Top Current Affairs 23 December 2015

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No stay on odd-even formula: 

Delhi HCThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to stay Delhi government’s plan to impose the odd-even number plate formula for plying of private vehicles from 1st January in the city.

EC team reviews poll preparedness in Assam

Election Commission team reviews preparedness for assembly elections in Assam, the team met representatives of all major political parties and district, state and police officials.

Bill to develop 101 waterways passed by LS

A bill to develop 101 waterways was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday with govt saying it was aiming to garner Rs 1 lakh crore to fund projects to provide low-cost river transportation as ‘Make-in-India’ dream will not be realised if logistics cost are not reduced.

India to be world’s fastest growing economy: Harvard researchers 

According to Harvard researchers, India, with a projected annual growth rate of 7 per cent, has the potential to be the world’s fastest growing economy over the coming decade, surging ahead of China that will continue to see a slowdown 

Govt plans to weed out several archaic rules of Shipping sector 

Terming the revamp of shipping sector as a high-priority agenda for 2016, Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari said the new ship building policy will also give a major boost to the government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative.

India negotiates “hard” at WTO meet: Sitharaman

Government informed the parliament that India negotiated “hard” at the recently concluded WTO’s Nairobi meeting to ensure that the interest of developing countries remains at the centre of the agenda.

Current Account Deficit narrowed to 1.6 % of GDP 

The current account deficit narrowed to 1.6 per cent of GDP at USD 8.2 billion in the second quarter ended September, mainly due to lower trade deficit.
According to Reserve Bank of India, It is however higher than 1.2 per cent for the previous quarter of current fiscal. 

Sania-Martina team named 2015 World Champions

The formidable pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis was named as Women’s Doubles World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in recognition of their stupendous success in season 2015.

Steve Smith wins ICC Cricketer of the Year Award

Australia captain Steve Smith was named ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015 on Wednesday after scoring a world leading 1,734 runs at an average of 82.57 with seven centuries over the voting period.

Hockey: Tough Draw for India in Rio Olympics

Eight-time champions India have been clubbed alongside title holders Germany and world no.2 Netherlands in Pool B at the men’s hockey competitions of 2016 Rio Olympics. 

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