GK For December 2016

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Current Affairs of 1st December 2016

  1. World AIDS Day is observed across the world on 1st December annually. The theme for 2016 World Aids Day is ‘Hands Up for HIV Prevention’.
  2. The autobiography of India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar “Playing it my way” has won the prestigious Crossword Book of the Year Award in the Autobiography category.
  3. NITI Aayog, under the banner of the Union Government, on 30 November 2016 constituted a 13-member committee to promote cashless economy.
  4. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates the 55,000-tonne per annum (TPA) Odisha ferro-chrome plant set up by Tata Steel at a cost of Rs 542 crore in its Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam district.
  5. The Supreme Court on November 30, 2016, made it mandatory for cinema halls to play the National anthem before the screening of a film in theatres across the country.
  6. Raj Bhawan of Himachal Pradesh has adopted the cashless system for all kind of payments. Governor Acharya Devvrat has directed Raj Bhawan’s official in Shimla to use a cashless system or cheque in all kinds of payments.
  7. Federal Bank has tied up with Spice Digital for cash management services through the bank’s e-collection facility.
  8. The Union Government has approved inclusion of 15 new castes and modification of 13 other castes in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) on 30 November,2016.
  9. Union Cabinet has approved Rs 2,000 Cr development package for one-time settlement of 36,384 displaced families from Pakistan occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Chhamb.
  10. The Union Cabinet has approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III estimated to cost Rs 10,947 crores on completion.
  11. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said, in its recently released Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2016, that international and intra-regional trade costs of India remained higher compared with the trade costs of best-performing economies in Asia and the Pacific, although a declining trend has been observed since 2009.
  12. In the wake of the brazen Nagrota attack, India and Afghanistan are planning to seek to isolate Pakistan on terror at the upcoming two-day Heart of Asia conference in Amritsar as the two countries have pitched for a regional counter-terror framework to effectively deal with the menace.
  13. The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre, the Airports Authority of India and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation as the Federation of Indian Airlines (FAI) sought a stay on the government’s notification on levy of Rs.7,500 to Rs.8,500 per flight operated by Indian airlines to create a regional connectivity fund (RCF).
  14. The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the negotiating position adopted by the Government of India at the recent Meeting of Parties (MoP) to the Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention for Protection of Ozone Layer that took place in October, 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda.
  15. Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture have been added to UNESCO’s coveted list of “intangible” heritage.
  16. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee recently presented the second ICCR ‘Distinguished Indologist’ Award to Prof. Yu Long Yu of the People’s Republic of China.
  17. OPEC has agreed its first oil output cuts since 2008 after Saudi Arabia accepted “a big hit” on its production.
  18. Opposition has decided to approach President Pranab Mukherjee on the Income Tax Amendment Bill to seek his intervention.
  19. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will lead the Indian delegation at the two-day Heart of Asia (HoA) conference beginning Saturday.
  20. Cyclone Nada, heading towards Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the Bay of Bengal, is weakening and may make landfall in the very early hours of Friday.
  21. The UN Security Council has imposed new sanctions on North Korea aimed at cutting the Asian country’s annual export revenue by a quarter.
  22. A military jeep carried the ashes of Fidel Castro along streets lined with hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Cubans in Havana.
  23. Dutch MPs on Tuesday voted by a large majority to approve a ban on wearing the full-face burqaA billionaire Saudi prince has taken a striking stance against one of his country’s long-held codes: prohibiting women to drive.
  24. United State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner has praised the demonetisation move taken by Indian govt.
  25. Women wearing salwars and churidars entered the centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram for the first time.
  26. Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside the Union government’s decision to ban 344 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs.
  27. According to a UN report, India’s  Aadhaar is a “critical” step in enabling fairer access to government services.
  28. The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years has begun in Wisconsin.
  29. The government has said the old Rs 500 notes will be accepted at petrol pumps and for airline tickets only till December 2.
  30. Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said that the free services under Reliance Jio Welcome Offer have been extended till March 31, 2017.
  31. Four more elements have officially been added to the seventh row.These are nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og).
  32. 1st December) is World AIDS Day.
  33. Pakistan PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is going to visit India on Sunday to attend the Heart of Asia conference.
  34. Online English source for word meanings, Dictionary has named ‘Xenophobia’ as Word of the Year for 2016.
  35. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau today approved a controversial pipeline from Alberta oil sands to the country’s Pacific Coast.
  36. The Dutch Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on wearing burqas in designated public places including schools, hospitals and on public transport.
  37. The ceasefire agreement signed between India and Pakistan in 2003 recently completed 13 years.
  38. Nagaland is celebrating 53rd statehood day.
  39. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav today flagged off the Lucknow metro train, whose trial run will take place on 8.5 km stretch.
  40. The government today announced that NGOs and Voluntary Organisations (VOs) need to register themselves with NITI Aayog to receive grant-in-aid from the Centre
  41. In an attempt to promote cashless transactions post note ban, Maharashtra Cabinet today mandated the linking of Aadhaar with its schemes for the poor.
  42. A cyclone dubbed NADA is going to hit the Tamil Nadu coast on December 2 with heavy rainfall predicted in north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
  43. NITI Aayog held 1st meeting of Committee of Chief Ministers to examine & measures to promote Digital payments systems.
  44. Bollywood Actor Salman Khan has been appointed the Ambassador of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Drive against open defecation and litter.
  45. The government has today announced that the Jewellery/gold purchased through disclosed income or reasonable household savings will not become taxable under the amended I-T Act.
  46. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) today reached an agreement to cut their production of oil at a meeting in Vienna in an effort to raise crude oil prices.
  47. The Union Cabinet today approved a ₹2,000-crore development package for refugees from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
  48. India today signed a ₹5,000-crore deal with the US to buy 145 M777 lightweight Howitzer guns for the Army.
  49. Gareth Southgate was named as England’s Permanent Manager on a four-year contract
  50. Pakistan is going to host its first Davis Cup tie in 13 years on home soil against Iran in February next year.
  51. The All India Football Federation has been nominated for the Asian Football Confederation’s Member Association (Developing) Award for 2016 alongside Vietnam and Malaysia.

 

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Current Affairs of 2nd December 2016

  1. The Central Statistical Office  has announced that India’s Gross Domestic Product accelerated to 7.3 % in the second quarter (July-September) of the 2016-17 financial year from a provisional 7.1 % expansion in the previous quarter.
  2. Yoga, India’s one of the ancient practices to keep oneself healthy, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  3. The All-India Football Federation has won the Asian Football Council’s Developing Member Association of the Year Award in Abu Dhabi.
  4. Union HRD Minister launches ‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’ to use the network of Centrally-run educational institutions for propagating the benefits of digital mode of payment in wake of the government’s demonetisation move.
  5. China and Pakistan have launched a direct rail and sea freight service with the first cargo train departing from China’s southwestern Yunnan province
  6. Singer Katy Perry was honoured with the ‘Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award’ for her work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at a UNICEF event in New York on 1st December.
  7. Amid the Centre’s push for the digital transaction, Dhasai village in Thane district has become the first “cashless village” in Maharashtra.  
  8. Magnus Carlsen won the 2016 World Chess Championship on 30 November 2016 in New York City, USA.
  9. Emirates launched the world’s shortest scheduled service on an Airbus A380, flying it from Dubai to Doha within 80 minutes.
  10. Scientists have created the first ‘water-wave laser’ that emits a beam through the interaction of light and water waves.
  11. TeamIndus, a Bengaluru-based private aerospace company, is all set to send a spacecraft to the moon in December, 2017, aboard an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) rocket.
  12. The U.S Congress is planning to pass the National Defence Authorisation Act 2017 shortly. The draft in this regard was recently released.
  13. The Delhi high court has scrapped a government ban on popular drugs such as Corex, Saridon and Vicks Action 500 and called it a haphazard decision, underlining the uncertainties that dog India’s large but under-regulated medical sector.
  14. The government told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the Reserve Bank of India board had recommended the move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
  15. The collection of toll at all toll plazas on national highways across the country will resume from midnight.
  16. India has made it clear that there will be no bilateral talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Summit.
  17. France’s President Francois Hollande announced in a surprise televised address that he would not seek a second term in next year’s presidential election.
  18. NITI Aayog is soon planning to meet telecom companies to enable Aadhar-enabled online transactions through mobile phones.
  19. Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed yoga in UNESCO’s Representative List.
  20. US Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s popular lead over President-elect Donald Trump surpassed 2.5 million votes as ballots are still being tallied.
  21. CRISIL has lowered the country’s GDP growth forecast by 100 basis points to 6.9% from 7.9% earlier for the current fiscal.
  22. The consumer affairs department has said that there cannot be two maximum retail prices (MRPs) for the same packaged item within a state.
  23. There would be no seizure of gold jewellery and ornaments to the extent of 500 grams per married women
  24. The Allahabad High Court has turned down the plea of a live-in couple that they be provided protection.
  25. The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in layers of snow on Wednesday after temperatures dropped to as low as -3 degrees Celsius.
  26. The Supreme Court sought to know why the centre had negated its judgment on Jallikattu.
  27. Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) has made it mandatory for students of Class 10 and 12 to have Aadhaar card.
  28. India’s annual coal requirement for the current financial year has been pegged at 884.87 million tonnes (mt).
  29. Opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchyCrown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed king of Thailand on Thursday.
  30. Persons afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and acid attack survivors will soon be considered disabled under law.
  31. Chandrayaan 2, India’s second mission to the Moon, is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission.
  32. Two parliamentary committees, have decided to call RBI Governor Urjit Patel to examine the “monetary policy” of the Centre.
  33. Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and Today is National Pollution Control Day
  34. Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was formally proclaimed as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty
  35. The UNESCO today included Yoga in its ‘List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity from India :
    Buddhist chanting of Ladakh : recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
    Chhau dance : classical Indian dance originated in the eastern Indian states.
    Kalbelia : folk songs and dances of Rajasthan
    Koodiyattam : Sanskrit Theatre of Kerala
    Mudiyett : theatre ritual of Kerala
    Ramlila : Traditional Performance of the Ramayana.
    Ramman : religious festival and ritual theatre of Garhwal Himalayas.
    Sankirtana : singing, drumming and dancing ritual of Manipur.
    Tradition of Vedic Chanting.
    Traditional brass and copper craft of utensil of Thatheras of  Punjab.
  36. Russia’s Interior Ministry has announced that fingerprinting will become a compulsory procedure for all foreigners arriving in the country, starting next year.
  37. Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA) was launched by the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (HRD) to make people aware about cashless economic system.
  38. The Hornbill Festival began in the Naga Heritage village of Kisama, coinciding with Nagaland Statehood Day
  39. NITI Aayog today scrapped the old five-year plan scheme and unveiled a new vision, strategy document along with an action plan for the country, Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya said.
  40. Cheng Wei, Co-founder and CEO of Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has been named Forbes Asia’s 2016 Businessman of the Year.
  41. Singer Katy Perry was honoured with the ‘Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award’ for her work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at a UNICEF event in New York today
  42. The second Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Ideologist Award for the year 2016 was awarded to Prof. Yu Long Yu of China.
  43. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has announced the ‘Jio Money Merchant Solutions’ app for small merchants and shop owners to receive payments from users of Jio Money e-wallet.
  44. Andhra Pradesh’s Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which manages the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Tirupati, has roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to manage the upsurge in donations after demonetization.
  45. The Internet Archive, which keeps a store of everything on the internet, announced plans to shift its data to Canada from the US, to keep it “safe” after Donald Trump was elected US President.
  46. Bengaluru-based aerospace startup Team Indus has become the first private entity to secure a dedicated Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from ISRO.
  47. The government today appointed Gujarat-cadre 1984 batch IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  48. Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen beat Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin to clinch his third consecutive World Chess Championship
  49. The All-India Football Federation won the Asian Football Council’s Developing Member Association of the Year Award in Abu Dhabi today
  50. Former Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram has been appointed as the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bowling mentor, ahead of the team’s tour to South Africa.

 

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Current Affairs of 3rd December 2016

  1. The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being observed today.Theme of the year 2016 : “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want
  2. Spain is renaming its streets after famous women, including activists and civil rights fighters.
  3. The US Congress is going to pass a legislation that will declare India a “major defence partner” and lock in the status for all future governments until repealed.
  4. US Ambassador to India Richard Verma arrives in Agartala on a 2-day visit to Tripura &amp.
  5. Prime Minsiter of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani is on a visit to India.
  6. India and Qatar signed 4 agreements.
  7. Youngest revolutionary Khudiram Bose’s (3 December 1889 – 11 August 1908)  birth anniversary today.
  8. Hockey Legend, Major Dhyan Chand’s 36th Death Anniversary today.
  9. Dr RajendraPrasad, first President of India’s 132nd birth anniversary today.
  10. Bhopal is observing the 31st anniversary of gas leak tragedy, one of the worst industrial disaster of the world.
  11. For the first time in 10 years, the CBI is functioning without a full-time Director as the government failed to recommend a new name for the post.
  12. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) with effect from January 1.
  13. 6th Heart Of Asia Ministerial Conference was began today at Amritsar, Punjab.
    The main aim of this conference is to discuss peace, cooperation & economic development in Afghanistan.
  14. Kehkashan Basu, a 16-year-old Indian girl based in the UAE has won this year’s International Children’s Peace Prize.
  15. Kolkata, along with 10 other cities from across the globe, has been honoured with the ‘Best Cities of 2016 Award’ in recognition of its programme on solid waste management..
  16. Basketball player LeBron James has been chosen as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, becoming the second athlete to win the award twice.
  17. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the International Association of Athletics Federations’ award for male athlete of the year for a record sixth time today.
  18. Less than a week after winning the world championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg today announced his retirement from Formula One with immediate effect.
  19. Dr Karan Singh, an eminent scholar and Rajya Sabha Member has been re-nominated as the Chairperson of the Governing Board of Auroville Foundation. Dr Singh has been re-nominated for a term of four years.
  20. The Centre is planning to speed up the process of implementation of Public Financial Management System in the country.
  21. The Centre has decided to increase the limit of bonds that can be issued under a market stabilisation scheme to mop up excess liquidity from the banking system arising out of its demonetisation move.
  22. The government has allowed Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, to address a public gathering at Mon in Arunachal Pradesh.
  23. Scientists in Russia have developed a unique, low-cost method for producing high-quality nuclear fuel using electricity.
  24. The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to put in place a pollution coding mechanism with a graded response system to tackle New Delhi’s growing foul air.
  25. Remembering  Rajendra Prasad, the first President of Independent India on the 131st birth anniversary on 03rd December 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the nation bow to him for his inspirational guidance in the time when India was getting freedom.
  26. International Day of Persons with Disabilities being observed on 03rd December 2016.Disability Day is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life.
  27. RBI defers mandatory implementation of Aadhar-enabled  PoS (Point of Sale) devices till June
    30,2017. The RBI said banks, authorised card payment networks and white-label ATM operators have time till June 30, 2017, for deployment of Aadhaar-enabled devices. The central bank said the rate of deployment of acceptance infrastructure has slowed owing to the mismatch between demand and supply of such Aadhaar-enabled devices. As there is currently a limited capacity to produce such devices.
  28. Airtel Payments Bank, the first payments bank in India introduce that any customer opening a savings account with it will get one minute of talk time on his/her Airtel mobile for every rupee
    deposited.
  29. Edible oil firm Ruchi Soya Industries in association with State Bank of India (SBI)  launched an initiative to provide banking assistance to farmers.
  30. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the 22nd most connected airport in the world, according to air travel intelligence company OAG. Mumbai Airport has been ranked 28th,
    while OAG’s 2016 Megahubs Index has been topped by Chicago Airport in the United States. Meanwhile, the Atlanta and Dallas Airports, also in the US, have ranked second and third.
  31. A Spanish city has changed its name for the third time in a
    decade, renaming itself Palma from Palma de Mallorca. The regional government voted for the name change, claiming the “de Mallorca” tag to be a leftover from Spain’s centralist past. The city was renamed Palma in 2008, but its name was changed to Palma de Mallorca in 2012.
  32. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won the International Association of Athletics Federations’ award for male athlete of the year for a record sixth time on Friday. He last won the award in 2013, while his first win came in 2008. Bolt, who is undefeated this season in all distances, completed his ‘triple-triple’ of 100-metres, 200-metres and 4×100-metres Olympic golds in August.
  33. Ramkrishna unexpectedly quit as chief executive officer of National Stock Exchange (NSE) , ending her 24-year career at the country’s largest bourse that she helped found. Ramkrishna, who took over as head of the exchange in 2013, quit due to personal reasons, J Ravichandran, group president, will be in charge till the board appoints a new CEO.

