Current Affairs

17 December, 2019

International

UNICEF Report: India made huge rise in birth generation gap from 41% to 80% over a decade

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) released a report titled ‘Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track?’. This publication is about the latest data on global and regional estimates of the number of unregistered children worldwide. The report also analyses the steps to be taken to achieve universal birth registration by 2030. As per the report, India alone accounted for a huge rise in birth registration gap , from 41% in 2005-06 to 80%.

Poland leaves European Union’s 2050 climate neutrality agreement

Poland, a country located in Central Europe, has left European Union’s (EU) 2050 Climate Neutrality Agreement as it demanded more funds for economic transition and support for nuclear power.
The Czech Republic and Hungary agree with a course of action after winning a guarantee that nuclear energy recognized for greenhouse gas emission reduction.

National

Haryana Police became the first to introduce ‘Trakea’ software in FSL; Inaugurated by CM Manohar Khattar

Haryana police have introduced a software named “Trakea” to enable foolproof security of the samples collected in Forensic reports. Haryana became the first State in the country to introduce this unique barcoding system. The software was developed by Amit Mishra, a software engineer who was in Bhondsi jail for 13 months imprisoned on the charge of killing his wife.
About Haryana:
Capital- Chandigarh
Governor- Satyadev Narayan Arya
Deputy Chief Minister (DCM)- Dushyant Chautala

BPR&D organizes 37th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions

The 37th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions was organized by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in New Delhi. The theme of the symposium was ‘Optimal Utilization of Resources-Through Sharing and Networking’. The event was inaugurated by chief guest, Archana Ramasundaram, Member of Lokpal, Government of India.
About Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D):
Formed- 28 August 1980
Headquarters- New Delhi
Director General (DG)- V.S. Kaumudi

NPPA invoked on DPCO 2013: Ceiling price of 21 key medicines raised by 50%

The Government of India has invoked the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) 2013, to increase the ceiling price of 21 medicines that are under DPCO price regulation. The revision has been made under Para 19 of DPCO 2013.
Drug Price Control Order (DPCO):

The DPCO was issued by the Government under section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act 1955, the act enables the government to declare a ceiling price for essential medicines so as to make the medicines available at reasonable prices to the general public.

ICAR & NABARD signed MoU to promote agriculture & farming systems research in New Delhi

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the National Board of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to carry on research on agriculture & farming systems with active participation from farmers. The research will be of active participation on climate resilient practices, models and integrated and hi-tech farming practices in a participatory model. The aim of this MoU was to promote sustainable agriculture and climate resilient farming systems.

11th Delhi Dialogue & 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue held in New Delhi

The Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) hosted the 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and the 11th edition of the Delhi dialogue i.e., Delhi Dialogue XI in New Delhi from December 13-14, 2019. It was for the 1st time these two Track 1.5 dialogue (discussion involving officials and non-officials, business leaders, business organisations and all possible non diplomats of two states/countries) were held consecutively and on similar Indo-Pacific themes.
Indian Ocean Dialogue Theme: The 2019 theme for 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue was “Indo-Pacific: Re-imagining the Indian Ocean through an Expanded Geography”.
Delhi Dialogue Theme: The 2019 theme for the 11th Delhi Dialogue was “Advancing Partnership in Indo-Pacific”.

3 days “International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems” for BIMSTEC countries held in New Delhi

A three day ‘International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems’ for BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries began at the National Agricultural Science Centre (NASM) complex, in New Delhi.

International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems:

The seminar was organized by the Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MAFW) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Ministry of coal to establish SDC to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining

The Ministry of Coal has decided to create Sustainable Development Cell (SDC) with the aim to promote coal mining in an environmentally sustainable manner in India & to address environmental concerns during the decommissioning/closure of mines.

Functioning as a ministry-level nodal point, SDC will work on beautification and creation of eco parks in the reclaimed areas that will promote tourism for recreational purposes. At present, India’s coal mining areas spread over 2,550 sq kms and plans are to extend these areas further.

PM Modi chaired 1st meeting of National Ganga Council in Kanpur, UP

The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi chaired the 1st meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh(UP). The aim of the council was to reinforce the importance of a ‘Ganga-centric’ approach in all departments of the concerned states as well as relevant Central Ministries. The council was responsible for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries.

Rs.20,000 crores allocated: Various initiatives undertaken by the govt like Namami Gange project in 2014 were reiterated. The Central Government, for the 1st time made commitment of Rs. 20,000 crores for the period 2015-20 to the five states( Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal) through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate and uninterrupted water flows in the river.

