6 December, 2019
India ranks 5th and China tops the list of invasive use of Biometrics: Comparitech
A study done by Comparitech, Britain-based tech research firm, states that India ranks 5th along with Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines in the list of invasive use of Biometrics while China, Malaysia and Pakistan come before India in the list. India’s performance could have been worse if the Aadhar, India’s national biometric database had been under the access of Police and other investigation agencies.
List of top Ranks in the invasive use of Biometrics:
Country Rank Score out of 25
China 1 24
Malaysia 2 21
Pakistan 3 21
The United States of America(USA) 4 20
India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan 5 19
India 5th most vulnerable nation to climate change in 2018, Japan tops: Germanwatch’s 15th Climate Risk Index 2020
According to the 15th edition of “Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2020: Who Suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-Related Loss Events in 2018 and 1999 to 2018” released by Germanwatch (a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Bonn, Germany), India ranked 5th in the global list of most climate-affected country in 2018 with the CRI score of 18.17 .India’s rank has worsened from the 14th position in 2017 due to severe rainfalls, followed by heavy flooding and landslides that killed over 1000 people.
Japan topped the list of the most affected countries with the CRI score of 5.50. It was severely affected by three strong extreme weather events (including Typhoon Jebi in September 2018) during 2018.
Ranking 2018 Country Name CRI Score Ranking 2017
1 Japan 5.50 36
2 Philippines 11.17 20
3 Germany 13.83 40
4 Madagascar 15.83 72
5 India 18.17 14
2019 NATO Summit held in Watford, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom(UK) hosted two day long 2019 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit in London from December 3-4, 2019. The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the summit. It was attended by NATO leaders and chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The purpose of the summit was to make the heads of state and heads of government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities.
About North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
Fact1- Also called the North Atlantic Alliance, NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries.
Fact2- Montenegro was the 29th country to join NATO.
Member countries- 29.
Founded- 4 April 1949.
Headquarters- Brussels, Belgium.
Cabinet approvals with foreign countries on December 4 , 2019
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following pact with the foreign countries. The approval are as follows,
The CCEA has approved the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between India and Germany for cooperation on strategic projects in the field of Railways.The JDI will be a platform for latest developments and gaining knowledge in the field of railways.
Overview of Cabinet approvals on December 4, 2019
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following proposals on December 4, 2019.
India’s 1st Ganga Centralised aqualab to be set up in Dehradun, Uttarakhand
The Uttarakhand state forest minister Shri Harak Singh Rawat laid foundation stone of India’s first Ganga centralised aqualab at Wildlife Institute of India (WII) Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The aqualabs will be set up under the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG). Various aquatic life forms found in the 2525-kilometer-long Ganga river would be preserved in the lab WII.
Chief Minister(CM)- Trivendra Singh Rawat.
Governor- Baby Rani Maurya.
About Wildlife Institute of India(WII):
Agency responsible- Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate change.
Director- Gopal S Rawat.
18 projects worth Rs.1456 crore covering all the NE states sanctioned by tourism ministry
The Ministry of Tourism with a focus to develop and promote tourism in the North-Eastern (NE) region, has sanctioned 18 projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive) Schemes for the entire NE region for Rs 1456 crore.
UNICEF in association with WCD ministry launched youth skilling initiative YuWaah-2019 in India
Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has joined hands with UNICEF ( United Nations Children’s Fund ) to launch “YuWaah- (Generation Unlimited India)” with the aim to transform the countries involved into hubs of education, skilling and employment for its more than 300 million young people aged 10-24 years.
Formation– 11 December 1946
Headquarters– New York City, U.S.
Executive Director– Henrietta H. Fore
About WCD ministry:
Founded– 30 January 2006
Headquarters– New Delhi, Union Minister– Smriti Zubin Irani
Corporate ministry launched 1st of its kind independent director’s data bank; maintained by IICA
The secretary of ministry of corporate affairs, Shri Injeti Srinivas launched Independent Director’s Databank in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules made thereunder. Powered by integrated Learning Management System(LMS), the data bank was launched to strengthen the institution of independent directors under the companies act. It has been developed and will be maintained by Indian Institute for Corporate Affairs (IICA) and is a first of its kind by the ministry.