 

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Current Affairs of 4th December 2016

  1. Hailakandi has become the first district in Assam to pay wages to tea garden workers through individual bank accounts before the December 15 deadline set by the state government for cashless transactions to the plantation workers.
  2. India and Qatar has signed four agreements on visas, cyberspace and investments following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani on key issues of energy, trade and security.
  3. India’s representative Srinidhi Shetty has been crowned Miss Supranational 2016, an international beauty pageant. This marks the second time that India has won the pageant following the win by Asha Bhat in 2014.
  4. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling starrer romantic drama La La Land has been chosen as the best film of 2016 by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film, directed by Damien Chazelle, is widely tipped to be an Oscar frontrunner. The top award was the only win for the musical drama where Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight won three trophies each.
  5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his greetings to all members of the Indian Navy and their families on the occasion of Navy Day.
  6. Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu jumped two places to achieve her career-best ranking of seven in the latest BWF World Ranking, while Saina Nehwal is also back in the top 10.
  7. Tesla and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk has been named the most admired leader in the technology space, in a survey conducted by VC firm First Round Capital involving over 700 startup founders.
  8. The sixth ‘Heart of Asia’ ministerial conference has kicked off in Amritsar, Punjab from 03rd December 2016 to discuss peace, cooperation and economic development in Afghanistan.
  9. India women’s cricket team won the Asia Cup T20 after beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the regional tournament by 17 runs. Played in Bangkok, India had beaten Pakistan in the group stages too and made it two-in-two in the final on 04th December 2016.
  10. US President-elect Donald Trump has named General Motors CEO Mary Barra to his economic and job-creation panel. The panel, set to meet for the first time in February, consists of CEOs from JPMorgan Chase, Walt Disney, Boeing, and other companies.
  11. Universal Studios Hollywood has been named the Best Attraction in the World by ticket selling site ‘AttractionTix’. The winners of the 2016 ‘Worldwide Attraction Awards’ were announced across 19 different categories.
  12. Australian captain Steven Smith smashed a career-best 164(157) in the first ODI against New Zealand on Sunday, to equal Ricky Ponting’s record for the highest individual score by an Aussie skipper.
  13. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has announced that he will contest elections from his mother’s constituency Larkana in 2018.
  14. The Income Tax department has detected undisclosed monies of Rs 1.64 crore in the Jan Dhan Accounts.
  15. Now customers can withdraw money from OLA Cabs.Chennai-based Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) in association with OLA Cabs has launched mobile ATM service in Chennai on Saturday
  16. President Barack Obama’s and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s pro-India defence policy is about to be enshrined into US legislation.
  17. The LS may witness a debate on Monday over the demonetisation issue under a rule which does not entail voting.
  18. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has failed again, to break the deadlock between the Centre and the states.
  19. PM Modi has reached Amritsar and is scheduled to meet Afghanistan Prez Ashraf Ghani for talks on bilateral issues.
  20. Gujarati Realtor Mahesh Shah has disclosed Rs 13,860 crore of unaccounted income under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS).
  21. The US House of Representative has passed a defence bill that pledges $900 million in economic and other assistance to Pakistan.
  22. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority.
  23. Discriminating against persons with disabilities can draw a jail term up to two years and a fine of maximum Rs 5 lakh.
  24. State Bank of India has estimated that money worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore may not come back into the banking system post demonetisation of high-value notes.
  25. India will train Qatar’s police for the FIFA World Cup 2022.This was agreed upon during a meeting between Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh
  26. With an aim to bridge demand and supply of the healthcare system, the Union government is planning to approach the private sector.
  27. Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
  28. Italians vote on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform which will decide the political future of PM Matteo Renzi.
  29. India celebrates Navy Day on 4th December to celebrate Navy’s role in 1971 Indo-Pakistan war when missile boats carried out a daring attack on Karachi harbour.
  30. V J Emmanuel has won the landmark legal battle upholding his right to not sing the national anthem in school.

 

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Current affairs of 5th December 2016

  1. Cubans bid a tearful adieu to iconic communist leader Fidel Castro on Sunday as his ashes were entombed in a massive stone next to national heroes in Santiago de Cuba.
  2. Italian PM Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution.
  3. Austria’s Norbert Hofer conceded defeat in his bid to become Europe’s first far-right president.
  4. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key unexpectedly announced his resignation.
  5. The 7th World Ayurveda Congress was held in Kolkata.
  6. Eminent Hindi poet Leeladhar Jagoori would be honoured with the prestigious Gangadhar National Award for the year 2015.
  7. A 16-year-old Indian environmental activist based in the UAE has won this year’s prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize for her fight for climate justice
  8. Home Secretary level talks between India and Bangladesh began in New Delhi.
  9. The 6th Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference ended after adopting the Amritsar Declaration.
  10. PM Modi has won the online reader’s poll for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2016.He defeated out other world leaders like Donald Trump,Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin.
  11. Usain Bolt is track and field’s male athlete of the year.
  12. YES Bank has partnered Ola to set up mobile ATMs for cash withdrawal.
  13. Niti Aayog is providing financial support to incentivise the district administration to reach out to the general public & encourage them to shift to cashless payments.
  14. A Coimbatore based software engineer and designer Vijay has developed a humanoid robot, which can perform multiple functions.
  15. The RBI announced the final guidelines on its large exposures framework.
  16. The Reserve Bank said it will soon issue new currency notes of R20 and R50 with numerals in ascending size in the number panels and without intaglio printing.
  17. India crossed the $300-billion foreign direct investment (FDI) milestone between April 2000 & Sept 2016.
  18. Bank of Baroda has raised Rs 1,000 crore by issuing bonds that are compliant with global capital adequacy norms or Basel III.
  19. 5th December is World Soil Day.
    Theme of 2015 : ‘Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life’
  20. 5th December is International Volunteer Day.2016 Theme : Global Applause – give volunteers a hand
  21. Cuban President Raúl Castro today announced that the government would prohibit naming public monuments or streets after his brother and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
  22. The 6th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia summit was held in Amritsar .
  23. The Rajasthan government is going to launch a mobile application on December 13 that intends to reduce the road accidents’ casualties by half by 2020.
  24. A 3-day Bird festival is being organised by the Uttar Pradesh government in Chambal.
  25. The 23rd Star Screen Awards, an annual awards ceremony held in India honouring professional excellence in the Bollywood Film Industry was recently held in Mumbai.
  26. Singer Taylor Swift (26), with earnings of $170 million, has been named the world’s highest paid musician of 2016 by Forbes.
  27. Telecom major Bharti Airtel today announced the appointment of Sunil Taldar as the Chief Executive Officer and Director for its DTH business
  28. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it is all set to launch PSLV-C36 carrying 1,235 kg remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from the spaceport of Sriharikota on December 7.
  29. The Finance Ministry today made it mandatory for the government departments to make payments above ₹5,000 to suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions, among others, through e-payment.
  30. The government has declared an incentive of ₹10 for individuals who have transited to digital payment modes and have undertaken at least two successful transactions through it.
  31. E-commerce major Amazon today launched its global startup program ‘Launchpad’ in India, an online portal featuring over 400 products from different startups including 25 Indian startups.
  32. Switzerland plans to increase international cooperation by implementing Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) in its banking practices and will reportedly share private client information with other countries.
  33. 51 year old Indian Golfer Mukesh Kumar became the oldest golfer to win an Asian Tour title after lifting the Panasonic Open today.

 

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Current Affairs of 6th December 2016

  1. The Centre has proposed amending a law to empower States and allow industries to pay wages by cheque or by direct credit into bank accounts.
  2. Amazon Inc. has announced the launch of its global programme for start-up products, Launchpad, in India.
  3. The drugs technical advisory board recently recommended one-time licensing for manufacture and sales of drugs, with a rider that there be at least one annual inspection and in cases where risk is high, more.
  4. KONKAN 16 is the 2016 edition of the annual bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy. It is being held at Mumbai and Goa
  5. Nidhi Aapke Niakat is a public outreach programme. It is held on the 10th of every month in all the 122 field offices of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and is presided over by the officer-in-charge.
  6. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman passed away at a Chennai hospital last night (05th December 2016), the 68-year old AIADMK supremo breathed her last at 11:30 PM at the Apollo Hospital.
  7. After the demise of AIADMK supremo & Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the Apollo Hospital, her loyalist O Panneerselvam has been sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.
  8. To encourage each district in the country to take the digitization route without fear, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog will be immediately transferring Rs.5 lakh each district as seed money to kick start this drive
  9. The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has announced that the state would be setting up a special panel to stop child trafficking.
  10. AirAsia has announced the appointment of Amar Abrol as its Managing Director in addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  11. President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the first ever International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, Haryana
  12. Bernard Cazeneuve, currently French interior minister, will replace Manuel Valls as the country’s new prime minister.
  13. Independent candidate and pro-European Alexander Van der Bellen has won the Austria’s re-run presidential election with around 53.5% votes.  Bellen had won an earlier election in May by a narrow margin after which it was declared void by the Constitutional Court due to irregularities.
  14. Uzbekistan’s Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev became the country’s second president after winning 88.61% vote in the first presidential election since the death of the authoritarian leader and President Islam Karimov.
  15. Senior IAS officer B.S. Bhullar has been appointed the Chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  16. India’s largest public sector trading body MMTC(Metals and Minerals Trading gold Corporation) tie-up with the State Bank of India (SBI) to sell government-minted Indian Gold Coin(24 Karat)which will be available in denominations of 5gm, 10gm and 20 gm bar.
  17. Yangon city in Myanmar recently hosted Mingalabar, a three-day festival that celebrated 55 years of cultural relations between France and Myanmar.
  18. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe today announced that he will visit Pearl Harbor this month with US President Barack Obama.
  19. The 6th edition of ‘Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process of Aghanistan‘ conference, an annual regional gathering of Asian and other countries was recently held in Amritsar, Punjab (India).
  20. The 7th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) was recently held at Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  21. Gigi Hadid was felicitated with the ‘International Model of the Year’ award at the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London today.
  22. American comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Oscar Awards ceremony in February 2017.
  23. Actor Samuel L Jackson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) at the opening of the festival on December 7.
  24. Independent candidate and pro-European Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria’s re-run presidential election with around 53.5% votes
  25. Amazon has unveiled a technology to run a grocery store where customers can enter by scanning their phones and leave without paying for the items.
  26. Venezuela’s central bank said it will issue new higher-value notes of its currency, the Bolivar, from mid-December to aid consumers who are dealing with unprecedented inflation.
  27. India has received over US $300 billion US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) milestone between April 2000 and September 2016.
  28. The hashtag used for the Rio Summer Olympics, #Rio2016 was the most popular hashtag in India and globally this year, as per Twitter’s #YearOnTwitter 2016 report.
  29. India has agreed to train Vietnam’s Sukhoi-30 fighter pilots, boosting growing defence ties between both countries.
  30. Students of classes IX and X of  Assam will get free textbooks from academic year 2017-18 as the State government aims to increase enrolment in the state-funded schools and reduce dropout rate.
  31. Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, was in news on 6 December 2016. He came into news on his 60th death anniversary.
  32. All India Football Federation President Praful Patel has been appointed as a senior vice president of Asian Football Confederation.
  33. The South American nations has suspended Venezuela  from the Mercosur trade bloc for violating the bloc’s democratic principles.
  34. Sculptor Helen Marten has won the 2016 Turner Prize for contemporary art.
  35. The Israeli parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial bill that would legalise thousands of homes built in the occupied West Bank.
  36. Russia & China have vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that called for a seven days ceasefire in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo.
  37. Mahaparinirwan Diwas is observed across India on 6 December.
  38. The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 after an absence of 10 years.
  39. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations.
  40. Bharti Airtel has appointed Sunil Taldar as CEO & Director, DTH.

 

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Current Affairs of 7th December 2016

  1. With the aim of conducting free, fair, peaceful and inclusive elections in the country, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has brought together delegates from Election Management Bodies (EMBs) of SAARC Countries.
  2. The Government has issued the Final Notification for an Eco-Sensitive Zone area of 59.46 sq kms of which 19.25 sq km is forest land and 40.21 sq km is non-forest land in Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai suburb.
  3. Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, have made a landmark discovery that challenges the conventional understanding of superconductivity.
  4. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has mooted the idea of a large Asian LNG buyers forum to negotiate more equitable trade deals and balance the influence of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
  5. BRICS nations, including India, have pledged to share tax information automatically and adopt global standards on tax transparency to check cross border tax evasion. This was taken during the recently concluded meeting of the heads of Revenue of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).
  6. To better understand the science of fog formation over New Delhi, the Ministry of Earth Sciences recently inaugurated the Winter Fog Campaign at the New Delhi Airport.
  7. The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) and Kerala Police are jointly organizing the 45th All India Police Science Congress at Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram.
  8. European Union Chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier has said that Britain will have to secure an agreement on its departure from the EU by October 2018
  9. Courtroom drama “Pink” swept the Star Screen Awards with megastar Amitabh Bachchan bagging the best actor award for the film.
  10. Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti has announced that 14th April will be celebrated as “Water Day” on the occasion of BR Ambedkar’s birthday
  11. Political satirist & founder editor of Thuglak magazine, Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy popularly known as Cho Ramaswamy passed away.
  12. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched AP Purse mobile app featuring 13 mobile banking & 10 mobile wallet options.
  13. ISRO successfully executed the thirty seventh launch of its workhorse PSLV-C36 from the First Launch Pad (FLP), at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota
  14. Supreme Court judge Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar will be the next Chief Justice of India.
  15. Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman Trophy,U.S. college football’s highest honor & played in the National Football League has passed away.
  16. Australia has clinched the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy with a 116-run win over New Zealand in the second ODI at Manuka Oval.
  17. The RBI has removed the so-called two-factor authentication for online card transactions involving sums up to Rs2,000.
  18. State-owned Bank of Baroda cut benchmark lending rates by 0.2 per cent
  19. The RBI said it will soon put into circulation Rs. 100 denomination notes in market with enlarged identification features.
  20. Vijaya Bank has been adjudged ‘Best Bank for SME Lending’ by Assocham.
  21. Corporation Bank has bagged the ‘Best MSME Bank Award 2016’ instituted by Assocham.
  22. Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal, founders of Flipkart, have been jointly named “Asian of the Year 2016” by Singapore-based newspaper The Straits Times.
  23. BEML Ltd has bagged the ‘CII National Quality 2016 Award’.
  24. Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings.
  25. The India-Russia Indra NAVY-2016 naval exercise will be held from 14th to 21st December.
  26. The Women and Child Development Ministry has tied up with India Post and SBI.
  27. The Union Government has asked banks to install 10 lakh additional Point of Sale (PoS) terminals by March 2017 to promote digital transactions across the country.
  28. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Hindi language ranked 10th in the top 10 most powerful languages on the planet.
  29. The five-day festival IISF-2016 is being held from today at CSIR National Physical Laboratory Campus in New Delhi and will continue till 11th December
  30. The world’s first hospital train, Lifeline Express is all set to get two additional coaches for cancer treatment.
  31. Multimedia artist Helen Marten won the Turner Prize, which is Britain’s top award for contemporary art.
  32. The Odisha government has decided to appoint 1000 Banking correspondents in about 1000 unbanked gram panchyats spread across 107 blocks across the State
  33. Today(7 Dec), Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recalled the sacrifices of brave Indian soldiers on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day (Flag Day of India).

