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November 03, 2016

Highlights of October 2016 Current Affairs (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of October 2016. These one-liners cover all important International, National, MOUs, Indexes, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Committees and Sports affairs of October month (from 1st to 31st October 2016). We will try to provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best and Happy Reading :)

October 2016 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

  • 17th India-Russia Annual Summit was recently held in Goa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • 19 years after her debut novel The God of Small Things won the Booker Prize, Arundhati Roy’s next work of fiction The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been announced.
  • According to the World Bank's latest 'Doing Business' report, New Zealand has dethroned Singapore and became the Easiest country in the world to do business.
  • Aiming to make Madhya Pradesh anaemia-free, the state government has decided to launch a 'Lalima Abhiyan' on November 1. Under the campaign, free iron folic acid tablets will be provided in anganwadis, academic institutions and hospitals.
  • 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.
  • Amit Mishra has become the fastest Indian spinner to claim 50 ODI wickets, picking up three in the first ODI against NZ at Dharamshala.
  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have jointly topped the ‘Ease of Doing Business Reforms Ranking 2015-16’, conducted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the World Bank.
  • Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure and Rafale jets maker Dassault Aviation has announced a joint venture for the execution of the offset contract worth about ₹22,000 crore as part of the fighter jet deal.
  • Antartica’s Ross Sea was declared as World’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) to protect the Earth’s most pristine marine ecosystem.
  • Arunachal Pradesh became the 14th state where BJP is in power after Tamiyo Taga was sworn in as State Cabinet Minister in the Pema Khandu-led government.
  • Bangladesh's all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the country's first player to complete 150 Test wickets.
  • Bank of America has unveiled a virtual assistant called Erica, that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to learn consumers' personal spending habits and offer financial advice.
  • Basketball player, Palpreet Singh Brar, became the second Indian to be drafted into NBA's Development League after being picked up by the Long Island Nets. Earlier in 2015, India's Satnam Singh had become the first Indian basketball player to be drafted in the NBA.
  • Bengaluru-born para climber Manikandan Kumar won the Gold medal in the IFSC Para Climbing Cup, organised in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • BJP President Amit Shah has announced that the recovery of over ₹65,000 crore under the income declaration scheme marked the beginning of Bharat Uday, as the money would be spent on farmers and rural development.
  • Brazil has won the inaugural BRICS U-17 Football Tournament 2016 held at Goa on the occasion of the 8th BRICS hosted in India.
  • Brazil hosted the Junior South American Cricket Championship's 2016 edition, which saw participant teams from Chile, Argentina, and Peru.
  • Britain's Andy Murray won the Shanghai Masters, his fifth title of 2016, defeating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
  • British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix.
  • Bulgaria has passed a law banning "clothing that partially or completely covers the face" including hijab and niqab.
  • Cabinet approves establishment of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Jammu.
  • Canada has been named the Best country to visit next year by Lonely Planet in its 'Best in Travel 2017' list.
  • China and Russia will hold their second anti-missile drills in 2017.
  • China has appointed Basketball player Yao Ming as its ambassador to Mars, in order to promote country's first mission to the Red Planet in 2020.
  • China has overtaken the US to become the world's largest market for Apple's iOS App Store revenue.
  • China has recently launched the two-man Shenzhou 11 space mission, which is its longest-ever manned space mission.
  • China recently completed a test run of its first suspended electric monorail network in the Chengdu city, over a 300-meter line. 
  • China-based Dalian Wanda's Chairman, Wang Jianlin, has retained his spot as the country's richest person with a fortune of $32.1 billion, as per Hurun's 'Richest People in China 2016' list.
  • Chinese currency Yuan has joined the International Monetary Fund's basket of reserve currencies. This marks the first time a new currency has been added since the euro's launch in 1999.
  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced that he will donate his Nobel Peace Prize money worth $925,000 to victims of Colombia's 52-year-old civil war, between the government and FARC rebels. Santos had won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the conflict.
  • Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade in 2017.
  • Doordarshan and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have entered into an agreement for transmission of four Gyan Darshan educational channels.
  • E-commerce marketplace Flipkart is going to launch offline stores in small cities, where awareness about online shopping is low and users have inconsistent or limited internet access. 
  • Ethiopia's government has declared a state of emergency for six months to restore "peace and stability" following violent anti-government protests, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced.
