Friday, January 4, 2019

Daily Current Affairs National. 28 December to 03 Jan.

Daily Current Affairs

The release of 'Prince, Patron and Patriarch Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala'

In December 2018, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh released a book ‘Prince, Patron and Patriarch Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala’ that has been written by the Maharaja’s grandson, Brigadier (Retd) Jagjit Singh and Cynthia Frederick in Chandigarh. The book is a candid tribute by a grandson to the erstwhile exceptional royal king of Kapurthala. Maharaja Jagatjit Singh was considered as one of the scripters of modernization of Kapurthala who highlighted Patiala and Kapurthala on the world map.

CA Kuttappa became India's chief boxing coach

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In December 2018, the 39-year-old CA Kuttappa has been appointed as India's chief boxing coach at the ongoing national camp. The Dronacharya awardee is being credited for carving some of the country's most successful boxers like  Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh, and Shiva Thapa etc. He has succeeded veteran coach SR Singh at the beginning of the camp which started on December 10, 2018. The boxers who will succeed in the upcoming trial rounds of January will be considered for selection for the India Open and the prestigious Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.

Virat Kohli crushed Rahul Dravid's Record

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On December 26, 2018, Indian skipper Virat Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid to become the highest Indian run-getter in overseas Tests in a calendar, although he missed out on a Test century on Day 2 of the third Test in Melbourne after getting dismissed on 82 by Mitchell Starc. Virat Kohli surpassed Dravid's 1137 run score (2002) on the second day of the Melbourne Test as India scored a formidable 443 for 7 declared. Virat Kohli has so far scored 259 runs in the ongoing Test series against Australia.

Divya Patidar Joshi became Mrs. India 2018

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On December 26, 2018, Divya Patidar Joshi from Ratlam of Madhya Pradesh got crowned as ‘Mrs. India 2018’ at the Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale of New Delhi. Joshi outshone 24 promising contestants and won all the rounds of Beauty with Brain contest along with Best Cat Walk title. After this win, the lady will represent the nation in Mrs. Universe Pageant in the year 2019. 

CM N Biren Singh: ‘Champions of Change’ awardee

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On December 26, 2018, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented the ‘Champions of Change’ award to Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh for his leadership role in transforming the governance in the north-eastern state. It is worth learning that Manipur was selected as one of the ‘aspirational’ districts for its all-round development on various parameters. The award selection jury was comprised of former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishna and former Supreme Court judge Sudha Mishra.

Beginning of ‘Dwijing Festival’

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On December 27, 2018, a twelve-day long third edition of ‘Dwijing Festival’ started on the banks of the Aie river in Chirang district of Assam. Assam Tourism and Bodoland Tourism have together organized this festival. This Dwijing Festival is meant to promote river tourism in the rural areas under the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). It was initially named as  ‘Aie River Winter Festival’ that later got changed in the year 2017.

Bimal Jalan will head economic capital framework

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On 26th December 2018, former RBI Chief, Bimal Jalan has got appointed as head of RBI expert panel for reviewing the economic capital framework of the Central Bank. Besides him, former Deputy RBI governor, Rakesh Mohan has been appointed as Vice-Chairman, economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, RBI central board members Bharat Doshi and Sudhir Mankad and Deputy Governor N S Vishwanathan are the members of this committee. The committee is meant to suggest handling of its reserves and transfer of the bank’s surplus to the government.

Lok Sabha approved Triple Talaq bill

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In December 2018, the Lok Sabha has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill with two hundred forty-five votes in favor. The Bill will replace the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance-2018. The approved bill declared instant triple talaq void and illegal and anybody found practicing it, will get entitled for the imprisonment of up to three years. This is a historic step ensuring justice, equality and dignity for the Muslim women. The National Commission for Women applauded this move of Lok Sabha.

Maharashtra implemented recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission

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On December 27, 2018, Government of Maharashtra implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Rs. 38655 crore will be disbursed as arrears to officers, employees, teachers from the unaided schools and those from Zilla Parishad institutions with effect from January 1, 2016, and it will be given in 5 installments directly into the GPF account of the employees. Group A and Group B officers will get an increase of around Rs. 9,000 - Rs. 14,000 per month; Group ‘D’ employee will get Rs 15,000 per month (a hike of around Rs. 4,000- Rs. 5,000), whereas a Group ‘C’ employee will get Rs. 18,000 per month (hike of Rs. 5,000 - Rs. 8,000). The pensioners will also get a hike in their monthly pension. 

Mobile audio guide app of Tourism Ministry

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On December 27, 2018, Tourism Ministry inked an agreement with Resbird Technologies under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project for the development of a mobile audio guide application for five iconic sites viz. Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Kaziranga (Assam), Colva Beach (Goa), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar). Besides this, the Ministry also handed over the Letters of Intent to seven shortlisted agencies for consideration under the project in the presence of Tourism Secretary Yogendra Tripathi. The shortlisted agencies will become ‘Monument Mitras’ and will be given the opportunity to associate their CSR activities with a heritage site.

