Current Affairs Daily Digest: December 28, 2016

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for December 28, 2016 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

CCEA approves road connectivity project for LWE affected areas

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved centrally sponsored road connectivity project for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas to improve rural road connectivity. The project aims to provide connectivity with culverts and cross drainage structures in 44 worst left wing affected and adjoining districts. It is critical from security and communication point of view. It will be implemented under Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The fund sharing pattern will be the same as PMGSY in the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre and the states except for the eight North Eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh for which the ratio is 90:10.

India, Bhutan sign MoU for green construction

India has signed MoU (Memorandum of understanding) with Bhutan for providing technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering in green and sustainable construction in Bhutan. The MoU was signed between India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Bhutan’s Department of Engineering Services in Thimpu. Under the MoU, CPWD will assist its Bhutanese counterpart in promoting sustainability in the built environment, capacity building through training of manpower, bench-marking in building and road sectors besides deputing engineering experts to Bhutan.

International Current Affairs

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe offers condolences to Pearl Harbour attack victims

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered condolences to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago. However, he did not issue an apology for the attack. He was accompanied by US President Barack Obama. Japan had devastated much of the Pearl Harbor base in a surprise attack in 1941, killing 2,300 US servicemen. It had damaged all eight of the US battleships at the base and sunk four of them, propelling the US into World War Two. In the years after Japan’s attack,US incarcerated roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps. US also dropped atomic bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that led to unconditional surrender of Japan and end of of WWII.

Union Government gives nod for apex corridor development body

The Union Government has approved the re-designation of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project Implementation Trust Fund (DMICPTF) as National Industrial Corridor Development & Implementation Trust (NICDIT). NICDIT will be the apex body to oversee integrated development of all industrial corridors across the country. Read more

Tribal development remains poor: Tribal Ministry report

According to recently released annual report of the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the tribal population in India lags behind other social groups on various social parameters. The tribal population lags in parameters such as child mortality and infant mortality and women’s health, education, poverty etc. Read more

NBWL gives nod to Ken-Betwa Inter-Linking of Rivers Project

The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its clearance for the Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project, paving the way to begin work for linking two rivers. The clearance of NBWL was requires since the project requires diversion of forest land from core area of Panna Tiger Reserve. Read more

States Current Affairs

India’s first Digi Dhan mela held in Gurugram

The first Digi Dhan mela in the country was held in Gurugram, Haryana to promote digital and cashless transactions. The Lucky Grahak Yojana (LGY) for consumers and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (DVY) for merchants were launched with much fanfare enable people to purchase items only by making digital payment. The fair also educated the people on how to use mobile phones or AADHAR for making payments online. The Union Government has launched LGY to encourage the consumers and DVY to encourage merchants for transition to digital payments. The main focus of these award based schemes is to bring the poor, lower middle class and small businesses into the digital payment fold. The National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) is the implementing agency for these schemes.  Transactions using, RuPay USSD, UPI and AEPS are only be covered under these schemes. Digital payments made through credit cards and e-Wallets are not covered. The award based schemes were started on December 25, 2016 and will end on April 14, 2017 on Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti.

Kerala’s Nedumkayam becomes first cashless, digital tribal colony

Nedumkayam colony in the Karulazhi panchayat in Malapuram District of Kerala became the first fully-digital tribal colony in the country. It is located about 400kms from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. The colony may be lagging behind in many ways, but the now has become a model for the rest of the country. The declaration was made after adequate training for the entire tribal people of the colony in digital literacy and cashless transaction. The training was completed with the support of National Service Scheme (NSS), volunteers of an Arts and Science College at Kondotty and Jan Sikshan Sansthan, of Malappuramdistrict.

Bihar Government approves 50 % reservation in judicial services

Bihar Government has declared 50% reservation in all judicial services for aspirants belonging to the Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). This reservation will be in both Superior Judicial Services and Subordinate Judicial Services of the State. Aspirants belonging to EBCs will get 21%reservation, OBCs will have 12% reservations, Scheduled Castes will have 16% reservation and Scheduled Tribes will get 1% reservation. In all categories, there will be 35% ‘horizontal reservation’ for women and 1% reservation for disabled persons. This decision was taken in view of  the Supreme Court order in the State of Bihar versus Dayanand Singh case (September 2016) and after approval of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).

Gujarat government announces Biotechnology Policy 2016

Gujarat Government announced its ‘Biotechnology Policy-2016’ to establish state as a preferred destination for manufacturing of biotechnology products. The policy has provisions for various incentives for investors who are keen to set up their units in the state.  Read more

Environment, Science&Technology Current Affairs

ISRO to deploy five communication satellites in 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be deploying five communication satellites in 2017 to meet the urgent need of transponder requirements of the country. The next communication satellite will be GSAT17 which will have 48 transponders. It will be followed by a SAARC satellite with 12 transponders. ISRO was also planning next generation communication satellites which will have increased number of beams, up to 32 beams.  In January 2017, PSLV-C-37 will launch CARTOSAT-2 and a cluster of satellites.