  • Finland has been declared the safest country in the world according to the 'Global Travel and Terrorism Report' by the World Economic Forum.
  • Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be the face of the 2017 New Delhi Marathon, scheduled to be held on February 26, 2017 in the national capital.
  • Former cricketers Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag launched a book on India's Test captain Virat Kohli in New Delhi. Written by journalist Vijay Lokapally, the book, 'Driven: The Virat Kohli Story', features anecdotes on the cricketer's rise at the international level.
  • Former Jamaican Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell is set to take part in the 2016 edition of the Delhi Half Marathon in November.
  • Former World number four Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro won the ATP Stockholm Open after defeating American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1 in the final.
  • Germany and France signed an agreement to share military transport planes and announced plans to share an air base in the French city of Orleans.
  • Global airlines body IATA has projected that India will be the third-largest aviation market by 2026.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced that the sex ratio in the state has reached 922 as of September 2016. Earlier, the sex ratio in the state was 837.
  • Haryana is going to be the first state to give the benefit of the 7th Central Pay Commission to its employees with effect from 1st January 2016, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced.
  • Himachal Pradesh was declared 'Open Defecation Free', becoming India's second state to get this status after Sikkim.
  • Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland has launched 'Circuit', the first zero-emission electric bus made entirely in India.
  • Human rights activist Irom Sharmila has announced the name of her party as ‘People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance’.
  • Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi accounted for nearly half of the ₹65,250 crore black money disclosures made under the Income Declaration Scheme.
  • ICC has announced that the 2020 women's World T20 will be held separately from the men's tournament for the first time.
  • Iceland has been named the best country for adventure tourism according to a new research compiled by global trade network Adventure Travel Trade Association.
  • India and China have carried out a joint army exercise in eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. During the day-long exercise on Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), a fictitious situation of an earthquake striking an Indian border village was simulated.
  • India and Myanmar agree to enhance engagement in several areas including Agriculture, Renewable energy & Power sector.
  • India and Russia have agreed to double the range of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from 290 km to over 600 km.
  • 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.
  • India and Russia have announced a joint venture to build over 200 Kamov utility helicopters in India.
  • India and Russia have signed an agreement for cooperation in the development of a network of 25 integrated infrastructure Agro irradiation centres.
  • 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. 
  • India donates 9.3 million rupees to Nelson Mandela Foundation to help it in its welfare work for people of South Africa.
  • India has been ranked 133rd in a new Global Youth Development Index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat which has covered 183 nations. Topped by Germany.
  • India has been ranked 19th among 28 nations in the Biopharmaceutical Competitiveness Survey, commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The US topped the list.
  • India has been ranked low 97th among the 118 countries surveyed in 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI).
  • India has decided to eliminate use of HFC-23, a Green House Gas (GHG) that harms the ozone layer by 2030.
  • India has the fourth largest population of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) in the Asia-Pacific region, with the number of such individuals reaching 2 lakh in 2015, according to Asia-Pacific Wealth Report 2016 by Capgemini.
  • India is hosting the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) from 3rd to 5th November 2016 in New Delhi.
  • India is planning to supply 500 MW power to Sri Lanka through a network of sub-sea underground cables.
  • India is ranked second among countries with the highest growth in their contribution to high-quality scientific research, according to a recent report. China topped the rankings with 40 institutes in the top 100 list.
  • India ranks 3rd among Nations inflicted with terrorism and insurgency related deaths, after areas ridden with violence by ISIS and Nigeria's Boko Haram.
  • India will collaborate with Germany for projects worth ₹1 lakh crore to improve and enhance rail connectivity of the Indian ports. 
  • India won the Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament after beating hosts Bangladesh 5-4 in the final. 
  • India’s banking system has reported total deposits worth ₹100 lakh crore for the first time ever in September, according to data released by the RBI.
  • India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parikar has released a book titled "Born to Fly". This book was authored by air commodore Nitin Sathe.
  • Indian Banks have been ranked third from the bottom in terms of Tier 1 capital ratio among major emerging market economies, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Financial Stability Report. Only Russian and Chilean banks were ranked below India.
  • Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won his sixth Asian Tour title, winning the Korea Open in Incheon.
  • Indian government is hosting the first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), scheduled to be held from 3rd November to 5th November 2016 in New Delhi.
  • Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni is set to play in the 2017 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy for his state Jharkhand. 
  • Indian Railways will introduce three train coaches with glass ceilings in trains in Kashmir Valley and Araku Valley.
  • Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma wins men's singles title at the Chinese Taipei Open badminton.
  • Indian Test captain Virat Kohli was presented with the ICC Test mace for being the number one-ranked Test side, at the end of the Indore Test against New Zealand.
  • Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won the Gold medal for India at the Mayor’s Trophy International Invitational Wrestling competition in Pune.
  • India's 19-year-old shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde won the women's singles title at the Russian Open in Vladivostok.
  • India's first indigenously-made nuclear submarine 'INS Arihant' has been commissioned into Indian Navy's service.
  • India's Harika Dronavalli defeated China's Hou Yifan, ranked first among women players globally, at the Isle of Man International Chess tournament in Douglas.
  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-18 was successfully launched by the heavy duty Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana.
  • India's rank improved by 21 spots to 87th out of 144 countries on the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2016. Topped by Iceland.
  • India's Right to Information (RTI) Act, that was passed in 2005, has been ranked 4th best in the world, according to the latest rankings of 111 nations with such laws.
  • India's Virat Kohli became the first Indian Test captain to score two double centuries after scoring his first double hundred on home soil on the second day of the third Test against New Zealand.
  • Italian football team skipper Gianluigi Buffon won 2016's Golden Foot award at a ceremony in Monaco.
  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London in August.
  • Jammu and Kashmir has the highest life expectancy in India for all ages, barring life expectancy at birth, as per the latest data released by the Registrar General of India, custodian of census data.
  • Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene Scheme.
  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has 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.
  • Kochi became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  • Lake Superior, which is shared by Canada and the United States, is recognised as the largest freshwater lake, according to the Guinness World Records.
  • Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to claim the US Grand Prix.
  • Maharashtra became 17th state to join the UDAY Scheme. UDAY - Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched India's first international arbitration centre in Mumbai.
  • Maharashtra Government has allocated 40.68 hectare land to Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to build LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) India Project at Dudhala village in Hingoli district.
  • Maharashtra government has launched ‘Kaushalya Setu’, a skill development programme for students.
  • Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has signed the state government’s ordinance to amend the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, 1960. The ordinance bars directors of mismanaged cooperative banks from contesting bank elections for two consecutive terms.
  • Mahatma Gandhi was named TIME Magazine's Person of the Year in 1930, and remains the only Indian to be honoured with the title.
  • Manipur's Jason Yengkhom has become the first Indian to win a gold medal in the World Junior Wushu Championships.
  • Mercedes' German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg won the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.
  • Microsoft unveiled 'Paint 3D' for Windows 10, an update to its 31-year-old graphics app, that lets users turn photos or doodles into 3D objects.
  • MS Dhoni broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of most ODI sixes by an Indian, hitting his 196th in the third ODI against New Zealand.
  • Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has claimed to have created “a world record” by crossing the 1.6 crore subscribers-mark in its first month of operations.
  • Mumbai has been ranked 39th in the 2016 Global Power City Index report, which was released by the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies. London topped the rankings for the fifth consecutive year while New York stood second.
  • NASA has announced the 'Electric Aircraft Testbed', a new research wing to test electric aircraft at the NASA Glenn Research Centre's Plum Brook Station in Ohio.
  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was on a visit to India. The main aim of this visit is to strengthen the relationship with India.
  • Nigeria is going to sign a cash-raising oil deal with India for $15 billion by the end of 2016, the country's Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said during his visit to India.
  • North Korea won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, after defeating Japan on penalties in the final of the tournament.
  • On the occasion of Diwali, online jewellery startup BlueStone has set up ATMs which dispense 24 karat gold coins instead of money in Bengaluru and Delhi.
  • Oxford University Press has announced the launch of the Hindi online dictionary, as part of the Oxford Global Languages programme.
  • Pakistan has officially postponed the 8-nation SAARC summit, after five countries– India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka dropped out of it.
  • Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has announced plans to reveal his autobiography next year, titled 'Shahid Afridi: An Autobiography'. The book is co-authored by Pakistani journalist Wajahat S Khan.
  • PM Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for 'Urja Ganga' project in Varanasi. The 1,500-km-long pipeline project will provide piped cooking gas to Varanasi's residents within two years.
