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The Latest December 2016

The renowned painter, INSTRUMENTAL  in designing the National Emblem, who passed away on December 25

Dinanath Bhargava

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

Sankha Ghosh

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

Sunny Leone

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

Tamil Nadu

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

Anupam Mishra

The Tanzanian professional boxer whom Indian boxer Vijender Singh defeated to retain his WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title

Francis Cheka

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

Saanjhi Saanjh

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

Sushma Swaraj

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

Vladimir Putin

The Portuguese footballer who has been awarded the Ballon d'Or Award for the fourth time in his career

Cristiano Robaldo

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

Priyanka Chopra

The leader of National Party of New Zealand who has taken over as the Prime Minister following resignation of John Key

Bill English

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

John Glenn

The new Prime Minister of France named following the resignation of Manuel Valls on 06 Dec 2016

Bernard Cazeneuve

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

Donald Trump

The new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu appointed following the passing away of Ms J. Jayalalitha

O. Panneerselvam

The Ethiopian athlete who has been awarded the 2016 World Athlete of the Year (Female) by the International Association of Athletic Federation

Almaz Ayana

The Jamaica athlete who has been awarded the 2016 World Athlete of the Year (Male) by the International Association of Athletic Federation

Usain Bolt

The Prime Minister of New Zealand who has announced his decision to resign after being in office for 8 years

John Key

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

Kehkashan Basu

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

Magnus Carlsen

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

Chandrababu Naidu

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

Exercise Konkan

The scholar from the People's Republic of China who has been awarded the 2nd ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award by the President

Prof. Yu Long Yu

  • Important Days of December





World AIDS Day

01 December 2016

World Health Organisation

Hands up for #HIVPrevention

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

03 December 2016

United Nations Organisation

Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want

International Volunter Day

05 December 2016

United Nations General Assembly

Global Applause - Give Volunteers a Hand

World Soil Day

05 December 2016

International Union of Soil Sciences

Soil and Pulses, a Symbiosis for Life

International Anti Corruption Day

09 December 2016

United Nations General Assembly

United against corruption for development, peace and security

United Nations Human Rights Day

10 December 2016

United Nations General Assembly

Stand up for someone's rights today

  • AIFF AWARDS 2016



Men’s Player of the Year

Jeje Lalpekhlua

Woman Footballer of the Year

Sasmita Malik

Emerging Player of the Year

Rowllin Borges

Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year


Award for Best Grassroots Development Programme

Punjab Football Association

Award for Best Referee

Pranjal Banerjee

Award for Best Assistant Referee

Joseph Tony

  • Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016


Title and Genre



Meghmalar Bhraman (Poetry)

Jnan Pujari


Mahabharater Astadashi (Essays)

Nrisinghaprasad Bhaduri


Ang Maboroi Dong Dasong (Poetry)

Anjali Narzary


Cheta SHORT  stories)



Em and the big Hoom (Novel)

Jerry Pinto


Anekek (Poetry)

Kamal Vora


Paarijat (Novel)

Nasira Sharma


Swatantryada Ota (Novel)

Boluwaru Mohammad Kunhi


Aane Khane (Criticism)

Aziz Hajini


Kale Bhangar (Novel)

Edwin J.F. D'souza


Barki Kaki at Hotmail Dot Com SHORT  stories)

Shyam Darihare


Shyamamadhavam (Poetry)

Prabha Varma


Cheptharaba Eshingpun (Short Stories)

Moirangthem Rajen


Aalok (Short stories)

Asaram Lomate


Janmabhumi Mero Swadesh (Novel)

Gita Upadhyay


Prapti (Short Stories)

Paramita Satpathy


Masia Di Raat (Play)



Murdjat Ar Dujee Kahaniyan (Short Stories)

Bulaki Sharma


Kavyanirjhari (Poetry)

Sitanath Acharya


Nalha (Poetry)

Gobinda Chandra Majhi


Akhar Katha (Poetry)

Nand Javeri


Oru Siru Isai (Short Stories)



Rajanigandha (Poetry)

Papineni Sivasankar


Mabad-e-Jadidiat Se Naye Ahed Ki Takhliqiyat Tak (Criticism)

Nizam Siddiqui

  • India England Test Series 2016

Test Match


Won by

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

(AWiFS), Linear Imaging Self Scanner-3 (LISS-3) and Linear Imaging Self Scanner-4 (LISS-4) CAMERAS. The AWiFS provides images with

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.

  • Amritsar Declaration

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.

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