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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 07 December - 12 December 2015

Dec 12, 2015 16:11 IST

Jagranjosh.com brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form. This will be very useful for the aspirants in their preparation for different competitive exams like IAS/PCS, SSC, Bank, MBA and etc.

•    The growth rate in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in November 2015 over the same Period in 2014 – 6.5%

•    The country with highest share of tourist arrivals in India in November 2015 – USA

•    The amount recommended by National Commission for Safai Karamcharis that is to be compensated to death victims among Safai Karamcharis – 10 lakh rupees

•    The growth rate in Consumer Durables as per Quick Estimates of IIP with base 2004-05 released by MOSPI on 11 December 2015 – 42.2%

•    The famous author who was honoured with the 2015 Mailer Prize for lifetime achievement is – Salman Rushdie

•    The industry group that recorded the highest positive growth rate in October 2015 – Furniture manufacturing

•    The Government of India on 11 December 2015 signed a protocol to amend double taxation avoidance pact with – Japan

•    The industry group that recorded the highest negative growth rate in October 2015 - Publishing, printing & reproduction of recorded media

•    The Inle Lake that was launched by Myanmar as its first UNESCO Biosphere reserve is reported to be the nesting place for this globally endangered bird species - Sarus crane

•    The 112-year old English newspaper of Hong Kong that will be acquired by Alibaba for an undisclosed amount – South China Morning Post

•    Name of the Festival of Energy that was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on 11 December 2015 – Umang 2015

•    Name of the new company that will be formed after merger of Dow Chemical Company and DuPont – DowDuPont

•    The city which made it to the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for the creative field of City of Crafts and Folk Arts is – Jaipur

•    Three-day International Tourism exhibition will start on 11 December 2015 in - Mudurai, Tamil Nadu

•    Name of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the combined company that will formed after the merger of Dow and DuPont – Edward D Breen

•    The winner of the 2015 Aegis Graham Bell Award for developing a solution for the Internet of Things is – Wipro

•    The shooter who won the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Gold at the 59th National Shooting Championships is - Elizabeth Susan Koshy

•    The Indian cyclist who became the first Indian female cyclist to be ranked fourth in the World Elite Women Ranking for the 500m time trial event is - Deborah Herold

•    The actor who on 10 December 2015 was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th edition of Dubai International Film Festival is - Naseerudin Shah

•    The actor who became the co-owner of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) franchise OUE Singapore Slammers is – Amitabh Bachchan

•    The International Cricket Council on 10 December 2015 announced new global partnership with - OPPO

•    India’s global rank, as per the Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2015, in terms of illicit financial outflows – Fourth rank

•    The country which was identified as world’s top exporter of illicit money by the Global Financial Integrity – China

•    The two countries that announced Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue to expedite bilateral peace process – India and Pakistan

•    He was on 10 December 2015 sworn in as the President of Argentina – Mauricio Macri

•    United Nations launched the Sahel humanitarian appeal for 2016 with an outlay of - 1.98 billion US dollars

•    Union Government on 11 December 2015 slashed the Minimum Export Price (MEP) of onions from 700 dollars a tonne to - 400 US dollars per tonne

•    Myanmar on 9 December 2015 inaugurated a new stock exchange named - Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX)

•    On My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power is an autobiography of - Sharad Pawar

•    In a sign of increasing trustworthiness, the country that updated gas-turbine technology transfer policy with India is – the US

•    Honduran international footballer who was shot dead while on holiday in his hometown La Ceiba is - Arnold Peralta

•    Campaign launched on the occasion of Human Rights Day that was observed across the world on 10 December 2015 - Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always

•    The Supreme Court on 10 December 2015 agreed to examine a suggestion to ban entry of all diesel-run trucks into the national capital Delhi except – Vehicles carrying essential goods

•    To bring down infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate, Rajasthan’s health department has decided to launch a scheme from 24 December 2015 - Kilkari voice message scheme

•    The Sri Lankan cricketer who on 9 December 2015 was awarded with an honorary lifetime membership of Marylebone Cricket Club - Mahela Jayawardene

•    The number of additional inland waterways proposed to be declared as the national waterways through amendments to National Waterways Bill, 2015 approved by the Union Cabinet on 9 December 2015 - 106

•    The Indian institute which bagged a US military contract for research and development on solar powered micro-grid is - Indian Institute of Science

•    Kartik Sawhney, 21-year-old blind boy, was awarded with the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award is the founder of - Project STEMAccess

•    Country that introduced resolution 2250 (2015) on youth, peace and security that was adopted by UN Security Council on 9 December 2015 - Jordan

•    Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015 passed by Lok Sabha on 9 December 2015 seeks to amend - Indian Trusts Act, 1882

•    The country that became the first one in the world to give approval to use vaccine against dengue fever – Mexico

•    The multilateral agency that released the Asian Economic Integration Report 2015 – Asian Development Bank

•    The focus area of UNCTAD’s Handbook of Statistics 2015 – Special Economic Zones

•    The country which became the 10th member to ratify Articles of Agreement of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – Luxembourg

•    To allow UK academicians to come to India under Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme, India and United Kingdom on 9 December 2015 launched a joint initiative named - 2016: UK-INDIA Year of Education and Research

•    The leader named as the 2015 Person of the Year by the Time Magazine on 9 December 2015 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel

•    To probe human trafficking cases across the nation, Supreme Court on 9 December 2015 asked the Union Government to operationalise the Organised Crimes Investigating Agency (OCIA) by - 1 December 2016

