1st week of dec

1.     Indian Navy Day was observed on 4th December to commemorate the Operation Trident conducted by Indian Navy during Indo – Pak war of 1971.

2.     Jamaica’s ace sprinter, Usain Bolt has been declared by International Association of Athletics Federation   (IAAF) as the World Athlete of the year, 2016. He won three medals, each one in 100meters, 200 meters and 4x100 meters in Rio Olympics. He has won this award for the sixth time. In the woman category Almaz Ayana of Ethopia won the award in women’s category, who won gold medal in 10000 meters in Rio Olympics. 

3.      Union Ministry for Human Resource has launched Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyaan to make people aware about cashless economic society. Under it, students would be roped in to encourage people to use cashless modes of transaction.

4.     Yoga, an ancient Indian practice has been included by UNESCO in it’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage Of Humanity. The list includes those intangible heritage elements that demonstrate diversity of cultural heritage.

5.     India has signed a deal with US to buy BAE System’s 145 M-777 ultra light Howitzers worth $750.25. Twelve guns will come to India in fly away condition and remaining 120 guns will be assembled in India. It can fire upto 24 kms , weighs 4,1000 Kg and can be transported by helicopters. They will be mainly used in high altitudes on Indo – China border. 

6.     The sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference concluded on 5th December in Amritsar, Punjab. The conference declared Pakistan based terrorist groups as grave threat to regional peace. Also, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need of resolute action against those involved in sheltering and financing them. The Heart of Asia – launched in November 2011 to provide a common platform for Afghanistan and its neighbors to face common threats like terrorism, narcotics, poverty and others.

7.     Lt Gen. Qamar Bajwa has been appointed as the new army chief of Pakistan. He had also commanded Pakistan’s 10 Corps which has defence responsibility on LoC with India.   

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