Strengthen Current Affairs: Know 57 Important Happenings Between 16th October to 31st October 2016


Dear Reader, here is a list of 57 major current affairs between 16th October to 31st October 2016. At the end, you will find short practice test with five questions.


  1. India and Russia have agreed to explore building the world’s most expensive pipeline costing about $25 billion (around Rs.1.66 lakh crore) to transport natural gas from Siberia to India.

  2. China has launched the two-man Shenzhou 11 space mission, which is considered as its longest-ever manned space mission.

  3. India and Myanmar have agreed to have close security coordination in border areas.

  4. Air India has created the world record for longest nonstop flight. The flight was to travel from Delhi to San Francisco for 15,300 kilometres in 14.5 hours.


  1. The 43rd edition of India’s biggest exposition on knitted garments, ‘India International Knit Fair 2016’, was held in Tirupur city of Tamil Nadu from 19th – 21st October 2016.

  2. The 10-day ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ (RSM) was inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

  3. The first elephant sanctuary has opened in Brazil.

  4. The national SC/ST hub and zero effect on environment scheme for MSME sector launched by Prime Minister Narendra in Ludhiana, Punjab.

  5. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare has inaugurated National Summit on Fortification of Food in New Delhi.

  6. According to the report of the 2016 Global Power City Index, London has secured the top position and Mumbai was ranked 39th on the list for business, innovation, and culture.

  7. The 10th Indo-US trade forum was held in Delhi.

  8. Prime Minister NarendraModi to inaugurate the international terminal at Harni airport in Vadodara.

  9. PM Modi has launched #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign, to invite people to send letters and messages to the Indian armed forces.


  1. The bank who has executed international trade finance transactions & overseas remittances using block chain technology is ICICI Bank.

  2. On 14th October 2016, HDFC Bank has raised another Rs 500 crore by issuing rupee-denominated masala bonds to overseas investors.

  3. World Bank has announced it will provide One billion US Dollar to Bangladesh to fight child malnutrition for the next three years.

Business & Economy:

  1. The North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) to introduce two power projects of 710 megawatts in Arunachal Pradesh by 2017.

  2. Recently, India and China have held their second joint exercise, ‘Sino India Cooperation 2016’ in Ladakh.

  3. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned loans worth 19,702 crores to the National Water Development Agency for 50 irrigation projects.


  1. The Senior IAS officer, Ajay Kumar Bhalla was appointed as the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

  2. Virat Kohli has been appointed as the new brand ambassador of Valvoline Cummins India.

  3. The next Ambassador/PR of India to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva is Amandeep Singh Gill (Former IAS Officer).

  4. James Parker has been appointed as the new President of Global Sales by Tata Communications.

  5. Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.

  6. Sanjay Singh (Former legislative secretary ) has been appointed as Member Secretary, Law Commission of India.

  7. Navdeep Singh Suri was appointed as India’s new Ambassador to United Arab Emirates on 18th October 2016.

  8. Kristalina Georgieva has been appointed as the chief executive of the World Bank.

MoU or Agreement:

  1. India and Russia have signed the agreement for a joint venture to manufacture Kamov-226T helicopters in India.

  2. India and Russia have announced defence deals worth about 60,000 crores on 15th October 2016.

Science & Technology:

  1. The American School (TAS) has launched ‘Any Time School’ in India. Under this, parents will have the flexibility of sending their children to school at a time of their convenience.

  2. On 18th October 2016, Scientists has developed a new world’s first optical sensor to detect vitamin B12 deficiency.

  3. Scientists from Australia and Germany have created the most detailed hydrogen map ever produced of the Milky Way.


  1. Book titled ‘The Sleepwalker’s Dream’ authored by Dhrubajyoti Borah was released on 20th October 2016.

  2. The book “Andhere se ujale ki aur” has been authored by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was released in October 2016 at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

  3. The book entitled “The Adivasi Will Not Dance penned” by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar has been shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2016.

Awards & Honours:

  1. Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) has been rated the best in the Southern region and also third among all the 52 airports in the country.

  2. The Trendsetter Award 2016 by ET Panache, (a supplement of The Economic Times) was received by SonamKapoor.

  3. C Radhakrishnan has been selected for the Mathrubhumi Literary Award 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature.

  4. The bank which has received “Special Award for Excellence in MSME lending” for its performance in lending to the MSME sector during the year 2013-14 and 2014-15 is State Bank of Patiala.

  5. Nayan Khanolkar has won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer Award, 2016 by the BBC and Natural History Museum in London.


  1. India becomes the world first team to play 900 ODIs against New Zealand at Dharamshala on 16th oct 2016.

  2. The first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues to host the 2017 Fifa U-17 World Cup is Kochi.

  3. Indian Railways have won the World Railway Shooting Championship Cup held at Saint Mandrier, France.

  4. Luis Suarez has received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe’s top domestic leagues 2015 – 16.

  5. Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium is confirmed as the second venue for the 2017 U-17 World Cup.

  6. North Korea has won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup by defeating Japan.

Important Days:

  1. World Food Day is observed on 16 October. This year’s theme is “Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture must too”.

  2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October each year. The theme of the day for this year is: “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms”.

  3. World Statistics Day is observed on 20 October. The theme for this year is “Better Data, Better Lives”.

  4. In India, Police Commemoration Day is observed on October 21 to honour the memory of Indian police personnel killed by Chinese soldiers in 1959.

  5. World Development Information Day is observed across the world on 24 October.

  6. World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was observed across the world on 27 October 2016. The theme for the day was It’s Your Story – Don’t Lose It.

  7. International Internet Day is celebrated on 29th October.

  8. World Cities Day is observed on 31st October. This year theme of the Day is “Inclusive Cities, Shared Development”.


  1. The last king of Rwanda, Kigeli V died at the age of 80 on 17th October 2016.

  2. South African struggle icon, Mewa Ramgobin died at the age of 83 on 19th October 2016.

  3. Senior Congressman and leader of opposition in Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly named SatydevKatare died in Mumbai.

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