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NOVEMBER CURRENT AFFAIRS
Current Affair Updates for 19 November,2015
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GOVT FINALISES ‘SIMPLER AND EASY-TO-SETTLE’ FARM INSURANCE POLICY
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The Modi government is finalising a new farm insurance policy with lower premiums and simpler norms for prompt payments, a move aimed at finding a more lasting solution for increasing climate shocks such as droughts.Under the draft proposal, premium is aimed to be brought down to 3% from the current levels between 3.5% and 8%. The insurance scheme will be tied to agro-climatic and land conditions – such as hilly, rain-fed and irrigated – that determine farm output, rather than just crop value.


 


BSNL CONDUCTS OPEN HOUSE FOR ITS SUBSCRIBERS

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The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) recently conducted an Open House for its subscribers at its Canada Corner office in the city in a bid to settle their complaints pertaining to BSNL services.


ON SEMICONDUCTOR TO BUY FAIRCHILD FOR $2.4 BILLION IN CASH

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ON Semiconductor Corp. agreed to buy Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for $2.4 billion, the latest in a spate of more than $90 billion of deals in the global chip industry in the past year as companies combine in the face of rising production costs.


ALL INDUSTRIES WILL HAVE TO TAKE NOC TO DRAW GROUNDWATER: CGWA GUIDELINES

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All industries that draw groundwater for their operations will now have to take a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to extract groundwater. They added that the new guidelines can ensure that several industries dependent on groundwater in severely parched parts of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and other states will come under CGWA scanner now, they may be asked to re-use recycled waste-water instead of groundwater depending on the groundwater table in their area.


RAMCO SYSTEMS BRINGS IN ‘ANYWHERE’ APPS ON MOBILE

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Ramco Systems, the global aviation software provider on cloud, mobile and tablets, on Tuesday announced the launch of next-generation ‘Anywhere’ apps on mobile — Warehouse Anywhere, Mechanic Anywhere, Route Anywhere, Approval Anywhere and Customer Anywhere — which will enable requisition managers and mechanics across the aviation and defence sectors, to work on the go.


INDIRA CANTEENS TO OPEN TODAY

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In order to provide quality food to people at subsidised rates, the Uttarakhand government will inaugurate Indira Amma canteens at various places across the State on Thursday on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.Chief Minister Harish Rawat will inaugurate these canteens.


GRID-CONNECTED SOLAR ROOFTOP UNIT COMMISSIONED

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With an aim to tap non-conventional energy sources in a major way, a grid-connected solar roof top unit was commissioned at a building in Nishta Parisar which is an office of the Madhya Pradesh Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited (MPMKVVL). The unit which was commissioned on Tuesday is a part of five MW grid connected solar power project that is being implemented by RattanIndia Solar, a RattanIndia group company, on more than 80 government buildings in Madhya Pradesh across cities of Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur


MADRAS OIL REFINERY: PACT SIGNED

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A 2.5 million tonne oil refinery will be set up in the public sector in Madras under an agreement between the Government of India, National Iranian Oil Company and the American International Oil Company signed  . According to present, target the Rs. 24-crore refinery will be commissioned during the first half of 1968. Contracts for work on process design, off-site jobs and site investigations have already been entered into.


PRESIDENT APPOINTS JUSTICE THAKUR CJI

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President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday appointed Justice T.S. Thakur, judge of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of India with effect from December 3.


GOOGLE OFFERS FREE CLOUD CREDITS TO STARTUPS

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Google today announced two new initiatives to strengthen its enterprise presence in India, with a focus on new startups and legacy businesses in the country. On the startup front, Google announced $20,000 worth free credits in Cloud Services for the period of one year to 1000 startups. The company will also offer free consultation and training to these startups. The 1000 startups will need to meet certain criteria with regards to funding, usage, etc to be eligible for the credit.


CABINET APPROVES 10% STAKE SALE IN COAL INDIA

The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the Government to sell 10 per cent of its stake in Coal India. The stake sale will bring down the Government’s holding to 69.65 per cent from 79.65 per cent currently. The timing of the Coal India stake sale will be decided by the Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy .


MODI TO CONFER HOMI BHABHA MEMORIAL AWARD TO PROF DINESH KUMAR

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer Homi J Bhabha Memorial Award for 2015 to Prof Dinesh Kumar during the inaugural ceremony of 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysuru on January 3, 2016.


TATA STEEL COMMISSIONS FIRST PHASE OF KALINGANAGAR PLANT

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Tata SteelBSE -3.69 % commissioned the first phase of its integrated steel plant at Kalinganagar steel plant on Wednesday .It is the largest single-location greenfield steel project in India, and would make flat, lighter, high-tensile strength steel .


TAKE SOLUTIONS BUYS ECRON ACUNOVA FOR RS.115 CRORE

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TAKE Solutions Ltd., a technology solutions provider for the supply chain and life sciences segments, has signed an agreement to acquire Bengaluru-headquartered Ecron Acunova (EA), a leading clinical research organisation founded by D. A Prasanna, for Rs.115 crore.


DEBORAH’S CAREER-BEST TIME FETCHES SILVER; INDIANS WIN SIX MEDALS

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The 20-year-old may have fallen just short of defending the 500m Time Trial title won last November in the Track Asian Cup here at the Yamuna Velodrome but clocked her career-best time for an improved National record on way to the silver medal.

Though Indians won two gold medals in the junior girls’ section in a haul of six that included three silvers and a bronze, Deborah’s performance in time trial was clearly the best for the host.


SEVEN INDIANS ON BBC 100 WOMEN LIST

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Making a mark on the global map, seven Indian personalities have made it to BBC’s list of 100 most aspirational women. They are singer Asha Bhosle, tennis star Sania Mirza, veteran actor Kamini Kaushal, Rimppi Kumari, farmer, Smriti Nagpal, entrepreneur, Mumtaz Shaikh, campaigner, and Kanika Tekriwal, entrepreneur.


WORLD TOILET DAY   (19 NOVEMBER)

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2.4 billion People do not have adequate sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.” This year, World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition, drawing the world’s attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health.