Saturday, December 31, 2016

Current Affairs Update - 31 December, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 31 December, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IPPB PO Mains, NIACL AO Mains and RBI Assistant Mains 2016-17.


Current Affairs at a Glance - 31 December, 2016
  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 December 2016 launched an Aadhaar-based mobile app, Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM). The app is named after the main architect of Constitution of India, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
  2. The tiny Union Territory along the Arabian Sea coast, Daman and Diu, has become the first cashless region of the country.
  3. The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved closure of Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (IDPL) and Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (RDPL). The strategic sale approval is just the second in over 12 years. In September, the Cabinet had cleared the strategic sale of Bharat Pumps and Compressors Ltd.
  4. Value investor Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. won regulatory approval to buy 51 per cent of Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd., marking the first time India’s central bank is allowing a foreign investor to purchase a majority stake in a domestic lender.
  5. Private sector lender DCB Bank on Friday launched its own mobile and tab based digital wallet Cippy Wallet app to encourage consumers to experience cash free purchases from the mobile phone for day-to-day needs.
  6. The trial run of India's first 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) coming up at Kakrapar is expected to take place in mid-2017, said a senior official of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
  7. India's first AYUSH university will be set up in Kurukshetra's Fattupur village as the local panchayat has donated 100 acres for the purpose. AYUSH is the acronym for alternative medicine streams ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy.
  8. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani dedicated India's first laser technology-based advanced AVMS RTO check-post at Shamlaji of Aravalli district on Friday.
  9. India’s first transgender school opened in Kochi on Friday. The school, named Sahaj International, was inaugurated by transgender activist, writer and actor Kalki Subramaniam at Thrikkakara in Kerala’s Ernakulam district.
  10. Social-democrat Sorin Grindeanu was on 30 December 2016 named as the Prime Minister of Romania. Romania's President Klaus Iohannis signed the official decree naming Grindeanu as the new Prime Minister.



Finance/Banking –

PM Modi launches Mobile App-BHIM for Aadhaar-based digital payment


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 December 2016 launched an Aadhaar-based mobile app, Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM). The app is named after the main architect of Constitution of India, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
  • The app BHIM will facilitate digital cash transactions with a thumbprint after the bank account is linked with Aadhaar gateway. It was launched at Digi Dhan Mela at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi.
  • While addressing Digi Dhan Mela PM Modi said, the power of technology will help in empowering and uplifting the poor, which was the mantra of Dr Ambedkar. He also said that once an illiterate was associated with the thumb but with the launch of this app the thumb has turned up to be an identity of people as well as the bank.
  • The Prime Minister also said that the government is working to empower BHIM and its security is being worked on.
  • Apart from this, the Prime Minister who on this occasion also felicitated winners of Lucky Grahak Yojana had urged citizens to adopt digital currency from the New Year that is January 2017.


Daman & Diu becomes India's 1st cashless region


  • The tiny Union Territory along the Arabian Sea coast, Daman and Diu, has become the first cashless region of the country.
  • Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has commended the UT administration for taking the initiative to make Daman and Diu as the first cashless region of the country.
  • During a recent visit to the Union Territory, Ahir lauded the painstaking efforts of the UT administration in successfully making Daman and Diu a cashless region.
  • At least 190 teams of trained volunteers visited over 25,000 households spread across the UT to educate their members about the benefits of cashless transactions, an official statement said.
  • The administration has introduced free Wi-fi services in the Union Territory recently and 3,500 GB Data was used by over 32,000 tourists and local people during the last 45 days.


Union Cabinet approves sale of India's first pharmaceutical firm


  • The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved closure of Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (IDPL) and Rajasthan Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (RDPL).
  • The strategic sale approval is just the second in over 12 years. In September, the Cabinet had cleared the strategic sale of Bharat Pumps and Compressors Ltd.
  • These will be the first privatisation since the sale of Jessop and Co in 2003-04 under the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • BCPL and HAL are among the public sector units that NITI Aayog has identified for sale of government’s majority stake to private companies in order to bring in greater efficiency and professionalism in their functioning.
  • At today’s meeting, Cabinet “approved the sale of surplus land of HAL, IDPL, RDPL and BCPL, as would be required, to meet their outstanding liabilities,” an official statement said.


Fairfax Financial first to win approval to buy majority stake in an Indian bank


  • Value investor Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. won regulatory approval to buy 51 per cent of Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd., marking the first time India’s central bank is allowing a foreign investor to purchase a majority stake in a domestic lender.
  • Catholic Syrian, based in Thrissur in south India’s Kerala state, received notification of the approval Thursday from the Reserve Bank of India, director T.S. Anantharaman said in a phone interview. The 96-year-old Indian lender must now send a list of valuation companies, which can produce an estimate of Catholic Syrian’s worth, to the central bank for their selection before proceeding with discussions, he said Friday.
  • The lender’s board can then negotiate a deal price with the Canadian investment firm based on the valuation report, Catholic Syrian Director S. Santhanakrishnan said by phone. The parties will need to reach a final agreement within three months of the valuation company being chosen, according to Anantharaman.


