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November 27, 2014

Current Affair Updates: November 27 - 2014

27 November 2014


Home Minister to roll out E-visa facility for 43 countries
Visitors from over 40 countries including Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US, will be able to avail of the much-awaited electronic visa facility. Russia, Brazil, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Norway and Mauritius, among others, would be getting the e-visa facility in the first phase. All the 12 countries currently enjoying the visa-on-arrival facility, including South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos will also come under the E-visa facility. However, the facility will not be available to people from countries like Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia. An official said, it would be a historic occasion for the tourism sector and launching of e-visa system for so many countries would boost the industry. In order to get an e-visa, one would need to apply on the designated website along with the required fees.

More than 15-year-old vehicles not permitted to ply in Delhi
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held that all vehicles which are more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on Delhi roads. A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed the order saying that it is unquestionable that air pollution of the National Capital Territory is getting worse with each passing day, and it only projects the very dismayed state of affairs with clear indication that worst is likely to follow. The bench directed the concerned authorities to take appropriate steps in accordance with law, including seizure of the vehicles, wherever such vehicles of this age are noticed.

WB to procure agricultural machines for farmers
The West Bengal government has launched a scheme for procuring big agricultural machines and tools for small and marginal farmers. Under the scheme the Government will give maximum 24 lakh rupees financial grants as subside to the Self Help Group, farmer organizations and Co-operative Societies for purchasing big agricultural equipments. These include Harvesters, Tractors, Transplanters, Seed drills and others. As these costly equipments are not affordable to purchase for the small and marginal farmers, as per scheme Self Help Groups, Co-operative Societies and farmers organizations will give those agriculture equipments on rental basis. The aim of the scheme is to reach modern farming facilities to small and marginal farmers to increase productivity.

India's Mars Orbitor Mission-Salient Points

India's first Mars orbiter successfully began a 400 million-km long journey to Mars, making it the first Asian country and the fourth in the world to undertake a mission to the red planet.

Important Points.

  1. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan – ISRO Chairman
  2. Mylswamy Annadurai is the Director of Mar’s Mission.
  3. India's MOM is the cheapest inter-planetary mission, costing of Rs 450 Crore ($671 million) entered the Martian orbit on 24 September 2014. 
  4. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, is India’s first interplanetary mission to the planet Mars.
  5. India becomes the first country in the world to insert a spacecraft into the Martian orbit in its very first attempt.
  6. Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, India's first interplanetary probe, was launched by PSLV-C25 on November 5, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
  7. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) becomes the fourth space agency to reach Mars after Roscosmos (Russia), NASA (USA) and ESA (European).
  8. The first Chinese mission to Mars, called Yinghuo-1, failed in 2011.
  9. The project was approved by the government of India on 3 August 2012 and costs Rs. 450 crores.
  10. MOM is the cheapest and lowest-cost inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken in the world. It cost us all a mere Rs 4 per person
  11. The mission successfully completed its 100 days in space on February 12, 2014.
  12. The satellite has carried a compact science experiment instruments, totaling a mass of 15kg to study the Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy.

This Day in History: 27th November

1. On this day in 1779: The College of Pennsylvania became the University of Pennsylvania. It was the first legally recognized university in America.

2. On this day in 1895: At the Swedish–Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after his death.

 3. On this day in 1965: 1st French satellite was launched. France became 3rd nation to launch a satellite.

4. On this day in 1971: The Soviet space program's Mars 2 orbiter released a descent module. It malfunctioned and crashed, but it was the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.

 5. On this day in 1979: 1st day-night one-day cricket international was held in Australia between Australia and the West Indies.

 6. On this day in 1993: Lisa Hanna, 18, of Jamaica, was crowned 43rd Miss World.

 7. On this day in 1999: The left-wing Labour Party took control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark. She was the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.

 8. On this day in 2001: A hydrogen atmosphere was discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.

November 26, 2014

Current Affair Updates: November 26 - 2014

26 November 2014


18th SAARC Summit begins
The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit is starting at Kathamandu in Nepal. The theme of the summit is 'Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity'. The two-day summit will dwell upon on a number of crucial issues including improving transport connectivity among the member states to ensure greater flow of goods and services for boosting trade and commerce. Meanwhile, Memorandums of Understanding including development of Arun-III Hydroelectric Project, extension of one billion dollars credit, setting up a Nepal Police Academy, Tourism, Traditional Medicines and on Youth Exchange were signed between India and Nepal. Twin-city agreements between Ayodhya and Janakpur, Kathmandu and Varanasi and Lumbini and Bodh Gaya were also signed.

Govt accepts proposal to ban sale of loose cigarettes
The Union government has accepted the proposal to prohibit the sale of loose or single stick of cigarette and increase the minimum legal age for sale of tobacco products. In a written reply, Union Health Minister JP Nadda informed this to Rajya Sabha. The proposal mooted by an expert committee set up by the Health Ministry also recommended increasing the fine or penalty amounts for violations of provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, as well as making such offences cognizable. The Health Ministry had set up a committee headed by former Delhi government Principal Secretary Ramesh Chandra to recommend measures to bring down the consumption of tobacco products and curb their sale.

PM gifts Nepal 200 bed trauma center
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a trauma centre in Nepal. The eight-storey National Trauma Centre at Kathmandu's Bir Hospital has a capacity of 200 beds. He said the trauma centre is the best present of India-Nepal friendship which will help in saving precious lives. He also presented a ‘Dhruv’ helicopter to Nepal at an army function at Tundikhel in Kathmandu. Prime Minister Modi said, from now on, visitors to Nepal can carry 500 and 1000 rupees denomination currency notes upto a limit of Rs 25,000 which was not the case earlier. He also announced the slashing of telephone call rates by 35 per cent from India to Nepal.

100 General Awareness & Computer Questions from IBPS PO IV & SBI Associate Exam 2014

1. Book 'Road to the deep north' that won Men's Booker award is written by - Richard Flanagan
2. Why West Indies board cancelled series with india? -Salary disputes between Players and WICB
3. What is the full form of LAN? - Local Area Network
4. Who is the current Vice president of the USA? - Joe Biden
5. What is the full form of BIOS?- Basic Input Output System
6. What are the Stages in Product Life Cycle? -Introduction,Growth,Maturity and Decline
7. Ctrl+s used for? - To save the document
8. Shit+delete used for ? To Permanently delete a file
9. What does letter A dnote in NPA? – Assets
10. What is the full form of ASCII? - American Standard Codes for Information Interchange

60 Most Important Abbreviations for Exams

1. OLTAS - On-line Tax Accounting System (OLTAS) for Direct Taxes
2. TIN - Tax Information Network (TIN)
3. IMPS - Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS).
4. CDR- Corporate Debt Restructuring
5. CAD- Capital Account Deficit
6. REITs: Real Estate Investment Trusts
7. InvITs: Infrastructure Investment Trusts
8. ALM- Asset Liability Management
9. AML – Anti Money Laundering
10. KYC – know Your Customer