 

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Current Affairs of 8th December 2016

  1. The TIME magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump as Person of the Year 2016 and called him the President of the ‘Divided States of America
  2. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has selected Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as his incoming government’s ambassador to China. “Branstad has a tremendous understanding of China and the Chinese people and is someone who very much impressed the President-elect.
  3. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) on 08 December said it will extend support aggregating about Rs. 120 crore to banks for deployment of two Point-of-Sale (PoS) devices per village in one lakh villages having a population of up to 10,000
  4. Cabinet approves MoU with Afghanistan on cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space
  5. The Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is scheduled to be held from 16 December to 23 December 2016 in Goa.
  6. Senior judge of the Supreme Court Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was appointed as the next Chief Justice of Pakistan
  7. Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corp have signed a pact to build India’s biggest oil refinery at a cost of $30 billion on the west coast.
  8. Karnataka Bank Ltd has bagged the ‘Best MSME Bank Award (private sector) 2016’ instituted by Assocham.
  9. Microsoft has introduced business solutions from its partner ecosystem to meet the business needs of small and medium businesses across Kerala.
  10. The 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference will be in Muscat,Oman.
  11. The EU unveiled its futuristic new €321 million  headquarters in Brussels, saying it symbolised ‘joy’.
  12. British PM Theresa May won a vote in Parliament backing her timetable for negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union.
  13. The much-delayed Pune Metro rail project finally got the green signal from the central government.
  14. Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has declared Kurukshetra & Sirsa (both rural and urban) as open defecation free districts.
  15. Deepika Padukone has dethroned four-time winner Priyanka Chopra to become the Sexiest Asian Woman of 2016.
  16. The Election Commission’s proposal to purchase new Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has been approved by the Union Cabinet.
  17. Former Spain international footballer Alvaro Dominguez Soto announced his retirement due to health problems.
  18. Former basketball player Michael Jordan has been named the highest-paid athlete of all time by Forbes,
  19. The MCC World Cricket Committee met in Mumbai came out with some game-changing recommendations.
  20. INDIAINx has signed an agreement with Dubai Gold and Commodity Exchange (DGCX) to reach out to the global traders in a wide range of products including the trading in INR-USD contract.
  21. The Cabinet has approved the proposal of half yearly review of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic & Potassic (P&K) fertilizers for 2016-17
  22. The RBI announced that the repo rate would remain unchanged at 6.25 per cent
  23. The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi gave its approval to the reforms to boost employment generation & exports in the Made-ups Sector.
  24. The LEGO Group has announced that Bali Padda, current COO, is appointed CEO of the company as of January 1, 2017.
  25. Yes bank has launched SIMsePAY in Itanagar, a unique innovation that allows any acct holder to do money transfers,pay bills, and other services without the need for a smartphone or Internet
  26. Japan’s lower parliamentary house today passed a bill to legalise casinos and forwarded it to the upper house for approval.
  27. Malta’s Parliament has unanimously voted to ban gay conversion therapy.
  28. Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on an immediate seven-day ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo, with Russia terming the draft resolution “counterproductive”.
  29. 8th December is Bodhi Day.
  30. The Maharashtra Cabinet today announced that the Mumbai International Airport will be renamed from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
  31. The Uttar Pradesh government has reportedly given its nod for the construction of a 15-km metro project that will link Noida’s Sector 71 with Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park V.
  32. Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly polls, the Cabinet today approved Election Commission’s proposal to purchase new electronic voting machines worth over ₹1,000 crore.
  33. In an effort to promote cashless payments post demonetisation, the government today waived off the service tax charged on debit and credit card transactions of up to ₹2,000.
  34. Venezuela is going to launch a new 20,000-bolivar banknote to help people struggling with large bundles of currency notes during the country’s economic crisis.
  35. The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Vietnam on Cooperation in the field of Information Technology.
  36. Internationally acclaimed sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak today assumed charge as Director General of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).
  37. Mahatma Gandhi is the only Indian to be named TIME Person of the Year, having been given the honour in 1930.
  38. The first elite men’s National Boxing tournament has started today in Guwahati.
  39. 11th edition of Hockey Junior World Cup for Men has begun in Lucknow today.

 

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Current Affairs of 9th December 2016

  1. The board of directors of IDFC Bank has approved the appointment of Veena Mankar as Non-Executive Chairperson, with effect from December 9, 2016, up to July 26, 2018.
  2. Ghana’s main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won the country’s presidential election with an absolute majority.
  3. Amazon, which started as an online book retailer, has announced Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as the best-selling book of 2016.
  4. India and the United States vowed to expand the bilateral defence cooperation.
  5. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has launched Haritha Keralam Mission in Thiruvananthapuram on December
  6. Stockholders of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank on December 7, 2016, approved to merge into the biggest bank of all Gulf Countries with an asset of $ 178 billions
  7. Pakistan has removed an “undeclared” ban on import of ginned cotton from India.
  8. In order to enhance cooperation in education sector between India and Egypt, Center has decided to set up a center of Excellence in Information Technology at the Al-Azhar University which is the oldest and most prestigious the University of Egypt
  9. Vistaar Financial Services, an MSME-focused financing firm, today said it has appointed former Sebi chief C B Bhave as non-executive Chairman and Independent Director.
  10. Captain of the senior National Men’s Hockey Team and one of the finest hockey goal-PR Sreejesh keeper in the world, PR Sreejesh has been roped in as the Goalkeeping Mentor of the India Under-21 Hockey Team from December 8, 2016.
  11. Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala has been signed by Formula 3’s top team Carlin for the 2017 FIA F3 European Championship.
  12. Former NASA astronaut and Democratic US Senator from Ohio , John Glenn, has passed away at the age of 95.
  13. International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually on 9 December.
  14. Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea.
  15. Johnny Depp has topped the list of most overpaid Hollywood stars of 2016 by Forbes.
  16. South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
  17. The Allahabad high court has declared the practice of triple talaq unconstitutional
  18. The parliamentary panel probing the security breach by AAP’s Sangrur MP  has recommended suspension of Bhagwant Mann for the rest of the sittings of the winter session of the Parliament.
  19. In a marketing initiative, the Visakhapatnam-Nizamuddin Samta Express train named as Vizag Steel Samta Express..
  20. Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian & Russian boxer Misha Aloian have been stripped of their 2016 Olympic medals after failing doping tests.
  21. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has surpassed former fast bowler Javagal Srinath to become the 7th highest wicket taker for India in tests,taking his total tally to 239 wickets
  22. Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma has raised Rs 325 crore by selling one percent of his stake in One97 Communications.
  23. Govt announced several incentives on payments made through digital modes
  24. Purchasing of new insurance policy of PSUs online will be cheaper as people will be get 10% discount on General Insurance &  8% in life insurance.
  25. The India-UK Conference on Ease of Doing Business has been jointly inaugurated by Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India, Shri Ramesh Abhishek & British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith in New Delhi
  26. India was ranked 8th in the list of countries most impacted by terrorism in 2015, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), 2016, released by an Australia-based think-tank.
  27. South Korea’s Parliament today voted 234-56 in favour of impeaching President Park Geun-hye, following weeks of protests over her involvement in an influence-peddling scandal.
  28. The UK advertising regulator today announced a ban on advertising unhealthy food and drinks in children’s non-broadcast media, including print media, cinemas and social media sites.
  29. The European Union has reached an agreement to grant visa-free travel to Ukrainians and Georgians, after their governments brought in EU-sponsored reforms.
  30. English has been ranked first in the top 10 most powerful languages in the world according to the 2016 World Power Language Index (PLI)
  31. The Supreme Court today exempted people with physical disabilities from its recent ruling of making it mandatory for everyone to stand during the National Anthem to be played compulsorily before film screenings in theatres.
  32. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned use of newspapers for wrapping and packing of food items.
  33. The 2016 India International Science festival (IISF) has started at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Campus in New Delhi.
  34. The Indian government today informed the Parliament that a decision has been taken to print plastic currency notes.
  35. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today announced that it will shortly issue new ₹500 denomination banknotes in the new Mahatma Gandhi Series without any inset letter.
  36. The World Bank has cancelled a $100 million (around ₹674 crore) loan promised to Pakistan for a natural gas efficiency project, citing a lack of interest by the Pakistani gas distribution company.
  37. India has scrapped its 10% import duty on wheat after droughts in the past two years depleted stocks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed the Parliament today.
  38. NASA has commissioned a new type of satellite dubbed as ‘Restore-L Spacecraft Bus’, that will be able to refuel and repair other satellites while they are still in orbit around Earth.
  39. Dutch not-for-profit organisation Mars One, which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars, has pushed back the launch of its first manned mission from 2026 to 2031.
  40. A memoir on gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in Rio Olympics, is being written by Vimal Mohan, Digvijay Singh Deo, and her coach Bishweshwar Nandi.
  41. The world’s largest cricket stadium by seating capacity is set to come up in Ahmedabad, the Gujarat Cricket Association announced today.

 

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Current Affairs of 10th December 2016

  1. 10th December) is Human Rights Day.Theme of the year 2016 : Stand up for someone’s rights
  2. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has set up a 25-member panel to propose amendments to the Constitution to move to a federal form of government.
  3. The US House of Representatives today passed a bill to give more protection to whistleblowers at the FBI.
  4. India and Vietnam have signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement for the peaceful use of atomic energy.
  5. Students will no longer have to submit original certificates to universities for admission for the upcoming academic year, a notification issued by University Grants Commission (UGC) announced today.
  6. The 21st International Film Festival of Kerala began today in Thiruvananthapuram.
    It opened with Navid Mahmoudi’s directorial ‘Raftan,’ which narrates the story of a couple attempting to migrate from Iran to Europe.
  7. To encourage digital transactions, the Haryana government today announced that all colleges and universities in the state would be made cashless.
  8. Hearing a case against Delhi University’s photocopy services filed by international publishers, the Delhi High Court has ruled that photocopying of copyrighted material for educational use is allowed under the Indian Copyright law.
  9. The Indian Railways has unveiled the new Humsafar Express, an all AC-3 tier train.
  10. The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched a TV channel named ‘DigiShala’ to promote cashless transactions.
  11. The 11 member Committee on Digital Payments has today submitted its final report to the Union Finance Ministry.
  12. Black civil rights leader Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on a banknote, the Canada government announced today.
  13. Indian filmmaker Onir’s documentary, ‘Raising The Bar’ has won the ‘Award of Recognition’ at the ‘Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
  14. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been listed among 100 leading global thinkers of 2016 by the Foreign Policy magazine.
  15. Japan today launched a spaceship carrying a 700-metre-long tether to pull some of the space debris from Earth’s orbit out into the atmosphere, where it will burn.
  16. US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated an Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, as his top diplomat in China.
  17. James Quincey is going to be the new CEO of Coca-Cola.
  18. The Kerala government has launched two mobile applications which can be used to upload information regarding graft
  19. Indian filmmaker Onir’s documentary, ‘Raising The Bar’ has won the ‘Award of Recognition’ at the ‘Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards’.
  20. Japan has successfully launched a rocket carrying the unmanned cargo spaceship Kounotori 6 to deliver supplies for astronauts living in the International Space Station (ISS)
  21. Peter Gilchrist of Singapore defeated Sourav Kothari to win the 2016 IBSF World Billiards Long Up title on 8 December 2016.
  22. Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched a TV channel named ‘DigiShala’ on December 9, 2016 to promote cashless transaction in rural areas.
  23. Larsen & Turbo (L&T) has bagged a contract from the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) to make Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium of Gujarat the world’s biggest cricket stadium in terms of seating capacity.
  24. The Supreme Court has modified its order on the National Anthem & exempted physically handicapped persons from standing.
  25. Rabi crops have been sown in over four crore 72 lakh hectares till date
  26. Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off a special train, ‘Gita Jayanti’ train from Kurukshetra Railway Station.
  27. The Rajasthan High Court has struck down Special Backward Classes reservation given to Gujjars & five other communities of the state.
  28. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the former head of the air force, retired air chief marshal S.P. Tyagi.
  29. South African swimmer Chad le Clos broke his own world record in the men’s 100m butterfly final of FINA short course world swimming championships held at Windsor,Ontario.
  30. Maruti Suzuki has tied up with Ola, signing a MoU to train driver partners under the ‘Maruti Ola Training Program’.
  31. Government’s revenue collection in April to Nov saw indirect tax-mop up growing at an impressive 26.2% while that of direct tax came in at 15.12%.
  32. The country’s industrial output contracted 1.9 per cent in October this year.
  33. Union IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad launched Digidhan Abhiyan.

 

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Current Affairs of 11th December 2016

  1. The India-UK Conference on Ease of Doing Business concluded in New Delhi on 10 December 2016
  2. The 28th State Information Ministers Conference (SIMCON), 2016, was organised by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting from December 9 to December 10, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  3. A black civil rights leader who led a struggle against anti-black segregation and racism in Canada in the 1940s will be the first Canadian woman to figure on a banknote. Viola Desmond will appear on the Canadian $10 bill – replacing the nation’s first prime minister John A Macdonald who will be moved to a higher bill – when new banknotes go into circulation in 2018
  4. Senior Indian Revenue Service officer Rajendra Kumar has been appointed as the new Member of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the policy making body for the Income Tax Department.
  5. The committee formed by Finance Ministry to boost Digital Payment system in India that was headed by Shri. Ratan P. Watal submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 09 December 2016.
  6. The Rajasthan High Court on December 9, 2016, cancelled the Rajasthan Special Backward Classes (SBC) reservation Act 2015 that allowed for 5% quota to Gujjars and five other communities of the state.
  7. Mumbai’s Iqbal Sayed, who works as a civil engineer with Reliance Infrastructure and Mumbai Metro, became the first Indian to win a medal at the Mr Olympia event, after securing a silver medal in the event.
  8. Virat Kohli became the first Indian to score three double hundreds in a year, playing against England on 11th December 2016.
  9. 11th December is International Mountain Day.2016 Theme — “Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity”
  10. Greenery’ has been announced as the ‘Color of The Year’ for 2017 by Pantone Color Institute, a world renowned authority on colours.
  11. India has abstained from voting on a UN General Assembly resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Syria.
  12. Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Arup Raha today announced that India will get the first set of Rafale fighter jets from France in the next three years.
  13. J & K CM Mehbooba Mufti flagged off the first children special train in the Valley today.
  14. The Tamil Nadu Assembly today allotted ₹15 crore to build a memorial for late CM J Jayalalithaa near her mentor MG Ramachandran’s memorial at Chennai’s Marina beach. It passed a resolution to rename MGR memorial to ‘Bharat Ratna Dr MGR and Jayalalithaa’ memorial.
  15. A nationwide toll-free helpline number ‘14444’ will be launched soon to educate people and provide support related to cashless mode of transactions.
  16. Andhra Pradesh CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu today launched a website of Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board in Vijayawda.
  17. Airtel Payments Bank is going to extend services in Southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka within a week, CEO Shashi Arora has announced today.
  18. To promote cashless transactions, government think-tank NITI Aayog has suggested a scheme to reward winners of digital payments based on weekly and quarterly lucky draw of e-transaction numbers.
  19. As a part of the demonetisation process, the government is going to amend the RBI Act to invalidate ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes printed before November 9.
  20. The consortium of oil producing countries OPEC and non-OPEC producers today reached their first deal since 2001 to cut oil output and ease global oversupply.
  21. The Japanese city of Iruma has employed a system to keep track of elderly people with dementia by attaching barcode stickers containing personal information to their fingers and toes.

 

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Current Affairs of 12th December 2016

  1. A deep water port built in Myanmar’s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. An inauguration ceremony for this strategically important facility will be held soon.
  2. Official data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show that the murder rate in India has been steadily declining over the past two decades.
  3. The central zonal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Rajasthan government to cancel allotments of salt pans in the Sambhar Salt Lake that fall within the wetland and run contrary to the mandate of Wetland Rules, 2010.
  4. A Parliamentary Standing Committee report accusing the Supreme Court of distorting the original constitutional mandate and showing an “unnecessary zeal” for primacy in judicial appointments has been tabled in the parliament.
  5. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched a spacecraft from the Tanegashima Space Center that carried a magnetic tether designed to move vast amounts of space junk from the Earth’s orbit.
  6. ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign was recently launched by President Pranab Mukherjee.
    It was organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
  7. The Indian Space Research Organisation has roped in a consortium of six companies to deliver the country’s first industry-built spacecraft by late 2017.
  8. Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti has flagged off the first-of-its-kind train on 11th December at Banihal that en routes from Quazigund, Anantnag, Awantipur, Srinagar, Budgam, Sopore and Baramula.
  9. Rajasthan government has recently launched a mobile App that provides the latest information about tourist attractions in Ajmer and Pushkar.
  10. The Uttar Pradesh Government has tied up with Tata Trusts to acquire digital platforms to strengthen the public distribution system (PDS) in the state
  11. Paolo Gentiloni has been named as Italy’s new Prime Minister following reformist leader Matteo Renzi’s resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat.
  12. Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has constituted a committee to fight against the problem of online piracy and develop suitable business standards and best practices for the digital entertainment industry.
  13. Cyrus Mistry was removed as director of Tata Industries at the Tata Industries Extraordinary General Meeting.
  14. The world’s longest tunnel, Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in Switzerland was opened for regular rail services on 11 December 2016.
  15. China has launched the first of its new generation weather satellites Fengyun-4.
  16. Bishweshwar Nandi, coach of Dipa Karmakar who made India proud at the Rio Olympics with her performance in the field of gymnastics will co-author her memoir titled: “Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder”.
  17. Macedonia’s “Romany music queen” Esma Redzepova has passed away.
  18. The European Union signed an agreement with the Malian Govt with an objective of enabling the return of migrants who have reached Europe’s shores.
  19. Lt. Gen Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as director-general of the ISI, replacing Lt. Gen Rizwan Akhtar.
  20. New Zealand, governing National Party has officially appointed Bill English to succeed John Key as PM.
  21. Three Indian-origin teenagers in the US have bagged a scholarship for their innovative research in the 17th annual Siemens Math,Science & Technology Competition.
    Shriya & Adhya won the competition for their project on Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Diagnosis.
    Vineet Edupuganti won for developing an ingestible battery.
  22. Cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ will make landfall between north Tamil Nadu & south Andhra Pradesh.
  23. Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the newly-built civil air terminal at Bathinda airport and the flight for Delhi-Bathinda-Delhi sector.
  24. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak
  25. Sunil Gavaskar was conferred with the Golden Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) in Mumbai
  26. India win the fourth cricket test by an innings and 36 runs against England at Mumbai.
  27. Tata Trusts have tied up with Uttar Pradesh govt to leverage digital platforms to strengthen the public distribution system (PDS).
  28. The central government has slashed the import duty on wheat from 10 percent to nil.
  29. Iran signed a $16.6 billion deal for 80 Boeing passenger jets.
  30. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro signed an emergency decree ordering the country’s largest banknote, the 100 bolivar bill, taken out of circulation.
  31. Samsung Electronics said that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 will be released mid-December in the US preventing them from charging and functioning.
  32. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is on a two-day state visit to India.
  33. The Oxford University has urged students to use the gender neutral pronoun “ze” instead of “he” or “she” when addressing fellow students.
  34. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi released three books titled ‘From Raj to Swaraj’, ‘Life At Rashtrapati Bhavan’ and ‘Indradhanush- Volume-2’.
  35. Rafia Qaseem Baig, a 29-year-old Pakistani woman, has become the first woman to join the country’s Bomb Disposal Unit.
  36. US President-elect Donald Trump has named oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp’s CEO, Rex Tillerson, as the country’s Secretary of State.
  37. Writer and scholar Akshaykumar M Kale was been elected as the President of the 90th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan.
  38. SBI Cards is going to launch a credit card with a ₹25,000 limit for the lower strata of the society, Chief Executive Officer Vijay Jasuja announced
  39. The government is planning to make all the payments made to industrial workers cashless, asking employers to either provide a cheque or make deposits directly into workers’ accounts.
  40. The Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone starrer ‘La La Land’ won the ‘Best Picture’ and seven other awards at the 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards.

