Current Affairs of December 2010 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of December 2010. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSC, Banking and all other competitive exams.
Current Affairs of 01 December 2010
- India and France will ink a couple of pacts during the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy who arrives in the country on Saturday seeking to strengthen bilateral ties in key areas of space and civil nuclear cooperation.
- After beating New Zealand in the first ODI comprehensively with a second string side, the Gautam Gambhir-led Team India will be looking to impose itself on the Kiwis even more to ensure that no resurgence happens.
- US President Barack Obama continues to receive higher ratings from Americans for his handling of foreign affairs, while getting comparatively lower approval marks on deficit, according to a latest survey.
- The Mumbai terror attacks, which were carried out by the Pakistan-based LeT terror outfit, closed the door for any Indo-Pak discussions on Kashmir, according to a top American diplomat.
Current Affairs of 02 December 2010
- British diplomats feared that India would be compelled to respond “with force” to Mumbai attacks by launching air strikes against militant training camps in PoK, a prediction dismissed as an “over reaction” by their U.S. counterparts, according to classified American embassy cables released by WikiLeaks.
- Nearly 190 films, with focus on Central Asian and Black American filmmakers, will be screened at 10 screening houses in Thiruvananthapuram in the annual 15th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) from December 10 and 17.
- Chief Vigilance Commissioner P. J. Thomas, against whom the Supreme Court made observations on Tuesday, has offered to recuse himself from supervising the CBI probe in the 2G Spectrum scam, the Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court.
Current Affairs of 03 December 2010
- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Thursday hailed India’s approach to foreign capital inflows as ‘the right one’ as the strategy would help in attracting $1 trillion into the infrastructure sector as investment.
- The Supreme Court today said police should not arrest people on flimsy grounds as it could lead to great ignominy and denial of anticipatory bail was also a violation of an individual’s fundamental right to personal liberty.
- Economist Jagdish Bhagwati does not share the view that higher growth rate has caused inequalities and exploitation of the underprivileged by the new business-minded India.
- With just a week to go before the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 is formally conferred, in absentia, on Liu Xiaobo, a prominent Chinese dissident, at Oslo City Hall on December 10, India is yet to take a call on a Chinese demarche asking countries around the world to boycott the ceremony.
Current Affairs of 04 December 2010
- President Pratibha Patil today hailed the efforts of Indian athletes, who brought glory to the country in the recently-concluded Asian Games at Guangzhou and encouraged them to maintain their golden run.
- In the next few days, Rs.24 crore will be released by the Chennai Port Trust and Ennore Port as its contribution towards Ennore-Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP), said Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan on Friday.
- The United States’ support for India’s candidacy for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council is consistent with U.S. interest in seeing India sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) according to a State Department spokesman.
- Suspense over the fate of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee, Kochi, will finally end as the Governing Council meets here tomorrow to take a decision on the issue amidst legal hurdles being faced by the BCCI.
Current Affairs of 05 December 2010
- Differently-abled persons have not been benefited in the recruitment drive carried out by the State government in the last four-and-a-half years.
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the Supreme Court’s nod to probe former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah’s role in the killing of Tulsiram Prajapati, an eyewitness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
- The new look Team India under Gautam Gambhir might be on a roll at the moment but it would be a different experience at the World Cup and a series in South Africa would be an ideal preparation, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said here on Sunday.
- Exactly two years before the 2008 Mumbai attacks, American officials pressured the Pakistan government to crack down on the Lashker-e-Taiba and its front Jamaat-ud-Dawah but were unable to make much headway, according to a secret U.S. diplomatic cable.
Current Affairs of 06 December 2010
- The Indian Statistical Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation in research with the London School of Economics, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced here on Sunday.
- Bangalore-based Wipro GE Healthcare, a joint venture between Wipro and GE’s healthcare business, plans to roll out at least 100 “cost-effective” health care equipment in the country over the next five years.
- The leader of Malaysia’s main ethnic Indian party has stepped down after more than three decades at the helm.
