Government puts imports of gold dore in restricted category

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) which works under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has put the imports of gold dore in restricted category. It means that an importer now, needs a license to import this commodity.

Gold dore is a semi-pure alloy which is refined for further purification. Refined gold bars are manufactured from gold dore bar.

India, the world’s second-biggest gold consumer after China, imports about 900 tonnes of gold a year.
Also in a separate notice, the DGFT prescribed wastage norms and value addition in respect of gold religious idols (only gods and goddess) -both plain and studded, of eight carats and above (up to 24 carats).

About Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT):
♦ Director General of Foreign Trade (DG): Shri Alok Chaturvedi
♦ DGFT Headquarters: New Delhi
About Ministry of Commerce and Industry :
♦ Minister responsible: Suresh Prabhu; C.R.Chaudhary (Minister of State),
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi


Train 18: India’s 1st engineless train crosses 180 kmph during trials

India’s first locomotive-less train named Train 18crossed the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section.

Train 18 will become India’s fastest train when it is made operational. This train has been developed indigenously, costing Rs 100 crore.
It is a high-tech, energy-efficient, self-propelled (engine-less) train. It features aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations.

It has an advanced regenerative braking system to save power. It is fully air-conditioned. It has 16 coaches.

Train 18 is expected to start its commercial run from January 2019. It is expected to replace the current Shatabdi Express.
Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will launch one more Train 18 this fiscal and 4 by the next fiscal.


Nagaland signs MoU with Estonian academy on e-governance

Nagaland government signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with e-Governance Academy of Estonia to provide advisory and technical knowledge for setting up of e-Governance Academy of Nagaland (e-GAN).

The MoU is aimed at strengthening bilateral technical cooperation in the fields of information technology and e-governance.

The agreement was signed during the on-going 4thedition of the e-Naga Summit, by department of IT&C commissioner and Secretary of the state, KD Vizo and Arvo Ott, director e-Governance Academy of Estonia.

About Nagaland:
♦ Nagaland CM: Neiphiu Rio
♦ Nagaland Governor: Padmanabha Acharya
♦ Nagaland Capital: Kohima
♦ Nagaland National Parks (NP) and Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS): Intanki NP, Fakim WLS, Puliebadze WLS, Rangapahar WLS and Singphan WLS


J-K gov launches AB-PMJAY scheme

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik launched the ambitious “Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)” at Teacher’s Bhawan in Jammu.

The scheme which would benefit over 31 lakhresidents in the state will provide medical facilities to the poor and vulnerable families in secondary and tertiary care hospitals of the country.

Marking the launch of the scheme, theGovernor along with other dignitaries distributed Golden Cards among 10 eligible beneficiaries for availing the annual health cover facility.

Recently the state received ‘Best Performing Large State’ award on account of high reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in a single year and for effective implementation of health schemes by the India Today group at the “State of the States Conclave 2018”.

About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
♦ Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Jagat Prakash Nadda
♦ Minister of State:  Anupriya Patel, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey




‘Nomophobia’ Declared People’s Word Of 2018 By Cambridge Dictionary:

Based on the results of a popular vote, Cambridge Dictionary has named “nomophobia” – the “fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it” as word of the year.

Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 In Nepal:

The Asia Pacific Summit 2018-Nepal, organised by the controversial South Korea-based Universal Peace Federation and supported by the Government of Nepal, kicks off in Kathmandu.

It would help promote tourism and support ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ initiative, highlight the successfully concluded peace process and promulgation of new constitution and explore new diplomatic and business opportunities for Nepal.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa To Be 2019 Republic Day Chief Guest:

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations. Mr Ramaphosa was invited to be the chief guest by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.


Economy & Finance

World Bank unveils USD 200 bn in climate action investment for 2021-25

The World Bank unveiled USD 200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.The move coincides with a UN climate summit in Katowice (Poland).

The breakdown of 200 billion dollars would comprise approximately 100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank. Around one-third of the remaining funding will come from two World Bank Group agencies with the rest private capital mobilised by the World Bank Group.

UN climate summit started on 03rd December 2018 in Katowice (Poland) with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts. This Climate conference has been called as Paris 2.0.

About World Bank
♦ Headquarter: Washington DC, United States.
♦ President: Jim Yong Kim.


GDP in India will grow 7.2% in the year ending March 2019, says Moody’s

Moody’s expects the real gross domestic product (GDP) in India to grow 7.2 per cent in the year ending March 2019 and 7.4 per cent in the following year.

Earlier Moody’s Investors service growth prediction for India was 7.5% in 2018-19, 7.5% in 2019-20 released on 23rd August,2018.

This growth is driven by investment growth and strong consumption.
About Moody’s
♦ Headquarter:- New York, United States.
♦ CEO: Raymond W. McDaniel Jr.



Commonwealth Senior Fencing Championships in Canberra, Australia

Commonwealth Senior Fencing Championships, was held in Canberra, Australia.

India won a total of 3 medals: 2 gold and 1 bronze, in the championship. The medal tally was topped by England with 6 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Indian medal winners:

  • Bhavani Devi won gold medal in the Senior Women’s Sabre event. She has become the first Indian to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship.
  • Karan Singh won bronze medal in the Senior Men’s Sabre event.
  • Karan Singh teamed with Sagar Sahi, Manpreet Singh and Vishal Thapar and won gold medal in the Senior Men’s Sabre team event.