 

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Current Affairs of 13th December 2016

  1. In view of development of cyclone Vardah over Bay of Bengal, 19 flood rescue teams of NDRF have been prepositioned in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu as a proactive deployment.
  2. Indian Railways is planning to build exclusive rail tracks for suburban trains in a bid to ease congestion.
  3. The Uttarakhand High Court has crossed its legal remit by extending a government policy of prohibiting liquor outlets in the vicinity of places of worship, to cover Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi from April 2017. This decision is based on a petition filed in the court.
  4. Islamic State militants have recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Syrian troops
  5. A committee, headed by former finance secretary Ratan Watal, has suggested ways to encourage digital payments.
  6. India and Indonesia have signed three agreements following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 12th December.
  7. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping laid the foundation stones for 17 road projects on 11 December 2016 during two functions held at Jiribam and Imphal.
  8. Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister, was sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General on 12th December 2016, succeeding Ban Ki-moon as the chief of the 71-year old world body.
  9. The EU has signed a deal with Cuba on political dialogue and cooperation, with Cuba being the only Latin American country to lack such an agreement earlier
  10. The Punjab government has launched country’s first amphibious bus project at the Harike wetland near Amritsar.
  11. Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on 12th December 2016 won his 11th World Billiards (150-Up format) Championships title by beating Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the summit clash in Bengaluru.
  12. Two Indian-origin men have figured in Forbes magazine’s second annual list of wealthiest entrepreneurs under the age of 40 which is topped by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
  13. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat rival Lionel Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time.
  14. The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday lowered India’s growth forecast for this year from 7.4 % to 7 % due to a slight slowdown in the economy following the central government’s demonetisation move
  15. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad has achieved carbon neutral status.
  16. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed an agreement with a consortium of six companies to deliver India’s first industry-built satellite by late 2017.
  17. In a significant development, the World Bank has paused the separate processes initiated by India and Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty to allow the two countries to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements.
  18. Scientists for the first time have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere, the lowest atmospheric layer of Earth. It was detected by team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  19. The Armed Forces initiated organ donation as it gives second life to reciever.
  20. KVIC has applied to register “Khadi” as a word mark and “Khadi India” as a Trade mark in the Intellectual Property Rights Act.
  21. The ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises has launched the National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub
  22. Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with UNDP & National Scheduled Tribes Finance & Development Corporation will launch “Vanjeevan” the National Resource Centre for Tribal Livelihood at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  23. India is looking to have South China Sea countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines to use the tsunami early warning-system developed by it.
  24. Air quality in the Indian holy city of Varanasi is “the most toxic in the country” according to research.
  25. UK will have the warmest Christmas Day ever after a spell of unseasonably mild weather.
  26. Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, is facing allegations that he solicited £2.3m ($2.9m) in illegal campaign donations in 2014
  27. The world’s most widely used insecticides harm the ability of bees to vibrate flowers & shake the pollen to fertilise crops.
  28. Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, who was killed in the Colombian air crash last month, was posthumously named Brazil’s player of the year.
  29. Wonder Woman’s tenure as a United Nations honorary ambassador will come to an abrupt end on Friday.
  30. The  blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest.
  31. Researchers at Delhi’s International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) have identified specific metabolites that can potentially be used as biomarkers for distinguishing dengue and chikungunya.
  32. Scientists from US including one of Indian origin have created a nanoceramic material that can used for safer, cheaper nuclear reactors.
  33. India has outshone Russia, France, Japan and Saudi Arabia in the defence budget and has become world’s fourth largest defence spender, according to the 2016 Jane’s Defence Budgets report
  34. India has been ranked as the fourth most vacation deprived country globally, with 63% people taking fewer days of the vacations they get, a report by a travel company stated.
  35. On its 15th anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the security personnel who were martyred during the 2001 Parliament attack.
  36. Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh has completed his 13 years rule in the state which is affected by Naxalism
  37. The Delhi High Court has ordered that the identity of minors subjected to sexual offences should not be disclosed anywhere in judicial records.
  38. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced that the Centre will organise ‘cashless chaupals’ for minority communities to educate them about the cashless economy.
  39. The Bihar government has decided to provide free WiFi in colleges and universities but will block pornography and other “undesirable sites”.
  40. The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs is going to will launch “Vanjeevan”, the National Resource Centre (NRC) for Tribal Livelihood issues in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  41. Priyanka Chopra has been announced as the UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador to promote child rights at the UNICEF 70th anniversary event.
  42. A month after demonetisation, India has become the first country to give discounts on digital payments.
  43. The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet today approved the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.
  44. Yes Bank has tied-up with grocery delivery startup Grofers to deliver up to ₹2,000 cash to customers when they order grocery worth minimum ₹2,000 online.
  45. Software giant Microsoft India has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Centre (CSEC) in New Delhi.
  46. Following a recent meeting of state sports ministers and secretaries of youth affairs and sports, states have been asked to choose a particular sport and 50 top athletes for special attention.

 

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Current Affairs of 14th December 2016

  1. An agreement for Global Environment Facility Grant of USD 5.19 Million for “Additional Financing for Financing Energy Efficiency at MSMEs Project- Programmatic Framework for Energy Efficiency” was recently signed between India and IBRD.
  2. Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu recently inaugurated an international conference on housing and urban development in Asia Pacific region.
  3. Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with UNDP and National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) is all set to launch “Vanjeevan” the National Resource Centre for Tribal Livelihood issues at Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  4. According to the recently released World Malaria report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the global fight against malaria is in “urgent need” of more funding.
  5. The government is mulling a review of the more than 15-year-old Information Technology (IT), Act to strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure, following the push for digital payments post-demonetisation.
  6. Seventh edition of Exercise EKUVERIN will shortly be held at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.
  7. The 9th edition of Indra Navy exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy began on 14 December 2016 in the Bay of Bengal
  8. Ousted Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry was on 13th December removed as the Director of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) after 93.11% shareholders voted in favour of Mistry’s removal.
  9. Briton Andy Murray and Germany’s Angelique Kerber were named ITF World Champions on 13th December 2016.
  10. A biopic of Madonna titled Blond Ambition has been named the most admired unproduced film script currently in the Hollywood system
  11. Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) at an inaugural event in Parade Ground, Fort Kochi on 13 December 2016.
  12. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and philanthropist couple Anupama and Vineet Nayar are among the Indians who have been named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 List compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine
  13. The ever-popular ‘border viewing point’ of the Wagah border will soon be recreated in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district.
  14. Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu has won the Badminton World Federation (BWF) 2016 Most Improved Player of the Year award at the Players’ in Dubai.
  15. The book titled “Many Everest” An Inspiring Journey of Transforming Dream into Reality’ is penned by Ravindra Kumar.
  16. Google’s former Head of Industry, e-commerce Pulkit Trivedi was appointed as Industry Director for e-commerce, retail, travel and financial services verticals of Facebook on December 12, 2016
  17. Malaysia has installed its 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V, in a ceremony marked by honour guards and Islamic prayers in the national palace in Kuala Lumpur.
  18. Walter Swinburn, one of the most renowned jockeys of his generation and rider of the Shergar, passed away on 12 December 2016 following a prolonged illness
  19. 5-time world champion Viswanathan Anand had to settle for a draw with British number one Michael Adams in the 4th round of the London Chess Classic in London.
  20. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture laid the foundation stone of 6 development projects under Spiritual Circuit of Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism in Baghpat, UP.
  21. Director General Anti Dumping has recommended anti dumping duty in the form of a reference price on import of colour coated steel exported from China and EU region into India.
  22. Gujarat tops the list followed by Maharashtra in LED bulb distribution.
  23. The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation fell to 3.63 per cent in November a record low in the new series from 4.2 per cent in October.
  24. Kolkata will soon have one of the largest indoor sports arenas of the country with a capacity to accommodate upto 15,400 people.
  25. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a bomb attack on a Cairo church that killed 25 people.
  26. The celebration of contemporary art in South Asia, the 108-day-long, third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale commenced at Kochi at 12 dec.
  27. World bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa prevailed in a slightly ill-tempered final clash to pick up his first lightweight (60kg) National Championships gold medal.
  28. Star batsman A.B. de Villiers confirmed that he has stepped down as captain of the South Africa Test team with immediate effect as he recovers from an elbow injury
  29. Satyam Bansal, Chief of Staff for Executive Chairman & co-founder of Flipkart exits Flipkart after a 3 year stint to join Hotstar.
  30. India is creating 6 automotive testing, validation and research & development centres in the country
  31. Spain’s 11-hour stretch working day could be abandoned as the government seeks to bring the country into line with the rest of Europe.
  32. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal launched the first amphibious bus.
  33. Israel today got the first two of its 50 F-35 stealth fighter jets from US-based company Lockheed Martin.
  34. 14th December) is National Energy Conservation Day.
  35. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, which will replace the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, was passed in the Rajya Sabha
  36. After making Aadhaar mandatory for JEE-Mains, the engineering entrance exam, the government is planning to link Aadhaar with exams like CAT, NEET and NET from the year 2017.
  37. Reliance Industries Chairman and India’s richest person Mukesh Ambani and Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata with Bill Gates, Jack Ma and other billionaires have created a $1 billion fund to invest in clean energy
  38. A study conducted by Mumbai-based consultancy company Final Mile on the trafficking of sex workers from West Bengal to Mumbai has won the ESOMAR excellence award for the best paper.
  39. Actors Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor have been named the hottest vegetarians of 2016 by animal rights organisation PETA India.
  40. Actor Chris Evans has been named ‘Hollywood’s Best Actor For The Buck In 2016’ by Forbes for the second time.
  41. Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been named an ‘Integrity Ambassador’ by the Badminton World Federation to promote “clean, fair and honourable sport.”
  42. Google has announced that it will replace Adobe Flash Player content with HTML5 as the default option on its Chrome browser, over the next two months.
  43. Augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go officially launched in India, nearly five months after it was rolled out in the US.
  44. Opener Smriti Mandhana is the lone Indian in ICC’s first-ever women’s team of the year.

 

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Current Affairs of 15th December 2016

  1. The Mahila Police Volunteer initiative was recently launched in Haryana. By launching the initiative in Karnal and Mahendragarh districts, Haryana became the first state to adopt this scheme.
  2. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Cultural, Information & Tourism of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
  3. The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Shipping to replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 by the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016.
  4. The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to improve the effectiveness of rural development programmes in India and to facilitate knowledge sharing.
  5. The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval of the MoUs signed in 2008 and 2011 and the renewal of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and College of Banking and Financial Studies (CBFS), Oman.
  6. The government recently informed the Lok Sabha that it is looking for full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as the current arrangement with the elite club carries “attendant risks”.
  7. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2014, was recently cleared with 119 amendments.
  8. Prime minister Narendra Modi has ranked 9th on the Forbes list of 74 of the World’s Most Powerful People.
  9. Brexit’ and ‘Grexit’ (hypothetical withdrawal of Greece from the EU) are among the 1,500 new words and phrases added to the Oxford English Dictionary this week. ‘Get your freak on’ (sexual activity, especially unconventional) and ‘glam-ma’ (glamorous grandmother) have also been added. ‘Bomb’, a surfing term for large wave, and ‘Bama’, popularised by Beyoncé in Formation, are among the additions.
  10. Jayaben Desai,a Gujarat-born activist who led a campaign against low pay for women workers at a UK factory in the 1970s has made it the BBC’s most influential women of the past 70 years list released on 15th December.
  11. Paytm has announced a program to increase the digital inclusion in the country where in it is calling upon consumers and merchants across India to teach others on how to use Paytm to pay and accept money
  12. Mahabharata’, B R Chopra’s famed teleserial, is set to be broadcast in its radio avatar on the All India Radio (AIR) from December 19.
  13. The  Marvelous City or Rio de Janeiro officially has entered into the UN’s list of world heritage sites while UNESCO status was announced in 2012 in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.
  14. The Government has announced to launch a ‘Lucky Graahak Yojana’ and ‘Digi Dhan Yojana’ to encourage digital payments.Schemes will begin from 25th Dec till April 14, 2017. 7,000 weekly awards and a maximum award of Rs 50,000 each for merchants will be awarded under Digi Dhan Vyapari Yojna.
  15. Union Cabinet on 14 December 2016 approved the protocol for amending the agreement between India and Tajikistan for the avoidance of double taxation. Moreover, the agreement also aims at the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income
  16. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has announced that Russia will not host the 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships.
  17. India will contribute $500,000 to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the year 2016-17 announced by Indian diplomat Anjani Kumar a counsellor at India’s  UN Mission at the pledging session held at UN
  18. Labour Minister of Qatar, Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi on December 13, 2016, formally announced the end of its controversial “kafala” system, which was the biggest ever labour reform in Qatar.
  19. V G Kannan has taken charge as Chief Executive of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) on 14th December 2016. He succeeds M V Tanksale who demitted office as Chief Executive on August 9, 2016 after being at the helm for three years.
  20. The book titled  ‘Courts of India – Past to Present’ released by the Supreme Court of India.
  21. The Government of India informed that it has extended the e-Tourist Visa facility to citizens of 161 countries
  22. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation for November 2016 came in at a five-month low of 3.15 %, lower than 3.39 % in the October month.
  23. Bernard Fox died of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California on 14th December. He is best known for his roles on the ABC series Bewitched and James Cameron’s Oscar-winning picture Titanic. Fox also made appearances in several British films and TV shows.
  24. Brazil’s Senate approved a 20-year govt spending freeze billed as the centerpiece of austerity reforms aimed at restoring economic health of the country.
  25. The govt has passed approved the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 replacing  the Major Port Trusts Act,1963.
  26. India has emerged as the most preferred destination for innovation in Asia and third biggest globally.
  27. Canara Bank has raised Rs 1,000 crore by issuing Basel-III complaint tier-I bonds.
  28. Indra Nooyi, the India-born CEO of PepsiCo & Travis Kalanick, co-founder of taxi-hailing service Uber, have joined the President-elect’s Trump business advisory council.
  29. The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25%.
  30. Government has appointed V K Sharma as the Chairman of state-owned behemoth Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) for five years.
  31. 15th December is International Tea Day.
  32. French Parliament today voted to extend the country’s state of emergency until July 2017 until after the presidential elections.
  33. Hindus have the lowest level of educational attainment among all the major religions of the world, a Pew Research Center study has claimed.
  34. The 7th edition of India, Maldives bilateral exercise EKUVERIN 2016 began at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.
  35. The Supreme Court today ordered the closure of all liquor shops near national and state highways across the country from April 1.
  36. The Supreme Court also ordered that Indian Air Force personnel could not keep a beard.
  37. Google’s parent company Alphabet’s CEO Larry Page has been named the world’s most powerful CEO by Forbes, with his company having a market capitalisation of over $550 billion.
    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have been ranked second and third respectively. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Walmart’s Doug McMillon have also featured on the list.
  38. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named as the World’s Most Powerful Person by Forbes, for the fourth consecutive year.
  39. Music composer AR Rahman’s soundtrack for footballer Pele’s biopic ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’ has been selected in the first shortlist for ‘Best Original Score’ by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscars 2017
  40. Pakistan Army has successfully test fired an enhanced version of an indigenously-designed Babur cruise missile.
  41. E-commerce major Amazon  successfully made its first-ever fully autonomous drone delivery without any human pilot.
  42. Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport became India’s first airport to introduce self bag-drop facility
  43. The exemptions for the use of old ₹500 notes will end today, making the currency note invalid for the payment of utility bills, gas cylinders or hospital charges after midnight
  44. Australia is considering a proposal to demonetise its $100 currency note in an attempt to target tax evaders.

