Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Current Affairs December 22, 2015

  • BSNL offers free SIMS

  • BSNL Chennai Telephones is offering GSM SIMS free, to the general public through its road shows and roadside melas until January 14.
  • BSNL has also announced a massive reduction in per minutes and per second call rates for its new customers under prepaid mobile services.
  • The reduced call rate is applicable with a plan voucher of Rs. 36 for per second plans and with a plan voucher of Rs. 37 for per minute plans for new customers only. The new plans and schemes are displayed on the websitewww.bsnl.co.in
  • India’s first retrofitted electric bus flagged off by PM to be used by MPs

  • This is the first time that a diesel bus has been converted into a battery operated electric bus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the keys of the bus to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
  • At a time when pollution in cities has become a hotly debated topic, prototype of India’s first retrofitted electric bus was showcased here in the capital.The bus is proposed to be used by Members of Parliament.
  • Haryana mulls making Class XII mandatory for municipal polls

  • After fixing the minimum educational qualification for elections to the Panchayati Raj institutions in Haryana, the Manohar Lal Khattar government is mulling making class XII qualification mandatory for contesting the municipal corporation polls in the state.
  • The Haryana Advocate General’s office has made the suggestion that educational qualification for people contesting for municipal corporations be fixed as Class XII and for the committees and councils, it should be matriculation.
  • Rajya Sabha passes SC/ST, two other bills 

  • The House returned to Lok Sabha the Appropriation (No. 4) Bill and the Appropriation (No. 5) Bill containing the 2nd batch of supplementary demands as part of grants for 2015-16.
  • After days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the crucial SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill along with two bills on supplementary demands for 2015-16, within minutes without any debate.
  • The House returned to Lok Sabha the Appropriation (No. 4) Bill and the Appropriation (No. 5) Bill containing the second batch of supplementary demands as part of grants for 2015-16 to meet government’s expenditure.
  • Defence Ministry Launches Website For Interface With Industry

  • Seeking to make defence acquisition process simpler and transparent, the government launched a new ‘Make in India’ website that will provide an interface with industry and promised to finalise the new revised defence procurement procedure by January.
  • “The last 10 years have seen that procedure has become more important than the target. The target is to provide modern equipment to the armed forces in a timely manner,”.
  • He hoped that the website (www.makeinindiadefence.com) would act as an enabler for the industry to get the latest news and notification regarding various aspects of the defence production.
  • India joins select club to build LNG ships

  • Cochin Shipyard has received certification to build LNG-transporting ships for any client world-wide, making it the first shipyard in India to get the nod, joining the league of South Korea, Japan and China.
  • The French company providing the certification, Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT), is a leader in design engineering and provides membrane-type containment systems for the transportation and storage of LNG, according to a statement from the Ministry of Shipping.
  • Lok Sabha clears Bill to develop 101 waterways; Government aims to garner Rs 1 lakh crore

  • A bill to develop 101 waterways was passed by Lok Sabha today with government saying it was aiming to garner Rs 1 lakh crore to fund projects to provide low-cost river transportation as ‘Make-in-India’ dream will not be realised if logistics cost are not reduced.
  • Replying to a debate on The National Waterways Bill, 2015, he sought the support of states in this endeavour.
  • FIFA bans Blatter and Platini for eight years

  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini were both banned from football for eight years for ethics violations, leaving the global game leaderless as it struggles with a swirl of corruption cases.
  • Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs and Platini, who boycotted the ethics committee hearing as unfair, 80,000.
  • The pair had been suspended in October while an investigation was carried out into a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.02 million) payment that football’s global governing body made to Platini in 2011, with Blatter’s approval.
  • Rajasthan to provide Bhagawad Gita to government schools

  • After introducing major changes in the syllabus of primary and secondary schools in Rajasthan, State Education Minister Vasudev Devnani  said the Bhagawad Gita would now be made available in the libraries of Government Higher Secondary schools.
  • Speaking at a function in Ajmer on ‘Gita Jayanti’ annual celebration marking the birth of the Bhagawad Gita  Mr. Devnani said the Gita was the foundation of human life.
  • Emphasising that every individual must read the Gita, Mr. Devnani declared that copies of the Gita would be made available in the 13,500 government higher secondary schools in Rajasthan.
PM may visit Kabul this week

