DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 28 DEC 2015
(Daily News India)
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1. UNION GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED 4 NEW IT-BASED INITIATIVES FOR CITIZEN-CENTRIC HEALTH SERVICES
i. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda announced four new Information Technology-based initiatives to provide health services to citizens on the occasion of the Good Governance Day.
ii. The initiatives include three applications such as Kilkari, Mobile Academy and M-Cessation and a toll free number 1800-11–6666 which will provide counselling and treatment support services for TB patients.
iii. Kilkari: is an audio-based mobile service that delivers weekly audio messages to families about pregnancy, child birth and child care.
iv. Mobile Academy a mobile-based application aimed at providing training services to 9 million ASHAs to enhance their inter-personal skills.
v. M-Cessation is a IT-enabled tool to help tobacco users to quit tobacco.
2. CHINA AMENDED ITS ONE COUPLE, ONE CHILD POLICY
i. China’s National People's Congress Standing Committee gave its approval to amend One Couple, One Child Policy.
ii. The policy was implemented in 2002 and restricted couples to have only one child.
iii. The Policy was implemented to control country's population structure.
3. SATYAVATI BERERA BECAME FIRST WOMAN COO AT BIG 4 IN INDIA
i. Satyavati Berera became the Chief Operating Officer of a Big Four accounting firm in India.
ii. She became the first woman to reach the level of a Chief Operating Officer.
iii. The Big Four are the four largest international professional services networks, offering audit, assurance, tax, consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance, and legal services.
iv. They handle the majority of audits for publicly traded companies as well as many private companies, creating an oligopoly in auditing large companies.
4. PM NARENDRA MODI INAUGURATED AFGHAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN KABUL
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Afghanistan’s newly-built Parliament House in Kabul.
ii. The house was entirely built by India’s government-owned construction agency Central Public Works Department at an estimated cost of 90 million US dollars.
iii. Its foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh in August 2005.
iv. It is Asia’s largest parliaments in India.
5. INDIA, RUSSIA SIGNED 16 PACTS TO DEEPEN BILATERAL COOPERATION
i. India and Russia inked 16 Agreements/Memorandum of Understandings to deepen bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, security, technology, etc.
ii. The pacts were signed after the conclusion of the 16th India-Russia Annual Summit in Moscow by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
List of Agreements/MoUs
a. Agreement, between India and Russia on simplification of requirements for mutual travels of certain categories of citizens of the two countries.
b. Agreement between India and Russia on mutual travel regime for holders of Diplomatic & Official Passports of 3 December 2004.
c. Agreement between India and Russia on Cooperation in the field of Helicopter Engineering
d. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Railways of India and the Joint Stock company "Russian Railways” on technical cooperation in railway sector.
e. Memorandum of Understanding between Solar Energy Corporation of India and Russian Energy Agency
f. Memorandum of Understanding between Prasar Bharati and Digital Television Russia on Cooperation in the field of Broadcasting.
6. ANTI-JAMMING CAPABILITY OF ASTRA MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY TESTED
i. Defence Research and Development Organisation have successfully tested crucial anti-jamming capability of the Astra missile.
ii. Astra missile is indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation and is one of the smallest weapon systems developed by DRDO.
iii. It is air-to-air beyond-visual-range all-weather missile that can be launched from different altitudes
7. SHIVA KESHAVAN WINS SILVER MEDAL AT ASIAN LUGE CHAMPIONSHIP
i. Indian luger Shiva Keshavan has won a silver medal at the 2015 Asian Luge Championship held in Nagano, Japan.
ii. The first place was grabbed by Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama and the third place is grabbed by South Korea’s Dong Hyeon Kim
iii. Luge is the fastest and most dangerous sports on ice and is part of Winter Olympic program.
8. RELIANCE DEFENCE PARTNERED WITH RUSSIA’S ALMAZANTEY FOR AIR DEFENCE MISSILE SYSTEMS
i. Reliance Defence of Reliance Infrastructure Limited inked a partnership with Russia’s Almaz Antey for producing Air Defence Missile Systems.
ii. It is aimed at fulfilling air defence missile systems, including the TOR-1M missile systems, and radar requirements of Indian armed forces
iii. The partnership will boost indigenous defence production as part of the Union Government’s Make In India initiative.