Current Affairs India - 16 November 2015

1. India-s total exports dropped by 17.5% in October to USD 21.4 billion which is a continuous decline in export for 11 consecutive months. At the same time, total imports dropped by 21.2% in the same month to USD 31.1 billion. Trade deficit for the month stood at USD 9.7 billion compared to USD 13.7 billion in the same month last year.

2. India-s overall inflation, measured by the Wholesale price index, increased marginally to (-) 3.81% in October compared to (-) 4.54% in the previous month September due to higher prices of pulses and onions. This is the 12th consecutive months, India-s overall inflation stood at negative zone. Wholesale inflation stood at 1.66% in October last year. While wholesale inflation rate in the fuel and power segment stood at (-) 16.32%, in manufactured products it was (-) 1.67%.

3. Former spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, Syed Akbaruddin has been appointed as India-s permanent representative to the United Nations. He will succeed Asoke Mukerji who is retiring from the service.

4. Famous author of children's books, Kamala Laxman, passed away in Pune on 14th November 2015 due to old age related illness. She was 90. Widow of legendary cartoonist R.K. Laxman, She was commissioned by the India Book House in the 1970s to write stories for children, such as Thama and his Missing Mother and tales of Tenali Raman.

5. Actor Saeed Jaffrey, famous for his roles in films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi and Ram Teri Ganga Maili, passed away on 15th November. He was 86. He had won the Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film, Shatranj Ke Khiladi.

6. Famous Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal won silver medal at 2015 China Open Superseries Premier Badminton tournament after being defeated in the final of Women-s Singles category. In the final match, she was defeated by China-s Xuerui Li from by 12-21, 15-21.