The renowned painter, INSTRUMENTAL in designing the National Emblem, who passed away on December 25
The State which has launched malaria elimination scheme 'Daman' in eight of its districts
The IVRS number launched by the DoT in Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Goa to address the problem of call drops
The Bengali poet and critic who has been chosen for the 52nd Jnanpith Award
The theme of National Consumer Day 2016 observed on December 24
Alternate Consumer Disputes Redressal
The bollywood actress who has been chosen to as the PETA Person of the Year 2016 for promoting the rescue of homeless dogs and cats
The 120 kg. class smart weapon, developed by DRDO, and capable of engaging ground targets up to a range of 100 kms successfully test fired in Chandipur
SAAW (Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon)
The first minisatellite of China dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring launched using a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) launch vehicle from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is named
The mathematicians who have been presented the SASTRA Ramanujan Award 2016 on the occasion of the National Mathematics Day on Dec 22 (Birth Anniversay of Ramanujan)
Kaisa Matomaki and Maksym Radziwill
The place in Punjab where foundation stone laying ceremony for setting up the first Second GENERATION (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India is being held on 25th December, 2016 with an approximate investment of Rs 600 crores by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
Village Tarkhanwala, Bathinda
The city in which North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH), was formally inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik
The Merriam Webster Word of the Year 2016 (definition in the dictionary: marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream)
The rank of India in the Global Wind Power Capacity status released by Global WIND ENERGY Council for the year 2015
The State which has banned illegal Sharia courts functioning in the premises of mosques in the State
The App launched by Govt of India to track progress on household electrification in 6 lakh villages, with more than 15 lakh habitations having 17 crore people is named
The place in Uttarakhand where a statue of renowned Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar was unveiled by the Chief Minister Harish Rawat
The noted Gandhian, environmentalist and author of the book Aaj bhi khade hai Talaab who passed away on 19 Dec 2016
The Tanzanian professional boxer whom Indian boxer Vijender Singh defeated to retain his WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title
The national newspaper for senior citizen published by Harikrit Publishers, Delhi, the first issue of which was released by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot
The contestant from Puerto Rico who has been crowned Miss World 2016 at the beauty pageant held in Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Stephanie Del Valle
The Vice Chief of Air Staff who has been chosen to be the next Chief of Air Staff succeeding Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retiring on 31 Dec 2016
Air Marshal BS Dhanoa
The Vice Chief of Army Staff who has been chosen to be the next Chief of Army Staff succeeding Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag retiring on 31 Dec 2016
Lt Gen Bipin Rawat
The team which has won the 2016 Indian Super League football tournament defeating Kerala Blasters in the finals
Atletico de Kolkata
The city in Uttar Pradesh where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of India's first Indian Institute of Skills
The team India defeated in the finals to win the Hockey Junior World Cup tournament 2016 held in Lucknow
The Union Cabinet minister who has been included in the Global Thinkers 2016 (Decision Makers) by the American magazine Foreign Policy
The stations between which the first Humsafar clan of trains (fully Air Conditioned 3 AC service having facility GPS based Passenger Information System, Passenger announcement System, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTVs, integrated Braille display, Fire retardant curtains, etc.) was flagged off by the Rail Minister
Gorakhpur to Anand Vihar
The person at the top of Forbes World's Most Powerful people with the Indian Prime Minister at position #9
The Portuguese footballer who has been awarded the Ballon d'Or Award for the fourth time in his career
The first of second generation weather satellites launched by China from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China`s Sichuan Province is named
The seventh edition of joint military exercise between the Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Force being held from 15 to 28 Dec 16 at Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, Maldives is named
The country which has demonetized its highest denomination of 100 bolivar banknotes to curb mafia hoardings
The ninth edition of annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy being conducted in Bay of Bengal from 14 to 21 Dec is named
The Indian film acress who has been appointed UNICEF's Global Goodwill Ambassador
The leader of National Party of New Zealand who has taken over as the Prime Minister following resignation of John Key
The TV channel launched by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) to promote digital transactions is named
The language which has been ranked as the most powerful by the Power Language Index 2016 published by World Economic Forum (Hindi has been ranked 10th)
The venue of multidisciplinary Serendipity Arts Festival to be held from 16 to 23 Dec 2016
The American aviator, astronaut and senator who became the first from his country to orbit the earth in 1962, who passed away on 08 Dec 2016
The new Prime Minister of France named following the resignation of Manuel Valls on 06 Dec 2016
The noted Tamil actor, editor, political satirist, film director and founder editor of Thuglak magazine who passed away on 07 Dec 2016
Cho Ramaswamy (Srinivas Iyer)
The senior most judge of Supreme Court who has been chosen to be the next Chief Justice of India from 04 Jan 2017
Justice JS Khehar
The State which has banned carrying of arms at wedding functions after several incidents of celebratory firing has resulted in loss of lives
TIME's Person of the Year 2016
The new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu appointed following the passing away of Ms J. Jayalalitha
The Ethiopian athlete who has been awarded the 2016 World Athlete of the Year (Female) by the International Association of Athletic Federation
The Jamaica athlete who has been awarded the 2016 World Athlete of the Year (Male) by the International Association of Athletic Federation
The Prime Minister of New Zealand who has announced his decision to resign after being in office for 8 years
The team India defeated in the finals to win the Women's Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament in Thailand
The teenage girl from United Arab Emirates who has been awarded the International Children's Peace Prize 2016 by the Kids Rights Foundation for her fight for climate justice and against environmental degradation
The mind-body discipline based on ancient Indian philosophy which has been inscribed by the UNESCO in its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. See other items in the list.
