Current Affairs Daily Digest: December 18, 2016
The Current Affairs Daily Digest for December 18, 2016 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
Union Government mulls merger of cyber, telecom dispute appeals tribunals
The Union Government is planning to merge Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CyAT) and with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) into single larger entity to avoid identical and overlapping functions. CyAT adjudicates matters related to information technology. Whereas, TDSAT adjudicate disputes and dispose of appeals with a view to protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector to promote and ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector.
Jammu and Kashmir has no sovereignty: SC
The Supreme Court in a landmark verdict held that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and did not enjoy sovereign status, either under its constitution or that of India. Read more
India, Tajikistan ink four agreements
India and Tajikistan have signed four agreements in areas including on double taxation avoidance, money laundering and counter-terrorism. Read more
Asia Pacific nations adopt New Delhi Declaration for Urban Plus approach
The sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) held in New Delhi has adopted New Delhi declaration to adopt Urban Plus approach. Read more
States Current Affairs
Himachal Pradesh becomes sixth in India to attain 100% Aadhaar saturation
Himachal Pradesh became sixth state/UT in the Country to achieve 100 percent Aadhar saturation on the basis of population of year 2015. Earlier, Delhi, Telangana, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh have achieved this milestone.
Himachal Pradesh’s first Cybercrime police station opens in Shimla
Himachal Pradesh’s first Cyber Crime Police Station was opened at state police headquarter in Shimla. The main objective of this police station is to deal with increasing crime based on misuse of information technology by the High tech criminals. This police station will investigate cyber offences like hacking of government web sites and its data, prevention and detection of cyber terrorism & financing all types of cyber fraud cases.
India’s first Transgender School to be inaugurated in Kochi
India’s first transgender school will be inaugurated at Sahaj International School in Kochi, Kerala on December 30, 2016 by transgender rights activist and artist Kalki Subramaniam. The purpose of this school is to provide transgenders security, salvation and sustainability. The school will provide education and examination equivalent to Class X and XII. The students will be selected from different sections of the transgender community itself, which includes a disabled person and a migrant.
Banking, Business & Economy Current Affairs
HDFC gets RBI nod to raise Rs. 3,000 crore more in masala bonds
Mortgage major HDFC has received permission from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to raise Rs. 3,000 crore by issuing ‘masala bonds’ after it exhausted a Rs. 5,000 crore limit to issue these bonds. Through the ‘masala bond’ route, an Indian company raises money overseas denominated in Indian rupees.
Paytm launches ‘Each one, teach one’ campaign to increase digital inclusion
Paytm has launched ‘Each one, teach one’ campaign to increase the digital inclusion in the country. The campaign aims transforming user behavior and further accelerating the country’s ongoing shift from cash. It calls upon consumers and merchants across India to teach others on how to use Paytm to pay and accept money.
State Bank of India, BSNL launches MobiCash Mobile Wallet
India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) launched State Bank MobiCash Mobile Wallet. It is a joint product by SBI and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Initially, this wallet services will be available in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Bihar and expanded pan-India by the end of December 2016. MobiCash will allow smartphone users to deposit cash through BSNL retail outlets and withdraw funds from their account. SBI already has an application named SBI Buddy for smartphone users.
RBI opposes proposal to set up separate payments regulator
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opposed a move to establish a separate entity to regulate payments and settlements as recommended by Ratan Watal Committee for Digital Payments. Read more
Persons in News
Varun Bhatt and The Week awarded 2016 India Award for Excellence in Journalism
Varun Bhatt of Rajasthan Patrika and The Week have been jointly awarded International Press Institute’s (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2016 for outstanding journalistic work done during 2015. The award will be presented at a function in New Delhi by the end of January 2017. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a trophy and a citation, to each winner.
Indian-American Vijay Sazawal appointed to Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee
A noted Indian-American expert on India-US civil nuclear deal was re-appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) of US Department of Commerce. He is the only Indian American in the advisory committee along with 38 other members. Dr. Sazawal for first time was appointed to CINTAC in 2011 for a two-year term. CINTAC is a valuable mechanism for private sector representatives to contribute to policy discussions and work with government leaders to create the conditions that will strengthen US competitiveness in nuclear trade sector.
Air Marshal BS Dhanoa appointed Air Chief of IAF
The Union Government has appointed Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa as the next Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF). He succeeds Arup Raha who retires on December 31, 2016. Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chief of IAF. He is the third person from Sikh community to head the IAF after Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh. Read more
Rajiv Jain appointed as new chief of Intelligence Bureau
The Union government has appointed senior IPS officer Rajiv Jain as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). He succeeds Dineshwar Sharma and shall have two years term. He is IPS officer of the 1980-batch of Jharkhand-cadre. Read more
Lt Gen Bipin Rawat appointed Chief of Indian Army Chief
The Union Government has appointed Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat as new Chief of Army Staff (CoAS). He succeeds Army Chief General Dalbir Singh who retires on December 31, 2016. His appointment goes against the long-held tradition of appointing the senior-most eligible officer to the topmost post. Read more
Anil Dhasmana appointed as new chief of Research and Analysis Wing
The Union Government has appointed senior IPS officer Anil Dhasmana as new chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. Read more
Science and Technology Current Affairs
NASA successfully launches 8 mini-satellites for hurricane forecasting
The NASA has successfully launched constellation of eight mini-satellites as part Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) into space to improve hurricane forecasting. Read more
China opens first fully-owned satellite ground station near North Pole
China launched its first fully-owned overseas satellite ground station near the North Pole enabling it to collect satellite data anywhere on the Earth at fastest speed in the world. It is formally known as China Remote Sensing Satellite North Pole Ground Station. It is located about 200 kms north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Read more
Vijender Singh retains WBO-Asia Pacific Super title
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh retained his WBO-Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title by defeated Tanzanian boxer Francis Cheka. He defeated Cheka in the third round of the total 10-round contest held at Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi.