Current Affairs of 25 Dec 2017
Keshav Kishore, Published On:25-Dec-2017
1. SAMEEP : An initiative of MEA
•External Affairs ministry has launched this initiative SAMEEP called “Students and MEA Engagement Program”.
•Objective of this policy is to take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students across the country.
•By this policy official will talk to students to help them for better understanding of foreign policy.
2. World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft : AG600
•China has developed this aircraft with the view to modernize military programme.
•This aircraft will work as “ protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs”.
•It has completed its maiden flight in Zhuhai(China).
•It is an ambitious attempt of China to show her emphatic nature in South China sea.
3. Henrietta Fore : New Head of UNICEF
•The former head of the USAID Henrietta Fore will be the new Executive Director of United Nations Children’s Fund.
•She was the first woman head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
•The objective of UNICEF is to provide humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
4. Good Governance Day : 25 December
•This day is celebrated annually on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
•It was established in 2014 to honour the former PM by fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government.
•It has also made the day as working day for the government in the wake of the principle of good governance.
5. IACS’s hydrogel will remove toxic dyes and metal ions
•Indian Association for Cultivation of Sciences (IACS), Kolkata, has developed a new gel that can remove toxic organic dyes and metal ions from waste water.
•The dyes tested were malachite green, congo red, brilliant blue and rhodomine B.
•Amino acid like leucine and phenylalanine are used to make the gel which is biodegradable also.
•Current methods for treating waste water such as adsorption using activated carbon, chemical precipitation or electrochemical techniques are not very much acceptable as they are ineffective due to incomplete removal or high energy requirements.