31 December 2016 Current Affairs

North Korea in final stages of test launching intercontinental ballistic missile: Kim Jong-Un

]North Korea is in the “final stages” of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, leader Kim Jong-Un said Sunday, claiming the country had significantly support its check in 2016. “We are in the final stages of test-launching the intercontinental ballistic missile,” Kim said in a 30-minute televised New Year’s speech, pointing to a string of nuclear and missile tests last year. Pyongyang had “soared as a nuclear power”, he said, adding it was now a “military power of the East that cannot be touched by even the strongest enemy.” The country carried out two nuclear tests and numerous missile launches in 2016 in pursuit of its oft-stated goal of developing a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear


Ricky Ponting joins Australia T20I coaching team

Former Test skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach to the Australia Twenty20 international team for next month’s series against Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia said on Sunday. Ponting, one of Australia’s greatest batsmen, will work alongside the provisional head coach Justin Langer and provisional assistant coach Jason Gillespie during the three T20 internationals. The matches will be played in Melbourne (February 17), the Victorian provincial city of Geelong (February 20) and Adelaide (February 22).


TV’s 10 highest paid actors in 2016: Kapil Sharma, Hina Khan, Divyanka Tripathi and others on the list

 

India’s film industry might be the largest in the world. But who says the country’s television is lagging behind? It is fast growing and might just surpass Bollywood in no time. No wonder all our film celebs do not mind making their television debuts. Sometimes it is due to the content that clicks better with the audience than films, at others it is due to the commission. With the biggest Bollywood banners like Balaji, Rajshri and Vishesh Films not minding investing in television, the entire budget and production cost is growing with each new television show. So much so, that the makers are ready to sign TV actors for an enormous amount of money too.


PM Modi Defends Note Ban, Announces Sops

In a advance to soften the blow of demonetization effects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (31 December) announced a host of absorb for rural and urban poor, middle class, women and senior citizens while sending out a tough message that law will come down with “full force” on the “dishonest”.
Addressing the nation at the end of 50 day period post surprise decision to ban 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, he did not set out any roadmap for withdrawal of the cash restriction in banks but made it clear that his attempt was to restore regularity as fast as possible in the New Year.
The withdrawal of high denomination bank notes on November 8 caused widespread break and anger in a country where cash is dominant, and the televised speech was seen as an opportunity to offer financial relief to people suffering most.

Updated: January 2, 2017 — 5:50 pm

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