Current Affairs

11 December, 2019


India has the 2nd -highest population of unvaccinated children for measles in 2018, Nigeria tops: MMWR report

According to the joint report of World Health Organization(WHO) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), India has the 2nd highest number of children who are not vaccinated against measles with 2.3 million in 2018 (2.9 million in 2017) . Nigeria,an African country tops the list with 2.4 million unvaccinated children (4 million unvaccinated children in 2017).

As per the report, Globally in 2018, there were at least 10 million cases of measles and 140,000 deaths. The major casualties from measles are children under the age of 5.

SIPRI’s Arms Industry Database report: global arms sales up by 4.6%; India ranked 10th and US topped 

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released a report on worldwide arms sales titled “The SIPRI Top 100 Arms Producing and Military Services Companies, 2018”. As per the report, arms sales rose up by 4.6% in 2018. India ranked 10th in the overall country ranking while, United States(US) topped the list. The report in detail are as follows:

UNDP 2019 human development index: India ranked 129th & Norway topped the list

The United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) released its report titled “Human Development Report 2019– Beyond income, beyond averages, beyond today: Inequalities in human development in the 21st century”. The report was based on the human development of a changing world. As per the report India ranked 129th out of 189 countries in the list which is up by 1 rank of 130 from 2017. The list was topped by Norway. The report in detail are as follows:


NMCG conferred with Leadership in Rejuvenation and Protection of Fresh Water Systems in India award:

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was conferred with ‘Leadership in Rejuvenation and Protection of Fresh Water Systems in India‘ award during the conference held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre(HICC) in Hyderabad, Telangana. The award was given to NMCG for its transformative initiatives in the water sector.
About National Mission for Clean Ganga(NMCG):
Registered year- 12th August 2011
Act- Societies Registration Act 1860.
Director General- Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra.
Agency responsible- Ministry of Jal Shakthi.

20th edition of GeoSmart India Conference 2019 in Hyderabad, Telangana

20th edition of GeoSmart India conference 2019, was held in Hyderabad, Telangana from December 3-5, 2019.  It was the largest geospatial event of India with the aim of bringing the geospatial and emerging technologies together. The theme of the 2019 conference was “Ignite – Innovate – Integrate”.

Only Aadhar linked bank accounts to get PM-Kisan payments: Agriculture department

According to the Agriculture Department, Government of India (GoI), the 4th instalment of the PM-KISAN (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) finance support scheme due between December 2019 and March 2020 will be transferred only to Aadhar-linked bank accounts of more than 50 million beneficiaries.

Defence ministry launched massive campaign against single-use plastic in New Delhi

The Minister of Defence (MoD) Shri Rajnath Singh, flagged off the ‘Swachhta Day’ event, organised by the Delhi Cantt in New Delhi.  The aim of the day was to create awareness to people, collect plastic waste and make the surrounding plastic free with participation from 50 lakh people. The cleanliness drive was part of the activities of Swachhta Pakhwada. The slogan for the event was ‘Plastic Se Raksha – Swachhata Hi Suraksha’.

Prime Minister Modi addressed Ekal Vidyalaya Sangathan in New Delhi

The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi addressed Ekal Vidyalaya Sangathan in Gujarat through Video message from New Delhi. The Ekal Vidyalaya Sangathan spearheads ‘Ekal School Abhiyan’ which aims to promote the education among rural and tribal children.  The key speeches during the meeting are as follows:

Govt amends Investor education & protection fund rules 2016 to simplify refund of claims

Ministry of Corporate Affairs(MCA) , Government of India (GoI), has amended the Investor Education & Protection Fund (Accounting, Audit, Transfer and Refund) Rules 2016 in order to simplify the process of refund of claims filed with The Investor Education & Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA).
About IEPFA:
It has been established with the aim of promoting investor education, protection and also to make refund of claims to the investors as per provision of Section 125 of the Companies Act, 2013.
Over 35,000 Investor Awareness Programmes (IAPs) have been organised during the last 3 years in rural and urban areas in India through the Professional Institutes under MCA and Common Service Centers (CSCs) e-Governance Services India Limited.
About Ministry of Corporate Affairs:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister responsible– Nirmala Sitharaman
Secretary– Shri Injeti Srinivas

3 more airports in Odisha included in UDAN scheme

The central government has agreed to include three airports one each at Jeypore in Koraput, Rourkela in Sundergarh & Utkela in Kalahandi district of Odisha under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik).
Ministry of Civil Aviation launches 4th Phase of UDAN scheme
Ministry of Civil Aviation(MCA), Government of India (GoI) has launched the 4th phase of regional connectivity scheme UDAN (4.0)to connect small and medium cities to the air network.

