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English Current Affairs 25th December 2017

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. Union Rural Development Ministry, in partnership with State Governments, has completed the ranking of 50000 Gram Panchayats (selected under ‘Mission Antyodaya’) on three broad parameters of physical infrastructure, human development and economic activities.
  2. Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari has stated that India will link its major highway corridors to international trade points in order to facilitate trade with bordering countries.
  3. Indian Railways flagged off India’s first air-conditioned suburban local train for Mumbai commuters.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Botanical Garden-Kalkaji section (of Magenta Line) of Delhi Metro.
  5. Brand Bengaluru’s own logo was launched at the ‘Namma Bengaluru Habba festival, at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  1. Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) announced that it has signed an agreement to build the first nuclear power plant for electricity production in Sudan.
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister in past 20 years to attend the annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland.The meeting is scheduled to be held in January 2018.
BANKING & FINANCE
  1. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, top contributors of the GST for first five months
  2. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of Indian public sector banks stood at Rs 7.34 lakh crore by the end of September 2017.
  3. Insurers and reinsurers can now set up facilities at IFSC Special Economic Zones (SEZ), as per IRDAI’s (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) new guidelines on International Financial Service Centre Insurance Offices (IIO).
BUSINESS
  1. Central public sector enterprise, NHPC Ltd has proposed to set up 100-200 Mw capacity solar project in Odisha.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  1. Sudarsan Pattnaik, international sand artist, created the world’s biggest sand Santa-face with the message “world peace” at Puri beach, Odisha.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  1. Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) was successfully test fired by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Chandipur, in Odisha.
SPORTS
  1. Sushil Kumar became the most expensive wrestler of the PWL (Pro Wrestling League) in New Delhi.
OBITUARY
  1. Bengali actor Partha Mukhopadhyay died due to cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Kolkata.
IMPORTANT DAYS
  1. Good Governance Day is observed every year on 25 December to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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