Top Current Affairs of the day: 12 December 2019

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Last Updated: Dec 12,2019 18:42 IST


Top Current Affairs of the day: 12 December 2019
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  • Cabinet approvals on 11 December

    46 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the following on 11 December 2019. The list of Cabinet approvals: 1) The Union Cabinet approved the bilateral Social Security Agreements (SSAs) between India and Brazil. The SSAs aimed to protect the interests of Indian professionals and skilled workers who are working abroad for short durations and enhance the competitiveness of Indian companies. It will provide easy remittance of benefits (Exportability), avoid making... Read More


    Government to implement Vocationalisation of School Education scheme

    46 days ago
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development is to implement the Scheme of Vocationalisation of School Education under Samagra Shiksha. It is an integrated scheme for school education.
    Vocationalisation of School Education: ♦ A vocational subject is offered for Classes IX to XII along with the general education to provide necessary employability and vocational skills for a variety of occupations under the scheme.
    ♦ The scheme has been implemented in 8654 schools, with... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Vikas Swarup is appointed as the Secretary West in MEA

    46 days ago
    Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup is appointed as the Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. The Appointments Committee (ACC) of the Cabinet has approved the appointment.
    Vikas Swarup: Swarup is a 1986 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. As the Secretary (West), he will be responsible for India's affairs with the UK and other European nations.
    Sanjay Bhattacharyya: In another appointment, career diplomat Sanjay Bhattacharyya has been appointed Secretary of... Read More

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    CPWD organized a National level Business meet in New Delhi

    47 days ago
    The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) organized a Business Meet with the Clients and stakeholders on 11 December 2019. It aimed to share and familiarize the important activities and achievements of the Department. The meeting was a part of Confidence Building Measure Highlights: ♦ The national-level meeting was held to get the views from the Clients and stakeholders about the Services provided by CPWD.
    ♦ The meeting showcased a rejuvenated CPWD through a process... Read More


    The 37th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions was held in New Delhi

    47 days ago
    The 37th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions is being held at BPR&D Headquarters, New Delhi. The two-day symposium is held from 12-13 December 2019. The symposium is organized by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs. Theme: The theme of the two-day Symposium is Optimal Utilization of Resources – Through Sharing and Networking. Participants: Around 200 Heads of the Training Institutions of the States, Union... Read More


    Peter Handke received the Nobel Literature Prize

    47 days ago
    Author Peter Handke was conferred the Nobel Literature Prize. He received the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm.
    Peter Handke: Peter Handke, 76,  is an Austrian author and playwright. He was recognized for his influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. He has been a controversial figure as he supported the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war. He was charged... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours


    World's first fully electric commercial aircraft was successfully tested in Canada

    47 days ago
    The Australian company, Harbour Air and magniX flight-tested an all-electric powered seaplane. It has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada. The company aims to electrify its entire fleet by 2022. Test: ♦ It was described as the world's first for the aviation industry. ♦ The test involved a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system. ♦ The invention is aimed to boost the electric which will help to reduce the carbon... Read More
    Category: International


    Andhra Pradesh is to set up a virtual police station

    47 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh is to set up a virtual police station (VPS) in the Andhra University (AU). It will be the first of its kind. It will help the students to report violence or any other crime online. The plan to establish VPS was initially proposed by AU vice-chancellor Prasad Reddy in August 2019.
    Virtual Police Station (VPS): ♦ Violence or any other crime can be reported online. ♦ Once a complaint is filed, the concerned police station will take up the issue and initiate a... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    Lok Sabha passed the 2019 International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill

    47 days ago
    The Lok Sabha passed International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 on 11 December 2019. The bill aims to set up a unified authority to regulate all financial activities in international financial services centres (IFSCs) in India. The bill was withdrawn in Rajya Sabha. Provisions of the Bill: ♦ The bill will amend 14 Acts, including the SEBI Act, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) Act and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts


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    ADB reduced India's growth forecast for 2020-21 cut 5.1 percent

    47 days ago
    Asian Development Bank (ADB) reduced India's economic growth forecast for FY 2019-20 to 5.1%. It reduced upon analyzing the slowing job prospects, rural distress exacerbated by poor harvest and credit crunch. The bank has predicted the growth will pick up to 6.5% next year on supportive government policies. The bank has also reduced the estimate for the next fiscal, FY 2020-21 to 6.5% from 7.2%. In September 2019, ADB forecasted the GDP growth of 6.2% in 2019 and 6% in... Read More


