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Today’s National News Current Affairs – 30 December 2016

Here are all important happening and developments in the National sphere.

☀ Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal is set to take oath as the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on December 31st. Previously, Anil Baijal has been the Vice Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and had earlier headed public sector companies like Prasar Bharti and Indian Airlines. He was also a part of the executive council of the think-tank, Vivekananda International Foundation.

☀ The Gujarat government has announced a campaign “Karuna” to prevent birds from getting injured by the manja used for flying kites during the Uttarayan festivities and tend to their injuries. Note that: NGT has recently banned the use of glass-coated manja for flying kites.

☀ President Pranab Mukherjee has signed an ordinance to allow companies to pay their employees’ salaries up to ₹18,000 by cheque or by direct credit into bank accounts without their permission. This ordinance, was proposed by the Union cabinet last week and amends the Payment of Wages Act of 1936. 

☀ Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the nation on December 31 through public broadcaster Doordarshan.

☀ President Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the 77th Indian History Congress at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.  Over 3,000 historians and research scholars have attended the Congress.

☀  The 4-day World Bhojpuri Conference has begun in Varanasi. Bhojpuri Ratna and World Bhojpuri Karmayogi awards will be conferred on Mauritius PM Anerood Jugnauth, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, among others.

☀ In a bid to enhance cyber policing and monitor social media content, the Haryana police has set up the India’s first Centre for Digital Investigation and Training in Gurugram.

☀ The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it will launch record 83 satellites at once in January 2017.  Of the 83 satellites, 80 belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the US, while the remaining three belong to India.  ISRO had set a record in June by successfully launching 20 satellites in a single mission.

Important International Current Updates – 30 December 2016

The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.

☀ China’s space organisation has announced that the government has decided to send its first robotic probe to Mars by 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving exploration, followed by a second mission to collect surface samples. The organisation has further said they will send probe missions to Jupiter and its moons, thereby making China a major space power by 2030.

☀ Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched a fundraising campaign for Syrians displaced by the five-year civil war, including those evacuated from eastern Aleppo. Saudi is one of the main supporters of rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Note : Around 1.1 crore Syrians or around half of the population of the country have been displaced due to civil war.

 The New York Police Department has decided to allow Sikh officers to wear turbans and maintain beards, to promote religious accommodation.

☀ India has eased the process of procurement of Indian tourist visas for Bangladeshis by allowing those with confirmed travel tickets to submit their visa applications directly without prior appointment starting January 1, 2017.

Daily Economics Current Affairs – 30 December 2016

The following economics current news update will also help in developing a better understanding of Economy and increasing your financial awareness.

☀ Mobile wallet MobiKwik has received in-principle approval from the RBI to facilitate payment of utility and convenience bills on its platform. MobiKwik will now be integrated into Bharat Bill Payment System to accept payments for utility services like electricity, water, gas, telephone, and Direct-to-Home (DTH). In October, MobiKwik had launched Unified Payments Interface on its platform with ICICI Bank.

☀ The National Stock Exchange has filed draft papers with market regulator SEBI for its Initial Public Offering (IPO), estimated to be around Rs.10,000 crore, one of the biggest in recent times. The existing shareholders will offer about 20-25% shares to the public in the IPO.

30 December 2016 – Important Sports Current Affairs

The following important current affairs about sports news are relevant from exam point of view.

☀ The Polish news agency PAP, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the European Sportsperson of the Year.

☀ Wrestler Sushil Kumar is set to make his WWE debut in November 2017.

☀ Former world number one and 2008 French Open winner Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Note that: Ivanovic was world number one for 12 weeks in 2008 and won 15 singles titles in her 13-year-long career.

Obituaries

☀ Actress Debbie Reynolds has passed away at age of 94 years, a day after her daughter, Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher, died.

We hope this compilation was useful for going through today’s important news. Please share your comments with us. Have a Good Day!

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