i. Prime Minister Modi inaugurated three state-run mega hydro power of 1,752 MW capacity in Himachal Pradesh during his day-long maiden visit to the state
ii. After visiting Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana and he launched two schemes-National SC/ST Huband Zero Defect Zero Effect scheme with an initial outlay of Rs 490 crore
i. Sixteen countries are slated to participate in the 5th Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System military exercises began on October 18, 2016 in Lahore
ii. The countries will take part in the six-day drills aimed at enhancing physical and military capabilities of troops.
iii. Sixteen Countries :
Nepal, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, China, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Maldives, Bahrain, Australia, USA, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey and Pakistan.
i. Kuwait’s Emir Sabah bin Ahmed al-Sabah announced the dissolution of parliament and early elections on Nov. 26. This came hours after an appearance on Al-Rai Television by parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanim calling for such elections to take place
ii. The moves follow disputes between MPs and the government over fuel price increases in the oil-rich country.As oil prices around the world stay low, Kuwait’s government has cut some benefits including fuel subsidies, hiking the cost of petrol by up to 80%. This led to growing dissent.
i. RBI has launched the survey to seek quantitative information on order books, inventories and capacity utilisation of companies in the manufacturing sector, a key input for monetary policy formulation.
ii. The survey seeks quantitative information on order books, inventories and capacity utilisation, such as, pending order books, backlog order books, total inventories, finished goods inventories, work in progress inventories and installed capacity from companies in the manufacturing activities.
i. Indian pharmaceutical major Cipla has signed a memorandum of agreement for South Africa’s first biosimilars manufacturing facility to be set up at a cost of nearly $91 million.
ii. The facility would be South Africa’s first biotech manufacturing unit for the production of biosimilars. It is set to produce a range of affordable treatments for cancer and other autoimmune diseases for the African and global market.
iii. The agreement with KwaZulu-Natal Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone for Cipla BIOTEC’s new facility was concluded on the margins of BRICS Summit in Goa.
i. The Maharajas’ Express, the world’s most luxurious train owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), received the 2016 Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards at Marbella in Spain.
ii. The award for the highly decorated train was received by IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr A K Manocha in the ‘Seven Star Experience Sector’.
iii. As part of the award, Maharajas’ Express was presented the “Signum Virtutis“, the seal of Excellence, from the Seven Star Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards at an impressive function held at the Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella.
i. Robert De Niro to award with 44th annual Chaplin Award at the annual Chaplin Award Robert De Niro To Receive 2017 Chaplin Awardgala announced by The Film Society of Lincoln Center .
ii. He is selected for for a four-decade acting career that stretches from early work including “Mean Streets,” “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather Part II” to more recent projects such as “Silver Linings Playbook“.
i. An amusement park in Dubai claims to have the world’s tallest lego building structure, a model based on Burj Khalifa skyscraper.
ii. It is designed and built using 4,39,000 lego bricks with a height of 17 metres.
Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission
i. Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal received a rare honour for an Indian sport sperson today with her appointment as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.Saina Nehwal
ii. Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President informing her of the appointment.The Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members.
i. India is finally close to operationalising its long-awaited nuclear weapons triad — the capability to launch nukes from land, air and sea.
ii. INS Arihant’s 750km and 3,500km missiles may be somewhat dwarfed by SLBMs with ranges of well over 5,000km with the US, Russia and China, but the completion of the nuclear-triad is critical for a country like India, which has a clearly declared policy of “no first-use” of nuclear weapons.
iii. INS Arihant has undergone a whole host of surface and “dived” sorties during its trials to prove its sea-worthiness. But the full weapons integration with the “K” (named after former president APJ Abdul Kalam) series of SLBMs will take some more time. While the K-15SLBM has a 750-km range, the K-4 can go up to 3,500-km.
i. According to data provided by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), under the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration(Nasa), the month of September 2016 was the hottest September on record.
ii. September 2016’s temperature was a razor-thin 0.004 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest September in 2014.
i. Indian wrestlers in October 2016 clinched four medals, including a gold medal, at the sixth edition of the TAFISA World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.TAFSIA _ Jakarta 2016
ii. Dalmiya outplayed Muhammad Sahan of Azerbaijan 4-1 in the summit clash to clinch the yellow medal. Experienced Luv Singh defeated Muhammad Kashif of Iran 5-3 in the 80 kg category to advance and then made it to the finals by beating Belarus Jordan 8-6.
i. The Jaipur Sufi festiva held at the Diggi palace in Jaipur from October 14-16, 2016.
It is organised annually by the Foundation of SAARC Writers And Literature(FOSWAL), in association with the Rajasthan government.
ii. Nearly 400 participants participated from SAARC nations
iii. After India’s decision to skip the SAARC Summit in Islamabad, Pakistani artists and authors have backed out of the SAARC Sufi Music Festival
5th India International Silk Fair held in New Delhi
i. The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council organized 5th India International Silk Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Fair showcased the world renowned Indian silk products like scarves, shawls, carpets, home furnishings, etc. in different patterns of designs and colours.
ii. India is the only country which produces all commercial varieties of silk like Tassar, Muga, Eri and Mulberry.A networking evening, fashion show followed by dinner werebeing organized to bring together Indian manufacturers and International buyers and present the best silk products that India can offer.
Swacch Bharat Swacch Vidyalaya campaign launched
i. The City Corporation has launched the Swacch Bharat Swacch Vidyalaya campaign in 60 elementary and middle schools.
ii. The initiative Swacch Bharat Swacch Vidyalaya-Smart School-Healthy Child was the continuation of world hand washing day event being held every year and will focus on personal hygiene among children, segregaton of waste maintenance of toilets and also awareness on sanitation.