 

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Current Affairs of 16th December 2016

  1. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India is partnering in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), a new global alliance between governments, industries, academia, philanthropy, inter-governmental institutions, the World Health Organization, and civil society.
  2. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh recently chaired a meeting with the delegation of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
  3. The Supreme Court has banned States and Union Territories from granting licences for the sale of liquor along National and State highways across the country, noting that drunken driving was the main culprit behind a large number of road accidents in the country.
  4. Fifth India-Arab partnership forum is being held in Oman. Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar is leading the Indian delegation to the fifth India-Arab Partnership Conference.
  5. The nation is paying tributes to the bravehearts on  16 December 2016, who laid down their lives during 1971 India-Pakistan war on the occasion of Vijay Diwas which is observed on 16 December of every year
  6. Pakistan has successfully test-fired an enhanced version of an indigenously-designed cruise missile ,named Babur, that can hit targets at 700km with all kinds of warheads, bringing many Indian cities within its range.
  7. For the first time, an Indian-American woman, Savita Vaidyanathan, has been elected as the new Mayor of the key Californian city of Cupertino, globally known for its Apple headquarters.
  8. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has been ranked 38 on the World’s Most Powerful People list for 2016 by Forbes.
  9. The Seventh edition of Exercise EKUVERIN will be held from 15 to 28 Dec 2016 at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.
  10. India batswoman Smriti Mandhana has been named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced
  11. Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) has presented ‘Global Agriculture Leadership Award 2016’ to Tata Sons interim Chairman Ratan Tata in Mumbai on 15th December 2016.
  12. New United Nations (UN) Secretary ­General Antonio Guterres has announced Nigeria’s Environment minister, Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary­ General (DSG) on 15th December 2016.
  13. A rocket propelled into orbit eight tiny NASA satellites meant to peer deeply into hurricanes.
    NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission, or CYGNSS, was launched aboard Orbital ATK’s Pegasus rocket XL.
  14. Thomas Schelling, an economist who won a Nobel Prize for using game theory to explain nuclear strategy, has died.
  15. European Union leaders agreed extend economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine until mid-2017.
  16. Parliament has passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016 with Lok Sabha approving it.
  17. Assam Government has initiated a project to make the river island Majuli as the first ever Carbon Neutral District in India.
  18. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has launched a subsidised meal scheme in the state.
    The tagline for the scheme, named Annapurna Rasoi Yojana, is: “Sabke liye bhojan, sabke liye sammaan.
  19. New Zealand women captain Suzie Bates became the first player to win both the ICC Women’s ODI and T20I Player-of-the-Year awards.
  20. The country’s trade deficit ballooned to $13 billion in November.
  21. Sunil Arora has been appointed as the Director General and CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).
  22. Google’s parent company Alphabet’s CEO Larry Page was named the named the world’s most powerful CEO by Forbes.
  23. The bank had come out with a rights issue in the ratio of one share for every two shares held on the record date at ₹70 per share.
  24. Cyprus has been formally removed from India’s tax blacklist.
  25. India and ASEAN have set a target of trading at 100 billion dollar to be achieved by 2020.
  26. Britain has become the first country in the world to legally offer “three-parent baby” fertility treatments after regulators gave approval.
  27. Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvellous City, officially entered the UN’s list of world heritage sites today in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.
  28. 16th December is the 47th anniversary of the 1971 India–Pakistan war.
    This is the first war after World War-II that the Indian Army won conclusively.
  29. 16th December marks the 4th anniversary of brutal ‎Nirbhaya‬ gang rape case.
  30. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today announced that the ministry has cleared the names of new Indian Army and Air Force chiefs and an announcement on it will be made soon.
  31. Kochi’s Sahaj International School will be inaugurated on December 30 to become India’s first transgender school.
  32. Haryana became the first state in the country to launch Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) initiative for safety of women.
  33. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today inaugurated the Air Ambulance Service at the HAL airport in Bengaluru.
  34. The Gujarat Cabinet today cleared an ordinance which seeks to impose a total ban on hookah bars across the state, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said
  35. The Supreme Court ordered the setting up of a three-member panel to redress issues like racial discrimination and violence faced by the citizens from the North Eastern region of the country.

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Current Affairs of 17th December 2016

  1. The Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development has adopted the New Delhi declaration. The declaration was adopted at the culmination of a three-day dialogue by the member nations of the Asia-Pacific region, which together account for more than half of the global urban population.
  2. The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has come into force on 15th December, 2016. The government has also said that the Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 (the Scheme) introduced vide the said Act will commence on 17th December, 2016 and shall remain open for declarations up to 31st March, 2017.
  3. The Government has issued the notification for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016. This is meant to regulate pet shops. The government has also invited suggestions.
  4. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opposed a move to establish a separate entity to regulate payments and settlements, a function that is currently under the central bank’s purview.
  5. The Indian Railways has launched India’s first AC III tier Humsafar Express. The first Humsafar Express, with 16 AC III tier coaches and two power cars, would run between Anand Vihar in Ghaziabad to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
  6. The BRICS countries met in New Delhi on 16 December 2016 at the Sixth BRICS Health Ministers Meeting.
  7. Committees have been constituted for commemoration of Birth centenary of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya & 350th Birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
  8. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has occurred on the coast of Chile, in the northern region of Coquimbo.
  9. The Punjab Cabinet appred free LPG connections to those BPL families, who were missed in the 2011 Socio Economic Caste Census on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana.
  10. The Guj govt has cleared a new law regarding alcohol. The law passed during a Cabinet meeting proposed imprisonment upto 10 yrs for those involved in the sale and purchase of liquor besides a maximum fine up to Rs 5 lakh.
  11. Emphasising the need to “maintain discipline” in Indian Air Force, the Supreme Court ruled that Muslim personnel cannot keep beards by citing religious grounds
  12. In order to facilitate integration of large scale renewable generation capacity, a system has been identified as a part of ‘Green Energy Corridors’.
  13. Modi government has roped in Interpol in a bid to crack down on sexual abuse and pornography of children amid a surge in photographs and videos on the internet showing kids being sexually exploited.
  14. Niti Aayog announced awards for people making payments through digital means.
    The scheme runs from Dec 25, 2016, to April 14, 2017.
    On April 14, a mega award of Rs 1 crore will be announced for consumers
  15. Efforts are on to make Hindi one of the official languages of the United Nations and popularise the language the world over.
  16. Exactly a month after his last show on Times Now, senior journalist Arnab Goswami has announced that his new venture would be called Republic.
  17. The govt has launched a new scheme for people with unaccounted wealth to come clean or face action.
    Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana will start on Dec 17 and will end on Mar 31. Those who declare cash deposits will be levied a charge of 50%, which breaks down into 30% tax, 33% surcharge and 10% penalty. In addition to this, 25% of the amount will go into the scheme for 4 years
  18. India remains one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, the White House said.
  19. The University Grants Commission issued a circular asking educational institutes to move away from cash-based transactions and adopt online payment modes
  20. The Chinese navy seized the US underwater research vessel in the South China Sea.
    The device, dubbed an “ocean glider”, was used to test water salinity and temperature, officials say.
  21. President Vladimir Putin said he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan are working to organise a new series of Syrian peace talks without the involvement of the US or the UN.
  22. Beijing city will implement the road rationing scheme “odd-even” from tonight and suspend schools bracing for heavy smog after the Chinese capital issued its first red alert for air pollution this year
  23. The 15th Pune International Film Festival will be held from January 12 to 19. Around 250 films in different categories will be screened at the festival, which is a collaboration between Maharashtra government and Pune Film Foundation.
  24. The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation in Tamil Nadu has been selected for Digital India Award instituted by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  25. The National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) and NTPC Limited have signed a MoU to set up a 2400 MW power plant at Gajmara in Dhenkanal district of Odisha and supply captive power for expansion plans of Nalco at Angul and also Greenfield project at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district.
  26. India’s foreign exchange reserves declined by 887.2 million dollars to 362.987 billion dollars in the week ended 9th December.
  27. The Dharwad-headquartered Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank has bagged two awards for inclusive insurance from Skoch Group for 2016
  28. The state-owned BHEL has bagged a major order from Indian Railways for the supply of IGBT-based traction converters.
  29. BEML Ltd, a defence public sector undertaking, has been conferred with CEPM Fellowship Award-2016.

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Current Affairs of 18th December 2016

  1. The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the new Chief of Army Staff, while Air Marshal BS Dhanoa, the next Chief of Air Staff. They will take charge in the afternoon of 31st of this month.
  2. India and Tajikistan have signed four agreements in areas including on double taxation avoidance, money laundering and counter-terrorism. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon witnessed the exchange of MoUs in New Delhi following delegation level talks.
  3. . Jharkhand cadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain was appointed as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) while Anil Dhasmana will head external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Both the officers will have a tenure of two years. Jain, who is at present serving as the Special Director in the IB, will take over on January 1 after the incumbent Dineshwar Sharma completes his two-year tenure on December 31, 2016.
  4. In Himachal Pradesh, the first Cyber Crime Police Station has been opened at state police headquarter in Shimla. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated this Police Station through video conferencing from his office
  5. Odisha government has decided to construct more 2,000 kilometre of cement concrete roads under the Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana in rural areas by March 2017. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik issued this direction while chairing a review meeting on the progress of concrete road construction works in rural areas at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar.
  6. Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Communications (Independent charge) and Minster of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has jointly launched State Bank MobiCash Mobile Wallet, a product by SBI and BSNL.
  7. The Himachal Pradesh has achieved 100 percent Aadhar saturation on the basis of population of year 2015. With this, Himachal Pradesh has become the sixth State/UT in the Country.
  8. Indian boxing star Vijender Singh knocked out former world Francis Cheka to retain WBO-Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. Vijender took less than 10 minutes to beat Tanzanian boxer to defend his title at the packed Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi last night.
  9. In order to incentivise greater adoption of digital payment methods, the Reserve Bank has announced special measures to be adopted between 1st January 2017 and 31st March 2017.
  10. Here’s another achievement in Priyanka Chopra’s kitty. She has now made it up to the list of IMDb’s most popular celebrities’ list. Standing at number 55, Priyanka is ahead of Hollywood’s big names like Jennifer Aniston, Emma Watson, Leonardo Di Caprio, Johnny Depp, Scarlett Johansson and others.
  11. . A 2,700-square-meter skating space, which is being considered the world’s largest non-permanent indoor ice rink, recently opened at the Grand Palais in Paris. Over 100 workers constructed the ice rink, which will remain open until January 2. The rink was inaugurated by a show featuring skating stunts and acrobatics as part of the ‘Grand Palais des Glaces’ festival.
  12. 18th December is International Migrants Day.Theme of 2016 : A Day without Migrants
  13. The UN Security Council today unanimously passed a draft resolution extending the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by a year.
  14. 18th December is Minorities Rights Day.
  15. Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has declared 1.65 lakh kilometre length of roads as National Highway and said the National Highways would be increased to 2 lakh kilometre
  16. Amazon India has launched an online wallet called ‘Amazon Pay Balance’ which can only be used to make Amazon-based transactions
  17. Paytm has launched ‘Each one, teach one’ campaign to increase the digital inclusion in the country
  18. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro  suspended the elimination of the country’s largest denomination bill, after it led to cash shortages and nationwide unrest
  19. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave permission to HDFC to raise Rs. 3,000 crore by issuing ‘masala bonds’ after it exhausted a Rs. 5,000 crore limit to issue these bonds.
  20. State-owned power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and aluminium producer National Aluminium Co. Ltd (NALCO) have signed MoU to establish a 2.4 giga watt (GW) Coal based power project at Gajmara, Odisha.
  21. The world’s first communications satellite was launched on this day (December 18) in the year 1958.
    Named Project SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment), the satellite broadcasted a Christmas message from then-US President Dwight Eisenhower via an on-board tape recorder.
  22. SIES-Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award Winners List :
    Science & Technology Category : A S Kiran Kumar (ISRO chairman)
    Public Leadership Category : Devendra Fadnavis (Mahrashtra Chief Minister)
    Social Thinkers, Philosophers and Pravachana Karthas category : Kamala Murthy (Hari Katha exponent)
    International Category : John Marr (English musician, songwriter and singer)
  23. Jodhpur has been listed among the top ten preferred destinations for travellers in 2017, according to ‘TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise’.
  24. Hosts Chhattisgarh emerged as the overall champions at the National School Games Championship 2016 that was held in Jagdalpur.
  25. India were crowned junior Hockey World champions after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final in Lucknow
  26. The UN Security Council will vote on a French proposal to send observers to the flashpoint Syrian city of Aleppo.
  27. US doctor Henry Heimlich, who invented the manoeuvre used to help victims of choking, has died.
  28. Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Special Director AK Dhasmana has been appointed as the next chief of the country’s external intelligence agency
  29. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Jain as the Director of Intelligence Bureau.
  30. The Centre for Good Governance under the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs has declared that Pimpri Budruk in Pune district as a cashless village.
  31. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) comes into effect.
    Any unaccounted cash or deposit in a bank account can be disclosed under the scheme before April 1, 2017.
  32. Record-breaking swimmer Michael Phelps will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award at  BBC Sports Personality show.
  33. NCP chief Sharad Pawar announced his resignation as Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president.
  34. Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, has appointed Rahil Ansari as the Head of Audi India, effective February 1, 2017.

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Current Affairs of 19th December 2016

  1. Puerto Rico’s 19-year-old Stephanie Del Valle has been crowned as the Miss World 2016 at an event held in Maryland, US.
  2. To ensure transparency in the implementation of rural electrification programme, the Power Ministry will launch a new app, GARV-II, to provide real-time data of all six lakh villages of the country.
  3. About 25-30 global CEOs and the heads of the multi national corporations will throng to Gujarat on January 10, 2017 for the 8th edition of biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2017.
  4. Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has inaugurated two new districts Pherzawl and Noney.
  5. The Union AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ to promote health and health education in villages.
  6. YES Bank, India’s fifth largest private sector bank has partnered with Ola, one of the popular mobile apps for transportation, to provide cash-on-demand at customer’s doorstep.
  7. Former Planning Commission member Saumitra Chaudhuri passed away in Sir Ganga Ram hospital on 18th December.
  8. Scientists from the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have created the world’s smallest radio receiver using imperfect pink diamonds
  9. The world’s first cloned goat bearing superfine cashmere wool was born in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
  10. Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has passed away.
  11. PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the country’s first ever Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur
  12. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev arrived in New Delhi on a four day state visit to India.
  13. Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports,Vijay Goel inaugurated the Conference on Youth Development in Delhi.
  14. The govt has decided to set up a single,permanent Tribunal to solve all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals
  15. Andy Murray has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.
  16. The final match of this season’s Ranji Trophy will be played at Indore’s Holkar stadium from Jan 10 to 14.
  17. Atletico De Kolkata scripted history after winning Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament for the second time in three years.
  18. IMF MD,Christine Lagarde will learn the verdict in her trial for approving a massive state payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister
  19. Of the 24 life insurance companies operating in India, only 19 insurers remained profitable in 2015-16.
  20. Zydus Cadila Healthcare Chairman and Managing Director Pankaj R Patel took over as the President of the FICCI for 2016-17.
  21. Aditya Puri, managing director of HDFC Bank is the Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2015-16.
  22. Ukraine has nationalised the country’s largest bank in an attempt to avert a financial meltdown.
  23. The India-Nepal Folk Crafts Festival (INCF) began in Kathmandu. The festival is an initiative of South Asia Foundation (SAF) to promote cultural exchanges between the two neighbours. It aims to promote crafts based bilateral relations and enhance cultural exchanges between the artisans of both countries.
  24. 19th December) is Goa’s Liberation Day.
  25. Nation paid tributes to Ram Prasad Bismil & Ashfaqulla Khan, remembering the sacrifices of these revolutionaries.
  26. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that non-smartphone users of the Indian Railways will soon be able to book tickets through their mobile phones
  27. The Union Power Ministry is going to launch new mobile application GARV-II to provide real time data of all six lakh villages of the country.
  28. An NIA court today awarded Death Sentence to five Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including Yasin Bhatkal, for their involvement in the 2013 twin blasts in Hyderabad, wherein 21 people were killed.
  29. To promote health and health education in villages, the Union AYUSH Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’.
  30. The Department of Telecom (DoT) is going to launch a portal named ‘Tarang Sanchar’ to let users check radiation compliance status of mobile towers and transmitters across country.
  31. Actress Priyanka Chopra will be the Brand Ambassador for Assam Tourism.
  32. Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) today fixed 8.65% as the interest on provident fund deposits for 2016-17.
  33. Nepal’s central bank has developed a software to facilitate exchanging banned Indian notes in the country.
  34. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed stiff restrictions on depositing more than 5,000 rupees in the scrapped 500 and 1,000 rupees notes.
  35. The island of Bali has been picked by travelling reviewer website TripAdvisor as the most popular year-end destination for South East Asian travellers.
  36. Indian batsman Karun Nair, who is playing his career’s third Test match, today became the fastest Indian to score maiden double ton in Tests

