Current Affairs of 8 November 2015

1. OROP notified, 25 lakh war veterans, widows to benefit
The long-pending ‘One-Rank- One-Pension Scheme’ for ex-servicemen was tonight brought into force with government issuing a notification which will benefit over 25 lakh veterans and war widows.
However, the protesting ex-servicemen rejected the notification, saying their main demands have not been accepted and it has become “one-rank-five-pension.”
The notification is almost similar to the announcement made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on September 5.
To begin with, pension would be re-fixed on the basis of pension of retirees of calendar year 2013 and the benefit will be effective with effect from July 1, 2014.
The veterans had demanded that the period for pension should be financial year 2013-14 and not the calender year.
Also, they wanted April 1 as the effective date instead of July 1.

2. WHO officially declares Sierra Leone Ebola-free
World Health Organization (WHO), a U.N. health agency has officially declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free. This announcement is considered as a major milestone in UN-backed efforts to wipe out Ebola from the three western African countries viz. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

3. India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2015 begins in Rajasthan
The seventh edition India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘Indra-2015’ has begun in Bikaner district of Rajasthan. This edition of exercise is focusing on ‘Counter Terrorism Operations in Desert Terrain under a United Nations Mandate’. 
Key facts 
The bilateral exercise would be held between Indian Army’s Infantry Battalion and Independent Russian Motorised Brigade from 7 to 20 November 2015. It would be conducted 2 phases, namely ‘Combat Conditioning & Tactical Training’ and ‘Validation’ phases. Both participating battalions would initially acquaint themselves with each other’s counter terrorism approaches including Command and Control systems, operations, arms and equipment. They would also focus on ensuring a high degree of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedures. This joint exercise will also engage in variety of joint missions including joint planning, Search and Rescue, Cordon and Search operations, special arms skills and joint tactical drills.

4. Indian Army successfully test fires Brahmos supersonic land attack missile
Indian Army has successfully test fired the Brahmos supersonic land attack cruise missile at Pokhran in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. 
It was conducted by Indian Army and Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO). It was test fired from an Autonomous Mobile Launcher (AML) in full configuration and met all the mission objectives.
It has range of 300-km and a top supersonic speed of Mach 2.8. It can be launched from sea, sub-sea, land and air against sea and land targets. Capable of carrying a conventional as well as nuclear warhead of 300 kilogram. It is two-stage missile, first stage being propelled by solid propellant and second stage propelled by Ramjet liquid propellant.

5. SBI's Arundhati Bhattacharya again tops list of most powerful business women
Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of country's largest bank SBI, remains the most powerful woman in the Indian business sector, according to Fortune India.
ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank follow Bhattacharya at the second and third place, respectively.
Besides, HPCLBSE 0.20 % Chairperson and Managing Director (MD) Nishi Vasudeva has bagged the fourth position, while AZB & Partners Co-Founder Zia Mody and Aruna Jayanthi Chief Executive of Capgemini India shared the fifth rank. 

6. BCCI announces monetary benefits for former players
The BCCI on Sunday announced a slew of monetary benefits for former cricketers, both domestic and international, including monthly and one-time payments, just a day before the Annual General Body Meeting of the Board in Mumbai.
The Board also announced the match fees for the umpires officiating in both domestic and international games.
All Test cricketers who retired before December 31, 1993 and have played more than 25 matches will get Rs. 50,000 per month, the BCCI said on its website.
All Test cricketers who retired before December 31, 1993 and have played less than 25 matches will get Rs. 37,500 per month while those who retired on or after January 1, 1994 will get Rs. 22,500 per month, it said under the heading ‘payment of monthly gratis’.
Widows of Test cricketers and Test Umpires will continue to get the same amount of gratis for their lifetime. All cricketers who have represented India in One-Day International will get Rs. 15,000.
All Ranji Trophy cricketers who have played at least 10 matches before 1957-58 season will get Rs. 15,000 per month. All first class cricketers who have played 25 to 49 matches up to the end of 2003-04 season will get Rs. 15,000 per month while those who have played 50 to 74 matches and 75 and above matches up to end of 2003-04 season will get Rs. 22,500 and Rs. 30,000 respectively.
Women cricketers who have played 10 or more Tests will receive Rs. 22,500 per month and those who have played 5 to 9 Tests will receive Rs. 15,000 per month.
All retired Test umpires will get Rs. 22,500 per month while all retired All India Panel Umpires who have officiated in ODIs as field Umpires will get Rs. 15,000 per month.

7. Jaffer becomes first to score 10000 runs in Ranji
Vidarbha opener Wasim Jaffer on Sunday became the first cricketer in Ranji Trophy history to notch up 10000 runs on day two of their Group A match against Bengal at the Jadavpur University second campus ground in Saltlake.
Having made his debut for Mumbai in 1996-97, Jaffer needed eight runs to reach the milestone, which he got with an elegant drive to long off boundary against Bengal seamer Veer Pratap in the penultimate delivery of eighth over.
His Vidarbha teammates gave a standing ovation as he acknowledged the feat. This is for the first time a batsman scaled the peak since the tournament’s inception in 1934-35.
Jaffer, however, could not make it big after he was bowled through the gate by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha with an individual score of nine (26 balls; 1x4).
The 37-year-old reached the milestone in his 126th match and the former Mumbai opener is now the leading run-getter in Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy having amassed 10002, 2545 and 1008 runs.
His former Mumbai teammate Amol Muzumdar (9202) is next followed by Delhi’s Mithun Manhas (8197) in the list of leading run-getters in Ranji Trophy

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