Daily Current Affairs Updates–9th December 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates–9th December 2016:
Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.



DAYS TO REMEMBER:

International Anti-Corruption Day

Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world. It can refer to the destruction of one’s honesty or loyalty through undermining moral integrity or acting in a way that shows a lack of integrity or honesty. Corruption undermines democracy, creates unstable governments, and sets countries back economically.
The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the world's strongest legal instrument to buildintegrity and fight corruption. The United Nations’ (UN) International Anti-Corruption Dayaims to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it. It is observed on December 9 each year.
NATIONAL:
FSSAI bans use of newspapers for packing food
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned use of newspapers for wrapping and packing of food items.
In this regard, FSSAI has issued an advisory all states and Union territories and asked commissioners of food safety to restrict the use of newspapers for packing, serving and storing of food items.
This is first time in recent years FSSAI has issued new rule related to packaging of food items. So far, it had focused on setting standards for packaged food.
Centre to set up one All India Institute for Ayurveda in each state soon: ShripadNaik
Union Minister of State for AYUSH ShriShripadNaik said the centre will soon set up one All India Institute for Ayurveda in each state of the country along with the lines of AIIMS.
The Minister was speaking while inaugurating three day AYUSH India expo at Ahmedabad. He said the ministry is promoting research and development in the alternative therapies especially on topics like cancer and diabetes.
State Information Ministers Conference begins
Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal has said that states have an important role to play in nation's development. Addressing officials at the inaugural session of 28th State Information Ministers Conference, SIMCON 2016 in New Delhi today, Mr Mittal said, it is the government's philosophy that Centre and States should work together under the federal structure.
He said, without the state governments, Centre can't work. Mr. Mittal said, there is no sphere of life where media has not made an entry and it is changing very rapidly.
Govt coming up with new print media policy: Venkaiah Naidu
Government is coming up with a new print media policy says Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu in Bengaluru today.
Inaugurating the two day All India Public Communicators Workshop the Minister said that the new print media policy which envisages a points system as per which newspapers with certain percentage of marks will get the Government Advertisements.
He said that a public communicator needs to be correct, credible, competent and creative.He urged the journalist to provide headlines to the development works and to sideline the detrimental news.
Old Rs 500 notes can be used only till midnight of December 9 for buying rail, metro and bus tickets
Old 500 rupee notes for purchasing tickets of railway, metro and state road transport buses can be used only till midnight of December 9 as against December 15 announced previously.
The Finance Ministry has issued a notification in this regard. The same would not be valid for making payments to catering services on board, during travel by train.
Union Government announces package for promotion of digital & cashless economy  
It was announced to supplement the surge in the digital transactions aftermath demonetisation of old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes for promotion of digital cashless economy and cutting out cash transactions.
Petroleum companies will offer a discount of 0.75% on diesel and petrol to consumers who pay through digital means.
5% discount will be given to people who will buy monthly seasonal tickets in the Suburban railway networks through digital payment mode.
People will be get 10% discount on General Insurance and 8% discount on new life Insurance policies of PSUs purchased online.
2016 India International Science Festival held in New Delhi  
The 2016 India International Science festival (IISF) has started at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Campus in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The theme of the science festival is “Science for the masses”.
The main aim is to promote the science and technology developed by the Indian research labs and to inculcate the scientific temper among masses. It also aims to encourage and develop scientific temper and attitude, promote exchange of knowledge and ideas among young minds.
Kerala CM Pinarayi launches HarithaKeralam Mission
The state government of Kerala launches HarithaKeralam Mission to create new developments by the optimum utilization of the natural resources. This project is launched by the chief minister PinarayiVijayan today 8 December 2016.
The chief minister said that HarithaKeralam Mission is a comprehensive project for creating new development perspectives by the proper utilization of opportunities through waste management. The state government will also use the water resources and agriculture development using organic farming.
Serendipity Arts Festival to be held in Goa
The Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is scheduled to be held from 16 December to 23 December 2016 in Goa.
The festival will see a stellar line-up of 33 global artists, who will display their work at the eight-day inspiration-packed festival.
More than 40 exciting projects and exhibitions featuring famous artists, like Kabi Raj Lama, BanduManamperi, Escif, Billy Chang, SP Pushpakanthan, Lisa Stertz and PaquitoGonzalees, will be a part of the festival.
Minister of Railways inaugurates Website of National Rail Plan, 2030
