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.
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Govt meets PMUY target of 1.5 crore LPG connection additions this financial year
- 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
Cabinet approves International Solar Alliance (ISA)
- 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
Foundation stone of Char Dham Highway Project laid by PM
- 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.
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:
- 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”
Agni 5, India’s Longest Range Nuclear Capable Missile, Successfully Test Fired
- 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.
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.
National Consumer Day
Alternate Consumer Disputes Redressal
- 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 National Index for Performance on Health Outcomes
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.
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.
Indian Enterprise Development Services
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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.