1. India ranks 130th in World Bank’s ease of doing business Index:
- India has moved a place up but is still 130th in the World Bank’s ease of doing the business ranking for 2017.
- The marginal improvement came on the back of slight improvement in four indicators (getting electricity, enforcing contracts, trading across borders and registering property).
- The report examines regulations that enhance or constrain business activity, assesses 190 countries and ranks them according to the impacts of their regulatory environment on business.
- New Zealand has been ranked the top country in the world (up one place).
2. India ranks 87th on the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016:
- India has been ranked 87th out of 144 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2016.
- India has climbed 21 spots from 108th position in 2015.
- The report measures gender gap as progress towards parity between men and women in four areas (i) Educational attainment, (ii) Health and survival, (iii) Economic opportunity and (iv) Political empowerment.
- Top 5 Countries in 2016 Report are Iceland (1st), Finland (2nd), Norway (3rd), Sweden (4th) and Rwanda (5th).
3. Paul Beatty wins Man Booker prize 2016:
- Paul Beatty has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize.
- He won the award for his racial satire, ‘The Sellout’ at a ceremony in London’s Guildhall.
- The novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. Amanda Foreman, Chair of the Judges, said the book managed to eviscerate every social taboo.
- The Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK.
4. Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 begins:
- The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise "Mitra Shakti" 2016 has begun at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.
- The exercise will continue till 6th November 2016.
- The main focus of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability while carrying out Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations under the United Nations Mandate.
- The previous exercise with the Sri Lankan Army was successfully conducted at Pune in India.
5. Union Government forms panel to resolve telecom penalty row:
- The Union Telecom Ministry has formed a committee to look into the regulator TRAI’s recommendation of a Rs. 3,050 crore penalty on top three telcos — Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.
- The committee has been asked to give a report on the recommendations soon likely to be before 15 November 2016.
- Earlier TRAI had recommended Department of Telecom to impose penalty on these three incumbents telecom companies for denying interconnection points to Reliance Jio.
6. AIR’s entry on dwindling tiger habitats wins ABU award:
- All India Radio (AIR) has won the first prize in the Community Service Announcement category of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) awards for this year.
- AIR’s entry (Diary of a Tiger) was declared the winner at a glittering award ceremony held in Bali, Indonesia, on the sidelines of ongoing 53rd ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings.
- The selected programme is an 89-second spot in Hindi on the dwindling forests and gradually decreasing habitat of tigers.
- The award includes a trophy, certificate and cash prize of US Dollars 2000.
7. Uttarakhand High court bans sale of whitener:
- The Uttarakhand High Court ordered state government to completely ban on the sale of whitener in the state following the death of a teenager from sniffing an excess of it.
- The High Court issued the order by taking suo motu cognisance of the death of the 14-year-old boy due to sniffing excess whitener for a kick.
- Besides, the high court also ordered that items such as Feviquick, Iodex should not be sold to children below 18 years of age in view of prevalent abuse of these among teenagers.
8. Union Ministry of Urban Development signs MoU with NBCC (India) Ltd & CPWD:
- The Union Ministry of Urban Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Buildings Construction Corporation (India) Ltd and Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
- The MoU was signed for the redevelopment of General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colonies in New Delhi.
9. Brazil World Cup hero Carlos Alberto passes away:
- Brazilian football great Carlos Alberto (72-year) has passed away due to the heart attack.
- Alberto had scored one of the greatest goals in FIFA World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in 1970 final against Italy in Mexico.
- He earned the nickname 'The Captain' for his leadership qualities.
10. FIH appoints Jason McCracken as Chief Executive Officer:
- The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed New Zealand’s Jason McCracken as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
- He will replace Kelly Fairweather, who is leaving for the International Tennis Federation after six years in the role.
- The International Hockey Federation is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey.