Current Affairs Update – 2 December, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs of 2 December, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IPPB PO Mains, NIACL AO Mains, IBPS Clerk Mains, IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains and RBI Assistant Mains 2016-17.

Current Affairs at a Glance – 2 December, 2016

  1. Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs has
    entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Odisha’s commerce &
    transport department
    . As per the terms of engagement, Ola would hire
    2,500 skilled drivers in the state in this financial year.
  2. Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resource
    Development, on 1 December 2016 launched ‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’. The Abhiyan aims
    at making people aware about the cashless economic system.
  3. Yoga, India’s one of the ancient
    practices to keep oneself healthy, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s
    Representative List as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  4. CBI Director Anil Sinha retired
    on Friday handing over the baton to his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana, as the
    government did not name any full-time chief.

Industry –
Ola in pact with Odisha, to train 2,500 drivers this fiscal

  • Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs has
    entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Odisha’s commerce &
    transport department. As per the terms of engagement, Ola would hire 2,500
    skilled drivers in the state in this financial year.
  • Singh said Ola is expanding its
    footprint in Odisha in a big way. An official source said, Ola is looking to
    have a pool of 10,000 drivers in the state in the next two years.
  • Ola, a leading ride-hailing
    service provider, is one of the country’s valued start-ups.

India –
‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’ launched by Union HRD Minister

  • Prakash Javadekar, the Union
    Minister for Human Resource Development, on 1 December 2016 launched ‘Vittiya
    Saksharata Abhiyan’. The Abhiyan aims at making people aware about the cashless
    economic system.
  • The programme was launched in
    line to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to youth in Mann Ki Baat, where
    Prime Minister called for making people aware about digital economy and
    cashless modes of transactions.
  • For creation of a cashless
    economy, Javadekar appealed to the faculty and especially young students to
    come forward and join Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan. They, the youth and teachers,
    can help in encouraging people around them to use a digitally enabled cashless
    economic system for transfer of fund.
  • For participation of youth and
    faculty, HRD Minister also launched a webpage where students can register
    themselves. They can also provide their feedback and suggestions on the
    initiative as well as upload the progress of their work.

World –
Yoga now on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

  • Yoga, India’s one of the ancient
    practices to keep oneself healthy, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s
    Representative List as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • It was inscribed on the list
    during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding
    of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The
    declaration describing Yoga as a Human Treasure got unanimous support of the 24
    members of the Committee.
  • UNESCO adds Cuban rumba and
    Belgian beer to list of world’s intangible heritage
  • With this, Yoga became the 13th
    intangible cultural heritage that has been listed from India so far with
    UNESCO.

The previous intangible
cultural heritage list includes
  • Chhau dance (inscribed in 2010)
  • The Buddhist chanting of Ladakh
    (inscribed in 2012)
  • Sankirtana – the ritual singing,
    drumming, and dancing of Manipur (inscribed in 2013)
  • The traditional brass and copper
    craft of utensil making among the Thatheras of Jandiala Guru, Punjab (inscribed
    in 2014)
  • Ramlila- the traditional
    performance of the Ramayana (inscribed in 2008)

Awards & Honors –
12 eminent personalities bestowed with Yash Bharti Awards 2016
  • Twelve more eminent personalities
    on 1 December 2016 were bestowed with the prestigious Yash Bharti Award 2016 in
    Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • With this, a total of 77
    personalities have so far received the highest award of the state for the year
    2016.

The personalities who received
the award are:
  1. Lieutenant General (Retd.) AK
    Singh
  2. Dr Manzur Hasan: Renowned cardiologist
    of the country
  3. Atul Tiwari: Film writer
  4. Dr Deen Muhammad Deen: Hindi
    litterateur
  5. Suhas LY: District Magistrate of
    Azamgarh. He also won gold medal in badminton at Beijing Paralympics.
  6. Dr Abbas Raza Naiyyar: HOD of
    Urdu department of Lucknow University
  7. Murad Ali Khan: Trap shooter
  8. Naseeruddin Shah: Actor
  9. Archana Satish: Anchor
  10. Shikha Dwivedi: Anchor
  11. Rachna Govil: Sportsperson
  12. Pramod Kumar Choudhary: Social
    activist

Appointments –
Rakesh Asthana takes charge as CBI chief

  • CBI Director Anil Sinha retired
    on Friday handing over the baton to his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana, as
    the government did not name any full-time chief.
  • Mr. Asthana, a Gujarat cadre
    officer of the 1984 batch, got elevated as the second-in-command of the CBI two
    days ago when Special Director R.K. Dutta, who was among the front runners for
    the top post, was shifted to the Home Ministry as a Special Secretary. The post
    of second Special Secretary was created for the first time in the Ministry.
  • It is the first time in the last
    10 years, that no new CBI chief has been named to succeed an incumbent. Mr.
    Sinha completed his two year tenure today.

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