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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS
National Energy Conservation Day
- 14th of December is celebrated as the national energy conservation day by the people all over the India on. In the year of 2001, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) executed the Energy Conservation Act in India. In the following article let us take a walkthrough the significance of this particular day.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
EU Ambassador Opens India’s first CoE at MAHE
- India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence established by the European Union was inaugurated at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal by Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, Tomasz Kozlowski. The award comes with a grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Japan has selected the Chinese character for ‘disaster’ as its defining symbol for 2018
- Japan on 12 December selected the Chinese character for ‘disaster’ as its defining symbol for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms. Floods across Japan in July 2018 caused more than 200 deaths and nearly evacuation of 9 million people. In the same month, 150 people died due to heat wave and 80000 people were hospitalised.
Russia has sent two Tu-160, strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, to Venezuela
- Russia has sent two Tu-160, strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons, to Venezuela in an apparent show of support to President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. Russia is a major political ally of Venezuela, which has become increasingly isolated in the world under growing sanctions led by the United States and the European Union, which accuse Maduro of undermining democratic institutions to hold onto power while overseeing an economic and political crisis that is worse than the Great Depression.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
Maharashtra was recently imposed with a penalty of Rs.1 lakh for not coming up with a new building for the district and sessions court
- The Bombay High Court imposed Rs.1 lakh penalty on the State government for not coming up with a new building for the district and sessions court in Sangli, a city in Sangli district, Maharashtra, despite many extensions.
||Chinamani Vidyasagar Rao
Kaiga Power Station-1, Karnataka has created a world record for the longest uninterrupted operation for 941 days
- Karnataka’s Kaiga Power Station-1 has created a world record for the longest uninterrupted operation for 941 days, thereby breaking the earlier record of 940 days by the United Kingdom. Heysham-2 Unit-8 of the U.K. had held the earlier record of the longest uninterrupted operation (940 days) among all nuclear power reactors (of all technologies) in the world. Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-1) equalled the world record on Sunday and broke it on Monday, thus creating history. While KGS-1 is a Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR), Heysham-2 Unit-8 is an Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR).
||Vajubai Rudubai Wala
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS
HAL developed a Light Utility Helicopter which achieves important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter achieved important milestone of flying at 6 Km altitude in Bengaluru. It is 3-ton class new generation helicopter designed and developed by indigenously Rotary Wing Research and Design Center (RWRDC) of HAL. It will replace ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters used by Indian Armed Forces.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Surjit Bhalla resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council
- Indian economist Surjit Bhalla announced his resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC). His resignation is effective from December 1, 2018. After the resignation, he joined the CNN IBN group. Also he released a book called Citizen Raj: Indian Elections 1952-2019, focusing on Indian elections since 1952.
Kamal Nath was sworn as the Cheif Minister Madhya Pradesh
- Congress party has chosen MP statue unit president Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He will replace outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. A one-line resolution has been passed at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bhopal to choose the Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Congress party high command will now take the final decision.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
Manika Batra was awarded the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Breakthrough Star Award 2018
- Manika Batra, India’s star paddler, was awarded the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Breakthrough Star Award 2018 during a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. In the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Manika won four medals including a historic women’s singles gold, team gold, women’s doubles silver (with Mouma Das) and mixed doubles bronze (with G.Sathiyan). She had also bagged the bronze in mixed doubles (with A. Sharath Kamal) at the 2018 Asian Games.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE
Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration for year 2018 was held in Marrakech
- The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was held in Marrakech, Morocco on 10th and 11th of December, 2018. It is the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. The global compact is non-legally binding. It is grounded in values of state sovereignty, responsibility-sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights, and recognizes that a cooperative approach is needed to optimize the overall benefits of migration, while addressing its risks and challenges for individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING
Climate Change Performance Index: Sweden tops in the Ranking, India at 11th position
- The Climate Change Performance Index was released on the sidelines of COP24 Un Summit in Katowice, Poland. U.S. dropped from 56th to 59th place due to high emissions and poor ratings for the federal government’s policies. The bottom 5 consisted of: Saudi Arabia (60), US (59), Iran (58), Korea (57), Chinese Taipei (56).
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE
The Indian Navy launched its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system in Mumbai
- The Indian Navy launched its first non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
NASAs InSight spacecraft snaps its first selfie from Mars
- NASA’s InSight spacecraft has used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie, a mosaic made up of 11 images. This is the same imaging process used by Curiosity rover mission, in which many overlapping pictures are taken and later stitched together. Visible in the selfie is the lander’s solar panel and its entire deck, including its science instruments. In the coming days, the scientists and engineers will be deciding where in this workspace the spacecraft’s instruments should be placed. They will then command InSight’s robotic arm to carefully set the seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS, and heat-flow probe, known as the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, or HP3, in the chosen locations. Both work best on level ground, and engineers want to avoid setting them on rocks larger than about a half-inch (1.3 cm). The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars.
The Indian Navy bought Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) for Rs.1,000 crore from U.K.-based James Fisher Defence (JFD)
- The Indian Navy launched its first non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The DSRV is used to rescue crew members from submarines stranded underwater in the high seas. The cost of one system is Rs.1,000 crore.