Daily Current Affairs – 28th November 2014
- Today’s observed Navy Day in Iran. It commemorates Operation Morvarid of 1980, a major Iranian Navy victory during the Iran Iraq war.
- Today’s observed as Independence Day in Albania. Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the World Trade Organization. It is one of the founding members of the Energy Community and the Union for the Mediterranean. It is also an official candidate for membership in the European Union. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo[a] to the northeast, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea. Albania is a parliamentary republic. As of 2011, the capital, Tirana, was home to 421,286 of the country’s 3,020,209 people within the city limits, 763,634 in the metropolitan area. Currently president of Albania is Bujar Nishani, Prime minister is Edi Rama and Speaker of Parliament is llir Meta.
- Today’s observed as Independence Day in Panama. It is situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City. Panama has the second largest economy in Central America and it is also the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America. In 2013, Panama ranked 5th among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index, and 59th in the world. Currently president is Juan Carlos Varela and Vice president is Isabel Saint Malo.
- A volcano in southern Japan blasted out chunks of magma on Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.
- India’s gross domestic product expanded 5.3 per cent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as a slump in manufacturing took the bounce out of Asia’s third-largest economy. Growth in the June quarter had spurted to a 2-1/2 year high of 5.7 per cent through which a slowdown in India’s economy will put the central bank under renewed pressure to cut interest rates, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes his time over reforms needed for a revival.
- Telangana Assembly passed Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self Certification System (TS-iPASS) bill 2014 for timely clearances to industrial units proposed to be set up in the new State by repealed the existing Andhra Pradesh State Industrial Single Window Clearance Act of 2002. It’s aimed at speeding up processing for issue of various licences, clearances and certificates required by industries. The bill seeks to provide an investor-friendly environment in the State and seeks to create a Telangana state-wide Investment Facilitation Board (T-SWIFT) to be chaired by the chief secretary to deal with clearances for mega projects with District-level committees will clear projects other than mega projects under a similar system.
- Blast occurred at the main mosque in the city of Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city. Hundreds had gathered to listen to a sermon from the chief imam of Kano. Scores of people are feared to have been killed and wounded in a bomb blast at a mosque.
- India offered polio vaccine for SAARC countries which would mean Pakistan and Afghanistan. The offer was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu and Special Purpose Facility to finance infrastructure projects in SAARC region to enhance the connectivity and trade, upgrade border facilities and push for common standards between SAARC countries, power trading facility in the region through which electricity can be traded as a commodity and many more.
- 100-plus deaths daily, pneumonia as a leading cause of deaths among children under 5 years in Bihar recommended the government to launch a special drive like the one for polio. Shally Awasthi, professor, department of pediatrics in King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, who headed the survey, told a seminar at AIIMS Patna that 40,480 pneumonia deaths have been reported annually in Bihar.
- India and Mozambique signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in Oil and Gas sector for a period of five years. The MoU was signed during Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique Oldemiro Julio Marques Baloi visit to India. It will enhance bilateral cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit and also seeks cooperation in oil and gas in both upstream and downstream sectors in the areas of enhancing capacity-building, forging closer cooperation between research and training centres and intensifying technology transfer.
- Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world’s largest such exercise. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the ceremony, which is held every five years at the Gandhimai temple near the border with India. About 500,000 animals are killed during the event, rights group Humane Society International estimates. The ritual began at dawn with a ceremonial “pancha bali” or the sacrifice of five animals, comprising a rat, a goat, a rooster, a pig and a pigeon.
- AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal hosted a Rs 20,000 per plate dinner for young professionals, diamond merchants and bankers here kick-starting the party’s fund-raising campaign for the Delhi assembly elections. They collected Rs 91 lakh from the fund-raiser dinner last night. Rs 36 lakh were collected from donor passes, Rs 36 lakh was through cheque donation from those who came and AAP volunteers collected Rs 21 lakh.
- Two Indians authors namely Jhumpa Lahiri and Writer critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi were among the list of five authors shortlisted for DSC Prize for the year 2015. The shortlist for 2015. The final winner of the award will be announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival. DSC Prize is one of the South Asia’s biggest literary awards. The award carried 50000 US dollar prize money.
- Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha unveiled the new computerised pilot selection system, replacing the age-old pilot aptitude battery test at the air force selection board here, about 150km from Bengaluru. It was jointly developed by Defence Institute of Psychological Research and Air Defence Establishment (ADE) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the new system lays stress on psychomotor skills and cognitive abilities of candidates for selection into the IAF’s flying branch. Selection Board president Air Commodore OP Tiwari was also present on the occasion.
- Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people. State-owned electricity supplier Energex that up to 90,000 homes had been without power, with trees and hundreds of power lines brought down by winds gusting at 140 kph (87 mph). 68,000 homes remained blacked out.
- In order to give autonomy to the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) on the issue of selection and appointment of Statutory Central Auditors (SCAs), the work of selection and appointment of SCAs henceforth, has been delegated to individual PSBs for the year 2014-15 onwards. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will provide the selection criteria for selecting SCAs to PSB. The office of Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) will provide the list of eligible auditors available with them and PSBs can make selection out of the list with the prior approval of RBI.
- Mauritius government has signed a contract worth nearly Rs 100 crore with aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) here to acquire its Dornier aircraft for maritime surveillance in Mauritius capital Port Louis on Thursday by Kan Oye Fong Weng Poorun, senior chief executive, Prime Minister’s Office (Mauritius) and S Subrahmanyan, managing director, HAL (MiG Complex and Accessories)
- Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund’s proposed acquisition of schemes run by PineBridge Mutual Fund has received nod from the Competition Commission. It would acquire control of the schemes of PineBridge Mutual Fund by way of change in trusteeship, management and administration.
- International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) got off to a flying start with the Indian Aces notching an impressive 26-16 victory against the Singapore Slammers at the Mall of Asia Arena.
- China’s 14-year-old Yan Bingtao defeated Indian hearts favourite Pankaj Advani 6-4 to storm into the men’s semifinals at the IBSF World Snooker Championships.
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