Current Affairs – November 2015

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Actor Vikram Gokhale awarded 2015 Vishnudas Bhave Award

Renowned film, television and stage actor Vikram Gokhale was awarded with the prestigious Vishnudas Bhave Award.

He was conferred with this award for his outstanding contribution to Marathi theatre.

Eminent actress-singer Faiyaz Shaikh presented the award to him on the occasion of Marathi Rangbhumi Din observed on 5 November in Sangli district of Maharashtra.

About Vikram Gokhale

  • Vikram Gokhale was born on 30 October 1947 in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • He comes from family which was been active in the starting phase of Indian film industry. He is the son well-known veteran Marathi theatre and film actor Chandrakant Gokhale.
  • His great grandmother Durgabai Kamat was the first female artiste of the Indian screen and his grandmother Kamlabai Gokhale was the first female child artiste of Indian cinema.
  • He has acted in more than 60 films, television series and stage performances.
  • Awards: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2011), National Film Award for Best Actor category (2013) for his lead role in Marathi film Anumati.

About Vishnudas Bhave Award: It is an annual award instituted by Sangli-based Akhil Maharashtra Natya Vidya Mandir in the memory of famous Marathi dramatist Vishnudas Bhave.


CCEA hikes MSP for major Rabi crops including wheat, gram and pulses

Government has hiked Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rabi crops including wheat and pulses for Rabi season 2015-16. The MSP of pulses was taken to boost the production as country is facing acute shortage due to domestic demand-supply gap/

Decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

MSP of Rabi crops for season 2015-16


MSP per quintal 
Wheat 1525
Gram (Channa) 3500
Lentil (Masur) 3400
Mustard 3350
Safflower 3300
Barley 1225
*Note: Figures in Rupees

CCEA also gave its approval for allocation of additional 27 lakh tonnes of foodgrains to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families through Public Distribution System (PDS).

This will be for states which have yet not implemented National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013. So far 20 States have implemented the Act and by March 2016 rest of the states will implement the NFSA.

What is Minimum Support Price (MSP)?

  • MSP is a form of agricultural market intervention undertaken by the Central Government in order to insure agricultural producers are protected against any sharp fall in farm prices.
  • The MSP prices are announced by the Central Government at the beginning of the sowing season for certain crops.
  • The prices are decided by CCEA on the basis of the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).


Union Cabinet gives nod to MoU on Tourism with Colombia

Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Colombia to strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.

Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The MoU will be signed between the Union Tourism Ministry and Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism of Colombia.

Key facts of the MoU

  • Aims at expanding bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector and exchanging information and data related to tourism.
  • Seeks to help encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Tour operators and Hotels in both countries.
  • Establish an exchange programme for cooperation in Human Resource Development (HRD) in tourism sector.

In recent times, Colombia has emerged a tourism source market for India. Similarly, considering the huge outbound tourism market of India, it has emerged as a potential source market for Colombia.

Thus, by signing this MoU, it will help to consider the mutual benefits in the field of tourism sector. It would also enable both countries to mutually develop and promote tourism in each other’s country for the mutual economic development.