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Current Affairs for 31 December 2015
December 31, 2015
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NADDA INAUGURATES ONLINE REGISTRATION FACILITY AT PGIMER

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2.“Institute to be made a paperless; has saved about 1.93 tonnes of carbon footprints using eco-friendly tele-evidence technology”

3.Online registrations in PGI Chandigarh were started on a trial basis in April, 2015.


 

18 STATES AGREE TO REVOKE ‘NO DETENTION POLICY’ IN RTE

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1.With the consent of 18 States for “required amendments” in the ‘no detention policy’ under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, a committee headed by Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani on Wednesday sent recommendations to the Central government, stating that the policy should be revoked.

2.Under the policy, no student can be failed or expelled till Class VIII. However, States, including Rajasthan, have already done away with the policy. The committee in its recommendations decided upon in New Delhi, stated that a ‘learning level’ must be fixed for each class to check whether a student is eligible for the class that he or she is in.


 

PRABHU DEDICATES 26 MW WINDMILL PLANT TO POWER RAIL ENGINES

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1.In an another “green initiative” Union Railways Minister, Suresh Prabhu, on Wednesday dedicated a 26-Mega Watt windmill plant in Jaisalmer towards power procurement for the railways.

2.“As Indian Railways consume about 15 billion units for traction purposes and 2.5 billion units for non-traction purposes annually. Ever increasing passenger and freight traffic is likely to further increase the energy requirements for the traction purpose. The electricity generated from this plant will be utilised for powering three traction substations,” said a statement.


 

IRANIAN BANKS TO OPEN IN INDIA

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1.Iran’s leading banks will soon open branches in India to energise commercial ties between New Delhi and Tehran.

2.The decision was amongst a slew of commercial measures taken by the India-Iran Joint Commission that met for the first time since Iran and the P-5+1 grouping struck a deal to end sanctions on Iran. After the meeting led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Iranian Finance Minister Ali Tayebnia India decided to allow the Pasargan Bank and Parsian Bank of Iran to set up branches in New Delhi and Mumbai.


 

GREEN LIGHT FOR RS. 5,000 CRORE SOP FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR POWER

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1.The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved an increase in the budget for implementation of grid-connected solar rooftop systems to Rs.5,000 crore from Rs.600 crore up to the financial year 2019-2020.

2.This will support installation of 4,200 MW solar rooftop systems in the country in next five years

3.There will be no subsidy for commercial and industrial establishments in the private sector since they are eligible for other benefits such as accelerated depreciation, custom duty concessions, excise duty exemptions and tax holiday.

4.The capacity of 4,200 MWp will come up through the residential, government, social and institutional sector, according to the statement, adding industrial and commercial sector will be encouraged for installations without subsidy.


 

CARLSEN WINS QATAR MASTERS

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1.World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the Qatar Masters Open chess tournament, billed as the strongest Open in history, here on Tuesday. It was on a tie-breaker though that he won the title.

2.The top seed had finished with seven points, the same as Yu Yangyi of China, seeded 11th. He drew his 10th and final round encounter with former World champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, while Yu defeated Wesley So of the United States.


 

NAVY SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES LONG-RANGE AIR DEFENCE MISSILE BARAK NG

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1.One of India’s most ambitious and costly efforts to develop a surface-to-air missile system, in collaboration with Israel, achieved a significant milestone over the last two days with its successful firings from an Indian Naval warship.

2.The Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) — land version is called MRSAM (medium range SAM) — is a joint development project between India and Israel and is said to be a very advanced SAM that can track and shoot down incoming missiles and other flying objects with very high level of accuracy. While LRSAM is for navy, the air force has already an order for MRSAM and the army variant has been recently approved.


 

BOTANIC GARDEN GETS MOBILE APP

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1.A mobile application providing details of over 14,000 trees spread over the 273-acre grounds of the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden (AJCBIBG) in Howrah near here will soon be available.

2.Visitors looking for a particular tree in the park in Howrah can click on a virtual library that documents 1,400 species of flora and their characteristics.


 

IMF LAUNCHES ASIAN YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST WITH INDIA MEET

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1.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a contest seeking videos from young videographers of all abilities capturing through their own lenses the realities, challenges, and interesting stories of the Asia-Pacific region.

2.Open to ages 18-30, the video contest will accept submissions from December 29, 2015 to January 26, 2016. The public voting through social media will begin when the videos are submitted and will end on February 3.

3.The top 10 finalists from this round will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The selection will be based on originality, technical excellence and artistic merit, the announcement said.

4.Two winners will be announced on February 15, 2016 on the www.advancingasia.org website. Winners will receive a three-day trip to New Delhi to attend the conference.