Current Affairs of 23rd October 2016
International Current Affairs
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh today left for Manama on 3-day visit to Bahrain.
- During this visit he will meet Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa and will discuss various bilateral issues with them.
- The US will deploy around 16 fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter planes in Japan's Iwakuni in 2017.
- The move will make Japan the first country with an overseas US base to get the F-35 aircraft. This comes after the US Air Force declared the first squadron of F-35 fighter aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin as 'combat capable'.
National Current Affairs
- Amid heightened tension along the border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today launched "Sandesh2Soldiers", a campaign through which people can send their Diwali greetings and messages to the soldiers to boost their morale.
- The messages can be sent under the Sandesh2Soldiers campaign on the Narendra Modi App, through MyGov.in, and also through All India Radio.
- PM Modi will be leading the campaign.
- Rajasthan is going to launch its own brand olive oil next month, which is claimed to be India's first indigenously-produced such brand.
- After serving the nation for nearly six decades, India's aircraft carrier INS Viraat today sailed out for the very last time from Kochi, for the scheduled decommissioning.
- The Defence Ministry has offered to convert the INS Viraat into the museum with proposals sent to all the coastal states for the purpose.
Science & Technology
- The US has announced an initiative to promote the use of small satellites or 'smallsats'.
- The project, "Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution," will see collaboration between government agencies like NASA, and the private sector to find practical uses for these satellites.
- Note : Smallsats can help provide internet access, monitor space traffic and can also be used as tools by planetary scientists.
- The Ministry of Human Resource Development has appointed Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) Board of Governors (BoG) and its Society.
- Birla, who is also currently the chairman of IIT Delhi's BoG, has reportedly accepted the position for a tenure of three years.
Business & Economic Affairs
- Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has become the world's biggest telecom company in terms of data traffic only within 45 days of its launch.
- Jio has reported the highest data traffic of 16,000 TB per day, followed by carriers China Mobile and Vodafone Global.
- Note : Jio recently claimed 16 million new subscribers within a month of launch.
- Following India's biggest data breach, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed lenders to put into action security policies enlisting their strategy on combating such threats and detailing “cyber hygiene” measures.
- The RBI also instructed banks to upgrade the chief information security officer's (CISO) role.
- Note : Around 19 banks were forced to block or recall 32 lakh debit cards due to the breach.
- Flying non-stop for 15,300 kilometres in 14.5 hours, the Air India has created the world record for longest nonstop flight.
- The flight was from Delhi to San Francisco.
- Note : The Emirates was operating the world’s longest nonstop flight till now, from Dubai to Auckland covering almost 14,120 km.
- American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) was incorporated by inventor Alexander Graham Bell in 1885, making it the world's oldest telephone company in operation.
- The company was initially set up as a subsidiary of Bell Telephone Company, but bought Bell's assets in 1899 to become the parent company of the entire Bell system.
Awards & Honors
- An 8-member team of Indian Army's 2nd Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles was awarded a Gold medal at the Cambrian Patrol organised by the British Army.
- Participants in the Cambrian Patrol, one of the world's most gruelling military exercises, have to cover a 55-kilometre course in less than 48 hours.
- Note : First-time entrant Kosovo was also awarded a gold medal.
- TIME magazine in its list of 'The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016' included reality television star Kylie Jenner, actors Chloe Grace Moretz, Jaden Smith and Maisie Williams.
- Maddie Ziegler, the 14-year-old dancer known for featuring in Singer Sia's music videos, also featured in the list.
- The list also included Malala Yousafzai and President Barack Obama's daughters Sasha and Malia.
- The highest French civil distinction, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur or the Knight of the Legion of Honour was conferred on pioneering entrepreneur in biotechnology and Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.
- The first woman to conquer Mount Everest, Junko Tabei (77), died of peritoneal cancer today.
- Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1975, and the first to complete the Seven Summits, ascending the seven continents' highest points.
- Her last challenge was made in July when she climbed Mount Fuji.
Sports Current Affairs
- India defeated Iran in the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedaba, for their third consecutive title in the standard style of the game.
- The team dedicated their victory to the martyrs of the Uri attack, which happened on September 18.
- North Korea won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup today, after defeating Japan on penalties in the final of the tournament.
- Note : Spain's Lorena Navarro was awarded the Golden Shoe for scoring eight goals in the tournament.
- Football's governing body FIFA today confirmed Goa as the third venue for the 2017 U-17 World Cup, to be held in India.
- India beat Pakistan by 3-2 in Asian champions trophy 2016 (Hockey) in Malaysia.
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