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Important Current Affairs 22nd DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 22nd DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 22nd DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Ganga Gram Project will be inaugurated tomorrow at the Sanitation Conference

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is organizing a program in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on December 23, in which Ganga Gram Project will be formally launched for the Namami Ganges program.
●    All relations parties will participate in this program. Its purpose is to bring complete cleanliness in the village situated on the banks of river Ganges.
●    With the active cooperation of 5 Ganga states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal) in August 2017, the Ministry declared all the 4470 Ganga villages free of open defecation.
●    Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is working as a nodal agency for Clean India Mission.
●    After the launch of the mission in October 2014, the Ministry has constructed 5.2 million toilets in 2.95 lakh villages located in 260 districts of 6 states and 2 union territories and declared these villages free of open defecation.
●    After declaring the villages on the banks of Ganga as open to defecation, the Ministry and the State Governments have identified 24 such villages, which will be converted into Ganga Village.


Lt Gen BS Saurav took over the charge of NCC Director General

Lt Gen BS Saurav took over the charge of DG of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
●    The General Officer is a third generation army officer.
●    He is a student of National Defense Academy Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
●    He was commissioned in December 13th, 13th Battalion of the Kumaon Regiment (Rezang La).
●    Lieutenant General B.S. Sarawat has all the professional courses including the prestigious NDC course.
●    The post graduate in the management studies from Lieutenant General BS Saurav Osmania University, Hyderabad and he has completed M. from Madras University.
●    Lt Gen BS Sandhu has recently completed PhD work on 'Human Capital Management in Army'.
●    He has served in various staff and command appointments in different parts of the country and abroad.
●    This includes military supervisor work in Iraq and Kuwait for one year.
●    Lieutenant General B.S. Sarawat was awarded the Sena Medal during the flood in Kosi river in Bihar in 2008.


M. Venkaiah Naidu unveils plaques of the International Exhibition-cum-Conference Center (IECC) and Integrated Transit Corridor Development Plan


Vice-President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today unveiled the Plaques of the International Exhibition-cum-Conference Center and the Integrated Transit Corridor Development Plan.
●    On this occasion the Vice President said that the IECC at Pragati Maidan will be an excellent world class campus.
●    He said that the need for such premises was very long, which is located in a main place in the capital.
●    He said that the ICC Project will strengthen the roots of business within India.
●    Vice President said that this kind of conference and exhibition sites are needed in other cities as well.
●    Referring to the initiative of reform, performance and change of the Prime Minister's vision of this initiative, he said that it is related to development and good governance.
●    Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, emphasized on such projects, that the development of India would give them a new direction.
●    He said that this conference center in New Delhi will be an example in itself. Shri Prabhu said that the spirit of modern India will be revealed through the ICC.
 

Plantation program for protection and protection of Ganga


Afforestation activities are an integral part of the grand program of Ganga protection (Namami Ganges) launched by the National Clean Ganga Mission.
●    A detailed project report regarding forest plantation activities for the Ganga was prepared by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
●    Five states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal on the banks of River Ganga, 83,946 km in all basins. Including the area of the river drain area has been aligned.
●    The project has to be implemented in two phases, the first phase is to be implemented in the period of five years from the year 2016 to 2020.
●    The total targeted financial outlay for the five years is Rs. 2293.73 crores.
●    After successful completion of the first phase DPR will be prepared for scaling up and cloning in additional locations for the second phase and will be implemented from 2021 to 2027.
●    This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation and Human Resource Development, Dr. Satyapal Singh in a written reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha.

Current Affairs 22nd DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

Australia discovered missing submarine 103 years after World War I


Australia has solved the biggest knife in its naval history.
●    Australia has discovered its missing submarine in the sea during the first world war 103 years later.
●    This was the 13th mission of submarine inventions, in which Australia was successful.
●    The HMAS AE submarine, patrolling the sea for the German warship, was suddenly disappeared between the New Britain Islands and New Ireland in north-eastern Papua New Guinea on September 14, 1914.
●    At the time the submarine was aboard the 35 Australian Navy members.
●    The submarine was then thoroughly researched but it did not know anything.
●    Now the survey ship Fugro Equator has discovered it in 300 meters of deep water in the 'Duke of York Iceland' near Papua New Guinea coast.
●    Australia's defense minister Marise Payne said on Thursday that the submarine was discovered, "This was the first damage to the Royal Australian Navy.
●    It was the first Allied submarine, which was missing in the First World War. '
●    He told that Fugro Equator also participated in the international search campaign of Malaysian aircraft lost in the Indian Ocean in 2014.


Second Indo-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Rally

The Second Indo-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Motor Rally (IMT-2) successfully completed its first phase of Guwahati to Bangkok on December 3, 2017.
●    The rally began on November 25, 2017 from Guwahati.
●    A total of 50 participants, including 5 women, participated in 20 SUV trains in this rally.
●    The night stand was in Kohima and Imphal.
●    After this, Thailand's Minister (Commerce) Mr. Tharadol Thongruong showed a green flag to rally in the border town Moreah.
●    After this rally in Myanmar with Kala, Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon and Moulamein reached Bangkok on May 2 and Mayau Sot Border on December 2 and finally reached Bangkok on December 3.
●    The IMT2 motor rally was organized by Kalinga Motor Sports Club in collaboration with Mahindra Adventure.
●    Myanmar and Thailand embassies in India and Indian embassies located in Myanmar and Thailand have supported the rally.
●    Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs and Land Customs Departments also supported the rally.

Current Affairs 22nd DECEMBER 2017: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

TCS-Nielsen India's Biggest IT Outsourcing Deal

An Indian IT company has made the biggest deal till now on the scale of outsourcing.
●    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has a deal with the Television Rating Management Agency at $ 2.25 billion (144.1 billion).
●    This deal can be considered as the first milestone of TCS's new chief Rajesh Gopinathan tenure.
●    Rajesh Gopinathan took the place of N Chandrasekaran in February only.
●    Under this deal, TCS will complete all the work related to Nielsen's outsourcing for the next three years i.e. by 2020.
●    Through this deal, TCS will make Nielsen a three-year (2017-2020) $ 320 million business turnover.
●    From 2021 to 2024, the potential annual revenue of the company is being seen at $ 186 million and in 2025 at $ 139.5 million.
●    This deal, which took place in October this year, was a renewal of TCS and Nielsen Partnership.
●    The deal between these companies was $ 1.2 billion (Rs 76.8 billion) in 10 years in 2008, which was increased to three years in 2013 and almost doubled to $ 2.5 billion ($ 160.1 billion) in 2013.

Current Affairs 22nd DECEMBER 2017:DEFENSE

Minister of State for Defense, Shri Subhash Bhamre inaugurated the 49th Annual Conference of Nuclear Drugs Association


The Minister of State for Defense, Shri Subhash Bhamre today inaugurated the 49th Annual Conference of Indian Nuclear Medicine Association.
●    In his address on this occasion, Shri Bhamre said that progress in medical science has led to significant improvement in the standard of living.
●    Due to this progress, the increase in life expectancy, the incapable of being irrelevant, has helped increase the ability to treat diseases and understand the human body.
●    He said that in the last few years, the role of Nuclear Medicine has taken a major step.
●    Bhamre said that DRDO's Research Laboratory, Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science Institute (INMAS) is playing a vital role in the research of nuclear medicine and is increasing the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
●    Inamas has always played an effective role in the field of radiation and imaging science through academic development.
●    The contribution of INmas is a great example of cooperation by the Ministry of Defense to research activities for the benefit of society.
 

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Important Current Affairs 21st DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 21st DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 21st DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS


Photo exhibition at Buddhist Saint Bhante Kushok Bakula Rinpoche from December 20-31, 2017 at Indira Gandhi National Arts Center

Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the exhibition at the Indira National Center for Art (IGNCA), New Delhi, on December 20, 2017, in the presence of Mongolian ambassador Gonchig Ganbold, the visionary Buddhist saint Bhante Pujya Kushok Bakula Rinpoche.
●    This exhibition has been organized by the Indira Gandhi National Center's East Asia Program Unit to commemorate the birth centenary of the modern Ladakh producer Bhante Kushok Bakul.
●    For the general purpose, this exhibition will be open from December 20 to December 31, 2017.
●    Kiren Rijiju said at the inaugural function that Bhante Baku was the active monk of Rimpau, he worked for peace and spread the teachings of Lord Buddha in different parts of the world.
●    Bhante Rinpoche's World Peace has been associated with many national and international organizations working for environmental conservation and inter-opinion dialogue.
●    Kiren Rijiju said that Bhante Rinpoche played an important role in burning the light of religion among people of different countries deprived of intellectual freedom by totalitarian communist regimes.
●    Rijiju said that in many countries including Mongolia, Russia and China, his actions of reviving the Buddhist doctrine prove that Bhante Bakula was the great figure of Rinpoche.

