Improve Current Affairs: Know 60 Important Happenings Between 16th November to 30th November 2016

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Dear Reader, here is a list of 60 major current affairs between 16th November to 30th November 2016. At the end, you will find short practice test with five questions.

International:

  1. The three-day event of 2016 World Internet Conference (3rd) was held in Wuzhen, China.

  2. Africa has launched its first cycle-share scheme named, ‘Medina bikes’ in Morocco.

  3. Sweden may become the first country to have national digital currency.

  4. Recently, Thailand has celebrated the festival of lights called LoiKrathong, which is celebrated to pay homage to Lord Buddha.

  5. The Dictionary.com named the word ‘Xenophobia’ as the Word of the Year for 2016.

  6. Digital wallet MobiKwik launched a new ‘MobiKwik Lite’ app addressing to the users with slow internet connection.

  7. The Indian travellers’ most searched country was New Zealand in 2016.

National:

  1. The US has announced to launch two financial projects worth USD 95 million in India.

  2. Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced to set up an industrial training institute in Mehsana district of Gujarat by the next year.

  3. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala becomes the country’s breast cancer capital.

  4. The first state to adopt the Fly Ash Utilization Policy (FAUP) is Maharashtra.

  5. The Chief Engineer of the Boeing P-8I programme Mark Jordan has said that the Indian Navy to get 4 P-8I advanced maritime reconnaissance aircraft from 2020.

  6. Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius AniroodJugnauth inaugurated AYUR Herbarium project in Goa.

  7. The government of India has approved the cancellation of Gitanjali Gems’ special economic zone (SEZ) project in Maharashtra.

  8. On 19 November 2016, India was elected as Vice Chair of Kimberly Process Certificate Scheme 2018.

  9. Haryana government has announced the Fitment of auto-dippers mandatory in vehicles.

  10. Recently, India became an associate member of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

  11. The Government has cancelled excise duty on goods for manufacturing of Point of Sale machines till 31st of March 2017.

  12. The Union government has generated a revenue of over 2,779 crore rupees so far from the auction and allotment of coal blocks.

  13. India hosted the golden jubilee (50th anniversary) carnival of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New Delhi.

  14. Maharashtra government issued a notification for renaming the newly built Oshiwara station as Ram Mandir.

Banking:

  1. Axis Bank has planned to launch Chat Bots for ‘Intelligent’ Banking.

  2. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $500 million loan to Bihar to build a bridge across India’s longest Ganges River.

  3. RBI’s deputy governor N S Vishwanathan has said that March 2017 still stands as the deadline for banks to clean up their balance sheets.

  4. The Reserve Bank of India has proposed opening “Islamic window” in conventional banks for “gradual” introduction of Sharia-compliant banking in India.

  5. South Indian Bank introduced contactless debit card which is based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

  6. Canara bank has introduced mobile ATMs to ease the burden on the people after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

  7. The Reserve Bank introduced a limit of 10,000 rupees on monthly withdrawals from PradhanMantri Jan Dhan bank accounts.

  8. ICICI Bank declared to transform 100 villages into ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ in 100 days to enable villagers go in cash less banking and payments transactions.

Business News:

  1. The Rajya Sabha informed that Over Rs. 3,900 crore was collected as Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) in the last financial year.

  2. Mauritius to waive 40% shooting tax for Indian film-makers for shooting.

  3. India and Cyprus have signed a new double tax to replace 2 decade-old treaty.

  4. Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of the first payments bank in Rajasthan.

MoUs:

  1. India and Israel have signed two agreements on Water Resource Management & Agriculture.

  2. Goa and Hawaii to have Sister-State relationship soon.

  3. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation) has signed an agreement with Freecharge (mobile payment company) to help people in making faster and easier reservation of tickets.

  4. YES Bank announced a partnership with Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) to digitise payment of bus tickets for its customers.

Appointments:

  1. Twitter India Head Rishi Jaitly has been named as the CEO of Times Global Partners.

  2. The new Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) is Jagdish Singh Khehar.

  3. C.V.R. Rajendran was appointed as the Managing Director & CEO of Catholic Syrian Bank.

  4. Nikki Haley has been elected as the US Ambassador to the UN.

  5. Yudhvir Singh Malik was appointed as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Awards:

  1. S Nihal Singh has received the’ 2016 Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ for his outstanding contribution to journalism.

  2. According to the US magazine Fortune’s top 50 business persons list for 2016, HDFC Bank’s Aditya Puri has been ranked 36th position.

  3. Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain has received the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice for 2016.

  4. Ariana Grande was received ‘Artist of the Year’ Award at the 2016 American Music Awards (AMAs).

  5. Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand was conferred with the first World Sanskrit Award.

  6. Indian journalist MaliniSubramaniam has been conferred with the International Press Freedom Award 2016.

Science & Technology:

  1. China has successfully launched its 4th data satellite named Tianlian I-04.

  2. On November 23 archaeologists discovered a 7000 year old city in Egypt.

  3. Indian Railways will introduce an advanced monitoring system named ‘Tri-Netra’ to check collisions.

Sports:

  1. The first player to score 500+ runs in each of the three formats in a calendar year is ViratKohli.

  2. Ravichandran Ashwin became the first bowler ever to complete 50 wickets in two consecutive calendar years.

  3. Andy Murray has won the 2016 ATP World Tour Final.

  4. Manavjit Singh Sandhu has won the gold medal in men’s trap event at the 60th National Shooting Championship for Shotgun.

Important Days:

  1. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was observed on 25 November 2016.

  2. The Constitution Day of India is being observed to spread awareness of Indian Constitution on 26th November every year.

  3. Indian Organ Donation Day is celebrated on November 30 every year.

Obituary:

  1. Former Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Ram NareshYadav passed away on 22 November 2016 at his age of 89.

  2. Veteran Carnatic musician Dr. M Balamuralikrishna passed away on 22nd November 2016.

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