  • PM Narendra Modi to visit Japan on 11th &12th November 2016. During this visit, he is going to hold annual summit meeting with Japanese counterpart Shinz┼Ź Abe.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 1st edition of World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Theme of this Summit -  Beyond 2015: People, Planet and Progress.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first National Tribal Carnival in Delhi on 25th October 2016. Aim of this 4 Day Carnival : To showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three Hydro-Electric Projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW in Himachal Pradesh. They are, Koldam HEP, Parbati HEP and Rampur HEP.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National SC/ST hub and the Zero Defect, Zero Effect (ZED) scheme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at Ludhiana in Punjab.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 5-day 104th Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati on 3rd January 2017.
  • Punjab government will observe November 1 as 'No Tobacco Day' in an effort to discourage tobacco use in the state.
  • Rajasthan has become the first state in India to adopt Central Government’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB).
  • Rajasthan is going to launch its own brand olive oil next month, which is claimed to be India's first indigenously-produced such brand. 
  • Ratings agency CRISIL has downgraded rating for UCO Bank's tier-II bonds from "AA-" to "A+".
  • Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo registered his first Formula One victory of the season, winning the Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • Russia has quietly signed an agreement with India to lease out a second Russian Akula-2 class nuclear-powered submarine to the Indian Navy.
  • Russia has unveiled pictures of its largest ever intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile RS-28 Sarmat, dubbed 'Satan 2', that is capable of destroying France if used.
  • Russian defence forces have launched an independent electronic communication system called 'Closed Data Transfer Segment' that is independent and protected from unlicensed connections.
  • Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov has announced that Russia is ready for a joint venture with India to produce Ka-226T utility helicopters. The agreement to build 200 helicopters is expected to be signed next month.
  • Sania Mirza has completed 80 consecutive weeks as the top-ranked women's doubles player.
  • Saudi Arabia has hiked its visa fee by 650% to do business, which could deter foreign investment required for its oil-dependent economy.
  • Shooter Jitu Rai has won a Silver medal in the men's 50-metre air pistol event, at the 2016 ISSF World Cup in Italy.
  • Shyam Saran Negi, a resident of Chini tehsil in Himachal Pradesh, was the first voter in independent India's first general elections, and has voted in every general elections since.
  • Sikkim has planned to promote the Khangchendzonga National Park and Mount Kanchenjunga as eco-tourism destinations for adventure sports like trekking.
  • Social networking site Facebook has been named 2016's 'Top Growing Brand' by brand consultancy Interbrand, with a 48% year-on-year increase in its brand value to $32.59 billion (around ₹2.17 lakh crore).
  • South Africa has announced that it will quit the International Criminal Court, becoming the second country ever to leave the war crimes tribunal. Burundi is the first nation to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.
  • South Africa's coast town George has got the continent's first solar-powered "green" airport.
  • Sri Lanka has become the fifth nation to pull out of the SAARC summit scheduled in Pakistan in November after India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan boycotted the 8-nation summit.
  • Sri Lanka is going to sign the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India by the year-end to strengthen economic ties.
  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was on a three-day visit to India. He addressed the opening plenary of the India Economic Summit organised by the World Economic Forum.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) declares Silchar as its 5th zone in North East after Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh and Jorhat, which will cater to banking needs of the people of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur along with the Barak Valley.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) will divest up to 5% of its stake in its life insurance subsidiary SBI Life Insurance.
  • State-owned ONGC and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation have signed an initial pact to pave the way for the former to buy a majority stake in a GSPC’s Deen Dayal West gas block in the Krishna-Godavari basin.
  • Summer Olympics has been named the second most valuable sports event brand by the Forbes, with a current brand value of $366 million (nearly ₹2,400 crore). American rugby championship Super Bowl tops the list with a brand value of $630 million (nearly ₹4,200 crore).
  • Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, with a brand value of $36 million, was named the most valuable athlete brand of 2016 by Forbes.
  • Taiwan has announced a simplified group visa policy to encourage tourist groups from Southeast Asian countries, including India and Indonesia, to visit the nation.
  • Technology giant Microsoft has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in Delhi. It is first-of-its-kind Cybersecurity Centre in India and overall 7th in the world including in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Singapore, Berlin and Washington DC.
  • Telangana has announced the creation of 21 new districts, taking the total number of districts in the state from 10 to 31.