About Commonwealth of Nations or Commonwealth:
♦ Secretary-General – Patricia Scotland
♦ Member States – 53
♦ Headquarters – London


Tata Open India International Challenge 2018 (Badminton)

Tata Open India International Challenge 2018 was held in Mumbai.

Men’s SinglesLakshya Sen (India)
Women’s SinglesAshmita Chaliha (India)
Men’s DoublesArjun M.R., B. Sumeeth Reddy (India)
Women’s DoublesNg Wing Yung, Yeung Nga Ting (Hong Kong)
Mixed DoublesNipitphon Phuangphuapet, Savitree Amitrapai (Thailand)


Ullas Narayan wins India’s first international medal in ultra running

Ullas Narayan 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.

Ullas Narayan secured third position as he completed 250 km. He finished behind Japanese runners Yoshihiko Ishikawa (253 km) and Nobuyuki Takahashi (252 km).

Indian team, comprising Ullas Narayan (250 km), Sunil Sharma (202 km) and L L Meena (192 km), also won a bronze medal with their combined distance of 644 km.

They are contested in 2 different types of race modalities: over a set distance or a set time.
About Athletics Federation of India (AFI):
♦ President – Adille Sumariwalla
♦ Location – New Delhi


Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia wins Pune International Marathon

Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia, won the Full Marathon with the timing of 2 hours 17 minutes 17 seconds in Pune International Marathon.

Second and third positions were secured by Ethiopians Teshome Getachew and Bekele Asefa respectively.

In women’s Full Marathon Kenya’s Pascalia Chepkogei came first with a timing of 2 hour 50 minutes 27 seconds. Belew Mekonnen and Fekede Tilahun of Ethiopia occupied the second and third positions respectively.



Laureates from Bangladesh and China to receive UNESCO/ Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had awarded Disabilities’ Advocate from BangladeshVashkar Bhattacharjee and Private sector enterprise of China, Tencent with UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities at a ceremony organized on International Day of Persons with disability at UNESCO headquarter in Paris, France.

Individual Category award winner, Vashkar Bhattacharjee from Bangladesh is a leading advocate who collaborated with Local, National as well as international organization to produce learning resources dedicated to persons with disabilities and to train teachers to use the accessible reading materials.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
♦ Headquarter: Paris, France
♦ Director General: Audrey Azoulay
About Bangladesh
♦ Capital: Dhaka
♦ Currency: Taka
♦ Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina
About China
♦ Capital: Beijing
♦ Currency: Yuan or Renminbi
♦ President: Xi Jinping


Delhi Minister Imran Hussain gets PETA ‘Hero to Animals’ award for banning Chinese manjha

Mr. Imran Hussain, Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest was awarded “Hero to Animals” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for banning Chinese Manjha ( A thread use in Kites) in Delhi.

In July 2018, Mr Imran Hussain banned the sale, production, storage, supply, import and use of Chinese manjha made of Nylon because Sharp edges of manjha hurt the birds and animals sometimes even children.


Pawan Singh is the first Indian to be elected in ISSF’s judges committee

Pawan Singh became the first Indian to be elected as one of the 7 members of the Judges Committee of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).

Pawan Singh is also the Joint Secretary General of National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). He was a former coach of the Indian shooting team.

Members of the administrative council of ISSF voted to select the committee, at the elections held at Munich.

About International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF):
♦ President – Olegario Vazquez Rana
♦ Headquarters – Munich, Germany


Ravindra Kumar Verma assumes charge as Technical Member in the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity

Ravindra Kumar Verma has taken 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.
Ravindra Kumar Verma has occupied various posts in Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for over 37 years.



Book: “”Architecture of Justice: A Pictorial Walk-through of the Supreme Courts and High Courts of India”” released by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi released a book authored by father-son duo Vinay Thakur and Amogh Thakur named “ Architecture of Justice: A pictorial walk-through of the supreme court and High courts of India” in New Delhi.

The book is a one of its kind, never before seen photographic rendition of the Supreme Court of India, the 24 High Courts and its 12 benches.

The book is a sequel to Vinay Thakur earlier book ‘The Courts of India: Past to Present’ (2016).

About Supreme Court
♦ Location:- New Delhi
♦ Justice Ranjan Gogoi is 46th Chief Justice of India.
♦ Dipak Mishra was 45th Chief Justice of India.


Book on ‘anti-farmer policies’ of Modi government launched

A book named “Modiraj Main Kisan, Double Aamad Ya Double afat” authored by Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav launched by agricultural economist Ashok Gulati and the Punjab State Farmers’ and Farm Workers’ Commission Chairman Ajay Vir Jakhar in New Delhi.

Book detailing how Modi government’s policies have led to a drop in farmers’ income and caused rural distress across the country.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3rd December

December 3 is observed as United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities or World Disability Day.The theme for this year is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.

Since 1992 December 03 is celebrated as United Nations international Day of Persons with Disabilities.

As part of World Disability Day, the UN launch a UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018 for persons with disabilities.

About United Nations
♦ Headquarter: New York, United States.
♦ Secretary General: António Guterres.

Thought of the Day

“Dream your dreams with your eyes closed, but live your dreams with your eyes open.

Quiz based on Daily Current Affairs 3rd December 2018

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