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Nov 1, 2015
1) A Russian airliner carrying 217
passengers and seven crew members
crashed on 31 October...
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 New Zealand was the defending
champions, having won the 2011
World Cup, and thus also became
the fir...
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the ruling party‟s image in the eyes
of ordinary people fed up with state
graft. He is a trained chemi...
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1) Indian Railway on 1 November 2015
launched a new pilot scheme under
which waitlisted passengers can...
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 However, the absence of
representatives of the Syrian
government and the Syrian
opposition was consp...
Page7CURRENTAFFAIRS
customers from conventional taxis. This
has resulted in huge job threat to taxi
drivers who are not as...
Page8CURRENTAFFAIRS
1) China made an aviation history on 2
November 2015 as it unveiled country‟s
first big homegrown pass...
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3) Leading industrialist Brijmohan Lall
Munjal, who passed away on 1
November 2015, was the founder of...
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Ambani-led Reliance
Communications (RCom). The main
feature of this merger is that it has
resulted in...
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1) Union Govt. held a meeting of Chief
Ministers of seven Naxal-affected States
on 3 November 2015 in...
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menu cards at the canteen and food
plaza at the station are also being
made available in Braille.
 A...
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was kept primarily due to
deteriorating asset quality of Indian
banks.
 Moody‟s in its report, “Bank...
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1) Applications for buying sovereign
gold bonds of Govt. of India are being
accepted from 5 November ...
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3) The Odisha Government and Ministry
of Railways entered into a historic
agreement on 4 November 201...
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5) Which US-based gaming company
will acquire King Digital Entertainment,
the creator of the iconic C...
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1) T-Hub, a start-up incubator built on a
public private partnership (PPP) model,
was inaugurated on ...
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President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in
August 2014.
 It is based on the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi‟s s...
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President Abdulla Yameen‟s official
residence in capital Male. There also
were reports that huge stas...
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Nov 7-8, 2015
1) History was created on 7 November
2015 as the first-ever meeting of the
Presidents o...
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cess will be exclusively used for Swachh
Bharat initiatives.
 Apart from this a 2% regional
connecti...
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over last year‟s assessment.
Country‟s ranking was thus better
than China, which was ranked at
100th
...
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1) The results of the Bihar Assembly
Elections 2015 were declared on 8
November 2015 in which the Gra...
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2011. It is also believed to be country‟s
first free elections since 1990.
 According to preliminary...
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 Nestle India announced that all
samples of Maggi Noodles Masala
have been cleared by three National...
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1) Union Govt. on 10 November 2015
issued letter of award (LoA) for setting
up a new electric locomot...
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 The DLF at Marhowra will
manufacture and supply modern
diesel locomotives of 4500 HP and
6000 HP to...
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to ensure global monetary and financial
stability. Its board comprises all central
bankers.
 Rajan, ...
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1) What was India‟s retail inflation
(consumer price index) during October
2015, which was a four-mon...
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passenger jet aircraft was successfully
flown on 11 November 2015. Which
Japanese conglomerate has de...
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 Indiabulls, which has interests in
real estate development, financial
services and lending, bought ...
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Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi
Arabia, South Africa, South Korea,
Turkey, United Kingdom, United...
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the Indian Navy on 14 November 2015?
– „Mareech‟
Explanation: „Mareech‟ is a state-of-
the-art indige...
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and Li Xuerui of China. While Saina was
the defending champion, Xuerui is the
reigning Olympic champi...
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facility and an arms depot in the
city. The air assault was done just 2
days after the massive terror...
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Nights‟ was broadcasted on
Doordarshan also in 1988-89.
 Some of his mainstream Hindi films
were „Ma...
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patients availing treatment at other
hospitals.

Nov 18, 2015
1) Which Indian institute recently
cre...
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6% of bank‟s stake in its subsidiary
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
Company. This stake is being sol...
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November 2015? – Marriott
International Inc.
Explanation: Marriott International Inc.,
after acquirin...
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7) Senior VHP leader Ashok Singhal
passed away on 17 November 2015 at
the age of 89. He had organized...
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extortion racket in his office that involves
his son. He is on a long leave since July
2015 after his...
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3) Which senior ICICI Bank woman
officer was appointed by Standard
Chartered as the CEO of its India
...
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5) Anil Ambani Group‟s Reliance Power
has made its exit from which Ultra Mega
Power Project (UMPP) as...
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Nov 20, 2015
1) The Seventh Pay Commission
submitted its much anticipated report to
the Union Govt. o...
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2) The Cabinet Committee on Economic
Affairs gave its approval for how much
stake sale in Coal India ...
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leaders met to reach out to discuss
the ambitious Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) trade agreement
– a...
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 The last time RBI employees struck
work was in 2009, again for higher
pensions.
Nov 21, 2015
1) Nit...
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Public Relations Department. Senior
RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui was
given Finance while JD(U)
lead...
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released a pertaining draft act on 18
November 2015? –Maharashtra
Explanation: The Maharashtra Govt. ...
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some of the outstanding works of
debutante directors of 2015.
5) On 19 November 2015 BJP‟s
Prameela S...
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Nov 22-23, 2015
1) In an important development, leaders
of 10-nation group ASEAN declared the
establi...
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Explanation: The Silchar-Lumding is
considered a landmark broad gauge rail
line in Assam as it is exp...
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4) The legendary Windows operating
system completed how many years of
its launch on 20 November 2015?...
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Nov 24-25, 2015
1) World‟s biggest ever merger in the
healthcare sector was announced on 23
November ...
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 Nippon Life Insurance has so far
invested an aggregate of Rs. 5,327
crore for acquiring 49 per cent...
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4) The BJP made its debut in the
Assembly of which Northeastern state
as announced in the assembly by...
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Nov 26, 2015
1) Which new global regulation for
passport usage as mandated by the
International Civil...
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  2. 2. Page2CURRENTAFFAIRS Nov 1, 2015 1) A Russian airliner carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed on 31 October 2015 resulting in death of all persons on-board. A militant group affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for downing of this plane. This crash took place in which country? – Egypt Explanation: A Russian aircraft carrying 224 persons (including seven crew members) crashed on 31 October 2015 in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. The aircraft (Flight 7K9268) had taken-off for Russia from Egypt‟s famous Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh and it went off radar 23 minutes after taking off.  The flight was an international chartered passenger flight operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia (branded as Metrojet). It was en- route to Saint Petersburg. Most of the passengers were Russians while four were Ukrainian and one was Belarusian.  The wreckage was found roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the North Sinai town of El-Arish. All 224 persons on-board this flight were killed in the crash.  Shortly after the crash, Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the incident. IS claimed this was in revenge for Russian air strikes against militants in Syria, where IS controls territories, along with contiguous Iraqi territories. 2) The 2015 Rugby World Cup (Men) was won by which country on 31 October 2015? – New Zealand Explanation: Final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup was played at London‟s Twickenham Stadium on 31 October 2015. New Zealand defeated arch rivals and neighbors Australia by 34 -17 to win the title. With this New Zealand has won the Rugby World Cup thrice and has become the most successful team as far as Rugby World Cup is concerned.
  3. 3. Page3CURRENTAFFAIRS  New Zealand was the defending champions, having won the 2011 World Cup, and thus also became the first-ever team to successfully defend their Rugby World title.  Earlier on 30 October 2015 South Africa defeated Argentina by 24-13 to win third place in the world cup.  2015 Rugby World Cup was held in England from 18 September to 31 October 2015. It was the 8th edition of the World Cup and saw participation from 20 countries. 3) What is the name of the top-of-the- line annual exercise of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that commenced from 31 October 2015? – Livewire Explanation: Livewire is the name of the annual exercise of the IAF which seeks to evaluate the operational capability of the force in case of full- fledged hostility. This exercise also provides the IAF to check its latest operational concepts in practical environment.  Along with operational requirements, maintenance as well as administrative requirements are also being tested in as close to the likely real-time scenario as possible. Apart from this, joint operations with the Indian Army and the Indian Navy are also part of the 2015 edition of Livewire. 4) Who was elected as the new President of Tanzania in the recently held election in the country? – John Magufuli Explanation: John Magufuli is a leader of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party which won the Presidential elections. He secured 58% votes in these elections.  The Presidential elections in Tanzania were held on 25 October 2015. In the presidential race, the ruling party‟s candidate, John Magufuli, was pitted against former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, who defected to the opposition earlier this year after being rejected as the ruling party‟s candidate.  Lowassa (62), was Prime Minister in President Jakaya Kikwete‟s government from 2005 to 2008, but was forced to resign by a corruption scandal.  55-year old John Magufuli is widely seen as a corruption-free, effective public servant who could improve
  4. 4. Page4CURRENTAFFAIRS the ruling party‟s image in the eyes of ordinary people fed up with state graft. He is a trained chemist from country‟s north-western Chato district. 5) Which high ranking government official was nominated in the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) by the Union Government on 30 October 2015? – Shaktikanta Das Explanation: Shaktikanta Das is the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre officer. His nomination into RBI‟s Central Board came to effect from 30 October.  RBI‟s Central Board is the highest body of the RBI which takes decisions with regard to general direction of RBI policies. It is headed by the RBI Governor and has 21 members altogether. Four Deputy Governors of the RBI and two representatives of the Ministry of Finance are also part of this elite body. Nov 2, 2015
  5. 5. Page5CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) Indian Railway on 1 November 2015 launched a new pilot scheme under which waitlisted passengers can get confirmed accommodation in next alternative train if they opt for the option while booking their tickets online. What is the name given to this unique pilot scheme? – „Vikalp‟ Explanation: „Vikalp‟ is the name of the new alternative train accommodation scheme, which was launched on 1 November 2015 by Indian Railways. It has initially been launched on a pilot basis on two sectors – Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu.  Initially, Vikalp scheme will be available only for the tickets booked through internet for six months and option will be limited to mail and express trains on the two selected sectors. As per the scheme, waitlisted passengers of a train would be given option of getting confirmed accommodation in the next train running on the route.  Passenger, if opts for the Vikalp scheme while booking tickets online, will get SMS alert on their mobile phone about getting confirmed accommodation in alternative train. Railway aims to achieve the twin objectives of providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation by this scheme. 2) The 2-day talks to seek a diplomatic solution to end the Syrian civil war were held on 29-30 October 2015 at which place? –Vienna (Austria) Explanation: 11 countries met at Vienna on 29-30 October 2015 with the primary objective to seek a diplomatic solution to end the Syrian civil war. These 11 countries were – the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon, France, Britain and Germany. Representatives of the European Union also took part in the talks.
