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Current affairs : December 31, 2016 for all competitive exams

President approved ordinance on demonetisation
President Pranab Mukherjee on Dec 30 approved the promulgation of an ordinance that will help extinguish the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government’s liability towards the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes after March 31, 2017.
  • Ordinance provides for a minimum fine of Rs. 10,000 or five times the face value of such notes found in possession of anyone after that date. 
  • From December 31 to March 31, those still in possession of currency notes whose legal tender nature has been cancelled can exchange these notes at the specified offices of the central bank.

‘Mobile App and Facebook Page’ of ‘National Trust’
The government has launched the ‘Mobile App and Facebook Page’ of the National Trust to mark the ‘National Trust Foundation Day’ on the theme “Celebrating Inclusion”.

Current affairs : December 30, 2016 for all competitive exams

Govt meets PMUY target of 1.5 crore LPG connection additions this financial year
The government has met the 1.5 crore target for LPG connections to be added in this financial year under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). With this, LPG coverage across the country has been increased to 70% as of December 1.
  • The top five states with the highest number of connections are Uttar Pradesh (46 lakh), West Bengal (19 lakh), Bihar (19 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (17 lakh) and Rajasthan (14 lakh).
  • The households belonging to SC/ST constitute large chunk of beneficiaries with 35% of the connections being released to them.

Financial data management body mooted
The Committee, headed by Ajay Tyagi, has submitted its report and a draft bill titled ‘The financial data management centre bill 2016’.

Current affairs : December 29, 2016 for all competitive exams

Cabinet approves International Solar Alliance (ISA)
The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ratification of ISA’s Framework Agreement by India.
  • ISA was launched jointly by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France on 30th November, 2015 at Paris on the side-lines of the 21st CoP meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • The ISA aims to bring together more than 121 solar resource rich nations for coordinated research, low cost financing and rapid deployment.
  • The foundation stone of the ISA Headquarters was laid at Gwal Pahari, Guragaon in Haryana.

Cabinet approves Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely “Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Areas” to improve the rural road connectivity in the worst LWE affected districts from security angle.

Current affairs : December 28, 2016 for all competitive exams

Foundation stone of Char Dham Highway Project laid by PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone for the 900km Char Dham highway project in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The project’s main objective is to develop around 900 km of national highways.
  • The Char Dham highway project involves building tunnels, viaducts, bridges and bypasses in the entire state, along with way-side amenities that will include helipad for emergency evacuation and parking facilities, among others.

Committee on Digital Payments submitted report to Finance Ministry
The panel, headed by former finance secretary Ratan Watal, was constituted in August to suggest ways to encourage India’s movement towards a cashless economy.
Some recommendations are:

Current affairs : December 27, 2016 for all competitive exams

Sagarmala Development Company
The government recently inaugurated the Sagarmala Development Company (SDC). The Cabinet had approved the formation of the SDC under the administrative control of the Ministry of Shipping in July 2016.
  • The Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013.
  • The company has an initial Authorized Share Capital of Rs. 1,000 Crore and a subscribed share capital of Rs. 90 Crore.
  • The main objective of the company is to identify port-led development projects under the Sagarmala Programme and provide equity support for the project Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up by the Ports / State / Central Ministries and funding window and /or implement only those residual projects which cannot be funded by any other means / mode.

Centre releases special stamp on freedom fighter “Shri Gaya Prasad Katiyar”
Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has brought out a Special Cover on freedom fighter “Shri Gaya Prasad Katiyar”.

Current affairs : December 26, 2016 for all competitive exams

Agni 5, India’s Longest Range Nuclear Capable Missile, Successfully Test Fired
Agni-5, India’s longest range nuclear capable missile, was recently successfully test fired from the Kalam Island off Odisha coast by the Defence Research and Development Organisation or DRDO.
  • The intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile, the latest in India’s “Agni” family of medium to intercontinental range missiles, has been through four trials now.
  • Agni-5 has a range of over 5,000 km and can carry about a 1,000-kg warhead. It can target almost all of Asia including Pakistan and China and Europe.

Lucky Grahak Yojana, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana launched
Government of India has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants to promote digital transaction.

Current affairs : December 25, 2016 for all competitive exams

Good Governance Day being observed to mark Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Birthday
Good Governance Day is being observed today (25th December 2016) to mark the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who has turned 92. 
  • Good Governance campaign will be undertaken for 100 days during which Ministers and Members of Parliament will travel across the country and attend programmes highlighting the government's key initiatives. 
  • The endeavour of the government is to improve delivery systems, to promote digital transformation and take forward the connectivity revolution in all sectors.

DRDO successfully flight tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur off Odisha coast. 

Current affairs : December 24, 2016 for all competitive exams

National Consumer Day 
The Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution is celebrating the National Consumer Day this year with the theme “Alternate Consumer Disputes Redressal” on 24th December, 2016.
  • The National Consumer Day is observed every year on December 24. On this day, the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President. 
  • The Day is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the national consumer movement and is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers.

NITI Aayog launches the National Index for Performance on Health Outcomes
NITI Aayog has launched the National Index for Performance on Health Outcomes. With this, the NITI Aayog aims to nudge States towards transformative action in the Health sector.

Current affairs : December 23, 2016 for all competitive exams

Kisan Diwas is observed every year on 23 December across India 
Kisan Diwas is observed every year on 23 December across India Since 2001 to celebrate the birth anniversary of the fifth prime minister and kisan leader,Ch. Charan Singh.
Kisan Diwan is also known as Farmers Day or Charan Singh Jayanti.

