Thursday, 15 December 2016

15th December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 15th December Current Affairs updates.

Indian named in first-ever ICC Women's Team of the Year
  • Opener Smriti Mandhana is the lone Indian in ICC's first-ever women's team of the year. Mandhana, who is the second Indian to play in Australia's Women's Big Bash League, made 320 runs in eight ODIs and 286 in 17 T20Is this year. 
  • The team comprises three Kiwi players, two each from Australia, England and West Indies and one South African.
Olympian Shiva Thapa wins gold in national boxing c'ships
  • Two-time Olympian and World Championships' bronze medalist Shiva Thapa won a gold medal at the National Boxing Championships, his first in the lightweight (60 kg) category, in Guwahati. 
  • Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games silver medalist and Olympian L Devendro Singh won a silver in his 52 kg category, while Services Sports Control Board won the overall title.
Larry Page named world's most powerful CEO by
  • 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.
India tops Asia in innovation chart
  • India has topped Asia in innovation and has emerged as the third biggest country worldwide in terms of new innovation centers, according to research by consulting firm Capgemini. 
  • Bengaluru, where 3 new innovation centers opened between March and October, was ranked fifth among top innovation hubs globally. 
  • This is partly due to government policies and other initiatives, the report added. 
Rahman's soundtrack for Pele biopic in Oscars' 1st shortlist
  • 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. 
  • Rahman's song 'Ginga' is also in the running for Best Original Song. Earlier, Rahman won two Oscars in these categories in 2009. 
IIT Bombay's Techfest 2016 to begin from December 16
  • The 20th edition of Asia's largest science and technology festival, Techfest organised by IIT Bombay is scheduled from December 16-18. 
  • Techfest will host personalities like Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, with exhibitions like mind-controlled drones and bionic arms. 
  • All events at the Techfest will be free, including performances by TVF and other international artists.
Mumbai teacher nominated for Global Teacher Prize 2017 in UK
  • An Indian physics teacher has made it to the list of top 50 contenders from around the world for The Global Teacher Prize 2017 by Varkey Foundation for her experiential method of teaching physics. 
  • The Principal of Mumbai's MET Rishikul Vidyalaya was shortlisted from over 20,000 nomination.
Mumbai firm's study on sex trafficking wins European award 
  • 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. 
  • The study found that most of the girls are sent to the city by their fathers, who are misled into believing that their daughters will get employment or get married.
Shahid, Sonam named PETA's hottest vegetarians of 2016
  • Actors Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor have been named the hottest vegetarians of 2016 by animal rights organisation PETA India. 
  • The winners were decided via a poll wherein people cast their votes on PETA India's website. 
  • Shahid and Sonam beat other celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut and Sunny Leone to emerge as the winners. 
Saina named Integrity Ambassador by Badminton World Fed
  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been named an 'Integrity Ambassador' by the Badminton World Federation to promote "clean, fair and honourable sport." 
  • BWF chose five players as ambassadors, who were announced before the Dubai World Superseries Finals on Tuesday. 
  • The players, part of BWF's 'i am badminton' campaign, will act as "role models through their conduct on and off court."
'Brexit' and 'get your freak on' added to Oxford Dictionary
  • '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.
Gujarat-born 1970s activist on BBC’s power women list
  • 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.
  • Jayaben Desai, known as the sari-clad leader of a two-year industrial action against the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in north London in 1976, was named among seven women chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’.
Paytm launches ‘Each one, teach one’ to increase digital inclusion
  • 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.
  • The campaign is aimed at transforming user behaviour and further accelerating the country’s ongoing shift from cash to digital payments.
  •  As a part of the drive, Paytm has also announced an incentive including Rs. 1 cr. grand prize along with additional prizes like motorcycles, smartphones, laptops and other exciting gifts. 
  •  All users transacting between 1st December 2016 and 31st March 2017 are eligible to win these prizes.
Now you can listen 'Mahabharata' on AIR from Dec 19
  •  '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.
  •  It'll be broadcast from Monday to Friday on 70 primary channels of 'Hindi Zone' and FM Gold Stations of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Rio Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status
  • 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 rain forest and beaches.
  • The UN cultural body, UNESCO given this status to Rio to highlighted the “extraordinary fusion” of man-made and natural beauty.
Govt announces Lucky Graahak Yojana from Christmas
  • 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.
Union Cabinet approves agreement between India and Tajikistan for avoidance of double taxation
  • 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.
  •  Once the protocol enters into force, it will enable sharing of information, that is exchanged under Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), with other law enforcement agencies for non-tax purposes.
Sochi, Russia won’t host 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships
  •  The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has announced that Russia will not host the 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships. 
  •  The reason cited by IBSF for this was that Russia is accused of state-sponsored doping and IBSF wants to focus on sport rather than accusations.
India to contribute $500,000 to UN emergency response fund
  •  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.
  •  India giving its contribution since it was launched in 2006.
Qatar abolishes controversial 'kafala' labour system
  • 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.
  • Kafala System is a system used to monitor migrant laborers, working primarily in the construction and domestic sectors of Qatar and other gulf countries.
VG Kannan appointed CEO of Indian Banks’ Association
  • 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. 
  • Kannan had retired as Managing Director & Group Executive (Associates & Subsidiaries) of State Bank of India on July 31, 2016.
World Bank declares pause to protect Indus Waters Treaty
  • The World Bank Group has halted the two concurrent processes initiated by India and Pakistan under the Indus Water Treaty.
  • The Bank initiated this move in order to protect the treaty.
  • A communication in this regard was sent by the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to finance ministers of both the countries.
Interim Nationwide Ban Imposed On Manja For Flying Kites By NGT
  •  A ban was imposed by the National Green Tribunal on December 14, 2016 on the procurement, sale and use of glass powder coated ‘manja’ and other dangerous strings for flying kites.
  •  The order was passed by the NGT bench, headed by Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar who said that the sharp string poses a danger to humans, animals and birds as well as causes harm to environment. 
‘Courts of India – Past to Present’ by Supreme Court of India – Bar & Bench
  • The book titled ‘Courts of India – Past to Present’ released by the Supreme Court of India.
  • The book is a comprehensive history of courts and judicial system in India. 
  • It was authored by the Editorial Board comprises members of both the Bench and the Bar.
November WPI inflation at 3.15%
  • 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.
  • The September WPI inflation has been revised from 3.57 % to 3.8 %.
  •  The Wholesale Price Index or WPI is "the price of a representative basket of wholesale goods". India uses this index to measure inflation in their economy.
  • The Indian WPI figure was released weekly on every Thursday. But since 2009 it has been made monthly. It also influences stock and fixed price markets.
Bewitched, Titanic actor Bernard Fox dies at 89
  • 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.

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