19 December 2016 – Important Current Affair Today PDF

///19 December 2016 – Important Current Affair Today PDF

All Important current affair for today that can be asked by examiners in current GK questions to check how informed you are listed below.

National News Important Current Affair Updates – 19 December 2016

ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based daily Current Affairs to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section.

☀ A new British Library project will digitise 4,000 early printed Bengali books, as a part of a wider “Two Centuries of Indian Print” project. It will be amounting to more than 800,000 pages, as part of the U.K. India Year of Culture plans for 2017.

☀ State-owned power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and aluminium producer, National Aluminium Co. Ltd (NALCO) have signed an MoU to establish a 2.4 giga watt (GW) Coal based power project at Gajmara, Odisha.  

☀ Andhra Pradesh becomes first in Asia to introduce blockchain technology to fight cyber crime. The state government has introduced the technology in some departments to protect the database from being hacked.

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is known for tech-friendly governance, has inaugurated blockchain technology institute in Visakhapatnam.
  • Six companies will train candidates in new technology to meet industry requirements given a shortage of specialists in blockchain technology globally.

What is Blockchain?

It is an encrypted technology to store records, origanlly designed in 2008-09 for transactions on the Bitcoin currency network.

The data is stored in small chunks across multiple computers to prevent loss or tempering of the data. Decentralising storage helps in enhancing safety, longetivity and authenticity of data.

☀ Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has declared 1.65 lakh kilometre length of roads as National Highway and has said the National Highways would be increased to 2 lakh kilometre.  He has also added that government’s port-led industrialisation strategy will have a major impact in the future.

International Important Current Affair Updates – 19 December 2016

Questions from International sphere are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an informed individual.

☀ The UN Security Council  has unanimously passed a draft resolution for extending the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by a year. It has also asked the peacekeepers to increase efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assaults there. To ensure the safety of civilians, the security council has also proposed a 4,000-troop Regional Protection Force (RPF), in addition to the existing 13,000 peacekeepers already there.

☀ Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that Pakistan’s involvement in various terror attacks in India and Bangladesh has come out in open. Pakistan needs to be isolated for harbouring terrorists and supporting terror acts.

☀ 18th December has been observed as the International Migrants Day. The theme for 2016 is- A day without migrants.

History of International Migrants day:

On 18 December 1990, the UN General Assembly had adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.

Recent Developments on migration issue:

On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration).

The NY Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move.

☀ Ukraine has nationalised the country’s largest bank in an attempt to avoid a financial meltdown in the war-scarred former Soviet nation. The government has moved to take over PrivatBank after it became known that it was heavily burdened by bad debts.

  • Kiev’s decision falls in line with International Monetary Fund’s demands for Ukraine to stabilise its financial sector in order to achieve sustainable growth.
  • Note that: PrivatBank controls one-third of the country’s bank deposits and even has branches in the Baltic states.

☀ Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has suspended the elimination of the country’s largest denomination bill, after it has led to cash shortages and nationwide unrest. Under new orders, the measure has been postponed until early January.

  • After Venezuela’s decision to demonetise the 100-bolivar note, there has been long queues banks, looting at shops, and anti-government protests.

Economics Important Current Affairs News Today – 19 December 2016

The following economics current news update has all important economy news for exams. These will also help in developing a better understanding of general Economy.

☀ Amazon India has launched an online wallet called ‘Amazon Pay Balance’ which can only be used to make Amazon-based transactions. This ‘Amazon Pay Balance’ can be credited with money using internet banking or credit or debit cards. This balance can only be used to make payments for purchases on Amazon portal.

☀ Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel will brief the Parliamentary Committee on Finance about the demonetisation process and its impact on Thursday.

☀ Paytm has launched ‘Each one, teach one’ campaign to increase the digital penetration  and inclusion in the country.

  • It calls upon consumers and merchants across India to teach others on how to use Paytm to pay and accept money. 
  • This aims at transforming user behavior and further accelerating the country’s ongoing shift towards cashless.

☀ In the US, average price of regular-grade gasoline has jumped 6 cents over the past two weeks, to 2.26 US dollars a gallon. This increase in fuel price in the US mostly results from an agreement of November 30 by major oil-producing countries (under OPEC) to decrease output.

☀ The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given permission to HDFC to raise Rs. 3,000 crore by issuing ‘masala bonds’ after it exhausted a Rs. 5,000 crore limit to issue these bonds. Note that: An Indian company can raise money in denominations of INdian rupee overseas by the means of “masala bonds”.

19 December 2016 – Important Current Affair Updates Sports News

The following important current affairs about sports news are relevant from exam point of view. Questions might be asked in upcoming exams about the following:

 Indian Junior Hockey team have won the Junior Hockey World Cup after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final held in Lucknow’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. This has come after a gap of 15 years, last championship won by India was in 2001.

☀ Host state, Chhattisgarh has emerged as the overall champion at the National School Games Championship 2016 that was held in Jagdalpur (62nd edition of the championship). Maharashtra and West Bengal were placed at second and third position respectively.

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

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