Current Affairs -November 2012
Former Prime Minister of India, Inder Kumar Gujral, the head of unsteady coalition government in 1990s, died at the age of 92 following brief illness on 30 November 2012. He is the author of the celebrated Gujral Doctrine (a set of five principles based on unilateral accommodation). He was the 12th Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998.
About I.K. Gujral
Gujral started off as the Vice President in NDMC in 1950s and later also became the Union Minister. Later, he became the Ambassador of India to USSR. I.K. Gujral was an intellectual who had put forward Gujral Doctrine comprising of five principles for maintenance of healthy relations with the neighbours. In 1980s, he parted from the Congress and joined Janata Dal. In 1989, he became the Minister of External Affairs. He was also the Rajya Sabha member two times in 1964 as well as 1976. He was then re-elected to Lok Sabha in 1998.
Ricky Ponting announces retirement from Test cricket
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting who turns 38 next month, on 29 November 2012 called time on his 17-year illustrious Test career, announcing clash against South Africa in Perth starting 30.11.12 will be his last international test match.
By playing his last test match he will equal the Steve Waugh's mark of 168 Test matches -- the most in the history of Australian cricket. Pointing known by his pet name ‘Punter’ has 13,366 Test runs (before the last match) to his name, including 41 centuries with only Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar scoring more.
Arvind Kejriwal launched his "Aam Aadmi Party “on 26 November 2012. He also formally unveiled the party’s constitution, which disallows the relative of a party member in the state executive or national executive councils from getting a place on those bodies.
Union Government issued New IT Guidelines to stop its Misuse
The Union government of India on 29 November 2012 issued new guidelines to stop misuse of a particular section of the Information Technology Act. Under the revised guidelines, the cases dealing with spreading messages of reported hatred by electronic medium will be decided by a senior police officer not below the rank of DCP in rural and urban areas. An IGP rank officer will have to give prior approval for registration of cases relating to section 66(a) of IT Act in metro-politan cities. Communication and IT Ministry sent an advisory to this effect to all the states.
The section 66[a] of IT Act provides for a jail term of upto three years making it an offence to send by means of computer resource or communication device any information which is grossly offensive, menacing and causes annoyance or hatred.
Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest triple champion of Formula One Race
25 year old Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull became Formula One’s youngest triple world champion at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The German, who needed only a fourth place to be sure of becoming the first driver to win his first three titles consecutively, finished 6th in the Brazillian Grand Prix behind the victorious Jenson Button. It was Briton Button's first win in Brazil, his third of the season and the 15th of his career.
Ms Chitra Ramakrishna to be new CEO & MD of NSE
Leading bourse National Stock Exchange (NSE) announced Ms Chitra Ramakrishna as its new MD and CEO with effect from 1 April, 2013.
At present only two of the top 20 bourses globally (South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange and China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange) have women CEOs.
Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix : IAAF world athletes of the year
Jamaican runner Usain Bolt was declared the winner of the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for 2012 for the 4th time.
US sprinter Allyson Felix bagged the women’s World Athlete of the Year award.
Inspiration Award went to US Hurdler Aries Merritt.
David Rudisha, runner from Kenya, won the Performance of the Year award while Keshorn Walcott, Javelin thrower of Trinidad and Anthonique Strachan sprinter of Bahamas won the Rising Star awards.
India successfully test fired supersonic interceptor missile
Giving a boost to Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capability, India successfully launched an interceptor missile to destroy an incoming target missile in a accurate hit at an altitude of 15 km over the Bay of Bengal. The target missile played as an incoming enemy missile with a range of more than 2,000 km.
In the test, the interceptor missile, Advanced Air Defence (AAD), which was fired from the Wheeler Island, successfully destroyed the ‘hostile’ missile which was fired from Launch Complex-3 at Chandipur.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva honoured with Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
This was for his outstanding contribution to the developing world. During Lula’s presidency, relations between India and Brazil steadily progressed. It was during Lula’s presidency that the seeds were also sown for several international fora such as IBSA, BRICS, G-20 and BASIC.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (known popularly as Lula) was President of Brazil from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010. Presently Dilma Rousseff is the President of Brazil.
Pepsi won the five-year title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It replaced earlier sponsor DLF by paying Rs 396.8 crore ($71.93 million) which is almost double the amount DLF paid.
Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts again.
Mount Tongariro, a volcano situated on New Zealand’s North Island, erupted for the second time this year.
Where exactly is Mount Tongariro?
Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island of New Zealand.
Located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the southwest of Lake Taupo, and is the northernmost of the three active volcanoes that dominate the landscape of the central North Island.
What is Taupo Volcanic Zone?
The Taupo Volcanic Zone is a highly active volcanic V shaped area in the North Island of New Zealand that is spreading east -west at the rate of about 8mm per year.
Named after Lake Taupo, the flooded caldera of the largest volcano in the zone.
Gavaskar honored with CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award
BCCI honored former India captain and legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar with esteemed Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award.
‘Polly Umrigar Award’: Virat Kohli
100 internatonal centuries: Sachin Tendulkar
Lala Amarnath award (Best all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy): Stuart Binny
Best all-rounder Limited overs: Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Madhavrao Scindia Trophy (Highest Run getter in ranji Trophy): Robin Bist
Highest wicket-taker in the Ranji trophy: Ashoke Dinda
MA Chidambaram trophy, Best U-16 cricketer of 2011-12: Mohd Saif
MA Chidambaram trophy, Best under-19 cricketer: Vijay Zol
MA Chidambaram trophy, Best under-22 cricketer: Satyam Choudhary
MA Chidambaram trophy, Best woman cricketer (Sr): Anagha Deshpande
Best umpire in domestic cricket: S Ravi
Ranjit Sinha, Senior IPS officer appointed CBI Director
Senior IPS officer Ranjit Sinha was appointed as the next Director of CBI for a 2-year term. He will succeed Amar Prathap Singh.
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