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Important Current Affairs 15th December 2016 with PDF

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Here is an update containing all the important current affairs for 15th December 2016. You can download the Important Current Affairs 15th December 2016 with pdf capsule too.

  • Rio Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

    • Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN’s list of world heritage sites in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest & beaches.
    • Rio got a big tourism boost during the 2014 football World Cup & this August’s Olympic Game.
    • However, persistent high crime, last year’s Zika epidemic & political instability have hurt the city’s image.
  • Brazil Approves 20-yr Spending Freeze

    • Brazil’s Senate approved a 20-year govt spending freeze billed as the centerpiece of austerity reforms aimed at restoring economic health of the country.
    • The upper house voted 53 to 16 to lock in the spending ceiling.
    • President Michel Temer said tough measures are needed to get Brazil’s finances back under control.
    • The vote means that the spending cap is now mandated by the constitution.
  • Jayaben Desai on BBC’s Power Women List

    • Jayaben Desai, Gujarat-born activist was named among seven women chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’.
    • She led a campaign against low pay for women workers at a UK factory in the 1970s.
    • The list is topped by Margaret Thatcher – Britain’s first female PM.
    • It also includes Barbara Castle,Labour MP for Blackburn who brought in the Equal Pay Act in 1970.
  • Guterres Sworn in as New UN Chief

    • Antonio Guterres was sworn in as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations.
    • He was former Portuguese PM, takes over from Ban as the ninth United Nations chief on January 1.
    • Ban’s second five-year term ends on December 31.
    • Guterres laid out three priorities for change during his five-year term: work for peace, supporting sustainable development and improving internal management.
  • The World’s Most Powerful People 2016

    • Modi has been ranked among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes.
    • He ranks 9th on the list of 74 topped by Russian President Putin.
    • Second on the list is US President-elect Donald Trump.
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel was third,followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    • Forbes said, there are nearly 7.4 billion people on Earth, but these 74 men & women make the world turn.
  • India-Indonesia Sign 3 Key Agreements

    • India & Indonesia have signed three agreements in fields of sports, stopping illegal fishing and standardization.
    • The agreements were signed during the visit of Indonesia President Joko Widodo to India.
    • Both the countries have agreed to cooperate in maritime security.
    • The visit of Indonesian President is the first since former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s trip to India in 2011.
  • Cabinet Approves Port Authorities Bill

    • The govt has passed approved the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 replacing  the Major Port Trusts Act,1963.
    • One of the salient features of the bill is the number of sections has been reduced to 65 from 134 by eliminating overlapping and obsolete ones.
    • The bill is implemented to promote trade & commerce& decentralise decision making.
  • India Tops Asia in Innovation Chart

    • India has emerged as the most preferred destination for innovation in Asia and third biggest globally.
    • India has been ranked as the No. 1 innovation destination in Asia and No. 2 in the world for new innovation centres.
    • Bengaluru leads the Indian challenge on innovation and is ranked 5th hub at global level.
    • Nine new innovation centres were opened in the country during the period.
  • Sushma Named Among 15 Global Thinkers

    • Sushma Swaraj & philanthropist couple Anupama & Vineet Nayar are among the Indians who have been named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 List .
    • The list was compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine
    • The magazine complimented Swaraj for fashioning a novel brand of Twitter diplomacy.
    • Swaraj was named in the Decision-makers category along with Hillary Clinton,Ban Ki-Moon,Angela Merkel among others.
  • Priyanka Appointed As UNICEF Ambassador

    • Actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as UNICEF’s newest global Goodwill Ambassador.
    • Ms. Chopra has served as a UNICEF national ambassador in India.
    • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations (UN) programme headquartered in New York.
    • UNICEF was established to bring help and hope to children whose lives and futures were at risk.
  • Indo-Russian Naval Exercise Begins

    • India & Russia started the 9th edition of Indra Navy-16,a bilateral exercise between the navies of the two allies.
    • The primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability among the two navies.
    • Indra Navy epitomises the strong long-term strategic relationship between the two countries.
    • The exercise is taking place in two phases – the Harbour at Visakhapatnam & the Sea off the coast.
  • Sochi Stripped of Bobsleigh Championship

    • The Russian city of Sochi will not host the 2017 bobsleigh & skeleton World Championships.
    • The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) said it would not be prudent to hold the championships in Russia.
    • A report claimed more than 1,000 Russians benefited from a doping cover-up between 2011 & 2015.
    • A new host city will be named for the February event in the forthcoming days.
  • Murray & Kerber Named ITF Champions

    • Britain’s Andy Murray & Germany’s Angelique Kerber were named 2016 ITF  World Champions.
    • He won nine titles in a milestone year that ended with him beating rival Djokovic.
    • Kerber enjoyed an equally impressive season,winning the Australian & U.S. Open titles as well as silver medal in Rio.
    • She becomes the first German to win the award since Steffi Graf claimed the last of her seven in 1996.
  • India Sign Grant Agreement with the IBRD

    • India has signed a Grant Agreement of USD 5.19 million with International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).
    • The agreement was signed for additional Financing for Financing Energy Efficiency at MSMEs Project- Programmatic Framework for Energy Efficiency.
    • The agreement signed was a part of the parent project – India: Financing Energy Efficiency at MSME Project (FEEMP).
  • India Approves MoU with Kyrgyzstan

    • The govt has approved a MoU between India & Kyrgyzstan on cooperation in field of agriculture and food related industry.
    • The proposed agreement covers various activities in the field of agriculture and allied sector
    • The proposed agreement will come into force on the date of its signing and would be for a period of 5 years & provides for setting up of a Joint Working Group from both countries
  • Canara Bank Raises Rs 1,000 cr

    • Canara Bank has raised Rs 1,000 crore by issuing Basel-III complaint tier-I bonds.
    • In October, the board of Canara Bank had permitted it to raise additional tier-I capital funds for an amount not exceeding Rs 2,500 crore.
    • The capital is being raised to maintain healthy CRAR during the current financial year.
    • Indian banks are expected to fully comply with Basel-III standards by March 2019.
  • Nooyi on Trump’s Advisory Council

    • Indra Nooyi, the India-born CEO of PepsiCo & Travis Kalanick, co-founder of taxi-hailing service Uber, have joined the President-elect’s Trump business advisory council.
    • Trump’s business council is headed by Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of global investment firm Blackstone.
    • Trump’s business council is packed with top honchos of America’s biggest private companies.
  • US Raises Key Interest Rate by 0.25%

    • The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25%.
    • It was just the second time in a decade that the Fed has raised rates.
    • The central bank voted unanimously to raise the key rate to a range of 0.5% to 0.75%, citing a stronger economic growth &rising employment.
    • Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen said the economic outlook was highly uncertain & the rise was only a modest shift.
  • Govt Appoints V K Sharma as LIC chief

    • Government has appointed V K Sharma as the Chairman of state-owned behemoth Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) for five years.
    • He  was already acting as chairman since September 16 when the then chairman S K Roy was relieved of his duties.
    • He has been serving as LIC’s MD since November 2013.
    • Roy had resigned in June, nearly two years ahead of his retirement.
  • VG Kannan Appointed CEO of IBA

    • V G Kannan took charge as Chief Executive of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
    • He succeeds M V Tanksale who demitted office as Chief Executive after being at the helm for three years.
    • He had retired as Managing Director & Group Executive (Associates & Subsidiaries) of State Bank of India.
    • IBA is a self-regulatory organisation of banks.
    • The 70-year old body has 237 members.

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