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Concise Current Affairs Recap: 21 December 2015

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1.West Bengal Government approved proposal for formation of 5 new districts

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Image via ibnlive.com

The West Bengal Government has cleared the proposal for setting up five new districts in the state. These five new districts will increase the number of districts of West Bengal to 25. The existing Burdwan district will be bifurcated into Burdwan (Industrial) and Burdwan (Rural).

2. Miss Iraq beauty pageant organized first time after 1972

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Image via thenational.ae

Miss Iraq beauty pageant was held for the first time since 1972.  The contest was held successfully despite the death threats from Islamic militant organistaions like ISIS. It has been cancelled for the last four decades due to unrest in the Middle East. Shaymaa Qasim Abdelrahman was crowned Miss Iraq.

3. FC Barcelona won 2015 FIFA Club World Cup

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Barcelona defeated Argentina’s River Plate by 3-0 and won the the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup. Messi became the first player to score in three finals. So far, the event was held for 12 times and Barcelona tops the table of winners with three titles overall.

4. Conservative People’s party won Spain election but still falls short of majority

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Governing conservative People’s Party (PP) of Spain’s has won 123 seats seats in the general elections of the country.  It is still fallen short of absolute majority which can be achieved by minimum 176 seats.

5. Kane Williamson became first Kiwi batsman to top ICC Test rankings

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Image via drivecricket.com

Kane Williamson became the first cricketer from New Zealand to top the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Test rankings.

6. US Senate ratified IMF reforms in budget bill to boost representation of emerging economies

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The Senate of United States (US) has ratified reforms to boost the representation of emerging economies at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as part of Budget Bill. If this is passed by the president, it will allow emerging economies like India and China to have a greater role in how the IMF is managed.

7. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach crowned Miss Universe 2015

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Image via facebook.com/MissUniverse

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is crowned Miss Universe 2015 at the final of 64th edition of Miss Universe held in Las Vegas, the USA. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2014 winner Paulina Vega of Columbia.

8- Tata Motors is only Indian firm on top 50 global R&D spenders

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Image via niojak.com

Tata Motors made it to the Top 50 in the annual Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard for 2015, which is prepared by the European Commission. It was topped by the German automaker Volkswagen.

9- Eugenson Lyngdoh and Bala Devi get top All India Football Federation honours

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Bengaluru FC (BFC) midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh and striker Bala Devi were named the 2015 All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player-of-the-Year and woman Footballer-of-the-Year respectively. 

10. NASA’s Mars Curiosity finds high concentration of silica

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Image via zdnet.com

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has found high concentrations of silica that could help scientists acquire information about the wet environment on the red planet.