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December 28, 2016

28th December 2016 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (28th December 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 28th December 2016

International Current Affairs
  • India has emerged as the Second largest purchaser of arms among developing nations.
    • The list was topped by Saudi Arabia.
    • Between 2008 and 2015, India purchased defence equipment worth $34 billion as compared to Saudi Arabia's $93.5 billion.
  • The foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey have agreed to push for a ceasefire in Syria and to prepare for possible peace talks planned in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.
    • This comes after Russia's ambassador to Turkey was shot dead by a policeman during a televised speech in Turkey's capital Ankara.
National Current Affairs
  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has inaugurated an Online Geospatial Platform for tracking the property tax collection across Bengaluru. 
    • This will enable residents to know the property tax they have paid over the years. 
    • The colour green on any property indicates tax being paid since 2009. 
    • Pink would mean a default for a year, and deep pink would indicate a long-term defaulter.
  • The Telangana government is going to launch Bike ambulances to help patients in remote areas.
    • They would be used in remote tribal areas and also congested localities in cities like Hyderabad.
  • Airport employees across the country will have to carry their Aadhaar cards to work along with their entry passes from January 1. 
    • The directive has been issued by the CISF, which is responsible for the security at the airport. 
  • The Bihar government today approved the implementation of 50% reservation in both Subordinate and Superior Judicial Services in the state. 
    • After this decision, 21% posts would be reserved for Extremely Backward Class (EBC), 12% for Backward Class, 16% for SC and 1% for ST. 
    • Note : The government also approved 35% quota for women in all these categories.
Banking & Economic Affairs
  • The Cabinet today cleared an ordinance to penalise people for depositing over 10 old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes after March 31, 2017.
    • The ordinance is to extinguish liability of government and the Reserve Bank of India on the demonetised high-denomination notes.
    • Note : The last day to deposit the old notes in banks is December 30.
  • Ahead of the New Year, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved an increase in the dearness allowance by 7% for over 6 lakh government employees, pensioners and others working with local bodies like panchayats. 
    • The hike would be effective from July 1, 2016. 
    • Note : Dearness allowance and dearness relief are provided to neutralise the impact of price rise on earnings.
New Appointments
  • The government today appointed Viral Acharya as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
    • He will be joining the ranks of NS Vishwanathan, SS Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four Deputy Governors under RBI Governor Urjit Patel. 
  • Retired bureaucrat Anil Baijal is going to replace Najeeb Jung as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
    • Baijal, a 1969-batch IAS officer, also served as the Home Secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. 
  • Suresh Kalmadi, accused of corruption in the multi-crore 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, was appointed as a Life President of the Indian Olympic Association today.

Deaths
  • Actress Carrie Fisher (60), known for playing Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' film series, passed away today.
  • Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunder Lal Patwa (92) died of a heart attack today.
    • He was made Chief Minister of the state twice, once with the Janata Party and then with the BJP.
  • Richard Adams (96), the author of bestselling children's book Watership Down, passed away.
    • The English author had won several awards for Watership Down which was later made into an animated movie.
  • Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake (83) passed away.
    • The politician, who was elected twice as Prime Minister, was serving as a senior advisor to President Maithripala Sirisena.
People in News
  • Actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the highest grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes. 
    • Her films earned a total of over ₹8,000 crore ($1.2 billion) worldwide. 
    • Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr shared the second position, with over ₹7,000 crore ($1.15 billion) each. 
    • Note : All three of them starred in 'Captain America: Civil War', which became the top-grossing film of 2016.

Sports Current Affairs
  • The Uttar Pradesh franchise in the upcoming Pro Wrestling League 2 has been named 'UP Dangal', after the recent Aamir Khan-starring film. 
    • Note : The UP franchise features wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat, on whose lives 'Dangal' is based. 
This is the end of today's Daily Current Affairs session friends. Good Day :)

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