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India and the UK signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on increasing cooperation in
intellectual property rights (IPRs) and ease of doing business. Both the MoUs were exchanged in the
presence of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and her British counterpart Theresa May here. The MoU on
IPR was inked between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the Intellectual
Property Office of the United Kingdom (UKIPO). The MoU on ease of doing business will harness UK
expertise to support India's efforts to climb the World Bank Ease of Doing Business ratings.

Chhattisgarh government has launched a campaign to complete the irrigation projects that could not be
completed. Under the campaign called Lakshya Bhagirathi, the water resources department had
identified 108 projects that could not be completed.

Hyderabad-based IT and engineering services company Cyient India Limited announced that it would
acquire UK-based ground surveying and digital mapping solutions provider Blom Aerofilms Limited.

The Odisha government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Software Technology Parks
of India (STPI) to set up four STPI centres in the state. The STPI centres would come up in Angul, Jajpur,
Koraput (Jeypore) and Sambalpur. With these four, Odisha will have eight centres of the total 55 in the

Future Retail has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the retail, agriculture, and bakery businesses
of Heritage Foods in an all-stock deal. Heritage Foods, owned by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N
Chandrababu Naidu, will get 3.65% stake in Future Retail worth of Rs 295 crore.

Construction company Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) on 5 November 2016 became Indias first
firm to get Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) approval for debt recast under Scheme for Sustainable
Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A). The RBI-mandated Overseeing Committee (OC) under the S4A
approved HCCs 5107 crore rupees debt recast that was passed by ICICI Bank-led joint lender forum in
September 2016.

City Union Bank (CUB) plans to deploy robots in its branches, becoming the first bank in the country to do
so. Japan's Soft Bank was the first to use a robot in banking operations. CUB's Managing Director & CEO
N Kamakodi said that the 'CUB-Lakshmi' humanoid is a pilot project to be deployed in the bank's T Nagar
branch in Chennai.

The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on 9 November 2016 launched the
Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana to boost up an ecosystem of entrepreneurship for young people.

Highlights of the Yojana

The scheme was launched for the time period of over five years (2016-17 to 2020-21) with a
project cost of 499.94 crore rupees.
It will offer entrepreneurship education and training to around 7 lakh students in 5 years through
3050 Institutes.

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The Ministry also unveiled the guidelines for State Engagement under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas
Yojana 2.0 (2016-2020). It allocated around 3000 crore rupees for the States to achieve its target of
training 10 million people in over 4 years.

GMR Airports Ltd, a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Ltd, has entered into a concession agreement with
the Goa government for the development and operation of north Goas greenfield international airport
at Mopa.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 8 November 2016 notified withdrawal of legal tender of 500 and 1000
rupees denominations of Bank Notes of the existing series issued by RBI with effect from 9 November
2016. The withdrawal came following the Gazette Notification No 2652 dated 8 November 2016 issued by
Union Government. However, a new series of Bank Notes called Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series having
different size and design, highlighting the cultural heritage and scientific achievements of the country, will
be issued.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 7 November 2016 issued the Clarifications on hedging for External
Commercial Borrowings (ECB). The Clarifications were issued under section 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign
Exchange Management Act, 1999.

The Reserve Bank of India on 8 November 2016 issued new series of notes for 500 rupees and 2000 rupees
denomination with improved features and newer sizes. Both the designs will be very friendly towards
the visually-impaired by having features which make it accessible for all sections. The RBI said, 2000
rupees note, which is a first under the denomination, will be called as the 'Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series'
and has a design of the low-cost mission to Mars, the Mangalayan, on the reverse. It said that the base
colour of the note will be magenta.

The GST council on 3 November 2016 approved four tier tax structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent under
the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST). There will be two standard tax rates- 12 percent and 18
percent under the GST. Under the tax structure of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent, the lower rates will be
applicable for essential items and the highest for luxury and de-merits goods that will also attract an
additional cess.

Main Highlights

Essential items including food, which presently constitute roughly half of the consumer inflation
basket, will be taxed at zero rate.
The lowest rate of 5 percent will be for common use items while there will be two standard rates
of 12 and 18 percent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.
Most white goods like washing machines, air conditioners, refrigerators, shampoo, shaving stuff
and soap will be taxed at 28 percent (with riders).
The highest tax slab will be applicable to items which are currently taxed at 30-31 percent (excise
duty plus VAT).
Demerit goods or sin goods such as luxury cars, pan masala, aerated drinks, and tobacco and
tobacco products, will invite a tax of 28 percent plus the cess which could vary between 40 percent
and 65 percent.
There has been no consensus yet on tax rate for gold.

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The collection from this cess as well as that of the clean energy cess will create a revenue pool
which will be used for compensating states for any loss of revenue during the first five years of
implementation of GST.
The cess will be lapsable after five years.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed banks to issue rupee denominated bonds, or masala bonds, in
the overseas market to shore up their capital base as well as for financing infrastructure and affordable

Indian automobile manufacturer Tata Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
Indonesian state-owned enterprise specializing in military and commercial products - PT Pindad, to
effectively explore market potential of Tata Armoured Vehicles in Indonesia and other agreed regions of

Earthport Plc, the leading payment network for cross-border transactions, has received the Reserve Bank
of Indias permission to provide outbound cross border payment services to banks in India.

Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), a not-for-profit public-private partnership between National Skill
Development Corporation and the industry, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with
Taiwan to strengthen cooperation in the field of corporate job vacancies and recruitment services post
skilling in India and internationally.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to dispense more Rs 100 notes through ATMs within the
next 15 days. In a notification, RBI asked banks to calibrate 10% of their ATMs to dispense Rs 100 notes
exclusively on a pilot basis.

ICICI Bank has launched a credit facility against home loans for salaried customers. The Home Overdraft
facility will enable a salaried customer to seek loans up to Rs. 1 crore for personal needs against his/her
property. The minimum and maximum loan over the Home Overdraft facility is Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 1 crore,

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 came into effect on 1 November 2016. The
Act was formulated to curb black money. An official release of Central Board of Direct Taxes said, after
coming into effect, the existing Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 will be renamed as the
Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act, 1988. The new legislation provides for seven
years imprisonment and fine for those indulging in illegal transactions. The previous Act provided for up
to three years if imprisonment or fine or both. It says that properties held as Benami are liable for
confiscation by the government without payment of compensation. The act has amended the definition
of benami transactions and establishes adjudicating authorities and an Appellate Tribunal to deal with
benami transactions.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India's largest IT Services provider said that University of New South
Wales (UNSW) Australia and TCS have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue technology
research collaboration.

Zensar Technologies, an RPG Company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to
acquire Foolproof Ltd. along with its two wholly-owned subsidiary companies in UK and one wholly
owned subsidiary Company in Singapore for an undisclosed sum.

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The Union Government on 31 October 2016 notified the rules for Real Estate (Regulation and
Development) (General) Rules, 2016 that seeks to regulate the housing sector besides bringing
transparency and ensuring timely completion of projects in five Union Territories.

India and Myanmar on 19 October 2016 signed three agreements to boost the bilateral relations between
the two nations. Keeping in view the sensitivity of each others strategic interests, the two nations also
agreed for close security coordination in border areas.

Agreements inked includes

1. MoU for designing an academic and professional building programme for insurance industry of
Myanmar. The MoU was signed between Financial Regulatory Department of Myanmar and
Insurance Institute of India.
2. MoU on Cooperation in the field of Power Sector: India has also offered to enhance power supply
from Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myanmar.
3. MoU on Banking Supervision between RBI and Central Bank of Myanmar

The Telangana Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government
of Illinois State for collaboration and interaction between the two States in various fields in the form of
sharing expertise.

The Union Government in the second week of October 2016 has formally granted a licence to BP Plc to
set up 3500 petrol pumps in India. The company was granted a formal licence on 14 October 2016. It was
granted licence to market Motor Spirit (petrol) and High Speed Diesel (diesel). With this, BP became the
10th company to enter the fuel retailing sector.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 20 October 2016 notified the amended norms for foreign investment
in startups. For this, the bank amended the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security
by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000. Investment in India by Foreign Venture Capital
Investors (FVCI), registered with SEBI, is governed by the provisions of Schedule 6 of the aforesaid
Regulations. FVCI can invest in following sectors- Biotechnology, IT, Nanotechnology, Seed research and
development, pharmaceutical sector, Dairy industry, Poultry industry, Production of bio-fuels, Hotel-cum-
convention centres and Infrastructure sector.

India on 21 October 2016 signed a 650-million US dollar loan agreement with the World Bank for the
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor-III (EDFC-III) Project. The project will benefit industries of Northern
and Eastern India, which rely on railway network for transportation of material inputs and exports. The
EDFC-III Project is to augment rail transport capacity, improve service quality and enhance freight carriage
throughput on the 401 km Ludhiana-Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.

AT&T Inc on 22 October 2016 agreed to buy Time Warner Inc for 85.4 billion US dollars in a deal that will
transform the phone company into a media giant.

Union Government on 21 October 2016 unveiled the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh
ka Aam naagrik), which seeks to get more people to fly in the smaller towns. The Civil Aviation Minister
Ashok Gajapathi Raju who launched the scheme in New Delhi said the scheme is expected to be rolled
out by January 2017.

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in October 2016 recommended imposition of 3050 crore
rupees penalty on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular. The penalty was imposed for allegedly
denying interconnectivity to newcomer Reliance Jio.

Airtel: Penalty amounts to 1050 crore rupees for 21 service areas (all, except Jammu and Kashmir)
Vodafone: Penalty amounts to 1050 crore rupees for 21 service areas (all, except Jammu and
Idea: Penalty amounts to 950 crore rupees for 19 service areas (all, except Jammu and Kashmir,
Himachal Pradesh, and North-eastern States).

The State Bank of India (SBI) on 20 October 2016 declared Silchar as its 5th zone in North-East India. This
zone will cater to the banking needs of the people of Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur along with the Barak
Valley. The other four zones of SBI in region are located in Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh and Jorhat.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways made it mandatory for all automobile
manufacturers to provide emission and noise pollution details for every vehicle they produce. The new
pollution norms will be made applicable from April 2017.

The Union Ministry of Shipping on 17 October 2016 sanctioned the Capital Dredging Project for Ro Pax
Ferry Services between Gogha & Dahej, in Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat. The step was taken as a part of
promoting coastal shipping in the country under Sagarmala programme. It is one of the flagship projects
under Sagarmala which aims to increase share of waterways transportation in modal mix to 10% from
present level of 7% by year 2025. The total project cost is estimated to be 234 crore rupees of which 50%
will be funded by Union Government under the Sagarmala programme.

Maharashtra Government on 19 October 2016 launched Kaushalya SETU (Self-Employment and Talent
Utilisation) initiative. The initiative, which is a skill development programme for students, is likely to
generate employment for as many as 7.5 lakh people in state.

BSE Institute Ltd has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with New Zealands University
of Otago to offer programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Union Ministry of Urban Development on 25 October 2016 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.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 27 October 2016 permitted startups to raise external commercial
borrowings (ECBs) of up to USD 3 million in a financial year. Under this, Funds can be raised with a
minimum maturity of 3 years. The move is aimed at boosting innovation and promoting job creation. The
RBI said while issuing norms for ECB route for startups that the borrowing should be denominated in any
freely convertible currency or in Indian Rupees (INR) or a combination thereof.


In case of borrowing in INR, the non-resident lender, should mobilise INR through swaps/outright
sale undertaken through bank in India.

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The regulator has not prescribed any cost-ceiling or restriction on the end use of the funds raised.
Such conditions are applicable to borrowings by companies across most other sectors.
The detailed rules would apply to startups looking to raise foreign borrowings, keeping restrictions
on such funds to a minimum.

India and New Zealand on 26 October 2016 signed three agreements in the areas of double taxation
avoidance, food security and sports.

List of agreements inked were

Arrangement regarding Food Safety Cooperation: It was inked between the Food Safety and
Standards Authority of India and the Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand.
MoU for cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs and Sports: It was inked between Union Ministry
of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sport New Zealand of the Government of New Zealand.
Third Protocol to the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of
Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income: It was inked between the Union Government and
the Government of New Zealand.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) India joined hands with Intel to launch a Centre of Excellence (CoE)
that would help demonstrate High Performance Computing (HPC) as a service for customers in

Global computer services major IBM has signed a deal to acquire Bengaluru-based cloud recovery and
migration software company Sanovi for an undisclosed sum.

