Wednesday, 7 December 2016

6 December Current Affairs

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Current Affairs are very important section asked in every competitive exams. Here, we're presenting you the 6th December Current Affairs updates.

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal named ‘Asians of the Year’
  • After Time Magazine put Flipkart Founders – Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal – on the list of 100 Most Influential People in the world, the Straits Times of Singapore has chosen them for the prestigious “2016 Asian of the Year” as part of a group called the “The Disruptors.” 
  • We accept this honor on behalf of all Indians,” Sachin Bansaland Binny Bansal said in a joint statement in Bengaluru.
Google launches personal safety app 'Trusted Contacts'
  • Google has launched a new personal safety app called 'Trusted Contacts' that lets users share their location with trusted people in everyday situations and emergencies. 
  • The app works even without the internet or when a user is unable to reach the phone. The app can also automatically share the user's location when they do not respond within a reasonable time frame.
PM Modi wins reader's poll for TIME's Person of the Year
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the reader's poll for the TIME's Person of the Year with 18% votes in his favour, beating Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Julian Assange, each with 7% votes. 
  • Modi also fared above personalities like Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg. 
  • However, the magazine's editors will declare the final Person of the Year on December 7.
Pink' named Best Film at Star Screen Awards 2016
  • Courtroom drama film 'Pink' was named the Best Film at the 22nd edition of annual film awards show Star Screen Awards. 
  • The film also won awards for Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Dialogue, bagging four awards in total. Meanwhile, Ram Madhvani won the Best Director award for his biographical film 'Neerja'.
Big B, Alia win best acting awards at Star Screen Awards
  • Amitabh Bachchan was named Best Actor for courtroom drama film 'Pink' while Alia Bhatt won the Best Actress award for crime-drama 'Udta Punjab' at Star Screen Awards 2016. 
  • Sushant Singh Rajput won Best Actor Critics' Choice Award for biopic 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story'. 
  • Meanwhile, Swara Bhaskar won Best Actress Critics' Choice Award for comedy drama film 'Nil Battey Sannata'.
Airtel names Sunil Taldar as CEO of DTH business
  • Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday announced the appointment of Sunil Taldar as the Chief Executive Officer and Director for its DTH business. 
  • Taldar will take over Shashi Arora, who after serving for approximately five years as CEO, has moved as MD and CEO of Airtel Payments Bank. 
  • Notably, Airtel digital TV had 1.24 crore customers in quarter ended September.
Rekha gets Lifetime Achievement Award at Star Screen Awards
  • Actress Rekha was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd edition of Star Screen Awards on Sunday. 
  • Deepika Padukone presented the award to the veteran actress while Sonam Kapoor paid tribute to her and performed on her songs. 
  • Later, Rekha joined Sonam onstage and danced to her song 'Pardesia' from the 1979 film 'Mr. Natwarlal'.
Amazon launches global startup program 'Launchpad' in India
  • E-commerce major Amazon on Monday launched its global startup program 'Launchpad' in India, an online portal featuring over 400 products from different startups including 25 Indian startups. 
  • The program will also help Indian startups to sell their products overseas. First started in 2015, Amazon Launchpad is now available in seven regions.
Beyoncé's 'Formation' best song of 2016: Time Magazine
  • Singer Beyoncé's song 'Formation' has been named the 'best song' of 2016 by 'Time' magazine. 
  • The song's video also features a cameo of Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. 
  • 'The Sound' by English rock band 'The 1975' and 'Not Above That' by American singer Dawn Richard were ranked second and third on the list respectively.
Alexander Van der Bellen elected Austrian President
  • Independent candidate and pro-European Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria's re-run presidential election with around 53.5% votes. 
  • Bellen won against anti-immigration and eurosceptic Norbert Hofer who conceded defeat saying he was "endlessly sad". Bellen had won an earlier election in May by a narrow margin after which it was declared void by the Constitutional Court due to irregularities.
Samuel L Jackson to get Lifetime Achievement Award at DIFF
  • Actor Samuel L Jackson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) at the opening of the festival on December 7. 
  • The 67-year-old actor will be part of an interactive session with fans on December 9. 
  • He is known for his role as 'Ultimate Nick Fury' in Marvel films and for films like 'Pulp Fiction'.  
O Panneerselvam sworn in as new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
  • After the demise of AIADMK supremo & Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the Apollo Hospital, her loyalist O Panneerselvam has been sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.
  • The AIADMK MLAs met at the party headquarters to elect Mr Panneerselvam as the successor to Jayalalithaa.
NITI Aayog to provide Rs 5 lakh per district
  • To encourage each district in the country to take the digitization route without fear, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog will be immediately transferring Rs.5 lakh each district as seed money to kick start this drive.
  • A letter has been written to the district collector, commissioners and magistrates in this regard by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, who is also a member of the committee to promote cashless payments.
Bengal forms anti-child trafficking panel
  • The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has announced that the state would be setting up a special panel to stop child trafficking. 
  • Chaired by Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee, the committees would constitute a Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, DGP and officers and members of the opposition parties, Congress and CPI (M).
AirAsia India appoints Amar Abrol as Managing Director
  • AirAsia has announced the appointment of Amar Abrol as its Managing Director in addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • As per AirAsia, “Abrol was appointed as the Managing Director following the company's board meeting held on 29 November 2016.” 
  • He was appointed as CEO of the airline in April 2016. Abrol holds over two decades of experience in different markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and Malaysia.
Prez Mukherjee to inaugurate 1st ever International Gita Mahotsav
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the first ever International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, Haryana today.
  • The President will also lay the foundation stone of Krishna circuit on the occasion. In a five-day mega event, many spiritual leaders from different religions, scholars and artists from various countries will participate. 
  • The Mahotsav will set a world record with the recitation of Ashtadash Shaloki Gita by as many as 18 thousand students at one go.
Bernard Cazeneuve named as new French prime minister
  • Bernard Cazeneuve, currently French interior minister, will replace Manuel Valls as the country's new prime minister.
  •  Valls is stepping down in order to seek the Socialist Party's nomination to be its presidential candidate in the 2017 election.
Alexander Van der Bellen elected Austrian President
  • Independent candidate and pro-European Alexander Van der Bellen has won the Austria's re-run presidential election with around 53.5% votes. Bellen had won an earlier election in May by a narrow margin after which it was declared void by the Constitutional Court due to irregularities.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev elected Uzbekistan President
  • Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev became the country's second president after winning 88.61% vote in the first presidential election since the death of the authoritarian leader and President Islam Karimov.
B S Bhullar appointed Chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation
  •  Senior IAS officer B.S. Bhullar has been appointed the Chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). 
  • At present, Bhullar, a 1986-batch IAS officer, is working as an Additional Secretary in Civil Aviation Ministry. 
  • He was also holding the additional charge of the DGCA.
MMTC to tie-up with SBI to sell govt minted 'Indian Gold Coin'
  • India’s largest public sector trading body MMTC(Metals and Minerals Trading gold Corporation) tie-up with the State Bank of India (SBI) to sell government-minted Indian Gold Coin(24 Karat)which will be available in denominations of 5gm, 10gm and 20 gm bar.

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