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10 December, 2019

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Overview of Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth’s visit to India 

The Prime Minister(PM) of Mauritius Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth along with his wife Mrs Kobita Jugnauth visited India and met the Indian PM shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi. During the visit, both leaders agreed to work together to build up bilateral relations and to deepen the fraternal and enduring ties, based on mutual interest and priorities.
About Mauritius:
Capital- Port Louis.
Currency- Mauritian rupee.

Govt has disbursed Rs 36,000 crore to farmers under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi yojana 

The govt. has disbursed Rs. 36,000 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN) to the farmers. The announcement was made by Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar. Over 60 lakh farmers have been benefited under the scheme.
About Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN):
Fact1- Annually Rs 6000 is given under the scheme in three equal instalments of Rs.2000 every four months in a year to 14 crore farmers of India.
Fact2- The amount is directly transferred into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.
Launch- 1 December 2018.

2nd startup India Global Venture Capital Summit 2019 held in Goa

The 2nd edition of the Startup India Global Venture Capital Summit, organised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), in partnership with Govt of Goa, was held in Goa, from December 6-7, 2019. The summit was organised for fund managers and limited partners of top global venture capital firms.

First ever Human Library event held in Mysuru, Karnataka

First ever Human Library Chapter 2, a concept that seeked to replace books with humans was organised in Mysuru, in Karnataka.  The event was held at Mysore Institute of Commerce and Arts (MICA), in Mysuru.  The aim of the human library was to create a safe framework for conservation by using a library analogy of lending people rather than books.

Economy

India’s Exim bank (Export Import Bank of India) has provided $500 million (Rs 3561 crore) Line of Credit(LoC) to Bangladesh for defence-related procurement in the neighbouring country. The exim bank entered into an agreement with Bangladesh’s Armed Forces Division (AFD) in this regard on April 11, 2019. The agreement became effective from November 7, 2019 and the utilisation period of the loan is 10 years from the date of signing the agreement. About Exim bank: Founded- 1 January 1982 Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra. Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- David Rasquinha. Act- Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981.

India’s Exim bank (Export Import Bank of India) has provided $500 million (Rs 3561 crore) Line of Credit(LoC) to Bangladesh for defence-related procurement in the neighbouring country. The exim bank entered into an agreement with Bangladesh’s Armed Forces Division (AFD) in this regard on April 11, 2019. The agreement became effective from November 7, 2019 and the utilisation period of the loan is 10 years from the date of signing the agreement.
About Exim bank:
Founded- 1 January 1982
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- David Rasquinha.
Act- Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981.

Exim Bank sanctioned $500 million LoC to Bangladesh for defence procurement

India’s Exim bank (Export Import Bank of India) has provided $500 million (Rs 3561 crore) Line of Credit(LoC) to Bangladesh for defence-related procurement in the neighbouring country. The exim bank entered into an agreement with Bangladesh’s Armed Forces Division (AFD) in this regard on April 11, 2019. The agreement became effective from November 7, 2019 and the utilisation period of the loan is 10 years from the date of signing the agreement.
About Exim bank:
Founded- 1 January 1982
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- David Rasquinha.
Act- Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981.

ZestMoney joins hands with Xiaomi to launch ‘Mi Credit’ personal loan service in the Indian market

ZestMoney, an AI(Artificial Intelligence) -driven EMI(Equated Monthly Instalment) financing platform based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, has partnered with Chinese smartphone company, Xiaomi, to launch new loan service app called “MiCredit” in the Indian market.Through this, customers can get a instant loan ranging from Rs 7,000 – Rs 1,00,000.
About ZestMoney:
Formation– 2015
Co-founder and CEO– Lizzie Chapman
About Xiaomi:
Founded– 6 April 2010,
Headquarters– Beijing, China
CEO– Lei Jun

Sports

Manav Thakkar won 2019 ITTF Challenge Series U-21 title held in Canada

19-year old Indian table tennis player Manav Thakkar won U-21 men’s singles title, in ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Challenge Plus Benemax-Virgo North American Open Series held in Canada. He defeated Argentina’s Martin Bentancor. It was India’s 1st win in the U-21 men’s singles title after 2017.
About International Table Tennis Federation(ITTF):
Founded- 1926.
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland.
President- Thomas Weikert.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Stephen Dainton.

Indian chess grandmaster Praggnanandhaa wins London Chess Classic 2019

Indian chess grandmaster, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (14) was crowned the winner of the London chess classic 2019 with 7.5 points from 9 rounds & shared the title with Anton Smirnov of Australia, who also scored 7.5 points.
The tournament, organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) ,was held at Olympia London in London, United Kingdom (UK) from 29 November 2019 – 8 December  2019.

Miscellaneous

C. Sugandh Rajaram appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana

C. Sugandh Rajaram, IFS:2001 (Indian Foreign Service) was appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana, he is the current Consul General, Consulate General of India, Munich, Germany. Birender Singh Yadav, IFS: 1997 was the previous High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana.
About Ghana:
Capital- Accra
President- Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Vice-President- Mahamudu Bawumia

News Broadcasters Federation elected Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami as board’s President

The editor-in-chief and Managing Director(MD) of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami was elected as the president of governing board News Broadcasters Federation (NBF). The new self-regulatory organization in order to bring in transparent self-regulation on content will be announced by the end of January 2020.
1st secretary general: The NBF board members elected R. Jai Krishna, a former journalist and public policy specialist in the media sector, as the first Secretary-General and Executive Director of NBF.

Finland’s Sanna Marin became world youngest PM at the age of 34

Sanna Mirella Marin, transport & communications minister of Finland became the world’s youngest serving Prime Minister(PM) at the age of 34. She belongs to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which is the largest 5-member coalition party of Finland. Sanna is also the 3rd female govt. leader of Finland. She replaced Antti Juhani Rinne, who resigned from the post.
About Finland:
Capital- Helsinki.
Currency- Euro.
President- Sauli Väinämö Niinistö.

Indian Actress Priyanka Chopra honoured at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech (FIFM) 2019

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Indian actress was awarded at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech (FIFM) 2019 held in Jemaa el Fna square, Marrakesh, Morocco for completing 20 years in Cinema. She has also received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) Snowflake Ball in December 2019.
About Marrakech:
Country- Morocco
Mayor- Mohamed Larbi Belcaid
Currency- Moroccan Dirham

Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi won the 68th edition of Miss Universe 2019

Zozibini Tunzi, 26, Miss South Africa 2019, was crowned Miss Universe 2019 by Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018 during the 68th edition of the Miss Universe Pageant held in Atlanta, Georgia. The two runners-up were Miss Mexico (Ashley Alvidrez) and Miss Puerto Rico (Madison Anderson). The top 5 were from Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Thailand and South Africa. Vartika Singh represented India in the 68th edition of the Miss Universe Pageant, though she failed to make it up to the top 10. Vartika Singh was crowned as Miss Diva 2019, in September 2019.
About South Africa:
Capitals- Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
President- Cyril Ramaphosa
Currency- South African rand

Indian Shooters Divyansh, Elavenil and Saurabh receive Golden Target Award from ISSF

Indian Shooters, Divyansh Singh Panwar, from Jaipur, Rajasthan Elavenil Valarivan, from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and Saurabh Chaudhary, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh received the Golden Target Award from International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) at its headquarters in Munich, Germany.
About International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF):
Founded- 1907
Headquarters- Munich, Germany
President- Vladimir Lisin

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