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Daily Current Affairs (26th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Aadhaar.jpgNeed to link Aadhaar with details of voters

  • The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission to study the possibility on the basis of an application by an UAE-based doctor Shamsheer V.P., represented by advocate Haris Beeran, for electoral reforms to allow inter-State migrants voting privileges like postal ballot available to government servants.
  • There is an emergent need to link Aadhaar with the electoral details of voters”, the Election Commission of India has given a mixed response to the Supreme Court on providing absentee voting rights, like electronic voting and proxy voting, to over 300 million domestic migrants in the country, saying there is no foolproof mechanism to verify their identity and block duplicity.
International

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/China.jpgChina to levy new taxes in bid to strengthen pollution fight

  • China's largely rubber-stamp parliament passed a law on 25-12- 2016 that will levy specific environmental protection taxes on industry for the first time from 2018, as part of a renewed focus on fighting the country's pollution woes.
  • Anger has risen in the world's second-largest economy at the government's repeated failure to tackle land, water and air pollution, with large parts of northern China enveloped in dangerous smog.
  • The tax rate will be 1.2 yuan ($0.17) per unit of atmospheric pollution, 1.4 yuan per unit of water pollution, 5 yuan per tonne of coal waste and 1,000 yuan per tonne of "hazardous waste".
  • Industrial noise polluters will also be levied 350 yuan per month if they exceed limits by 1-3 decibels, 700 yuan for 4-6 decibels and 11,200 yuan per month for 16 decibels and more.
  • The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
Economy

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Arun-Jaitley.jpgNo intention of govt. to impose long-term capital gains tax: Jaitley

  • Trying to calm the jangled nerves, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley went to great lengths clarifying that there is no intention of the government to impose tax on long-term capital gains from share transactions.
  • The speech has been misinterpreted in some sections of the media which have started speculating that this is an indirect reference to the fact that there could be long-term capital gains (tax) on securities transactions,” he clarified.
  • Now, this interpretation is absolutely erroneous, the Prime Minister has made no such statement directly or indirectly... and therefore I wish to absolutely clarify that there is no occasion or opportunity for anybody to reach such a conclusion because this is not what the Prime Minister said, nor is the intention of the government as has been reported.
Science & Technology

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Agni-V.jpgAgni-V successfully soars yet again

  • India successfully test-fired the Agni V intercontinental ballistic missile on 26-12- 2016.
  • all you need to know about the deadly long-range weapon which promises to give a massive boost to India's military might.
  • The Agni V is an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5,500 to 5,800 km.
  • It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
  • Agni V is nuclear capable, with a payload capacity of 1,500 kg of high-explosive warhead.
  • It is the fifth variant in the series of medium to long range Agni missiles and is currently in test phase. Agni I, II, III have already been inducted for military use.
  • The successful induction of Agni V will give India long-range strike capability.
  • The missile has previously been tested in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
  • It will face its final canisterised test today from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.
  • If the test is successful, it will be followed by user-trials by the Strategic Forces Command before the deadly long-range missile is formally inducted.
Sports

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Rahul-Dravid.jpgKarun, Jayant success is set-up created by Virat, Anil: Dravid

  • He is the prime force behind the feeder-line created for the senior national cricket team and India A and U-19 chief coach Rahul Dravid lauded Test captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble for creating an environment where youngsters are feeling comfortable.
  • Dravid believes that success of Karun Nair and Jayant Yadav, who are products of the A team, is purely because of the “process” that has been put in place.
  • It’s fantastic. Incredible to score his first (Test) hundred and then go onto score a triple hundred. I think it not only speaks volumes about his ability but also his hunger and desire.
  • Dravid said that his job is being provider of quality players for the national team rather than giving results in terms of winning and losing matches for ‘A’ or U-19 teams.