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India beat Belgium 2-1 to win the hockey junior World Cup

  • India beat Belgium 2-1 to win the hockey junior World Cup in Lucknow on 18th December 2016. This is India’s second world title.
  • India won their first title in 2001 in Hobart, Australia. 
  • In 1997, India won silver after losing to Australia in the final in Milton Keynes, England. Belgium win a PC in the dying seconds of the match. Score to make it 1-2.

Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle crowned Miss World 2016

  • Puerto Rico's 19-year-old Stephanie Del Valle has been crowned as the Miss World 2016 at an event held in Maryland, US. 
  • Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez was the first runner-up. Notably, Valle is the second Puerto Rican to hold the title after Wilnelia Merced won it in 1975. 
  • India's Priyadarshini Chatterjee also reached the top 20.

Piyush Goyal to launch GARV-II app to ensure power access to all

  • To ensure transparency in the implementation of rural electrification programme, the Power Ministry will launch a new app, GARV-II, to provide real-time data of all six lakh villages of the country.
  • Under this facility, village-wise; habitation-wise base line data on household electrification for all states provided by them has been incorporated. 
  • Further, village-wise works sanctioned under DeenDayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) have also been mapped to monitor the progress of works in each village.

PM Modi to unveil Vibrant Gujarat summit in January 2017

  • About 25-30 global CEOs and the heads of the multi national corporations will throng to Gujarat on January 10, 2017 for the 8th edition of biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2017. 
  • The global CEOs will be accompanied by almost an equal number of Indian corporate leaders, who will attend the Global CEO Round table, to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Manipur Chief Minister inaugurates two new districts amid Naga protests

  • Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has inaugurated two new districts Pherzawl and Noney. 
  • Pherzawl carved out of Churachandpur the district, and Noney from Tamenglong district in Manipur.Now, the total number of the district is 11. 
  • Manipur government resolved to create Kangpokpi, Jiribam, Noney, Tengnoupal, Pherzol, Kamjong and Kaching districts by carving up seven of the existing nine districts of the state on 8 December 2016.

Swasthya Raksha Programme launched by AYUSH Ministry

  • The Union AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ to promote health and health education in villages.
  • The programme was initiated through Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS). 
  • It was launched by AYUSH Ministry in October 2015.

YES Bank, Ola tie up to provide cash at your doorstep

  • YES Bank, India’s fifth largest private sector bank has partnered with Ola, one of the popular mobile apps for transportation, to provide cash-on-demand at customer’s doorstep. 
  • Customers will be able to use the Ola app to book a cab and opt for ‘cash at their doorsteps’ that will be enabled using Point-of-Sale (PoS) machines powered by YES Bank.

Former Planning Commission member Saumitra Chaudhuri passed away

  • Former Planning Commission member Saumitra Chaudhuri passed away in Sir Ganga Ram hospital on 18th December. 
  • He was suffering from lung cancer. Chaudhuri, a noted economist, joined the Planning Commission as Member in June 2009.
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