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08- DECEMBER - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

RESOURCESAT-2A

  • Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A was launched from Sriharikota. It was the only passenger flown aboard the PSLV-C36 rocket.
  • The 1,235-kg spacecraft now orbits in a pole-to-pole sun-synchronous path close to the intended position, inclined 98.7 degrees to the equator. The orbit will be adjusted slightly in the coming days by the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru.
  • Resourcesat-2A is a follow-on to two predecessor spacecraft for the observation of Earth from space. For at least the next five years, it ensures continuous three-tier remote-sensing data.
  • Resourcesat-1 was put in space in October 2003 and Resourcesat-2 in April 2011, each with a planned life of five years.

SC SEEKS REPORT ON LOKPAL

  • The Supreme Court  directed the government to place on record a Parliamentary Standing Committee report suggesting amendments to the Lokpal law.
  • One of the amendments the Supreme Court has pushed for is to make the leader of the single largest opposition party in the House a part of the high-profile Search Committee to appoint the Lokpal in case there is no recognised Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
  • Currently, the 16th Lok Sabha has no recognised Leader of the Opposition (LoP).
  • A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur asked the government to detail the changes required to make the Lokpal office functional.

:: INTERNATIONAL :

TIME ‘PERSON OF THE YEAR’

  • Time magazine named Donald Trump its “Person of the Year” for 2016 for his stunning upset election victory that rewrote the rules of politics, delivering him to the helm of a divided America.
  • The real estate billionaire, who has never previously held elected office and shocked the U.S. political establishment by defeating his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, is featured on Time ’s cover described as “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America.”
  • The magazine said its person of the year, an annual tradition that dates back 90 years, “had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year”.

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY :

INDIA’S BIGGEST OIL REFINERY

  • Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corp signed a pact to build India’s biggest oil refinery at a cost of $30 billion on the west coast.
  • The three firms signed the pact for the 60-million tonne a year refinery in Maharashtra with IOC as leader of the consortium.
  • IOC will hold a 50 per cent stake in the project while BPCL and HPCL will have 25 per cent each.
  • The consortium agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Petrotech conference.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

SRINIDHI SHETTY WON 2016 MISS SUPRANATIONAL TITLE

Srinidhi Shetty, a girl from Mangalore, was crowned Miss Supranational 2016 in the first week of December 2016. She was crowned at a ceremony held in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. With this, India became the first country to win Miss Supranational twice in three years.

Along with the crown, Shetty, an engineer by profession, also received the prize amount of $30,000. In addition, she also won the title of Miss Asia-Oceania.

Other four finalists of the title were

• Venezuela's Valeria Vespoli (2nd)

• Suriname's Jaleesa Pigot (3rd)

• Sri Lanka’s Ornella Gunesekere (4th)

• Hungary's Korinna Kocsis (5th)

Process of selection

Unlike other beauty pageants, Shetty or any other finalists were not asked any question from the jury. Instead, the jury asked the five finalists to ask questions with each-others.

Shetty’s Question: The question that helped Shetty to claim the crown was asked by Valeria Vespoli, the Venezuelan contestant. Vespoli’s question to Shetty was “what was her biggest take away from the event”.

Shetty’s Reply: “Being a part of an arena of women from different countries and religions, where all are competing for the same goal being happy under one roof, was an enriching experience”.

Shetty is the second Indian to win the title after Asha Bhatt. Bhatt clinched the title three years ago.

O PANNEERSELVAM SWORN-IN AS CHIEF MINISTER OF TAMIL NADU

O Panneerselvam was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He succeeded AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who earlier died at the Apollo Hospital.

Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy for Panneerselvam at a somber ceremony at the Raj Bhawan. Other 31 ministers of the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet were also sworn-in.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa passes away

This was Panneerselvam’s third swearing-in as Chief Minister. Earlier, he had served Tamil Nadu as its Chief Minster, during 2001-02 and 2014-15, after Jayalalithaa was unseated by the courts.

Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day State Mourning from 6 November 2016. The government has also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state.

O Panneerselvam sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

O Panneerselvam

• Panneerselvam was born on 14 January 1951.

• He was once a tea stall owner and an agriculturist.

• He is a member of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party of Tamil Nadu.

• Panneerselvam served as the chairman of Periakulam municipality in 1996.

• He became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in September 2001 when then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was barred from holding office by the Supreme Court of India. He served the office till 2002.

• He also served as the Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu in the Jayalalithaa cabinet from 2011 to 2014.

• He represents the Bodinayakanur Assembly constituency in the current assembly. The constituency is located in Theni district.

B S BHULLAR APPOINTED CHIEF OF DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION

Senior IAS officer B.S. Bhullar was appointed the Chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

At present, Bhullar, a 1986-batch IAS officer, is working as an Additional Secretary in Civil Aviation Ministry. He was also holding the additional charge of the DGCA.

The post of the Chief of DGCA was lying vacant for over four months after M Sathiyavathy, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the union territories cadre, was named as new Union Labour Secretary in July 2016. She was the first woman chief of the aviation regulator.

About Directorate General of Civil Aviation

  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is the Indian governmental regulatory body for civil aviation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • It investigates aviation accidents and incidents.

  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.

  • Lately, the Indian government has been planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA is said to be modelled on the lines of the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

AIRASIA INDIA APPOINTS AMAR ABROL AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

AirAsia announced the appointment of Amar Abrol as its Managing Director in addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

As per AirAsia, “Abrol was appointed as the Managing Director following the company's board meeting held on 29 November 2016.” He was appointed as CEO of the airline in April 2016.

Abrol holds over two decades of experience in different markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and Malaysia.

About AirAsia

  • AirAsia India is an Indian low cost carrier.

  • The airline is a joint venture with AirAsia Berhad holding 49 per cent stake in the airline, Tata Sons holding 40.06 per cent stakes and Arun Bhatia holding the remaining 10 per cent through his company, Telestra Tradeplace.

  • It is headquartered in Chennai.

  • Air Asia India commenced operations on 12 June 2014 with Bangalore as its primary hub.

  • It is the first foreign airline to set up a subsidiary in India.

  • It marked Tata's return to the aviation industry after 60 years, having ceded Air India in 1946.

  • As of February 2016, AirAsia India is the fourth largest low cost carrier in India, after IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet.


 

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