Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: December 21, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for December 21, 2021

INDIA

– Lok Sabha passes electoral reforms bill that links Aadhaar to voter ID
– ‘Prashasan gaon ki aur’: Govt to celebrate Good Governance week from Dec 20 to 26
– HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) Exercise – PANEX-21 – of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries being conducted in Pune on Dec 20-22
– UP Govt. to launch ‘happiness curriculum’ in 150 primary schools; 3rd after Chhattisgarh and Delhi
– Delimitation Commission on J&K proposes 6 additional assembly seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir, according to the census of 2011
– Pradeep Kumar Rawat appointed as India’s next Ambassador to China
– AICTE issues directive to colleges to avoid attending conferences organised by countries not recognised by India

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide USD 350 million loan to improve access to urban services in India
– CDSO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation) approves extension of Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin’s shelf
– Wipro replaces Bajaj Auto in the 30-share BSE Sensex
– Real estate developer Shriram Properties makes weak debut on stock markets; closes at ₹98.9 per share against issue price of ₹118
– Adani Enterprises wins contract to build 464 km of the 594-km length Ganga Expressway connecting Meerut with Prayagraj in UP
– ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) designs kit for omicron detection; invites EOI (Expression of Interest) from manufacturers
– European aerospace major Airbus selects Tata Technologies as strategic supplier
– Vedanta acquires Goa-based Nicomet; becomes only nickel producer in India
– Japan’s Osaka Gas enters India’s urban gas distribution market

WORLD

– Chile: Leftist Gabriel Boric elected new President
– Japanese space tourists Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano safely return to Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station
– Pro-Beijing candidates sweep victories at Hong Kong polls; voter turnout (30.2%) lowest since the British handed the island to China in 1997
– United Arab Emirates announces end of censorship in cinematic releases
– Uzra Zeya appointed new US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues
– UK: PM Boris Johnson appoints foreign secretary Liz Truss to be Brexit negotiator
– UN observes International Human Solidarity Day on Dec 20

SPORTS

– Cricketer Rishabh Pant appointed as Uttarakhand’s brand ambassador by CM Pushkar Singh Dhami

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