November 24: Factual Knowledge Dose

1.)The Top civilian honor of the United States of America:

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Recently awarded to Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro.

.2.)Know the facts about Lokpal here: Lokpal.

3.)Carnatic Maestro Mangalampalli Balamurakrishna passes away.

4.)Comptroller and Auditor General of India:

  • Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  • Constitutional Authority.
  • Article 148 to Article 151.
  • Appointed by the President(this actually means on advice of the Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister) with warrant under his hand and seal.
  • Term: 6 years period / 65 years of age whichever is earlier.
  • Removal: By President on grounds of “proved misbehaviour” or “incapacity”.
  • Functions:
    • He audits:
      • expenditure of Consolidated Fund of India, states/UTs.
      •  expenditure of Contingency Fund of India, states/UTs.
      • all trading, manufacturing, profit and loss accounts kept by any department of Central and State governments.
      • receipts and expenditure of centre and state.
      • government companies.
      • authorities related to central and state governments.

5.) Heart of Asia Conference:

  • Objective: Bringing peace and stability in the region of Afghanistan.
  • Began in : New Delhi.
  • Total conferences: 6
  • 7th conference to be held in Amritsar, Punjab.
  • Part of the Istanbul Process.
  • A number of countries meet to deliberate on host of issues like extremism, terrorism among others.
  • Supporting countries:
    • 14 in number:
    • Russia, China, India, Pakistan , Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tazikistan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, UAE, Turkey.
  • Supporting countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK and US.
  • Supporting organisations: UNO, NATO, SAARC, SCO, OIC
  • Aims to rebuild Afghanistan through investment and connectivity.
  • Investments in Energy, Infra etc.
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