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Current Affairs of 20th December 2016

  1. The government has decided to set up a dedicated fund of Rs.10,000 crore to provide credit enhancement for commercially viable infrastructure projects.
  2. As part of plans to merge some of the tribunals into larger entities to avoid identical functions, the government is looking to converge the Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CyAT) and the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). A Cabinet note to this effect will be moved shortly.
  3. The Telecom Authority of India has recommended a scheme under which a reasonable amount of data say 100 MB per month may be made available to rural subscribers for free.
  4. In an attempt to identify unauthorised and unregistered diagnostic centres in the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoFW) has decided that all ultrasound machines in States will be mapped. The mapping will be carried out by the authorities in States visiting every centre and recording details of the devices.
  5. Saanjhi Saanjh is a National Newspaper dedicated to Senior Citizen. The first issue of this bilingual newspaper was recently released.
    This Newspaper for Senior Citizen is edited by Ms. J.V Manisha Bajaj, Secretary, Harikrit, an NGO for elderly people.
  6. Aimed at making India the Skill Capital of the World, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of the country’s first Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) at Kanpur recently.
  7. Owing to Britain’s recent Brexit-related problems and thanks to India’s rapid economic growth, India has managed to overtake its erstwhile colonial master United Kingdom in terms of the size of the economy – the first time after nearly 150 years.
  8. The government observed ‘Vasectomy Fortnight’ between November 21 and December 4 with the hope to create awareness about male sterilisation and, more importantly, to facilitate district administrations reach sterilisation targets through campaigns.
  9. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity.
  10. Justice J S Khehar has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of India after President Pranab Mukherjee’s approval.
  11. The Centre has decided to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals, a step which is aimed at resolving grievances of states in a speedy manner.
  12. University of Toronto scientists have discovered the oldest water sample dating back to about two billion years, more than 500 million years more ancient than the previous oldest samples.
  13. Harvard researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have built the world’s smallest radio receiver, made out of atomic scale defects in pink diamonds
  14. Mobile phone brand Micromax Informatics, and taxi-hailing service Uber announced a partnership that will help Micromax customers book an Uber ride on their phones without having to download application
  15. Scientists have discovered a jet stream within the Earth’s molten iron core using the latest satellite data that helps create an X-ray view of the planet
  16. UN Security Council members have unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to send observers to Syria’s Aleppo to monitor the ongoing evacuations there
  17. A US underwater drone seized by the Chinese navy in the contentious South China Sea has now been returned.
  18. The Russian ambassador to Ankara died after being shot in a gun attack in the Turkish capital.
    Andrei Karlov was attacked at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara.
  19. Donald Trump surpassed the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College, taking the next step in the official process to become President.
  20. India & Kyrgyzstan have signed six MoU including in the fields of tourism,agriculture & food industry,youth development,broadcasting & exchange of audio-visual programmes.
  21. The govt has revised the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy. All payments will me made through Direct Benefit Transfer
  22. The Union AYUSH Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ to promote health and health education in villages.
  23. Kuheli Gangulee won the women’s 50m rifle prone at the 60th National shooting championship.
  24. A special French court convicted the IMF Christine Lagarde of negligence for her role in a controversial 2008 arbitration award to a businessman.
  25. Japanese technology giant Softbank is investing $1bn  in US space start-up OneWeb.
  26. FM Arun Jaitley has said that small traders with a turnover of up to 2 crore rupees will pay less tax if they accept payments through banking & digital means.
  27. PNB MetLife has announced the launch of a virtual reality-based customer service platform conVRse.
  28. Cyrus Mistry stepped down from the board of all Tata Group companies, eight weeks after he was ousted as the Chairman of Tata Sons
  29. 20th December is International Human Solidarity Day.
  30. Merriam-Webster today named ‘surreal’, meaning “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream,” its 2016 word of the year.
  31. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power Piyush Goyal today launched the ‘GARV-II’ app that will provide real-time data on electrification of 6 lakh villages, with 15 lakh habitations, across the country.
  32. In a first in the country, the Maharashtra forest department is set to launch a state-wide 24X7 call centre facility from January 6 for registering complaints or getting information about issues related to forests and wildlife.
  33. The central government is going to start toll-free number ‘1955’ for taking feedback from telecom subscribers on call drops.
  34. The 14th edition of Sansui Stardust Awards, hosted by Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Farah Khan and Maniesh Paul, were held in Mumbai.
  35. Pakistan Senate has passed a resolution seeking withdrawal of Rs 5,000 currency notes to curb the flow of black money.
  36. The Railways has introduced a 10% discount on vacant berths in its premium trains, namely the Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi, on a trial basis till May 31.

 

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Current Affairs of 21st December 2016

  1. The note ban has the potential to drive big treasury gains for Indian banks, says a report from rating agency India Ratings.Banks are likely to see register Rs. 38,200 crore of potential treasury gains for the current financial year (2016-17) which will be their highest ever.
  2. India, along with Bangladesh and Iran, has pulled out of a key regional conference on sustainable development which is being held in Pakistan.
  3. The CBSE has approved a proposal to reintroduce compulsory Class X board examination from the 2017-18 academic year.
  4. Mark Zuckerberg has posted the video of his new housemate: Jarvis, an artificial intelligence assistant.Jarvis can control appliances, play music, recognize faces and, perhaps most impressively, entertain his toddler
  5. European Union antitrust regulators have charged Facebook Inc with providing misleading information during its takeover of WhatsApp.The statement of objections sent to Facebook will not have an impact on the approval of the $22 billion merger in 2014
  6. In the latest image of the day released by the US space agency NASA has shown solar transit made by the International Space Station.
  7. Volkswagen has agreed to buy back or fix the remaining diesel cars caught up in its emissions cheating scandal, at an expected cost of about $1 billion.The settlement involves Volkswagen and the federal government, and covers about 80,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche cars
  8. Two of the hottest international destinations for Indians, Thailand and Hong Kong have taken diametrically opposite views on visitors from the country.Thailand has either waived or halved visitor visa fees for Indians for three months.Hong Kong now wants them to take pre-authorisation and has withdrawn the visa-on-arrival facility for Indians.
  9. Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Adam Messinger and its Vice President for products Josh McFarland have quit.
  10. Two of the teams competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition have agreed to share a ride to the Moon next year.The Japanese team, HAKUTO and Indian group Team Indus will use the same rocket to get its four-wheeled lunar rover to the Moon’s surface.
  11. Barack Obama designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain Atlantic Ocean off limits to future oil and gas leasing.
  12. The Election Commission of India (EC) will soon write to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) informing it about its decision to delist 200-odd political parties.
  13. The Centre has decided to bring in an ordinance to amend the Payment of Wages Act.New act will allow business and industrial establishments to pay salaries through cheques or electronically.
  14. Domestic mobile wallet platform MobiKwik has tied up with Indian dairy co-operative Amul to help customers make cashless payments at its outlets.
    The facility can be used at 7,000 Amul outlets and three lakh Amul multi-brand outlets and retailers across the country,
  15. The students of IIT Kharagpur are sitting on a hunger strike against the institution’s decision to hike the registration fee.The students said that they would continue with the protest if their grievances are not addressed.
  16. Bharti Airtel has said that its subsidiary Network i2i has entered into a definitive agreement with Egyptian firm Orascom.
    The move is done to acquire the latter’s entire equity stake in Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable Systems (MENA-SCS)
  17. The government of Sao Tome and Principe has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan according to the officials.
  18. NASA’s researchers have detected cumulative growth of erosion-carved troughs that may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian “spiders.The spiders range in size from tens to hundreds of yards (or meters).
  19. A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said.
  20. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market.
  21. Dubai is going to build Al Maktoum International airport, a second airport in the south of the city, which will become the world’s largest airport on completion.
  22. India ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 25,088 MW in 2015.
  23. 21st December is 104th foundation day of India’s first SWADESHI BANK ‘Central Bank of India”.
  24. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)  withdrew the restrictions imposed on deposits of ₹5,000 and above for KYC (Know Your Customer) compliant accounts.
  25. Deutsche Bank from January next year will offer all its Male employees in India six months of childcare leave if they happen to be primary caregivers.
  26. The printing of each new ₹2,000 note costs the Reserve Bank of India ₹3.54, while the ₹500 note costs ₹3.09, an RTI response has said.
  27. The Black Cat commandos of the elite counter-terrorism force National Security Guard will participate in the Republic Day celebrations for the first time in 2017.
  28. The Delhi Literature Festival (DLF) is set to take place between February 10 and 12 in Dilli Haat.
  29. Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi today announced the implementation of 3% reservation for differently-abled persons in government jobs in the Union Territory.
  30. Union minister for Textiles Smriti Irani launched India’s second centre of excellence for sericulture in Bengaluru to boost the silk industry.
  31. Armed forces will be able to cast their votes in the upcoming Punjab elections by using electronic postal ballots for the first time in the country, Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer VK Singh
  32. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) will be conducted in 8 languages from next academic year.
  33. The Haryana government today issued Petro Cards to drivers working with the state government for cashless payments of fuel.
  34. The Church of England today appointed Woyin Karowei Dorgu, its first black bishop in 20 years.
  35. England’s Queen Elizabeth II is stepping down as the patron of Wimbledon and will be replaced by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
  36. India successfully test-fires nuclear capable cruise missile Nirbhay from Integrated Missile Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha.
  37. The Northern Hemisphere of the planet is today observing the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
  38. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) today unanimously voted to induct the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as one of its permanent members.
  39. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja currently occupy the top two spots in the latest ICC bowlers rankings, making it the first time in 42 years of two Indians at the top two positions.
  40. The Indian team registered 9 wins out of the 12 Tests it played in 2016, making it the most successful year in India’s 84-year Test history.
  41. Anjali Lama is set to be the first Nepali transgender model to walk the ramp at the upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week in February 2017.

 

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Current Affairs of 22nd December 2016

  1. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has submitted his resignation to the Government of India.
  2. Mumbai-based writer Jerry Pinto, Tamil author Vannadhasan, Hindi writer Nasira Sharma are among 24 others declared the winners of the Sahitya Akademi awards 2016.
  3. Girija Vaidyanathan, Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Land Administration, has been appointed Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu in place of P. Rama Mohana Rao.
  4. The Government of India has approved cadre review and formation of the Indian Enterprise Development Service (IEDS) in the Office of the Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  5. Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched the trilingual website www.haj.gov.in relating to Haj Matters.
  6. Gujarat government has announced Aerospace and Defence Policy-2016 to attract investment into fields of aerospace and defence design, development and manufacturing in the state.
  7. As per the report published in Forbes magazine, India has overtaken the United Kingdom in terms of the size of the economy, first time in 150 years.
  8. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed the penalty on five foreign banks, including Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, for violation of its instructions on reporting requirements of the FEMA on 21st December 2016.
  9. With over 10 months to go for the launch of FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017, the Bank of Baroda has become the first Indian company to sign up as a national supporter.
  10. China has inked an agreement with the New development bank (NDB) set up by the BRICS approving a 525 million yuan loan for a solar power project in the country.
  11. Japan’s space agency has announced successfully launched a 26-metre-long rocket named Epsilon-2, which put a satellite that helps study radiation belts in orbit.
  12. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled a landmark Bill of rights guaranteeing freedom of speech, protest, fair trials and privacy.
  13. Actress Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian to be appointed as the global ambassador of the hair care brand ‘Pantene calling the brand a “favourite around the world.
  14. Actor Hrithik Roshan has launched a children’s book series ‘Tactabet’, written in Braille format, which is being published for visually impaired people
  15. A 12-year-old Arjun Bhati has outshined India in the Kids Golf World Championship 2016 in Malaysia defeating South Africa’s Methu Denish to secure the first position.
  16. The Cricket Association of India has organised  a 17-member Indian team for the upcoming second T20 cricket World cup for the visually challenged.
  17. India will be hosting the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCSS) in 2017 in which over 100 countries are expected to participate.
  18. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu launched ‘Google Toilet Locator’ mobile application to help people locate the nearest toilet. It was launched as part of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ as well as ‘Digital India Mission’.
  19. According to report submitted by Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, there is alarming rise in forest fires across India
  20. Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise named Pratikar-1 with China on February 10, 2017.
  21. The White House has blocked new leases for oil and gas drilling in sections of the Arctic and Atlantic region to protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem
  22. The National Mathematics Day is observed every year on 22nd December to celebrate birth anniversary of great Indian autodidact Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  23. Kaisa Matomaki and Maksym Radziwill have been jointly won the 2016 SASTRA-Ramanujan award for mathematics for their ‘revolutionary’ collaborative work on short intervals in number theory.
  24. The U.S. military announced the return to the Japanese govt of the largest tract of land in more than 40 years
  25. Motiongate, the largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination has been opened in Dubai, UAE.
  26. Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn (£7.2bn).
  27. India conducted the flight test of indigenously-designed and developed long range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from the ITR at Chandipur in Odisha.
  28. The Uttarakhand government has inked a pact with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for introducing metro rail in the state.
  29. 5-time world champion & Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom was presented the AIBA Legends award for her trailblazing boxing career.Vikas Krishnan  was handed the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing) Best Boxer trophy.
  30. Former South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen has been banned for two years.
  31. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) unanimously granted full membership to the recently-formed Boxing Federation of India,BFI at a meeting.
  32. Indian duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have made it to top slots in the ICC Test rankings of bowlers.
  33. India have ended the year as the Number one ranked Test side after posting a 4-nil win over England in the five-match series.
  34. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is back on the US government’s annual list of ”notorious markets” that sell pirated goods.
  35. U.S. chocolate maker Hershey named Chief Operating Officer Michele Buck as its chief executive and president, effective March 1.
  36. The French postal service has announced a Drone Delivery program to deliver parcels on a 14-kilometre route once a week, becoming the world’s first national postal service to use drones regularly.
  37. China has banned internet users from posting user-generated audio or video, reportedly one of few sources of information outside state-controlled media.
  38. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has become the first force to induct yaks for strategically pivotal logistic support duties and the animal is being used along the Indo-China border in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
  39. Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections, the Uttar Pradesh government today  approved a proposal to include 17 Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the Scheduled Class list.
  40. Kerala government has decided not to conduct separate entrance examinations for medical and other professional courses except for engineering courses.
  41. State-run telecom firm BSNL has partnered with Jaipur-based DataMail for providing free email addresses to its broadband users in eight Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu.
  42. Creating history, Aizawl (Mizoram) became the first free Wi-Fi city in the North-East region
  43. E-commerce platform Snapdeal has started a new service called ‘Cash@Home’ where it is delivering cash up to ₹2,000 to customers’ home at a convenience fee of ₹1
  44. In a bid to encourage cashless transactions in the country, the Union Cabinet today approved a draft ordinance to allow digital payment of salaries.
  45. South Africa’s Marais Erasmus has been named the ICC Umpire of the Year and the recipient of the David Shepherd Trophy.
  46. South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been named the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.
  47. Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq today became the first Pakistani player to win the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.
  48. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to 2016’s FIFA Best Player of the Year award.
  49. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian, has confirmed his retirement from the Games.

