Daily Current Affairs Updates–14th December 2016:
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i) Rajya Sabha today passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 moved by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, after a brief discussion. It was moved by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment during Zero hour.
ii) Dr Karan Singh of Congress said the Bill was long overdue and would honour India’s commitment to the UN treaty on the subject. Satish Chandra Mishra of the BSP wanted the Bill to be known as the Rights of the Differently Abled Bill. Some members urged the job reservation to be increased to five percent. Later, the Bill was adopted by voice vote.
i) Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated the sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development in New Delhi.
ii) Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu said, urbanization has become irreversible and ensuring disaster resilience in urban area is the key. He said, delivery and execution are the key for success of urban development. He added that housing is one of most important component of civilisation.
iii) The conference seeks to address issues ranging from crowded city centres to peripheral expansion, metropolitan based urban population growth, megacities and urban corridors, among others.
iv) The conference will come out with a Delhi Declaration and implementation plan for aligning urban development strategies of member countries with the New Urban Agenda adopted at Quito, Eucador for the next 20 years.
i) Billionaire Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has joined hands with Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma and Bill Gates, among others, to set up Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), a $1 billion fund to fight climate change through innovations in clean energy.
ii) Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer. Ma is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba group with investments in Internet-based businesses and Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft.
iii) BEV will collaborate with other investors, governments, research institutions and corporate partners, bringing to the table an investor-led fund with internal scientific expertise, a long-term horizon, and a tolerance and understanding of the investment risks required to transform energy markets.
i) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an interim nationwide ban on use of glass-coated ‘manja’ for flying kites as the sharp string poses a danger to humans, animals and bird.
i) India said it will contribute 5 lakh US Dollars to the United Nations’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the year 2016-17. It stressed that the international response is falling significantly short of the challenges posed by humanitarian crises.
ii) At the high-level Pledging Conference, Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Anjani Kumar said that India has so far contributed six million US Dollars to the fund.
i) Grofers, the on-demand e-commerce mobile and web application, is opening up a new avenue for people to get cash delivered at home, by partnering with YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private bank.
ii) With this partnership, Grofers customers will be able to get currency notes delivered to their doorstep along with their grocery order for up to Rs. 2,000 through YES BANK PoS Machines.
iii) YES BANK has partnered Grofers for supplying cash across 3 cities – Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. Grofers customers in these cities will have an option to get home delivery of cash, along with their grocery order.
i) Grofers is a mobile and web application that allows consumers to order products online across categories like groceries, fruits& vegetables, beauty& wellness, baby care, electronics& appliances, bakery, meats& seafood, pet care, flowers and home& office needs and get them delivered to their doorstep within a few hours.
ii) The mobile applications for both iOS and Android platforms can be downloaded at grofers.com/download. The delivery service is operational in 18 cities: Agra, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Surat and Vadodara.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY NEWS:
i) Digital payments platform Paytm has partnered with major National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) toll concessionaries to enable cashless payments at all state, national and city toll plazas.
ii) This partnership will facilitate commuters across the country pay their toll charges instantly using Paytm mobile application by scanning the QR code placed at toll payment counters.
i)The bilateral trade volume between India and China is expected to be more than 65 billion US dollar for 2016.
ii) Wang Shicai, Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of The People’s Republic Of China informed this and said that the bilateral trade was 52.14 billion US dollar for January to September 2016.
iii) Mr. Shicai said the mutual corporation between the two countries has been a win-win situation for both and will help increasing profitability in coming years.
iv) He said that the important sectors in India which are of emphasis to China are financial, infrastructure, electronics and IT.
i) President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state, the transition team announced, setting up a heated Senate confirmation battle and signaling a desire to ease Washington’s estrangement with Russia.
ii) Like Trump, Tillerson, 64, has no formal foreign policy experience, but has built close relationships with many world leaders by closing massive deals across Eurasia and the Middle East on behalf of the world’s largest energy company.