Offshore surveillance ship (OPV) ICGS Sujay commissioned


Indian Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh today commissioned Sixth Indian Coast Guard ship Sujay in a series of six 105 M Offshore Surveillance Ship (OPV) in Goa.
●    On this occasion CMD of Coast Guard, Goa Shipyard Limited and other senior dignitaries of the Central and State Government were present.
●    Sujay means 'great victory'
●    It expresses the will and determination of the Indian Coast Guard.
●    For the service and protection of the country's maritime interest, the commander is in the governing and administrative control of the Coast Guard area (north-east) in Paradip, Odisha.
●    The 105 meter offshore ship has been designed and manufactured by Indigenous Goa Shipyard Limited.
●    The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art shipping and communication equipment, sensors and machinery.
●    Its features include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power Fire Fighting System.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy released concept paper on Solar PV Manufacturing Scheme


The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has prepared a concept paper on Solar PV Manufacturing Scheme to increase manufacturing capacity of Solar PV module, cell, wafer / ingot and polysilicon in the country.
●    It has been proposed to assist the manufacturers of solar PV cell and module, so that the expansion and upgradation of existing facilities to be made competitive in comparison to the international solar products in the country, or the establishment of new manufacturing facilities.
●    The main objective behind this is to ensure the complete spectrum of manufacturing in this area, ie, from polysilicon to a wide range of manufacturing.
●    According to the ambitious target set by India to achieve 100 gigawatt of solar power capacity by 2022, the Government's desire is that in addition to this there should be a comprehensive solar construction capacity in the country.
●    The aim of the government is to reduce domestic dependence on foreign products by making domestic manufacturers competitive compared to international manufacturers.
●    It is intended to fulfill this objective through the production of quality solar PV equipment in the country.


Two-day regional conference on 'Reception of good governance and best practices' will start tomorrow in Guwahati

Regional conference on 'Good governance and replication of best practices' will be held in Guwahati tomorrow.
●    This two-day conference is being organized in collaboration with Assam Government by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances Department (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
●    Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate this conference and address the delegates.
●    The objective of this conference is to create a common platform where the experiences related to citizen centered governance, better delivery of public services, good governance index, initiatives taken by the Prime Minister and the State Cooperation Initiative scheme of DARPG can be shared.
●    Six sessions will be organized during the conference. The topics of various sessions are: 'Responsible delivery of public services', 'Cooperative initiative of States in administrative reforms', '2017 initiatives made by the Prime Minister', on Governance initiatives taken by Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya Presentations from North-Eastern States 'and' Developing Good Governance Index for Ranking States '.'
●    Following this, 'Connectivity: The first requirement for e-Governance' panel discussion will be organized.


NHAI created National Highway Investment Promotion Cell (NHIPC)

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has created a National Highway Investment Promotion Cell (NHIPC) to attract domestic and foreign investment for highway projects.
●    This cell focuses on interaction with global institutional investors, construction companies, developers and fund managers to ensure investor participation in road infrastructure projects.
●    The government has set an ambitious target of constructing 35,000 km long national highways in the next five years with an investment of Rs 5,35,000 crore under 'Bharatmala project'.
●    Keeping in view the huge investment required for this, both domestic and foreign investment from the public and private sectors have special significance.
●    NHIPC will primarily focus on promoting foreign and domestic investment in road infrastructure or infrastructure related to the road.

Current Affairs 21st DECEMBER 2017: AWARDS

President Ramnath Kovind provided the National Service Scheme Awards 2016-17

President Shri Ramnath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme Awards in the year 2016-17 during a program organized in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan, here today.
●    Youth Affairs and Sports Minister (Independent Charge) Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore and many other dignitaries were present on this occasion.
●    Prior to this, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister (Independent Charge) in Vigyan Bhawan, here today, provided the National Service - 2013-17-17, NSS Unit, Program Officers and NSS volunteers.
●    Secretary of Youth Affairs Dr. A. Dube, senior officials of NSS were also present on the occasion.
●    NSS is a central area plan.
●    This scheme was launched in the year 1969 and its main purpose is to develop personality and character of young students through voluntary community service.
●    The conceptual retention of the NSS is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's ideals.
●    The NSS motto is 'I am not you,'

Current Affairs 21st DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY

Darpan project was launched for financial inclusion of rural population


Communications Minister Mr. Manoj Sinha launched the "Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for a New India" project today to achieve the goal of financial inclusion in the quality of services, value addition to services and financial inclusion of the deprived rural population.
●    He said that with the allocation of Rs.1400 crores, IT modernization project aims to provide a lesser technological solution to each branch post master (BPM).
●    With this, approximately 1.29 lakh branches will be given post office services to improve the service of rural consumers of all states.
●    Sinha said that today 43,171 branch post offices have adopted the darpan project to achieve the goal of financial inclusion of rural population.
●    This goal is to be completed by March, 2018.
●    This project will increase the reach of the postal department by the rural population and all financial statements, savings accounts, rural postal life insurance and cash certificates will increase.
●    With the permission of automatic booking and delivery of accountable materials, the improvement of mail operations will improve, revenues from retail postage business will increase, third party applications will be available and distribution will be easy for social security schemes like NREGA.

Current Affairs 21st DECEMBER 2017: DAYS AND DATES

Judge Advocate General Department celebrated 34th Core Day


The Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department celebrated its 34th Core Day on December 21, 2017.
●    Wreaths were paid to Amar Jawan Jyoti of India Gate on this occasion.
●    Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Colonel Commandant, Adjutant General and JAG Department presented wreath with Major General VC Chitwanshi and other officers, jawans and former officials.
●    The JAG department is the judicial and law branch of the army who looks at disciplinary matters and lawsuits.
●    The Department assists all ranks in the pursuit of human rights and rule of law.
●    The origin and development of the JAG Department is linked to military law development in England and its history begins with the British "Art of War-135".
●    In the year 1949, the bill was introduced to make military laws in Parliament.

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Important Current Affairs 20th DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 20th DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 20th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

The Cabinet approved the 'Capacity Building Scheme in Textile Sector' for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20

Prime Minister of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired the work involved except the spinning and weaving in the organized sector, the entire value chain of the textile sector approved a new skill development plan.
●    It has been named 'Capacity Building Scheme (SCBTS)' in Textile Sector.
●    This scheme has been accepted for the period of 2017-18 to 2019-20 with the cost-expenditure of 1300 crores.
●    In this scheme, there will be training courses in line with the National Skills Qualification Framework based on common standards of skill development and entrepreneurship ministry.
●    This plan includes the country will be implemented for the benefit of all sections of society, including rural, far-flung areas, Left Wing Extremism affected area, North East and Jammu and Kashmir.
●    Under the scheme, the SC, ST, Diwyangon preference to minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
●    More than 70 percent of these women were women. 
●    Under this scheme, the garment industry is a major area, which is believed to be about 70 percent of the women employed in it.


The Cabinet approved the Central Group 'A' service and cadre to the Executive Officers of the Armed Forces

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the Central Group 'A' service and cadre to the Executive Officers of the Armed Forces Force.
●    This includes reviewing Group 'A' class officers, from the Assistant Commandant to the creation of 19 posts of the IG level, to increase the operational and administrative capabilities of the Armed Forces force.
●    The Armed Forces force was formed in 1963 to promote the security of the border areas, to promote national sentiment and to increase security in the area.
●    In the year 2001, the force was transferred to the Central Home Ministry.
●    Since then, the force is deployed in the security of Indo-Nepal and Bhutan borders.
●    The force is given intelligence and security responsibilities in Left-wing affected areas and in Jammu and Kashmir and Assam.
●    At present, 96,093 personnel are working in force, 73 battalions are in force.
●    These include two National Disaster Redemption Battalions.
●    Prior to this, the action to upgrade and chalk up the force was done in 2005, 2010 and 2011.

