Monday, 26 December 2016

26th December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 26th December Current Affairs.

Haryana connects 100 villages with Wi-Fi services
  • Haryana government connected 100 villages with Wi-FI services and decided to rename all common service centres and E-disha centres as "Atal Seva Kendras", which will provide e-services to people. 
  • Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar also launched 'Knowledge Warehouse', which will promote start-ups through video-conferencing. 
  • He also conducted the draw of the digital transaction award scheme.
Dinanath Bhargava who sketched National Emblem dies aged 89
  • Dinanath Bhargava, a co-artist in the team that sketched the National Emblem 'Lion Capital of Ashoka', died at the age of 89 in Indore.
  • Bhargava was reportedly suffering from cardiac ailments. 
  • Born on November 1, 1927, Bhargava was in his early twenties when he was chosen in the team, which also designed the pages of the Constitution's manuscript.
PM Modi lays foundation stone of Pune Metro Rail
  • PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Pune Metro project's Phase-I. 
  • PM Modi said the government is actively working on the Rurban Mission, which caters to the places that are urbanising quickly. 
  • The government needs to improve the quality of life in villages as well as mitigate the challenges that the urban areas are facing, he added.
Virat Kohli tops the list of Lord's Top 20 Players of 2016
  • Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has featured on top of the Lord's Cricket Ground's Top 20 Players of 2016. 
  • Kohli is this year's top scorer across the three formats of the game with 2595 runs in 41 innings. 
  • Ravichandran Ashwin (3), Ajinkya Rahane (13) and Cheteshwar Pujara (18) were the other Indians who made it to the list.
Obama signs defence bill, enhances cooperation with India
  • US President Barack Obama has signed a $618-billion (around Rs. 42 lakh crore) defence policy bill, which "enhances security cooperation between the US and India", according to Senate defence committee chief John McCain. 
  • The bill also provides aid for Pakistan, on the condition that it can prove it is taking "demonstrable steps" against the militant Haqqani network.
Solar power project starts at Bengaluru airport
  • In an initiative to harness renewable energy, a 3.5 MW solar power project was inaugurated on at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport in Bengaluru, according to reports. 
  • The project is reportedly spread over 23 acres of land with around 12,985 solar modules. Notably, HAL is aimed at establishing 50 MW of renewable energy in the next two years.
Kirloskar Vasundhara awards for four environmentalists
  • Ayyappa Masagi, Vengurla's Ramdas Kokare, Pune-based Central Water and Power Research Station and filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu are set to be recognized for their contributions to the environment.
  • They will receive the prestigious Kirloskar Vasundhara awards at the 11th edition of the Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, to be held in Pune from January 4-11.
  • The theme of the festival is 'Save River, Save Life'.
Pune smart city mission project gets three awards
  • The Pune city has won three awards for Smart City project in a competition organised by Business-World Awards 2016.
  • The first award for 'Innovative Smart Solution - Knowledge and Intellectual Category' was awarded to Pune Lighthouse Project, while the second award for 'Innovative Smart Solution - Infrastructure' was given to Pune Smart City 24x7 water supply initiative.
  • The Pune Care App got the third award of 'Innovative Smart Solution - Social'.
Assam launches health insurance scheme Atal-Amrit Abhiya
  • Assam's BJP led government on Sunday rolled out 'Atal-Amrit Abhiyan' health insurance scheme which will provide coverage against several critical illnesses. 
  • Launched to mark the 92nd birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the scheme will offer coverage against 437 illnesses in six disease groups, namely, cardiovascular, cancer, kidney, neo-natal, neurological conditions and burns. 
  • Both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families.
KVGB launches ‘Bank Sakhi’ scheme
  • The Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) has come out with an innovative method of employing women in villages. 
  • Bank chairman S. Ravindran said that the bank would appoint women business correspondents called “Bank Sakhi” in select villages where this scheme would be implemented. 
  • To start with, the bank had hired 11 “Bank Sakhis” and had plans to appoint a minimum of 50 such women in different districts, he said.
  • It would be possible to ensure greater participation in financial inclusion by engaging women in villages. A “Bank Sakhi” is someone who has been a member of a self-help group involved in conducting banking and book-keeping activities of the group.
Lucky Grahak Yojana, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana launched
  • Government of India has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants to promote digital transaction.
  • The schemes are aimed at encouraging people to move towards significantly higher usage of digital transactions through the offer of incentives.
  • The first Lucky Grahak Yojana draw was held in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and name of 15 thousand lucky winners were announced. 
British singer George Michael dies at 53
  • British singer George Michael who launched his career with Wham in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer.
  • He has died on 25 December 2016 at the age of 53 and cause of death was heart failure.
Pankaj Advani won National title in 6-red Snooker
  • Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani ended the year on a high by bagging the National title in 6-red snooker, the shorter format of the game.
  • Starting off as the favourite, Advani lived up to the expectations and reclaimed the title, which he had won during the inaugural edition in Bengaluru in 2010.
  •  In the final, Advani prevailed over local youngster Ishpreet Chadha 7-4 to clinch the title. 
SBI adopts village of Maharashtra for Aadhaar-based payments
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has adopted Shirki village in Pen taluka in Maharashtra for driving the Aadhaar-based merchant payment initiative. 
  • Under the initiative, the merchants in the village have been provided with simple android phones with a USB-based fingerprint capture device.
  • The merchant is required to have a bank account with an Aadhaar number needed.
UP CM inaugurates power projects worth Rs. 52,000 crore
  • Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav has inaugurated power projects worth over Rs52,000 crore across the state. 
  • Along with projects covering transmission and distribution of electricity, three thermal power plants with the total capacity of 33,000 MW were also inaugurated.
  • This is a major thrust to provide 24-hour electricity to all in the state.

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