Thursday, 17 November 2016

17 November Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 17th November Current Affairs updates.

Chhattisgarh 1st state to pass motion supporting note ban
  • On Wednesday, Chh attisgarh became the first state to pass a motion supporting the demonetisation policy introduced by the BJP-led Central government is Chhattisgarh.
  • CM and BJP leader Raman Singh introduced the motion  in the state assembly in Chhattisgarh. 
  • He also announced that e-payment devices have been exempted from Value Added Tax (VAT) to encourage digital transactions.
China tops fastest supercomputer list 8th time in a row
  • Sunway Taihu Light' has topped the Top 500 list of the world's fastest computers, making it the eighth time in a row that a Chinese supercomputer has emerged as the fastest in the world. 
  • The computer is capable of performing 93 thousand trillion operations per second. 
  • The second position on the list is also occupied by China with the Tianhe-2.
Ex-Twitter India head named CEO of Times Global Partners
  • Times Internet, the digital arm of The Times of India group appointed former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as the CEO of its business division Times Global Partners.
  • Earlier in November, Jaitly had announced his departure from Twitter after four years of service. 
  • He was the Head of Public-Private Partnerships at Google India before joining Twitter.
Air New Zealand named world's best airline for 4th year
  • Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world for the fourth consecutive year by AirlineRatings.com in its Airline Excellence Awards. 
  • It was followed by Qantas and Singapore Airlines at the second and third place respectively. 
  • Cathay Pacific Airways and the Virgin Group airlines have completed the top five, ranking fourth and fifth respectively.
Dwayne Johnson named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine
  • Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.
  • Johnson, who was recently named the highest-paid Hollywood actor for 2015-16, is the first non-white actor to have won the title since Denzel Washington in 1996.
World Philosophy Day: 17 November
  • The World Philosophy Day is observed globally on the third Thursday of November every year.
  • This year, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organised the special events. 
  •  The World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO to encourage the world to share their philosophical heritage and open their minds to new ideas.
Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court
  • President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order removing Russia’s signature from the International Criminal Court’s founding treaty on 16th November. 
  •  Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court but never ratified it.
"Post-Truth" Named Oxford Dictionaries Word of Year Amid 2016 Political Climate
  • Oxford Dictionaries has declared "post-truth" to be its international word of the year citing a 2,000% spike in its usage.
  •  The word beat competition from "adulting," "alt-right," "Brexiteer," "glass cliff" and "woke". Last year's choice was the "face with tears of joy" emoji.
  •  The Word of the Year of Oxford Dictionary is an expression or word that is chosen to reflect the passing year in language.
Twinkle Khanna launches her second book 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad'
  • Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna launched her second book titled 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad'.
  • Twinkle's first book was 'Mrs Funny bones: She's Just Like You and a Lot Like Me', which was published in 2015.
Nawaz Sharif inaugurates Gwadar port in Pakistan
  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a trade route linking the south-western Gwadar port to Kashgar city in China as part of $46 billion project to jump start economic growth in the South Asian country.
  • With the operationalisation of the revamped Gwadar port, the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), linking western China to the Arabian Sea, became a reality.
Reliance Group launches IoT services under venture Unlimit
  • Reliance Group has partnered with Cisco Jasper for the launch of a venture called Unlimit, which will provide Internet of Things (IoT) services to its enterprise customers in India.
  • IoT is a network of “things” that include identifiable devices, appliances, equipment, the machinery of all forms and sizes with the intelligence to seamlessly connect, communicate and control or manage each other to perform a set of tasks with minimum intervention.
Women Commando Team Inducted In CRPF
  •  A team of women commandos has been inducted for the first time in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to counter Naxal insurgency in Jharkhand.
  • A Naxal or Naxalite is a member of any of the Communist guerrilla groups in India, mostly associated with the Communist or Leftist ideology.
Twenty Nations sign framework agreement of International Solar Alliance as process begins
  • More than 20 countries, including Brazil, France and India, on 15 November 2016 signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at Marrakech, Morocco.
  • The Framework Agreement of ISA was opened for signature on the sidelines of the CoP22 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Former J&K Governor Lt Gen S K Sinha passes away
  • Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen S K Sinha passed away at a hospital this morning after brief illness.
  • He was of 92 years.
  • Lt Gen Sinha had joined the army in 1943 and has also served as India's Ambassador to Nepal and as the Governor of Assam.

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