Daily Current Affairs for Exams 23 - 27 th November

28 Nov 2014

27 November 2014 Current Affairs

Keshari Nath Tripathi Sworn In As New Bihar Governor

Veteran BJP leader and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was on 27 November sworn in as the Governor of Bihar. Tripathi was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of Patna High Court Rekha M Doshit at Raj Bhawan. The West Bengal Governor, who will hold additional charge of Bihar, replaced Dr D Y Patil whose tenure ended on 26 November 2014.

Australia Cricketer Phillip Hughes Died

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died on 27 November at the age of 25 after being struck on the head by a bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November 2014. He was a left-handed opening batsman who played for two seasons with New South Wales before making his Test debut in 2009 at the age of 20.  On 11 January 2013, Hughes became the first Australian batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score a century on debut, a feat which he achieved against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. Hughes was also the youngest cricketer ever to score back-to-back centuries in a test match, a feat which he achieved in Durban, 2009 against South Africa.

Pakistani Author Bilal Tanweer Won 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize

Lahore-based author Bilal Tanweer has won the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for his novel The Scatter Here Is Too Great. In its seventh year, the prize money has been increased to Rs 2 lakh with support from Priti Paul and the Apeejay Trust.

NASA Creates History By Successfully 3D Printing First Object In Space

The first 3D-printed object was developed in space by world’s first zero-gravity 3D printer created by NASA and Made In Space Inc on the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D maker ‘zero-g printer‘ was delivered to the ISS in september 2014 via a Space X Dragon capsule. NASA astronaut Barry Butch Wilmore, Expedition 42 commander installed the printer at the ISS and conducted the first calibration test print.

26 November 2014 Current Affairs

Boxer Manoj Kumar Received Arjuna Award

Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Manoj Kumar received the prestigious Arjuna Award from Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on 26 November. Earlier, Manoj was denied the award by the Kapil Dev-led selection committee, as it believed that he was involved in a doping case. The committee recommended name of another boxer Jai Bhagwan for the coveted honour.After being denied the coveted medal, Manoj had approached the Sports Ministry. After being snubbed for a second time in the review meeting, Manoj took the legal route and filed a case in the Delhi High Court. He won the case which led to the Ministry accepting his nomination for the award.

West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill 2014 Passed

The West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed in the Assembly. The Bill amends the West Bengal Land Reforms Act 1955 to bring fisheries, townships, transportation terminals, logistic hubs, medical institutions, oil and gas products, piped transportation, mining and allied activities in the list of industries which are eligible to hold land in excess of the applicable land ceiling.

Michael Phelps Crowned Male Athlete of the Year at Golden Goggle Awards

Michael Phelps has been crowned Male Athlete of the Year for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September 2014.

Union Government Announced Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines

The Union Government announced Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, 2014 which will come into force with immediate effect.The Kosh was announced to achieve the objective of cleanliness across India. The fund will be utilised to build toilets in schools of rural and urban areas.

25 November 2014 Current Affairs

Sania Mirza Named UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador For South Asia

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was on 25 November appointed the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asian region by UN Women at an event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women.

International Day For Elimination Of Violence Against Women Observed On 25 November

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 25 November 2014 across the world to raise awareness about violence against women. In 1999 the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The date of 25 November was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961) ordered brutally assassinate in 1960.

Shah Rukh Khan Becomes Brand Ambassador Of DHFL

Housing finance company, DHFL announced Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan as its Brand Ambassador. DHFL is the second largest housing finance company of India. Shah Rukh is the first brand ambassador of DHFL in its 30 year journey. DHFL was founded by Rajesh Kumar Wadhawan in 1984 with a vision to provide financial access to own a home. DHFL has been marketing its solutions to customers across 550 locations in India through national and regional level advertisement and event campaigns. It  also has representative offices in Dubai and London.

Ajit Doval Appointed Special Representative By PMO on Indo-China Border Issue

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has been appointed as the special representative by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to resolve the India-China border issue. The issue has since long been a source of tension between the two countries. Doval is credited with solving several issues including planning key missions related to Myanmar and China related missions. In September this year, Chinese incursions in Ladakh raised security alarms for the Indian government. Indian troops had to reportedly make a tactical retreat of about two kilometers in Chumar.

Justice C.K.Prasad Selected As The Next Chairman Of PCI

The Former Supreme Court judge Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has been selected to be the next Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI). CK Prasad will succeed  Markanday Katju, whose three-year term ended on 11 October 2014. Chandramauli Kumar Prasad was appointed as the Additional Advocate General of the State of Bihar in 1993. In November 1994, he was elevated as permanent Judge of the Patna High Court and later in the same year he was transferred to Madhya Pradesh High Court. He took oath as the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court on 20 March 2009. In February 2010, CK Prasad was elevated as the Judge of Supreme Court of India.

24 November 2014 Current Affairs

Former Union Minister Murli Deora Died

Senior Congress leader and Former Union minister Murli Deora was died on 24 November in Mumbai. He held several important positions during his long political career. During the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government, he served as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. He was first time elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 from Maharashtra and since then had completed two terms. At present, he was serving his third term. He was elected to the Lok Sabha three times (1984, 1989 and 1991) from Mumbai South, a seat later held by his son, Milind, who is also a former MP and ex Union minister. He first contested the Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai South constituency in 1980.

Lewis Hamilton Won F1 2014 Drivers’ Championship

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain clinched his second drivers’ World Championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 2008 champion became only the fourth Briton to win two world titles. He joins a number of other drivers on two titles, including his great contemporary rival Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher is the all-time record holder with seven, while the most successful current driver is Sebastian Vettel on four.

Terror Activities Rise In India by 70 Percent

According to the Global Terrorism Index 2014, prepared by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Terror activities in India have increased by 70 per cent during 2012-2013 with the number of deaths rising from 238 to 404, most of which were caused by Naxals. The number of attacks also increased with 55 more incidents in 2013 than in 2012.

23 November 2014 Current Affairs

Pope Francis Declared Two Indians As Saints

Pope Francis on 23 November declared Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluventhinkal from India as Saints at Vatican. They belong to the renowned Syro Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala. With these two canonisations, the centuries-old Syro Malabar Church will have three Saints, the first being Sister Alphonsa, who was declared a saint in 2008.

Magnus Carlsen Won FIDE World Chess Championship 2014

Magnus CarlsenMagnus Carlsen of Norway won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014 on 23 November.  He defeated Challenger Viswanathan Anand in Game 11 of a 12-game match to achieve the 6.5 points needed to claim victory.

Deepak Gupta Named new UPSC chief

The government has appointed former IAS officer Deepak Gupta as new chairman of UPSC, breaking away from the tradition of appointing the chief from the serving members of the Commission. Deepak Gupta, a retired IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, had taken over as the chief of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).


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