Current Affairs Update – 6 December, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs of 6 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 – 6 December, 2016

  1. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
    and Queensland, Australia Smart City Consortium (ASCC) on
    Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
    to help India build smart cities
    . The ASCC is a group of companies that
    will work on the government’s ‘smart city mission’ that aims to cover 100 cities
    in the next five years.
  2. E-commerce giant Amazon on 5
    December 2016 launched its global startup program named Launchpad in India.
    The Launchpad programme was launched with an aim to enable Indian startups to
    sell their products overseas.
  3. The Union Tribal Affairs Minister
    Jual Oram on 5 December 2016 launched the ‘Stanpan Suraksha’
    mobile application to promote breastfeeding and keep a check on inapt
    promotion of baby food items in the country.
  4. The Indian Space Research Organisation will tomorrow launch Remote
    Sensing satellite
    , RESOURCESAT-2A using its workhorse Polar Satellite
    Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
  5. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar,
    who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for
    appointment of judges
    , was today recommended as the 44th Chief Justice of India.
  6. O Panneerselvam was
    sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 5 December 2016
    . He
    succeeded AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who earlier died
    at the Apollo Hospital.
  7. Senior IAS officer B.S. Bhullar on 5 December 2016 was appointed the Chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation
    (DGCA)
    .
  8. French Interior Minister Bernard
    Cazeneuve was appointed as the new Prime Minister
    today after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the
    Socialist nomination in the presidential election, the presidency said.
  9. 45th Navy Day was observed on 4 December
    2016
    in India. The Day is celebrated to rejoice the splendor,
    achievements and role of the naval force of India.
  10. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J
    Jayalalithaa who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday passed away
    on 5
    December 2016. She was 68. AIADMK supremo breathed her last at 11:30 PM at
    Apollo Hospital, Chennai.

Finance/Banking –
Confederation of Indian Industry signs a MoU with Australian consortium
for smart cities

  • The Confederation of Indian
    Industry (CII) and Queensland, Australia Smart City Consortium (ASCC) on Monday
    signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help India build smart cities.
    The ASCC is a group of companies that will work on the government’s ‘smart city
    mission’ that aims to cover 100 cities in the next five years.
  • John Madew, Senior Trade and
    Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
    visited India with a six-member delegation from November 21-24 to expand
    linkages between technology and innovation and the Indian IT sector. This
    mission is an excellent opportunity for Indian IT companies to learn more about
    Australia’s advanced capabilities.
  • This comes after Australian
    companies can help solve cyber security challenges in the country with
    home-grown technologies and solutions, a senior official said on Thursday.

PNB partners with Ola to deploy mobile ATMs

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) on
    Tuesday announced a partnership with cab aggregator Ola to aid cash withdrawals
    for the citizens of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
  • PNB ATM machine equipped Ola cabs
    have been stationed in Gurgaon, Laxminagar, Janakpuri, Civil Lines, AIIMS,
    Netaji Subhash Place, Manesar, Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place, Mayur Vihar,
    Faridabad, Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden and Greater Kailash, with Ola volunteers
    and PNB executives, to assist people in withdrawing cash without any hassle.
  • Earlier this week, Ola rolled out
    similar activity for the citizens of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata,
    Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Jaipur, in partnership with Yes Bank.

Amazon launches global startup program Launchpad in India
  • E-commerce giant Amazon on 5
    December 2016 launched its global startup program named Launchpad in India. The
    Launchpad programme was launched with an aim to enable Indian startups to sell
    their products overseas.
  • In this regard, Amazon India tied
    up with Start Up India programme of Department of Industrial Policy and
    Promotion (DIPP), NASSCOM’s 10000 Startups, Indian Angel Network (IAN), NITI
    Aayog, Governments of Maharashtra, Telangana and TiE.
  • These tie-ups were made to roll
    in as many startups as it can.

