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51st Haryana Day observed

  • The 51st Haryana Day was observed on 1 November 2016.
  • The day was observed as Haryana Golden Jubilee (Swarna Jyanti) across the state.
  • The day marks completion of 50 years of Haryana’s existence as a state of the federal map of India.
  • The year will be celebrated as Haryana Swarna Jyanti from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017.

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana top Ease of Doing Business list

  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have jointly topped the Ease of Doing Business Reforms Ranking 2015-16.
  • The ranking of the states was conducted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the World Bank.
  • States were ranked on their implementation of DIPP-proposed 340-point Business Reform Action Plan in period between July 2015 and June 2016.
  • They were rated based on their score in the per cent scale i.e. implementation rate regarding the 340 reform measures.
  • These 340 reform areas are broadly under six key categories: tax reforms, single-window systems, environment and labour reforms, construction permits, inspection reforms and commercial disputes and paper-less courts.
  • Top 10 states: Andhra Pradesh (Score 98.78%), Telangana (98.78%), Gujarat (98.21%), Chhattisgarh (97.32%), Madhya Pradesh (97.01%), Haryana (96.95%), Jharkhand (96.57%), Rajasthan (96.43%), Uttarakhand (96.13%) and Maharashtra (92.86).

India, Palestine sign MoU for setting up of Techno Park in Ramallah

  • India and Palestine signed a Memorandum of Understanding for setting up of Palestine-India Techo Park in Ramallah.
  • India has announced grant of 12 million US dollars for setting up the Park.
  • Palestinian has made the land available for the project.
  • The announcement of the Techno Park was made during President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Palestine in 2015.
  • The Technopark will served as an IT hub in Palestine with complete IT faculties offering a one-stop solution to all IT-related service requirements.
  • It will also provide state-of-the-art technology, host IT companies and foreign companies benefiting local business, universities and other institutions.

10th Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran commences

  • The tenth edition of Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran commenced at Army Battle School, Saljhandi in Nepal.
  • Its emphasis will be on counter terrorism in mountainous terrain.
  • The two weeks (from 31 October to 13 November 2016) military exercise seeks to boost defence ties between India and Nepal.
  • In this edition of Joint Battalion Level Exercise, Indian Army is being represented by elite Kumaon Regiment, while Nepal Army is being represented by Jabar Jung Battalion.
  • The aim of exercise is to conduct battalion level joint training with emphasis on Counter Terrorism in mountainous terrain.

Maharashtra tops in 2016 Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index of NITI Aayog

  • Maharashtra has been ranked first state in the country in 2016 Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index.
  • The first-ever index based on initiatives taken by the states in implementing farm sector reforms was issued by the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog.
  • The index ranks states based on their initiatives taken in implementing provision of seven farm sector reforms.
  • The index aims at helping states identify and address problems in farm sector, which suffers from low growth, low incomes and agrarian distress to double farm income.
  • It also seeks to bring reform in agriculture sector by ease of doing agribusiness as well as provide opportunities for farmers to benefit from modern trade and commerce.
  • Top 5 States are Maharashtra (score 81.7), Gujarat (71.5), Rajasthan (70), Madhya Pradesh (69.5) and Haryana (63.3).

More differently abled attend schools than before: 2011 Census

  • According to recently released new 2011 census data, nearly two-thirds of the disabled population in the age-group of 5-19 in 2011 were attending educational institutions.
  • It was mentioned in the table C-22 of census which gives distribution of the disabled population in the age-group 5-19 by their attendance status in educational institution, type of disability, sex, age and residence.
  • As many as 40.2 lakh (61.2%) out of the total of 65.7 lakh disabled population in the specified age group were attending educational institutions in 2011.
  • Besides, 8.0 lakh (12.1%) had attended educational institutions earlier and 17.5 lakh (26.7%) never had attended any educational institutions.
  • The census shows improvement of 11% points from 2001 when 33 lakh (50%) of the 65.3 lakh differently abled persons had attended educational institutions.
  • The enrolment figure is 10% points lower than that of the total population — 71% attending educational institutions. 27% of the disabled people in the age group of 5-19 have never attended any educational institute.
  • Data show those who reported to have ‘any other disability’ has the highest percentage (71.2%) of the people attending any educational institution.
  • This was followed by those having visual disability (68%) and hearing difficulty (67%), Movement (59.6%), Speech (58.9%), Mental retardation (47.2%), Multiple disability (37.2%) and Mental illness (34.1%).

Union Govt notifies rules for Real Estate Act for five UTs

  • The Union Ministry of Housing has notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) (General) Rules, 2016, to be applicable to the five Union Territories.
  • These five Union Territories are Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Chandigarh.
  • These Rules have been notified as stipulated in the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, 2016 for ensuring timely completion of projects in five Union Territories.
  • As per provisions of the Act, Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERA) and Real Estate Appellate Tribunals (REAT) have to be set up by the end of April, 2017.
  • The Rules provide for compounding of punishment with imprisonment for violation of the orders of REAT against payment of 10% of project cost in case of developers and 10% of the cost of property purchased in case of allottees and agents.

Sushil Chandra takes charge as CBDT chairman

  • Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sushil Chandra took over as chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • He succeed Rani Singh Nair who retired from service.
  • CBDT is nodal policy-making body of the Income Tax (IT) department under the Union Finance Ministry.
  • It is a statutory authority established under The Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963.

India beats Pakistan to win Asian Champions Trophy

  • India won the 4th edition of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy for men.
  • India defeated Pakistan 3-2 to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy title.
  • The Asian Hockey Champions Trophy is an event held annually by the Asian Hockey Federation.
  • It features the Asian Games top six field hockey teams (Pakistan, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia) competing in a round robin format.
  • The 2016 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy was held in Malaysia, Kuantan District.

Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Mexican Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton outpaced Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix.
  • Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo ended on the third spot in the race.
  • The Mexican Grand Prix is an FIA-sanctioned auto race held at the Aut√≥dromo Hermanos Rodr√≠guez in Mexico City.
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