  6. 6. Page6CURRENTAFFAIRS  However, the absence of representatives of the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition was conspicuous during the talks.  It was the first time that Iran was invited in talks pertaining to Syria.  The Syrian civil war, now in its fifth year, has left 250,000 dead and displaced more than half of Syria‟s population of 22 million, according to the United Nations. The war has greatly contributed to European migrant crisis. It also created a power vacuum that allowed Islamic State militants to seize large swaths of eastern Syria and western Iraq. 3) What is the name of the new minister inducted in the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on 31 October 2015, who came into news as he was inducted in the Cabinet despite him neither being a member of the ruling Samajawadi Party (SP) and nor him being a member of either of the Houses in UP? – Balwant Singh Ramoowalia Explanation: Balwant Singh Ramoowalia is a former union minister and a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). He was Union minister for Labour Welfare in 1996 as Rajya Sabha member and was two- time Lok Sabha member for SAD.  But on 31 October he was surprisingly included in the newly reconstituted Cabinet of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Yadav had expanded his Cabinet a day after sacking 8 ministers of his Cabinet.  Ramoowalia‟s induction was surprising because he had not joined the Samajwadi Party till the day of his induction. Apart from this he is not associated with UP politics in any way and is not a member of either Houses of UP Assembly. 4) Which political party of the country is planning to launch a call-taxi service on the lines of cab aggregators like Uber, Ola and Meru with the objective of providing job opportunities to taxi drivers? – CPI (M) Explanation: CPI (M) leader and former Rajya Sabha MP P. Rajeeve recently announced that the party is planning to launch a call-taxi service on lines of leading cab aggregators like Uber, Ola and Meru who have weaned away
  7. 7. Page7CURRENTAFFAIRS customers from conventional taxis. This has resulted in huge job threat to taxi drivers who are not associated with any of the cab aggregators.  CPI (M) is planning the trial-run of the call-taxi service from November 2015 and this will be done in association with taxi unions. It is worth mentioning that the drivers affiliated to unions like CPI (M)‟s CITU are now faced with loss of work due to aggressive policies of cab aggregators.  Party feels that due to low fares and better, technology-based service of the aggregators, conventional drivers are losing customers to them and this is resulting in conflicts between conventional taxi drivers and those of the aggregators. 5) Who won the Mexican F1 Grand Prix on 1 November 2015, the event which made its comeback to F1 circuit after 23 years? – Nico Rosberg (Germany) Explanation: Mercedes‟ Nico Rosberg won the Mexican F1 Grand Prix title to score his first victory for more than four months as he beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton (Britain) on 1 November 2015.  This was just the fourth win of the season for Rosberg and this win moved him back into second in the championship behind Ferrari‟s Sebastian Vettel (Germany). Williams‟ Valtteri Bottas claimed the third spot. Mexican Grand Prix made its return to the F1 season after 23 years with this race. Last Mexican GP was held in 1992 and then the event was taken-off the F1 circuit from 1993 to 2014. The event was first held as a non-championship event in 1962 before being held as a F1 championship event from 1963-1970 and 1986-1992. Nov 3, 2015
  8. 8. Page8CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) China made an aviation history on 2 November 2015 as it unveiled country‟s first big homegrown passenger jet off the assembly line in Shanghai on this day. With this China joined an elite group of countries capable of making large passenger aircrafts. What is the name of this first Chinese passenger jet? – C919 Explanation: China unveiled its first large passenger jet C919 at a hangar near Shanghai‟s Pudong international airport on 2 November 2015. This 158- seater passenger jet aims to rival Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.  C919 has been developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). Work on this aircraft began in 2008 and the first test flight of the aircraft is expected to take place in 2016. However, many of the plane‟s systems have been provided by foreign companies, including Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.  Development of passenger jet by the country is being seen as a major achievement by the country. It also has a huge symbolic value for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 2) Which Indian automobile car company has roped in Argentinian football legend Lionel Messi as the new global brand ambassador for its passenger cars, as disclosed on 2 November 2015? – Tata Motors Explanation: A senior officials of Tata Motors confirmed that Messi has been roped in to promote companies passenger cars. Messi himself drives a Range Rover whose manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, is owned by Tata Motors.  The company will now kick off a campaign „#madeofgreat‟ on 3 November 2015 seeking to showcase the confluence of two global brands, Tata Motors and Lionel Messi.
  9. 9. Page9CURRENTAFFAIRS 3) Leading industrialist Brijmohan Lall Munjal, who passed away on 1 November 2015, was the founder of which Indian automobile behemoth? – Hero MotoCorp Explanation: Brijmohan Lall Munjal is widely regarded as the father of the Indian two-wheeler industry. He was the founder of Hero Motocorp, the world‟s largest two-wheeler manufacturer.  Born in 1923 in Punjab‟s Kamalia, now in Pakistan, Brijmohan Munjal and his brothers shifted base to Amritsar in 1943 and then to Ludhiana, where they gave shape to their bicycle component business. The business graduated to cycle manufacturing and in 1975, Hero Cycles became the largest cycle producer in India.  Later Munjal inked an agreement with Honda in the 1980s to manufacture motorcycles in India. Hero Honda was born as a result of the 1984 agreement and the entity ruled the motorcycle market in India. In 2011, Hero parted ways with Honda to create Hero MotoCorp. Both Honda and Hero have grown since then although Hero remains the largest player with revenues of Rs 27,500 crore in FY15.  He was conferred with the „Padma Bhushan, India‟s third civilian honour in 2005. He passed away at the age of 92 at a Delhi hospital. His last rites were performed on 2 November 2015. 4) MTS India, the wireless, broadband and mobile communication service provider, merged with which telecommunications entity as announced on 2 November 2015? – Reliance Communications (RCom) Explanation: MTS India is the joint- venture between India‟s Sistema Shyam TeleServices and Russian telecommunication company Mobile TeleSystems (MTS). The entity provides a variety of wireless, broadband and mobile communication services under the brand name MTS.  On 2 November MTS India announced its merger with Anil
  10. 10. Page10CURRENTAFFAIRS Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom). The main feature of this merger is that it has resulted in RCom having overtaken Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio as the holder of the biggest amount of 800 MHz 4G spectrum in India.  800 MHz 4G spectrum is considered most appropriate because it can go inside houses and buildings, unlike other bands which are not very good for in- building use. 5) What is India‟s position in the recently released annual report on world‟s most valuable nation brands compiled by Brand Finance? – Seventh Explanation: With a total brand value of $2.1 billion India recorded a 32% increase in its „national brand value‟ as complied by Brand Finance for 2015. Thus India moved up one position to become the world‟s seventh most valued „nation brand‟.  India is the second most valued among these emerging economies after China, followed by Brazil, Russia and South Africa. It is only country among the BRICS countries to have witnessed an increase in its brand value.  The US remains on the top with a valuation of $19.7 billion, followed by China ($6.3 billion) and Germany at the second and the third positions respectively. The UK is ranked 4th , Japan is at fifth position and France is sixth on the list.  The national brand valuation is based on five year forecasts of sales of all brands in each nation and follows a complex process. Nov 4, 2015
  11. 11. Page11CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) Union Govt. held a meeting of Chief Ministers of seven Naxal-affected States on 3 November 2015 in view of continuous incidents of Maoist violence. This important meeting was held to chalk out a strategy to fight the Naxal menace and was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Which 7 Naxal-affected states were invited to this meeting? – 1) Chhattisgarh, 2) Jharkhand, 3) Bihar, 4) Andhra Pradesh, 5) Maharashtra, 6) Odisha and 7) Telangana Explanation: The meeting discussed overall Left-wing extremism (LWE) scenario in 35 worst-affected states in the said 7 sates. Altogether 105 districts in 10 states are affected by Naxal violence, of which 35 districts in seven states are considered to be worst-hit.  The main agenda of the meeting was – Action against mass front organisations of the CPI (Maoist), preparation of specific anti-LWE operations plans and checking of flow of funds to the LWE cadres.  The meeting formulated plans on how to maximise the use of around 1,10,000 paramilitary personnel currently deployed in Naxal-hit states, monitoring of pilferage of explosives and IEDs (improvised explosive device), rehabilitation of family members of persons killed in LWE violence and investigation of important cases against the naxalites with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and state police forces. 2) Which railway station became the first visually-challenged-friendly station in India on 3 November 2015? – Mysuru (Karnataka) Explanation: Mysuru became country‟s first visually challenged friendly station on 3 November after many important info-objects such as tactile maps of the railway station and train schedules in Braille were unveiled at the Mysuru Railway station on this day.  Along with tactile maps of station describing the location and distance of entrance, platforms, counters, washrooms etc., schedule of trains, showing their arrival and departure time, the authorities have also put up 400 metal signages in Braille along the railings of the staircases leading various platforms. The
  12. 12. Page12CURRENTAFFAIRS menu cards at the canteen and food plaza at the station are also being made available in Braille.  Anuprayaas, an NGO assisted the railways in make Mysuru railway station blind-friendly. 3) Internet giant Google is poised to partner BSNL on a pilot project for providing Internet connectivity by using large balloons. What is the name of this project which uses big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometres above earth surface for transmission of Internet services? – „Project Loon‟ Explanation: Google has recently approached Indian government to seek permission to set up the „Project Loon‟ and Drone-based Internet transmission. The govt. has approved testing of the project as of now. A committee under chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), has been formed to work on it.  Google is now poised to partner with BSNL for testing this technology by using broadband spectrum in 2.6 Ghz band.  Google, under its „Project Loon‟, is using big balloons floating at a height of 20 kilometres above earth surface for transmission of Internet services. It has already tested this technology in New Zealand, California (the U.S.) and Brazil.  As per Google, each balloon can provide connectivity to a ground area about 40 km in diameter using a wireless communications technology called LTE or 4G. One major advantage of this project will be that it will not require mobile towers for Internet transmission. 4) What is the latest outlook of global Global rating agency Moody‟s with regards to the Indian banking system as disclosed by the agency on 1 November 2015? – It will remain stable over the next 12-18 months Explanation: Thus Moody‟s has upgraded its outlook for the Indian banking system to stable from negative. This has been done on account of gradual improvement in operating environment.  It is worth mentioning that Moody‟s has maintained a „negative‟ outlook for the Indian banking system since November 2011. Negative outlook
  13. 13. Page13CURRENTAFFAIRS was kept primarily due to deteriorating asset quality of Indian banks.  Moody‟s in its report, “Banking System Outlook – India: Gradual Improvement in Operating Environment Drives Stable Outlook,” said the stable outlook is based on its assessment of five drivers including improvement in operating environment and stable asset risk and capital scenario. 5) What is the name of the controversial Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Indian Premier League (IPL) who resigned from his post on 3 November 2015? – Sundar Raman Explanation: Raman was a controversial figure in BCCI-promoted IPL and he had faced a lot of flak following the outbreak of 2013 IPL spot- fixing scandal involving former Board President N. Srinivasan‟s son-in-law G. Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals‟ then co-owner Raj Kundra. Despite all the controversies, Raman managed to sail through for two years.  In an effort to clean up the system, the BCCI promptly accepted Raman‟s resignation.  According to some media reports he had been asked by BCCI President Shashank Manohar to put in his papers by 31 October 2015. Nov 5, 2015
  14. 14. Page14CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) Applications for buying sovereign gold bonds of Govt. of India are being accepted from 5 November 2015. The ambitious scheme of sovereign gold bonds instead of purchasing of physical gold is being launched by which entity? –Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Explanation: Sovereign gold bonds will be issued by the Reserve Bank of India. They will carry the market value of particular amount of gold it is issued. If the price of gold increases the value of the bond will also go up, thus benefiting investors.  The applications for these bonds will be accepted from 5 November to 20 November 2015 by the RBI. The bonds will be issued from 26 November 2015.  Investors can buy a minimum of 2 units or 2 grams and a maximum at 500 grams per fiscal year. Investors will get a fixed rate of interest of 2.75% per annum (payable every 6 months) on the initial value of investment.  The bonds have a maturity period of 8 years, with exit option from the fifth year. Holdings can be redeemed in multiples of one gram. 2) Who will be the new Chief Justice of India (CJI), as announced on 4 November 2015? – Justice Tirath Singh Thakur Explanation: Justice Tirath Singh Thakur (Justice T.S. Thakur) will replace Justice H.L. Dattu as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on 2 December 2015. His name was recommended by Justice H.L. Dattu on 4 November 2015. However, his Warrant of Appointment would be issued only after the President gives his approval.  Justice Thakur is the senior-most judge after Justice Dattu and his appointment as the next CJI also signals that seniority reigns supreme in the highest judiciary following the revival of the Collegium system.  Justice Thakur will become 43rd CJI of India and would be in office till 4 January 2017.
