Online Current Affairs for November 2016


Donald Trump Nominates 2nd Indian-American Woman To Top Administration Post


  • US President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated a second Indian-American woman to a top administration position, putting her in charge of a federal agency within the health department as part of a "dream team" which he said would transform America's healthcare system.
  • "I am pleased to nominate (Dr) Seema Verma to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services," Mr Trump said in a statement.
  • The announcement came along with Trump's nomination of Congressman Tom Price as his Health and Human Services Secretary.
  • A leading expert in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, Dr Verma would serve as Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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

Donald Trump has nominated which Indian American Woman in charge of a federal agency within the health department as part of a "dream team" to transform America's healthcare system ?

 - Seema Verma.

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Jagdish Chandra Bose’s 158th birthday commemorated by Google Doodle


  • Jagdish Chandra Bose was one of the pioneers of radio communication, and discovered millimetre length electromagnetic waves.
  • He invented many components which are still used in microwave communications, and was one of the first to use a semiconductor to detect radio waves.
  • His research into radio waves were during the same time period when Marconi, widely credited to be the inventor of the radio was researching into radio communications.
  • The experiments by Bose were geared towards understanding radio microwaves, rather than using it as a form of communication.

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

Google has created Doodle for which Indian scientist on 29th of November 2016 on his 158th birthday ?

 - Jagdish Chandra Bose.

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Singapore tops global education rankings


  • Singapore has the highest-achieving primary and secondary pupils in international education tests in maths and science.
  • But primary school pupils in Northern Ireland were ranked sixth at maths, the highest of any in Europe.
  • England's performance has not advanced since tests four years ago.
  • The top places in these rankings are dominated by East Asian countries, such as;
    1.South Korea and
    2.Japan,
    which are pulling away from their competitors.

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

Which country has the highest-achieving primary and secondary pupils in international education tests in maths and science?

 - Singapore.

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Akshay Venkatesh awarded Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences


  • Venkatesh, a professor of mathematics, is the 2016 recipient of the Infosys Prize in Mathematics, which is awarded by the Infosys Science Foundation.
  • Venkatesh’s interests are impressively wide-ranging and include study of;
    1. number theory,
    2. automorphic forms,
    3. topology,
    4. ergodic theory and
    5. representation theory.
  • The award announcement commends his work as creative and foundational, describing it as “characterized by unexpected guiding heuristic ideas which are then brought to fruition with dazzling technical virtuosity.”

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

Who is the 2016 recipient of the Infosys Prize in Mathematics, which is awarded by the Infosys Science Foundation?

 - Akshay Venkatesh.

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Son has no legal right in parents' house, can stay at their mercy: Delhi high court


  • A son has no legal right to live in the self-acquired house of his parents, the Delhi high court has said
  • He can only reside there only at their "mercy"
  • Only because parents have allowed the son to live in their house does not mean they have to bear his "burden" throughout life, the court added.
  • The court also said that only because parents have allowed the son to live in their house as long as their relations are cordial does not mean they have to bear his "burden" throughout his life.

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

According to Delhi High Court, who has no legal right to live in the self-acquired house of his parents?

- Son.

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Bill to tax deposits passed in Lok Sabha


  • The Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill 2016 was passed in the lower House of Parliament without any debate, provoking strong protests from Opposition leaders.
  • The new Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill 2016, passed sans debate in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, will entail a tax of 30 per cent of the income declared, an additional surcharge of 33 per cent of the tax amount, and a penalty of 10 per cent of the declared income.
  • This adds up to a total liability of about 50 per cent.
  • In addition, the amendment states that 25 per cent of the declared income is to be deposited in an interest-free deposit scheme with a lock-in of four years.

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

The Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill 2016 was passed in the lower House of Parliament on which date?

29 November 2016.

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Del Potro-led Argentina win their first ever Davis Cup


  • Juan Martín del Potro-led five-men Argentinian side defeated Croatia on Sunday to win their first-ever Davis Cup, dubbed as the World Cup of Tennis.
  • It is the seventh time a team has come from 1-2 down to win this tournament.
  • The Argentines, who had lost their four previous finals, were given a standing ovation by the spectators, including Diego Maradona.

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

Which country won their first-ever Davis Cup, dubbed as the World Cup of Tennis?

 - Argentina.

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Manipur hosts WWII Vintage Jeep Rally


  • Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh flagged off the World War II Vintage Jeep Rally from the Koirengei Airfield.
  • Organised as part of the Manipur Sangai Festival, the event was aimed at spreading a message of peace.
  • Participants were reportedly wearing Japanese and Allied Forces' uniforms and carrying flags of
    1.India,
    2.Japan and
    3.the United Kingdom.

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

Which state of India is hosting the World War II Vintage Jeep Rally?

 - Manipur.

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Rajnath to lead Indian delegation to Fidel Castro's funeral


  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead the Indian delegation at the funeral of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro..
  • The delegation will reportedly include leaders from various political parties like Congress, CPI(M), CPI and Samajwadi Party.
  • The team will leave for Havana on Tuesday and is expected to return on Thursday.

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

Who will lead the Indian delegation at the funeral of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro?

 - Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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Myntra appoints Ajit Narayanan as its new CTO


  • Flipkart-owned fashion platform Myntra has appointed Ajit Narayanan as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) as its previous CTO Shamik Sharma has moved on to an advisory role.
  • Narayanan was formerly the head of engineering at Myntra.
  • Sharma is reportedly expected to leave Myntra after a four-year stint at the company.

