Daily Current Affairs Update – 12th December 2016

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National – Across the India:

 

 

1. The famed Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) has started regular commercial rail service in Switzerland.

 

Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT)

The first regular train to use GBT ferried passenger from Zurich to Lugano. The twin-bore GBT is world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel with length of 57-kilometer.

 

It had overtaken Japan’s Seikan tunnel (53.9 kilometers) as the longest rail tunnel in world after it was opened in June 2016 for its maiden ride.

 

 

 

2. The central zonal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Rajasthan government to cancel allotments of salt pans in the Sambhar Salt Lake.

 

Ruling in this regard was given by NGT bench headed by Justice Dalip Singh and expert Satyawan Singh Garbyal on a petition filed by Ajay Dubey.

 

 

 

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3. President Pranab Mukherjee launched a ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 

100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign

The campaign was conceptualized by Nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and was organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

 

 

 

4. Madhya Pradesh Government has launched five months long Narmada Seva Yatra to turn the Narmada river pollution free.

 

It was launched by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Amarkantak.

 

 

 

5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a cheese plant of Banaskantha Cooperative Milk Producers Union (Banas Dairy) at Deesa in Gujarat.

 

The event marked the launch of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee year of Banas Dairy (part of AMUL brand).

 

 

 

International – Across the Globe:

 

 

1. India has offered tsunami early warning-system to South China Sea (SCS) countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines as part of soft-diplomacy.

 

tsunami early warning-system

India already provides earthquake and tsunami-warning alerts to several countries in the Indian Ocean neighbourhood, as do Japan and Australia.

 

 

 

2. A deep-water port built in Myanmar’s Sittwe by India is ready to be commissioned.

 

Thus, open Kolkata-Mizoram trade route via Myanmar.

 

The Sittwe port is starting point for the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar.

 

 

 

Sports:

 

 

1. Mumbai-based Civil Engineer Iqbal Sayed became first Indian to win a medal at the Mr Olympia Asia 2016’s Classic Bodybuilding category.

 

He has won a silver medal in the event held in Hong Kongbeating participants from 20 countries.

 

 

 

2. The Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium (popularly known as Motera Stadium) in Ahmedabad is set to become the world’s largest seating capacity cricket stadium.

 

Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium

The renovated stadium will have seating capacity of about 1,10,000 people from current 54,000 people.

 

 

 

Appointments & Resignations:

 

 

1. Lt Gen. Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as new chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

 

He will replace Lt Gen. Rizwan Akhtar.

 

Lt Gen. Naveed Mukhtar possesses a vast experience in the field of intelligence and has headed the counter-terrorism wing of ISI.

 

 

 

2. Writer and scholar Akshaykumar M. Kale was been elected as the President of the 90th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan.

 

Akshaykumar M. Kale

He is a critic of modern Marathi poetry. He was professor and head of Marathi Department at RTM Nagpur University.

 

 

 

3. Paolo Gentiloni has been named as Italy’s new Prime Minister.

 

His appointment comes after reformist leader and former PM Matteo Renzi resigned in wake of the referendum defeat.

 

 

 

4. Pulkit Trivedi was appointed as industry director of Facebook’s-commerce, retail, travel and financial services verticals.

 

He has rich experience of 18 years and has worked with Microsoft, IBM and HCL in past.

 

 

 

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Economics & Banking GK:

 

 

1. Madhya Pradesh had organized country’s biggest and first ever crop insurance claim distribution programme under Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme in Ujjain district.

 

crop insurance claim distribution

In this programme, insurance claims worth Rs 4,416 crore were distributed to 20.4 lakh farmers of the state.

 

 

 

2. The Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has recommended imposition of definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of steel tubes and pipes from China in an attempt to safeguard the domestic industry from cheap imports.

 

 

 

3. Oil prices in international market shot up by 4% to their highest level since 2015.

 

The international benchmark for oil prices Brent crude futures soared to US$57.89 per, highest level since July 2015.

 

 

 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):

 

 

1. India and Indonesia have signed three agreements in various areas including fishing, standardization and youth affairs and sports to enhance strategic partnership.

 

India and Indonesia

These agreements were signed after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President of Indonesia Joko Widodo in New Delhi.

 

 

 

2. The European Union signed agreement with the Mali to return of migrants who have reached Europe’s shores, and whose asylum requests have been refused.

 

It seeks to address root causes of illegal migration and to enable the return from Europe of Malian migrants.

 

 

 

3. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has signed a contract with consortium of six private companies to deliver India’s first industry-built satellite by late 2017.

 

 

 

Science & Technology:

 

 

1. Scientists from US including one of Indian origin have created a nanoceramic material that can used for safer, cheaper nuclear reactors.

 

nanoceramic material

The new material is made of aluminium oxide nanoceramic coating. It can withstand high temperatures, the harsh effects of radiation and also becomes tougher under radiation.

 

 

 

2. China has successfully launched Fengyun-4 satellite, first of its new generation weather satellites into geostationary orbit.

 

Scientists for the first time have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere, the lowest atmospheric layer of Earth.

 

It was detected by team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

 

 

 

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