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Current Affairs of 23rd December 2016

  1. The Canadian government has declared high-speed internet a basic telecommunications service and wants its citizens to have access to an unlimited data plan option and speeds of at least 50 Mbps.
  2. 23rd December is Kisan Diwas (Farmer’s Day)This day is observed across the country to celebrate the birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh, 5th Prime Minister of India.
  3. The Union Home Ministry has sanctioned 37,000 additional troops to CISF in order to bolster security at critical infrastructures like airports and metros, CISF Director General OP Singh announced today.
  4. The Karnataka government is going to provide 100% quota to local Kannadigas in private sector industries across the state.
  5. The Union Ministry of Coal has launched Coal Mitra, a web portal for allowing flexibility in utilization of domestic Coal.
  6. 10 metro stations in Delhi will go completely cashless in their transactions from 1st of January next year.
  7. The Union Water Resources Ministry has reconstituted a Committee that was tasked with assisting the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB).
  8. Samsonite-owned American Tourister has appointed India’s Test captain Virat Kohli as its Brand Ambassador
  9. US President-elect Donald Trump has picked Peter Navarro, economist and author of ‘Death by China’, to head the newly-formed White House National Trade Council.
  10. Japan has approved a record $43.6 billion (around ₹3 lakh crore) for its Defence budget out of its $830 billion spending budget for fiscal 2017.
  11. Indian forward Jeje Lalpekhlua was named 2016’s AIFF Player of the Year, an award given to the best footballer in the country.
  12. Actress Sunny Leone will receive PETA’s Person of the Year award for her dedication to promoting the rescue of homeless dogs and cats, as well as her compassion for animals abused and killed for their skin.
  13. India’s Test captain Virat Kohli has topped Forbes India’s Fame Rankings, which is based on the popularity of a celebrity.
  14. Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer was named the ‘Most Stylish Man’ of 2016 by GQ, a leading men’s magazine.
  15. India’s Shiva Keshavan won a Gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships in Japan today.
  16. India defeated South Korea 3-0 in the women’s U-18 Asia Cup hockey in Bangkok today to win the Bronze medal in the tournament.
  17. The Australian Open has increased its total prize money purse for the 2017 tournament to $36.19 million (over ₹245 crore), 14% more than it was in 2016.
  18. An international team of astronomers has found one of the universe’s biggest superclusters of galaxies near the Milky Way.
  19. The MoU on cooperation in the nuclear sphere was signed by Japanese Minister Hiroshige Seko & UK Business Secretary Greg Clark.
  20. China successfully launched TanSat, a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite to understand the effects of climate change.
  21. Indian biopics MS Dhoni:The Untold Story & Sarbjit have made it to the long list of 336 feature films eligible for the Oscars.
  22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Center at Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh.
  23. Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewal Energy Piyush Goyal  launched the ‘GARV-II’ App.
  24. Najeeb Jung resigned as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi with 18 months left in his tenure.
  25. Virat Kohli was chosen as the captain of the ICC One Day International Team of the Year 2016.
  26. Cisco has signed a MoU with Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) for cyber security cooperation.
  27. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has agreed to buy cancer product Odomzo from Novartis for $175 million.
  28. Actor Hrithik Roshan has become the leading actor to pay the highest advance tax till mid-December.
  29. Finance Ministry has asked PSU banks to restrict fees on payments through IMPS & UPI to the extent that is applicable for NEFT fund transfer of over 1,000 rupees
  30. Argentina claimed the ‘Team of the Year’ title after finishing top of the FIFA rankings of the year with 1,634 points.

 

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Current Affairs of 24th December 2016

  1. NITI Aayog has launched the National Index for Performance on Health Outcomes. With this, the NITI Aayog aims to nudge States towards transformative action in the Health sector.
  2. The government is planning to set up the country’s first Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery at village Tarkhanwala, Bathinda (Punjab), with an approximate investment of Rs 600 crores.  Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a Central Government Public Sector Undertaking, is setting up the project.
  3. The President of India has promulgated the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Fifth Ordinance, 2016
  4. Japan has dragged India to the World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement body for imposing safeguard measures on steel products and minimum import price on iron and steel products.
  5. China has said it has an “open attitude” to India joining the $46 billion economic corridor but it wants to know New Delhi’s response to a top Pakistani army general’s offer to participate in the project.
  6. The Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution is celebrating the National Consumer Day this year with the theme “Alternate Consumer Disputes Redressal” on 24th December, 2016.
  7. According to Global Wage Report, India has among the worst levels of gender wage disparity.
  8. Bengali poet and literary critic Shankha Ghosh will get the Jnanpith Award for 2016.
  9. The External Affairs Ministry’s have launched a new service called Twitter Seva that will enable timely, transparent and large-scale response to citizens’ tweets in real time.
  10. Power Minister Piyush Goyal has launched ‘Coal Mitra’ Web Portal to facilitate Flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal.
  11. Tata Steel has signed an agreement to acquire 100% equity in Odisha-based Brahmani River Pellets (BRPL) for Rs 900 crore.
  12. The Ministry of Textiles has decided to establish a “Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre” where professional queries of weavers will be answered by the experts in the field.
  13. Naveen Patnaik launches Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana to nurture orphan kids.
  14. ICICI Bank has now launched a payments collection app for offline merchants and retailers called Eazypay which will allow customers to pay via UPI, cards, net banking and the bank’s Pockets wallet app.
  15. The Defence Acquisition Council okayed defence requirements worth approximately Rs 7,000 crore.
  16. Shareholders of Tata Chemicals have voted out Nusli Wadia as an independent director of the company with 75.67 % votes going in favour of a resolution moved by Tata Sons to remove him.
  17. France’s airspace regulator, General Directorate for Civil Aviation, has approved the plan to launch drone delivery program, making France the world’s first national postal service to use drones regularly.
  18. APIS India a leading producer, distributor and exporter of honey under APIS Himalaya brand, has roped in Indian badminton champion and Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador
  19. India, coached by Rahul Dravid, continued their dominance in the Asia Cup as they clinched the U-19 title by defeating Sri Lanka in the final at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
  20. Pakistan cricket has seen Christians and Hindus represent the country at home and abroad, but for the first time a Sikh cricketer Mohinder Pal Singh has secured a place in the National Cricket Academy.
  21. The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an end to illegal Israeli settlements after the US refused to veto
  22. Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia for 28 years and a champion of Italian fashion has passed away.
  23. Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has become the top earning celebrity of 2016 in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List.
  24. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced new passport rules in order to streamline,liberalize & ease the process of issue of passport.
  25. The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of only one parent and not both.
  26. India jumped two places to finish 2016 at 135, their best in the last six years, in the FIFA rankings
  27. Germany’s Deutsche Bank says it has agreed a $7.2bn payment to US authorities over an investigation into mortgage-backed securities.
  28. Italy’s government approved a state bailout for Monte dei Paschi di Siena after the world’s oldest bank failed to secure backing from private investors.
  29. Saudi Arabia cabinet has projected a 2017 Budget deficit of about $53 bln
  30. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council approved the primary drafts of Central GST & State GST laws
  31. US President Barack Obama signs National Defence Authorisation Act 2017 to recognise India as America’s major defence partner.
  32. India and Kazakhstan inked a new protocol to take forward bilateral ties, especially in trade and economic spheres.
  33. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone (performed Jal Pujan) of ‘Shiv Smarak’, a ₹3,600-crore memorial of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mumbai.
  34. In an initiative to provide equal opportunities for women, Karnataka government has removed restrictions on allowing women to work in night shifts in all sectors
  35. The Delhi Metro today announced that it will make 10 of its stations cashless from January 1 by opting for digital payment app Paytm for token purchase and smart card recharge.
  36. To promote digital payment methods to encourage consumers and merchants to increasingly shift to these payment modes, the government of India is going to launch two schemes Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants on 25th December 2016.
  37. Pope Francis has chosen Dr Barbara Jatta as the first woman to direct the Vatican Museums.
  38. 16-time World Champion Pankaj Advani wins National title in 6-red Snooker, the shorter format of the game.

 

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Current Affairs of 25th December 2016

  1. Good Governance Day is being observed today (25th December 2016) to mark the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who has turned 92. From today, Good Governance campaign will be undertaken for 100 days during which Ministers and Members of Parliament will travel across the country and attend programmes highlighting the government’s key initiatives.
  2. US President Barack Obama has signed into law the USD 618 billion defence budget for 2017, which enhances security cooperation with India and conditions nearly half of the funding to Pakistan on a certification that it is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network.
  3. Sri Lanka has unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree
  4. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Odisha coast.
  5. Aiming to raise awareness about online safety, Google India in collaboration with Ministry of Consumer Affairs has announced a nationwide ‘Digitally Safe Consumer campaign, as part of a larger effort to help better protect consumer interest online.
  6. Social networking giant Facebook received 6,324 requests from Indian government agencies for 8,290 users/accounts in the first half of 2016. This is the second highest after the US, which made 23,854 requests for 38,951 users/accounts during January-June 2016, according to Facebook’s Government Requests Report.
  7. The government has launched a host of online initiatives including a mobile App ‘Smart Consumer’ and an ‘Online Consumer Mediation Centre (OCMC)’ to provide speedy redressal of consumer grievances.
  8. The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three neighbouring countries including Pakistan as Indian citizens have been drastically reduced to as low as Rs 100 from Rs 15,000.
  9. After the release of ICC and Cricket Australia’s list of best players of 2016, Lord’s Cricket Ground have followed the trend and selected top 20 players for this calendar year
  10. Christmas being celebrated across the world with traditional fervour and gaiety.
  11. US President Barack Obama has signed a $618-billion (around ₹42 lakh crore) defence policy bill, which “enhances security cooperation between the US and India”
  12. In a bid to lessen the power shortage of Nepal, India today agreed to export an additional 240 MW of electricity.
  13. Today is 155th birth anniversary of social reformer (Bharat Ratna) Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya.
  14. Great Independence Activist, politician and Statesman Bharat Ratna C Rajagopalachary’s Death Anniversary today.
  15. The government has sanctioned over 9,000 assault rifles, 34 armoured vehicles and more than 760 patrolling bikes to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) which is tasked to secure the country’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan.
  16. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has today announced that the government is coming out with a new policy under which the existing penalty for illegal parking on roads would be increased from ₹200 to ₹1,000.
  17. Actor Shah Rukh Khan will be conferred an honorary doctorate by Hyderabad-based Maulana Azad National Urdu University.
  18. Dinanath Bhargava (89), a co-artist in the team that sketched the National Emblem ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’, passed away.
  19. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today opened a Banking Ombudsman Office in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  20. The Dharamshala vegetable market has become the first cashless market in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
  21. Mexico’s renowned Colima volcano has erupted a second time
  22. President-elect Donald Trump said he will dissolve his charitable foundation.
    It aims to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office next month
  23. super typhoon with winds of 150mph looks likely to hit the Philippines east coast on Christmas Day.With winds of up to 150mph (240km/h), Nock-Ten is due to make landfall in the Bicol region.
  24. Russian athletics coach Vladimir Mokhnev has been banned for 10 years after being found guilty of breaching IAAF regulations on banned substances.
  25. China slapped a $29-million fine on General Motors Co. for antitrust violations
  26. State Bank of India (SBI) has adopted Shirki village in Pen taluka in Maharashtra for driving the Aadhaar-based merchant payment.
  27. Allahabad Bank said it has merged its wholly-owned subsidiary AllBank Finance with itself.
  28. Private sector Yes Bank has raised Rs3,000 crore from bonds to fund business expansion.

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Current Affairs of 26th December 2016

  1. The Centre will ink a deal with Infrastructure Architecture Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology for developing ferry services at 18 locations across six cities.
  2. After 14 months of being constituted as a sport, Yoga has been derecognised as a sport by the Sports Ministry.
  3. A typhoon Nock-ten slammed into central part of the Philippines bringing strong winds & heavy rains and cutting off power
  4. Thousands of people in the southern German city of Augsburg left city after they were forced from their homes while authorities disarmed a large II World War aerial bomb.
  5. Pakistan released the 220 fishermen who were arrested for entering Pakistan’s territorial waters illegally.
  6. Andhra classical dance Kuchipudi found a place in the Guinness Records when a record 6,117 dancers came together to present a show in Vijaywada.
  7. Lt General Santosh Kumar Upadhya has been appointed as the new commandant of prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA).
  8. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Atal Amrit Abhiyan in Guwahati.
  9. The Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has joined a campaign Save The Children to provide food, medicine & psychological help for kids in Aleppo & other war-stricken cities.
    He called Syria’s long-suffering children “the true heroes”.
  10. AC Milan has lifted the Supercoppa Italiana for the first time in five years with a 4-3 shootout victory over holders Juventus in Doha.
  11. Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend who inspired world-class athletes like Haile Gebrselassie has died.
    He earned his nickname of `Yifter the Shifter` when he claimed 10,000 gold in Russia with an electrifying burst of speed over the final 300 metre.
  12. India’s gross value added growth is likely to be at 6.6 per cent in 2016-17.
  13. IDFC Bank has announced the nation-wide launch of aadhaar-linked cashless merchant solution.Aadhaar Pay, launched by the govt has been developed by IDFC Bank in association with UIDAI and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
  14. Government of India has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants to promote digital transaction.
  15. PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Pune Metro project’s Phase-I.
  16. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has launched ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’ Scheme across the State
  17. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irda) has approved the R3 application and granted certificate of registration to five global reinsurers to opens shops.
  18. Scientists have identified materials that can withstand temperatures of nearly 4,000 degrees Celsius, an advance that may pave the way for improved heat resistant shielding for the faster-than-ever hypersonic space vehicles.Tantalum carbide (TaC) and hafnium carbide (HfC) are refractory ceramics, meaning they are extraordinarily resistant to heat
  19. British singer George Michael who launched his career with Wham in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer.
  20. PM Narendra Modi today announced that the ‘Benami’ property law, which directs up to 7 years of imprisonment for holding tax-evasive properties, will be operationalised soon.
  21. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia inaugurated eight public libraries constructed under the Swaraj Fund.
  22. Haryana government has connected 100 villages with Wi-FI services and decided to rename all common service centres and E-disha centres as “Atal Seva Kendras”, which will provide e-services to people.
  23. The Centre has signed a deal with the Infrastructure Architecture Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for developing ferry services at 18 locations across six cities.
  24. India test launched its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
  25. Italy’s cabinet has approved a bailout for the world’s oldest and the country’s third-largest bank, Monte dei Paschi.
  26. The State Bank of India (SBI) has disabled the option to transfer money to Paytm wallets from its internet banking services
  27. The government is going to amend the law to introduce stringent punishment for bounced cheques from 2017.
  28. Some of the great sports personalities retired in 2016 :
    Michael Phelps (Celebrated Olympian American swimmer),Abhinav Bindra (India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist),Miroslav Klose (Top goalscorer in FIFA World Cup history),Brendon McCullum (Cricketer)
    Tillakaratne Dilshan (Cricketer)

 

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Current Affairs of 27th December 2016

  1. .In an effort to reduce pollution caused by diesel buses, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched 25 bio-diesel buses in the state.
  2. The Centre has released Rs 1,982 crore for the multipurpose Polavaram irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), which sanctioned the long term irrigation fund under Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana.
  3. Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has brought out a Special Cover on freedom fighter ‘Shri Gaya Prasad Katiyar’ and a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on ‘Personalities Series: Bihar’ & a stamp on ‘Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library
  4. In a relief to farmers hit by demonetisation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given an additional 60 days to repay their crop loans due in November-December, 2016 and prompt repayment would be eligible for the extra 3% interest subsidy.
  5. The Odisha government has decided to intensify state sponsored malaria elimination scheme ‘Daman’ (Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran) in eight remote districts of the state.
  6. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched an initiative ‘Transform Maharashtra’ at IIT Bombay’s ‘Mood Indigo’ festival.
  7. The State Cabinet of Odisha on December 24 named the Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme worth Rs. 7,600 crore, after the noted freedom fighter and social reformer Parbati Giri as a mark of respect for her immense contribution to the freedom movement and service to the poor and needy
  8. Actor Mithun Chakraborty ha resigned from the Rajya Sabha citing health issues.
  9. IDFC Bank has announced the nationwide launch of IDFC Aadhaar Pay, the country’s first Aadhaar-linked cashless merchant solution that uses a retailer’s own Android smartphone to enable cashless payments.
  10. The Karnataka Vikas Grameen Banks (KVGB) has come up with ‘Bank Sakhi‘ innovative scheme for employing women in villages to promote and improve the cashless transactions in rural areas.
  11. Actor Salman Khan on Twitter has announced the launch of his app, ‘BeingInTouch’, on his 51st birthday 27 December 2016.
  12. China has passed a new law to levy environment tax on polluters, especially on heavy industries.
  13. Dr Barbara Jatta(54) has appointed as the first female director of Vatican Museums by Pope Francis.
  14. Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake died  at the age of 83.
  15. Yuki Bhambri has captured the title of the $10,000 ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures.
  16. Saudi Arabia is going to introduce an “expat levy” on foreign workers with dependents from 2017, which was revealed during the country’s budget announcement.
  17. China today re-established diplomatic relations with African island nation Sao Tome and Principe
  18. Indian national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was first sung on this day (27th December) in the year 1911, at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress.
  19. At least 9 Nobel Prize winners have confirmed their participation in the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit
  20. To detect cases of latent infection, the Union Health Ministry has launched a door-to-door screening campaign for Tuberculosis.
  21. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of the Char Dham Highway Development Project in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun.
  22. The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched Twitter Seva to directly engage with citizens in country and abroad, tourists and business travellers for speedy resolution of their visa and passport queries.
  23. The NDA government is planning a Ganga Act to penalise those found guilty of polluting the Ganga river.
  24. In view of the rise in crimes against women, the Centre has decided to set up 200 special investigating units in the most crime-prone districts.
  25. American astronomer who helped find evidence of dark matter,  Vera Rubin (88) passed away
  26. China has successfully tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet J-31 (now renamed the FC-31 Gyrfalcon).
  27. The government is going to bring in an ordinance to penalise people caught in possession of scrapped notes worth over ₹10,000 after December 30.
  28. Nicobari Deborah Herold won gold in the Women Elite’s 500m individual time trial event in the 69th Senior National Track Cycling Championship in Kerala.
  29. Cricket Australia has named Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli as the Captain of the board’s ODI Team of the Year.
  30. For the first time,researchers have discovered ammonia in the Earth’s lowest atmospheric layer.
  31. Saudi Arabia has launched a fundraising campaign for Syrians displaced by a five-year civil war
  32. George Michael, the English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member of Wham! has passed away.
  33. Jharkhand defeated Haryana by 5 wickets at Vadodara last evening to enter the Ranji Trophy semi-finals for the first time.
  34. Tata Motors roped in Bollywood star Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador for its commercial vehicle (CV) business unit
  35. German automaker BMW will recall 1,93,611 cars in China over a defect in their airbags
  36. ICICI Bank Ltd has filed an application in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Innoventive Industries Ltd to initiate a corporate insolvency process under the new bankruptcy law.
  37. The RBI has said households owned the majority of deposits, 61.5% of the total bank deposits of Rs 98,41,290 crore.

