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December 03, 2016

November 2016 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of November 2016. These one-liners cover all important International, National, MOUs, Indexes, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Committees and Sports affairs of November month (from 1st to 30th November 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 :)

November 2016 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

  • India has became an Associate Member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory.

    The government has decided to present the Union Budget for 2017-18 on February 1 and the budget session may begin in January.
  • A commercial high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite known as 'WorldView-4' was launched from California coast and lifted into orbit.
  • A high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) has approved imposing a heavy fine and ban on celebrities who endorse products making unrealistic and dodgy claims. The Gom was headed by : Arun Jaitley (Union Finance Minister)
  • A joint team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Indian Mountaineering Foundation has become the first to scale the base of the 7,090-metre-high Mount Kangto, the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • A Partition Museum, which records and preserves the experiences of those displaced by the 1947 partition of India, has opened in the Town Hall of Amritsar.
  • According new data from Civil Registration System ( CRS) released by the Office of the Registrar General of India, Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) continues to worsen in India.
  • Actor Jackie Chan was awarded an honorary Oscar at the 8th annual Governors Awards.
  • Actor Shah Rukh Khan launched his biography 'SRK- 25 Years of a Life' at an event in Mumbai. This book was written by Samar Khan.
  • Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna launched her second book titled 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad'.
  • Africa's first fully functioning cycle-share scheme has been launched in Marrakech, Morocco to curb urban congestion and boost sustainable transport.
  • Aiming to reach out to more viewers in the Northeast, public broadcaster Prasar Bharti is going to launch a new Doordarshan channel 'DD Arunprabha' in the region.
  • Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat has became India’s first digital village.
  • Al Ain Oasis' in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, has become the country's first UNESCO World Heritage site to open to public.
  • Andhra Pradesh government is going to distribute free mobile phones to allow economically-backward people to undertake digital transactions.
  • Andhra Pradesh has been ranked number one in the World Bank’s ‘Energy Efficiency Implementation Readiness’.
  • Animated sitcom 'The Simpsons' is set to break the record as the longest running US show by surpassing the TV series 'Gunsmoke', which ended after 635 episodes in 1975.
  • Argentina's freestyle footballer Carlos Alberto Iacono won the Red Bull Street Style in London.
  • Bangalore-based TeamIndus aims to become the first private company to land a spacecraft on moon, through Google's $20 million Lunar X-Prize competition, of which it is the only entrant.
  • Bharti Airtel launched India's first payments bank in Rajasthan with 7.25% interest on deposits in savings accounts.
  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a programme to provide free electricity connection to about 50 lakh households above the poverty line.
  • Billionaire-turned-politician Donald Trump of Republican Party was elected the 45th President of the United States.
  • Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO heritage site in Kathmandu that was severely damaged in the 2015 Nepal earthquake, reopened to the public after its reconstruction was completed.
  • Britain's Andy Murray clinched the ATP World Tour Finals title, after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the final in London.
  • Briton F1 driver Lewis Hamilton won his first Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Capital market regulator SEBI has tightened disclosure norms for Indian credit rating agencies in a bid to boost transparency and accountability.
  • Chhattisgarh became the first state to pass a motion supporting the demonetisation policy introduced by the BJP-led Central government.
  • China and Belgium have agreed to expand cooperation in areas such as investment, new energy, and in the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • China has decided to once again block India’s bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership ahead of plenary meet of NSG in Vienna, Austria.
  • China has successfully launched experimental X-ray pulsar navigation satellite XPNAV-1. It is the world’s first pulsar navigation satellite or spacecraft.
  • China has successfully launched its fourth data satellite named Tianlian I-04. The satellite will join its three predecessors to achieve global network operation.
  • China has unveiled its J-20 stealth fighter jets at 'Airshow China', the country's biggest expo of plane makers and buyers.
  • China has unveiled its largest unmanned aerial vehicle 'CH-5' which can stay airborne for up to 50 hours without the need to refuel. The drone has a wingspan of 21 metres and will have a flight range of 20,000 km.
  • China launched a 712-km quantum communication line, stated to be the world's longest secure telecommunications network.
