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Current Affairs for 22 December 2015
December 22, 2015
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PMO SETS AMBITIOUS PAPERLESS TARGET

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1.The Prime Minister’s Office has set an ambitious target to shift at least 90% of all government transactions that involve payments or receipts from citizens and businesses to electronic or paperless mode by the end of 2016, replacing the use of cash, demand drafts, cheques and challans in government offices.

2.All govt departs and ministries have been asked to provide electronic options for all payments and receipts by March 31, 2016.


 

PLAN TO CUT SERVICE PERIOD FOR GRATUITY

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1.In a move that could alter the dynamics of the formal job market, the government has proposed making gratuity benefits portable for employees moving from one workplace to another, irrespective of the tenure of their stint.

2.Presently, employees in firms with 10 or more employees are eligible for tax-free gratuity benefits of up to Rs. 10 lakh, but they can only claim these benefits after a minimum of five years of continuous service in the same organisation.

3.By making it possible to transfer accrued gratuity benefits from one job to another, the government is looking to encourage greater mobility in the labour market.


 

FIFA: SEPP BLATTER AND MICHEL PLATINI GET EIGHT-YEAR BANS

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1.Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini have been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.

2.They were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

3.The Fifa ethics committee found Blatter and Platini had demonstrated an “abusive execution” of their positions.


 

AIIMS LAUNCHES ONLINE VERIFICATION

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1.The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has launched an online verification system for below poverty line (BPL) patients, who are exempt from paying for procedures at the institute.

2.The measure has been brought in to check malpractice of patients submitting false certificates to get free diagnostic tests or surgeries done at the AIIMS.


 

AZIM PREMJI TO SPEND RS 300 CRORE TO REDUCE MALNUTRITION IN ODISHA

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1.Wipro Group’s philanthropic arm, the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI), will spend Rs 300 crore within the next 10 years to reduce malnutrition in the state.

2.Premji said the state government’s commitment to address the problems of malnutrition will go a long way for success of the project.


 

SINGAPORE SWEEPS TABLE TENNIS SINGLES TITLES

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1.Singapore had a vice-like grip over the singles finals in the Avadh-20th Commonwealth table tennis championships that came to an end here on Monday.

2.Chen Feng and Zhou Yihan had the measure of their Indian opponents to bag their maiden men’s and women’s titles in the championships.

3. India, with three gold, six silver and seven bronze medals (16 overall), finished second. This is India’s biggest haul in the history of the championships.


 

TRI-SERIES: RAHUL DRAVID-COACHED INDIA UNDER-19 WIN TITLE IN SRI LANKA

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1.Opener Washington Sundar struck a fluent fifty to back up the efforts of his bowlers as India Under-19 team, coached by Rahul Dravid, outplayed Sri Lankan colts by 5 wickets in the tri-series final.

2.Chasing 159 for victory at the R Premadasa Stadium, the Indian juniors rode on a solid 89-run opening stand between Sundar (56) and Rishabh Pant (35) to achieve the target in 33.5 overs.


 

RAJYA SABHA PASSES SC/ST, TWO OTHER BILLS WITHIN MINUTES, WITHOUT DEBATE

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1.After days of adjournments, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the crucial SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill along with two bills on supplementary demands for 2015-16, within minutes without any debate.

2.The House returned to Lok Sabha the Appropriation (No. 4) Bill and the Appropriation (No. 5) Bill containing the second batch of supplementary demands as part of grants for 2015-16 to meet government’s expenditure.


 

SARNATH, HARMANDIR SAHIB ON TENTATIVE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES LIST

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1.Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, Sikhism holiest shrine, Assam’s river island Majuli and Mughal Gardens in Srinagar are among 46 Indian sites on UNESCO’s tentative list for consideration for nomination as World Heritage Sites.

2.The tentative list includes Temples at Bishnupur in West Bengal; Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam in Kerala; Group of Monuments at Mandu in Madhya Pradesh; Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh;  Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar in Punjab; and River Island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam.


 

MISS PHILIPPINES CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD AFTER HARVEY GAFFE

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A 26-year-old actress and model from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universeon Sunday after host Steve Harvey mistakenly first announced that Miss Colombia had won the 64th edition of the pageant broadcast live on Fox at Planet Hollywood on the Strip.