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Important Days – November 2016 
Date Important Days This Year’s Theme
November 1 World Vegan Day
November 1 No Tobacco Day
November 5 World Tsunami Awareness Day ‘Education and Evacuation’
November 6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
November 8 World Radiography Day
November 9 National Legal Services Day – India
November 10 World Immunisation Day
November 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development ‘Celebrating Science Centres and Science Museums’


November 11 National Education Day – India
November 12 World Pneumonia Day ‘Keep the Promise, Stop Pneumonia Now’
November 14 Children’s Day – India
November 14 World Diabetes Day
November 16 International Day for Tolerance
November 16 National Press Day – India
November 17 International Students’ Day
November 17 World Prematurity Day
November 19 World Toilet Day ‘Toilets and Jobs’
November 19 International Men’s Day ‘Stop Male Suicide’
November 21 World Television Day
November 21 World Fisheries Day
November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’
November 26 Samvidhan Divas/Constitution Day
November 26 National Milk Day – India
November 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 19-25 Communal Harmony Week or Quami Ekta Week – India
3rd Sunday of November World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims ‘Vital post-crash actions: Medical Care, Investigation, Justice!’


Books & Authors – November 2016 
Book/Novel Author
‘An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India’ Shashi Tharoor
‘Death Under The Deodars: The Adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean’ Ruskin Bond
‘CHARAIVETI, CHARAIVETI’ Ram Naik – Governor of Uttar Pradesh
‘Back to the Roots, A definitive Guide To Grassroots & Football Development’ Shaji Prabhakaran
‘SRK: 25 Years of a Life’ – Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s biography Samar Khan
‘Solar Bones’ Mike McCormack
‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ Twinkle Khanna
‘Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India’ Akshaya Mukul


Committees in News – November 2016 
Purpose Headed By
High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) has approved imposing a heavy fine and ban on celebrities who endorse products making unrealistic and dodgy claims Arun Jaitley
Task Force formed by RBI to re-calibrate all ATMs and cash dispensing machines with the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 currency notes S S Mundra – Deputy Governor of RBI
Sub-committee of Chief Ministers formed by Central Govt.  to review the ground- level situation following its decision to demonetise high value currency and suggest possible ways to ease problems Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
A committee formed by Central Govt. to form a strategy to expedite the process of transforming India into a cashless economy Amitabh Kant


Awards/Honours/Achievements – November 2016 
Awardees Award
Kylie Verzosa of Philippines Miss International 2016
Rekha (Bollywood Actress) Honoured at Dubai International Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award
S Nihal Singh – Veteran Journalist ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ for his outstanding contribution to journalism – presented by the Press Council of India (PCI)
Im Kwon-taek, the renowned Film Director from South Korea Honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa
S P Balasubramanyam Honoured with Centenary award at 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa for his contributions to India cinema
Taylor Swift Named Highest paid woman in Music for 2016 by Forbes
Amitav  Ghosh Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space
Hadi Abdullah (from Syria) Has been awarded the prestigious Reporters without Borders (RSF)-TV5 Monde prize for reporting from some of the most perilous zones in his country’s five-year-old war
Kamala Harris Has become the first ever Indian-American to be elected to the Senate – the US legislature’s upper house
Prof. Raj Bisaria Will be honoured by Madhya Pradesh Govt. with prestigious ‘Kalidas Samman’ national award for 2015-16 for his achievement in theatre
Pramila Jayapal Has become the First Indian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
Roger Federer Has won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award at the ATP awards, for the 12th time in his career
Jackie Chan Has been awarded an honorary Oscar at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles
Aditi Ashok Has become first woman Golfer from India to claim a European Tour event
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) 2016 Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Governance
Mark Zuckerberg Has been named Fortune’s 2016 Business Person of The Year
Mike McCormack 2016 Goldsmiths Prize for his novel Solar Bones
Imtiaz Sooliman (Indian-origin man in South Africa) Has been awarded the prestigious Global Citizen Award for his “innovative and visionary” contribution to the global community
Gulzar Will be honoured with this year’s Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award
Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Indian classical music
Sri Sri Ravishankar Honoured with “Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award”
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand Was conferred the first ‘World Sanskrit Award’ for her exemplary contribution for the promotion of the language
Akshaya Mukul Has been awarded the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for his book “Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India”
Captain Radhika Menon India’s first female Merchant Navy captain who has become the first woman to be awarded by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for her exceptional bravery in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous Bay of Bengal waters last year
Peggy Whitson – 57-year old NASA astronaut Has become the oldest female astronaut to reach the International Space Station (ISS)
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of UAE Has been presented the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice in recognition of his contribution towards promotion of justice and peaceful co-existence
Malini Subramniam Conferred with the International Press Freedom Award for her reporting from the Naxal-infested Bastar area
Mary Kom Will receive ‘Legends Award’ from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on their 70th anniversary in December 2016
Akodara village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat Has earned the title of becoming the 1st digital village in India
Nico Rosberg Has been crowned 2016 Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion
Iranian film ‘Daughter’ Won the coveted Golden Peacock award at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)


