World Toilet Day: 19 November
i. World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November every year with an aim to motivate millions across the world on issues of sanitation.
ii. The theme for 2016 World Toilet Day is ‘toilets and jobs’.
iii. 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
i. United States president-elect Donald Trump has named Michael Flynn, an ex-army general as his National security adviser.
ii. Flynn served as Mr Trump's top military advisor during the Presidential campaign.
iii. Mr Trump chose Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General and Congressman Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
i. Latin Grammy Awards 2016
ii. 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.
iii. 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
i. 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.
ii. 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
i. Ami Bera has been re-elected to the US House of Representatives for a 3rd consecutive term in a close election.
ii. This is the first time that the House would have 4 Indian-American members.
iii. Another Indian-American Kamala Harris has been elected to the US Senate.
Tata Consultancy Services and Vedanta wins ACES awards
i. 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).
ii. TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) was named Industry Champions in the Leadership category.
iii. India’s Vedanta Limited was named “Top Companies to Work For in Asia.”
World Internet Conference 2016 concludes in Wuzhen, China
ii. 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.