Strengthen Current Affairs: Know 61 Important Happenings Between 1st December to 15th December 2016

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Dear Reader, here is a list of 61 major current affairs between 1st December to 15th December 2016. At the end, you will find short practice test with five questions.

International:

  1. New York has emerged as the most Instagrammed city of 2016.

  2. Singapore has secured the top position in global education rankings.

  3. India to establish a Center of Excellence in Information Technology at Egypt.

  4. The 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference to be held in Muscat, Oman from 14th of this month.

  5. According to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), 2016, India was ranked 7th among the list of countries.

  6. China has launched a new cargo service connecting Tibet and Nepal.

National:

  1. The Centre has announced to release Rs 48,000 crores to develop 100 Smart Cities in the next years.

  2. Raj Bhawan of Himachal Pradesh is the first in the country to adopt these cashless techniques for all kind of payments.

  3. The 50th anniversary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was hosted in India.

  4. India International Science festival 2016 was held from 7th Dec to 11th Dec in New Delhi.

  5. According to air travel intelligence company OAG, the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the most connected airport in India.

  6. The 10-days Tripitak Sutrapath Mahotasava was held at Bodhgaya in Bihar from 2nd to 10th December 2016.

  7. The 7th World Ayurveda Meet was held in Kolkata.

  8. The 12th International Oil and Gas Conference, PETROTECH-2016 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

  9. On 4th December 2016, The Reserve Bank has announced that it will release new Rs.20 and Rs.50 notes with numerals in ascending size in the number panels. The new Rs. 20 notes will have the inset letter ‘L’ in both the number panels.

  10. Dr. BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary to be observed as ‘Water Day’(on 14th April) across the India.

  11. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 4th Bi-Annual Photo Exhibition in New Delhi.

  12. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have banned the use of newspapers for wrapping and packing of food items.

  13. Union Minister of State for AYUSH ShriShripadNaik said that the government will soon set up one All India Institute for Ayurveda in each state of the country.

  14. The 21st International Film Festival of Kerala began in Thiruvananthapuram on 09 December 2016.

  15. Nasscom President R Chandrashekar said that the government will soon launch a nationwide toll-free helpline number ‘14444’ to promote digital payments.

  16. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched Narmada SevaYatra at Amarkantak.

  17. On 12th December 2016, Cyclone Vardah made landfall in Chennai coast at about 3 p.m.

  18. On 14th December 2016, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the sixth edition of Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development in New Delhi.

Banking:

  1. RBL Bank becomes the first bank to launch the Aadhaar Payment Bridge System (APBS) for micro-finance loan disbursements.

  2. DCB Bank has launched its own mobile and tab based digital wallet Cippy Wallet app for Online Transaction on 2nd December, 2016.

  3. Hailakandi has become the first district in Assam to pay wages to tea garden workers through individual bank accounts.

  4. Apex Bank has launched Mobile Banking Service on 7th December 2016 in collaboration with the Yes Bank Ltd was named, SIMsePaY.

  5. After the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review by Reserve Bank of India, the Reverse Repo Rate was set at 5.75%.

  6. UshaAnanthasubramanian, Managing Director & CEO of Punjab National Bank has launched the Mobile wallet named, PNB Kitty.

Business News:

  1. HDFC Life has launched two micro-insurance scheme named Jeevan Suraksha and Credit Suraksha to provide financial security to its customers.

  2. “Mahila E-haat”, an online marketing platform for women entrepreneurs has tied up with India Post and SBI.

MoUs:

  1. India has signed an agreement with the US to buy 145 M-777 Ultra-Light Howitzers worth $750 million under the Foreign Military Sales programme.

Appointments:

  1. Adama Barrow has been appointed as President of Gambia.

  2. Sunil Taldar has appointed as CEO and Director of Airtel DTH.

  3. The new Prime Minister of French is Bernard Cazeneuve.

  4. The next Chief Justice of India (CJI) is Supreme Court judge Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar. He is the 44th Chief Justice of India.

  5. On 8 December 2016, Indian field hockey player PR Sreejesh took over as goalkeeping mentor of the India Under-21 team.

  6. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will take charge as chief justice of the apex court,Pakistan on 31st December 2016.

  7. U.S. President Donald Trump has selected Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China.

Awards:

  1. “Playing it my way” the autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar has won the prestigious Crossword Book of the Year Award in the Autobiography category.

  2. Kolkata has been Awarded Best Cities Award at C40 Mayors Summit held in Mexico City.

  3. India’s representative Srinidhi Shetty has been crowned Miss Supranational 2016.

  4. Kehkashan Basu has received the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize.

  5. Leeladhar Jagoori has won the Gangadhar National Award for the year 2015.

  6. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Hindi language ranked 10th most powerful languages on the planet.

  7. TIME magazine named US President-elect Donald Trump as Person of the Year 2016.

Science & Technology:

  1. Chandrayaan 2, India’s second mission to the Moon will be launched by ISRO in 2018.

  2. The India-Russia naval exercise named Indra NAVY-2016 will be held in the city of Visakhapatnam and in the Bay of Bengal from 14th to 21st December 2016.

Sports:

  1. Magnus Carlsen has won the 2016 World Chess Championship.

  2. The 2016 IAAF male Athlete of the Year award was won by Usain Bolt.

  3. According to the latest BWF World Ranking, PV Sindhu has secured the 7th rank.

  4. Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the 2016 IAAF Athlete of the Year Award in women’s category.

Important Days:

  1. World Aids Day is observed annually on 1st December. The theme for 2016 is: ‘Hands Up for HIV Prevention’.

  2. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed across the world on 3rd December every year.

  3. Indian Navy Day is observed on 4th December every year.

  4. The World Soil Day (WSD) 2016 was observed on 5 December 2016 with the theme “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life.”

  5. International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on 9th December each year.

Obituary:

  1. Renowned Poet and former Rajya Sabha MP Bekal Utsahi passed away on 3rd December, 2016 at his 88.

  2. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman passed away at a Chennai Apollo hospital on 5th December 2016 at her 68.

  3. Political satirist and founder editor of Thuglak magazine, SrinivasaIyerRamaswamy popularly known as Cho Ramaswamy passed away due to cardiac arrest on 7th December 2016. He was 82.

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