Daily Current Affairs 16th November, 2016
- 20 nations sign framework agreement of International Solar Alliance
Over 20 countries, including India, Brazil and France have signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
- The signing of the framework agreement has to be followed by ratifications by countries. The agreement will become operational after at least 15 countries have ratified it.
About International Solar Alliance (ISA)
- The International Solar Alliance, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Paris last year, is an attempt to accelerate this process further by boosting the global demand for solar energy.
- More than 120 countries are geographically located in the tropics, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, either fully or partially.
- Headquarters -Gurugram, Haryana, India
- Region served -countries between the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn
Union Budget to be presented on February 1
- The government has announced that it will present the Union Budget for 2017-18 on February 1 and the budget session may begin in January.
- The government had issued the customary budget circular in September.
- Notably, the Centre earlier approved the scrapping of the 92-year old practice of presenting a separate Railway Budget and merged it with the Union Budget.
India, ADB sign $500 million loan pact to build 9.8-km Ganga bridge in Bihar
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 15 November 2016 signed a 500 million US dollar loan to build a 9.8 km long road bridge across the Ganges River.
- This will be India’s longest river bridge.
- The bridge aims to improve transport connectivity between North and South Bihar and acts as a better link between the State Capital, Patna, and the surrounding areas.
- The bridge will be a boon for the inhabitants of Raghopur Diara river island who will gain year-round road access
Nitish Kumar launches free power connection programme under“Har Ghar Bijli Lagataar” programme
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a key programme to provide free electricity connection to about 50 lakh households above the poverty line.
- It is a joint military exercise between India and China which recently began in Pune. India has organised this joint military exercise.
- The first phase of the exercise consists of familiarisation with weapons and equipment.
- Thereafter, the second phase consists of basic training that includes combat conditioning, firing of personal weapon, support weapon and practice of drills like establishment of covert observation post, house clearing, cordon & search and humanitarian and disaster relief operations.
Hunar Haat inaugurated at 2016 India International Trade Fair
- The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs for the first time had inaugurated Hunar Haat (Skill Haat) at India International Trade Fair (2016) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
- Its aim is promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market for display and sell their products.
SCIENCE AND TECH
Doctors perform brain implant for the first time in history
- Netherlands-based doctors have performed the first-ever brain implant on a 58-year-old woman paralysed by Lou Gehrig’s disease,enabling her to communicate in day-to-day life via a speech computer.
DRDO’s combat drone ,developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment,Rustom-2 flies for the first time
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested its unmanned combat aerial vehicle, Rustom-2.
- The medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) category vehicle met all the expectations during the first flight.
Pune researchers fabricate a flexible nanogenerator for wearable electronics
- Researchers have produced a wearable electronics that uses a portable nanogenerator which generates electric power when pressure or twist is applied.
International Day for Tolerance 2016 observed across the world
- The International Day for Tolerance is observed globally on 16 November every year.
- The Day aims at educating masses about the need for tolerance in society and helping them understand the negative effects of intolerance.
- The International Day for Tolerance was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution 51/95 in 1996.
- The day was officially designated in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance 1995 proclaimed by the UNGA in 1993.
- The 2016 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for Promotion of Toleranceand Non-Violence was bestowed upon Russia’s Federal Research and Methodological Centre for Tolerance Psychology and Education (Tolerance Centre).
About the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize.
- Instituted in 1996
- Awarded every two years by UNESCO
- In connection with the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Gandhi, funded by a donation from Madanjeet Singh.
- The purpose of the prize is to honour and reward extraordinary creative achievements in promoting tolerance, as notable models for others in the field of peace-building. Impact assessment is a part of the nomination and evaluation process
Hockley 1st woman to head a Test nation’s cricket board
- Debbie Hockley has been elected as president of New Zealand Cricket, becoming the first woman to hold that role in the 122-year history of the sport’s national governing body.