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current affairs november 2013

‘Beatriz’s War’ from East Timor bags ‘Golden Peacock’ at IFFI 2013[30/11/2013]

East Timor film ‘Beatriz’s War’ bagged Golden Peacock award for Best Film at the closing ceremony of 44th International Film Festival of India. The film, directed by Bety Reis and Luigi Acquisto, is a passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves. The award carries a Golden Peacock, a certificate and a Cash Prize of Rs. 40 lakh.

Malala Yousafzai declared Britain's most influential Asian[28/11/2013]

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has been named as Britain's most influential Asian by a weekly publication.

At the 'GG2 (Garavi Gujarat2) Leadership Awards 2013' on 27th November 2013, Malala, along Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan, who were shot and wounded by the Taliban in Swat Valley last year, were chosen for the GG2 Hammer Award, for their bravery.

Sachin Tendulkar becomes UNICEF's brand ambassador for South Asia[28/11/2013]

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today became UNICEF's first brand ambassador for South Asia and is all set to work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in the region.

General Raheel Sharif new chief of Pak Army[27/11/2013]

An official statement from the Prime Minister’s office said Lt General Raheel Sharif was named as chief of army staff and General Rashad Mehmood as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee(CJCSC) by President Mamnoon Hussain on the advice of Mr. Sharif.

Apple is world's most valuable brand[26/11/2013]

Global technology major Apple is the world's most valuable brand followed by Microsoft, Coca-Cola, IBM and Google, according to Forbes. Apple has topped the 'World's Most Valuable List' compiled by 'Forbes' magazine with a brand value of $104.3 billion, nearly double than the other technology major Microsoft which has a brand value of $56.7 billion.

NALCO bags EEPC Export Award[26/11/2013]

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), the Navratna PSU and India’s leading manufacturer-exporter of alumina and aluminium, has bagged the EEPC (Engineering Export Promotion Council, Eastern Region)’s Gold Trophy, as Top Exporter in the Large Enterprise Category, for its outstanding export performance during the year 2011-12.

NCC Celebrates 65th Anniversary [25/11/2013]

National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world raised in 1948, celebrated its 65th anniversary on 24 Nov 2013 with traditional fervour. At Headquarters level the raising day function was marked by paying homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate to the martyrs of the Indian Defence forces who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives. Wreaths were laid on behalf of 17 Directorates of the NCC throughout the Country, Cadets, Associated NCC Officers and the three services. DG NCC Lt Gen PS Bhalla, and selected NCC Cadets laid wreath on behalf of the entire NCC fraternity.

International day for elimination of violence against women[25/11/2013]

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.

Mexico to give equality prize to Pakistan's Malala [25/11/2013]

Mexico will award its 2013 International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education.

The award seeks to recognize Malala's efforts for "the protection of human rights" and especially her fight to protect the right to education without discrimination on "grounds of age, gender, sex and religion," Mexico's official National Council to Prevent Discrimination said in a statement on 24th November 2013.

New Madhya Pradesh Chief Justice sworn in[24/11/2013]

Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar was sworn in as the 22nd Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh by Governor Ram Naresh Yadav at Raj Bhavan here on 24th November 2013. Justice Khanwilkar was earlier the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh and has also been a judge in the Bombay High Court.

Iran signs landmark nuclear deal with West[24/11/2013]

Iran has struck a historic agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, accepting strict constraints on its nuclear programme for the first time in a decade in exchange for partial relief from sanctions. The deal, signed at 4.30 a.m. on 24th November 2013, marks arguably the most significant foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, amounting to the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

The move is intended as the first step in a six-month process aimed at a permanent resolution to the decade-old global impasse over Iran’s nuclear programme, and heading off the threat of a new war in West Asia. “While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal,” President Obama said in an address from the White House. “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear programme, and key parts of the programme will be rolled back.”

The Geneva deal releases just over $4 billion in Iranian oil sales revenue from frozen accounts, and suspends restrictions on the country’s trade in gold, petrochemicals, car and plane parts. In return, Iran undertakes to restrict its nuclear activities. Over the next six months it has agreed to:

  • Stop enriching uranium above 5 per cent, reactor-grade, and dilute its stock of 20 percent enriched uranium or convert it to oxide, which makes it harder to enrich further. The medium-enriched uranium, in its hexafluoride gas form, is relatively easy to turn into weapons-grade material, so it is a major proliferation concern.
  • Not to increase its stockpile of low-enrichment uranium.
  • Freeze its enrichment capacity by not installing any more centrifuges, leaving more than half of its existing 16,000 centrifuges inoperable.
  • Not to fuel or to commission the heavy-water reactor it is building in Arak or build a reprocessing plant that could produce plutonium from the spent fuel.
  • Accept more intrusive nuclear inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, including daily visits to some facilities.
Chief Justice inaugurates National Lok Adalat[23/11/2013]

Supreme Court Chief Justice P Sathasivam on Saturday inaugurated a day-long National Lok Adalat where for the first time cases are being taken up simultaneously all over the country for settlement. The Lok Adalats are taking place in the Supreme Court, 24 high courts and all the district courts of the country. Inaugurating the National Lok Adalat, Chief Justice Sathasivam said that the main object of the adalat was to ensure speedy justice to the litigants and to make sure that there were no further appeals. He described resolution of disputes through the Lok Adalat as cost-effective and providing easy access to justice.

