“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

14 Nov 2016


Latest Current Affairs October 2016

1. In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission.

2. State Bank of India-SBI (Public sector banks) recently said it was reissuing over 600,000 debit cards because of a potential security breach.

3. Sanjay Singh has been appointed Member Secretary, Law Commission. The tenure of Twenty first Law Commission is till 31 Aug 2018

4. Sonam Kapoor has been awarded ET Panache’s ‘Trendsetter Awards 2016.’

5. Ashok Leyland automakers in India launched ‘Circuit’ Series first electric bus made in India recently.

6. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to organise the first ever ICC Women's World T20 event in 2020.

7. The eighth BRICS summit concluded in Goa recently. The theme for the summit was Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions.

8. A recent report carried out by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ‘Safety and Security,’ has revealed that the 'Finland' is the safest place in the world.

9. The World Student Day is observed every year on 15 October.

10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently (on 14 October 2016) inaugurated “Shaurya Smarak”, the war memorial in Bhopal.

11. Ajay Kumar Bhalla was recently appointed as the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

12. Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda.

13. Theresa May, who is scheduled to visit New Delhi on Nov 6, is the present Prime Minister of UK.

14. India has signed pact to buy S-400 Triumf long-range air defence systems at a cost of about USD 5 billion (Rs 33,350 crore) from Russia countries.

15. Antonio Guterres has been appointed as the 9th UN Secretary General to take over from Ban Kimoon.

16. Dayanand Anant, who passed away recently, was a renowned writer.

17. The Union Cabinet recently gave its approval for signing of an MoU on General Cooperation with New Development Bank (NDB) which is also known as BRICS Bank.

18. The RBI’s Executive Director Gurumoorthy Mahalingam was recently appointed as a WholeTime Member of market regulator SEBI. 

19. UK Sinha is the present chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

20. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been conferred with a prestigious award by the Ugandan govt for promoting human values through his literature. He is the former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

21. Bank of Baroda public sector lenders recently sealed a principal sponsorship contract with badminton Olympians PV Sindhu and K Srikanth.

22. Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”

23. ICICI Bank has become the first Indian lender to complete a banking transaction using Block chain technology.

24. The Indian Navy conducted the 28th Coordinated Patrol and Second Bilateral Maritime Exercise in the Andaman Sea recently with Indonesia countries.

25. A highaltitude glacial lab of India started functioning recently located in Spiti Valley in the Himalayas. The lab is named Himansh.

26. Agnieszka Radwanska won the women’s singles title of the 2016 China Open.

27. The Kabaddi World Cup kicked off on Oct 7 at the Arena By TransStadia, India's First Convertible Stadium, which is situated in Ahmedabad.

28. The Oscarwinning film director Andrzej Wajda died recently. He was from Poland.

29. The First World Tsunami Awareness Day will be observed on 05 November.

30. The first trade fair of the BRICS countries was held recently in New Delhi.

31. The govt recently received commitments of Rs 65,789 cr by selling 964.80 MHz of spectrum.

32. The book titled “Selection Day” has been authored by Aravind Adiga.

33. The name of Harika Dronavalli is associated with Chess Game.

34. The World Post Day is observed every year on 9 October.

35. India’s first international arbitration centre was inaugurated in Mumbai.

36. The traditional state festival “Bathukamma” was organised on a grand scale in Telangana state recently which has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

37. Maharashtra has become the 17th state to join Central Govt’s UDAY scheme. This scheme is associated with electric sector reforms.

38. Indian Air Force of India celebrates its establishment day on 8 Oct.

39. The main mandate of Payment Banks is to offer remittance services.

40. Under the RBI’s SDR scheme, banks can convert their loans into equity, acquire a majority stake in the firm and bring in new promoters and management. Here, the term SDR means Strategic Debt Restructuring.

41. The Union Finance Ministry has set up a Public Debt Management Cell (PDMC) with the objective of separating debt management functions from RBI.

42. Andy Murray won the men’s singles title of the 2016 China Open.

43. Nico Rosberg has won the Japanese Grand Prix F1 championship.

44. India is hosting the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) from Nov 3 to 5, 2016.

45. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth Rs 114 cr under HRIDAY scheme in five cities. 
These five cities are: Varnasi (Uttar Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab), Dwaraka (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha) and Warangal (Telangana).

46. Jitu Rai is associated with Shooting games. He clinched a silver medal in the World Cup Final at Bologna, Italy recently.

47. The govt has integrated 250 mandis in 10 states with the eNAM platform in the first phase. Full form of the term eNAM is "Electronic National Agriculture Market".

48. Pawan Chamling has been honoured with prestigious “Sustainable Development Leadership Award” by President Pranab Mukherjee. He is the present Chief Minister of Sikkim.

49. Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the present President of Colombia.

50. At least 283 people were killed in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew recently. The capital city of Haiti is PortauPrince.

51. Ranil Wickramasinghe is the present Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. He was in New Delhi recently on a threeday visit.

52. The book scheduled to be released in Jun 2017 title “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” has been authored by Arundhati Roy.

53. Antonio Guterres, who is poised to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations, is the former Prime Minister of Portugal.

54. The first BRICS Under 17 football tournament kicked off recently in Goa.

55. Jammu and Kashmir Bank has appointed Parvez Ahmed as Chairman and CEO of the bank.

56. India’s GSAT18 satellite was successfully launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana recently. It is a(n) communication satellite.

