Current Affairs Update – 25th November, 2015

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Ministry of Railways
signed AOT Agreements with SAIL-RITES Bengal Wagon Industry Pvt Ltd

  • The Ministry of Railways on 24 November 2015 signed the
    Assured Off Take Agreements (AOT) with SAIL-RITES Bengal Wagon Industry Pvt Ltd
    (SRBWIPL) for manufacturing and rehabilitation of wagons at Kulti, West Bengal.

Highlights of the
  • With the signing of the agreement, two major PSUs namely
    RITES of Ministry of Railways and SAIL of Union Ministry of Steel will form a
    joint venture SRBWIPL.
  • The joint venture is a 2500 Crore rupees Make in India
  • This is a long term Agreement for manufacturing of 1200
    wagons per annum and rehabilitation of 300 wagons per annum for a period of 10

Ministry of Railways,
TERI University signed MoU to set up Railway Chair on Sustainable Mobility
  • The Ministry of Railways and TERI University on 23 November
    2015 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up Railway Chair on
    Sustainable Mobility at the premises of TERI University.
  • The MoU was signed by Rajiv Seth, Vice Chancellor, TERI
    University and Manoj Pandey, ED of Training and Man Power, Ministry of
    Railways. The Chair would focus and promote research on issues of sustainable
    mobility, use of energy efficient technology and green energy initiatives.

Highlights of the
Railway Chair on Sustainable Mobility
  • It will be called Indian Railways Chair for Sustainable
  • It will focus on research in various aspects of railways
    that emerged as a crucial mode of transport to achieve sustainable development
    in the country.

PM Modi concluded his
two-nation tour to Malaysia & Singapore

  • Prime Minister Narenda Modi returned to India on 24 November
    2015 concluding his two-nation tour to Malaysia and Singapore.
  • During the 4 day visit that took place from 21 November to
    24 November 2015, Modi participated in ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and
    met with the heads/leaders of ASEAN states.
  • During the stay, he stayed in Malaysia from 21 November to
    23 November 2015 and in Singapore from 23 November to 24 November 2015.

Major Highlights
of the visit to Malaysia
  • Modi attended ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on 21
    November 2015.  
  • Modi attended 13th ASEAN-India Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 21
    November 2015.   
  • Modi attended 10th East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 22
    November 2015.  
  • Modi addressed the Indian Community Event in Malaysia.
  • Modi and Razak jointly inaugurated Torana Gate in Kuala
    Lampur. The gate was built by India at a cost of one million yen at Little
    India at Brickfields where Indian diaspora lives in large numbers.
  • He visited the renowned Batu Caves temple.
  • Indian cultural centre in Kuala Lumpur would be named after
    veteran freedom fighter and commander of the Indian National Army Netaji Subhas
    Chandra Bose.
  • He also met members of the Malaysian National Congress
    (MIC), the largest political party of people of Indian origin in Malaysia.

Major Highlights
of the visit to Singapore
  • Joint Statement on a Strategic Partnership between India and
    Singapore, titled “Renewed Spirit, New Energy – नया
    उत्साह, नया जोश”
    was released.
  • Modi inspected Guard of Honour with Prime Minister Lee Hsien
    Loong of Singapore during Ceremonial Welcome Ceremony
  • Modi attended India-Singapore Economic Convention in
    Singapore on 24 November 2015.
  • Ten agreements/MoUs were inked between the two nations.
  • In Singapore, Modi promised more reforms to make India an
    attractive destination for foreign investments.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lee Hsein Loong also
    released commemorative stamps depicting Rashtrapati Bhawan and Istana-Official
    residence of Singapore President-as a mark of 50 years of bilateral relation.

Union Government
announced 10 New/Revised Schemes for Disabled Persons under the National Trust

  • Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar
    Chand Gehlot on 24 November 2015 announced the launching of 10 new/revised
    schemes for the disabled persons in New Delhi.
  • These schemes were launched under the National Trust for the
    welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple

List of Schemes
  1.    DISHA: Early
    Intervention and School Readiness Scheme
  2.    VIKAAS: Day Care
  3.    SAMARTH: Respite
    Care Scheme
  4.    GHARAUNDA: Group
    Home for Adults Scheme
  5.    NIRAMAYA: Health
    Insurance Scheme
  6.    SAHYOGI: Caregiver
    training scheme
  7.    GYAN PRABHA:
    Educational support Scheme
  8.    PRERNA: Marketing
    Assistance Scheme
  9.    SAMBHAV: Aids and
    Assisted Devices Scheme
  10.    BADHTE KADAM:
    Awareness and Community Interaction Scheme

Besides, he also announced to increase the number of
categories of disability from 7 to 19, so that more number of disabled could be
brought into the ambit of Government’s new initiatives.

