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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 16 November – 20 November 2015

Nov 21, 2015 18:02 IST

Jagranjosh.com brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form. This will be very useful for the aspirants in their preparation for different competitive exams like IAS/PCS, SSC, Bank, MBA and etc.

•    The country where 170 people were taken hostages in a hotel by militants on 20 November 2015 – Mali

•    The first ever World Indology Conference that will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on 21 November 2015 will be held at - Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

•    The number of time JDU leader Nitish Kumar was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Bihar on 20 November 2015 – Five

•    The country where the United States (US) reopened its embassy in 24 years on 20 November 2015 - Somalia

•    The theme of the six-month long festival of India in Sri Lanka inaugurated in Colombo on 19 November 2015 - Sangam: a confluence of cultures of India and Sri Lanka

•    The UN agency that was chosen for 2015 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

•    23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Summit concluded on 19 November 2015 in – Manila, Philippines

•    The loan amount pledged to be financed by Asian Development Bank  for increasing transmission capacity of cross-border electricity link between Bangladesh and India - 120 million dollars

•    The country which will host the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2016 – Peru

•    The Global Gender Gap Report 2015 was released by – World Economic Forum

•    Rank of India in the Global Gender Gap 2015 released on 19 November 2015 - 108

•     National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) as per an announcement made by Union Government on 19 November 2015 will be set up in - Jhalawar, Rajasthan

•    A Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT) was jointly launched by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Intel in the city – Hyderabad

•    The Committee set up on revisiting & revitalizing the PPP model of infrastructure development that submitted its report to the Ministry of Finance on 19 November 2015 was headed by - Dr. Vijay Kelkar

•    The city in which the 2nd World Congress on Disaster Management was inaugurated on 19 November 2015 is - Visakhapatnam

•    The country that will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2025 – Republic of Korea

•    Percentage of hike recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission in its report on 19 November 2015 - 23.55 percent

•    Country that signed agreement with Egypt to build a nuclear power plant on 19 November 2015 – Russia

•    Seventh Central Pay Commission that submitted its report to the Ministry of Finance on 19 November 2015 was headed by – Justice (retd) AK Mathur

•    The long-anticipated book titled ‘Dial D for Don: Inside Stories of CBI Case Missions’ is authored by – Neeraj Kumar

•    The two countries refugees that were barred from entering the countries by a bill passed in the US House of Representatives on 19 November 2015 – Syria and Iraq

•    The biggest diamond to be found in more than a century has been discovered at a mine in – Botswana

•    Former Gujarat Governor and former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ram Krishna Trivedi who died on 19 November 2015 was the first person to introduce - Voter ID cards in Indian Elections

•    International Men's Day (IMD) was celebrated on 19 November 2015 with theme - Make a Difference for Men and Boys

•    Country that blocked social media platform Facebook and online messaging and calling services WhatsApp and Viber on security grounds on 18 November 2015 - Bangladesh

•    Percentage of disinvestment in Coal India Limited (CIL) approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 18 November 2015 - 10 percent

•    Scheme launched by Union Government on 18 November 2015 under the National Manufacturing Policy, 2011 to boost MSME sector - Technology Acquisition and Development Fund (TADF)

•    The Judge of the Supreme Court who was appointed as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) by the President of India  - Justice Tirath Singh Thakur

•    The Union Cabinet in November 2015 approved the setting up of National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research in - Hyderabad

•    India’s new Ambassador to China appointed in November 2015  – Vijay Keshav Gokhale

•    Indian and Vietnam on 18 November 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of – Animal Health

•    This country on 18 November 2015 became the first country to constitute a National Resource Panel on Resource Efficiency - India

•    The Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 gave its approval for the ratification and submitting of the Articles of Agreement (AoA) of - Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

•    Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 approved to complete the implementation of Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) by the year  - March 2017

•    This project will revamp the Criminal Justice System through integrating CCTNS with e-Courts, e-prisons, Forensics and Prosecution - Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS)

•    Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 approved four rail line projects at a cost of around 8351 crore rupees in - Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

•    The scheme approved by CCEA under which all exports of MSME and 416 tariff lines will get an interest subvention up to 3 percent with effect from 1 April 2015 - Interest Equalisation Scheme

•    The foreign language approved by Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 to be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas as an additional language – German

•    The signing of the revised Air Services Agreement was approved by the Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 with this country – New Zealand

•    Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Germany on – Security Cooperation

•    With this country Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 approved the amendment to Agreement on Double Taxation Avoidance – Kuwait

•    The states for which Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation on 18 November 2015 approved construction of 228204 houses for urban poor under the Housing for All mission - Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan

•    The emoji that was declared as Word of the Year 2015 by Oxford Dictionary – Tear of Joy

•    The Union Cabinet on 18 November 2015 approved the signing of the Tripartite Agreement among India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) on the IBSA Fund for - Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 November 2015 inaugurated the 6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery in - Delhi

•    India's internet user base will become the second-largest after China by 2015 and will touch - 402 million

•    This island of Greece was hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake on 17 November 2015 - Lefkada

•    Name of the supercomputer of China that emerged as the fastest in the world for the sixth consecutive time in November 2015 – Tianhe -2

•    This country was in November 2015 designated to host the peace talks between the opposition and the Syrian president – Saudi Arabia

•     Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 November 2015 inaugurated the 21st Conference of CBI and State ACB and vigilance bureaus in - Delhi

•    The Chinese company to sign a pact with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to set up a plant for manufacturing solar cells and solar modules at Atchutapuram, Visakhapatnam district- Trina Solar

•    The tribal conclave organised by the Tata Group in Jamshedpur is - Samvaad 2015

