General Awareness 15th November 2016 | Current Affairs 15th November 2016

Jackie Chan wins Oscar after 56 years in film industry


Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker presented Chan with the award.

  • With more than 200 films under his belt spanning a 56-year career, Jackie Chan has finally received an Oscar.
  • The 62-year-old action star was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles.

Guinness record

For most number of credits in one movie and most stunts by a living actor in 2012

2016 set to be hottest year on record


World Meteorological Organization shows temperature rise.

  • The world is likely to cross 1.2°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels in 2016, coming dangerously close to breaching the 1.5°C warming level, which is an ambitious target to stay safe from the worst impacts of climate change.
  • Global temperatures for January to September 2016 have been about 0.88°C above the average (14°C) for the 1961-1990 reference period, which WMO uses as a baseline

COP 22

COP 22 is expected to be held in Marrakech on 7–18 November 2016.

Class X board exam likely from 2017-18


Minister Prakash Javadekar has taken initiative to bring back board exam

  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said if a decision on compulsory Class X board examination is taken, it would only be applied only from the academic year 2017-2018.
  • The Minister said the government will shortly frame rules to define “learning outcome” after the completion of each year of education of students in order to set the benchmark for their performance in schools.


Rajasthan had a literacy rate of 67.06% (80.51% male and 52.66% female)

I know what I will have to face: PM


Demonetisation is done for the welfare of people.

  • Even as observers debate the impact of the demonetisation decision on the Uttar Pradesh polls, a few months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the role of the State in his fight against corruption by helping his party win a full majority at the Centre.
  • Mr. Modi recalled the promise he made to the people during the Lok Sabha elections that he would fight corruption.

Uttar Pradesh

legislative assembly election will be held in 2017 for the 403 seats of the Vidhan Sabha

Chinese media lauds Modi’s drive


New Delhi to learn from Beijing’s example to root out corruption.

  • Chinese state media has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s war against black money, but has advised New Delhi to learn from Beijing’s example to root out corruption.
  • China promoted anti-corruption laws, improved the supervision system, deepened judicial system reforms and adopted measures to make sure the system is transparent.”

China Anti-corruption law

  • Chinese Anti-Corruption Laws
  • The Anti-Unfair Competition Law of the PRC

China insists on NPT for NSG entry


‘NPT has not signed, is essential to combat atomic weapons

  • China obliquely criticised the India-Japan agreement on nuclear energy, pointing out that all countries were entitled to peaceful use of atomic energy so long as they followed the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.
  • China maintains the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which India has not signed, is essential to prevent the spread of atomic weapons.

Atomic weapon

India first exploded in 1974

Historic gems in Geneva auction

A model shows "The Pink", a fancy vivid pink pear-shaped diamond, during a press preview by Christie's auction house in Geneva on November 10, 2016. "The Pink" weighing 9.14 carats is expected to go for 16 to 18 million US dollars during an upcoming auction in Geneva on November 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Christie’s and Sotheby’s will showcase jewels likely to fetch record prices

  • Russian diamonds that reputedly helped broker peace between warring empires three centuries ago will go to the highest bidder at the Geneva jewel auctions this week.
  • The Swiss city’s twice-annual sales of rare jewels are often dominated by stones the size of door-stoppers.

Rare diamonds in auction

Diamonds weighing 52.55-carat and 50.47-carat, valued at $20-$30 million.

Carbon emission in India grew by 5.2% in 2015


Rise after three years of slowdown in emission

  • While global carbon emission saw “almost no growth” last year, India’s emission grew by 5.2 per cent in 2015, says a study.
  • Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of slowdown.


Percentage that India contributed of all global CO2 emissions in 2015.

Azhar: Uri out of India’s proposal to U.N.

Uri: The Army Brigade camp which was attacked by militants in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI Photo by S Irfan(PTI9_18_2016_000191B)

NIA is progressing the reports of investigation.

  • India has decided to drop any reference to the Uri attack from its proposal to be placed before a United Nations sanctions committee to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.

Masood Azhar

Suspicious Accused of Pathankot and URI attack.

Modi terms demonetisation ‘kadak chai’


He proves No for anti-poor’ and ‘anti-common man’.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the poor supported his decision to demonetise Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes and questioned the moral authority of his political opponents, especially the Congress, to criticise his step as ‘anti-poor’ and ‘anti-common man’.
  • As a door-to-door operation against black money would have taken years, he said he was left with only the demonetisation solution.

Benefits of Demonetisation

  • Poor people
  • Farmers
  • Good for the country on whole.

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