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NITI Aayog Launches Global Hackathon on Artificial Intelligence

Niti Aayog with partnership with a Singapore based AI startup ‘Perlin’ launches ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ to develop AI Applications to make significant positive social and economic impact for India.

NITI Aayog is inviting developers, students, start-ups and companies to participate in the Hacklathon.

This Hacklathon is a part of National AI Strategy which has a vision to expand the idea of “Artificial Intelligence, AI for All”.


Second edition of exercise Aviaindra commenced between IAF and RFSAF at Jodhpur

11-day long AVIAINDRA 2018, the 2nd edition of exercise between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFSAF), commenced at Air Force Station Jodhpur. It would conclude on 21 December 2018.

The exercise would be conducted in 2 phases and is unique in nature, wherein the foreign participant does not bring its air assets.

The inaugural IAF-RFSAF Ex AVIAINDRA was conducted in 2014.


Shi Yomi became 23rd district of Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh got Shi Yomi as its 23rd district after its inauguration by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in presence ofUnion Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.

 The district, consisting of four circles — Mechuka, Pidi, Tato and Monigong — was carved out of West Siang district.

This including two other districts- Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada– was created after the approval of District Re-Organisation Bill, 2018 on August 29, 2018.


TN Government launches 24-hour helpline 181 for women

Tamil Nadu Government launched a 24-hour toll free helpline number 181 for women facing domestic violence and sexual harassment to get assistance ranging from police help, legal aid or medical services including ambulance.

The Service developed at a cost of 62.70 lakh will be available round-the-clock on all days of the week and women can also get information about the welfare schemes aimed at their benefit.



UN conference adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

A United Nations Conference in Moroccan city of Marrakesh adopted a global pact “The Global compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” to better handle migrant flows despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.

The pact is described as a “Roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos” by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.



Economy and Finance

RBI to implement an Ombudsman scheme for digital transactions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it will implement an ‘Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions’ covering services provided by entities falling under Reserve Banks regulatory jurisdiction.

The scheme will be notified by the end of January 2019.

The ombudsman scheme will provide cost-free mechanism to redress grievances of customers related to digital transactions to strengthen consumer confidence.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
♦ Governor: Urjit Patel (resigned on 10th December 2018)
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai




Pune to host Khelo India Youth Games 2019; Jersey launched

Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, launched jersey for Khelo India Youth Games and announced that 2nd edition of the national-level competition is moving out of the Capital and will be held in Pune, Maharashtra from January 9 – January 20, 2019.

In its second edition, the games, has expanded its scope, and will allow participants to compete in two categories, (Under 17) and (Under 21), besides allowing students from colleges and Universities to compete.


Virat Kohli becomes first Asian skipper to win a Test in South Africa, England and Australia

Indian Skipper Virat Kohli became the first Indian skipper to win a Test in South Africa, England and Australia after defeating Australia by 31 runs in the First Test Match of the Four Match Test Series at Adelaide.

Former Indian Captains Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni won Test matches as Captains in England and South Africa but not in Australia.

♦ Capital: Canberra
♦ Currency: Australian Dollar
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
♦ Headquarters: Mumbai
♦ President: C K Khanna
♦ Men’s Team Head Coach: Ravi Shashtri




Ministry of New and Renewable Energy conferred Skoch Award for National Significance

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India has been conferred the Skoch Award for National Significance at an event held in New Delhi.  Secretary, Ministry of New Renewable Energy Shri Anand Kumar received the award.

The award was given at 54th SKOCH Summit on the State of Power, Oil and Gas and was organized by SKOCH Group, India’s topmost independent think-tank for socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth.

Presently 21% of the total installed capacity comes from renewable energy source and the sector has been able to provide one billion units of electricity in the country within the year.

About Ministry of New and Renewable Energy:
♦ Minister of New and Renewable Energy:  R. K. Singh (MOS independent charge)
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi


Prathamesh Maulingkar, hailing from Goa, India, became the first Asian/Indian Mr Supranational 2018

Prathamesh Maulingkar from Goa, dubbed as Mr. India, became the first Asian/Indian to win 2018 Mister Supernatural title after contesting 37 candidates in the 3rd edition of the competition held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.

He was followed by Mr. Poland at 2nd position and Mr. Brazil at 3rd position.

