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December 21, 2015

21st December 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • The United States has lifted a 40-year-old ban on export of Oil.
    • This move paves the way for energy deficient countries like India to open up another frontier to import oil from a distant friendly nation.
    • The ban was lifted as President Barack Obama today signed into law the Omnibus USD 1.8 trillion spending package and tax bill for the current fiscal ending on September 30, 2016. 

National Affairs
  • Rajya Sabha today passed the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015.
    • This bill seeks to amend the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 [it amends certain existing categories and adds certain categories of actions by non SCs and STs against SCs or STs to be treated as offences].
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off e-bus for Parliament.
    • It is the first prototype of bus converted from diesel to electric.
  • Assam is set to enforce the National Food Security Act across the state from 24th December 2015.
    • The State Government announced that subsidised rice will be provided to two crore forty lakh people, under the Food Security Act.
    • With this act,  60 percent population from the towns and 84 percent of the people living in villages will be benefited.
    • According to the Act, every eligible person will get five kilograms of rice every month at the cost of three rupees per kilogram. 

Business & Economy
  • Today is 104th foundation day of India's first SWADESHI BANK 'Central Bank of India".
    • Central Bank of India was completely owned and founded by Indians with out any Britishers share.
    • It was established on 21 December 1911 by Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala with Sir Pherozeshah Mehta as Chairman.
    • Sorabji Pochkhanawala is the only banker in who's honour postage stamp was released by the President of India.
  • Tata Motors has made it to the Top 50 league of the World’s biggest companies (in terms of R&D investments).
    • This list was topped by German automaker Volkswagen.
    • This list was prepared by the European Commission.
    • Top 5 Companies in the List :
      • Volkswagen,
      • Samsung, 
      • Microsoft, 
      • Intel 
      • Novartis

  • Famous German conductor Kurt Masur passed away.
    • He was widely regarded as one of the world's greatest conductors.
    • Known as one of the last old-style maestros, Masur was best known for serving as the music director of the New York Philharmonic (NYP) from 1991-2002.

Awards & Honors
  • Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2015.
    • Wurtzbach beat as many as 80 contestants, including India's Urvashi Rautela who didn't find a spot even in the top 15.
    • Recent Miss Universe Title Holders
  • Barcelona FC has won the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup for a record third time.
    • In the final match played at International Stadium Yokoham in Japan it defeated River Plate FC by 3-0 goals. 
  • Singapore Slammers beat defending champions Indian Aces to win 2nd edition of International Premier Tennis League.
  • Indian Super League Football season 2
    • Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa lift Indian Super League Football season 2 crown.
    • Golden boot Award : John Stiven Mendoza Valencia (Chennaiyin FC). 
    • Golden Glove Award : Apoula Edima Edel Bete (Chennaiyin FC).
    • Muthoot Group Fair Play Award : Mumbai FC.
    • Hero of the League award : John Stiven Mendoza Valencia (Chennaiyin FC).

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