  • Tennis player Rafael Nadal, joined by 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, inaugurated the Rafa Nadal Academy in Nadal's hometown, Manacor, in Spain.
  • The 18th MAMI (Mumbai Acadamy of the Moving Image) Film Festival was recentlty held at the Opera House in Mumbai.
  • The 28th India and Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise was recently held at Belawan, Indonesia in the Andaman Sea.
  • The 47th International Film Festival of India will be held in Goa between November 20 and 28.
  • The 4th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held at Jaipur, Rajastan.
  • The 4th Edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016’ was recently held at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given its consent for using the Decision Review System (DRS) in the forthcoming five-Test series against England in November 2016. 
  • The Cabinet has approved the amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014. This prohibits specific acts of discrimination by the state, or any other person, against HIV-positive people.
  • The CBI has registered a case against Canara Bank's ex-CMD RK Dubey for allegedly allowing deviations in sanctioning credit limits to a company during his tenure as an Executive Director at Central Bank of India.
  • The Centre has decided to give a unique ID to every judge in the country to keep a record of their judgements.
  • The Centre unveiled a regional connectivity scheme, known as UDAN, with flights priced at Rs.2,500 for one hour of flying time to and from regional airports. UDAN - Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik
  • The Congo River, which spans ten countries in Africa, is considered the world's deepest river by the Guinness World Records, with a maximum depth of at least 220 metres (722 feet).
  • The country’s largest state lender State Bank of India is going to issue equity shares on preferential basis to the Centre for capital infusion of ₹5,681 crore.
  • The date October 6, 2016 (6-10-2016) is a palindrome– which can be read the same way backwards and forwards, in the date-month-year format. There are 29 palindrome days in the current century in the same format, with the first being February 10, 2001 (10-02-2001) and the last being February 29, 2092 (29-02-2092), a leap day.
  • The Dubai government has announced that it has started the construction of 'The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour', which would be the world’s tallest tower when completed in 2020. Dubai's Burj Khalifa (2,700 feet high) is currently the world’s tallest skyscraper.
  • The 'Dynamic Tower', an 80-storey rotating tower proposed to be built in Dubai by 2020.
  • The Election Commission has announced that the pictures of candidates will be pasted next to their poll symbol on the electronic voting machines during elections in five states in 2017.
  • The first World Tsunami Awareness Day will be celebrated on 5th November 2016 at the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016.
  • The government has doubled the monetary limit in case of excise duty evasion to ₹2 crore.
  • The Government has made the support for Indian languages mandatory in all mobile phones to be sold in the country from July 2017.
  • The Haryana government has started 'Farm Tourism' scheme. Under this scheme registered farm owners can host tourists as part of holiday packages.
  • The Home Ministry has come up with a proposal to raise the salary of the President from ₹1.5 lakh to ₹5 lakh a month.
  • The Indian Boxing Council, IBC has been inducted into the World Boxing Organisation with voting rights in the WBO's annual convention at Puerto Rico. 
  • The Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGSs) ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’ were commissioned into Indian Coast Guard in Kochi, Kerala.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it is aiming for a world record by launching 83 satellites into the orbit on a single rocket in early 2017.
  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has deployed at least 100 women at 15 border posts along the Sino-India frontier, making it the first such posting of ‘mahila’ combatants in a forward area.
  • The International Energy Agency (IAE) is going to partner with India to implement its Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) initiative globally for energy savings. 
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared the Kashmiri Red Stag or Hangul as a 'critically endangered species'.
  • The Islamic-moderate Justice and Development Party has won the parliamentary elections in Morocco, winning 125 of 395 seats in second general elections since Morocco adopted constitutional reforms in 2011.
  • The Karnataka Assembly has passed a resolution unanimously to release 10,000 cusecs Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu to help the latter state's farmers meet their crops and drinking requirements.
  • The Karnataka government has decided to celebrate Tipu Sultan Jayanti across the state on November 10 every year at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru.
  • The Labour Ministry has decided to fix the minimum wage at ₹350 per day for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in the central sphere. Currently, the national floor level minimum wage is ₹160 per day.
  • The largest balloon festival in the world, the 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was recently held in New Mexico, United States. The theme for the nine-day festival is : 'Desert Kaleidoscope'.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has announced that it has sanctioned loans worth ₹19,702 crore to the National Water Development Agency for 50 irrigation projects.
