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Current Affairs 16th December 2017

National

  • The winter session of Parliament begins with Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging all political parties to extend co-operation for smooth conduct and pressing for a “national consensus” on the issue of simultaneous elections in the country.
  • Mumbai Metro launched a new security app ‘Secucare’, which can be downloaded on Android and IOS platforms, for raising an alarm to ensure passengers’ safety
  • Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar hosted the 4th India-Australia-Japan Trilateral Dialogue with Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia Ms Frances Adamson and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Mr. Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, in New Delhi.
  • The National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launched the Atal Tinkering Lab’s Community Day in New Delhi
  • The Union Government is planning to club phase I and phase II of its ambitious Ken-Betwa interlinking river (ILR) project.
  • Haryana government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India.

International

  • Norway became the world’s first country to shut down national broadcasts of its FM network by completing its transition to digital radio.
  • Sri Lanka becomes the 163rd nation to accede to the anti-personnel mine ban convention, fulfilling the pledge it made last year to join the international community in supporting the ongoing landmine clearance programme, the foreign ministry.
  • The Eleventh World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Conference was chaired by Minister Susana Malcorra of Argentina.
  • In an apparent move to rebuild its presence in China, Google announced that it will open a research lab focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Beijing, China.

Banking and Business

  • Walt Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s business for $52.4bn.

Sports and Entertainment

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan the union government jobs will be provided to the medal winners of individual and team competitions at the international level.
  • Jitesh Singh Deo from Lucknow was declared the winner of 2017. Mr. India pageant which was held in Mumbai.
  • World youth champion Sachin Siwach was named the Asian Boxing Confederation’s best youth boxer of the year 2017 after winning an online poll conducted by the continental body. Siwach polled 36.2 % votes in this category.

Other

  • Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has unveiled a new multi-coloured logo for the Kumbh Mela that is scheduled to be held in Allahabad in January 2019.

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