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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 21 December - 26 December 2015

Dec 26, 2015 14:40 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.

• Reserve Bank on 24 December 2015 extended the deadline for exchanging pre-2005 currency notes of various denominations by another six months to – 30 June 2016

• As per a UN resolution adopted on 22 December 2015, the day which will be observed as World Tsunami Awareness Day – 5 November

• The state in which the Basohali town is located wherein the first cable-stayed bridge of North India was dedicated to the nation – Jammu & Kashmir

• The city in which the 16th India-Russia Annual Summit was held on 24 December 2015 – Moscow

• Service launched by IT major Tech Mahindra Ltd on 23 December 2015 to cash in on the burgeoning digital payments ecosystem in India - MoboMoney

• Indian American professor who was awarded with the National Medal of Science of United States (US) on 22 December 2015 - Rakesh K Jain

• Indian Foreign Service officer appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 23 December 2015 - Gautam H Bambawale

• For the benefit of farmers, Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh on 23 December 2015 launched two mobile app and they are - Crop Insurance and AgriMarket Mobile

• The tackle the problem of increasing pollution in the state, its state government on 23 December 2015 banned 15-year-old diesel vehicles from plying in the Capital – Patna, Bihar

• In Odisha, a Special Chit Fund Court in Cuttack on 23 December 2015 passed orders for confiscation of the properties of chit fund company - GLP Developers Ltd

• Delhi government has decided to exempt emergency vehicles, CNG cars, vehicles carrying patients, only women drivers, women drivers with child below 12 years of age from - the even-odd scheme in the national capital

• The minimum age fixed to be categorized as juvenile as per Juvenile Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2015 passed by the Rajya Sabha on 22 December 2015 – 16 years

• The Grand Prix badminton title won by the Indian pair Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy - Mexico Grand Prix

• The Indo-Switzerland pair adjudged the 2015 Women’s Doubles World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) - Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza

• He was conferred with the 2015 Men’s World Champion by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) – Novak Djokovic

• He was conferred with the 2015 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year – Steven Smith

• He was declared as the winner of the 2015 ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – AB de Villiers

• The first Asian country to approve sale of the world's first-ever dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, is – The Philippines

• Senior IAS officer appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on 22 December 2015 - Pawan Kumar Agarwal

• Indian-origin software engineer who won Innovate UK's KTP Best of the Best Awards 2015 on 21 December 2015 - Nandagopal Lakshminarayanan

• CCEA on 22 December 2015 gave its approval for implementation of an umbrella scheme with an outlay of 3000 crore rupees for integrated development and management of - Fisheries

• The city for which Union Cabinet on 22 December 2015 approved the Metro Rail Project Phase-1 A at an expenditure of 6928 crore rupees - Lucknow

• The foreign currency to be adopted as legal tender by Zimbabwe as announced by Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa on 21 December 2015 - Chinese Yuan

• The state that decided to provide a cashless medical scheme for regular government employees, pensioners and their dependents - Assam

• The country that dropped a plan to strip dual nationals convicted of terrorism of their French citizenship from the constitutional amendment bill - France

• The mission to this planet scheduled to be launched in March 2016 was suspended by the US space agency, NASA because of a fault in a key research instrument – Mars

• The country that banned celebration of Christmas by non-Muslims failing which they will be sentence five years in prison – Brunei

• In order to minimize pollution from Coal-based Thermal Plants, the Environment Ministry notified to cut the emission of particulate matter by 40 percent from thermal plants by – 1 January 2017

• The government of this state approved to build metro project in the capital city – Bihar

• Giving a boost to Make in India initiative, which Chinese telecom major will set up a manufacturing plant in Noida – Vivo

• The number of new national waterways sought to be created by National Waterways Bill, 2015 passed by Lok Sabha passed on 22 December 2015 - 101

• This day is observed as National Mathematics Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan – 22 December

• The New Zealand cricketer who on 22 December 2015 announced retirement from all forms international cricket - Brendon McCullum

• The cricketer who will lead the Under-19 Indian cricket team for the upcoming World Cup – Ishan Kishan