DCB Bank launches its own mobile wallet Cippy


  • Private sector lender DCB Bank on Friday launched its own mobile and tab based digital wallet Cippy Wallet app to encourage consumers to experience cash free purchases from the mobile phone for day-to-day needs.
  • The app offers a ‘Split-Bill’ feature which allows any payment that is either paid using Cippy Wallet app or other modes such as card or cash can be easily split between groups with a single click on the mobile phone!
  • Cippy enables cash free payments by using the mobile phone camera to scan the mVisa QR code at the retailer or service provider The Cippy Wallet user can scan, select the amount to be paid and use their Cippy password to authorize payment. The digital payment is made to the bank account selected by the shop keeper or service provider while applying for mVisa QR code from their respective bank.


Trial run of India's first 700 MW reactor in 2017

  • The trial run of India's first 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) coming up at Kakrapar is expected to take place in mid-2017, said a senior official of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
  • India's atomic power plant operator NPCIL is building four 700 MW PHWRs—two each at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) in Rajasthan.
  • The project cost for the two 700 MW units is around Rs 11,500 crore, Kumar said.
  • For NPCIL that has been building 220 MW and 540 MW pressurised heavy water reactors, it is a major jump to go in for 700 MW PHWRs.
  • Concrete was first poured in November 2010 for the 3rd unit at KAPS and in March 2011 for the fourth unit.
  • According to Pathak work at the 7th and 8th units (700 MW) at RAPS are also progressing well with the erection of major components.


India –

India’s first AYUSH university to be set up in Kurukshetra village


  • India's first AYUSH university will be set up in Kurukshetra's Fattupur village as the local panchayat has donated 100 acres for the purpose. AYUSH is the acronym for alternative medicine streams ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy.
  • Thanesar MLA Subhash Sudha said a proposal has been sent to the government and the process to start the university just awaits President's signed notification. He further said the proposal of land has already been accepted by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and health minister Anil Vij and the work was expected to start in a few weeks.
  • Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College (SKGAC) is already operational in Sector 8, Kurukshetra, and would continue at the same place. AYUSH University will be established in Fattupur, which is about 5km from SKGAC.
  • The Union government had released grant-in-aid of Rs 3 crore under the centrally sponsored scheme for quality control of ayurvedic drugs for establishment of the laboratory and state ayurvedic pharmacy on SKGAC campus. Though the construction of both buildings was completed in 2008-09 and machinery and equipment were also purchased, these were not put to use.


Gujarat CM dedicates India’s first laser technology-based check-post

  • Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani dedicated India's first laser technology-based advanced AVMS RTO check-post at Shamlaji of Aravalli district on Friday.
  • The check-post is equipped with advanced ray technology with a cost of Rs 4.72 crore.
  • Along with this programme, Rupani also laid foundation stones of various developmental works worth Rs 30 crore in tribal area of Aravalli district.
  • On the occasion Transportation Minister Vallabhbhai Kakadiya said that state government has made 125 people oriented decisions within just 100 days of ruling. We can witness the experience from Shamlaji check-post itself to fulfill the goal of our Chief Minister to make government transparent and corruption-free, he added.
  • Principal Secretary to Transportation Department Vipul Mitra briefed people about the would-be benefits to vehicle owners as initiations of AVMS RTO check-post. While, Commissioner of Transportation Department and Secretary In-charge to Aravalli District RM Jadav gave welcome speech.


India’s first transgender school opens in Kerala


  • India’s first transgender school opened in Kochi on Friday. The school, named Sahaj International, was inaugurated by transgender activist, writer and actor Kalki Subramaniam at Thrikkakara in Kerala’s Ernakulam district.
  • This alternative learning centre works in collaboration with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
  • The school, the first of its kind in the country, is expected to go a long way in ensuring equal opportunities for transgenders who have dropped out from school. The new learning centre will help them continue their education and appear for Class X and XII examinations.


World –

Sorin Grindeanu appointed as Prime Minister of Romania

  • Social-democrat Sorin Grindeanu was on 30 December 2016 named as the Prime Minister of Romania. Romania's President Klaus Iohannis signed the official decree naming Grindeanu as the new Prime Minister.
  • By doing so, Iohannis turned down the appointment of Sevil Shhaideh, an economist who could have become the first female Muslim PM of Romania.
  • He will now face a confidence vote in the Romanian Parliament on his programme and cabinet nominees. Once his appointment is approved, he will be given 10 days to name the government ministers.








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Detailed Official Syllabus of SSC MTS 2016-17


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here is the detailed official syllabus of SSC MTS 2016-17.


Paper-I Questions on ‘General Intelligence and Reasoning’ will be non-verbal considering the functions attached to the post. Questions on Numerical Aptitude and General English will be simple, of a level that an average matriculate will be in a position to answer comfortably. Questions on General Awareness will be also of similar standard.


General Intelligence: It would include questions of non-verbal type. The test will include questions on similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

English Language : Candidates' understanding of the Basics of English Language, its vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and its correct usage, etc. his/her writing ability would be tested.
Numerical Aptitude: This paper will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers, Fundamental arithmetical operations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, use of Tables and Graphs, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time, Time and Work, etc.

General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, and Scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.


Paper-II: The Paper will be set in English and Hindi and to the extent possible in other languages mentioned in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.






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IBPS RRB IV Office Assistant and Officers Scale I IV(held in 2015) Reserve List Result


Hello and welcome to exampundit. IBPS will be releasing the result of IBPS RRB IV Office Assistant and Officers Scale I IV(held in 2015) Reserve List in the late evening.