- United States officials believed that the Chinese Communist Party’s highest levels were involved in planning last year’s hacking attacks on Google and forcing the company out of China, leaked U.S. Embassy cables have indicated.
Current Affairs of 07 December 2010
- BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries on Monday outlined three issues that were non-negotiable and this included the necessity of a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol. The outcome at Cancun must be built on an agreement on a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, they declared.
- Dana Schuppert, an expert on India-China relations, has called for the setting up of Chinese cultural centres in Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi and Indian cultural centres in Beijing and Kunming to mark the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura on Tuesday appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and is understood to have told it that all decisions related to 2G Spectrum allocation had been taken by the then minister A. Raja and he only carried out the orders.
- An aviation official says a U.S. passenger airplane lost a medium-size access door over western Denmark last month.
Current Affairs of 08 December 2010
- An MD course in Diabetology will soon be started at Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, its Vice Chancellor Mayilvahanan Natarajan has said.
- National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman K.G. Balakrishnan on Wednesday denied reports in a section of the media that the former Madras High Court Judge.
- In a rare instance, the Supreme Court has admitted that its earlier judgments, in one and the same case, upholding the death sentence awarded by the trial court and confirmed by the High Court were a mistake and violation of human rights of the accused.
Current Affairs of 09 December 2010
- The Chinese scientific research ship Dayang Yihao, or “Ocean One”, set sail from Guangzhou on December 8, starting a 376-day global trip that will take it across the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
- The U.S. told Uganda to let it know when the army was going to commit war crimes using American intelligence – but did not try to dissuade it from doing so, the US embassy cables suggest.
Current Affairs of 10 December 2010
- The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.
- The Association of University Teachers (AUT) will launch indefinite strike from December 15 demanding immediate withdrawal of Bills to convert two government-aided institutions into unitary universities which, it alleges, will eventually lead to total privatisation of higher education.
- The Supreme Court today upheld its controversial remarks that something was “rotten” in the Allahabad High Court where the “uncle judges syndrome” was rampant and needed cleansing.
- In one of the biggest foreign investments in the steel sector, Russia’s mining giant Severstal on Friday inked an agreement with India’s biggest iron ore miner NMDC to set up a 5-million tonne steel plant in Karnataka.
- The U.S. considered taking military action against a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and anti-aircraft guns after it was hijacked by Somali pirates two years ago, according to a confidential cable released on Friday.
Current Affairs of 11 December 2010
- An important ally of the U.S., India has a lot of human rights challenges, a U.S. official said on Saturday, adding they raise it with their Indian counterparts whenever they have any human rights concerns.
- Amid the political crisis earlier this year, President Goodluck Jonathan had suggested to a former U.S. ambassador that he was not chosen to be Vice-President because of his leadership quality, according to a secret U.S. cable revealed by Wikileaks.
- Some terror camps in Pakistan had reinitiated operations against India, which conveyed its worries over U.S. military aid to Pakistan finding its way to terrorists, Army Chief Deepak Kapoor told top American officials, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
- Civil defence agencies in New Zealand and the United States have formally agreed to step up cooperation.
Current Affairs of 12 December 2010
- China’s leaders wrapped up an annual economic planning meeting on Sunday with a pledge to keep growth on track while stepping up moves to combat inflation and other potential destabilizing problems.
- German auto major BMW has regained top slot in January-November period after a fierce battle for numbers with compatriot Mercedes Benz in the Indian luxury car market, inching closer to be the leader in 2010.
- The University of Cambridge has launched a unique project to provide universal access to languages of India and elsewhere that are endangered and part of the world’s disappearing spoken traditions.
- A brief but intensive dialogue on a whole range of subjects from reform of the United Nations and the security situation in the Asian sub-continent were discussed at a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel here on Saturday.
Current Affairs of 13 December 2010
- The next hearing of the Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee, probing charges of financial irregularities agianst Lalit Modi, has been put off by two weeks following a request from the former Indian Premier League Commissioner’s attorney Mehmood Abdi.
- Britain says government websites are at risk of cyber attack from pro-WikiLeaks hackers.
