22nd December 2017 Current Affairs – GK Today
1.Mamang Dai has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel “The Black Hill” in English, and Ramesh Kuntal Megh got the award in the Hindi for his critique “Vishwa Mithak Sarit Sagar”.
2.National Mathematics Day is observed on 22nd December.
3.India signed an agreement with Switzerland that would allow automatic sharing of tax-related information from January 1 next year.
4.India will be establishing a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) at Al Azhar University, Egypt’s highest religious authority.
5.India captain Mithali Raj was named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the lone cricketer to find a place in both the ODI and T20I teams of the year. Harmanpreet Kaur has found out a place in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.
6.Vijay Rupani will continue as Chief Minister of Gujarat and Nitin Patel as his deputy Chief Minister.
7.A loan agreement was signed for providing additional funding of Euro 20 million for the ‘Pare Hydroelectric Plant project’, under the Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation.
8.Salman Khan has topped Forbes India Celebrity 100 list for a second consecutive year.
9.Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched a new programme, ‘Students and MEA Engagement Programme’ (SAMEEP) aims to take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students across the country.
10.The 7th edition of the India International Coffee Festival (IICF) will be held in Bengaluru from January 16-19, 2018.
11.SBI Card and Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) launched a co-branded credit card, ‘BPCL SBI Card’, which will offer up to five percent savings on fuel purchases.
12.Patanjali has been ranked as India’s most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Brand by the Brand Trust Report India Study 2017.
13.Kolkata Police has been awarded this year’s prestigious NASSCOM-DSCI excellence award.
14.Prabhat Kumar Sinha was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Northern Coalfields Limited.
15.M. Subbarayudu has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Peru.
16.Acclaimed Bengali singer Jatileswar Mukhopadhyay has passed away.