Daily Current Affairs: December 23, 2016

Niti Aayog launches ‘Performance on Health Outcomes’ index

Government think tank Niti Aayog launched a performance index on health services to nudge states to improve health outcomes and improve data collection systems.

  • The index is launched along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

PM Modi features on Government of India calendar for 2017


Government of India to launch Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana

The Government of India seeks to promote digital payment methods to encourage consumers and merchants to increasingly shift to these payment modes.

  • To take this imitative forward, Lucky Grahak Yojana for Consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for Merchants, will be launched on 25th December 2016 at Vigyan Bhavan.
  • The schemes are aimed at encouraging people to move towards significantly higher usage of digital transactions through the offer of incentives.

Bunkar Mitra–Handloom Helpline Centre to be set up by Ministry of Textiles

The Ministry of Textiles has decided to establish a Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre where professional queries of weavers will be answered by the experts in the field. This helpline will function from 10.00 a.m to 6 p.m. and initially it will be provided in 7 languages viz., Hindi, English, and 5 other regional languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada Bengali & Assamese).


MEA adopts Twitter Seva, aims to push citizen engagement ‘global’

The Ministry of External Affairs deployed Twitter India’s live customer service resolution solution, Twitter Seva pushing its citizen engagement to help Indians here and abroad, tourists and business travelers with speedy resolution to their visa and passport queries.


Rs. 50,000 fine for airlines if planes empty human waste on air

The menace of human waste being splattered on houses from airplanes while landing, led the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to slap a fine of Rs. 50,000 on the airline whose aircraft empties toilet tanks on air.


Cut-off date for Phase IV of cable TV digitization extended

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to extend the cut-off date for Phase IV of Cable TV Digitization to 31st March, 2017.


Pathanamthitta is first cashless collectorate in Kerala

Pathanamthitta district collectorate has become the first cashless collectorate in Kerala. The district collector and more than 50 staff members downloaded e-wallets on their mobile phones.


Agartala hosts seminar on ‘Act East through North East’

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with support from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited organised a seminar on the “Act East through North East: from land locked to land linked” in Agartala. The main agenda of the seminar was the growing proximity between Bangladesh and India in general and Tripura in particular and how improved access through the roads, rails and ports in Bangladesh can resolve connectivity issues of the North East.


Delhi emerges as most well-read city this year in India: Amazon

The national capital has emerged as the most well-read city in India for the fourth consecutive year with Bengaluru and Mumbai taking the second and third spot, respectively, says a survey conducted by Amazon India.


Approval sought for 5th international airport in Kerala

Kerala is the only state with three international airports — Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode, while the fourth one is fast nearing completion at Kannur.

  • The 5th one will come in Pathanamthitta or Kottayam district.

Maha CM announces to create separate OBC ministry

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced that a separate ministry would be created for OBCs which would be headed by an independent minister.


Odisha launches scheme for HIV positive orphan children

The state government launched the Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana, a scheme to nurture the orphan and HIV-infected children residing in different child care institutions and orphanages.


India’s growth to stay unchanged at 7.1% in 2017: Nomura

According to NOMURA Report – India’s growth is expected to largely remain unchanged at 7.1 per cent in the coming year and will rise sharply to 7.7 per cent in 2018.


ICICI Bank unveils one merchant mobile app for all payment modes

ICICI Bank has launched a mobile application eazypay for merchants that allows consolidation of all modes of payments, including digital wallets, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), QR code, and credit & debit cards.

  • The app is designed for business, will allow multiple users to connect to the same account. This makes it possible to be used for cash-on-delivery payments.

Government waives transaction fee on IMPS, NEFT transfer of over Rs 1,000

In order to encourage digital transactions, the Finance Ministry today asked PSU banks to restrict fees on payments through IMPS and UPI to the extent that is applicable for NEFT fund transfer of over Rs 1,000.

  • As per RBI norms, NEFT transfers of up to Rs 10,000 attract Rs 2.5 fee. From Rs 10,000-1 lakh the fee is Rs 5; on Rs 1-2 lakh it is Rs 15, and beyond Rs 2 lakh it is Rs 25. Service tax is charged in addition to this.
  • Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) fee is Rs 1.50, which has been waived till December 30, 2016.

Eminent Bengali Poet Shankha Ghosh chosen for Jnanpith Award

The 52nd Jnanpith Award for 2016 will be conferred on eminent Modern Bengali Poet Shankha Ghosh.


Hrithik Roshan beats Aamir Khan, becomes highest advance taxpaying actor

Hrithik Roshan paid an advance tax of Rs 80 crore this time (till December 15, 2016), compared to Rs 50 crore last year.


Ravichandran Ashwin named ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year


Jeje Lalpekhlua adjudged India’s best footballer of 2016 by AIFF

Jeje Lalpekhlua began the year by helping India regain the SAFF Championship title with a goal in the final — his third of the competition — and ended it being adjudged the 2016 Player of the Year by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).


Shiva Keshavan clinches gold at Asian Luge Championships

India’s seasoned Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan clinched a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships today after finishing the 2 heat race with a time of 1 minute, 39.962 seconds and top speed of 130.4 kilometres per hour at Nagano in Japan.


Pankaj Advani bags National title in 6-red Snooker


Argentina win FIFA Team of the Year title

Argentina claimed the ‘Team of the Year’ title after finishing top of the FIFA rankings of the year with 1,634 points.


Nepal to hold military exercise with China

Beginning a new level of bilateral military engagement, Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise Pratikar-1 with China on February 10.


China launches satellite to monitor global carbon emissions

China launched a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite TanSat via a Long March-2D rocket. It was launched at 3.22 am from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert


World’s First Solar Road Opens in Normandy, France

French officials have opened the world’s first solar road in the region of Normandy, unveiling a 1-kilometre-long (0.6-mile-long) route covered in 2,880 photovoltaic panels.

  • The trial roadway, called Wattway, passes through the small town of Tourouvre-au-Perche.

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