  15. 15. Page15CURRENTAFFAIRS 3) The Odisha Government and Ministry of Railways entered into a historic agreement on 4 November 2015 that is likely to lay the track for the first railway line to reach one of India‟s most backward districts. Which district of Odisha is this, which is often described as “District Zero” by the media? – Nabarangpur Explanation: Nabarangpur in southern Odisha is often termed as one of the most backward districts of the country. Lack of rail connectivity is often listed as the major reason for area‟s backwardness.  On 4 November 2015 a path- breaking agreement for setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for constructing a 40-km link connecting the Nabarangpur district headquarters to the nearest station at Jeypore in neighbouring Koraput district was signed between the Govt. of Odisha and Indian Railways.  The said rail-link was evidently held up for so long because it was found to be economically unviable. Odisha Govt. has decided to go for the SPV model with the state government contributing 51% of the project cost, including land. This would result in connect Nabarangpur district to rest of the country. 4) World Economic Forum‟s (WEF) India summit was inaugurated by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at New Delhi on 4 November 2015. Participants from across various fields engaged in an intense one-day dialogue during the summit. What was the theme of this WEF India Summit? – „Delivering Growth in the New Context‟ Explanation: The WEF India Summit 2015 witnessed participation of more than 250 national stakeholders and leaders from government, including 8 ministers, business and civil society. The participants engaged in an intense one-day dialogue looking at the fast- changing economic, political and social landscape in India.  The participants deliberated on forces of change in India in the context of five of WEF‟s global challenges – a) agriculture and food security, b) environment and resource security, c) employment, skills and human capital, d) long- term investing, infrastructure and urban development and e) financial inclusion.
  16. 16. Page16CURRENTAFFAIRS 5) Which US-based gaming company will acquire King Digital Entertainment, the creator of the iconic Candy Crush Saga, for $5.9 billion, as disclosed on 3 November 2015? – Activision Blizzard Explanation: Activision Blizzard is the producer of world famous „World of Warcraft‟ and „Call of Duty‟ games. It will acquire King Digital Entertainment for a cash-deal worth $5.9 billion. The acquisition would make Activision Blizzard a global leader in interactive entertainment across mobile, console and PC platforms.  Activision Blizzard is offering $18 in cash for each King share, and the deal is expected to boost Activision‟s earnings by about 30%.  The „Call of Duty‟ series is one of the world‟s best-selling console games, while Candy Crush Saga is among the most popular games on mobile devices. Video game publishers are switching from the physical sale of games to digital growth as consumers move from consoles to playing on smartphones and tablets.  King Digital Entertainment has focused on a business model that allows users to play a game for free, but pay extra for additional features. Nov 6, 2015
  17. 17. Page17CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) T-Hub, a start-up incubator built on a public private partnership (PPP) model, was inaugurated on 5 November 2015 by industrialist Ratan Tata. This start-up incubator, which is the largest in India till date, has been established in which city? –Hyderabad Explanation: With opening of „T-Hub‟, a brand new 70,000 square feet facility for giving motivation push to start-ups, Telangana capital Hyderabad has bid its claim to become India‟s start-up capital. This establishment expects to house over 300 start-ups and have a futuristic workspace for up to 800 people. The Telangana government has invested Rs 40 crore to build this biggest incubator facility in the country.  „T-Hub‟ is a PPP (public-private partnership) between the Government of Telangana, IIIT- Hyderabad, ISB and NALSAR and key private sector leaders. As many as four angel networks, 30 seed funds and 20 venture capital funds have been roped in to participate in accelerating the start-up activity. 2) IMPRINT India, an initiative to develop a road map for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in 10 technology domains relevant for the country, was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on 5 November 2015. This is a joint initiative of which prestigious institutions of the country? – IISc (Bangalore) and 5 IITs Explanation: Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and 5 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have done extensive consultations and arrived at specific themes in each area of research that has immediate social relevance. This initiative has been named IMPRINT India, where IMPRINT stands for Impacting Research Innovation and Technology.  IMPRINT India will motivate India‟s technical institutions to conduct research in 10 areas where the country is heavily dependent on foreign technology. These 10 areas include health care, information and communication technology, energy, sustainable habitat, nano- technology hardware, water resources and river systems, advanced materials, manufacturing, security & defence and environment & climate.  The idea of launching „Imprint India‟ originated during the conference of chairmen, board of governors and directors of IITs, convened by the
  18. 18. Page18CURRENTAFFAIRS President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in August 2014.  It is based on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi‟s suggestion that research done by institutions of national importance must be linked with immediate requirements of the society at large.  5 IITs involved in this initiative are – IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. 3) An India-born former soldier was inducted into the Cabinet of the new Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 4 November 2015. What is his name? – Harjit Singh Sajjan Explanation: Harjit Singh Sajjan was named as the Minister of National Defence in the newly constituted Cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 4 November 2015. Sajjan was elected to Canadian Parliament for the first time in last month‟s election.  Sajjan was born in Punjab (India) in a Sikh family. His family immigrated to Canada when he was five years old. He grew up in Vancouver. He joined Vancouver Police Department and worked for 11 years and later became a regular in Canadian Army. In 2011, he became the first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment when he was named commander of the British Columbia Regiment.  Sajjan‟s appointment as Defence Minister is illustrative of the younger, more diverse cabinet that new liberal PM Trudeau had aimed to create.  Sajjan will oversee an anticipated change in Canada‟s military involvement in the battle against militants in Syria and Iraq. Newly sworn-in Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already said he wants to end Canada‟s air strikes in the region in favour of providing humanitarian help. 4) Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the country on 4 November 2015. What is the primary reason for declaring 30-day emergency in the country? – Discovery of explosive devices near President‟s official residence Explanation: The tiny Indian Ocean nation of Maldives witnessed frenzy as explosive devices were discovered near
  19. 19. Page19CURRENTAFFAIRS President Abdulla Yameen‟s official residence in capital Male. There also were reports that huge stashes of weapons were stolen from army stores. These incidents were perceived as a threat to the public and the nation and the govt. imposed 30-day emergency on 4 November.  It is also worth mentioning that the emergency declaration came two days before a demonstration planned by the main opposition party – the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed was jailed in March 2015 after a widely criticised conviction under anti-terror laws.  The Maldives has been rocked by political infighting in recent weeks, with Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate the president by blowing up his boat. 5) According to an announcement made by the New and Renewable Energy Ministry on 4 November 2015 which US- based solar power company won a bid to sell solar power in India at a record low tariff of just Rs. 4.63 per kilowatt- hour? – SunEdison Explanation: According to the information disclosed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Missouri- based SunEdison won the auction for a 500 megawatt project in Andhra Pradesh. What was remarkable about this auction was that it was won for an all-time low solar tariff of just Rs. 4.63 per kilowatt-hour.  The previous lowest solar tariff in India was about 5.05 rupees per kilowatt-hour for Canadian company SkyPower‟s project in Madhya Pradesh.  This bid is expected to give a big boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‟s push for clean energy to combat climate change as falling rates could unlock more government support for solar and wind energy. Japan‟s Softbank and iPhone maker Foxconn have already pledged to invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India. 
