Major News and Events of 22 November 2015
What Happened on 22 November 2015
Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Snooker Championship 2015 Title
Smartphone with Dual Front Cameras to be launched in India Tomorrow
RBI Gov Rajan lends support to make Yuan part of IMF favoured Currencies
President Mukherjee stresses on Swami Vivekananda's Message on Tolerance and Sympathy
PM Modi Stresses on Fighting Terrorism in an United Manner Globally at East Asia Summit
A Delhi court yesterday has allowed 74 year old Rajendra K Pachauri, the director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and former climate panel chief of United Nations, in entering TERI headquarters. He was earlier barred from attending TERI headquarters after allegations of sexual harassment by a 29 year old female researcher, working with TERI. Defence lawyer Ashish Dixit yesterday said that the court verdict came at the wake of an application filed by the complainant (who has already resigned from the think tank) in the honourable High Court asking permission to work from home.
30-year old Pankaj Advani has won his 15th world title in Egypt’s Hurghada (Sunrise Crystal Bay resort) by defeating 18-year old Zhua Xintong of China in the IBSF World Snooker Championship. In the best-of-15 final match, the Indian defeated the teenage Chinese sensation by scoring 8-6. Though Bengaluru’s “Golden Boy” was looking unstoppable in the first session with a lead of 5-2, his talented Chinese opponent came back strongly after the break and went on to narrow down the lead to 7-6. However, more experience of the Indian helped him finish the score at 8-6.
Science and Technology
After launching the smartphone having dual front cameras (called Lenovo Vibe S1) in Berlin’s IFA 2015 trade show, Lenovo is all set to launch the well-awaited handset in India tomorrow in New Delhi. While the primary front camera has 8MP sensor, the secondary front camera has 2MP sensor. 13MP primary camera at the rear of Lenovo Vibe S1 is also present. New Lenovo smartphone will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and will showcase a 5-inch full HD display whose resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels. Other important features are 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 4G LTE connectivity, etc.
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has lent his support in making Yuan, currency of China, one of the favoured currencies of IMF (International Monetary Fund). During an interview with a Hong Kong-based magazine, Rajan has said that China has progressed in both international trade and finance and that’s why Chinese Yuan is a strong contender for being included in the IMF currencies. If IMF includes Yuan in the basket as one of its currencies, it will not only help the currency to get international acceptance but also provide it special drawing rights. While allaying fears that devaluation of Chinese Yuan is similar to currency war, Rajan acknowledged that slow down of Chinese economy has indeed adversely affected Indian economy (for being a commodity importer in aggregate) just as it affected global economy.
While speaking at International Conference of Indologists, President Pranab Mukherjee stressed upon Swami Vivekananda’s message of sympathy and tolerance that the world is yet to learn from India. He asked the Indians of reinforcing the values of these inherent Indian values, traditions, and duties for binding complex diversity of India and then promote those values to the world, which is “struggling to deal with the worst impulses of intolerance”. President Mukherjee yesterday, while inaugurating the 3-day conference, asked the attending scholars not only to be nostalgic about ancient India but also highlight the core values of Indian ethos and culture – multi-culturalism and pluralism. Reports say, 22 Indologists are attending the conference that includes 7 Indian scholars and rest from China and Russia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing at 10th East Asia Summit today in Kuala Lumpur, referred terrorism as a world phenomenon rather than a peripheral problem of South East Asia. He went on to refer the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris, Mali, Beirut, Ankara, and Russian aircraft in Egypt to stress on the worldwide character of terrorism, both in terms of target choices as well as recruitment. PM Modi went on to say that neither any country should support (through funds and arm supply) terrorism nor utilize it for achieving own myopic objectives. Modi said that no “political considerations” should be taken into account while combating terror. While stressing upon stopping distinction between good and bad terrorism, PM Modi vouched for strengthening cooperation in fields of “cyber-security, outer space, and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons”.