International Human Solidarity Day 20 December
PM launches major skill development projects in Kanpur
i.Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation of the first-ever Indian Institute of Skills of the country at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh 19 December 2016.
ii.The institute is aimed at making youth more employable and self-reliant. The institute has been conceptualised by the Prime Minister during his visit to Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education.
World’s oldest water sample found to be 2 billion years old
i.University of Toronto scientists have discovered the oldest water sample dating back to about two billion years, more than 500 million years more ancient than the previous oldest samples.
ii.The water pool was found at a depth of nearly 3 kilometres in a Canadian mine. The discovery could give clues about life forms beneath the surface of other planets.
i. After claiming his second Wimbledon title and maiden ATP World Tour Finals crown, Britain’s world number one Andy Murray won a record third BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
ii. Murray previously won the award in 2013 and 2015 after his London 2012 Olympic gold and maiden Wimbledon title in 2015.
i.BJP led Assam government has roped in Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra as the brand ambassador of state tourism.
ii.She will promote brand entity of “Awesome Assam”.
i.The world’s first cloned goat bearing superfine Cashmere wool was born in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
ii.The goat will be raised in a base for animal husbandry research conducted by experts from agricultural universities and academies in Inner Mongolia and southwest China’s Yunnan Province.