Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed is India's new envoy in Saudi Arabia
India > New envoy to Saudi Arabia
Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed was appointed as India's next Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, six months after last Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao had retired. Javed is expected to take charge after his retirement next January

Saudi voters elect 20 women candidates for the first time
World > Saudi Elections
Saudi voters elected 20 women for local government seats, according to results released to The Associated Press. This was for the first time in the country's history that women voted and ran in elections. The women who won hail from vastly different parts of the country, ranging from Saudi Arabia's largest city to a small village near Islam's holiest site.

Vijay Kumar wins gold at National Shooting Championship
Sports > National Shooting Championship
Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar shot his way to the men's 25-metre centre fire pistol gold medal on day 12 of the 59th National Shooting Championship .Vijay, who has not yet secured a quota for the upcoming Rio Olympics, is trying to get back to his best after being laid low by injury over the past couple of years.

Dilip Kumar presented with Padma Vibhushan by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Awards > Padma Vibhushan
Dilip Kumar, known as the “tragedy king of Bollywood” was presented with Padma Vibhushan by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in suburban Bandra for his contribution to Hindi cinema spanning over six decades.


US House passed Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015
World > Visa Waiver Program
US House of Representatives on 8 December 2015 passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015. It amends the United States' visa travel practices.The lawmakers voted 407 to 19 in support of the Bill that seeks to impose restrictions on people who have visited Iraq, Syria and countries listed as supporting terrorism to travel visa-free to the United States.

ISRO to launch six Singaporean satellites on December 16
India > ISRO
India will be launching six Singaporean satellites weighing a total of around 625 kg on December 16 evening through its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, a senior official said.

ICC announces OPPO as Global Partner
Sports > ICC Global partner
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced an exciting new global partnership with OPPO, one of the world’s leading mobile telephone device companies, on a four-year deal which runs from 2016 until 2020.

No new diesel vehicles will be registered in Delhi
India > Diesel Vehicles
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) announced that no new diesel vehicles will be registered in Delhi. 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.

NASA plans to exit International Space Station
World > NASA
NASA's long space ride with the International Space Station (ISS) in low-Earth orbit will also touch the finish line in a decade from now. The US space agency will move up to the cislunar space -- the area of space surrounding the moon -- for an ambitious human exploration programme.

Wipro wins Graham Bell award for IoT solution
Awards > Graham Bell award
Global software major Wipro has announced that it has won the Aegis Graham Bell award for developing a solution for the Internet of Things (IoT). The Aegis Graham Bell Award is the country's innovation award in the field of Telecom, Internet, Media and Entertainment (TIME) and Social, Mobility Analytics and Cloud (SMAC).

Mauricio Macri Blanco sworn in as President of Argentina
World > President of Argentina
Mauricio Macri Blanco was on 10 December 2015 sworn in as the President of Argentina. He succeeded Cristina Elisabet Fernandez de Kirchner who was in the office for two terms between 2007 and 2015.
Mauricio Macri is the leader of the centre-right Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition. He secured 51.5 percent of votes in the elections held in November 2015.

47 cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
World > UNESCO Creative Cities Network
UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The results of this year’s Call bears witness to the Network’s enhanced diversity and geographical representation with 22 cities from countries not previously represented.

SBI prepares plan to transform into full-scale digital bank
Bank Specific > Digital Bank
The State Bank of India is readying a plan to bring its 44.7 crore customers on mobile banking and digital wallet platforms as part of the 2020 digital transformation strategy at the country's largest lender. The strategy involves digitising all processes, implementing green banking and upgrading the legacy network to offer speedy services to customers of the state-run bank which has an annual IT budget of Rs 3,000 crore.


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