Current Affairs

5 December, 2019

International

World malaria report 2019: India reports 2.6 million fewer malaria cases in 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report titled “World malaria report 2019”. The report was on Malarial cases and steps taken regarding the disease globally. The report in detail are as follows,
Report on India:
Malaria reduction: As per the report, India was one of the only two countries of the 11 high- burden- to- high -impact (HBHI) countries that achieved a significant reduction in the number of malaria cases in 2018 compared to previous year (2017). Accordingly, India reported 2.6million fewer cases with 28% reduction in malaria cases. The country next to India was Uganda. It reported 1.5million fewer cases.

India stands 73rd in UNCTAD’s Business-to-Consumer (B2C) e-commerce Index 2019, Netherlands remains top

According to the “Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019” released by UNCTAD’s (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), India has moved seven places up and ranked 73rd out of 152 countries index that measures an economy’s preparedness to support online shopping with the Index score of 57.0. For the 2nd consecutive year in a row, the Netherlands leads the Index with the score of 96.4, followed by Switzerland (2nd with 95.5) and Singapore(3rd with 95.1).

National

Railway ministry signed MoU with UK’s Department for International Development

The Ministry of Railways(MoR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom(UK) for collaboration on energy and sustainability. The MoU was signed with the goal to transform Indian Railways’ into “Green Railways” by achieving complete complete electrification of Railway network.
MoU signing: The MoU was signed by Mr. Rajesh Kumar Jain, Executive Director(ED)/ Electrical Engineering (Development) of IR and by Mr. Gavin McGillivray, Head of DFID-India. The Mou was signed in presence of Mr. Rajesh Tiwari, Member (Traction) and other officials.
About Indian Railways(IR):
Founded- 16 April 1853.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Union railway minister- Shri Piyush Goyal.
Minister of State(Mos) for railways- Shri Angadi Suresh Channabasappa.

Election Commission to implement registration tracking system “PPRTMS”

The Election Commission of India (ECI) reviewed the political parties’ registration process and decided to implement new guidelines and “Political Parties. Registration Tracking Management System” (PPRTMS), related to the registration process effective from January 1, 2019. The PPRTMS will be implemented through an online portal inorder to track the status of the applicants.
About Election Commission of India(ECI):
Formed- 25 January 1950.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Chief Election Commissioner(CEC)- Sunil Arora.
Election Commissioner- Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

TRAI changes Rules related to Mobile number portability (MNP) & Unique Porting Code (UPC)

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), a statutory body set up by the Government of India (GoI),has changed the rules related to Mobile Number Portability (MNP) by making the whole MNP service time-saving and easier than before.
TRAI has prescribed the port facility in the service area within 3 days. At the same time, 5 days time has been fixed for getting ported out of service area. The new rules will come into effect from December 16, 2019 .

India’s 1st National maritime heritage museum to be built in Lothal,Gujarat with the help of Portugal

Government of India (GoI) & Portugal has decided to cooperate in the setting up of a India’s 1st National Maritime Heritage Museum at the ancient Indian site of Lothal in Gujarat with the aim to boost the underwater or marine archaeology.. The Museum will showcase salvaged material from shipwreck sites in the Indian Ocean waters.
About Underwater archaeology :
It is the study of archaeology that involves recovering submerged remains such as shipwrecks, ports, and studying proxy records of maritime activity from archaeological excavations, archival and historical records.
As per the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), there are an estimated 3 million undiscovered shipwrecks spread across ocean floors around the planet.

Mumbai Central railway station-1st to receive FSSAI’s ‘Eat Right Station’ certification

The Mumbai Central station of Western Railways was conferred with the ‘Eat Right Station‘ certification with a 4-star rating by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). With this certification, it became India’s first “Eat right station”. The certification was done as part of the ‘Eat Right India’ movement launched in 2018 by FSSAI.
About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI):
Founded- August 2011.
Act- Food and Standards Act, 2006.
Headquarters- New Delhi.
Chairperson- Rita Teaotia.
Chief Executive Officer- Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal.

Vice president Venkaiah Naidu launched “Poshan Anthem” in New Delhi

The Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu launched the ‘POSHAN Anthem’ at an event organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) in New Delhi. The anthem was launched to spread the message of the importance of nutrition.
Anthem: The lyricist of the POSHAN anthem was Shri Pasoon Joshi and its composer was singer Shri Shankar Mahadevan.
About POSHAN Abhiyan:
POSHAN abbreviation- Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition.
Launch year- 8 March, 2018.
First launched state- Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.

