Current Affairs: December 11, 2011
Indian overrun Afghanistan 4-0 to retain SAFF Championship
- Defending Champions India overcame some anxious moments before overpowering spirited Afghanistan 4-0 to retain the SAFF Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.
Cartoonist Mario Miranda passes away
- Goan artist of international repute, Padma Bhushan Mario Miranda (85) passed away. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002, and Padma Shri in 1988.
DRDO working on building robotic soldiers: Saraswat
- Marking its first step towards building unmanned fighting machines, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has embarked on the process of building robotic soldiers and mules. This was revealed by DRDO Director General V K Saraswat , who is also the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister.
Delhi as capital – 100 years
- It was exactly 100 years ago on this day (December 12, 1911) that King George V, along with Queen Mary, sat in a “durbar” in Delhi and announced the shifting of the capital from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi. The elegant “Gateway of India” was built in Mumbai, to commemorate the Delhi Durbar of 1911.
U.S. vacates Pakistani airbase
- “Shamsi Airbase”, also known as “Bhandari Airstrip”, is an airfield situated in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.
The place was leased to the United States for use as a base for joint Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and United States Air Force (USAF) surveillance and drone operations, (involving unmanned aerial vehicles – particularly those involving Predator drones) against militants in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The US was ordered to vacate the airfield by the Pakistani Government on 26 November 2011 after the Salalah Incident in which US-led NATO forces attacked two Pakistani border check posts in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas killing 24 Pakistan Army soldiers.
Climate meet strikes deal on future treaty
- The 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17 to the UNFCCC), held in Durban, South Africa concluded with an agreement by more than 190 nations to work toward a future treaty that would require all countries to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming.
- The deal renews the Kyoto Protocol, the fraying 1997 emissions agreement that sets different terms for advanced and developing countries, for several more years. But it also begins a process for replacing it with something that treats all nations equally.
- The expiration date of the protocol 2017 or 2020 and the terms of any agreement that replaces it will be negotiated at future sessions of the governing body, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- The European Union had pushed hard for what it called a “road map” to a new, legally binding treaty against fierce resistance from China and India, whose delegates argued passionately against it arguing that mandatory cuts would slow their growth and condemn millions to poverty.
Mysore to be developed into ‘solar city’
- Mysore, the city of palaces and one of the favourite tourist destinations in the country has been chosen by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for being developed into a solar city.