Important Union Cabinet Approval's: 22 December 2016
1.     Union Cabinet Approves Ordinance to amend Payment of Wages Act, 1936
2.     The Centre approved a draft ordinance on December 21, 2016, to empower states and enable industries to pay wages by cheque or by direct credit into bank accounts of workers earning up to Rs. 18,000 a month, without taking their explicit consent.
3.     CCEA approves doubling of Rajpura-Bhatinda railway line
4.     The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) gave its approval for doubling of Rajpura-Bhatinda railway line at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,251.25 crore.
5.     Union Cabinet approves sale of part of HAL’s surplus, vacant land
6.     The Union Cabinet on December 21, approved the sale of part of surplus and vacant land of 87.70 acres at Pimpri in Pune, Maharashtra to meet Rs. 821.17 crore net liabilities of Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd (HAL).
7.     Cabinet To Launch toll-free number 10588 for pregnant women
8.     The union government will soon set up a toll-free number 10588 to provide relevant information and guidance directly to the pregnant women.

Current affairs : December 22, 2016 for all competitive exams

Indian Enterprise Development Services
The Government has approved cadre review and formation of the Indian Enterprise Development Service (IEDS) in the Office of the Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • The creation of the new cadre and change in structure is aimed at strengthening the organisation. It will also help achieve the vision of Startup India, Stand-up India and Make in India.

Cabinet approves ordinance to pay salaries via cheques
The Centre approved the promulgation of an ordinance on December 21 to enable industries to pay wages by cheque or by direct credit into bank accounts of workers earning up to Rs. 18,000 a month, without taking their explicit consent as required under the present 1936 law.

Current affairs : December 21, 2016 for all competitive exams

GARV-II App launched to track Rural electrification
The government has launched GARV- II app to track Rural Household Electrification. This is the next step in Government of India’s aim to provide access to electricity to all households in the country.
  • Under this module, village-wise and habitation-wise base line data on household electrification for all States, as provided by them, has been incorporated.

Digital India Awards 2016 – Healthy Ministry wins gold in the Web Ratna Category 
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has won gold in the Web Ratna category in the recently concluded Digital India awards, 2016, conferred by the Ministry of Electronics & IT to promote more innovative e-governance initiatives by the government entities.

Current affairs : December 20, 2016 for all competitive exams

International Human Solidarity Day 20 December 
The United Nations' (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. 
  • It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.
  • On International Human Solidarity Day, governments are reminded of their commitments to international agreements on the need for human solidarity as an initiative to fight against poverty.

PM launches major skill development projects in Kanpur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation of the first-ever Indian Institute of Skills of the country at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh 19 December 2016. 
  • The institute is aimed at making youth more employable and self-reliant. The institute has been conceptualised by the Prime Minister during his visit to Singapore's Institute of Technical Education.

Current affairs : December 19, 2016 for all competitive exams

Swasthya Raksha Programme launched by AYUSH Ministry
The Union AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ to promote health and health education in villages.
  • The programme was initiated through Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS). 
  • It was launched by AYUSH Ministry in October 2015.

British Library to digitise 4,000 Bengali books
A new British Library project will digitise 4,000 early printed Bengali books, amounting to more than 800,000 pages, as part of the U.K. India Year of Culture plans for 2017.

Current affairs : December 18, 2016 for all competitive exams

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat to be next Indian Army chief; B.S Dhanoa to be IAF chief
The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the new Chief of Army Staff, while Air Marshal BS Dhanoa, the next Chief of Air Staff. They will take charge in the afternoon of 31st of this month.
  • Lt. Gen Rawat will replace General Dalbir Singh.
  • Air Marshal Dhanoa, who will replace Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, was commissioned into the fighter stream of the Air Force in June 1978.

Rajiv Jain named next Director of IB, AK Dhasmana to head RAW
Jharkhand cadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain was appointed as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). 
  • He succeeds Dineshwar Sharma.

Current affairs : December 17, 2016 for all competitive exams

Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 comes into force
The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has come into force on 15th December, 2016. 
  • The government has also said that the Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 (the Scheme) introduced vide the said Act will commence on 17th December, 2016 and shall remain open for declarations up to 31st March, 2017.

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Current affairs : December 16, 2016 for all competitive exams

Nation pays tribute to bravehearts of 1971 Indo-Pak war on Vijay Diwas 
The nation is paying tributes to the bravehearts on  16 December 2016, who laid down their lives during 1971 India-Pakistan war on the occasion of Vijay Diwas which is observed on 16 December of every year.
  • On the occasion, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with three Service chiefs paid tributes to the bravehearts at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

NITI Aayog announces launch of the schemes – Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana – for incentivising digital payment

Current affairs : December 15, 2016 for all competitive exams

Interim Nationwide Ban Imposed On Manja For Flying Kites By NGT
A ban was imposed by the National Green Tribunal on December 14, 2016 on the procurement, sale and use of glass powder coated ‘manja’ and other dangerous strings for flying kites.
  • The order was passed by the NGT bench, headed by  Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar who said that  the sharp string poses a danger to humans, animals and birds as well as causes harm to environment.
  • The ban would apply on the use of nylon, Chinese and cotton manja coated with glass until the next hearing on February 1, 2017.

RS passes Disabilities Bill with more benefits

Current affairs : December 14, 2016 for all competitive exams

National Resource Centre for Tribal Livelihood to be launched
Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with UNDP and National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) is all set to launch “Vanjeevan” the National Resource Centre for Tribal Livelihood issues at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • Vanjeevan will be a programme to identify the problems in livelihood issues in select districts of six states having low HDI of tribal people in the first phase. The states are Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Telangana.

Current affairs : December 13, 2016 for all competitive exams

NDRF teams pre-positioned in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for cyclone Vardah
In view of development of cyclone Vardah over Bay of Bengal, 19 flood rescue teams of NDRF have been prepositioned in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu as a proactive deployment.
  • The Disaster Management Act has made the statutory provisions for constitution of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for the purpose of specialized response to natural and man-made disasters.