Daily Current Affairs: December 12, 2016

India to have highest salary increase in Asia Pacific in 2017

India and Vietnam will have the highest salary increases next year with a projected rise of 10.8 per cent and 9.2 per cent respectively among Asia Pacific’s emerging economies, according to a report by a global consulting firm, Mercer.

  • Mercer is the world’s largest human resources consulting firm headquartered in New York, USA.

Heritage corridor will launch by January end

DMRC chief Mangu Singh said that the ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage Corridor’ of Delhi Metro will be launched by the end of January 2017.


Direct air connectivity between India, Indonesia begins

The Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, is all set to provide direct air connectivity to India with the launch of a flight service from country’s capital Jakarta to Mumbai


Government to soon launch a toll-free helpline to educate citizens about e-payments

After a TV channel and a website to promote digital payments, a nationwide toll-free helpline number ’14444′ will be launched soon to educate people and provide support related to cashless transactions.


‘National Women’s Parliament-2017’ to be held in Amaravati

The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in association with MAEER’s MIT School of Government, Pune would be organising a ‘National Women’s Parliament -2017’ for three days from February 10 at Amaravati, the state’s permanent capital city.


Haryana to celebrate Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Divas

Haryana government would celebrate ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Divas’ on January 22, from 2017, by laying the foundation stone for 22 girls colleges in the state, infamous for its skewed sex ratio.

  • Infamous for skewed sex ratio, Haryana saw improvement in it with the number of girls crossing 900 mark this year, a development which happened for the first time in 10 years.

Rajasthan Government Launches Mobile Application For Tourists

Rajasthan government has recently launched a mobile App ‘LeZgo’ that provides latest information about tourist attractions in Ajmer and Pushkar with rich content including pictures, audio and video streams and cultural stories.


Reserve Bank of India says no to Axis Bank license cancel rumour

Axis Bank, India’s third-largest private sector lender, was in thick of news in the last few days as it had suspended 24 of its employees for allegedly breaking rules in accepting or exchanging old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, which lost legal status since November 9.

  • There were rumours that Axis Bank license might get cancelled, but RBI has said no to this rumour.

Former PM Narasimha Rao’s son PV Rajeswara Rao passes away

Former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s son and former Congress MP PV Rajeswara Rao passed away.


Antonio Guterres has been sworn in as next UN Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister sworn in as the next UN Secretary General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon as the ninth chief of the organisation.

  • Mr. Guterres will assume his new role fora five-year tenure beginning January 1, 2017.

Bill English elected as New Zealand’s prime minister

Bill English, New Zealand’s finance minister and a former farmer, will be sworn in as the country’s 39th prime minister.

  • He got elected after the surprise resignation of John Key after eight years as prime minister.

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