Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Indigenously developed Air-to-Air missile Astra successfully test fired
India > Air-to-Air Missile Astra > 25th December
Indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile, Astra, was on 25 December 2015 successfully test fired. The test was conducted by the Indian Air Force off the coast of Odisha near the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore. In addition to this air trial, the missile underwent successful ground based trials in early December 2015 near Pune.

India paid Rs 400 crore to international agencies, Japan, Germany for unutilized external loans
Economy > International Agencies > 25th December
India has paid over Rs 400 crore in the last four years as commitment charges to the Asian Development Bank, Japan, Germany and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for unutilised external loans taken to fund development projects.

Good Governance Day observed on 25 December
Days > Good Governance Day > 25th December
Good Governance Day was observed on 25 December 2015 across the country. The day was observed to mark the birth anniversary of former-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

China adopted Anti-Terrorism Bill, 2015; First counter-terrorism law in history
World > Anti-Terrorism Bill 2015 > 27th December
China’s National People's Congress Standing Committee, country’s top legislature, on 27 December 2015 approved Anti-Terrorism Bill, 2015 to address terrorism at home and help maintain world security. It is country’s first counter-terrorism law and will enter into force in January 2016.


Pawan Kumar Agarwal appointed as CEO of FSSAI
India > FSSAI > 23rd December
Senior IAS officer Pawan Kumar Agarwal was on 22 December 2015 appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Pawan Kumar Agarwal is a 1985 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre. He is presently serving as the Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

30th National Consumers Right Day observed
Days > National Consumers Right Day > 24th December
30th National Consumers Right Day was observed across India on 24 December 2015. The day provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of the consumer movement and the need to make every consumer more aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Gautam Bambawale appointed High Commissioner of India to Pakistan
India > High Commissioner of India to Pakistan > 24th December
Gautam H Bambawale, presently the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, has been appointed the next High Commissioner of lndia to the lslamic Republic of Pakistan. Bambawale will replace TCA Raghavan in Islamabad. His appointment comes at time when India and Pakistan have decided to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue earlier this month during the visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad.

Agriculture Ministry launches two mobile apps for farmers
Politics and Government > Mobile Apps for Farmers > 24th December
In a bid to let farmers harvest the best of mobile technology, the Agriculture Ministry had launched two mobile apps for farmers. According to Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh by launching the apps the government would launch a new crop insurance scheme next month, which would aim speedy disposal of claims with very less premiums.

Globe Soccer Awards 2015 conferred
Awards > Globe Soccer Awards 2015 > 27th December
The Globe Soccer on 27 December 2015 presented the sixth edition of Globe Soccer Awards 2015 to the winners at a ceremony held in Dubai, UAE. Awarded for excellences in the field of football, Globe Soccer Awards are the first and only awards for the Best Club Director and the Best Agent of the Year.

340,000 bank employees across the country to strike work on January 8
Banking and Insurance > Strike Work > 28th December
On January 8, around 34,000 bank employees across the country would strike work to protest the violation of bilateral settlement by the five associate banks of State Bank of India. The five associate banks of the SBI are State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.

India Post 's payment bank to start from March 2017
Banking and Insurance > India Post Payment Bank > 29th December
According to Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, the India Post Payment Bank will start operations in March 2017. Several Indian and foreign financial institutions such as the World Bank and Deutsche Bank have approached the state-owned postal department for a tie-up.

India-Iran strategic partnership discussed at first Joint Commission Meeting
Politics and Government > India-Iran Partnership > 29th December
The first India-Iran Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) since the historic nuclear deal and decision to ease sanctions from Tehran discussed measures to expand economic and strategic partnership including increasing oil imports from the Persian Gulf country besides disbursement of pending oil payments, investments by Delhi in Iran's hydro-carbon sector and tried to iron out irritants to seal the contract for key Chabahar Port by next month.

Modi government to rename new-look Indira Awaas Yojana to Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana
Economy > Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana > 29th December
The Modi government is renaming yet another welfare programme to remove its association with the Gandhi family. This time it's the Indira Awaas Yojana, which aims to build homes for the rural poor. It's to be renamed the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana.

China launches 'most sophisticated' observation satellite Gaofen-4
Science and Technology > Gaofen-4 Satellite > 29th December
China today successfully launched its "most sophisticated" observation satellite, Gaofen-4, as part of the country's high-definition earth observation project. Gaofen-4 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern province of Sichuan aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket.


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