State-run trading firm MMTC has tied up with seven banks, including ICICI and HDFC Bank, to sell
government minted 'Indian Gold Coin'. The coins are currently available at all MMTC outlets across India
along with select branches of seven banks - Indian Overseas Bank, Vijaya Bank, Federal Bank, Yes Bank,
Andhra Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, a finance ministry statement said.

The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) submitted its report to the Defence
Minister Manohar Parrikar, on 26 October 2016. The committee was appointed under the Chairmanship
of Justice L Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court to look into the anomalies, if any,
arising out of implementation of OROP.

India and South Korea on 26 October 2016 signed a revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement
(DTAA) for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on

India and Palestine signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for setting up of Palestine-India
Techo Park in Ramallah on 31 October, 2016. During the visit of Honble President of India to Palestine in
October, 2015, the announcement for setting up of park was made. Government of India has announced
grant of US$ 12 million for setting up the Park with payment of US$ 3 million each on half-yearly basis for
2 years.

The RBIs all-India home price index (base 2010-11=100) has sequentially increased by 5.5 per cent to
231.1 in Q1 of 2016-17 from 219.1 in Q4 of 2015-16. All major cities in the country witnessed an increase

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in HPI in the first quarter of 2016-17. According to the RBI, on an annual basis, Chennai witnessed the
maximum increase of 23.9 in the first quarter whereas Jaipur witnessed maximum contraction (-4.4 per
cent). On a sequential basis (first quarter of 2016-17 over fourth quarter of 2015-16), Kochi recorded
highest home price index increase of 17.6 per cent whereas Jaipur recorded the lowest increase of 0.6 per

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in October 2016 asked the public sector banks to share their
reports relating to all loan frauds involving funds over one crore rupees. Till date, such reports were
shared with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) only. With this, the banks will have to report the modus
operandi of all the alleged frauds to the CVC, which will share these details with other banks to prevent
such cases being repeated.

The finance ministry released first instalment of special assistance of Rs 1,093.34 crore for repair and
permanent restoration of damaged public buildings in Jammu and Kashmir in pursuance of the
announcement made by the Prime Minister last November.

The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 approved the New Productivity Linked Reward (PLR) Scheme for
all Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board employees and workers for the years 2015-16 to 2017-18.
This PLR scheme will benefit about 38 thousand Port and Dock workers in all the Major Port Trusts and
the yearly outgo will be over 49 crore rupees.

Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 gave its in-principle approval to NITI Aayogs proposal for strategic
sale of over a dozen public sector undertakings (PSUs). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the names of
PSUs that are up for strategic stake sale would be made public once they are going to be put up for the
auction. This list does not include PSUs for closure.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 27 October 2016 approved the
agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan.

The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 gave its green signal for establishment and operationalisation of
a National Academic Depository (NAD). The National Academic Depository aims at bringing another
dimension and enhancement of the vision of Digital India.

ICICI Bank, country's largest private sector lender, has become the first bank in the country to complete
a banking transaction using block chain technology. This remittance transaction has been completed in
partnership with another lender from the Middle East, Emirates NBD.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 6 October 2016 released the Report of the Internal Working Group
(IWG) on Rationalisation of Branch Authorisation Policy. The Group is chaired by Lily Vadera, Chief
General Manager, Department of Banking Regulation. The thrust of the recommendations is to facilitate
financial inclusion by ensuring availability of banking services in all centers through low cost delivery
channels and mapping the footprints of various banking channels. Banks need to open banking outlets to
meet the 25 percent norms of opening banking outlets in unbanked rural centres that does not have a
CBS-enabled banking outlet of a Scheduled Commercial Bank.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 8 October 2016 inaugurated Indias first centre for
international arbitration in Mumbai. Inaugurating the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration
(MCIA), Fadnavis said that India will leave its benchmark worldwide in business dispute redressal with the

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setting up of international arbitration centre in Mumbai. The Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration
(MCIA) is located in Express towers, Nariman Point. It is being headed by CEO Madhukeshwar Desai.

The State Bank of India announced its entry into Myanmar by opening a branch in the capital city of
Yangon, becoming the first domestic lender to do so.

President Pranab Mukherjee on 6 October 2016 inaugurated the first edition of the World Sustainable
Development Summit (WSDS) in New Delhi. The theme for the summit is Beyond 2015: People, Planet
and Progress. The summit is being organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it will extend a $200 million loan to India
for installation of energy-efficient home and street lights, and water pumps. The entire exercise could
save energy to the tune of 3,800 gigawatt-hours per year.

Foreign lender Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) on 10 October 2016 tied-up with Uber under which its
credit cardholders will get a cash-back of up to 25 percent for hailing cabs from the app across six

India and Russia on 13 October 2016 signed a bilateral agreement for cooperation in the development
of a network of integrated infrastructure irradiation centres. The agreement was signed between the
Indian Agricultural Association, Hindustan Agro Co-Op Ltd (HACL) and United Innovation Corporation
(UIC), a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia.

HDFC Bank announced that it has selected software major Adobe's 'Marketing Cloud' platform to deliver
personalised digital experiences to its 37 million customers. HDFC Bank has developed a comprehensive
e-mail marketing solution based on the Adobe platform that will span multiple outbound channels
including email, SMS, social and mobile apps.

Amazon has partnered with Yes Bank to provide working capital loans to merchants on its platform as
it looks to boost business during the festive season and overtake reigning e-commerce champion Flipkart.

The Reserve Bank of India cut policy rate (repo rate) by 25 basis points to 6.25% from 6.5% citing easing
inflation. In its first meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) all members of policy decided for 25
basis point rate cut. This was the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy of the RBI. It was first monetary policy
statement after Urijit Patel took over as governor on September 04, 2016. On the basis of an assessment
of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation MPC decided to reduce the policy repo rate under
the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points from 6.5% to 6.25% with immediate effect.
Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.75%, and the marginal standing
facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.75%.

State Bank of India (SBI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT Kharagpur for
collaborative research and running proof of concepts. SBI has a wider programme includes ideation,
incubation, experimentation and commercialization of new technology driven products and services for
the banking sector.

The Maharashtra government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korea Land &
Housing Corporation (KLHC) of the Republic of Korea.

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Jharkhand on 1 October 2016 became Indias first state to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in
Kerosene. The scheme is being implemented in four identified districts of the State namely Chatra,
Hazaribagh, Khunti and Jamtara.

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group and Rafale maker Dassault Aviation on 3 October 2016 announced a
joint venture in India. This new joint venture called Dassault Reliance Aerospace will develop major
Indian programs with high levels of technology transfer to benefit the entire aerospace sector. The Joint
Venture was announced by Dassault Reliance Aerospace within days of India and France signed
agreement for 36 Rafale fighter jets value of 59,000 crore rupees (7.87 billion Euros). The agreement on
Rafale jets was inked on 23 September 2016.

The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved setting up of Indias first Medical Devices Manufacturing
Park (Medipark) at Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu through a special purpose Vehicle.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 5 October 2016 gave its approval to an acquisition
by ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) for 11% stake in JSC Vankorneft from Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), Russias
national oil company.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on 4 October 2016 launched
the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) in New Delhi. IBMS is the largest platform in the world
owned by a single owner, with database that could exceed one lakh fifty thousand bridge structures.

Oil India Limited (OIL) on 5 October 2016 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
University of Houston (USA), one of the leading universities on oil and gas of the world.

Union Finance Ministry on 4 October constituted a Public Debt Management Cell (PDMC). The cell was
created to streamline government borrowings and better cash management with the overall objective of
deepening bond markets. The Joint Secretary (Budget), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of
Finance would be the overall in-charge of the PDMC. As an interim arrangement, the PDMC will be
housed at the RBI's Delhi office. In about two years, the PDMC will be upgraded to a statutory Public Debt
Management Agency (PDMA).

The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between India and the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building
programmes in the field of rural development.

The Union Cabinet on 5 October 2016 approved the signing of MoU between India and European Union
in the field of water resources. It provides technical exchange on water issues, including on integrated
water resource management plans within river basins and through study visits.

India and Singapore on 4 October 2016 signed three Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) agreements
during the visit of Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong to India.

Highlights of the MoUs

1. MoU on collaboration in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Signed
between - National Skill Development Corporation and ITEES Singapore.
2. MoU on collaboration in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Signed
between - Government of Assam and ITEES Singapore.

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3. MoU in the field of Industrial Property Cooperation. Signed between - DIPP and Intellectual
Property Office Singapore.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 13 October 2016 approved the mechanism for revision
of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to carry out the Ethanol
Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme. The administered price of ethanol for the Programme will be 39
rupees per litre for the next sugar season from 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017.

Union Cabinet on 13 October 2016 approved MoU between Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) on
General Cooperation with the BRICS promoted New Development Bank (NDB), along with other
Development Financial Institutions of BRICS nations. This will be achieved through the BRICS Interbank
Cooperation Mechanism.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (with Independent charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, on 12
October 2016 launched the National Seismic Programme (NSP) on Mahanadi basin (onshore) in Odisha.
The Programme was launched to carry out assessment of unappraised areas across the country for
potential oil and natural gas reserves.

India and Russia on 15 October 2016 signed 16 agreements during India-Russia Annual Summit across
multiple sectors.

List of agreements/MOUs exchanged

Memorandum of Understanding proposed to be executed between EDB, Joint Stock Company lexeevs
Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau, Joint Stock Company Radar Mms, Joint Stock Company Morinsis-AGAT
and Elcom Systems Private Limited for developing the following:

(i) A single integrated Transport Logistics System

(ii) Concept of Smart city

(iii) Intellectual monitoring system for the areas of high responsibility, in the State of Andhra Pradesh.

MoU on studying perspectives for cooperation in shipbuilding, implementation of infrastructure

projects, transfer of technologies and training foreign specialists: It was inked between JSC United
Shipbuilding Corporation and the Council for Economic Cooperation of Andhra Pradesh.
MoU on Cooperation in the implementation of smart cities program in India with the use of IT
solutions of the Russian companies: It was inked between JSC "Rusinformexport and the Ministry
of Urban Development of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, State Company National Buildings
Construction Corporation Ltd., Government of Haryana.
MoU on the joint study of a gas pipeline to India and the other possible areas of Cooperation: It
was inked between Gazprom and Engineers India Limited.
Rosneft to purchase 98% Essar Oil: as per the decision a Russian consortium comprising energy
giant Rosneft Oil Company, commodities trader Trafigura and private investment group United
Capital Partners agreed to purchase 98 percent of Essar Oil for 10.9 billion dollars.
Cooperation Agreement in the area of Education and Training: It was inked between Rosneft Oil
Company and ONGC Videsh Limited.
MoU on setting up of Investment Fund: It was inked between NIIF and RDIF.

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Signing of MoU for Cooperation in increasing the speed of trains between Nagpur- Secundrabad
/Hyderabad: It was inked between Indian and Russian railways.
Signing of the shareholder agreement for establishing a Joint Venture to manufacture Ka-226T
helicopter in India.
MoU on Mutual Allocation of Ground Measurement Gathering Stations for GLONASS AND NAvIC:
It was inked between ISRO and ROSCOSMOS.
MoU on expansion of Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation: it was inked between Ministry
of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Union Ministry of Commerce and
MoU between Department of Science & Technology (India) and FASO (Russia) Programme of
Cooperation in Oil and Gas Sector for the period 2017-18
Protocol for consultations between the Ministry of External Affairs & Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Russia for the period 2017-18.
Agreement on cooperation in International Information Security
Signing of IGA to purchase/construct four additional 1135.6 frigates though partnership between
Russian and Indian shipyard
Signing of IGA for the procurement of S-400 Air Defence System.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the state government and mobile phones
major Samsung for setting up a manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh. The MoU was signed in the presence
of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and senior Samsung officials. Under the agreement, Samsung would be
investing Rs 1,970 crore in the state.

Russia's Rosneft Oil Company and its partners on 15 October 2016 acquired Indias second biggest
private oil firm Essar Oil in an all-cash deal valued at about 13 billion US dollars.

India and Hungary on 16 October 2016 signed two agreements to enhance the bilateral relations between
the two countries. The first agreement is for cooperation in the field of water resources, including
innovations in irrigation technology. The second agreement is for promotion of co-operation between
Indian Council of World Affairs and its Hungarian counterpart.

Bank of Baroda has acquired the semi naming rights of Sikanderpur Metro Station in Gurugram. This
metro station will be re-named as Bank of Baroda Sikanderpur metro station.

Ashok Leyland Ltd on 17 October 2016 unveiled its Circuit Series electric bus. They are Indias first such
indigenously made vehicle.

Prime Minster Narendra Modi on 18 October 2016 inaugurated three hydropower projects of 1752 MW
capacities in Himachal Pradesh. Inauguration of new hydropower projects will change economic horizon
of Himachal Pradesh.

