Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 7th, 8th and 9th November, 2015. These are very Important for the upcoming RBI Grade B and IBPS Clerk Exam 2015.
India Inks $273 Mn Loan Pact With ADB for Funding Rural Roads
- Government has signed a USD 273 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to improve rural roads in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
- The loan constitutes the third tranche, which is also the last tranche of the USD 800 million financing facility under the Rural Connectivity Investment Programme, a Finance Ministry statement said.
- "The loan will help in constructing over 6,000 kilometers of all-weather rural roads in the aforesaid five states, benefiting over 4,200 rural habitations," it added.
- Joint Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs S Selvakumar signed the loan agreement on behalf of government while Teresa Kho, Country Director signed for ADB.
- Selvakumar said that the programme has supported the government's objectives under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) by providing road connectivity in selected rural areas in the five states and improve access of rural communities to markets, health and education facilities.
Union Government issued notification for implementation of OROP
- Union Government on 7 November 2015 issued the notification regarding implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) in respect of Defence Forces personnel.
- The notification is in tune with the modalities for implementation announced on 5 September 2015.
Features of OROP scheme
- Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners retiring in the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of minimum and maximum pension in 2013.
- The benefit will be given with effect from 1 July 2014 to the ex-service men of all the three forces.
- Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected.
- In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.
- Arrears will be paid in four half-yearly instalments.
- All widows, including war widows, will be paid arrears in one instalment.
- Personnel who voluntarily retire will not be covered under the scheme.
- The estimated cost to the exchequer would be 8000 to 10000 crore at present, and will increase further in future.
Union Government decided to impose 0.5% Swachh Bharat Cess on all services
- Union Ministry of Finance on 6 November 2015 decided to impose 0.5 percent Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) on all taxable services. It will be levied in addition to the 14 percent service tax that is in force now.
- The SBC will come into force on 15 November 2015. Its proceeds will be exclusively used to support Swachh Bharat initiative.
- The decision to impose SBC is in tune with the announcement made by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget 2015-16 budget speech advocating for 2 percent additional cess to fund Swachh Bharat.
- As per an estimate, the SBC is expected to fetch additional 4000 crore rupees per annum in tax revenues to the government.
Boeing, Tata Group form JV to make aerostructures
- Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) have joined hands to manufacture aerostructures for aircraft and collaborate on integrated systems development opportunities in India.
- Initially, the Joint Venture would create a manufacturing centre of excellence to produce aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache Helicopter. It would compete for additional manufacturing work packages across Boeing platforms, both commercial and defence, a release from Dubai said on Monday.
- Boeing International President Marc Allen, Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar and Tata Advanced Systems CEO Sukaran Singh attended the ceremony.
- A wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, the TASL offers integrated solutions for aerospace, defence and homeland security. It is a manufacturing partner for global OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus Group, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Cobham Mission Equipment, RUAG Aviation, the release said.
Union Government launched E-Pathshala, Saransh, Shaala Siddhi Portals
- The Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on 7 November 2015 launched the e-Pathshala, Saaransh and National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation Framework (Shala Siddhi) web portals/ mobile apps.
- These portals were launched during the edNEXT, the National Conference on ICT in School Education that was held at New Delhi. During the Conference, Shala Darpan, MDM-IVRS and Ekta project from Alwar, Rajasthan were also show-cased.
E-Pathshala web portal
- E-Pathshala is a web portal which hosts educational resources for Students, Teachers, Parents, researchers and educators.
- It contains textbooks and other e-books as E-Pub 3.0 and Flipbooks in English, Hindi and Urdu.
- It is available through especially developed mobile app interface on Android, IOS and windows platforms for wider access.
Shaala Siddhi web portal
- Shaala Siddhi web portal is a comprehensive instrument for school evaluation which enables the schools to evaluate their performance in more focused and strategic manner.
- The web-portal will help all schools to assess themselves and the results can be seen by all enabling them to provide feedback.
- The initiative has already been successfully piloted in four districts of Tamil Nadu.
- Saransh is a tool which allows the schools to identify areas of improvement in students, teachers and curriculum to facilitate and implement change.
- The platform is presently available for classes 9th to 12th and provides a comprehensive overview of standard 10th performance since 2007 and standard 12th performance since 2009 till the current academic session.
- Presently, results of CBSE are available on this portal/app.
Grand Alliance won the 2015 Assembly Elections of Bihar with two-thirds majority
- Election Commission of India on 8 November 2015 announced the results of the 2015 Assembly elections of Bihar. The elections were held in 5 phases between 12 October and 5 November 2015 for 243 assembly seats.
- Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), JANATA DAL (UNITED) (JD(U)) and Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the winner of the election with thumping two-third majority. RJD, a part of the grand Alliance with 80 seats emerged as the largest party.
Nuclear capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile successfully test-fired
- Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) on 9 November 2015 successfully test-fired surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile.
- The 4000-km range nuclear capable missile was test-fired from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.
- SFC is entrusted with the task of handling strategic weapons of the country.
