Daily Current Affairs Updates– 16th December 2015

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 16th December 2015
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 16th December 2015:
    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.

    NATIONAL:
    1). Supreme Court has banned the registrations of luxury diesel cars of over 2000cc in Delhi till March 31st:

    ·        A three-judge bench of Chief JusticeT.S. Thakur and JusticesA.K.SikriandR. Banumathi took the decision and mentioned that every citizen must contribute to bringing down pollution.

    2).Centre rolls out Rs.19,170 Cr for 474 cities under AMRUT to improve urban infrastructure:
    ·        The Ministry of Urban Development has so far approved city level Action Plans for improving basic urban infrastructure in474 cities in 18 States and Union Territories with an investment ofRs.19,170cr underAtal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT) for 2015-16.

    INTERNATIONAL:
    3).Saudi Arabia launches Islamic Military Coalition to fight on terrorism:

    ·        Saudi Arabia said that 34 nations have agreed to form an“Islamic military alliance”to fight terrorism with a joint operations centre based in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.
    ·        The coalition includes nations with large and established armies such as Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt as well as war-torn countries with embattled militaries such as Libya and Yemen.

    4).South Korea sets 2016 growth outlook at 3.1 percent lower than its earlier estimate of 3.3 percent:
    ·        The ministry also revised down its 2015 growth forecast from 3.1 percent to 2.7 percent, Xinhua reported.

    5).India is all set to launch “India Business Card” for the business community in all seven SAARC countries:
    ·        Key feature:The India Business Card will have aspecial logoand will be only given to businessmen of high repute.
    ·        Aim– ease of business and gels with the ‘Make in India’ policy of the government.

    BANKING:
    6). Life Insurance Corporation of India has launched an immediate annuity plan, Jeevan Akshay IV, for post-retirement planning:

    ·        According to the plan, an individualaged between 30 years and 85 years can make a lump sum investment ofminimum Rs.1 lakh.

    7). Government makes PAN mandatory on bills, airfares for black money check:
    ·        PAN will be mandatory fromJanuary 1 for cash payment made to settle hotels bills or for buying foreign travel tickets ofRs 50,000 as the government tightened disclosure norms.
    ·        The PAN requirement fornon-luxury cash transactions will be Rs 2 lakhand on purchase ofimmovable property of Rs 10 lakh.

    BUSINESS:
    8). World Bank has approved a USD 1.5 billion loan for Clean India Campaign to support the government in its efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas:

    ·        The World Bank will also provide a parallelUSD 25 million technical assistance to build the capacity of select state governments in implementing community-led behavioral change programmes.

    9). TCS bags multi-million dollar deal from Lufthansa

    ·        The country’s largest software exporter TCS has been chosen by German aviation majorDeutsche Lufthansa AG to set up a test factory to support its IT transformation initiative in a“multi-million dollar” deal.
    ·        TCS will providetesting services and help improve the quality of services of Lufthansa’s technology operations.

    10). Google to go live with Wi-Fi for 100 railway stations, says SundarPichai:

    ·        The telecom wing of the Indian Railway,RailTel, had signed an agreement with the subsidiary of Google India to provideWi-Fi facilities at 100 stations across the country.
    ·        This is part of the US-based firm’s focus on bringing Internet to everyone in India, which has the world’s second largest population.

    APPOINTMENTS:
    11). Supreme Court appoints Justice Virendra Singh as Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta:

    ·        The Supreme Court exercised its constitutional authority and appointed formed High Court judge,Justice Virendra Singh, asLokayukta of Uttar Pradesh after the state government failed to comply with its directives.

    12). Senior revenue service officer Arun Kumar Jain was appointed as the Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT): 
    ·        His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed byPrime Minister NarendraModi.
    ·        Mr Jain isIndian Revenue Services (IRS) officer of a 1978 batch.

    BOOKS AND AUTHORS:
    13). The End of Plenty: A Global Food Crisis; Authored by Joel K. Bourne Jr:

    ·        With global food shortage peaking in the past decade, American authorJoel K. Bourne Jr. paints the vision of an apocalyptic future for humankind if concerted efforts are not made to ward off what Robert Malthus had predicted as the coming of an“agricultural Armageddon.”

    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
    14).Combined Commanders Conference held on INS Vikramaditya off Kochi coast:

    ·        Combined Commanders Conference, an annual tri-services event chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held on boardINS Vikramadityaabout 50 kms offKochi coast.
    ·        During this conferenceIndia’s defence policy, doctrine and operational challenges are discussed in detail.

    15). Pakistan test-fires nuclear capable Shaheen-1A:
    ·        Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missileShaheen-1A.
    ·       It is a highly accurate system which is capable of delivering different types of warheads to arange of 900km.

    16). Chandrayaan-II in 2017; India to launch solar mission:
    ·        India’s second lunar probeChandrayaan II will land on moon in 2017 and the country’s first solar mission Aditya L1 is likely to be launched in 2019, LokSabha was informed on Wednesday.
    ·        Jitendra Singh Minister of Science and Technology said India has entered the era of “space marketing”. The “approved cost” of the solar mission is Rs. 378.53 crore.

    SPORTS:
    17). Rory McIlroy bags European Tour Golfer of the Year award:

    ·        McIlroy bagged theEuropean Tour Golfer of the Year award after a panel consisting of members of the golfing media unanimously voted for him as the 2015 winner.

    18). Apurvi Chandela wins Air Rifle Gold in the 59th National shooting championship:

    ·        Geetakshi Dixit clinched the silver, one point behindApurvi.
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