Thursday, 29 December 2016

29th December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 29th December Current Affairs.

Viral Acharya appointed as RBI Deputy Governor
  • The government on Wednesday appointed Viral Acharya as the Deputy Governor of the RBI. 
  • He will be joining the ranks of NS Vishwanathan, SS Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four Deputy Governors under RBI Governor Urjit Patel. Acharya has been serving as a Professor of Economics at the New York University Stern School of Business since 2008.
Former IAS officer Anil Baijal to succeed Jung as Delhi lieutenant governor
  • Former Union home secretary Anil Baijal was on Wednesday appointed the new lieutenant governor of Delhi in place of Najeeb Jung who resigned recently.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a 10-day southern sojourn, gave his assent to the Centre's recommendation for acceptance of outgoing Jung's resignation and naming Baijal as his successor.
  • Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, was home secretary in 2004 when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was in office. His tenure was cut short by the UPA government, which, soon after taking over in May 2004, shunted him out.
Former World No 1 Tennis Player Ana Ivanovic announces retirement
  • Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday announced her retirement from tennis, admitting that the physical toll of the circuit had proved too much.
  • The 29-year-old Serbian held the top spot for 12 weeks in 2008, the season when she claimed her sole Grand Slam success by winning the French Open.
  • She announced at the time that she had taken the decision to stop playing until 2017 on medical advice over a recurring wrist injury, with a problematic toe also needing surgery.
China launches high-resolution remote sensing satellites
  • China has successfully launched a pair of high-resolution remote sensing satellites to get commercial images.
  • The satellites were launched Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
  • The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, blasted off at 11:23 am Beijing time on the back of a Long March 2D rocket.
India eases visa process for Bangladeshis
  • India has eased the process of procurement of Indian tourist visas for Bangladeshis by allowing those with confirmed travel tickets to submit their visa applications directly without prior appointment starting January 1, 2017. 
  • "The date of journey should be after 7 days but within one month of submission of the visa application form," said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Ronaldo wins European Sportsperson of the Year award
  • Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the European Sportsperson of the Year by the Polish news agency PAP. 
  • The Real Madrid forward pipped British tennis player Andy Murray and Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu. 
  • The 31-year-old forward helped Real Madrid lift their 11th Champions League title alongside leading Portugal to their maiden European Championship.
Harsh Vardhan inaugurates National Children's Science Congress
  • Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the 24th National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) at Vidyapratisthan's Institute of Information Technology in Baramati.
  • The Minister said the Centre would provide all necessary support to the growth of science and technology in the country.
Govt launches Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative
  • Government of India launched Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative, aiming at strengthening health centres in open defecation-free blocks. 
  • Launching this initiative in New Delhi, Health Ministry J P Nadda stated that the objective of this initiative is to strengthen community health centres in 708 Open Defecation free blocks across the country to enable them to achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene.
Cabinet approves ordinance to make possession of old notes penal offence
  • The Cabinet has approved promulgation of an Ordinance to make possession of a large number of scrapped banknotes a penal offence making holding of old 1,000 and 500 rupee notes after March 31st 2017 beyond a threshold amount a criminal offence.
  • The possession will attract a monetary fine of 10,000 rupees or five times the cash held, whichever is higher.
Haryana Government to set up country’s first Caterpillar Train
  • Haryana Government has decided to set up a pilot corridor for an innovative concept of 'Caterpillar Train' that will fly over city’s traffic, in Gurgaon city.
  • The concept of Caterpillar Train, also known as C-Train, was co-developed by an Indian Railways engineer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya along with Emil Jacob, both PhD Caterpillar Trainscholars at MIT, for which they won a global award at the MIT in the United States earlier in 2016 for this innovative idea.
SP Vaid appointed as new J&K police chief
  • The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has cleared the appointment of 1986 batch IPS officer Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Special DG, Coordination and Law and Order, as new Director General of Police. 
  • He will succeed DGP K Rajendra, whose extended term of service ends on 31 December 2016.
Ana Ivanovic announces retirement from Tennis
  • Serbian Ana Ivanovic, the former world No1 and 2008 French Open champion, has retired from tennis at the age of 29.

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