Daily GK Update: 14 November 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. Terror in Paris: More than 100 killed in co-ordinated Attacks

  • Multiple explosions and shooting held outside Stade de France football stadium during friendly international match. More than 128 people dead in seven simultaneous attacks, 180 seriously wounded, 80 critical.
  • Hostage situation inside a theatre in Bataclan area of French capital ends after police assault, various reports suggest around 80 dead bodies, two attackers among them
  • Five attackers believed dead, others still at large
  • Francois Hollande declares State of Emergency across France and closes borders

2. Children Day celebrated across India

• Children Day was celebrated across the nation on 14 November 2015. The day wa celebrated to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of First Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru.
• Google put up Andhra’s Child P Karthik’s winning entry on its homepage as a doodle to mark the occasion
• Karthik has recently won Google 4 Doodle India 2015 contest. He had titled his doodle ‘Plastic to Earth – Machine’.

3. 21st Kolkata International Film Festival begins today

• The 21st Kolkata International Film Festival begins today. The film Festival is 9 days long. Bollywood legends Amitabh Bacchan, Jaya Bacchan and Sharmila Tagore were also presented at the inauguration of the festival.
• 149 films of 137 Directors from 61 countries will be screened in nine-day long extravaganza covering 12 venues of the city. Out of 15 segments, two new series ‘Films on Sports’ and ‘India Unheard’ films on different Indian languages have been introduced this year.
• Royal Bengal Trophy will be awarded to the best film and best director among the competition focuses on films directed by women.

4. World athletics body suspends Russia over doping

• Russia’s athletics federation has been provisionally suspended from international competition – including the Olympic Games – for its alleged involvement in widespread doping.
• The International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, took action after the publication of an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report that alleged “state-sponsored doping”.
• Its council members voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned. Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the suspension was “temporary” and the problem is solvable.
• As it stands, Russian athletes will not enter international competitions, including the World Athletic Series and Rio Olympics, which begin on 5 August next year.
• Russia will also not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Cup in Cheboksary and the 2016 World Junior Championships in Kazan.

5. 2017 announced as the UK-India Year of culture

• Britain announced 2017 as the UK-India Year of Culture to mark the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence.
• To mark the Occasion, UK Institute will partner with Indian Institutes for the program and the British Library will digitize 2,00,000 pages from its South Asian Archives.
• The government will send Shakespeare’s First Folio and the 800 year old Magna Carta to tour India.

6. Japan and Turkey agree to cooperate on issues such as climate change and refugees

• The leaders of Japan and Turkey have agreed that their countries will cooperate in dealing with global issues such as climate change and refugees.
• Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Istanbul to attend a summit of the Group of 20 major economies that starts in the southern Turkish resort of Antalya.


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