Friday, December 21, 2018

Current Affairs - 21 December 2018 - News daily

Current Affairs - News daily

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Sonam Kapoor: PETA India's Person of the Year for 2018

In December 2018, Sonam Kapoor got named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Person of the Year for 2018. She is an advocate for animal rights and has kept animal skin out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Reason. In 2017 she had earned a Compassionate Business Award for her cruelty-free handbag line. She participates in animal welfare programmes. Prior to this, in the year 2016, the actress was named PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity.

‘Period. End of Sentence’ got shortlisted in Oscars

In December 2018, Indian Film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ made its way in 91st Oscar nominations in the Documentary Short Subject category. Produced by Guneet Monga's Sikhya Entertainment and directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, the film features women in India fighting against the deep-rooted stigma of menstruation and is based upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. Besides this, India’s entry under the Foreign Language Film Category, ‘Village Rockstars’ has got out of the Oscar race.

E-payment facility started at Pune District court

In December 2018, Pune District court became the first Court in India to get the facility of e-payment. Court fee, judicial deposits, fines and penalties all can be paid via e-payments using portal in the Shivajinagar district and sessions court of Pune. The person making the e-payment will get a unique case number record (CNR). Besides this, the court administration has signed a contract with State Bank of India (SBI) for 24x7 service with no additional bank charges for payments up to Rs. 2,000. 

Andreas Goss is the new CEO of ThyssenKrupp Tata Steel B.V

In December 2018, Tata Steel and Germany'sThyssenkrupp Steel division appointed Andreas Goss, as the future Chief Executive Officer of their proposed European steel joint venture ‘Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel B.V’. that will be headquartered in  Amsterdam. The duo in June 2018 had inked a definitive agreement to combine their European steel businesses in a 50/50 Joint Venture. Besides this, Hans Fischer, the CEO of Tata Steel Europe, has been appointed as the Deputy CEO & Chief Technology Officer of the Joint Venture.

Distribution of Handicrafts Export Awards 

In December 2018, Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, bestowed 136 Handicrafts Export Awards under different categories to handicrafts exporters for their remarkable performance in exports for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 at a function at India Expo Centre & Martin Greater Noida, Delhi. For this field,  an Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) in India establishes infrastructure facilities in craft clusters, creates a brand image of handcrafted products across the globe and helps exporters in innovating new designs and styles. Besides this, EPCH has begun a diploma course for the children of the artisans working in the handicraft sector.  

Uday Shankar: The Vice President Of FICCI

Star India’s Chairman and  President of The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific, Uday Shankar has been elected as the Vice President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for 2018-19. The appointee is the first-ever Indian media and entertainment executive to play the leadership role in a national industry chamber. Earlier he was a political journalist with The Times of India and has also served as chief executive officer and editor of Star News, besides leading Hindi news channel Aaj Tak in 2000. 

The 37th Senior National Rowing Championship 

On 18th December 2018, the 37th edition of Senior National Rowing Championship began at Army Rowing Node (ARN) in College of Military Engineering (CME) campus in Pune. This senior national championship is likely to witness mixed event viz. ‘Mixed Doubles Sculls over 500 meters’ for the first time. Around 500 rowers and coaches from several rowing associations across the country are participating in this Championship. The Rowers for the World Championships-2019 will be chosen from this event. 

Global telecom’s research center in Bengaluru

In December 2018, British Telecommunications giant, Global telecom in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science announced the establishment of a research center in Bengaluru to focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cyber-security technologies for use in the company’s programmes, products, and services. The proposed research center’s structure and organization are likely to follow a model used for the British firm’s global research locations, combining academic, industry and government partnerships. It will add to BT’s network of collaborative research facilities in China, Northern Ireland, the UAE, and the US.

 AIIMS Jhajjar: India’s largest cancer institute

On December 18, 2018, India’s largest cancer institute which is a part of the AIIMS-II campus in Haryana’s Jhajjar got inaugurated. Spanning in 35 acres, the 710-bed National Cancer Institute hospital opened its OPD services. Its foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the year 2014. Built at an expenditure of Rs. 2,035 crore, the hospital is meant to strengthen the research and it will become fully operational by December 2020.

Book on R.K. Laxman

In December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book  ‘Timeless Laxman’ a book on the life and times of legendary cartoonist, the late R.K. Laxman that has been authored by his daughter-in-law, Usha Srinivas Laxman. Laxman's cartoons are worth studying to have an insight into the troubles in society and its several colors, viewed through the eyes of his famed creation, ‘The Common Man’ with which every Indian citizen and each generation can easily relate itself. Laxman had died in January 2015 in Pune at the age of 93.

NITI Aayog’s suggestion for UPSC Civil Services Exam

On 19th December 2018 NITI Aayog released a ‘Strategy for New India @75’ document in context to UPSC Civil Services Exam. The document advocated a reduction in upper age limit to 27 years from the present 30 years for general category candidates in a phased manner by 2022-23. Besides this, the government think tank has recommended a reduction of the existing 60-plus separate civil services at the central and state level via rationalization and harmonization of services. It emphasized on conduction of only one exam for civil services with all-India ranking.

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