1. International Day of Tolerance being observed today:
- The International Day for Tolerance is being observed today in the world.
- It is annually observed on 16th November to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance.
2. World Internet Conference 2016 to start in Wuzhen:
- Today,the three-day event of 2016 World Internet Conference (3rd) will kick off in Wuzhen China.
- More than 120 countries, including 8 top foreign leaders will attend the conference.
- Delegates will be discussing the creation of an online community of shared destiny which features innovation.
- The World Internet Conference (Wuzhen Summit) is an annual event, first held in 2014.
3. Nitish Kumar launches free power connection programme:
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a key programme to provide free electricity connection to about 50 lakh households above the poverty line.
- The chief minister launched “Har Ghar Bijli Lagataar” programme, which was key development thrust for the Assembly polls.
4. BBC World Service to launch 11 new language services:
- The BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s.
- It is the biggest expansion of the World Service since the 1940s.
- The new languages will be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba.
- The first new services are expected to launch in 2017.
5. DRDO's combat drone Rustom-2 flies for the first time:
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested its unmanned combat aerial vehicle, Rustom-2.
- The medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) category vehicle met all the expectations during the first flight.
- The first flight by the Rustom-2, which is developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment, was three years delayed than the schedule.
6. 20 nations sign framework agreement of International Solar Alliance:
- Over 20 countries has signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
- The framework agreement of ISA was opened for signatures on the sidelines of CoP22 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at Marrakech, in Morocco.
- The legal framework in place ISA will be a major International body headquartered in India.
- The Framework Agreement will be kept open as many more countries are expected to join the ISA in the coming weeks.
- International Solar Alliance is an alliance of 121 solar resource-rich tropical countries lying fully or partially between two tropics (also UN members).
7. Maharashtra becomes first state to adopt Fly Ash Utilization Policy:
- Maharashtra has become the first state to adopt the Fly Ash Utilization Policy.
- The state cabinet has approved a policy for 100% use of fly ash generated from thermal power plants and biogas plants for construction activities.
- This policy will create new employment opportunities in the power plant sector and pave way for prosperity by generating Wealth from Waste.
- Fly ash will be used to make bricks, blocks, tiles, wall panels, cement and other construction materials.
8. Govt decides to declare preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO unlawful:
- The Union Government has decided to declare Islamic Research Foundation floated by preacher Zakir Naik as an unlawful organisation under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
- The Cabinet has banned the NGO for five years and asked security agencies to keep a strict watch on its activities.
- Earlier, Naik came in the centre of controversy following reports that militants involved in Dhaka terror attack were inspired by his provocative speeches.
9. Wholesale price Inflation eased to 33.9 percent in oct:
- Wholesale price inflation eased to 3.39% in October this year due to prices of food articles softened.
- Earlier, Wholesale price-based inflation had stood at 3.57% in September this year.
- Overall wholesale food inflation dropped to 4.34% in this month October.
- Wholesale price inflation stood at minus 9.97% in October.
10. 500 million US dollar loan to build country's longest river bridge :
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India on 15 November 2016 signed a 500 million US dollar loan to build a 9.8 km long road bridge across the Ganges River.
- Along with ADB’s loan and 900000 US dollar in technical assistance to improve bridge operation and management, the Bihar Government will provide support equivalent to 215 million US dollar.
- The project is expected to be completed by the end of December 2020.
11. Doctors perform brain implant for the first time in history:
- Netherlands-based doctors have performed the first-ever brain implant on a 58-year-old woman paralysed by Lou Gehrig's disease, enabling her to communicate in day-to-day life via a speech computer.
- The disease-caused nerve degeneration had left her with control only over her eyes. The implant enabled her to control the computer using brain signals, spelling out messages at two letters per minute.
12. Government launched toll-free helpline for information on Aadhaar:
- Today, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey has launched revamped Aadhaar toll-free helpline number – 1947 to help citizens to get quick access to information about Aadhaar.
- The helpline number will be available 24×7 throughout the year on Interactive voice response system mode (IVRS).
- The Call-Centre agents will be available from 7 A.M. to 11 P.M
- The number has been revamped to handle more incoming calls and to brings Aadhaar closer to everyone.
13. Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian Grand Prix:
- Lewis Hamilton beat against all odds to secure first position at the recently concluded Brazilian Grand Prix 2016 in Interlagos circuit, Sao Paulo. Heavy downpour made the race one of the wettest ever.
- Poor visibility made the race even more challenging for the racers. Hamilton proved he is legendary by mastering the conditions and continuing to maintain his lead, while many of his competitors crashed out.
- Hamilton finished first, followed by his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in second position and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third position.
14. Hockley 1st woman to head a Test nation's cricket board:
- Debbie Hockley has been elected as president of New Zealand Cricket, becoming the first woman to hold that role in the 122-year history of the sport's national governing body.
- New Zealand Cricket said Wednesday that Hockley, who was captain of New Zealand's women's team and is a member of the International Cricket Council's hall of fame, will replace Stephen Boock and will serve a three-year term.