Daily Current Affairs 13th December, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 13th December, 2016



Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN Secretary-General

  • Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister, was sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General on 12th December 2016, succeeding Ban Ki-moon as the chief of the 71-year old world body.
  • Antonio Guterres was unanimously appointed by the UN General Assembly after the 15-nation UN Security Council had approved him in October 2016.

India, Indonesia sign three agreements

  • India and Indonesia have signed three agreements following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 12th December.
  • Signed Agreements are:
  • MoU on Youth and Sports Cooperation.
  • MoU on Standardization Cooperation.
  • Joint Communiqué on Voluntary International Cooperation to Combat Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing and to promote Sustainable Fisheries Governance.
  • Moreover, both countries decided to strengthen their defence and maritime security relations and resolved to effectively address the issue of terrorism.

About Indonesia

  • Capital and largest city -Jakarta
  • Official languages -Indonesian

Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar appointed new ISI chief

  • He replaces Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar who has been appointed as president of the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad.

Donald Trump picks Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

  • US President-elect Donald Trump has picked ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, top diplomatic position in US.


Microsoft launches India’s first Cybersecurity Engagement Centre in New Delhi

  • It is Microsoft’s seventh Cybersecurity Centre in the world.
  • It will function as a satellite to the its Redmond Digital Crimes Unit (DCU).



Punjab Government Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal launches India’s first amphibious bus project

  • Punjab Government has launched country’s first amphibious bus project at the Harike wetland near Amritsar.
  • The amphibious bus named as “Harike Cruise” travels on land and as well as in water.
  • It was imported from Swedish automobile company Scania.


ADB cuts India’s growth forecast to 7{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} post-demonetisation

  • The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday lowered India’s growth forecast for this year from 7.4 {be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} to 7 {be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} due to a slight slowdown in the economy following the central government’s demonetisation move.
  • ADB’s review said the shortage of cash after the demonetization of Rs 1,000 and 500 notes were one of the reasons for the decline in India’s economic growth in 2016.

About ADB

  • Motto -Fighting poverty in Asia and the Pacific
  • Formation -19 December 1966
  • Headquarters -Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Membership -67 countries
  • President -Takehiko Nakao

Rajiv Gandhi airport achieves carbon neutral status

  • The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad has achieved carbon neutral status.
  • It is the first in the Asia-Pacific region in the 5-15 million passengers per annum category to attain this status.

Customers making digital payment for petrol, diesel to get 0.75{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} discount

  • Customers making digital payment for purchase of petrol and diesel will get a discount of 0.75{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} on the sale price of fuel.
  • The discount on payments will be available on using credit cards, debit cards, mobile wallets or Prepaid Loyalty Cards.
  • The amount of discount will be credited into customers account by way of cash back within maximum three working days of the transaction. States



2 Indians in US’ Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 list: Forbes

  • Two Indian-origin men Vivek Ramaswamy and Apoorva Mehta have figured in Forbes magazine’s second annual list of wealthiest entrepreneurs under the age of 40.
  • The list was topped by Facebook founder Mark Zuckeberg.

Priyanka Chopra Appointed UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador

  • In 2016, she was appointed as UNICEF’s National Ambassador in India with responsibility of working on social issues related to children’s rights and adolescence.
  • She also has been associated with other causes such as women’s rights, environment, health, education and gender equality.


Pankaj Advani beats Peter Gilchrist in final to win his 11th World Billiards Championship

  • Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on 12th December 2016 won his 11th World Billiards (150-Up format) Championships title by beating Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the summit clash in Bengaluru.




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