The country with which India has signed a $700 million deal for the supply of M777 ultra-light howitzers manufactured by BAE Systems
The Norwegian chess player who has won the World Chess Championship title defeating Russian player Sergey Kajakin in a tie break
The 13 member Committee of Chief Ministers constituted by the Central Govt to promote digital payment systems to promote transparency, financial inclusion and also prepare a roadmap in this regard is headed by
The Govt bank whose merger with State Bank of India has been approved by the Competition Commission of India
Bhartiya Mahila Bank
The places in Uttar Pradesh between which Asia's first and longest CYCLE highway (207 km) was recently inaugurated
Etawah and Agra
The 2016 edition of the annual bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy (United Kingdom) being held from 05 - 16 Dec 16 at Mumbai and Goa is named
The scholar from the People's Republic of China who has been awarded the 2nd ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award by the President
Mabad-e-Jadidiat Se Naye Ahed Ki Takhliqiyat Tak (Criticism)
India England Test Series 2016
Player of the match
MM Ali (England)
Jayant Yadav (India)
Ravindra Jadeja (India)
Virat Kohli (India)
Karun Nair (India)
Player of the Series: Virat Kohli
First Englishman to cross 11,000 runs: Alastair Cook (5th test)
Karun Nair became the second India to score a triple century after Virender Sehwag and only the third man in the game's history to convert a maiden Test ton into a triple.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016
The Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 (the Scheme) introduced vide
the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 commenced on 17th December, 2016 and shall remain open for
declarations up to 31st March, 2017.
The salient features of the Scheme are as under:
1. Declaration under the Scheme can be made by any person in respect of undisclosed income in the form of cash or deposits in an account with bank or post office or specified entity.
2. Tax @30% of the undisclosed income, surcharge @33% of tax and penalty @10% of such income is payable besides mandatory deposit of
25% of the undisclosed income in Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme, 2016. The deposits are interest free and have a lock-in period
of four years.
3. The income declared under the Scheme shall not be included in the total income of the declarant under the Income-tax Act for any assessment
4. The declarations made under the Scheme shall not be admissible as evidence under any Act (eg. Central Excise Act, Wealth-tax Act,
Companies Act etc.). However, no immunity will be available under Criminal Acts mentioned in SECTION199-O of the Scheme.
Non declaration of undisclosed cash or deposit in accounts under the Scheme will render such undisclosed income liable to tax, surcharge
and cess totaling to 77.25% of such income, if declared in the return of income. In case the same is not shown in the return of income a further penalty @10% of tax shall also be levied followed by prosecution. It may be noted that the provisions for levy of penalty for misreporting of income @200% of tax payable under section 270A of the Income-tax Act have not been amended and shall continue to apply with respect to cases falling under the said section.
The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has also amended the penalty provisions in respect of search and seizure cases. The existing slab for penalty of 10%, 20% & 60% of income levied under SECTION 271AAB has been rationalised to 30% of income, if the income is admitted and taxes are paid. Otherwise a penalty @60% of income shall be levied.
100 million for 100 million
Campaign organised by: Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
Launched by: President Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 11.12.16.
Aim of the campaign: To mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years.
Launch of RESOURCESAT-2A
Launch Date: 07 Dec 2016
Launched from: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
Launch vehicle: PSLV-C36
Like its predecessors RESOURCESAT-1 and 2, RESOURCESAT-2A has a unique 3-Tier imaging system with Advanced Wide Field Sensor
a sampling of 56 metres, a swath of 740 km and a revisit of 5 days whereas the LISS-3 provides 23.5 metre sampled images with 141 km swath
and a resistivity of 24 days. LISS-4 provides 5.8 metre sampled images with 70 km swath and a revisit of 5 days.
The data sent by RESOURCESAT-2A will be useful for agricultural applications like crop area and crop production estimation, drought monitoring, soil mapping, cropping system analysis and farm advisories GENERATION.
This is the launch vehicle's 38th flight (37th consecutively successful mission). The total number of satellites launched by PSLV is 122 (43 Indian and remaining 79 from abroad.
Made at: Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) in Amritsar on 04 Dec 2016
Chaired by: Shri Arun Jaitley and Mr. Salahauddin Rabbani (Foreign Minister of Afghanistan)
Inaugurated by: Shri Narendra Modi and Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (President of Afghanistan)
Participating countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations.
Guest countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Latvia and Uzbekistan
Salient Features of Amritsar Declaration
Recognized that terrorism is the gravest challenge that the Heart of Asia region and the rest of the international community faces. It recognized
the necessity of taking serious measures to address recruitment of youth to extremist and terrorist networks.
It undertook to develop a regional approach to counter radicalization by tasking relevant experts from the fields of security, education and
local governance to meet in the first half of 2017 to identify key areas to be addressed for developing this regional approach and provide
recommendations to be presented to the Senior Officials Meeting of the HoA-IP in the first half of 2017 for further action on this critical issue.
It expressed concern about the increase in production and cultivation of opium in Afghanistan, the volume of drug trafficking and demand
in the HoA Region and beyond. In this regard, it recognised that it was essential to integrate a comprehensive approach in addressing the drug problem of Afghanistan and the HoA region.
It urged all Afghan Taliban groups and all other armed groups to enter into peace talks with the Government of Afghanistan and also urged
all those countries in the region and beyond who have leverages and influence to help bring the Taliban to the negotiation TABLE.