9 November 2016 - Current Affairs

Donald Trump is 45th U.S. President

  • Republican Donald Trump stunned the world on Nov 09 by defeating heavily favoured Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.
  • He becomes the 45th President of the United States.
  • A wealthy real-estate developer and former reality TV host, Trump rode a wave of anger toward Washington insiders to defeat Clinton, whose gold-plated establishment resume includes stints as a first lady, US senator and secretary of state.

RBI issues new series of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued new series of notes for 500 rupees and 2,000 rupees denomination with improved features and newer sizes.
  • These new series of notes was issued following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes now in use will no longer be legal tender.
  • Both the designs of 500 rupees and 2,000 rupees notes is very friendly towards the visually-impaired by having features which make it accessible for all sections.
  • 2,000 rupees note: It will be for the first time 2,000 rupees note denomination has been issued. It will be called as the ‘Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series’. The base colour of the note is magenta. Size of the new note is 66mm*166mm. It has a motif of the Mangalayan, the low-cost mission of ISRO to Mars on the reverse side and Mahatma Gandhi on front side.
  • 500 rupee note: It has different colour, size, theme, design and location of security features compared to the old notes. It has portrait and electrotype watermarks. It will be in a stone grey in colour. The motif Delhi’s Red Fort is on reverse side and Mahatma Gandhi on front side. Size of the new note is 63mm*150mm

Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000 notes no longer legal tender

  • The Union Govt has announced that Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000 notes will cease to be legal tender.
  • It was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise address to nation.
  • The demonetisation drive of these two currency units was taken to root out the menace of black money, corruption and fake currency from the country.
  • The currency notes of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 rupee will remain unaffected by this decision and remain legal tender.
  • Persons holding old 500, Rs. 1,000 notes must deposit these notes in their bank or post office accounts from 10th November till 30th December 2016 without any limit.
  • Those who are not able to deposit 30th December 2016 can go to the specified offices of RBI up to 31st March 2017 and deposit the notes after submitting a declaration form.
  • However, for immediate needs, old 500, Rs. 1,000 notes can be exchanged in any bank, head post office or sub post office by showing identity proof like Aadhaar card, voter card, ration card, passport, PAN card or other approved proofs.
  • The limit for such exchange will be four thousand rupees till 24th November, and will increase from 25th November till 30th December 2016.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue new 500 and Rs. 2,000 notes from 10 November 2016.
  • There will no restrictions of any kind on non-cash payments by cheques, demand drafts, debit or credit cards and electronic fund transfer.currencycurrency

9th International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines Meeting begins in New Delhi

  • The 9th Annual Meeting of International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) was inaugurated in New Delhi.
  • It has been organised by the Union Ministry of AYUSH and was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Sripad Naik.
  • In this meeting 19 member countries of IRCH with 36 delegates including experts from WHO are participating. The event would be utilized to show case AYUSH strength to these countries.

India, UK ink two MoUs

  • India and the United Kingdom have signed two memorandum of understanding (MoUs) to boost relations between the two nations.
  • These MoUs were signed during the official three days state visit of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to India.
  • It was her first bilateral visit outside Europe after becoming PM and after UK’s decision to exit from European Union.
  • Signed MoUs are
  • MoU on Ease of Doing Business
  • MoU for cooperation in the field of intellectual property

Union Govt appoints Praveen Kumar Sharma as CR, MD & CEO of CERSAI

  • The Union Govt has appointed Praveen Kumar Sharma as the Central Registrar (CR), Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest of India (CERSAI).
  • He was appointed by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) for the tenure of three years.
  • Prior to this appointment he was General Manager at State Bank of India (SBI).

Scientists discover water on metallic asteroid Psyche

  • Scientists have detected the presence of water on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in our solar system.
  • It was detected based on the new observations from the NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Hawaii.
  • The telescope observations show evidence of water or hydroxyl on its surface. Key Facts The source of these hydroxyl or water molecules on Psyche remains a mystery.
  • Researchers believe that Water-rich minerals detected on Psyche may have been delivered by carbonaceous asteroids that may had impacted it in the distant past.
  • Based on the previous observations of Psyche, it was believed that the asteroid did not have water-rich minerals on its surface.

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