Tuesday, December 18, 2018



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Author Amitav Ghosh became the 54h Jnanpith awardee (News today)

In December 2018, Eminent English writer Amitav Ghosh received year's Jnanpith Award, a literary award given to an author for "outstanding contribution towards literature.” Known for a series of novels like "Shadow Lines", "The Glass Palace", "The Hungry Tide", and Ibis Trilogy - "Sea of Poppies", "River of Smoke" and "Flood of Fire", which chronicled the Opium trade between India and China run by the East India Company, Amitav is a path-breaking novelist. He has steered his novels through historical settings to the modern era and has crafted a space where the past links with the present in relevant ways.

Some recent approvals of ACC (News today)

On 14th December 2018, Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) gave nod to the extension of 6 months to chiefs of Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain, and Research and Analysis Wing, Anil K Dhasmana in wake of forthcoming general elections. Rajiv Jain is a 1980-batch IPS officer from Jharkhand and a proud recipient of the President’s Police Medal. Anil K Dhasmana is a 1981-batch officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre and had served the R&AW for 23 years. Besides them, the ACC has re-designated Anil Srivastava from Advisor to Principal Advisor in NITI Aayog.

National Energy Conservation Day 2018 (News today)

On 14th December 2018, National Energy Conservation Day 2018 was celebrated across India under the aegis of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power. It was to drive mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation. The day was instituted in 1991 with the distribution of the National Energy Conservation Awards to various organizations that made efforts to reduce energy consumption. To celebrate the day, a painting competition for students was organized at the School, State and at National levels.

Brijendra Pal Singh: The New president of FTII (News today)

On 13th December 2018, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry nominated Brijendra Pal Singh as the new President of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in place of actor Anupam Kher. Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the FTII Governing Council. He is best known as the producer-director of popular TV series 'CID'. In 2004, he scripted the Limca Book of Records for taking a single continuous shot of 111 minutes to mark the completion of six years of 'CID'.

Ashok Gehlot: The Next Rajasthan Chief Minister (News today)

Ashok Gehlot is all set to take oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the third time. He had been the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, once from 1998 to 2003 and then from 2008 to 2013. Since 1999, he has represented the Sardarpura assembly constituency, winning five consecutive terms in the House. Gehlot has also been the Union Minister of Tourism; Civil Aviation; Sports; and Textiles in different stints between 1982 and 1993. Besides him, Sachin Pilot will take oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

Kamal Nath: The Next CM of Madhya Pradesh (News today)

On 17th December 2018, veteran leader of the Grand Old Party, Congress, Kamal Nath will take oath as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh uprooting BJP, which was in the ruling position for three consecutive terms. His young rival Jyotiraditya Scindia has accepted the decision. The Congress has opted for its experienced hands to play a big role in the heartland state without upsetting the younger leaders or risking any rebellion. It is worth knowing here that this was a critical decision as the Congress and its allies have a wafer-thin majority in Madhya Pradesh.

Nepal banned Indian currency notes above Rs 100 (News today)

In December 2018, Nepal government has banned all Indian notes above the denomination of Rs 100. After this, the Nepalese citizens working in India will no longer be able to use Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations and will now have to send money home electronically or those sending physical currency will need to do so in notes of up to Rs 100. The Nepal government has not legalized these notes in wake of the discovery of fake currency in these denominations which had an adverse effect on Nepal’s economy.

India- Saudi Arabia Haj 2019 agreement (News today)

On December 13, 2018, India and Saudi Arabia inked bilateral annual Haj 2019 agreement at Jeddah for ensuring safety and better facilities to the Indian Haj pilgrims. The Union Minister for Minority Affairs,  Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Haj and Umrah Minister of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten were the signatories. A big number of Muslim women are likely to go to Haj 2019 without “Mehram” (male companion). So far 2100 women have already applied for the same.

Planet GJ 3470b vanishing at record speed (News today)

In December 2018, Astronomers announced the discovery of evaporation of Neptune sized planet ‘GJ 3470b’, 96 light-years away from the Earth. It is evaporating at a rate 100 times faster than a previously identified exoplanet of similar size. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers found that it circles a red dwarf star in the general direction of the constellation Cancer. It is the low density of GJ 3470b' that snatches its potential of hanging gravitationally on to the heated atmosphere.

The beginning of World's first floating nuclear plant (News today)

In December 2018, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation, Rosatom has started the first reactor unit of the world's first floating nuclear plant, ‘Akademik Lomonosov’. ‘Lomonosov’ is basically a mobile, low-capacity reactor unit operable in remote areas isolated from the main power distribution system, or in places hard to access by land. It is meant to maintain both uninterruptible power and abundant desalinated water supply in remote areas. Equipped with two reactors of 35MW each, it has a capacity of 70MW. Its operational lifespan is of 40 years, that can be extended up to 50 years.

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