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DECMBER CURRENT AFFAIRS
Current Affairs for 24 December 2015
December 24, 2015
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PPT GETS NEW CHAIRMAN

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1.Rinkesh Roy, an IRTS officer of 1992 batch belonging to Odisha, assumed the charge of Chairman of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) on Wednesday.

2.Before joining the PPT, Mr. Roy worked in varied capacities in the Railway Operations Department at Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Waltair, Kharagpur, Chakradharpur and Bilaspur Divisions.

3.He has worked on East Coast Railways as Secretary to General Manager and as Chief Freight Traffic Manager of East Coast Railway, wherein he was a member of the team that made it the highest freight-loading railway.


 

INDIAN AMERICAN PROFESSOR WINS TOP HONOUR FOR RESEARCH ON TUMOURS

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1.U.S. President Barack Obama will present the National Medal of Science to Rakesh K. Jain, an Indian American professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the tumour biology laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

2.Prof. Jain, who holds a B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur, will receive the honour along with 16 other winners of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony early next year. His MS and PhD degrees are from the University of Delaware.


 

STEVE SMITH SWEEPS ICC AWARDS, NAMED ICC CRICKETER OF THE YEAR AND TEST CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

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1.Steve Smith became the fourth Australian player and 11th overall to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015.

2.Smith was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the seventh cricketer after Dravid (2004), Kallis (2005), Ponting (2006), Sangakkara (2012), Clarke (2013) and Johnson (2014) to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.


 

INDIAN STARTUP GROWS HUMAN LIVER IN LAB

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1.Pandorum Technologies, a Bengaluru-based biotech startup, has developed an artificial tissue that performs the functions of the human liver.

2.Large pharma firms on an average spend about $10 billion on R&D to get a new drug to the market.

3.Pandorum said these 3D-printed living tissues made of human cells would enable affordable medical research with reduced dependence on animal and human trials. It will also eventually lead to full scale transplantable organs.

4.Arun Chandru, 30-year-old co-founder of Pandorum said liver toxicity and drug metabolism are the key hurdles and contributors to failed human trials.


 

GAUTAM BAMBAWALE APPOINTED HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO PAKISTAN

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1.Bambawale, presently the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, will replace TCA Rahavan as the next High Commissioner of lndia to Pakistan.

2.Gautam H Bambawale, presently the Indian ambassador to Bhutan,  has been appointed the next High Commissioner of lndia to the lslamic Republic of Pakistan.


 

COAL INDIA TO TRAIN SONS OF WOMEN VRS EMPLOYEES

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1.Coal India Ltd. (CIL) has proposed a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for a certain category of its unskilled female employees under which it will train sons of the VRS optees, if they are found employable.

2.The scheme, which aims at boosting CIL’s technical manpower, will remain effective for six months after its notification, which is imminent now, according to CIL sources.


 

‘SEYCHELLES COMMITTED TO INDIAN NAVAL BASE’

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1.Seychelles President acknowledges that India has been steadily increasing its maritime and security cooperation with Seychelles.

2.A plot of land for India to build its first naval base in the Indian Ocean region has been allocated by the Seychelles government in the Assumption Island.


 

RAMAN, HIRWANI AND SEKAR APPOINTED TO NCA COACHING PANEL

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1.The National Cricket Academy Board, on Wednesday, appointed former Test cricketers W.V. Raman (batting), Narendra Hirwani (spin bowling) and T.A. Sekar (fast bowling) on the coaching panel of the Bengaluru-based facility.

2.The meeting was chaired by Niranjan Shah, NCAB chairman and West Zone representative.


 

WIPRO TO BUY VITEOS GROUP FOR $130 MN

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1.India’s third largest IT exporter,Wipro, said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the U.S.-based Viteos Group, a business process provider, for a purchase consideration of $130 million.

2.Through this acquisition, Wipro, which provides business process services to global investment banks, believes it can increase its capabilities for the sector.


 

HARYANA IPS OFFICER BHARTI ARORA NOW POSTED AS SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

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1.A six year old controversy costs dear to IPS officer Bharti Arora as the Haryana government has decided to post her as a Principal of Rai based Sports School. This will be first time when an IPS officer will work as a Principal in a school.

2.She was transferred as Gurgaon Joint Police Commissioner on October 12 and posted as Deputy Inspector General of Police , Welfare and Training at Police Headquarters,Panchkula.