Meetings/Conferences/Summit – November 2016 
Event Venue
47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa
Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) New Delhi
An International Conference on “Decarbonization of Indian Railways – Mission Electrification” New Delhi
Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Noida
1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC)  New Delhi
9th Annual Meeting of International Regulatory Cooperation for Herbal Medicines (IRCH) New Delhi
64th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM) New Delhi
2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum’s Leaders Summit Lima, Peru
36th India International Trade Fair New Delhi
First Indian National Open Accuracy Paragliding Championship Bir, Himachal Pradesh
International Conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane Value Chain – Vision 2025 Sugar Pune
International Conference on Brucellosis 2016  New Delhi
World Internet Conference 2016 Wuzhen, China
5th International Tourism Mart Imphal, Manipur
13th Edition of World Robot Olympiad New Delhi
14th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) Botswana
Golden jubilee (50th anniversary) celebrations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Hosted by India



New Appointments – November 2016 
Person Designation/Post
Michel Aoun Elected as President of Lebanon
Sushil Chandra Took over as Chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
Kim Byong-joon Has been appointed as Prime Minister of South Korea
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (Founder of Sulabh International) Has been appointed as a brand ambassador for Swachh Rail Mission of Indian Railways
Ranveer Singh – Bollywood Actor Indian ambassador for Switzerland Tourism
Aniruddha Rajput Has won a hotly-contested election in the UN General Assembly for membership to International Law Commission, the UN organ tasked with the progressive development of international law and its codification
Praveen Kumar Sharma Appointed as the Central Registrar (CR), Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest of India (CERSAI)
Daniel Ortega Re-elected as President of Nicaragua
Rahul Dravid Named Brand ambassador of the second cricket T20 World Cup for the blind to be played in 2017
Meng Hongwei from China Elected as President of Interpol
Narinder Batra Has become first Indian to be elected as the president of the International Hockey Federation
Ravichandran Ashwin Brand Ambassador of Equitas Small Finance Bank
M Rajeshwar Rao Appointed as Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Guy Ryder Re-elected as Director-General of International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Rumen Radev Has won Presidential Elections of Bulgaria
Akhil Agarwal Has taken charge as the first Director General (Signal & Telecommunications) in Indian Railways
Anand Mathur Has taken charge as the first Director General (Personnel) in Indian Railways
A K Goel Has taken charge as the first Director General (Railway Stores) in Indian Railways
Igor Dodon Has been elected as President of Moldova
Jagdish Singh Khehar New Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)
Nikki Haley Has been selected by US President-elect Donald Trump, to be the US ambassador to the United Nations
Yudhvir Singh Malik Has been appointed as new Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
Upma Chaudhary Has been named new director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and has thus become the first woman to be appointed to this post
Lt. Gen. A K Bhatt Has been appointed as the Indian Army’s new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO)
Pankaj Patel – CMD of Zydus Cadila Has been elected as President of industry body FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) for 2017