  • Construction major Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) became India’s first firm to get debt recast under RBI’s new Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at the Spanish club until 2021.
  • Deaths among children due to Pneumonia and Diarrhoea are highest in India with around three lakh children dying in 2016, stated The Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report for 2016.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that Goa was on its way to become India's first cashless society.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has commissioned the indigenously designed and constructed destroyer INS Chennai.
  • Delhi's upscale Khan Market has been ranked as the most expensive retail location in India, according to real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
  • Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, the social media giant's internet technology research wing, has made a world record by transferring data wirelessly for over 13.2 kilometres at 20 Gbps.
  • Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger's biography titled 'American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business' recently released.
  • Finland has decided to eliminate all the traditional subjects from its schools including literature, physics, history, and math by 2020, to become the world's first country to do so.
  • Finland has announced a new energy and climate strategy, under which the government will consider banning the use of coal as an energy source by 2030.
  • Following the end of the association between the Ballon d'Or award and FIFA earlier this year, the governing body has announced a new set of awards titled 'The Best FIFA Football Awards', to replace the Ballon d'Or.
  • Following the GST Council meet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the panel has fixed a four-tier GST rate structure at 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28% slabs. The peak rate will be applicable for FMCG and consumer durables.
  • Former eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao beat Jessie Vargas to reclaim the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas.
  • Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has recently announced his retirement from professional football, ending his 19-year long career.
  • Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon has won France's Conservative Presidential primary.
  • Former South African cricket captain Johan Botha has been granted Australian citizenship after moving to the country four years ago.
  • Former world number one and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina to clinch the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China.
  • Global professional network LinkedIn has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Human Resource Development Ministry to create more job opportunities for Indian students.
  • Golfer Aditi Ashok has become the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour event, clinching the Hero Women's Indian Open in Gurgaon.
  • Government has launched revamped Aadhaar toll-free helpline number - 1947 to help citizens to get quick access to information about Aadhaar. Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India : Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey
  • Haflong, a hill station in Assam, is hosting Judima', a three-day sports and culture festival between December 18-20. The festival was named after the traditional Dimasa rice wine.
  • Hockey India has renewed men's team coach Roelant Oltmans' contract till 2020 after he led the team to victory in the Asian Champions Trophy final in which India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan.
  • In the wake of government's demonetisation move and increased efforts towards a cashless economy, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) doubled the balance limit of digital wallets like Paytm to ₹20,000.
  • India and Bhutan signed a new bilateral trade agreement to enhance trade between the two countries through trade facilitation by improving procedures.
  • India and Cyprus have inked a revised Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal evasion (DTAA) with respect to taxes on income, along with its Protocol.
  • India and Isreal inked two agreements in the field of water resources management and agriculture.
  • India and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement under which a hotline will be set up between officials of the two countries to address the fishermen crisis.
  • India and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction signed a Statement of Cooperation (SoC) of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
  • India and Venezuela have signed an oil production deals worth about 1.45 billion US dollar to increase oil production.
  • India has been ranked 138th in the ICT Development Index 2016. South Korea topped the list.
  • India has emerged as the world's third largest startup base, behind the US and UK.
  • India has ranked Second on the Global business optimism index during the September quarter, improving its ranking by one spot, according to accounting firm Grant Thornton's report. Indonesia ranked on top of the index.
  • India has recently launched Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA). The scheme, popular referred to as ‘I pledge for 9’ aimed to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals.
  • India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Palestine for setting up of Palestine-India Techo Park at Ramallah in Palestine.
  • India hosted the 13th edition of the World Robot Olympiad on the sidelines of trade fair in New Delhi. This is for first time India hosted World Robot Olympiad.
  • India hosted the golden jubilee (50th anniversary) celebrations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New Delhi.
  • India is going to host the 6th Heart of Asia Conference. This conference will take place in Amritsar, Punjab during 3rd and 4th December 2016.
  • India is going to operationalise an all-in-one national emergency response system phone number 112 by January 2017.
  • India is going to sign a deal to purchase 12 amphibious rescue aircraft worth around $1.5 billion (over ₹10,000 crore) from Japanese manufacturer ShinMaywa Industries.