  20. 20. Page20CURRENTAFFAIRS Nov 7-8, 2015 1) History was created on 7 November 2015 as the first-ever meeting of the Presidents of China and Taiwan was held on this day. Relations between the two countries have remained strained since China claimed sovereignty over Taiwan in 1949. This historic meeting was held at which place? –Singapore Explanation: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou held a landmark meeting in Singapore on 7 November 2015, which was the first ever meeting between top leaders of the two sides. The meeting focused on relations across the Taiwan Straits.  Relations between the two countries have remained cold and tense since China had claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949. This happened after China‟s Nationalist government fled to Taiwan after defeat by the Communists. Chiang Kai-shek‟s Kuomintang (KMT) nationalists formed their own government in Taiwan after Mao Zedong‟s communists took power in Beijing in 1949.  The Chinese government claims Taiwan as part of its territory and threatens to counter any move to outright independence by military force. The relations between the two countries worsened Taiwan lost its seat at the United Nations (UN) to China in 1971.  Ties with China have improved under President Ma Ying-jeou, whose Kuomintang (KMT) party is seen as pro-Beijing. However, Ma suffered a crushing defeat in local elections last year, a result that was widely seen as a rejection of President Ma‟s push for closer ties with China. 2) Union Govt. on 6 November 2015 imposed how much Swachh Bharat Cess on all services? – 0.5% Explanation: The Swachh Bharat cess of 0.5% will be imposed on all services now liable to service tax from 15 November 2015. The proceeds from this
  21. 21. Page21CURRENTAFFAIRS cess will be exclusively used for Swachh Bharat initiatives.  Apart from this a 2% regional connectivity cess on international air travel and flights between metros and big cities will also be imposed. The cess for the creation of the regional connectivity fund (RCF) corpus will be levied from 1 January 2016 to enable the regional connectivity scheme to start from 1 April 2016. 3) India and Russia started their joint- military exercise named „INDRA 2015‟ from 7 November 2015. This is the seventh edition in a series of annual bilateral exercises between the two countries. This joint military exercise is being held at which place in India? – Bikaner (Rajasthan) Explanation: „INDRA 2015‟, the 7th edition of the annual series of joint military exercises between India and Russia commenced on 7 November 2015 at Bikaner. The exercise will conclude on 20 November 2015.  The joint exercise this year focuses on „Counter Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate‟. The joint training would also focus on ensuring a high degree of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedures.  During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of missions including joint planning, cordon and search operations, search and rescue, joint tactical drills and special arms skills. The exercise is being conducted in two phases, namely „Combat Conditioning & Tactical Training‟ and „Validation‟ phases. 4) What is India‟s rank in the recently released Transparency International‟s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2014 which ranks countries on a scale for the perceived levels of public sector corruption? – 85 (out of 175 countries) Explanation: In the study of 175 countries by anti-graft organisation Transparency International, India was ranked 85. The Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 was released by Transparency International on 6 November 2015.  India was assigned a score of 38 points out of maximum score of 100. India‟s score grew by two points
  22. 22. Page22CURRENTAFFAIRS over last year‟s assessment. Country‟s ranking was thus better than China, which was ranked at 100th place with a total score of 36 points.  The Index rated Denmark as the least corrupt country with a score of 92. Somalia and North Korea jointly have been rated as the most corrupt countries with scores of eight.  According to the information disclosed by Transparency International, not a single country got a perfect score (100) and more than two-third countries scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide based on “expert opinion” from around the world. 5) Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh continued his sensational foray into professional boxing with a second successive knockout triumph on 7 November 2015. In this bout he knocked-out which British boxer in the first round itself? – Dean Gillen Explanation: Vijender humbled British boxer Dean Gillen in the second fight of his professional career by a knockout win in just the first round. The bout was held on 7 November at Dublin (Ireland).  Former Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender had started his professional career in style with a technical knockout win against Englishman Sonny Whiting. Nov 9-10, 2015
  23. 23. Page23CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) The results of the Bihar Assembly Elections 2015 were declared on 8 November 2015 in which the Grand Alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav humiliated BJP-led NDA front. The Grand Alliance comprising Nitish Kumar‟s JD(U), Lalu Prasad Yadav‟s RJD and the Congress notched-up a stunning 178 seats against 58 mustered by the NDA. With this win, Nitish Kumar would become Bihar Chief Minister for ………..time. – Fourth Explanation: Nitish Kumar has been Bihar Chief Minister for three terms. His first term was just for 8 days in March 2000 when he was part of the erstwhile Samata Party. His second term was from 24 November 2005 to 20 May 2014. On 16 May 2014 he had resigned taking moral responsibility for his party‟s poor performance in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. His third term was from 22 February 2015 as he succeeded his former ally Jitan Ram Manjhi. Having won a decisive mandate in 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections, Nitish is poised to become Bihar Chief Minister for fourth time. He will now take oath after Chhath festival, state‟s most prominent festival. Results at a Glance : Bihar Assembly Elections 2015 (Total Seats 243) JD(U) Combine – 178 JD(U) – 71, RJD – 80, Congress – 27 BJP Combine – 58 BJP – 53, LJP – 2, RLSP – 2, HAM – 1 Others – 7 2) History was created in Myanmar on 8 November 2015 as country‟s first openly contested national election in 25 years was held on this day. The results of these historic elections were declared on 9 November in which Aung San Suu Kyi‟s party emerged as the winner. What is the name of this party? – National League for Democracy (NLD) Explanation: The elections held on 8 November 2015 were Myanmar‟s first general elections since its long-ruling military ceded power to President Thein Sein‟s quasi-civilian government in
  24. 24. Page24CURRENTAFFAIRS 2011. It is also believed to be country‟s first free elections since 1990.  According to preliminary reports Nobel-laureate Aung San Suu Kyi- led National League for Democracy (NLD) has won majority of the seats in these elections. On 9 November the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) conceded its defeat to NLD. The military-backed USDP has been in power since 2011. However, 25% of seats are reserved for unelected military representatives, who are expected to side with the USDP.  Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency as the constitution disqualifies anyone with foreign offspring. Her children are British. 3) West African country Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 7 November 2015 bringing huge cheer to country‟s populace. With this, which is the only country in the region still affected with this deadly virus? –Guinea Explanation: The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa primarily affected three countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Other neighbouring countries like Senegal, Mali and Nigeria were also affected by Ebola to marginal extent. But Liberia and Sierra Leone have been officially declared Ebola-free in 2015 and with it Guinea remains the only country still affected with it.  Ebola has killed over 11 thousand people in West Africa since it was first reported in Guinea in December 2013. This is the most widespread Ebola epidemic in history. However, with huge efforts on part of governments, NGOs, WHO and other organizations, Liberia was officially declared Ebola-free first in May and later September 2015. On 7 November Sierra Leone was also declared Ebola-free. There are a handful Ebola cases still in Guinea, from where the epidemic started. 4) Global FMCG behemoth Nestle‟s Indian subsidiary re-launched its popular Maggi noodles in India on 9 November 2015. Maggi re-launch was done five months after they were banned for allegedly containing lead beyond permissible levels. Nestle India has partnered with which online company for this product‟s rollout? – Snpadeal Explanation: Nestle India began rollout of Maggi noodles from 9 November and for this the company has tied up with online marketplace Snapdeal.
  25. 25. Page25CURRENTAFFAIRS  Nestle India announced that all samples of Maggi Noodles Masala have been cleared by three National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories-accredited labs as mandated by the Bombay High Court.  However, Maggi noodles will not be available in eight states that have banned its sale.  In June 2015, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had banned Maggi noodles, saying it was unsafe and hazardous for consumption after finding lead beyond permissible limits. The company had soon withdrawn the noodles brand from the market. 5) Y. Ramakrishna Reddy and Lakshmi Kanta Reddy, two amateur archaeologists, came to news recently for discovering rock paintings belonging to Mesolithic periods in Andhra Pradesh. The paintings representing geometrical designs are seen on a big boulder executed in red ochre. This unique discovery has been made in which district of Andhra Pradesh? – Kadapa Explanation: Kadapa district is in Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh. The discovery of paintings belonging to Mesolithic periods was made at Peddakona near Anantapadmanabha temple in Kadapa district.  Ramakrishna Reddy, working as conductor in the Proddutur bus depot of AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and Lakshmi Kanta Reddy, a police constable in APSP battalion, Siddhavatam, discovered these paintings during their visit to a fort in the region.  The paintings representing geometrical designs are seen on a big boulder executed in red ochre. The lines painted in the shape of rectangles, triangles and circles denote abstract forms of some animals.  Nov 11-12, 2015
  26. 26. Page26CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) Union Govt. on 10 November 2015 issued letter of award (LoA) for setting up a new electric locomotive factory in Bihar to Alstom Manufacturing India Limited. This new state-of-the-art plant is being established at which place in Bihar? –Madhepura Explanation: The Electric Locomotive Factory (ELF) at Madhepura will be established as a joint-venture between Ministry of Railways and Alstom Manufacturing India Limited. For this a new entity will be established as a joint- venture between the two entities.  The factory would manufacture and supply modern electric locomotives of high horse power (HP), i.e., 12000 HP. The plant will manufacture and procure 800 such locomotives in 11 years. The basic cost of these 800 electric locomotives will be Rs. 19,000 crore. The project requires only five electric locomotives to be imported. The balance 795 locomotives are to be manufactured in India.  These High Horse Power (12000 HP) locomotives would be a quantum leap over the existing 6000 HP locomotives used for freight operations. These modern and powerful electric locos will be useful for heavy haul freight operations and mega freight operations in the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor and all India operations.  Investment of Rs. 1,300 crore will be done to establish this ELF. Establishment of ELF at Madhepura is expected to lead to substantial development of ancillary manufacturing units, generation of direct and indirect employment and substantial development in the region. 2) Union Govt. on 9 November 2015 issued letter of award for setting up a Diesel Locomotive Factory (DLF) at Marhowra (District Saran) in Bihar. 1,000 diesel locomotives will be manufactured at this DLF over a period of 10 years. Which US-based company has roped in for this joint-venture? – GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Limited Explanation: GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Limited is the Indian subsidiary of US conglomerate GE. This entity will form a joint-venture with Ministry of Railways for establishment for this proposed DLF at Marhowra in Bihar.