Economy

KVGB inks MoU with Canara HSBC OBC for bancassurance

Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB), an Indian Regional Rural Bank(RRB), has entered into an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Canara HSBC OBC ( Oriental Bank of Commerce) Life Insurance Company Ltd for bancassurance (selling of life assurance and other insurance products and services by bank).
About KVGB:
Founded– September 12, 2005
Headquarters- Dharwad, Karnataka
Chairman– Puttaganti Gopi Krishna
Sponsored by– Syndicate Bank
About Canara HSBC OBC:
Headquarters- Gurugram ,Haryana
Founded- 2007

Sports

Team India skipper Virat Kohli regained the No.1 spot, Bumrah best-placed Indian bowler at 5th place: ICC test ranking 2019

As per the ICC (International Cricket Council) Test Rankings released on December 4,2019, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli (31) has once again reached the top of the batsmen rankings with 928 rating points beating Australia’s Steve Smith , who is now in second place (923 points) because he ran out of form in the ongoing series against Pakistan at home.

Rank Bowling Batting All rounder
1 Virat Kohli (India) Pat Cummins (Australia) Jason Holder (West Indies)
2 Steve Smith (Australia) Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) Ravindra Jadeja (India)
3 Kane Williamson (New Zealand) Jason Holder (Barbados) Ben Stokes (England)
Rank of Indian players Cheteshwar Pujara- 4thAjinkya Rahane-6th Jasprit Bumrah-5thRavichandran Ashwin -9th

Mohammad Shami -10th Ravichandran Ashwin -5th

About ICC:
Formation– 15 June 1909
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Chairman– Shashank Manohar
CEO– Manu Sawhney

Sourabh Verma at 29th spot in BWF Ranking 2019; becomes 6th Indian inside top 30; Japan’s Kento Momota tops

Sourabh Verma enters the top 30 list of the BWF (Badminton World Federation) 2019 and takes the 29th place, he is also the 6th Indian to be in the list, making India the first country to have six players in the top 30 list, China is the second country to have five players on the list. Sourabh Verma is from Madhya Pradesh (MP) and resides in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

New Zealand cricket team won MCC’s Spirit of Cricket award 2019

The New Zealand cricket team was awarded with 2019 Marylebone Cricket Club’s(MCCs) Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award for the sportsmanship it showed during the finals of the ICC (International Cricket Council) World Cup at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England, that was held in July 2019.
About Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC):
Founded- 1787.
Home ground- Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England.
President- Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara (Former Srilankan cricketer).
Fact- Sangakkara is the first non British person to have been appointed as the president of MCC in 2019.

Miscellaneous

Ministry of environment presents awards for a short film competition on environment in New Delhi

Shri Ravi Agrawal, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has presented the 1st ever MoEF&CC and Centre for Media Studies (CMS) VATAVARAN – 2019 Short Film Competition and Festival awards on Environment to several school students and professionals for their documentaries and films in a ceremony held in New Delhi.

Category Prize Title Language Director
School Students 1st Clean and Green English Toon Club &EcoleMondialeWorld School
Amateur and College students 2nd One Life English Nishant Kumar Nishu
Professionals 1st Now, Your Home? English Prasad PandurangMahekar

Venkaiah Naidu honours Uttar Pradesh with the National award for Excellence for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs, Divyangjan)

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India presents Uttar Pradesh (UP) the National award for Excellence for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs,Divyangjan) on behalf of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The award was received by Mahesh Kumar Gupta, additional Chief Secretary of UP on behalf of the State Government. The event was organized by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability (DEPwD).

American actor Joaquin Phoenix named 2019 ‘Person of the Year’ by PETA

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, American actor from California, United States (US) has been bestowed with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ‘Person of the Year’ Award 2019. Joaquin Phoenix has been a vegan since the age of three and has been a supporter of PETA for a long time.
About PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals):
Founded- March 22, 1980
President- Ingrid Newkirk
Location- Norfolk, Virginia, United States (US)

Economic Times (ET) Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service 2019 goes to late Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister of India

Arun Jaitley former Finance Minister of India was bestowed with the Economic Times (ET) Lifetime Achievement award for Public Service 2019. The award was received by Arun Jaitley’s spouse Sangeeta Jaitley.

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