The links are shared below.

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SSC Multi Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff in Different States and Union Territories 2016-17 - Notification & Application Link


Hello and welcome to exampundit. SSC has released the notification of Multi Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff in Different States and Union Territories 2016.

  1. Application Begin Date - 31.12.2016
  2. Registration End Date - 30.01.2017 (upto 05:00 p.m)
  3. Application End Date - 30.01.2017 (upto 05:00 p.m)
  4. Offline Challan Generation End Date - 25.01.2017 (upto 05:00 p.m)
  5. Date of Examination: 16.04.2017, 30.04.2017, 07.05.2017


AGE LIMIT: 18-25 years as on 01.08.2017 (i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1992 and not later than 01.08.1999)

FEE: RUPEES ONE HUNDRED ONLY( 100/-) Fee is exempted for all Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and ExServicemen, eligible for reservation.

Tentative Vacancies for the Post of Multi-Tasking (Non Technical)Examination,2016 - (REGION WISE)





SCHEME OF THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION AND SYLLABUS The written examination will consist of (Paper-I) objective type paper and (PaperII) descriptive type as shown below :



NOTE-I : Paper-I will consist of Objective Type- Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi. The Commission reserves the right to set the questions additionally in regional languages subject to technical feasibility.
NOTE-II: There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.
NOTE-III: Paper-II will be descriptive in which the candidate will be required to write short essay/letter in English or any language included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.


NOTE-IV: Paper-II will only be of qualifying nature and is intended to test elementary language skills in view of recategorization of the post as Group-C and in view of job requirements.


CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Official notification is here.


Candidates may contact following Regional Help Lines for clarifications, if any, in respect of filling/submitting applications :
(i) SSC(NR), New Delhi - 01164715222, 01165021888, 01124363343, 01124360840
(ii) SSC(CR), Allahabad - 05322460511, 09452424060
(iii) SSC(SR), Chennai - 09445195946, 04428251139
(iv) SSC(WR), Mumbai - 09869730700, 07738422705
(v) SSC(ER), Kolkata - 09477461228, 09477461229
(vi) SSC(MPR) Raipur - 09407921504, 09407921505
(vii) SSC(KKR), Bangalore - 08025502520, 09483862020
(viii) SSC(NWR), Chandigarh - 09915509204, 09915509331
(ix) SSC(NER), Guwahati - 09085073593, 09085015252



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Ask The Mentor - 31st December, 2016


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Current Affairs Update - 30 December, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 30 December, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IPPB PO Mains, NIACL AO Mains and RBI Assistant Mains 2016-17.


Current Affairs at a Glance - 30 December, 2016
  1. Chinese infrastructure and construction major, Pacific Construction Group (CPCG), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat Government's iNDEXTb to invest $ 5.5 billion (approx Rs. 37,000 crore) for developing infrastructure facilities in the State.
  2. Bank of Baroda (BoB) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Heritage Foods (HFL) to provide dairy loans to farmers through the lender’s branches across the country. BoB and HFL will work jointly to provide dairy loans to the farmers which will benefit them in increasing their productivity and earnings under allied activities.
  3. The Centre has appointed Archana Nigam as the next Controller General of Accounts in the Finance Ministry.
  4. J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, on 29 December 2016 launched Swachh Swasth Sarvatra in New Delhi.
  5. Venezuela's oldest daily newspaper, El Impulso, a sharp critic of President Nicolas Maduro, is halting production because of a paper shortage, its publisher said today.
  6. China on 28 December 2016 successfully launched two high-resolution remote sensing satellites SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 with an aim to get commercial images.
  7. Beipanjiang Bridge, the world’s highest bridge that connects the province of Guizhou and Yunnan in the remote mountainous part of China was opened to traffic on 29 December 2016. The bridge spans 1850 feet (564 meters) above a gorge over the Beipan River.
  8. Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, mother of actress Carrie Fisher, passed away on 28 December 2016 following a brief illness. She was 84.


Finance/Banking –

China's Pacific Construction Group inks $5.5-bn MoU with Gujarat govt


  • Chinese infrastructure and construction major, Pacific Construction Group (CPCG), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat Government's iNDEXTb to invest $ 5.5 billion (approx Rs. 37,000 crore) for developing infrastructure facilities in the State.
  • The MoU was signed by Pacific Construction Group Chairman Yan Hao and iNDEXTb Managing Director Rajkumar Beniwal in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, in Gandhinagar.
  • The Chinese company is keen to invest in the areas of infrastructure sector, knowledge sharing, education innovations, GIFT City and iCreate through the MoU. Pacific Construction Group is positioned among the world's top 100 construction companies.
  • A government statement said that Pacific Construction Group will be provided all support in connection with the necessary permissions, infrastructure facilities and incentives to implement its projects under the MoU.


Bank of Baroda inks MoU with HFL to provide dairy loans to farmers


  • Bank of Baroda (BoB) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Heritage Foods (HFL) to provide dairy loans to farmers through the lender’s branches across the country. BoB and HFL will work jointly to provide dairy loans to the farmers which will benefit them in increasing their productivity and earnings under allied activities.
  • Heritage Foods is in the business of procurement, processing and sale of milk and milk products.
  • Bank of Baroda is a pioneer in various customer centric initiatives in the Indian banking sector. The Bank offers products and services such as deposits, loans, credit & debit cards, demat services, remittances, ECS (electronic clearing services), government business, etc.