  27. 27. Page27CURRENTAFFAIRS  The DLF at Marhowra will manufacture and supply modern diesel locomotives of 4500 HP and 6000 HP to Indian Railways. The basic cost of 1000 Freight Locos will be about Rs.14,656 crore.  This project is expected to usher in new technologies into the Indian Industry at large through high paced indigenization within first two to three years of commencing production. The move is also seen as a giant leap forward in Union Govt.‟s „Make in India‟ drive. 3) Union Govt. eased foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for how many sectors on 10 November 2015? – Fifteen (15) Explanation: The Union Govt. eased FDI norms in 15 major sectors on 10 November and raised the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval limit from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 5,000 crore.  The major sectors in which FDI norms have been relaxed included defence, construction, civil aviation, media, mining, broadcasting, banking, agriculture and single brand retail.  Within defence manufacturing, firms can automatically increase foreign ownership to 49%, without seeking government approval.  In banking sector it will now become easier for private sector lenders such as Axis bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Yes Bank to raise fresh foreign capital, as foreign portfolio investors can buy stakes of up to 74% on condition there will be no change in control and management.  The government also eased rules on sourcing for single-brand retailers, particularly for high-tech, and allowed them to sell online without specific permissions. 4) RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS) on 10 November 2015. With this he became the first Indian central bank Governor to become the vice-chairman of BIS. BIS is headquartered in which Swiss city? – Basel Explanation: BIS is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and acts as a coordinating body among central banks
  28. 28. Page28CURRENTAFFAIRS to ensure global monetary and financial stability. Its board comprises all central bankers.  Rajan, who has been a vocal votary for increased co-ordination among central banks, was elected vice- chairman of the entity and will have a three-year term.  Rajan was appointed RBI Governor amid a currency crisis in 2013 which he was able to tackle soon after he assumed charge. He has been a strong critic of unconventional monetary policies such as quantitative easing and keeping interest rates at near-zero level for long. 5) In a major breakthrough the Bangladesh Government handed over a very prominent ULFA leader to India on 11 November 2015. What is the name of this leader who is a founding member and general secretary of ULFA? – Anup Chetia Explanation: Anup Chetia, a founding member of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and its general secretary, is wanted for murder, abductions and extortion in India.  He had sought political asylum in Bangladesh thrice in 2005, 2008 and in 2011 after Bangladesh police arrested him in December 1997 and was subsequently handed seven years of jail terms by two courts for cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.  Attempts for Chetia‟s secure custody had been on for last two decades and his return is likely to weaken ULFA leader Paresh Barua‟s position.  ULFA is the most prominent separatist organization in Assam. Nov 13-14, 2015
  29. 29. Page29CURRENTAFFAIRS 1) What was India‟s retail inflation (consumer price index) during October 2015, which was a four-month high, as disclosed in govt. data released on 12 November 2015? –5.0% Explanation: Consumer price index based inflation, which is the primary inflation gauge as far as RBI is concerned, rose to 5% in October versus 4.41% in the previous month (September 2015). This was disclosed in the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on 12 November.  Rise in inflation was primarily due to record increase in food products, particularly pulses. Higher demand for consumer durables and food items during the festival season beginning in October also contributed to rise in inflation. 2) What is the name of India‟s newest communications satellite that was launched on 11 November 2015 and will replace Insat-3A and 4B satellites? – GSAT-15 Explanation: GSAT-15 is country‟s latest communications satellite that was launched successfully from Kourou in French Guiana (South America) on 11 November 2015. It was launched by Arianespace‟s Ariane VA-227 launch vehicle.  It will replace the ageing Insat-3A and Insat-4B satellites that are in the same orbital slot when they expire.  GSAT-15 has 24 transponders on- board that will mainly cater to public and private direct-to-home broadcasters besides VSAT operators. It is worth mentioning that a majority of private operators use capacity leased on foreign spacecraft.  GSAT-15, including the fee to European launch company Arianespace, has cost over Rs. 850 crore. 3) In a historic development in Japan‟s aviation history, country‟s first-ever
  30. 30. Page30CURRENTAFFAIRS passenger jet aircraft was successfully flown on 11 November 2015. Which Japanese conglomerate has developed this aircraft? – Mitsubishi Explanation: Japan‟s first ever domestic passenger jet, which was tested on 11 November is called Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) and has been developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Its test run was completed at Nagoya airport.  MRJ has two-engines, is approximately 35 meters (115ft) long and can seat about 80 passengers. Its maiden test flight culminated a decade of development for a programme aimed at competing with other regional passenger jet manufacturers such as Brazil‟s Embraer and Canada‟s Bombardier.  The plane marks a new chapter for Japan‟s aviation sector, which last debuted a commercial airliner in 1962 – the YS-11 turboprop, which was discontinued about a decade later.  Firms in Japan were banned from developing aircraft by US occupiers following its defeat in the 2nd World War. 4) Delhi Govt. held first-ever “Yamuna Aarti” on 13 November 2015. This event, being initiated as part of government‟s efforts towards cleaning the river and promoting tourism, was held at which Ghat on Yamuna? – Kudesia Ghat Explanation: The first-ever “Yamuna Aarti” was held on the lines of the famous Ganga Aarti held at Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi. Delhi Govt.‟s Water and Tourism Department organized this event and 11 priests from Varanasi were invited to conduct the event.  The aim of the event is to showcase the cleaner and brighter side of the Yamuna and also promote its banks as a spiritual destination for visitors. 5) Which Indian private sector entity bought a 40% stake in OakNorth Bank, a British lender to small businesses and entrepreneurs, as disclosed on 13 November 2015? –Indiabulls Group Explanation: Mumbai-based Indiabulls Group acquired a 40% stake in OakNorth Bank, a British entity which provides loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  31. 31. Page31CURRENTAFFAIRS  Indiabulls, which has interests in real estate development, financial services and lending, bought the stake through Indiabulls Housing Finance, India‟s second-largest private housing finance company. The total cost of this acquisition is 66 million pounds ($100 million).  This major investment by Indiabulls is expected to enable it to accelerate and expand ambitious growth plans to take on the major banks in small business segment. The announcement coincided with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‟s maiden visit to Britain.  Nov 15-16, 2015 1) The 10th edition of Group of 20 (G20) Summit started on 15 November 2015. The event is being held in the shadow of the terror attack in Paris two days ago. Which city is hosting this prestigious Summit, which is also being attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi? – Antalya (Turkey) Explanation: Antalya, the southwestern Turkish city known for breathtaking views, is hosting the 2015 G20 Summit on 15 and16 November 2015. The Summit features 20 largest economies of the world and includes all major developed and developing economies.  The G-20 comprises of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia,
  32. 32. Page32CURRENTAFFAIRS Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.  Heads of states of 6 countries have been invited as guest representatives to the Summit. These 6 countries are – Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Zimbabwe.  French President François Hollande is not attending the Summit due to the Paris attacks of 13 November and has sent Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Finance Minister Michel Sapin as his representatives.  The economic agenda of the 2015 G20 Summit was completely overshadowed by terror following terror attacks in Paris and Turkey over the weekend. 2) At least 129 persons were killed in a massive terror attack on French capital Paris on 13 November 2015. The attack comprised of at-least 8 armed militants who carried out firing sprees at some most famous restaurants and a theatre. What is the name of the theatre that bore the brunt of this attack with over 90 persons killed here? – Bataclan Theatre Explanation: The famous Bataclan Theatre, situated in Boulevard Voltaire, was the most prominent target of this attack. The attack was carried out as the American rock band „Eagles of Death Metal‟ were playing a sold-out concert to about 1500 guests at the theatre.  The attackers reportedly forced people to lie on the floor and then sprayed them with bullets, shooting at anyone who tried to flee.  Two explosions were also carried out near Paris‟ most prominent football stadium – the Stade de France. At that time a friendly football match between hosts France and Germany was being played at the stadium and was watched by French President François Hollande and German Foreign Minister.  Other attacks were at four restaurant stadiums in the city. The responsibility of the terror attack was taken by the Islamic State (IS). The attack was the biggest attack in Paris since the Second World War. 3) What is the name of the Advanced Torpedo Defence System developed by the DRDO, which was handed over to
  33. 33. Page33CURRENTAFFAIRS the Indian Navy on 14 November 2015? – „Mareech‟ Explanation: „Mareech‟ is a state-of- the-art indigenous system for torpedo detection and countermeasures. It has been jointly developed by Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi and Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam. The system was handed over to the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a function held at NSTL on 14 November.  It offers a complete solution to detect and locate the incoming torpedo and to apply countermeasures to protect naval platform against torpedo attack. Two production grade Maareech systems have been developed and user evaluation trials completed onboard two Indian Navy ships. 4) The Pentagon (US Defence Headquarters) on 14 November 2015 announced that the head of the Islamic State (IS) in Libya has been killed in a U.S. airstrike. What was his name? – Abu Nabil Explanation: Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on 14 November claimed that Abu Nabil (also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi) was an Iraqi national. He was a longtime al-Qaeda operative and later, became the senior Islamic State leader in Libya.  His death came days after an American drone hit claimed the life of the terror group‟s dreaded executioner, Jihadi John. This Pentagon announcement also came as the Islamic State claimed responsibility for 13 November‟s attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.  The Pentagon expects that Nabil‟s death will degrade ISIS‟s ability to meet the group‟s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new ISIL members, establishing bases in Libya, and planning external attacks on the U.S. 5) Indian Badminton ace Saina Nehwal lost to which Chinese player in women‟s singles finals of China Open Super Series on 15 November 2015? – Li Xuerui Explanation: The finals of the China Open Superseries women‟s singles was played on 15 November 2015 in Fuzhou (China) between India‟s Saina Nehwal
  34. 34. Page34CURRENTAFFAIRS and Li Xuerui of China. While Saina was the defending champion, Xuerui is the reigning Olympic champion.  Xuerui defeated Saina in straight games by 21-12, 21-15. Saina couldn‟t match the speed and precision of the reigning Olympic champion Xuerui and despite taking lead in both the games, she squandered it some unforced errors.  Nov 17, 2015 1) French warplanes launched a huge retaliatory assault on Islamic State (IS) late on 15 November 2015. The attacks were made at which Syrian city, which is often known as the de facto capital of IS? – Raqqa Explanation: Raqqa (also called Rakka or Al-Raqqah) is a north-central Syrian city situated on the banks of Euphrates River. It is the sixth largest city in Syria with a population of over 2 lakh. The city was captured by the militants of the IS in 2014 and is used as their headquarters in Syria from there on.  10 French aircrafts dropped 20 bombs in Raqqa on facilities used by the militant group Islamic State (IS) which had claimed responsibility for 13 November‟s terrorist attacks in Paris. The assaults were launched from bases in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan and were conducted in coordination with U.S. forces, who have compiled an extensive target list in Raqqa.  It is worth mentioning that U.S. planes have repeatedly struck in and around Raqqa in recent months. French Defence Ministry claimed that they have targeted a command center, a militant-training
