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Here is an update containing all the important current affairs for 29th December 2016. You can download the Important Current Affairs 29th December 2016 with pdf capsule too.

  • Scarlett Johansson Ist Top Grossing Actor

    • Scarlett Johansson has been named as the top grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine.
    • The US actor topped the list after her films brought in $1.2 billion globally over the past 12 months.
    • Johansson’s Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr tied for second place with $1.15bn each.
    • Forbes calculated the annual ranking using the global ticket sales of top actors’ films.
  • US Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies

    • US actress Debbie Reynolds has passed away, a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.
    • The Hollywood legend is best known for her role in the 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain”.
    • She was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, a 1964 musical.
    • She received an honorary Oscar in 2015 & the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
  • Pak PM Inaugurates Chashma Nuclear Project

    • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Chashma Nuclear Project – III, having a capacity of generating 340 megawatts of electricity.
    • The 340MW power plant is a joint collaboration of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission & China National Nuclear Corporation.
    • This is the third project after successful operation of Chashma-I & Chashma-II projects.
    • Chashma – IV Project is to be completed in 2017
  • China Begins Transport Water from Tibet

    • China started transporting bottled water to other parts of the country by charter trains from the Himalayan rivers in Tibet.
    • A train full of Tibetan bottled water left Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.
    • It is the first of a regular set of cargo trains to bring bottled drinking water from Tibet.
    • Tibet, often called Asia’s Water Tower, is rich in water resources.
  • Colombia Approves Peace Deal Amnesty

    • The Colombian Congress has approved a law offering amnesty to some of those accused of minor crimes in the country’s decades-long civil conflict.
    • President Juan Manuel Santos hailed it as a the first step towards the consolidation of peace with the Farc guerrilla group.
    • The amnesty is part of a revised deal agreed after the original pact with the Farc was rejected in a popular vote.
  • Khattar Inaugurates DIATC at Gurugram

    • Haryana CM Manohar Lal inaugurated country’s first Digital Investigation,Training & Analysis Centre (DIATC) at Gurugram.
    • It would enhance technological capabilities of the police in solving cybercrime cases.
    • It is first of its kind, has been set up in collaboration with National Technical Research Organisation.
    • The Centre has Cyber Forensic Laboratory & has Social Media Monitoring Lab.
  • CM Khandu Inaugurates 6th ALG in Tuting

    • The Indian Air Force Advanced Landing Ground, ALG at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh has become functional.
    • The ALG was inaugurated by State Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
    • The strategic location of Tuting ALG will make it a launching pad for the IAF operations as well as a facilitator to the Administration.
    • With ALGs being operationalised in Tuting, Mechuka, Aalo, Pasighat, Ziro & Vijoynagar.
  • Panel Reconstituted for AIIMS Top Job

    • The search-cum-selection committee, tasked with shortlisting names for the AIIMS director’s post, has been reconstituted following orders from the PM’s Office.
    • It would be headed by the Health Secretary instead of the Union Health Minister.
    • The new five-member panel will be led by Health Secretary C K Mishra as the chairman
    • The PMO last week had ordered reconstitution of the search panel.
  • Cabinet Approves ISA Framework Agreement

    • Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s proposal for ratification of International Solar Alliance, ISA’s Framework Agreement by India.
    • ISA was launched jointly by PM Modi & French President Francois Hollande in November last year.
    • ISA will strive to bring together more than 121 nations for coordinated research,low cost financing & rapid deployment..
  • Anil Baijal to be Next Delhi L-G

    • The President has formally appointed former Union home secretary Anil Baijal as the Lt Governor of Delhi.
    • The post had fallen vacant after the sudden resignation of Najeeb Jung.
    • Baijal had served as Union home secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government besides holding key positions in other ministries.
    • He is a former vice chairman of Delhi Development Authority.
  • Ana Ivanovic Retires from Tennis

    • Former world number one &d 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic from Serbia has retired from tennis.
    • She spent 12 weeks as world number one in 2008 and won 15 career singles titles.
    • She has been out with injury since August and dropped to 63 in the world rankings
    • She reached the French Open semi-final in 2015 & was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2007 & at the 2008 Australian Open.
  • Former TT Int. Pappu Haldankar Dies

    • Former international table tennis player and a former India number one, Prafulla ‘Pappu’ Haldankar passed away.
    • He started playing table tennis for Deccan Gymkhana, Pune and represented India for 5 years from 1961 to 1965.
    • He was ranked first in India in 1961-62 season.
    • He also represented the country in two Asian Championships and two World Championships.
  • Sir Bradley Wiggins Retires from Cycling

    • Five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling.
    • Wiggins became Britain’s most decorated Olympian in August when he won the team pursuit gold on the track in Rio, his fifth gold and eighth Olympic medal.
    • He secured eight world titles on the road and track.
    • He set the world record for the furthest distance ridden in one hour.
  • RBI Allows Banks to Include Unlisted Cos

    • The RBI has allowed banks to facilitate issuance of prepaid payments instruments (PPIs) to unlisted corporates, public entities.
    • Banks may include other entities/employers such as unlisted corporates, public organisations like municipal corporations for onward issuance to their staff or workers.
    • Pre-paid payment instruments helps purchase of goods and services against the value stored in it.
  • Govt Grants Rs 200 crore for Dyeing Units

    • The Centre has sanctioned ₹200 crores for Tirupur’s dyeing industry that was on the verge of closure due to severe financial crisis.
    • Tirupur is a hub of the textile processing and knitting industry providing employment to over five lakh persons
    • It contributes 22% of India’s total garment exports.
    • The 200 crore assistance is in the form of an interest free loan to be converted into grant.
  • Cabinet Okays Sale of First Pharma Firm

    • The Union Cabinet has approved the sale of India’s first pharmaceutical company Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals as well as Hindustan Antibiotics .
    • This is the second strategic sale approval after 12 years.
    • The first one was in Sept when the Cabinet had cleared the strategic sale of Bharat Pumps & Compressors.
    • BCPL was set up in 1892 by eminent scientist Prafulla Chandra Ray.
  • Twitter Partners with ICICI Bank

    • Twitter & ICICI Bank announced a partnership that integrates a slew of digital customer care support features for the bank.
    • It will benefit customers with direct online response to their queries and feedback in real-time.
    • Customers can now use these functions to resolve their banking related queries
    • ICICI Bank is the first bank in India to implement the new features to its Twitter account.
  • SIB Launches Mobile Banking App

    • South Indian Bank has introduced a NRI-focused mobile banking application called SIB Mirror+ .
    • SIB Mirror+ equips the customers to perform almost all banking transactions from their smart phones.
    • The app comes with self-registration facility for ease of activation.
    • The innovative feature Social Money allows customers to transfer money from & to their friends through social media channels.
  • NSE Files IPO Papers with Sebi

    • The National Stock Exchange (NSE) filed draft papers with market regulator SEBI for its much-awaited IPO.
    • The IPO is expected to be one of the biggest in recent times, with an estimated size of over Rs, 10,000 crore.
    • The offer may give the exchange a valuation of Rs. 50,000-55,000 crore.
    • NSEs IPO would be the biggest initial public offering after Coal India.
  • Cabinet Approves Note Ban Ordinance

    • The Cabinet approved promulgation of an Ordinance to make possession of a large number of scrapped banknotes of old 1,000 & 500 rupee a penal offence after March 31st.
    • The possession will attract a monetary fine of Rs 10,000 or five times the cash held.
    • A maximum of 10 banned notes may be allowed to be held by any person.
    • The Ordinance will come into force once it gets Presidential assent.

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