Appointments –

Archana Nigam is new Controller General of Accounts


  • The Centre has appointed Archana Nigam as the next Controller General of Accounts in the Finance Ministry.
  • Prior to this appointment, Nigam was involved in the critical task of setting up of the accounting framework for the GST regime to be launched by Government in next financial year.
  • Nigam, who is expected to assume charge as CGA on Monday, has been appointed in the place of M.J.Joseph, who is to superannuate on Saturday.


India –

Union Government launches Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative


  • J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, on 29 December 2016 launched Swachh Swasth Sarvatra in New Delhi.
  • The programme was launched to commemorate Good Governance Day. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to achieve better health outcomes through improved sanitation and increased awareness and healthy lifestyles.

Key highlights of Swachh Swasth Sarvatra
  • The Swachh Swasth Sarvatra is a part of the Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • The initiative is focused on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change along with achieving open defecation-free India by 2019.
  • The initiative incorporates three components.


World –

Venezuela's oldest daily shuts over paper shortage

  • Venezuela's oldest daily newspaper, El Impulso, a sharp critic of President Nicolas Maduro, is halting production because of a paper shortage, its publisher said today.
  • Founded in 1904, the paper will suspend publication from Saturday because the state company charged with importing paper has stopped delivering its orders, publisher Carlos Eduardo Carmona said.
  • The paper's editor-in-chief, Juan Carmona, told AFP it would give employees a holiday through mid-January.
  • If no paper is received by then, the company will shut its print edition and maintain only its website — but will not back off its critical line on the socialist government, he said.
  • El Impulso is a regional paper based in the western city of Barquisimeto.


China launches remote sensing satellites SuperView-1 01 and 02

  • China on 28 December 2016 successfully launched two high-resolution remote sensing satellites SuperView-1 01 and SuperView-1 02 with an aim to get commercial images.
  • These satellites were launched on-board of Long March 2D rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province.
  • These satellites will provide commercial images at 0.5-meter resolution.
  • They will be used for scientific purposes as well as on a commercial basis.


China operationalises world's longest bullet train line

  • China in the last week of December 2016 commenced operations of Shanghai-Kunming line, one of the world's longest high-speed railways.
  • The link joins the prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwestern part of the country.
  • The launch of the Shanghai-Kunming line signifies that China’s high-speed rail grid has taken shape and connects almost all provinces on the Chinese mainland.
  • The line is a part of the China Railway High-speed’s system of high-speed rail corridors, beginning in Shanghai and ending in Kunming.


Beipanjiang Bridge, 'world's highest bridge' standing 1850ft above a gorge opens


  • Beipanjiang Bridge, the world’s highest bridge that connects the province of Guizhou and Yunnan in the remote mountainous part of China was opened to traffic on 29 December 2016. The bridge spans 1850 feet (564 meters) above a gorge over the Beipan River.
  • Build at an expense of about USD 146.7 million dollars Beipanjiang Bridge will help in reducing the road travel time between Xuianwei to Liupanshui from five hours to two.
  • As per reports, the bridge surpassed the 1837-foot-tall Sidu River Bridge for its world record title.


Obituaries –

Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds passes away

  • Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, mother of actress Carrie Fisher, passed away on 28 December 2016 following a brief illness. She was 84.
  • Her death came just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, who died on 27 December 2016 following a heart attack.











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Friday, December 30, 2016

LIVE Q&A - General Awareness and Computer for IBPS Clerk VI Mains


Hello and welcome to exampundit. As promised, here is the LIVE Q&A Page for the General Awareness and Computer Awareness discussions for IBPS Clerk VI Mains Exam.

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3 Important Last Minute Tips for IBPS Clerk VI Mains


Hello and welcome to exampundit. We have listed down 3 Important Last Minute Tips for IBPS Clerk VI Mains.

1. Cut-off and Safe Attempts: One should always aim high while attempting. However, it is not possible for one to attempt 200 marks just to be on the "safe side". So, what should be your target? What can be the cut-off?

Since IBPS Clerk selects statewise, the cut-off will solely depend on the state you have selected in Clerk.

If the vacancy is low and number of applicant is very high(presumably), you have to attempt as much as possible.

On the other hand, if you state is having good number of vacancies, and it does not matter, if the applicants are good in numbers, since it is mains exam, you should attempt 75-80% with full accuracy.

These are some basic logics which you can use to "predict" or "attempt" but IT IS RECOMMENDED, NOT TO THINK OR STRESS ABOUT CUT-OFF. Focus and Give your BEST SHOT.


2. Do Not Compare With Last Year: You should never compare any exam with its previous year. Firstly, because the number of aspirants are different, the aspirants are different, the exam standard has changed. So it is totally a waste of time if you compare and try to predict this year.

Moreover, IBPS Clerk did not have any sectional timings in 2015-16, which makes 2016-17 a total stranger.


3. Take a deep breath now and then: Everyone panics. Everyone is tensed about their exam. So it is not bad if you take a little time out to respawn(gamers will get it). During the examination, you have to keep yourself calm and JUST FOCUS on the examination. Not the outcome, not the previous results. Just the examination. Because, thinking does not do miracles, our actions do.

