing of those buried.
ii. It is believed the city was home to important officials and tomb builders and would have flourished during early-era ancient Egyptian times. The discovery comes at a time when the country is trying re-energise its tourism industry, which has suffered amid militant violence since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
i. Airtel Payments Bank Ltd, a subsidiary of the country’s largest telecom operator BhartiAirtel, has rolled out a pilot of its banking services in Rajasthan. The banking service is aimed at testing systems and processes before a full-scale pan-Indian is launched.
ii. Any user can open an account with Aadhaar based paperless e-KYC without the requirement of any extra documents simply at any airtel retail outlet. Customer’s Airtel mobile number would be his/her bank account number. The customers will get a personal accidental insurance of Rs. 1 lakh with every savings account.
In the wake of demonetisation, bank deposits with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have reached a record high of Rs. 4.3 trillion, beating the earlier record of Rs. 1.7 trillion in May 2009. The RBI accepts money from various banks by offering government securities as collateral. The Indian banking system had collected deposits worth Rs. 5.12 trillion as of 18 November.
The toll tax will not be collected till the midnight 1st of next month to ensure smooth traffic movement across all national highways. Earlier, the suspension of toll tax is ending today midnight.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board (IBBI) of India on 23 November 2016 notified three sets of regulations- (Insolvency Professional) Regulations, 2016; Regulations inter alia provide for registration, Regulation and oversight of insolvency professionals.
These regulations were notified under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 and will come into effect from 29 November 2016. All these regulations provide for registration, regulation and oversight of insolvency professionals under the Code.
The government has appointed Yudhvir Singh Malik as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Malik, an 83 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, was earlier posted as special secretary in NitiAayog. The outgoing chairman Raghav Chandra, an 82 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer, has been moved to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes as secretary.
US President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina's Indian-American Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations (UN). Haley will be the first woman to join Trump's administration. She would replace Samantha Power as the next US Ambassador to the UN.
For the second time in a row, IIT Kharagpur has been named the top university in India in terms of jobs and placements, by QS Employability Ranking of top 200 universities across the world. IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi and Delhi University also feature on the list. Stanford University in the US has topped the list globally.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Indian Railways will soon introduce an advanced monitoring system named 'Tri-Netra' that will keep a record of track maintenance and provide better visibility during foggy days, a senior Railway official said. The system, which provides a clear view up to 1-kilometre even during bad weather, has been reportedly used on a trial basis and had produced good results.
i. In a significant milestone for the country's military aviation sector, the upgraded Jaguar DARIN III twin-seat aircraft has received Initial Operation Clearance, IOC. Three DARIN I Standard Jaguars have been upgraded to DARIN III Standard by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited,HAL.
ii. Deputy Chief of IAF, Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria, who flew the aircraft at HAL airport in Bengaluru recently, announced the satisfactory completion of IOC. HAL CMD, T SuvarnaRaju said the aircraft is now equipped with world class avionics system.
iii. The upgrade incorporates new state-of-the-art avionics architecture including the Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Fire Control Radar, Solid State Digital Video Recording System (SSDVRS), Autopilot with Alt Select & HNAV and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) and more.
Arunachal Pradesh's sports department has renamed the state-level Chief Minister's Trophy for men's and women's football and volleyball after martyred jawanHangpan Dada. Dada died in Kupwara on May 27 this year after killing three terrorists. Chief Minister PemaKhandu had proposed renaming the trophy after the martyr, with the decision being ratified on Wednesday.
Tamil writer-director K Subaash, best known for penning the Shah Rukh Khan starrer film 'Chennai Express', passed away on Wednesday at the age of 57 due to kidney failure. His demise took place at the SRM Hospital in Chennai. He was on dialysis for the last few years owing to his kidney ailment.
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