Wednesday, 21 December 2016

21st December Current Affairs

Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 21st December Current Affairs.

Bengaluru to get India's second sericulture centre
  • Union minister for Textiles Smriti Irani is set to launch India's second centre of excellence for sericulture in Bengaluru on Tuesday to boost the silk industry, according to reports. 
  • India's first such centre was set up in Ranchi by the Central Silk Board. Reportedly, the country is currently importing nearly 4,000 metric tonnes of high quality raw silk from China.
India's boxing fed gets permanent membership in world body
  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on unanimously voted to induct the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as one of its permanent members. 
  • India was provisionally suspended in December 2012 for “possible manipulation” in the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation’s elections. 
  • AIBA's chief also congratulated the BFI for organising and conducting the Nationals.
Govt launches GARV-II app for tracking rural electrification
  • Union Minister of State (IC) for Power Piyush Goyal launched the 'GARV-II' app that will provide real-time data on electrification of 6 lakh villages, with 15 lakh habitations, across the country. 
  • Adding that the application will provide village-wise and habitation-wise data covering 17 crore people, Goyal added that the government aims to achieve '24x7 Power for All'.
First Nepali transgender model to walk at Lakmé Fashion Week
  • Anjali Lama is set to be the first Nepali transgender model to walk the ramp at the upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week in February 2017. 
  • Anjali Lama was born in Nuwakot district as a boy and was named Nabin Waiba. 
  • She has also been the subject of a documentary titled 'Anjali: Living Inside Someone Else's Skin'.
Odisha Cabinet approves mega lift irrigation projects
  • The state cabinet today approved the proposal to award works for 54 more schemes under the Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme in four clusters to irrigate about 62,000 hectares. The projects will cost Rs 1796.27 crore.
  • The schemes will cover 23 blocks in five districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Ganjam, Kalahandi and Nuapada. Larsen and Toubro.
9th World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality held in Delhi
  • The ninth edition of World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality, organised by ASSOCHAM in association with Srei Foundation and Times Foundation, introduced a fresh culture of ‘Spirituality @ Work’ through its brand Sach Bharat, inspiring distinguished industrialists, business leaders, industry captains and noted politicians to imbibe spirituality at their respective work places and lives.
  • The Confluence was inaugurated in the presence of Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, ASSOCHAM President Mr. Sunil Kanoria and Srei Foundation Chairman Dr. Hari Prasad Kanoria.
India Signs Open Skies Agreement with Six Countries at ICAN 2016

 • International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN) – 2016 were held recently in Nassau.
• Open Skies agreement allows unlimited number of flights to six metro airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai, was signed with six countries namely Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka.

Govt announces Rs 207 crore project for protection of Majuli island
  • Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh has announced to provide 207 crore rupees for protection and development of the world heritage island Majuli located along river Brahmaputra in Assam.
  • Largest river island of the world, Majuli district, covers an area of around 340 miles. Nearly 1 lakh 60 thousand people reside at the Majuli river island which is one of the prime tourist's destinations of North East.
Chhattisgarh CM dedicates country’s first cashless bazaar to people in Raipur
  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has launched India’s first cashless bazaar in Raipur. 
  • This ‘Smart’ bazaar consist of nearly Over 900 shops which are providing the facilities of cashless payments using POS, UPI and other digital systems to its customers. 
  • Chhattisgarh is currently leading in the nation in training its people in digital transactions.
Madras High Court Bans Sharia Courts Functioning in Tamil Nadu
  • The Madras High Court has banned unauthorised ‘Sharia’ courts functioning on premises of mosques in Tamil Nadu while hearing a petition from a husband who was allegedly forced to pronounce talaq by one such court in the city.
India gets most FDI from Singapore
  • India has received the maximum Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows from Singapore in 2015-16 followed by Mauritius, the US, the Netherlands and Japan, a report by industry chamber PHDCCI and KPMG.India attracted $13.69 billion foreign direct investment from Singapore in that financial year.
Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar Statue gets Place at Haridwar’s Mela Bhawan
  • The 12-foot-tall stone statue of renowned Tamil poet and philosopher-saint Thiruvalluvar was inaugurated at Mela Bhawan premises in Haridwar, Uttarakhand by Chief minister Harish Rawat.
Huge ‘dead zone’ discovered in Bay of Bengal
  • The Bay of Bengal hosts a ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres — an area that contains little or no oxygen and supports microbial processes that remove vast amount of nitrogen from the ocean, scientists, including those from India, have found.
Ukraine Nationalized Nations Largest Private Bank ‘PrivateBank’
  • Privatbank, Ukraine’s largest private bank, is being nationalised to protect the country’s financial system and preserve an essential bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund.
  • It was running out of money because of the recession in Ukraine and questionable loans, the central bank said 97 percent of its corporate loans had been made to companies linked to its shareholders.
Healthy Ministry wins gold in the Web Ratna Category

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare lead by Jagat Prakash Nadda has won gold in the Web Ratna category in the Digital India awards 2016. 
  • Jitendra Arora, Director, e-Governance, at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare received the award from the Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Deepak Agarwal appointed Noida CEO Authority
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has designated Deepak Agarwal, CEO of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), as the CEO of Noida Authority on 21st December 2016. 
  • Deepak Agarwal will replace P K Agarwal, who was officiating as the CEO of Noida Authority.
Flock launches world’s first chat operating system
  • A free instant messaging service for work and business environments, Flock has launched world’s first chat operating system”FlockOS” by Bhavin Turakhia, Flock CEO .
  • Flockos Developers can build apps by using Flock OS that provided a tightly integrated experience by using widgets. This OS provides setup slash commands, providing an additional option for users to interact with the app.
Veteran Malayalam Actor Jagannatha Varma Passes Away at 77
  • Veteran character actor Jagannatha Varma passed away. He was suffering from age-related illness and was in the hospital for the past ew days.
  • The 77-year-old had acted in close to 200 films and two dozen TV serials in a career spanning close to four decades.


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