Carlsen checkmates Anand, becomes new chess champion[22/11/2013]

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen unseated five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand in Chennai. The 22-year-old Norwegian, who needed half-a-point to claim the title, drew the 10th game to win the 12-game match 6.5-3.5.

Justice A. P. Shah Takes Over as the New Chairman of the 20TH Law Commission of India[22/11/2013]

Shri Justice Ajit Prakash Shah has taken over as the new Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India. The post of the Chairman, 20th Law Commission, had fallen vacant in the first week of last month due to the resignation of Shri Justice D. K. Jain, who had taken over as the President, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

Shri Justice Ajit Prakash Shah was born on 13th February, 1948 at Solapur, Maharashtra. He started practice at Solapur district Court and shifted to the Bombay High Court in the year 1977. He was Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi from May 2008 till his retirement in February 2010. He is known for his bold judgments, especially concerning social issues, including the world-headliner July 2009 ruling that found India`s 150-year-old statute prohibiting homosexual acts (Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code) as discriminatory and, therefore, a "violation of fundamental rights".

3rd BRICS International Competition Conference, 2013 [22/11/2013]

The 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference, 2013 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Delivering the inaugural address, the Prime Minister focussed on the need to recognise the complementarity between competition law enforcement and liberalisation of markets for procurement. He underscored the importance of adopting competition neutral policies. Elimination of unnecessary restrictions and better tender design and specification can enhance possibilities for effective competition, thereby making bid rigging more difficult. As a result, competitive procurement markets can help save valuable fiscal resources and release funds for development.

The two-day conference has been organised by Competition Commission of India (CCI) on behalf of BRICS countries in pursuance of the Beijing Consensus, New Delhi Declaration and Action Plan adopted at Fourth BRICS Leaders Summit in New Delhi on March 29, 2012. The theme of this BRICS ICC is “Competition Enforcement in BRICS Countries: Issues and Challenges”.

World Toilet Day[19/11/2013]

The UN General Assembly adopted a new resolution urging Member States and stakeholders to call for an end the practice of open-air defecation. The United Nations has dedicated November 19 to World Toilet Day to focus attention on a critical health need for 2.5 billion people in developing countries including India – for sanitary toilet conditions.

India's first mahila bank "Bharatiya Mahila Bank Ltd"[19/11/2013]

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 19th November 2013 inaugurated the first women commercial bank of the country, the Bharatiya Mahila Bank. It's headquarter will be at Delhi.

Dr. Singh also simultaneously inaugurated branches of the bank in Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Kolkata, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

‘Don Juans’ Opens the 44th IFFI in Goa [19/11/2013]

The 44th International Film Festival of India is open on November 20 in Goa with the screening of 'Don Juans', the latest film by one of the best known Czech film and theatre directors, Jiri Menzel. He is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this festival. ‘Don Juans’ revolves around the rehearsal of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at a regional Czech theatre. The movie is the 16th feature film in Menzel’s long and much-rewarded career which began in the Communist era in 1966 with ‘Closely Watched Trains’. It is an ode to the gentle seducers of the world and the women who love them.

SPMCIL Conferred with Engineering Excellence Award(S) 2013[19/11/2013]

Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL), a Public Sector Unit under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India was conferred with Engineering Excellence Award (s) 2013 by Engineering Watch in a glittering ceremony held at SCOPE Convention Centre in the national capital. The Modernisation of Ink Factory Project at Bank Note Press, Dewas was conferred with the Second Best Engineering Marvel for Project Innovativeness. Indigenisation of Bank Note Paper production at Security Paper Mill, Hoshangabad and Modernisation of Bank Note Press, Dewas have been awarded under the “Special Mention” Category.

SPMCIL is committed to provide cutting-edge technology to produce national security products like Bank Notes, Coins, passports and indigenise critical raw materials like Bank Note Paper and Inks for these security products, thereby maintaining national financial integrity. This recognition at national stage reinforces SPMCIL’s endeavour and commitment in making India self-reliant in production of state-of-the-art Bank Notes, Coins and Security products.

Lifetime achievement award to JIRI Menzel at 44TH Goa Film Festival[19/11/2013]

One of the best known representatives of the 'New Wave Czech Cinema', Jiri Menzel will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th edition of IFFI. Jiri Menzel has made his mark on the cultural history of his native Czech Republic as a film auteur, theatre director and actor. His films are cherished for their lyrical realism and stylistic boldness. The genteel humanism and comic tone of his work has earned him love and acclaim of film aficionados across the globe.

Angela Merkel to get 2013 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace[19/11/2013]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be awarded the coveted Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2013 with an international jury headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh choosing her.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust which said that the award was being given to 59-year-old Merkel for her exemplary leadership in Europe and the world during the financial crisis and her stewardship of German economic growth.

