Daily Current Affairs Update – 21st December 2016

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National – Across the India:



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




 Thiruvalluvar is renowned Tamil poet and philosopher-saint believed to have lived between 3rd Century BC and 1st Century BC.





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2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of the country’s first Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh to make India the Skill Capital of the World.


 He also inaugurated the Kaushal Pradarshini (Skill Exhibition) for the youth of Uttar Pradesh to portray major skill development initiatives of the Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry.




3. Scientists have found a huge ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres in Bay of Bengal.


 This area is said to supports microbial processes that remove vast amount of nitrogen from the ocean.


 The study published in Nature Geosciences.




4. The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the Cadre review and formation of a new service in the name of Indian Enterprise Development Services (IEDS).


 Its creation will help to strengthen the organization and to achieve the vision of Startup India, Stand-up India, and Make in India.




International – Across the Globe:



1. India ranked 4th in the Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 25,088 MW in 2015.


Global Wind Power Installed Capacity index

 The index was released was released as part Global Wind Report: Annual Market, flagship publication of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).


 The index was topped by China, followed by US and Germany with cumulative installed wind power generation capacity of 145362 MW, 74471 MW and 44947 MW respectively.




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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):



1. India and Kyrgyzstan have signed six MoUs/ Agreements including in the fields of tourism, agriculture. and food industry etc.


India and Kyrgyzstan

Signed Agreements are as follows:


 MoU on cooperation in the field of Tourism


 MoU in the field of cooperation in youth exchange


 MoU on cooperation in the field of Youth development


 MoU on exchange of information on training programmes of diplomats


 Agreement on cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Food Industry


 MoU on cooperation in the field of Broadcasting and exchange of audiovisual programmes




Science & Technology:



1. Scientists for the first time have discovered the so-called molten jet stream within the Earth’s molten iron core using latest data obtained from three European satellites called Swarm.


molten jet stream

 The three satellites were launched in 2013 with the goal of studying Earth’s magnetic field.


 The latest satellite data that helps create a sharpest ‘x-ray’ view of the planet.




2. Researchers from United States have developed the first vaccine for Chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific Eilat virus.


 The newly-developed vaccine does not have any effect on people, which makes it safe and effective for humans.




3. Long range nuclear-capable subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay was successfully test fired 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).


 It was third launch of Nirbhay. The maiden launch was conducted in March 2013 and second test was conducted in October 2014.




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