Current Affairs, News & Facts of 20 Nov 2014

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  • ISRO bags 2014 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.   
    • The Indian space agency is recognized for its contribution to strengthen international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.
    • ISRO has also played an important role to promote sustainable social and economic development and address basic needs of the people in remote and rural areas of the country by using advanced and cutting edge technologies.
  • Ever heard of the word "Vape" - its the Oxford Word of Year for 2014.   
    • It means to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.  
    • The last year title was bagged by the popular word 'selfie' - a name for images clicked with mobile's front camera.
  • India is soon expected to overtake US as the second largest 'online' country in the world after China.  
    • The number of Internet users in India is expected to grow to 302 million by the end of current year as against 279 million from US.
    • China tops the list with 600 million users.
    • The survey, conducted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International, credit the advancement to growing use of smartphones.
    • In 2013, there were just 213 million users in India.
  • List of awardees at 8th BCCI annual awards - read more cat
  • China is the country in focus at the 45th International Film Festival being held in Goa.  
    • 178 Films from 79 countries will be shown during the 11-day fiesta. 
  • No licence required for manufacturing and using 'Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil'.  
    • Earlier, a licence under the IDR Act was necessary to manufacture this explosives which is primarily used by mine owners. 
    • The move is expected to help the development of cement industry and the construction sector. 

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