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November 2016 Current Affairs

Opposition wins near majority in Kuwait Parliamentary Elections

Nov 30, 2016
The early election has wiped out almost 60% of the old assembly members. Safa Al Hashem will be the only female member in the Kuwait Parliament.

RBI limits cash withdrawal from Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana accounts

Nov 30, 2016
PMJDY account holders, who want to withdraw more than Rs 10000 a month, will have to furnish appropriate documents to prove why they need the money.

Asia’s first and longest cycle highway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

Nov 30, 2016
It runs parallel to the main highway, but is separated by a divider which ensures the safety of cyclists.

Astronaut vision may be impaired by spinal fluid changes: Study

Nov 30, 2016
The syndrome known as 'Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure' (VIIP) was reported in nearly two-thirds of astronauts after long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Lok Sabha passes Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016

Nov 30, 2016
The Bill proposes to introduce the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan (PMGK) Yojana, 2016. Under the scheme, taxpayers will be required to declare their undisclosed income possessed in the form of cash or deposited in banks, post offices or Reserve Bank of India before a notified date.

Supreme Court directs cinema halls to play National Anthem before film screening

Nov 30, 2016
The Supreme Court also directed that all present must "stand up in respect" till the anthem ends before the screening. The court also stated that the practice would "instill a feeling within one a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism."

Trump nominated Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Nov 30, 2016
She is the owner and CEO of SVC Inc, a health policy consulting firm and has worked as an adviser to several US States including Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Parliament of Thailand invites Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become king

Nov 30, 2016
As per the established procedure, the Prince Vajiralongkorn will have to accept parliament's invitation in order for him to be proclaimed king.

Kerala's Padmanabhaswamy temple relaxes dress code for women

Nov 30, 2016
The decision to relax the dress norms was taken after a woman advocate issued a petition in the Kerala High Court calling the old norms discriminatory.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers worst coral die-off on record

Nov 30, 2016
The Great Barrier Reef suffered its most severe bleaching in recorded history, due to warming sea temperatures during March 2016 and April 2016.

Son has no right to reside in parent's house: Delhi HC

Nov 30, 2016
The Court in its direction said that the son was allowed to reside in his parent’s house till their relations were cordial.

M M Kutty appointed Chief Secretary of Delhi

Nov 30, 2016
Kutty replaced K. K. Sharma, who was transferred to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development as Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

Bangladesh to honour 1668 martyrs of the Indian Army

Nov 29, 2016
As a mark of respect, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh-Sheikh Hasina will be handing over Rs 5 lakh to the martyred soldiers’ families. Bangladesh would also be setting up a war memorial to honour the soldiers.

Plane carrying Brazilian first division football team crashes in Colombia

Nov 29, 2016
Reports say, the crashed aircraft made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the first division Chapecoense soccer team to Colombia for a regional tournament final.

Amazon to sell Amul products online in the US

Nov 29, 2016
The collaboration is a part of Amazon’s Global Selling Programme, which is aimed at giving easy access to Indian sellers to consumers across the globe.

Akodara in Gujarat becomes India’s first Digital Village

Nov 29, 2016
The village, which sustains a total population of 1191 people, uses a various cashless system for payments of goods and services. All transactions in the village are carried out through digital modes like net-banking, SMS or debit cards.

Lt-General A K Bhatt appointed as Director-General of Military Operations

Nov 29, 2016
Lt-Gen Bhatt will succeed Lt-General Ranbir Singh, who declared at a press briefing that Army Special Forces had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

Union Government launches e-Pashuhaat portal to connect breeders and farmers

Nov 29, 2016
The portal will also facilitate the farmers about the availability of quality disease free bovine germplasm with different agencies in the country. The portal will lead to propagation of high genetic merit germplasm.

47th IFFI Concluded in Goa

Nov 29, 2016
Spanish film ‘Daughter’ took away the top prizes and the legendary Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek was honoured with the ‘Lifetime achievement award’.

RBI relaxes cash withdrawal limits from bank accounts

Nov 29, 2016
This move comes as a relief for certain depositors who were hesitating to deposit their monies into bank accounts due to the current limits on cash withdrawals from accounts.

Goa to become India’s first cashless state

Nov 29, 2016
The cashless move includes providing all vendors with a unique mobile money identifier code that will be used in the final payment. The cashless transfer will not have any minimum limit.

Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India's Green Movement authored by Sunita Narain

Nov 29, 2016
The book is Narain’s personal account. The book includes an “environmental manifesto” in which she lays out an outline for the direction India must take, if it is to deal with the exigencies of climate change and environmental degradation.

'Xenophobia' is Dictionary.com's Word of the Year for 2016

Nov 29, 2016
The word Xenophobia has Greek roots. The etymology of the word can be broken down to 'xenos,' which means 'stranger' or 'guest,' and 'phobos,' meaning 'fear' or 'panic.'

Argentina defeats Croatia to win 2016 Davis Cup

Nov 29, 2016
As of 2016, the Argentina Davis Cup team has competed in the World Group since 2002 and reached the finals five times (1981, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2016). At present, Argentina is Number 1 on the Davis Cup ranking by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 introduced in Lok Sabha

Nov 29, 2016
Bill proposes to amend Section 115BBE of IT Act to provide for a steep 60% tax & 25% surcharge for those who choose to disclose it after Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana ends.

Francois Fillon wins France's Conservative Presidential primary

Nov 28, 2016
Fillon is a conservative Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. His campaign proposal includes radical economic reforms such as capping on immigration and slashing of public jobs.

Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passes away

Nov 28, 2016
80-year-old Anand Yadav breathed his last at his residence in Pune. His autobiography 'Zombi' won him Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991.

Melting of Arctic ice cap could trigger catastrophic climate change

Nov 28, 2016
While the overall temperature in the Arctic region has risen to around 20 degrees, much above the expected mark, the extent of sea ice too has reached its lowest level in comparison to previous years.

Tata Steel replaces Cyrus Mistry as Chairman

Nov 28, 2016
Six Tata Group companies, namely Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Power, Tata Chemicals and Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), have convened EGMs to remove Mistry as Director from their respective boards.

National Milk Day observed in memory of Verghese Kurien

Nov 28, 2016
The first National Milk Day was observed on 26 November 2014 by all Indian diary sector majors including National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), IDA along with around 22 state level milk federations.

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