Current Affairs

7 December, 2019

International

IAF chief RKS Bhadauria participated in PACS 2019 held in Hawaii, US

Pacific Air Force Chiefs Conference (PACS-2019) was held at the American military base in Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, United States(US). Air chiefs of the Air forces of various countries participated in the conference. Representing India, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria participated in the conference.
Theme: The theme of the conference for the year 2019 is ‘Collaborative approach towards Regional Security‘.
About United States(US):
President- Donald Trump
Capital- Washington D.C.
Currency- US Dollar.

National

Central India’s 1st  ‘Avantee mega food park’ inaugurated in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Minister for Food Processing has inaugurated Central India’s 1st  Avantee mega Food Park spread over 51 acres in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh (MP).It was built with a cost of about 150 crore rupees.
Gram, wheat, soybean and other grains and vegetables will be Processed in this park. Warehouses will also be opened in Agar, Indore, Dhar, Ujjain and in the next phases.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital– Bhopal
Chief minister– Kamal Nath
Governor– Lalji Tandon
National Parks– Bandhavgarh National Park , Kanha National Park ,Madhav National Park ,Panna National Park ,Pench (Priyadarshini) National Park ,Sanjay National Park.

33rd Int’l Book Fair in Mexico: India, 1st Asian Guest of Honour; MoS HRD inaugurated India Pavilion

The Minister of State(MoS) for Human Resource and Development(HRD) Shri Sanjay Dhotre inaugurated the India Pavilion at the 33rd International Book Fair 2019 in Guadalajara, Mexico. India is the “guest of honour” for the 2019 book fair and is also the first Asia country to have received this honour. In Mexico, this book fair called “Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara” in Spanish is the biggest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world and will be held till December 8, 2019.

Heat Wave 2020: 4th Workshop on management of Heat Wave begun in Bengaluru, Karnataka

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in collaboration with Karnataka govt. has organised a two-day national workshop “Heat Wave 2020” on preparedness, mitigation and management of Heat Wave in Bengaluru city of Karnataka. The workshop has been conducted well in advance of the heat wave season to manage the hot weather conditions for the year 2020. Climate change led to rise of average summer temperature by 0.5°C in the past five years.
This is the 4th annual workshop in a series that NDMA has been conducting since 2017.

India extends Line of Credits for water supply and solar projects in Guinea 

India has extended Line of Credits (LOC’s) for one water supply and two Solar projects in Guinea as the latter’s efforts towards solar projects committed towards the International Solar Alliance (ISA).  S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, India and Mamadi Toure, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guinea were both present during the exchange of the agreements in New Delhi. Mamadi Toure was on 3 days visit to India. The agreement was open for signature on 15th November 2016 during the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) held at Marrakech, Morocco.
About Guinea:
Capital- Conakry
President- Alpha Conde
Prime Minister (PM)- Ibrahima Kassory Fofana
Currency- Guinean franc

The Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President of India Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu announced a 14-member panel coordinated by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to study the issues related to pornographic content on the internet and social media platforms. The panel will prepare a report regarding it within 1 month.

The Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President of India Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu announced a 14-member panel coordinated by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to study the issues related to pornographic content on the internet and social media platforms. The panel will prepare a report regarding it within 1 month.

Rajya Sabha instituted panel headed by Jairam Ramesh to study issues related to online pornographic content

The Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President of India Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu announced a 14-member panel coordinated by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to study the issues related to pornographic content on the internet and social media platforms. The panel will prepare a report regarding it within 1 month.

Home Ministry sanctioned Rs 100 crore to set up women help desks in police stations

The Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs 100 crores from the Nirbhaya Fund for setting up women help desks in police stations in all states and Union Territories (UT) across the country. The women help desks will be focused on making police stations more women-friendly and approachable. Women police officers will be deployed at the help desks which would be the first and single point of contact for any woman walking into a police station.

11th “INDRA 2019”:Tri-service exercise between India & Russia to be held in Babina(UP),Pune & Goa

11th “INDRA 2019” which is a joint tri-services exercise between India and Russia is to be held from December 10-19 2019, simultaneously at Babina (near Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh(UP)), Pune and Goa.  Both the nation’s armed forces will jointly evolve drills to defeat the scourge of terror under the United Nations(UN) mandate. Esprit-de-corps and goodwill will be the key areas during the exercise which will facilitate the further strengthening of bonds between the defence forces of India and Russia.

Economy

India’s forex reserves crossed $450 billion for the first time

The Indian foreign exchange (forex) reserve for the first time crossed $450-billion mark. This was mainly due to strong inflows which enabled the central bank to buy dollars from the market. The forex reserves were at $451.7billion on December 3, 2019, which is an increase of $38.8 billion compared to that of March 2019.
About Reserve Bank of India(RBI):
Established- 1 April 1935.
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Governor- Shaktikanta Das(25th governor), Deputy Governors– 4 (BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Mahesh Kumar Jain, 1 is yet to be appointed)
Act- Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

Mastercard joins hands with Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) to tap more tourists from India

Mastercard, an American multinational financial services corporation has partnered with Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT) to tap more tourists from India & enable digital payments for a more experiential visit for them.
About Mastercard:
Founded– 1966 (as Interbank Card Association) &1979 (as Mastercard)
Headquarters– New York, U.S.
President and CEO– Ajaypal Singh Banga
About Thailand Tourism Authority (TAT):
Formation– May 4, 1979
Headquarters– Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Governor– Yuthasak Supasorn

IEPFA inks MoU with Bank of Baroda (BoB) for investor awareness

Investor Education & Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) works under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bank of Baroda (BoB), Indian Multinational, public sector Bank (psb) to spread customer awareness and investor education and reaching out to investors and stakeholders.
About BoB:
Founded– 20 July 1908
Headquarters– Vadodara, Gujarat
Non-Executive Chairman– Hasmukh Adhia
Tagline– India’s International Bank.