 

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Current Affairs of 28th December 2016

  1. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.
    He offered “sincere and everlasting condolences” to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago.
  2. China successfully launched two high-resolution remote sensing satellites to get commercial images.The satellites called ‘SuperView-1 01/02’ were launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province.
  3. Carrie Fisher, the actress best-known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has passed away.
  4. US, President-elect Donald Trump has named an experienced national security adviser to serve as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism.
  5. Gujarat government has introduced the Biotechnology Policy-2016.It aims to establish Gujarat as a preferred destination for manufacturing of biotechnology products
  6. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved centrally sponsored road connectivity project for Left Wing Extremism, LWE affected areas to improve rural road connectivity.
  7. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and seasoned BJP leader Sunderlal Patwa has passed away.
  8. PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Char Dham highway development project in Dehradun.
  9. Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala were appointed as life presidents of Indian Olympic Association.
  10. Gujarat batsman Samit Gohel created a world record in the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Odisha. He remained unbeaten on 359 as he surpassed the 117-year old record set by Surrey’s Bobby Abel who scored 357.
  11. Meghalaya will host the 2022 National Games.Indian Olympic Association, IOA accepted Meghalaya’s bid to host the National Games overshadowing four other bidders Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgargh and Uttarakhand. Goa will host the next National Games in November 2017.
  12. The government has appointed Viral V Acharya as one of the central bank’s four deputy governors for a term of three years.
  13. Bank of Maharashtra, has adopted the village of Malangaon,in Sangli district, Maharashtra.
  14. E-wallet major Paytm would invest ₹ 50 crore to set up a 100-member strong merchant help desk to educate them on various aspects of digital payments.
  15. Licences of around 20,000 of 33,000 NGOs have been cancelled by the govt.
    Licences were cancelled after they were found to be allegedly violating various provisions of the FCRA, thus barring them from receiving foreign funds.
  16. The Reserve Bank gave an additional 60 days to repay their crop loans due in November-December.
  17. The Nedumkayam tribal colony at Nilambur in Malapuram District of Kerala has become the first cashless and digital tribal colony in the country.
  18. India has emerged as the Second largest purchaser of arms among developing nations.
  19. The foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey have agreed to push for a ceasefire in Syria and to prepare for possible peace talks planned in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
  20. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has inaugurated an Online Geospatial Platform for tracking the property tax collection across Bengaluru
  21. The Telangana government is going to launch Bike ambulances to help patients in remote areas.
  22. Airport employees across the country will have to carry their Aadhaar cards to work along with their entry passes from January 1.
  23. The Bihar government today approved the implementation of 50% reservation in both Subordinate and Superior Judicial Services in the state.
  24. The Cabinet today cleared an ordinance to penalise people for depositing over 10 old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes after March 31, 2017.
  25. Ahead of the New Year, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved an increase in the dearness allowance by 7% for over 6 lakh government employees, pensioners and others working with local bodies like panchayats.
  26. Retired bureaucrat Anil Baijal is going to replace Najeeb Jung as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
  27. Richard Adams (96), the author of bestselling children’s book Watership Down, passed away.
  28. Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake (83) passed away
  29. Actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the highest grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes.
  30. The Uttar Pradesh franchise in the upcoming Pro Wrestling League 2 has been named ‘UP Dangal’, after the recent Aamir Khan-starring film
  31. China has 108 feet tall stone statue of Gautam Buddha in Lashan City. It is the tallest statue in the world which was carved out of a cliff.
  32. British pop superstar and Grammy Award Winner, George Michael has recently passed away at the age of 53.
  33. National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has launched a performance on Health Outcomes’ index
  34. PM lays foundation stone of Char Dham Highway development project in Dehradun.

 

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Current Affairs of 29th December 2016

  1. India has eased the process of procurement of Indian tourist visas for Bangladeshis by allowing those with confirmed travel tickets to submit their visa applications directly without prior appointment starting January 1, 2017.
  2. To promote religious accommodation, the New York Police Department has decided to allow Sikh officers to wear turbans and maintain beards.
  3. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched a fundraising campaign for Syrians displaced by the five-year civil war, including those evacuated from eastern Aleppo.
  4. President Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the 77th Indian History Congress at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala
  5. In a bid to enhance cyber policing and monitor social media content, the Haryana police have set up the country’s 1st Centre for Digital Investigation and Training in Gurugram.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on December 31 through public broadcaster Doordarshan.
  7. The 4-day World Bhojpuri Conference began in Varanasi today.
  8. Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal will take oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on December 31st.
  9. Mobile wallet MobiKwik has received in-principle approval from the RBI to facilitate payment of utility and convenience bills on its platform.
  10. President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared an ordinance to allow companies to pay their employees’ salaries up to ₹18,000 by cheque or by direct credit into bank accounts without their permission.
  11. The National Stock Exchange today filed draft papers with market regulator SEBI for its Initial Public Offering (IPO), estimated to be around ₹10,000 crore, one of the biggest in recent times.
  12. Actress Debbie Reynolds (84)passed away, a day after her daughter, Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher, died.
  13. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has today announced that it will launch record 83 satellites in one go in January next year.
  14. China’s space organisation today announced that the government has decided to send its first robotic probe to Mars by 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving exploration, followed by a second mission to collect surface samples.
  15. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the European Sportsperson of the Year by the Polish news agency PAP.
  16. Former world number one and 2008 French Open winner Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis.
  17. Wrestler Sushil Kumar will make his WWE debut in November 2017.
  18. Scarlett Johansson has been named as the top grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine.
  19. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Chashma Nuclear Project – III, having a capacity of generating 340 megawatts of electricity.
  20. China started transporting bottled water to other parts of the country by charter trains from the Himalayan rivers in Tibet.
  21. The Colombian Congress has approved a law offering amnesty to some of those accused of minor crimes in the country’s decades-long civil conflict.
  22. The Indian Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, ALG at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh has become functional.
  23. The search-cum-selection committee, tasked with shortlisting names for the AIIMS director’s post, has been reconstituted following orders from the PM’s Office.
  24. Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s proposal for ratification of International Solar Alliance, ISA’s Framework Agreement by India.
  25. Former international table tennis player and a former India number one, Prafulla ‘Pappu’ Haldankar passed away.
  26. Five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling.
  27. The RBI has allowed banks to facilitate issuance of prepaid payments instruments (PPIs) to unlisted corporates, public entities.
  28. The Centre has sanctioned ₹200 crores for Tirupur’s dyeing industry that was on the verge of closure due to severe financial crisis.
  29. The Union Cabinet has approved the sale of India’s first pharmaceutical company Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals as well as Hindustan Antibiotics .
  30. Twitter & ICICI Bank announced a partnership that integrates a slew of digital customer care support features for the bank.
  31. South Indian Bank has introduced a NRI-focused mobile banking application called SIB Mirror+ .
  32. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) filed draft papers with market regulator SEBI for its much-awaited IPO.
  33. The Cabinet approved promulgation of an Ordinance to make possession of a large number of scrapped banknotes of old 1,000 & 500 rupee a penal offence after March 31st.
  34. Haryana Government has decided to set up a pilot corridor for an innovative concept of “Caterpillar Train” that will fly over city’s traffic, in Gurgaon city.
  35. India and Bhutan have signed an agreement for bilateral technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering.
  36. The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has cleared the appointment of 1986 batch IPS officer Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Special DG, Coordination and Law and Order, as new Director General of Police.

 

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Current Affairs of 30th December 2016

  1. Haryana government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Andhra Pradesh to assist it compile a centralised database of its population to ensure efficient and effective implementation of welfare programmes.
  2. The Bihar Cabinet has declared 50 per cent reservation in all judicial services for aspirants belonging to the Extremely Backward Classes, Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  3. Mauritius High Commissioner to India Jagdishwar Goburdhun has stated that a ‘World Bhojpuri Conference’ will be held  from 29 December 2016 till January 1 2017, in which participants from over 18 countries are likely to be present.
  4. Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) MLA Takam Pario is likely to be the next chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
  5. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu laid the foundation of Nadikudi-Srikalahasti railway project and initiated several other development works in Andhra Pradesh.
  6. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has decided to team-up with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to further promote digital payments among the retail community
  7. Suresh Kalmadi chose to back off but Abhay Singh Chautala remained defiant even as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
  8. Chinese e-retail giant Alibaba, which has made investments in India’s Snapdeal and Paytm, is setting up its first office in India in Mumbai.
  9. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked lenders to provide borrowers 90 days for repayment of housing, car, farm and other loans worth up to 1 crore rupees, stated that the dispensation will apply to dues payable between 1st November and 31st December.
  10. State-run Bank of Baroda and Heritage Foods Ltd (HFL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide dairy loans to farmers through the lender’s branches across the country.
  11. Private sector Lakshmi Vilas Bank  has launched QIP to raise over Rs 599.88 crore by issuing 4.25 crore shares in domestic or international markets
  12. Nepal and China will hold their first ever joint military exercise early 2017
  13. Coca-Cola India has signed Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador for its Thums Up brand.
  14. Amul has launched the updated edition of ‘Amul’s India 3.0’.
  15. Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography titled Khullam Khulla will hit the stands on January 15 next year.
  16. The Beipanjiang Bridge in southwest China is now open to traffic. It is the highest bridge in the world at 1,854 feet.
  17. Colombian lawmakers have approved an amnesty law to protect Marxist FARC rebels from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year civil war.
  18. 50-day deadline to deposit old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in banks ends
  19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi  launched a mobile payments application called BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money), in the honour of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.
  20. E-commerce major Amazon has launched a new platform named ‘Sell as Individual’ that lets users sell used goods in their city on paying a fixed amount of fee.
  21. Technology major Apple will reportedly start manufacturing or assembling iPhones in Bengaluru from April 2017.
  22. National capital Delhi has registered the highest per capita income among all states and union territories of the country, during 2015-16 at about ₹2,80,000.
  23. A newly discovered Hawaiian coral reef fish has become the 9th creature to be named after US President Barack Obama.
  24. Filmmaker Karan Johar will launch his biography, ‘An Unsuitable Boy’, in January 2017.
  25. The Defence Ministry today appointed Navy Chief Sunil Lanba as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff committee (COSC).
  26. A new draft proposal circulated among Nuclear Suppliers Group member states could pave the way for India to become a member of the elite club.
  27. Nigel Mansell has been named Formula 1’s greatest one-time world champion by BBC Sport readers.
  28. Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri is being investigated by the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency over treatment he received at a Los Angeles clinic.
  29. The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election
  30. Russia has promised to respond to the expulsion of 35 of its diplomats from Washington
  31. The Polish government has purchased a private art collection, including one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, for a fraction of its value
  32. A new nationwide ceasefire between Syrian government forces and rebel groups appears to be largely holding
  33. Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative, aimed at strengthening health centres in open defecation-free blocks, will be launched by the Union Health Ministry.
  34. India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has resigned after about one-and-a-half years in office
  35. India’s banks need a cash injection, and 2017 looks like the year that they will get it.The country reckons ailing state lenders need at least 1.8 trillion rupees ($27 billion) or more to shore up their balance sheets and meet global capital requirements.
  36. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was temporarily suspended from People’s Party of Arunachal.
  37. Noted playback singer Anuradha Paudwal will be conferred with honorary D. Litt degree by the D Y Patil University on its 5th convocation ceremony.
  38. Inter-ministerial body FIPB approved six investment proposals, including that of Sanofi Synthelabo India, Star Den Media Services and Idea Cellular Infrastructure Services.
  39. Ambuja Cement has tied up with ICICI Bank to drive cashless transactions among its business partners — retailers, contractors and masons.

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Current Affairs of 31st December 2016

  1. India and Singapore have amended the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, by signing a Third Protocol on 30th December 2016.
  2. In a major relief for the common man, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the daily limit of ATM withdrawal to Rs 4500 from current Rs 2500 with effective from January 1st, 2017
  3. Former bureaucrat Anil Baijal has taken oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on 31 December 2016.Anil Baijal is a retired Indian Administrative Service officer and is the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.His appointment came after Najeeb Jung’s sudden resignation from the post.
  4. General Bipin Rawat elected as the next Chief of Army Staff. General Rawat has tremendous hands on experience of serving in combat areas, and at various functional levels in the Indian Army over the last three decades.
  5. Maharashtra government has sanctioned disbursement of two crore rupees for the district-level sports complexes for which Sports training department of every district will be disbursing the funds.
  6. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for six years for alleged anti-party activities, putting the state ruling party on the brink of a split ahead of assembly elections next year.
  7. .In Tamil Nadu, V K Sasikala has taken charge as  All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary.
  8. Reserve Bank of India has extended the period of enhanced Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) limit of Rs 20,000 as part of efforts to promote digital payments.
  9. State Bank of India the country’s largest bank has tied up with online classifieds portal magicbricks.com, to conduct joint marketing activites and help rejuvenate the real estate sector. To kick start the MOU, SBI and Magicbricks are launching the ‘Seal the Deal’ campaign.
  10. To promote cash less transactions, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd today introduced Aadhar enabled payment system in more than 1,000 milk booths and ‘Safal’ retail stores.
  11. Senior functionary Narinder Batra has resigned as the associate vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association as a mark of protest against the IOA for not taking back its decision to appoint scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as honorary life presidents.
  12. Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis has appointed Sorin Grindeanu as the country’s new prime minister, the president’s office announced.
  13. Test captain Virat Kohli has emerged as India’s Sportsperson of the Year 2016 in a poll conducted by India .
  14. Creating history, Mumbai prodigy Kush Bhagat has won all three gold medals on offer in the 1st Western Asia Youth Chess Championships.
  15. A patch of purple rocks was found in Mars’ Mount Sharp, which is officially known as Aeolis Mons, and is located in the Gale Crater of the planet.
  16. China has announced a ban on all ivory trade & processing activities by the end of 2017.
  17. China has yet again blocked a proposal at the United Nations to list Jaish-e-Muhammad’s Chief Masood Azhar as a global designated terrorist.
  18. The Govt has met the 1.5-crore target for LPG connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in the 2016-17 financial year.
  19. Senior Congress leader & former union minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil passed away.
  20. Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list.
  21. RBI has notified the closure of the deposit and exchange of the old notes.
  22. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent for the promulgation of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016.
  23. Venezuelan President has again extended the deadline to withdraw from circulation the country’s most common currency note.
  24. Oman today confirmed that it had joined the Saudi-led ‘Islamic Military Alliance’, a coalition of Islamic countries fighting terrorism.
  25. India and Singapore today signed the 3rd protocol for amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.
  26. Rio Olympics silver medal-winning shuttler PV Sindhu was today unveiled as the Official Face of the 2nd International Kite Festival to be held from 12th to 17th January in Hyderabad.
  27. A two-day tribal festival will take place in Goa between January 7 and 8.
  28. The Finance Ministry today announced that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can exchange and deposit scrapped ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes at specified RBI offices till June 30.
  29. To promote cashless transactions, Mother Dairy today introduced Aadhaar-enabled payment system in over 1,000 milk booths and ‘Safal’ retail stores.
  30. Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis today named Sorin Grindeanu from the ruling Social Democrat party as the country’s new Prime Minister.
  31. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron may become the next Secretary-General of NATO, according to reports.
  32. Shankar Balasubramanian, an Indian-origin British professor has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the field of science and medicine.
  33. Actress Priyanka Chopra will be one of the presenters at the upcoming 74th Golden Globe Awards, to be held on January 8, 2017.
  34. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was named the World’s Best Playmaker for the second consecutive year by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
  35. Russia’s Sergey Karjakin pipped Norway’s Magnus Carlsen on the basis of a better tiebreak record to win the World Blitz Chess Championship title in Doha, Qatar.
  36. The Cochin Shipyard delivered ICGS AYUSH, the 20th Fast Patrol Vessel, to the Indian Coast Guard
  37. State Bank of India the country’s largest bank has tied up with online classifieds portal magicbricks.com, to conduct joint marketing activites and help rejuvenate the real estate sector.