Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Banks open over 19 crore accounts under PM Narendra Modi's Jan Dhan Yojana
Banking and Insurance > Jan Dhan Yojana > 16th December
Banks have opened 19.21 crore accounts under the government's ambitious financial inclusion scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana with deposit of more than Rs 26,819 crore. According to the finance ministry, RuPay cards have been issued to 16.51 crore customers and that two lakh accounts are opened every day.

Vijay Diwas observed across the country to commemorate India’s victory in 1971 war
Days > Vijay Diwas > 16th December
Vijay Diwas was observed across the country on 16 December 2015. On this day, nation remembers martyrs, who laid down their lives during Indo-Pak War of 1971. This day is celebrated as Victory Day in Bangladesh and Vijay Diwas in India.

Former Defence Secretary R K Mathur appointed new Chief Information Commissioner
Politics and Government > Chief Information Commissioner > 18th December
Former Defence Secretary R K Mathur has been appointed as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), breaking away from the convention of appointing the head from among the serving Information Commissioners. He will have tenure of about three years, till he attains the age of 65 years.

RBI cancels registration certificate of 3 NBFCs
Banking and Insurance > RBI > 21st December
The Reserve Bank has cancelled registration certificate of three non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). The three NBFCs are Bengaluru-based Malpani Holdings Private Ltd, Sachsons Leasing and Finance of New Delhi and Mumbai based Tej Gaurav Finance Limited.

Demand in RS for immediate passage of juvenile bill
Politics and Government > Juvenile Justice Act > 21st December
A demand for expeditious passage of the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act to allow children between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime cases was made in the Rajya Sabha, soon after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea against the release of the juvenile offender in the December 16 gang-rape case.


Sahitya Akademi awards announced for the year 2015
Awards > Sahitya Akademi Awards > 17th December
Sahitya Akademi on 17 December 2015 announced the Sahitya Akademi Awards for the year 2015 in 23 languages. Poetry and short story writers dominated the awards. Among the winning books are six poetry collections, six books of short stories and four novels, besides two books each of essays and criticism.

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Make in India Week on February 13
Politics and Government > Make in India Week > 17th December
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Make in India Week in Mumbai on February 13. The event would be inaugurated on February 13 by the Prime Minister. The theme of the event will be innovation, design and sustainability. The main aim of the event is to attract more FDI into the country.

India ranks 97th on Forbes' best countries for business list
Economy > Business List > 17th December
India has ranked a low 97th out of 144 nations, behind Kazakhstan and Ghana, on Forbes' annual list of the best countries for business in 2015, scoring poorly on metrics like trade and monetary freedom and tackling challenges like corruption and violence.

Chennaiyin FC stun FC Goa 3-2 to win Indian Super League
Sports > Football > 21st December
Chennaiyin FC stunned FC Goa 3-2 to emerge winners in the second edition in Fatorda. It was a shocking end to the match where Goa seemed to have done enough to steal the winner. Chennaiyin FC celebrated their win in front of a near empty stadium.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach crowned Miss Universe 2015
World > Miss Universe 2015 > 21st December
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach beat as many as 80 contestants, including India's Urvashi Rautela who didn't find a spot even in the top 15.

Government introduces bill for bankruptcy law in Parliament
Economy > Bill for Bankruptcy Law > 21st December
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in Parliament on Monday, looking to modernise an outdated system and allow speedy exits from failed businesses

India & US to talk on giving access to each other's military bases
Other > India - US Pact > 21st December
India has agreed to reopen talks with the US on a pact to allow each other access to their military bases and ports, signalling a strategic shift from the UPA position to not take any such step for fear of conveying an impression of a military alliance.

The proposed pact, which is called the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), allows both sides to make changes to each other's facilities in a way that it allows for easier conduct of military exercises besides expanding their scope and ambition


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