    Tara Sinha, founder of ad agencies Clarion and Tara Sinha Associates, passed away

    47 days ago
    Tara Sinha, the founder of ad agencies Clarion and Tara Sinha Associates, passed away on 11 December 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was 88 years old. She was the first woman to set up a national advertising agency in India. Tara Sinha: Sinha completed the advertising diploma in the early 1950s from London. She joined DJ Keymer, Kolkata. In 1955, Sinha and others launched Clarion. She became its first director at 23. Sinha had good client and agency experience having worked at Coca-Cola... Read More
    Category: Obituary


    US became India's sixth oil supplier by replacing Kuwait

    47 days ago
    Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas stated that the United States has surpassed Kuwait to become India's sixth-largest oil supplier. The US has supplied 5.4 million tonnes of crude oil during the first six months of 2019-20. Overall, the US supplied 70% more crude to India during April-September.
    Crude oil-importing: ♦ India began to import crude oil from the US in 2017 as a move to diversify India's import basket beyond the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    India organizes an International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems

    47 days ago
    The International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems for BIMSTEC countries began on 11 December 2019. It will be held from 11-13 December in New Delhi. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary DARE. Organized by: It is organized by the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer's Welfare and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The seminar is organized as per the announcement made by the Prime... Read More


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

    47 days ago
    C. Sugandh Rajaram has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana. Rajaram is presently the Consul General, Consulate General of India to Southern Germany.  He will replace Birender Singh Yadav as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana. The announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs. C. Sugandh Rajaram: Mr. Sugandh Rajaram is an IFS officer of 2001 batch. He is an electronics engineer by graduate. He began his... Read More


    The co-inventor of barcodes, George Laurer, passed away

    47 days ago
    George Laurer, the US engineer who helped develop the barcode, has passed away at the age of 94. George Laurer: Mr. Laurer has been recognized as the co-inventor of the Universal Product Code (UPC) or barcode. It is found on millions of products, services, and other items for identification. When he was working as an electrical engineer with IBM, he developed UPC or barcode. He developed a scanner that could digitally read codes. He used stripes to print the codes. The first product that... Read More


    IREDA plans to set up Green Window

    47 days ago
    Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is planning to set up a dedicated Green Window with an aim to serve the unserved segments of renewable energy. It was announced by Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). IREDA Green Window: ♦ IREDA Green Window aims to provide a significant boost to the renewable energy market. ♦ As India is currently moving towards becoming a $5 trillion economy, it aims to install 450 gigawatts (GW)... Read More
    Category: Environment


    AYUSH organized a Symposium on Scope of Science of Ayurveda in Global Health

    47 days ago
    Government organized a Symposium on Scope of Science of Ayurveda in Global Health on 11 December at New Delhi. It was organized by the Ministry of AYUSH in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs. It is in line with the Ministry of AYUSH's commitment to promote Ayurveda and Traditional systems of Medicine globally.
    Aim: The symposium aimed to sensitize all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners and impart them with the information about advanced research and recent... Read More


    ISRO launched RISAT-2BR1 with nine commercial satellites

    47 days ago
    ISRO launched the RISAT-2BR1 satellite on 11 December 2019. India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched RISAT-2BR1, the fiftieth flight (PSLV-C48), along with nine commercial satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. RISAT-2BR1 was injected successfully into an orbit of 576 km. Also, nine commercial satellites were injected into their respective orbits. Along with this, the two solar arrays of RISAT-2BR1 were deployed automatically. The ISRO Telemetry... Read More


    International Universal Health Coverage Day is observed on 12 December

    47 days ago
    International Universal Health Coverage Day is observed on 12 December every year. The day is observed globally to highlight the importance of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for strong and resilient health systems. The day reminds that every person, despite who they are or where they live, should be able to get the quality health care they need without facing financial hardship. Theme: The theme of the International Universal Health Coverage Day is to 'Keep the promise'. The theme... Read More
    Category: Important Days


    International Day of Neutrality is observed on 12 December

    47 days ago
    International Day of Neutrality is observed on 12 December. The day aimed to promote the use of preventive diplomacy, which is the core objective of the UN. The UN conducts aimed to enhance public awareness of the value of neutrality in international relations. History: International Day of Neutrality was officially declared by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution adopted in February 2017. The day was first observed on 12 December 2017. The observance of the day shows that Neutrality... Read More
    Category: Important Days


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