Obituary (Deaths) – November 2016 
Person Associated with Field/Area of Work
Silvio Gazzaniga Sculptor of FIFA World Cup Trophy
Vladimri Zeldin World’s Oldest Active Theatre Actor
Mangat Ram Sharma Former Deputy Chief  Minister of Jammu & Kashmir
Natalie Babbitt American Author
W.D. Amaradeva Music Legend from Sri Lanka
Kanu Gandhi Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a former NASA scientist
Leonard Cohen Canadian Singer, Poet and Novelist
Lt. General (Retd.) S K Sinha Former Governor of Assam & J&K
Denton Cooley A renowned surgeon who was the first to implant a totally artificial heart in a patient
MGK Menon ISRO Scientist
M Balamuralikrishna Veteran Carnatic  Musician
Dr. Viveki Rai Renowned Hindi and Bhojpuri writer
William Trevor Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer
Fidel Castro Former Prime Minister of Cuba
Dileep Padgaonkar Journalist
Anand Yadav Marathi Author
Ivan Mikoyan Aircraft Designer from Russia


Indian States and UTs News – November 2016 
  • The World Bank has ranked Andhra Pradesh as number one in ‘Energy Efficiency Implementation Readiness’
  • Andhra Pradesh State Govt. has recently launched the ‘Smart Water Distribution Monitoring’ web interface, through which people can check the status of drinking water in the water tanks nearby
  • Arunachal Pradesh State’s sports department has renamed state-level football and volleyball trophy after martyr Jawan Hangpan Dada
  • Asian Development Bank has approved a $48 million loan to boost Assam’s power sector
  • Bihar State Govt. has launched “Har Ghar Bijli Lagataar” programme, to provide free electricity connection to about 50 lakh households above the poverty line
  • PM Narendra Modi has recently inaugurated Asia’s largest man-made jungle safari, a nearly 800-acre Nandanvan Zoo and Safari, at Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh
  • Chhattisgarh State Govt. has launched a campaign called “Lakshya Bhagirathi” to complete theirrigation projects that could not be completed
  • Chhattisgarh has become the first state to pass a resolution from its state legislative assembly in support ofdemonetisation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 8th November 2016
  • Jammu & Kashmir State Govt. has announced the launch of All Terrain Bike (ATB) programme for meritorious boys of lower economic strata
  • Jammuand Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has formally launched the World Bank funded mega Rs. 1600 crore Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery project which would give a massive push to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure post 2014 floods in the State
  • Himachal Pradesh State Govt. has recently approved “Mukhya Mantri Shikshak Samman Yojana”, providing for one year extension in service and cash incentive to teachers who would give 100 per cent results consistently for five years
  • India’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-driven bus has been launched in Kerala
  • Kerala has become India’s third open defecation free state (after Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh)
  • World’s first Genetic Garden of Halophytes(naturally occurring salt-tolerant plants) was inaugurated at the coastal town of Vedaranyam in Kerala
  • Maharashtra has become the first State in India to launch cyber police stations in all districts
  • Maharashtra State Govt. in association with the State Child Rights Protection Commission has launched ‘CHIRAG’ mobile application to facilitate submission of complaints of violation of child rights
  • Maharashtra State Govt. signed an agreement withCanada to implement a joint action plan on urban infrastructure development in the state
  • Maharashtra has become the first state to adopt Fly Ash Utilisation Policy, paving way for prosperity by generating “wealth from waste”, and environment protection
  • The Environment Ministry has constituted a four-member committee for conservation of Loktak Lake in Manipur and also assess steps required to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • The first titanium project of India being established by Saraf Group in Ganjam district of Odisha has started its test production
  • NHPC announced commissioning of a 50 MW wind power project at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan
  • Rajasthan State Govt. will start AnnapurnaRasoi Programme, to provide quality meal at cheap price to people belonging to the weaker section and labourers
  • Sikkim has become first state to start India’s first Cherry Blossom Festival, which is widely celebrated in Japan
  • Tamil Nadu State Govt. has passed an order to enhance paid maternity leave period for women government employees from six to nine months
  • The State Govt of Telangana has recently signed a MoU with Microsoft India for developing cloud and mobile based solutions
  • com, an online travel company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Uttarakhand government to promote home stays in the state and to highlight the state’s unique tourist attractions
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, recently inaugurated India’s first and Asia’s longest bicycle highway between Agra and Etawah