RBI increases aggregate lending limits imposed on peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders to Rs 50 lakh from 10 lakh 

India’s Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken a big step to promote the peer-2-peer (P2P) sector by increasing the total loan limit among such lenders by five times to Rs 50 lakh. Right now the aggregate limit is 10 lakh rupees for all borrowers and lenders on all P2P platforms. Apart from this, a single borrower can only take up to a maximum of Rs 50,000 from a lender on all NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company)-P2P platforms.
About P2P lending:
It is a method of crowdfunding & is used to take loans. Here individual borrowers are connected to lenders through digital platforms, and the platform just plays the role of a marketplace. With its help, the availability of loans is ensured to those who are unable to take loans due to non-fulfillment of conditions from financial institutions like banks etc.
Over 15 companies have registered with the RBI as NBFC-P2P lending platforms.
About RBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (BP Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan, Mahesh Kumar Jain, 1 is yet to be appointed)

RBI issues final guidelines for on-tap licence to small finance banks(SFB)

India’s central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has released the final guidelines on the facility to apply ‘on- tap’ for licenses to Small Finance Banks (SFBs).

Sports

Priyanka Chopra tops the IMDb (Internet Movies Database) 2019 top 10 list of Indian Celebrities

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Indian actress tops the list of IMDb (Internet Movies Database) 2019 top 10 Indian Celebrities. Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, India. Other Indian celebrities in the top 10 list are Disha Patani and Hrithik Roshan taking the 2nd and 3rd places respectively. The IMDb’s top 10 list is taken from IMDbPro Starmeter rankings and is based on the number of viewers on the page of the celebrities, there are about 200 million monthly IMDb visitors.
Top 5 list of IMDB’s (Internet Movies Database) 2019 Top 10 Indian Celebrities:

Rank Name of Celebrities
1 Priyanka Chopra
2 Disha Patani
3 Hrithik Roshan
4 Kiara Advani
5 Akshay Kumar

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Ram Nath Kovind, President of India bestowed 36 awardees with the National Florence Nightingale Awards 2019 at an event in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Nurses were awarded for their enthusiasm and compassion towards their work in community health centres and hospitals, and also their involvement in national health programmes like eradication of polio, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Highlights of 63rd National Shooting Championship Competitions held in New Delhi

The 63rd edition of the National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) in shotgun events organized by the National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) was held at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges in New Delhi from November 16-30, 2019.

Indian shooter Angad Vir Singh Bajwa unofficially hit a world record score in the men’s skeet final at the 63rd National Shooting Championships. Ankit made clean score of 60, winning gold medal

Ripu Daman Bevli appointed as Plogging Ambassador of India by Kiren Rijiju

Ripu Daman Bevli, also known as, ‘Plogman of India’ was appointed as Plogging Ambassador of India by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) on the concluding day of 50th Fit India Plogging Run in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The minister also launched the Plogging Ambassador Mission to nominate Indians who have been running and cleaning their cities, towns or districts as Plogging Ambassadors of their region.

Miscellaneous

IIT Hyderabad partnered with 4 Japanese institutions for research in Earthquake Engineering

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) will collaborate with 4 Japanese institutions for research purpose in areas which includes earthquake engineering, and doctoral programs. The Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) in this regard was signed by IIT-H director Budaraju Srinivasa Murty with the 4 institutions during his visit to Japan. The MoU will boost the Indo-Japanese research ties.
About Japan:
Capital- Tokyo
Currency- Japanese yen
Prime Minister- Shinzō Abe
Emperor- Naruhito
Era name- Reiwa

Rajendran Chinna Veerappan reappointed as the MD and CEO of CSB Bank

Rajendran Chinna Veerappan was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB) bank, Thrissur, Kerala by the Board of Directors of CSB bank in the Board meeting held on 2nd December 2019 for a three year term effective from 9th December 2019 to 8th December 2022.
About Kerala:
Capital- Thiruvananthapuram
Governor- Arif Mohammad Khan
Chief Minister- Pinarayi Vijayan

Hage Geingob, President of Namibia secures second term

Hage Gottfried Geingob (78), Namibia’s third leader since the country freed itself from South Africa in 1990, has been named as President of Namibia for the second term with 56.3% votes. Hage Geingob was preceded by Hifikepunye Pohamba in the year 2015.
About Namibia:
Capital- Windhoek
Vice President- Nangolo Mbumba
Prime Minister- Saara Kuugongelwa
Currency- Namibian dollar

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