Current Affairs November 2015 - Competitive Exams - GK Power Capsule November 2015

1. Indian - American politician Swati Dandekar was nominated as executive director to the Asian Development Bank with ambassadorial rank by US
President Barack Obama.
2. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia group, was elected as the President of industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the year 2016.
3. The President of India Pranab Mukherjee appointed Justice Tirath Singh Thakur as the 43rd Chief Justice of India.
4. Syed Akbaruddin was appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at New York. He will replace Asoke Kumar Mukerji.
5. Dr Raghuram Rajan, Governor of RBI was elected as the Vice - Chairman on the Board of Directors of Bank for International Settlements. He became the first Indian to be elected to this position.
6. Former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India Subir Vithal Gokarn was appointed as an Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
7. Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, was appointed as the ethics officer (ombudsman) at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
8. Indo - Canadian Sikh Harjit Sajjan was sworn - in as Defence Minister of Canada.
9. Navtej Singh Sarna was appointed as Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom.
10. Suresh N Patel was appointed as the MD & CEO of Andhra Bank.
11. IRS officer Bhushan Kumar Bansal has been appointed as the sixth member of the Central Board of Excise and Customs.
12. Captain Krishna Swaminathan assumed the charge as the second Commanding Officer of INS Vikramaditya at Karwar.
13. RBI appointed Deepak Singhal as the Executive Director (ED).
14. Republican Paul Ryan was elected as the US House of Representatives.
15. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das was nominated as a Director to the Central Board of Directors of the RBI.
16. Senior IRS of ficer Najib Shah was appointed as Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs.
17. Luxembourg ambassador to the United Nations, Sylvie Lucas was appointed as the Chair of the Inter - Governmental Negotiations (IGN) on
UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms.
18. US President Barack Obama designated veteran Iraq expert Brett McGurk as Special Presidential Envoy to the US - led coalition fighting the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
19. Sunil Kanoria was appointed as the President of The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
20. Prithvi Raj Singh of Jal Bhagirathi Foundation was elected to Board of Governors of World Water Council.
21. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor was selected to be the chief guest of the 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that will start in Goa. On the other hand, film director Shekhar Kapur was selected to be the head of the jury.
22. Renowned Indian nuclear scientist Shekhar Basu took over the posts of Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomi
c Energy.
23. Shaktikanta Das has been nominated to the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank.
24. Subir Gokarn was appointed as an Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund.
25. Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashan k Manohar will be the new BCCI representative at the nternational Cricket Council. He will replace former BCCI president N. Srinivasan.
26. Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has reportedly got
engaged to model - actress Hazel Keech in Bali.
27. Comedian and political neophyte Jimmy Morales was elected President of Guatemala.
28. Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh tied the knot with his long - time girlfriend, actor Geeta Basra.
29. U.S. lawmakers elected Paul Ryan as speaker of the House of Representatives.
30. Mauricio Macri won the presidential election of Argentina.
31. Kuldip Nayar was honoured with Ramnath Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award.
32. Noted Marathi actor Prashant Damle selected for the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.
33. Ashok Amritraj was awarded with an honorary doctorate of Arts by the University of East London.
34. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015.
35. The United States President Barack Obama announced the names of 17 individuals who will receive 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour. The list includes the name of American
professional baseball catcher, manager and coach Yogi Berra (posthumous), and American director, producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg.
36. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, was designated as the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Champion for the Asia Region by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (U
37. Liberian teenager Abraham M Keita was awarded with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2015.
38. Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was honoured with the Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement.
39. Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was awarded the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
40. All India Radio's programme on child labour bagged the first prize under the Community Service Announcement category at the Asia -
Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes 2015.
41. Sociologist and founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak was selected for the prestigious New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award for his contribution to sanitation.
42. Director Pan Nalin’s film, Angry Indian Goddesses, was awarded with BNL People’s Choice Award at the 10th Rome Film Festival held in Rome, Italy.
43. Oscar -winning composer AR Rahman was conferred with Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai.
44. Sitting Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland Khekiho Zhimomi passed away.
45. Former G ujarat Governor Ram Krishna Trivedi died.
46. The patron of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad Ashok Singhal passed away.
47. Veteran Bollywood actor Saeed Jaffrey passed away.
48. A well -known author of children's books, Kamala Laxman, passed away in Pune.
49. Yitzhak Navon, who served as the fifth president of Israel, died.
50. Angad Paul, the youngest son of NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul died.
51. Former England Cricketer Tom Graveney died.
52. Hero Group founder Brijmohan Lall Munjal died.
53. Prime Minister Narenda Modi returned to India concluding his two - nation tour to Malaysia and Singapore. During the 4 Day visit that took place from 21 November to 24 November 2015, Modi participated in ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and met with the heads/leaders of ASEAN states.
54. Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India after his two - nation tour of the United Kingdom and Turkey.
55. World Economic Forum released the Global Gender Gap Report 2015. India stood at the 108th position. Top 5 countries with high gender equality are Iceland (1), Norway (2), Finland (3), Sweden (4) and Ireland (5).
56. Internet and Mobile Association of India released a report entitled Internet in India 2015 report. India’s internet user base will touch 402 million by December 2015 making it the second - largest in the world after China.
57. Tax Justice Network released the Financial Secrecy Index 2015 that ranked jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities. While Switzerland is the most secretive
jurisdiction in the world, India, with 42 ranking, is identified as the moderately secretive among 92 countries/jurisdictions surveyed.
58. Union Ministry of Human Resource Development constituted a drafting committee to frame the New Education Policy. It will be headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian.
59. 23rd Asia - Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Summit was held at Manila, Philippines from 18 November to 19 November 2015.
60. G20 Summit was held for two days in Antalya , Turkey. The summit was attended by all the leaders of the G20 including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, France President Francois Hollande couldn’t attend the summit as Paris came under a coordinated terrorist attack on 13 November 2015.
61. World Robot Olympiad 2015 was held in Doha, Qatar.
62. India and China have decided to establish a ministerial mechanism that would link the two home ministries, filling a vital gap in the overall institutional architecture of the bilateral ties.
63. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will undertake their first
visit to India in the first half of next year.
64. Li Yuanchao, the Vice - President of China will conclude his India visit by sealing agreements marking cooperation on better river water management and cultural exchanges.
65. The British Government has selected two cities of Maharashtra and one from Madhya Pradesh for developing them as ‘Smart City’, Briti
sh Deputy High Commissioner, Mumbai, Kumar Iyer said. The cities in
Maharashtra include Pune and Amravati and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
66. Narendra Modi announced a package of Rs 80,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir and pledged to transform it into a new, modern, progressive and prosperous state for which there will no dearth of money.


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