December 2011 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs December 2011: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of December 2011 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
  • Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar was selected for the Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award. Former India captain Ajit Wadekar will be honoured with the Col C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement trophy at the annual Indian Cricket Board awards ceremony to be held in Chennai on 10 December 2011.
  • Ravi Ruia decided to step down as chairman of the London-listed Essar Energy after a trial court admitted a criminal chargesheet filed by the investigating agency.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • England batsman Alastair Cook received Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, India-born US citizen whose pioneering work in molecular biology won him the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry, has been honoured with a knighthood by the royal establishment here in a rare recognition of achievements by foreigners based in Britain.
Top Books Current Affairs
  • The book Non-Stop India by journalist-author Mark Tully was launched in Chennai by Editor-in-Chief  of The Hindu, N Ram.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Australia’s ruling Labour Party in its annual policy conference approved plans to open up uranium sales to India. This cleared the way for talks on a bilateral nuclear agreement between India and Australia.
  • The Prime Minister of India visited Russia on 15-17 December 2011 to participate in the 12th  Indo-Russian annual summit. India and Russia signed five major agreements during this summit, which includes licensed production of an additional 42 Sukhoi combat planes and to manage fly ash residue at thermal plants in Siberia. 
  • Delhi government inked an agreement with the National Institute for Smart Government, NISG, Hyderabad for digitisation of its archival records.
  • In one of their biggest arms deal, the US and Saudi Arabia inked an agreement worth 29.4 billion US dollars for the sale of 80 new F-15SA combat jets and modernisation of another 70. 

Top Economics Current Affairs
  • Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) put forth the regulations for uniform Know Your Client KYC Registration Agency (KRA).
  • According to the RBI data, India's foreign exchange reserves fell by a steep $4.67 billion to $302.1 billion during the week ended 16 December  2011 on account of a fall in foreign currency assets. The dip marked the lowest in  nine months.
Top Education Current Affairs
  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal dedicated the Malappuram (Kerala) off-campus of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to the nation at a function held in Perinthalmanna.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health claimed that alcohol could be used to treat tremors, a brain disorder that triggers exaggerated shaking and occurs during movement.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Veteran Telugu film producer and noted lyricist MS Reddy passed away. He was popularly known as Mallemala.
  • George Whitman, the American-born owner of Shakespeare & Company, a fabled English-language bookstore on the Left Bank in Paris died in Paris.
  • Former Indian footballer Hamilton Bobby passed away following a cardiac arrest. Bobby, an assistant manager of Indian Bank who fell unconscious at his place of work could not be saved though he was immediately rushed to the hospital.
  • Theatre director, screenplay writer and actor Satyadev Dubey, credited with introducing existential and absurd theatre, passed away.
  • Charismatic and controversial South African Indian politician Amichand Rajbansi died in Durban, South Africa. He was nicknamed The Bengal Tiger because of his fiery nature.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The Senate of Brazil approved the bill that reforms rules on the amount of land farmers must preserve as forest. Brazilian senators voted by 59 to seven to approve the legislation. 
  • The Union Cabinet of India approved a draft National Food Security Bill that seeks to give legal entitlement of cheaper food-grains to 62.5 per cent of the country's population.
  • Madhya Pradesh Gau- Vansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sansodhan) Vidheyak(Madhya Pradesh prohibition of slaughter of cow-progeny (amendment) Bill was approved by the President.
Top Special Day Current Affairs
  • World Aids Day is observed anually on 1 December 2011. The theme of World AIDS Day 2011 was Getting to Zero. Backed by the United Nations the Getting to Zero campaign will run until 2015.
  • Disability Day (WDD) is observed anually. In 2011, the theme for the International Day of Person’s With Disability was- Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • The Indian women's hockey team defeated Ireland 4-1 win to clinch the bronze medal in the four-nation tournament held in Parana, Argentina in December 2011.
  • The Indian team finished at the fourth position in the World Women's Team Chess Championship at Mardin,Turkey. India's chances of winning a medal was blown away following a loss to Georgia and then China.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • NASA(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) built a prototype capable of launching test harpoon tips across a distance of a mile (1.6km). It would be safer to collect comet material using the space harpoon before landing on the celestial bodies.
Top World Current Affairs
  • The one-day global conference in Bonn on Afghanistan’s future ended. During the summit, Afghanistan pledged to intensify the drive against corruption in exchange for international support after NATO forces withdraw in 2014. 
  • Turkey announced a new set of sanctions against Syria. Turkey would impose 30 percent tax on goods coming from Syria. The move as a response to Damascus imposing 30 percent customs duty on goods imported from Turkey besides suspending the free trade agreement with Ankara. 
  • The Government of Canada announced that women who aspire for Canadian citizenship can’t wear burqa or Islamic hijab when they take oath of citizenship.
  • China launched a high-speed bullet train in Quingdao, Shandong province. Its speed can reach up to 500 kilometre per hour. The train was launched by China’s largest rail vehicle maker, CSR Corp. Ltd.
  • A team of 50 Arab League Observers arrived in Damascus in Syria. The team consisting of experts from Algeria and Tunisia is led by Sudanese General Mustafa Daby.
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