Current Affairs Daily Digest: December 11, 2016

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for December 11, 2016 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

National Current Affairs

Centre to launch helpline number 14444 to promote digital payments
  • Union Government will soon launch nationwide toll-free helpline number ‘14444’ to promote digital payments. The helpline will educate people and provide support related to cashless mode of transactions.
Water route between Delhi-Agra to be started soon
  • Union Government planning to start water route between Delhi to Agra on the Yamuna River. Water transport in a big way is the cheapest means of transportation.
Government simplify rules of passport issuance services
  • Union Government has simplified services relating to the issuance of passport by making changes in the existing rules. It makes process of applying for changes in date of birth in existing passports easy. It also allows digitally signed marriage and birth certificates as valid proofs of marriage.
Government to launch new information policy soon
  • The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is going to formulate a National Information and Communication Policy. It will address the communication needs of the people (especially in rural areas), challenges and the paradigm shift taking place across media space.

States

Cyclone Vardah changes its direction
  • The very severe cyclonic storm, Vardah over west central and adjoining south Bay of Bengal moved further westwards. The system is very likely to move west-southwestwardsto cross north Tamil Nadu & south Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh launches website of APEDB
  • Andhra Pradesh Government launched website of state Economic Development Board (AP-EDB). It aims at providing a repository of knowledge on investing in Andhra Pradesh, policies of various sectors and give investors various investment opportunities offered by state.
Madhya Pradesh launches Narmada Seva Yatra
  • Madhya Pradesh Government has launched five months long Narmada Seva Yatra to turn the Narmada river pollution free. It will cover more than 1900 kilometres in 16 districts and create awareness about the conservation of the river.

Science and Technology

Scientists identify Cancer protein
  • Scientists have identified a specific cancer protein called CD36 on cancer cells which has the ability to metastasise or spread. It was found in cell membranes of tumour cells and responsible for taking up fatty acids. Cancer is most deadly when it has begun to spread as successful treatment is much more difficult.
Kounotori Experiment
  • Japan space agency JAXA has launched Kounotori Experiment to clean space debris orbiting around earth. It uses a kind of “electrodynamic tether” forged from thin wires of stainless steel and aluminium. It is expected to slow the speed of space junk and pull it into lower orbits for burning them harmlessly in Earth’s atmosphere.
Researchers develop 3D-printed prosthetic hand
  • Researchers from US have 3D printed a low-cost ($15) functional plastic hand for a person who still has the ability to move their wrist. It can be used to grip, write and even catch a ball.

International

Iran signs contract to buy 80 Boeing planes from US firm
  • Iran has finalised an agreement to buy 80 planes from US firm Boeing. This agreement was signed after US had lifted many of its sanctions on Iran in line with a nuclear agreement that came into effect in January 2016.
China launches Tibet-Nepal cargo service
  • China has launched a new cargo service linking Tibet and Nepal as part of its One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative. It links Guangdong, Tibet and Nepal and aims to boost trade with the South Asian neighbours.
OPEC, non-OPEC producers in deal to cut oil output
  • OPEC and non-OPEC producers have reached their first deal to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut. This is first such deal since 2001 reached by OPEC which has a long history of cheating on output quotas. More than two years of low prices had overstretched many budgets and spurred unrest in some OPEC countries.

Persons in News

John Kerry conferred with Highest French civilian award
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry has been has been awarded Officer of the Legion of Honour, the highest French civilian distinction for his contribution in peace effort.
3 Indian origin teenagers bag $1 lakh US scholarship
  • Three Indian-origin teenagers have won scholarship worth $ 1 lakh for their innovative research in 17th annual Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition. Identical twin sisters Shriya and Adhya won the competition for their project on Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Diagnosis. Vineet Edupuganti, won the top individual award for developing an ingestible battery.

Banking, Business and Economy

Rs 4.27 lakh crore notes issued after demonetisation: RBI
  • The RBI has so far issued currency notes worth over Rs 4.27 lakh crore to public through banks and ATMs following demonetisation of old Rs. 500 and 1000 currency note.
 Government to amend RBI Act to annul old Rs 500, 1,000 notes
  • The Union Government will amend the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Act 1934 to extinguish the validity of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000. Reference to this effect would be made in the upcoming Budget in February 2017.
SBI Cards to launch Rs 25,000 limit credit cards soon
  • The SBI Cards & Payment Services (SBI Cards) will soon launch a credit card with a cap of Rs 25,000 for those at the lower strata of the society, who have the capacity to pay but don’t have cards.
ONGC to roll out new ‘basin’ in Agartala by 2017
  • State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will set up a new ‘basin’ in Agartala by the end of 2017 to explore more oil and gas in the North-East region. ONGC’s North East operations are divided into two areas—Assam Fold Belt from Silchar to Agartala and Assam Shelf from Jorhat to Duliajan.

Defence

India to get Rafale fighter jets in 3-yr time
  • India will get the first tranche of Rafale fighter jets from France in the next three years. Within five and a half years Indian Air force will have two full squadron of aircrafts in operation.Rafale fighter jets are capable of carrying nuclear weapons and equipped with latest technology.

Sports

Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to hit three double centuries
  • Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score three double centuries in Tests. Kohli amassed his third double ton in the fourth Test against England in Mumbai.

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