Daily Current Affairs: December 29, 2016

Minimum Rs 10,000 fine for holding old notes, no jail term: Govt

Government has made holding of more than 10 junked Rs 500/1000 notes a penal offence punishable with a minimum Rs 10,000 fine, but the harsher four-year jail term has been dropped.

Govt will establish world class educational institutions for Minority communities

Centre sets target of providing housing to all poor by 2022

The Centre has set a target of providing housing to all the poor in the country by 2022.

  • Talking exclusively to AIR, after chairing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Rural Housing) in New Delhi, Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav said, the government will construct one crore pucca houses for the poor by 2019.

Central govt  launched Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative

Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative, aimed at strengthening health centres in open defecation-free blocks, launched by the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Human Resource Development.

India second largest arms purchaser after Saudi Arabia

As India embarks on a massive modernisation plan for its defence forces, it has emerged as the second largest purchaser of arms among developing nations after Saudi Arabia, a latest Congressional report has said.

India, Bhutan sign MoU for green construction

India has signed an agreement with Bhutan for assistance in green and sustainable construction of infrastructure in the Himalayan kingdom.

Central government gives nod for Regional Institute of Education in Nellore

Union Human Resource Development ministry has granted a prestigious educational institute in the form of a Regional Institute of Education (RIE).

  • The new RIE will be located at Nellore. Presently National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT), the apex body of Union government on school education, has five regional institutes in the country which were located in Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysuru and Shillong.

FICCI launches initiative aimed at travel start-ups

As part of its mandate to enhance India’s digital drive in the travel and tourism industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched its maiden initiative aimed at travel start-ups.

  • ‘Travel Tech Launchpad’ will be a platform that encourages innovation and growth of travel start-ups during the second edition of FICCI’s flagship event ‘Digital Travel, Hospitality and Innovation Summit’, scheduled to be held on March 22-23, 2017 in New Delhi.

Haryana signs MoU with Andhra to prepare citizen database

Haryana government signed a memorandum of understanding with Andhra Pradesh to assist it compile a centralised database of its population to ensure efficient and effective implementation of welfare programmes.

BSNL to provide affordable broadband for all households in Assam

In Assam, BSNL will provide broadband connection to all households at 249 rupees per month under the Har Ghar Internet initiative.

Assam govt to set up separate dept for Act East policy

The Assam government will set up a department to implement Centre’s Act East policy.

Centre releases Rs.250 cr assistance to Lucknow Metro

Ministry of Urban Development today released Rs. 250 cr for the Lucknow Metro Rail project which is a joint venture project of central and Uttar Pradesh Governments.

  • The Ministry had earlier this year released Rs.300 cr taking the total assistance provided to the Lucknow Metro to Rs.550 cr.

World Bhojpuri Conference began in Varanasi

UP CM laid foundation stone for Film Television and Liberal in Lucknow

Gujarat government announces campaign to protect birds from manja

The Gujarat government announced a campaign, Karuna, to prevent and tend injuries to birds due to ‘manja’ while flying kites during Uttarayan festivities. The move came days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed interim stay on the use of glass-coated string or manja for flying kites.

NDMC aims to make Lutyen’s Delhi open-urination free

In its efforts to rid the Lutyen’s Zone in the national capital of open urination, the NDMC has set up public conveniences at close distances and launched a campaign to paint the walls to discourage the offenders.

Maharashtra Cabinet to setup separate ministry for development of OBCs

The Maharashtra Government on Tuesday decided to create a new ministry for welfare of Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT), OBCs and Special Backward Classes.

Nedumkayam is first fully-digital  tribal colony in the country

Nedumkayam colony in the Karulazhi panchayat, Nilambur, Kerala became the first fully-digital tribal colony in the country.

Gurugram gets digital investigation centre

A Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC) aimed at improving the capabilities of Haryana Police in solving cyber crime cases, has been set up in Gurugram. The centre is the first of its kind in the country.

Ericsson demonstrates IoT solutions in Andhra Pradesh village

Swedish communication technology firm Ericsson has demonstrated at Mori village of Andhra Pradesh its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for creating smart and sustainable villages in the state. Both projects — Connected Aquaponics and Smart Water Grid Management — were demonstrated in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, after a three-month pilot.

BSNL, TNAU sign MoU to provide fibre connectivity on lease

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has signed an MoU with BSNL to provide fibre connectivity on lease between all departments of the varsity for strengthening CAMPUS LAN.

Banks’ GNPAs rise to 9.1 per cent in Sept from 7.8 per cent in Mar: RBI

The banking sector continues to face “significant” level of stress as the asset quality has deteriorated further with the banks’ gross non-performing advances increasing to 9.1 per cent in September from 7.8 per cent in March, says the RBI.

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated Indian History Congress in Kerala

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 77th Indian History Congress at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

Jharkhand government signs MoU with IIM-A for setting up innovation lab

Jharkhand government signed an MoU with IIM, Ahmedabad for setting up an international standard ‘Jharkhand Innovation Lab’ with Chief Minister Raghubar Das saying this will give a new direction to the youth and entrepreneurs.

Sasikala set to become AIADMK chief

The crucial AIADMK general council meeting scheduled is likely to elect V K Sasikala, close aide of late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, as the party General Secretary, a position held by Jayalalithaa for over three decades. Having no opponents or other contestants to the post, Sasikala has no threat to her elevation to the top post.

China aims to be on Mars by the end of 2020

China is aiming to own the race for space in the next decade, the country’s space agency has said. China’s ambitious and fast-growing space programme is targeting a landing on the dark side of the moon by 2018, and reaching Mars before the end of the decade.

China operationalises one of world’s longest bullet train line

China started operations of one of the world’s longest high-speed railways that links the prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwestern part of the vast country.

  • The Shanghai-Kunming line — 2,252 km in length — traverses the five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan.
  • A longer rail line stretching north to south is the 2,298-km Beijing-Guangzhou line, put into operation in 2012.

Ana Ivanovic announces retirement from tennis at age of 29

Ana Ivanovic from Serbia, the former world No1 and 2008 French Open champion, has retired from tennis at the age of 29.


Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars,” has died.

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