Daily Current Affairs 16th December, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 16th December, 2016


5th India-Arab partnership conference held in Muscat, Oman

  • Theme of the conference was ‘Partnership towards innovation and cooperation in IT’.
  • It was organised by the Oman Foreign Ministry, Arab League Secretariat in association with the Union Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed confirmed as new UN deputy Secretary ­General

  • New United Nations (UN) Secretary­ General Antonio Guterres has announced Nigeria’s Environment minister, Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary­General (DSG) on 15th December 2016.
  • Antonio Guterres also announced the appointment of two other women into high­profile positions at the UN. Ms.Maria Viotti of Brazil (Chef de Cabinet) and Ms Kyung­wha Kang of the Republic of Korea as Special advisor on policy, a new role he intends to create.

Indra Nooyi joins Donald Trump’s policy forum

  • Indian-American PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi (61) has joined US President elect Donald Trump’s 19-member Strategic and Policy Forum.


Liquor vends on National, State highways banned

  • The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on all liquor shops on national as well as state highways to reduce drink driving and road accidents that claim thousands of lives every year across the country.
  • The judgment is a result of the deep concern the court had expressed recently on the 1.5 lakh fatalities annually in road accidents.
  • It had blamed the Centre and the States for not doing enough as lives were lost on the roads.
  • All liquor shops on national as well as state highways to be completely banned. Licenses of existing Liquor shops will not be renewed after March 31, 2017.
  • All ads indicating presence of liquor vends must be prohibited on national and state highways.
  • Liquor Shops must be at least 500 metres away from the outer edge of the highways or service lanes.
  • This ban will also extend to stretches of such highways that fall within limits of municipal corporations, city towns and local authorities.

e-Tourist visa extended to citizens of 161 countries: Government

  • Earlier on 5 December, eight countries had been added to the list, which included Uzbekistan, Slovak Republic, Italy and Azerbaijan.
  • The e-visa scheme was launched on November 27, 2014.
  • Under the scheme, an applicant receives an email authorising him or her to travel to India after it has been approved. The tourist can travel with a print-out of this authorisation.
  • On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then stamp the entry into the country.


US Federal Reserve raises interest rates for second time in a decade

  • The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}, only the second increase in a decade and first in 2016.

Vodafone launches e-wallet M Pesa Pay for retailers

  • Vodafone India has launched Vodafone M Pesa Pay in a bid to enable merchants and retailers to receive payments from their customers.
  • The new feature replaces need for point of sale (PoS) machine.


Haryana becomes first state to launch Mahila Police Volunteer initiative

  • Haryana became the first state in the country to launch Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) initiative for safety of women.
  • Mahila Police Volunteer is a joint initiative of Union Ministry of Women & Child Development and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • It is is a voluntary service under which Mahila Police Volunteers (Gram Sakhi) will be inducted.


Indian-American woman elected as Mayor of Californian city

  • For the first time, an Indian-American woman,Savita Vaidhyanathan, has been elected as the new Mayor of the key Californian city of Cupertino.


Rio de Janeiro accorded UNESCO world heritage status

  • The UN cultural body UNESCO has accorded world heritage status to Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro (nicknamed as Marvelous City).
  • It has been registered as “Carioca Landscapes between Mountain and Sea” on the UNESCO world heritage list. Rio de Janeiro has been accorded this status in recognition of its extraordinary fusion of man-made and natural beauty, soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.

About UNESCO Heritage status

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are sites having special cultural or physical significance.
  • The list is maintained by international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
  • The committee comprises of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.



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