- Supporters and relatives of Pat Finucane, the well-known civil rights and defence lawyer murdered in front of his wife and three young children in Belfast in 1989, welcomed MI5’s offer as “highly significant” and said it strengthened their demands for a full, independent public inquiry into the killing.
- The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex was down by over 187 points at 11 hours on profit-booking by funds and overseas investors.
Current Affairs of 14 December 2010
- The Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, was so concerned about the health of the world’s banks in March 2008 that he plotted a secret bailout of the system using funds from cash-rich nations.
- Paving the way for start of trial against disgraced diplomat Madhuri Gupta in an espionage case, a Delhi court on Tuesday sent the case file to the District Judge for framing of charges.
- The U.K.’s leading telecom giant British Telecom (BT) on Tuesday completed the sale of 5.5 per cent stake in Indian IT firm Tech Mahindra to the latter’s parent group Mahindra & Mahindra for Rs. 451 crore.
- Three weeks before India joins the United Nations Security Council after a gap of nearly two decades, U.S. President Barack Obama has underlined the significance of the UN’s 15-member powerful wing in maintaining world peace and preventing war.
Current Affairs of 15 December 2010
- Jailed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa’s son Aicheng Rajkonwar (also called Gadadhar Rajkonwar) has made it to the 13-member roller skating squad of Assam that will take part in the National School Games to be held in Delhi from December 28 to January 2.
- BJP president Nitin Gadkari has underscored an urgent need for India and Israel to enhance cooperation in combating terrorism and promoting joint ventures in agro-based industries.
- Tarnished by a string of financial scandals, including the 2G spectrum scam, and weakened by the leak of the Radia tapes, the Congress has decided to go on the offensive against the Opposition, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party, in the coming weeks and months.
Current Affairs of 16 December 2010
- Japan’s Toyota Industries Corp on Thursday said it has set up a new entity to expand its sales in the promising material handling business in India.
- Anti-nuclear protesters damaged a German rail track early Thursday as police detained 24 who occupied stations overnight in attempts to hinder the passage of a train carrying nuclear waste.
- Anti-nuclear protesters damaged a German rail track early Thursday as police detained 24 who occupied stations overnight in attempts to hinder the passage of a train carrying nuclear waste.
Current Affairs of 17 December 2010
- The Indian government was pressing forward with a host of development related investments in Afghanistan despite a sense of deep concern surrounding potential attacks upon its staff by militant groups and blockades of transit agreements by Pakistan, the United States embassy in New Delhi noted in diplomatic cables sent to Washington during 2009 and 2010.
- Rahul Gandhi, the “crown prince” of Indian politics, told the American ambassador last year that Hindu extremist groups could pose a greater threat to his country than Muslim militants.
- Mexico said on Thursday that more than 30,000 people have been killed in drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against cartels in late 2006.
Current Affairs of 18 December 2010
- Amid controversy generated by the release of secret cables by WikiLeaks, including those from U.S. embassy in New Delhi, the Obama Administration has said that American diplomats in India are doing their job just like their counterparts here.
- The U.S. wants India and Pakistan to reduce tensions between them, the White House has said, insisting that the Obama Administration would continue to encourage the two countries to improve their ties.
- A Pakistan High Commission official in Delhi had praised India for acting “responsibly and maturely” in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks, according to U.S. official cables released by Wikileaks.
- The drug regulator of the U.K. has asked Indian pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy to recall three batches of its anti-cholesterol tablets, Pravastatin, on failure to update safety warnings in its information leaflets.
- NATO troops killed more than 20 insurgents in fighting in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday after a patrol came under fire, the coalition said, while in the north, Germany’s chancellor made a surprise visit to her nation’s troops.
Current Affairs of 19 December 2010
- Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday created history by becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test centuries but India found themselves staring at defeat on the fourth day of the opening cricket Test against South Africa.
- Leaked diplomatic cables show that the United States still acts as the “world’s policeman” despite US President Barack Obama’s “friendly rhetoric,” President Raul Castro said.
