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Daily Current Affairs (31st December - 2016)
By root at Sat, 12/31/2016 - 18:05
Sasikala takes over as AIADMK general secretary
- V.K. Sasikala, close aide of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, formally took over as the general secretary of the AIADMK on 31-12- 2016.
- She became the second woman leader to lead the party after Jayalalithaa.
- The AIADMK general council appointed Ms. Sasikala as general secretary. She will be the interim general secretary till she is formally elected to the post.
- Garlanded the statue of MGR even as a few women cadre raised the slogan "Puratchi Thalaivi Vaazhga". A few seconds later they chanted "chinnamma Vaazhga".
Delhi gets new Lieutenant-Governor
- Former bureaucrat Anil Baijal was sworn in as Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor on 31-12- 2016, just over a week after Najeeb Jung resigned from the post.
- Mr. Baijal, an IAS officer from the 1969 batch, was administrated the oaths of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court G. Rohini in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet.
- The Speaker of the Delhi Assembly, Ram Niwas Goel, and MLAs from the Aam Aadmi Party as well as BJP were present at the swearing-in ceremony that took place at Raj Niwas.
- Mr. Baijal had served as Home Secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government and was now associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation.
Putin rules out expulsion of US diplomats
- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday decided not to expel any U.S. diplomats after Washington turfed out dozens of its diplomats over alleged election interference.
- Russia reserves the "right" to retaliate to US sanctions over hacking, but will watch the policy moves of Donald Trump who enters the White House next month, Mr. Putin said.
- Earlier in the day, Russia's Foreign Ministry had requested Mr. Putin to turf out 35 American diplomats from the country in a tit-for- tat to a similar move by Washington, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Russian hackers penetrated US electricity grid: Washington Post
- A code connected to Russian hacking efforts has been discovered in a utility system in Vermont, which could point to vulnerabilities in the U.S. electrical grid.
- The code detected in the northeastern U.S. State’s system did not disrupt its operations, the paper cited U.S. officials as saying. The code was associated with the Russian hacking efforts that U.S. officials have dubbed “Grizzly Steppe”.
- U.S. authorities have not yet pinpointed why the Russians targeted the grid, according to the Post, but that it “may have been designed to disrupt the utility’s operations or as a test by the Russians to see whether they could penetrate a portion of the grid”.
- A U.S. federal law enforcement report released this week showed that Russian intelligence agencies over the last two years blanketed Democratic Party targets with malicious emails and have likely continued such efforts after November's elections.
From Jan 1, withdraw Rs.4,500 from ATMs
- The Reserve Bank of India has increased the cash withdrawal limit from automated teller machines to Rs 4,500 per day from January 1.
- The cash withdrawal limit was Rs 2,500 since the withdrawal of the high value currency notes.
- Such disbursals should predominantly be in the denomination of Rs. 500," RBI said.
- There is no change in weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000, the central bank clarified.