Govt. Schemes/Yojanas/Initiatives – November 2016 
  • Saur Sujala Yojana has been recently launched by PM Narendra Modi, that would providesolar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price
  • Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan has been launched by Union Govt. to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals
  • Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana has been launched by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurshipto scale up an ecosystem of entrepreneurship for youngsters
  • Health India Initiative, quarterly magazine has been released by Union Health Ministry, that will cater to health related information and will raise awareness about healthy living
  • Union Health Ministry has launched ‘No More Tension’ app which will help users to manage stress and will also provide information regarding stress, symptoms and its management
  • Union    HRD Minister  Shri Prakash Javadekar  has inaugurated the world’s largest digital national building initiative “Smart India Hackathon 2017”.Through Smart India Hackathon 2017, HRD ministry is keen on reaching out to all technology institutions in India and challenge students to offer innovative solutions to some of the daunting problems faced by our nation
  • Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani recently distributed PAHCHAN identity cards to artisans of Gujarat. The cards will give national identity to the artisans who will be covered under a national database. The artisans can avail of benefit of any government scheme through these cards
  • AirSewa portal and mobile app has been launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation for customer grievance redressal, checking flight status, schedule and airport information
  • E-pashuhaat portal has been launched by the Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry for connecting breeders and farmers regarding availability of bovine germplasm
  • PresidentPranab Mukherjee has launched the National Student Startup Policy (NSSP) aiming to help out students in promoting and making technology-driven start-ups
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana (PMAY-G)for providing ‘Housing for All’ in rural areas
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently had launched the ‘Indian Police at Your Call’ mobile app which is a GIS Map based interface for the citizens to locate police stations near to their current location so that they can easily reach the police station in case of emergency



Banking/Economy/Finance/Corporate News – November 2016 
  • Indian Govt. has demonetised Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination currency notes
  • TheBenami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016, designed to curb black money and passed by parliament in August 2016, came into effect from 1st November 2016
  • The GST Council has decided to have four slabs under the GST regime – 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%
  • Central Vigilance Commission has now made it mandatory for public sector banks to report to it all fraud cases involving funds over Rs. 1 Crore
  • City Union Bank(CUB) has become the first bank in India to introduce a robot to deal with customer queries. This robot has been named Lakshmi
  • Google has tied up with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for 360 degree virtual tour of 280-odd monuments across India
  • Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has become India’sfirst firm to get debt recast under RBI’s new Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A)
  • Corporation Bank has signed an MoU with Indian Army on the Defence Salary Package which will come with a host of facilities, including free insurance cover
  • Ujjivan Financial Services has got final licence for Small Finance Bank from Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched ‘Startup Mentorship Circle’, a unique platform to help in connecting start-ups with the global marketplace
  • LinkedIn has announcedthat it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Union Human Resources Development Ministry to create more job opportunities for students across India
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved $12 billion loan to Egypt, which is thelargest of its kind so far in the Middle East region
  • The Reserve Bank of India, after consultation with the government, has allowed Indian banks to raise funds through issuance of rupee-denominated bonds overseas (also calledmasala bonds) within the present limit of 2,44,323 crore set for foreign investment in corporate bonds
  • Airtel has launched India’s firstPayments Bank. It would provide an interest of 7.25% per annum on deposits
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed opening of “Islamic window” in conventional banks for “gradual” introduction of Sharia-compliant or interest-free banking in the country


