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December 27, 2016

27th December 2016 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (27th December 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 27th December 2016

International Current Affairs
  • Saudi Arabia is going to introduce an "expat levy" on foreign workers with dependents from 2017, which was revealed during the country's budget announcement. 
    • The fee will start at $26 (₹1,760) per month in July 2017 and will rise each year to reach $106 (₹7,178) a month in July 2020. 
  • China's legislature has passed a law to levy environment tax on polluters, including heavy industries. 
    • This comes while the country's 24 major cities were on red alert due to heavy smog cover. 
    • The new law will reportedly improve tax payers' environmental awareness, reduce government interference and force companies to upgrade technology and shift to cleaner production.
  • China today re-established diplomatic relations with African island nation Sao Tome and Principe
    • This comes after Sao Tome cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan over the refusal of monetary help.
General Knowledge
  • Indian national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' was first sung on this day (27th December) in the year 1911, at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress. 
    • India had no official national anthem at the time of independence as 'Jana Gana Mana' was adopted as the national anthem by the Constituent Assembly on 24th January 24 1950. 
    • Note : The anthem was composed by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
National Current Affairs
  • At least 9 Nobel Prize winners have confirmed their participation in the 8th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.
    • A 5-week long Nobel Prize Series Exhibition will also be held.
    • Note : Vibrant Gujarat 2017 is scheduled to be held from 10-13 January 2017.
  • Assam Government rolled out a health insurance scheme titled ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’, to provide coverage against several critical illnesses.
    • This scheme is claimed to be the biggest health care initiative undertaken by any State Government in the country and is aimed to make quality health care affordable to every individual member of a family in the state.
  • To detect cases of latent infection, the Union Health Ministry has launched a door-to-door screening campaign for Tuberculosis
    • The campaign aims to find patients before they develop full-blown TB and put them on preventive medicine. 
    • Launched in five states – Kerala, Bihar, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim – the campaign will be scaled up to other states from July 2017.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of the Char Dham Highway Development Project in Uttarakhand's Dehradun.
    • The project aims to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. 
    • Note : Around 900 km of national highways will be developed in Uttarakhand under the project at an approximate cost of ₹12,000 crore.
  • The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched Twitter Seva to directly engage with citizens in country and abroad, tourists and business travellers for speedy resolution of their visa and passport queries.
  • The NDA government is planning a Ganga Act to penalise those found guilty of polluting the Ganga river. 
    • Once it is finalised, the bill will be taken up for the Cabinet's nod.
    • Water Resources Minister : Uma Bharti has said.
  • In view of the rise in crimes against women, the Centre has decided to set up 200 special investigating units in the most crime-prone districts. 
    • The Investigative Units on Crime Against Women will be set up on a 50:50 cost sharing basis with the states. 
  • In an effort to reduce pollution caused by diesel buses, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has launched 25 bio-diesel buses in the state. 
    • These eco-friendly buses will ply on four routes, including Tirupati and Chennai. 
    • Costing around ₹90 lakh each, bio-diesel buses eject 60-70% less emissions than diesel buses and would reportedly save the Corporation ₹80 lakh each year.
Deaths
  • American astronomer who helped find evidence of dark matter,  Vera Rubin (88) passed away today. 
    • The astronomy pioneer examined more than 200 galaxies in her lifetime. 
    • Rubin was the second female astronomer to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences and also received the National Medal of Science in 1993.
Science & Technology
  • China has successfully tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet J-31 (now renamed the FC-31 Gyrfalcon). 
    • The newest version of twin-engine FC-31 took to the air for the first time recently. 
    • It is considered as China’s answer to the US F-35, the world’s most technically advanced fighter.
Banking & Economic Affairs
  • The government is going to bring in an ordinance to penalise people caught in possession of scrapped notes worth over ₹10,000 after December 30.
    • This could draw a fine of minimum ₹50,000 or five times the amount in question, whichever is higher.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Nicobari Deborah Herold won gold in the Women Elite's 500m individual time trial event in the 69th Senior National Track Cycling Championship in Kerala.
    • Herold, who finished the race in 36.377 seconds, had borrowed her cycle from the SAI centre in Car Nicobar.
    • Note : Herold survived the 2004 Tsunami by spending over a week on a tree.
  • Cricket Australia has named Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli as the Captain of the board's ODI Team of the Year.
    • Note :  Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was the only other Indian who made it to the list. 
    • The team features five Australian players, two South African players and one each from England and Pakistan.
This is the end of today's Daily Current Affairs session friends. Good Day :)

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