Online Current Affairs for October 2016


India Reclaims Champions Trophy


  • India prevailed 3-2 over Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy hockey title here on Sunday.
  • This was the first time the teams were meeting in the final of a continental tournament since India dethroned Pakistan as the Asian Games champions in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.
  • India had won the inaugural edition of the Asian Champions Trophy, defeating Pakistan in 2011.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who won the Asian Champions Trophy hockey title 2016?

 - India.

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PM Modi Pays Tribute to Sardar Patel on Ekta Diwas


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 141st birth anniversary, which is also observed as the National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
  • PM Modi will later flag off the 'Run for Unity' and administer a 'Unity Pledge'.
  • He would also release a commemorative stamp and dedicate a digital exhibition to Sardar Patel.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

National Unity Day is celebrated on which date?

 - 31st October.

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India Ranks 133rd in Commonwealth Youth Index


  • India has ranked very poorly at 133 in a new Global Youth Development Index.
  • It's compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the countries prospects for young people in
    1.employment,
    2.education,
    3.health,
    3.civic and
    4.political spheres.
  • India ranked 133rd in the index covering 183 nations, below neighbouring countries like;
    1. Nepal (77),
    2. Bhutan (69) and
    3. Sri Lanka (31)
    and trailing behind the South Asian average.
  • The top 5 countries on the index are
    Germany  (1),
    Denmark (2),
    Switzerland (4), and
    United Kingdom (5).

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What's the rank of India in a new Global Youth Development Index 2016?

 - 133.

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PM Modi Dedicates Diwali to Indian Soldiers


  • Addressing the nation in the 25th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated this year’s Diwali to the Indian soldiers while lauding their courage.
  • "Our jawans are on duty and guarding us. That is why we are celebrating Diwali joyfully,” he said. “Every citizen of the country is proud of our soldiers,” he added.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Addressing the nation in the 25th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, PM Narendra Modi dedicated this year’s Diwali to whom?

- Indian soldiers.

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47th International Film Festival to be Held in Goa in Nov


  • The 47th International Film Festival of India will be held in Goa between November 20 and 28.
  • It will screen 26 feature films, including 'Airlift' and 'Sultan', and 21 non-feature films.
  • Award-winning films on 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' will also be screened during the festival, being held jointly by the Goa Government, Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Directorate of Film Festivals.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

47th International Film Festival will be held in which state of India in the month of November?

 - Goa.

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SBI to Allot Shares to Govt for Rs. 5.6k cr Capital Infusion


  • The country’s largest state lender State Bank of India will issue equity shares on preferential basis to the Centre for capital infusion of Rs. 5,681 crore, the bank said in a filing before the Bombay Stock Exchange on Saturday.
  • The transaction is subject to the approvals by the Government of India and the Reserve bank of India.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which bank will issue equity shares on preferential basis to the Centre for capital infusion of Rs. 5,681 crore?

 - State Bank of India.

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Himachal Becomes 2nd Open Defecation Free State


  • Himachal Pradesh was on Friday declared 'Open Defecation Free', becoming India's second state to get this status after Sikkim.
  • The newly acquired status will entitle Himachal Pradesh to receive World Bank funding under Rs. 9,000 crore project to sustain sanitation campaign.
  • The state achieved this five months before the target, Secretary in the ministry of rural development Parmeshvaran Iyer said.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which state was declared 'Open Defecation Free' in the month of October , becoming India's second state to get this status after Sikkim?

 - Himachal Pradesh.

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Odisha Govt to Announce New Tourism Policy


  • Odisha is set to unveil a new tourism policy focusing on infrastructure development at tourist sites and promoting the hotel industry, state Tourism Minister Ashok Panda said.
  • The government will spend Rs. 82 crore for developing infrastructure for tourists in 2016-17, he added.
  • He further said officials were asked to form a land bank for future tourist infrastructure development.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which state government is investing Rs. 82 crore for developing infrastructure for tourists in 2016-17 in their own state?

 - Odisha.

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Wild Animals Count Could Fall 67% from 1970-2020: Study


  • The number of wild animals across the world could fall by 67% in the fifty years to 2020, according to a study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • It attributed the fall in animal numbers to the destruction of forested areas and pollution.
  • WWF researchers reportedly monitored the changing presence of 14,152 populations of the 3,706 vertebrate species to draw conclusions.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What is the percentage of wild animals  across the world, which could fall in the fifty years to 2020, according to a study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF)?

 - 67%.

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Strong Earthquake of Magnitude 6.6 Hits Italy


  • A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Sunday causing the collapse of buildings, including historic churches, according to reports.
  • The earthquake originated at a depth of 10 kilometres, around 6 kilometres north of the city of Norcia.
  • No casualties were reported immediately.
  • This comes after an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude in central Italy claimed more than 300 lives in August.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hits which European country?

 - Italy.