The trust said the prize was being given to the German leader because of the work done by her for promotion of global economic stability, her commitment to universal peace and disarmament and her leadership role in strengthening productive and mutually beneficial relations with India and other developing countries.

Ratan Tata elected to board of US think tank[19/11/2013]

Top Indian industrialist Ratan Tata has returned as a board member of East West Centre, a prominent American think tank. Tata, 75, is returning to the board and has worked with the organisation several times between 1993 and 2004. East West Centre also elected Takeshi Niinami, the CEO of Japan's Lawson Inc.

Vettel registers record eighth win in a row[18/11/2013]

Red Bull’s quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel won the US Grand Prix on Sunday to become the first Formula One driver to take eight consecutive victories in a single season.

National Integration Week [18/11/2013]

With a view to foster and reinforce the spirit of Communal Harmony, National Integration and pride in vibrant, composite culture and nationhood, the “Quami Ekta Week” (National Integration week) will be observed all over the country, from the 19th to 25th November, 2013.

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous organization with the Ministry of Home Affairs also organizes communal harmony campaign coinciding with the Qaumi Ekta Week. The foundation also provides financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation of children rendered orphan or destitute in communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence.

The week long programmes to be observed during Quami Ekta Week (Nov.19-25th,2013) include National Integration Day (Nov.19), Welfare of Minorities Day (Nov.20), Linguistic Harmony Day (Nov.21), Weaker Sections Day (Nov.22), Cultural Unity Day (Nov.23), Women’s Day(Nov. 24) and Conservation Day (Nov.25) .

3rd BRICS International Competition Conference, 2013[18/11/2013]

Corporate Affairs Minister Mr. Sachin Pilot has expressed the hope that the 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference(ICC), 2013 being organised in New Delhi shall facilitate to showcase India as an attractive investment destination. Briefing media persons about the 3rd BRICS ICC, 2013, Mr. Pilot said that this International Conference being hosted by Competition Commission of India(CCI) shall enable exchange of ideas on issues and challenges in competition enforcement in BRICS countries. BRICS Competition authorities shall sign the Delhi Accord that would show their unanimity in development and cooperation amongst the BRICS competition authorities.

3rd BRICS International Competition Conference, 2013[18/11/2013]

Corporate Affairs Minister Mr. Sachin Pilot has expressed the hope that the 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference(ICC), 2013 being organised in New Delhi shall facilitate to showcase India as an attractive investment destination. Briefing media persons about the 3rd BRICS ICC, 2013, Mr. Pilot said that this International Conference being hosted by Competition Commission of India(CCI) shall enable exchange of ideas on issues and challenges in competition enforcement in BRICS countries. BRICS Competition authorities shall sign the Delhi Accord that would show their unanimity in development and cooperation amongst the BRICS competition authorities.

BrahMos successfully penetrates hardened targets in Army test[18/11/2013]

The Army today successfully test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile which penetrated and destroyed a "hardened target" in the Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan.

Waheeda Rehman to be Honoured with Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI 2013[17/11/2013]

Renowned actress Waheeda Rehman will be conferred with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at the International Film Festival of India 2013 in Panjim, Goa. The 2013 edition of the Festival is being held between 20th to 30th November. The award has been instituted to commemorate 100 years of Indian Cinema, and will be given annually to an outstanding film personality for his or her contribution to Indian cinema.

After extensive deliberations, a five member jury identified Waheeda Rehman as the ideal member of the Indian film fraternity to be the first recipient of the award. The Centenary Award recognizes her prolific body of work through the film industry’s formative years. The award carries a citation, a certificate, a medal(Silver Peacock),a shawl and a cash prize of Rs.10 lacs.

Abdulla Yameen won the Maldives presidential election[16/11/2013]

Abdulla Yameen won the Maldives presidential election run-off on 16th November 2013, the spokesman for the outgoing leader said, beating favourite Mohamed Nasheed in a close-run contest that voters hope will end nearly two years of political turmoil.

INS Vikramaditya Adds A New Dimension to Navy’s Operational Capabilities[16/11/2013]

Marking a new high in India-Russia strategic cooperation, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today commissioned the completely refurbished 44,500 tonne carrier Admiral Gorshkov into the Indian Navy as INS Vikramaditya at an impressive ceremony at sub zero temperature in the wind- swept Sevmash Shipyard in the beautiful city of Severodvinsk in Russia.

INS Vikramaditya, the floating airfield has an overall length of about 284 meters and a maximum beam of about 60 meters, stretching as much as three football fields put together. Standing about 20 storeys tall from keel to the highest point, the sheer sight of this 44,500 tonne mega structure of steel is awe inspiring. The ship has a total of 22 decks.

With over 1,600 personnel on board, INS Vikramaditya is literally a ‘Floating City’. With a capacity of over 8,000 tonnes of LSHSD, she is capable of operations up to a range of over 7,000 nautical miles or 13000 kms.

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