Defence News – November 2016 
  • Surya Kiran – X, a joint military exercise between India and Nepal was held from 31st October 2016 to 13th November 2016
  • ‘SAMPRITI 2016’ a joint military exercise was held between India and Bangladesh
  • “Hand in Hand 2016” a joint training exercise between armies of India and China was held in Pune
  • Rustom – II, India’s indigenously developed long-endurance combat-capable drone has successfully completed its maiden-flight, giving a boost to India’s development programme for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned INS Chennai, the third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer
  • Navyhas formally inducted four types of indigenously developed sonars. The systems included Abhay – for shallow water crafts, Humsa UG – upgrade for the Humsa sonar system, NACS – Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System, and AIDSS – Advanced   Indigenous  Distress sonar system for submarines
  • India successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession as part of a user trial by the army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha


Reports/Index/Study/Research – November 2016 
  • According to a new report by NASSCOM, India has emerged as the world’s third largest start-up base after United States and United Kingdom
  • According to a new research by UNICEF, almost 90% of the world’s children live in places where outdoor air pollution exceeds WorldHealth Organisation (WHO) limits
  • As per The Cigarette Package Health Warnings International Status Report , India (requiring 85% pictorial warning) ranked 3rd out of 205 countries, in terms of having largest pictorial warning on tobacco products
  • London has topped the World’s Best City Brands list, as per Resonance Consultancy’s 2017 global Place Equity Index
  • Indiahas been ranked 30th on Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017, issued by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe
  • India ranked 138th out of 175 countries in the 2016 ICT Development Index (IDI) released by International Telecommunications Union (ITU)


Science & Technology News – November 2016 
  • A new variety of extra early maturing variety ofarhar, a pulse also called toovar, has been developed by scientists of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research. It has been named as PUSA-Arhar 16
  • NASA is developing an instrument called ‘Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument’ (‘BILI’) to sniff out signs of life on Mars
  • NASA has successfully completed building the largest space telescope named James Webb Space Telescope which will succeed 26-year old Hubble Space telescope
  • NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS — that is giving scientists new insight into Earth’s magnetosphere — now holds the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal
  • Compound named Gelator has been developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram, to help in recovering marine oil spill in a cost effective and efficient manner
  • Japan has launched a next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite “Himawari-9,” aiming to further improve meteorological services in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Scientists have detected the presence ofwater on Psyche, the largest metallic asteroid in our solar system 
  • As stated by Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO)Chairman AS Kiran Kumar, India’s ambitious South Asian satellite, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the benefit of SAARC members, will be launched in March 2017
  • China has successfully launched the X-ray pulsar navigation satellite — XPNAV-1, which will conduct in-orbit experiments
  • NASA has launched next-generation weather satellitecalled GOES-R which is said to revolutionize weather forecasting
  • India became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory and best known as operator of the Large Hadron Collider, which found the elusive Higgs boson in 2012


Sports Bits – November 2016 
  • Lewis Hamilton has won Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
  • India’s Pratul Joshi has won theBahrain International Challenge badminton tournament
  • Indian women’s hockey team beat China in final match to win 2016 Asian Champions Trophy
  • Andy Murray has won Paris Masters title
  • Bastab Tapan Bordoloi fromAssam’s Jorhat district has won five gold medals and a silver at the recently concluded South Asian Aquatic Championship (SAAC) in Sri-Lanka
  • Boxer MannyPacquiao has reclaimed the WBO welterweight title for the third time
  • Competing in the youth category at the junior nationals, Tejaswin Shankar has broken the senior national record in the high jump
  • India’s women’s carrom team has defeated Sri Lankato win the gold at the 7th World Carrom Championship in UK 
  • Lewis Hamilton has won Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Padmini Rout has won National Women Premier Chess Championship for third time
  • P V Sindhu has won China Open Badminton Series
  • Tennis Player Andy Murray has won ATP World Tour Finals Title
  • Indian Chess GrandmasterViswanathan Anand clinched the 2016 Champions Showdown in St Louis, United States
  • Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar wins2016 Indonesia Open
  • Boxer Sachin Singh won gold medal in the AIBA Youth World Championships


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