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  • Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Afghanistan would be his first after becoming Prime Minister.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make a stopover in Kabul later this week, possibly on Christmas.
  • According to the sources, Mr. Modi would make a brief visit to Kabul around his Moscow trip on December 23-24th, and would unveil two of India’s most important initiatives in Afghanistan during the short visit: the inauguration of the parliament building, and handing over ceremony for 4 Mi-25 attack helicopters.
  • Splintered Spanish vote heralds arduous coalition talks

  • A historically fragmented vote in Spanish elections heralded weeks of talks to form a coalition government, with neither Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservatives nor left-wing parties winning a clear mandate to govern.
  • Despite garnering the most votes, the center-right People’s Party (PP) had its worst result ever in a general election as Spaniards angered by high-level corruption cases and soaring unemployment turned away from the party in droves.
  • The outcome was reminiscent of a similar situation in neighboring Portugal, where the incumbent conservatives won an October election but a socialist government backed by far left parties was ultimately sworn in.
  • Lakshmi Vilas Bank names P Mukherjee as new MD & CEO

  • The South India-based Lakshmi Vilas Bank said Parthasarathi Mukherjee will be bank’s new managing director and chief executive officer.
  • “The Reserve Bank has given its approval for appointment of Parthasarathi Mukherjee as new MD and CEO of the bank for three years from the date of his taking charge,” it said in a regulatory filing.
  • He succeeds Rakesh Sharma, who has joined as MD and CEO of Canara Bank, it added.
  • About Mr.Mukherjee: : “Mr. Mukherjee brings with him a rich experience of more than 33 years in banking industry. He joins from Axis Bank where he served as group executive (Corporate Relationships and International Business),”.
  • SASTRA-Ramanujan Award for Toronto varsity mathematician

  • The annual SASTRA-Ramanujan Award was presented to Jacob Tsimerman of University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Established in 2005, the award is given to young mathematicians for outstanding contributions to areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan. The award carries prize money of US $ 10,000 and a citation.
  • Dr. Tsimerman has several first rate contributions in algebraic geometry, number theory, mathematical logic and analysis.
  • He was born in Kazan, Russia, in 1988 and his family moved to Israel and then to Canada in 1996, where he participated in various mathematical competitions from the age of nine.
  • SpaceX lands rocket after satellite launch

  • SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring towards the orbit Monday night with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-storey leftover booster back on Earth safely.
  • It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and represented a tremendous success for SpaceX. The company led by billionaire Elon Musk is striving for reusability to drive launch costs down and open up space to more people.
  • Bandhan Bank plans to start retail lending operations

  • Kolkata-based Bandhan Bank is looking to start retail lending operations for financing smaller vehicles in rural and semi-urban areas, as well as suburbs surrounding cities.
  • According to Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, founder, MD and CEO of the bank, loans would be in the range of ₹80,000 to ₹1 lakh; targeting primarily rickshaw-pullers and operators of ‘Vano’ cycle vans powered by discarded motorcycle engines, used for ferrying people and goods.
  • Typically ‘totos’  a battery operated three-wheeler fleet pretty popular in neighbouring districts of Kolkata as a mode of public transport  are priced upwards of ₹1 lakh.
  • SBI to raise Rs.12,000 cr through Tier-II bonds

  • State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, will raise up to Rs.12,000 crore by issuing bonds that are Basel-III complaint.
  • The funds will be raised in one or more tranches through private placement.
  • “The Committee of Directors’ has authorised the bank to raise up to Rs.12,000 crore by way of “issue of Basel-III compliant Tier-II bonds, at par, through private placement”,” the SBI informed the stock exchanges.
  • McCullum to announce retirement after second Test against Australia

  • New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum is expected to announce his retirement from international cricket.
  • The 34-year-old McCullum will become the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive Test matches when he takes the field in New Zealand’s first Test against Australia in Wellington from Feb. 12.
  • McCullum is expected to make the second Test of that series  starting in Christchurch on Feb. 20  his last match for New Zealand.
  • It is likely that McCullum will also play a limited role in New Zealand’s forthcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and will miss next year’s Twenty20 World Cup.
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