Parliament passed The Recycling of Ships Bill 2019

The parliament has passed the “The Recycling of Ships Bill 2019’’ inorder to ensure environmentally safe and sound recycling of Ships in India. Under the bill, the govt. will provide regulations of recycling of ships by setting international standards.The bill feature in detail are as follows:
The Recycling of Ships Bill 2019:
The already existing Shipbreaking Code (revised),2013 and the provisions of the Hong Kong Convention, 2009 will be dovetailed (joined together) in this Bill.


Stock exchange major NSE launches interest rate options on 10-year government bonds

With the aim to provide institutional investors ability to manage risk through a non-linear product, National Stock Exchange (NSE),the leading stock exchange of India has launched interest rate options (financial derivative contracts whose values are based on an underlying interest rate ) on 10-year Government bonds.
These interest rate options are based on 10-year government bonds maturing in the year 2029 with coupon rate of 7.26 % and 6.45 %.
About NSE:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Founded– 1992
Chairman– Girish Chandra Chaturvedi
MD & CEO– Vikram Limaye.
It witnessed turnover of 5,926 contracts with the first day of the launch on December 9, 2019.

National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) inks MoU with Suadi ARAMCO for development in oil & gas sectors

National Small Industries Corporation Limited(NSIC ),  a Mini Ratna PSU (public sector undertaking ) works under the Ministry of MSME, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco (Asia), a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company for the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in India in Oil & Gas Sector.


WTA 2019 selects Abu Dhabi as World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination

Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates) has been selected as the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination by the 26th Edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019 held in Muscat, Oman. Abu Dhabi has been selected for the award for the 7th time in a row.
About World Travel Awards (WTA):
Country- United Kingdom (UK)
Location- Berkeley Square House, UK
First Awarded- 1993

Wasim Jaffer, (41) form Maharashtra becomes the first Indian Cricketer to play 150 Ranji Matches

Wasim Jaffer, (41) from Mumbai, Maharashtra and former Indian Cricketer becomes the first Indian to play 150 Ranji Matches. Jaffer is only 853 runs away from completing 20,000 runs in 150 matches, followed by Devendra Bundela, Madhya Pradesh and Amol Muzumdar, Maharashtra who have played in 145 and 136 matches respectively. Jaffer played his 150th Ranji Game for Vidarbha against Andhra Pradesh (AP) the match was held in Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground, Northern side of ACA-KDCA (Andhra Cricket Association–Krishna District Cricket Association) Ground in AP.
About Ranji Trophy:
Named after- Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji
Format- First-class cricket (Domestic)
First edition- 1934( Initiation took place between 1934-1935)
Current champion- Vidarbha, Maharashtra(2nd title)

WADA Executive Committee bans Russia for 4 years from Olympics and World Championships

WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) Executive Committee has banned Russia from the Olympics and World Championships for 4 years. Russia has been banned, after it’s capital Moscow trying to manipulate laboratory data by deleting and planting fake evidence to help them in their drug test. The WADA has first commissioned a report after finding evidence on mass doping in Russian athletics in the year 2015 and banned the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) which was reinstated in the year 2018.
About Russia:
Capital- Moscow
President- Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister- Dmitry Medvedev


NASA satellite found crashed India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander Vikram on lunar surface

The independent American space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) found India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander that crashed on the lunar surface in September 2019. NASA released the image of the site of spacecraft’s impact that was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) of NASA.
About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Founded- 29 July 1958.
Founder- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Headquarters- Washington, D.C., United States(US).
Administrator- Jim Bridenstine (born as James Frederick Bridenstine).

V Viswanathan appointed as additional director of Dhanlaxmi Bank

The Board of Directors of Dhanlaxmi Bank, an old private sector bank headquartered in Thrissur City of Kerala, has appointed V Viswanathan as an additional Director of the bank with effect from December 09, 2019.He will hold the post upto the date of the next Annual General Meeting.
About Dhanlaxmi Bank:
Founded– 1927
Chairman (Part-time)– Mr. Sajeev Krishnan
Tagline– Tann. Mann. Dhan

Right Livelihood Award 2019 honours activists Davi Kopenawa, Greta Thunberg, Guo Jianmei and Aminatou Haidar

Activists Davi Kopenawa, Greta Thunberg, Guo Jianmei and Aminatou Haidar received the Right Livelihood Award 2019, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. The award ceremony took place at Stockholm, Sweden at the end of a Final event of a ten day long program of celebrations in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.
About Sweden:
Capital- Stockholm
Monarch- Carl XVI Gustaf
Prime Minister- Stefan Löfven

WTA 2019 selects Abu Dhabi as World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination

Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates) has been selected as the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination by the 26th Edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019 held in Muscat, Oman. Abu Dhabi has been selected for the award for the 7th time in a row.
About World Travel Awards (WTA):
Country- United Kingdom (UK)
Location- Berkeley Square House, UK
First Awarded- 1993

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