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India's first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) driven bus was launched on 8 November 2016 in Kerala.

The Union Tourism Ministry is all set to name Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the mascot of its
Incredible India campaign.

The Uttarakhand High Court on 8 November 2016 ordered all hill stations and glaciers in the state to be
declared as eco-sensitive within three months. The order also demands putting a ban on all construction
within 25 km radius of the glaciers.

Twitter India in partnership with non-profit data journalism initiative IndiaSpend have launched
#Breathe, an independent and real-time air quality monitoring public service initiative on Twitter, the
company said in a statement.

The 1st International Agro-biodiversity Congress that was held in New Delhi from 6 November to 9
November 2016 concluded with adoption of Delhi Declaration on Agro-biodiversity Management. The
event saw participation of 900 participants from 60 countries.

The Indian army on 6 November 2016 successfully completed its task of laying an irrigation pipeline in the
Demchok region of Eastern Ladakh despite a three-day face-off with the Chinese troops over the
construction work.

Indo-Bangla joint military training exercise SAMPRITI commenced on 5 November 2016 at Tangail, Dhaka.

Google on 3 November 2016 tied up with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for 360 degree virtual tour
of 280-odd monuments across the country.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, will be hosting the Seventh
Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7). The Conference will be inaugurated by J P Nadda, Union
Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Indian Army in the first week of November 2016 launched Operation School Chalo in South Kashmir. The
operation closely follows its predecessor, Operation calm down, which was aimed at clearing off the
anti-social elements from the valley.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 4 November 2016 constituted a four-member
team for conservation and management of Loktak Lake in Manipur.

Himachal Pradesh on 28 October 2016 was declared Indias second Open Defecation Free (ODF) State.
The first state to achieve the feat was Sikkim.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on 2 November 2016 declared Kerala as Open Defecation Free
(ODF) state. With this, Kerala became third state to achieve this status.

Microsoft-owned social network for work LinkedIn has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Human
Resource Development for all colleges affiliated with the All India Council for Technical Education to use
its platform for their placement process.

Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran-X commenced on 31 October 2016 at Army Battle School,
Saljhandi, Nepal. The exercise will conclude on 13 November 2016.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 November 2016 launched the Saur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh.
The scheme aims at providing solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price. With the
launch of the scheme, Chhattisgarh becomes the first state to implement the scheme.

Russia in November 2016 invited India to join in developing next-generation nuclear reactors and
participate in its fast reactor research project, known as MBIR (Russian acronym).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 November 2016 inaugurated the Asian Ministerial Conference on
Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in New Delhi. Aim of the 3-day conference is to find ways for better
management of disaster risk.

Scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) claimed to have found evidence confirming the
existence of a mythical Indian river, Chandrabhaga. The discovery came in the first week of November

The Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC), under the Union Government, on 7 November 2016 approved
the guidelines for suspension or banning of business dealings with arms companies. With the passage of
new guidelines, the Union Government will no longer impose blanket bans on armament companies
suspected of corruption.

Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) INS Tihayu was commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Flag-
OfficerCommanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht. The 315-tonne INS
Tahiyu is the sixth WJFAC Car Nicobar Class vessel to be commissioned and allotted to the Eastern Fleet
of the Navy.

The Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) Aryaman and Atulya were commissioned on 21 October 2016 at
Kochi by Sunil Kumar Kohli, Financial Advisor to Defence Services.

The Indo-Italian Joint Committee established under the Scientific and Technological Cooperation
Agreement on 21 October 2016 re-launched the cooperation in the sectors of science, technology and
innovation. The original agreement was signed between Italy and India in 2003.

The Indian and Chinese armies on 19 October 2016 held second joint exercise Sino India Cooperation
2016 in Ladakh. The exercise was held as a part of the ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and
cooperation between India and China, under the provisions of Border Defense Cooperation Agreement,

Union Government in October 2016 decided to establish at least one Krishi Vigyan Kendra in each of the
districts in country. These Kendras will be developed to provide technical assistance to farmers.

The Union Government on 24 October 2016 issued a notification amending rule 23 of the Conduct of
Elections Rules, 1961. The amendment enables service voters, including armed forces personnel, to cast
their vote in elections through e-postal ballot.

The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 began on 24 October
2016 at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka. The exercise will continue till 6 November 2016.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 October 2016 inaugurated 2016 National Tribal Carnival at Indira
Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. The carnival aims at promoting a sense of inclusiveness amongst
the tribals.

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The Uttarakhand High Court on 25 October 2016 ordered a complete ban on the sale of whitener in the
state. The decision came following the death of a teenager (14-year-old) in Bhowali town of Nainital
district after he sniffed an excess of whitener for a kick. The single bench of Justice Rajeev Sharma
directed the state government to put a complete ban on its sale.

Haryana Government has decided to observe 2017 as the Garib Kalyan Varsh. The announcement was
made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal on 26 October 2016.

The Union Agricultural Ministry on 26 October 2016 constituted a High-Level Committee to monitor the
bird flu situation and help state governments take steps to contain the disease. The Committee will be
headed by Munialappa, Joint Commissioner in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries

The Goa cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the
government of Goa and the government of Jharkhand for the implementation of 'Ek Bharat - Shreshtha
Bharat', an initiative that will permit a cultural exchange and other exchange programs between Goa and

The Union Cabinet on 27 October 2016 approved the signing and ratification of agreement between India
and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 September 2016 inaugurated the India Sanitation Conference
(INDOSAN) in New Delhi.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest at the Republic
Day celebrations on 26 January 2017. The Crown Prince has accepted the Indian invitation.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 29 September 2016 flagged off the first all-women
Mount Gorichen Expedition from his office premises in Itanagar.

Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh on 2 October 2016 became the first states to declare their urban areas as
Open Defecation Free (ODF) on the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

India on 6 October 2016 successfully launched the communication satellite GSAT-18. The satellite was
launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) announced on 6 October 2016 that the Terminal 3 of Indira
Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) achieved Platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
With this, the state-of-the-art Terminal 3 of IGIA has become the first Platinum rated green terminal
building under Green Existing Building O&M Rating System by IGBC. This is another significant
environmental achievement by IGIA, after being accredited as the first Carbon Neutral airport in Asia
Pacific recently by Airports Council International (ACI).

India will host the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) from 3 November
to 5 November 2016.

The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) established a high altitude research
station in Himalaya called HIMANSH. The station is situated above 13500 feet at a remote region in Spiti,
Himachal Pradesh.

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The Union Cabinet on 13 October 2016 approved the establishment of Indian Institute of Management
(IIM) at Jammu. The institute will from a temporary campus at Old Government College of Engineering
and Technology from academic year 2016-17. The project will involve a cost of nearly 62 crore rupees for
initial four years from 2016 to 2020.

The eighth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit was held from 15 to 16 October
2016 in Benaulim city of Goa, India. It was held under the theme Building Responsive, Inclusive and
Collective Solutions.

Report on Palaeo Channel of North West India: Review & Assessment by Expert Committee was released
by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharati on 15
October 2016. The report prepared by a seven-member committee headed by Prof KS Valdiya, eminent
Geologist suggests that the Saraswati River was not mythical and it existed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 October 2016 inaugurated 'Shaurya Smarak', the war memorial in
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The 'Shaurya Smarak' was constructed by the state government in honour of
those who laid down their lives for the country.

India on 13 October 2016 announced its decision to eliminate the HCF-23 gas. The decision was made in
line to its commitment to combat the threat emanating from climate-damaging HFCs

For the welfare of SC/ST entrepreneurs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 October 2016 launched
national SC/ST (Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes) hub in Ludhiana. He also launched the Zero Defect,
Zero Effect (ZED) scheme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The hub with an initial
outlay of 490 crore rupees will work towards strengthening market access/linkage, monitoring, capacity
building, leveraging financial support schemes and sharing industry-best practices.

Zero Defect, Zero Effect (ZED) scheme

The scheme was first mentioned by PM Modi in his Independence Day speech in 2014.
ZED scheme denotes high quality manufacturing with a minimal negative impact on environment.
It aims at raising quality levels in unregulated MSME sector.

India on 18 October 2016 completed its nuclear triad by inducting country's first indigenously-
constructed nuclear submarine INS Arihant into service.

The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) of Kolkata on 30 August 2016
handed over TIHAYU, the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) to the Indian Navy. The warship
was handed over by Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma, CMD of GRSE to the Commanding Officer Cdr
Ajay Kashov. GRSE had earlier built and delivered 10 WJFACs to the Indian Navy during 2009 to
2011, which are proving well in service.
Troops of Indian and Kazakhstan Army on 7 September 2016 began the joint exercise 'PRABAL
DOSTYK 16'. The exercise being conducted in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan will conclude on
17 September 2016. Prabal Dostyk meaning Robust Friendship is a significant step towards
fostering military as well as diplomatic ties between both countries.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched advanced weather satellite,
INSAT-3DR on 8 September 2016. The advanced weather satellite was launched with the
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLVF05), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in
Sriharikota. GSLV-F05, the tenth flight of India's GSLV, carried 2211 kg INSAT-3DR into a
Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, and Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, on 7 September 2016
jointly launched Integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses (DL) & Vehicle Registration
Certificates (RC) in New Delhi.
Assams Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on 8 September 2016 inaugurated Majuli as the 35th
district of Assam. With this, Majuli became India's first island district. Recently on 1 September
2016, Majuli replaced Brazil's Marajo to become the world's largest river island in the Guinness
Book of World Records.
The Union Government on 6 September 2016 launched the Urja Mitra Helpline number 14401,
a dedicated pan-India helpline for power outages.
Union Government on 1 September 2016 constituted an expert committee to study slit in river
Ganga in Bihar. The four-member committee will be headed by Member of Ganga Flood Control
commission AK Sinha.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on 8 September 2016 dedicated 2 mbps download and 512
kbps upload digital connectivity to 6000 villages. Under the E-gram program launched in 2006-
07, total 14000 villages had been connected to internet through V-SAT technology which offers
hardly 19-20 kbps speed. Many E-gram villages did not get enough speed when some centers
login at the same time.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 6 September 2016 successfully completed test flight of
indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Bengaluru. During the test, the helicopter remained in
the air for 15 minutes inside the HAL complex. The LUH will replace the militarys obsolescent
fleet of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters that have flown for over three decades.
Union Government on 3 September 2016 approved the use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide
(PAVA) as an alternative to pellet guns for crowd control. Pellet guns will be used in the rarest of
rare cases.
The Odisha Government on 3 September 2016 launched the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana (BKRY) in
three districts of the state. The scheme was launched for the development of girls. The scheme
will be implemented for three years in Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Angul districts on a pilot basis.
Gumthala Garhu near Pehowa on 3 September 2016 became the first Wifi hotspot village in
Haryana circle under the bulk plan of BSNL for the state.

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The government has approved projects worth about Rs 450 crore under 'Swadesh Darshan'
scheme for five states, including poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. The scheme was launched with an
objective to develop 13 theme-based tourist circuits in the country and the approval for five was
given in a meeting of the central sanctioning and monitoring committee.
Western Odisha on 6 September 2016 celebrated the festival of Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of
the region, with religious fervor.
Indian Army on 30 August 2016 announced establishment of the Army Design Bureau (ADB) to
indigenise procurements and reduce import dependence. The ADDB will facilitate the weapons
and technology building efforts between the Defence Research & Development Organisation
(DRDO), industry and the army.
Health Ministry on 5 September 2016 launched the Leprosy Case Detection campaign (LCDC) in
the country. Objective of the campaign is to detect the disease early so that those affected can
be saved from physical deformity.
India on 6 September 2016 received certificates from World Health Organisation (WHO)
recognising the elimination of Yaws and Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) from the
country. The certificates were presented to Union Health Minister JP Nadda at the 69th Session
of the WHO regional committee for south-east Asia region held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With this,
India became the first country to be officially acknowledged as being yaws-free.
The results of the 2016 Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness Index) for rural India was released on
8 September 2016. Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) were declared as
the cleanest districts in India. Mandi was judged as the cleanest district in Hills category and
Sindhudurg as the cleanest in the Plains category.
The first BRICS Wellness Workshop concluded on 11 September 2016 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
The workshop was inaugurated by Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and Parliamentary
Affairs Ananth Kumar on 10 September 2016.
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on 20 September 2016 released the third
list of Smart Cities that will get funding for initiating urban reforms. The list includes names of
27 new cities. The 27 smart cities announced are from 12 States including 5 from Maharashtra,
4 each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, 3 from Uttar Pradesh and 2 each from Punjab and
Rajasthan. Nagaland and Sikkim have made it to the smart city list for the first time. The Golden
Temple city of Amritsar topped the list of 27 new smart cities.
India on 20 September 2016 successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile
'Barak-8' off the Odisha coast. The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly
with Israel, was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in
Balasore district.

