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- The 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum’s Leaders Summit will be held in Lima, Peru from 19th to 20th November, 2016. The theme is “Quality Growth and Human Development” with the official logo being the architecture of the ancient city of Caral. APEC is a regional economic forum with 21 Pacific Rim members and was established in 1989. Its headquarters are in Singapore. India became an observer of APEC in 2011.
- The 2018 International Competition Network (ICN) will be hosted by the Competition Commission of India (CII) in New Delhi in March-April 2018. The 2017 Conference will be held in Portugal. ICN is an informal international body comprising of 132 members and was established in 2001.
- Guy Ryder was re-elected as the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for a second five-year term. He hails from the United Kingdom. The ILO deals with labour issues like labour standards, social protection and work opportunities and was established in 1919 as an agency of the erstwhile League of Nations. Its headquarters are located in Geneva and the agency has 187 members. ILO was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969.
- China has successfully launched experimental X-ray pulsar navigation satellite XPNAV-1, which will be the world’s first pulsar navigation satellite or spacecraft. It was launched on the Long March 11 solid fuelled rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China.
- The person who is behind the idea of the government’s decision to withdraw 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes is Anil Bokil, the founder of Arthkranti Pratishtan, a NGO that has been promoting the theory of ArthaKranti (revolution in economics).
- The women’s team of Mumbai’s Western Railways won the 33rd Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament defeating Haryana XI in Jalandhar.
- Adam Bain, the Chief Operating Officer of Twitter, has decided to leave the company. He will be replaced in all probability by the current Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto.
- The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma survived another no confidence vote in the parliament. He is allegedly charged with involvement in criminal activity with the Gupta family, an Indian business family that is accused to having undue influence over him and a few of the governmental decisions he has made.