Daily Current Affairs 24th December, 2016
France becomes first country to use drones for national mail service
- France became the first country in the world to use drones for national mail service.
- These mail drones will have a range of 19 km and a top speed of 30.5 kmph. They also have parachutes for safe emergency landing.
The External Affairs Ministry’s launches Twitter Seva
- The External Affairs Ministry’s have launched a new service called Twitter Seva that will enable timely, transparent and large-scale response to citizens’ tweets in real time.
- The Twitter Seva service will be supported by 198 Twitter accounts of Indian missions abroad and 29 regional passport offices.
Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung submits his resignation
- His tenure was scheduled to end in 2018 after he had taken the charge of the office in July 2013. Jung was the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia University.
- He again will be returning to academics.
Amul to invest Rs 200 crore in West Bengal
- Amul,a brand owned by Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union will invest 200 crore rupees with a ‘Centralised Milk Processing Plant’ at Sankrail Food Park in Howrah in West Bengal.
- The proposed plant will manufacture UHT milk, ghee and yoghurt besides normal milk.
Tata Motors shareholders remove Nusli Wadia from board of directors
- Shareholders of Tata Motors have voted to remove independent director Nusli Wadia from the board of directors.
- 20% of the shareholders voted in favour of a resolution moved by Tata Sons to remove Mr Wadia as independent director of Tata Motors. Earlier, Mr Wadia was removed as independent director from the board of Tata Steel.
NITI Aayog launches the National Index for Performance on Health Outcomes
- NITI Aayog aims to nudge States towards transformative action in the Health sector.
- It is meant to capture the annual incremental improvements by States, rather than focus on historical achievements
First 2G (Second Generation) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India to be set up at Bathinda (Punjab)
- The government is planning to set up the country’s first Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery at village Tarkhanwala, Bathinda (Punjab), with an approximate investment of Rs 600 crores.
- Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a Central Government Public Sector Undertaking, is setting up the project.
- Second generation (2G) ethanol draws on previously unused (ligno-) cellulosic plant parts, such as straw or corn cobs. First generation biofuels are made from the sugars and vegetable oils found in arable crops, which can be easily extracted using conventional technology.
Textile Ministry to launch Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre for weavers
- The Ministry of Textiles has decided to establish a “Bunkar Mitra-Handloom Helpline Centre” where professional queries of weavers will be answered by the experts in the field.
- This helpline initially will be provided in 7 languages viz., English, Hindi and 5 other regional languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada Bengali and Assamese.
SCIENCE AND TECH
Flock launches world’s first chat OS Flock, a team messenger for businesses has launched world’s first chat operating system “FlockOS”.
- It allows developers to build customised apps, bots and integrations on Flock.
- It provides setup slash commands, providing an additional option for users to interact with the app.
- Moreover it can also configure a Bot to send directed messages to users, carry on conversations and completing tasks from within Flock.
World’s first solar road opens in France
- The world’s first solar road was opened in the small French village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy.
- The one-kilometre long solar road is made with 30,000 square feet of solar panels. These panels have been covered in a silicon-based resin that allows them to withstand the weight of passing vehicles.
- It can generate enough energy to power street lighting in the village.
- It will be used for a two-year test period to check its standard output.
Indo-Tibetan Police Force inducts yaks at China border
- The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has become the first force in the world to induct yaks for strategically pivotal logistic support duties.
- They will be employed by the ITBP Veterinary Wing which works in the two states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along the Indo-China border.
National Consumer Day:
- The Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution is celebrating the National Consumer Day this year with the theme “Alternate Consumer Disputes Redressal” on 24th December, 2016.
- On this day, the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President.
- The Day is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the national consumer movement and is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers.
Acclaimed Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh to get 2016 Jnanpith Award
- Bengali poet and literary critic Shankha Ghosh will get the Jnanpith Award for 2016.
About Jnanpith Awards
- Instituted -1961.
- The Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”.
- The Bharatiya Jnanpith, a research and cultural institute founded in 1944 by industrialist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain family
- It is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English, with no posthumous conferral.
- As of 2015, the cash prize has been revised to ₹11 lakh .
Mary Kom given AIBA Legends award Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist
- MC Mary Kom was awarded the AIBA Legends award by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).
- Asian Games’ bronze medalist Vikas Krishan Yadav was awarded AIBA Pro Boxing Best Boxer trophy.