Monday, 26 December 2016

24th December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 24th December Current Affairs.

Kapil Sharma ranked 11th in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list
  • Comedian Kapil Sharma has been ranked eleventh in the Celebrity 100 list of 2016 by Forbes India. 
  • He has been ranked seventh in terms of fame, beating the likes of Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra
  • His total earnings were estimated to be Rs. 30.17 crore, which is higher than the earnings of a few Bollywood actors.
Sunny Leone to receive PETA's Person of the Year award
  • Actress Sunny Leone will receive PETA's Person of the Year award for her dedication to promoting the rescue of homeless dogs and cats, as well as her compassion for animals abused and killed for their skin. 
  • "Sunny Leone's kindness proves she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside," said Sachin Bangera of PETA.
Indian wins gold at Asian Luge Championships in Japan
  • India's Shiva Keshavan won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships in Japan. This is his third gold in the tournament's history, with his tally including four silvers and two bronze medals since 2005. 
  • Keshavan, a five-time Winter Olympian, is India's only professional luge player and holds the Asian speed and time records in the sport.
Delhi named India's most well-read city of 2016 by Amazon
  • Delhi has emerged as the country's most well-read city the fourth consecutive year with Bengaluru and Mumbai taking the second and third spot, according to Annual Reading Trends Report 2016 by Amazon. 
  • For the first time, Karnal, Vadodara and Patna made it to the top 20 cities, having bought more books than cities like Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Lucknow this year.
PM Narendra Modi Will Lay Foundation For Rs. 3,600 Crore Shivaji Memorial
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a day's visit to Maharashtra, where he will lay the foundation stone for the grand memorial of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the metro rail projects in Mumbai and Pune
  • He will proceed to the site in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast, where the state government is planning to build a mega memorial for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
  • The main feature of the Shivaji memorial, slated to cost Rs. 3,600 crore, will be a 192-metre-tall statue of the iconic Maratha king. The site is a rocky outcrop, roughly 1.5 km from the Raj Bhavan shore.
Agra-Lucknow Expressway to open for commuters
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's ambitious new Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which was inaugurated in November, is open for commuters from Friday
  • The 302-kilometre-long six-lane expressway, which is India's longest, is expected to considerably reduce the travel time between Lucknow and Delhi which usually takes 12 to 14 hours.
Salman Khan tops 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List
  • Salman Khan has replaced Shah Rukh Khan to rank in the top spot in Forbes India’s annual Celebrity 100 list. Shah Rukh Khan has ranked second in the list and Virat Kohli, who has had a dream year, ranked in third.
  • The list is compiled based on two parameters: estimates of entertainment related earnings and estimates of fame. The period under consideration was 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016.
Acclaimed Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh to get 2016 Jnanpith Award
  • Bengali poet and literary critic Shankha Ghosh will get the Jnanpith Award for 2016.
  • The award is given for exceptional contribution in the field of literature. 
  • The award was constituted way back in 1965 and He is the sixth Bengali to get this prestigious award.
The External Affairs Ministry's launches Twitter Seva
  • The External Affairs Ministry's have launched a new service called Twitter Seva that will enable timely, transparent and large-scale response to citizens' tweets in real time. 
  • The Twitter Seva service will be supported by 198 Twitter accounts of Indian missions abroad and 29 regional passport offices.
'Coal Mitra' portal launched to facilitate flexibility in utilization of domestic coal
  • Power Minister Piyush Goyal has launched 'Coal Mitra' Web Portal to facilitate Flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal. 
  • With this Government has also allowed Coal Swapping between PSUs and the Private Sector. 
  • This move is aimed at optimum utilisation by private as well as public power companies of the coal. 
  • The portal will enhance transparency in coal swapping and help reduce operational and logistic costs, bringing tariffs down.
Tata Steel to acquire 100% equity in Brahmani River Pellets,Odisha
  • Tata Steel has signed an agreement to acquire 100% equity in Odisha-based Brahmani River Pellets (BRPL) for Rs 900 crore.
  • The deal which will be financed through the company’s internal cash flows is tipped to help Tata Steel as it ramps up capacity at its new plant at Kalinganagar.
Textile Ministry to launch Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre for weavers
  • The Ministry of Textiles has decided to establish a “Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre” where professional queries of weavers will be answered by the experts in the field. 
  • This helpline will function from 10.00 a.m to 6 p.m. and initially it will be provided in 7 languages viz., Hindi, English, and 5 other regional languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada Bengali & Assamese).
Odisha Government launches Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana for HIV+ orphan children
  • Naveen Patnaik launches Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana to nurture orphan kids.
  • The state government launched the Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana, a scheme to nurture the orphan and HIV-infected children residing in different child care institutions and orphanages.
ICICI Bank Launches EazyPay app for Merchants
  • ICICI Bank has now launched a payments collection app for offline merchants and retailers called Eazypay which will allow customers to pay via UPI, cards, net banking and the bank’s Pockets wallet app. 
  • Note that this is an app only for ICICI Bank customers who have a current account with the bank and will not allow other bank account holders to register on the app.
Kisan Diwas is observed every year on 23 December across India
  • Kisan Diwas is observed every year on 23 December across India Since 2001 to celebrate the birth anniversary of the fifth prime minister and kisan leader,Ch. Charan Singh.
  • Kisan Diwan is also known as Farmers Day or Charan Singh Jayanti.
Nepal to hold military exercise with China
  • Nepal has announced to hold its first ever joint military exercise with China on February 10, 2017 to begin a new level of bilateral military engagement with China.
  • The focus of the military exercise, named Pratikar-1, will be on training Nepali forces in dealing with hostage scenarios involving international terror groups.
France is the first to use drones for its national mail service
  • France’s airspace regulator, General Directorate for Civil Aviation, has approved the plan to launch drone delivery program, making France the world’s first national postal service to use drones regularly.

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