Daily Current Affairs: December 14, 2016

Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate international conference on housing, urban development in Asia Pacific region

The sixth edition of ‘Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development’ inaugurated by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.

  • During the three-day conference, ministers and senior officials from 68 countries in the region are expected to deliberate on challenges of urban planning and management.

PM inaugurates cheese plant in Gujarat

PM while inaugurating cheese plant, addressed farmers in Banaskantha district of Gujarat

  • The event marked the launch of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee year of Banas Dairy.

Maharashtra government to start signal schools for street children

The Maharashtra government plans to launch “signal schools” for underprivileged street children in Mumbai.

  • Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the assembly to support the children who do not get education because of poverty.

NGT (National Green Tribunal) imposes interim nationwide ban on Chinese ‘manja’ for flying kites


Mahila Police Volunteer Initiative launched in Haryana

By launching the initiative in Karnal and Mahendragarh districts, Haryana became the first state to adopt this scheme.


Indian Railways bags highest ever 27 National Energy Conservation Awards for the Year 2015-16


LIC MF and Standard Chartered bank team up for UPI

LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Company announced its readiness on Unified Payment Interface (UPI) in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank as mode of payment for its investors to invest in its schemes.


India to contribute $500K to UN Central Emergency Response Fund


United Bank of India adopts two villages in Tripura

United Bank of India adopts two villages in Jirania sub-division to implement schemes in line of #DigitalIndia program.


MobiKwik will facilitate digital payments for students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi


After MobiKwik, Paytm partners with NHAI for digital payments at toll plazas

Digital payments platform Paytm has announced partnership with major NHAI toll concessionaries like Reliance Infra, Sadhbav, IRB, MEP, L&T and GMR to enable cashless payments at all state, national and city toll plazas.

  • With the partnership, commuters across the country can now pay their toll charges instantly with Paytm by scanning the QR code placed at toll payment counters, using Paytm app.

VG Kannan appointed CEO of Indian Banks’ Association


VK Sharma appointed LIC chief for 5 years

Managing Director at LIC, Sharma was already acting as chairman since September 16 when the then chairman S K Roy was relieved of his duties.


Gujarat-born activist Jayaben Desai on BBC’s power women list

A Gujarat-born activist who led a campaign against low pay for women workers at a UK factory in the 1970s has made it the BBC’s most influential women of the past 70 years list released


Priyanka Chopra chosen as UNICEF global ambassador

Priyanka Chopra shares the stage with other UNICEF ambassadors David Beckham, Jackie Chan and Orlando Bloom as she is named a UNICEF Global Ambassador.


Venezuela bans 100 bolivars banknote to fight black money

Venezuela has banned the circulation of the country’s largest banknote, 100 bolivars, in a bid to fight ‘mafias’ who have stashed billions of these currencies in Colombia. The oil-rich nation is currently facing recession and has seen a sharp price rise of essential commodities on the back of fall in oil prices.


Adelaide Oval to host first day-night Ashes Test

Australia will host England at the Adelaide Oval in the first day-night Ashes Test during the 2017-18 series, building on the success of the concept despite lingering concerns.


Indian Badminton player, PV Sindhu wins Most Improved Player award


Saina named Integrity Ambassador by Badminton World Fed

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been named an ‘Integrity Ambassador’ by the Badminton World Federation to promote “clean, fair and honourable sport.”


Shiva Thapa wins the National Boxing Championship held in Guwahati


Tata Tele ‘unanimously’ removes Cyrus Mistry as chairman, director

Tata Teleservices became the third Tata group firm after Tata Industries and TCS to remove the ousted Tata Sons Chairman from the board.

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