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December 13, 2015

13th December 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (13th December) is World Choral Day.
    • This is an international choral event to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.
    • Choral - Related to chorus (group of persons singing together)
    • Theme of 2015 :  Integration
  • After weeks of negotiations in Paris, a coalition of nearly 200 countries has agreed to a landmark climate change pact.
    • The deal, which unites an almost global group of the world's governments in a coordinated fight against climate change, will effectively curb fossil fuel emissions enough to combat the earth's rising emperatures.
  • Indian Vice President Hamid Anasri, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan today broke the ground for the ambitious TAPI pipeline project.
    • This project will provide energy-hungry India gas to run its power plants. 
    • Estimated cost of this project is USD 7.6 billion.
    • TAPI - Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India

New Appointments
  • Saudi Arabia today announced that Salima bint Hazab al-Otaibi had become the first woman elected to public office in the conservative Islamic kingdom after winning a seat on the municipal council in Mecca in Saturday's election.

Awards & Honors
  • Legendary actor Dilip Kumar today presented with the Padma Vibhushan Award by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
    • Important Points to Note :
      • The announcement to honour Bollywood veterans Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and a few others with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award was made by the government on the eve of Republic Day on January 25, 2015.
      • However, Dilip Kumar, due to ill-health, could not attend the special function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in April when other Padma awardees were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee.
      • Check complete list of Padma Awardees 2015 from here
  • Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
    • French actress Catherine Deneuve also received the award.

Science & Technology
  • Mexican Government has approved a Dengue fever vaccine branded as Dengvaxia for the public use. 
    • With this, Mexico became the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against dengue fever. 

Business & Economy
  • India’s largest lender State Bank of India is going to issue EMV chip and pin based debit cards to its new customers to ensure enhanced secure transactions.
    • EMV chip and pin feature protects against skimming and card transaction frauds.
    • With this, SBI has become the first large bank to issue 100 per cent EMV cards compliant with RBI’s directive on Security and Risk Mitigation Measures for Card Present and Electronic Payment Transactions. 
    • The latest offering will allow consumers to transact securely at Point of Sale terminals.
  • The e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, has announced that it is going to buy the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the 112-year old English newspaper of Hong Kong.
  • The Centre today imposed  an anti-dumping duty ranging from 5 to 57 per cent on import of cold-rolled flat products of stainless steel for  five years.
  • Note : The duty has been imposed on China, South Korea, the US, South Africa, Thailand and Taiwan, besides the European Union.

  • The mascot and logo of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 (OC-SAG)  -Tikhor has been inaugurated in Guwahati today by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Sports minister Sarbanand Sonowal.
  • Important Points to Note : 
    • The 12th South Asian Games will be held in Guwahati and Shillong from 6th to 16th of February next year.
    • The mascot Tikhor , the brand ambassador of the games carries the message of peace, stability, amity and progress in the South Asian region.
    • Tikhor means someone who is sharp, naughty and sporty resembling one horn rhino.
    • On the other hand, the logo which has also been launched today has eight petals representing the countries participating in the mega event.

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