•    The 2nd World Internet Conference will be held from the 16 to 18 of December 2015 in – Wuzhen, China

•    The Committee that slammed China in its review on progress on torture under the Convention Against Torture – UN Committee on Torture

•    Theme of the International Anti-Corruption Day that was observed across the world on 9 December 2015 - Break the corruption chain

•    Thirteenth International Conference & Exhibition on Sustainable Habitat & Smart Cities ‘Municipalika 2015’ began in – Jaipur

•    International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime is observed on - 9 December

•    Indian Bank that on 8 December 2015 announced to mobilize 5 billion US dollars from 2015 to 2020 for climate action - Yes Bank

•    The player awarded with the 2015 BWF Male Player of the Year Award is - Chen Long

•    The Indian-American entrepreneur who will be conferred with the Uttar Pradesh Ratna Award on 4 January 2016 at the inaugural UP Pravasi Diwas in Agra is – Frank Islam

•    The Union Territory that announced vehicle rationing scheme to curb air pollution – NCT of Delhi

•    He was named as the number 1 Test all rounder in the ICC rankings - Ravichandran Ashwin

•    The Hyderabad-based drug maker that became first Indian company to receive DGCI’s approval for hepatitis C drug – Hetero Drugs

•    The scheme that was acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World records as the largest cash transfer programme in terms of number of households – PAHAL

•    He temporarily relieved himself as the president of World Chess Federation over alleged Syria links - Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

•    The city which was chosen to the India Aviation Exhibition and Conference Event 2016 – Hyderabad

•    He is heading the Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India – NR Narayana Murthy

•    The country that rejoined as a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – Indonesia

•    Pune and Rajkot on 8 December 2015 became the interim franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) till – 2017

•    Interim franchise of IPL Pune and Rajkot will take place of the suspended teams of - Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR)

•    To amend the United States' visa travel practices, US House of Representatives on 8 December 2015 passed - Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act, 2015

•    Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma on 9 December 2015 became the co-owner of the Pro Wrestling League team - UP Warriors

•    Lokayukta of Karnataka who on 8 December 2015 tendered his resignation to the Governor is - Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao

•    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 8 December left for Pakistan to attend - Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad

•    The bilateral maritime exercise Indra Navy 2015 which commenced on 7 December 2015 in Vishakhapatanam is between India and – Russia

•    The person appointed by Ola on 7 December 2015 as the Corporate President to lead new initiatives is - Joy Bandekar

•    The person appointed as the President and Managing Director of General Motors India is – Kaher Kazem

•    The winner of the 2015 Wheelchair Basketball Championship is - Maharashtra

•    First female Prime Minister of Latvia who announced her resignation on 7 December 2015 - Laimdota Straujuma

•    The city in which India and Pakistan held NSA level talks on 6 December 2015 – Bangkok, Thailand

•    The city in which the Indian Government announced I-LTEO programme to monitor 8 different biomes across the country – Paris

•    The multilateral agency that launched the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative to avoid gas flares during oil production – World Bank

•    The political coalition that won majority in the 2015 Venezuelan parliamentary election - Democratic Unity Roundtable

•    The agenda of the two-day Heart of Asia conference that was inaugurated on 8 December 2015 in Islamabad - Regional cooperation on security issues

•    Andhra Pradesh on 5 December 2015 became the first state of India to join the Union Government’s - Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY)

•    Storm that wreaked havoc in parts of Northern Ireland, north Wales, southern Scotland and especially north-west England is - Desmond

•    The Supreme Court on 7 December 2015 directed State and Union Territory (UT) Governments to consider acid-attack victims under -  Disabled Quota

•    Ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate who was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Odisha on 7 December 2015 is - Narendra Kumar Swain

•    The creator of Star Wars who on 6 December 2015 received the prestigious Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement award is - George Lucas

•    State Legislature to become the first in the country to launch an online mechanism for legislators to send questions and move different motions in the House is – Maharashtra

•    The Indian oil marketing company that joined World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

•    The winner of the 2015 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament is - Tommy Sugiarto

•    The non-profit educational organization with which the Tata Trusts partnered to enable free online education for the Indian market is - Khan Academy

•    The winner of the 2014–15 Men's International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League Final is - Australia

•     India on 4 December 2015 received its first uranium consignment of about 2730 tonnes from - Canada

•    The country from which India received highest amount of FDI between April and September 2015 – Singapore

•    The country from which India received highest amount of FDI between April 2000 and September 2015 – Mauritius

•    She won bronze medal on 6 December 2015 at the International Boxing Association Olympic Test event – Mary Kom

•     The country in which the International Boxing Association Olympic Test event was held – Brazil

•    The trophy that was won by India by defeating South Africa 3-0 in a four match test series – Freedom Trophy

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 December 2015 released two commemorative coins of 125 rupees and 10 rupees denomination, as part of the 125th birth anniversary year celebrations of - Dr Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar

•    A coalition of African countries and donors on 6 December 2015 unveiled African Restoration Initiative (AFR100) that aims at restoring 100 million hectares (250 million acres) of degraded and deforested land by  - 2030

•    A United Launch Alliance Atlas V (401 configuration) rocket carrying the OA-4 Cygnus cargo spacecraft with much needed supplies blasted off on 6 December 2015 towards - International Space Station (ISS)

•    The person who headed the Parliamentary panel that recommended full integration of Central Vigilance Commission and CBI with the Lokpal -Dr EMS Natchiappan


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