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First Case of Zika Virus Reported in Myanmar


  • Myanmar on Friday reported its first confirmed case of Zika virus in the country's largest city Yangon.
  • A 32-year-old pregnant foreigner was quarantined after being diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus, reports said.
  • Myanmar officials said they will advise women in Yangon to avoid getting pregnant in the next six months as a precaution against the virus linked to birth defects.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

First case of Zika Virus is reported in which neighboring country of India?

 - Myanmar.

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Rajoy Re-elected Spain's PM after Two Failed Elections


  • Spain's 350-member parliament voted 170-111 in favour of re-electing People's Party's Mariano Rajoy as the Prime Minister after a 10-month deadlock following two failed general elections.
  • This comes after the socialist Citizen's Party forced out its leader Pedro Sanchez, earlier this month after he rejected the plan to abstain from voting to allow Rajoy to form the government.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who is the newly elected Prime Minister of Spain?

 - Mariano Rajoy.

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Country’s Forex Reserves rises by USD 1 billion to USD 367.14 billion


  • Country’s Forex Reserves rose by USD 1 billion to USD 367.14 billion for the last week ended (21st Oct)on the back of the increase in the core currency assets.
  • According to The Reserve Bank Foreign Currency Assets (FCAs) a major component of the overall reserves, increased by USD 1.015 billion to USD 341.923 billion.
  • Gold reserves remained steady at USD 21.406 billion.
  • The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund declined by USD 5.4 million to USD 1.463 billion.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Country’s Forex Reserves rose to how much dollars on the second last week of October (21st October 2016) ?

- USD 367.14 billion.

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Microsoft launches India’s first Cybersecurity Engagement Center in Delhi


  • Microsoft has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in Delhi.
  • It is first-of-its-kind Cybersecurity Centre in India and overall 7th in the world after
    1. Tokyo,
    2. Seoul,
    3. Beijing,
    4. Singapore,
    5. Berlin and
    5. Washington DC.
  • It will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper Cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organisations.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Microsoft has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in which city of India?

 - Delhi.

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Fix minimum wage for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in central sphere


  • The Union govt. has decided to fix the minimum wage for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in central sphere at 350 rupees per day.
  • It would be effective from 1st November.
  • At present, agriculture workers in the central sphere are paid as per the rates prescribed under the national floor level minimum wage (160 rupees per day).

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The Union govt. has decided to fix the minimum wage for unskilled agricultural labour in C-class towns in central sphere at what rate?

- 350 rupees per day.

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Railway Minister launches a new train service between Anand Vihar to Ballia


  • Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has launched a new train service through video conferencing between Anand Vihar to Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.
  • WIt will run weekly between these two destinations.
  • It was a long pending demand of the Ballia people to introduce a direct train between Ballia and Delhi.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Railway Minister launched a new train service between which two stations?

 - Anand Vihar to Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. 

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Delhi Govt. to set up air treatment system to deal with air pollution in city


  • The Delhi State PWD Minister Satyendra Jain has announced a three-tier air treatment system to deal with rising air pollution in the city ahead of Diwali.
  • The government in collaboration with National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and IIT (Bombay) set up the entire system within 45 days.
  • This is for the first time that the city administration has taken such steps to bring down rising air pollution in the city.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The Delhi State PWD Minister Satyendra Jain has announced a three-tier air treatment system to deal with rising air pollution in the city by the collaborative help of which two institutions?

- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and IIT (Bombay).

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Sports Ministry recognises new boxing federation


  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel has granted recognition to Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as National Sports Federation for Boxing.
  • The recognition to the BFI will give a big boost to the boxers for their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics and other major international competitions.
  • There has been no National Sports Federation for Boxing since 2012.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which sports Federation has been granted recognition as a National Sports Federation by  Sports Minister Vijay Goel ?

 - Boxing Federation of India (BFI).

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India wins first ever international team roller skating medal


  • India has won its first-ever medal in an international roller skating racing event at the ongoing Asian Championships in Lishui,China.
  • The trio of
    1.Dhanush Babu,
    2.Vikram Ingale and
    3.Nikhilesh Tabhane
    have won the bronze in the 3,000-metre team relay event.
  • The final was contested amongst five teams, with ;
    1.South Korea (gold),
    2.China ( second) and
    3.India
    narrowly pipping Chinese Taipei to the third position.
  • This is the first time in India’s two decade competitive roller skating history, that a medal has been secured in a racing event.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

India has won its first-ever medal in which sports at the ongoing Asian Championships in Lishui,China?

 - International Roller Skating Racing.

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Japan's Prince Mikasa, world's oldest royal, dies at 100


  • Japanese Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, died at the age of 100 on Thursday, 27 October.
  • He was the oldest imperial family member in the world.
  • Mikasa was the fifth in the line of succession to the Japanese throne Chrysanthemum, a metaphorical name for the monarchy.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who was the prince of Japan, the oldest imperial family member in the world. Who died at the age of 100 on Thursday, 27 October?

 - Prince Mikasa.

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