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1. Person - The Asian of the Year 2016 by The Straits Times of Person is Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal

2. National - Air Asia India of Indian Airlines faces a summoning from the Enforcement Directorate of violating FEMA Regulations
  • Directorate of Enforcement is a Multi Disciplinary Organization mandated with the task of enforcing the provisions of two special fiscal laws – Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002
  • (PMLA)Besides directly recruiting personnel, the Directorate also draws officers from different Investigating Agencies, viz., Customs & Central Excise, Income Tax, Police, etc. on deputation
3. International - Pakistan Country was denied $100 million loan from the World Bank

4. National  - The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, has called for transparency in the appointments process on the part of the judiciary and the government.
  • The committee was headed by Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Rajya Sabha), Anand Sharma.
  • It has examined delay in filling vacancies in Supreme Court and High Courts.
  • It has tabled its report in the Rajya Sabha and now it is under the purview of the Union Law Ministry
  • Raising of the retirement age of Supreme Court judges to 67 from 65 and that of High Court judges to 65 from 62.
  • Consideration of a fixed tenure for Chief Justices.
Note: The recommendations of the committee are only advisory in nature and are not binding

5. International  - India ranks 8th in 2016 Global Terrorism Index:
  • According to the 2016 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) India was ranked 8th among 163 countries in the list of most impacted by terrorism in 2015.
  • The fourth edition of the index was released by Sydney-based think-tank Institute for Economics & Peace.
  • India is one of six Asian countries ranked in the top 10 nations most impacted by terrorism.
  • According to GTI 2016, Iraq was the worst hit by terror in 2015 followed by Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan
  • ISIS has overtaken its African affiliate Boko Haram as the world's deadliest terrorist group in 2015
  • Turkey (OECD member) witnessed 337 deaths in 2015, highest among OECD countries.
  • These attacks were carried by the separatist Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and ISIS
  • India experienced 7% of all terrorist attacks around the world
  • GTI systematically rank calculated based on weightage assigned to four indicators.
  • They are total number of terrorist incidents, injuries, fatalities and property damage sustained in the year in question

6. International - International Anti-Corruption Day 2016 observed across the world:
  • The International Anti-Corruption Day 2016 was observed across the world on 9 December 2016.
  • Theme for this year is United against corruption for development, peace and security.
  • The day was observed to raise public awareness about corruption and what people can do to fight it.

7. National - FSSAI bans use of newspapers for packing food:
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned use of newspapers for wrapping and packing of food items.
  • FSSAI has issued an advisory all states and Union territories and asked commissioners of food safety to restrict the use of newspapers for packing, serving and storing of food items.
  • This is first time in recent years FSSAI has issued new rule related to packaging of food items. So far, it had focused on setting standards for packaged food.

8. International  - India designated as major US defence partner:
  • India has been designated as a major defence partner of the United States. It puts India on a par with the closest allies and partners of the US.
  • The agreement in this regard was reached between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter in New Delhi.
  • It was one of the last visits from a cabinet member of the outgoing Obama administration.

9. International  - Pakistan Lifts Undeclared Ban on Import of Ginned Cotton from India:
  • Pakistan has removed an undeclared ban on import of ginned cotton from India.
  • Earlier from November 23, The Department of Plant Protection (DPP) of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research had banned the cotton imports from India through Wagah and Karachi port as the shipments did not fulfil phyto- sanitary conditions.

10. Person - Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana presidential election:
  • Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won the country's presidential election with an absolute majority.
  • Private radio stations have projected a massive victory for Nana Akufo-Addo over President John Mahama.

11. International  - Harry Potter tops Amazon's best-selling books of 2016:
  • Amazon has announced Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as the best-selling book of 2016.
  • The playscript by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, was also named this year's 'Most Wished For' and 'Most Gifted' book.

12. Person - IDFC Bank appoints Veena Mankar as Non-Executive Chairperson:
  • The board of directors of IDFC Bank has approved the appointment of Veena Mankar as Non-Executive Chairperson, with effect from December 9, 2016, up to July 26, 2018.
  • The appointment is subject to approval by the Reserve Bank of India.
  • Anil Baijal stepped down from the board on December 8, 2016 at the end of his tenure from the shaft of Non-Executive Chairman. IDFC Bank Ltd.

13. National - Triple talaq unconstitutional, violates rights of Muslim women: Allahabad high court
  • The Allahabad High Court has ruled that the practice of triple talaq (Talaq-e-bidat) among Muslims is unconstitutional and violates the rights of women enshrined in constitution.
  • The order was passed by HC Justice Suneet Kumar while hearing a petition filed by a woman who claimed her husband arbitrarily divorced her.

14. Sport - 18-year-old Mumbaikar Jehan Daruvala signs for Formula 3:
Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala has been signed by Formula 3's top team Carlin for the 2017 FIA F3 European Championship.
The 18-year-old started his racing career in karting in 2009 and won his first national title in 2010 aged 11.

15. National  - The tropical cyclonic storm Vardah over southeast Bay of Bengal is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Kakinada
  • It is the third cyclonic storm of the season after Cyclone Kyant and Nada, that were formed during the Northeast Monsoon season
  • Vardah is the Arabic and Urdu word for 'rose', a name provided by Pakistan
  • Nada was the term coined by Oman
  • Eight countries -- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Sri Lanka and Thailand – participated
  • After Hudhud the following cyclones will visit north Indian ocean  : Nilofar, Priya, Komen, Chapala, Megh, Roanu, Kyant, Nada, Vardah,  Asiri, Mora, Ockhi, Sagar, Mekhunu

16. National  - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned use of newspapers for wrapping and packing of food items
  • Older people, teenagers, children and people with compromised vital organs and immune systems are at a greater risk of acquiring cancer-related health complications after they are exposed to food items packed in such materials
  • It is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
  • It was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
  • It functions under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.


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