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Current Affairs - November 2011 Current Affairs

The ’November 2011 Current Affairs’ Section provides all the important news and events for the month of November 2011. This section covers current affairs, important news and events of India, World, Politics, Sports, Corporate, Economy, Science and Sports News in November 2011.

November 2011 Current Affairs

Andhra Pradesh Government launched 1 Rupee a Kilogram Rice Scheme in the State

Andhra Pradesh Government on 1 November 2011 launched one rupee a kilo rice scheme in the state. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy launched the scheme at a special programme held in Hyderabad on the occasion of the 56th State Formation Day. The scheme would benefit about 7.50 crore people in the state. With the new initiative, the subsidy burden over the state Government will go up by 600 crore rupees to a total of 2600 crore rupees.

India’s Exports grew by over 36% on an Annual basis to 24.8 Billion Dollars

India’s exports grew by over 36 per cent on an annual basis to 24.8 billion dollars in September, 2011, demonstrating impressive year-on-year expansion despite a slowdown in the US and Europe. In September 2010, the country’s outbound shipments were valued at 18.2 billion dollars. India’s imports also registered growth in September, rising by 17.2 per cent in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year leaving a trade deficit of 9.7 billion dollars.

Pakistan Cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found Guilty of Betting Scam

Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of their part in a spot-fixing scam. A jury at London’s Crown Court found Butt guilty of both charges and Asif guilty of conspiring to cheat. The Court heard the players, along with fast bowler Mohammad Amir who has already pleaded guilty to the charges. Former Pak cricket team captain Butt and bowler Asif had denied conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. The two players plotted to deliberately bowl no-balls during a Lord’s Test match against England in 2010.

TRAI extended the 100 sms Per Day Limit to 200 sms Per Day, Per Sim

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) extended the 100 sms per day limit to 200 sms per day, per sim. Earlier, TRAI had restricted the number of commercial non-commercial sms that can be sent from a sim, to 100. TRAI received representations from some of the service providers and consumers to increase the limit of 100 sms per day, per sim. TRAI has decided that the New cap of 200 sms per day, per sim will be effective from today onwards.

Table Tennis Federation of India appointed Poland’s Leszek Kucharski as Indian Table Tennis Coach

The Table Tennis Federation of India in October 2011 appointed Poland’s Leszek Kucharski as the Indian Table Tennis coach on a one-year contract. Kucharski is to take over in December 2011 at a salary of $6,000 per month including free accommodation and internal travel expenses. Kucharski had reached No 11 in rankings as a player and has had a successful career as coach in his country. Those in the running were Kucharski, Michael Hajek of the Czech Republic and 1988 Seoul Olympics bronze medallist Erik Lindh of Sweden. Italian Massimo Constantini was India’s Table Tennis coach before Kucharski and his contract expired after the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.

UN ranked India at 134 out of 187 Countries in terms of Human Development Index

A UN study ranked India at 134 out of 187 countries in terms of Human Development Index. The study however observed that life expectancy at birth in India has increased by 10.1 per cent a year over the last two decades. In the 2010 Human Development Report, prepared by UNDP, India had been ranked at 119 out of 169 countries.

Cricket Journalist Rahul Bhattacharya bagged the The Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction 2011

Rahul Bhattacharya bagged the The Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction 2011 for his The Sly Company of People Who Care on 30 October 2011. The award was presented by author, writer, politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) Shashi Tharoor. A debut novel won The Hindu’s Literature Prize in the Lit for Life literary festival for the second successive year. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Rahul Bhattacharya has been working as a cricket journalist since 2000. He is currently a contributing editor with Wisden Asia Cricket and has been writing for the Wisden Almanack since 2003, when he compiled the series overview of India in England, 2002. He also writes for the Guardian.

Russia and Bangladesh signed a Deal to build a Nuclear Power Plant

On 2 November 2011, Bangladesh and Russia signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna district. It would be Bangladesh’s first nuclear plant. Russia will provide technical support for setting up two generators each capable of producing 1000 megawatts of electricity. Russia will also supply fund and fuel rods for safe storage. The new safety features will also be implemented in the plant. Bangladesh’s junior science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman and Russia’s State Atomic energy corporation director-general Sergei Kiriyenko signed the agreement. Bangladesh relies heavily on gas-fired plants for power. Power generation falls 2000 megawatts short of its daily requirement, which hampers its industrial production and economic growth.

Oil Companies raised Petrol Prices by Rs 1.80 per litre marking 13th increase since June 2011

State-owned oil companies on 3 November 2011 raised petrol prices by Rs 1.80 per litre at a time when the nation is already battling high double-digit food inflation. This is the 13th increase in petrol prices since the fuel was decontrolled in June 2010. Petrol prices were last raised by over Rs 3 a litre on 15 September 2011. With the latest price rise, the fuel’s price has risen 33.5% since it was decontrolled in June 2010. The latest rise in petrol prices came after Brent crude oil fell for four consecutive days before rising about half a dollar on 3 November. The sharp rise is due to high crude prices particularly Brent as well as rupee deprecation. As per RBI reference rate, $1 was equivalent to Rs 49.3748. The India crude oil basket for the fortnight ended 31 October was recorded at $108.59 a barrel. the average exchange rate for the fortnight stood at Rs 49.36 to a dollar. The Indian basket of crude oil touched $ 108.40 a barrel on 3 November 2011.

Bollywood Playback Singer Asha Bhosle entered the Guinness World Records

Legendary Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle on 20 October 2011 entered the Guinness World Records for the most number of single studio recordings. Asha recorded up to 11000 solo, duets and chorus backed songs and several others in over 20 Indian languages since 1947. The 78-year-old was conferred with the Guinness honour at the Asian awards function held in London.

Pakistani Cricketers Imprisoned for Involvement in Spot-fixing Scandals

Three Pakistan cricketers and an agent were sentenced imprisonment in Britain for their involvement in one of the biggest fixing scandals. Former captain Salman Butt received two and a half years, the longest term of the three players and was called the “orchastrator” of the entire event. Mohammad Asif was sentenced to 1 year, while 19-year-old Mohammad Amir will serve six months. Agent Mazhar Majeed was sentenced to 2 years, 8 months. All four may be released for good behavior after serving half their terms.

Anirban Lahiri shot 12-under 60 at BILT Open Golf Championship

Anirban Lahiri became the first Indian golfer to shoot a spectacular round of 12-under 60 on home soil when he took a three-stroke lead on the second day of the Rs. one-crore BILT Open golf championship at the Jaypee Greens golf course on 3 November 2011.

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