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December 31, 2016

31st December 2016 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (31st December 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 31st December 2016

International Current Affairs
  • Oman today confirmed that it had joined the Saudi-led 'Islamic Military Alliance', a coalition of Islamic countries fighting terrorism.
  • Chinese Defence officials today announced that China will hold its first military drills with Nepal next year, a move that could unnerve India.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Singapore today signed the 3rd protocol for amending the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.
National Current Affairs
  • Rio Olympics silver medal-winning shuttler PV Sindhu was today unveiled as the Official Face of the 2nd International Kite Festival to be held from 12th to 17th January in Hyderabad
    • The festival is organized by Telangana Tourism and Incredible India, among others, to celebrate Sankranthi. 
  • India's first transgender school, Sahaj International, was inaugurated in Kochi (Kerala).
    • The alternative learning centre, which works in collaboration with the National Institute of Open Learning, will help the transgenders who dropped out of school to appear in Class X and XII examinations. 
    • The school is headed by six transgenders and a woman and has 10 students.
  • A two-day tribal festival will take place in Goa between January 7 and 8. 
    • The festival, which is in its sixth year, aims to revive and preserve the culture and cuisine of the state, especially the customs of the tribal population. 
Banking & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed all banks to increase the daily withdrawal limit at ATMs from ₹2,500 to ₹4,500 starting January 1, 2017.
    • It also added that the cash disbursed at ATMs should predominantly be new ₹500 notes. 
    • However, the RBI did not change the weekly withdrawal limit of ₹24,000.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee today approved the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016 that criminalises possession of demonetised ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes. 
    • According to the ordinance, citizens can be penalised for holding more than ₹10,000 in demonetised notes after March 31, 2017. The order will come into effect on Saturday, December 31.
  • The Finance Ministry today announced that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can exchange and deposit scrapped ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes at specified RBI offices till June 30.
  • To promote cashless transactions, Mother Dairy today introduced Aadhaar-enabled payment system in over 1,000 milk booths and 'Safal' retail stores.
Books & Authors
  • Actor Rishi Kapoor's autobiography titled, 'Khullam Khulla', will release on January 15, 2017.
    • Note : The book's title has been borrowed from the song 'Khullam Khulla Pyar Karenge Hum Dono' from Rishi's 1975 film 'Khel Khel Mein'.
New Appointments
  • Romania's President Klaus Iohannis today named Sorin Grindeanu from the ruling Social Democrat party as the country's new Prime Minister
  • Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal today took oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
    • A 1969-batch IAS officer, he served as the Home Secretary during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. 
    • He is going to replace Najeeb Jung.
  • Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat today took over charge as the new Army chief from General Dalbir Singh Suhag. 
    • Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also took charge as the next Air Force Chief, replacing Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. 
  • Late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan was today formally appointed as the AIADMK’s General Secretary
  • Former British Prime Minister David Cameron may become the next Secretary-General of NATO, according to reports.
    • Important Points to Note
    • Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister and resigned from the parliament in June following UK's vote to leave the EU in a referendum. 
    • The current NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, who served as Norway's PM earlier, is expected to finish his four-year term in 2018.
Awards & Honors
  • Shankar Balasubramanian, an Indian-origin British professor has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the field of science and medicine. 
    • The Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Cambridge University was honoured for his work as a co-inventor of Next Generation DNA sequencing. 
  • World number one tennis player, Britain's Andy Murray, has been also conferred the Knighthood in the New Year’s honours list in Britain. 
  • Actress Priyanka Chopra will be one of the presenters at the upcoming 74th Golden Globe Awards, to be held on January 8, 2017.
  • Virat Kohli was named India's Sportsperson of the Year 2016 in a recent poll conducted by India Today, after he received the highest votes (44.18%). 
    • Olympics silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu beat Ravichandran Ashwin (13.83%) for the second place with 31.51% of the votes.
    • Deepa Malik, Sakshi Malik and Devendra Jhajharia completed the list of top-six athletes.
  • Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was named the World's Best Playmaker for the second consecutive year by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). 
    • Messi topped the list with 172 points followed by Andres Iniesta (66 points) and Toni Kroos (45 points). 
Deaths
  • Former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil (84) passed away.
    • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his outstanding work in the field of social work.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Russia's Sergey Karjakin pipped Norway's Magnus Carlsen on the basis of a better tiebreak record to win the World Blitz Chess Championship title in Doha, Qatar. 
  • Highlights of Indian sport in 2016 :
    • Indian cricket team registered their longest-ever Test unbeaten streak.
    • Shuttler PV Sindhu became India's first-ever female Olympic silver medalist. 
    • India's junior hockey team were crowned world champions after 15 years.
    • 18-year-old golfer Aditi Ashok became the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour event.
This is the end of today's Daily Current Affairs session friends. Good Day :)

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