Daily Current Affairs – 23rd December 2014
- Today’s observed as HumanLight in United States. HumanLight is a modern invention, created to provide a specifically Humanist celebration near Christmas and the northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice. It was established by the New Jersey Humanist Network and began with a single event in Verona, New Jersey in 2001.
- Today’s observed as The Emperor’s birthday in Japan. Emperor Akihito was born on this date in 1933. A public ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace, where the gates of the palace are opened to public traffic. It is usually off limits to the public. The Emperor, accompanied by Empress Michiko and several other members of the Imperial family, appears on a palace balcony to acknowledge the birthday congratulations of crowds of festive well-wishers waving tiny Japanese flags.
- Today’s observed as Festivus in Christmas season. Its significance is A holiday celebrated by those seeking an alternative to the commercialism and pressures of the Christmas holiday season and celebrations with Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength, the aluminum pole, Festivus dinner, Festivus miracles. Festivus was conceived by editor and author Daniel O’Keefe and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. In the original O’Keefe tradition, the holiday would take place in response to family tension, “any time from December to May”. The word Festivus in this sense was coined by O’Keefe, and according to him the name “just popped into my head”. The English word festive derives from Latin “festivus”, which in turn derives from festus “joyous; holiday, feast day”.
- Today’s observed as children’s day in Sudan on the occasion of the birthday of North Sudan’s “greatest child” according to tribal mythology.
- Today’s observed as Birthday of HM Queen Silvia in Sweden. On this day official flag day issued by Government of Sweden. The Flag of Sweden is flown on all public flag poles and buildings. Hoisting of the Swedish flag on private flag poles on these days is also strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.
- Today’s observed as Islami Jamiat Talaba founded in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. It is the male wing of an organization of students influenced mainly by the works of Late Syed Abul-Ala Maududi. It is an Islamic organization whose stated mission is to preach Islam to students of modern institutions throughout Pakistan. It was founded on 23 December 1947 in Lahore, and is one of the oldest student organizations in Pakistan. Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba is not based on language and ethnic origin. The feminine counterpart, with the same ideology but with a separate structure and organisation, is known as Islami Jamiat-e-Talibaat.
- Today’s result of election in Jammu & Kashmir, PDP was in a pole position to form the government, but the party appeared to be keeping all options open like the BJP which has won 25 seats, all in the Jammu region, recording its best performance in the state. National Conference got secured only 19 seats and the government Congress slipped to the fourth position getting 12 seats.
- Today’s result of election in Jharkhand, BJP get 43 seats and becomes the largest party in election and in other aspect JMM got 18, JVM-P got eight, Congress got six and others in the result of all 64 seats.
- President of Egypt Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi ratified the Electoral Constituencies’ law by paved the way for parliamentary elections of 2015. He also announced to hold parliamentary elections before the end of March 2015.
- Section 309 Indian Penal Code (IPC) was decided to remove this Section by Union Home Ministry, thus decriminalizing attempt to suicide now suicide will not be taken as criminal offence. Under this section who attempts to suicide will be treated as criminal offence and person who charged with section 309 of IPC will face up to one year in prison and a fine.
- Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that Gujarat will host 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) from 7 January 2015 to 9 January 2015. It will mark the 100th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa. It is an event which celebrates the achievements of Indians living abroad. The chief guest would be Guyana President Donald Ramotar. The youth segment of PBD will be inaugurated with the theme Bharat ko jano and Bharat ko mano
- The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has proposed sweeping changes in practices that are more than half-a-century old as it looks to widen the social security net by bringing more people into its fold besides encouraging the regularisation of low income, blue-collar workers. It has suggested that the compulsory 12 per cent of salary paid by employees to EPFO be reduced or even waived for a certain period and in addition the labour ministry has proposed scrapping schedule I of the law governing EPFO, thus widening its scope to every establishment employing 10 or more people, down from 20 or more now. It’s also looking to moderate the powers of scrutiny of its officers, set up an appellate committee and establish a multi-member tribunal to address grievances of EPFO subscribers.
- Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) with aimed at development of tourism and job creation because India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritages have a huge potential of tourism and for conserving and preserving the heritage characters of 12 cities which are as follows: Amritsar, Ajmer, Amaravati, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal.
- 4 Rail Connectivity’s identified along India China Border by Defence Minister as a part of First phase. These routes were North Lakhipur- Bame- Silapathar around 249 KM, Pasighat – Tezu- Rupai around 227 KMs, Bilaspur – Manali- Leh around 498 KMs and Missamari – Tenga- Tawang around 378 KMs.
- Ford Credit India was given license by RBI to operate as a non-banking financial company (NBFC) which makes it important news among banking current affairs. It is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Credit Company.
- Shyam Srinivasan was appointed as Chairman of the reconstituted Indian Bank’s Association committee on Member Private Sector Banks for 2014-15.
- Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany signed an agreement to hold new round of peace talks on Ukraine with the latest attempt to negotiate a settlement to the conflict that has badly strained the ties between Russia and West. In this involve negotiators from Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
- Inaugural Edition of Dubai Open Golf Championship Title won by Arjun Atwal.
- The World Trade Center India Services Council (WTCIS) and National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) signed an agreement to promote and develop small businesses in the country.
- Honda Cars India Ltd from Japan has approached the Gujarat government with a proposal to set up a car manufacturing plant near Vithalapur village in Ahmedabad district with an investment of over Rs 1,000 crore. Car makers like Tata, Ford, Maruti have already invested in the state.
- Malik Ishaq, dreaded chief of banned LeJ that has carried out attacks on minority Shias and the mastermind of the assault on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, has been released after three years in jail with the Pakistan government not seeking an extension of his detention.
- Competition Commission is probing alleged unfair business practices of public sector general insurance companies, following a complaint filed against them by Association of Third Party Administrators (ATPA) against the General Insurers (Public Sector) Association of India (GIPSA), public sector general insurance companies and the central government.
- Public sector banks have written off loans worth Rs 1,06,170 crore in the last 5 years. The loans written off/compromised by PSU banks soared from Rs 20,752 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 32,992 crore in 2012-13 and further to Rs 42,447 crore in 2013-14 and in reply Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said a total of 1,600 willful defaulters (non-suit filed accounts) of Rs 25 lakh and above as on March 31, 2014, have been declared by the banks.”
- Ahead of Delhi Assembly polls, government set up a committee to examine the possibility of constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retired) G P Mathur for reinvestigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases with the significance as 2,733 victims of the total 3,325 victims of anti-Sikh riots belonged to the national capital. It will submit its report within three months.
- British rock singer Joe Cocker died on 22 December 2014 in the US state of Colorado following the lung cancer. He was 70.
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