December 2016 Key Points: Important for CLAT and BBA Entrance

 UK scientists allow/legalise three-parent babies mitochondrial gene therapy

 India inks Rs 5,000 crore defence deal with US to buy 145 M777 howitzers

 NITI Aayog constitutes Chandrababu Naidu Committee to promote cashless society, digital

 SC makes national anthem mandatory in cinema halls

 Magnus Carlsen wins 2016 Chess Championship title

 UNESCO includes Yoga in Intangible Cultural Heritage list

 TeamIndus to launch India’s first private moon mission in 2017

 President presents 2nd ICCR Indologist award to Prof. Yu Long Yu

 Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland

 UAE-based Indian girl Kehkashan Basu wins 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize

 Mercosur revokes membership of Venezuela

 Usain Bolt, Almaz Ayana crowned 2016 IAAF World Athlete of the year award

 4 December: Navy Day

 7th World Ayurveda Congress held in Kolkata

 Assam’s Hailakandi becomes 1st district to pay cashless transactions wages

 6th Heart of Asia conference held in Amritsar, Punjab

 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passes away

 Amazon launches global startup program ‘Launchpad’ in India.

 Panneerselvam sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

 Joint maritime exercise ‘Konkan 16’ between India and UK begins

 Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A successfully launched

 Renowned journalist Cho S Ramaswamy passes away

 English most powerful language in the world: WEF

 John Glenn, first American to Orbit Earth passes away

 2016 India International Science Festival held in New Delhi

 Tropical Cyclonic Storm Vardah to hit Andhra Pradesh

 India ranks 7th in 2016 Global Terrorism Index

 Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by Anand Sharma seeks transparency in
appointment of judges

 December 10: Human Rights Day

 Rajasthan High Court scraps 5% quota for Gujjars

 Recommendations of Ratan Watal Committee for Digital Payments

 President Pranab Mukherjee launches 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign

 Gotthard Base Tunnel, world’s longest rail tunnel starts regular service

 Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or Award

 Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN Secretary General

 India becomes world’s 4th largest defence spender

 India, Russia bilateral naval exercise Indra Navy 2016 begins

 6th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development begins in New

 Seventh Indo-Maldives joint military exercise EKUVERIN begins

 PM Narendra Modi ranks 9th among world’s most powerful people list of Forbes

 5th India-Arab partnership conference held in Muscat, Oman

 Rio de Janeiro accorded UNESCO world heritage status

 Majuli set to become country’s first ever carbon neutral district

 Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana comes into effect

 Air Marshal BS Dhanoa appointed Air Chief of IAF

 Rajiv Jain appointed as new chief of Intelligence Bureau

 Lt Gen Bipin Rawat appointed Chief of Indian Army Chief

 Anil Dhasmana appointed as new chief of Research and Analysis Wing

 Jammu and Kashmir has no sovereignty: SC

 Union Power Ministry to launch GARV-II Mobile App to monitor rural electrification programme

 World’s first Goat with superfine wool cloned in China

 Union Government forms high-level task force on Indus Water Treaty Government to set up

single tribunal to arbitrate inter-State water disputes

 Madras High Court bans unauthorised Sharia courts in Tamil Nadu

 PM lays foundation stone of country’s first Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur

 India ranks 4th in 2016 Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index

 Researchers develop first Chikungunya Vaccine

 India surpasses Britain to become world’s sixth-largest economy: Forbes magazine

 Long range nuclear-capable subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay testfired

 December 22: National Mathematics Day

 ICICI Bank launches EazyPay app for Merchants

 December 24: National Consumer Day

 Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh chosen for 2016 Jnanpith Award

 6,117 Kuchipudi dancers set new Guinness World Record

 India’s first 2G Ethanol Bio-refinery to be set up in Punjab (Bhatinda)

 Scientists develops first Biological Pacemaker using Human Stem Cells

 India successfully test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5

 Sagarmala Development Company’s office inaugurated in New Delhi

 Rajasthani writer Satya Narayan chosen for 2016 Bihari Puraskar

 NBWL gives nod to Ken-Betwa Inter-Linking of Rivers Project

 Viral V Acharya appointed as RBI Deputy Governor

 Anil Baijal appointed as Lt Governor of Delhi

 Government launches Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative

 Government constitutes committee to review institutionalisation of arbitration mechanism in
India headed by Justice B.N. Shrikrishna.

 PM Narendra Modi launches UPI based mobile payment app called BHIM