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National – Across the India:
1. Following the tough decision to demonetize Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today thanked citizens for undertaking sacrifice to cleanse the economy of black money.
He announced several welfare sops to help the poor, the rural sector, small businesses and other citizens to lighten the burden of demonetization.
International – Across the Globe:
1. Beipanjiang Bridge, world’s highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters.
The Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou.
1. Ravaged by injuries, India’s star singles player Somdev Devvarman announced his retirement from professional tennis, bringing an abrupt end to what was once a promising career.
The 31-year-old’s career hampered by a recurring shoulder injury in 2012.
He was conferred with the Arjuna award — the country’s second highest sporting honour — in 2011.
2. Lionel Messi has won the Best Playmaker of 2016 award for his overall contribution to club and country by the International Federation of Football, History, and Statistics.
Awards & Recognition:
1. An Indian-origin British professor of chemistry and DNA expert at Cambridge University Shankar Balasubramanian received Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for their contributions.
He was recognized for his work as a co-inventor of Next Generation DNA sequencing (also known as Solexa sequencing), described as the most transformational advance in biology and medicine for decades.
2. Two new Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016.
Shraddha was chosen for her short story ‘Hawa Mein Phadphadati Chitthi’ and Devansh for his poem ‘Akash Mein Deh’.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took charge as the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff (CoAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
He succeeded Arup Raha who retires from the service.
He is the third person from Sikh community to head the IAF after Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh.
2. The Supreme Court has sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke and asked all others, who were disqualified, to hold posts under new court-mandated norms, to step down.
3. Shaikh Rafik Mohammed, an Indian-origin Saudi-based entrepreneur has been appointed Major General of Kyrgyzstan, a rare military position occupied by an Indian in the Central Asian country.
4. General Bipin Rawat took charge as the new 27th Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of India.
He succeeded General Dalbir Singh Suhag who retired from the service.
He had superseded two seniormost Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz.
5. The Centre has appointed Archana Nigam as the next Controller General of Accounts in the Finance Ministry.
Prior to this appointment, Nigam was involved in the critical task of setting up of the accounting framework for the GST regime to be launched by Government in next financial year.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. To promote cash less transactions, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd. introduced Aadhar-Enabled Payment System (AEPS) in more than 1,000 milk booths and ’Safal’ retail stores.
This service would now be available in addition to the existing modes like ewallets and SmartChange Cards.
2. The Reserve Bank of India has allowed non-resident Indians to exchange scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes till June 30.
This facility will be available through RBI offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Nagpur
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. India and Pakistan exchanged the list of their nuclear installations and facilities under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear installations.
This is the 26th consecutive exchange of such list between the two countries after the first list was exchanged on 1 January 1992.
This exchange is done every year on 1st of January between them to prevent them from attacking each other’s nuclear facilities.
1. Pakistan cricket has lost its oldest living Test player Imtiaz Ahmed after he passed away in Lahore following a protracted illness.
The death of Imtiaz leaves former batsman Waqar Hasan, who now lives in London, as the lone survivor from the Pakistan team’s first Test tour.
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