Current Affairs One liners of the Week: 26 December to 31 December 2016

26 December to 31 December 2016. The recap of the week covers important current affairs happenings of the week like expulsion of Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party, launch of Aadhaar-based mobile app and 3rd protocol for amending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement signed with a country among others.

Created On: Dec 31, 2016 15:00 ISTModified On: Dec 31, 2016 14:39 IST

26 December to 31 December 2016. The recap of the week covers important current affairs happenings of the week like expulsion of Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party, launch of Aadhaar-based mobile app and 3rd protocol for amending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement signed with a country among others.

• Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled them from the party for six years - Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Ram Gopal Yadav

• He took the oath of the office as new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi - Anil Baijal

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an Aadhaar-based mobile app named - Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM)

• App Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is named after the main architect of Constitution of India - Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar

• President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday gave his assent for the promulgation of - the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016

• The chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed whose name was blocked by China at UN from listing him in the list of designated terrorist - Masood Azhar

• This country issued an "immediate and severe" travel warning for Western tourists in India, citing an immediate threat of attack on tourist targets during New Year celebrations, particularly in south-west part of the country - Israel

• As part of its efforts to promote digital payments, Reserve Bank extended the period of enhanced Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) limit of - Rs 20000

• The sports authority that was de-recognised by Union Government on the issue of nominating Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as its life presidents is - Indian Olympic Association

• With this country, India signed the 3rd protocol for amending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) - Singapore

• The 27th Southern Zonal Council, chaired by Rajnath Singh, was held in - Thiruvananthapuram

• The British cyclist who recently announced retirement from the game is - Bradley Wiggins

• Swachh Swasth Sarvatra was recently launched in New Delhi. It is a joint initiative of - Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

• The world’s longest bullet train was recently operationalised in - China

• The 77th session of Indian History Congress recently commenced in - Kerala

• Sunderlal Patwa, who passed away recently, was the former Chief Minister of- Madhya Pradesh

• State that launched 25 bio-diesel buses recently- Karnataka

• Person who resigned from the Rajya Sabha citing health issues recently- Mithun Chakraborty

• Country that launched two remote sensing satellites SuperView-1 01 and 02 recently- China

• The world’s highest bridge that was opened in China on 29 November 2016 is - Beipanjiang Bridge

• He will head the high level committee that was constituted to review Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India - Justice BN Srikrishna, Retired Judge of Supreme Court

• Party of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu that suspended him along with six other MLAs from the party is - Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA)

• The country where nearly 50000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled for shelter from a crackdown by the army is – Bangladesh

• The country that implemented 'terror tax' on property insurance policies of citizens to help finance a fund for victims of the extremist attacks that have recently hit the country is – France

• Percent of rebate that will be available to travellers by Railways on berths that is vacant after finalisation of the reservation charts is – 10 percent

• The Committee to Review the Framework Related to Digital Payments was headed by – Ratan P Watal

• Union Government released a roadmap for early completion of this many number of projects under PMKSY and AIBP – 99 projects

• Nedumkayam, which became India’s first cashless and digital tribal colony, is located in- Kerala

• State that will host the 2022 National Games- Meghalaya

• Person appointed as the first ever female director of Vatican Museums- Barbara Jatta

• Person chosen for 2016 Bihari Puraskar- Satya Narayan

• This state’s government recently approved 50% reservation in all its judicial services- Bihar

• The Department of Telecommunications has launched an Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) to address- Frequent call drops

• It is in this country 600 MW Chashma-III nuclear power plant was inaugurated – Pakistan

• He was appointed as the Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir - Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, 1986 batch Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of J&K cadre

• The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) in last week of December 2016 gave its clearance to - the Ken-Betwa Inter-Linking of Rivers (ILR) project

• The 1969 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre appointed as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is - Anil Baijal

• The Serbian tennis player recently announced retirement at the age of 29 is - Ana Ivanovic

• The amount that was recently approved by the World Bank for the Bihar Rural Roads Project is - USD 235 million

• The Odisha Government Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme has been named after – freedon fighter Parbati Giri

• She was named as General Secretary of the ruling AIADMK in place of the late J Jayalalithaa - VK Sasikala

• This country recently rejected India’s ‘Open Sky’ offer to allow unlimited flights between the two countries- Nepal

• A study involving 1200 bird species by researchers from the University of Bath revealed- Birds with larger brains are more likely to survive harsh climatic conditions