Highlights of the Programme
  • It aims to help startups to sell,
    market, and deliver their products to gain more visibility.
  • It will provide an exceptional
    opportunity for Indian Startups to get access to big consumer markets
    nationally and internationally.
  • Through this program, small
    entrepreneurs and innovators can use Amazon’s online platform to increase scale
    of their businesses and get easy access to global markets.

India –
Union Government launches Stanpan Suraksha mobile app to promote
breastfeeding
  • The Union Tribal Affairs Minister
    Jual Oram on 5 December 2016 launched the ‘Stanpan Suraksha’ mobile application
    to promote breastfeeding and keep a check on inapt promotion of baby food items
    in the country.
  • The mobile application was
    developed by the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI).

Highlights of Stanpan Suraksha
app
  • It is first-of-its-kind app that
    aims to promote breastfeeding and baby food promotion reporting mechanism.
  • If anyone comes across any inapt
    promotion of baby food, he or she just has to click a photograph of
    inappropriate baby food promotion and send it to BPNI.
  • It also has a city-wise database
    of trained breastfeeding counsellor to educate and provide assistance to mothers
    during antenatal and postnatal period.
  • Moreover, it provides sign up
    option for mothers who wish to become a breastfeeding counsellor.
  • It will also be able to gather
    incremental evidence on promotion of baby foods from remote locations as well.

ISRO to launch remote-sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A on Wednesday

  • The Indian Space Research
    Organisation will tomorrow launch Remote Sensing satellite, RESOURCESAT-2A
    using its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
  • PSLV-C36/ RESOURCESAT-2A will
    blast off at 10:25 hours from SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre) at Sriharikota
    in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The satellite was earlier planned
    for launch on November 28.
  • ISRO, which began a 36-hour
    countdown last night, today said Mono Methyl Hydrazine (MMH) fuel and Mixed
    Oxidesof Nitrogen (MON-3) oxidiser filling operations of the fourth stage (PS4)
    of PSLV-C36 are completed.
  • PSLV-C36, the 38th flight of
    PSLV, will place the 1,235-kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 817-km polar Sun
    Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
  • In this flight, the ‘XL’ version
    of PSLV with sixsolid strap-on motors is used.
  • RESOURCESAT-2A, a Remote Sensing
    satellite intended for resource monitoring, is a follow on mission to
    RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively.

Nation pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan
Diwas
  • Dr BR Ambedkar, the father of the
    Indian Constitution, was in news on 6 December 2016. He came into news on his
    60th death anniversary.
  • On the occasion, lakhs of people
    converged at Chaitya Bhoomi to pay homage to him. Chaitya Bhoomi is the place
    where Ambedkar was cremated after his death on 6 December 1956.

Appointments –
Justice J S Khehar to be the 44th Chief Justice of India

  • Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who
    led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck
    down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, was today
    recommended as the 44th Chief Justice of India.
  • Chief Justice of India T S Thakur
    today wrote a letter recommending the name of Justice Khehar, who is the senior
    most judge of the Supreme Court to be his successor.
  • Justice Khehar, 64, will be the
    first Chief Justice from the Sikh community and he will succeed CJI Thakur who
    will be demitting office on January 3, 2017.
  • Justice Khehar, who will be sworn
    in on January 4, will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27,
    2017.
  • Besides heading the bench in NJAC
    matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the
    imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January this year.

O Panneerselvam sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

  • O Panneerselvam was sworn-in as
    the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 5 December 2016. He succeeded AIADMK
    supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who earlier died at the Apollo
    Hospital.
  • Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao
    administered the oath of office and secrecy for Panneerselvam at a somber
    ceremony at the Raj Bhawan. Other 31 ministers of the erstwhile Jayalalithaa
    Cabinet were also sworn-in.
  • This was Panneerselvam’s third
    swearing-in as Chief Minister. Earlier, he had served Tamil Nadu as its Chief
    Minster, during 2001-02 and 2014-15, after Jayalalithaa was unseated by the
    courts.
  • Tamil Nadu government has
    announced a seven-day State Mourning from 6 November 2016. The government has
    also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the
    state.

