November 1 2015 – Current Affairs Quick Gyan

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1. Air Marshal Khanna Takes Over as Maintenance Head of the Indian Air Force (IAF)

Air Marshal Virender Mohan Khanna has assumed the role of Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance (AOM) at Air Headquarters, New Delhi. The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Mechanical stream of Aeronautical Engineering branch in IAF on 25 July 1977. He is an also an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Additionally, he also acquired post graduate diploma in Journalism and Human Rights.

2. India and Russia Agree to Strengthen Collaboration in the Area of Information and Communication Technology

India had launched National Super Computing Mission, jointly being implemented by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. India sought Russian assistance in development of high end technologies, both in software and hardware sectors (like Motherboard design; Direct Liquid Cooling Technology and Network Design technologies for supercomputers).

A new S&T Agreement was signed between DST and the Russian Science Fund, during the visit of the President of India to Russia in May 2015.

3. India and South Africa agree to Strengthen Collaboration in Key Areas of Science, Including in the Field of “HIV Vaccine Research”

The Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Science, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and the South African Minister for Science, Technology Ms. Naledi Pandor have decided to strengthen the key science areas. It includes Health Sciences and Biotechnology; Astronomy & Astrophysics, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Green Chemistry and the Mega project in the area of “HIV Vaccine Research Collaboration” with co-funding to the tune of US $ 1 million from both sides. During the 3rd BRICS of Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting held in Moscow on 27th and 28th this month the two side held bilateral discussions on all the projects.

4. October 31 – Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) is observed on October 31. The day was introduced by Govt. of India and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. The intent is to pay tribute to Patel, who was instrumental in keeping India united. It is to be celebrated on 31 October every year as annual commemoration of the birthday of the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding leaders of Republic of India. This year, 2015, marks the 140th anniversary of Sardar Ji.

5. Civil Aviation Minister releases Revised Draft National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP 2015)

Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju released the Revised Draft National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP 2015) in New Delhi. The minister has urged all stakeholders to participate in the process of firming up the policy by giving their valuable suggestions to the Ministry.  He said that the Civil Aviation Policy should be a dynamic one which can keep pace with the ever changing demands of the sector.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation and MoS Tourism and Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma was also present  at the function.  Dr. Sharma  underscored  the importance of bringing air travel within reach of the common man and  facilitating regional air connectivity within the country.

6. BK Bansal appointed member of CBEC

IRS officer Bhushan Kumar Bansal has been appointed as the sixth member of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the apex body on indirect taxes, filling up the last vacancy on the board. Bansal, a 1981 batch Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officer, will have the rank of Special Secretary.

The post had fallen vacant after Najib Shah took over as CBEC Chairman. Bansal was hitherto Director General of National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), Faridabad.

7. New Zealand wins 2015 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand become world champions for a record 3rd time and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup. They cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on October 31. Tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu had the All Blacks (New Zealand) cruising 21-3 early in the second half before Ben Smith’s yellow card opened the door for Australia, who got back to within four points with tries by David Pocock and Tuvita Kuridrani.

8. Eminent Archaeologist VN Misra passes away

Archaeologist and pre-historian of international repute and former director of the Deccan College, Professor VN Misra, passed away on October 31 due to old-age related problems. He was 80.

Life of VN Misra:-

Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Misra joined Deccan College after completing his studies from Lucknow. After studying Sanskrit and Anthropology, he received guidance in archaeology from Prof HD Sankalia, who is considered to have pioneered archaeological excavation techniques in India.He was a skilled teacher. He was soft spoken but never compromised on quality.

9. Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, all killed

A Russian passenger plane crashed early Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. Russian state media reported that many of the 217 passengers on Kogalymavia Flight 9268 were Russians returning from vacation. The passenger manifest included 17 children but Russian officials said there were 25 aboard. There were seven crew members. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin tweeted that four victims were Ukrainian nationals. The cause of the crash still is unknown, but it is most likely due to a technical failure, and there is no evidence of any terrorist action.

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