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh PrabhakarPrabhu in a programme held in Rail Bhawan today i.e. 08.12.2016 launched website of National Rail Plan, 2030.  The website can be accessed at http://www.nationalrailplan.in.  
This dedicated website for National Rail Plan (NRP, 2030) has been developed for all stakeholders to give their inputs for purposeful study as Railways’ planning cannot be done in isolation.
Triple talaq unconstitutional, violates rights of Muslim women: Allahabad high court
The Allahabad High Court has ruled that the practice of triple talaq (Talaq-e-bidat) among Muslims is unconstitutional and violates the rights of women enshrined in constitution.
The order was passed by HC Justice Suneet Kumar while hearing a petition filed by a woman who claimed her husband arbitrarily divorced her.
Besides, the High Court also held that No Personal Law Board is above the Constitution i.e. it was indirectly referring to All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).
INTERNATIONAL:
Impeachment motion passed against South Korean President
South Korean lawmakers today passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-Hye, removing her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal.
The National Assembly motion passed by 234 votes to 56, transfers Park's authority to the prime minister, pending a decision by the Constitutional Court on whether to ratify the decision and permanently remove the president from office.
Pakistan lifts ban on Indian cotton imports
Pakistan has lifted an "undeclared" ban on import of ginned cotton from India, days after rejecting a consignment of 10,000 bales of cotton from India citing violation of plant quarantine rules by importers.
Earlier, the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research put cotton imports from India on hold through Wagah and Karachi port from November 23, saying the shipments did not fulfilphyto- sanitary conditions, Dawn newspaper reported.
The rising border tensions between the two neighbours had prompted Islamabad to impose the ban on 10,000 bales of cotton worth USD 3.3 million from India.
English most powerful language in the world: World Economic Forum
The 2016 World Power Language Index (PLI) in the first week of December 2016 announced that English language is the most powerful language in the world. The index was published by World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Index ranked English first in the top 10 most powerful languages in the world. Hindi language was ranked 10th in the 2016 PLI.
BUSINESS NEWS:
Online marketing platform Mahila E-haat ties up with India Post, SBI
The Women and Child Development Ministry has tied up with India Post and State Bank of India to offer more payment options to buyers and simplify shipping of products bought from "Mahila E-haat", an online marketing platform for women entrepreneurs.
SBI users can avail multiple options for making payments such as draft, cheque, e-banking and e-wallet through "SBI Buddy" application. SBI customers abroad can make use of "SBI Global".
APPOINTMENTS:
IDFC Bank appoints Veena Mankar as non-executive chairperson
IDFC Bank Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of the Bank has approved the appointment of Ms. VeenaMankar as the Non-Executive Chairperson of the Board w.e.f December 09, 2016 upto July 26, 2018, in place of Mr. Anil Baijal who would step down from the Board on December 08, 2016 consequent to his Reserve Bank of India ('RBI') approved tenure coming to an end.
The appointment of the new Non-Executive Chairperson is subject to approval of the RBI.Ms. Mankar has been an Independent Director of the Bank since July 27, 2015.Brief Profile of Ms. Mankar is enclosed.
MOU’S AND AGREEMENTS SIGNED:
US Congress Clears Decks for India to Become 'Major Defence Partner'
The US Congress has cleared the decks for India to become a "major defence partner", with the Senate overwhelmingly passing the USD 618 billion American defence budget for 2017.
The 2017 National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA), which asks the defence secretary and the secretary of state to take steps necessary to recognise India as America's major defence partner in a bid to strengthen bilateral security cooperation, was passed earlier by the US House of Representatives by 375- 34 votes and now heads to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign it into law.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
Researchers discover hot hydrogen atoms in Earth's upper atmosphere
A team of researchers from University of Illinois discovered the existence of hot atomic hydrogen (H) atoms in an upper layer of Earth's atmosphere, known as the thermosphere.
The finding was recently published in the report titled Nature Communications. The discovery significantly changes current understanding of the distribution of hot atomic hydrogen and its interaction with other atmospheric constituents.
SPORTS NEWS:
Men's Junior Hockey World Cup: India beat Canada, 4-0
India beat Canada, 4-0, in their opening group match of Men's Junior Hockey World Cup in Lucknow yesterday evening. Mandeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and AjitPandey were the goal scorers as India topped Pool-D after the first day.
 Earlier in the other Pool-D game, England had defeated South Africa, 4-2. In Pool-C, New Zealand got the better of Japan 1-0, while defending champions Germany beat Spain, 2-1. Top 16 teams of the world are participating in the competition. Pakistan is not taking part.
OBITUARY:  
John Glenn, First American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 95
The former astronaut and U.S. senator was being hospitalized at the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus when he died. On February 20, 1962 Glenn flew the NASA mission Friendship 7, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.In 2014, Glenn suffered a minor stroke, affecting his vision, after undergoing heart-valve replacement surgery.



   




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