Current Affairs: 17 November 2016

Chhattisgarh 1st state to pass motion supporting note ban

  • Chhattisgarh on Wednesday became the first state to pass a motion supporting the demonetisation policy introduced by the BJP-led Central government. 
  • The motion was introduced in the state assembly by Chhattisgarh CM and BJP leader Raman Singh 
  • He also announced that e-payment devices have been exempted from Value Added Tax (VAT) to encourage digital transactions.
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China tops fastest supercomputer list 8th time in a row

  • Sunway TaihuLight' has topped the Top500 list of the world's fastest computers, making it the eighth time in a row that a Chinese supercomputer has emerged as the fastest in the world. 
  • The computer is capable of performing 93 thousand trillion operations per second. 
  • The second position on the list is also occupied by China with the Tianhe-2 

Ex-Twitter India head named CEO of Times Global Partners

  • Times Internet, the digital arm of The Times of India group appointed former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as the CEO of its business division Times Global Partners. 
  • Earlier in November, Jaitly had announced his departure from Twitter after four years of service. 
  • He was the Head of Public-Private Partnerships at Google India before joining Twitter.

Air New Zealand named world's best airline for 4th year

  • Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world for the fourth consecutive year by AirlineRatings.com in its Airline Excellence Awards. 
  • It was followed by Qantas and Singapore Airlines at the second and third place respectively. 
  • Cathay Pacific Airways and the Virgin Group airlines have completed the top five, ranking fourth and fifth respectively.

Dwayne Johnson named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine

  • Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. 
  • Johnson, who was recently named the highest-paid Hollywood actor for 2015-16, is the first non-white actor to have won the title since Denzel Washington in 1996.

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