Tuesday, 22 November 2016

22 November Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 22nd November Current Affairs updates.

India becomes an Associate Member of CERN
  •  The world's largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory India on Monday became an Associate Member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on Monday.
  • CERN's Director General said that India's membership will open opportunities for Indian industries to participate directly in CERN projects. As a member nation, CERN requires India to make an annual contribution of approx Rs.77 crore.
World Television Day is observed on November 21
  • The United Nations has designated November 21 as 'World Television Day', recognizing that television plays a major role in presenting different issues that affect people. 
  • It seeks to celebrate the philosophy of television, a tool which represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world. On November 21-22, 1996 the UN held the first World Television Forum.
Ariana wins Artist of the Year at American Music Awards
  • Singer Ariana Grande was named 'Artist of the Year' at the 2016 American Music Awards (AMAs).
  • While Selena Gomez won the AMA for 'Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock', Justin Bieber won the award in the male category.
  • Bieber also won the 'Video of the Year' award for his track 'Sorry'. Further, Drake was named 'Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop'.
NASA launches most advanced weather satellite into space
  • NASA successfully launched GOES-R, claimed to be the world's most advanced weather satellite, on Saturday from Florida. 
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration teamed up with NASA to rocket the spacecraft, which is the first in a series of four high-tech satellites initiative, valued at $11 billion. GOES-R is missioned to provide faster and more accurate weather forecasts for the US.
China launches world's longest quantum communication line
  • China launched a 712-km quantum communication line on Sunday, stated to be the world's longest secure telecommunications network. 
  • Linking Hefei to Shanghai, the line is equipped with ultra-high security systems and is claimed to be hack-proof. 
  • It is part of a 2,000-km Beijing-Shanghai communication line, which will be connected to China's quantum satellite for the space-to-Earth communication network.
Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Indonesia Open
  • Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar on Monday won the $300,000 (₹2 crore) BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career. 
  • Two-time Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied-second in the tournament, which was his best result since 2012. 
  • It was Bhullar's overall seventh Asian Tour victory and the second title this season.
India's longest expressway from Agra to Lucknow inaugurated
  • Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated India's longest expressway from Agra to Lucknow on Monday. 
  • The 302-km expressway, completed in a record time of 23 months, would reportedly reduce the Lucknow-Delhi journey time by almost half to 5-6 hours. 
  • The inaugural event saw Indian Air Force fighter jets perform simulated landings on the expressway, a first for any road launch.
Andhra Pradesh CM commissions 5 MW solar power plant
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday commissioned a 5 MW solar power plant in Gollagudem village of the West Godavari district.
  • The plant, set up at a cost of ₹37.58 crore, will produce 8.06 million units of power annually.
  • Andhra Pradesh had also commissioned India's first solar park with a capacity of 250 MW in Ananthapuramu district.
Quikr buys home rental startup Grabhouse in all-stock deal
  • Bengaluru-based classified advertising platform Quikr on Monday acquired home rental startup Grabhouse in an all-stock deal reportedly worth Rs.68 crore ($10 million). 
  • As it struggled to grow, Sequoia Capital and Kalahari Capital-backed Grabhouse was looking for a buyer and was in talks with NestAway and Oyo for the buyout. In December 2015, Grabhouse fired 100 employees following a restructuring.
Humana Wins Two Stevie® Awards for Women in Business
  • Humana Inc. a leading health and well-being company, has won two Stevie® Awards – one for its Workplace Voluntary Benefit (WVB) well-being benefit and one for Sharon Parsons, Humana’s integration product category leader – in the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
  • Humana’s Workplace Voluntary Benefit (WVB) well-being benefit won a Bronze Stevie Award in the Best New Product or Service of the Year - Business Products and Services category. Meanwhile, Sharon Parsons received a Bronze Stevie Award in the Employee of the Year - Business - All Other Industries category.
Sangai Festival 2016 begins in Manipur
  • The 10-day-festival ‘Sangai Festival 2016’ inaugurated by Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh on November 21, 2016.
  • It will continue till November 30, 2016, with the theme: ‘Destination Manipur’. The main aim is to celebrate the festival to promote Manipur as a potential tourist destination.
India joins CERN as associate member
  • India became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory. 
  • Becoming Associate Member of CERN, will enhance participation of young Indian scientists and engineers in various projects.
  •  Presently, CERN has 22 member states, four associate member states.
Akshaya Mukul wins Shakti Bhatt prize
  • Senior journalist Akshaya Mukul has been awarded the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for his book "Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India".
  •  Judges and authors Samanth Subramanian, Mahesh Rao and Janice Pariat said they chose Mukul's book for its "eye-opening and captivating exploration into a parallel literary culture that can often feel at a great remove from English-speaking metropolitan India".
Bhullar wins Indonesia Open, Jeev Milkha Singh tied-second
  • Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has won the $300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career.
  •  Two-time Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied-second in the tournament, which was his best result since 2012. 
  • It was Bhullar's overall seventh Asian Tour victory and the second title this season.
India test fires Agni-I ballistic missile from Odisha coast
  • India has successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile from Odisha coast.
  • The Intermediate-range missile is capable of hitting a target 700 kms away. It is designed to carry a payload of more than one tonne.
  • Agni-I missile is equipped with the sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision. 
  •  The missile, which has already been inducted into armed forces, has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and legality. 
Mahesh Bhalla appointed as Chief Mentor of StartupsClub India
  • Mahesh Bhalla, former Executive Director of Dell’s Consumer & SMB business in India, has been appointed as Chief Mentor of StartupsClub India. 
  • Mahesh Mahesh Bhalla was appointed as Chief Mentor of Bengaluru-based StartupsClub India on 21st November 2016.
Naidu inaugurates multimedia exhibition on theme of ‘Aazadi 70 Saal, Yaad Karo Kurbani’
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated a multimedia exhibition on the theme of ‘Aazadi 70 Saal, Yaad Karo Kurbani’ to commemorate 70 years of India’s Independence and its depiction through films. 
  • The multimedia exhibition has been organised by National Film Archives of India, NFAI at the International Film Festival of India, IFFI in Goa.
Radhika Menon awarded IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
  • Captain Radhika Menon on 21 November 2016 was bestowed with the 2016 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom.
  •  Menon was honoured with the prestigious award for her role in the rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015. iii. With this, Captain Menon became the first female to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.
Ex-Governor of Madhya Pradesh Ram Naresh Yadav dies
  • Ram Naresh Yadav, former Governor of Madhya Pradesh, passed away on 22 November 2016 aged 89 at a hospital in Lucknow after a prolonged illness. 
  •  The veteran Congress leader had served as Madhya Pradesh Governor between August 2011 and September 2016. 
  • He was also Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister between 1977 and 1979.

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