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Daily GK Current Affairs viable of 16th December 2021

Daily GK Current Affairs News viable of 16th December 2021. – Here is the Regular current affairs viable of 16th December 2021 covering the following news headlines: 50th Vijay Diwas, Maa Umiya Dham Development Project, Mission Shakti Living Lab, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary, Axis Bank.

Daily Current Affairs update are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for competitive exams. Daily Current Affairs Update is the complete box of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about banking terms, current affairs news, etc.

So, here is the GK update of 16th December 2021 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt current affairs quiz.

Here current affairs have been categorized which is as follows

  • National News
  • State News
  • Banking News
  • Business News
  • Sports News
  • Important Days
  • Miscellaneous News

National News

  1. Govt laid foundation stone for Maa Umiya Dham Development Project in Gujarat
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone of Umiya Mata Dham temple and temple complex under Maa Umiya Dham Development Project at Umiya Complex at Sola in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • These will be developed on 74 thousand square yards of land at a cost of 1500 crores. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended and addressed virtually to lay the foundation stone of the project. He described the project as an example of the notion of ‘Sabka Prayas’ (Efforts of all).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Gujarat Capital: Gandhinagar;
  • Gujarat Governor: Acharya Devvrat;
  • Gujarat Chief minister: Bhupendrabhai Patel.
  1. 7th edition of India International Science festival begins in Panaji
  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the seventh edition of the India International Science Festival at Panaji, Goa.
  • The theme of the 4-day science festival is ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – “Celebrating Creativity, Science, Technology and Innovation for a prosperous India”.
  • First India International Science Festival was held in 2015 at IIT Delhi. The main aim of the Science Festival is to bring into use the innovations by the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.

State News

  1. Uttarakhand’s Askot Wildlife Sanctuary declared Eco-Sensitive Zone
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), An area of ​​454.65 square kilometer around the limits of Askot Wildlife Sanctuary in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand has been declared as Askot Wildlife Sanctuary Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ).
  • The notified area extends from 0 to 22 km around Askot Wildlife Sanctuary. Askot Wildlife Sanctuary was established to protect the endangered major species of musk deer and its habitat. Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Musk Deer Park.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Bhupender Yadav.

Banking News

  1. Axis Bank tied up with Swift to provide digital banking solution
  • Axis Bank is collaborating with the new digital services provider SWIFT to provide comprehensive digital solutions to the customers.
  • The Bank is integrating with various digitization initiatives by Government bodies and service providers to provide complete service to business customers.
  • Axis Bank’s B2B (business-to-business) digitization efforts are being supported by SWIFT, a co-operative of global banks that acts as an intermediary between banks and sets standards.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Axis Bank Founded: 3 December 1993;
  • Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai;
  • Axis Bank MD & CEO: Amitabh Chaudhary;
  • Axis Bank Chairperson: Shri Rakesh Makhija.

Business News

  1. Paytm launches EdTech Platform “Paytm Wealth Academy”
  • Paytm, which got listed on the stock exchanges last month, has announced the launch of Paytm Wealth Academy, a technology-driven educational platform. Wealth Academy initially originated on Paytm Money App, a wealth management app owned by Paytm Money, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paytm. Paytm Wealth Academy will be initially available to select users, followed by a complete rollout.
  • The Paytm Wealth Academy will allow users to learn trading and financial concepts at their own pace at their level of comfort. The platform offers a wide catalogue of courses and webinars along with personalized recommendations for users, curated to complement their existing knowledge.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Paytm Founded: August 2010;
  • Paytm Headquarters: Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India;
  • Paytm CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Sports News

  1. India inducts 148 athletes in list of TOPS athletes for 2024 Olympics
  • A total of 148 athletes, including 20 new players in seven Olympic disciplines and six Paralympic disciplines, have been identified for support under the Lakshya Olympic Podium Scheme in a meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • TOP scheme which is an effort to provide support to the top athletes of India. This scheme was launched in 2014.
  • The Mission Olympic Cell approved lists in Cycling, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling as well as Para Sports (Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis). Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Rowing and Tennis will be taken up in the next meeting later this month.

Important Days

  1. Nation Observes 50th Vijay Diwas on 16 December 2021
  • In India, Vijay Diwas (also called Victory Day) is celebrated every year on December 16. The country is celebrating the 50th Vijay Diwas in 2021.
  • Vijay Diwas is observed to commemorate the service, valour, and sacrifices of the gallant men of the Indian Armed Forces’ victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war.
  • On this day, we pay homage to all the soldiers who had defended the nation in the war. The Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 which began on December 3 lasted for 13 days and officially ended on December 16, after which Pakistan surrendered to India.
  • It was on this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General AA Khan Niazi, along with 93 thousand troops, had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of the Indian Army and Mukti Bahini. The end of the war also resulted in the subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
  1. International Tea Day: 15 December

  • International Tea Day is observed every year on December 15 in countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India, and Tanzania. It is the second most used drink in the world after water. For some people, tea is an integral part of life which adds rhythm.
  • China is currently the largest exporter of tea. According to a study conducted by the Tea Board of India in 2007, around 80 per cent of the total tea produced in India is consumed by the domestic population.
  • The first ITD was held in New Delhi in India in 2005. However, in 2015, the Indian government proposed to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to expand International Tea Day across the world. The reason for the UN celebrating May 21 as International Tea Day is that the season of tea production begins in May in most of the tea-producing countries.

Miscellaneous News

  1. UNESCO recognises Kolkata’s Durga Puja as Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • UNESCO has added Durga Puja in Kolkata to its list of intangible cultural heritage for 2021, giving international recognition to the 331-year-old city and the largest religious festival in the state of West Bengal.
  • The UNESCO announcement was welcomed by Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is widely recognized as the biggest patron of the festival.

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