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December 09, 2015

8th December 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj leaves for Islamabad today to attend Heart of Asia Conference.
    • She will also meet Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

National Affairs
  • Today (8th December) is Bodhi Day.
    • This day is celebrated by Buddhists around the world to commemorates the day when
      Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree (596 BC).
  • Kala Utsav, a four-day mega event to promote Indian culture among school students of the country began at Bal Bhavan in New Delhi.
    • This Event was inaugurated by : Smriti Zubin Irani (Human Resource Development Minister)
  • Rajasthan‬ govt directs all 33 districts of the state to immediately initiate efforts in carbon footprint reduction cutting across sectors such as urban management, tree plantation, water conservation and recycling, controlling tailpipe emissions, encouraging greater use of solar and wind energy.
    • The best performing district will receive an award on World Environment Day (June 5) in 2016.
    • Rajasthan Chief Minister : Vasundhara Raje
  • Andhra Pradesh became the first state of India to join the Union Government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
    • The scheme is optional and operationalised through signing of an MoU between state governments, state discoms and the Centre. 
    • The scheme aims at reviving debt-stressed power distribution companies.
    • Important Note : 2nd state is Jharkhand and 3rd state is Rajasthan.
  • Delhi Government announces calender for the implementation of its odd -even car scheme on trial basis begining next month.
    • Important Points to Note :
      • Odd number cars on Odd Date
      • Even Number cars on Even date
      • 15 days trail from 1st January 2015
      • Sundays will be free day
      • Final blueprint by Dec 2015

Business & Economy
  • IDFC Bank has inked a pact with IT services major Tata Consultancy Services to use TCS BaNCS for its core banking solutions.
    • IDFC Bank started it's operations on October 1 this year with 23 branches.
    • IDFC : Infrastructure Development Finance Company

  • The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released the Handbook on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in New Delhi today.
    • The Handbook provides key information about the provisions of the Act in an easy-to-use and practical manner.
    • The Handbook has been developed with the aim to ensure that the citizens of India are aware of their rights and obligations of creating a safe workplace environment for women. 

Awards & Honors
  • Vyachakurahalli village in Karnataka has become India's first smokeless village.
    • The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has declared the village smokeless as all 274 households have made a shift to LPG stoves.

  • Pune and Rajkot became the new franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL), replacing the suspended teams of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for a period of 2 years.
    • The Pune franchise was bought by Kolkata-based business tycoon Sanjiv Goenka's company New Rising, while the Rajkot bid was won by Intex Mobiles.
    • BCCI President : Shashank Manohar

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