DAILY GK UPDATE: 9TH NOVEMBER

1. British Govt announced to stop giving aid to India by 2015
British Government has announced that UK will stop giving aid to India by 2015. Support will be cut by about £200 million a year between 2012 and 2015 before being wound up, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said.
2. Putin dismisses Russia's Chief of Armed Forces
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the country's chief of armed forces just three days after the sacking of Defence Minister over a corruption scandal.
Gen Valery Gerasimov replaces Gen Nikolai Makarov as the New Armed Forces Chief of General Staff.
NOTE:- Gen Gerasimov commanded Russian forces during the conflict in Chechnya.
Gen Gerasimov was deputy to Gen Makarov for 18 months, in 2010-2012. Most recently he served as commander of Russia's Central Military District.
3. Assam raises Special Women Commando Force "Virangana" to prevent crime against women
Assam government has raised a special women commando force to prevent crime against women in Guwahati.
NOTE:- DGP J N Choudhury said, the commando force named "Virangana" is the first of its kind in the country. He said force has been trained in martial arts and motor driving along with handling of modern weapons.
4. Maharashtra Govt to set up separate trade zones for women in state
Maharashtra Government has proposed to set up separate trade zones for women in the state to make women in the state self-reliant. Women will now be able to run their own businesses in these specially demarcated zones after availing special licenses and movable stalls.
NOTE:- Maharashtra Women and Child Development Minister Varsha Gaikwad said that the suggestion in this regard was made by her father and Congress MP Eknath Gaikwad. She added that the state government is also working on a programme that will involve availing special licenses and movable stalls for women Self Help Groups to start businesses under flyovers and bridges across Mumbai and Maharashtra.
5. China inflation falls to lowest level in 3 years
The rate of inflation in China has fallen to its lowest level for nearly 3 years.
Official figures show that consumer prices rose by 1.7 per cent in the 12 months to October. After years of efforts to contain inflation, the Chinese government last year shifted its policy towards trying to prevent a rapid economic slowdown.
6. Remittances from NRIs robust; to cross $75billion, up from last year
Remittances from the NRIs in the current financial year 2012-13 are expected to cross $75 billion mark up from $66 billion in 2011-12.
According to World Bank Estimates, even though the rupee may not see as much depreciation as it did in past 12 months, remittances would remain robust and may well cross $75 billion in 2012-13.
NOTE:- The NRIs from the West Asia region account for over 40 percent of the total foreign remittances to India.
7. Centre to roll out Aadhar based Direct Cash Transfers in 51 districts from Jan 1st
Centre will roll out Aadhaar based Direct Cash Transfer of Subsidies to beneficiary bank accounts from the 1st of January 2013. Under the timelines set, 51 districts will be covered initially, 18 states are to be added by 1st of April and have 16 more states covered within a year.
NOTE:- The decision was taken by the Executive Committee on Direct Cash Transfers that met under the aegis of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary.
The Unique Identity Authority of India will set up a dedicated cell of technical experts to facilitate Aaadhaar enabled Direct Cash Transfers and help individual Ministries.
8. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), launched its 'Public Data Portal' for the Aadhaar project 
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has launched its 'Public Data Portal' for the Aadhaar project to enable the people to access several anonymised datasets generated in its ecosystem.
It is in consonance with the larger vision of the Centre to make data available through
www. data.gov.in.
9. Government allows telecom firms to raise debt overseas to pay for 2G Spectrum to be allotted an auction.
Government today said telecom companies that win in the upcoming 2G spectrum auction will be allowed to raise cheap loans from overseas markets in the form the External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs).
NOTE:- The successful bidders in the 2G auction would be eligible to refinance their Rupee loans availed of from the domestic lenders for making the up-front payment with a long term ECB under the automatic route. The bidding for the airwaves is scheduled to start from November the 12th.
10. U.P. Govt. launched a website to help the netizens of the 46 districts of the state 
Uttar Pradesh Government has launched a website to help the netizens of the 46 districts of the state to fight against cyber related crimes and frauds. The website www.cybercrimecelllucknow.org was launched by Cyber Crime Cell of Lucknow Police.
11. President Pranab Mukherjee Conferred the Shilp Guru Awards, Sant Kabir Awards along with National Award 
Conferring the Shilp Guru Awards, Sant Kabir Awards along with National Award to master craft persons and master weavers at a function in New Delhi, Mr Mukherjee said that artisans are also required to be given access to modern tools. He said great tradition of handicrafts and hand looms can play an important role in giving employment and strengthening of country's economy as well.
NOTE:- 


  • Shilp Guru awards are conferred to legendary master crafts persons of Handicrafts whose work and dedication have contributed not only to the preservation of rich and diverse craft heritage of the country. 
  • While Sant Kabir Award is conferred on such outstanding weaver who has made valuable contribution in keeping alive the handloom heritage and also for his dedication in building up the linkages between the past, present and future through dissemination of knowledge on traditional skills and designs. 
  • National Awards to Master Crafts persons and master weavers were introduced in 1965 and the award comprises of a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees, a certificate, Tamrapatra and an Angavastram.

12. Ninth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting on Inclusive, Relevant Quality Education for All  kick started in New Delhi
Inaugurating Ninth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting on Inclusive, Relevant Quality Education for All in New Delhi, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Mr Shashi Tharoor said that the government has taken one major initiative in this regard.The enactment of the Right to Education Act in 2009, which guarantees free and compulsory education to the children of this nation, is truly a historic decision.
Through this act government engage to improve the present delivery system by making it sensitive to the needs of children, especially those belonging to disadvantaged groups and the weaker sections of the society.
13. Australia announced joining the Second Phase of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change
Australia said it is ready to join a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
Australian Climate Minister Greg Combet said Australia was making the move because more action was being taken internationally to tackle climate change and replace the Kyoto deal. The second commitment period for Kyoto could renew pledges to limit emissions until 2020.
NOTE:- Australia is one of the world's leading emitters of greenhouse gases.
Kyoto Protocol :-
The protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, is aimed at fighting global warming by setting legally binding targets for countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The first round of cuts, which only apply to developed nations, expires at the end of this year. The protocol also created market mechanisms for countries to meet their targets by trading in carbon emissions. Discussions over a new legal deal covering all countries are due to begin at a climate conference in Doha in December and end by 2015. The new deal would come into effect by 2020.

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