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DECEMBER
Current Affairs for 13 December 2015
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 SAUDI WOMEN VOTE FOR THE FIRST TIME, TESTING BOUNDARIES

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Women across Saudi Arabia marked a historic milestone on Saturday, both voting and running as candidates in government elections for the first time, but just outside polling stations they waited for male drivers — a reminder of the limitations still firmly in place.The landmark election for local council seats was not expected to immediately advance the status of women in Saudi Arabia, who are still not permitted to drive, but it seen as a chance for them to make their voices heard as citizens.


ODISHA GOVERNMENT ENGAGES WTI TO PREPARE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PLAN 
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In a bid to reduce animal deaths in the hands of humans and restore their lost habitats, Odisha government has engaged Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to prepare a comprehensive wildlife management plan for the state.The MoU beween state forest and environment department and WTI was signed on Saturday and as per the agreement management plans will be prepared for protected areas as well as areas outside it.At present, only protected areas including 19 wildlife sanctuaries and two national parks have management plans. These protected areas cover only 10.37 per cent of state’s forest area and 5.36 per cent of its total geographical area.


DEFENCE TIES RESET AS JAPAN JOINS MALABAR NAVAL EXERCISES

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The high point of the new strategic and military realignment is Japan’s formal entry into the India-U.S. Malabar bilateral maritime exercises, turning it into a trilateral initiative aimed at ensuring peace, security and freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region. Charting a new course, India and Japan on Saturday announced a series of military and strategic agreements and understandings.


HISTORIC PARIS CLIMATE PACT PUTS WORLD ON GREEN PATH

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The stage is set for all countries to move to a low carbon pathway with the Paris Agreement on climate change adopting a goal of “well below 2 degrees C” for temperature rise, and instituting a regime of financing of developing economies to help make the transition. Nations are to pursue efforts to aim at the more difficult objective of pegging temperature rise under 1.5 degrees C.Underpinning the Agreement, which is scheduled to go into effect from 2020, is the system of voluntary pledges, or nationally determined contributions made by individual countries to peak their greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the atmosphere and changing the climate.


RERUN OF HISTORY

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Women in Manipur participate in the Nupi Lan memorial run in Imphal on Saturday. The Nupi Lan (women’s war) is observed every year to commemorate the 1939 agitation by Manipuri women against the oppressive Manipuri Maharaja and British ruler.


GOPALPUR PORT RE-COMMISSIONED

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The Gopalpur port in Odisha was re-commissioned as an all-weather berthing port on Saturday.Addressing the gathering, Odisha Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi said it was envisioned to increase the number of ports on Odisha coast to 13 in the near future. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Managing Director of the Gopalpur Ports Limited (GPL) Mahimananda Mishra, Berhampur MP S. Mohapatra, MLAs of Chatrapur, Berhampur, Khallikote and Jeypore.


SHETKARI SANGHATANA FOUNDER SHARAD JOSHI PASSES AWAY

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Economist, agriculturist, prolific journalist and prominent farmer leader Sharad Joshi, who founded the Shetkari Sanghatana, passed away at his residence here on Saturday. He was 81.


PEACE AWARD FOR BHOPAL ARCHBISHOP

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The Archbishop received the prestigious International Human Rights Award titled ‘Ambassador of Peace’ for the year 2015 at the India Islamic Centre, New Delhi in a glittering ceremony organised by All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice.


BADAL OKAYS POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMME IN COLLABORATION WITH UK VARSITY

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The Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has approved in principle an innovative training programme, for the state police personnel, in collaboration with a UK-based Nottingham Tent University. The CM also assured that there would be no financial hurdle in the implementation of such initiatives.


TATA TO MAKE PARTS FOR SUKHOI SUPERJET

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Sukhoi and Tata are in advanced stage of talks for the latter to build components for the Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) 100 in India.Sukhoi is planning to offer the SSJ 100 for the Indian market which has a large growth potential for civil aircraft. It is being pitched as a product offering the comfort and economy of a narrow bodied aircraft with the range of a regional jet. Company officials said India along with China, Middle East and Latin America, is one of the priority markets.SSJ 100 is already being serially produced and over 56 aircraft are in operation. Several airlines have cumulatively flown over 1,18,400 flight hours as of November 2015 starting from April 2011.


CANNON BALL RECOVERY MAY THROW FRESH LIGHT ON HISTORY OF ST. ANGELO FORT

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The archaeological and historical significance of the huge cache of cannon balls unearthed at the 510-year-old Portuguese-built Fort St. Angelo here is still to be figured out by archaeologists and historians. But preliminary assumption is that the massive find will throw fresh light on the history of the fort and the region.So far 5,000 cannon balls of different sizes and types have been dug out by a team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials from its Thrissur circle.


INDIAN-ORIGIN WRITER WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

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Indian-origin writer Jamaludeen Mohamed Sali, whose books are read in universities, has been declared the winner of this year’s prestigious South East Asia Write Award, a media report said here on Saturday.Mr. Sali, 76, who has been writing for over 50 years and has several literary awards to his credit, including Singapore’s prestigious Cultural Medallion and a number of them from Tamil Nadu, will receive the award on Monday.


MAHINDRA CLOSE TO PURCHASE OF ITALIAN CAR DESIGNER PININFARINA: SOURCES

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Mahindra & Mahindra is close to signing a deal to buy Italian car designer Pininfarina , the latest purchase of an iconic Italian brand by an Asian company. Pininfarina has designed cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac.


 SBI’S NEW DEBIT CARDS TO HAVE EMV CHIP, PIN SECURITY

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Country’s largest lender State Bank of India will issue EMV chip and pin based debit cards to its new customers to ensure enhanced secure transactions. EMV chip and pin feature protects against skimming and card transaction frauds.