Cabinet approves setting up of India's first National Rail and Transport University in Vadodara

Indian Railways is on the path of modernization through extensive technical and infrastructure upgradation.
●    It will Contribut e in 'Make in India' and 'Skil India' and subsidies in large-scale employment creation.
●    It will Promot e of innovative enterprises and support for the Start Up India initiative.
●    The latest methods of teaching and use of technology will be applied: With the use of latest methods, higher education and training can be made available.
●    India will emerge as a global leader with the latest technology and skilled manpower.
●    Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of the country's first National Rail and Transportation University (NRTU) in Vadodara for skill and capacity building in human resources.
●    The inspiring innovative thoughts presented by the Prime Minister to the University establishment of the University will be the forerunner of the change in rail and transport sector towards the new India.
●    This University will be established as a recognized University under UGG's Novo Division (Honored University Institute) Regulation, 2016.
●    The Government is working to give all the approvals till April 2018 and start the first academic session in July, 2012.


Indian railway project


Ministry of Railways has decided to launch a Gold Project with the objective of providing better facilities to the passengers.
●    Interior decoration of the coaches, toilet, cleanliness of the coaches, staff behavior, food arrangements, blankets and sheets, time restrictions, safety, recreational facilities during travel, quick information facilities such as passenger amenities, 9 dimensions of this gold The project is included in the project.
●    These facilities will be provided in 14 capital and 15 century trains.
●    In order to upgrade the coaches on the basis of gold standard, Indian Railways has approved to spend 50 lakhs per rack.
●    Golden project has been launched with the aim of improving the capital and Shatabdi trains.
●    Some coaches in Bhopal Workshop are being developed as model racks for the Harman Railways.
●    At present, there are three such trains running: Varanasi from New Delhi, Khajuraho from Bhopal and Varanasi from Vadodara.

Current Affairs 20th DECEMBER 2017: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

ISRO and NASA collaboration


ISRO and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA jointly engaged in the development of Dual Frequency (L & S Band) synthetic aperture radar imaging satellite named NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR).
●    The L & B band microwave data obtained from this satellite will be useful for a variety of applications, including natural resource mapping and monitoring, estimation of agricultural biomass in the entire period of crop rotation, assessment of soil moisture, monitoring of flood and oil lubrication, coastal Corrosion, coastal changes in coastal waters and variation of winds, assessment of mangroves, surface deformation studies, falling of ice layer.
●    The data obtained from the NISAR Mission is not for the rebound of the climate.
●    However, the data obtained from this mission will be useful in developing some applications, including (i) detecting cracks in the glacier hidden from fresh ice in places where humans are known to exist (ii) estimate avalanches (Iii) Study of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) hazards, and (iv) submerged with flood due to flood / cyclones. Sector detection is included.
●    These applications can be helpful in taking measures that can minimize the loss of human life.
 

Current Affairs 20th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY 

Meeting of the third meeting of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council


The third meeting of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (EAC-PM) was held today.
●    This meeting was organized under the chairmanship of EAC-PM President and Member of the Policy Commission Dr Bibek Debroy.
●    Two presentations were given while continuing the discussion on employment and development.
●    Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member of the Policy Commission, gave a presentation on 'Strategic Options for Promotion of Agricultural Productivity, Income and Employment-friendly Development in Agriculture and Allied Sectors'.
●    Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Shri Amarjeet Sinha gave a presentation on 'Mission Antyodhya for poverty free panchayats'.
●    In EAC-PM, OSD Shri Kishore Desai made a presentation on issues related to trade before the Council.
●    Part-time members of the Council, Dr. Rathin Roy and Dr. Surjit Bhalla presented updates on the monitored monitors.
●    EAC-PM discussed these issues during his meeting.

India signed a funding agreement with the World Bank for US $ 125 million for 'Striवे Project for Industrial Value Promotion Operations'

Government of India has signed a funding agreement with the World Bank in the National Capital yesterday for IDA loan of 125 million US dollars (equivalent) for 'Skill Stabilization Project for Industrial Value Promotion Operations'.
●    On behalf of the Government of India on behalf of the Finance Department, Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and signed by Mr. Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director of World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
●    The objective of this operation is to ensure better access to professional training in line with quality and market demand.
●    The result of this project includes better performance of industrial training institutes, better training of state governments, excellent education and knowledge and better and detailed trainee (apprenticeship) training to assist in training of industrial training institutes and apprenticeship training.
●    The closing date for this project is November 30, 2022.

Current Affairs 20th DECEMBER 2017: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Cabinet approved the MoU for cooperation between India and Cuba in the field of Health and Medicine.

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet approved the MoU for cooperation between India and Cuba in the field of health and medicine with prior approval.
●    The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on December 6, 2017 in New Delhi.
●    The consent memorandum will be supported in the following areas-
●    Exchanges and training of doctors, officers, other health professionals and experts
●    Help in the establishment of Human Resources and Health Services Development and Health Facilitation Centers
●    Shortage training of human resources in health
●    Rules for drug, medical equipment and information exchange
●    Promotion of trade development opportunities in drug and other identified areas by the sides
●    Help regarding availability of generic and urgent medicines and drug supply
●    Availability of health equipment and medicinal products
●    Other areas of cooperation according to mutual decision
●    A joint working group will be established to take stock of the implementation of this memorandum and for other details as per the agreement.

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Important Current Affairs 19th DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 19th DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 19th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Skill Development Ministry signed an agreement with Maruti Suzuki


In the presence of Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Anant Kumar Hegde, Director General Training (DGT) and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India Today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in order to provide the youth with higher employment prospects related to the automobile and manufacturing industry, under Skill India Mission.
●    The Flexi MOU was signed by Shri Vijay Kumar Dev, Director General, DGT (MSD) and Mr. Mukesh Kumar Gupta, Vice President (Maruti Suzuki India Limited).
●    On this occasion, Honorable Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Anant Kumar Hegde said, "I am very pleased to come here and learn new things from you.
●    This is an extremely important initiative and I am very happy to be part of it.
●    Maruti has been providing basic training for the last two years and during our previous dialogue, the company expressed its intention to increase its reach.
●    I would like to suggest that along with basic training, Maruti should also provide advance level training to those students who are keen to increase their knowledge in this direction.
●    At the moment, this training caters to the needs of students passing the 10th and 12th grade. "
●    There are various companies employed in the subsidiary industries associated with Automation and Automobile Sector, which are being operated by entrepreneurs.
●    These entrepreneurs are in dire need of initial training to run their business successfully.

Revival of sick fertilizer units and introduction of new fertilizer units


In the reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Planning and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh said that Government is restarting 5 closed units of Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited and Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited (HFCL). 
●    This unit is - Trailchar, Ramagundam, Gorakhpur and Sindri and Baroni.
●    Using new technology, 12.7 lakh MT of Ammonia-Urea will be produced every year in each unit.
●    In addition to the above, the Cabinet has approved the setting up of new ammonia-urea complex in Namhame on 21.05.2015 at the Brahmaputra Fertilizer Corporation Limited campus.
●    Its productive capacity will be 8.646 lakh metric tons per annum.
●    In addition to the introduction of the above new plants, the production of urea in the country will increase to 72.16 lakh metric tonnes per annum, resulting in a significant reduction in imports of urea.
●    Shri Singh informed that the implementation of the above proposals will reduce the gap between demand and supply of urea and improve the fertilizer sector.


Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed in Lok Sabha

The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been passed in the Lok Sabha today.
●    The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Central Road Fund (CRF) Act, 2000, through which the high speed petrol and diesel collected and cess collected will be made available to the rural roads, national highways, railways, roads in the states and roads in the border areas Is distributed for development.
●    In the current bill, it has been mentioned that allocation of 2.5 percent of CRF generated for accelerating the development and maintenance of national waterways has been mentioned.
●    Under this, a two-percent reduction in the allocated portion for National Highways will be deducted.
●    This will generate an estimated revenue of about Rs 2300 crore for national waterways.
National waterways provide affordable, logistic, efficient, and environmentally friendly means of transportation, due to which being developed as a supplemental mode will lead to highly crowded roads and traffic from the railway to the waterways.
●    With the formation of the National Waterway Act, 2016, the total number of national waterways has gone up to 111 now.
●    This has paved the way for better regulation and development of national waterways in the country.

