Daily Current Affairs: December 2, 2016

Coir Kranthi Express reaches Bengaluru

Coir Kranthi Express, an exhibition to highlight the modern face of coir, reached Bengaluru.download6

  • Coir Kranthi Express was initiated by the Indian Coir Board, a part of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. It was flagged off on July 18 from Coimbatore and has so far covered over 25,000 km across the country in a span of 120 days.

Govt raises MSS cap to Rs 6 lakh crore to manage liquidity

Government in consultation with the RBI today sharply raised the Market Stabilisation Scheme (MSS) ceiling to Rs 6 lakh crore from Rs 30,000 crore to mop up extra liquidity from the system in view of demonetisation.


Google Maps announces ‘Nearby traffic’ feature which tells you where to stop

Tech giant Google in its new update for the Google Maps app on Apples operating system iOS has unveiled a new feature called the ‘Nearby traffic’ widget.

  • The new update has brought other optimised features which increase the functionality of the app as well as the new feature which will enable the user to locate a stopping place while riding.

RBI sets 20 per cent cap on large exposure to a company

The Reserve Bank of India has come out with final guidelines for banks’ exposure to large companies stipulating that a lender’s total advances to a single company cannot be higher than 20 per cent of its capital base and 25 per cent in the case of a group of connected parties or companies. The new norms will be implemented by March 31, 2019.


India projected to grow 7.6 per cent in 2017, says UN report

India’s economy is projected to grow at 7.6 per cent in 2017 as investment regains momentum and manufacturing base strengthens on the back of structural reforms in the country.


Punjab CM inaugurate Valmiki temple in Amritsar

State-of-the-art monument-cum-Bhagwan Valmiki temple was inaugurated at the Amritsar Sri Valmiki Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath) with installation of the Valmiki idol


HRD launches campaign to promote digital transactions

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched a campaign called VISAKA -Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan – to use the network of Centrally-run educational institutions for propagating the benefits of digital mode of payment in wake of the government’s demonetisation move.

  • As part of the VISAKA campaign, Javadekar urged the institutions to go cashless first, before educating others about it. All educational instructions have been asked to neither receive fee and deposits in cash nor pay wages, salaries in cash.

Economist Dr Sulabha Brahme passes away

Noted Economist, Marxist intellectual and social activist Dr Sulabha Brahme passed away after a brief illness at her residence


Pune gets ‘M- Passport Police App’

Pune is now the first city in Maharashtra and third in India to have a “M- Passport Police App” due to which the passport verification process will become speedy and transparent.


Health Minister J P Nadda launches NACO app

Health Minister J P Nadda launched the NACO mobile application on the occasion of World AIDS Day. He said, India is in a position to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.


UP CM flags off Lucknow Metro

THE TRIAL run of the state government’s much publicised Lucknow Metro was flagged off by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The metro will be open to public only in March.


‘Karthigai Deepam’ begins tomorrow in Tiruvannamalai

The 10-day grand ‘Karthigai Deepam’ festival is to begin with the hoisting of the holy flag at the Sri Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.


‘Weak’ Nada makes landfall in Tamil Nadu

Cyclonic storm Nada weakened into a depression and crossed the coast near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and further diminished as a well marked low pressure area that lies over interior Tamil Nadu.


Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana made CBI interim chief


Govt wants Aadhaar-enabled payment to replace cards, pins and passwords

  • The government is concurrently working on developing a common mobile phone app that can be used by shopkeepers and merchants for receiving Aadhaar-enabled payments bypassing credit and debit cards, pin and password.

Qatari Prime Minister in India for discussions with PM Modi

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani arrived in New Delhi on Friday and will hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of common interest With Qatar being the largest supplier of LNG to India, the two leaders are also likely to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the strategic area of energy.


Goa has begun working towards “cashless society”

Goa is likely to become the first state in India to shift to cashless transactions from December 31. Though cash transactions are not being banned, it’s in interest of the state to encourage cashless transactions


Jharkhand Govt formally launches ‘Mission Cashless Jharkhand’

The state government on Friday formally launched Mission Cashless Jharkhand, an ambitious and challenging programme to shift to a cashless economy. The Mission, as of now, is planned to get over by December 28. It was launched in the wake of demonetisation leading to cash crunch in several areas.


DCB Bank launches its own mobile wallet Cippy

Private sector lender DCB Bank launched its own mobile and tab based digital wallet Cippy Wallet app to encourage consumers to experience cash free purchases from the mobile phone for day-to-day needs.


Public sector banks post net loss of Rs 17,993 crore in last fiscal: MoS Finance

According to the data presented in Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Finance, Santosh Gangwar, in reply to a query, the 28 public sector banks reported a collective net loss of Rs 17,993 crore in 2015-16.


Vani Kapoor claims her seventh title of the season

Vani Kapoor claimed her seventh title of the season, a record equalling triumph, after carding a one over 73 in the final round of the 17th and final leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour.


Nico Rosberg announces immediate retirement from F1download5

Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One with the shock
announcement that he was retiring only days after winning his first world championship with Mercedes. Rosberg said that the decision was made the day he was about to be part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik top newsmakers of 2016 in Yahoo review

Over the past few years, politicians and Bollywood stars dominated the list of top newsmakers in India. But 2016 was different. The list saw the entry of Indian female sportstars like PV Sindhu, Sakhi malik and Dipa Karmakar, sportspersons who made the country proud at the Rio 2016 Olympics.


download4Indian women bowl out Nepal for lowest total, win by 99 runs

India bowled out minnows Nepal for the lowest ever total of 21 runs to notch up a resounding 99-run win in a Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament match in Bangkok, Thailand


UAE’s Omar Abdulrahman named Asia Player of Year

Omar Abdulrahman, arguably Asia’s biggest star, was crowned AFC player of the year in a glittering ceremony in his home country of United Arab Emirates.

  • Omar Abdulrahman is the second UAE player to win the trophy in consecutive years and his award was greeted with a huge cheer.

Pak-China start direct rail and freight service

China and Pakistan today launched a direct rail and sea freight service with the first cargo train departing from China’s southwestern Yunnan province.


Airtel Payments Bank to offer talk-time on new savings account

Airtel Payments Bank, the first payments bank in India to go live, has announced that any customer opening a savings account with it, will get one minute of talk time on his/her Airtel mobile for every rupee deposited.

  • For example, if a customer opens an account with a deposit of Rs.1,000 then he/she will get 1,000 minutes of free talk time on his/her Airtel mobile number.
  • The talk time can be used for calling all over India.
  • This benefit is applicable on first time deposits only.

Former international hockey umpire Phulel Singh Sujlana dies

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