Daily Current Affairs: December 21, 2016

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable cruise missile Nirbhay

India today successfully test-fired its home-grown long range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur on sea off Odisha coast.

  • Capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads, Nirbhay has a range of more than 1000 km, weighs about 1500 kg and has a length of 6 metres.

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) launched

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur.

  • The scheme has an outlay of Rs 10000 crore and it involves incentivizing employers in sharing 25% of total cost of stipend paid to the apprentices.
  • It is for the first time Govt. of India has come forward to incentivize the employers to participate pro-actively in apprenticeship training.

CBDT sets up panel to devise procedures for e-scrutiny

The Income Tax department has constituted a 7-member committee to formulate ‘Standard Assessment Procedure’ for e-scrutiny to promote greater certainty, transparency and accountability.

  • Headed by Harish Kumar, Principal DIT (Investigation), the other members of the committee include B K Sinha, CIT (C&S), Anand Jha, CIT (IT&CT) and Santosh Kumar, Additional Director (Investigation).

Ministry of HRD conferred with Web Ratna Digital India Award – 2016

The Ministry of Human Resource Development website has been awarded Platinum in the Web Ratna Category in the recently concluded Digital India awards, 2016.

  • Ministry of External Affairs conferred with Silver in the Web Ratna Digital India Award – 2016

Two-day Regional Conference on ‘Innovations in Citizen Centric Services Delivery’ begins in Jaipur


State’s first bomb data centre to come up in Kolkata soon

West Bengal will soon have its first bomb data centre that will be a repository for information on explosives and case studies on related subjects in the state.


Govt announces Rs 207 crore project for Majuli

A Rs 207 crore project for protection and development of world’s biggest river island Majuli, located along river Brahmaputra in Assam, was announced by the Centre.


Chhattisgarh CM dedicates country’s first cashless bazaar to people in Raipur

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh dedicated to people, country’s first cashless bazaar in Raipur.

  • Over 900 shops of this ‘Smart’ bazaar are now providing customers the facilities of cashless payments using POS, UPI and other digital systems.

RBI inks info exchange pact with Turkey’s banking regulator

The Reserve Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ‘Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information’ with Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Republic of Turkey


Paytm setting up awareness camps to help India go cashless

Mobile payment and e-commerce platform Paytm announced that it is setting up awareness camps in every district to help the country go cashless.

  • The Paytm team is conducting sessions and workshops across schools, colleges, village panchayats and trade bodies to serve the dual purpose of informing customers about the benefits of digital payments and tap into the widest set of merchants across the country

Airtel Payments Bank appoints Dhiraj Sharda as chief digital officer


Amul ties with MobiKwik

Domestic mobile wallet platform MobiKwik tied up with Indian dairy co-operative Amul to help customers make cashless payments at its outlets.


Salman Khan app to launch on December 27 to mark ‘Bhai’s’ birthday

Earlier this year, Sonam Kapoor had also launched an app for connecting with her fans.


Bali most popular year-end destination in Asia

Indonesia’s famous tour destination, the resort island of Bali, has been picked by prominent US travelling reviewer website TripAdvisor as the most popular year-end destination


Mary Kom, Vikas Krishan get awards at AIBA 70th anniversary gala

While five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom was presented the AIBA Legends award for her trailblazing boxing career, Vikas was handed the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing) Best Boxer trophy.


Indian-American scientist launches book on cancer

An Indian-American scientist has published an international award-winning book about his study on a cancer-causing gene.

  • Arnab De’s book “Ubiquitin Chains – Degradation and Beyond”, explores protein degradation and focuses on a gene, A20, whose deregulation might cause cancer.

Sahitya Akademi awards announced

Sahitya Akademi today announced its annual sahitya academi awards for 2016 in 24 languages and noted English novelist Jerry Pinto has got the award for his novel Em and the Big Hoom.

  • Hindi author Nasira Sharma has been named for the award for her novel Paarijat.

Thiruvalluvar finally gets pride of place in Haridwar

The 12-foot-tall stone statue of Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar was inaugurated at Haridwar’s Mela Bhawan premises.


Huge ‘dead zone’ discovered in Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal hosts a ‘dead zone’ of an estimated 60,000 square kilometres — an area that contains little or no oxygen and supports microbial processes that remove vast amount of nitrogen from the ocean, scientists, including those from India, have found.

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