Persons and Places in News - 10th Dec to 25th Dec 2016

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Persons in News

Antonio Guterres - New secretary general of UN

  • The oath was administered to him by President, UNGA: Peter Thomson.
  • He succeeds Ban Ki-moon. 
  • He has previously served as UN high commissioner for refugees. 
  • Remember this way - Antenna connects us to radio waves. Antonio will connect the world now.

2016 FIFA Ballon d'Or award goes to - Cristiano Ronaldo 

  • FIFA Ballon d'Or award is an annual award given by FIFA to best male player in previous year. 
  • Remember this way - d'Or award goes to Ronal 'do'.

World's most powerful people list of Forbes - PM Modi ranks 9th  

  • Putin tops the chart again. 
  • 2nd place goes to Trump and 3rd to Angela Merkel.
  • Mark Zuckerberg stands right behind Mr Modi at 10th rank.
  • Remember this way - Year 2016 - sum of digits is 9. Hence, Modi stands at 9th. (Mitron, hum rule follow karenge!) 

 New Chief of Intelligence Bureau - Rajiv Jain

  • IB is India's internal intelligence agency.
  • Remember this way - Ab IB ke sare raaz, raaz hi rahenge kyonki Rajiv aa gya hai. 

Next air chief of Indian Air Force - Birender Singh Dhanoa (BS Dhanoa)

  • He was the vice chief of AIF before this appointment. 
  • Remember this way - BS Dhanoa will rule the Blue Sky(BS) of India now. 

Renowned Tamil Poet & Philosopher's saint Thiruvalluvar's Statue unveiled in Haridwar

  • He is the author of the book 'Tirukkural' which is a work on Ethics.  
  • His other statues are in Kanyakumari and London.
  • Remember this way - Mug it up and question yourself -why a Tamil's poet statue in Haridwar?

New Chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) - Anil Dhasmana

  • RAW is the primary foreign intelligence agency of India under direct command of Prime Minister. 
  • Remember this way - धासू 'Dhasmana' heads RAW, धव्सत honge sab!

2016 SASTRA- Ramanujan award goes to Kaisa Matomaki, Maksym Radziwill

  • Its an annual award established by SASTRA university in 2005, given to young mathematicians.
  • December 22 is observed as National Mathematics Day. 
  • Remember this way - Both the awardees have M in their name. Relate it with Mathematics. 

 2016 Jnanpith award goes to - Bengali Poet Shankha Ghosh

  • Jnanpith award is India's highest literary honor
  • Remember this way - Bengal is famous for writers and football anyway and Ghosh are usually Bengali. 

Miss world 2016 - Stephanie Del Valle 

  • Miss Puerto Rico (country), Stephanie Del Valle was crowned Miss world at 66th edition of the event held in USA.
  • Remember the movie: Del valle Dulhaniya le jayenge!

Places in News

India's first amphibious bus project launched by Punjab Govt

  • Launched at Harike wetland, near Amritsar. 
  • Remember this way - Punjab is otherwise known as land of 5 rivers. So Punjab takes the lead in showing how to drive in water. 

 World's longest rail tunnel, Gotthard Base Tunnel, starts service in Switzerland

  • GBT is world's longest and deepest railway tunnel with a length of 57 kms. 
  • It travels through Alps mountain range. 
  • Remember this way -Switzerland got it hard- GottHard Tunnel!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil accorded UNESCO world heritage status

  • Rio had hosted 2016 summer olympics and 2014 FIFA world cup. 
  • It has been awarded this status due to its extraordinary fusion of man made and natural beauty, rainforests and beaches.

India's 1st 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery to be set up in Bathinda, Punjab 

  • HPCL is setting up this project at the cost of Rs 600 crores. 
  • 2nd gen ethanol can be prepared from woody crops, biomass, agricultural residue.
  • Remember this way - Punjab tops in agriculture so raw material required will be in plenty over there.
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