Under the Namami Ganges program, 32 projects have been laid out in Uttarakhand, two projects were inaugurated


In the presence of Central Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Minister Dr. Satyapal Singh and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Trivandrum Singh Rawat, the foundation stones of 32 projects costing 905 crore rupees in Uttarakhand were laid on Tuesday.
●    On this occasion, M.J. Shri Pratip Pant, Minister of Drinking Water, Uttarakhand, Shri Satpal Maharaj, Irrigation Minister of Uttarakhand, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal (Haridwar), Member of Parliament, Mr. Madan Kaushik and MLA Mr. Surendra Singh Negi, Mr. Mandal Chauhan and Mr. Mahendra Bhatt were also present.
●    The program was inaugurated in two sewer refinements projects at a cost of Rs 12.83 crore (sewer scheme in Gandhidham and STP and 0.26 MLD capacity STP in Badrinath).
●    On this occasion Dr. Satyapal Singh said, "We have to make the Ganga Sanitation Mission a mass movement.
●    People need a change in mindset.
●    People should be told that they do not pollute the river in any way. '
●    He underlined the importance of people's involvement in Namami Ganges program.
●    'We conducted two successful roadshows in London and Mumbai, wherein representatives of the industry expressed their desire to become involved in the Ganga Sanitation Mission'.


Kiran Rijiju inaugurated the trainers' training program for the Sendai profiling


Union Minister of State for Home, Shri Kiren Rijiju today inaugurated the first nation level program for training of trainers to sensitize various Central Ministries and Departments on the use of Sendi Monitoring System for developing the work plan for disaster risk reduction in New Delhi
●    Describing the trainers' training program as highly vetted initiatives, Rijiju said that participants from this workshop will be sensitive and will be able to create capacity in the use of Sendi Monitoring System in developing the work plan for the reduction in disaster risk.
●    He said that similar training programs for the officers of the state government will be held later.
●    The three-day program was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the United Nations Office (UNIDR-GETI) for the disaster risk reduction-global education and training institute.
●    On this occasion, Ms. Loretta Hibbert Ziraat of UNI-SDRD said that SFDRRR gives special emphasis on the development of national and local strategies.
●    This training workshop is important.
●    They strengthened India for developing the first national plan in line with SFDRR.
●    India's National Disaster Management Plan was released in June 2016 by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Current Affairs 19th DECEMBER 2017: AWARDS

Presentation ceremony of 22nd Apparel Export Promotion Council Award 2016-17


The Union Minister of Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Zubin Irani said that the Textile Ministry has knowledge management system for the exchange of knowledge related to the productivity of natural fiber and the diversification of its sub-products by the education sector, the farming community and the industry is implementing.
●    Textile India 2017 is a large textile business event.
●    The government has taken this decision in order to further its successes.
●    During the presentation of the 22nd Garment Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Export Awards 2016-17 held in New Delhi on 18th December, 2017, the Minister said that during the presentation ceremony.
●    The Textile Minister said that special attention is being given to increase the reach of the Indian exporters market and the government is looking for solutions in all parts of the region.
●    Mrs. Irani said that special attention is being given to skill development of the people of the textile sector.
●    He further said that the Ministry is in the process of formulating a policy which will strengthen the silk and jute sectors.
●    The Minister congratulated the award winners.
●    The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the Ministry is taking several measures to make use of its capacity by the textile industry.
●    He highlighted the importance of global trade, the role of market research in identifying new areas, and the importance of presentation of new products to increase development.

Current Affairs 19th DECEMBER 2017: DEFENSE

Annual Conference of Chief Engineers of Border Roads Organization 2017

Border Roads Organization (BRO) is organizing the Annual Conference 2017 of its Chief Engineers and Equipment Management at GREF Center in Pune.
●    The conference will be held from 18 to 20 December 2017.
●    The three-day conference will be attended by Director General of Border Roads and 18 Chief Engineers associated with various projects.
●    This conference provides a forum for discussions on several important issues, including the evaluation of future workings and current performance of BRO.
●    Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre will address the conference on December 19, 2017.
●    The BRO plays an important role in meeting the essential needs of the Army's strategic and operational framework.
●    This organization also contributes to socio-economic development in areas adjacent to the border.
●    BRO has constructed about 52000 kilometers of roads.
●    Apart from this, 598 important permanent bridges have been constructed, whose length is 49200 meters.

Current Affairs 19th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY

Indian Railways will install 100% LED lights on all the stations by the end of the current financial year


The Ministry of Railways is actively working on arranging 100% LED lights for most of its non-traction power requirements like railway staff colonies, railway stations, railway platforms etc.
●    Under this 100% LED initiative, the Ministry of Railways has decided to illuminate all the railway stations with 100% LED lights at the end of the current financial year ie 31 March 2018.
●    This is a major initiative to provide less power consumption lighting system, which will further help in environmental protection further.
●    100% LED lights have been installed on nearly 3500 railway stations by November, 2017 and 100% LED lights will be completed in the remaining part of the railway stations and various railway buildings.
●    Under this program, about 20 lakh LED lights have been installed at various Zonal railway stations till date.
●    ESCO mode is also being adopted in this area to implement the provision of setting up of LED lights at all stations.
●    In this context, a policy document has been prepared and released by the Ministry of Railways.

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Current Affairs 18th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Amarnath cave declared silent area


The National Green Authority (NGT) has declared the Amarnath cave temple as a "Silent Area" while showing the sensitivity of the environment and has banned any mantras or bells before its entry point.
●    A bench headed by NGT chairman Justice Swatantra Kumar said that the Amarnath Shrine Board should ensure that proper infrastructure has been provided to the pilgrims so that they are not deprived of clear vision and maintain the ecology of the region.
●    Amarnath temple is located in Jammu and Kashmir. During pilgrimage here, millions of pilgrims come for the darshan.
●    The NGT says that declaring the area surrounding the Amarnath cave as a "silent area" will help in preventing avalanches and its natural beauty can be accommodated as soon as possible.
●    NGT also says that this will prevent sound pollution and balance of ecology will continue.
●    The green panel also ordered the removal of iron grills in front of Shivling, so that the devotees could see it better and said that the sacred structure should not have any mantras.
●    The Bench also directed the Expert Committee to report cleanliness in this area and to declare a "silent area".


Rajasthan government will give political prisoner status to democracy

The Rajasthan State Government announced that prisoners locked in jail during the Emergency will be given the status of 'Democracy Fighter'.
●    The State Council of Ministers decided to convert the Rajasthan MISA and DIR Bandi Pension Rule 2008 to December 12, 2017 as the Rajasthan Democonfire Honorary Fund, 2008.
●    So far those people who were locked up in the jails under MISA and DIR were given a monthly pension of 12,000 rupees and an allowance of 1200 rupees by the Rajasthan government.
●    In Rajasthan, the number of such people is 1050.
●    After the decision of the Council of Ministers, the Rajasthani people locked in any jail in the country will get the benefit of this scheme.
●    These people will not be required to get the facility of pension service signed by the Jail Superintendent or Superintendent of Police.
●    Only a self-signed certificate will be valid.

Current Affairs 18th DECEMBER 2017: AWARDS

Swami Chidanand Saraswati honored with 'Global Peace Award'


All India Council of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice (AHILS) has conferred the 'Global Peace Award' to Lord Shivanand Saraswati, Paramarth Niketan, Rishikesh.
●    He got this honor to spread the message of peace in the world.
●    Along with the above, Parmarth is associated with Niketan Ashram and Swami Chindanand's disciple Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati has been honored with 'Peace Ambassador Award'.
●    The All India Council of Human Rights Liberties and Social Justice (AHILS) organized a function in Delhi on December 10, 2017 to honor.
●    On this occasion Swamy Chidanand Saraswati Maharaj said that the basic purpose of human life is to serve the needy and establish peace with love and goodwill in society.
●    During this time, he also resolved to establish peace with the guests present at the ceremony.
●    In the program, Dr. Lokesh Muni, founder of Vishva Bharati, and Dr. Omar Ahmed Ilyasi, Head of All India Imam Organization were also present.

Priyanka Chopra honored with Mother Teresa Memorial Award


Indian actress Priyanka Chopra was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for the year 2017. The award was given to him due to his support given to social issues.
●    Priyanka Chopra recently met refugee children in Syria and took steps to help them.
●    In addition to this he was also made UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador recently.
●    This award was given by Priyanka Chopra to her mother, Madhu Chopra, given by Harmony Foundation.
●    Priyanka Chopra has been given pre-eminent personalities like Mother Teresa Memorial Award, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, Oscar Fernandes, Sudha Murthy, Malala Yusufzai, Sushmita Sen and Bilkis Bano.
●    Priyanka Chopra was appointed the newest networking goodwill ambassador of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2016.
●    Football player David Beckham announced the decision at a press conference held on December 12, 2016 in United Nations Headquarters New York.
●    Prior to this, Priyanka was made the brand ambassador of UNICEF in 2011.
 

