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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS
Indian Navy Day
- Navy Day in India is observed on 4 December every year to celebrate the achievements and role of the naval force to the country. The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is led by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations 2019
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations on 26 January 2019. Mr Ramaphosa was invited to be chief guest by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when two leaders met on sidelines of G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The announcement comes month after US President Donald Trump declined India’s invitation to be chief guest. The reason citied was “scheduling constraints” of President.
Train 18: India’s first engine-less train becomes country’s fastest train
- India’s first indigenously designed locomotive-less (engine less) train known as Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during test run in Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. When this train is made operational, it will become the country’s fastest train. It is touted as next generation Shatabdi Express and will connect metros with other important cities.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Aung San Suu Kyi will be stripped of Freedom of Paris award over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority
- Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate & Myanmar leader, will be stripped of Freedom of Paris award over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. The move, which follows similar decisions by Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford, would make Myanmar’s de facto leader the first person to lose the freedom of the French capital, a purely symbolic award. The move will be finalised by the city council at a meeting in mid-December 2018.
Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019
- Qatar decided to withdraw its membership from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from January 2019. The announcement was made by Qatar’s Energy Minister, Saad al-Kaabi at a press conference in Doha.
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UK has amended its weapons bill to ensure right to possession of kirpans by Sikhs
- The UK government has confirmed an amendment to a new weapons bill going through the Parliament to ensure that it would not impact the right of the British Sikh community to possess and supply kirpans, or religious swords.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
The Nagaland government has recently signed pact with Estonian academy to enlighten the state people on the e-governance
- The Nagaland government has recently signed pact with Estonian academy to enlighten the state people on the e-governance models prevailing in the world. The main objective of the 5-year agreement with the e-Governance Academy of Estonia is to work together to develop and expand scientific collaboration on setting up e-Governance Academy in Nagaland. The agreement was signed during the current edition of the e-Naga Summit, held with a vision to embark on a process to install the spirit of innovation and use of technology for impacting positive change in the society.
Centre approves release of Rs 353 crore to Tamil Nadu as relief
- The Centre has approved the release of Rs 353.70 crore to Tamil Nadu as assistance for the damage caused by Cyclone Gaja on November 15 and 16, during which 12 districts of the state were severely affected. Further, assistance will be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), based on the final report of the Inter-ministerial Central Team (IMCT).
The Telangana government and British Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation
- The Telangana government and British Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation and support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of Telangana. The signatories, Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council India, and Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, signed the MoU in the presence of Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi. The British Council has aimed at inspiring youngsters from across Telangana and India to build a relationship with the UK for the next 70 years. Mr. Joshi hoped that the MoU will expand the scope of the Council’s engagements in developing the skill of young people.
India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
- In February 2019, India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The fest is an initiative of activist film collective Video Republic that has been campaigning for indigenous communities in the State. The three-stop event will kick off on February 19 and 20, moving on to Puri from February 21 to 23 to eventually culminate in an interaction with the adivasi communities at Niyamgiri.
Government, ADB sign USD 85 million loan agreement to support skill development in Odisha
- The Union Government has signed an $85 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank to improve the skill development eco-system in Odisha and establish an advanced skill training center, the World Skill Center, in the state’s capital city Bhubaneswar.
NGT instructed Delhi government to pay a fine of Rs.25 crore
- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) instructed the Delhi government to deposit an environmental compensation of Rs.25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for failing to curb air pollution in the Capital. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said in case the State government failed to comply with the orders, a sum of Rs.10 crore per month will be levied.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS
Microsoft passes Apple to become most valuable company
- Microsoft has surpassed Apple as the most valuable US company with a market value of about $812 billion. Apple’s market cap was about $1 billion less. In August 2018, Apple became the first US company with a $1 trillion valuation. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made a years-long bet on cloud computing.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION
Yes Bank appoints T.S Vijayan as an independent director to the board
- Yes Bank appointed T.S Vijayan, former Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) chairman, as an independent director on the board of the private sector bank with immediate effect. The board was formed by the bank to select the successor of its MD & CEO, Rana Kapoor, whose present term ends on January 31.
Ravindra Kumar Verma assumes charge as Technical Member in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity
- Ravindra Kumar Verma took charge as Technical Member in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), Ministry of Power, for a period of 3 years. Justice Manjula Chellur, Chairperson of APTEL, administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to Ravindra Kumar Verma.
UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) CEO Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey took over as the Revenue Secretary in the Finance Ministry
- UIDAI(Unique Identification Authority of India) CEO Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey took over as the Revenue Secretary in the Finance Ministry after Hasmukh Adhia retires. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, a 1984-batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre with over 34 years of experience in state and Central governments, was welcomed to his new office by the outgoing Finance and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: COMMITTEE
Government forms Rajiv Kumar Committee to look at selling of OIL, ONGC fields to private companies
- Union Government has constituted six-member committee to look at selling as many as 149 small and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output.
- The committee will be headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and includes Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Oil Secretary M M Kutty, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker as members.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or award
- Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award.
Pradip Batra was awarded the special ASEAN – India Achievement award for the businessman of year, at the 3rd ASEAN India Business Summit
- The 3rd ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) India Business Summit was organised by the ASEAN India Business Council (AIBC) Malaysian Chapter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Spice Garden group of restaurants owner Pardeep Batra was awarded the special ASEAN – India Achievement award for the businessman of year.
UK’s Cambridge Dictionary has recently declared “Nomophobia”, as People’s Word of the year 2018
- The UK’s Cambridge Dictionary has recently declared “Nomophobia”, the word that describes the stress and anxiety caused by being separated from your mobile, as People’s Word of the year 2018. The word is defined as the fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it. Based on the results of a popular vote, Nomophobia was chose over the other shortlisted words – ‘gender gap’, ‘ecocide’ and ‘no-platforming’.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE
COP24: 24th Conference of Parties to UNFCCC begins Katowice, Poland
- The 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-24) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began at Katowice, Poland. COP-24 is expected to finalise guidelines for implementation of Paris Agreement adopted in 2016. Delegates from nearly 200 nations are participation in COP24. Indian delegation to this conference is led by Environment Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE
NASA is set to launch VISIONS-2 rocket to get a closer look at the how the earth’s atmosphere is leaking into space.
- NASA is set to launch VISIONS-2 rocket to get a closer look at the how the earth’s atmosphere is leaking into space. The VISIONS-2 mission, Visualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral Atom Sensing-2, is scheduled to be launched on December 4. Understanding atmospheric escape on earth has applications all over the Universe, from predicting which planets might be habitable, to piecing together how Mars became a desolate landscape. A sounding rocket makes brief, targeted flights into space before falling back to Earth just a few minutes later.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
Ullas Narayana won India’s first international medal in ultra running
- Ullas Narayana became the first Indian individual medal winner in an international ultra running event by winning bronze in the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24 Hour Asia & Oceania Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. Ultra races consisted of running over extremely long distances which are much longer than the traditional races. They are contested in 2 different types of race modalities: over a set distance or a set time.