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1.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a world-class memorial for constitution-maker Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar at Indu Mill land in Dadar (Mumbai). The proposed memorial would have a 40-feet-tall full-size statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar along with a big stupa with 24 ribs denoting Dhammachakra. PM also announced that from now 26 November will be celebrated as “Samvidhaan Divas” (Constitution Day) every year.

2. To protect the endangered Gangetic river dolphins country’s first community reserve for the mammal will soon be established in West Bengal.

3.  Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan launched ‘KISAN Project’ (C(K)rop Insurance using Space technology And geoiNformatics) that seeks to speed up payment of crop insurance claims to farmers and provide accurate assessment of crop damage. An Android-based app for collection of data of hailstorm with assistance from ISRO to assess large-scale damage to standing crops was also launched.

4.  The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, gave its approval for setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AllMS) at Nagpur in Maharashtra, at Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and at Kalyani in West Bengal under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY).

5.  J.P. Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare launched the second phase of Mission Indradhanush in 352 districts. The aim of mission to achieve more than 90% full immunization in the country by 2020.

6.  Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways chaired the first meeting of the National Sagarmala Apex Committee (NSAC) held in New Delhi. The meeting was part of the ambitious Sagar Mala Project of the Union Government. The main objective of this project is to develop 12 major ports and also over 1,200 islands spread across the country so that they can contribute significantly to India’s growth.

7.  Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) has been ranked as the most valuable company in India in terms of market capitalization, according to the date released by BSE. It is followed by Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). Infosys dethroned HDFC Bank Ltd to become the third most valuable company in India.

8.   Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) has set up its first 10 MW solar power plant at a cost of Rs. 74.60 crore at Neyveli, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. This is the first Renewable Energy project commissioned by the company.

9. Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma launched the NOC Online Application Portal and Processing System (NOAPS) for the National Monument Authority (NMA), Ministry of Culture in New Delhi.

10.  Naval warship INS Kochi, the largest-ever warship built in India, was commissioned at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. It is of 7,500-tonne. The strike range of INS Kochi is 300 km and hit 50 targets simultaneously.

11. Maharashtra State Government announced popular Violinist and music composer Prabhakar Jog as the winner of Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement (2015) for his contribution in the field of Music.

12.  Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, launched the Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification & Maintenance) Policy, 2015 in New Delhi. According to the provisions of the Green Highways Policy 2015, about Rs. 1000 crore per year will be available for plantation purpose on Highways by keeping aside 1% of the expenses for the construction of highways.

13.   Government has decided to appoint NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya as the Sherpa for G-20 talks, replacing Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The next G20 Leaders' Summit is scheduled on November 15-16 at Antalya in Turkey.

14.  Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani has been named India's richest for ninth year in a row with a net worth of $18.9 billion, while ecommerce giant Flipkart's co-founders Sachin and Binni Bansal made their debut at 86th position on the 'India top 100 rich list' released by Forbes magazine. Ambani was followed by Sun Pharma's Dilip Shanghvi as the second richest, while Wipro's Azim Premji retained his third place. The combined wealth of India's 100 richest persons remained largely unchanged at $345 billion, compared with $346 billion in 2014.

14.  Rajasthan government passed first-of-its-kind of legislative bill that provides 14% reservation (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) for economically backward classes (EBCs). According to Rajasthan Economically Backward Classes Bill 2015, criterion for reservation in the EBC category will be purely economic and not caste-based, enabling the poor among upper castes to be eligible for quotas in government jobs and educational institutions.

15.  Yudhvir Singh Malik, who presided over the ban of NestlĂ© India’s Maggi noodles as chief executive officer of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has been transferred to NITI Aayog as additional secretary

16. The Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Special Backward Classes Bill, 2015 that provides 5% reservation (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) quota for Gujjars and some other communities under special backward classes (SBC).

17.  India and the US have signed a significant MoU on energy security, climate change and clean energy which reflects the commitment of the two countries to make the Paris summit later this year a success. India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry co-chaired the first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue at Washington. In a joint declaration issued in Washington India and the US have agreed to increase their level of cooperation to fight the menace of terrorism.

