Saturday, 26 December 2015

IBPS Daily Current Affairs December 26, 2015

Soon, one-page form for birth, death certificates
  • Applications for majority of services such as birth or death certificates will soon be simplified and converted into one-page form format, the government.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh also unveiled a single-page application form for pensioners on a day being observed as ‘good governance day’.
  • “For different schemes you have voluminous forms. Today, we are releasing one-page application form for pensioners. We plan to convert all multi-page or voluminous forms to single-page within a year,”.

Rural post offices will soon get digitally connected

  • The communications and IT ministry is set to a launch a slew of schemes on December 28 that will seek to digitally connect rural post offices across the country and enable core banking facilities at 12,000 other post offices.
  • The ministry will also announce a programme to set up over 1,000 ATMs in three months for the convenience of post office savings bank customers.
  • Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will launch the schemes to mark the ‘Good Governance Day’.
PM goes to Lahore, makes a Christmas date with history
  • With two unannounced stops, in Kabul and Lahore on Christmas day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rewrote the recent history of geo-politics in the region.
  • While his travel to Kabul on the way back from Moscow was widely anticipated, his stopover in Pakistan, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 11 years, caught everyone, including senior officials, by surprise.
State ranked third in e-transactions
  • Kerala has registered a quantum leap in the number of electronic transactions since the start of the year, displacing 10 States to occupy the third position in the national tally.
  • Kerala had registered 54.67 crore e-transactions this year, representing a 15- fold growth from 3.69 crore transactions in 2014. Andhra Pradesh with 111.88 crore transactions, tops the list, followed by Telangana with 87.34 crore transactions, according to the National e-Transaction Count maintained by the Electronic Transaction Aggregation and Analysis Layer (etaal) under the Union Department of Electronics and Information Technology. In 2014, Kerala was ranked 13.
Strong earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan late on Friday, two months after more than 300 people were killed by a quake in the same mountainous region.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake, initially reported as magnitude 6.4, was at a depth of 126.5 miles (203 km) and centred 51 miles (82 km) southeast of the town of Feyzabad, capital of the Afghan province of Badakhshan.
‘Atal Setu’: North India’s first cable-stayed bridge opened in Jammu and Kashmir
  • North India’s first cable-stayed bridge the fourth of its kind in the country that will provide close connectivity among the three states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab was thrown open to traffic.
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the bridge on river Ravi named ‘Atal Setu’ at Basholi situated on Dunera-Basohli-Bhadharwah road in J and K’s Kathua district and dedicated it to the nation. Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh and Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag were also present.
U.N. Designates Nov. 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day
  • The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Japanese-led resolution to designate Nov. 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day.
  • The tsunami day designation is aimed at raising awareness among people in the world of the dangers of tsunami and stressing the importance of early warning systems in order to mitigate damage.
  • Related events and activities are expected to be held by the United Nations and other organizations around Nov. 5 every year.
Wilson named new Chesterfield head coach
  • England football club Chesterfield has announced the appointment of Danny Wilson as their new head coach.
  • Wilson is a former Chesterfield player, making 100 league appearances as a midfielder between 1980 and 1983.
  • The 55-year-old has succeeded Dean Saunders, who was sacked in November after six months in charge of the League One side.
41 more housing finance firms allowed to use SARFAESI law
  • Call this a New Year gift from the Narendra Modi government to the housing finance sector. The Finance Ministry has allowed 41 more housing finance companies (HFCs) to use the SARFAESI law, bolstering their efforts in recovery of dues and thereby reducing their non-performing assets.
  • This move of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) is also expected to build confidence among the HFCs to lend more to the vulnerable section of society, thereby aiding financial inclusion.
Companies raise Rs.13,600 crore in 2015
  • Ending the initial public offering (IPO) drought, 21 companies have entered Dalal Street in 2015 with initial public offers to garner Rs.13,600 crore-the highest in five years- and an impressive pipeline is already in place for the New Year.
  • While IPOs worth Rs.14,000 crore are already in the final stages of hitting the market, experts say the overall pipeline currently stands at well in excess of Rs.50,000 crore.
  • The total funds collected by the 21 IPOs in 2015 is the highest since 2010 when Rs.37,534.65 crore was garnered.
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