Saturday, 22 November 2014

Daily Updates - 22 November, 2014

Events of National & International Importance -

3-million-year-old canyon discovered under the Brahmaputra in Tibet
1.       A huge 3-million-year-old canyon, thousands of feet deep in places, has been discovered buried under a major river in Tibet.
2.       The canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo (called the Brahmaputra in India) in south Tibet was discovered by a team of researchers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the China Earthquake Administration.

3.       The geologists say that the ancient canyon — thousands of feet deep in places — effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so fast.

     Obama’s Republic Day visit great chance for bolstering ties: US officials
1.       U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed visit to India in January 2015 is a great opportunity to strengthen and expand bilateral strategic partnership.
2.       “First time a U.S. President is to attend Republic Day (celebrations), which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. 
3.       “Japanese Prime Minister was last year’s honoree. Mr. Obama is the first U.S. President to be honored in this way, and the first to visit India twice during his time in office.

18th SAARC Summit begins in Kathmandu
1.       The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Summit began in Kathmandu, Nepal.
2.       On the opening day toady Joint Secretaries level programming committee is now discussing the calendar of SAARC activities for 2015, and opening of a SAARC Disaster and Environment Management Centre.
3.       Besides, the committee meeting is also considering a proposal for merging the present 11 regional SAARC Centres to make five such Centres.
4.       This is the first time Kathmandu is hosting the summit in 12 years. The theme this year is, 'Deeper Integration for peace and prosperity'.
5.       Established in 1985, SAARC was joined by seven South Asian countries to promote welfare economics and collective self-reliance, and to accelerate the region's socio-cultural development.
6.       The first summit was held in Dhaka on 8 December 1985, when the organization was established by the governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Iran nuclear talks: Negotiations between Iran, 6 major world powers deadlocked
1.       Negotiations in Vienna between Iran and six major world powers to arrive at a comprehensive long lasting deal over Teheran’s nuclear program have been deadlocked.
2.       With November 24 deadline approaching fast, efforts are underway to resolve the standoff between the two sides. 
3.       Iranian foreign minister Zarief said the western nations should not make excessive demands.
4.       Negotiators from U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany want Iran to scale down the nature and scope of its nuclear program to slow down its technical ability to produce nuclear weapons.
5.       Iran says its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purposes and it won’t forego its right to enrich uranium. It wants complete lifting of economic sanctions.
India clinches 3rd SAFF Women's Championship in Islamabad
1.       India clinched the third South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's Championship in Islamabad.
2.       Ngangom Bala Devi was the star of the show yet again. 
3.       She scored 4 goals to take her overall tally to 16, the highest scored in a single edition of the championship. Kamala and Prameshwori Devi were the other goal scorers.

Agartala to be first LED-illuminated city in northeastern India
1.       Tripura government has approved a proposal to change the existing 30,000 street lights in Agartala to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.
2.       The proposal was put forward by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an undertaking of the Union Ministry of Power.
3.     EESL will install LED lights in a phased manner by next year, with zero capital investment by the state. 
4.     According to EESL’s assessment, Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) can save at least Rs 2 crore on its electricity bill after the installation.
5.       Increasing consumption of electricity has become a serious national concern. India aims to reduce 20 to 25 per cent of emissions per unit of GDP (excluding the agriculture sector) from the 2005 level, by 2020.

     Economic Development 
Govt. to relook at tax treaties to unearth black money
1.       Faced with the daunting task of getting back black money stashed abroad, government said it was having a relook at some of the bilateral tax treaties signed with foreign countries.
2.       Mr. Jaitley said he had sent a delegation recently to Switzerland and they have come back with some positive movement.
3.       “The world today is uniting to unearth these unauthorised transactions. Conventionally they were against crime money and not tax evaded money.
    Science & Technology 
Akash missiles tested again
1.       Two Akash Surface-to-Air supersonic missiles were fired in quick succession by Indian Air Force personnel.
2.       To destroy one fast moving Banshee unmanned aerial vehicles and a simulated electronic target at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, in Odisha.
3.       The current series of tests, which culminated on Friday, were conducted for acceptance of new production lot of the missiles.
4.       In all, nine missiles were tested since November 17 as part of the training exercise for IAF personnel.
     Biodiversity & Climate Change 

      Winter 2014 set to be 'coldest of the century'; climate change may be held responsible
1.       A climate change researcher with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in the US says that as the Arctic warms (and it is warming extraordinarily quickly).
2.       The jet stream that regulates weather over the northern hemisphere will weaken and narrow.
3.       "When you have a strong jet stream, it's like a thick rope. You can give one end a tug and not much happens.
4.       It’s more like a string. A shake (or a typhoon) will send waves all along its length, causing the Arctic monster to move south more often.
5.       However, it has not been officially ascertained yet that the recent chill is related to the polar vortex that left most parts of US and Europe frozen last winter. 
6.       The polar vortex is currently far north over Hudson Bay in north-eastern Canada.

     Editorial - 
    Weekly (16 - 22 Nov,2014) current affair magazine is scheduled for tommorow

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