Current Affairs This Week (04-12-2016)

  • Cheap way to produce nuclear fuel using electricity
    Scientists from Russia have developed low-cost method for producing high-quality nuclear fuel using electricity. It is alternative novel method that forms the basis of powder metallurgy and involves electric pulse sintering under pressure.
  • Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland
    The Hornbill Festival began in the Naga Heritage village of Kisama. The festival coincides with the Statehood Day of Nagaland which is observed on December 1.
  • Rakesh Asthana takes additional charge as Director of CBI
    The Union Government has given senior IPS officer Rakesh Asthana additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He took charge following retirement of Anil Sinha.
  • BSF celebrates 51st Raising Day
    BSF The Border Security Force (BSF), the biggest border guarding force in the world celebrated its 51st Anniversary of Raising Day.
  • Union HRD Ministry launches Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan
    Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan (VISAKA) was launched by the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (HRD) to make people aware about cashless economic system.
  • President presents 2nd ICCR Ideologist award
    The second Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Ideologist Award for the year 2016 was awarded to Prof. Yu Long Yu of China. He was presented with this award by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Trial run of Lucknow Metro flagged off
    The Trial run of Lucknow Metro train was flagged off by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The solo trial run of the metro was undertaken by two young women pilots Prachi Sharma and Priyanka Sharma.
  • Israeli scientists create world’s first water-wave laser
    Scientists from Israel have created the world’s first ‘water-wave laser’ that emits a beam through the interaction of light and water waves. The study conducted by team of researchers from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
  • Pakistan-China start direct rail and freight service
    China and Pakistan launched the direct rail & sea freight service between Kunming and Karachi as a part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC) which was launched in 2015
  • Three Parent Baby
    British scientists on December 1, 2016, gave green signal to the use of “three-parent baby” fertility treatments, thus becoming the first in the world to officially introduce the procedures.
  • India’s GDP Rises 7.3% in Q2 FY17 : CSO
    The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Indian economy has grown at the rate of 7.3% in the second quarter of 2016-2017, which is up from the 7.1% recorded in the previous three months.
  • TeamIndus signs Launch Contract with ISRO
    Bangalore-based space tech firm TeamIndus on December 1, 2016 signed a verified commercial launch contract with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for its mission to land a spacecraft on the moon.
  • First unit of Pulichintala hydro power plant in AP
    New Delhi based BHEL has commissioned the first unit of the 4×30 MW Pulichintala Hydroelectric project (HEP) in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh on the river Krishna.
  • UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Cuba’s rumba dance and Belgian beer to its coveted list of “intangible” cultural heritage at the meeting held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
  • Former CBEC head Praveen Mahajan is new AITA President
    Senior bureaucrat Praveen Mahajan is appointed as the President of the All India Tennis Association. She will replace Anil Khanna.
  • Periodic Table Expands With 4 Elements
    The periodic table got larger after four new elements were officially named and added to the chart, including ‘nihonium’ which is the first ever element to be discovered by Japanese scientists.
  • Karjakin to Win World Chess Championship
    World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the world Chess championship which was played in New York City, USA by defeating Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin.
  • World AIDS Day – December 1 2016
    World AIDS Day is observed 1st December every year to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
  • India Switzerland Signs MoU to extend Indo-Swiss BEEP
    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Switzerland for a joint project on energy efficiency of buildings in November 2011, for duration of five years.
  • NIT Agartala signs 3 MoUs with ONGC, NEEPCO business
    National Institute of Technology (NIT) Agartala has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) and iBuild
  • India’s Ranks 102th among 136 economies
    According to the ‘Global Enabling Trade Report 2016’ of World Economic Forum (WEF), India has improved its ranking by four places to 102nd position among 136 economies in terms of enabling cross border trade.
  • Nepal proposes New Constitution amendment Bill
    Nepal’s government registered the new Constitution amendment bill in Parliament, aimed at carving out a new state in southern Nepal to meet the demands of agitating Madhesis and other ethnic groups.
  • Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand signs MoU
    Arunachal Pradesh and Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for promoting cooperation and collaboration between the states.
  • ‘Playing it my way’ named Book of the Year
    Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing it my Way” has won the Crossword Book of the Year Award (Autobiography category).
    The book is penned by renowned cricket historian and Tendulkar’s close friend Boria Majumdar
  • International women and International man award
    The sixth Esquire Man at His Best Awards 2016 was held in Dubai. The major awards are:
    International Woman of the Year Award: Actress Deepika Padukone
    International Man of the Year: Bollywood’s Ranveer Singh
  • Second Indian-American to be Nominated to top Administration
    US President-elect Donald Trump nominated a second Indian-American woman, Dr. Seema Verma as in charge of a federal agency within the health department. Dr Seema Verma, Second Indian-American to be Nominated to top Administration.
  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – worst coral die-off
    The report stated that warm seas around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in less accessible north have lost two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months.
  • IAAF launches online portal to report doping
    International Association of Athletics Federations has launched an online portal for reporting suspicions of doping.The secure portal on its home page is available in six languages and offers full confidentiality.
  • Asian Youth Karate Championships
    Seven-year-old Hashim Mansoor from Kashmir’s Bandipora district has won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Karate Championships, being held at New Delhi.
  • *mock-set-plus*
    Online mock exams for CWE/RRB Prelims and Mains. Clerk and Officer scale

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