  35. 35. Page35CURRENTAFFAIRS facility and an arms depot in the city. The air assault was done just 2 days after the massive terrorist attack in Paris on 13 November, which claimed at least 129 lives. 2) On 16 November 2015 who was named as India‟s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) to replace Ashoke Mukerji? – Syed Akbaruddin Explanation: Syed Akbaruddin is a 1985-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and has been the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry (MEA). He is currently serving as an Additional Secretary in MEA.  He will succeed Asoke Mukerji. As India‟s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Akbaruddin‟s main task would be to push for India‟s bid to gain permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC) as well as to strongly advocate its position on key issues. 3) Highly versatile actor Saeed Jaffery passed away on 15 November 2015 at the age of 86 in London. He was known for his roles in some acclaimed films like Satyajit Ray‟s „Shatranj ke Khiladi‟ and Sai Parajpye‟s „Chashme-Baddoor‟. He was the first Indian to be awarded which prestigious British royal award for his contributions to drama? – “Order of the British Empire” (OBE) Explanation: Some of the most acclaimed films of Saeed Jaffery included „The Man Who Would Be King‟ (1975), „Shatranj Ke Khiladi‟ (1977), „Chashme Baddoor‟ (1981), „Gandhi‟ (1982), „A Passage to India‟ (1984), „The Far Pavilions‟ (1984), and „My Beautiful Laundrette‟ (1985).  He won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his amazing performance in Satyajit Ray‟s „Shatranj ke Khiladi‟ in 1978.  His important TV appearances were in „Gangsters‟ (1975–1978), „The Jewel in the Crown‟ (1984), „Tandoori Nights‟ (1985–1987) and „Little Napoleons‟ (1994). „Tandoori
  36. 36. Page36CURRENTAFFAIRS Nights‟ was broadcasted on Doordarshan also in 1988-89.  Some of his mainstream Hindi films were „Masoom‟, „Ram Teri Ganga Maili‟, „Ram Lakhan‟, „Khoon Bhari Maang‟, „Dil‟, „Henna‟ and „Naseeb‟.  Saeed Jaffery was very well-known abroad, having appeared in several international movies. Some of the prominent international stars he worked with are Sean Connery, James Ivory, Sir Richard Attenborough, Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. 4) During November 2015 which separatist organization of the Northeastern region of India was declared a terrorist organization under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 by the Union Govt.? – National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) or NSCN (K) Explanation: NSCN (K) is a militant organization active along the Indo- Myanmar border. It was founded in 1988 by S.S. Khaplang, a separatist leader of Nagaland, as an offshoot of the NSCN.  The organization has been known to resort to terrorism by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaged in other violent activities including the June 2015 attack on the Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur killing 18 armymen.  The Ministry of Home Affairs announced NSCN (K) as a terrorist organization in the gazette notification of 6 November 2015. 5) India‟s first retail facility to provide drugs for cancer and cardiovascular diseases at highly discounted rates was inaugurated on 15 November 2015 at AIIMS, New Delhi. What is the name given to this retail entity? – AMRIT Explanation: AMRIT stands for Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment. It is the initiative of the Union Health Ministry and it is presently having 202 drugs of cancer and cardiovascular diseases where the price is 60 to 90% less than market rates.  AMRIT is being managed by the government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), which will sell both drugs and implants at significant discount on market rates, based on authentic prescriptions from doctors not only to AIIMS patients but even to
  37. 37. Page37CURRENTAFFAIRS patients availing treatment at other hospitals.  Nov 18, 2015 1) Which Indian institute recently created history by becoming the first from the country to make it into Top 100 list of the prestigious „Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for Engineering & Technology‟ list 2015? – Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Explanation: Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was ranked 99th in the „Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for Engineering & Technology‟, which was released during November 2015. Thus this institute broke India‟s poor ranking spell by making its debut in the coveted list, that remains dominated by US institutions. THE is considered the most prestigious list of world‟s top 100 universities for engineering and technology.  IISc Bangalore is widely considered as India‟s finest institution in its field of scientific research and engineering studies. It was established in 1909 with significant support from Jamshetji Tata. In 1958 it was given the status of a deemed university.  US institutions Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were ranked top three in the list. This was however a very good year for Asian institutes as they held 25 positions in the list, up from 18 last year. On the other hand US held 31 places, three down from last year‟s 34. 2) The Board of Directors of ICICI Bank on 16 November 2015 approved sale of
  38. 38. Page38CURRENTAFFAIRS 6% of bank‟s stake in its subsidiary ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company. This stake is being sold to which two entities? – Premji Invest and Compassvale Investments Pvt Ltd Explanation: According to the decision taken by ICICI Bank‟s Board of Directors on 16 November, 6% of bank‟s stake in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance will be sold to Premji Invest & its affiliates and Compassvale Investments Pvt. Limited for Rs. 1,950 crore. While Premji Invest is the investment arm of Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Compassvale Investments is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singapore-based investment company Temasek.  This transaction has thus placed ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company‟s value at Rs. 32,500 crore.  Upon completion of the transaction, ICICI Bank will hold around 68% share of the company. Prudential, ICICI Bank‟s joint venture partner, will maintain its current share of approximately 26%. 3) According to the information disclosed on 16 November 2015, Reliance Infrastructure Limited is planning to sell a 49% stake in its electricity generation business to Canadian pension fund Public Sector Pension Investment Board. This stake is being sold in which Reliance entity which is engaged in transmission and distribution business in Mumbai and adjoining areas? – Reliance Energy Explanation: Reliance Energy is part of Anil Ambani‟s Reliance Infrastructure Limited. It distributes power to nearly three million consumers, covering an area of 400 sq. km., and catering to a peak demand of over 1,800 megawatt, with revenue of Rs. 7,700 crore in 2014- 15.  Reliance Infrastructure will utilize money from the stake sale in the power distribution business to reduce debt. The company had a debt of Rs. 24,645 crore, as of 30 September 2015.  The financial details of the proposed deal have not been made public but analysts expect the deal to be worth about Rs. 3,500 crore. 4) Which global hotel group will acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for $12.2 billion to create the world‟s largest hotel chain, as disclosed on 16
  39. 39. Page39CURRENTAFFAIRS November 2015? – Marriott International Inc. Explanation: Marriott International Inc., after acquiring Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for $12.2 billion, will become the world‟s largest hotel chain. It will have top hotel brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Starwood and the Autograph Collection.  The combined company will own or franchise more than 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms worldwide and give Marriott greater presence in markets such as Europe, Latin America and Asia including India and China.  It is worth mentioning that while Marriott is predominantly US-based hotel group with around three- quarters of its rooms in the US, Starwood gets nearly two-thirds of its revenue from outside the US. 5) Who won the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix 2015, the final of which was held on 15 November 2015? – Nico Rosberg (Germany) Explanation: Nico Rosberg of Mercedes team defeated his British teammate Lewis Hamilton to win his successive F1 title. Hamilton has already won the F1 title of 2015.  Ferrari‟s Sebastian Vettel (Germany) was third while Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) got sixth place to grab eight points. 6) „The Magic of the Lost Temple’, which is the name of a newly released children‟s book, is the 25th book of which noted author? – Sudha Murty Explanation: Sudha Murty‟s 25th book titled „The Magic of the Lost Temple’ was released on 14 November 2015. This is the latest title in Murty‟s over three-decade-long writing journey.  Sudha Murty, chairperson of Infosys Foundation and wife of Infosys mentor Narayan Murty is a prolific writer in Kannada and English.
  40. 40. Page40CURRENTAFFAIRS 7) Senior VHP leader Ashok Singhal passed away on 17 November 2015 at the age of 89. He had organized a mammoth „Dharma Sansad‟ in Delhi in which year, in which the movement for reclaiming the Ram Temple at Ayodhya was born? – 1984 Explanation: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had organized a huge „Dharma Sansad‟ in 1984 at Delhi‟s Vigyan Bhawan. Ashok Singhal was the key organizer of this event and it was able to attract notable number of Hindus and sadhus from all over the world to discuss the problems pertaining to Hinduism. From here the seeds of the Ramjanmbhoomi Temple movement were sown.  Singhal was at the forefront of the VHP‟s campaign for a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December 1992. The VHP is an affiliate of the BJP‟s ideological mentor – the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  Singhal passed away on 17 November at a Gurgaon hospital. He was suffering from respiratory problems for over a month. Nov 19, 2015 1) What is the name of the controversial Lokayukta of Karnataka who is poised to become the first Lokayukta in the country to be removed from his post by Assembly after the process for his removal was initiated on 17 November 2015? – Y. Bhaskar Rao Explanation: Y. Bhaskar Rao, the Lokayukta (or the anti-graft ombudsman) of the state of Karnataka has been in news for an alleged
  41. 41. Page41CURRENTAFFAIRS extortion racket in his office that involves his son. He is on a long leave since July 2015 after his son Ashwin Rao was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with the case.  On 17 November 2015 the opposition parties of the state petitioned the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K. Thimmappa to initiate the process for removal of Bhaskar Rao from his post. 46 members of BJP and 37 of JD(S) signed this petition. As per the provisions, at least 72 members have to sign such petition.  The process of the removal of Lokayukta is a complex one as mentioned in the provisions of the Karnataka Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that was passed earlier this year. Y Bhaskar Rao, however, has become the first Lokayukta against whom such process has been initiated. 2) Tata Steel on 18 November 2015 unveiled its first integrated steel plant in the country in the last hundred years after Jamshedpur. This plant has been established in which place? – Kalinganagar (Odisha) Explanation: Tata Steel‟s first integrated plant in India since the iconic plant in Jamshedpur has been established in Kalinganagar in Odisha‟s Jajpur district. The plant was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 18 November 2015.  Tata Steel has invested around Rs. 25,000 crore in the project. The plant would add 3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) capacity in the first phase and a total 6 MTPA with completion of the second phase. The company will source iron ore for the project from its Khandbandh mines in Joda.  However, the actual commissioning of this plant will take a few days as the blast furnace, sinter plant and steel melting shop of the plant are yet to receive clearance from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board.
  42. 42. Page42CURRENTAFFAIRS 3) Which senior ICICI Bank woman officer was appointed by Standard Chartered as the CEO of its India operations, as announced on 17 November 2015? – Zarin Daruwala Explanation: 50-year Zarin Daruwala was working as the President of wholesale banking business in ICICI Bank till now. She resigned from the post on 17 November after she was hired as the CEO of the Indian operations of Standard Chartered.  Zarin Daruwala is a chartered accountant and a company secretary. She had joined ICICI Limited in 1989 as a management trainee and worked in almost all verticals in the organisation that later became a bank in 1994.  Standard Chartered is the oldest foreign bank in India. Daruwala is joining Standard Chartered at a time when the bank is in the news for the wrong reasons. It is axing 15,000 jobs worldwide, and some retrenchment will take place in India as well. 4) Three newspapers of Nagaland ran blank edit pages on 16 November 2015. What was the reason for this hard move? – To protest against an allegedly anti-freedom order of the Assam Rifles Explanation: Three newspapers of Nagaland – the „Morung Express‟, the „Eastern Mirror‟ and the „Nagaland Page‟ on 16 November ran empty editorial space to protest against the alleged curbs on freedom of speech as demanded by a paramilitary force – the Assam Rifles.  The Assam Rifles in October 2015 had told editors of state newspapers to stop covering rebel group National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K). This militant group has been fighting for an independent homeland for many years in a bitter battle against Indian security forces. It was recently banned and classified as a terrorist group also.  Various factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) have negotiated and signed ceasefire deals with the Indian government since 1997. But the NSCN-K has refused to sign a peace deal.