18.  The Ministry of Women and Child Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vedanta to develop and modernise 4000 Anganwadis in the country. Vedanta will build the ‘next generation’ Anganwadi centres, for which they will commits Rs. 400cr. These anganwadi centres will be built in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh among others.

 19. Union Government announced four brand ambassadors for Digital India programme
List of Brand Ambassadors
1. Satwat Jagwani, All India IIT-JEE —Advanced Topper -2015 (Student)
2. Krati Tiwari, All India IIT-JEE —Advanced Girl Topper -2015 (Student)
3. Ankit Fadia, Author & Ethical Hacker
4. Pranav Mistry, Samsung USA (Computer Scientist & Author of 6th Sense)

20. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave 4 months extension (up to 31 December 2015) to the 7th
Central Pay Commission.Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur is the Chairman of the Commission

21.  The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar cards to Indian citizens, has been shifted to the administrative control of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology from Niti Aayog, keeping in mind the government's ambitious 'Digital India' programme as the Aadhaar numbers are being linked with several services.

22.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) on the occasion of his visit to Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency. Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Power and will be at the core attempt to ensure 24×7 power for all by 2022. Rs. 45,000 crore will be spend on the scheme .

23. The Central Government announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY). This is a new programme meant to provide for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining related operations, using the funds
generated by District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).
The objective of PMKKKY scheme will be (a) to implement various developmental and welfare projects/programs in mining affected areas; (b) to minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health and socio-economics of people in mining districts; and (c) to ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas.

24. Government  launched three mobile based services -- a Mobile Application, SMS-based UAN (Universal Account Number) Activation and Missed Call service -- for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members. The members would be able to activate their UAN accounts from the comfort of their mobile phones and can also access their accounts for viewing their monthly credits through the passbook as well as view their details available with EPFO. This app can be downloaded from the website. These services will help nearly 3.54 crore contributing members, 49.22 lakh pensioners and 6.1 lakh employers.

25. In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has launched M-Shiksha-Mitra mobile app to provide various services and teaching-related work to teachers in simple and easy way. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to develop such an app for teachers.

 26.  In an ambitious bid to transform rural areas to economically, socially and physically sustainable spaces, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) with an outlay of Rs. 5142.08 crores. The Mission aims at development of rural growth clusters which have latent potential for growth, in all States and UTs, which would trigger overall development in the region.

27. Tamil Nadu state government announced making it mandatory for all high rise buildings in the state to have solar power generation facility.  Under it all new multi-storey buildings (more than four floors) will have to establish solar power generation facility. This is being seen as the first-of-its-kind initiative in urban solar power plants.

28.  Gujarat emerged as number 1 state in ease of doing business with 71.14% according to World Bank report. Andhra Pradesh followed Gujarat with 70.12%. Jharkhand is on the third place. Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are at 4th and 5th spots, respectively. Arunachal Pradesh is ranked the last with 1.23%. This is World Bank’s first ever ranking of States on the ease of doing business in India.

29.  RailTel of the Indian Railways partnered with Google to provide free Wi-Fi services under Project Nilgiri. Under this initiative, free Wi-Fi services will be provided to passengers in 400 railway stations across the country.

30.  The Centre has decided to provide additional 50 days of work to farmers in drought-hit areas under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. The decision was taken to provide relief to farmers in view of the deficit monsoon in various parts of the country. At present, 100 days of work is provided to rural job card holders under MGNREGA.

31.  Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to submit State Annual Action Plan under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) targeting universal coverage in respect of water supply connections and sewerage connections to all urban households in the state.

 32.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Hindi networking site, 'Mooshak' envisaged on the lines of popular English social media platform Twitter in the 10th World Hindi Conference.

33.  In an important initiative, the Union Govt. set an ambitious literacy target to achieve 100% literacy in villages adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) by March 2016.