• This state hosts the annual Flamingo bird festival, a three-day state sponsored event – Andhra Pradesh

• The registration fees for Indian citizenship to Hindus of neighboring countries have been reduced to- Rs 100

• Person appointed as the Deputy Governor of RBI recently- Viral Acharya

• Player who achieved highest unbeaten score by an opening batsman in first-class cricket record by scoring 359 runs- Samit Gohel

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Char Dham highway development project- Dehradun

• The astronomer, who confirmed dark matter passed away recently. Her name is - Vera Rubin

• Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala have been recently appointed as the lifetime presidents of - Indian Olympic Association

• The Indian cricketer who was chosen as the Captain of the Cricket Australia’s ODI Team of Year - Virat Kohli

• The state that will host the National Games in 2022 is - Meghalaya

• The 5th-generation fighter jet FC-31 Gyrfalcon was tested by - China

• It is with this country India signed a MoU to extend cooperate in the field of infrastructure engineering - Bhutan

• The corporate office of the Sagarmala Development Company was inaugurated in – New Delhi

• The train whose 15 coaches derailed near Rura railway station in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh on 28 December 2016 is - Sealdah Ajmer 12987 Express

• The former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh who died in Bhopal on 28 December 2016 is - Sunderlal Patwa

• Ranji player from Gujarat who broke the 117-year-old record in first-class cricket by scoring 359 while carrying his bat is - Samit Gohel

• A group of scientists recently discovered two materials that are capable of resisting temperatures of nearly 4000 degrees Celsius. These two materials are - tantalum carbide & hafnium carbide

• The former Sri Lankan Prime Minister who passed away recently at the age of 83 is - Ratnasiri Wickremanayake

• The state that recently entered into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time ever is - Jharkhand

• The author of the book titled ‘India-US Relations in the Age of Uncertainty: An Uneasy Courtship’ is - B M Jain

• This country’s parliament recently passed a law levying specific environmental protection taxes on its heavy industries – China

• This state has decided to reduce the fares of its public transport by almost 75% in order to reduce pollution – Delhi

• The foundation stone for India’s first Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery was laid in - Punjab

• This state’s government has connected 100 of its villages with Wi-Fi services - Haryana

• Scientists have found this supercluster of galaxies hidden near the Milky Way – Vela

• This Union Ministry launched the Twitter Seva to improve its service delivery – Ministry of External Affairs

• This batsman achieved highest unbeaten score by an opening batsman in first-class cricket record by scoring 359 runs - Samit Gohel

• It is in this city of Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Char Dham highway development project – Dehradun

• Aadhaar Pay cashless merchant solution was launched by - IDFC Bank

• Company that will launch Digitally Safe Consumer campaign in India - Google

• Person who sketched National Emblem Lion Capital of Ashoka and died recently - Dinanath Bhargava

• First 2G (Second Generation) ethanol bio-refinery will be set up in- Punjab

• Centre launched by Union Government to provide speedy redressal of consumer grievances- Online Consumer Mediation Centre

• EazyPay mobile application for merchants was launched by- ICICI Bank

• The Indian snooker player who won the National title in 6-red Snooker is - Pankaj Advani

• The Indian professional tennis player who won the ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures singles title is - Yuki Bhambri

• The state that will soon be launching a malaria control programme named DAMAN is - Odisha

• Christians recently celebrated Christmas for the first time in five years in - Aleppo

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid foundation stone for Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast. The expected expenditure for the project is - Rs. 3600 crore

• The Indian actor whose 500th film is going to premiere at the annual Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 - Anupam Kher

• Prize amount of the first Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana awards that was announced by Union Government on Good Governance Day is – Rs 1000

• The institution/organisation that launched India’s first Performance on Health Outcomes’ index is – NITI Aayog

• India successfully test fired its home-grown long range intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile - Agni-5

• The UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding Israel to stop building settlements on - Occupied Palestinian territory

• The Russian military plane carrying 91 people on board crashed in - the Black Sea

• Good Governance Day is being observed across India on 25 December 2016 to mark the birth anniversary of - former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

• Typhoon due to which thousands of people were urged to leave their homes in Philippines - Nock-Ten

• US President Barack Obama has signed the National Defence Authorisation Act 2017, which asks US Defence Secretary and Secretary of State to take necessary steps to recognise - India as America's major defence partner

• Mobile app launched by ICICI Bank recently for merchants as an all-in-one acceptance payment platform- EazyPay

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