Wish you all the very best for IBPS Clerk VI Mains and a Happy New Year!!


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Ask The Mentor - 30 December, 2016


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Current Affairs Update - 28 and 29 December, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the important Current Affairs of 28 and 29 December, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IPPB PO Mains, NIACL AO Mains and RBI Assistant Mains 2016-17.


Current Affairs at a Glance - 28 and 29 December, 2016
  1. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has decided to team-up with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to further promote digital payments among the retail community.
  2. The Odisha Government in third week of December 2016 named the Rs 7600 crore Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme after freedom fighter Parbati Giri.
  3. The Union Ministry of Water Resources on 29 December 2016 announced a roadmap for early completion of Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP).
  4. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in December 2016 approved USD 235 million for the Bihar Rural Roads Project.
  5. The Committee on Digital Payments headed by Ratan P Watal in December 2016 submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Finance.
  6. Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on 26 December 2016 inaugurated Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) in New Delhi.
  7. India and Bhutan in December 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for extending technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering.
  8. Seeking to make India a hub of international arbitration and to accelerate the system of alternate dispute resolution, the government today set up a high level committee to recommend ways to make arbitration more efficient. The committee will be headed by retired Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna. It will submit its report in 90 days.
  9. Haryana government today signed a memorandum of understanding with Andhra Pradesh to assist it compile a centralised database of its population to ensure efficient and effective implementation of welfare programmes.
  10. The Union Health Ministry in collaboration with All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) will set up a National Death Registry encompassing data about deaths and their causes in all the hospitals across the country. The announcement was made on 27 December 2016.
  11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 December 2016 laid the foundation stone of Char Dham Highway Development Project in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. These highways will be built at an approximate cost of Rs 12,000 crore.
  12. Viral V Acharya was on 28 December 2016 appointed as the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He is a professor of economics at New York University.
  13. The Jammu and Kashmir government on 28 December 2016 cleared the appointment of Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Special DG, Coordination and Law and Order, as new Director General of Police. Vaid, the 1986 batch Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of J&K cadre, will hold the office until October 2019.
  14. Former IAS officer Anil Baijal is all set to be appointed as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
  15. Meghalaya will host the 2022 National Games, which will coincide with the state’s 50 years of statehood. The state had pledged 5 crore rupees as the bid amount for the game. The next Nation Games will be hosted by Goa in November 2017.
  16. India’s Test captain Virat Kohli on 27 December 2016 was named Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year.
  17. Renowned Rajasthani litterateur Satya Narayan was on 26 December 2016 chosen for the 26th Bihari Puraskar 2016 by K K Birla Foundation. This was the 26th year of the award.
  18. Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars movie, passed away on 27 December 2016 following a cardiac arrest. She was 60. She is survived by her mother, daughter and beloved French bulldog, Gary.



Finance/Economy –

MeitY teams up with CAIT to train retail merchants for Digital Payments


  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has decided to team-up with Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to further promote digital payments among the retail community.
  • As many as 1 crore shopkeepers in about 1,000 towns of the country will be trained on digital payments under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between MeitY and CAIT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Electronics and IT Minister, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
  • Prasad said that there was no timeline for completing the training (raise awareness level and increase adoption) of 1 crore shopkeepers.
  • Meanwhile, Prasad also announced that MeitY rural Common Service Centre (CSC) through its outreach campaign ‘Digidhan Abhiyan’ has enrolled over 1 crore rural citizens for digital payments since its launch earlier this month.
  • Over 3 lakh merchants have started offering digital payment options to rural customers across various districts and blocks in rural India, Prasad added.


Odisha names Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme after freedom fighter Parbati Giri

  • The Odisha Government in third week of December 2016 named the Rs 7600 crore Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme after freedom fighter Parbati Giri.
  • The State Cabinet took the decision to mark respect for Giri’s contribution to the freedom movement and service to the poor and needy.
  • The government approved tender for 13 Mega Lift Irrigation Schemes with a total command area of 19400 hectares in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts of the state.


Union Government announced roadmap for early completion of PMKSY & AIBP

  • The Union Ministry of Water Resources on 29 December 2016 announced a roadmap for early completion of Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP).

Highlights of Roadmap
  • The roadmap is aimed at early completion of 99 identified projects under PMKSY and AIBP.
  • Out of these 99 projects, 23 projects were categorised as Priority-I projects which will be completed by April 2017.
  • Another 31 projects were identified as Priority-II projects which will be completed by April 2018.
  • The remaining 45 projects were classified as Priority-III projects which will be completed by December 2019.
  • Out of the 99 AIBP projects, Maharashtra has 26 projects. While Andhra Pradesh has eight projects, Gujarat has only one project.
  • Seven projects of Maharashtra are - Waghur, Bawanthadi (IS), Lower Dudhna, Tillari, Lower Wardha, Lower Panzara and Nandur Madhmeshwar. They are in priority-I category. The remaining 19 projects of the State are under the priority-II category.

About Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
  • The scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet in July 2015 with an outlay of Rs 50000 crore.
  • Its primary objective is to improve convergence among existing water harvesting schemes in order to improve water usage efficiency.
  • It is implemented over a five-year period till April 2020.

About Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme
  • The scheme was launched by the Union Government in 1996-97 to provide Central Loan Assistance (CLA) to states for executing irrigation projects.
  • The primary objective of the programme is to accelerate the implementation of major and medium irrigation projects which were beyond resource capability of the states or were in advanced stage of completion.


World Bank approves USD 235 million for Bihar Rural Roads Project


  • The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in December 2016 approved USD 235 million for the Bihar Rural Roads Project.
  • The project aims at improving and effectively managing Bihar’s rural road network. It will also suggest better contract management practices to avoid time and cost over-runs. It will also propose better contract management practices to avoid time and cost over-runs.
  • The fund will support the construction of about 2500 km of rural roads under the Mukhiya Mantri Gram Sampark Yojana (MMGSY).
  • The roads under the project will be constructed using cost-effective designs and will also incorporate engineering measures that ensure road safety.

Key highlights of the project
  • After the completion of the project, around 1.2 million people will be able to access all-weather road. A majority of these people belong to the poor and vulnerable sections of society.
  • 30% of the people, who will benefit from the project, live below the poverty line and about 48% of them are women.
  • The project will also create direct employment of about 20 million person days for local labourers through a rural road construction and maintenance program.
  • Under the project, climate resilient and cost-effective engineering designs will be used. Local materials and industrial by-products will be used to construct the roads.
  • It will also use the alluvial sand that gathers on large tracts of farmable land after floods. It is expected that the step will save more than 25% in construction costs for rural roads.


Ratan P Watal Committee on Digital Payments submitted report to Government

  • The Committee on Digital Payments headed by Ratan P Watal in December 2016 submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Finance.
  • The committee was formed by the Union Government to suggest measures for increasing digital financial transactions across the country. 
Accordingly, it has suggested the following recommendations in its report.
  • Make regulation of payments independent from the purview of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • Update the current Payments and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.
  • Promote digital payments and receipts within Government.
  • Create a fund proposed as DIPAYAN from savings generated from cash-less transactions.
  • Create a ranking and reward framework to encourage and recognise government agencies who lead the efforts on enabling digital payments.
  • Consider outsourcing the operations of payment systems like Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT).
  • Upgrade payment systems like RTGS and NEFT to operate on a 24x7 basis in the due course of time.
  • Allow non-bank payment service providers (PSPs) to directly access payment systems.
  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) should be made payments centric in its ownership and objectives.
  • Enable payments to be inter-operable between bank and non-banks as well as within non-banks.
  • Create a formal mechanism to enable innovations and new business models.
  • Implement other measures to promote digital payments.


Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Sagarmala Development Company in New Delhi


  • Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on 26 December 2016 inaugurated Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) in New Delhi.
  • The incorporation of Sagarmala Development Company is a part of the ambitious Sagarmala Programme of the Union Government.
  • The programme aims to harness India’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes.
  • The main objective of the company is to identify port-led development projects under the Sagarmala Programme.
  • It would also aim to increase the scope of private sector participation in project development.
  • The company provides equity support for the Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up by the ports, state, central ministries.


India, Bhutan signed MoU for technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering

  • India and Bhutan in December 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for extending technical cooperation in infrastructure engineering.
  • The MoU was signed between the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) of India and Bhutan’s Department of Engineering Services in Thimpu.

Under the MoU, the CPWD will assist Bhutan in –
  • Promoting sustainability in the built environment
  • Capacity building through training of Bhutanese manpower
  • Benchmarking in building and road sectors
  • Besides, the CPWD also deploy engineering experts in Bhutan to achieve the above objectives.


CCEA approves Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 28 December 2016 approved Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affected Areas, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme aimed at improving the rural road connectivity in the worst LWE affected districts. 
  • This project will be implemented as a vertical under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Highlights of the Project
  • The construction or upgradation of 5411.81 km road and 126 bridges will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 11724.53 crore.
  • The fund sharing pattern of LWE road project will be same as that of PMGSY that is in the ratio of 60:40 between the Union Government and State Government.
  • However, the fund sharing will be in the ratio of 90:10 for eight North Eastern and three Himalayan States (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand).


India –

Govt sets up Justice B N Srikrishna committee to recommend ways to make arbitration more efficient


  • Seeking to make India a hub of international arbitration and to accelerate the system of alternate dispute resolution, the government today set up a high level committee to recommend ways to make arbitration more efficient.
  • The committee will be headed by retired Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna. It will submit its report in 90 days.
  • The minister said the government has been taking legislative and administrative initiatives on arbitration with an aim of minimising court intervention, bring down costs, fix time lines for expeditious disposal, and ensure neutrality of arbitrator and enforcement of awards.
  • The mandate of the panel will be to analyse and review effectiveness of present arbitration mechanism, the facilities, resources, funding and manpower of existing ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution) institutions.
  • It will also examine the institutions funded by the Centre for arbitration purposes and assess skill gaps in ADR and allied institutions for both national and international arbitration.
  • The committee will also evaluate information outreach and efficacy of existing legal framework for arbitration.


