Daily GK Digest – Dec 23 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – December 23rd, 2016 for top current affairs of today.

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Here is the daily GK Digest for December 23rd, 2016.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

NGT bans waste burning in open areas across the country

  • The National Green Tribunal today imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places across the country and announced a fine of Rs 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning.
  • The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said, For each such incident, violators including project proponent, concessionaire, any person or body responsible for such burning, shall be liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs 5,000 in case of simple burning, while Rs 25,000 in case of bulk waste burning”.
  • While directing every State and Union Territory to enforce and implement Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the green panel also asked the Environment Ministry and all states to pass appropriate directions in relation to the ban on short-life Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and chlorinated plastics within a period of six months.
  • The green panel’s judgement came on the petition by Almitra Patel and others seeking directions to local bodies in states and the Centre for improving solid waste management methods.

Agriculture ministry launches ICAR Data Centre

  • The government has launched a centralised information hub to mine agricultural data for policy-makers, farmers, researchers and other stakeholders.
  • As part of the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme, the agriculture ministry launched an ICAR Data Centre – connecting 274 specialised institutions and universities – which will act as an information hub for the farm sector and eventually link the rural population with high speed internet network.
  • The Centre, located within the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) complex in the capital, will be linked to ERNET (Education & Research Network) under the ministry of information technology.
  • The Data Centre will ensure sharing of accurate data in transparent manner as it will help in removing anomaly, if any, in data processing.

Japan drags India to WTO over steps on iron, steel imports

  • Japan has dragged India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against certain measures taken by India on imports of iron and steel products.
  • India has imposed minimum import price (MIP) on imports of certain iron and steel products. In February, India imposed MIP of 173 products for six months, which was later extended twice for two months. Earlier this month, the government extended MIP on 19 products till February 4, 2017
  • India has imposed MIP as growing imports from steel surplus countries like China, Japan and Korea with predatory prices have been a major concern for the domestic industry since September 2014.
  • India has also imposed anti-dumping duties on certain steel products to guard domestic players from cheap imports.
  • The bilateral trade between the countries stood at USD 14.51 billion in 2015-16. Trade is highly in favour of Japan.

India’s Growth To Stay Unchanged At 7.1% In 2017: Nomura

  • According to the Japanese brokerage firm, Nomura’s report, India’s growth is expected to largely remain unchanged at 7.1 per cent in the coming year and will rise sharply to 7.7 per cent in 2018.
  • Some of the reforms that might hurt growth in the near term but are positive for the economy in the medium to long run include — the recent demonetisation and implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) – along with a reversal of the terms-of-trade gains, reports says.
  • Demonetisation will hurt growth in the short-term due to cash restrictions. Moreover, the unorganised sector depends largely on cash like agriculture, trade, real estate, renting & business services, hotels & restaurants, construction and transport & storage — which together account for around 55 per cent of GDP.
  • Bearing these factors in mind, Japanese firm expect GDP growth to slow from 7.3 per cent in the third quarter to 6.0 per cent in the fourth quarter and stay weak at 6.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, the report said.

Shiva Keshavan to win gold at Asian Luge Championship

  • Shiva Keshavan, India’s five-time Winter Olympian clinched a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championship in Nagano, Japan, today.
  • Keshavan dominated the event and finished the 2 heat race with a time of 1 minute, 39.962 seconds and top speed of 130.4 km/h.
  • Japan’s Tanaka Shohei came in second with a combined time of 1:44.874 seconds and top speed of 124.6 kmph. The bronze medal was claimed by Chinese Taipei’s Lien Te-An, who clocked 1:45.120 with a 126.3 kmph top speed.
  • Shiva is slated to take part in the 2017 World Championship in Innsbruck, Austria and will compete in the World Cup circuit in the lead up to the qualification process for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea.

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