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December 14, 2016

14th December 2016 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (14th December 2016) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 14th December 2016

International Current Affairs
  • Israel today got the first two of its 50 F-35 stealth fighter jets from US-based company Lockheed Martin.
    • With this Israel became the first country after the US to get the warplanes
  • The 9th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy began in the Bay of Bengal today. 
    • Aim of INDRA NAVY-16 : to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.
    • The exercise will be held in two phases. They are, 
      • Harbour Phase : will be held from 14 to 18 December 2016
      • Sea Phase : will be held from 19 to 21 December 2016

National Current Affairs
  • Today (14th December) is National Energy Conservation Day.
    • This day is observed in India to make people aware about the importance of energy as well as saving or conserving the more energy by using less energy.
    • Important Points to Note :
      • The Energy Conservation Act in India was executed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in the year 2001.
      • The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is a constitutional body which comes under Government of India and helps in the development of policies and strategies in order to reduce the energy use.
      • Gujarat tops the list of states in distribution of LED bulbs as part of country-wide campaign for reducing power consumption.
        • Gujarat has distributed 2.70 crore LED bulbs till December 12 from the date of its launch earlier this year.
        • Maharashtra, ranked second, has distributed over 2 crore LED bulbs so far.
  • The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, which will replace the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, was passed in the Rajya Sabha today. 
    • The legislation, which has brought in a total of 119 amendments, had been pending in the Parliament's Upper House since February 2014. 
    • This new bill has recognized 21 disabilities (the previous Act identified only seven disabilities).
  • After making Aadhaar mandatory for JEE-Mains, the engineering entrance exam, the government is planning to link Aadhaar with exams like CAT, NEET and NET from the year 2017. 
    • The CBSE Class XII board examinations may also see Aadhaar playing a role.
    • During these exams, a biometric attendance system using fingerprint recognition will be used for identity verification.
  • The 6th edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) began in New Delhi.
    • It was inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu
    • The three days conference seeks to address issues ranging from crowded city centres to peripheral expansion, metropolitan based urban population growth, megacities and urban corridors etc.
  • The National Green Tribunal today banned the sale and use of glass-coated thread, including Chinese manjha, used to fly kites in India.

Business & Economic Affairs
  • Reliance Industries Chairman and India's richest person Mukesh Ambani and Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata with Bill Gates, Jack Ma and other billionaires have created a $1 billion fund to invest in clean energy
    • Called the Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the fund will invest the sum to fight climate change through innovation in clean energy over the next 20 years.

Awards & Honors
  • A study conducted by Mumbai-based consultancy company Final Mile on the trafficking of sex workers from West Bengal to Mumbai has won the ESOMAR excellence award for the best paper. 
    • The study found that most of the girls are sent to the city by their fathers, who are misled into believing that their daughters will get employment or get married.
  • Actors Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor have been named the hottest vegetarians of 2016 by animal rights organisation PETA India.
  • Actor Chris Evans has been named 'Hollywood's Best Actor For The Buck In 2016' by Forbes for the second time. 
    • His movies returned an average $135.80 at the box office for every $1 he was paid owing to his nominal fees. 
    • Note : Chris Pratt was the second Hollywood actor with the best returns while Scarlett Johansson ranked third on this list.

New Appointments
  • Malaysia today installed its 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V, in a ceremony marked by honour guards and Islamic prayers in the national palace in Kuala Lumpur. 
    • Note : The ruler of Malaysia is changed every five years between rulers of its nine states.
  • Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been named an 'Integrity Ambassador' by the Badminton World Federation to promote "clean, fair and honourable sport." 

Science & Technology
  • Google has announced that it will replace Adobe Flash Player content with HTML5 as the default option on its Chrome browser, over the next two months. 
    • This means that unless a website has an HTML5 content player, the Flash content will not display, and users will have to enable Flash manually on a site-by-site basis.
  • Augmented reality mobile game Pok√©mon Go officially launched in India today, nearly five months after it was rolled out in the US. 
    • The game was launched in India by its developer Niantic in partnership with Reliance Jio.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was honoured with the Most Improved Player of the Year award by Badminton World Federation today. 
    • In 2016, Sindhu won her maiden Superseries title and also qualified for the World Superseries Finals for the first time. 
    • Sindhu started 2016 as 12th ranked and achieved her career-best rank of 7 in December.
  • Opener Smriti Mandhana is the lone Indian in ICC's first-ever women's team of the year
    • Mandhana, who is the second Indian to play in Australia's Women's Big Bash League, made 320 runs in eight ODIs and 286 in 17 T20Is this year. 
  • Two-time Olympian and World Championships' bronze medalist Shiva Thapa won a Gold medal at the National Boxing Championships, his first in the lightweight (60 kg) category, in Guwahati today.
This is the end of today's Daily Current Affairs session friends. Good Day :)

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