Haryana signs MoU with Andhra to prepare citizen database


  • Haryana government today signed a memorandum of understanding with Andhra Pradesh to assist it compile a centralised database of its population to ensure efficient and effective implementation of welfare programmes.
  • The MoU for State Resident Data Base (SRDB) was signed by Haryana Principal Secretary, Information Technology Devender Singh and Secretary Andhra Pradesh, Information Technology, Vijayen. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Andhra's N Chandra Babu Naidu were present during the signing of the MoU at Andhra Bhawan here.
  • Andhra already has a database of this sort. It's described as a comprehensive portal for managing demographic (name, gender, age, photograph and address) and biometric information for facilitating "Unique ID" based identity authentication.


Health Ministry, AIIMS to set up National Death Registry

  • The Union Health Ministry in collaboration with All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) will set up a National Death Registry encompassing data about deaths and their causes in all the hospitals across the country. The announcement was made on 27 December 2016.

Highlights of the National Death Registry
  • The aim behind setting up of this registry is to have a nationwide database about the causes of deaths occurring in hospitals in various regions of India.
  • It will help the policy makers in having a better understanding of disease outbreaks so as to optimise the resources and healthcare facilities in respective regions.
  • AIIMS already implemented the pilot version of the death registry with the unique feature of having a coding system called the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).
  • AIIMS will be the technical as well as the implementing partner of this programme.


Union Cabinet approved ratification of ISA Framework Agreement

  • The Union Cabinet on 28 December 2016 gave its ex-post facto approval for ratification of ISA’s Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance (ISA) by India.
  • The approval was given at a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

What is International Solar Alliance?
  • It is an alliance of 121 nations that are primarily situated between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn launched on 30 November 2015.
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was jointly launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and France President Francois Hollande in Paris on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) of the United Nations climate change conference (UNFCCC).
  • It is considered as first international and inter-governmental organization mooted by India.

What are the functions of International Solar Alliance?
  • It tries to improve living standards by facilitating greater access to energy.
  • The ISA works with partner countries to formulate projects and programmes to accelerate development and deployment of existing clean solar energy technologies.
  • It also develops innovative financial mechanisms to reduce cost of capital.
  • It is also instrumental in spreading knowledge about solar energy through knowledge e-portal.


PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Char Dham Highway Development Project


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 December 2016 laid the foundation stone of Char Dham Highway Development Project in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • The primary objective of the programme is to develop all-weather roads leading to Char Dham - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.

Highlights of Char Dham Highway Development Project
  • It is also called as the Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna.
  • It is a part of the Union Government’s National Highway Connectivity Improvement Programme for Char Dham in Uttarakhand.
  • Char Dham Highway Development Project is an ambitious initiative to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres in the Himalayas.
  • Under the project, 900 km of national highways will be developed.
  • These highways will be built at an approximate cost of Rs 12,000 crore.
  • The all-weather roads will have tunnels, bridges and fly-overs to enhance road safety and uninterrupted access.


Appointments –

Viral V Acharya appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI


  • Viral V Acharya was on 28 December 2016 appointed as the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He is a professor of economics at New York University.
  • He will be joining the ranks of Vishwanathan, S S Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four Deputy Governors of RBI. He will be serving under RBI Governor Urjit Patel.


SP Vaid appointed as Director General of J&K police


  • The Jammu and Kashmir government on 28 December 2016 cleared the appointment of Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Special DG, Coordination and Law and Order, as new Director General of Police. Vaid, the 1986 batch Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of J&K cadre, will hold the office until October 2019.
  • He will succeed DGP K Rajendra, whose extended term of service will end on 31 December 2016. Kumar was appointed as DGP of J&K in May 2014 and later was given an extension of three months during the unrest that occurred in the valley after killing of a militant named Burhan Wani.
  • His appointment was approved at a cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
  • He is the second officer from Jammu to have risen to the post of Director General of Police. MM Khajuria was the first person from Jammu to hold the position. He held the position in 1985.


Anil Baijal to be appointed 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi


  • Former IAS officer Anil Baijal is all set to be appointed as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. The approval for his appointment was given on 28 December 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee.
  • Baijal will succeed Najeeb Jung, who resigned from the post of Delhi LG on 22 December 2016. Jung had resigned 18 months short of his tenure.


Soli J Sorabjee re-elected as President of India International Centre

  • Former attorney general Soli J Sorabjee was on 26 December 2016 re-elected as the President of the India International Centre (IIC), a prestigious cultural institution. He was appointed for a period of five years with effect from 1 January 2017.
  • The Board of Directors of IIC unanimously elected Sorabjee for a second consecutive term while recognising his services in achieving the objectives of IIC.


Sports –

Meghalaya to host 2022 National Games


  • Meghalaya will host the 2022 National Games, which will coincide with the state’s 50 years of statehood. The state had pledged 5 crore rupees as the bid amount for the game.
  • With this, Meghalaya will become the third north-eastern state after Manipur and Assam to host the National Games.
  • The news was announced on 27 December 2016 in the meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) meeting held in Chennai. The IOA accepted Meghalaya's bid to host the National Games overshadowing four other bidders, which were Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Chhattisgargh and Uttarakhand.
  • The IOA accepted Meghalaya's bid to host the 2022 National Games following the successful South Asian Games, which was co-hosted by Shillong and Guwahati earlier in 2016.
  • The next Nation Games will be hosted by Goa in November 2017.