  • India is ranked 3rd among 205 countries with the largest pictorial warning on tobacco products.
  • India signed a 'Joint Declaration’ for the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) with Switzerland.
  • India successfully conducted twin trials of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur in Odisha.
  • India successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile from a mobile launcher from Odisha coast.
  • India was placed at the 20th rank among the 58 countries on the 2017 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).
  • Indian chess Grandmaster P Harikrishna entered the World Chess Federation's top 10 rankings as per the latest rating list (10th Rank).
  • Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand won the 2016 Champions Showdown in St Louis, USA.
  • Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was on a two-day visit to Bangladesh. This is the first ever visit of an Indian Defense Minister to Bangladesh.
  • Indian films selected in any International Film Festival will now get financial assistance from the Centre for promotional activities.
  • Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has won the $300,000 (₹2 crore) BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career.
  • Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia clinched the $1 million (₹6.8 crore) Resorts World Manila Masters in the Philippines.
  • Indian government has announced that over 12 lakh houses have been sanctioned for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
  • Indian Navy’s seventh Landing Craft Utility (LCU) L-57 was launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Indian Railways is going to introduce an advanced monitoring system named 'Tri-Netra' that will keep a record of track maintenance and provide better visibility during foggy days.
  • Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi has won the Bahrain International Challenge badminton tournament in the men’s singles category
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman AS Kiran Kumar has announced that the South Asian satellite proposed by PM Narendra Modi for the benefit of SAARC members will be launched in March 2017.
  • Indian Women Hockey team lifts Asian Champions Trophy2016 by beating China.
  • India's Ambani family of the Reliance Group has ranked 3rd on the Forbes list of Asia’s 50 Richest Families of 2016, with a wealth of $25.8 billion. The list was topped by South Korea’s Lee family of the Samsung Group.
  • India's first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bus was flagged off for its pilot run by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • India's largest public sector lender State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced the home loan rates to 9.1%, the lowest in 6 years.
  • India's Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan was launched on 5th November in the year 2013. This mission was developed at a budget of $74 million (₹450 crore), making it the cheapest Mars Mission in the world.
  • India's Test skipper Virat Kohli has moved up nine places to a career-best fourth rank in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings.
  • India's women's carrom team defeated Sri Lanka to win the Gold at the 7th World Carrom Championship in UK.
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Dhruv Batra has announced India will be hosting the hockey Asian Champions Trophy and Youth Olympic Asian qualifiers in 2018.
  • International Master Padmini Rout has won the 2016 National Women Premier Chess Championship.
  • Iran has surpassed rival Saudi Arabia to become India's top oil supplier in the month of October, according to shipping data.
  • Iraq's parliament approved a law to transform Popular Mobilisation forces, a coalition of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, into a legal and separate military corps.
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was on a 3 day visit to India.
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, was on eight-day visit to India. During this visit, he pledged support to India over terrorism.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Government has launched Jhelum-Tawi flood recovery project to give push to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure post-2014 floods in the state.
  • Jammu and Kashmir government has launched the All Terrain Bike programme for meritorious students of the lower economic strata.
  • Japan and South Korea have signed a preliminary pact to share and safeguard information about North Korea's missiles and nuclear activities.
  • Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is going to spend ₹1,184 crore ($173 million) to build the fastest supercomputer in the world.
  • Karnataka 61st Rajyotsava (Karnataka Formation Day) was observed on 1st November.
  • Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has won the men’s race in 9th Delhi Half Marathon. Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa won the women’s title.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has declared the state Open Defecation Free.
  • Kumbakonam-based City Union Bank has launched India's first banking robot called Lakshmi.
  • Last month's Kabaddi World Cup final match between India and Iran, which garnered a total viewership of 20.3 million, became the most watched non-cricket event in the Indian sports history.
  • Latvia has become the first country in the Baltic Sea area to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to link up with China’s One Belt and One Road (OBOR) Initiative.
  • London topped the World's Best City Brands list, as per Resonance Consultancy's 2017 global Place Equity Index.
  • Maharashtra became the first state in the country to adopt the Fly Ash Utilization Policy.