•    The theme with which the World Antibiotic Awareness Week was launched by the WHO on 16 November 2015 – Antibiotics: Handle with Care

•    Airlines imposed with penalties for concerted action in fixing and revising Fuel Surcharge (FSC) for transporting cargo on 17 November 2015 - Jet Airways (India) Ltd, InterGlobe Aviation Limited and Spice Jet Limited

•    Person appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Chartered Bank, India on 17 November 2015 - Zarin Daruwala

•    State that will host the first International Qawwali Festival called ‘Taali Ho’ in February 2016 - Delhi

•    Name of the first satellite of the EKS (Tundra) satellite system that was launched by Russia on 17 November 2015 – Kosmos 2510

•    The former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing who died on 17 November 2015 in Bengaluru is - K Sankaran Nair

•    He was on 13 November 2015 elected to Board of Governors of World Water Council- Prithvi Raj Singh

•    India in November 2015 signed a draft Memorandum of Understanding on passenger and cruise vessel movement with – Bangladesh

•    Secretary general of Indian Red Cross Society Satya Paul Agarwal who died on 17 November 2015 was an eminent – Neurosurgeon

•    Head of the Inquiry panel appointed by the Delhi Government that submitted its report on alleged financial irregularities in DDCA – Chetan Sanghi

•    Union Minister who on 17 November 2015 became the first Indian to be designated as the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Champion for the Asia Region by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) - Kiren Rijiju

•    This State government decided to set up a committee headed by a retired judge for annual verification of the accounts of private schools – Delhi

•    The state for which the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change earmarked 4000 crore rupees for resolution of the man-animal conflict – Assam   

•    The percentage by which the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) dropped on year-on-year basis in October 2015 – 3.8%

•    The Nepal's football chief banned by FIFA on 16 November 2015 over the alleged charges of corruption is - Ganesh Thapa

•    The Indian shuttler who won the silver medal in BWF World Junior Championships is – Siril Verma

•    The country that won the 2015 Fed Cup, which was held in Prague is - Czech Republic

•    National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 was implemented 16 November 2015 in 14 of the 30 districts of - Odisha

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17 January 2015 returned to India after his two-nation tour of - the United Kingdom and Turkey

•    Wholesale inflation moved up to minus 3.81 percent in October 2015, compared to minus 4.54 percent in September 2015 - as pulses and onions turned costlier

•    Contracting for the 11th month in a row, the India's merchandise exports slumped 17.5 percent in October, to - 21.4 billion dollars

•    The diplomat appointed as the India’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) on 16 November 2015 – Syed Akbaruddin

•    The veteran Bollywood actor who passed away on 15 November 2015 at the age of 86 – Saeed Jaffrey

•    According to an Australian study published recently, the formation of Himalayas happened – 4.7 crore years old

•    The year by which Ministry of Tourism proposed to increase the share of Indian tourism in global tourism from 0.68 percent to 1% - 2016-17

•    Scientists of this country developed ‘nanopores’ that inexpensively filter the salt out of seawater - The United States

•    The name of the Advanced Torpedo Defence System which was handed over to Indian Navy on 14 November 2015 is – Maareech

•    The Union Minister who will chair the Governing Council of recently constituted National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) – Arun Jaitley

•    The country provisionally suspended by International Association of Athletics Federations due to doping allegations is – Russia

•    The winner of the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix that was held in Sau Paulo is - Nico Rosberg

•    The children's book writer and widow of cartoonist RK Laxman who died on 14 November 2015 is – Kamala Laxman

•    The online auto classified platform acquired by CarTrade is - CarWale

•    Biggest indigenous festival of Manipur that was celebrated on 14 November 2015 and is a state holiday - Ningol Chakkouba

•    State that introduced Mobile Governance on 15 November 2015 in the state to realise the dreams of Digital India - Jharkhand

•    16 November is every year celebrated as - International Day for Tolerance

•    Name of the training establishment Shipwright School that was commissioned on 14 November 2015 - INS Vishwakarma

•    First Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) pharmacy outlet was opened at - AIIMS, New Delhi

•    The place where Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a Basaveshwara Statue on 14 November 2015 - Lambeth in London

•    The historical personality whose memorial was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at King Henry's Road in London - Dr B R Ambedkar

•    The theme of 9th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (RPBD) that concluded on 15 November 2015 at Los Angeles in California - The Indian Diaspora: Defining a New Paradigm in India-US Relationship

•    The Ministry of Civil Aviation on 12 November 2015 gave approval to build the second airport in the National Capital Region of Delhi at - Bhiwadi in Rajasthan

•    The PSU which has become the first domestic issuer of ‘Masala Debt Bonds’- Indian Railways Finance Corporation

•    The theme of BRICS 2016 Summit that will be in India - Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions

•    Chinese shuttler Xuerui Li defeated India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on 15 November 2015 to win - China Open Superseries Premier Badminton tournament

•    India on 15 November 2015 announced completion of procedures for bringing the nuclear deal into force with - Australia

•    India and Bangladesh on 15 November 2015 signed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in New Delhi, to operationalize - Agreement on Coastal Shipping

•    The Union Government on 6 November 2015 declared a militant outfit and all its formation as a terrorist organisation - National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K)

•    Train service began in the recently gauge-converted, inter-state Palakkad-Pollachi railway stretch ending a long wait of seven years after being closed in - 2008

•    The remains of over 100 persons of this religious minority killed by ISIS militant group in Sinjar was uncovered by the Kurdish forces - Yazidi religious minority

•    According to the latest Open Doors Report of the Institute of International Education in New York, Indian students has increased in the US in 2014-15 by – 30 percent

•    Militant outfit National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) was declared as a terrorist organisation by Union Government under - Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967


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