Daily Current Affairs Updates–27th November 2016:
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AGREEMENTS & MoUs
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
BOOKS AND AUTHOR
PM Modi launches 'Indian Police at Your Call' app
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the 'Indian Police at Your Call' mobile app at a national police conference in Hyderabad organised by the Intelligence Bureau. The app has a map-based interface to let users locate police stations near them along with numbers of the District Control Room and office of the Superintendent of Police.
Javadekar to adopt tribal village in Madhya Pradesh
Two years after adopting Paldev village in Madhya Pradesh's Satna district, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has decided to adopt another tribal village in the state. The minister will adopt Khutiya village in Chhindwara district under the 'Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana'. Notably, Paldev has witnessed an improvement in the standards of education and sanitation since Javadekar adopted the village.
AROGYA fair organized in Himachal Pradesh
In Himachal Pradesh, the Union Ministry of AYUSH, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the State Ayurveda Department has organized AROGYA fair in Shimla. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated this three days fair yesterday. The Fair aims to promote and popularize Indian Systems of Medicine among the general public as well as bring the industry up to date about new developments in the sector.It is for the first time that such kind of AROGYA fair has been organized in the state. The purpose is to make people aware about benefits of ancient alternate systems of medicines. Several technical sessions were also organized on day first and a model of lifestyle based on alternate systems of medicine was showcased. Not only local people but tourists are also visiting the fair and getting written material on traditional medicine system from different exhibitions.
Naval Chief to embark on five day visit to Sri Lanka today
Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will be on a five day Sri Lanka visit from today. According to an official release, the visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between the two countries.
During his visit, Admiral Lanba will hold bilateral discussions with President MaithripalaSirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He will also meet the Chief of Defence Staff and the three Service Chiefs of Sri Lankan Army.
The Admiral will also attend the annual 'Galle Dialogue' in Colombo on Maritime Security and Cooperation between international navies. Representatives from 39 countries and 13 international organisations are likely to participate in the event.
Old INR 500 valid for purchasing stamp papers in UP till Dec 15
Uttar Pradesh's Inspector General of Registration Anil Kumar on Saturday announced that the state government has allowed the use of old INR 500 currency notes for purchasing stamp papers until December 15. The exemption has been given as per the Union government's November 24 notification and necessary orders in this regard have been issued, Kumar added.
Assam hill station to host 'Judima' festival next month
Haflong, a hill station in Assam, is hosting a three-day sports and culture festival between December 18-20. The festival, named 'Judima' after the traditional Dimasa rice wine, will focus on promoting Dimasatribals' culture and give people a chance to take part in adventure sports like trekking and hiking. Further, singer Papon is expected to perform at the festival.Jharkhand adopts new law to curb job racket
The Jharkhand government has introduced a new law to prevent placement agencies from exploiting people in the name of getting employment outside the state. The new law mandates all placement agencies to get a license or proof certificate within 90 days. Any violation carries a fine of up to Rs.1 lakh or a jail term of two years or both.
New Zealand was the most searched country by Indian travellers in 2016, with travel searches increasing by 52% this year when compared to 2015, according to a new Sky scanner survey. Australia, the second most searched destination, recorded an increase of 47% in searches when compared to 2015. Malaysia and the UK witnessed a 28% and 15% increase in travel searches.
In order to absorb the surge in liquidity in banking system following demonetisation of high value notes, the Reserve Bank introduced an incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of 100 per cent for the fortnight which began from 26th November 2016. CRR is the portion of the deposits which banks are required to park to the RBI. Currently it is at 4 per cent.
As per the RBI guidelines, on the increase in NDTL, Net Demand and Time Liabilities between September 16 and November 11, scheduled banks shall maintain an incremental CRR of 100 per cent, effective the fortnight beginning November 26, 2016. As per the estimates, this could be 3.5 lakh crore rupees.
Extending a helping hand to people facing cash crunch, regulator Irdai has asked life insurance companies to provide an additional window of 30 days to policy holders for paying premium.
Following withdrawal of legal tender character of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes from November 9, government has put restrictions on cash withdrawals from banks and ATMs. Currently, a person can withdraw up to Rs 24,000 in a week.
AGREEMENTS & MoUs
i. Canara Bank and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance on Saturday signed a corporate agency agreement for distribution of Bajaj Allianz's general insurance products through Canara Bank's network of 5,920 branches across the country. Under the strategic agreement, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer its industry leading general insurance products to the customers of Canara Bank, Bajaj Allianz said.
ii. A bouquet of personal lines of products such as Motor Insurance, Home Insurance, Health Insurance, Travel Insurance, and commercial line of products such as Fire Insurance, Marine Insurance and Engineering Insurance will be available through branches of Canara Bank, it said in a release.
Former Hockey player Mariamma Koshy on 25 November 2016 took charge of Hockey India as its president with immediate effect. Hockey India, during its 41st Hockey India Executive Board meet, announced that Koshy will head the national body.
Koshy, 63, succeeds Narinder Dhruv Batra, who in recent past was elected as the first ever non-European chief of the sport's governing body International Hockey Federation (FIH). Earlier in November 2016, Batra made history by becoming the first Indian and fifteenth president of FIH.
i. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated eight movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television (ICFT) and Audio-visual Communication UNESCO Gandhi Medal.
ii. Festival Director Senthil Rajan said, Allama is the only Indian film competing for the prestigious award. The remaining seven are from Canada, Spain, Iran, Turkey, Israel, The Netherlands and Latvia. All 8 films are being screened at the ongoing IFFI in Panaji, Goa.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Indian researchers have devised a method to synthesise fluorescent carbon nano particles from sugarcane pulp. These carbon 'quantum dots', tiny enough for 110 billion to fit on a pinhead, are non-toxic and can be used as biosensors to image the human body from the inside or deliver drugs to specific body parts. Further, this can also reduce agricultural waste from sugarcane.
BOOKS AND AUTHOR
i. The much-popular writer, storyteller Ruskin Bond has returned after a long sabbatical with a brand new collection of stories titled ‘Death under the Deodars: The Adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean’. The book consisting of 8 fresh thriller stories is set in the popular holiday destination, Mussoorie, in the bygone era of 1960-70. Through the stories, the writer narrates a murder mystery featuring an elderly woman- Miss Ripley-Bean and her friends.
ii. It has been published by Penguin India. It is, in fact, a product of numerous thoughts and conversation shared between Ruskin Bond and Udayan Mitra from Penguin India. Like any other Ruskin Bond book, these stories too are replete with humour and unique characters. The suspense is such that it can hook the attention of both children and adults alike.
Sachin Singh became only the third Indian boxer to win a gold medal at the Youth World Championships after registering a 5-0 unanimous win over Cuba's Jorge Grinan in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday. The 16-year-old boxer, who fought in the 46-49 kg weight category, will be given Rs.1 lakh as a reward for his performance at the championship.
Indian shuttler and current world number 43, Sameer Verma finished as the runner-up at the Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament after losing to host country's Angus Ng Ka Long 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 in the final on Sunday. This was the 22-year-old shuttler's maiden appearance in a final of a Super Series event.
In Badminton, Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu has lost in the Final of the Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament.
She lost to fourth seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, in straight games, 15-21, 17-21. This was Ying's fifth victory over Sindhu. The ace Indian has defeated the Taiwanese thrice in the past.