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Indian Railways on 19 September 2016 launched Yatri Mitra Sewa to facilitate access to
wheelchairs, battery operated cars and porter services. The service was launched to make rail
travel comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travelers.
The Cauvery Supervisory Committee headed by Shashi Shekhar on 19 September 2016 directed
Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. As per the committees
direction, Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30 September
2016 to Tamil Nadu.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was on 16 September 2016 conferred with the prestigious
membership of the Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) under the category Full
Member with voting rights.
A once-in-12-years festival Naropa Festival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began
on 16 September 2016 at the Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region of India.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on 19 September 2016
inaugurated the super computer PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati campus.
The Guided Missile Destroyer, Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B, was launched on 17
September 2016 at Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.
In a step to ensure that the details of Aadhaar is not misused, the Unique Identification Authority
of India (UIDAI) asked agencies in possession of Aadhaar number of an individual to not publish
or post the information publicly.
Yudh Abhyas 2016, a joint military training exercise of Indian and US Armies, commenced at
Chaubattia, Uttarakhand.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 26 September 2016 successfully launched eight
satellites in two different orbits in a single mission. These satellites were launched with the PSLV
C35 from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta. The satellites that
was carried into space include the primary payload SCATSAT-1 of India, weighing 371 kg, and
seven other customer payloads (five foreign and two domestic) together weighing 304 kg during
lift off.
Visaranai, a Tamil film directed by Vetrimaran and produced by Dhanushs Wunderbar Films, has
been selected as India's entry in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy
Awards (Oscars) to be held in 2017.
India and France on 23 September 2016 inked the 7.8-billion Euro deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
As per the deal, the aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system like Meteor
and Scalp.
Indian Air Force on 23 September 2016 successfully fired the recently acquired long range air-
to-air MICA missile on a manoeuvring target from Mirage-2000 Upgrade combat aircraft.

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The Union Health Ministry has decided to launch Mission Parivar Vikas in 145 High Focus districts
in seven states for improved family planning services. The Mission will be implemented in all
the 145 districts at one go.
The Union Cabinet on 21 September 2016 approved the provision of a direct communication link
through a dedicated submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) between Mainland (Chennai) and
Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) on 20 September 2016 approved 10000 crore rupees
Ken-Betwa project, Indias first inter-State river interlinking project. With this, India will have a
river project will be located within a tiger reserve for the first time.
Delhi Government signed an MoU with Thuringia, a state in east-central Germany, for extending
cooperation between the two in areas of higher education.
The Union Government on 29 September 2016 launched Progress Panchayat. This Panchayat is
aimed at reach out the minority community and publicize the various welfare measures taken by
the NDA government for their betterment. The programme was kick started by Union Minister
of State for Minority Affairs (independent charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi from Mewat region of
Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control. Director
General of Military Operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said the motive of the operation
was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into the Indian Territory.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Telangana government on 28 September 2016
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide digital classes across the state
through its state channel Mana TV.

RBI appoints M Rajeshwar Rao as Executive Director
Ratnesh Kumar appointed MD and CEO of BoB Capital Markets
Vinod Rai appointed as Chairman of Fund Trustee and Advisory Commission of Kerala
Ishaat Hussain appointed as interim Chairman of TCS
Bindeshwar Pathak appointed as brand ambassador of Swachh Rail Mission
Arnab Goswami resigns as Editor-in-Chief of Times Now
Sushil Chandra takes over as Chairman of CBDT
Rishi Jaitly, Twitter's India head, resigns
Sanjiv Arora appointed as India's Ambassador to Lebanon
Praveen Kumar Sharma appointed MD and CEO of Cersai
Karnal Singh appointed as Director of Enforcement Directorate

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Salim Gangadharan named non-executive Chairman of South Indian Bank

Ashok Chawla takes over as non-executive Chairman of YES Bank
Sunil Bharti Mittal appointed as Chairman of GSMA
S P Yadav elected new President of North Zone of Urology Society of India
Cyrus Mistry removed as Tata group chief, Ratan Tata returns
Vice Admiral SV Bhokare assumes office as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy
Sunil Mishra appointed as Odisha's CIC
JLR CEO Ralf Speth, TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran appointed to Tata Sons board
S Sivakumar appointed as full-time member of 21st Law Commission of India
SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya gets one year extension
Ashish Vohra appointed as Reliance Life CEO
Ambati Venu appointed as Managing Director of Abbott India Ltd
MS Sahoo assumes charge as Chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India
PV Sindhu appointed as Brand Ambassador of Vizag Steel
Freecharge appoints Karthik Rajeshwaran as Director of Strategy
BVR Mohan Reddy appointed as Honorary Consul of Germany in Hyderabad
Renu Pall appointed as Ambassador of India to Austria
Gurumoorthy Mahalingam appointed as Whole-Time Member of SEBI
Amandeep Singh Gill appointed as India's Ambassador to UN Conference on Disarmament,
Geeta Phogat appointed DSP in Haryana Police
Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty appointed acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand HC
Paytm appoints ex-Citigroup executive Madhur Deora as Chief Financial Officer
Sushil Chandra appointed CBDT Chairman
Virat Kohli appointed as Brand Ambassador of Punjab National Bank
Bangladesh's Junaid Ahmad new World Bank head in India
Jet Airways names Jayraj Shanmugam as its chief commercial officer
Anandi Ramalingam assumed charge as Bharat Electronics Limiteds first woman director
Alka Sirohi appointed UPSC chairman
Navtej Sarna appointed new Indian Ambassador to US
Arun Goyal appointed Additional Secretary GST Council
Girish Chandra Gupta sworn in as Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court
Monika Kapil Mohta appointed as India's Ambassador to Sweden
Myntra appoints Dipanjan Basu as Chief Financial Officer
Shakti Sinha appointed as Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
R Subramania Kumar appointed Executive Director of Indian Overseas Bank
Yashvardhan Sinha appointed Indias High Commissioner to UK
Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka
CK Asnani assumes charge as CMD of Uranium Corporation of India Limited
Mukund Choudhari assumes charge as CMD of MOIL
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao sworn in as acting Governor of Tamil Nadu
Religare Enterprises appoints Sunil Godhwani as CEO
Hiroshi Nakagawa takes over as Chairman of Isuzu Motors India

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Ashok Chawla appointed Chancellor of TERI University

K K Aggarwal elected as National President of IMA for 2016-17
Ravi Wankhedkar elected as National President of IMA for 2017-18

Guy Ryder re-elected ILO Director-General
Kamala Harris becomes first ever Indian-American to win U.S. Senator seat
Pramila Jayapal becomes first Indian-American woman to be elected to U.S. House
Aniruddha Rajput elected as Member of International Law Commission of UN
Mariano Rajoy re-elected as Prime Minister of Spain
Sarabjit Singh Marwah becomes Canada's first Sikh Senator
Kristalina Georgieva appointed as CEO of IBRD & IDA of World Bank
Parminder Singh resigns as Managing Director of Twitter's MENA region
International Hockey Federation appoints Jason McCracken as Chief Executive Officer
Doordarshan DG Supriya Sahu appointed as new Vice President of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
Borje Ekholm appointed as President and CEO of Ericsson
Rajeev Misra appointed as Head of Softbank Vision Fund
Japan's Morinari Watanabe elected President of International Gymnastics Federation
Luo Zhaohui appointed as China's Ambassador to India
Abdelilah Bekirane appointed for another term as PM of Morocco
Kersti Kaljulaid elected as first female President of Estonia
Indian-origin barrister Shami Chakrabarti appointed to UK shadow cabinet
Portugals Antonio Guterres appointed UN Secretary-General
US appoints Jeffrey DeLaurentis as first Cuban Ambassador in 55 years
World Bank reappoints Jim Yong Kim for second term as President
Nadia Murad Basee Taha appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
GlaxoSmithKline picks insider Emma Walmsley as new CEO
Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong to be appointed as Director of the Board
Michel Temer sworn in as President of Brazil
Indian-origin Ajei Gopal named CEO of ANSYS

Awards & Honors

Tata on 8 November 2016 announced that Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 will
be conferred on acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh.

The 39th Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards for the year 2016 were conferred on 7 November 2016 in
Mumbai, Maharashtra. Well-known Gandhian and President of Tunisia's Ennahdha Party, Sheikh Rached
Ghannouchi was among the four prominent personalities conferred with the prestigious award.

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President Pranab Mukherjee on 7 November 2016 presented the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards to
the winning children of IGNITE competition at Rashtrapati Bhavan. IGNITE competition was organized
by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF).

Syrian freelance journalist Hadi Abdullah on 8 November 2016 was awarded with Reporters without
Borders (RSF)-TV5 Monde prize. Abdullah, 29, was awarded in the journalist category for reporting from
some of the most perilous zones in his country's five-year-old war.

Indian actor Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) with a
Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival will commence on 7 December 2016 and will conclude on 14
December 2016.

Indian researcher Shamik Chowdhury in the last week of October 2016 was awarded the German Green
Talent Award. His name is among the list of 25 young researchers who have been honoured with the

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on 1 November 2016 announced that
renowned South Korean director Im Kwon-taek will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award
at the upcoming 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 November 2016 presented the Ramnath Goenka Awards for
Excellence in Journalism at a function in New Delhi. The honour acknowledges exceptional work across
28 categories in print, broadcast and online journalism in English, Hindi and regional languages.

All India Radios (AIRs) entry Diary of a Tiger ( ) in October 2016 won the first prize in
the Community Service Announcement category of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
(ABU) awards for the year 2016.

Paul Beatty on 25 October 2016 became 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.

Indian National Award winning documentary Daughters of Mother India won the first prize in the
Documentary Film category at the sixth CAM International Film Festival in Cairo, Egypt.

Two Yazidi women, Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar, who escaped sexual enslavement by
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov

Two doctors each from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
(SGRH) in the third week of October 2016 were selected for the prestigious Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy Award
for excellence in the field of medicine. Randeep Guleria, Head of Pulmonology, and CS Yadav of
Department of Orthopaedics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences were selected for the award.

The Milan city council on 20 October 2016 bestowed honorary citizenship on the Dalai Lama. However,
China has strongly opposed another award given to him.

Noted British statistician Sir David Cox on 19 October 2016 was named the inaugural recipient of the
International Prize in Statistics. He is honoured for Survival Analysis Model Applied in Medicine, Science,
and Engineering.

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Comedian Bill Murray on 23 October 2016 was honoured with the Mark Twain Prize for American

G Balakrishna in October 2016 won the Mr Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in
the Philippines. 25-year-old Balakrishna is a Bengaluru-based water tanker driver.

Indian-origin South African girl Kiara Nirghin on 1 October 2016 won the Google Science Fair prize 2016.
She won this grand prize of 50000 US dollars scholarship for using orange peel to develop a cheaper
superabsorbent material that helps soil retain water.

Film-maker and elephant researcher Prajna Chowta was recently appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre National
du Mrite (Knight in the National Order of Merit) by the French Government.

Vinaya Manchaiah, an Indian-American associate professor at Lamar University in Texas, in the first week
of October 2016 was named to the 2016 class of the Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology by the American
Academy of Audiology.

Nayanjot Lahiri, Professor of History at the Ashoka University, was on 4 October 2016 awarded with the
2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India.

President Pranab Mukherjee on 4 October 2016 presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships
(Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskars) for the Year-2015. The awards
were presented at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. C V Chandrasekhar, an eminent personality in the
field of performing arts, was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow (Akademi Ratna).

Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known
as U. R. Rao, was inducted into the 2016 IAF Hall of Fame on 30 September 2016 by the International
Aeronautical Federation (IAF). With this, Rao became the first Indian to be inducted into IAF Hall of Fame.

Sprinter Srabani Nanda on 8 October 2016 won the 24th Ekalabya Award for the year 2016 in recognition
of her sporting excellence.

Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, on 6 October 2016 was conferred the prestigious 2016
Sustainable Development Leadership Award.

Eminent writer C Radhakrishnan was on 15 October 2016 selected for the Mathrubhumi Literary Award
2016 in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature.

Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad, an Indian scientist, was on 12 October 2016 awarded with the prestigious IAFP
Young scientist scholarship award 2016 for his research work on development of novel oxygen absorbing
package in the field of active packaging for oxygen sensitive food products.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center in the second week of October 2016 announced Robert De Niro as the
recipient of the 44th Chaplin Award.

