International Day for Abolition of Slavery observed globally on 2 December 2015.

  • The day is observed to focus on the elimination of human trafficking, child labour and other forms of modern-day slavery.
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of adoption of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others by UN General Assembly on 2 December 1929.

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was on 1 December 2015 awarded with the E-India Award.

  • DDA was awarded for adopting technology to serve the public better and using resources efficiently through mobile applications.
  • The award was received by VS Tomar, Director (Systems) DDA during the e-INDIA SUMMIT 2015 in Mumbai.

ITC Sangeet Samman to be honored on renowned violinist L Subramaniam at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.

  • The ITC Sangeet Research Academy Executive Director Rabi Srinibasan on 1 December 2015 announced the name of the artist for the award.
  • He was born on 23 July 1947 and trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music.
  • The artiste is known for his virtuoso playing techniques and compositions in orchestral fusion.

GIAN scheme launched by Union Govt.

  • Aim : To boost quality of higher education.
  • It was launched by Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at IIT campus.
  • Initially 500 international faculties will be engaged in conducting courses and later in subsequent years 1000 faculties would be engaged under GIAN throughout India.
  • Under this scheme, academicians will cover 13 disciplines and 352 courses to be taught in 68 national institutions.

India and France launched International Solar Alliance in Paris.

  • Alliance was launched jointly by PM Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande during the United Nations climate change conference (COP21).
  • The alliance also invited all countries located fully or partly between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn to join the group.
  • It will function from the National Institute of Solar Energy in India, Gurgaon.
  • It aims to bring 121 tropical countries together to tap solar energy.

Sarangi maestro Ustad Sabri Khan passes away in New Delhi following some breathing problems.

  • He was 88. Born on 21 May 1927 in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, Khan belonged to the Sainia Gharana, which traces the tradition of its music back to Tansen.
  • The sarangi maestro was initiated into Sarangi by his grandfather Ustad Haji Mohammed Khan.
  • Later, Sabri Khan continued his training under his father Ustad Chajju Khan.

President gave nod to factories (amendment) Bill 2015 to allow women to work in night shifts.

  • President Pranab Mukherjee on 1 December 2015 gave assent to Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2015 of Maharashtra.
  • Among other things, the bill amends Section 66(1)(c) of the Factories Act, 1948 that restricts women from working at a factory between 7 PM and 6 AM.
  • The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed by the Maharashtra legislature in July 2015.

Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan assumed Presidency of the Royal Society.

  • He was elected to the office in March 2015 by the society’s council and will serve for up to five years.
  • With this appointment, he became the 61st president of the society.
  • He joined the elite club that has included Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, Joseph Banks, Humphry Davy, and Ernest Rutherford.


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