Current Affairs 18th DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Sushil Kumar and Sakshi Malik won gold


Two-time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar returned to international level after winning gold medal in Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa.
●    Another Olympic medal winner, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also won a gold medal in the championship.
●    Sakshi won another gold medal for India by defeating New Zealand's Taeh Tuhin Ford with a score of 13-2 in the 62-kg Women's freestyle category final.
●    Earlier, returning after more than three years in international wrestling, Sushil won gold by defeating New Zealand's Akash Khullar in the 74kg freestyle category final.
●    Since winning the gold medal in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, this was the first medal in Sushil Kumar's international wrestling.
●    Parvin Rana also won a bronze medal for India in this category. In the same championship match, both were clasps, and Sushil won the match winning 5-4.

Shikhar Dhawan became India's second fastest batsman to score 4000 runs in ODIs


Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan has become the second fastest batsman in India to score 4000 runs in ODIs.
●    It was available to Sri Lanka in Visakhapatnam's Y. s. Rajasekhara Reddy achieved during the match at the ACA-VCA stadium.
●    Dhawan completed his four thousand runs in ODIs in this match.
●    Dhawan helped in winning the match in 85 matches with 85 fours and two sixes to help his team win the match.
●    With this, India defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in the three ODIs.
●    Dhawan has completed his four thousand runs in 95 innings.
●    Prior to him, Virat Kohli only put four thousand runs in his account in the lower innings in Indian batting.
●    Kohli played 93 innings to complete four thousand runs. At the same time, a total of five players have completed four thousand runs in less innings than Dhawan.
●    He has made 12 centuries in this format.
●    He is the fifth batsman to score 12 centuries in the shortest innings.
 

Current Affairs 18th DECEMBER 2017: DAYS AND DATES

International migrant day

International Day of the World migrants was celebrated on December 18, 2017. The theme of the International Migrant Day for the year 2017- Safe Migration in a World on the Move.
●    A UN report has claimed that the majority of the overseas Indians are in the world.
●    According to the report, more than 15.6 million Indians live abroad.
●    Since 2014, more than 5000 people have faced life-threatening for better life and protection.
●    All the world leaders have talked about the protection of rights of migrants and termination of honor killings by the year 2030.
●    On December 18, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly adopted an international conference on the rights of all migrant workers and the protection of their family members.
●    On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly announced the celebration of the number of growing migrants all over the world and commemorated it as International Migratory Day on December 18.
●    In October 2013, the member countries of the United Nations unanimously adopted an announcement on recognizing the contribution of migration for development during high level negotiations on international migration and development.
 

Current Affairs 18th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY

ADB reduced the GDP growth rate of India to 6.7 percent


Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reduced the GDP estimate of India's GDP from 7 percent to 6.7 percent for the current fiscal year 2017-18.
●    Given the impact of the ban on bondage, GST problems and the risk of agriculture have been reduced due to weather risk.
●    ADB has also reduced the growth rate for the next financial year 2018-19 to 7.3 percent.
●    Earlier he had expressed hope of 7.4 percent growth rate.
●    ADB has raised this step despite rising 6.3% in the second quarter of the country.
●    The Asian Development Bank has said in the Asian Development Outlook Supplement that the next two quarters of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 will improve momentum as the government is taking steps to simplify compliance with GST.
●    To take steps for recapitalization of government banks and improve the international environment, growth will accelerate.

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Current Affairs 17th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Delhi government approves accident victim policy

The Delhi government has decided to introduce accident victim policy which will cover the hospital expenses of road accidents, acid attacks or people living in the burn.
●    According to the government, whether all victims, whether from Delhi or not, and even foreigners, if the accident occurs in the capital, will have the right to free treatment at any hospital, government or private hospital in Delhi and its cost There will be no upper limit.
●    The proposed scheme 'Accidental Hunting Policy' will be required by the lieutenant governor's approval.
●    Its aim is to save as many people as possible. 
●    Through this scheme, the victims can be taken to any private hospital near the accident site.
●    Private hospitals will not demand any money from such relatives or relatives for their treatment.
●    Private hospitals will be asked to keep records of the victims so that they can reimburse the Delhi Government after verification.
●    Through this scheme, the private hospital can not say to any patient even if no matter how poor they are.
●    According to the Delhi Government, every year 8,000 accidents happen on the streets of Delhi, and about 1600 people die.


Central Cabinet Approves triple Talaq Bills


The central cabinet has approved the December 15, 2017 bill for declaring three divorced customs in the Muslim community as crime.
●    According to this, if a husband gives three divorce to his wife, then it will be considered unlawful.
●    With this provision for imprisonment for three years, provision for proper compensation and custody of children has been made to the woman.
●    There was no provision of punishment for three divorces in the law.
●    In view of this, the central government has stepped in to make tough laws against three divorces.
●    According to the bill's proposal, three divorces will be illegal at one time. Then again, it has been sent by speaking, writing or via electronic medium like email, SMS and WhatsApp.
●    On August 22, 2017, the Supreme Court had termed three divorces as unlawful and unconstitutional at one time. 
●    The Bench of five judges of the Supreme Court told the three divorces against the fundamental principle of the Koran in the verdict of 3: 2 vote.The Supreme Court had said that the divorce of three divorces in the Muslim system is invalid, illegal and unconstitutional.


NGT banned plastic goods in Haridwar, Rishikesh


The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned the use of plastic near Ganga river in Haridwar, Rishikesh, upper areas of Uttarkashi district, on 15th December, 2017.
●    This is a big decision by the NGT to cleanse the Ganga.
●    The bench chaired by NGT Chairman Justice Swatish Kumar also stopped the sale, manufacturing and storage of such things till Uttarkashi.
●    The NGT has said in the verdict that if anyone violates the order by ignoring the order, then he will be fined with a penalty of Rs. 5000.
●    The NGT has ruled this decision keeping the cleanliness and purity of the Ganges in mind.
●    The NGT passed the order after mentioning that despite its earlier order, plastic bags are being used in these areas, which is causing pollution in Ganga river.
●    Green unit was hearing environmentalist MC Mehta's petition.
●    Earlier, the NGT had banned the Amarnath cave from declaring a quiet area and shouting a certain boundary.
●    NGT declared the Silent Area to maintain the environmental sensitivity of Amarnath cave Shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas and ban religious rituals ahead of entry point.

Madhya Pradesh government will connect rivers Narmada & Parvati

Madhya Pradesh government has approved the project to connect rivers Narmada & Parvati.
●    The scheme approved by the Government of Madhya Pradesh on December 13, 2017 is Rs. 7,546 crore.
●    Due to the connectivity of the two rivers, irrigation facilities will be available in two lakh hectare area of this area.
●    In addition, various activities related to the development of the farmers of the area and the agriculture can be started.
●    Irrigation facility will be available in two lakh hectare area of Malwa region.
●    This is the fourth ambitious project after the Narmada-Kshipra link project, Narmada-Sree Link Project for the Malwa region and Narmada-Kali Sindh project.
●    It was instructed by the Chief Minister to complete the work of irrigation projects within the time limit.
●    Narmada-Kshetra link project has a permanent solution to Dewas and Ujjain drinking water problem.
●    Construction of Narmada-Sree Link Project of about 50,000 hectares of irrigation capacity is underway.
●    It was also informed that the construction of the Narmada-Parvati link project will be completed in four phases.
●    This project will benefit the farmers of 369 villages of Sehore and Shajapur districts.

Current Affairs 17th DECEMBER 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

Sri Lanka sign land-mine ban treaty


Sri Lanka has given its consent for membership of the Land Consumption Ban Treaty Conference and at the same time it has become the 163rd member country of this Convention.
●    Sri Lanka had promised to participate in this Convention last year and to give support to the international community on the landmine clearance program.
●    This is considered an important step in Sri Lanka because it was one of the major countries to use such mines.
●    But since then, it started a comprehensive and continuous effort to stop such mines.
●    Sri Lanka said that they are looking forward to implementing and promoting this Convention, which includes capacity building and disposal of mines.
●    All member countries, who are members of this treaty or conference, are committed to destroying all the countries within the next 4 years of signing the treaty, such mines which they have or come to their area.
 

