Dec 22 2016

  • Government will soon set up a toll free number 10588 to provide relevant information and guidance directly to the pregnant women. The toll free number will be functional at Mother and Child Tracking Facilitation Centre (MCTFC) in New Delhi.
  • India will be hosting the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCSS) in 2017 in which over 100 countries are expected to participate
  • Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu launched ‘Google Toilet Locator’ mobile application to help people locate the nearest toilet. It was launched as part of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ as well as ‘Digital India Mission’
  • Nepal will hold its first ever joint military exercise named Pratikar-1 with China on February 10, 2017.
  • The New Development Bank (NDB) India has approved $75 million loan for Shanghai Lingang Distributed Solar Power Project in China. It has maturity length of 17 years.
  • Hong Kong, a China-administered special territory has decided to withdraw visa-free facility for Indians from January 23, 2017.
  • India’s second centre of excellence for sericulture will be soon launched in Bengaluru, Karnataka by Union minister for Textiles Smriti Irani. The centre will aim to boost the silk industry. India’s first such centre was set up in Ranchi (Jharkhand) by the Central Silk Board
  • The National Mathematics Day is observed every year on 22nd December to celebrate birth anniversary of great Indian autodidact Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed fine on five foreign banks namely, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and The Royal Bank of Scotland for violating reporting requirements of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999.
  • The Bank of Baroda (BoB) became the first Indian company to sign up as a national supporter of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India in October 2017.
  • Ace Indian cricketing bowler Ravichandran Ashwin was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 and the ICC Test cricketer of the Year 2016. With this, he became the second Indian player after Rahul Dravid to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.
  • India’s Arjun Bhati (12) secured the first position in Kids Golf World Championship 2016 held in Malaysia defeating South Africa’s Methu Denish
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