  • Maharashtra government has issued a notification for renaming the newly built Oshiwara station as Ram Mandir.
  • Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has amended the National Food Security Act for the Scheduled Areas of the state to improve the nutrition status of children below six years, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
  • Maharashtra has became the first state in the country to have a Cyber Police Station in each district simultaneously.
  • Maharashtra has been ranked first state in the country in 2016 Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index.
  • Mahatma Gandhi first featured on Indian currency notes in 1969 when a design series in honour of the 100th birth celebrations of the leader was issued.
  • Mattur, a village in India, is the only place in the world where Sanskrit is still spoken.
  • Mercedes' Formula One driver Nico Rosberg won his maiden Formula One drivers' championship to become the 33rd Formula One World Champion in F1 history.
  • Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar has co-chaired the first Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between India and Palestine, which was held on November 8-9 in Palestine.
  • Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has crossed the record 5 crore subscribers mark in record 83 days since its launch in September.
  • Multiplex chain INOX Leisure has tied up with SBI to allow customers to withdraw cash up to ₹2,000 per day through their debit cards. Earlier, Big Bazaar stores also allowed customers to withdraw up to ₹2,000 using their cards.
  • Mumbai's Western Railways women's team clinched the title in the 33rd Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament.
  • NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, at an age of 56 years, became the oldest woman in space history after she takes off for the International Space Station (ISS).
  • NASA is developing an instrument called 'Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument' (BILI) to 'sniff' out signs of life on Mars.
  • NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission has set the Guinness World Record by setting up highest altitude GPS signal, at 70,000 km.
  • National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that it is going to launch NBA Academy India in Delhi in April, 2017.
  • National Highway projects worth ₹6,068 crores, with a total length of 476 km in 8 different states, were cleared by the Centre's Standing Finance Committee.
  • NCR Corporation India, India's largest ATM maker with over a lakh ATM machines across the country, has announced that it will take at least 45 days to physically recalibrate all the machines. The calibration of ATMs refers to the adjustment of the machine to enable it to dispense the valid currency notes.
  • Oceans 12, a Tamil refugee cricket team in Australia, won a national semi-pro T20 tournament.
  • Odisha government has launched Madhubabu Aain Sahayata Sibir (MASS) scheme to provide legal assistance to deprived sections of the society at the grassroots level.
  • Over 100 pilots from 15 countries participated in the first Indian National Open Accuracy Paragliding Championship in Bir, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Over 20 countries, including Brazil and France, have become signatories to the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) – launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Paris Climate summit last year.
  • Pakistan conducted Raad ul Barq (Strike of Thunder) military exercise in a strategically located area in Punjab province, bordering India.
  • Pakistan Kabaddi Federation has announced the launch of Pakistan International Super Kabaddi League with its first edition to be held in March 2017.
  • Pankaj Advani has won Bronze medal at IBSF World Snooker Championship in Doha
  • PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated Asia's largest man-made jungle safari, a nearly 800-acre Nandanvan Zoo and Safari, at Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the 2% hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) to central government employees, a move that could benefit 50.68 lakh employees and 54.24 lakh pensioners.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has recently announced that Nepali students will be allowed to join IITs on a regular basis and that the entrance examinations will be conducted in Nepal's capital Kathmandu starting 2017.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee was on a Historic 3 Day Visit to Nepal. This is the first presidential visit from India in 18 years to the Himalayan nation.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared that currency notes of the ₹500, ₹1,000 denominations will not be valid from midnight of November 8, 2016.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated 3-day Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first International Agrobiodiversity Congress in the Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the 'Indian Police at Your Call' mobile app at a national police conference in Hyderabad organised by the Intelligence Bureau.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the International Conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane Value Chain – Vision 2025 Sugar in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saur Sujala Yojana that would provide solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a 3 day visit to Japan, during this visit, he attended the India - Japan Annual Summit.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 12th edition of International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition “Petrotech-2016” in New Delhi on 5 December 2016. The 2016 theme is : “Hydrocarbons to fuel the future – Choices and Challenges”
  • Private sector lender ICICI Bank has announced a cut in home loan rate by 0.15% for new borrowers effective November 2.
