Daily GK Digest – Dec 28 – Top Current Affairs

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Daily GK Digest – December 28th, 2016 for top current affairs of today.

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Here is the daily GK Digest for December 28th, 2016.

Daily GK Digest : Top Five Current Affairs for Today

Ken-Betwa Inter-Linking of Rivers Project gets clearance from NBWL

  • The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given clearance to the Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project which will benefit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in terms of meeting irrigation, drinking water and electricity needs.
  • Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti announced that last hurdle for Ken Betwa river link project is over. Addressing a function in New Delhi the Minister said wild life board has cleared the project and after deciding its funding pattern the formal construction work will start.
  • Since the project requires diversion of forest land of Panna Tiger Reserve, it was required a clearance by the Wildlife Board.
  • The Ken-Betwa ILR project will transfer surplus water from the Ken river to the Betwa basin through a 221-km canal. The concrete canal will pass through Jhansi, Banda and Mahoba districts of UP and Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh districts of MP.

Cabinet approves ISA: Signing of the Framework Agreement

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ratification of ISA’s Framework Agreement by India.
  • ISA was launched jointly by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France on 30th November, 2015 at Paris on the side-lines of the 21st CoP meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • The ISA will strive to bring together more than 121 solar resource rich nations for coordinated research, low cost financing and rapid deployment. The foundation stone of the ISA Headquarters was laid at Gwal Pahari, Guragaon in Haryana.
  • Till now, 25 nations have signed the Framework Agreement.

Union Cabinet approves ordinance to impose penalty for holding old notes

  • The Union Cabinet todat approved promulgation of an ordinance to impose a penalty, including a jail term, for possession of the demonetised currency notes beyond a cut-off.
  • The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved an ordinance to amend the RBI Act to extinguish the liability of the government and the central bank on the demonetised high-denomination notes to prevent future litigations.
  • The ordinance on denotification of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent.
  • The penalty for holding old currency in excess of 10 notes may include financial fines and a jail term of up to 4 years in certain cases.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe visits Pearl Harbour

  • Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with US President Barack Obama visits Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, 75 years after the surprise Japanese air attack that led to the US entering World War II.
  • Japanese leaders have visited Pearl Harbor before, but Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, honoring those who died in Pearl Harbor during the second world war, and the first to visit Pearl Harbor with a US president.
  • Mr Abe paid tribute to the men who lost their lives in 1941 at the naval base, many of whom remain entombed in the wreckage of the USS Arizona, sunk by the Japanese that day, and vowed reconciliation and peace.

Anil Baijal to be new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi

  • The central government cleared former Union home secretary Anil Baijal’s name as Delhi’s next lieutenant governor.
  • A 1969 batch India Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Union Territories cadre, Baijal was served as Union home secretary during Mr.Vajpayee’s government.
  • He superannuated as secretary in the civil aviation ministry in 2006. Later he served on the boards of many corporate entities and now he is replacing Najeeb Jung who submitted his resignation on December 22nd.
  • A Governor is appointed by the President on the advice of the Union Council of Ministers, or in reality on the advice of the Prime Minister. For the President to consult the Chief Minister of the concerned state, before the appointment of a Governor is not a constitutional requirement. But a healthy convention grew up that the Chief Minister was consulted.