Current affairs 17th November 2016 | General Awareness 17th November 2016

TS, Microsoft ink MoU


MS to help pilot use of White Spaces

  • Microsoft India will undertake a pilot project in Telangana on use of White Spaces or the unutilized television spectrum for providing last mile internet connectivity.
  • This is the one of the components of a memorandum of understanding the technology major and the State government entered into areas of healthcare, education and agriculture.

Area in which Microsoft focus on

  • Citizen services
  • Education
  • Healthcare and agriculture.

UIDAI cautions against misuse of Aadhaar


Aadhaar is being used widely in the wake of demonetisation

  • With Aadhaar is being used widely in the wake of demonetisation, the Unique Identification Authority of India has urged the public to indicate the purpose of providing photocopies of their Aadhaar letter to prevent its misuse.
  • It is a digitally verifiable identity and could be authenticated any time and anywhere, the chances of its misuse were limited.

Id proof needed for exchanging

  • Aadhaar
  • PAN card
  • voter ID card

India could look to international peace processes to solve Kashmir issue


International agreements are short of quick fixes

  • International agreements are short of quick fixes. This was the message John Bruton, former Irish Prime Minister and former European Union Ambassador to the Union States, relayed at a talk at Synergia Foundation.
  • Mr. Bruton said that lessons from the Irish Peace Accord that he had helped broker in 1998, could be analysed to find solutions to India’s Kashmir issue. However, he added that it was dangerous for an outsider to comment.

Main events in Northern Ireland peace process

  • Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire.
  • Good Friday ( or Belfast) Agreement of 1998.

Singapore to help enhance emergency care skills


Programme aims to improve survival outcome of patients in Karnataka

  • The Temasek Foundation International launched a three-year training programme to enhance delivery of emergency care in the State, in partnership with SingHealth and Karnataka’s Department of Health and Family Welfare.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between SingHealth and the State government .

Jayadeva hospital visit

  • Ministry of Health
  • Health Care Leadership College of Singapore.

ISRO adopts drought-hit village to help farmers


Brahmasandra village adopted by ISRO

  • Antrix Corporation Limited, the marketing arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has adopted the Brahmasandra village in an effort to improve the quality of life of farmers and prevent suicides caused by acute financial distress.


Selected for the project to prevent farmers from committing suicide.

Currency storm hits winter session


Opposition seeks JPC probe into ‘leak’ of information on demonetization

  • The winter session of the Rajya Sabha began on a stormy note with a united Opposition demanding the constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the alleged leak of the news of the government’s demonetisation move.

Mayawati Prabhu Das

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Apex court refuses to lift ban on jallikattu


The event has nothing to do with religious freedom

  • Questioning the need to “tame” a domestic animal like the bull, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea by Tamil Nadu to review a 2014 apex court judgment banning jallikattu .
  • The court further held that the event had nothing to do with the exercise of the fundamental right of religious freedom.

Jallikattu ban

On the year 2014.

84 people killed in Syria


Killed in fresh air raids by government forces

In Syria, at least 84 people have been killed in fresh government air raids on rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo during the last 48 hours. Dozens have also been injured. Air strikes and artillery yesterday pounded rebel-held districts for the second consecutive day, killing dozens of people, damaging medical facilities and flattening residential buildings.


Civil war started in Syria.

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