Mr. Brazil was also crowned with Mr Popularity sash.

♦ Capital: Warsaw.
♦ Currency: Polish zloty.


Asian Academy Creative Awards announced in Singapore

The 2-day inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards concluded at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre, Singapore.

The winners of the Asian Academy Creative Awards are:

Winners from India:
Best entertainment host/presenterBigg BossSalman Khan
Best direction (fiction)Netflix’s original series Sacred GamesAnurag Kashyap 
Best EditingSacred GamesAarti Bajaj
Best comedy programQueens Of ComedyDiscovery Communications India
Best telenovela or soap opera seriesPorusOne Life Studios
Best 2D animated program or seriesLamputCartoon Network India
Best Current Affairs programThe Last Drop: India’s Water CrisisNGC Network India
Best non-scripted entertainmentThe RemixGreymatter Entertainment
Best DramaMiss SherlockMiss Sherlock
Winners from Other Asian countries:
Best actressCritical ElevenAdinia Wirasti (Indonesia)
Best ActorThe HunterYu Hewei (China)
Best Supporting ActorKenapa Harus Bule?Michael Kho (Indonesia)
Best Supporting ActressRosekiCandy Yang (Taiwan)


DMK MP Kanimozhi gets the best woman Parliamentarian Award

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament (MP), Kanimozhi will be awarded as “Best Woman Parliamentarian – Rajya Sabha” by the Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu at Dr. Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi.

A 10-member board of Jury of eminent personalities headed by Murali Manohar Joshi selected Kanimozhi for the award presented by Lokmat Group of Newspaper.

She has been awarded for her outstanding Contribution in Parliament and Strengthening Democratic Values and Principles for Several Decades.


Urjit Patel resigned as the 24th RBI Governor

24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Urjit Patel, resigned citing personal reasons.

The resignation of the former governor was imminent from the recent government-RBI tussles on a host of issues, including:

  • Central bank autonomy,
  • The government reportedly seeking a share of the RBI reserves and
  • Relaxing the restrictive prompt corrective action (PCA) framework for state-owned banks.

With his resignation, has become the first governor since 1990 to step down before the end of his term.

He succeeded ex-RBI Raghuram Rajan in September 2016 and his term was due till September 2019.

Prior to being the governor of the central bank, he was the deputy governor in RBI.


Wasim Khan appointed as PCB’s Managing Director

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed Wasim Khan, CEO of Leicenstershire County Cricket Club as the Managing Director of PCB.

The former Warwickshire batsman, Wasim Khan who had played 58 first-class matches in his professional career will leave his role as CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and will join PCB in February 2019.


Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan Quits

Ananth Narayanan Chief Executing Officer (CEO) of online Fashion Retailer Myntra which is a unit of Walmart Owned Flipkart has resigned from his post.

The Flipkart Executive, Amar Nagaram will head Myntra after the resignation of Ananth Narayanan.

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha resigns from Union council of ministers

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party(RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha resigned from the Union council of ministers on account of seat sharing for 2019 elections.


India test fires nuclear capable Agni-5 missile, 2nd test in six months

On 10th November 2018, India successfully test fired the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 from Dr Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast.

 This is the seventh trial of the indigenously-developed surface-to-surface missile, while second one in the last six months.

Agni-5 is a three stage missile with a length of 17 metre and width of two metre, can carry 1.5 tonnes of nuclear warheads and has a strike range of 5,000 km.

Once inducted in the military, India will join an exclusive club of countries like the US, Russia, China, France and Britain which have intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities.


Long-lasting re-writable paper, controlled by temperature, developed by scientists

Scientists from the Fujian Normal University in China developed a “rewritable” paper that can be drawn or printed on over and over again by changing the temperature.

The new material consisted of three layers in a sandwich-like structure where the text could be changed or wiped clean over 100 times by changing the temperature.

According to a study published in the journal ACS Applied Material & Interfaces, the messages can last more than half a year, compared to other re-writable papers.



December 10 celebrated annually as International Day of Human Rights; UDHR turned 70 in 2018

December 10 is celebrated annually as International Day of Human Rights or Human Rights Day.

The theme of the 2018 Human Rights Day is: #StandUp4HumanRights.

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Thought of the Day

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. 

If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

Quiz based on Daily Current Affairs 10th December 2018

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