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Current Affairs Updates for November 2016

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Welcome to another edition of monthly Current Affairs bits for IAS Preparation. This post lists the important events that took place in November 2016.

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Agriculture Maharashtra tops in 2016 Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index of NITI Aayog
Defence 10th Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran commences
Black Money Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 comes into force
Science and Tech Russia invites India to join fast-neutron reactor project
Technology IISER Researchers develop Gelator to scoop out marine oil spills
Culture Chinese scholar Xuan Zang stayed in Vijayawada to study Buddhist scriptures
Minerals India’s first titanium project starts test production in Odisha
Climate Change Paris Agreement on Climate Change enters into force


Space Science NASA completes construction of James Webb Space Telescope
Economy GST Council fixes 4-rate structure
Defence India-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-2016 begins
Sports Indian Women’s hockey team wins 2016 Asian Champions Trophy
Conservation Union Environment Ministry constitutes Four-Member team for Conservation of Loktak Lake
Ecology PM Narendra Modi inaugurates first International Agro-biodiversity Congress
Conservation Archaeologists plan to use LIDAR to study ancient Rajgir hills
Nuclear Energy China to block India’s bid for NSG membership
Economy Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000 notes no longer legal tender
USA Donald Trump elected as 45th President of United States
Person in News Kamala Harris becomes first Indian-American to win US Senator seat
Summit Peru to host 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit
Water Sharing Punjab Law Terminating Sutlej-Yamuna Link Agreement unconstitutional: SC
Nuclear Energy India and Japan Sign Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
Nuclear Energy Termination clause in N-deal with Japan not binding on India: Government
Sports Padmini Rout wins 2016 National Women Premier Chess Championship
Science Biggest and brightest Supermoon observed
Global Warming 2016 will be hottest year on record
Agriculture CCEA hikes Minimum Support Price of wheat and pulses
Environment Maharashtra becomes first state to adopt Fly Ash Utilization Policy
Defence India, China Joint Training Exercise Hand in Hand 2016 begins in Pune
Defence India’s combat-capable Rustom-II drone successfully completes maiden test flight
International Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court
Science Doctors from Netherlands perform brain implant for the first time in history
Judiciary Supreme Court refuses to lift ban on Jallikattu
Energy Iran becomes India’s top crude oil supplier 
Agriculture Scientists produce faster-growing crops by improving photosynthesis
Trade India is non-committal on market economy status for China
Sports PV Sindhu wins 2016 China Open Super Series Premier title
Artisan Scheme Union Government launches Pehchan identity cards for artisans
International China launches world’s longest super-secure quantum communication line
Banking 16 of 22 PSBs skip paying dividends to Government due to mounting NPAs
Award Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn conferred with first World Sanskrit Award
Banking RBI proposes Islamic window in conventional banks
Climate Change India ranks 20th on 2017 Climate Change Performance Index
Transport India’s longest expressway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh
Defence Stealth Guided missile destroyer INS Chennai commissioned into Indian Navy
Person in News Radhika Menon becomes first woman to receive IMO’s Exceptional Bravery award at Sea
Person in News Veteran Carnatic Music exponent M Balamuralikrishna passes away
Person in News Pankaj Patel elected as FICCI President for 2017
Inequality India’s wealth rises and also disparity: Credit Suisse Report
Defence Nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile successfully test-fired
Trade China agrees to import rice from 17 mills in India
Banking RBI doubles cap on PPIs to Rs. 20,000
Person in News Malini Subramaniam honoured with International Press Freedom Award
Climate Change Himalayan hydro power projects face flood risk
International Colombia Government, FARC rebels sign revised Peace Agreement
IT India ranks 138 in 2016 ICT Development Index
Railway Safety Indian Railways to introduce Tri-Netra to check collisions
Person in News Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro passes away
Banking Gross NPAs of PSBs touch over 6 lakh crores in July-September 2016
Public Transport Asia’s first cycle highway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh
Gender Equality Sex Ratio at Birth at decline in India: CRS data
Global Warming Worst coral die-off recorded at Australia’s Great Barrief Reef

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