Indian ecologist and conservation activist Bibhuti Lahkar on 4 September 2016 became the first
Asian to be awarded the prestigious Heritage Heroes Award by the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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The Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) of Malappuram, Kerala was on 1 September 2016 conferred
with the 2016 Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy. The award was conferred on the JSS in
recognition of its literacylinked skill development activities among the underprivileged in rural
A revenge drama Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) on 10 September 2016 won the
Golden Lion for Best Film Award at the 73 Venice Film Festival.
Haryana has bagged Best Horticulture State award for the concerted efforts made by the state
government to increase the income of the farmers in horticulture.
The 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals recipients were unveiled
on 14 September 2016 by the White House. Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Audra McDonald,
Berry Gordy and Philip Glass are on the list for the National Medal of Arts, while Terry Gross and
Wynton Marsalis are among the Humanities recipients.
President Pranab Mukherjee on 14 September 2016 presented the Rajbhasha awards at
Rashtrapati Bhawan. The awards were given away on the occasion of Hindi Divas. Vijaya Bank
has bagged the second prize under Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (Region C) for the year 2015-16.
Indian American Ramesh Raskar on 13 September 2016 won the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize.
Biocon chairperson and managing director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been appointed 'Chevalier
de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur' (Knight of the National Order of the French Legion
of Honour) for her outstanding contribution and dedication to Biosciences and Research field
Action movie star, writer, director and martial artist Jackie Chan will be given an honorary
Academy (Oscar) Award for his extraordinary achievements in the movies.
Mother Teresa on 4 September 2016 was proclaimed a Saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony at
the Vatican. Thousands of pilgrims attended the canonisation of Mother Teresa in St Peter's
Veteran award-winning film director K.G. George on 6 September 2016 won the prestigious J.C.
Daniel Award for his overall contribution to the Malayalam film industry. The award will be
given away along with the State Film Awards at a function to be held at Palakkad in October 2016.
Kulakkatil Geevarghese George is an Indian film director and screenwriter.
Acclaimed Kannada movie Thithi on 6 September 2016 won the Best Film Award at the first
BRICS Film Festival, which concluded in New Delhi. The BRICS Film Festival was organized as a
part of the special events planned in run-up to the BRICS summit to be held in India.
Novel, Into the Hidden Valley authored by Stuart Blackburn on 4 September 2016 won the 2016
MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction in the UK. The author was presented the award at the
HNS Conference in Oxford.

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Eminent Malayalam critic and academician M Leelavathy was on 17 September 2016 chosen for
the prestigious N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016, instituted in memory of well-known
short story writer N Mohanan.
The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was announced on 18 September 2016 at the
Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S. The Game of Thrones won best drama series at
the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, while Veep took home the top comedy award.
Novel titled His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet was in news in September 2016. It
came in news after being shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize.
India-born researcher Dinesh Bharadia on 14 September 2016 was chosen for the prestigious
Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award.
Two Indian forest officials, Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya, have been selected for the 2016
Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement
Awards honours individuals engaging in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.
Adi Godrej, the Chairman of Mumbai-based Godrej Group, on 19 September 2016 was conferred
the 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in business and philanthropy.
Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on 15 September 2016 honoured as
the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on 25 September 2016 gave away Pandit
Deendayal Upadhyay Antyodaya Krishi Puruskars to 12 farmers for their contribution in the
agriculture sector.
Noted Telugu writer Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch was on 29 September 2016 conferred with
Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015 at function in New Delhi. The award
was given for his novel Ananta Jeevanam.
Veteran music director and violinist Uttam Singh on 27 September 2016 was named for the 2016
Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Maharashtra Government.

Nobel Prize 2016

David J. Thouless, Duncan Haldane and John M. Kosterlitz - Nobel Prize In Physics

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics was on 4 October 2016 one half awarded to David J Thouless and the
other half jointly to F Duncan M Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz for theoretical discoveries of
topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.

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David J Thouless is a Emeritus Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. While, F. Duncan
M. Haldane is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University, USA and J Michael
Kosterlitz is the Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics at Brown University, USA.

All three will jointly share the 8 million Swedish kronor prize.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa - Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on 5 October 2016 was awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir James
Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa.

The trio were bestowed with the prestigious award for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage is a French coordination chemist. Sir James Fraser Stoddart is a Scottish chemist.
He works in the area of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. Bernard L Feringa is a Dutch
synthetic organic chemist, specializing in molecular nanotechnology and homogenous catalysis.

Yoshinori Ohsumi - Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet on 3 October 2016 decided to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in
Physiology or Medicine to Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi.

Ohsumi is bestowed with the prize for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy. He discovered and
elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular

Bob Dylan - Nobel Prize in Literature

American singer and lyricist Bob Dylan on 13 October 2016 won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dylan was bestowed with the precious award for having created new poetic expressions within the great
American song tradition.

His early songs such as Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin became anthems for the
American civil rights and anti-war movements.

He has also received numerous awards including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an
Academy Award.

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Juan Manuel Santos - Nobel Peace Prize

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was on 7 October 2016 awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that took
away the lives of at least 220000 Colombians and displaced nearly six million people.

The civil war in Colombia is one of the longest civil wars in modern times and the sole remaining armed
conflict in the Americas.

Oliver Hart and Bengt R. Holmstrm - Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences - Nobel
Prize in Economics
Oliver Hart (USA) and Bengt Holmstrom (Finnish) were on 10 October 2016 awarded the 2016 Sveriges
Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for their contributions to contract

They have developed a contract theory, a comprehensive framework for analysing many diverse issues in
contractual design, like performance-based pay for top executives, deductibles and co-pays in insurance
and the privatisation of public-sector activities.

The new theoretical tools created by Hart and Holmstrom are valuable to the understanding of real-life
contracts and institutions, as well as potential pitfalls in contract design.

Global News

US Republican Donald Trump on 9 November 2016 won the US presidential elections in a stunning

NASAs Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission on 5 November 2016 set the Guinness world record
for highest altitude fix of a Global Positioning System (GPS) signal at 70000 kilometers above the surface
of the Earth.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 2 November 2016 completed the
construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) after more than 20 years of hard work. This
largest-ever space telescope is expected to launch in 2018 following the in-depth testing.

World's first hydrogen-powered and zero-emission passenger train was unveiled in September 2016 in
Germany. The Coradia iLint, developed by French rail company Alstom, only emits excess steam and
condensed water into the atmosphere.

Tiangong-2, the experimental space lab of China, on 23 October 2016 successfully launched a
microsatellite, Banxing-2 (the word means Companion Satellite). The micro-satellite is roughly the size of
a desktop printer.

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Diwali was commemorated for the first time at the United Nations, with the world body's imposing
headquarters here lit up especially on the occasion of the Indian festival of lights.

Russia, facing allegations of war crimes in relation to its policies in Syria, lost its seat on the UN Human
Rights Council as the UN General Assembly voted to elect 14 members to the Geneva-based organ.

The United Nation (UN) General Assembly elected China, the United States, the United Kingdom among
other countries to the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term of office starting from January 1,
2017. The other elected members are Tunisia, South Africa, Rwanda, Japan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Hungary,
Croatia, Cuba, Brazil, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Ross Sea, a deep bay of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica, was declared as worlds largest Marine
Protected Area (MPA) on 28 October 2016. With this, there will be a blanket ban on commercial fishing
across about three quarters of that area for 35 years.

France has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates. The country
has passed a law in September 2016 that will go into effect in January 2020.

Arjun Vajpai, the professional Indian mountaineer, on 4 October scaled the world's sixth highest mountain
Cho Oyu. The mountain is located on the China-Nepal border at an altitude of 8188 meters above the sea

China on 17 October 2016 successfully launched a manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 carrying two
astronauts. This was Chinas longest-ever manned space mission.

Maldives government in October decided to leave the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations. The
decision was announced weeks after the organisation warned it of suspension by the Commonwealth
Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) if it failed to take further steps to promote the rule of law and

The U.S. on 7 October 2016 lifted sanctions against Myanmar that have been in place for nearly two

The 2016 G20 Summit was held for two days on 4 September and 5 September 2016 at the
Hangzhou International Exhibition Centre, Hangzhou, China. The theme of 2016 G20 Summit
was Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy. It was the
first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China and the second Asian country to host the Summit.
The 2017 G20 Summit will be held in Hamburg, Germany, under the leadership of Angela
The worlds first driverless bus service began carrying passengers in the first week of September
2016 in Lyon, France.
The 28th and the 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit concluded on
8 September 2016 at Vientiane, Laos. The theme for the 2016 summit was Turning Vision into
Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community.

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The US space agency, NASA, on 8 September 2016 launched OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral
Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft. The unmanned
spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, blasted off onboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The UN Charter, the seminal treaty of the United Nations (UN), was on 7 September 2016
translated into Sanskrit Language for the first time. This came following the pioneering efforts
of Jitendra Kumar Tripathi, the Secretary of the Lucknow-based Akhila Bharatiya Sanskrit
The United Kingdom (UK) and Iran in September 2016 appointed ambassador in each-other's
country for the first time since 2011. This appointment marks the restoration of the diplomatic
relations between the two nations.
The World Health Organisation on 5 September 2016 certified Sri Lanka a malaria-free nation.
Sri Lanka is the second country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to eliminate malaria after
A newly discovered fish of the genus Tosanoides was in September 2016 named in honour of US
president Barack Obama for his commitment to protect nature through the expansion of the
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
American tech giants Microsoft, Google and Salesforce on 3 September 2016 officially adopted
the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. This will enable them to receive personal data from the
European Union (EU) in compliance with the new standards.
The Chinese and Russian navies on 19 September 2016 concluded Joint Sea-2016, eight days of
naval exercises, in the South China Sea.
Google on 21 September 2016 launched its latest mobile chat application, Allo, along with Google
Assistant that can be used in online conversations with friends.
The first Druzhba-2016 (Friendship-2016) Russian-Pakistani joint military exercise commenced
on 24 September 2016 in Cherat, Pakistan. The exercise will conclude on 10 October 2016.
China on 25 September 2016 officially launched the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical
Telescope (FAST) in a mountainous region of Guizhou province.
The worlds first baby was born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people.
The baby was born in Mexico.

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Sports News
Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement from football on 1
November 2016. Klose, 38, the leading scorer of Germany with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without
a club after his Lazio contract expired last season.

Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi on 30 October 2016 won the mens singles title of the Bahrain International
Challenge badminton tournament. This was his maiden international title. In the summit clash played at
Segayya in Bahrain, Pratul defeated Aditya Joshi 21-17, 12-21, 21-15.

Indian Women's hockey team on 5 November 2016 lifted the Asian Champions Trophy 2016 in Singapore.
In the summit clash, India defeated China 2-1.

Czech Republics Petra Kvitova on 6 November 2016 won the 2016 WTA Elite Singles Trophy. She defeated
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-2 to grab the title at Zhuhai, China.

Henri Kontinen and John Peers on 6 November 2016 won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team title at
the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

India on 22 October 2016 lifted the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Team India, under the captaincy of Anup
Kumar, defeated Iran 38-29 in the final held at the Arena By TransStadia in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The Indian football team on 20 October 2016 achieved its best FIFA ranking in over six years. The team
jumped 11 placed to be 137th in the latest list.

Kochi on 19 October 2016 became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for
hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The tournament will be hosted in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
of the city.

North Korea's women's U-17 team on 21 October 2016 won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
The North Koreans defeated Japan in penalty kicks to grab the title.

Portugals Renato Sanches on 24 October 2016 was awarded the 2016 European Golden Boy award.

Fdration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on 21 October 2016 unveiled the Official
Mascot for the 2018 World Cup. The Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is named
Zabivaka, which means the one who scores in Russian. The mascot is the wolf developed by student
designer Ekaterina Bocharova.

Indian grapplers in October 2016 clinched four medals, including a gold medal, at the sixth edition of the
TAFISA World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Luv Singh, Naveen Kumar, Josil and Dalmiya

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC)
Athletes' Commission. Saina received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach on 17
October 2016.

Brazil on 15 October 2016 won the first BRICS U-17 football tournament. In the title clash played at Nehru
Stadium of Margo, Goa, Brazil defeated South Africa 5-1.

Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat retained his welterweight Asia title. In the final bout played in New Delhi on
14 October 2016, Goyat outpunched Australian Ben Kite 120-110, 119-109, 115-113.

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Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma on 16 October 2016 clinched the men's singles title at the Chinese Taipei
Open badminton. In the summit clash of the 55000 dollar Grand Prix tournament in Taipei City, Saurabh
defeated Malaysia's Daren Liew, 12-10, 12-10, 3-3.