AirAsia India appoints Amar Abrol as Managing Director
  • AirAsia on 5 December 2016
    announced the appointment of Amar Abrol as its Managing Director in addition to
    his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • As per AirAsia, “Abrol was
    appointed as the Managing Director following the company’s board meeting held on
    29 November 2016.” He was appointed as CEO of the airline in April 2016.
  • Abrol holds over two decades of
    experience in different markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and
    Malaysia.               

B S Bhullar appointed Chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation

  • Senior IAS officer B.S. Bhullar
    on 5 December 2016 was appointed the Chief of the Directorate General of Civil
    Aviation (DGCA).
  • At present, Bhullar, a 1986-batch
    IAS officer, is working as an Additional Secretary in Civil Aviation Ministry.
    He was also holding the additional charge of the DGCA.
  • The post of the Chief of DGCA was
    lying vacant for over four months after M Sathiyavathy, a 1982-batch IAS
    officer of the union territories cadre, was named as new Union Labour Secretary
    in July 2016. She was the first woman chief of the aviation regulator.

World –
Shavkat Mirziyoyev wins Uzbekistan Presidential Election
  • The Prime Minister and acting
    President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev was elected the country’s president
    in the presidential election, which was held on 4 December 2016.
  • As per the Central Election
    Commission of Uzbekistan, Mirziyoyev won the election with an overwhelming
    vote. He garnered 88.61% of the votes, which is above the required over 50% of
    valid ballots to become a president.
  • The other three presidential
    candidates were: the National Revival Democratic Party’s Sarwar Otamuratov, who
    scored 2.35%, Hotamzhon Ketmonov of the People’s Democratic Party scored 3.73%
    and the Justice Social Democratic Party’s Narimon Umarov scored 3.46% of the votes.

France names Bernard Cazeneuve as PM after Valls quits

  • French Interior Minister Bernard
    Cazeneuve was appointed as the new Prime Minister today after Manuel Valls
    resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in the presidential election, the
    presidency said.
  • Cazeneuve, who has overseen the
    security forces’ reaction to a string of jihadist attacks that have killed more
    than 230 people in France over the past two years, will take control of the
    Socialist government until legislative elections in June.
  • He was named Prime Minister after
    Valls presented his resignation to President Francois Hollande early today.
  • Hollande’s office said Valls’
    resignation had been accepted. “The President of the Republic has appointed
    Bernard Cazeneuve as prime minister and asked him to form the new government,”
    the statement said.
  • Valls, who had been prime
    minister for the past two and a half years, announced yesterday he would step
    down to try to rally the fractured French left ahead of a primary in January.

Days –
45th Navy Day observed in India
  • 45th Navy Day was observed on 4
    December 2016 in India. The Day is celebrated to rejoice the splendor,
    achievements and role of the naval force of India.
  • On the occasion, Prime Minister
    Narendra Modi along with President Pranab Mukherjee extended greetings to all
    members of the Indian Navy and highly praised their dedication to protect the
    maritime interests of nation.

Obituaries –
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa passes away

  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J
    Jayalalithaa who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday passed away on 5 December
    2016. She was 68. AIADMK supremo breathed her last at 11:30 PM at Apollo
    Hospital, Chennai.
  • She was put on heart assist device
    following the attack and her condition was stated to be critical by senior doctors
    at the Apollo hospital.
  • The minister was brought in with
    complaints of temperature, dehydration, and congestion on 22 September 2016 but
    after the tests, it was revealed that there was a collection of fluid in her
    lungs and she was put under observation.
  • UK critical care specialist
    Richard Beale was specially flown in to evaluate Jayalalitha’s reports. A
    three-member team of specialists was also dispatched from AIIMS to provide Amma
    with best medical care and opinion.

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