  • Puducherry celebrated its Liberation Day on 1st November.
  • PV Sindhu won the China Open, to register her first tournament win post the Rio Olympics.
  • Rajasthan government has decided to launch 'Annapurna Rasoi Programme', a project to provide quality meals at cheap prices to people belonging to the weaker sections of the society.
  • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won Marca's Alfredo di Stefano award for the best player in the La Liga for the 2015-2016 season.
  • Ride-hailing app Ola has partnered with state-run banks like the SBI and PNB to provide up to ₹2,000 cash on swiping a debit card in selected cabs in Kolkata and Hyderabad through POS machines.
  • Russia has detained Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev for allegedly receiving over $2 million (around ₹13.5 crore) in bribes, over an acquisition by state oil company Rosneft.
  • Russia has invited India to join in developing next-generation nuclear reactors and to participate in its fast-neutron reactor project.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued directives for the country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court citing its failure to become independent.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has unveiled a 17-metre statue of Prince Vladimir the Great, a 10th-century ruler whom both Russia and Ukraine believe to be the founder of their states.
  • Russia's lower house has approved a motion to levy monetary fines on MPs who miss parliamentary sessions without a valid reason.
  • Rustom-II (TAPAS 201), India's indigenously developed drone, successfully completed its maiden-flight, which enhanced India's development programme for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
  • Sachin Singh became only the third Indian boxer to win a Gold medal at the Youth World Championships after registering a 5-0 unanimous win over Cuba's Jorge Grinan in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has announced that his adopted village Puttam Rajuvari Kandriga in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh is open defecation free.
  • Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone of a ropeway for what would be the world's highest skywalk once completed. Being built at a height of 10,300 feet, the Bhaleydhunga Skywalk Project will be the second of its kind in Asia.
  • Singapore has launched a 96-hour visa-free transit facility for Indians, wherein passport holders with valid onward air tickets can spend four days in the country under the VFTF Scheme.
  • Singer Taylor Swift (26), with earnings of $170 million, has been named the world's highest paid female musician of 2016 by Forbes.
  • Starting January 1, a lecture series called "IIT Pal" will be telecast on a national television channel by the government, to help students who cannot afford coaching classes clear the IIT entrance exam.
  • 'Sunway TaihuLight' has topped the Top500 list of the world's fastest computers, making it the eighth time in a row that a Chinese supercomputer has emerged as the fastest in the world.
  • Sweden is considering a plan to issue a national digital currency 'e-krona' to deal with the falling domestic use of cash.
  • Taiwanese electronics maker Acer has launched 'Swift 7', the world's thinnest laptop with a thickness of 9.98 mm in India at a price of ₹99,999.
  • Technology giant Google has tied up with Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) for 360 degree virtual tour of 280-odd monuments across the country.
  • Telangana government has signed an MoU with Microsoft Corporation India for helping the government explore cloud, machine learning and mobile-based solutions to improve citizen services, education, healthcare and agriculture.
  • Tennis player Maria Sharapova will be reinstated as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, once her reduced 15-month suspension expires in April 2017.
  • Thailand halved its visa on arrival fees, to 1000 baht (around ₹1900), for tourists from India and 18 other countries.
  • Thailand recently celebrated the festival of lights called Loi Krathong, which is celebrated to pay homage to Lord Buddha.
  • The 10th edition of Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran commenced at Army Battle School, Saljhandi in Nepal.
  • The 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum’s Leaders Summit was held in Lima, Peru from November 19 to 20, 2016. Theme of the summit : “Quality Growth and Human Development”
  • The 36th India International Trade Fair was inaugurated by President Pranabh Mukherjee at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Theme of the year 2016 : 'Digital India'
  • The 37th annual Sikh Parade, which is believed to be the largest Sikh event outside India, took place in Yuba city, California between November 3 and 6.
  • The 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), considered to be Asia's oldest film festival, was recently held in Goa. The Republic of Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016.
  • The 51st Annual Conference of Directors-General of Police of States was recently held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The 7th edition of India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-2016 has commenced to practise counter-terrorism and disaster-management operations.
