Current Affairs Pocket : 20th Dec. 2017

AU Small Finance Bank Joins Hands with Sahaj e-Village

  • AU Small Finance Bank announced signing an MoU with Sahaj e-Village for extending its banking service in remote areas through Business Correspondent Agent (BC) model.
  • With this MoU, AU Bank will be able to further foster its mission of financial inclusion and greater customer outreach.
  • As per the agreement, the BCs will act as an intermediary between the Bank and the customers in the interior locations where the Bank does not have a presence.

In a First, France Passes Law to Ban all Oil and Gas Production by 2040

  • France’s parliament has approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas territories.
  • Under that law that passed a final vote, existing drilling permits will not be renewed and no new exploration licenses will be granted. The French government claims the ban is a world first.

Ola Acquires FoodPanda India Business, to Further Invest $200 million

  • Ola, operated by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd has acquired food delivery start-up Foodpanda India Pvt. Ltd from its German parent Delivery Hero AG in an all-stock deal that will see the ride-hailing major infuse $200 million in Foodpanda’s India operations.
  • Under the deal, Foodpanda’s India business will be transferred to Ola in exchange for the latter’s stock. The share-swap arrangement and details of the transaction are still not disclosed.

Zee Cine Awards 2018

  • Zee Cine Awards 2018 took place recently, marking the presence of almost all the big stars from Bollywood. The complete winner’s list is out that includes Varun Dhawan, Sridevi, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and Golmaal Again team grabbing the highest recognition.
    Below is the complete list of winners of Zee Cine Awards 2018:
  • Best actor male- Varun Dhawan for Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
  • Best actor female- Sridevi for Mom.
  • Best director- Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi.
  • Best film- Golmaal Again.
  • Extraordinary franchisee award- Baahubali.
  • Global icon award- Priyanka Chopra.
  • Best script award- Nitesh Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi.
  • Best music director- Amit Trivedi for Secret Superstar.
  • Best male playback Singer- Akhil Sachdeva for Humsafar.
  • Best action director- Sham Kaushal for Kaabil.

Shree Saini from Washington Crowned Miss India USA 2017

  • Washington resident Shree Saini crowned Miss India USA 2017. While Prachi Singh from Connecticut was declared the first runner-up at the pageant, which was held at the Royal Alberts Palace in Edison, New Jersey.
  • Shree Saini is an anti-bullying activist. At the beauty pageant, cancer surgeon Kavita Malhotra Pattani from Florida was declared Mrs India USA 2017.
  • Swapna Mannam, 17, from New Jersey was crowned with Miss Teen India USA 2017.

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