Current Affairs 17th DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Narinder Batra became President of Indian Olympic Association

Head of the International Hockey Federation, Narinder Batra has become the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). 
●    On December 14, 2017, in the annual general meeting, Naruto Batra went ahead in the count of Voto.
●    He defeated his opponent Anil Khanna by a huge difference of votes. Narinder Batra got 142 votes and Anil Khanna got only 13 votes.
●    Narinder Batra will remain in office for four years.
●    This election was conducted under the supervision of the three-member Election Commission, which included two retired judges of the High Court while the legal advisor to the Election Commission of India, S. K. Mehndiratta, was the election officer.
●    Narinder Batra will hold this post for a period of four years from 2018 to 2022.
●    The election of Narinder Batra was only formal because the Asian Tennis Federation president Anil Khanna had withdrawn from the race last week.
●    Anil Khanna had written to the IOA Election Commission and conveyed his decision to withdraw from the election.
●    On the other hand, R. K. Anand became the senior vice president. R. K. Anand got 96 votes while Janardhan Gehlot got 35 votes. Rajiv Mehta has been elected general secretary for the second term.

Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score double century for the third time

In the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma set a new record for India.
●    Rohit Sharma became the first Indian batsman to score a double hundred for the third time. This match is being played in Mohali.
●    Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls from India.
●    This is his third double century of his career.
Rohit also made 13 fours and 12 sixes in this innings. Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score double century in ODIs three times.
●    Rohit Sharma's name is the world record of the highest individual innings in one-day internationals and in Mohali ODI, he scored a double century and became the first batsman to score three double centuries.
●    Rohit had scored 264 runs in Kolkata's Eden Gardens, while against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, he scored 209 runs.

Current Affairs 17th DECEMBER 2017: DAYS AND DATES

December 11 - International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day was celebrated on December 11, 2017 around the world.
●    The main theme of this day - Mountaineering Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger and Migration.
●    The main purpose of this day is to improve mountain life and to preserve the environment.
●    Every year on December 11, 'International Mountain Day' is celebrated worldwide.
●    The main purpose of celebrating this day is to highlight the importance of sustainable development of the mountainous region and make the international community aware about the responsibilities towards the mountainous region.
●    This year is the 15th anniversary of Mountain Partnership. The main purpose of this partnership is to improve the lives of mountainous communities throughout the world and preserve the mountain environment.
●    Everyone should do the work of environmental promotion.
●    Environmental promotion work is particularly important on variable mountain ranges like the Himalayas.
●    The Himalayas are a relatively new evolving mountain.
●    Underground changes in this mountain range
 

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Current Affairs 16th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

UIDAI has imposed a stop on  Airtel and Airtel payment banks Aadhar based SIM verification process.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhar card, has done the biggest action on Airtel and Airtel Payment Bank till now.
●    The Authority has temporarily suspended the e-KYC license of Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank.
●    Country's leading telecom operator Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank will no longer be able to base card based verification of SIM card of their mobile customers through e-KYC.
●    Not only this, UIDAI has also stopped Airtel from adopting e-KYC process for verification of its payment bank customers.
●    In addition to verifying SIM from the base, Airtel will not be able to take e-KYC procedure for verification of customers of its payment bank.
●    UIDAI has imposed this restriction on Airtel due to allegations of alleged misuse of the procedure based on e-KYC SIM verification.
●    Airtel has alleged that it has opened its bank accounts without the consent of its customers.
●    The company has alleged that the customers used to get E-KYC based on SIM based and their bank accounts were opened.


GST Council sanctioned e-way bills, will be applicable from 1st February


GST (commodity and service tax) council has made it compulsory from February 1, 2018, filling a crucial e-bill in its 24th meeting on Saturday.
●    Now the rule will apply when the goods are taken from state to state.
●    Some states can implement both the interstate (within the state) and the interstate (within states) e-pay bill on February 1, on a voluntary basis.
●    The system for e-way bills will be made available from January 15.
●    At the same time, the e-way bill will be mandatory from June 1.
●    At the same time, e-bills will be started in the state from February.
●    If there is a movement from one state to another or another within the state, then the supplier will have to generate e-bill.
●    For the supplier, it will be necessary to make this bill even for the transit of those items which are not within the purview of GST.

The Cabinet approved to replenish the MDR fee applicable for the transaction of debit card / Bhim UPI / AEPS transactions upto Rs 2,000 / 

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the amount of merchant discount rate (MDR) applied for all the two years of debit card / Bhima UPI / Aadhaar enabled payment system (AEPS) transaction upto Rs 2,000 / - Has approved.
●    This will be effective from January 01, 2018 and will be repaid to its banks.
●    A committee created by the Secretary of the Department of Financial Services, the Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the CEO of Indian National Payment Corporation (NPCI) will look at the industrial expenditure structure of such transactions, through which the basis for determining the level of payment Will be prepared.
●    As a result of this approval, consumer and businessman will not be disturbed by such additional burden as MDR for any transaction costing less than Rs. 2000.
●    With this, people will adopt the digital payment mode more for this type of transaction.
●    Since the percentage of such transactions is very high, this will help in increasing the direction of cash economy.
●    In relation to transactions valued at less than Rs. 2000, the banks will be paid an MDR of Rs. 883 crores in the financial year 2018-19 to Rs. 630 crores and Rs. 883 crores in the financial year 2019-20.

The Cabinet approved the creation of a Divisional Office of the Metro Railway Safety Commissioner for the performance of Metro Railway Security Commission under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.


Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has envisaged the implementation of the functions of the Railway Protection Commission under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, like Metro Railway Safety Commission, in the 'Metro Rail (Operations and Maintenance) Act, 2002'. For the construction of a divisional office of the Commissioner of the Metro Rail Safety with all the Assistant Officers and employees.
●    The Cabinet also allowed the two existing Railway Safety Commissioners (CRS) to give additional charge of two boards which will exercise their rights within their current jurisdiction.
●    These boards will not be subject to the jurisdiction of CMRS, New Delhi.
●    Under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the post of Commissioner of Metro Railway will be in the HAG (salary level 15) in the Railway Safety Commission.
●    Estimated expenditure on wages for a board office will be approximately Rs. 59,39,040 per annum.
●    In addition to the initial establishment of the organization, the potential expenditure for the Mandal office will be Rs. 7,50,000 per annum.
●    With the creation of these posts, it will be ensured to focus on passenger safety and metro rail operations related to existing and various upcoming railway projects, as in the Railway Safety Commission under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Metro Rail (Operations and Maintenance) There is a provision in the Act, 2002.


National cabinet approved to set up National Nutrition Mission

In the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has given its approval for the establishment of the National Mission on Nutrition (NNM) starting from 2017-18 with a budget of Rs 9046.17 crore.
●    NNM will monitor, supervise, guide and guide the nutritional interventions of the ministries as a top body.
●    The government has implemented several schemes to deal with cases of malnutrition between children and women under the age of six years.
●    Despite these schemes, the level of malnutrition and related problems in the country is high.
●    There is no shortage of plans but to achieve the common goal, there has been a reduction in the plans for coordination with each other.
●    NNM will establish a strong system by establishing a strong system.

Jaypee Group deposits Rs 150 crore in Supreme Court

Real Estate Company Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. Following the order of the Supreme Court, deposited Rs 150 crore in the court registry on Thursday.
●    The court had instructed the company to protect the interests of home buyers.
●    The company also filed a petition before a bench chaired by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and requested to increase the time limit given to deposit the remaining 125 crore rupees.
●    The period for depositing the deposit will end on December 31.
●    While hearing the petition, the court on Friday increased the deadline for the deposit of Rs 125 crore by the company till January 25.
●    The court had accepted the demand draft of Rs 275 crore entrusted by the company on December 22 and directed it to deposit up to Rs 150 crore till December 14 and Rs 125 crore by December 31.
●    The court also prohibited the company's 13 directors from selling their own property.

Current Affairs 16th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY 

Cabinet gives approval for giving capital investment subsidy to industrial units located in North Eastern Region

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the four industrial units located in the North-Eastern region including Sikkim under the Central Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CCISS), 2007 of the Northeast Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007.
●    CCEA has revised financial powers for approval of capital investment subsidy claims upto Rs.500 crores, which will be approved by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
●    This will lead to faster settlement of claims.
●    To provide subsidy to the industrial units will not only encourage the operating units, but also the confidence of potential investors in the North-Eastern states along with existing investors.
●    The Government is implementing this scheme to promote industrialization in the North-Eastern region.

Cabinet approves second financial restructuring of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the second financial restructuring of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL).
●    KRCL is the Central Public Sector Enterprises in the administrative control of Ministry of Railways.
●    Through the Ministry of Railways, the non-cumulative redeemable preference shares (RPS) of Rs 4,079.51 crores held by the President of India have been approved to be converted into compulsory convertible non cumulative preference shares (CCPS).
●    This will increase the net value of the company after the new accounting standard ID-AS is implemented.
●    According to the INR-AS, KRCL has to present data of the balance sheet of the previous year viz., March 31, 2016 and April 01, 2015, starting the business.
●    Converting non-cumulative redeemable preference shares (RPS) into compulsory convertible non cumulative preference shares (CCPS) with effect from March 31, 2015, the net value of KRCL will become positive.