57. Nayanjot Lahiri has won the prestigious 2016 John F Richards Prize for her book “Ashoka in Ancient India”.

58. The Union Govt has made Aadhaar card mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies after Nov 2016. The Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique number issued by the UIDAI.

59. Google technology firms launched a new premium smartphone named ‘Pixel’ which will rival with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

60. 5.75% is the new reverse repo rate after the 4 Oct monetary policy review by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

61. Fiscal deficit in the first five months of the current fiscal stood at Rs 4.08 lakh cr, which was 76.4 percent of Budget estimates for 201617.

62. World Space Week - The week 4-10 Oct every year is observed.

63. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has decided that businesses in rest of India (excluding those in Northeastern and hill states) with annual turnover below Rs 20 lakh would be out of the GST net.

64. Daniel Ricciardo won the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix F1 championship.

65. Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene.

66. Lee Hsien Loong, who visited New Delhi recently, is the present Prime Minister of Singapore.

67. Murga film won the first prize at the Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival (SBSFF) recently.

68. Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi has won 2016 Noble Prize in Medicine.

69. Indira Gandhi International Airport of India has become the first carbon neutral airport in AsiaPacific. Indira Gandhi International Airport serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, India.

70. The Union Govt has appointed S Siva kumar as a full time Member of the 21st Law Commission of India. The chairman of the Commission is Balbir Singh Chauhan.

71. As per the news published in the newspapers, Cartosat-2C satellites of the ISRO was used in the recent surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on Pakistan.

72. Sushant Singh Rajput has played MS Dhoni in the biopic “MS Dhoni, the Untold Story”.

73. Arundhati Bhattacharya has been given an extension of one year as the chairperson of State Bank of India (SBI).

74. Somesh Sharma has been elected President of The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for the year 2016-17.

75. An all women team was flagged off to summit Mt Gorichen recently. This is the second highest peak in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

76. The Lodha Committee’s recommendations on reforms are associated with Board of Control for Cricket in India.

77. Sanjaya Baru has authored the book “1991: How PV Narasimha Rao Made History”.

78. The International Translation Day is observed every year on 30 Sep.

77. The 2016 BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Meet was held recently in New Delhi.

78. The Bandhan Bank now has fourth largest debit card base among private sector banks in India. The bank is headquartered at Kolkata.

79. India recently won its historic 500th Test against New Zealand team in Kanpur.

80. Vijay Kelkar is the current elected president of the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).


Read these TOP-10 Expected GK Questions for Competitive Exams given below:

Q. What do you mean by term 'Gatka'?
(1) It is an ancient martial art performed in Punjab
(2) It is a name of Jewelry which is correct by women of Punjab
(3) It is a name of folk dance which performed on marriages in Punjab
(4) It is a name of Finincial scheme which launched by Punjab State Govt.
(5) None of these

Q. Which of the following is incorrect regarding Pneumonia Disease?
(1) It is caused by Bacteria only
(2) Breathing difficulty in Pneumonia is because of alveoli get filled with pus and fluid
(3) Pneumonia can spread via air
(4) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is the second most common cause of bacterial Pneumonia
(5) None of these

Q. Electronic cigarettes contains which of the following material?
(A) Nicotine
(B) Glycerine
(C) Polypropylene
(D) Propylene glycol

Choose the correct option:
(1) A, B and C
(2) A, B and D
(3) A and B
(4) A and D
(5) None of these

Q. The Punda belongs to the same family as that of
(1) Bear
(2) Cat
(3) Dog
(4) Rabit
(5) None of these

Q. The removal of top soil by water or wind called?
(1) Silting of soil
(2) Soil erosion
(3) Soil creep
(4) Soil wash
(5) None of these

Q. The smallest functional and structural unit of Kidney is called as?
(1) Nephron
(2) Reticulocyte
(3) Granulocyte
(4) Neuron
(5) None of these

Q. Which city is known for its chiken embroidery?
(1) Pune
(2) Ujjain
(3) Surat
(4) Lucknow
(5) Jaipur

Q. Nuakhai festival is celebrated in which among the following states of India?
(1) Uttar Pradesh
(2) Punjab
(3) Himachal Pradesh
(4) Odisha
(5) Gujarat

Q. The Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission is appointed by? 
(1) President
(2) Vice-President
(3) Union Home Minister
(4) Minister in charge of DoPT
(5) Prime Minister

Q. The President of India can nominate ______members in Lok Sabha and _____ members in Rajya Sabha.
(1) 12, 2
(2) 2, 12
(3) 2, 10
(4) 10, 2
(5) 15, 5

Answer Key:
1. 1
Gatka is an ancient martial art system which uses spiritual, mental and physical skills in equal portions to help one fully competent in defending themselves and others.

2. 1
Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection that affects the Lungs. The Lungs are made up of small sacs called alveoli, which fill with air when a healthy person breathes. When an indivisual has Pneumonia, the alveoli are filled with pus and fluid, which makes breathing painful and limits oxyzen intake.

3. 2

4. 1 - Bear

5. 2 - Soil erosion

6. 1-Nephron

7. 4
The famous embroidery work of Uttar Pradesh is Chikan embroidery that is known for its exquisite artistic superiority all over the world. The very word `chikan` is derived from the Persian word `chikaan` meaning drapery. Chikan embroidery, the superior embroidery work of Uttar Pradesh was originated in Lucknow.

8. 4 Odisha - Nuakhai is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Odisha in India. Nuakhai is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. According to the Hindu calendar it is observed on panchamitithi (the fifth day) of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhaadra (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. This is the most important social festival of Western Odisha.

9. 1

10. 2

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