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October 16, 2016

16th October 2016 Events - Important Current Affairs

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Dear Gr8 Ambitionists, here are today's (16th October 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

16th October 2016 Current Affairs

International Affairs
  • Today (16th October) is World Food Day.
    • This day is celebrated every year around the world on 16th October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
    • World Food Day 2016 Theme : Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too
    • Note : Themes of World food day 2016 and International Day of Rural Women 2016 are same. You can check complete details from here
  • Today is World Spine Day.
    • Theme of World Spine Day 2016 : Straighten Up and Move
  • Finland has been declared the safest country in the world according to the 'Global Travel and Terrorism Report' by the World Economic Forum. 
    • Top 3 Safest Countries in the World :
        • Finland
        • Qatar 
        • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    • Top 3 Most Unsafe Countries in the World :
      • Nigeria 
      • Colombia 
      • Yemen
      • Pakistan
    • Note : India was named as the 13th least safe country in the world. 
  • India and Russia have announced a joint venture to build over 200 Kamov utility helicopters in India. 
    • This is a part of PM Narendra Modi's drive to build a defence industrial base in India.
National Affairs
  • The 10-day National Cultural Festival of India, Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, was inaugurated today at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath, New Delhi
    • The second edition of the festival will feature over 150 cultural performances by 400 artists from different parts of the country.
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) would be declaring the Kashmiri Red Stag or Hangul as a 'critically endangered species'. 
    • Hangul has been hunted over centuries and its habitat destroyed, leading to its wild population shrinking to 150. 
  • A Centre-appointed expert panel has concluded that the Saraswati river existed and it originated in the Himalayas and met the gulf at the western sea. 
    • Saraswati was approximately 4,000-km long and passed through Pakistan before meeting western sea through the Rann of Kutch. 
    • This panel was headed by : Prof KS Valdiya.
  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah today announced that the state government is planning an increase in the reservation quota in education and employment beyond 50% for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
    • With the SC/ST population accounting for 24.1% of the state's population, the government is also allocating ₹19,542 crore of the ₹85,000-crore budget for the development of these communities.
  • Union Government has launched Mining Surveillance System (MSS), a pan-India surveillance network to check illegal mining using latest satellite technology. 
    • MSS is a satellite-based monitoring system which aims to check illegal mining activity through automatic remote-sensing detection technology in order to establish a regime of responsive mineral administration.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Russia have announced defence deals worth about ₹60,000 crores
    • The deals include the purchase of Russian air defence systems, collaboration in making stealth warships and setting up a production facility for Kamov helicopters. 
    • Note : The most critical deal is the purchase of five S-400 air defence systems which will be deployed along the Chinese and Pakistani border.
General Knowledge
  • Lake Superior, which is shared by Canada and the United States, is recognised as the largest freshwater lake, according to the Guinness World Records. 
    • The lake, which covers a surface area of around 82,100 square kilometres, is also considered to be the world's third-largest freshwater lake by volume.
Awards & Honors
  • Chandigarh International airport has been declared as the best airport among the 54 airports in the country rated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).  
    • Chhattisgarh's Raipur airport was placed second.
    • The third position was shared by Mangaluru (Karnataka) and Udaipur (Rajasthan) airports. 
  • As many as 32 students have been selected out of the total 55,089 entries for the 'Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE' award, given every year on October 15 on the occasion of Kalam's birth anniversary.
    • The awards are given by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) for original technological ideas and innovations to children up to class 12th.
  • Actress Sonam Kapoor has been honoured with the Trendsetter Award 2016 by ET Panache, a supplement of The Economic Times.
    • This award recognises the efforts of entrepreneurs, innovators, newsmakers and athletes whose stories "inspire millions and whose services transform lives". 
Business & Economy
  • India and Russia have agreed to explore building the world's most expensive pipeline costing about $25 billion (around ₹1.66 lakh crore) to transport natural gas from Siberia to India.
    • The 4,500 km to 6,000 km pipeline will connect Russian gas grid to India, the world's third-biggest energy consuming nation. 
    • ONGC, GAIL will be roped in for the study.

New Appointments
  • BCCI President Anurag Thakur officially became a part of ICC's Finance and Commercial Affairs committee, at the Board's meeting in Cape Town today. 
    • BCCI had earlier expressed reservations about not having a representative in the committee, which approves all revenue-related decisions. 
    • Thakur was made Chairman of ICC's Development Committee, after which he became a part of the F&CA panel.
  • India's ODI against New Zealand at Dharamshala today is the team's 900th, making it the world's first side to achieve the milestone.
    • Out of the 899 ODIs, India has won 454, lost 399, tied seven, while 39 have been abandoned. 
    • Note : Australia, which has played 888 ODIs, is next on the list of most ODIs, while Pakistan is third with 866.
  • Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma won the Chinese Taipei Masters Grand Prix title after his opponent Malaysia's Daren Liew retired hurt in the final in Taipei City today. 
    • This is Sourabh's fifth international title overall and his first Grand Prix win.
  • Amit Mishra has become the fastest Indian spinner to claim 50 ODI wickets, picking up three in the first ODI against NZ at Dharamshala today. 
    • Former pacer Ajit Agarkar is the quickest Indian bowler to take 50 ODI wickets.
  • Brazil has won the inaugural BRICS U-17 Football Tournament 2016 held at Goa on the occasion of the 8th BRICS hosted in India. 
    • In the final match, Brazil defeated South Africa by 5-1 goals. 
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