  43. 43. Page43CURRENTAFFAIRS 5) Anil Ambani Group‟s Reliance Power has made its exit from which Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) as announced on 17 November 2015? – Tilaiya UMPP (Jharkhand) Explanation: The 4,000 MW Tilaiya UMPP was one of the three UMPPs that were intended to be established by Reliance Power. The other two UMPPs are Sasan and Krishnapatnam.  According to the pertaining reports, at least 10 of the 18 buyers, who had signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) to procure power from Reliance Power‟s Tilaiya UMPP, have agreed to terminate these PPAs. In April 2015 Reliance Power had announced that its special purpose vehicle Jharkhand Integrated Power, which was to run the Tilaiya UMPP, had terminated the PPAs with 18 power distribution companies (discoms) spread across 10 states, citing the reason of delayed land acquisition.  Reliance Power would receive compensation of around Rs. 800 crore from these buyers as well as the ministry of coal.  This UMPP was awarded to Reliance Power in 2009 at a levelised tariff of Rs 1.77 a unit. 6) Which Australian fast bowler retired from all forms of international cricket on 17 November 2015? – Mitchell Johnson Explanation: 34-year old Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson bid adieu to international cricket on the final day of the drawn second Test against New Zealand in Perth on 17 November.  With 313 wickets in 73 Test matches, he is Australia‟s fourth- highest Test wicket-taker after Shane Warne (708 wickets), Glenn McGrath (563 wickets) and Dennis Lillee (355 wickets). He also took 239 one-day wickets.  Johnson was also a useful lower order batsman, scoring 11 half- centuries and one century during a career run haul of 2,034. 
  44. 44. Page44CURRENTAFFAIRS Nov 20, 2015 1) The Seventh Pay Commission submitted its much anticipated report to the Union Govt. on 19 November 2015. The most important recommendation of this Commission is hike salaries of the Central Govt. employees by 16%. Who headed the 7th Pay Commission? – Justice A.K Mathur Explanation: Justice A.K Mathur is a former judge of the Supreme Court. He was also the first Chairman of the Armed Forces Tribunal.  He was made the Chairman of the 7th Pay Commission during February 2014. The other two members of the Commission are – Vivek Rae (former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas) and Dr. Rathin Roy (Director, NIPFP).  The Pay Commission is constituted by the Central Government every 10 years primarily to revise the pay scale of its employees. The recommendations of Pay Commissions are often are adopted by states after some modifications. Important recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission:  Recommended Date of implementation: 1 January 2016  Minimum Pay: Rs. 18,000 per month.  Maximum Pay: Rs. 2,25,000 per month (for Apex Scale and Rs. 2,50,000 per month for Cabinet Secretary)  In percentage terms the overall increase in pay and allowances and pension will be 23.55%.  Within this the increase in pay will be 16%, increase in allowances will be 63% and increase in pension would be 24%.
  45. 45. Page45CURRENTAFFAIRS 2) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for how much stake sale in Coal India Limited (CIL) on 18 November 2015? – 10% Explanation: The disinvestment plan was announced by Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal on 18 November. He said that the Union Govt. is expecting to mop up Rs. 20,000 crore from the disinvestment in Coal India. However, the date and price of the stake sale is yet to be decided.  At the company‟s current market capitalisation, a 10% stake sale will fetch the government around Rs. 21,100 crore. This will be third disinvestment in CIL‟s history.  If the government attains its target amount from the Coal India stake sale, this will go a long way in meeting the disinvestment target of Rs.69,500 crore for this financial year. So far, the government has been able to pare its stake in only four companies – Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), Dredging Corporation and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) – and has earned only Rs.12,600 crore. 3) The 2015 Summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) concluded on 19 November 2015. The meeting of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was also held on the sidelines of this Summit. The APEC Summit for 2015 was held in which city? – Manila (The Philippines) Explanation: The 27th Summit of APEC was held on 18 and 19 November 2015 at Manila (Philippines). It marked the second time that the Philippines played host to the APEC, having hosted the event previously in 1996.  APEC is the forum of 21 Pacific Rim member countries that promotes free-trade throughout the Asia- Pacific region. It was established in 1989.  The 21 countries that feature in APEC are – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.  On 18 November US President Barack Obama and 11 other world
  46. 46. Page46CURRENTAFFAIRS leaders met to reach out to discuss the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – a landmark deal that proposes to create the world‟s largest free trade area. This meeting, organized on the sidelines of APEC, was the first meeting of 12 TPP countries after this landmark agreement was signed on 5 October 2015.  The 12 countries that are involved in TPP agreement are – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. 4) Who was named as India‟s new Ambassador to the People‟s Republic of China by the Union Govt. on 18 November 2015? – Vijay Keshav Gokhale (V.K. Gokhale) Explanation: V.K. Gokhale is currently the country‟s Ambassador to Germany. He will replace Ashok Kantha as India‟ Ambassador to China when his term ends in January 2016. Ashok Kantha was appointed as envoy to China in January 2014 for a two-year term.  Gokhale is a 1981 batch IFS officer and is known to be one of the most knowledgeable officials in Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Before taking up position in Germany as India‟s top envoy, he has served in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and New York. 5) Over 17,000 employees of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) went on strike on 19 November 2015 which affected the settlement system in country‟s banks. Why RBI employees observed this strike, which was the first at the central bank in six years? –For better retirement benefits and to oppose reforms at the RBI Explanation: The strike by RBI employees was observed in support of better retirement benefits and to oppose the proposed creation of a monetary policy committee. The monetary policy committee would include members of the government and RBI employees see this as a curb on the RBI‟s decision- making powers.  It is worth mentioning that RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has supported the creation of a monetary policy agreement, although details about its composition have yet to be announced.
  47. 47. Page47CURRENTAFFAIRS  The last time RBI employees struck work was in 2009, again for higher pensions. Nov 21, 2015 1) Nitish Kumar took oath as Chief Minister of Bihar for the fifth time at a glittering oath ceremony held at Patna‟s historic Gandhi Maidan on 20 November 2015. Who was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state? – Tejaswi Pratap Yadav Explanation: Tejaswi Pratap Yadav, the 26-year old son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister after he took oath as a minister. He took oath immediately after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who became Chief Minister of the state for fifth time.  Tejaswi is the son and political heir of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Yadav‟s party RJD had made a grand political comeback in Bihar Assembly Elections where the party garnered the highest 80 seats out of 243 seats.  Tejaswi‟s older brother Tej Pratap, also became a minister in the new Nitish Kumar government. Portfolios  Tejaswi Yadav, who is now number two in Nitish Kumar Cabinet, was allocated Public Works Department, Road and Construction and Backward, Extremely Backward Welfare portfolios. Tej Pratap Yadav was given the portfolios of Health, Minor Irrigation and Environment and Forest.  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar retained charge of Home, General Administration and Information and
  48. 48. Page48CURRENTAFFAIRS Public Relations Department. Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui was given Finance while JD(U) leader Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan was allocated Water Resources portfolio. Congress leader Madan Mohan Jha was allocated Revenue and Land Reforms portfolios. State Congress chief Ashok Chaudhury has become the Education and IT Minister. 2) The committee, which was reviewing the public-private partnership model (PPP model) of infrastructure development, has recommended improving the financing of such projects. Who was heading this committee on PPP Model, which submitted its report on 19 November 2015? – Vijay Kelkar Explanation: The Vijay Kelkar Committee to review the PPP model of infrastructure development submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 19 November 2015. The committee was headed by Vijay Kelkar, former Chairman of the Finance Commission.  The committee analysed the risks involved and the existing framework of risk-sharing between the project developer and the government in the PPP model and gave its recommendations. The report of the Committee has recommended reviving the PPP model and redesigning it by introducing best international practices and by improving capacity building.  During the consultation period, leading infrastructure players had pitched before the Committee for a neutral regulator to look into all issues arising in PPP projects across sectors. The report of the committee is being put into the public domain soon.  Apart from its head, Vijay Kelkar, the 10-member committee included CS Rajan (Chief Secretary, Rajasthan) SB Nayar (Chairman and Managing Director, India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd), Shekhar Shah (Director- General, NCAER), Pradeep Kumar (Managing Director, CBG State Bank of India) and Vikram Limaye (MD, IDFC). 3) Which state is poised to become the first state in the country to enact a law against social boycott after this state
  49. 49. Page49CURRENTAFFAIRS released a pertaining draft act on 18 November 2015? –Maharashtra Explanation: The Maharashtra Govt. on 18 November published the draft of an act called as the „Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Act, 2015‟. This act terms any action of social boycott as a crime. With passing of this act Maharashtra is poised to become the first state in the country to officially enact a law against social boycott.  The proposed act will work against social boycott of individuals or families by caste panchayats. The act has recommended seven years of imprisonment or fine of Rs. 5 lakh or both if the accused is proven guilty. As per the act, the trial shall be completed within a period of six months from the date of filing of the charge sheet.  Maharashtra in recent times has witnessed an increased number of incidents of social boycott and violence at the orders of seniors in the caste panchayats, for not adhering to their rules. Slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar too had picked up the issue before his murder in Pune. 4) The 10-day long International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for year 2015 commenced at Panaji (Goa) on 20 November 2015. IFFI, which is country‟s biggest film extravaganza, will feature as many as 187 films in World Cinema section. This is which edition of IFFI? – 46th edition Explanation: The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is being organized at Panaji (Goa) from 20 to 30 November 2015. The festival was inaugurated on 20 November with actor Anil Kapoor presiding over the opening ceremony as the chief guest.  Matthew Brown‟s “The Man Who Knew Infinity” was the opening film of the festival, while world‟s third Sanskrit film “Priyamanasam” opened the Indian Panorama section.  Spain has been selected as the Focus Country at the IFFI-2015.  187 movies will be screened in World Cinema section of IFFI-2015, while 47 films will be shown in the Indian Panorama section. The festival will also be recognising young talents under its new segment „First Cut‟ to showcase
  50. 50. Page50CURRENTAFFAIRS some of the outstanding works of debutante directors of 2015. 5) On 19 November 2015 BJP‟s Prameela Sashidharan created history when she was elected as the chairperson of an urban municipal body in Kerala. She thus became the first BJP member to head an urban local body in Kerala. She has become chairperson of which Kerala municipality? – Palakkad Explanation: Prameela Sashidharan of BJP was elected chairperson of the Palakkad municipality of Kerala as she defeated UDF candidate Priya in the election that was held on 19 November following the recent civic polls. Earlier BJP had emerged as the single-largest party in the civic polls by winning 24 seats in the 52-member municipal council. Although the party failed to get a simple majority.  51-year old Prameela Sashidharan thus became the first BJP member ever to head an urban municipal body in Kerala. She took oath as chairperson of Palakkad municipality in a function held on 19 November.  Palakkad, bordering Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, is considered to be the gateway to Kerala. 6) A 1,111 carat high quality diamond, which is said to be the largest diamond found in over a century, has been found in which African country? – Botswana Explanation: Lucara Diamond Corp, a Swedish company, on 19 November 2015 claimed that it has discovered a 1,111 carat high quality diamond from one of its mines in Botswana that is the world second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered. It also claimed that this diamond is the largest ever diamond found in over 110 years.  This newly found diamond is only second in size to the famous „Cullinan‟ diamond. „Cullinan‟ weighs 3,106-carat and was found near Pretoria (South Africa) in 1905. 
