19 November 2016 - Current Affairs

World Toilet Day: 19 November
  • World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November every year with an aim to motivate millions across the world on issues of sanitation.
  • The theme for 2016 World Toilet Day is ‘toilets and jobs’.
  • The theme, toilets and jobs, focuses on how sanitation or the lack of it can impact livelihoods of people.

Donald Trump picks Michael Flynn as NSA
  • United States president-elect Donald Trump has named Michael Flynn, an ex-army general as his National security adviser.
  • Flynn served as Mr Trump's top military advisor during the Presidential campaign. 
  • Mr Trump chose Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General and Congressman Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Latin Grammy Awards 2016
  • The 17th annual Latin Grammys has been announced at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, US. The nominations were announced on September 21, 2016. Latin Grammy Award is given by The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences to recognize outstanding achievement in the Latin music industry.
List of Winners:

  1. Record of the Year-Carlos Vives & Shakira, "La Bicicleta 
  2. Best Rock Album-Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, La Salvación De Solo Y Juan 
  3. Best Pop/Rock Album-Julieta Venegas, Algo Sucede 
  4. Best Singer-Songwriter Album-Manuel Medrano, Manuel Medrano 
  5. Best Regional Song-"Ataúd," Erika Ender, Manu Moreno & Mónica Vélez, songwriters (Los Tigres Del Norte).

Pt Hari Prasad Chourasia gets lifetime achievement award for classical music
  • Noted flautist Pt Hari Prasad Chourasia has been conferred this year’s Sumitra Charat Ram Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Indian classical music.
  • The Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee has also worked as a music director for Indian films, besides collaborating with several international musicians.

Ami Bera re-elected to US Congress for third consecutive term
  • Ami Bera has been re-elected to the US House of Representatives for a 3rd consecutive term in a close election.
  • This is the first time that the House would have 4 Indian-American members. 
  • Another Indian-American Kamala Harris has been elected to the US Senate.

Tata Consultancy Services and Vedanta wins ACES awards
  • Two leading Indian companies, Tata Consultancy Services and Vedanta have been awarded for their leadership in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, eco-consciousness and community care at the third annual Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards (ACES).
  • TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) was named Industry Champions in the Leadership category. 
  • India’s Vedanta Limited was named “Top Companies to Work For in Asia.”

World Internet Conference 2016 concludes in Wuzhen, China
  • The 2016 World Internet Conference concluded on 18 November 2016 in Wuzhen, China.
  • The theme of the 3rd World Internet Conference, which commenced on 16 November 2016, was Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All – Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace.

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