 

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Important Current Affairs 15th December 2017

Important Current Affairs 15th December 2017

Current Affairs 15th December 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

Vice President inaugurates World Conference on Vedas

India's Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the Vedas spread welfare for world peace, global brotherhood, and everyone.
●    Inaugurating the World Conference on Vedas called "Vedas Vedas", he said that the relevance of the Vedas towards humanity is quite high.
●    Yajur Veda explains that the meaning of knowledge of the Vedas is the welfare of the whole mankind.
●    He further said that the Vedas are not related to any caste or religion.
●    Describing the Vedas as the earliest known work of ancient knowledge and philosophy in India, the Vice President said that the roots of our civilization, culture, thought and philosophy are rooted in the Vedas.
●    He said that Vedas are the source of knowledge and they guide us in modernizing the fields of economics, society, education and politics and maintaining high moral standards.
●    Vedic philosophy reveals that truth, non-violence, patience, penance and spiritual uplift are the basis of human life.
●    Vedas give message of religious harmony, equality and progress of nation.
●    Quoting Rig Veda verse 5.60.5, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that according to the Vedas, no person in the society is small or big.

Current Affairs 15th December 2017: NATIONAL NEWS


Cabinet approves special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector


Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the special package for employment creation in the leather and footwear sector.
●    This package includes implementation of 'Indian Footwear, Leather and Accessories Goods Program' with an approved expenditure of Rs 2,600 crore during the three financial years of 2017-18 to 2019-20.
●    This scheme of Central sector will lead to the development of infrastructure in leather sector, specific environmental concerns related to leather sector will be overcome, additional investment will be facilitated, job creation and production will increase.
●    Increasing tax incentives will attract wide investment in this area and keeping in view the seasonal nature of this sector, improvement in labor law will lead to an increase in production level.
●    The special package has the capacity to create 3.24 lakh new jobs during the three years and will help to formalize two lakh jobs as cumulative impact on the footwear, leather and accessories sector.

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated a two-day national workshop on the role of 'Sakhi One Stop Center' in New Delhi

The Union Women and Child Development Minister, Mrs. Maneka, Sanjay Gandhi inaugurated the two-day National Workshop on the role of 'Sakhi One Stop Center' in New Delhi to strengthen the multi-regional response mechanism to prevent violence.
●    This workshop has been organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
●    Nearly 400 Sakhi One Stop Center staff and nodal officers from 33 States / Union Territories of the state women and child development departments are participating in a two-day workshop.
●    While addressing the participants, Mrs Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the One Stop Center Scheme is a very effective initiative to protect and help the affected women.
●    Keeping in view the importance of this plan, it is mandatory to ensure that the OSSC (One Stop Center) centers are being run in full professional and efficient manner and full sympathy with the distressed women coming to the center.
●    He further said that the objective of these OSSC centers is to provide such safe and prosperous environment for such women.
●    The Minister said that the first one stop center was started at Raipur in Chhattisgarh, and in a short time the center became a lifeline for the distressed women.
●    Since then, a large number of OSS centers have been set up in different parts of the country.

Narendra Modi to dedicate 60 MW of Tural Hydel Project to Mizoram in Mizoram tomorrow


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate the 60 MW Tural Hydel Project in Mizoram to the nation.
●    On this occasion, Lieutenant General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma, Governor of Mizoram, Chief Minister of Mizoram Shri Lal Thanhawla, Central Central North Eastern Region Development, Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pension, Atomic Energy and Minister of State for Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Union Power Minister And Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) Mr. R. K. Singh will also be present.
●    The Prime Minister will launch "Midnapore App" on this occasion and will deliver checks to startup entrepreneurs in a program organized in Aisol.
●    The Trial hydroelectric project has been built in the form of a central sector plan.
●    It has been implemented by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) under the Power Ministry.
●    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had granted permission for the execution of the project in July 1998 and it was scheduled to be completed in July 2006.
●    After completion of thirty percent of the project in June 2004, the work had to be completely stopped due to the local movement.
●    With the continuous efforts of NIPCO and the active cooperation of the Ministry of Power and the North Eastern Region Development Ministry, Center and Mizoram, the work was started again in January 2011.


Current Affairs 15th December 2017: AGREEMENT NEWS

The Cabinet approved the agreement with UNESCO on setting up of International Training Center for Operational Marine Science in Hyderabad.


The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved the setting up of International Training Center for operational marine science in Hyderabad in the form of UNESCO Class-2 Center (C2C) in Hyderabad.
●    The purpose of this agreement is to set up training centers in the direction of capacity building for small island countries under the framework of the Indian Ocean (IOR), Indian and Atlantic Ocean, the UNESCO framework.
●    For conducting systematic marine science studies in the direction of providing information to different areas like offshore industries to operate smoothly, operational maritime science fishermen, disaster management, shipping, seaports, coastal states, naval, coast guard, environment, daily operations. Is an effective activity for you.
●    The Central Government will provide assistance in different areas like capacity building and training, sharing knowledge and exchange of information.
●    India can represent an important source for UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Maritime Science Commission (IOC) by enhancing the impact and visibility of UNESCO's work plan.

The Cabinet approved the signing of MoU in the field of agriculture and fisheries between India and Colombia

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the signing of MoU between India and Colombia in the field of agriculture and fisheries.
●    The MoU will provide cooperation in the following areas of agriculture and fisheries: -
●    Modern agricultural practices / approaches
●    New mechanicalization of agriculture
●    Successful model of agricultural marketing
●    Creating projects in collaboration with agricultural companies for seed production
●    Gardening (modern production model in vegetables, fruits and flowers and value creation processes
●    SPS specialist information / exchange of mutual visits
●    Jatropha and Karaya
●    Cooperation in research of oilseeds and oil palm
●    Research and training in industry related seaweed fishing, water agriculture and fisheries
●    The productivity, disease and diagnosis of ruminants, small and big animals (cattle, sheep, goat) and pigs and
●    Pork processing and value addition
●    During the period under consideration, a joint task party will be constituted to prepare / finalize the work plan for the next two years.
●    The Memorandum of Understanding will initially be valid for a period of five years and it will be automatically expanded for a period of five years, unless a single party wishes / intends to terminate it.
 

Current Affairs 15th December 2017: DEFENCE NEWS

Minister of State for Defense, Shri Subhash Bhamre inaugurated the 49th Annual Conference of Nuclear Drugs Association

The Minister of State for Defense, Shri Subhash Bhamre today inaugurated the 49th Annual Conference of Indian Nuclear Medicine Association.
●    In his address on this occasion, Shri Bhamre said that progress in medical science has led to significant improvement in the standard of living.
●    Due to this progress, the increase in life expectancy, the incapable of being irrelevant, has helped increase the ability to treat diseases and understand the human body.
●    He said that in the last few years, the role of Nuclear Medicine has taken a major step.
●    Shri Bhamre said that DRDO's Research Laboratory, Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science Institute (INMAS) is playing a vital role in the research of nuclear medicine and is increasing the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
●    Inamas has always played an effective role in the field of radiation and imaging science through academic development.
●    The contribution of INmas is a great example of cooperation by the Ministry of Defense to research activities for the benefit of society.
●    Dr.Subhash Bhamre said that the scientists of Inna's have been active members in different activities-academic programs, policy formulation and training of Nuclear Drugs Association.

Current Affairs 15th December 2017: SCHEME NEWS

Cabinet clears NLCPR scheme for North-East till March 2020


Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the current non-leap al Central Pool of Resource (NLCPR) scheme with funding of 90:10 and continue with the expenditure of Rs 5300.00 crore till March, 2020.
●    This will enable existing projects to be completed.
●    The Union Cabinet also gave approval for introduction of new scheme of Central Sector "Northeast Special Infrastructure Development Scheme" (NESIDS) with Centrally Sponsored Government of 2017-18, so that the areas specified by March, 2020 The differences related to the creation of infrastructure can be found.
●    The new plan will broadly include the creation of infrastructure under the following areas.
●    Physical infrastructure related to water supply, electricity, connectivity and projects that promote tourism, especially;
●    Infrastructure of social sectors of education and health
●    Assets created under the new scheme of NESID will not only strengthen the healthcare and education facilities in the area but will also encourage tourism, which will increase employment opportunities for local youth.
●    This plan will play a catalyst in the overall development of this area in the coming years.

