Current Affairs 18th November 2016 | General Awareness 18th November 2016

Villagers allowed to meet Mudragada


Padayatra not withdrawn

  • Following the completion of the 48-hour duration of the house arrest of Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham, the police allowed visitors into the residence of the leader.
  • The police deployment, however, continued to be the same at the residence and in the village as well and there was no formal announcement from the police on the withdrawal of the house arrest.

Careers of Mudragada

  • Four-time Member of Legislative Assembly.
  • one-time Member of Parliament

Cash exchange limit cut, PAN mandatory for new accounts


Centre eases money flow to farmers, families having weddings

  • All new bank accounts, except those opened under the Jan Dhan Yojana, and time deposits in banks, post offices and co-operative banks will now require a PAN card.
  • The Centre eased its demonetisation norms to facilitate cash flows for farmers and families of couples about to get married.

Cash at petrol pumps

Debit card holders can now withdraw up to Rs. 2,000 in SBI POS devices.

Migrant workers contemplate returning home as cash dries up


Demonetisation is making life in cities extremely difficult for migrant workers.

  • With reverse migration steadily taking place, the construction labour force has been hit by demonetization.
  • While well-established construction companies have been able to stem the tide by opening bank accounts and giving workers debit cards, the smaller firms are struggling.

Restricted cash flow

  • Tamil Nadu,
  • North Karnataka
  • and Andhra Pradesh

Only one student turns up for open university exam


Officials works went in vain

  • Officials of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) were busy for two months making preparations to conduct exams for students enrolled with a Chennai-based PG centre, one of their academic collaborators. As the exams began, they realised all their efforts were for a single student.
  • While 26 students attached to Bharath Postgraduate College in Chennai were to take BBA exams, only one turned up at the exam hall. None turned up for the B.A. Political Science paper on the same day.

Rare scenario

Which only one student taking up the examination on the whole.

SpiceJet has permission to fly to Singapore, Malaysia


They prefer Dubai and Colombo rather than Singapore and Malaysia

Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday informed the Madras High Court Bench here that it had permitted SpiceJet to fly to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Madurai but the private airliner had chosen to operate flights only to Dubai and Colombo, probably because of lack of patronage.

2.56 lakh

Number of Foreign tourists visits Madurai every year.

Gurugram to get online portal for air quality data


Online portal to show the pollution stats.

  • An online portal may soon be launched to facilitate all the information pertaining to pollution levels in different parts of the city as part of “Gurgaon Against Pollution — Let’s Fight Back” movement launched at the Epicenter in Sector 44.
  • The movement is bringing together government officials, doctors, environmental experts and policy makers under one roof to discuss ways to control pollution.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This is highly dangerous caused by air pollution.

Preterm babies create a new record


445 preterm babies gather at Rainbow Hospitals

  • On World Prematurity Day, 445 preterm babies with their parents gathered at Rainbow Hospitals to celebrate and send a signal that preterm babies can survive and lead a normal life if good medical facilities were extended to them.
  • Those survivors were now leading a normal life without any major disabilities.

Previous record

386 babies who assembled in Argentina in 2012.

Plea against use of word ‘Dalit’ by media, HC seeks Centre’s reply


There where no such orders received, not to use the word Dalit

  • The Delhi High Court sought the response of the Centre on a plea seeking a direction to restrain media houses from using the word ‘Dalit’ in news articles, alleging it creates “inequality” in society.
  • The plea said that crime is crime and can be committed against or by any community and thus cannot be treated on a different footing compared to crime committed by or against the people of the general community, especially when people from the Scheduled Caste are involved.


Prevention of Atrocities Act, or simply the Atrocities Act.

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