Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Current Affairs, Daily GK Update 14th December 2016

Current Affairs, Daily GK Update 2016
1. India, Russia bilateral naval exercise Indra Navy 2016 begins:
  • The 9th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy has started in the Bay of Bengal from 14 to 21 December 2016.
  • The primary aim of exercise INDRA NAVY-16 is to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
2. Rajya Sabha passes bill on rights of differently-abled:
  • A bill stipulating up to two- year jail term and a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons was passed by the Rajya Sabha today.
  • It provides for imprisonment of at least six months up to two years, along with a fine ranging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.
3. India becomes world’s 4th largest defence spender:
  • According to the recently released 2016 IHS Jane’s Defence Budgets report, India has become the world’s fourth largest defence spender
  • In this edition of report published by US research firm IHS Inc, India has surpassed Russia, France, Japan and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s fourth largest defence spender. 
  • United States, China, and the UK remain the top three defence spender in the world.
4. New modern superfast train for unreserved passengers: Antyodaya Express
  • After Deen Dayalu coaches and Humsafar Express, Indian Railways is getting ready to introduce the all new Antyodaya Express
  • Antyodaya Express has been envisioned as an unreserved, superfast service, that will ply on high density routes. 
  • “Antyodaya Express will be a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, for the common man to be operated on dense routes
  • The train will have modern facilities and multiple comforts for the unreserved passenger, a move that is likely to benefit and bring cheer to the common man.
5. Sushma Swaraj named Global Thinker for novel Twitter diplomacy: 
  • Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been named as one of 15 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers
  • She has named in the decision-makers category for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy. 
  • The list has been compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine. 14 other notable thinkers in the list include Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau.
6. 6th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development begins in New Delhi:
  • The sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) began in New Delhi
  • It was inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. 
  • The three days conference seeks to address issues ranging from crowded city centres to peripheral expansion, metropolitan based urban population growth, megacities and urban corridors etc.
  • It was adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (also known as “Habitat III” conference) held in Quito, Ecuador.
7. Malaysia enthrones new King Sultan Muhammad V:
  • Malaysia on 12 December 2016 installed its 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V, in Kuala Lumpur. 
  • The Sultan is reportedly known for his relaxed persona, and is interested in reading and extreme sports. The ruler of Malaysia is changed every five years.
8. Ravindra Kumar, First IAS Officer To Scale Mt Everest Pens Motivational Book:
  • The book titled "Many Everest" An Inspiring Journey of Transforming Dream into Reality’ is penned by Ravindra Kumar.
  • Ravindra Kumar 2011 batch IAS officer as well as the first Seafarer of India, to climb the Mount Everest has written a motivational book for students, which was released by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on December 12, 2016 in New Delhi. 
9. Paytm partners with NHAI for digital payments at toll plazas: 
  • Digital payments platform Paytm has partnered with major National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) toll concessionaries to enable cashless payments at all state, national and city toll plazas. 
  • This partnership will facilitate commuters across the country pay their toll charges instantly using Paytm mobile application by scanning the QR code placed at toll payment counters.
10. Yes Bank ties with Grofers to deliver cash at doorstep:
  • Yes Bank has tied-up with e-grocer Grofers to deliver cash at doorstep, allowing customers to get cash of up to Rs 2,000 when they order grocery online. 
  • The cash delivery service has started  from December 12, 2016, to all customers of bank across Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. Other cities will be added to the list gradually.
11. Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber named ITF Players of the Year: 
  • Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were named ITF (International Tennis Federation) World Champions of the year 2016. 
  • Andy Murray (Britain) has won 9 titles in this year and sealed the year-end rankings top spot. 
  • Angelique Kerber (Germany) has won Australian and US Open titles as well as a silver medal in Rio Olympics. She is the first German to win this award since Steffi Graf claimed in 1996.
12. PV Sindhu wins Most Improved Player award:
  • Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu has won the Badminton World Federation (BWF) 2016 Most Improved Player of the Year award at the Players’ in Dubai.
  • Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.

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