  51. 51. Page51CURRENTAFFAIRS Nov 22-23, 2015 1) In an important development, leaders of 10-nation group ASEAN declared the establishment of an EU-style regional economic bloc. This decision was taken at the 2015 ASEAN Summit that concluded in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on 22 November 2015. What is the name chosen for this proposed regional economic bloc? – ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Explanation: The decision to establish ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was taken at the 27th ASEAN Summit (for 2015) that concluded at Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on 22 November. The declaration to establish AEC was signed by the leaders of 10-nation grouping in front of world leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon.  The AEC envisages a single market with a free flow of goods, capital and skilled labour across borders in the highly competitive economic region. It will integrate Southeast Asia‟s diverse economies, a region with 620 million people and a combined gross domestic product of $2.4 trillion.  The ASEAN leaders also adopted the declaration on “ASEAN 2025, forging ahead together”. The ASEAN 2025 document charts the path for the AEC building over the next ten years.  ASEAN grouping includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 2) Which landmark broad gauge rail line in Assam was inaugurated by Union Railways Minister on 21 November 2015, which brought the strategically important Barak Valley on the broad gauge map of the Railway? – Silchar- Lumding
  52. 52. Page52CURRENTAFFAIRS Explanation: The Silchar-Lumding is considered a landmark broad gauge rail line in Assam as it is expected to accelerate development in state‟s underdeveloped but strategically important Barak Valley. This rail-link will also provide immensely beneficial for the states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.  The line passes through 21 tunnels and has 75 major bridges and 340 minor bridges along the track.  The Lumding-Silchar Gauge Conversion Project under the Northeast Frontier Railway was sanctioned in 1996-97 and was declared a National Project in 2004. The project was hit by insurgency from 2006 to 2009. The Territorial Army had to be deployed to take on the insurgents. 3) African country Mali was site of a hostage drama and mass shooting at a hotel on 20 November 2015, which resulted in the death of at-least persons. Which Islamic militant organization claimed responsibility for this attack? – Al-Mourabitoun Explanation: Around 4-5 gunmen belonging to the Islamic militant group Al-Mourabitoun stormed Hotel Radisson Blu in Bamako, the capital city of African country Mali on 20 November 2015. They took over 170 people in the hotel as hostages after carrying out a firing spree. Later Malian Special Forces stormed into the hotel and the hostage drama unfolded after hostilities between militants and the security forces. Malian govt. claimed that 19 persons died in the attack and this included 17 foreigners.  Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for the attack, while the claim was not verified initially. It claimed that the attack was carried out jointly with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). It is worth mentioning that Al-Mourabitoun is made up of Tuaregs and Arabs from northern Mali and is affiliated with AQIM. The group, led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, formed in 2013 and is based in the Sahara Desert.  Following a military coup in 2012, Islamic extremists took control of northern Mali, prompting a French- led military intervention in early 2013.
  53. 53. Page53CURRENTAFFAIRS 4) The legendary Windows operating system completed how many years of its launch on 20 November 2015? – 30 years Explanation: Windows 1.01, the first- ever operating system of the iconic Windows series was launched on 20 November 1985. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI) was more intuitive and easier for novice users to manage.  With the launch of the first-ever version of Windows, Microsoft started its journey to ultimately become the most successful OS company in the highly competitive world of PCs. Windows 1.01, however, was not exactly a stirring success. But without doubt it was the foundation stone to the immense Windows edifice that was to come.  The first highly successful Windows- based OS was Windows 3.11 5) Who was elected as the new President of industry body – the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 20 November 2015? – Harshavardhan Neotia Explanation: Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia group, was elected as the new President of FICCI on 20 November. He will take over from the current FICCI President Jyotsna Suri during the chamber‟s AGM in December 2015.  Neotia, a „Padma Shri‟ awardee, is also a member of the Rajasthan Chief Minister‟s Advisory Council and West Bengal Chief Minister‟s Core Committee on Industry.  FICCI is the largest and oldest trade and business organization in India.
  54. 54. Page54CURRENTAFFAIRS Nov 24-25, 2015 1) World‟s biggest ever merger in the healthcare sector was announced on 23 November 2015 in which Botox-maker Allergan Plc. will be bought for about $160 billion. Which US healthcare giant will acquire Allergan? – Pfizer Inc. Explanation: The acquisition of Allergan Plc. by Pfizer Inc. for about $160 billion is the biggest ever deal in the healthcare sector. Apart from male libido drug Viagra and cholesterol drug Lipitor, Pfizer‟s major drugs include nerve pain treatment Lyrica and Prevnar, a treatment for pneumonia. Allergan, best known for its anti-wrinkle treatment Botox, also makes Alzheimer‟s drug Namenda and dry-eye medication Restasis.  New York-based Pfizer will shift its legal base to Ireland after this deal so as to reduce its tax rate. Allergan Plc. has its headquarters in Ireland. The tax aspect of the deal has been seen as critical. The US corporate tax rate of 35% is among the world‟s highest, and compares with Ireland‟s rate of 12.5%.  The businesses of Pfizer and Allergan will be combined under Allergan Plc., which will be renamed Pfizer Plc. Pfizer Chief Executive Ian Read will be CEO of the combined company, while Allergan CEO Brent Saunders will be Chief Operating Officer (COO). 2) Which multinational life insurance company during increased its stake in Anil Ambani‟s Reliance Life Insurance from 26% to 49%, as announced on 24 November 2015? – Nippon Life Insurance (Japan) Explanation: Japan‟s Nippon Life Insurance acquired 23% additional stake in Reliance Life Insurance for ₹2,265 crore to increase its stake in the company from 26% to 49%. The transaction thus pegged Reliance Life Insurance‟s valuation at about ₹10,000 crore.
  55. 55. Page55CURRENTAFFAIRS  Nippon Life Insurance has so far invested an aggregate of Rs. 5,327 crore for acquiring 49 per cent of Reliance Life Insurance. In addition, the Japanese company has also committed an investment of ₹3,303 crore for acquiring 49% stake in Reliance Capital Asset Management, taking its total investment to ₹8,630 crore.  In line with the new shareholding structure, the name of the company will also be changed to Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited. 3) Which senior Congress leader won the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh by snapping it from the BJP as declared in the by-election results announced on 24 November 2015? – Kantilal Bhuria Explanation: Kantilal Bhuria is a senior Congress leader and former Union Minister from MP and had represented Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat six times in a row. However, he had lost to Dileep Singh Bhuria 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But Dileep Singh‟s death necessitated the by-election.  The BJP gave the ticket to Petlawad MLA Nirmala Bhuria, daughter of Dileep Singh Bhuria. But she lost to Kantilal Bhuria by over 80,000 votes. The loss of BJP in Ratlam- Jhabua is being seen as a setback to MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.  The BJP was, however, successful in retaining the Dewas seat in MP. BJP‟s Gayatri Raje Puar won the bypoll from Dewas Assembly seat by a margin of 30,778 votes, defeating Congress‟ Jai Prakash Shastri.  The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Gayatri‟s husband Tukoji Rao Puar of erstwhile royal family of Dewas.  On the other Lok Sabha seat, for which by-election was held, was won by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The ruling TRS party won the Warangal Lok Sabha seat in Telangana by-elections as its candidate P. Dayakar defeated his nearest rival Congress candidate S. Satyanarayana by a record margin of 4,59,092 votes. The BJP- TDP combine finished at third position.
  56. 56. Page56CURRENTAFFAIRS 4) The BJP made its debut in the Assembly of which Northeastern state as announced in the assembly by- elections on 24 November 2015? – Manipur Explanation: BJP‟s Khumukcham Joykishan and Thongam Biswajit Singh won assembly elections for the party to make the first-ever entry in state‟s Assembly. The party won both the Assembly by-elections – Khumukcham Joykishan defeated the Congress party‟s Jyotin Waikhom in Thangmeiband by over 1700 votes while Thongam Biswajit Singh defeated the Congress‟s Bijoy Koingjam in Thongju.  The BJP now has two legislators in the 60-member Manipur Assembly. The Congress rules the state.  On the other hand, Lal Thanzara of the Congress retained the Aizwal North III seat in Mizoram, while Diosstarness Jyndiang of the Hill State People‟s Democratic Party won Nongstoin in Meghalaya. 5) Who emerged as the winner in the recent Argentinian Presidential elections that ended the 12-year rule of the Peronist Party? – Mauricio Macri Explanation: Mauricio Macri, the leader of the leader of the Argentina‟s centre- right opposition Conservative party was confirmed as the winner in Argentina‟s presidential elections after his ruling party opponent Daniel Scioli conceded his defeat. Macri won around 51.5% votes to Scioli‟s 48.5%.  The result was declared after a run- off election was held between the two rivals on 22 November 2015, the first in the country‟s history. The run-off was necessitated as Scioli did not command enough of a lead to win the first round of Presidential elections held on 25 October 2015.  The win of Mauricio Macri ended the 12-year regime of the Peronist Party led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Kirchner was re- elected as the President in 2011. Before her two terms her late husband Nestor Kirchner was country‟s President. But since Argentinian Constitution doesn‟t allow more than two consecutive terms, Daniel Scioli was handpicked as Kirchner‟s choice for the post of President. 
  57. 57. Page57CURRENTAFFAIRS Nov 26, 2015 1) Which new global regulation for passport usage as mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) came to force from 25 November 2015? – From this date the use of non-machine readable (handwritten) passports has been invalidated Explanation: Beginning 25 November 2015, non-machine readable (handwritten) passports have been invalidated as per guidelines issued by the ICAO earlier. It is worth mentioning that there is no data available of people who hold these kinds of passports. This means that only machine-readable passports (MRPs) will be accepted and visas will be issued against such passports only.  Handwritten or non-MRP passports were issued before 2001, and are being phased out in many countries. The ICAO regulation means that those whose passports with 20-year validity extend beyond 25 November 2015 will also have to renew their passports.  A machine-readable passport (MRP) is a machine- readable travel document (MRTD), where the data on the identity page is encoded in optical character recognition format. 2) In a major international controversy, which NATO member country shot down

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