Current Affairs 20th November 2015

Daily current affairs

1. 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION HEADED BY JUSTICE AK MATHUR SUBMITTED ITS REPORT

i. The 7th Central Pay Commission headed by Justice AK Mathur submitted its report to the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
ii. The commission has recommended 23.55 percent hike in pay and allowances of government employees.
iii. The recommended pay revision will come into effect from 1 January 2016.
iv. The minimum pay for government employees is recommended to be set at 18000 rupees per month.
v. One Rank One Pension proposed for civilian government employees on line of OROP for armed forces.

2. 2ND WORLD CONGRESS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT STARTED IN VISAKHAPATNAM

i. The second World Congress on Disaster Management has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
ii. It was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
iii. It was jointly hosted by the Disaster Management, Infrastructure and Control Society and Andhra Pradesh government.

3. NITISH KUMAR TO TAKE OATH AS BIHAR CM FOR 5TH TIME

i. Janta Dal United leader Nitish Kumar will be sworn-in as Chief Minister of Bihar for the fifth time today.
ii. Rashtirye Janta Dal president Lalu Prasad’s son MLA Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will sworn in as deputy Chief Minister.

4. UNHCR SELECTED FOR INDIRA GANDHI PRIZE FOR PEACE, DISARMAMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FOR 2015

i. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015.
ii. The jury was headed by Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari on birth annniversary of Indira Gandhi.
iii. UNHCR was chosen for the award in recognition of its immense contributions in helping millions of refugees in their rehabilitation and resettlement.
iv. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on 1950 by the UN General Assembly with an aim to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
Headquarters of UNHCR: Geneva, Switzerland

5. CCEA APPROVED EXTENSION OF INDIAN DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME

i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved extension of Indian Development and Economic Assistance Scheme for next five years from 2015-16 to 2019-20.
ii. It was approved by the Prime Minister presiding CCEA in view of continued relevance of the scheme.
iii. The main aim of the scheme is to promote India’s strategic political and economic interest abroad by positioning it as an emerging economic power, investor country and partner for developing countries.

6. RAM KRISHAN TRIVEDI, THE FORMER GUJARAT GOVERNOR AND CEC, DIED

i. Former Gujarat Governor Ram Krishna Trivedi died on 19 November after prolonged illness in Lucknow.
ii. He also served as the Chief Election Commissioner from 1982 to 1985.
iii. He was the first person to introduce the voter ID cards in Indian Elections.

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