Indian Army partners with IIT Gandhinagar for critical technology requirements

Indian Army has partnered with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar to set up a research and development (R&D) cell at the IIT campus. The research cell will work with the faculty and research students to identify problems and possible solutions for the Indian Army. In this regard, MoU was signed between Indian Army and IIT Gandhinagar. It will also enable the IIT and Indian Army to collaborate in areas including critical technology requirements of Indian Army, sharing of professional and technical knowledge.

Astronomers discover universe’s biggest Galaxy Supercluster near Milky Way

A team of international astronomers has discovered Vela super cluster, one of the biggest super galaxy clusters near the Milky Way. It was spotted by a research team of astronomers from South Africa, Australia and Europe with help slew of telescopes including the Anglo-Australian Telescope (Sydney) and South African Large Telescope (Cape Town). Read more

Kerala to seek Union government’s approval for using deer antlers in Ayurveda medicines

The Kerala Government has approached the Union Government for allowing use of antlers of spotted deer and sambar of Ayurveda medicines. SBWL is seeking suitable amendments to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for using the antlers for medicinal purposes. Read more

Persons in News

Former MP CM Sunderlal Patwa passes away

Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and senior BJP leader Sunderlal Patwa passed away in Bhopal. He was 92. He had served twice as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. For first time he was appointed CM for a brief period of two months in 1980 and for second term from 1990 to 1992. He also had served as minister in NDA government at the Centre led by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1999 to 2000. Sunderlal Patwa was an RSS ideologue and was instrumental in consolidating BJP base in the undivided Madhya Pradesh. He is considered as political mentor of incumbent Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Till recently, he was part of BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal in the state.

Thomas Bossert appointed as top Counterterrorism adviser by Donald Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump has named an experienced former national security adviser (NSA) Thomas Bossert to serve as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. In his new role, he will advise the President on issues related to homeland security, counter terrorism, and cyber security. He will also coordinate the Cabinet’s process for formulating and executing policy. He will work closely with newly appointed NSA retired Lt. General Michael Flynn. Thomas Bossert previously had served as Deputy Assistant to the President for homeland security under President George W. Bush.

Viral V Acharya appointed as RBI Deputy Governor

The Union Government has appointed Viral V Acharya (42) as new Deputy Governor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will have regular three-year tenure. He will fill the post that fell vacant after Urjit Patel after he was made RBI Governor to succeed Rajan with effect from September 2016. Read more

Rajasthani writer Satya Narayan chosen for 2016 Bihari Puraskar

Eminent Rajasthani litterateur Dr Satya Narayan was chosen for the 26th Bihari Puraskar 2016 by the K K Birla Foundation. He was been chosen for his Hindi book titled Yeh Ek Dunia published in 2010. Read more

Sports Current Affairs

Meghalaya to host 2022 National Games

Meghalaya will host the 2022 National Games. In this regard, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) accepted Meghalaya’s bid to host the National Games. In this selection process, Meghalaya overshadowed four other bidders Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgargh, Goa and Uttarakhand. Meghalaya will be the third northeastern state after Manipur and Assam to host the National Games. The 2022 National Games will coincide Meghalaya’s 50 years of statehood. Earlier in 2016, Meghalaya had successfully hosted South Asian Games which was co-hosted in Shillong and Guwahati (Assam). Goa is hosting National Games in November 2017.

Virat Kohli named as Cricket Australia’s ODI Captain of Year

Cricket Australia (CA) has named India Test captain Virat Kohli as captain of the board’s One-Day International (ODI) Team of the Year. He was preferred over Australia’s captain Steve Smith. Smith was, however, picked in the ‘All-Star’ team. Besides Kohli medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah was the other Indian named in the team. Earlier Kohli was also picked captain of the ICC’s ODI team of the year.

Cricket Australia’s ODI Team of Year: Virat Kohli (India,captain), Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa), David Warner (Australia), Steve Smith (Australia), Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Babar Azam (Pakistan), Jos Buttler (England), Jasprit Bumrah (India), Imran Tahir (South Africa).


Suresh Kalmadi, Abhay Singh Chautala appointed as IOA’s life presidents

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has appointed Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as its life presidents. Decision in this regard was taken unanimously during IOA’s Annual General Meeting held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The life president of IOA is an honorary post and person holding it has no voting rights or involvement in day-to-day functioning of the sporting body.

 

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