Daily GK Update: 22nd November, 2016 For All The Upcoming Exams

Sangai Festival 2016 begins in Manipur
i. The 10-day-festival ‘Sangai Festival 2016’ inaugurated by Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh on November 21, 2016.
ii. It will continue till November 30, 2016, with the theme: ‘Destination Manipur’. The main aim is to celebrate the festival to promote Manipur as a potential tourist destination.

India joins CERN as associate member
i. India became an associate member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory. 
ii. Becoming Associate Member of CERN, will enhance participation of young Indian scientists and engineers in various projects.
iii. Presently, CERN has 22 member states, four associate member states.

Akshaya Mukul wins Shakti Bhatt prize
i. Senior journalist Akshaya Mukul has been awarded the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for his book "Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India".
ii. Judges and authors Samanth Subramanian, Mahesh Rao and Janice Pariat said they chose Mukul's book for its "eye-opening and captivating exploration into a parallel literary culture that can often feel at a great remove from English-speaking metropolitan India".

Bhullar wins Indonesia Open, Jeev Milkha Singh tied-second
i. Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has won the $300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career.
ii. Two-time Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied-second in the tournament, which was his best result since 2012. 
iii. It was Bhullar's overall seventh Asian Tour victory and the second title this season.

India test fires Agni-I ballistic missile from Odisha coast
i. India has successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile from Odisha coast.
ii. The Intermediate-range missile is capable of hitting a target 700 kms away. It is designed to carry a payload of more than one tonne.
iii. Agni-I missile is equipped with the sophisticated navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision. 
iv. The missile, which has already been inducted into armed forces, has proved its excellent performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality. 

Mahesh Bhalla appointed as Chief Mentor of StartupsClub India
i. Mahesh Bhalla, former Executive Director of Dell’s Consumer & SMB business in India, has been appointed as Chief Mentor of StartupsClub India. 
ii. Mahesh Mahesh Bhalla was appointed as Chief Mentor of Bengaluru-based StartupsClub India on 21st November 2016

Naidu inaugurates multimedia exhibition on theme of ‘Aazadi 70 Saal, Yaad Karo Kurbani’
i. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated a multimedia exhibition on the theme of ‘Aazadi 70 Saal, Yaad Karo Kurbani’ to commemorate 70 years of India’s Independence and its depiction through films. 
ii. The multimedia exhibition has been organised by National Film Archives of India, NFAI at the International Film Festival of India, IFFI in Goa.

Radhika Menon awarded IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
i. Captain Radhika Menon on 21 November 2016 was bestowed with the 2016 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom.
ii. Menon was honoured with the prestigious award for her role in the rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015. iii. With this, Captain Menon became the first female to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

Ex-Governor of Madhya Pradesh Ram Naresh Yadav dies
i. Ram Naresh Yadav, former Governor of Madhya Pradesh, passed away on 22 November 2016 aged 89 at a hospital in Lucknow after a prolonged illness. 
ii. The veteran Congress leader had served as Madhya Pradesh Governor between August 2011 and September 2016. 
iii. He was also Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister between 1977 and 1979.

Irish novelist William Trevor dies aged 88
i. Irish novelist and playwright William Trevor has passed away at the age of 88. 
ii. Trevor won the Whitbread Prize thrice and was nominated five times for the Booker Prize. 
iii. The novelist, who also received an honorary knighthood for his services to literature.