- The Congress is set to step up its attack on the RSS demanding in its political resolution, to be passed at the party’s plenary session on Sunday, that the government of India should investigate its links with terror attacks.
Current Affairs of 20 December 2010
- A Delhi Court refused to grant bail to suspended IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, accused of passing official information from Home Ministry to unauthorised persons, saying the nature and gravity of his alleged offence is sufficient to deny any relief.
- Stability has been one of the pillars on which England have built their success over the last 18 months and it looks unlikely they will be panicked into major changes despite the crushing third Ashes Test defeat.
- The UN Security Council failed to arrive at a consensus statement on the Korean crisis in a marathon meeting of its members after veto-wielding powers China and Russia did not agree with the western nations’ demand to strongly condemn North Korea for last month’s attack on a South Korean island.
Current Affairs of 21 December 2010
- The government today said that in November carriers paid about Rs 49.66 lakh compensation to nearly 8,000 travellers, who faced inconvenience due to flight cancellations or denied boarding by airlines.
- Global business school, INSEAD announced that it would begin accepting GRE test scores for admission into its MBA programme.
- Describing the Kashmir issue as a left over from history, China today hoped it could be resolved by India and Pakistan through “dialogue and consultations.”
- Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel killed four persons, three of them belonging to the same family, and injured six others after villagers detained two personnel for allegedly attempting to molest a woman on Sunday night. Three personnel have been arrested.
Current Affairs of 22 December 2010
- Some of the crucial documents which could throw light on Commonwealth Games deals have gone missing with the probe agencies fearing that they could have been destroyed or hidden.
- The Obama Administration is drafting an executive order that will provide for indefinite detention of some prisoners at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
- In a historic shift for the US armed forces, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the repeal of military’s ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy, allowing gays to openly serve in the army.
- With NTDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu continuing his fast to press for a generous relief to the people affected by recent heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday announced to release Rs 400 crore for immediate relief.
Current Affairs of 23 December 2010
- In its bid to strengthen leadership position in the Indian luxury car market, BMW India launched a new sports utility vehicle, ‘X1’ with a price tag of up to Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
- Members of an alleged terrorist cell planning Mumbai type suicide attacks on Christmas shoppers in London received their training in Pakistan, according to sources.
- With the chances of loans extended to microfinance institutions (MFIs) turning non-performing assets (NPAs) now being greater, bankers have asked the Reserve Bank of India to consider some “regulatory concessions” to enable them to reschedule the exposure to MFIs.
- China’s biggest electricity company, State Grid, says it is paying $989 million for seven Brazilian power companies and their transmission lines as it seeks to expand overseas.
Current Affairs of 24 December 2010
- On Thursday, national and local dailies carried advertisements remembering P V Narasimha Rao on his sixth death anniversary. Glowing tributes were paid to the late prime minister.
- In a development that is sure to disappoint students wanting to pursue a one-year MBA course, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has turned down their demand to grant recognition to such courses.
- It’s been 18 years since Praveen Amre became India’s first and only Test centurion at Durban. But with the Indian team on the backfoot going into the second Test against South Africa, the current Mumbai coach remains the most sought-after person here.
Current Affairs of 25 December 2010
- ISRO intended to make a series of launches in 2011-2012 including a ‘Youth Satellite’ made by students of Singapore University, the space agency’s Chairman K Radhakrishnan said.
- The Indian Cricket Board was today accused of turning a blind eye towards the alleged forgery of the birth certificate of his son by Goa Cricket Association’s (GCA) former vice President, Dayanand Narvekar.
- Hardline religious parties and groups, including the LeT-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawah, have threatened countrywide protests if the controversial Pakistani blasphemy law is amended or attempt made to commute the death sentence of Christian woman Asia Bibi.
- A member of Boise State University’s nationally ranked football team and four others who are charged in a sexual hazing case preyed on fellow athletes and sought to recruit more victims in high school, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Current Affairs of 26 December 2010
- UN chief Ban-Ki-moon is appalled at the killing of innocent people in the “abhorrent” terrorist attack at a food distribution centre in northwest Pakistan where over 45 people were killed in an explosion triggered by a woman suicide bomber.