Economy

RBI provided intraday liquidity window to make NEFT system operational on 24×7 basis

The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has announced to provide an additional collateralised intra-day liquidity (IDL) facility for smooth operation of National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) transactions on a 24X7 basis. This facility is called Liquidity Support (LS) and it became operational from December 16, 2019. The LS facility will operate as per the same terms and conditions as the Intra-Day Liquidity (IDL) facility.
About National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT):
Fact1- NEFT transactions done after banking hours will be automated using ‘Straight Through Processing (STP) modes by the banks.
NEFT limit- Fund transfers of upto Rs. 2 Lakhs is done under NEFT.

Sports

Overview of  2nd edition of BWF World tour finals 2019 held in Guangzhou, China

The BWF (Badminton World Federation ) World Tour Finals 2019 (officially known as the HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation BWF World Tour Finals 2019) was the 2nd edition of final tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour. It took place at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China from December 11 – 15 2019 and with a total prize of $1,500,000.
List of winners:

S.No Category Winner Runner
1 Men’s Singles Kento Momota(Japan) Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
2 Women’s Singles Chen Yufei (China) Tai tzu ying (Chinese Taipei )
3 Men’s Doubles Mohammad Ahsan(Indonesia)
Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) Hiroyuki Endo (Japan)
Yuta Watanabe (Japan)
4 Women’s Doubles Chen Qingchen (China)
Jia Yifan (China) Mayu Matsumoto  (Japan)
Wakana Nagahara (Japan)
5 Mixed Doubles Zheng Siwei (China)
Huang Yaqiong (China) Huang Dong Ping (China)
Wang Yilü Chin (China)

i.Indian badminton star Pusarla Venkata (PV) Sindhu, who was already eliminated before the title race, defeated Bingjiao of China in her third and final match of Group A

Pakistan Cricketer Abid Ali became the first to score hundreds on both test and ODI debut

Abid Ali (32), Pakistani cricket player became the first batsman to score hundreds on both Test and One-Day International (ODI) on his debut. His match was against Sri Lanka which was held in Rawalpindi stadium in Pakistan. Abid was born in Lahore, Pakistan.
About Pakistan:
Capital- Islamabad
President- Arif Alvi
Prime Minister- Imran Khan

Miscellaneous

Japan launches world’s 1st liquid hydrogen transport ship, ‘Suiso frontier’

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd,a Japanese public multinational corporation has launched the world’s 1st ocean-going liquid hydrogen carrier ship designed to carry liquid hydrogen at minus 253 ° C produced in south coast of Australia to unload in Kobe, Japan.
The liquid hydrogen carrier tank has been named as ‘ Suiso Frontier’ at a ceremony held at Kobe Works yard, Japan.
About Japan:
Capital– Tokyo
Currency– Japanese yen
Prime Minister– Shinzō Abe

RIL’s unit RSBVL acquires 51.78% stake in Asteria aerospace for Rs 23.12 crore

Reliance Strategic Business Ventures  Ltd (RSBVL),a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has acquired a 51.78 % stake in Asteria Aerospace for Rs 23,12,49,584.
About RSBVL:
Founded– 21 June 2019
Headquarters– Ahmedabad,Gujarat
About Asteria Aerospace:
Formation– 06 June 2011
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka

Ben Stokes wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2019

English cricket player Benjamin Andrew Stokes (Ben Stokes), was named as the BBC’s (British Broadcasting Corporation) Sports Personality of the Year 2019. He also became the 5th cricketer to bag the coveted trophy and the first cricketer after England’s Andrew Flintoff(Cricketer) who won in 2005.  Ben Stokes was awarded for his key role in England’s win in the 2019 cricket World Cup which was held in England and Wales in the United Kingdom(UK).

UNESCO removes ‘Carnival of Aalst’ from Intangible Cultural Heritage List

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), has removed the ‘Carnival of Aalst’ of Belgium from its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List. The 2019 carnival featured a parade float that included racist and anti-Semitic representations which mocked the Orthodox Jews. The carnival was added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2010.
About UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization):
Formation- 4 November 1946
Headquarters- Paris, France
Director General- Audrey Azoulay

Toni-Ann singh of Jamaica crowned Miss world 2019; India’s Suman Rao finishes 3rd

 Toni-Ann Singh (23) of Jamaica was crowned as Miss World 2019 at 69th Miss World competition 2019 held at the ExCeL London international centre in London, United Kingdom(UK). She was crowned Miss World title by Miss World 2018-Vanessa Ponce of  Mexico.
Miss France, Ophely Mezino was the first runner-up, while Miss India 2019, Suman Ratan Singh Rao, who hails from Rajasthan, finished 3rd in the contest.

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