Bank of Baroda, the Indian public sector bank, has sealed a 3-year principal sponsorship contract with
badminton players PV Sindhu and K Srikanth.

Virat Kohli on 11 October 2016 was presented with the ICC Test Championship mace for leading his team
to the top of the Test Team Rankings. On behalf, of ICC the mace was presented by former India captain
and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar following the conclusion of the third and final Test against
New Zealand in Indore

Polands Agnieszka Radwanska on 9 October 2016 won the 2016 China Open Women's Singles at the
National Tennis Center in Beijing, China.

Indian shooter Jitu Rai on 6 October 2016 clinched a silver medal in the 50 meter pistol event of the ISSF
World Cup Final at Bologna, Italy. Jitu, 29, shot a score of 188.8 to finish behind China's Wei Pang at 190.6.
Italy's Giuseppe Giordano settled for the bronze.

Indias Ganganjeet Bhullar on 2 October 2016 won the 2016 Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea. It is
his sixth title on the Asian Tour.

Reports & Indexes

Grant Thornton released its International Business Report 2016. The report ranks India at the second
position on the global business optimism index during the third quarter (July-September 2016). During
the April-June 2016 period, India was ranked at the third position after being on top for two consecutive
quarters. Indonesia took the top spot, with the Philippines coming in third.

NITI Aayog on 31 October 2016 launched the first ever Agricultural Marketing & Farm Friendly Reforms
Index. The index was topped by Maharashtra.

Key highlights of the index

Maharashtra topped the index with a score of 81.7 out of 100.

Gujarat ranks second with a score of 71.5.
Rajasthan stood third with a score of 70.0 and Madhya Pradesh scored 69.5.

Freedom House, a non-government watchdog, on 2 November 2015 released the Freedom of the Press
2016 report. The report was released with theme, The Battle for the Dominant Message. As per the annual
report, press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015. It happened because the political,
criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power.

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With respect to India, the report found that freedom to the press is partly free with a total score of 41
on a 0 to 100 scale with 0 representing the best level of freedom on the net progress and 100 the worst.

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on 31 October 2016 released State-wise
Ease of Doing Business rankings in New Delhi. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have topped the list in the
Ease of Doing Business rankings.

1. Andhra Pradesh 98.78 2

1. Telangana 98.78 13

3. Gujarat 98.21 1

4. Chhattisgarh 97.32 4

5. Madhya Pradesh 97.01 5

The World Bank Group on 25 October 2016 released the report titled Doing Business 2017: Equal
Opportunity for All. It is the 14th report in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that
enhance business activity and those that constrain it.

India moved one rank up to the 130th position in the Report. This marginal improvement came on the
back of slight improvement in four indicators- getting electricity, enforcing contracts, trading across
borders and registering property. In terms of starting a business, Indias ranking went down to 155th
position from 151st last year. This was also true for registering a property. In terms of resolving insolvency,
the countrys position slid a single rank to 136 from 135 last year. Indias ranking in trading across borders
also fell by 10 spots to 143 though the World Bank recognized Indias reforms in making imports and
exports easier through the launch of the ICEGATE portal.

World Economic Forum (WEF) on 25 October 2016 released the Global Gender Gap Report 2016. The
2016 report provides Gender Gap scores for 144 countries compared to 145 countries included in 2015
report. India which was ranked at 87th position had succeeded in closing the gender gap with regard to
wage equality and across all indicators of the Educational Attainment sub-index, fully closing its primary
and secondary education enrolment gender gaps.

Team Indias limited-overs cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains the most valued Indian athlete
in 2016, despite a drop in his brand value when compared with last year, shows the Forbes Fab 40 list
released recently. The annual Forbes Fab 40 list, which estimates the brand value of top sports labels,
athletes, teams and events, reveals that Dhonis brand value reduced from $21 million in 2015 to $11

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million this year, and his rank slipped from fifth to 10th during the same period. However, he remains the
only Indian among the top 10 athletes globally.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 13 October 2016 released the Global Tuberculosis Report 2016
highlighting that countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect and treat Tuberculosis (TB) in
order to meet global targets.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on 11 October 2016 released the 2016 Global
Hunger Index (GHI). It says if hunger declines at the same rate as it has since 1992, more than 45 countries
including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan will still have moderate to alarming hunger scores
in 2030. India is ranked at 97th and Pakistan at 107th. All other Asian neighbours did relatively better-
China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (75), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (90).

The International Monetary Fund on 4 October 2016 released World Economic Outlook (WEO) October
2016. The report projects global growth at 3.1 per cent in 2016, with slight increase to 3.4 percent in 2017.
It says that the persistent stagnation, particularly in advanced economies, could further fuel anti-trade
sentiment, stifling growth.

World Economic Forum (WEF) on 27 September 2015 released the Global Competitiveness
Report (GCR) 2016-2017. The report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies.
Switzerland, Singapore and the US remain as the world's most competitive economies. The
report highlights that for second consecutive year, India has jumped 16 places in the GCI report
to occupy the 39th spot. In 2015-16 GCI report, India was placed at 55th position as compared
to 71st rank in 2014-15 report.
India's Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with Canada's Fraser Institute on 15 September
2016 released the Economic Freedom of the World 2016 Annual Report. Hong Kong topped the
index followed by Singapore and New Zealand at second and third position. India has slipped 10
positions and fetched 112th spot among all 159 countries in the World Economic Freedom
(WEF) Index. It ranks behind Bhutan (78), Nepal (108) and Sri Lanka (111) but stood higher than
China (113), Bangladesh (121) and Pakistan (133) in the Index.

Fortune on 13 September 2016 released list of most powerful women based outside the US.
The list was topped by Banco Santander's Ana Botin. The 2016 list spans 19 countries and is
comprised of 16% new names. Indians in the list include top women bankers, namely SBI chief
Arundhati Bhattacharya (2nd rank), ICICI head Chanda Kochhar (5th rank) and Axis Bank CEO
Shikha Sharma (19th rank).

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Top 10 women in the list are

1. Ana Botin - Group Executive Chairman, Banco Santander. She is a resident of Spain.
2. Arundhati Bhattacharya - Chairperson, State Bank of India. She is a resident of India.
3. Isabelle Kocher - CEO, Engie. She is a resident of France.
4. Chua Sock Koong - Group CEO, Singapore Telecommunications. She is a resident of
5. Chanda Kochhar - Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank. She is a resident of India.
6. Alison Cooper - CEO, Imperial Brands. She is a resident of U.K.
7. Guler Sabanci - Chairman, Sabanc Holding. She is a resident of Turkey.
8. Ho Ching - Executive Director and CEO, Temasek. She is a resident of Singapore.
9. Annika Falkengren - CEO and President, SEB Group. She is a resident of Sweden.
10. Omella Barra - Co-COO, Walgreens Boots Alliance. She is a resident of U.K.

World Health Organization (WHO) on 27 September 2016 released its report on pollution, which
is extremely worrying. The report claims that 92 percent of the worlds population lives in places
where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. This mean, 9 out of 10 people globally are breathing
poor quality air.

Days & Observance

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was observed across India on 31 October
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was observed globally on 2
Vigilance Awareness Week was observed across India beginning from 31 October
First World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed across the world on 5 November
Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2016 observed from 31 October to 5 November
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
was observed globally on 6 November
World Science Day for Peace and Development 2016 was observed on 10 November
World Vegetarian Day observed on 1 October
World Habitat Day was observed on 3 October
International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) was observed on 1 October
International Day of Non-Violence was observed across the world on 2 October
National Anti-Drug Addiction Day observed on 2 October
World Space Week is an annual event that is observed from 4 October to 10 October 2016
World Teachers Day (WTD) 2016 was observed across the world on 5 October
World Sight Day (WSD) was observed across the world on 13 October
International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) was observed globally on 13 October
World Food Day 2016 was observed across the world on 16 October
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed on 17 October

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International Day of Rural Women was observed across the world on 15 October
International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) was observed across the world on 11 October
World Mental Health Day was observed on 10 October
World Post Day 2016 was observed on 9 October
84th Air Force Day observed on 8 October
World Egg Day observed on 9 October
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day observed on 21 October
World Polio Day observed on 24 October
National Unity Day observed across India on 31 October
World Statistics Day observed across the world on 20 October
The United Nations Day 2016 was observed across the world on 24 October
The Police Commemoration Day was observed on 21 October
World Development Information Day was observed on 24 October
Disarmament Week is an annual event that is observed from 24 October to 30 October
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was observed across the world on 27 October
World Cities Day was observed on 31 October
The International Literacy Day celebrated on 8 September
International Day of Charity was celebrated on 5 September
National Hindi Divas (Hindi Day) was observed across India on 14 September
International Day of Democracy was observed on 15 September
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was observed across the world
on 16 September
International Day of Peace was observed across the world on 21 September
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was observed on 26
World Tourism Day 2016 was observed across the world on 27 September
The International Translation Day was observed on 30 September
World Maritime Day was observed across the world on 29 September
World Rabies Day was observed on 28 September

Books & Authors

M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India, on 5 November 2016 released the book titled An Era of
Darkness: The British Empire in India. The book is authored by Shashi Tharoor.
Author Arundahti Roy announces second novel titled The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Venkaiah Naidu releases book titled Modis Midas Touch in Foreign Policy
The Adivasi Will Not Dance authored by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
The Sleepwalker's Dream authored by Dhrubajyoti Borah

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Janet Reno, first female U.S. Attorney General, dies
Sri Lankan singer Pandit Amaradeva passes away
Former J&K Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma passes away
Legendary Kashmiri singer Raj Begum dies
Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, last king of Rwanda, dies
Legendary footballer Carlos Alberto Torres dies
Anti-Vietnam War activist Tom Hayden died
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, passes away
Theatre legend Heisnam Kanhailal passes away
Renowned Bangla writer Syed Shamsul Haq passes away
Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away

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Important palaces/forts in India

Delhi Red Fort Delhi
Old Fort(PURANA QILA) Delhi
Gujarat Aina Mahal Bhuj
Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara
Himachal Pradesh Kangra Fort Kangra
Karnataka Maharajas Palace Mysore
Srirangapatnam Fort Srirangapatnam
Kerala Kowdiar Palace Trivandrum
Mattancherry or Dutch Palace Kochi
Madhya Pradesh Jai Vilas Mahal Gwalior
Dhar Fort Dhar
Maharashtra Sindhudurg Fort Malvan
Daulatabad Fort Aurangabad
Panhala Fort Kolhapur
Rajasthan Lalgarh Palace Bikaner
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
Hawa Mahal Jaipur
Jaisalmer Fort Jaisalmer
Chittorgarh Fort Chittorgarh
Padmini Palace Brahmpuri, Udaipur
Amber Fort Jaipur
Rambagh Palace Jaipur
Umaid Bhavan Palace Jodhpur
Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
Junagarh Fort Bikaner
Lake Palace Udaipur
Taragarh Fort Teerath, Bundi
Deeg Palace Rajasthan
Telangana Golconda Fort Hyderabad
Warangal Fort Mathwada, Warangal
King Kothi Palace Hyderabad
Purani Haveli Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
Uttar Pradesh Fatehpur Sikri Agra
Agra Fort Agra
West Bengal Cooch Behar Palace Cooch Behar
Hazarduari Palace Murshidabad
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Stadiums in India
Gymkhana Ground Mumbai , Maharashtra Cricket

Mahindra Stadium Mumbai, Maharashtra Hockey

Dr. D.Y. Patil Stadium Navi Mumbai , Maharashtra Football And
Guru Gobind Singh Stadium Nanded, Maharashtra Cricket

Nehru Stadium Pune, Maharashtra Cricket

Dadaji Kondadev Stadium Thane, Maharashtra Football

Vca Ground Nagpur , Maharashtra Cricket
Brabourne Stadium Mumbai , Maharashtra Cricket

Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium Pune , Maharashtra Cricket

Fatorda Stadium Margao, Goa Football &


New Vca Stadium Nagpur, Maharashtra

Wankhede Stadium Mumbai, Maharashtra Cricket


Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi Cricket

Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium Delhi Multipurpose

Eden Gardens Kolkata , West Bengal Cricket

Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Maulana Azad Stadium Jammu , Jammu & Kashmir Cricket

Khanderi Cricket Stadium Rajkot , Gujarat Cricket
IPCL Sport Complex Vadodara, Gujarat Cricket
Madhav Rao SC India Ground Rajkot, Gujarat Cricket

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Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad , Gujarat Cricket

