December 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs December 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of December 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • The United States Senate has approved the nomination of Rajiv Shah to head the US Agency for International Development, making him the highest ranking Indian-American in the administration.
  • Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader K G Bopaiah was elected as the speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The elections were held after Jagadish Shettar stepped down the post to be sworn in as a cabinet minister in the B S Yeddyurappa government.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed US President Barack Obama's new Af-Pak strategy, in particular the initiative to boost 'civilian efforts' to make Afghan institutions stronger and entrust more responsibilities to domestic authorities.
  • India and Russia have reached a broad agreement to break the logjam over the protracted price renegotiation over the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier and the two sides are expected to sign a landmark civil nuclear pact during summit talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.
  • India and Russia are to invest $600 million to set up a joint venture to produce a medium lift transport aircraft for their armed forces.
Top Incident Current Affairs
  • At least 21 people, including a woman and child, were killed and over 30 injured when a private bus collided with a trailer in Howrah district on Sunday.
Top India Current Affairs
  • India has launched a major offensive codenamed 'Operation Green Hunt' against Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh.
  • Hoping to take Bharatanatyam and yoga to places they have never been, India is planning to come up with at least eight new cultural centres in different parts of the world to use its soft power to spread its influence in regions of interest.
  • Tamil Nadu was the first state to show the way for the welfare of the mentally disabled in the country. Now Tirunelveli, a city corporation in the southern part of the state, has won acclaim from President Pratibha Patil for its work in the field.
  • All 28 Indian crew members onboard a crippled bulk cargo freighter, which was stranded in mid-sea, left for their destination of Portland after the vessel's engine was repaired.
  • A fleet of 10 helicopters will be pressed into service to assist the over 80,000 heavily armed central paramilitary troops as part of an elaborate anti-Naxal offensive across the country.

Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • As United States President Barack Obama announced a new Afghan-Pakistan strategy, the US said its 'core goal' is disrupting, dismantling and defeating terror networks in those two countries, an aspiration shared with India.
  • A deer park, housing bear, hyena, birds and snakes besides chital deer, was set on fire in Jhargram a day after the gunning down of four persons and torching of tankers and sponge iron units as the orgy of Maoist-backed violence hit  Bengal's troubled West Midnapore district.
  • India's only aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, will have a special guest President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation has politely turned down India's request for extradition of terror suspect David Headley to India on the ground he will have to first undergo a sentence which could be imposed on him in the US for the offences committed if convicted.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Rajasthan Governor S K Singh, a former Foreign Secretary, died in New Delhi on Tuesday after a prolonged illness.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • An Indian-American man has been sentenced by a US court to 12 years in jail and ordered to pay $68 million for his involvement in an elaborate internet scam that obtained a whopping $200 million by illegally selling addictive medicines to cyber customers and drug users.
  • Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao rejected the Centre's reported move to go for a second State Reorganisation Commission on Telangana statehood issue and expressed helplessness if the agitation for the separate state took a violent turn.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Gujarat government moved the controversial 'The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009' in the state assembly which will make voting compulsory in all local body elections of the state.
  • Andhra Pradesh Governor N D Tiwari, Congress said he had taken the 'appropriate decision' of quitting and acting on 'moral principles', a contention ridiculed by the Bharatiya Janata Party as a bid to make a 'virtue' out of it.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • In a sudden development, senior Parliamentarian Jaswant Singh has resigned as chairman of the prestigious Public Accounts Committee, which he had refused to quit when he had a bitter parting of ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party four months ago.
  • Welcoming the fresh initiative of the Centre to find a solution to the decades-old problem, 13 Congress ministers from Telangana have withdrawn their resignations.
Top Science Current Affairs
  • India successfully test fired its nuclear-capable ballistic missile 'Dhanush', with a range of 350 kilometers, from a naval ship off the Orissa coast.The single-stage ship-based missile was flight-tested at around 11.30 am and the trial was successful
Top Summit Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the Copenhagen Summit on climate change on December 18, reflecting the seriousness attached by India to the meet where it is expected to play a crucial role.
Top World Current Affairs
  • US special forces will soon launch new operations to hunt world's most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden who the Americans believe is holed up in rugged terrain along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
  • Pakistan has become the second country in South Asia after India to have inducted the sophisticated surveillance aircraft, Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) in its Air Force.
  • The United Kingdom's Department for International Development launched its biggest civil society project on Thursday to mark World Human Rights Day. 
  • A group of US nationals arrested in Pakistan over alleged terrorist links will not be deported until security agencies verify that they had not violated local laws, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.
  • The Border Security Force has apprehended a Pakistani youth, who had crossed over to India, and handed him over to Pakistani Rangers at Octroi post in Jammu division, paramilitary officials said on Saturday.
  • A two-member team of the National Investigation Agency arrived in Kozhikode late to conduct probe into the 2006 blast at two bus stations in the city, reportedly masterminded by LeT terror suspect T Nazir.
  • Former prime minister of Britain Winston Churchill has unfinished business at the Bangalore Club. A ledger entry, which is part of the Club World Book, which was released as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Club states that Churchill owes Rs 13 in unpaid bills to the club.
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