Current Affairs December 2016

  • 05-Dec-2016
  • International Volunteer Day observed across the world

    • The International Volunteer Day (IVD)  is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts
    • International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme  is #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide.
  • Supreme Court approves action plan to tackle air pollution in Delhi NCR

    • The Supreme Court has approved Central Government’s Graded Response Action Plan to tackle different levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR.
    • The code categorises the severity of the pollutants present in the air into four categories- moderate to poor, very poor, severe, very Severe or emergency 

  • Hailakandi becomes first district in Assam to make cashless payment

    •  In Assam, Hailakandi has become the first district to pay wages to tea garden workers through individual bank accounts .
    • It completed this task before the December 15, 2016 deadline set by the state government for cashless transactions

  • Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana win IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award

    • Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF’s athletes of the year.
    • Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the award in women’s award category. She was presented with the award for her world-record run to win Olympic gold medal in 10000 metres

     

  • India beat Pakistan to win women's Twenty20 Asia Cup title

    • India women’s cricket team on Sunday won the Asia Cup T20 for the sixth time by beating Pakistan
  • India, Qatar signed four agreements including visa and cyberspace

    • India and Qatar on Saturday signed four agreements on visas, cyberspace and investments 
    • The delegation-level talks  was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Qatari countepart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. 

     

  • New Zealand PM announces surprise resignation

    • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, unexpectedly announced his resignation on Monday after eight years in power
  • 02-Dec-2016
  • The theme of world AIDS day 2016 Hands Up For #HIVprevention

    • 1 December marks World AIDS Day, proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1988, aims mainly at raising awareness.
    • This year’s specific theme is ‘Hands up for #HIVprevention’
  • Carlsen wins tie-break and remains World Champion

    • Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen wins World Chess Championship 2016 defeating Russian opponent Sergey Karjakin

     

  • India hosts golden jubilee celebrations of UNCITRAL in New Delhi

    • India hosted the golden jubilee (50th anniversary) celebrations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New Delhi.
    • UNCITRAL was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 1966 to promote the progressive unification and harmonisation of international trade law.

     

  • Ghazipur garbage to be used for highway construction

    • Solid waste from Ghazipur landfill in the national capital will be used in the construction of highways, including the Meerut Expressway
  • According to CSO,India's GDP accelerated to 7.3% in Q2 of 2016-17

    • The Central Statistical Office (CSO) on 30 November 2016 announced that India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) accelerated to 7.3 percent in the second quarter (July-September) of 2016-17 
  • NITI Aayog constitutes Chandrababu Naidu Committee to promote cashless society, digital economy

    • The NITI Aayog has constituted a 13 member Committee on promotion of cashless society and digital economy
    • Its main aim is to promote financial inclusion, transparency and healthy financial ecosystem nationwide.

  • U.N. Apologizes for Role in Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Outbreak

    • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has apologised to the people of Haiti for the role played by the UN peacekeepers in sparking a devastating cholera epidemic in the country
  • Ameising Luikham appointed on special duty in minority affairs Ministry

    • Ameising Luikham, secretary, department of public enterprises, has been appointed officer on special duty in minority affairs ministry. 
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