Features of Angi-IV
- It is 20 meters in length weighs 17 tonnes and carries a pay load of one tone
- With light weight, the missile has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield
- It was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
- It is the fourth missile in the series of Agni missiles. It was earlier known as Agni-II prime
Indian Army successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in Rajasthan
- Indian Army on 7 November 2015 successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. It was launched from an Autonomous Mobile Launcher (AML).
- For BrahMos, it was the 50th test-flight. The previous test-firing was from INS Kochi off the west coast on 1 November 2015.
Features of BrahMos Missile
- It is the first supersonic cruise missile known to be in service and is capable of carrying a conventional and nuclear warhead of 300 kilogram.
- It is a two-stage missile having Solid propellant in the first stage and Ramjet liquid propellant in the second stage.
- It can be launched from land, Sea, Sub-seas and air.
- It operates on Fire and Forget Principle by adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target.
Prof Ashok Misra headed Committee of Eminent Persons on JEE submitted its report
- The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) on 5 November 2015 submitted its report. It was constituted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Council under the Chairmanship of Prof Ashok Misra to suggest reforms to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
Recommendations of the CEP
- Following changes in the structure of JEE shall be effected from 2017 onwards
- A National Testing Service shall be set up by early 2016, mandated to conduct an Aptitude Test, which should test the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability
- The Aptitude test may be offered 2 or more times in a year and would be an online test. The testing shall test the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed through coaching
Nigeria won 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
- Nigeria on 8 November 2015 won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. It was held across 8 cities in Chile since 17 October 2015.
- To win its third championship Nigeria defeated Mali 2-0. Oshimhen and Bamgboye scored the goals for Nigeria at the 56th and 59th minute respectively.
- India will host the bi-annual championship in 2017.
Heena Sindhu won gold in 13th Asian Shooting Championship
- India’s Heena Sindhu on 6 November 2015 won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol women’s event at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship.
- The championship was started on 1 November 2015 and will be held for 12 days in Kuwait City.
- Incidentally, Heena was also the winner of the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event in 8th Asian Air Gun Championship. It was held in New Delhi in September 2015.
Other Indian medal winners in 13th Asian Shooting Championship
- Nivetha won gold in the 10m air pistol junior women’s event
- In the 25m pistol men’s junior event, Shivam Shukla won gold.
- Angad Bajwa secured the individual gold in the junior skeet men’s competition
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became fastest Indian to reach 150 test wickets
- Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on 6 November 2015 became the fastest Indian to reach 150 wickets mark in the Indian test cricket history.
- He achieved this feat when he took Imran Tahir’s wicket in the first innings of the first test against South Africa in Mohali, Punjab.
- In this match, Ashwin also became the first bowler in over 100 years to take 50 wickets after opening the bowling. He achieved this feat in 12 matches off 1888 balls.
- The previous record was held by Colin Blythe of England who took 74 wickets between 1902 and 1910 in 13 tests.
- The test is a part of four-match test series played to win Freedom Trophy, which is in turn is a part of the larger Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series that includes ODIs and T20s as well.
N Srinivasan removed as ICC Chairman
- N Srinivasan was today dethroned as the ICC Chairman after the BCCI decided to recall him and nominate its recently-elected President Shashank Manohar as the chief of the world body.
- The decision to remove Srinivasan was taken at the BCCI’s 86th Annual General Meeting here today, virtually signalling the end of his hold on Indian cricket.
- The tenure of Srinivasan, who took over in June last year, was to end next year in the same month and the remainder of the term would be completed by Manohar as it is India’s turn to hold the top position.
- It is learnt that the resolution favouring replacing Srinivasan with Manohar was passed at the AGM. In case, Manohar cannot attend the ICC meetings, Sharad Pawar will be India’s representative.
- The Tamil Nadu strongman will thus lose his grip on Indian cricket for good after having already been ousted as the BCCI President owing to the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal in which his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was held guilty of betting charges.
Books & Authors –
What Happened to Netaji? authored by former journalist Anuj Dhar released
- Book titled What Happened to Netaji? authored by former journalist Anuj Dhar was released October 2015. The book talks about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in form of an unseen holy man of Faizabad in disguise who lived in several parts of Uttar Pradesh from 1050s to 1980s.
- The book provides three prominent theories of Bose’s death zeroing in on what has come to be known as the Faizabad angle of the Bose mystery.
- The book talks about the controversy surrounding the fate of Subhas Chandra Bose and lights the factual position with regard to the air crash that reportedly killed Netaji in 1945.
Awards & Honors –
Santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma honoured with Kala Shikhar award
- Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on 7 November 2015 was honoured with the Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement.
- The governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to the 77-year old Santoor player in Mumbai.
- On the other hand, Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi) and Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla) were awarded with the Kala Kiran Awards. Special Jury Award was given to Shehnai players Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar.
Former IAF chief OP Mehra passes away
- Former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Om Prakash Mehra, 96, passed away in Delhi.
- Mehra, who also served as the Governor of Maharashtra and Rajasthan, died on Sunday at the Army Research and Referral Hospital.
- His cremation was held on Monday at Brar Square in the Delhi cantonment.
- He is survived by three sons and one daughter.
- Mehra was also honoured with a Padma Vibhushan in 1977 for his service to the IAF.