Friday, December 28, 2018

Daily Current Affairs national. 22 December to 27 December

Daily Current Affairs

Mamata Banerjee: Skoch CM of the Year Awardee

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In December 2018, the Chief Minister of West Bengal has been awarded the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award for her contribution in the overall development of West Bengal as West Bengal emerged as the best-performing state in the field of Governance. Besides this, it is worth knowing that West Bengal has also won the top Skoch Award under the 100 days’ work scheme; IPPAI Award for rural electrification in the state as well as five consecutive Krishi Karman awards in the field of Agriculture.

New Additions in ‘Adopt A Heritage’ Project

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In December 2018, ten monuments have been enlisted under ‘Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’, the scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Red Fort, Delhi; Gandikota Fort, Andhra Pradesh; area surrounding Gangotri Temple, Trail to Gaumukh in Uttarakhand and Mt. Stok Kangri Trek, Ladakh; Jantar Mantar, Delhi; Surajkund , Haryana; Qutub Minar, Delhi; Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra; Leh Palace, Leh, Jammu & Kashmir and Hampi (Hazara Rama Temple), Karnataka are the monuments that have been adopted by various organizations for enhancing tourism potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner.

B V P Rao: The new President of AAI

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On 22nd December 2018, Advisor of Telangana government and former Vice President of the archery association of the northeastern state, B V P Rao won the presidential elections of Archery Association of India that was held under the supervision of former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi. Rao was also associated with Sports Authority of India in past. Vijay Kumar Malhotra has been the president of AAI for 40 years from 1973 to 2012 then later he was conferred the Honorary Life President of AAI.

Old Clothes can now be building materials

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In December 2018, IIT-Kanpur alumna, Veena Sahajwalla from University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney created building materials from old clothing, devising the best out of waste. She along with her team created new building materials by collecting a random assortment of garments from charity bins, removing zippers, buttons, buckles and passed the leftover mix of cotton, polyester, nylon and other fabrics via a fine-grained shredder. They then glued the different fiber components together by treating it with a chemical and then compressed it under heat to form solid building panels.

India: The Seventh largest stock market in the world

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On 22nd December 2018, Indian Stock market overtook Germany and became the world’s seventh largest stock market globally. India is presently a South Asian Giant, projected to grow at 7.5% in 2018 and 7.3% in 2019 while Germany managed to grab a growth rate of only 1.6% in 2018. This new milestone of India reflects its positive returns this year as companies’ dependency on domestic demand enabled them to avoid a meltdown in other emerging markets spurred due to U.S. – China trade war.

National Consumer Day

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24th December 2018 was observed as  National Consumer Day on “Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints” theme. It is being celebrated every year to commemorate President’s approval for the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and the enactment of this Act was seen as a historic milestone in the consumer movement across the nation. The Act envisaged the promotion and protection of rights of consumers like Right to Safety, Right to be informed, Right to Choose and Right to be heard to safeguard the consumer against several types of exploitations and unfair dealings.

India’s Agni-IV missile

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In December 2018, India successfully test-fired strategic surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. Designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation, it has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances. Equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture, it has a strike range of 4,000 km. This was the 7th trial of Agni-IV missile by the Indian Army. The last trial was conducted on January 2, 2018.

Rafi Awardees: Late music composer Laxmikant & singer Usha Timothy

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In December 2018, the Mohammed Rafi Award instituted by an NGO headed by Mumbai BJP Chief Ashish Shelar was conferred upon late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy at a programme held in suburban Bandra. Laxmikant’s daughter received 1 lakh rupees and a trophy as Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her father. The deceased had paired with Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma and composed hit tracks like 'Bindiya Chamkegi', 'Main Shayar Toh Nahin' and 'Hansta Hua Noorani Chehra' among others. While Timothy, who has sung 1,000 songs in multiple Indian languages received 51,000 rupees.  

Sangeeta Verma joined CCI

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In December 2018 former Indian Economic Services (IES) officer Sangeeta Verma has joined the Competition Commission of India (CCI) as a member for a period of 5 years from the date of assumption of charge of the post, or until further orders, whichever is earlier. With this CCI has gained its full strength with Ashok Kumar Gupta as chairperson, Sangeeta Verma, Augustine Peter and UC Nahta as its members. CCI is meant to ensure fair competition in the economy via a ‘level playing field’ to the producers and make the markets work for the welfare of the consumers.

P. V. Bharathi is now MD and CEO of Corporation Bank

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As per the order issued by the Personnel Ministry on 24th December 2018, the Executive Director in the Canara Bank, P.V Bharathi has got appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of the Corporation Bank. She will take charge on 1st February 2019, and will remain on the post till March 31, 2020. Besides her, General Manager in the Central Bank of India, Birupaksha Mishra, Balakrishna Also S, and K Ramachandran have been appointed as Executive Directors in the Corporation Bank,  the Oriental Bank of Commerce and  Allahabad Bank respectively.

A new draft of rules for Information Technology

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On 24th December 2018, the Union Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced draft rules of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018. The main objective of this is to end the complete encryption system to trace ‘unlawful’ activities for better national security. As per the amended rules under Section 79 of the IT Act, it will be mandatory for online platforms to deploy technology to enable access to content seen as “unlawful”. Information about “unlawful acts” can be sought from the intermediaries by “court order” the parameter to judge unlawful acts would be Article 19(2) of the Constitution, which places a restriction on freedom of speech and expression. The online platforms will keep a record of “unlawful activity” for a period of “180 days”, double the older version.

Swachh Bharat Grand Challenge Awards presented

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On 26th December 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized Swachh Bharat Grand Challenge as a part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from 1st to 15th November 2018 to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognized Start-ups in the country.  In this, four areas of sanitation, waste management, water and wastewater management, and air management were selected for the grand challenge. First prizes won by Malec technical project laboratory Private Limited of Delhi (Air sector), Altersoft Innovations India Private Limited of Kerala (Cochin)(sanitation sector), Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange Private Limited of Telangana (waste sector) and REVY Environmental Solutions Private Limited of Gujarat (water sector). Prize money for this award was Rs. 2 lakh.

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