Tuesday, 13 December 2016

13th December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 13th December Current Affairs updates.

La La Land wins 'Best Picture' at Critics' Choice Awards
  • The Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone starrer 'La La Land' won the 'Best Picture' and seven other awards at the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards. 
  • Casey Affleck won the Best Actor award for 'Manchester by the Sea' while Natalie Port man was named the Best Actress for her role in 'Jackie'. 
Indian wins first place for 'Animal Portraits' by Nat Geo
  • Coimbatore-based Varun Aditya recently won the first prize in National Geographic's 'Nature Photographer of The Year' contest in the 'Animal Portraits' category.
  • He was awarded for a photo titled 'Dragging You Deep into the Woods', featuring a 20-centimetre Green Vine snake, found in Amboli, Maharashtra. 
  • The self-taught photographer usually focuses on wildlife, nature and landscape photography.
EU, Cuba sign first agreement on political cooperation
  • 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. 
  • This comes after EU repealed its 1996 policy which stated that Cuba must improve its human rights conditions before normalisation talks with EU. 
  • The deal covers issues like trade, human rights and immigration.
Cristiano Ronaldo named world's best footballer of 2016
  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best footballer of 2016 after winning the Ballon d'Or award on Monday.
  • The 31-year-old forward led Portugal to their maiden EURO triumph and also helped Real Madrid win the Champions League this year. 
  • Ronaldo, who has now won the award four times, is second on the all-time winners' list behind Argentina's Lionel Messi.
Bill English appointed New Zealand's new PM
  • Bill English has officially become New Zealand's new Prime Minister after John Key resigned from his post last week.
  • English, who earlier served as the Finance Minister and Deputy PM, is a social conservative and has voted against euthanasia, same-sex marriage and abortion. 
  • Notably, he had led his party to their worst election defeat in the country's history in 2002.
WORLD BILLIARDS: Pankaj Advani clinches title
  • Despite being far from his best, Pankaj Advani held his nerve and played the big points well to scale another peak at a place he calls his second home, the Karnataka State Billiards Association.
  • In the IBSF World Billiards Championship points format final, which never rose to any great heights and one that had the big crowd disappointed, the all-conquering Advani outplayed an off-colour Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 6-3 to annex a mindboggling 12th World billiards crown and 16th overall.
António Guterres sworn in as the new UN Chief
  • Former Portuguese PM António Guterres was sworn in as the 9th UN Secretary-General at the UN headquarters in New York. 
  • Guterres (67), who had earlier served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, replaced South Korea's Ban Ki-moon. 
  • Guterres said, "our duty is to work together to move from fear of each other, to trust in each other."
Akbar elected as the president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India
  • Akbar Ebrahim has been unanimously elected as president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India in the 43rd AGM held in Chennai on Monday. 
  • Former president J Prithviraj of Coimbatore was elected as vice-president. 
  • Eight clubs were also elected to the FMSCI council.
India, Indonesia sign three agreements
  • 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. 
  •  President Widodo was on a two-day visit to India from 12 December to 13 December 2016. Following are the Agreements
  • MoU on Youth and Sports Cooperation.
  • MoU on Standardization Cooperation between the Bureau of Indian Standards and the National Standardization Agency of Indonesia.
  • Joint Communiqué on the Voluntary International Cooperation to Combat Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing and to promote Sustainable Fisheries Governance between the Union Government and the Government of Indonesia.
Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stones for Rs 1152 Cr projects in Manipur
  • 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.
  • The project’s overall cost is estimated to be around Rs 1152 Cr.
  • Also, present in the function at Jiribam was the Union Minister of Human Resource Development- Prakash Javedkar along with other BJP leaders.
Pankaj Advani beats Peter Gilchrist in final to win his 11th World Billiards Championship
  • 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.
  • Advani beat multiple world champion Gilchrist by six games to three in a gripping final contest to wrap up his 16th world title overall.
US: Vivek Ramaswamy, Apoorva Mehta included in Forbes' under 40 rich list
  • 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.
  • Vivek Ramaswamy, a successful biotech entrepreneur has been ranked 24th on 'America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 2016' list with a net worth of 600 million dollars and Apoorva Mehta stands at 31st spot with a 360 million dollars net worth.
  • Ramaswamy, 31, a Harvard University and Yale School of Management alumnus, continues to make waves in the biotech business with his deals and drug development plans.
Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar appointed new ISI chief
  • Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). 
  • He replaces Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar who has been appointed as president of the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad. 
  •  Earlier, Lt. Gen. Mukhtar was the Commander of V Corps of Karachi from September 2014 to December 2016. 
  •  He was commissioned in the Armored Corps regiment in 1983. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and posted to the army's Corps V in September 2014.
ADB cuts India's growth forecast to 7% post-demonetisation
  •  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.
  • The Manila-headquartered ADB's review said the shortage of cash after the demonetization of Rs 1,000 and 500 notes were one of the reasons for the decline in India's economic growth in 2016. 
  •  ADB highlighted weak investments and slow down in the agricultural sector in the country among other reasons for the fall.
Rajiv Gandhi airport achieves carbon neutral status
  • The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad has achieved carbon neutral status.
  • It is the first in the Asia-Pacific region in the 5-15 million passengers per annum category to attain this status.
  • Earlier in September 2016 GMR Group-led Delhi Airport had become the first airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve carbon neutral status among all categories.
ISRO signs deal for first privately built satellite
  • 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.
  • The agreement was signed between M Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) and the consortium lead Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd.
  •  ISAC assembles India's satellites for communication, remote sensing and navigation. It is for the first time that ISRO outsourced the construction of entire satellite.

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