The CLAT Blog

Current Affairs- October 2016

1. Hurricane Matthew hit Florida

  • Hurricane Matthew is currently a strong tropical cyclone that impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and The Bahamas, and is moving along the east coast of the southeastern United States, especially Florida, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
  • It was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The fourteenth tropical cyclone, thirteenth storm, fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the annual hurricane season, Matthew formed from a vigorous tropical wave that moved off the African coast on September 22, progressing on a westward track until it developed into a tropical storm while it was situated just to the east of the Leeward Islands on September 28.
  • A day later, it became a hurricane while west of the Leeward Islands, and rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane.

2. Centre orders Supreme Court to move towards removal of triple talaq:

  • The centre is opposed to the Muslim practice of triple talaq, it has informed the Supreme Court, describing it as “misplaced in a secular country.”
  • The Supreme Court has been examining how much it can interfere in Muslim laws governing family-related issues as it hears a plea to end the practice which permits Muslim men to divorce their wives by saying talaq three times.
  • The top court had asked the government to weigh in on the debate as to whether intervening in the law would violate the Muslim community’s fundamental rights. The centre today said “gender equality and the dignity of women are not negotiable” and told judges that “even theocratic states have undergone reforms in this area of law” which reinforces that these practices cannot be considered an integral part of practice of Islam.
  • Women’s rights activists have long called for reform of the Muslim personal law which they say discriminates against women. What they want instead is a well-defined law that criminalises polygamy, unilateral divorce and child marriage.

3. Latest on the BCCI v. Lodha Committee matter

4. Nobel Prizes announced:

  • Physics: David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz.
  • Chemistry: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa.
  • Physiology and Medicine: Yoshinori Ohsumi.
  • Literature: not been awarded yet.
  • Nobel Peace Prize: Juan Manuel Santos.
  • Economics: not announced yet will be on 10th October 2016.
  • Read in brief about their contributions

5. UN Secretary General:

6. Union approves amendments to the HIVand AIDS(Prevention and Controll) Bill, 2014:

7. Google launches its new phone Pixels

8. The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest for the Republic Day in 2017.

9. An Indian NGO, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, has bagged the UN climate award this year.

10. Goa BRICS Summit 2016.

11. IIM in Jammu and Kashmir approved.

12. Triple Talaq issue

13. Winter session of the Parliament to be held from 16 November to 16 December

14. Nobel Prize for economics : Bengt Holmström and Oliver Hart.

15. Bob Dylan wins Nobel for Literature.

16. Nico Rosberg wins the Japanese Grand Prix 2016

  • Suzuka circuit
  • This is his 23rd Grand Prix win.

17. The Second Presidential Debate

18. Portfolios of Jayalalitha have been transferred to the Finance Minister O Panneerselvan because of her ill health but she is to continue as the Chief Minister.

19. Prime minister’s on Dusshera in Lucknow.

20. Rwanda agreement:

21. Thai Monarch dies:


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