- Following an indictment by the Lokayukta, UP Minister of State for Homeopathy and Religious Endowment Rajesh Tripathi resigned on Saturday, an official statement said, adding the minister was asked to resign by UP Chief Minister Mayawati.
- The Comptroller and Auditor General, whose report on a presumed loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in 2G spectrum allocation created a storm in Parliament, will appear before the Public Accounts Committee tomorrow.
Current Affairs of 27 December 2010
- Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai today briefed the Public Accounts Committee about his report in the 2G spectrum allocation ‘scam’.
- Spinner Harbhajan Singh and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan plotted a dramatic South African collapse to give India a vital 74-run lead in a topsy-turvy second cricket Test which seemed headed for a nail-biting finish.
- For a second time in a week, Bangladeshi border guards claimed to have busted a suspected ULFA hideout close to the Indian border, seizing mine manufacturing equipment, radio sets and propoganda material.
- Burdened by a rising number of pending cases, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the investigating arm of the Ministry of Finance, is planning to substantially beef up its operations, both in terms of head count and offices.
Current Affairs of 28 December 2010
- Paceman Tim Bresnan claimed 3 early wickets to scuttle Australia’s unlikely second-innings run-chase and leave England on the brink of an Ashes-winning victory in the fourth Test today.
- The Reserve Bank on Monday announced reduction of Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR), requirement for lenders to keep a portion of deposits in government securities, cash and gold, by one percentage point to 24 per cent for regional rural banks (RRBs).
- Days after P Chidambaram shot off a strongly-worded letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee pointing out that law and order in the state has virtually collapsed, the CPM on Monday accused the Home Minister of being “partisan” and claimed the letter was aimed at serving the “political interests” of the Trinamool Congress.
Current Affairs of 29 December 2010
- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Rajan Ghate, who was the whistle-blower against foreigners illegally purchasing lands in Goa, has been selected for prestigious National RTI Awards 2010 given by National RTI Secretariat, Uttar Pradesh.
- The CBI today filed a closure report in the Aarushi double murder case before a court on the grounds there was no available evidence at the crime scene to pursue the probe, meeting a dead-end in the case that shook the country over two years back.
- The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested a 33-year-old alleged gangster, who is reportedly linked to underworld dons Chhota Rajan, Aijaz Lakarwala and Bharat Nepali, from the Uttar Pradesh border.
Current Affairs of 30 December 2010
- After mayor Shraddha Jadhav suspected sabotage behind the fire in the Dadar flower market, the Sena-ruled BMC now wants the state to initiate a CID inquiry into the matter.
- IT hardware provider HCL Infosystems Ltd said on Thursday it will buy a 20 percent stake in Dubai’s Techmart Telecom Distribution FZCO in a bid to expand in the Middle East.
- More than Rs 28,000 crore was received by several non-government organisations in the country from foreign nations between 2005 and 2008.
- South African cricketers have alleged that they spotted umpire Steve Davis drunk on the eve of India’s series-levelling Durban Test and are now mulling lodging a complaint against the Australian who controversially uled AB de Villiers out in the hosts’ second innings.
- Israel’s disgraced ex-President Moshe Katsav was today convicted of rape of a former employee and faces up to 16 years in jail over the four-year-old scandal that had shocked the country.
Current Affairs of 31 December 2010
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday gave its nod for infusion of Rs 1,200 crore in state-owned Air India but asked the airline to rationalise its wage bill, an issue which has brought the company management and unionised staff on collision course in the recent past.
- Pakistan’s anti-terrorism law needs to be improved because thousands of terrorists apprehended by law enforcement agencies were bailed out in courts and again indulged in terrorist activities, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said.
- A triumphant, and much relieved, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said India still needs to be disciplined in batting, bowling and fielding to win the Test aeries against South Africa, thereby refusing to think about any out-of-the-box strategy.
- In a bid to end the deadlock between the government and the Opposition over the JPC issue and facilitate a smooth Budget session, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and BJP leaders over lunch on Thursday.