Daily Current Affairs – 25th November 2014
- Today’s observed as Evacuation day in New York City. Its significance is British forces leave New York Town Gen. George Washington triumphantly returns. the American Revolutionary War, marks the day in 1783 when the last vestige of British authority in the United States. Its troops in the new free and independent State of New York departed from New York Town on Manhattan Island. After this British Army evacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army from his former headquarters, north of the city, across the Harlem River south down Manhattan through the town to The Battery at the foot of Broadway. The last shot of the war was reported to be fired on this day, as a British gunner fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, as his ship passed through The Narrows at the mouth of New York Harbor.
- Today’s observed as Teacher’s day in Indonesia. National Teachers’ Day is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI. National Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, but it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity in recognition of certain teachers, headmasters and other school staff. It intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. The date on which Teachers’ day is celebrated varies from country to country.
- Today’s observed as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is to raise awareness about violence against women and discuss solutions that would work for women community. On this day campaign was setup called Orange Your Neighborhood to raise awareness against Gender-Based Violence will be held from 25 November to 10 December 2014. Its work is taken to local streets shops and businesses, and organizes Orange Events in their own neighborhoods. It will arrange events include from marches, marathons and panel discussions to radio and television program, concerts and film festivals.
- Rioting breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury declines to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. It is an ongoing series of protests and civil disorder began the day. As the details of the original shooting event emerged from investigators, police established curfews and deployed riot squads to maintain order. Along with peaceful protests, there was looting and violent unrest in the vicinity of the original shooting. According to media reports, there was police militarization when dealing with protests in Ferguson. The unrest continued after the police officer who shot Michael Brown was not indicted by a grand jury.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala flagged off the Kathmandu-Delhi bus decorated with streamers, balloons and flowers service called Pashupatinath Express from here. The route, the bus service will follow would be from Kathmandu, Bhairawa, Sanauli, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and New Delhi.
- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said after arriving in Kathmandu to attend the 18th Summit of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India but it is up to India to re-start the negotiations which were called off “unilaterally” by it and Cancellation of talks was New Delhi’s unilateral decision.
- Seven naval officers were found guilty following a probe into the fire that occurred on board submarine INS Sindhuratna earlier this year, which left two personnel dead and led to the resignation of former Navy chief Admiral DK Joshi on a result disciplinary action against these officers has been initiated at the Western Naval Command headquarters said by defence minister Manohar Parrikar.
- Former Supreme Court (SC) judge Justice Chandramauli Kumar (CK) Prasad was chosen as the next chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI) succeed Justice Markenday Katju. He was selected by a committee headed by Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
- Three global organisations (World Toilet Organisation (WTO), WASTE and the Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health (FINISH)) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to end open defecation in India. They share the common goal of making sanitation accessible and affordable to all citizens. The objective of the agreement is to support the Central government in making the country free of open defecation and promoting sustained usage of sanitation systems.
- The Union health ministry and Health minister JP Nadda has prohibition on sale of loose or single stick of cigarette, increasing the minimum legal age for sale of tobacco products, increasing the fine or penalty amounts for violation of certain provisions of the Act as well as making such offences cognizable to review Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA).
- After retirement of Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha, the government introduced a Bill in Lok Sabha to include the leader of the largest opposition party in the panel to select the head of the agency in the absence of a recognised Leader of the Opposition in the House. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh introduced the Bill amid din over the black money issue.
- IAS officer Kiran Gurrala was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) in place of A Karthik.
- Bhartiya Janta Party won 31 (five of the six municipal corporations, eleven municipal councils and fifteen municipal boards) out of the 46 civic bodies, including five municipal corporations, in Rajasthan which went to polls last week. Polls were held in six municipal corporations of Jaipur, Kota, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur and Bharatpur, 18 municipal councils and 22 municipal boards on November 22.
- Bilal Tanweer from Lahore won the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for his novel The Scatter Here Is Too Great (Random House India) selected by the jury of the award consisting of authors Amit Chaudhuri, Aatish Taseer and Mridula Koshy. The award comprised of the price money of 2 lakhs rupees and a trophy.
- A mega draw was done of Delhi Development Authority flagship scheme offering 25,040 flats in various categories spread across the national capital saw DDA receiving a whopping 10,08,985 applications wrapped up in record time of 40 days, which is the highest in the history of the agency. The draw was held under the supervision of retired Delhi high court judge Manju Goel, DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar, National Informatics Centre DG Mahesh Chandra and IIT-Delhi professor Anshul Kumar. The draw, which started at its scheduled time at around 11:30am at the DDA headquarters here, was completed within two hours after two seed numbers — 0355299 for applicants and 03695 for flats — were fed as reference into the fully computerized and automated system.
- West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was appointed as Governor of Bihar by the President Pranab Mukherjee on replacing Bihar Governor D Y Patil, who completes his tenure on 26 November 2014. He will discharge the functions of the Governor of Bihar in addition to his own duties as Governor of West Bengal.
- Delhi High Court Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Vinod Kumar Gautam ordered former Delhi University vice-chancellor Deepak Pental to be released who is taken into custody in a complaint of plagiarism, cheating and forgery. He has been accused of cheating and also misappropriating some genetic material from the university’s science lab by professor P Pardha Saradhi.
- Election commission recorded over 70 percent polling without any incident in 15 constituencies in the first of the five-phase polls in Jammu and Kashmir and a total of 61.92 per cent votes were cast in the first phase of polls in 13 of the 81 assembly seats in Jharkhand amidst sporadic incidents of damage to EVMs.
- Indian Cyclist Deborah on 23 November 2014 won four gold medals at the Track Asia Cup Cycling Championship 2014 which was held from 21 to 23 November 2014 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi.
- Anup Jalota’s, famous Bhajan Singer wife Medha Jalota’s died in the US on Monday due to a liver failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant. She was 59. Medha, neice of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, is survived by an 18-year-old son Aryaman. She was earlier married to acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who mourned her death on micro-blogging site Twitter soon after the news of her demise came.
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