Weekly GK Bites: 15th Dec 2016 to 25th Dec 2016

  • Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss World 2016. 
  • Justice JS Khehar to be the 1st Sikh Chief Justice of India. 
  • Bipin Rawat named new Army chief, Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa new IAF head. 
  • Rajiv Jain to be new Intelligce Bureau chief, Anil Dhasmana to head RAW. 
  • Punit Goenka honoured with Business Today 'Best CEO Award'. 
  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi to be awarded as 2016's FIFA Best Player of the Year award. 
  • China bans sharing user-generated content on social media. 
  • China launched a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite to understand climate change. 
  • Japan successfully launches solid fuel rocket "Epsilon-2" 
  • Bangalore based Team Indus and Japan’s Hakuto combine for Moon mission 
  • Dictionary Merriam-Webster has named "surreal" as its word of the year. 
  • The world's first solar road opens in France. 
  • Google in collabration with Railtel Completes The Target Of 100 Free WiFi Railway Stations, Newest One In Ooty. 
  • Mary Kom and Vikas Krishan to get awards at AIBA 70th anniversary for their extra ordinary performance. 
  • Girija Vaidyanathan's appointment as new chief secretary of Tamil Nadu. 
  • Delhi named India's most well-read city of 2016 by Amazon. 
  • PM Narendra Modi Will Lay Foundation For Rs. 3,600 Crore Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast. 
  • The Punjab government has finally notified the "Sunam’s railway station" to be named after martyr Udham Singh. 
  • Ravichandran Ashwin named ICC Cricketer of the Year. 
  • Virat Kohli named captain of ICC ODI Team of the Year. 
  • Misbah-Ul-Haq wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. 
  • South Africa's de Kock named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. 
  • Argentina win FIFA Team of the Year title. 
  • Jeje Lalpekhlua was named 2016's AIFF Player of the Year. 
  • Sunny Leone to receive PETA's Person of the Year award. 
  • Indian wins gold medal at "Asian Luge Championships" held in Japan. 
  • American Tourister appoints Kohli as its brand ambassador. 
  • Roger Federer named 2016's 'Most Stylish Man' by GQ, a leading men's magazine. 
  • Sangita Kumari clinch bronze medal at fourth Women’s Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament. 
  • The Indian Under-19 cricket team clinched U-19 Asia Cup Title defeating Srilanka. 
  • National Mathematics Day celebrated on December 22 to pay tribute to S Ramanujan and celebrate his birth anniversary. 
  • Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu launches Google Toilet Locator app as part of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' to help people locate the nearest toilet. 
  • Kochi's Sahaj International School will become India's first transgender school. 
  • Mumbai airport first in India to introduce self bag-drop facility. 
  • Bharatanatyam guru K. Kalyana Sundaram eceives Nadhabrahmam title award. 
  • V K Sharma appointed as Chief of LIC for 5 years. 
  • Saurabh Varma appointed as CEO of Publicis Communications' India. 
  • Founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, has been nominated as a Member of the Central Authority of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). 
  • Himachal Pradesh 6th state to attain 100% Aadhaar coverage. 
  • "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill - 2016" passed by Parliament of India. 
  • Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana comes into effect from 17 December 2016 to notified along with other provisions of Taxation Laws. 
  • RBI lowers charges on debit card payments to promote digital transactions by 0.25% to Maximum of 1%. 
  • India crowned "Junior Hockey World champions"in Lucknow defeating belgium. 
  • India, Tajikistan sign four aggrement to limit terror-funding. 
  • "Henry Heimlich" the Developer of life saving technique dies. 
  • The island of Bali named most popular year-end destination in Asia. 
  • India's first Beer Mile festival to be held in Bengaluru. 
  • Jodhpur listed in top 10 preferred tourist places for 2017 according to 'TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise'. 
  • The 42nd annual cake show organised by the National Consumer Fair began in Bengaluru. 
  • 5th edition of India's "International Clown Festival" begins at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Vadodara. 
  • Real Madrid crowned Club World Cup champions. 
  • Priyanka Chopra has been ranked 55th on IMDb's most popular celebrities' list. 
  • Priyanka chosen as Assam's tourism ambassador for 2 years 
  • Priyanka 1st Indian to be choosen as Pantene's global ambassador. 
  • Paris opens 'world's largest non-permanent indoor ice rink'. 
  • Indian boxer Vijender Singh retained his WBO Super Middleweight Asia-Pacific title. 
  • Union minister for Textiles Smriti Irani is set to launch India's second centre of excellence for sericulture in Bengaluru. First center at Ranchi. 
  • The Centre has selected 3 states namely Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar for launching the 'Lucky Grahak Yojana' and 'Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana' to promote digital payments in Punjab. 
  • India's boxing fed gets permanent membership in world. 
  • Govt launches GARV-II app for tracking rural electrification on real time basis. 
  • SBI launches digital wallet "MobiCash" in alliance with BSNL 
  • ANDY MURRAY named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards 2016. 
  • Mumbai's Elphinstone Road station to be renamed as "Prabhadevi". 
  • Bollywood actor Govinda inaugurated the Jaipur Wax Museum at Nahargarh Fort. 
  • Maharashtra forest department will launch a state-wide call centre facility 24x7. Toll Free No.1926. 
  • India's First Nepali transgender model to walk the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week. 
  • Kapil Sharma ranked 11th in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. 
  • Salman Khan tops 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List. 
  • India appointed "Vijay Sazawal’s" to Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee Head. 
  • UK (Britain) becomes first country to approve three-parent babies. 
  • Oracle CEO Safra Catz joins Trump's advisory team. 
  • Gujarat-born activist Jayaben Desai has been included in BBC's most influential women of the past 70 years list. 
  • NITI Aayog announces daily, weekly, and mega-awards on digital transactions to promote cashless payments. 
  • Card Manufacturer "Hyundai India" wins Indian Manufacturer of the Year award. 
  • New Zealand women's team captain Suzie Bates became the first female cricketer to win both ICC's ODI and T20I Player of the Year awards. 
  • UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav laid the foundation stone of the 15-km-long metro link from Noida’s Sector 71 to Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park-V. 
  • US President-elect Donald Trump has picked Peter Navarro, economist and author of 'Death by China', to head the newly-formed White House National Trade Council.
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