Moti Bagh Stadium Vadodara , Gujarat Cricket
Sher-I-Kashmir Stadium Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir Cricket
Sawai Mani Singh Stadium Jaipur , Rajasthan Cricket
Barkatullah Khan Stadium Jodhpur, Rajasthan Cricket
Barabati Stadium Cuttack, Orissa Cricket
Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium Kochi, Kerala Multipurpose
M. Chinnasawami Stadium Bangalore , Karnataka Cricket
Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium Telengana , Andhra Pradesh Cricket
Indira Priyadarshini Stadium Visakhapatnam , Andhra Cricket

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh Cricket

Apca-Vdca Stadium Visakhapatnam , Andhra Cricket
Indira Gandhi Stadium Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Cricket

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai , Tamil Nadu Cricket

Jsca Stadium Ranchi, Jharkhand Cricket
Keenan Stadium Jamshedpur , Jharkhand Cricket And
Dilip Tirkey Stadium Ranchi, Jharkhand Hockey
Birsa Munda Stadium Ranchi, Jharkhand Hockey
Kalinga Stadium Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha Hockey
K.D. Singh Babu Stadium Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh Multipurpose

Green Park Stadium Kanpur , Uttar Pradesh Cricket

Dhyan Chand Astroturf Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Hockey

Nahar Singh Stadium Faridabad, Haryana Cricket

Sector 16 Stadium Chandigarh Cricket

Airports in India

Airport City

Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai

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Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru

Chennai International Airport Chennai

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad

Cochin International Airport Kochi

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport Ahmedabad

Dabolim Airport Goa

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport Lucknow

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport Guwahati

Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar

Sheikh ul Alam Airport Srinagar

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport Indore

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport Nagpur

Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport Patna

Mangalore International Airport (Formerly Bajpe Airport) Mangalore

Trichy International Airport Tiruchirappalli

Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Varanasi

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport Amritsar

Swami Vivekananda International Airport Raipur (Chhattishgarh)

Satwari Airport Jammu

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Bagdogra Airport Siliguri(West Bengal)

Civil Airport Harni Vadodara

Veer Savarkar International Airport Port Blair

Maharaja Nara Singh International Airport Imphal

Birsa Munda Airport Ranchi

Maharana Pratap international Airport Udaipur

Raja Bhoj International Airport Bhopal

Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport Leh (It is one of the highest commercial
airports in the world at 3,256 m (10,682
ft) above mean sea level.)

Dumna Airport Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)

Bodhgaya Airport Gaya


Sr. Dam Name River State


1 Indra sagar Narmada river Madhya Pradesh

2 Bhakra dam Sutlej Himachal Pradesh

3 Sriram sagar Godavari Andhra Pradesh

4 Nagarjuna sagar Krishna Andhra Pradesh

5 Sri Sailam Krishna Andhra Pradesh

6 Durgapur Barrage Damodar West Bengal

7 Farakka barrage Ganges West Bengal

8 Maithon dam Damodar West Bengal

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9 Lakhwa barrage Yamuna Uttarakhand

10 Tehri dam Bhagirathi Uttarakhand

11 Koteswar dam Bhagirathi Uttarakhand

12 Mettur dam Kaveri Tamil Nadu

13 Amravati dam Noyyal Tamil Nadu

14 Rana pratap sagar dam Chambal Rajasthan

15 Jawai dam Jawai Rajasthan

16 Kota barrage Jawai Rajasthan

17 Mandira dam Sankh Odisha

18 Rengali Dam Brahmani Odisha

19 Hirakud dam Mahanadi Odisha

20 Waki Godavari Maharashtra

21 Bham Tapi Maharashtra

22 Hetwane Bhogewsari Maharashtra

23 DHom Krishna Maharashtra

24 Gangapur Godavari Maharashtra

25 Omkareswar dam Narmada Madhya Pradesh

26 Kanithi Balancing Yeleru Andhra Pradesh


27 Kalyani Dam Swarnamukhi Andhra Pradesh

28 Dharoi Dam Sabarmati Gujarat

29 Sardar Sarovar dam Narmada Gujarat

30 Chamera dam Ravi Himachal Pradesh

31 Ukai dam Tapti Gujarat

32 Pandoh dam Beas Himachal Pradesh

33 Pong dam Beas Himachal Pradesh

34 Uri dam Jhelum Jammu and Kashmir

35 Baglihar dam Chenab Jammu and Kashmir

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36 Panchet Damodar Jharkhand

37 Tenughat Damodar Jharkhand

38 Almatti dam Krishna Karnataka

39 Krishna raja sagara dam Kaveri Karnataka

40 Bhadbhada dam Narmada Madhya Pradesh

41 Idukki Dam Periyar Kerala

42 Minimata Hasdeo Bango Hasdeo Chhattisgarh

43 Linganamakki Dam Sharavathi Karnataka

44 Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam Mahi Rajasthan

45 Subansiri Lower Dam Subansiri Assam

Stock Exchanges in India

Bombay Stock Exchange
Key Person Ashishkumar Chauhan (MD & CEO)
Location - Mumbai, Maharashtra
Founded - 9 July 1875
Recently in news: Golden Peacock Global Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance for the
year 2015. Skoch Achiever Award 2016 for SME Enablement.

National Stock Exchange of India - NSE

Key Person Chitra Ramkrishna (MD & CEO)
Location - Mumbai, Maharashtra
Index NIFTY 50
Founded 1992

Calcutta Stock Exchange - CSE - It is the oldest stock exchange in South Asia.
Key Person Dipankar Chatterji (Chairman); B. Madhav Reddy (MD & CEO)
Location - Kolkata, India
Index CSE 40
Founded - 1830, incorporated in 1908

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Multi Commodity Exchange - MCX It is India's largest commodity futures exchange and the turnover
of the exchange for the year 2015 was 55.52 trillion rupees (865.55 billion US dollars).

Key Person Mr. Satyananda Mishra, IAS (Retd.), Chairman; Mr. Mrugank Paranjape, Managing
Director and CEO
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra
Index MCX COMDEX Indias maiden realtime Composite Commodity Index based on
commodity futures prices of an exchange.
Founded - 10 Nov. 2003

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

It is the regulator for the securities market in India. It was established in the year 1988 and given
statutory powers on 12 April 1992 through the SEBI Act, 1992.
Key Person Upendra Kumar Sinha, Chairman
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra
Founded 12 April, 1992

SEBI has been vested with the following powers:

1. to approve bylaws of stock exchanges.sebi

2. to require the stock exchange to amend their bylaws.
3. inspect the books of accounts and call for periodical returns from recognized stock exchanges.
4. inspect the books of accounts of a financial intermediaries.
5. compel certain companies to list their shares in one or more stock exchanges.
6. registration brokers.

There are two types of brokers:

1. Circuit breaker - When stocks become extremely volatile, the stock exchange us this facility to
prevent excess volatility/fall/rise during one day by capping the limits on the upside and
downside so that stocks cannot move beyond the prescribed limit.If the stock prices reach the
limit, trading will be halted for the day. Circuit breakers are not uniform for all listed stocks.
Also, stocks which have Futures & Options (F&O) do not have these circuit breakers in India.
2. Merchant banker - Merchant Bankers who basically deal in bulk/wholesale transactions like
Investment Banking etc.

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Important Stock Exchanges and Their Indexes

Exchanges Indexes Economy Headquarters

New York stock exchange NYSE United states New York
NASDAQ NASDAQ-100 United states New York
London Stock exchange group FTSE-100 United Kingdom London
Tokyo stock exchange Nikkiei 225 Japan Tokyo
Shanghai Stock Exchange SSE Composite China Shanghai
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Hang Sang Indexes Hong Kong Hong Kong
Euro next AEX Index Netherland Amsterdam

BEL20 Belgium Brussels

PSI20 Portugal Lisbon

CAC40 France Paris

Shenzhen Stock Exchange SZSE Composite China Shenzhen
Deutsche Borse DAX Germany Frankfurt
Bombay stock exchange Sensex India Mumbai
National Stock Exchange of Nifty India Mumbai
Six Swiss Exchange SMI(SWISS MARKET Switzerland Zurich
Australian Securities S&P/ASX 200 Australia Sydney
Korea Exchange KOSPI South Korea Seoul
OMX Nordic Exchange OMX Nordic 40 Northern Europe, Stockholm
JSE limited FTSE/JSE South Africa Johannesburg
BME Spanish Exchanges IBEX35 Spain |Madrid
Taiwan Stock Exchange TSEC Taiwan Taipei
BM&F Bovespa BovespaIndex |Brazil Sao Paulo
Toronto Stock Exchange S&p/TSX Canada Toronto


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Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Sr.No. Names States

1. Spike Island Wildlife Sanctuary Andaman and Nicobar


2. Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary Andaman and Nicobar


3. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh

4. Nagarjun Sagar - Srisailam Tiger reserve Andhra Pradesh and


5. Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh

6. Kolleru Lake Andhra Pradesh

7. Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh

8. Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh

9. Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary Andhra Pradesh

10. Pakhui Tiger Reserve Arunachal Pradesh

11. Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary Arunachal Pradesh

12. Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary Arunachal Pradesh

13. Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary Arunachal Pradesh

14. Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary Assam

15. Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary Bihar

16. Gautam Budha Wildlife Sanctuary Bihar

17. Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary Bihar

18. Nakti Dam Wildlife Sanctuary Bihar

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19. Valmikinagar Wildlife Sanctuary Bihar

20. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

21. Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

22. Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

23. Semarsot Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

24. Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

25. Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

26. Pamed Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh

27. Gomarda Reserve Forest Chhattisgarh

28. Bhagwan Mahavir Goa

29. Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat

30. Balaram-Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat

31. Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat

32. Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary Gujarat

33. Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary Gujarat

34. Barda Wildlife Sanctuary Gujarat

35. Rupi Bhabha Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

36. Sechu Tuan Nala Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

37. Tundah Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

38. Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

39. Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

40. Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

41. Bandli Wildlife Sanctuary Himachal Pradesh

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42. Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu and Kashmir

43. Lachipora Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu and Kashmir

44. Overa-Aru Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu and Kashmir

45. Kanji Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu and Kashmir

46. Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu and Kashmir

47. Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary Jammu and Kashmir

48. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary Jharkhand

49. Lawalong Wildlife Sanctuary Jharkhand

50. Palamau Wildlife Sanctuary Jharkhand

51. Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka

52. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka

53. Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Karnataka


54. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka

55. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka

56. Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka

57. Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary Karnataka

58. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala

59. Bori Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

60. Bagdara Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

61. Ghatigaon Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

62. Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

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63. National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

64. Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

65. Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

66. Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

67. Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

68. Ratapani Tiger Reserve Madhya Pradesh

69. Snajay Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

70. Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

71. SardarPur Wildlife Sanctuary Madhya Pradesh

72. Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary Maharashtra

73. Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra

74. Tadobha Andhari Tiger Reserve Maharashtra

75. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra

76. Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra

77. Kalsubi Harishchandra Maharashtra

78. Jaikwadi Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra

79. Painganga Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra

80. Chandoli Wildlife Sanctuary Maharashtra

81. Dampa Tiger Reserve Mizoram

82. Badrama Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha

83. Chilika Bird Sanctuary Odisha

84. Nalbana Bird Sanctuary Odisha

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85. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha

86. Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha

87. Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha

88. Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha

89. Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary Odisha

90. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

91. Bhensrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

92. Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

93. Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

94. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

95. Phulwari Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

96. Sariska Tiger Reserve Rajasthan

97. Jamwa Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

98. Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

99. Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary Rajasthan

100. Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve Tamil nadu

101. Sathyamanglam Wildlife Sanctuary Tamil nadu

102. ShenbagathoppuGrizzled Squirrel Wildlife Tamil nadu


103. Eturanagaram Wildlife Sanctuary Telangana

104. Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary Telangana

105. Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary Telangana

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106. Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary Telangana

107. Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary Tripura

108. Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh

109. Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh

110. Sohagi Barwa Wildlife Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh

111. Krinshanpur Wildlife Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh

112. Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh

113. Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Uttrakhand


114. Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary Uttrakhand

115. Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary Uttrakhand

116. Krdarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Uttrakhand

117. Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary Uttrakhand

118. Buxa Tiger Reserve West Bengal

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Important Banking Terms & Features:


Investment Purpose i.e, Deposits Of Money And Advances of loans are the Main Function Of Banks,


It is a delivery of banking services at an affordable cost to the vast section of disadvantage or low income
group or this is a facility provided by the banking sector to connect each and every individual to the
financial network and the main component of this financial inclusion is no-full account and simplification
of know your customers.


