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TNPSC Current Affairs December 2016
Miscellaneous
  • Important Days
    • December 1 - World AIDS Day
    • December 4 - Indian Navy Day
    • December 9 -  International Anti Corruption Day
    • December 10 - Human Rights Day
    • December 22 - National Mathematics Day (Ramanujam's Birthday)
    • December 24 - National Consumer Day
    • December 25 - Good Governance Day (Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Birthday)
  • Awards
    • Prof Yu Long Yu (China) - was awarded the ICCR Indologist award 2016.
    • Shankha Ghosh (Bengali Poet) - was awarded the Jnanpith Award 2016.
      • He became the 52nd recipient to get this award.
  • Hornbill Festival
    • It is celebrated in Nagaland and also called as Festival of Festivals. 
  • 100 Million for 100 Million campaign
    • It is a campaign launched by President Pranab Mukherjee to mobilise 100 million youth for 100 million underprivileged children across the world to end child labour, violence against children and to promote the right of every child over the next 5 years. 
  • Important Appointments
    • Birender Singh Dhanoa - was appointed as the New Chief of Indian Air Force.
    • Bipin Rawat - was appointed as the New chief of India Army.
    • Girija Vaithiyanathan - was appointed as the new chief Secretary of Tamil nadu.
    • Rajiv Jain - was appointed as the New chief of Intelligence Bureau.
    • Anil Dhasmana - was appointed as the new chief of RAW.

Polity
  • O Panneerselvam
    • O Panneerselvam has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil nadu for the Third time.
  • 44th Chief Justice of India
  • Triple Talaq
    • Recently Allahabad High Court has declared the Practice of 'Triple Talaq' among muslims Unconstitutional.
  • India's First Mahila Police Volunteer
    • Haryana became the first state in India to launch Mahila Police Volunteer to bridge the gap between police and the public for the safety of women.


Economy
  • Chandrababu Naidu committee
    • NITI Aayog has formed a committee under the head of Chandrababu naidu to promote cashless society and digital economy.
  • VISAKA - Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan
    • It is a campaign launched by the central government to create awareness about cashless economic system.
  • Launchpad
    • It is a startup program launched by e-commerce giant Amazon in India to sell Indian products overseas.
  • Ratan Watal Committee
    • Committee to recommend measures to augment the digital payment headed by Ratan Watal submitted its report.
  • Annapurna Rasoi Programme
    • It is a new scheme launched by Rajasthan Govt to provide quality meal at cheaper price to the weaker sections.
  • Indian Institute of Skills
    • India's First Indian Institute of Skills to be opened at Kanpur in Uttarpradesh.

Science & Tech
  • TeamIndus
    • It is a private aerospace company based in Bengaluru.
    • It has planned to launch India's first private moon mission.
  • Resourcesat 2A
    • It is a remote sensing satellite launched through the PSLV C-36 on Dec 7, 2016 from Satish Diwan Space Centre (Sriharikota).
  • Eazypay
    • It is a mobile application launched by ICICI for all in one payments platform.
    • The main advantage of this app is many different form of payments like ewallet, debit card, QR and more are intergrated in a single app itself.
  • Kounotori 6
    • It is a spacecraft launched by Japan to collect space junk in the orbit.
  • India's First Ambhibious Bus -  Harike Cruise
    • Harike Cruise is the name of the India's First ambhibious bus launched in Punjab.
    • It started its operation at the Harike wetlands in punjab.
  • TanSat
    • It is a satellite launched by China to monitor the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.
  • Hafnium Carbide
    • It is identified as the world's most heat resistant material.
    • Hafnium carbide has the melting point of  3958 deg C.
    • The material in the second position is Tantalum Carbide with melting pt of 3768 deg C.
Environment & Health
  • World Ayurveda Congress 2016
    • The 7th edition of the World Ayurveda Congress 2016 was held in Kolkata.
  • Narmada Seva Yatra
    • It is an awareness programme launched in Madhya Pradesh to safeguard the River Narmada from pollution.
  • India's First Carbon Neutral District
    • Majuli is set to become India's first carbon neutral district by the Assam government.
    • Majuli is a riverine Island located in Assam.

World
  • Kehkashan Basu
    • She won the International Children's Peace Prize 2016.
    • She is a 16 year old girl from UAE.
  • John Glenn
    • He is an American Astronaut who passed away recently.
    • He was the first American to Orbit earth.
  • Heart of Asia Conference 2016.
    • The 6th Heart of Asian conference was held in Amritsar (Punjab).
  • Joint Military Exercises
    • Konkan 2016
      • It is a joint naval exercise between India and UK.
      • It was held in Mumbai.
    • INDRA 2016
      • It is the joint naval exercise between India and Russia.
      • It was held in Vishakapatnam.
    • EKUVERIN 2016
      • It is the joint military exercise between India and Maldives.
      • It was held in Maldives.
  • Global Terrorism Index 2016
    • India ranks 7th in the list of most terror hit countries, Global Terrorism Index 2016.
    • Top 3 worst affected countries were
      1. Iraq
      2. Afghanistan
      3. Nigeria
  • Gotthard Base Tunnel
    • It is the World's longest and deep railway tunnel which was opened recently in Switzerland.
  • Antonio Guterrres
    • He was appointed as the New Secretary General of United Nations succeeding Ban Ki moon.


Sports
  • Chess Championship 2016
    • Magnus Carlson (Norwey) won the title by defeating Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
  • IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2016
    • Usain Bolt (Jaimaica) won the IAAF World Athlete of the year 2016 in the male category.
    • Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) won the IAAF World Athlete of the year 2016 in the female category.
  • FIFA Ballon d'Or Award 2016
    • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) was awarded the Fifa ballon dOr award 2016

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