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National – Across the India:
1. The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare launched e-pashuhaat portal to connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals.
The portal will act as a single online e-trading market platform, including availability of bovine germplasm. It will enable the farmers to buy bovine animals, frozen semen and embryo.
2. The 51st Annual Conference of Directors-General of Police of States was held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The three day (from November 25-27, 2016) conference was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
It was attended by around 100 DGPs of states, Director Generals of Central paramilitary forces and their Inspectors General.
3. Goa is likely to become the first state in India to go cashless from December 31, as people will be able to buy perishables such as fish, meat, vegetables or anything else at the press of a button on their mobile.
One has to dial *99# from their mobile phone, not necessarily a smart phone, and follow the instructions to complete the transaction.
4. Indian Railways and IRCTC have included “transgender as a third gender” in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms.
The decision, which was taken on a representation made by a lawyer will include the facility for reservations and cancellations, both online as well offline.
International – Across the Globe:
1. New Zealand was the most searched country by Indian travellers in 2016, with travel searches increasing by 52% this year when compared to 2015, according to a new Skyscanner survey.
Australia, the second most searched destination, recorded an increase of 47% in searches when compared to 2015.
1. Indian teen golfer Aditi Ashok shot a final round of three-under 69 on a weather-hit last day to notch up her second successive victory on the Ladies European Tour at the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open.
2. Indian boxer Sachin Singh won the gold medal at the AIBA (International Boxing Association) Youth World Championships in the 49 kg weight class.
In the summit clash held at St Peterburg (Russia), Sachin Singh defeated Jorge Grinan of Cuba by 5-0 score.
3. District Magistrate (DM) from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Suhas LY created the history after winning the gold medal in the Asian Para-Badminton Championship in Beijing.
He defeated Hare Sushanto of Indonesia in the final.
4. Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title after finishing second at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Noted author Ruskin Bond was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Lit Fest for his outstanding contribution in the field of literature.
Bond, moments after receiving the award, reminded his young readers of climate change in the course of conversation with writer Paro Anand.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed Pakistan’s new army chief (or Chief of Army Staff, COAS).
He will succeed Gen. Raheel Sharif who has formally retired from service.
2. Former Hockey player Mariamma Koshy took charge of Hockey India as its president with immediate effect.
Hockey India, during its 41st Hockey India Executive Board meet, announced that Koshy will head the national body.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. RBI has announced an incremental cash reserve ratio (CRR) of 100 per cent for banks for the fortnight beginning 26th November 2016 in order to tackle the surge in deposits following demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
2. South Indian Bank has launched a contactless debit card, which will make use of the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
Once the merchant enters the purchase amount into the contactless PoS terminal, the customer simply has to just wave the card on the terminal and the payment is processed wirelessly in a fast and secure manner.
3. After petrol pumps, cash can now be withdrawn by swiping debit cards at select Ola cabs as India’s largest ride-hailing service partners with lenders like State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank to ease cash crunch.
POS machines are being installed by Ola on a test basis in its cabs in Kolkata and Hyderabad where taxis with a bank officer and POS machine are parked at different locations and dispense cash of Rs. 2,000 per card.
1. Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 80.
His autobiography novel ‘Zombi’ had won him prestigious Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991.
2. Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.
Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution.
He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots.
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