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

Who is the newly appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Myntra?

- Ajit Narayanan.

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IAS officerSuhas LY wins gold in Para-Badminton Championships


  • Uttar Pradesh-based IAS officer Suhas LY won the Asian Para-Badminton Championships in Beijing after defeating Indonesia's Harry Susanto 21-4, 21-11 in the final.
  • Suhas, who is currently posted as the Azamgarh district magistrate, was a wildcard entry to the tournament and had won six consecutive matches to reach the final.

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

Which Indian IAS officer won the Asian Para-Badminton Championships in Beijing after defeating Indonesia's Harry Susanto in the final?

 - Suhas LY

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Pranaav Chopra-Sikki Reddy finish second at Scotland Open


  • India's badminton mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy finished as runners-up at the $55,000 Scottish Open Grand Prix.
  • They lost 21-13, 18-21, 16-21 to Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai in the final.
  • This was the Indian duo's third final in last five tournaments, having won two of them.

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

Which Indian badminton mixed doubles pair finished as runners-up at the Scottish Open Grand Prix 2016?

 - Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy.

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Traditional arts by minority communities displayed at IITF


  • About 184 artisans from minority communities showcased traditional arts at the India International Trade Fair (IITF).
  • Various crafts, including Uttar Pradesh's chikan embroidery, Bihar's Madhubani art, and pottery works, were showcased at the 'Hunar Haat' during the 9-day fair at Pragati Maidan.
  • The initiative, organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, aimed at the upliftment of minorities.

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

The India International Trade Fair (IITF) has been organized in which city of India?

 - New Delhi.

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Zimbabwe launches a new currency


  • Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has launched bond notes equivalent to US dollar, to be issued on Monday by the country's central bank.
  • This comes after unrest in Zimbabwe as the government delayed state officials' salaries.
  • The central bank said bond notes will ease currency shortages, but reports suggest it could encourage increased cash printing, similar to what happened in 2008.

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

Which country has launched new bond notes equivalent to US dollar, to be issued on Monday by the country's central bank.

- Zimbabwe.

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India's first bicycle highway inaugurated in UP


  • Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday inaugurated India's first bicycle highway, from Etawah to Agra, reports said.
  • The opening ceremony at Lion Safari in Etawah was followed by a rally of 90 cyclists from various countries.
  • The 207-kilometre long and 7-feet wide highway was constructed by the UP Public Works Department and runs parallel to the main highway.

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

India's first bicycle highway inaugurated in which state?

- Uttar Pradesh.

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Lt General AK Bhatt to be appointed new DGMO of Indian Army


  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Monday approved the appointment of Lieutenant General AK Bhatt as the new Director General Military Operation (DGMO) of Indian Army.
  • The incumbent DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh has been promoted to General Officer Commanding of Strike 1 Corps. Notably, Bhatt was promoted to the rank of Lt General from Major General in April.

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

Who is the new Director General Military Operation (DGMO) of Indian Army?

 - Lieutenant General AK Bhatt.

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Ola teams up with SBI, PNB for setting up mobile ATMs


  • After petrol pumps, cash can now be withdrawn by swiping debit cards at select Ola cabs as India’s largest ride-hailing service partners with lenders like ;
    1.State Bank of India (SBI) and
    2.Punjab National Bank
    to ease the cash crunch.
  • Ola on a test basis in its cabs in Kolkata and Hyderabad where taxis with a bank officer and POS machine are parked at different locations and dispense cash of Rs. 2,000 per card.
  • In Kolkata, Ola has partnered with Punjab National Bank (PNB), while for Hyderabad, it has collaborated with SBI and Andhra Bank.

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

Which cab company has collaborated with State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank for setting up mobile ATMS?

 - Ola.

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Three-day wine festival begins in Mangaluru


  • A three-day wine festival, organised by the Karnataka Wine Board and the Horticulture
    Department began in Mangaluru on Saturday.
  • The festival aims to showcase 12 wineries and over 150 brands.
  • "The board will showcase the state's wine heritage at the festival in order to popularise wine culture and create awareness on the health benefits of drinking wine said an official.

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

A three-day wine festival, organised by the Karnataka Wine Board and the Horticulture
Department began in which city?

 - Mangaluru.

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Six Indian male shuttlers in World Top 50 for the first time


  • For the first time, six Indian male shuttlers are ranked inside the top-50 men's world rankings.
  • In the latest Badminton World Federation rankings Kidambi Srikanth (12), Ajay Jayaram (19), HS Prannoy (25), Sai Praneeth (36), Sameer Verma (43) and Sourabh Varma (45), are all simultaneously ranked amongst the top 50 in the world.

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

How many Indian male shuttlers are ranked inside the top-50 men's world rankings at present?

- six.

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Sachin 3rd Indian boxer to win gold at Youth World Championship


  • Sachin Singh became only the third Indian boxer to win a gold medal at the Youth World Championships after registering a 5-0 unanimous win over Cuba's Jorge Grinan in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • The 16-year- old boxer, who fought in the 46-49 kg weight category, will be given Rs.1 lakh as a reward for his performance at the championship.

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

Which Indian boxer became the third Indian boxer to win a gold medal at the Youth World Championships 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia?

 - Sachin Singh.

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