Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: December 24, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for December 24, 2021

INDIA

– Education Ministry issues advisory on using services of online education companies for school education
– DRDO conducts flight-test of indigenous aerial target ‘Abhyas’
– Indian Army launches messaging application ASIGMA (Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application) for its personnel
– Madhya Pradesh Assembly passes Bill that seeks to recover property damages from protesters
– Maharashtra Assembly passes Shakti Criminal Laws Bill that recommends capital punishment in rape cases
– Drinking age lowered from 25 to 21 in Haryana
– PM Modi inaugurates 27 developmental projects worth Rs 2,095 cr in Varanasi
– Fifth Siddha Day celebrated on Dec 23; is an Indian ancient medicine system
– Nitin Gadkari inaugurates 82-kms Delhi-Meerut Expressway
– India conducts second flight-test of surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’; has a range of 150-500 kms
– Scientists trace first clue to understand transient high energy pulses from magnetars

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– RBI extends card tokenisation deadline by six months to June 30, 2022 after which merchants will not be able to store card information of users
– Projects under PPP (public-private partnerships) at major ports can now determine tariffs in accordance with market dynamics
– PM launches portal and logo for Conformity Assessment Scheme of milk products in Varanasi; developed by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) with NDDB (National Dairy Development Board) support
– Govt. signs agreements with German Development Bank – KFW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) for energy reform programme in MP
– Government of India & European Investment Bank sign finance contract for first tranche loan of Euro 250 million for Agra Metro Rail project
– HSBC AMC acquires L&T Finance’s mutual fund unit for Rs 3,200 cr
– Medplus Health Services shares jump 41% in debut trade

WORLD

– Pfizer pill ‘Paxlovid’ becomes first US-authorized home COVID treatment
– South Korea becomes 10th country outside of Europe to join Europol law enforcement cooperation agency
– UN passes resolution over easing financial restrictions on Afghanistan

SPORTS

– NDTL (National Dope Testing Laboratory) regains WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accreditation

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