Current Affairs 8th November 2016 | General Awareness 8th November 2016

Theresa May offers improved visa deal for Indians


Trading links will boost between India and Britain

  • British prime minister Theresa May offered India a possible improved visa deal, as the two countries kicked off talks on boosting trading links ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
  • Theresa making her first bilateral trip outside Europe since Britons voted on June 23 to quit the bloc, described as “limitless” the potential of the relationship with India and its market of 1.3 billion people.

Theresa May

British prime minister

At COP 22, India will highlight climate impact on Himalayas


Impact of climate change on disasters, biodiversity and agriculture to be highlighted.

  • India will host a special side event during the UN Climate Change Conference opening on Monday at Marrakech, Morocco, on the 12 Himalayan States that face the impact of a changing climate.
  • Experts said that the Himalayas provide water to 1.3 billion people in Asia, but have been inadequately represented over the past three decades in climate change discussions.

5 countries

The Himalayas are spread across Bhutan, India, Nepal, People’s Republic of China, and Pakistan.

Terrorist’s diary may change the course of Uri case

Islamic state fighters removing the border between Syria and Iraq (Newscom TagID: zumaglobal333109.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

The blue book recovered from him shows it’s Lashkar and not Jaish that is behind the attack.

  • The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is basing its investigations on a “blue diary” recovered from one of the three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who were killed while attempting to storm an Army camp in Kupwara.
  • The diary could prove to be a vital piece of evidence as investigators suspect the September 18 attack on the Army camp in Uri
  • The diary contains the name of a publication house near the residence of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed at Muridke in Pakistan.


  • LeT – Lashkar-e-Taiba.
  • NIA – The National Investigation Agency

Can’t make yoga part of school syllabus’: SC rejects plea

Sonima Foundation - Yoga School Pictures

It may decline the frame of the curriculum when yoga being one of the syllabus

  • The Supreme Court on Monday said that it could not impose yoga on anyone or frame its curriculum as it declined to entertain a PIL seeking direction to make yoga a part of school syllabus
  • “The government of India celebrates international yoga day and it is observed in other countries as well.

Yoga Day

21st June

Mahatma’s grandson Kanu Gandhi passes away


Kanu suffered a heart attack and brain haemorrhage

  • Kanu Ramdas Gandhi, the 87-year-old grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a former NASA scientist, passed away at a private hospital in Surat.
  • Gandhi suffered a heart attack and brain haemorrhage, which left him paralysed; thereafter he was admitted to the Shiv Jyoti hospital.

Salt Satyagraha

An act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India

Government turns to students for tech help


Student to help various government sectors technical issues

  • Students from technical institutions will help the government solve technical problems faced by various ministries and departments over the next three months and also be rewarded for it.
  • A hackathon is technically defined as an event, often lasting many days, in which many people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.

Key Ministries

  • Ministry of External Affairs
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Ministry of Rural Development.

TERI releases emergency plan


Government released ten-point emergency response plan

  • Amid worsening air quality in Delhi, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI released a ten-point emergency response plan, including reduction of crop burning and ban on movement of all 10-year-old vehicles in the Delhi-NCR amongst others.
  • TERI has submitted the plan to Delhi government and the Union Environment Ministry, recommending that it be enforced immediately in whole of NCR


The Energy and Resources Institute which is established in 1974.

Kerala favours entry for women at Sabarimala


Temple doors are open to women of all ages.

  • The Left Democratic Front government in Kerala junked its Congress predecessor’s stand favouring restriction on women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple and declared that its doors should be thrown open to women of all ages.
  • The latest turn of events caused consternation in the camp of the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the famed temple.


Hindu pilgrimage centre located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat kerala.

Ban on NDTV India on hold

New Delhi: Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu addresses newsmen to announce third list of Smart Cities, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI9_20_2016_000132B)

NDTV broadcasting sensitive details of January’s terror.

  • A day before the Supreme Court was to hear NDTV’s challenge to the government order imposing a one-day ban on its Hindi channel, NDTV India, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu put the order on hold, and gave NDTV Ltd.
  • A ban after a government panel accused it of broadcasting sensitive details of January’s terror attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot

URI attack

18th September 2016.

Bengal records more Muslims in govt. jobs


Both Trinamool and Left claimed credit for the rise in the number of minorities with govt. jobs

  • The Trinamool Congress government in Bengal and the Left Front are both claiming credit for a rise in the percentage of Muslims in government service in the State.
  • The TMC government claims over 90 per cent of Muslims have been included in different OBC categories to give them reservation.


5.73 %

Muslim people with Govt job in Bengal.

Clinton, Trump make final pitch to voters


Election for the 45th President of the United States

In whirlwind campaigning across battleground States, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump have the same message to their supporters in the last hours ahead of polling in the United States–the country is at a crossroads, and their opponent is the worst presidential candidate in history.

Jewish Americans in trump Ad

  • Billionaire George Soros
  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
  • Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

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