Monday, 14 December 2015

current affairs 2016

current affairs 2016

Around India
# India ranks 130 (out of 188 countries) in Human Development Index as per UNDP Report (last year India was placed at 135th)
# Among the BRICS nations, India was ranked lowest in Human Development Index; Norway topped the list followed by Australia and Switzerland
# Problems of our Nation can be successfully handled, if we think together, work together and grow together: President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee
# Central Government has appointed Justice L Narasimha Reddy (retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court) to head the Judicial Committee which will look into the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for the Ex- Servicemen
# Government of India has requested the States/
UTs to start “Operation Smile-II” from 1st January, 2016 to 31st January, 2016 to be rolled out throughout the country as a follow up of the earlier campaign to rescue/rehabilitate the missing children
# New website of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) was launched ( )
# Rajasthan becomes the first State to submit Smart City Proposals (for 4 Cities) to the Ministry of Urban Development; as of now 15 Cities from 7 State has submitted (Today is the last date for submission of Smart City Proposals to the Ministry of Urban Development)
# Several States have written to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary and Finance Minister to delay the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations
# Centre approves nationwide use of IIT-M water purifier

Inside the Parliament
# External Affairs Minister, Ms. Sushma Swaraj made a Suo Motu statement in both the Houses about her recent visit to Pakistan and recent developments relating to ties between the two countries
# GST Bill in limbo as only five days remaining for the winter session of the Parliament

Indian States
# Delhi: the juvenile convict in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case may walk free on Dec 20 unless the Delhi High Court intervenes in support of the Centre's concerns
# Jammu & Kashmir: 2 heritage clusters (Jammu and Srinagar) to safeguard the world-famous art
and handicrafts
# Uttar Pradesh: women have won nearly 44% of the panchayat poll's chief posts

Tamil Nadu
# Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi to accord special sanction to provide permanent house to 2 lakh families
# Former DGP, Mr. R. Natraj back in AIADMK
# Plea to close TASMAC shops in flood affected district was dismissed by the Madras High Court
# Another Crack in Mr. Vaiko's MDMK: 4 more district secretaries join DMK
# Opposition parties tear into Chief Secretary, Mr. Gnanadesikan's defence on release of water from Chembrambakkam reservoir

World Affairs
# Pravin Gordhan, a widely respected Indian- origin politician, has been appointed as South Africa's new Finance Minister
# In a first, six countries in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to introduce VAT [GCC - Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia andUAE]

Business / Economics
# WTO's Ministerial meeting begins at Nairobi (Kenya) today; India wants WTO to discuss farm subsidies of the rich
# RBI Governor, Dr. Raghuram Rajan met top bank heads and discussed about the bad loan woes
# Wipro and Dell join hands with Microsoft for cloud services
# Infosys invests in sports startup WHOOP

# Cricket players auction for two new IPL teams today
# Magnus Carlsen won the London Chess Classic title
# Anirban Lahiri become the fourth Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit Title

# Artist K. S. Kamesh's painting "Amalgamation" has been selected for the International Artist Grnad Prize Competition 2016