Current Affairs (Dec 2016- Jan 2017)

IMPORTANT NEWS:

·        Food security Actimplemented throughout country. With this, now NFSA has been implemented in allstates and union territories. As a result , 81.34 crore persons will getsubsidized wheat at Rs. 2 per kg and rice at Rs. 3 per kg.

·        The 7thAsian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)was inauguratedat Vigyan Bhavan in new Delhi

·        India Japan signLandmark civil Nuclear Agreement.

·        Indian AmericanKamala Harris scripted history when she emerged victorious becoming the first blackand Asian Senator.

·        The InternationalSolar Alliance (ISA), brain child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved to thenext level with more than 20 countries , including India & France, signingon the first day it was opened for signature on the sidelines of the UN climateconference(cop22) in Marrakesh, Moroccco. More countries are expected to joinif formally in very near future.

ISA(Internationalsolar Alliance) is a Coalition of solar resource rich countries lying fully orpartially between the topic of cancer and tropic of Capricorn.

·        The ambitious sub–regional road connectivity  planinvolving Bangladesh, Bhutan , India, and Nepal(BBIN), an initiative by primeminister  Narendra Modi to boost regionalintegration, has hit a stumbling block with Bhutan Pariament’s upper housedeciding against ratifying the motor vehicle pact.The BBIN agreement – signedin Bhutan’s Capital Thimpu in july – will become a operational only when allthe four countries ratify it. India, Bangaladesh and Nepal have alreadyratified it. The pact will allow seamless movement of vehicles among four countries.

·        Donald Trumpelected as the 45th president of the U.S.A.

·        China UnveilsJ-20 stealth fighter planes at Air show.

·        Parliament, notGovt ,can decide on Brexit-A U.K Court ruled. In a follow up to Brexitreferendum, Theresa May government is set to start the process of leaving theEU according to Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty.

·        The landmark Parisclimate pact came into force on november4,2016.The pact now acquires the statusof international law. The pact had been signed in december 2015 by about 200countries including china, USA and the European Union. The Paris deal seeks towean the world economy off fossil fuels in the second half of the century ,limiting the rise in average world temperature to “ well below “ 2 degreeCelsius.

·        Russia facingallegations of war crimes in relation to its policies in Syria , lost its seaton the UN human Right council .

·        Indiagot its first road runway in uttar Pradesh ,when, three Sukoi  and three Mirage fighter jets of the indianair force successfully landed and took off from the agra- lucknow Greenfieldexpressway of the country , as a mark of its official launch as a road runway.

·        China’sShenzhou- 11 manned spacecraft returned to earth on November 18. 2016, bringinghome two astronauts from rising power’s longest ever orbital mission, in amilestone for its vaulting ambitions.

·        The 47thInternational film festival of India, one of the oldest film festival of Asia,was organised in Panaji, Goa.

·        Indiadefeated its arch- rival Pakistan in the final in Malaysia to lift theAsian  champion ship trophy (men’s)hockey crown . It is India’s second championship trophy title as it had won theinaugural edition of it’s in 2011 against Pakistan.

 

 

·        Japan’sHideki Matsuyama Clinched the WGC-HSBC Champion-ship on October 30,2016 inshanghai, becoming the first Asian  towin a world Golf championship.

·        ZydusCadila CMD pankaj patel, has been elected the new president of “ Federation ofindian Chambers of Commerece and industry (FICCI) for 2017.

·        Yudhvirsingh malik was appointed the chairman of National highway Authority ofindia(NHAI)

·        Authorof the book ,”The inner Fire”? - Justice Nariman.

·        Sindhon  November 24 ,2016 become the first PakistaniProvince to pass the law to prevent forced religious conversions.

·        Indiabecame an associate member of the European organisation for nuclear Research(CERN), the largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory of the world basedin Geneva.

