November 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs November 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of November 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Dr Rajiv Shah, the senior-most Indian American in the Barack Obama administration, has been nominated as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development -- the country's top foreign assistance programme.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Sheela Murthy, founder, president, and managing attorney of the Murthy Law Firm, has won the Philanthropist of the Year award from the United Way of Central Maryland for her $1 million gift to United Way, a large portion of the sum being marked to go to India.
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been chosen for the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for her 'outstanding contribution to the promotion of democracy and pluralism'.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • Pakistan seems to have donned the role of a guinea pig-cum-promotion agent for China's arsenal experiments, as it is all set to buy at least 36 advanced fighter jets from China in a landmark deal for about $1.4 billion (Rs 6,500 crore).
  • A red carpet welcome awaits Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he lands at the Andrews Air Force Base as the first state guest of President Barack Obama for a visit that is expected to take the Indo-US strategic relationship to the next level.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced late night that they had reached an agreement on the civilian nuclear agreement, after a year of negotiations.
Top Incident Current Affairs
  • Fourteen people died in rain related incidents in Tamil Nadu on Monday, taking the toll from the heavy downpour over past two weeks to 39. The weather office has predicted more north-east monsoon showers in the state.
  • A powerful gas explosion tore through an underground coal mine in northeastern China on Saturday killing 42 miners and trapping 66.

Top India Current Affairs
  • India is the second most worst terrorism-hit country - behind only war-ravaged Iraq - facing eight terror attacks in 2008 alone and losing over 3,500 lives in the last few years. Quoting a recent United States report, city-based NGO--Bombay First--said India follows Iraq in the number of lives lost in various terror attacks last year.
  • The Indian Navy created history by inducting two women aviators or combatants into its combat arm. Sub-lieutenants Ambica Hooda of Haryana and Seema Rani Sharma of Uttar Pradesh will now serve the nation as naval observers.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • The government is all set to launch the much-awaited full-fledged anti-Naxal operations at three different areas, considered tri-junctions of the worst Naxal-affected states.
  • Braving the winter chill, thousands of Tibetans and locals lined up along the roads leading to the Tawang monastery and gave a rousing reception to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who arrived in town on a four-day visit.
  • As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits India from November 15 to 18, speculation runs high over whether India and Canada will clinch the much-talked-about nuclear deal. Harper is currently en route to Singapore from Ottawa, after which he will visit India.
  • The All India Shia Personal Law Board has asked the Centre to get the national song translated in Urdu to help the community understand the real meaning and spirit of the song.
  • Pakistan is estimated to have more nuclear warheads than India and the two Asian neighbours along with China are increasing their arsenals and deploying weapons at more sites.
  • Foreign policy expert Dr Ashley J Tellis believes there are three fundamental objectives that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official state visit to the United States this week can accomplish.
  • On the eve of a crucial meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama, the White House said the United States considers India a very important country in a very important part of the world.
  • Expressing deep appreciation for the enormous contribution the Indian-American community's creativity, hard work and good citizenship in bringing India and America together, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said evening in Washington, that solving the many challenges in the global environment of the 21st century required both imagination and innovation to succeed, and added that people of Indian origin worldwide can contribute mightily to this effort.
  • Beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari has transferred control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and said he intended to strip the presidency of more powers by year-end.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • On Tuesday, yoga guru Baba Ramdev  became the first non-Muslim cleric addressed the annual convention of Islamic seminaries under the guidance of Islamic organisation Jamait-e-Ulema Hind at the historic seminary in Deoband, about 500 km from Lucknow, which is known for its sweeping influence over majority of Sunni Muslims in the country.
  • United States First Lady Michelle Obama is all set to be the first presidential wife to appear on a reality TV series.
  • Underworld don and India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim is the 50th most powerful man in the world, according to the first-ever such list complied by Forbes magazine.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Maharashtra is set to get a new government as Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and his deputy Chhagan Bhujbal are expected to take oath of office.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party  declared its first list of 58 candidates for the forthcoming Jharkhand assembly elections and said the remaining names would be finalised after details of seat-sharing with ally Janata Dal-United are completed.
  • Social activist Nafisa Ali has returned to the Congress fold, months after contesting the Lok Sabha elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket from Lucknow where she had replaced actor Sanjay Dutt.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Congress legislature committee unanimously passed a resolution, requesting Congress president Sonia Gandhi to choose the Congress Legislature Party leader.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • The Sri Lankan government formally accepted the resignation of General Sarath Fonseka as the chief of defence staff and asked him to retire with immediate effect, rejecting his plea to serve till December 1.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation will be embarking on developing an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). The UCAV will be produced as part of a plan to develop defence weapon systems.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • India's space agency has in its pipeline eight foreign satellites for launch and is scouting to acquire such spacecraft from abroad to expand capacity in the field of communication transponder back home.
Top World Current Affairs
  • Obama will share impressions and thoughts of his ongoing China visit with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when the latter arrives in Washington for a State visit next week.
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