  • The 9th Annual Meeting of International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) was held in New Delhi.
  • The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel has announced that India will bid for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, to further develop the game in the country.
  • The Aviation Ministry has recently launched the AirSewa website and mobile app, allowing passengers to check the live status of flights and flight schedules.
  • The Bangladesh government is going to honour 1,668 martyrs of Indian Army, who lost their lives during the Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971.
  • The Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept the interest rates on the current accounts held by financial institutions at the central bank unchanged at (-)0.1%.
  • The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016, designed to curb black money and passed by parliament in August 2016, came into effect. The new law amended the Benami Transactions Act, 1988 and renamed as the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act, 1988.
  • The Cabinet has approved the opening of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) in 62 uncovered districts with an outlay of ₹2,871 crore. Chhattisgarh (11) will get the highest number of JNVs, followed by Gujarat (8) and Delhi (7).
  • The central bank of Nepal has banned the use and exchange of India's new ₹500 and ₹2,000 notes.
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the first time has deployed a team of women commandos in anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand.
  • The Central Vigilance Commission will introduce a “perception index” in different government departments and public sector organisations from next year to assess the public perception vis-a-vis corruption.
  • The Centre announced a new committee to form a strategy to expedite the process of transforming India into a cashless economy. This committee will be headed by : Amitabh Kant (Niti Aayog CEO)
  • The Centre has decided to give a 100% raise to the Members of Parliament, taking their basic pay from ₹50,000 to ₹1 lakh per month.
  • The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) has announced plans to build the world's fastest commercial train with a top speed of 600 kmph using magnetic levitation technology.
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) was selected as the host the 2018 International Competition Network (ICN) in New Delhi in March–April 2018.
  • The Defence Ministry has approved the projects worth ₹82,000 crore for the procurement of 83 Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas), 464 T-90 tanks and 598 UAVs (drones).
  • The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a MoU with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi to establish a Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC).
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested its unmanned combat aerial vehicle, Rustom-2.
  • The European Union and Canada have signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade deal.
  • The first cherry blossom festival in India was held in Shillong, with Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma inaugurating the event.
  • The first titanium project of India has started its test production Ganjam district of Odisha.
  • The government has banned the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik's NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) for 5 years and termed it as an 'unlawful organisation' with immediate effect.
  • The government has imposed anti-dumping duty on TMT steel bars from China to reduce overseas purchases of the alloy and shield local mills.
  • The government has mandated the use of over 20% indigenous components in mobile devices and 40% in telecom equipment made in India for firms seeking 3% interest subsidy on exports.
  • The Government of India has hosted the Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to WHO FCTC during 7-12 November, 2016, at India Exposition Mart Ltd., Greater Noida, District Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Haryana government has allocated a budget of ₹12 crore to the Kurukshetra Development Board for the International Gita Mahotsav, which will be held between December 1 and 11.
  • The highest denomination currency note ever printed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is a ₹10,000 note during the British Raj in 1938.
  • The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has approved "Mukhya Mantri Shikshak Samman Yojana," which provides a one-year extension in service and cash incentive to teachers who would give 100% results consistently for five years.
  • The Income Tax department is planning to implement the first phase of ‘Project Insight’ from May 2017 to monitor high value transactions, with a view to curbing the circulation of black money.
  • The India-China Joint Training Exercise "Hand in Hand 2016" was held in Pune from November 15-27.
  • The Indian Army has launched Operation School Chalo in South Kashmir, to identify teachers and provide students with free coaching and make them participate in extra-curricular activities.
  • The Indian Navy has formally inducted 4 types of indigenously developed sonars that will boost its underwater surveillance capability. The systems included - Abhay, Humsa UG, NACS and AIDSS.
  • The Indian Railways and IRCTC have decided to include "transgender" as third gender in ticket reservation and cancellation forms, both online and offline.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year $12 billion loan program for Egypt. This is the largest such package to a Middle East nation.
  • The Jharkhand government has introduced a new law to prevent placement agencies from exploiting people in the name of getting employment outside the state.
