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English Current Affairs 16th December 2017

National News
1.     The Vice president of India, shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Vedas Preach world peace, Universal brotherhood and welfare of all
2.     Union Cabinet approved the introduction of New Central Scheme called “North East special Infrastructure Development scheme’ (NESIDS) and ‘Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources’(NLCPR) with the overall development of the region
3.     Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subash Bhamre inaugurated a four day 49th Annual conference of the Society of Nuclear Medicine International conference
4.     Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi he approved the establishment International Training center for Operational Oceanography as a Category – 2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad
International News
5.     The Eleventh World trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference was held in Argentina
Business
6.     The Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on transactions up to Rs.2000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar Enable payment system will be borne by the government to promote digital transactions
Awards
7.     Eminent Bengali poet Joy Goswami will be given the 31st Moortidevi Award for the year 2017
8.     Noted Litterateur Ramdev Dhurandhar has been selected for this year’s ‘Shrilal Shukla Smriti IFFCO Sahitya Samman’ presented by Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO)
9.     Oxford Dictionaries has crowned “Youth quake” as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer election in UK
10.     Roger Federer has Been Voted the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time 
Appointments
11.    International Hockey Federation (FIH) Chief Narindhar Batra was elected the President of Indian Olympic Association in an Annual General Body Meeting


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