World –

UN Launches Campaign
for Action on Violence Against Women

  • India’s iconic India Gate and the Delhi Metro will join
    hundreds of monuments across the world that will be illuminated as part of a UN
    effort to galvanise support for global action to end violence against women and
  • India Gate will be illuminated in orange and messages of
    ending violence against women will be displayed on panel boards in two
    high-traffic lines of the Delhi Metro as part of the UN’s ‘Orange the World’
    campaign that includes parades, soccer matches, school debates and the lighting
    up of hundreds of iconic monuments. Violence against women and girls affects
    one in three worldwide.
  • The call to action is part of the UN Secretary-General’s’
    Unite to end violence against women’ campaign, led by UN Women, the UN’s agency
    for gender equality.
  • The colour orange, which has come to symbolise a bright and
    optimistic future free from violence against women and girls, will help unify
    the large-scale social mobilisation.
  • It will be carried out during the civil society-driven ’16
    Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’, which will run from today
    commemorated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against
    Women until Human Rights Day on December 10.
  • This year’s ‘Orange the World’ initiative will focus on the
    theme of preventing violence against women and girls, in the specific context
    of the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which includes
    targets on ending violence against women and girls.

27th ASEAN Summit
held at Kuala Lumpur
  • The 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    Summit was held on 21 November 2015 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for
    the 2015 summit was Our People, Our Community, Our Vision.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was the Chairperson
    of the summit that was held from 18 November 2015 to 22 November 2015.
  • The Summit was attended by the leaders of the 10-member
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that are Indonesia, Malaysia,
    Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Myanmar
    and Cambodia.

Japan conducted its
first dedicated commercial satellite launch
  • Japan on 23 November 2015 conducted its first dedicated
    commercial satellite launch by launching Canadian communications spacecraft,
    Telstar 12V, into the orbit.
  • The satellite was launched aboard an H-IIA rocket that
    blasted off from Pad 1 of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Japan’s Tanegashima
    Space Centre.
  • The launch was conducted by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in
    collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
  • This was first mission of Japan that carried a commercial
    satellite as its primary payload and only the second to carry a large
    commercial satellite.

10th East Asia Summit
held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • The 10th East Asia Summit (EAS) was held in Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia on 22 November 2015. The year’s summit held under the theme Our People,
    Our Community, Our Vision.
  • It was the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the East
    Asia Summit.
  • The summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia
    Najib Razak and attended by the Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member
    States, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Russia and the
    United States of America.

13th ASEAN-India
Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • The Thirteenth ASEAN-India Summit was held successfully on
    21 November 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Theme of the summit was Our People,
    Our Community, Our Vision.
  • The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia
    Najib Razak as Malaysia holds the chair for the year 2015.
  • The summit was participated by the Heads of ASEAN Member
    States and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. The Secretary General of
    ASEAN was also a participant of the summit.

Anju Bobby George
appointed Chairperson of Target Olympic Podium Scheme
  • Anju Bobby George, the former long jump world champion, was
    on 24 November 2015 appointed as the chairperson of the Target Olympic Podium
    Scheme (TOPS). She will be assuming the charge in the first week of December
  • Her appointment was approved by the Union Ministry of Sports
    and Youth Affairs. The post of the chairperson was lying vacant after the
    resignation of Anurag Thakur, the BJP parliamentarian and Secretary, Board for
    Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • She is presently a member of the TOPS’ identification
    committee, which also includes national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and
    former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid.

football administrator TR Govindarajan died
  • TR Govindarajan, one of the long-standing and distinguished
    football administrators of Tamil Nadu, died on 24 November 2015 after a brief
    illness. He was 90.
  • Govindarajan served Tamil Nadu Football Association in many
    capacities as Secretary for 24 years, then as Vice-President, Assistant
    Secretary and Treasurer. He retired as Office Superintendent in Southern

Renowned labour
economist TS Papola passed away

  • Veteran Labour Economist Dr TS Papola passed away on 23
    November 2015 in New Delhi following brief illness. He was 74.
  • Papola was specialised in labour and employment, industrial
    economics, development planning, regional development and enterprise
    development. He had served as an advisor with the erstwhile Planning Commission
    of Union Government for eight years from 1987 to 1995.
  • He served as Chairman and Member of several State and
    National level bodies including the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Micro,
    Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).


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