Improve Current Affairs: Know 55 Important Happenings Between 1st October to 15th October 2016

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Dear Reader, here is a list of 55 major current affairs between 1st October to 15th October 2016. At the end, you will find short practice test with five questions.

International:

  1. The 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (The largest balloon festival in the world) was held New Mexico, United States from 1st – 9th October 2016.

  2. The first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates is France.

  3. The Union Power Secretary PK Pujari said that India is planning to supply 500 MW power through a network of sub-sea underground cables to Sri Lanka.

  4. According to market analyst BMI Research, India will become the world’s second-biggest coal producer by 2020 after China.

  5. The Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting was held on 6th October 2016 in Washington DC.

National:

  1. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has delivered the inaugural address at INDOSAN the India Sanitation Conference in New Delhi.

  2. Tamil Nadu has secured the top position out of 19 states in Urban Reforms under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) during 2015-16.

  3. An International Summit on Medical Value Travel was held in Nodia from 3rd – 5th October 2016. The main aim is “Promoting Healthcare Services Exports from India”.

  4. Rani kiVav at Patan, the Unesco archaeological World Heritage Site in Gujarat has been recognized as the cleanest heritage site of India.

  5. On 2nd October 2016, The Government has released commemorative postal stamps on the Swachh Bharat Mission, which were designed by children aged 10-14 years.

  6. The first state to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene is Jharkhand.

  7. The Mizoram government has launched a New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) to boost the state’s economy and develop rural infrastructure.

  8. The Union Cabinet recently has approved MoU between India and European Union countries on water cooperation.

  9. India to host the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in November 2016 at New Delhi.

  10. The Union Cabinet has approved to set up a India’s first Medical Devices Manufacturing Park (Medipark) in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu.

  11. On 7th October 2016, The Union Cabinet has approved to sign an MoU between India and African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.

  12. On 8th October 2016, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced that India-Pakistan border will be completely sealed by December 2018.

  13. Madhya Pradesh government is to be launched a ‘Lalima Abhiyan’ on 1st November 2016, with an aim to make state free from anaemia.

  14. World Tsunami Awareness Day to be observed on November 5.

  15. Indian Air Force has celebrated its 84th foundation day on 8th October.

Banking:

  1. The Reserve Bank of India has planned to set the ‘ways and means advances’ (WMA) limit for the central government at INR 25,000 crore for the October-March period.

  2. The Government of India has decided to raise the Employees Provident Fund ( EPF) investment in Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) from 5% to 10% percent.

  3. The first bank in India to open a branch in the capital city of Yangon is State Bank of India. It is the 54th foreign branch of SBI.

Business & Economy:

  1. HCL Technologies has announced that it has entered into a 15-year partnership deal with IBM for automation, development and operations solutions.

MoU or Agreement:

  1. Recently, Puducherry government has signed a agreement for the proposed Regional Connectivity Scheme(RCS).

  2. India and Japan will sign a civil nuclear cooperation pact in November 2016.

  3. Doordarshan and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) have signed an agreement for transmission of four Gyan Darshan educational channels.

Science & Technology:

  1. India’s biggest auction of telecom spectrum was started on October 1st, 2016 with seven operators in fray for a total of around 2,354 MHz across seven bands.

  2. On 1 October 2016, An Indian-origin South African girl KiaraNirghin, has won the Google Science Fair prize 2016.

Appointment:

  1. The Chairman and Managing Director of state-run Power Finance Corporation (PFC) is Rajeev Sharma.

  2. The State Bank of India chief Arundhati Bhattacharya will remain the chairperson of SBI till October 2017 was announced by Finance Minister ArunJaitley.

  3. At present Chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board is M.S. Sahoo.

  4. The Executive Director of state-owned Indian Overseas Bank is R Subramania Kumar.

  5. The new Ambassador of India to the Republic of Guinea is Shri R Ravindra.

  6. The new Additional Director General NCC Directorate, Jammu and Kashmir is Major General Nilendra Kumar.

  7. 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was won by the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

  8. The 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was received by Oliver Hart and BengtHolmstrom.

  9. On 13 October 2016, Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Awards & Honours:

  1. Kendriya Vidyalaya has been awarded as the cleanest school in the country by PM Narendra Modi.

  2. Mrs India Earth 2016 is PrineetGrewa, from Pune.

  3. Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine.

  4. The first Indian to be selected into the International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame is Former ISRO chief U R Rao.

Sports:

  1. The 56th Open National Athletics Championships was held in Lucknow.

  2. The first Indian woman to cross the 60-metre mark in Javelin in the 56th Open National Athletics Championships 2016 is Annu Rani.

  3. Kieren Dsouza has become the first Indian to complete the “world’s toughest race”, the Spartathlon.

  4. India’s Aakanksha Hagawane has won the girls’ U-16 title at the World Youth Chess Championships in Russia.

  5. Andy Murray has won the 2016 China Open Men’s Singles title.

  6. JituRai has been awarded as the ‘Champion of Champions’ title by the International Shooting Sport Federation(ISSF) for pistol shooting in 2016.

Important Days:

  1. International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is observed on 1st October.

  2. The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2.

  3. The World Habitat Day is observed on First Monday of October. This year World Habitat Day was observed on 3rd October 2016 with the theme “Housing at the Centre.

  4. World Space Week is observed from 4th to 10th October 2016. The theme of 2016 is “Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future”.

  5. International Day of the Girl Child is observed on 11th October with the theme of the year 2016 is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls”.

Obituary:

  1. American boxer, Aaron Pryor died on 09 October 2016 at his 60.

  2. Renowned writer and litterateur Dayanand Anant from Uttarakhand passed away on 15th October 2016 at the age of 88.

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