Friday, 16 December 2016

16th December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 16th December Current Affairs updates.

Kochi to get India’s first transgender school
  • Kochi's Sahaj International School will be inaugurated on December 30 to become India's first transgender school. 
  • Led by six transgenders working with the Trans India Foundation, the school will initially have 10 children. 
  • The students, including a migrant and a disabled person, have been selected from various sections of the transgender community. 
Suzie Bates 1st woman to win ICC ODI and T20I Player of Year
  • New Zealand women's team captain Suzie Bates became the first female cricketer to win both ICC's ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards. 
  • Bates, who had previously won the ODI Player of the Year award in 2013, won her maiden T20I Player of the Year award this year. 
  • Bates was 2016's highest run-scorer in T20Is and second-highest in ODIs.
Mumbai airport first in India to introduce self bag-drop
  • Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport became India's first airport to introduce self bag-drop facility. This will allow passengers who have already checked in online to quickly tag and drop their baggage before heading directly to the gate. 
  • This facility is currently available to passengers of Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, and Indigo.
Akhilesh lays foundation stone of Noida-Gr Noida metro link
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav laid the foundation stone of the 15-km-long metro link from Noida’s Sector 71 to Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park-V through a video conference from Lucknow. 
  • The CM also inaugurated the 3.9 km Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj metro project, on which trials are underway. 
  • This metro link is expected to open by April 2017, officials said.
Vasundhara Raje launches Annapurna Rasoi Yojana
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has gone the Amma way. 
  • Amma canteens offer affordable hygienic food to the less privileged in Tamil Nadu, Vasundhara Raje government has introduced Annapurna Rasoi Yojana in Rajasthan. 
  • Breakfast shall be made available at Rs 5 and nutritious food for Rs 8.
NITI Aayog announces daily, weekly, and mega-awards on digital transactions to promote cashless payments
  • The National Institute for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog, the government's policy think-tank, on Thursday announced a lottery with daily, weekly and mega awards for consumers and merchants, to encourage a transition to digital payments .
  • The awards will be offered through two schemes - the Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers, and the Digi-dhan Vyapar Yojana for merchants at an estimated cost of Rs 340 crore, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.
  • Both the schemes will cover small transactions between Rs 50 and Rs 3,000 to encourage every section of the society+ to move to digital payments, Kant explained. 
  • Andy Murray wins SJA British Sports Awards 2016 Sportsman of the Year. 
  • Andy Murray added another prestigious title to his incredible haul for 2016 as the world tennis No.1 was named the SJA British Sports Award Sportsman of the Year.
  • Murray, 29, reigned supreme after an unforgettable year that saw him win Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics and end the year as the best male tennis player on the planet.
Hyundai India wins Indian Manufacturer of the Year award
  • The Indian arm of the South Korean carmaker, Hyundai Motor India, was today awarded with the “Indian Manufacturer of the Year – 2016” award by Frost & Sullivan at the India Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2016. 
  • The award is the highest recognition given to any manufacturer India for its excellent manufacturing techniques. 
  • Hyundai India was adjudged the winner of the prestigious award out of 93 entries that were selected from a shortlist of 102 sites.
Nation pays tribute to brave hearts of 1971 Indo-Pak war on Vijay Diwas
  • 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.
  • On the occasion, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with three Service chiefs paid tributes to the bravehearts at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Pakistan successfully test-fires cruise missile
  • Pakistan has successfully test-fired an enhanced version of an indigenously-designed cruise missile that can hit targets at 700km with all kinds of warheads, bringing many Indian cities within its range.
  •  Called ‘Babur’ after Mughal invader and founder of the dynasty of same name, the missile is part of Babur Weapon System version- 2 because it is enhanced version of earlier missile.
Indian-American woman elected as Mayor of Californian city
  • For the first time, an Indian-American woman has been elected as the new Mayor of the key Californian city of Cupertino, globally known for its Apple headquarters. 
  •  Savita Vaidhyanathan, an MBA who worked as a high school Math teacher and an officer in a commercial bank as well as in non-profit management.
Mukesh Ambani featured among World's Most Powerful People
  • Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has been ranked 38 on the World's Most Powerful People list for 2016 by Forbes. 
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has topped the list for the fourth consecutive year.
Seventh Edition of bilateral Exercise ‘EKUVERIN’ commences in Maldives
  • The Seventh edition of Exercise EKUVERIN will be held from 15 to 28 Dec 2016 at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives. 
  • The Exercise is a 14-day platoon level joint military exercise between the Indian Army & the Maldives National Defence Force conducted on a yearly basis. 
  •  The aim of the exercise is to conduct military training with emphasis on amphibious & counter-insurgency/ counter-terrorism operations with a view to enhancing interoperability between the two armies.
Smriti Mandhana named in ICC Women’s Team of the Year
  • India batswoman Smriti Mandhana has been named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced. 
  •  The women’s team of the year, which will be captained by West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor, has been added to the list of awards to acknowledge and appreciate outstanding performances of women’s cricketers over a 12-month period.
5th Edition of India-Arab partnership conference held in Muscat, Oman
  • The 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference was held on December 14-15 2016 in Muscat, Oman.
  •  The Conference was organised in collaboration with the Oman Foreign Ministry, Arab League Secretariat, the Ministry of External Affairs in India, the General Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Arab Countries (GUCCIAC) and Federation of the Arab Business (FAB). 
  •  The theme of the conference: ‘Partnership towards innovation and cooperation in IT’.
ICFA presents 'Global Agriculture Leadership Award 2016' to Ratan Tata
  • 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. 
  • According to ICFA, the Leadership Awards jury conferred on Tata the 'Lifetime Achievements Award 2016' for his transformational role in scaling Tata Group as the globally admired group during his stint of two decades as Chairman.
Nigeria's Amina Mohammed confirmed as new UN deputy Secretary­General
  • New United Nations (UN) Secretary­General Antonio Guterres has announced Nigeria’s Environment minister, Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary­General (DSG) on 15th December 2016. 
  • Guterres also announced the appointment of two other women into high­profile positions at the UN. Ms.Maria Viotti of Brazil (Chef de Cabinet) and Ms Kyung­wha Kang of the Republic of Korea as Special advisor on policy, a new role he intends to create.

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