i) Malaysia on Tuesday installed its 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V, in a ceremony marked by honour guards and Islamic prayers in the national palace in Kuala Lumpur.
ii) The Sultan is reportedly known for his relaxed persona, and is interested in reading and extreme sports. The ruler of Malaysia is changed every five years between rulers of its nine states.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
i) Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo, who was killed in the Colombian air crash last month, was posthumously named Brazil’s player of the year after a vote by fans.
ii) Danilo, whose last-gasp save in the semi-final against San Lorenzo helped his side into the Copa Sudamericana final, got 48% of the internet vote.
iii) His mother, Ilaides Padilha, collected the award on his behalf at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
i) Briton Andy Murray and Germany’s Angelique Kerber were named ITF World Champions, capping stellar years for the men’s and women’s world number ones.
ii) Murray, whose brother Jamie was named doubles World Champion along with Brazil’s Bruno Soares, won Wimbledon in July before becoming the first player to win two Olympic singles gold medals when he retained his crown in Rio de Janeiro in August. He won nine titles in a milestone year that ended with him beating rival Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Tour Finals and seal the year-end rankings top spot.
iii) Kerber enjoyed an equally impressive season, winning the Australian and U.S. Open titles as well as an Olympic silver medal in Rio.She becomes the first German to win the award since Steffi Graf claimed the last of her seven in 1996.
i) PV Sindhu won the most improved player award at the Badminton World Federation’s annual function held in Dubai.
ii) Sindhu bagged silver at the Rio Games in August, and followed it up with her first Superseries title in China.
iii) Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei was declared the best men’s player while the Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won the honour in the women’s category.
i) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been named as one of 15 Global Thinkers. Compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine, Ms Swaraj is named in the decision-makers category for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy.
ii) After taking office, the Minister has tirelessly not only responded to tweets seeking help but also took prompt action to ensure people’s problems are solved. She even worked for the public while ailing and from the hospital room.
iii) The external affairs minister has helped both Indians and non-Indians, from evacuating people from Yemen to helping replace lost passports. Ms Swaraj is in the august company of 14 other notable thinkers including Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau.
i) The ninth edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy began in the Bay of Bengal.
ii) The primary aim of exercise INDRA NAVY-16 is to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
i) India now belongs to the list of top five defence spenders in the world with more than $50 billion devoted to its military budget, placing the South Asian country in fourth place, according to the annual Jane’s Defense Budgets Report.
ii) According to the report, global defence spending rose by 1 per cent to $1.6 trillion (Rs 108 lakh crore) in 2016, against a 0.6 per cent increase in 2015.
iii) The report also revealed that the United States was still king with its expenditure representing about 40 per cent of the total Global Defence budget. India overtook Saudi Arabia and Russia to become one of the top five defence spenders globally.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
i) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is building a robotic spacecraft dubbed as ‘Restore-L Spacecraft’ to refuel, repair satellites currently in orbit.
ii) In this regard, NASA has awarded a $127 million contract to California-based satellite company Space Systems/Loral to build Restore-L Spacecraft.
iii) Space Systems/Loral will provide NASA with spacecraft bus, critical hardware and services for the Restore-L mission. This mission will be launched in 2020 to perform in-orbit satellite servicing in low-Earth orbit.
i) The Russian city of Sochi will not host the 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships.
ii) The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation said, it would not be prudent to hold the championships in Russia, a country accused of state-sponsored doping.
iii) A report on 9th December claimed that more than 1,000 Russians benefited from a doping cover-up between 2011 and 2015. A new host city will be named for the February event in the forthcoming days.
Walter Swinburn: Legendary jockey and Shergar Derby winner dead at 55
i) Tributes have been paid to the renowned renowned English jockey and horse trainer Walter Swinburn who died Monday at the age of 55.
ii) Swinburn won the Derby, Britain’s richest horse race, three times over the course of his career, including on the legendary Shergar as a 19-year-old in 1981.
iii) He also recorded wins at the Oaks, 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
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