Daily Current Affairs Updates– 18th December 2015

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 18th December 2015
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 18th 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.

    1).American University announces APJ Abdul Kalam Fellowship for Indian students:

    ·        TheUniversity of South Florida (USF) has announced a postgraduate fellowship in the name of former presidentDr. APJ Abdul Kalam to support accomplished and talented Indian students looking to study abroad.

    2).WTO approves membership of Afghanistan:

    ·        Afghanistan has become the164th WTO member and the36th least developed country (LDC) to join the global trade body after 11 years of negotiations.
    ·        The landlocked Asian country expects to reap the benefits of the WTO membership for its post-conflict reconstruction.

    3). UNSC adopts resolution to cut off supply of funds to ISIS, Al-Qaeda
    ·        The resolution was adopted at the first-ever meeting ofFinance Ministers of the UNSC.
    ·        This meeting was presided over byTreasury Secretary Jack Lew of the United States, which holds its monthly presidency.
    ·        The 15-member body called for enhanced actions, from closing financial system loopholes to stopping the abuse of charitable causes, as well as updating the existing ISIS and Al-Qaeda Sanctions List.

    4). NSE launches three new group indices:

    ·        TheNational Stock Exchange (NSE) has launched three separate indices on three corporate houses of India.
    ·        The three separate indices areNifty Tata Group Index, Nifty Aditya Birla Group Index and Nifty Mahindra Group Index.

    5).Tata Starbucks appoints Sumi Ghosh as its CEO
    ·        The announcement came afterAvani Davda resigned from the position ofCEO of the Seattle-based coffee chain.
    ·        Tata Starbucks Limited is a 50:50 joint venture company, owned by Tata Global Beverages and Starbucks Corporation, which owns and operates Starbucks outlets in India.

    6). AP Shah Committee appointed to look into ONGC, RIL dispute

    ·        Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas appointeda single-member committee to look into the dispute between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Krishna Godavari (KG) gas fields.
    ·        The committee will be headed by the Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India Justice (retd)Ajit Prakash Shah.

    7). R.K. Mathur appointed as CIC:

    ·        Former Defence SecretaryR.K. Mathur has been appointed asChief Information Commissioner (CIC), breaking away from the convention of appointing the head from among the serving Information Commissioners.

    8). Sahitya Akademi awards announces for the year 2015

    ·        Poetry: Brajendra Kumar Brahma (Bodo), Dhian Singh (Dogri), Ramdarash Mishra (Hindi), K.V. Tirumalesh (Kannada), Kshetri Rajan (Manipuri) and Ram Shankar Awasthi (Sanskrit).
    ·        Short stories: Kula Saikia (Assamese), Man Mohan Jha (Maithili), Gupta Pradhan (Nepali), Bibhuti Pattanaik (Odia), Maya Rahi (Sindhi) and Volga (Telugu).
    ·        Novels: Cyrus Mistry (English), Jaswinder Singh (Punjabi) and MadhuAcharya ‘Ashawadi’ (Rajasthani).
    ·        Essays: Rasik Shah (Gujrati) and A. Madhavan (Tamil).
    ·        Plays: UdayBhembre (Konkani), RabilalTudu (Santali).
    ·        Books on criticism: Bashir Bhadarwahi (Kashmiri) and Shamim Tariq (Urdu). Memoirs: ArunKhopkar (Marathi).

    9).Fokker Technologies partners Aequs to make parts for Boeing helicopter:
    ·        Under the agreement, signed at the Boeing India Supplier Conference in Hyderabad, Aequs will supply machined detail parts made in India for the heavy lift helicopter.
    ·        On its part, Fokker Technologies will build the parts into final sub-assemblies in facilities in Papendrecht, The Netherlands.

    10).DAC gives nod to purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems
    ·        Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the purchase of Russian advance S-400 TriumAir Defence Missile Systems at an estimated cost of 40,000 crore rupees.
    ·        Decision in this regard was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Union Defence MinisterManohar Parrikar in New Delhi.

    11). Veteran Communist leader Noorul Huda passes away
    ·        Huda, aMuslim Meitei Manipuri, was a member of the Central Committee (CC) of the CPI (M) for nearly three decades.

    ·        He was also member of the Assam State Assembly from 1978 to 1983.
    12). Theatre artiste Chatla Sriramulu no more:

    ·        He was arailway employee who hailed fromVijayawada city.
    ·        Mr. Sriramulu was awarded ‘Best Actor’ twice by Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad and was also a recipient of Central Government’s Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1982.

    13). International Migrants Day observed across the world on 18th December 2015:

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