Current Affairs

16 December, 2019


NAVIC satellites of India to join allied system of USA

US (United States) Congress has approved to designate India’s  Indigenously developed satellite navigation system, NAVIC (NAVigation with Indian Constellation) as “allied” navigational satellite system along with the Galileo of the European Union and QZSS(Quasi-Zenith Satellite System) of Japan. The tag has been given as part of the conference report under National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2020. The designation of allied system would means that the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) regional navigation system- NAVIC will be treated at par with the European Union’s(EU) Galileo and Japan’s QZSS.
About NavIC :
It is also known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) developed by ISRO. It is a constellation of total 7 satellite distributed in geostationary and geosynchronous orbits to cover the whole of the subcontinent and a distance of 1,500km from the Indian border.
The main objective of IRNSS is to provide reliable position, navigation and timing services over India and its neighbourhood.

Highlights of 25th UN Climate Change Conference held in Madrid, Spain

The 25th United Nations(UN) Climate Change Conference held in Madrid, Spain from December 2-13, 2019. The conference featured 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). The highlights of the conference are as follows:

India ranked 9th among countries in CCPI with higher climate performance.


Vice Prez Venkaiah naidu inaugurates FICCI ARISE conference 2019 in New Delhi

Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the 2-day FICCI ARISE Conference 2019 based on the theme ‘Future Ready Learners and Schools’ held at Dr. Ambedkar International center in New Delhi. It was organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with the aim to collaborate the views from key stakeholders on achieving India’s vision of becoming a knowledge and human resource hub.
About FICCI:
Formation– 1927
Headquarters– New Delhi

7th Economic Census: India’s 1st digital census launched in New Delhi

7th edition of the Economic Census was launched in New Delhi. To carry out the economic census, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) tied up with Common Service Centres Network (CSCN). CSC is an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) under Ministry of Electronics and IT(MeitY). It is for the first time the census is being conducted in digital platform named ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

36th International Geological Congress 2020: To be hosted by India in New Delhi

India is to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in New Delhi on the first week of March 2020. The theme of the conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for Sustainable Development’. The event is to be organized by the Ministry of Mines.

As an initiative of the event a half-day interactive workshop was held in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Anil Kumar Jain, Secretary Coal & Mines.

President approved Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. After his assent, the bill comes to be known as Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. This act amended Citizenship Act, 1955 by granting citizenship to undocumented non-Muslims migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who came to India on or before December 31, 2014. The act will also relax the requirement of residence in India for citizenship by naturalisation from 11 years to 5 years for these migrants.

Indian Embassy signed pact to reconstruct Nepal’s 11 heritage sites under INTACH

The Indian embassy of the govt of India has deployed Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to provide consultancy services for Post-Earthquake reconstruction of 11 Cultural Heritage sites in Nepal.
Agreement signing: The agreement was signed between Dr. Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India and Dr. C.T. Mishra, Member Secretary of INTACH in Kathmandu, Nepal.

INTACH: INTACH is one of the largest heritage organizations of the world and has 190 chapters across India. It was awarded with a special consultative status for the United Nations(UN) Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) in 2007.

Functions: INTACH will provide project management assistance in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Solukhumbhu districts of Nepal. It will work with Nepal’s Department of Archeology(DoA), Civil Aviation to reconstruct/ conserve Cultural Heritage sites as per the Nepal govt’s guidelines.

About Nepal:
Capital- Kathmandu.
Currency- Nepalese rupees.
Prime minister- Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.
President- Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Indian Ambassador to Nepal- Manjeev Singh Puri.


Edelweiss AMC launches India’s 1st corporate bond called ‘Bharat Bond ETF’

Edelweiss Asset Management Company (AMC), a subsidiary of Edelweiss Capital Limited (ECL) has launched the India’s 1st Corporate Bond ETF (exchange trade fund) called the Bharat Bond ETF.
This bond will invest only in bonds rated AAA bonds of Public Sector companies.

India, Bangladesh, Nepal contributes global progress in infant birth registration: UNICEF report

According to the new report, ‘Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track?’ released by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), the number of childbirth registrations has increased significantly over the past decade & the great efforts of South Asian countries like India, Bangladesh and Nepal have contributed to the global progress in this field. The birth registration level in these regions has almost tripled from 23 % in the last two decades to 70%. The report analyzed the data from 174 countries.


International Hockey Federation (FIH) reveals new world ranking system for 2020

The International Hockey Federation/Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) revealed a new World Ranking System (WRS) for the year 2020, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The ranking system will be made effective from 1st January 2020.
About International Hockey Federation(FIH):
Founded- 7 January 1924
Headquarters- Lausanne, Switzerland
President- Narinder Batra


NASA to launch rover ‘MARS 2020’ in the year 2020 

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced to launched its rover ‘MARS 2020’ in the year 2020. The rover will land on Mars, the 4th closest planet to the sun. it is also known as the red planet. The rover is built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) in Pasadena, California,United States(US).

Weight: The body of the Mars 2020 rover weighs 2,260 pounds (1,025 kilograms),

Former PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune (74) elected as the President of Algeria

Abdelmadjid Tebboune, (74) former Prime Minister (PM) of Algeria was elected as the President of Algeria succeeding Abdelkader Bensalah. Tebboune served as the PM from May 2017 to August 2017, under the governance of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
About Algeria:
Capital- Algiers
Prime Minister (PM)- Noureddine Bedouia
Currency- Dinar

2019 UK general elections: British PM Boris Johnson attains historic victory

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson won the United Kingdom (UK) general election after his Conservative Party crossed the required majority of 326 votes of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.
About United Kingdom(UK):
Capital- London
Monarch- Elizabeth II
Currency- Pound sterling

2000 years old famous Thai massage included in UNESCO heritage list

Thailand’s famous 2000-year-old massage, Nuad Thai was added to UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) prestigious heritage list..
Formation– 4 November 1946
Headquarters– Paris, France
Director General– Audrey Azoulay

24th IFFK 2019 concludes in Thiruvananthapuram; Japanese film wins Suvarna chakoram awardKerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA),

An a Kerala Government Institution to promote cinema  has organized the 24th edition of  International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) 2019 in Nishagandhi Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from December 6- 13, 2019.Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan presented awards during the event.

26th Annual Crystal Award 2020: winners Deepika Padukone, Theaster Gates, Jin Xing, and Lynette Wallworth

The  World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 26th Annual Crystal Awards 2020 announced its winners to celebrate the enduring contributions of exceptional artists to the society. The winners will be honoured in the World Economic Forum at its 50th Annual Meeting 2020 to be held on 20th January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
Winners of 26th Annual Crystal Award 2020 are as follows:

About World Economic Forum (WEF):
Founded- January 1971
Headquarters- Cologny, Switzerland
Chairman- Klaus Schwab

2019 World Habitat Awards for project that secured land for indigenous people in Karnataka

The Restoration of Dignity and Human Rights of Indigenous Tribal Community in Karnataka project was bestowed with a gold prize in the 2019 World Habitat Award. The project started in the year 2000 and is executed by ActionAid India with Koraga Federation and Samagra Grameena Ashrama.
The award was given by the World Habitat, a UK (United Kingdom) based organization, in association with the United Nations (UN)-Habitat.
About Karnataka:
Capital- Bangalore
Governor- Vajubhai Vala
Chief Minister (CM)- B. S. Yediyurappa

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