Current Affairs : November 19, 2011
Courtney Walsh conferred CEAT Lifetime Achievement Award
- Former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh was conferred the CEAT Lifetime Achievement Award 2011.
Union Govt to bring bill for central law for Street Vendors
- Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja announced that the Union government would bring in a bill in the coming session of Parliament for central law for street vendors.
- The sixth Pinjore Heritage Festival to be organised by the Haryana Tourism at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore from December 2 to 4 to enhance awareness about the centuries old heritage of Pinjore town and the Gardens.
Train covering longest route flagged off from Assam
- “Vivek Express” a new train connecting Easternmost Assam with Kanyakumari in the Southern tip of the country, between Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari, covering a distance of 4286 km thus the longest ever train route in the country, was flagged off from Assam’s Dibrugarh town.
9th Indo-ASEAN Summit begins
- The 9th Indo-ASEAN Summit began in Bali, Indonesian island. India sees the East Asia Summit as the principal forum to devise an open and inclusive architecture of regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Kissan” enters Limca Book of Records
- “Kissan”, one of India s favourite household brand for jams, squashes and tomato ketchups from the house of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, has created a record which gains the brand an entry in the Limca Book of Records . Kissan set a record by creating World’s largest Jammy Art, prepared by 50 enthusiastic children over two hours, measuring 120 feet x 4 feet, created with jam and bread, at the NSE Ground in Goregaon, Mumbai.
India finalizing economic pact with ASEAN
- Calling for full play to investment and trade issues India is finalizing a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with ASEAN.
China inks deal with ISA to mine poly-metallic sulphide in Indian Ocean
- Cementing its foothold in India’s backyard, China today signed a contract with the International Seabed Authority ( ISA)
to gain rights to explore poly-metallic sulphide ore deposit in Indian Ocean over the next 15 years. The exploration contract was signed between China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association and UN- backed International Seabed Authority (ISA), which is an inter-Governmental body with observer status in the UN. The contract awarded the Chinese association exclusive rights to explore a 10,000-square-km of international seabed in the southwest Indian Ocean.
- According to the contract, the Chinese association will have to give up 75 per cent of the ore deposit region within 10 years before enjoying pre-emptive rights of commercially mining the remaining 2,500-square-km.
AN-32 resumes operation to Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh
- The inaugural flight of AN-32 landed at Vijaynagar ALG(advanced landing ground), a completely air-maintained and strategically located human settlement in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh thereby bringing back the local populace of this region on the air connectivity map of the country.
- Earlier operation AN-32 was under suspension since 2009 due to renovation work of the ALG.
- The transport aircraft AN-32 of the Indian Air Force, known as the workhorse of the IAF’s transport fleet, is virtually the only mode of transport for the about 6,000 residents should they wish to travel out of Vijaynagar.