Daily Current Affairs 21st December, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 21st December, 2016

INTERNATIONAL

Khanjar-IV:

  • During the recently held bilateral talks, India and Kyrgyzstan have finalised plans for joint military exercises in the New Year.
  • The annual joint military exercises named “Khanjar-IV” will be held in February-March. The “Khanjar-II” exercises were held in March 2015 in Kyrgyzstan and “Khanjar-III” in March-April 2016 in Gwalior.

India Signs Open Skies Agreement with Six Countries at ICAN 2016

  • International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN) – 2016 were held recently in Nassau.
  • Open Skies agreement allows unlimited number of flights to six metro airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai, was signed with six countries namely Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka.

NATIONAL

India Achieves 4th rank in Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index

  • India has ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index after China, USA and Germany with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 28,279 MW in 2016.
  • The Government is aiming to increase the share of clean energy through massive development and deployment of new and renewable energy in India to meet Energy security, Electricity shortages, Energy access and Climate change among others.
  • India has achieved the largest-ever wind power capacity addition of 3,423 MW in 2015-16, exceeding the target by 44{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} 

9th World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality held in Delhi

  • The ninth edition of World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality, organised by ASSOCHAM in association with Srei Foundation and Times Foundation, introduced a fresh culture of ‘Spirituality @ Work’through its brand Sach Bharat, inspiring distinguished industrialists, business leaders, industry captains and noted politicians to imbibe spirituality at their respective work places and lives.

ECONOMY

India gets most FDI from Singapore

  • India has received the maximum Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows from Singapore in 2015-16 followed by Mauritius, the US, the Netherlands and Japan, a report by industry chamber PHDCCI and KPMG.
  • India attracted $13.69 billion foreign direct investment from Singapore in that financial year

GEOGRAPHY

Huge ‘dead zone’ discovered in Bay of Bengal

  • The Bay of Bengal hosts a ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres — an area that contains little or no oxygen and supports microbial processes that remove vast amount of nitrogen from the ocean, scientists, including those from India, have found.

SCIENCE AND TECH

Long range 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. The test was conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • After blasting off from launch pad, the missile took a unique trajectory in its entire path to the target.
  • However the test was an utter failure.

AWARDS

Kaisa Matomaki, Maksym Radziwill win 2016 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.
  • Their mathematical work dwells on properties of numbers in “short intervals.”
  • The two mathematicians worked with Fields medallist Terence Tao in making a breakthrough on the Chowla conjecture.

About SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

  • It is an annual award bestowed on young mathematicians for his outstanding contributions to areas of mathematics influenced by the Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • It is named after great Indian Mathematician autodidact Srinivasa RamanujanIt was established in 2005 by Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) University.
  • The age limit for the prize is 32 because Ramanujan had achieved so much in his brief life of 32 years. The prize is given annually to recipient at Kumbakonam which is Ramanujan’s hometown.

Healthy Ministry wins gold in the Web Ratna Category

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare lead by Jagat Prakash Nadda has won gold in the Web Ratna category in the Digital India awards 2016.

APPOINTMENT

Deepak Agarwal appointed Noida CEO Authority

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has designated Deepak Agarwal, CEO of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), as the CEO of Noida Authority on 21st December 2016.
  • Deepak Agarwal will replace P K Agarwal, who was officiating as the CEO of Noida Authority.

PLACES IN NEWS

Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar Statue gets Place at Haridwar’s Mela Bhawan

  • The 12-foot-tall stone statue of renowned Tamil poet and philosopher-saint Thiruvalluvar was inaugurated at Mela Bhawan premises in Haridwar, Uttarakhand by Chief minister Harish Rawat.

SPORTS

India’s boxing fed gets permanent membership in world body

  • The International Boxing Association has unanimously voted to induct the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as one of its permanent members.
  • India was provisionally suspended in December 2012 for “possible manipulation” in the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation’s elections.
  • AIBA’s chief also congratulated the BFI for organising and conducting the Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

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