Daily Current Affairs – 24th November 2014
- Today’s observed as Feast day of Vietnamese Martyrs, also known as the Martyrs of Indochina, Martyrs of Tonkin, Annam, and Cochinchina, or Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, are saints on the General Roman Calendar who were canonized by Pope John Paul II. On June 19, 1988, thousands of Overseas Vietnamese worldwide gathered at the Vatican for the Celebration of the Canonization of 117 Vietnamese Martyrs, an event chaired by Monsignor Tran Van Hoai.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben filed an RTI application with Mehsana police to seek clarity on security cover given to her at present and wanted to know what she is entitled to. She expressed unhappiness about the current security set-up, where her guards travel in government vehicles like car, while, despite being a PM’s wife, she has to travel in public transport. She asked the government to explain the definition of protocol and sought details about what is included under it and what other benefits she is entitled for as per that protocol.
- Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Tibetan region of southwestern China on 22 November 2014. Its epicenter was Tagong Township in Sichuan province. Five people and affected nearly 80000 others. It injured more than 50 people and damaged around 25000 houses.
- Price WaterhouseCoopers (PwC) International Ltd chairman Dennis Nally said after releasing the report as India has the potential to achieve 9 per cent growth rate and become a $10 trillion economy by 2034 on the back of concerted efforts by the corporate sector and a constructive role played by the government.
- Nepal is ready to “mediate” between India and Pakistan to break the deadlock in their ties by bringing the leaders of the two countries together during the Saarc summit, foreign minister Mahendra Pandey. The prime ministers of both the countries were in favour of improving the deteriorating relations and Nepal will take the initiative.
- Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians -Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia. Pope Francis pronounced them as saint at a special mass St Peter’s Square at Vatican. Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara is popularly known as Chavara Achen and Sister Euphrasia is popularly known as Evuprasiamma both were from Kerala.
- A powerful bomb, weighing more than seven kilograms, was recovered from a train compartment as security personnel on duty in Up Lumding-Kamakhya intercity express spotted a plastic bag covered with a towel and wires sticking out in front of the compartment toilet near Kendukona railway station under Rangiya sub-division at Assam’s Kamrup (rural) district.
- Sunil Manohar appointed as advocate general of Maharashtra by replacing Darius Khambatta who was appointed as AG in 2012. His appointment was approved by State Cabinet.
- Days of unusually heavy rains pounded Morocco’s near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people. The army and national police rescued 214 people, including 40 by helicopter.
- The Pico do Fogo volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted led to rise of huge plume of smoke in the sky but it is not clear that does the eruption caused some injuries or death or not. The Prime Minister of the island country José Maria Neves called for residents of Cha das Caldeiras to evacuate.
- Income Tax department has claimed to have seized cash of over Rs 135 crore from the premises of Sahara group during its raids on its two premises in Delhi and Noida in connection with alleged tax evasion charges. It is the highest seizures which also includes jewellery worth Rs one crore.
- Koala diplomacy is a major economies held in Brisbane, Australia on 16 November 2014 during the G-20 Summit. Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot arranged a warm and fuzzy welcome for the world leaders at end of G20 summit with a campaign named koala diplomacy.
- Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany had set a deadline of midnight tonight to come to a final agreement on a mechanism whereby Iran’s pathways to develop a nuclear weapon would be closed in return for relief from international sanction but Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran’s atomic programme and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015.
- Adidas appointed Tushar Gokuldas as Brand Director, Emerging Markets w.e.f 1 March 2015 for challenge of strengthening the brand in around 78 countries, some of which are the company’s most important markets. Currently, he is working as Brand Director Adidas India. He will succeed Dave Thomas, who was recently appointed as the new Managing Director for Adidas Group India.
- The World Chess Championship 2014 won by Magnus Carlsen of Norway after defeating challenger Viswanathan Anand of India. It was held from 7 November to 23 November 2014, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in Sochi, Russia. The match was decided after eleven of twelve scheduled games – Carlsen defended his title, winning three games, losing one and drawing seven. He defeated Viswanathan Anand with a score of 6.5 – 4.5. Out of a total of 12 games played, he won the Game 2, Game 6 and Game 11. Anand only managed to win the Game 3 whereas Game 4 and Game 5 were drawn between the two.
These games are as follows:
Game 1, Anand–Carlsen, ½–½
Game 2, Carlsen–Anand, 1–0
Game 3, Anand–Carlsen, 1–0
Game 4, Carlsen–Anand, ½–½
Game 5, Anand–Carlsen, ½–½
Game 6, Carlsen–Anand, 1–0
Game 7, Carlsen–Anand, ½–½
Game 8, Anand–Carlsen, ½–½
Game 9, Carlsen–Anand, ½–½
Game 10, Anand–Carlsen, ½–½
Game 11, Carlsen–Anand, 1–0
- US defence secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned and President Barack Obama had accepted his resignation. Hagel will remain in the Pentagon’s top post until a successor is named.
- Afghanistan lower house of Parliament approved the Bilateral Security Agreements with the United States and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). The pact will allow about 12500 NATO-led troops to stay in Afghanistan till 2015 to fight Taliban forces. The original plans was for the 9800 remaining troops to only train and advise Afghanistan forces and conduct counterterrorism missions.
- Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G phablets in India at Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999. Redmi Note will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting December 2. Registration will start November 25 at 6pm whereas Redmi Note 4G will be available in the second half of December.
- Senior Marathi actor-director Raghuvir Nevrekar died following a brief illness in Mumbai. He was 85.
- Indian Women Boxers Sarjubala Devi and Saweety won Silver medals at the 8th World Women’s Boxing Championships, in Jeju, South Korea. In the 48kg division, Sarjubala lost to Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan, 0-3. While, in the 81 kg final, Saweety lost to China’s Xiaoli Yang, 0-3.