Latest Current Affairs 17th December 2021

Vietnam Parliamentary delegation led by Vuong Dinh Hue meets Vice President Venkaiah Naidu: A Parliamentary delegation from Vietnam led by Vuong Dinh Hue, Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam today called on the Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu at Parliament House.

3rd Annual Defence Dialogue between India and France will be held in New Delhi: The third Annual Defence Dialogue between India and France took place between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly in New Delhi today.

PM to visit Goa on 19th December and participate in Goa Liberation Day celebrations: PM to felicitate freedom fighters and veterans of ‘Operation Vijay’.

President Kovind concludes 3-day visit to Bangladesh: President Ram Nath Kovind concluded his 3-day visit to Bangladesh on Friday after interacting with a cross section of Bangladeshi people including Muktijodhas, Indian war veterans of 1971, eminent citizens and members of the Indian community.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chairman of National Assembly of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue and his delegation: They exchanged views on connectivity, trade, education and culture. In a tweet today, Dr. S Jaishankar said that the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Vietnam has grown substantially in the last 5 years.

SC stays proceedings of West Bengal’s Lokur Commission of Inquiry on Pegasus: The Supreme Court today stayed the functioning of the two-member Commission of Inquiry headed by retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Madan B Lokur which was constituted by the West Bengal government to probe the Pegasus surveillance scandal.

Bhutan confers its highest civilian award to PM Modi: On the occasion of Bhutan’s national day, Bhutan has decided to confer its highest civilian award Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo or The Order of The Druk Gyaplo to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a tweet today, Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr Lotay Tshering said, his majesty has pronounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name for the highest civilian decoration Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo.

Winter Session: Three bills to be introduced in Lok Sabha today: Read below to know the schedule of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for Dec 17th.

COVID-19 India: Vaccination coverage nears 136 crore mark: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 135 crore 91 lakh.

President inaugurates renovated Ramana Kali Mandir in Dhaka: Before concluding his three-day state visit to Bangladesh, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the renovated Ramna Kali Mandir in Dhaka which was destroyed by the Pakistani army during the 1971 liberation war. President also interacted with a cross-section of Bangladeshi society and people of the Indian community.

PM Modi inaugurates All India Mayors’ Conference today: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and addressed the All India Mayors’ Conference organised by the Department of Urban Development, Uttar Pradesh in Varanasi on 17 December via video conferencing. Mayors from various States across the country participated in the conference. The theme of the conference was “New Urban India”.

US praises India for counter-terrorism efforts; says, terrorist groups continue to operate from Pakistan: US has praised India for effectively countering terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast and Maoists in the central parts of the country in 2020.

EU leaders agree on new sanctions with U.S. if Russia invades Ukraine: European Union leaders agreed on Thursday they would impose further economic sanctions on Russia – in tandem with the United States and Britain – if the Russian military invaded Ukraine, although they encouraged more diplomacy with Moscow.

Indian Railways starts running 4 Rajdhani Express trains with new upgraded Tejas rakes: Indian Railways has introduced a new era of train travel experience with enhanced comfort with the conversion of Rajdhani Express coaches with new upgraded Tejas Trains. Currently, Railways is operating four Rajdhani Trains with Tejas Sleeper Coaches.

India records highest-ever annual FDI inflow of 81.97 billion dollars in FY21: India has registered the highest ever annual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow of 81.97 billion dollar in 2020-21. Commerce and Industry Ministry said, FDI inflows in the last seven financial years is over 440 billion dollar, which is nearly 58 percent of the total FDI inflow in last 21 financial years.

Govt cuts GST rate on ethanol meant for blending to 5%: GST rate lowered to five per cent from 18 per cent on ethanol meant for blending under Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme.

India beat Pakistan 3-1 in Asian Champions Trophy Hockey 2021: In Hockey, India registered a big 3-1 win over arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-intensity round-robin clash of Men’s Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka. Harmanpreet Singh and Akashdeep Singh were among the goal-scorers for India. Harmanpreet opened the scoring, allowing India to head into the half-time with a 1-0 lead over Pakistan. Akashdeep doubled the lead, scoring minutes into the third quarter before Pakistan managed to pull things back with a goal. Harmanpreet slotted one again towards the end to make it 3-1 in the final quarter of the all-important match

BWF World Championship: Kidambi Srikanth beats Mark Caljouw to reach semi-finals; PV Sindhu lost to the top seed Tai Tzu Ying: PicsIn Badminton, Kidambi Srikanth today beat Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw 21-8, 21-7 in Men’s Singles Quarterfinal to reach the semi-finals of BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain. With this victory, Srikanth is assured of a medal at the tournament.

India to host Women’s U-18, U-19 SAFF Championships next year: India will host Women’s Under-18 and Under-19 SAFF championships next year. While SAFF Under-18 Women’s Championship will be held from March 3 to 14, the SAFF Under-19 Championship will take place from July 25 to August 3. This was announced by All India Football Federation.

BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen to play Quarterfinals: In Badminton, Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen will play their Quarterfinal matches of BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain today. In women’s singles, reigning world champion Sindhu will take on top seed and world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

Russian President Putin affirms to attend 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing: Russian president Vladimir Putin has pledged to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He becomes the first major western leader to indicate his attendance. His remarks came in a video call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said he looked forward to a get-together.

CSIR-CDRI transferred technology to Marc Laboratories Ltd, to develop a new safer drug (S-007-867) for heart attack and stroke: CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow committed to support Pharma Cluster in Uttar Pradesh has tied up with UP-based Marc Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., India, a young progressive enterprise with operating base in 13 other states, and has earlier signed an agreement for the development of a synthetic compound S-007-867 as modulator of blood coagulation cascade, in particular as inhibitor of collagen induced platelet aggregation. This may be helpful in treating patient population of coronary and cerebral artery diseases.

Govt appeals people to avoid non-essential travel, mass gatherings: During the media briefing, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Balram Bhargava said that the Omicron variant is spreading very fast in Europe and most parts of the world.

More than 70 Lakh doses administered in last 24 hours | COVID-19 India: With the administration of 70,46,805 vaccine doses on Thursday, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 135.99 Cr (1,35,99,96,267) as per provisional reports. This has been achieved through 1,42,79,769 sessions.