Daily Current Affairs 22nd December 2017

1. Vijay Rupani Remains Gujarat Chief Minister, Nitin Patel His Deputy

i. Vijay Rupani will continue as chief minister of Gujarat and Nitin Patel as his deputy chief minister, the Bhartiya Janata Party has made the announcement after a meeting of the party’s newly-elected legislators in the state’s capital Gandhinagar.

ii. The BJP had won 99 seats, only seven more than it needed for a majority to form government and 16 less than it had won last time.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
  • Gujarat Governor- Om Prakash Kohli.

2. India-Switzerland Deal Inked for Information Exchange

i. In a move aimed at combating black money stashed abroad, India signed an agreement with Switzerland that would allow automatic sharing of tax-related information from January 1, 2018.
ii. The agreement was signed by CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra and Swiss Ambassador to India Andreas Baum at the North Block.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
  • Switzerland Capital- Bern, President- Doris Leuthard.

3. India’s First design University Opens in Haryana

i. India’s first and only design university, ‘World University of Design’ opened its campus at Sonipat, Haryana. The University is promoted by Om Parkash Bansal Educational and Social Welfare Trust of Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab.
ii. The university is currently located in a sprawling lush green picturesque campus with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and world-class facilities. WUD is India’s first university dedicated to education in the creative domain.
 
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
  • Haryana CM- Manohar Lal Khattar, Governor- Kaptan Singh Solanki.

4. National Mathematics Day- 22nd December

i. The famed Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s birth anniversary on December 22 is celebrated as National Mathematics Day. It was in 2012 that then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared  December 22 as National Mathematics Day.
ii. In 1917, Ramanujan was elected to be a member of the London Mathematical Society. In 1918 he also became a Fellow of the Royal Society, becoming the youngest person to achieve the feat. He passed away on April 6, 1920.

5. Mamang Dai and Ramesh Kuntal Megh Win Sahitya Akademi Award 2017

i. Authors Mamang Dai and Ramesh Kuntal Megh have won this year’s Sahitya Akademi award for their work The Black Hill, a novel, and Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar, a literary criticism, in English and Hindi respectively.
ii. The Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards 2017 in 24 languages. Seven novels, five collections each of poetry and short stories, five works of literary criticism, a play and a book of essays have won the awards.
iii. The award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh will be presented to the authors at a special function to be held on February 12, 2018.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
  • K. Sreenivasarao- Secretary of Sahitya Akademi.
  • Sahitya Akademi is India’s National Academy of Letters, it was established in 1954.

6. Loan Agreement Signed Between India & Germany for Pare Hydroelectric Plant Project

i. A loan agreement has been signed between India and Germany for providing additional funding of EUR 20 million for the Pare Hydroelectric Plant project under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation.
ii. The objective of the project is the generation of hydroelectric power for the socio-economic development of the North Eastern region. The government of Germany signed a loan agreement with North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) for providing EUR 80 million with the government of India’s guarantee for the Pare Hydroelectric Plant project.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-

  • Germany Capital- Berlin, Currency- Euro, Chancellor- Angela Merkel.

7. Indian Navy Conducts Exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr with Oman Navy

i. Indian Naval Ships Trikand and Teg are deployed to Oman for bilateral exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ or ‘Sea Breeze’. This exercise is the 11th edition.
ii. The bilateral relation between Indian and Oman were formally established with the signing of a 1953 Indo-Oman Treaty of friendship, Navigation and Commerce, a first between India and an Arab country. The first exercise of Indian Navy with Royal Navy of Oman was conducted in 1993.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for RBI Assistant Mains 2017 Exam-
  • Oman Capital- Muscat, Currency- Omani rial.

8. Salman Khan Tops Forbes India Celebrity List 2017

i. With earnings of Rs232.83 crore, actor Salman Khan has topped the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list 2017 for the second consecutive year.
ii. While Shah Rukh Khan featured in the second spot with earnings of Rs170.50 crore, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli came third with Rs100.72 crore earnings.
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