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November 12, 2016

11th November 2016 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (11th November 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 11th November 2016

International Current Affairs
  • 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. 
    • The top 15 Nations in this category are,
      • India
      • Nigeria, 
      • Pakistan, 
      • DRC, 
      • Angola, 
      • Ethiopia, 
      • Indonesia, 
      • Chad, 
      • Afghanistan, 
      • Niger, 
      • China, 
      • Sudan, 
      • Bangladesh, 
      • Somalia and 
      • United Republic of Tanzania
  • India is ranked 3rd among 205 countries with the largest pictorial warning on tobacco products
    • India moved to the third rank from its earlier rankings of 123 in 2012 and 136 in 2014 after making 85% pictorial warning on tobacco packs mandatory. 
    • Note : Nepal is ranked first with warnings on 90% of the tobacco packs.
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who is scheduled to arrive in India on 15th November 2016, will attend a ceremony commemorating the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attack in the Taj Hotel, Mumbai. 
    • Important Note : Rivlin's state visit to India would mark the first by any Israeli President since 1996. 

National Current Affairs
  • Today (11th November) is National Education Day.
    • This day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India, who served from 15 August 1947 until 2 February 1958.
  • 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 scheme would be applicable to trained graduate teachers, post-graduate teachers, headmasters, and principals. The scheme is aimed at motivating the teachers.

Science & Technology
  • Kumbakonam-based City Union Bank today launched India's first banking robot called Lakshmi.
    • The artificial intelligence powered robot, which will be the first on-site bank helper, can speak English, gesture, and engage in a life-like manner in conversations.
    • Further, the robot can answer intelligently on more than 125 subjects including account balance and interest rates on loans.

MOUs & Agreements
  • India's PM Narendra Modi and Japan's PM Shinzo Abe have signed the Civil Nuclear Deal between the two countries. 
    • The agreement will allow Japan to supply nuclear fuel and technology to India. 
    • The deal comes after six years of negotiations and was delayed by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan.

Business & Economic Affairs
  • 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. 
    • Note : The list was topped by South Korea’s Lee family of the Samsung Group.
  • Egypt has secured $2 billion in financing from international banks.
    • The funds were provided against "the entire amount of the newly issued Arab Republic of Egypt dollar-denominated sovereign bonds with different maturities". 
    • This comes a day before the IMF meets to consider Egypt's $12 billion loan request, which could ease dollar shortage in the country.

Awards & Honors
  • Former world number one Roger Federer won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award at the ATP awards today, for the 12th time in his career. 
    • The award is given to players who display the "spirit of the sport" on the court. 
    • Roger Federer also won the Fans' Favourite Award for the 14th consecutive time in his career.
  • British photographer Shaun Jeffers has won the landscape category at the 'New Zealand Geographic, Photographer of the Year' awards, for his shot of the glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
  • Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the Amity University in Uttar Pradesh. 
    • Chancellor Atul Chauhan conferred the degree in Philosophy on Jung for his "outstanding contribution as an administrator and a brilliant academician who has shown utmost sincerity and humility in political and social endeavors".

  • Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen (82) has passed away.
    • Born on September 21, 1934, Cohen was known for his songs like 'Hallelujah', 'Suzanne', and 'So Long, Marianne'.

New Appointments
  • Global police organisation Interpol today announced its new president Meng Hongwei, who had earlier served as China's vice minister for public security. 
    • Hongwei is the first Chinese to hold this position and will serve as Interpol President for four years. 
  • The 52-year-old Kamala Harris has become the first Indian-American elected to the US Senate
  • India-born Pramila Jayapal has won the Washington State Senate seat to become the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives

  • Tennis player Maria Sharapova will be reinstated as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, once her reduced 15-month suspension expires in April 2017. 
    • Sharapova was selected as an ambassador for her work related to the Chernobyl disaster.
This is the end of today's Daily Current Affairs session friends. You will get the Current Affairs of 12th November 2016 soon. Good Day :)
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