Databank access: The databank can be accessed
PM Modi & Maldivian President jointly inaugurated 4 key development projects
The prime minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the president of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih jointly inaugurated 4 key development projects in Maldives via video conference. The 4 projects are gifting of Made in India Coast Guard Ship(CGS) Kaamiyaab to Maldives, launch of RuPay card, lighting up of Malé using LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights, and launch of 3 fish processing plants. India also plans to undertake several High impact community development projects in Maldives.
PM Modi also announced the govt’s work on building cancer hospital and cricket stadium in Hulhumale island of Maldives and also about the water and sanitation project in 34 islands to begin soon….Click here to Read More
UKIBC launched Aerospace and Defence Industry Group
The UK (United Kingdom) India Business Council (UKIBC) announced the establishment of Aerospace and Defence Industry Group in order to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of aerospace and defence between both the nations. It will advance India’s defence acquisition process and also foster long-term technology and hardware transfers.About UKIBC:
Fact- It was formed to foster trade and business relations between the United Kingdom and India.
Headquarters- London, United Kingdom(UK).
Chairperson- Chris Parsons.
HDFC ERGO general insurance launches ‘my:health woman suraksha policy’
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, India’s third-largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector, has launched “my:health Woman Suraksha policy”, a comprehensive medical insurance scheme specially designed for women.
About HDFC ERGO:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Ritesh Kumar
It is a joint venture firm between HDFC(Housing Development Finance Corporation) and ERGO International AG, one of the insurance entity of the Munich Re Group in Germany operating in the insurance field under the BFSI (Banking, financial services and insurance)sector.
BlackBuck joins hands with IDFC &Yes Bank to provide free FASTags to truckers
BlackBuck, India’s largest online trucking platform. has partnered with leading private sector lenders IDFC (Infrastructure Development Finance Company) Bank and Yes Bank to offer FASTags to truck fleet owners free of cost.
With this partnership, truck owners can order FASTags on Blackbuck’s Boss app. It will be given free at their doorstep till 31st December 2019.
FASTag: It is an electronic toll collection system in India, operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). It uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to make toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it or directly to toll owner.
It will be affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle for toll collection.
About IDFC Bank:
Founded– October 2015
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Mr.V. Vaidyanathan
Tagline– Always You First
About Yes Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Ravneet Gill
Tagline– Experience our Expertise.
Overview of 5th Bi-monthly monetary policy 2019 released by RBI
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced its 5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Rates for 2019-20 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The three-day (December 3 – 5, 2019) policy review meeting by the 6 members of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das with the members -Dr. Chetan Ghate, Dr. Pami Dua, Dr. Ravindra H. Dholakia, Dr. Michael Debabrata Patra, Shri Bibhu Prasad Kanungo.
The next meeting of the MPC is scheduled during February 4-6, 2020.
Policy Rates under Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF)
Repo Rate 5.15%
Reverse Repo Rate 4.90%
Marginal standing facility (MSF) Rate 5.40%
Bank Rate 5.40%
Cash reserve Ratio (CRR) 4%
Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) (18.50% from October 12, 2019 It will again change on January 4, 2020) 18.75%
GDP for 2019-20 5 % (from 6.1 %)
H2:2019-20 5.1-4.7 %
Harmony foundation presents 15th Mother Teresa memorial awards 2019 for social crusaders
Harmony Foundation has presented 15th edition of Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice (MTMA) awards 2019 to noble reformists at the MTMA ceremony held with the theme ‘Combating Contemporary Forms of Slavery’ at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) awards -Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat awarded for organ donation
Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were bestowed with awards for organ donation the event was organized by NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) of Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry (MoHFW) headed by Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare at Vigyan Bhavan.
Swiss player Roger Federer becomes the 1st living Swiss to have his image engraved in the Swiss coin
Roger Federer(38), from Basel Switzerland becomes the first ever living Swiss to have his face engraved in the Swiss coin. Roger’s image was engraved in a 20-Franc silver coin by the Swissmint, official mint of the Swiss Confederation.
About Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP):
Founded- September 1972
Location- England, Monaco, Australia and The United States (US)
Chairman- Chris Kermode