Current Affairs This Week (25-12-2016)

  • AYUSH Ministry launches Swasthya Raksha Programme
    The Union AYUSH Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ to promote health and health education in villages.
  • World’s first Goat with superfine wool cloned in China
    The world’s first cloned goat bearing superfine Cashmere wool was born in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
  • Single tribunal to arbitrate inter-State water disputes
    The Union Government has decided to set up a single permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes.
    It will be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.
  • High-level task force on Indus Water Treaty
    The Union government has formed a high-level inter-ministerial task force to look into all the strategic aspects of Indus Water Treaty (IWT) with Pakistan.
  • Scientists use pregnancy fluid to strengthen weak bones
    UK-based researchers have found that stem cells harvested from pregnant woman’s amniotic fluid can be used to strengthen weak bones.
  • PM launches National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
    PM Modi recently launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur, UP. The scheme aims to provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs.
  • Japan successfully launches solid fuel rocket
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched a solid fuel rocket named Epsilon-2 from the Uchinoura Space Center in southern Japan.
  • govt. reconstitutes committee helping Krishna River Board.
    The Union Water Resources Ministry has reconstituted a committee that was tasked with assisting the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB).
  • India suffers from huge gender pay gap: ILO Report
    It shows that India has among the worst levels of gender wage disparity (men earning more than women in similar jobs) with the gap exceeding 30%.
  • NGT bans open waste burning across the country
    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places across the country and announced a fine of Rs. 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning.
  • China launches TanSat satellite
    China successfully launched TanSat, a global carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring satellite to understand the effects of climate change.
  • December 22: National Mathematics Day
    The National Mathematics Day is observed every year on 22nd December to celebrate birth anniversary of great Indian autodidact Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. This year, it is 129th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • Hong Kong revokes visa-free entry to Indians
    Hong Kong, a China-administered special territory has decided to withdraw visa-free facility for Indians from January 23, 2017.
  • Union Cabinet approves ordinance to pay salaries by cheques
    The Union Cabinet has approved a draft ordinance to empower states and allow industries to pay workers’ wages digitally, through a direct bank transfer to accounts or by cheque in a bid to encourage cashless transactions.
  • Kaisa Matomaki, Maksym Radziwill win SASTRA Ramanujan award
    Kaisa Matomaki and Maksym Radziwill have been jointly won the 2016 SASTRA-Ramanujan award for mathematics for their ‘revolutionary’ collaborative work on short intervals in number theory.
  • Nuclear-capable subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay testfired
    Long range nuclear-capable subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay was testfired from the launch complex 3 of the Integrated Missile Test Range in Balasore, Odisha.
  • India became the world’s 6th-largest economy
    According to report published in Forbes magazine, India has surpassed its colonial masters United Kingdom to become world’s sixth-largest economy in GDP terms for first time after nearly 150 years.
  • Researchers develop first Chikungunya Vaccine
    Researchers from United States have developed the first vaccine for Chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific Eilat virus.
  • India ranks 4th in 2016 Global Wind Power
    ndia ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 25,088 MW in 2015.
  • India and Kyrgyzstan sign 6 agreements in various fields
    India and Kyrgyzstan have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)/ Agreements including in the fields of tourism, agriculture and food industry etc.
  • Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar’s statue unveiled in Haridwar
    The 12-foot-tall stone statue of renowned Tamil poet and philosopher-saint Thiruvalluvar was inaugurated at Mela Bhawan in Haridwar, Uttarakhand by Chief minister Harish Rawat.
  • Huge dead zone discovered in Bay of Bengal
    Scientists including those from India have found a huge ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres in Bay of Bengal.
  • Scientists discover 163 new species
    Scientists have discovered as many as 163 new species in the ecologically diverse Greater Mekong region of the Southeast Asia. It includes 3 mammals species, 9 amphibians, 11 fish, 14 reptiles and 143 plants.
  • Madras High Court bans unauthorised Sharia courts in TN
    The Madras High Court has banned all unauthorised Sharia courts in mosques across Tamil Nadu, saying centres of worship were only to be used for religious purposes.
  • govt revises NE Industrial & Investment Promotion Policy
    The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has revised North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIP), 2007.
  • African nations developing lifestyle diseases: WHO
    According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) survey of 33 countries has shown that African nations developing lifestyle diseases.
  • Government to set up single tribunal
    The Union Government has decided to set up a single permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes.
  • Union Power Ministry to launch GARV-II Mobile App
    The Union Power Ministry is going to launch new mobile application GARV-II to provide real time data of all 6 lakh villages. The purpose of the app is to ensure transparency in implementation of rural electrification programme.
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