Delhi Police pioneered digitization of all malkhanas

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On December 28, 2018, the Delhi Police became the first police force in the country to digitize all malkhanas across every police station in the state under the e-malkhana project. Malkhanas are rooms for keeping seized arms and bullets and shells. Around 3,11,600 case properties have got encrypted in digital form. Besides this, the e-malkhana project of 10 districts at Chinmaya Mission was also inaugurated by the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and the personnel involved in the project were acknowledged with a certificate of merit. In addition to this, a booklet on e-malkhana functioning was also released.

The demise of filmmaker Mrinal Sen

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On 30th December 2018, Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen died of cardiac arrest at the age of 95 in Kolkata. The Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee were credited for making way for parallel cinema in the country with films like Ek Din Achanak, Padatik, Mrigaya, Akaler Sandhane, Chorus, Kharij, Kandahar, Bhuwan Shome, Akash Kusum and Calcutta 71. The recipient of 12 international film awards and a member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association made his directorial debut with Raat Bhore in 1955. He made films that focussed on socio-political issues.

HDFC Group became India’s largest business house

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On December 28, 2018, as per Bloomberg data, Deepak Parekh-led HDFC group overtook Tata Group to become the country’s largest conglomerate in terms of market capitalization. The total market capitalization (MACP) of its five listed companies is presently valued at Rs 10.40 lakh crore, which is Rs 1,185 crore more than that of Tata Group. With this, HDFC Bank became the third company in Indian corporate history to cross the Rs 5-lakh crore market capitalization threshold, after TCS (Rs 7.16 trillion) and RIL (Rs 7.09 trillion).

Ashok Chakra recipients are on postage stamps

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In December 2018, the Keonjhar Police, Odisha, in collaboration with India Post has issued 10 postage stamps under the “My Stamp” scheme, each featuring the Ashok Chakra Awardees from Police Department (State Police and Central police) across India. The stamps which are of Rs 5.00 denomination and have the background picture of Sun Temple, Konark, recognizes the acts of valor by khaki-clad personnel viz. Randhir Prasad Verma, Kamlesh Kumari Yadav, Pramod Kumar Satapathy, R. P. Diengdoh, Mohan Chand Sharma, K Prasad Babu, Tukaram Omble, Vijay Salaskar, Hemant Karkare and Ashok Kamte.

Swachh Surveksahan 2018 award

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In December 2018, Karvy Group appointed by MoHUA conducted a survey and presented Swachh Surveksahan 2018 award for Best Capital city in the Solid Waste Management to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in January 2016, Swachh Survekshan survey is conducted to rank the cities on several sanitation and cleanliness parameters for generating a spirit of healthy competition towards the concept of ‘Swachhata’.

Arunachal touched record high revenue generation

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On 28th December 2018, Arunachal Pradesh government succeeded in increasing the state revenue generation in the past two years with the record revenue collection of Rs 1598.49 crore during the year 2017-18. The revenue generation had crossed the Rs 1,000  crore mark for two consecutive years since Arunachal Pradesh attained statehood in 1987. In 2016-17, the revenue generation of the state was Rs 1,253.57 crore. The credit goes to the Team Arunachal mantra which has ignited the minds of the employees to deliver goods to the people of the state.

Smriti Mandhana became ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year

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On December 31, 2018, International Cricket Council declared India’s left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana as ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year. She has claimed Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award. In Addition to this, she has also won the title of the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year. She has scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 ODIs and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is during the voting period, which started from January 1st to December 31st, 2018.

It was a DRDO day

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1st January 2019 was celebrated as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) day. The organization was set up to make the nation self-reliant in fields of missiles, radars, sonars and torpedoes and several other systems. Headquartered in New Delhi, the organization is dedicated to the development of state of the art weapon system for the country’s armed forces. Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System are its latest developments. DRDO works under the Ministry of Defence and “Strength’s Origin is in Science” is its motto.

IIT Delhi alumnus scored 171 out of 170 in America

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IIT Delhi alumnus Ankur Garg scored 171 out of 170 in Macroeconomics exam under 'International Development' programme at Harvard University by virtue of the extra credit opportunity in the American education system. Only the brightest in a batch happen to achieve this feat. His scorecard was signed by Jeffrey Frankel who is a leading International macroeconomist. Prior to this, Ankur did the feat of topping IAS exam at the age of 22 that made him one of the youngest persons to clear IAS exam.

Some new appointments

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Secretary to the Ministry of Social Justice, Sudhir Bhargava has been appointed as the new Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC). The CIC is the highest appeal body under the Right to Information Act. In Railway Board, the General Manager of South-Central Railway (SCR), VK Yadav has succeeded Ashwani Lohani as the new chairman of Railway Board. IIM-A alumnus and former MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, Amitabh Chaudhry has become MD & CEO of Axis Bank. Pankaj Sharma is the new Chief Operations Officer of RBC Bank.

ISRO launched Samwad for space Science activities

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched ‘Samwad’ as part of its outreach programme for students to engage them in space Science activities. It was inaugurated in Bengaluru and around 40 students and 10 teachers from chosen schools got the opportunity of interaction with ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan about the Indian Space Programme and their benefits to the common man. The Chairman suggested students study Science and Mathematics with absolute seriousness for pursuing challenging careers.

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