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The money which is kept in our Bank Is A Financial Institution Which Receives Deposits From The Public
And Lends Them For saving accounts is like a medium of exchange and this is called Demand Deposits. It
is also known as CASA (Current Account and Saving Account)

a) Current Account

b) Saving Account


Saving account are made for the household saving purpose and interest rate of this account is decide by
the RBI. The saving account are also known as individual account. Through this account, the account
holders get cheque. There is lot of flexibility for deposits and withdrawal of funds from the these types of


Current accounts are made for the business class persons and account holders can made many transaction
in a day. The current account attracts no interest rate sometimes Banks can charge some charges from
this account. The deposits in current account are the most liquid deposits and there are no limits for
number of transactions or the amount of transactions in a day.


Distribution of insurance products through a bank's distribution channel.First Introduced in 2002,Indian

banks were permitted to do insurance business for the first time.It is regulated by RBI and IRDA.

4. Repo (Repurchase) rate

It is the rate at which the RBI lends shot-term money to the banks against securities. When the repo rate
increases borrowing from RBI becomes more expensive. Therefore, we can say that in case, RBI wants to
make it more expensive for the banks to borrow money, it increases the repo rate; similarly, if it wants to
make it cheaper for banks to borrow money, it reduces the repo rate

5. Reverse Repo rate

It is the rate at which banks park their short-term excess liquidity with the RBI. The banks use this tool
when they feel that they are stuck with excess funds and are not able to invest anywhere for reasonable
returns. An increase in the reverse repo rate means that the RBI is ready to borrow money from the banks
at a higher rate of interest. As a result, banks would prefer to keep more and more surplus funds with RBI.

6. CRR

CRR is the ratio of banks total deposits for which they are bound to keep with the RBI. It could be between
minimum 3% to maximum 15% & CRR is the most effective measure to check inflation if CRR increases
bank are bound to keep more money with the RBI & the liquidity in market decreases & the value of
money increases & inflation come down.


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SLR is the ratio of banks total deposits for which banks are required to keep with themselves If might be
in form of cash, gold, government securities and deposits in other banks as current account.

8. Marginal Standing Facility (MSF): MSF rate is the rate at which banks borrow funds overnight
from the Reserve Bank of India against approved government securities


Money Market is the global financial market for short term borrowings and lendings. It provides short
term liquid funding for global financial system. In Money Market short term obligations such as treasury
bills, commercial papers and Bankers acceptance are bought and sold.


The Capital Market is the market for securities where companies and government can raise long term
fund. The Capital Market includes the stock market and the Bond Market.


Debit Card is also known as gift card. It is a type of plastic money which provides an alternative payment
method for cash withdrawals through automated tailor machine and this is a prepaid ATM card.


A Credit Card allows you to borrow money when you purchases. It doesnt directly debit from your bank
account at the time of purchase instead you are sent a bill every month for the sum of total of your
purchase. In other words this Post Paid Money Card.


KYC is a term commonly used for customer identification process or these are the guidelines issued by the
RBI and SEBI for financial institutions. The intention behind the KYC is to check the money laundering. For
the mutual funds MIN (Mutual Fund Identification Number) is the tool of KYC. For Demat Account Pan
Card is essential and for band account* Residential Proof * Identity Proof

14. MICR: Magnetic Ink Character Recognition is a 9 digit number printed on banking instruments
such as a cheque or a demand draft using a special type of ink made of magnetic material. The first 3 digits
denote the city, the 4th to 6th digits denote the bank, while the last 3 digits denote the branch number.
The code can be read by a machine, minimising the chances of error in clearing of cheques, thereby making
funds transfer faster.


It refers to computer based system use to perform financial transaction can be used as :

*Card holder initiated transaction, where the card holder makes use of a payment card.

*Electronic cheque clearing.

16. National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT)

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is a nation-wide payment system facilitating one-to-one funds transfer. Under this Scheme, individuals,
firms and corporates can electronically transfer funds from any bank branch to any individual, firm or
corporate having an account with any other bank branch in the country participating in the Scheme.

-There is no limit - either minimum or maximum - on the amount of funds that could be transferred using
NEFT. However, maximum amount per transaction is limited to Rs.50,000/- for cash-based remittances
and remittances to Nepal.

17. Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS)

which can be defined as the continuous (real-time) settlement of funds transfers individually on an order
by order basis (without netting). 'Real Time' means the processing of instructions at the time they are
received rather than at some later time; 'Gross Settlement' means the settlement of funds transfer
instructions occurs individually (on an instruction by instruction basis).

The minimum amount to be remitted through RTGS is ' 2 lakh. There is no upper ceiling for RTGS

18. Cheque

It is a bill of exchange drawn on a specified banker ordering the banker to pay a certain sum of money to
the drawer of cheque or another person. Money is generally withdrawn by clients by cheques. Cheque is
always payable on demand.

19. Cheque Truncation:

I. Truncation is the process of stopping the flow of the physical cheque issued by a drawer at some
point with the presenting bank en-route to the drawee bank branch.

II. Cheque Truncation speeds up the process of collection of cheques resulting in better service to
customers, reduces the scope for clearing- related frauds or loss of instruments in transit, lowers the cost
of collection of cheques.

20. GDP

The Gross Domestic Product or GDP is a measure of all of the services and goods produced in a country
over a specific period; classically a year.

21. GNP

Gross National Product is measured as GDP plus income of residents from investments made abroad
minus income earned by foreigners in domestic market.

22. FII

FII (Foreign Institutional Investor) used to denote an investor, mostly in the form of an institution. An
institution established outside India, which proposes to invest in Indian market, in other words buying
Indian stocks. FII's generally buy in large volumes which has an impact on the stock markets. Institutional
Investors includes pension funds, mutual funds, Insurance Companies, Banks, etc.

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23. FDI

FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) occurs with the purchase of the physical assets or a significant amount
of ownership (stock) of a company in another country in order to gain a measure of management control

A foreign company having a stake in a Indian Company.

24. DeMat Account

DeMat is nothing but a demateriafized account. If one has to save money or make cheque payments, then
he/she needs to open a bank account. Similarly, one needs to open a DeMat account if he/she wants to
buy or sell stocks. Thus, DeMat account is similar to a bank account wherein the actual money is being
replaced by shares. In order to open a DeMat account, one needs to approach the Depository Participants


A Mortgage is a method of using property as a security for the performance of an obligation, usually the
payment of a debt. The term Mortgage refers to a legal device used for this purpose and it is also
commonly used to refer to a debt secure by the Mortgage.

26. FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act),first introduced in 1999

It is an act that provides guidelines for the free flow of foreign exchange in India. It has brought a new
management regime of foreign exchange consistent with the emerging framework of the World Trade
Organisation(WTO).It was earlier known as FERA(Foreign exchange Regulation Act),which has found to be
unsuccessful with the proliberalisation policies of the Government of India.

27. Kiosk Banking

It is self-service solutions, allowing customers to service themselves with computer based touchscreen
and making different sort of transactions.

28. Bill Of Exchange

A written, unconditional order by one party (the drawer) to another (the drawee) to pay a certain sum,
either immediately (a sight bill) or on a fixed date (a term bill), for payment of goods and/or services

The drawee accepts the bill by signing it, thus converting it into a postdated check and a binding contract.


Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. Global communication network that
facilitates 24-hour secure international exchange of payment instructions between banks, central banks,
multinational corporations, and major securities firms.SWIFT does not facilitate funds transfer: rather, it
sends payment orders, which must be settled by correspondent accounts that the institutions have with
each other. Each financial institution, to exchange banking transactions, must have a banking relationship

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by either being a bank or affiliating itself with one (or more) so as to enjoy those particular business

30. CRAR(Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio)

Capital to risk weighted assets ratio is arrived at by dividing the capital of the bank with aggregated risk
weighted assets for credit risk, market risk and operational risk. The higher the CRAR of a bank the better
capitalized it is.

31. SDR (Special Drawing Rights): SDR are new form of International reserve assets, created by the
International Monetary Fund in 1967. The value of SDR is based on the portfolio of widely used countries
and they are maintained as accounting entries and not as hard currency or physical assets like Gold.

32. Non Performing Assets (NPA): An asset, including a leased asset, becomes non performing when
it ceases to generate income for the bank

33. Participatory Notes : are derivative instruments, used by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) who
are NOT registered with SEBI. These are mostly used by overseas HNIs (High Net worth Individuals), hedge
funds and other foreign institutions, allow them to invest in Indian markets through registered Foreign
Institutional Investors (FIIs), while saving on time and costs associated with direct registrations. Foreign
institutions, allow them to invest in Indian markets through registered Foreign Institutional Investors
(FIIs), while saving on time and costs associated with direct registrations.

34. Commercial Paper: Commercial Paper (CP) is an unsecured money market instrument issued in
the form of a promissory note. Corporate, primary dealers (PDs) and the All India Financial Institutions
(FIs) are

eligible to issue CP. Maturity period: between a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of up to one year
from the date of issue. CP can be issued in denominations of Rs.5 lakh or multiples thereof. Only a
scheduled bank can act as an IPA (Issuing and Paying Agent) for issuance of CP.

35. Treasury Bills: Treasury bills (T bills) offer short term investment opportunities. They are thus
useful in managing short term liquidity. At present, the Government of India issues three types of treasury
bills through auctions, namely, 91 day, 182 day and 364 day. There are no treasury bills issued by State
Governments. Treasury bills are available for a minimum amount of Rs.25,000 and in multiples of Rs.
25,000. Treasury bills are issued at a discount and are redeemed at par.

36. Certificates of Deposit (CD): Certificate of Deposit (CD) is a negotiable money market instrument
and issued in dematerialised form or as a Usance Promissory Note against funds deposited at a bank or
other eligible financial institution for a specified time period.

Note: CDs can be issued by (i) scheduled commercial banks{excluding Regional Rural Banks and Local Area
Banks}; and (ii) select All ]India Financial Institutions (FIs) that have been permitted by RBI Minimum
amount of a CD should be Rs.1 lakh, and in multiples of Rs. 1 lakh thereafter. The maturity period of CDs
issued by banks should not be less than 7 days and not more than one year, from the date of issue

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37. Core Banking Solution (CBS) :-Core Banking Solution (CBS) is networking of branches, which
enables Customers to operate their accounts, and avail banking services from any branch of the Bank on
CBS network, regardless of where he maintains his account.

38. IFSC: IFSC code means Indian Financial System Code. RTGS and NEFT payment system of Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) use these codes. IFSC code consists of 11 Characters identified as under (Lets take an
example of SBI, Madhapur Hyderabad):- First 4 digits show the Identity of the bank. i.e. SBIN 5th digits in
default as ZERO (for future use) i.e. 0 Last 6 Characters display the Branch Identity. i.e. 004187 So IFSC
Code is SBIN004187

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Currencies & Capitals in 3 Months


United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates dirham

Afghanistan Kabul Afghani

Australia Canberra Australian Dollar

Belgium Brussels Euro

Bhutan Thimphu Bhutanese ngultrum, Indian


Brazil Brasilia Brazilian real

Cambodia Phnom Penh Cambodian riel

Canada Ottawa Canadian dollar

Chile Santiago Chilean peso

China Beijing Renminbi

Croatia Zagreb Croatian kuna

Cuba Havana Cuban peso, Cuban

convertible peso

Egypt Cairo Egyptian pound

Estonia Tallinn Euro

Finland Helsinki Euro

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France Paris Euro, CFP franc

Germany Berlin Euro

Greece Athens Euro

Haiti Port-au-Prince Haitian gourde

Hungary Budapest Hungarian forint

Iraq Baghdad Iraqi dinar

Japan Tokyo Japanese Yen

Kazakhstan Astana Kazakhstani tenge

Kuwait Kuwaiti city Kuwaiti dinar

Laos Vientiane Lao kip

Maldives Male Maldivian rufiyaa

Morocco Rabat Moroccan dirham

Myanmar Naypyidaw Burmese kyat

Nepal Kathmandu Nepalese rupee

New Zealand Wellington New Zealand Dollar

Palestine East Jerusalem Jordanian dinar, Egyptian

pound, Israeli new shekel

Russia Moscow Russian ruble

Rwanda Kigali Rwandan franc

Saudi Arabia Riyadh Saudi riyal

Singapore Singapore Singapore dollar

South Africa Pretoria, Cape Town, South African Rand


South Korea Seol South Korean won

Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardenapura Sri Lankan rupee

Sweden Stockholm Swedish krona

Tunisia Tunis Tunisian dinar

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UK London Pound Sterling

Vietnam Hanoi Vietnamese dong

Yemen Sana'a Yemeni rial

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