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. 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.
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. Negotiators from nearly 200 nations have clinched a historic deal to phase down emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The agreement is a major expansion of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which eliminated the use of the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons was finalized during a United Nations meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.
ii. The Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol to cut the use of potent warming greenhouse gases used in fridges and air conditioning has been described as the single most important step that the world can take to limit global warming.
iii. The deal, received with a round of applause in the early hours of Saturday, has delivered on most of the promises made by the member countries last week, getting the world on track to avoid almost 0.5C warming by 2100.
i. China successfully launched a spacecraft carrying two astronauts, in its longest-ever manned space mission.This team would later join its experimental space lab orbiting the Earth as the country moved a step closer to establish its permanent space station by 2022.
ii. The manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11, carrying two astronauts who will remain in space for 33 days, the longest manned mission in its space program to date.
iii. Shenzhou-11, China’s sixth manned spacecraft, will dock with space lab Tiangong-2, marking a step closer to the country’s space ambitions.
i. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake situated in North America. Fresh water is naturally occurring water on Earth’s surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as groundwater in aquifers and underground streams. Fresh water is generally characterized by having low concentrations of dissolved salts and other total dissolved solids.
ii. The lake is shared by the Canadian province of Ontario to the north, the US state of Minnesota to the west, and Wisconsin and Michigan to the south. It is generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2016
i. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed on the October 17th of every year. The 2016 Theme: Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms.
ii. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” explicitly recognizes that poverty results not from the lack of just one thing but from many different interrelated factors that affect the lives of people living in poverty
Global Travel and Tourism Report released by the World Economic Forum
Finland is rated the most safe country while El Salvador was named as the least safe and secure country in the world in the Global Travel and Tourism Report 2016
♦ Latin American countries dominate the list, with Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico suffering from similar gang-related issues to El Salvador, and Colombia and Venezuela.Countries like Syria, Iraq and South Sudan do not appear on the list at all