  • The National Mission on Bioeconomy has launched in Shillong, Meghalaya by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD).
  • The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP), set up by the government, has submitted its report to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Chairman of this Committee : L Narasimha Reddy(Retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court)
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated a Global Conference on ‘National Initiative towards strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India’ at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted startups to raise External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) upto USD 3 million in financial year to boost innovation & job creation.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set the ‘Ways and Means Advances’ (WMA) limit for the central government at ₹25,000 crore for the October-March period.
  • The Reserve bank of India has reduced the key policy rate or the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 per cent in the fourth bimonthly policy review. This is the first rate decision made by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the bank, which is headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel and comprises six members.
  • The Russia and Turkey have agreed to intensify military and intelligence contacts.
  • The State bank of India has became the first Indian bank to open a branch in Myanmar's capital Yangon. This is SBI's 54th foreign branch and extends its presence in 37 countries through 198 offices.
  • The Supreme Court in its landmark judgement has widened the scope of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 by making it gender-neutral. The SC ordered deletion of the words “adult male” before the word ‘person’ in Section 2(q) of the Act making it gender-neutral.
  • The Tripura and Vidarbha Cricket Associations became the first full members of the BCCI to adopt the Lodha Committee's recommendations.
  • The U-17 FIFA World Cup will be held in India from 6th to 28th October next year, with the draw scheduled for July 7.
  • The Union Agricultural Ministry has constituted a High-Level Committee to monitor the bird flu situation and help state governments take steps to contain the disease. Headed by : Munialappa
  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a National Academic Depository (NAD), which will be a bank of all digitised education records from school onward.
  • The Union Government has extended anti-dumping duty on import of certain Chinese products, used in garment, toys and footwear manufacturing, for another five years i.e. till 2021.
  • The Union Government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies after November 2016.
  • The Union Government has notified the constitution of the 6 member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Chairman : Urjit Patel (RBI Governor)
  • The Union Government has reconstituted the Inter State Council (ISC) and the Standing Committee of the ISC under Clause 2 of the Inter State Council order, 1990. Head of the Council : Narendra Modi (Prime Minister)
  • The Union Government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, aimed to accelerate efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and cleanliness, completed two years on 2nd October 2016. Under the mission, the government aims to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2nd October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS).
  • The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has launched two new schemes Biotech-KISAN and Cattle Genomics in order to apply science to boost rural economy.
  • The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth Rs.114 crore under HRIDAY Scheme for improving infrastructure facilities around core heritage sites in five cities. They are, Varnasi (Uttar Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab), Dwaraka (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha) and Warangal (Telangana). [HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana]
  • The United Nations (UN) is planning to launch its first-ever space mission aboard a US-based space transport company's Spaceplane in 2021.
  • The United Nations has ratified an agreement to curb the aircraft emissions, the first such pact to set worldwide limits on a single industry.
  • The United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York celebrated Diwali for the first time, by beaming Diwali greetings on the facade of its building.
  • The US government's contract with the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to control the IP address space allocations has officially expired. 
  • 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.
  • The World Bank has pledged 2 billion US dollars aid package to Bangladesh to tackle climate change over the next three years.
  • The World Health Organisation has asked all countries to introduce a sugary drinks tax (around 20%) as a way of curbing the obesity rate, especially in children.
  • To provide free LPG connections to the BPL households, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Maharashtra.
  • Top-ranked British tennis player Andy Murray defeated Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov to win his 5th title of the year at the China Open.
  • Two top lenders in the country, SBI and ICICI Bank, have announced a cut of 0.15% and 0.10% in their respective lending rates under a new system of computation.
  • Udaipur becames first city in the country to have an all-woman police patrol wing.
  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May will make her first bilateral visit to India with a delegation of small and medium-size business representatives in November.
  • Union Government has launched Mining Surveillance System (MSS), a pan-India surveillance network to check illegal mining using latest satellite technology. 
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has recently announced that Indo-Pak border will be completely sealed by December 2018.
  • US President Barack Obama has invited Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as the guest of honour for the last state dinner that Obama will host at the White House. 
  • Vadodara (Gujarat) has got India's 2nd eco-friendly airport which is located on the outskirts of the city.
  • Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) INS Tihayu was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Flag-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht.
  • Zabivaka the wolf has been chosen as the mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. 
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