Current Affairs Update – 30th December, 2015

Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs Update of 30th December, 2015. These are Important for the upcoming LIC AAO 2016, Syndicate Bank Manipal PO and SIDBI Assistant Manager 2016 Exams.

Finance/Industry –

BHEL commissioned Prayagraj power project unit in Uttar Pradesh

  • State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) on 29 December 2015 commissioned a 660 MW unit of Prayagraj Super Thermal Power Project at Bara in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Prayagraj Super Thermal Power Project is the first supercritical thermal unit in the state to achieve capacity addition on attaining full load. Super-critical units are more efficient and eco-friendly as they consume lesser coal.
  • In addition, it is a greenfield thermal power project. The project is owned by Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited (PPGCL), a subsidiary company of Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited.

Russia tied up with HAL to manufacture Kamov 226T helicopters

  • Russia's Rostech State Corporation on 29 December 2015 tied up with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to manufacture at least 200 Kamov 226T light helicopters. The Kamov will replace the ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak.
  • The deal is estimated to be worth 1 billion US dollars and is the first Russian-Indian high-tech project implemented by the Indian government within the framework of the Make in India initiative.
  • During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Moscow in December 2015, an agreement was signed between the two countries on cooperation in the field of helicopter manufacturing.

SpiceJet launched travel solutions platform

  • SpiceJet on 29 December 2015 launched an end-to-end travel solutions platform, The platform offers customized travel packages to customers who can avail various services while planning their holiday, at no added cost.
  • The platforms also comes with a special feature where in customers, just with a minimal deposit, which is refundable, can book and hold a booking for up to 48 hours to review with acquaintances.

CCEA approved Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme for textiles industry

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 30 December 2015 approved the introduction of Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (ATUFS) in place of the existing Revised Restructured Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (RR-TUFS), for technology upgradation of the textiles industry.
  • The new scheme will give a boost to Make in India in the textiles sector. It is expected to attract investment to the tune of one lakh crore rupees and create over 30 lakh jobs.

Highlights of Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme
  • Employment generation and export by encouraging apparel and garment industry, which will provide employment to women in particular and increase India’s share in global exports.
  • Promotion of Technical Textiles, a sunrise sector, for export and employment.

Appointments –

Satyavati Berera became first woman COO at Big 4 in India

  • Satyavati Berera on 27 December 2015 became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Big Four accounting firm in India. With this, she became the first woman to reach the level of a COO.
  • Berera will take charge as COO on 1 January 2016. She will replace Neil Wilson, who is moving to London as global operations partner with PwC. She will be second only to chairman Deepak Kapoor in hierarchy.

Madhu S Nair assumes charge as CMD of Cochin Shipyard

  • Madhu S. Nair has assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard on Wednesday.
  • He took over the charge from Commodore K Subramaniam, who had been with CSL the last eight years (5 years as Director (operations) and 3 years as CMD).
  • CSL is today, the best performing shipyard in the country among both the public and private sector. The company had been achieving a consistently good performance in the last several years. The turnover in 2014-15 was 1,860 crore as compared to 1,653 crore in 2013-14. PAT has gone up to 235 crore in 2014-15 against 194 crore in 2013-14.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili elected as Prime Minister of Georgia

  • Giorgi Kvirikashvili was on 29 December 2015 elected as the Prime Minister of Georgia. He will succeed Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, who resigned from the post on 23 December 2015. His appointment will now be ratified by the Georgia's President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
  • Kvirikashvili fetched 86 votes of the parliament of Georgia out of 114 deputies. However, 28 deputies voted against him. The parliamentary vote also ratified Kvirikashvili's choice of cabinet.
  • Once his appointment is ratified, he will head the campaign headquarters of the party Georgian Dream- Democratic Georgia and the electoral list of the coalition Georgian Dream.

Jetha Bharwad elected as first Vice-Chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation

  • Senior BJP MLA, Jetha Bharwad was on 29 December 2015 unanimously elected as the first Vice-Chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) that sells its dairy products under brand name Amul.
  • Bharwad is an MLA from Sehra constituency of Panchmahal district. He is also the chairman of Panchmahal District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd.
  • Since its inception in 1973, this is for the first time that GCMMF created the post of Vice-Chairman By amending their by-laws. Bharwad's nomination was proposed by Rajkot Dairy's Chairman Govind Ranpariya and was supported by Valji Umbad, Chairman of Sarhad dairy in Kutch.

Awards & Honors –

Noted Gujarati writer Raghuveer Chaudhary selected for 51st Jnanpith award

  • Eminent Gujarati litterateur Raghuveer Chaudhary was on 29 December 2015 selected for the 51st Jnanpith award for his contribution to the Indian literature.
  • The decision was taken in a meeting of the Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by noted scholar Namwar Singh. Other members of the selection board are Shamim Hanfi, Harish Trivedi, Suranjan Das, Ramakant Rath, Chandrakant Patil, Alok Rai, Dinesh Misra and Leeladhar Mandloi.
  • Chaudhary is the fourth Gujarati litterateur to bag this prestigious award after Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001).

Sports –

Rakhi Haldar, Kavita Devi bagged gold at National Weightlifting Championship

  • Rakhi Haldar and Kavita Devi on 29 December 2015 bagged gold in their respective weight categories in the Senior National Weightlifting Championships held in Patiala, Punjab.
  • Haldar lifted 94 kilograms in the snatch and 119 kilograms in clean and jerk to come up with a total lift of 213 kilograms in Women's 69 kilograms to grab the gold medal. Lalchhanhimi bagged the silver with a total lift of 210 kilograms, while Rajwant Kaur finished with a bronze with an overall effort of 201 kilograms.
  • In Women's 75 kilograms category, Devi lifted 95 kilograms in snatch and 122 kilograms in clean and jerk for a total of 217 kilograms to win the top medal. Sushila Panwar and Daljit Kaur bagged the second and third positions with lifts of 213 kilograms and 198 kilograms, respectively.

Obituaries –

Ian Fraser Lemmy Kilmister, founding member of metal band Motorhead, died

  • Ian Fraser Lemmy Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motorhead, passed away on 28 December 2015 after battling cancer. He was 70.
  • Popularly known as Lemmy, he played furiously on platinum-selling Motorhead albums like Ace of Spades , Overkill and Iron Fist.

Veteran singer Subir Sen passed away

  • Veteran singer Subir Sen passed away on 29 December 2015 due to lung cancer in Kolkata. He was 81. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
  • Sen was condemned to be clone of senior and talented Hemant Kumar.
  • From the 1950s till the 1980s, the melodious singer had sung a number of hit songs. He had also sung duets with Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar.
  • A hit film Aas ka Panchhi marked the peak of Sen’s popularity. Similarly, Chhoti Bahen had several duets by him and Lata Mangeshkar which dominated the charts of the time.
  • Some of Sen’s well-known songs include Aa ja re nain dware from the Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman starrer Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and Main rangeela pyar ka raahi in Chhoti Bahen.

Iconic Marathi poet Mangesh Keshav Padgaonkar passed away

  • Iconic Marathi poet and Padma Bhushan recipient Mangesh Keshav Padgaonkar passed away on 30 December 2015 after a brief illness. He was 86.
  • Padgaonkar was part of many poetry recitation programmes that were held in Maharashtra in 1960s and 1970s. He has also penned lyrics for many Marathi films.


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