Current Affairs, News & Facts of 16 Nov 2015

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  • India, Australia nuclear deal to come into force

     

    India, Australia nuclear deal to come into force

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    • India and Australia have completed the procedures for civil nuclear agreement under which Australia will supply Uranuim to India for it's Nuclear Power projects. Australia has about a third of world’s recoverable uranium resources and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of it a year.
    • N-deal procedures were formally completed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull in Antalya, Turkey on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
    • Following the conclusion of the agreement, India will be the first country to buy Australian uranium without being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

    Key Facts :-

    • India faced Western sanctions after testing nuclear weapons in 1998 but the restrictions were lifted after a deal with the US in 2008 that recognised its growing economic weight as well as safeguards against diversion of civilian fuel for military purposes.
    • India and Australia intiated bilateral talks on the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement in 2012 after Australia had lifted the long-standing ban on selling uranium to emerging economic power India.
    • India has less than two dozen small reactors at six sites with a capacity of 4,780 MW, or 2 per cent of its total power capacity. It plans to increase its nuclear capacity to 63,000 MW by 2032, adding nearly 30 reactors at an estimated cost of USD 85 billion.
    • India currently has nuclear energy agreements with 11 countries and imports uranium from France, Russia and Kazakhstan.
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  • France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away

     

    France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away

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    • France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa where as per Iraqi intelligence attacks on Paris were planned.
    • Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September. The jets launched from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with U.S. forces.
    • The air raids came after President Francois Hollande called the Paris attacks -- the worst in the country’s history -- an “act of war” and vowed to hit back “without mercy”.
    • As the people of France were prepared to mourn the victims of the carnage in a minute of silence  a dozen warplanes dropped 20 bombs on IS targets in the Islamists’ stronghold of Raqa, which shows that French government is resolve in its fight against the group.
    • Meanwhile police has arrested seven people and is hunting for more members of the sleeper cell that carried out the Paris attacks that killed 129 people. 
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  • Country’s first AMRIT outlet at AIIMS

     

    Country’s first AMRIT outlet at AIIMS

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    • Aimed at lowering treatment cost of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases that are on the rise in India, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda launched the country’s first Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) programme, outlet at AIIMS in New Delhi to sell drugs at highly discounted rates.
    • 202 drugs for cancer and cardio-vascular diseases has been identified whose price is going to be reduced on an average by 60 to 90 per cent. Under the programme, 148 cardiac implants will be given from the centre and sold here and their cost will be reduced by 50 to 60 per cent.

    The Government of India-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd. will establish and run AMRIT pharmacy, which will sell both drugs and implants at significant discount on market rates, based on authentic prescriptions from doctors to patients not only from AIIMS but other hospitals also. This is a pilot project which will be reviewed after 15 days than if found suitable it will be replicated in all govt.  hospitals 

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  • Saina Nehwal wins silver medal at 2015 China Open

     

    Saina Nehwal wins silver medal at 2015 China Open

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    Ace Indian Shuttler Saina Nehwal won silver medal at 2015 China Open Superseries Premier Badminton tournament as she finished at second position in the Women’s Singles category.In the final match that was played at Haixia Olympic Sports Centre in Fuzhou, top seeded Saina Nehwal lost to sixth placed Xuerui Li from China by 12-21, 15-21 score. Saina and Li had met 12 times against each other but Saina has won just 2 of those games.With this victory Xuerui took home USD 52,500 for her title win while Saina, whose last victory against Xuerui came in 2012, was rewarded USD 26,600.

    Winners in other categories at China Open 2015

    1. Men’s Singles category: Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia. 
    2. Men’s Doubles category: South Korea pair of Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa Rang. 
    3. Women’s Doubles category: Chinese pair of Tang Yuanting and Yu Yang. 
    4. Mixed Doubles category: Chinese pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.
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  • Noted children's book writer and RK Laxman's widow Kamala Laxman passes away

     

    Noted children's book writer and RK Laxman's widow Kamala Laxman passes away

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    Kamala Laxman, a well-known author of children's books and widow of legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman passed away on 14 November 2015 in Pune. She was 88. 

    About Kamala Laxman :-

    • Born in Mysore, Kamala Laxman was the second wife of  legendary cartoonist R K Laxman who was best known for his creation The Common Man for his daily cartoon strip You Said It in the daily The Times of India. Incidentally, his first wife was also known as Kamala who was renowned Bharatnatyam danseuse and movie star.They were divorced in 1960. She studied in St. Thomas' Convent and later graduated from Delhi's Indraprastha College. She later studied interior decoration from Sir J.J. School of Arts in Mumbai. 

    Popular works of  Kamala Laxman :-

    • With many children's books to her credit in the 1970s, Kamala was commissioned by the India Book House to write a series for children. Among her notable books are The Thama Stories and her book Raman of Tenali and Other Stories, Thama and His Missing Mother, among others, many of which were illustrated by her husband, R.K. Laxman.The Tenali Raman stories were serialised into 13 episodes and telecast on Doordarsha 
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  • Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in Brazilian Grand Prix

     

    Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton in Brazilian Grand Prix

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    • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (German) as won the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix title of Formula One (F1) which was held at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Socorro district of Sao Paulo.
    • The event was overshadowed by the terrorist attacks in Paris over the weekend, but racing fans in Sao Paolo did their best to enjoy the Formula 1 event while paying their respect to the victims in the French capital.
    • It was Rosberg’s overall thirteenth championship title of Formula 1 in his career and the fifth win in the 2015 season after Spain, Monaco, Australian and Mexican Grand Prix.

    Top rankers of  2015 Mexican Gand Prix :-

    • First Position: Nico Rosberg from Germany of Mercedes team. 
    • Second Position: Lewis Hamilton from Britain of Mercedes team. 
    • Third Position: Sebastian Vettel  from Germany of Ferrari team. 
    • Fourth Position: Kimi Raikkonen  from Finland of Ferrari team. 
    • Fifth Position: Valtteri Bottas  from Finland of Williams team. 
    • Sixth Position: Nico Hulkenberg  from Germany of Force India team. 
    • Twelfth Position: Sergio Perez  from Mexico of Force India team.
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