  • The leaders of 14 European countries led by Germany have issued a statement calling for reopening of arms control talks with Russia, over concerns of an 'unstable' Europe.
  • The Lok Sabha has passed the Taxation Laws (second amendment) Bill, 2016. The bill provides for black money declarants to mandatorily deposit 25% of the amount disclosed in an anti-poverty scheme.
  • The Maharashtra State Child Rights Protection Commission has launched a mobile application named 'Chirag' for people to report child abuse.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to use the word ‘Daesh’ for the Islamic State terror group instead of ‘ISIS’ in all its correspondence.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has completed the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after more than 20 years of work. JWST is the largest-ever space telescope and is expected to launch in 2018 following the in-depth testing.
  • The National Anthem should be compulsorily played at all cinema halls across the nation before movie screenings, the Supreme Court ordered.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned ₹21,000 crore to District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) to help farmers.
  • The National Green Tribunal has set thresholds on PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels for states and the Centre to declare an 'environment emergency'.
  • The new world number one Andy Murray won his first Paris Masters title and 14th overall ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title after he defeated American player John Isner in the final.
  • The number of rural households provided with free LPG connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) crossed the 1 crore mark.
  • The Paris Agreement to combat climate change officially entered into force after 55 parties to the convention accounting for at least 55% of total GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions ratified it.
  • The Philippines is set to host the 65th Miss Universe pageant in January.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has formed Special Task Force to speed up the process of recalibration of automated teller machines (ATM) to dispense the new denomination notes. The Special Task Force will be headed by : S.S Mundra (Deputy Governor, RBI)
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed opening “Islamic window” in conventional banks for “gradual” introduction of Sharia-compliant banking in India.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed all banks to not levy ATM charges for all financial and non-financial transactions by customers.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which was established on April 1, 1935, issued its first note worth ₹5 in January 1938.
  • The Russian Defence Ministry has unveiled a remotely controlled robot tank, Platforma-M, to defend its missile launchers near its border with Poland.
  • The Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR due to growing pollution in the region.
  • The Supreme Court has directed companies that operate search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block pre-natal sex determination advertisements within 36 hours.
  • The Tamil Nadu government has passed an order to enhance maternity leave period for women government employees from six to nine months.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) doubled the minimum broadband speed and fixed it to 512 kbps from the previously mandated 256 kbps speed.
  • The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare launched e-pashuhaat portal to connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved India-Japan Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for advancement of academic research in the field of Earth Sciences.
  • The Union Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have inked a $500-million loan agreement to build a 9.8 km long road bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar.
  • The Union Government has announced that the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 which envisages supply of subsidised foodgrains has been implemented across the country.
  • The Union Government has decided to constitute a Sub-committee of Chief Ministers of five states in the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes. The committee will be headed by : N Chandrababu Naidu (Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh)
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched Smart India Hackathon 2017. It is the world’s largest digital national building initiative.
  • The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has launched of Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana (PMYY) to scale up an ecosystem of entrepreneurship for youngsters.
  • The upper house of the Bhutan parliament has decided against ratifying the road connectivity plan involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN). India, Bangladesh, and Nepal have already ratified the pact.
  • The US, Canada, Germany and Mexico unveiled their long-term plans to switch from polluting to clean energy sources at the UN climate talks this week.
  • Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has announced over 80 crore people have been covered under the National Food Security law, which was implemented across the country from November 1.
  • Union textile Minister Smriti Irani launched a scheme of ‘Pehchan’ identity cards to artisans in Ahmedabad.
  • United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May will was on a 3 day visit to India.
  • US President Barack Obama has ruled out drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean to save the "fragile and unique" Arctic ecosystem from "significant risks".
  • Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav has inaugurated India's first bicycle highway, from Etawah to Agra.
  • Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated India's longest expressway from Agra to Lucknow.
  • Uttar Pradesh-based IAS officer Suhas LY won the Asian Para-Badminton Championships in Beijing after defeating Indonesia's Harry Susanto 21-4, 21-11 in the final.
  • World first hydrogen-powered and zero-emission passenger train named as Coradia iLint was unveiled in Germany.
  • Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has launched bond notes equivalent to US dollar.
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