34. Andhra Pradesh Govt. created history by taking the first step to link two mighty rivers of the state, Godavari and Krishna.

35.  Haryana became the second in the country after Rajasthan to fix the minimum educational qualification for elections to the Panchayati Raj institutions.

36. The government announced the implementation of the One Rank One Pension or OROP for ex army servicemen. The base year of One Rank One Pension will be 2013. Benefit of OROP will be given with effect from July 1, 2014. Arrears to be paid from July 2014 and on 4-half-yearly basis. Pension will be revised after every 5 years.

37.  Bengaluru has for the first time overtaken Mumbai in unsold housing units and thus become the city with the second-highest residential real estate inventory overhang after the National Capital Region.

38.  Union Government identified 305 cities and towns spread across nine states of the country for implementation of its ambitious ‘Housing for All’ scheme under which assistance of over Rs. 2 lakh crore would be provided over the next 6 years for enabling two crore urban poor own their own houses. The selected cities and towns are in Chhattisgarh (36 cities/towns), Gujarat (30), Jammu and Kashmir (19), Jharkhand (15), Kerala (15), Madhya Pradesh (74), Odisha (42), Rajasthan (40) and Telangana (34). Under ‘Housing for All’ scheme, two crore houses are targeted to be built for the poor in urban areas by year 2022, coinciding with 75 years of Independence. ‘Housing for All’ scheme was launched as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015.

39.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the digital version of Tulsidas's 'Ramcharitmanas'. This digital compilation of epic Ramcharitmanas has been done by All India Radio (AIR).

40.  Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a new mobile app named Disha to promote digital literacy in Bihar. The app aims to help people learn about computers and Internet through self learning modules.

 41.  Dr. Najma Heptulla, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs launched a new Central Sector Scheme – Nai Manzil in Patna. The scheme “Nai Manzil” scheme will address educational and livelihood needs of minority communities in general and muslims in particular as it lags behind other minority communities in terms of educational attainments. It is a new direction and a new goal for the all out of school/dropped out students and those studying in Madrasas.

International News

1. Pakistan and Russia have signed a major agreement to build a 1,100-km North-South gas pipeline from Lahore to Karachi.

2. United States has announced to extend its military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2016 as per shift in policy to further cooperate for fighting terrorists.

3. Myanmar government has signed a peace accord with eight of the 15 ethnic armed minorities groups especially belonging to Kayin and Chin groups to end decades of civil war.

4. China has operationalised the Zam Hydropower Station built on Brahmaputra River which has raised concerns in India over the likelihood of disrupting water supplies of River.

5. India has given a grant of five million US Dollars to Palestine as Budgetary assistance. It was given Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to his is Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah

6. The Parliament of Iran has passed a bill that allows the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers i.e. P5+1 countries.

7. United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution authorizing the European Union (EU) and individual countries to use force to tackle the worst refugee crisis.

8. Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has resigned from office by submitting his resignation to President Ram Baran Yadav.

9. Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of historical Temple of Bel in the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria.

10. Highest mountain of North America Mt McKinley renamed as Denali.

11. An Indian-origin driver in Australia, Tejinder Pal Singh was named as Australian of the Day by Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

12. Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-reigning Monarch.

13. Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered immediate adoption of Urdu as official language of the country.

14. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong lauded the city-state's youth vote for helping return his party, The PAP
(People's Action Party) to power in a massive victory for the 12th time.

15. Nepal's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution.

16. The US military has launched the largest NATO airborne drills dubbed as Swift Response 15 since the end of the Cold War to enhance security and stability in the European region.

17. Australian government appoints Adam Gilchrist ambassador to India - for education.

18. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to create the world's first internationally-controlled bank of low-enriched uranium in Kazakhstan to ensure fuel supplies for power stations and prevent nuclear proliferation.

19. Greece became first developed nation to default on IMF debt.

20. Champagne vineyards of France granted with World Heritage status by UNESCO.

21. Cuba became first country in the World to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis.

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