ISRO launches PSLV-C36 carrying remote sensing satellite
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
ii. The satellite is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users.
Reserve Bank of India leaves repo rate unchanged at 6.25%
ii. This was the second meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) since its formation two months ago.
iii. It was the second monetary review of Urjit Patel, since his taking over as the Governor of RBI on 6th September this year.
iv. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has lowered the growth forecast by 0.5% to 7.1% for 2016-17.
RBI withdraws incremental CRR of 100% amid note ban
ii. The incremental ratio was effective from the fortnight beginning November 26 as a temporary measure to absorb excess liquidity in banking system following demonetisation.
iii. The move was estimated to remove around Rs. 3.24 lakh crore of excess liquidity.
Hindi language in the top 10 most powerful languages
i. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Hindi language ranked 10th in the top 10 most powerful languages on the planet.
ii. The list features English as the most powerful language followed by Mandarin.
iii. The index applied for the consensus took into account various factors including geography, economy and diplomacy.
iv. The WEF further forecasted the list for 2050, with Hindi climbing one spot to ninth.
RXIL gets RBI nod for 1st trade receivables exchange platform
i. The Reserve Bank of India has authorised the Receivables Exchange of India (RXIL), promoted by Sidbi and NSE, to launch the country’s first trade receivables exchange platform for MSMEs, buyers and financiers.
ii. Promoted by Sidbi, the apex financial institution for promotion and financing of MSMEs and the National Stock Exchange, RXIL has SBI, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, SBI Caps, and ICIC Securities as other investors.
IOC, BPCL, HPCL join hands to set up India’s biggest oil refinery
i. Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corp have signed a pact to build India’s biggest oil refinery at a cost of $30 billion on the west coast.
ii. The three firms signed the pact for the 60-million tonne a year refinery in Maharashtra with IOCBSE 2.78 % as leader of the consortium.
iii. IOC will hold a 50 % stake in the project while BPCL and HPCL will have 25 % each.
Mahila E-haat ties up with India Post, SBI
ii. This will offer more payment options to buyers and simplify shipping of products bought from “Mahila E-haat”, an online marketing platform for women entrepreneurs.
iii. Now, SBI customers abroad can make use of “SBI Global”.
The Lifeline Express to get two more coaches for cancer treatment
i. The world’s first hospital train, Lifeline Express is all set to get two additional coaches for cancer treatment.
ii. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Railways on 6th December 2016.
iii. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with Health Minister JP Nadda will be inaugurating the new additions.
iv. The coaches are purely equipped for detection and control of oral, cervical and breast cancer and prevention of stroke.
v. They will be accompanied by three fully equipped operation theatres.
Ambedkar’s birth anniversary to be observed as ‘Water Day’ in the country
i. Dr BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary to be observed as ‘Water Day’ across the country on 14 April, will be observed as “Water Day” across India.
ii. The day will be observed to mark Ambedkar’s contribution in water resource management of the country.
iii. Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti announced the same while addressing a National Seminar on Marching ahead on Dr Ambedkar’s path of water resources management for inclusive growth.
MSME award for Corporation Bank
ii. Corporation Bank is a public sector banking company headquartered in Mangalore, India.
Vijaya Bank bags SME award
ii. The award was received by Kishore Sansi, Managing Director & CEO of the bank under ‘Best SME Lending’ category for public sector banks at the fourth SMEs Excellence Award function in New Delhi.
India to train Vietnam’s Sukhoi fighter pilots
i. In order to further boost its growing defence ties with Vietnam, India has agreed to train the southeast nation’s Sukhoi-30 fighter pilots. ii. The agreement regarding the same was signed during bilateral discussions between Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Ngo Xuan Lich, in New Delhi.
BEML bags CII National Quality Award
ii. The award has been jointly instituted by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Export Import Bank (EXIM).
Singapore tops global education rankings
i. Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, with its teenagers coming top in tests in maths, reading and science.
ii. The influential Programme for International Student Assessment, Pisa rankings, run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, are based on tests taken by 15-year olds in more than 70 countries.
Russia, India to hold joint naval drills
ii. The exercise will be held in the city of Visakhapatnam and in the Bay of Bengal. The first Russian-Indian naval exercises were held in May 2003.
Joint maritime exercise ‘Konkan 16’ between India and UK begins
i. The annual bilateral maritime exercise Konkan 16 between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy (British Navy) started in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
ii. The 2016 edition of the exercise (from 05 to 16 December 2016) will play an important chapter in the maritime interactions.
iii. It will familiarise navies of both countries with each other’s planning processes and further enhance synergy and inter-operability.
Artist Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize
i. Multimedia artist Helen Marten on 5 December 2016 won the Turner Prize, which is Britain’s top award for contemporary art.
ii. The prize comes with a cash award of about USD 31800.
iii. The Turner Prize is the second prize in a month for Marten, who also won the inaugural Hepworth Prize.
iv. The nominees for the 2016 Turner Prize were Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.
Noted journalist Cho Ramaswamy passes away
i. Political satirist and founder editor of Thuglak magazine, Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy is popularly known as Cho Ramaswamy passed away due to cardiac arrest in a Chennai hospital on 07 December.
ii. He was 82 years old.
iii. He was an advisor to former Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.