Samit Gohel broke 117-year-old record in first-class cricket


  • Samit Gohel, the Ranji player from Gujarat, who scored 359 not out runs in Ranji Trophy quarterfinal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has broken the 117-year-old record in first-class cricket. He was able to create the world record with 45 boundaries and one six in 723 balls.
  • Samit remained not out in his team’s score of 641, which was the highest first-class score for team Gujarat. With this score, Gujarat was able to enter into the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy. It defeated the Ranji team of Odisha.
  • One of his teammates Priyank Panchal has been the top scorer in this season's Ranji Trophy.
  • Samit, 26, registered the highest first-class 359 while carrying the bat in a match against Odisha at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. With his score, he also broke the first-class record held by an Englishman, Bobby Abel. Surrey’s Bobby Abel scored 357 against Somerset way back in 1899 at the Oval.
  • While Hanif Mohammed’s score of 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket.


Virat Kohli chosen Cricket Australia’s ODI Captain of Year

  • India’s Test captain Virat Kohli on 27 December 2016 was named Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year.
  • Kohli was earlier also picked as the Captain of the ICC’s ODI team of the year.
  • Cricket Australia stated that Kohli played only 10 one-day matches in 2016; however, he underlined his status as one of the best in the 50-over format. He scored back-to-back centuries against Australia in January 2016 and then a 154 against New Zealand, which was more than half of his team's total. At present, he averages an incredible 90.10 in 59 successful run chases for India.


Indian Olympic Association appoints Suresh Kalmadi, Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on 27 December 2016 appointed Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as its life presidents.
  • The IOA unanimously appointed the Kalmadi and Chautala to the post during its Annual General Meeting in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • A life president of IOA is an honorary post with no voting rights or involvement in day-to-day functioning of the body. In its 89-year old history, IOA has had 12 presidents, including the current incumbent N Ramachandran.


Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic announces retirement

  • Serbian professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic on 28 December 2016 announced retirement from tennis at the age of 29.
  • Ivanovic announced her retirement in a video in which she stated that she no longer feels fit enough to compete at the highest level.
  • The tennis player is the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam tournament.


World –

Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Chashma-III nuclear power plant

  • Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 28 December 2016 inaugurated Chashma-III nuclear power plant near Mianwali in Punjab Province.
  • The inauguration of the plant not only alleviates the load shedding problems in Punjab Province, but also helps Pakistan in achieving the commitments under the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
  • As per the INDCs that are submitted by Pakistan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), use of non-fossil fuel based energy sources will be encouraged in the country.


Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe seeks reconciliation with US at Pearl Harbour

  • In a landmark moment, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and President of the United States Barack Obama visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to offer condolences to the victims of the surprise Japanese bombing on US naval base 75 years ago.
  • The meeting of the two leaders at the memorial site was another move towards reconciliation.

Key Highlights
  • Both the leaders used the ceremony to encourage their citizens to reconcile and move forward. 
  • Though Abe did not apologise for the attack, he did offer his most sincere and everlasting condolences to the victims and stated that Japan had taken a solemn vow to never wage a war ever again.
  • Abe also visited the USS Arizona Memorial, which was built in 1962 in the memory of the American sailors and Marines who lay buried in the wreckage of the battleship, sunk by the Japanese during the attack.


Nepal rejects India’s 'Open Sky’ offer


  • Nepal rejected India’s ‘open sky’ proposal at a meeting held at New Delhi on 20 December 2016. The proposal was to allow unlimited flights between the two countries.
  • Nepal explained its decision by saying that it was not ready for the agreement and might consider it two years later. Currently, airlines of both the nations are allowed to operate only 30000 seats from each side.
  • India and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint technical committee, which will be responsible for looking into Nepal’s request for developing new air routes and entry points at its Bhairahawa, Janakpur and Nepalgunj airports. 
  • The committee would convene in the first week of February 2017 to check the feasibility of the requested routes.


Awards & Honors –

Rajasthani writer Satya Narayan selected for 2016 Bihari Puraskar

  • Renowned Rajasthani litterateur Satya Narayan was on 26 December 2016 chosen for the 26th Bihari Puraskar 2016 by K K Birla Foundation. This was the 26th year of the award.
  • He was chosen for his Hindi book titled Yeh Ek Dunia which was published in 2010. His novel Yeh Ek Dunia depicts the various circumstances of life in contemporary world. 
  • The book attempts to enter the unseen aspects where human experiences and conscience are more important than life situations of contemporary time zone.


Obituaries –

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher passes away


  • Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars movie, passed away on 27 December 2016 following a cardiac arrest. She was 60. She is survived by her mother, daughter and beloved French bulldog, Gary.
  • Escaping Hollywood in 1973, Fisher enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London to study acting.
  • In 1975, she made her film debut in the Warren Beatty-lead movie Shampoo.
  • Throughout the 1990s, Fisher focused on her writing career and published Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma.
  • She also crafted the scripts for numerous Hollywood films like The Wedding Singer, Hook and Sister Act, etc.


Sunderlal Patwa, the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, died

  • Sunderlal Patwa, the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, died at a private hospital in Bhopal on 28 December 2016. He was 92.
  • The veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and two-times chief minister of Madhya Pradesh is considered as a political mentor of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.


Astronomer Vera Rubin, who confirmed dark matter, passes away

  • Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin passed away on 25 December 2016. She was 88.
  • Rubin, who helped discover evidence of dark matter, passed away due to natural causes.







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