• The tennis player who will lead the Indian team for Federation Cup 2016 – Sania Mirza

• Famous on-screen Bollywood couple named as brand ambassador of Haryana tourism – Dharmendra, Hema Malini

• Delhi government appointed him to head the inquiry commission to probe financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association - Gopal Subramanium

• The country that launched the DAMPE satellite known by its nick name Wukong to seek evidence of dark matter decay - China

• The shipyard which became the first licensed Indian shipyard to make LNG Ships - Cochin Shipyard Limited

• The state government which launched Anwesha scheme to provide free education to SC/ST students is – Odisha

• As per Yahoo's list of 2015 Year in Review (YIR) for India, the Personality of the Year is – Cow

• The European Union on 21 December 2015 extended its economic sanctions against Russia for six months over its involvement in - Ukraine crisis

• American aerospace company SpaceX on 21 December 2015 achieved the historic feat of successfully launching and landing - Falcon 9 rocket

• Two Australian endemic sea snake species, rediscovered by a team of scientists from James Cook University, Australia - Aipysurus foliosquama (leaf-scaled sea snakes) and Aipysurus apraefrontali (short-nosed sea snake)

• New species of eel named Gymnothorax mishrai was discovered by Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) along – Digha Coast in West Bengal

• The Committee of FIFA that suspended its President Sepp Blatter and European football chief Michel Platini from all football-related activities for eight years - Ethics Committee

• A fire in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo destroyed parts of a historic 19th Century railway station housing a popular museum that had historical documents of - Portuguese Language

• The Union government on 21 December 2015 approved an assistance of 678 crore rupees for 73 projects to build houses for people belonging to economically weaker section in - Telangana

• The state which became the first state to rehabilitate the persons living in slums on PPP mode – Gujarat

• The Rajya Sabha on 21 December 2015 unanimously passed Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Bill, 2015 that seeks to amend - Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

• Name of Miss Spain who won the Miss World 2015 on 20 December 2015 - Mireia Lalaguna Royo

• The state which recently passed the proposal to set up five new districts – West Bengal

• The Indian footballer who was named the AIFF woman Footballer-of-the-Year at the AIFF Annual General Body Meeting is - Bala Devi

• The country which on 20 December 2015 held the national level beauty pageant after a gap of over four decades – Iraq

• The club that won the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup title – FC Barcelona of Spain

• Miss Philippines who was crowned Miss Universe on 20 December 2015 - Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

• The famous conductor renowned for serving as the music director of the New York Philharmonic who died on 19 December 2015 due to Parkinson’s Disease – Kurt Masur

• The area in Gujarat at which the three-day long 50th Annual Conference of DGs/IGs of Police of States and UTs and Heads of Central Police Organisations concluded on 20 December 2015 – Rann of Kutch

• As per the Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016, the country which is expected to become the largest remittance receiving country in 2015 – India

• The multilateral agency that released the Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016 - World Bank

• Chennaiyin FC was crowned as the champions of the 2nd Indian Super League (ISL) Football tournament on 20 December 2015 after defeating - FC Goa

• The Senate of United States (US) on 19 December 2015 ratified reforms to boost the representation of emerging economies at - International Monetary Fund (IMF)

• First cricketer from New Zealand to top the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Test rankings is - Kane Williamson

• Governing conservative People’s Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on 20 December 2015 won the most seats in the general elections of - Spain

• Singapore Slammers on 20 December 2015 won the second edition of the International Premier Tennis league (IPTL) after defeating defending champions - Indian Aces

• This country saw the peace negotiations between Yemen's warring factions which ended without agreement - Switzerland

• The leader on whose political journey Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari released a Coffee Table Book - JD(U) President Sharad Yadav

• This historic fort In Kerala saw the excavation of 35950 cannon balls by the Archaeologists of the Archaeological Survey of Indian (ASI) on 20 December 2015 - Fort St. Angelo at Kannur

• The world number one junior squash player from India who on 20 December 2015 won the U-19 Singapore Squash Open – Abhay Singh

• This tennis player was selected as the BBC sports personality of the year – Andy Murray

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