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Current Affairs Update for 12 December,2015
December 12, 2015
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 SHOWER OF AWARDS FOR OTTAAL AT IFFK

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Ozhivudivasathe Kali (An off-day game), directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, won the FIPRESCI award for the Best Malayalam Film. Israeli film Yona, directed by Nir Bergman, won the NETPAC award for the Best Asian Film. The film’s cinematographer Lutz Reitemeier received the award on the director’s behalf. The awards were given away by Governor P. Sathasivam at the valedictory ceremony held at Nishagandhi Auditorium.


ICC ANNOUNCES 2016 WORLD TWENTY20 SCHEDULE; INDIA, PAKISTAN CLUBBED IN SAME GROUP

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A total of 58 matches, including 35 men’s and 23 women’s games, will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi.


NASEERUDDIN SHAH HONOURED AT DIFF, WALKS RED CARPET WITH RICHARD DREYFUSS

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Veteran Indian actor Naseerudin Shah was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The actor walked the red carpet of the gala alongside Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss.


JAGUAR LAND ROVER PLANS PLANT IN SLOVAKIA, TO INVEST RS.10,000 CR

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British luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the fully-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, has signed an agreement to set up a manufacturing facility in Slovakia with an investment of £1 billion (over Rs.10,000 crore).The company will build a new plant in the city of Nitra, western Slovakia. The manufacturing facility will eventually employ around 2,800 people in Slovakia.


ALIBABA AGREES TO BUY SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST IN HONG KONG

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has agreed to buy Hong Kong’s flagship English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), in the most politically sensitive acquisition by the e-commerce giant to date.Alibaba and SCMP Group Ltd announced on Friday that the Hangzhou-based company would buy the 112-year-old newspaper and other media properties for an undisclosed amount.


INDIA, US TO RAISE DEFENCE TECH TIES

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India and the U.S. have identified 17 new areas for potential cooperation under Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), a flagship scheme launched in 2012 that aims to enhance bilateral strategic partnership, particularly in high technology.


NO NEW DIESEL CARS IN DELHI FOR NOW, ORDERS GREEN TRIBUNAL

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No new diesel vehicles will be registered in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) said today, announcing another giant step for the critically-polluted capital after the odd-even rule.The tribunal has also said that the central and state government must stop buying diesel cars in Delhi.These will be interim steps till the next date of hearing on January 6, said the green court.In April, the tribunal had banned diesel vehicles over 10 years old in the city labelled world’s most polluted.


CENTRE LAUNCHES MOBILE ACADEMY TO UPGRADE ASHA’S SKILL IN RAJASTHAN

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In order to meet shortage of skilled medical staff at the ground level, the Centre has launched Mobile Academy here which offers a course via voice messaging for upgrading the medical and health skills of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA).ASHA, mostly local married women, brought in medical and health service stream in 2005-06 under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) with five-phased training programme.About 58000 ASHA’s working across Rajasthan would get benefit of upgrading their medical and health skills through this Mobile Academy course.


INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT GROWTH HITS FIVE-YEAR HIGH

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India’s industrial output grew at its fastest pace in five years in October, powered by manufacturing, bringing some cheer to investors fretting about a gridlock in parliament that has stalled vital reforms.Output at factories, utilities and mines grew 9.8 percent on year, its fastest pace since October 2010, compared with a 7.8 percent expansion forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll and sharply higher than an upward revised figure of 3.8 percent growth in September.


869 SOLDIERS HAVE DIED IN SIACHEN SINCE 1984

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A total of 869 Indian soldiers have died in Siachen since 1984 due to climatic conditions, environmental and other factors, the government said today.The Government has also spent over Rs 7,500 crore for procurement of clothing and mountaineering equipment for soldiers posted in high-altitude areas.