Current Affairs November 28-29, 2015 - Central Gyan Current Affairs-GK

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Current Affairs November 28-29, 2015

Current Affairs November 28-29, 2015

NHAI approved scientific projects
National Highways Authorities of India (NHAI) has approved a pilot project for undertaking scientific studies on designing greenbelts along national highways. Proposal in this regard was submitted by Nagpur based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).

Baroness Patricia elected as the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth
Dominica-born British lawyer Patricia Scotland (60) has been elected as the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth. She becomes the first woman and also first British citizen to be elected as secretary-general of the 53-member Commonwealth bloc’s history. She will succeed Kamalesh Sharma from India and enter into the office on 1 April 2016 for four-year term i.e. till 2020. The Commonwealth Secretary-General is the head of the Commonwealth Secretariat which is the central body that has served the Commonwealth of Nations. Commonwealth Secretariat was established in 1965 and responsible for representing the Commonwealth publicly. Headquarter- Marlborough House in London.

Kerala decided to setup NRI Commission
Kerala cabinet has approved to set up a NRI Commission. With this, Kerala becomes the 2nd state after Punjab to have such a body. The NRI commission will be a quasi judicial body and it will address all issues of the diaspora including fake recruitments as well as disputes over properties, and investment. The commission will be headed by a retired high court judge and the members will comprise a retired Indian Administrative Service officer, two representatives of the Kerala diaspora and a state government official of the rank of a joint secretary.

SBI to float subsidiary to manage its properties
Country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is finalising plans to set up a subsidiary for managing its large portfolio of real estate properties and those taken on lease or rent. SBI is planning to set up a subsidiary for management of properties owned by it and also for those taken on lease or rent. The subsidiary would eventually take over these properties after it was formed.

West Bengal government will construct a replica of Eiffel Tower
West Bengal In memory of 13/11 terror attack in France, the West Bengal government has planned to construct a 55-metre replica of Eiffel Tower in Kolkata. It will take three years to complete the structure. The replica is going to be a part of the “Seven Wonders of the World” theme-park at the Eco Park in Rajarhat, Kolkata. The list of “wonders” replicated at the park include the Taj Mahal from India, Christ the Redeemer from Brazil, Chichen Itza from Mexico, Petra in Jordan, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Colosseum in Rome. Kolkata already has a scaled down version of the Big Ben clock.

Suzuki Motorcycle India ties up with Snapdeal to sell its vehicles online
Suzuki Motorcycle India has tied up with online marketplace Snapdeal for the sales of its vehicles, the two wheeler manufacturer said. Customers will be able to browse Suzuki products on the Snapdeal Motors platform, select a vehicle, book it (via online payment of booking amount) and select a dealership in their vicinity from where the vehicle can be picked up. As an initial launch offer, buyers who purchase Suzuki vehicles on Snapdeal can avail 1 year free vehicle insurance.

Israel successfully tested Barak-8 missile
Israel recently, successfully tested Barak-8 missile, an advanced surface-to-air missile. It will play a crucial role in securing the Israel’s offshore gas fields. The missile is being jointly developed by the India’s DRDO, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems and other companies.

IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay among the top 100 institutes in the world Graduate Employability Rankings
The first edition of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings has placed IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay among the top 100 institutes in the world. IIT Kharagpur ranked at 77 and IIT Bombay ranked at 93. The top 3 universities in this ranking are Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.

TAPI gas pipeline project to start from December 13

The ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed multi-billion dollar 1,735-kilometre gas pipeline connecting Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will start from December 13. Reported by Turkmenistan Ambassador to Pakistan. The trans-national gas pipeline project known as TAPI, is intended to carry 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar and terminate in Fazilka, a border town in India’s Punjab state.