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October 2016 Current Affairs

India wins five-match ODI series against New Zealand, 3-2

Nov 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

In the final match, New Zealand was bowled out for 79 in 23.1 overs. It was New Zealand’s lowest ODI total against India.

World's largest Marine Protected Area declared in Antarctica

Nov 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The deal was reached after two weeks of discussions between delegates between 24 countries and the European Union at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia.

World Cities Day observed with theme Inclusive Cities, Shared Development

Oct 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Theme of the year highlights the important role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.

Armed forces are answerable to government: SC

Oct 31, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

A bench of Justices Amitava Roy and U U Lalit made this observation while dismissing a plea seeking action against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for allegedly interfering and claiming credit for the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in PoK.

Startups can raise USD 3 million via ECBs annually: RBI

Oct 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The RBI said while issuing norms for ECB route for startups that the borrowing should be denominated in any freely convertible currency or in Indian Rupees (INR) or a combination thereof.

Union Cabinet approves New Productivity Linked Reward Scheme for port and dock workers

Oct 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

This PLR scheme will benefit about 38 thousand Port and Dock workers in all the Major Port Trusts and the yearly outgo will be over 49 crore rupees.

Union Cabinet approves agreement between India and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons

Oct 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Agreement will facilitate the Indian prisoners imprisoned in Estonia or vice-versa to be near to their families, for serving remaining part of their sentence and shall facilitate their social rehabilitation.

Union Cabinet approves agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan

Oct 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The agreement was renewed on 29 July 2006 for a period of ten years. The validity of this agreement was later extended with effect from 29 July 2016.

Daughters of Mother India wins at CAM International Film Festival

Oct 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The fest is organised annually to promote cinema as a means of combating ignorance, poverty and terrorism. The 2016 edition featured around 92 films from 33 countries in three categories: Short Fiction, Documentary and Animation.

Sunil Bharti Mittal appointed as Chairman of GSMA

Oct 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

On the other hand, the company re-elected Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group as Deputy Chairman. It also elected the new members of the 26-member Board of the company.

Union Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service

Oct 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service is a Group A Central Civil Services of the Union of India.

Union Cabinet gives in-principle approval for strategic sale of over dozen PSUs

Oct 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The recommendations of the NITI Aayog on disinvestment and strategic sale came up for consideration and the Cabinet in principle approved the recommendations with regard to some of the units.

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar wins 2016 Sakharov Prize

Oct 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Basee and Bashar were among thousands of Yazidi girls and women abducted by ISIS militants and forced into sexual slavery in 2014. But, both survived and now campaign for the Yazidi community.

Union Cabinet approves establishment of National Academic Depository

Oct 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Budget Speech of 2016-17 of the Finance Benefit, Arun Jaitley, incorporated the commitment to establish a Digital Depository for school learning certificates, degrees and other academic awards of Higher Education Institutions, on the pattern of a Securities Depository.

Punjab Directorate wins NCC National Games

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The closing ceremony began with hundreds of young blossoming cadets performing a display of a choreographed dance with the theme Vibrant India.

Union Government constitutes Munialappa Committee to monitor bird flu situation

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Munialappa will be the nodal officer and will be available to provide advice and help round the clock.

India, South Korea sign revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The earlier Double Taxation Avoidance Convention between India and Korea was signed on 19 July 1985 and was notified on 26 September 1986.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2016 observed globally

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aims to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken to safeguard audiovisual document. It also focuses on acknowledging the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.

Borje Ekholm appointed as President and CEO of Ericsson

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Ekholm will also remain a member of the Board of Directors of Ericsson. Presently, Ekholm is working as CEO of Patricia Industries.

Justice Reddy committee on OROP submits report

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The committee was appointed under the Chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) L Narasimha Reddy to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.

Dr Reddy's Lab announces strategic deal with Gland Pharma in US market

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The portfolio is a mix of filed ANDAs pending approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and ANDAs that will be filed imminently. The portfolio comprised of generic injectables administered in hospitals and clinics in the US.

Karnal Singh appointed as Director of Enforcement Directorate

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet approved the appointment of Singh till 31 August 2017, which is the date of his superannuation. He was already holding the post as additional charge for over a year. His regular posting was Special Director, ED, for the northern region.

World Economic Forum released Global Gender Gap Report 2016

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

India, which is among the top-ranked countries in South Asia, was ranked at 87th position. Top five countries with high gender equality are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Rwanda.

Haryana to observe 2017 as Garib Kalyan Varsh

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

During the observation period, the government would lay emphasis on welfare of poor people and generating employment opportunities for the youth.

Legendary Kashmiri singer Raj Begum dies

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Begum was one of the most recognized female singers in the Kashmir Valley. She had rendered thousands of songs from Radio Kashmir in Srinagar and in live concerts at other places in India and abroad.

India, New Zealand sign three pacts including avoidance of double taxation

Oct 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The two nations signed an agreement on Cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs and Sports and arrangement regarding Food Safety Cooperation.

AIR's entry on dwindling tiger habitats wins ABU award

Oct 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Diary of a Tiger' is produced by Abhinay Srivastava, narrates the story of dwindling forests and gradually decreasing habitat of tigers.

FIH appoints Jason McCracken as Chief Executive Officer

Oct 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

McCracken is a renowned figure in hockey family. He served as an Olympic and World Cup umpire, FIH committee member and technical official for over 20 years.

Prime Minister inaugurates 2016 National Tribal Carnival

Oct 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

About 1600 Tribal Artists from the various States/UTs performed carnival parade in their traditional attire during the inaugural ceremony.

New species of millipede found in Sequoia National Park, California

Oct 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The newly found millipede is recognised as the evolutionary cousin of the leggiest animal on the planet, Illacme plenipes.

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