Current Affairs | December 17, 2021

Current Affairs December 17, 2021
This post presents a quick overview of everyday events on December 17, 2021, GK one-liners to help you prepare for the upcoming Kerala PSC, UPSC, SSC, Banking, Railways, and other competitive examinations.

Current Affairs

December 17, 2021


  • Bills in Lok Sabha today – 
    • The  National Anti-Doping Bill, 2021
      • Introduced by – Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India.
    • The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021.
      • Introduced by – Bhupender Yadav, Union Cabinet Minister of Labour and Employment, Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
    • The Chartered Accountants, the Cost and Works Accountants and the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
      • Introduced by – Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of India
    • All amendments made to the Surrogacy Regulation (Bill) were accepted.
  • Bills in Rajya Sabha today – 
    •  The Mediation Bill, 2021.
      • Minister of Law and Justice of India, Kiren Rijiju.

National & International

  • Which South Asian country signed an agreement for IT cooperation with India? Vietnam.
    • Capital – Hanoi.
    • Currency – Vietnamese dong.
  • Which country has prohibited laughing, drinking, and shopping for 11 days, and why? North Korea, the 10th anniversary of former leader Kim Jong-il.
  • Name the renovated historic Hindu temple of Bangladesh inaugurated by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on December 17  –  Ramna Kalibari Temple (Dhaka).
  • What is the name of the supertyphoon causing devastation in the Philippines? Rai. 
    • Locally known as Typhoon Odette in the Philippines.
  • Name India-manufactured coronavirus vaccine which was granted emergency approval by the WHO – Covovax.
    •  9th COVID-19 vaccine listed by WHO for emergency use.
  • The pharma company which produces Covovax – Serum Institute of India.
    • under licence from the U.S.-based Novavax.
    • Founded in – 1966.
    • Headquarters – Pune.
    • CEO – Adar Poonawalla.
  • Name the indigenously developed single test kit that can detect current COVID-19 variants that is recently approved by ICMR – CoviDelta diagnostics kit.
    • Developed by – GenePath Diagnostics, Pune.
  • Name the commission that fined the global behemoth, Amazon, a penalty of ₹200 crore  – Competition Commission of India (CCI).
    • Formed on – 2003 October 14.
    • Headquarters – New Delhi.
    • Structure – one Chairperson & six members.
    • Chairperson – Ashok Kumar Gupta.
  • In addition to the penalty, CCI halted Amazon's dealings with which company? Future Group.
  • Which state has received 'in-principle' authorisation from the Centre to build the world's biggest nuclear power plant? Maharashtra.
    • With the help of France.
  • How many nuclear power plants are being set up in Jaitapur of Maharashtra? 6.
    • Total capacity – 9900 MW.
  • Which organisation is responsible for submitting the Foundational Literacy Index report to the Prime Minister? Economic Advisory Council.
    • A literacy rate report in India which indicates literacy among children under the age of ten in Indian states based on their geographical size.
  • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Index 2021 – 
    • Topper (Large States) – West Bengal.
    • Worst Performer (Large States) – Bihar.
    • Topper (Small States) – Kerala.
    • Worst Performer (Small States) –  Jharkhand.
  • All India Mayors’ Conference was held at – Varanasi.
    • Theme – New Urban India.
  • The Reserve Bank of India recently slapped a penalty on India's two largest banks citing rule violations. Which ones are they? ICICI Bank & Punjab National Bank.
    • ICICI Bank – Rs. 30 lakhs & PNB – Rs. 1.8 crore 
  • Which company has bagged an ADE-DRDO supply order for the ABHYAS target platform? Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • In which Indian state did GAIL sign a memorandum of understanding to build a 500 KLD bioethanol facility at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore? Gujarat.
    • Gujarat Chief Minister  – Bhupendra Patel.
    • GAIL – Gas Authority of India Limited.
      • Founded in – 1984.
      • Headquarters – New Delhi.
  • New State Song of Tamil Nadu – Tamil Thai Vaazhthu.
    • Penned by – Manonmaniam Sundaranar,
    • Should be sung 55 seconds in Mullaipaani Ragam (Mohana Raagam).


  • Which country recently decided to set up a food park in Kerala? UAE.


  • Highest Civilian Award of Bhutan – Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo.
    • Capital – Thimphu.
    • Currency – Bhutanese ngultrum.
  • Winner of Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo – Narendra Modi.
    • PM of Bhutan – Lotay Tshering.
  • First Indian Industrialist to receive Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Kumar Mangalam Birla.
    • Instituted by – The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Silicon Valley.
    • Other recipients – Satya Nadella, Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos.
    • Chairman of Aditya Birla Group – Kumar Mangalam Birla.


  •  Time Magazine’s Athlete of the Year 2021 – Simone Biles.
  • Winner of SJFI Medal 2021 – Sunil Gavaskar (Cricket).
    •  SJFI – Sports Journalists’ Federation of India.
    • Other SJFI Awards 2021 – 
      • SJFI Special Recognition Award – Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ).
      • SJFI Team of the Year – Indian Men’s Hockey team.
      • SJFI Sportsman of the Year – Neeraj Chopra (Javelin).
      • SJFI Sportswoman of the Year – Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting).
      • SJFI Parathletes of the Year (Men) –  Sumit Antil (Javelin) & Pramod Bhagat (Badminton) .
      • SJFI Parathletes of the Year (Woman) – Avani Lekhara (Shooting).
  • Venue of first-ever national-level Khelo India Women's Hockey League – New Delhi.

Today in History

  • 1718 – France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain.
  • 1777 –  France acknowledges the independence of British colonies in America.
  • 1903 – First sustained motorized aircraft flight by Wright brothers.
  • 1928 – Assassination of British police officer James Saunders in Lahore, Punjab by Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru.
  • 1931 – First meeting of the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta.
    • Organized by – Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis.
  • 1938 – Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn.
  • 1961 –  Operation Vijay.
    • Annexation of Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies.
  • 1989 – Television Premiere of the show "The Simpsons."
    • By  Matt Groening on Fox TV.
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