DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS UPDATE 11th, 12th AND 13th NOVEMBER 2015
Kalyani Kaul, Indian-origin barrister sworn-in as Circuit Judge in the UK
- Indian-origin barrister, Kalyani Kaul was sworn-in as a Circuit Judge in the UK. She will be operating at Snaresbrook Crown Court with immediate effect.
- She has 32 years of experience in defending serious and high profile cases and is known for her experience in criminal defence work.
- She was appointed as a Recorder by Queen Elizabeth II, preparing cases for trial.
President approved Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill
- President Pranab Mukherjee approved the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill. It was passed on 16 March 2015 by the Haryana Legislative Assembly
Key provisions of the bill
• In Haryana, Cow slaughter will summon severe imprisonment from 3 to 10 years and a fine of 1 lakh rupees.
• Anyone who attempts to export cows for slaughter will be imprisoned for 3 years to 7 years and will be fined between 30000 rupees and 70000 rupees.
• The killing of a cow in self-defence or an accident will not be considered slaughter.
• People will have to apply for permit for exporting a cow out of the state
Subir Gokarn appointed as IMF’s Executive Director
- Former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India Subir Vithal Gokarn was chosen as an Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- Gokarn will replace Rakesh Mohan at the IMF as his tenure ends in November 2015
- He will represent India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. The Board is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the multilateral institution
India signed MoUs with 6 countries in the International Civil Aviation Negotiations
- The Government of India inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Finland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and Oman and Ethiopia at International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN) 2015, held in Antalya, Turkey from 19 to 23 October 2015
- With Serbia, Greece, and European Commission, Agreed Minutes were signed. The Record of Discussions was signed with Brunei Darussalam and Qatar
- Mou with Oman
• Additional 5131 seats were allowed taking the total capacity entitlements from 16018 seats per week to 21149 seats per week
- Mou with Kazakhstan
• Both the countries allowed to review the initialled Air Services Agreement (ASA).
• Both the countries allowed to third country airlines code share and domestic code share operations to four points
- Mou with Kenya
• The capacity entitlements have been raised from 14 frequencies for each side to 21 more frequencies.
• Hyderabad was agreed as an additional point of call.
• Domestic code share was agreed to from any 4 points by both sides.
• Kenya agreed on one additional point, intermediate and beyond point with full 5th freedom rights in Africa to India
- Mou with Ethiopia
• Capacity entitlements were raised from 21 frequencies per week to 28 frequencies per week for both sides.
• Ethiopia was allowed to exchange Bangalore in place of Kolkata as a point of call.
• Three additional domestic code share points exclusively to code share with Air India were granted namely Jaipur, Kolkata and Pune
- Mou with Finland
• The provisions namely code share, intermodal services, routing flexibility and open sky on cargo, which are required for Horizontal Agreement coming into force were agreed to by Finland.
• Further domestic code share was agreed to on 5 points in the territory of both parties.
• The domestic code share points for the designated airline of Finland are Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata
- Mou with Sweden, Norway and Denmark
• Four provisions – code shares, intermodal, routing flexibility and open sky on cargo, mandatory for Horizontal Agreement coming into force was agreed to by the three Scandinavian countries.
• India agreed Norway’s request to bring Norway-India bilateral in line with Horizontal Agreement.
• Sweden permitted India another new point- Gothenburg for code share operations.
12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ meet held in Luxemburg
- 12th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ meeting was held in Luxembourg. The meeting was organised by Government of Luxembourg. It was chaired by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
- The theme for ASEM FMM 12 was Working Together for a Sustainable and Secure Future. The UN Conference is scheduled to be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015
- 51 Foreign Ministers from 30 European and 21 Asian countries as well as the Secretary-General of ASEAN participated in the 2 day meeting
- The Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for the 20th anniversary of the 11th ASEM Summit (ASEM11) scheduled to be held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2016
Abraham M Keita from Liberia won the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize
- Abraham M Keita from Liberia won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2015. He was awarded for his extraordinary and peaceful fight for justice for child victims of physical or sexual violence, and for successfully campaigning for the Liberian parliament to adopt the Children’s Law
- In 2011, Gbowee became the first Liberian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in Liberia’s peace-building process
- Neha Gupta, an 18-year-old Indian American from Philadelphia, was awarded with the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize for her work to help orphans in India and other vulnerable children
India’s GSAT-15 communication satellite launched successfully
- The communications satellite GSAT-15 was launched by the European Ariane 5 VA-227 launch vehicle at 3:04 am. The launch took place from Kourou in French Guyana in South America
- The 3164 kilogram GSAT-15 carries communication transponders in Ku-band as well as a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN)payload operating in L1 and L5 bands. An Arabsat communications satellite also accompanied the GSAT-15 on the same launch
- It was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) after its co-passenger Arabsat-6B (BADR-7) was injected into space
- Immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-15
- GSAT-15 is the 10th communication satellite. It has a lifespan of 12 years. It will expand telecommunication, Direct-To-Home and radio navigation services
Defence Minister commissioned India’s Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ‘Samarth’
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar approved the India Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), ‘Samarth’ at Vasco in Goa. It is largest OPV
- It is the first in the series of six off Shore Patrol vessels. The 105m OPV is equipped with the advanced technology, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. It has a maximum speed of 23 knots and has an tolerance of 6000 nautical miles at economical speed
- It will be based in Goa and is capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain any oil spill at sea. It will also carry one twin-engine helicopter and five high-speed boats
- The induction will provide the help to the maritime protection of the coastal state of Goa in particular and the India coast in general
Sameer Panda-led Indian team won NASA award for Burst Prevention & Puncture Curative technology
- Sameer Panda with other Indian Scientists won the award in the Create the Future Design Contest- 2015 conducted by NASA Tech Brief in New York for Burst Prevention & Puncture Curative (BPPC) technology. The other members are Udit Bondia, KN Panda and Smitiparna Satpathy
- Tech Brief is a contest jointly organized by NASA and Society of Automobile Engineers, International
- They won the award for Mild Run Flat Tyre based on BPPC technology and developed by TycheeJuno. The tyre developed is a multi-chambered tubeless tire with sealant inside the chamber to take care of puncture in tread and sidewall