1. Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A successfully launched
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A into its dedicated orbit. It was launched onboard of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C36 from first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
ii. It was PSLV’s 38th flight and XL version of the rocket was used. It was the 37th consecutive successful flight of the rocket.
2. Andhra Pradesh Government launches AP Purse mobile app to promote digital transactions
i. Andhra Pradesh Government has launched AP Purse mobile application to promote digital transactions among the people.
ii. It was launched by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada to solve the cash crunch problem in the state following demonitisaton of high value old currency notes.
3. Horse racing not animal cruelty: SC
i. The Supreme Court has ruled that horse racing per se is not animal cruelty. It held that it is different from Jallikattu, which metes out specific methods of torture to bulls.
ii. This observation was made by a Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on a petition challenging a Rajasthan High Court’s order banning tonga races in the State.
4. BRICS nations to share tax information automatically to eliminate tax evasion
i. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries have agreed to share tax information automatically as per their commitment to ensure the fairness of the international tax system.
ii. Decion in this regard was taken at the meeting of Heads of Revenue of BRICS Countries in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
5. Banks to bear liability in case of online security breach: RBI
i. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has clarified that banks will have to bear the full liability in the event of any security breach or compromise in the authorised card network.
ii. Banks issuing the cards will offer the ‘payment authentication solutions’ of the respective card networks on an optional basis to their customers.
6. MoES launches Winter Fog Experiment 2016-17
i. The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has launched Winter Fog Experiment (WIFEX 2016-17) to study presence of extended periods of fog in northern parts of the country.
ii. It is an intensive ground-based measurement to understand different physical and chemical features of Fog will be conducted at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi.
7. Justice JS Khehar appointed as 44th Chief Justice of India
i. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar (64) will be the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will be the 44th CJI and shall succeed Chief Justice TS Thakur who retires on January 3, 2017. Justice Khehar will be sworn in as the CJI by President Pranab Mukherjee on January 4, 2017.
ii. With this, he will be the first Sikh to become the CJI. Justice Khehar’s name for appointment as the next CJI was recommended by SC collegium headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur. He would remain in office from January 4, 2017 till August 4, 2017 i.e. till he attains the age of 65.
8. Journalist & actor Cho Ramaswamy passes away
i. Actor, Editor and Political Analyst Cho Ramaswamy has passed away. He was 82. Ramaswamy was ailing for some time and was in the hospital. He was a former BJP Rajya Sabha member.Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Cho Ramaswamy.
9. Hindi language in the top 10 most powerful languages
i. i. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Hindi language ranked 10th in the top 10 most powerful languages on the planet.
ii. The list features English as the most powerful language followed by Mandarin.
iii. The index applied for the consensus took into account various factors including geography, economy and diplomacy.
iv. The WEF further forecasted the list for 2050, with Hindi climbing one spot to ninth.
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