·        Indiahas ranked very poorly at 133 in a new Global Youth Development Index , compiledby the commonwealth secretariat on the countries prospects for  young people in  employment, education, health, civic, andpolitical spheres. India ranked below neighbouring countries like Nepal (77),Bhutan (69), and Sri lanka (31).

·        Themajor decisions of the GST (Goods & Services Tax) Council are as follows:

Thefour bands of tax rates have been fixed at 5 per cent, 12 per cent , 18 percent and 28 per cent.

Demeritgoods or sin goods such as pan masala, tobacco and tobacco products , willinvite a tax of 28 per cent plus the cess. GST is most likely to be implementedfrom 1st July 2017.

·        AndhraPradesh and Telangana shot ahead of Gujrat to grab the top spot in the businessreforms ranking for 2016 released by the department of industrial policy andpromotion (DIPP) and world bank.

·        NITIAayog Ranks Maharashtra most Farmer- Friendly state.

·        TheReserve bank of India , after consultation with the government has allowedIndian banks to raise funds through issuance of rupee denominated bondsoverseas.

·        RBI gave,in principal approval as small bank, to Ujjvan financial services pvt. Ltd. OnSeptember 16,2015 along with 9 entities, Ujjivan small finance bank ltd willnow provide the full range of services to the un-banked and under –banked,specially the marginal farmers, low income group ,small traders , and otherpeople working in unorganized sector , in the 24 states it will operate in. Smallbank can provide loans and advantages to these groups.

·        Stateowned Power Grid Corporation of India limited (PGCIL) intents to build energyhighways throughout the country to address the anticipated growth in power demand.The energy highway will consist of 114,000 MW high capacity HVDC (High –voltagedirect current) systems.

·        InJanuary 2015 , prime minister Narender modi dedicated Akodara, in sabarkanthadistrict of Gujrat, some 90 km from Ahemdabad, as India ‘s first digitalvillage”.

·        Thecenter announced a new committee, headed by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to forma strategy to expediate the process of transforming India into a cashless economy.

 

 

Major Awards of 47th IFFI 2016 :

 

·        BestActor (Male) Award: “Farhad Aslani”(iran) for film “Daughter”.

·        BestActor (Female) Award: “Elina Vaska” (Latvia) for film “Mellow mud”.

·        Goldenpeacock award for best film : Daughter ( an Iranian film)

·        Bestdirector : Soner Caner and Baris Kaya (Jointly for the Turkish film Rauf).

 

 

BooksAnd Authors:

 

·        MusicMasti Modernity: The Cinema of Nasir Hussain (by Akshay Manwani)

·        Thekeeper of Memories (by Madhu Gurung)

·        AnEra of Darkness (by Shashi Tharoor)

·        Onelife is not enough (by Natwar Singh)

·        Thelegend of Lakshmi Prasad (by Twinkle Khanna)

 

Acronyms:

 

1)     EEA:                          European EconomicArea

2)     FCTC:                        Framework convention onTobacco control

3)     CBFC:                        Central board for filmcertification

4)     ICSSR:                       Indian council for socialscience research

5)     DIPP:                         Department ofindustrial policy and promotion

6)     FCRA:                        Foreign contributionregulation act

7)     AMCDRR:                 Asian Ministerial conferenceon Disaster Risk Reduction

8)     UNISDR:                   United Nations InternationalStrategy for Disaster Reduction

9)     ILC:                            International law commission

10)  AMRUT:                   Atal Mission for Rejuvenation andUrban Transformation.

 

 

 

 

Important Days:

 

National Days

·        January9                         PravasiBhartiya Diwas (Non resident Indian (NRI) Day)

                                         TheDay on which Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from

                                         SouthAfrica

·        January12                       National YouthDay (Swami Vivekanand Birthday)

·        January15                       Army Day

·        January25                       National TourismDay

·        January26                       Republic Day

International Days

·        January1                         Global FamilyDay

·        January26                       International CustomsDay

·        January30                       World LeprosyEradication Day


Comments

More in Worlds