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Important Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi to inaugurate a two-day National Workshop organized to strengthen the action against female violence


Central Women and Child Development Minister, Mrs. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, in New Delhi, in the presence of Dr. Virendra Kumar, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, in New Delhi, a two-day national workshop organized on the role of Sakhi One Stop Center in strengthening multi-sectoral action against women violence. Will inaugurate.
●    This workshop has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
●    In this two-day workshop, officials of about 400 Sakhi One Stop Centers and 33 States and Union Territories of the country will participate in the Nodal Officers of State and Women and Child Development Department.
●    The initiative for the officers of the One Stop Center in the category of Central Administrators and Consultants and the concerned officers is to understand the measures to strengthen multi-sectoral action related to dealing with violence against women through the one-stop centers across the country, discussing them.
●    It is related to doing and discussing.
●    The Ministry has approved the plan to set up One Stop Center (OSC) to help women affected by violence on March 4, 2015.
●    Implementation of the scheme, popularly known as Sakhi, is being done on April 1, 2015.
●    The aim of this scheme is to provide integrated support including medical assistance, police assistance, legal help / case management, psychological counseling and providing temporary support services to women affected by violence.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches portal for Haj 2018 private tour operators

The Union Minority Affairs Minister, Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that the decision to remove the ban on Hajj without the "Meheram" (male partner) of Muslim women has got very positive results because women across the country "Meheram "Without having to apply a large number of Haj to go.
●    Inaugurating a portal for private tour operators here today, Shri Naqvi said that the Government's decision to permit Muslim women to go to Hajj without "Mahram" has been welcomed across the country.
●    This is another important step towards making women empowerment by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
●    He said that the process of application for Hajj 2018 has been started on November 15 and more than 1000 women have applied till now (December 13th) to go for Hajj without "Mahram".
●    The application deadline for Haj has been extended till December 22.
●    According to the new Hajj policy, women over 45 years of age who want to go on Hajj without a male partner, have been allowed to go to Hajj travel in groups of 4 or more women.

Niti Aayog will celebrate tomorrow as ATL Community Day

The Atal Innovation Mission of the Niti Aayog will celebrate the community day of the Atal Tinkering Laboratory in the National Capital on Friday, December 15, 2017.
●    This day will be celebrated as Community Campaign Initiative, in which 25 young consultants will interact with more than 200 students who are not enrolled in the formal education system.
●    Shri Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer of the Niti Aayog, will launch this initiative.
●    During this time, the consultant will conduct a brief session with the children of various NGOs (NGOs) by visiting four places in New Delhi and tell them how innovation can solve the problems of the communities.
●    The objective of the Atal Tinkering Laboratory Community Campaign Initiative is to increase the impact of Atal Tinkering Laboratories by spreading innovation to such children of the community, who do not go to formal educational institutions.
●    The aim of this initiative is to provide educational tools similar to the students of Atal Tinkering Laboratories to make these children eligible to solve the problem.
●    In this discussion, participating NGOs include Divya children, helpless and working children and working groups with girls of weaker sections of society.

Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017: SPORTS

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Janet Scotland invites Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore to participate in the Conference of Commonwealth Sports Ministers

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Janet Scotland today met the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col Rajyavardhan Rathore.
●    Colonel Rathore proposed the idea of Commonwealth Youth Festival with Commonwealth Games.
●    The proposed youth festival can be a platform for enhancing the youth in the informal environment among Commonwealth countries, which is often lost in the highly competitive environment of the Games.
●    Colonel Rathore said that organizing Commonwealth Youth Festival with Commonwealth Games could increase the capacity of the game to deliver positive message.
●    The Youth Affairs and Sports Minister apprised the General Secretary of the concept of Play India Plan and upcoming Play India School Games.
●    He also gave information about the success of the Games in separating youth from militancy.
●    Colonel Rathore illustrated the popularity of football in the Kashmir Valley.
●    The two leaders agreed to develop the virtual community of players from the players and Commonwealth countries where free exchange of ideas can strengthen the relationship between players and future leaders.

Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017: INTERNATIONAL RELATION

India and Morocco signed agreements for cooperation in water resources, roads and marine sectors.


A delegation of the Moroccan government met here today on the road traffic and highway, shipping and water resources, river development and Ganga Protection Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari under the leadership of the equipment, traffic, logistics and water minister, Mr. Abdulkadir Amara.
●    Both sides discussed issues relating to road-traffic, water resources and India-Morocco bilateral cooperation in the maritime sector.
●    The two countries signed the following memorandums / agreements Memorandum of cooperation on the field of water resources.
●    Agreement for cooperation between the Indian Marine University and the Higher Institute of Maritime Studies of Morocco.
●    Agreement for cooperation in training between Morocco's National Ports Agency and Indian Oceanic University.
●    Agreement between the Institute of Training in Engines and Road Mantings in Morocco and the Indian Highways Academy Academy (IHAH).
●    On this occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that he expects great cooperation between the two countries for road traffic, water resources and marine sectors.


India and Morocco signed MoU for boosting cooperation in healthcare facilities

India and Morocco signed Memorandum of Understanding here today to enhance cooperation in healthcare facilities.
●    On behalf of India, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J. P. Nadda and Health Minister of Morocco, Dr. Abdul Kadir Amara signed the memorandum.
●    On this occasion, a high level delegation of Morocco, including top officials of the Central Health Ministry, was present.
●    Mr. JP Nadda said that there are strong and rich traditional relations between the two countries.
●    He mentioned India's best generic medicines and said that India is exporting these medicines to more than 200 countries and we have a strong public health system here.
●    This system is monitored through the National Health Mission.
●    Shri Nadda said that between the two countries, the two countries will be able to increase mutual cooperation within the framework of the MoU and co-operate in the health sector.

Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017:AWARDS

President presented National Energy Conservation Award and National Painting Competition Award for 2017


President Shri Ram Nath Kovind attended the National Energy Conservation Day celebration here today as the Chief Guest.
●    He also chaired the function.
●    On this occasion, Shri Rajkumar Singh, Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) also celebrated the event.
●    The Hon'ble President also provided National Energy Conservation Awards.
●    This award was given to those industries which showed a significant reduction in their energy consumption.
●    On this occasion, a short film was also shown on energy efficiency achievements.
●    The President also provided National Painting Competition Award and also observed the exhibition of the winning painters.
●    In this year's National Painting Competition, 1.22 crore children in Class-IV and 9 participated.
●    Energy Conservation Day is celebrated every year on December 12.

Current Affairs 14th DECEMBER 2017:DEFENCE

Prime Minister dedicated INS Kalwari to the Nation

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated Navy's submarine INS Kalwari to the nation at a function organized in Mumbai today.
●    Congratulating the people of this country on this occasion, the Prime Minister told INS Kalwari as a prime example of 'Make in India'.
●    They appreciated all the people involved in this creation.
●    He described this submarine as an excellent example of a rapidly growing strategic partnership between India and France.
●    He said that the Indian Navy's strength and strength will be strengthened from INS Kalwari.
●    The Prime Minister said that the 21st century is called Asia's century.
●    It is also decided that the path of development of 21st century goes through the Indian Ocean.
●    That is why the Indian Ocean has a special place in the policies of the government.

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Important Current Affairs 13th DECEMBER 2017

Important Current Affairs 13th DECEMBER 2017

Current Affairs 13th DECEMBER 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

The Prime Minister addressed the inaugural session of the 90th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural session of the 90th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) today.
●    Recalling the establishment of FICCI in 1927, the Prime Minister said that Indian industry was united against the Simon Commission set up by the British Government.
●    He said that at that time the Indian industry stood with every class of society.
●    Shri Narendra Modi said that the same atmosphere exists today, when the people of the country are coming forward to fulfill their responsibilities towards the nation.
●    He said that people want the country to get rid of domestic problems like corruption and black money.
●    He said that political parties and industry associations should work in keeping with the needs of the country and the feelings of the people.
●    The Prime Minister said that after the independence, a lot of achievements have been received, but many challenges have arisen.
●    He said that the poor people had to struggle against the system and have to face issues such as bank accounts, gas connections, scholarships, pensions etc.
●    The Central Government is trying to end this struggle.
●    His efforts are to create a system that is transparent and sensitive.

Ministry of Railways introduced online bill tracking system for vendors and contractors

As an important step to increase transparency in the investigation and disposal of bills, Indian Railways has introduced a system for tracking the vendors and contractors' bills.
●    This step is in line with the decision of Rail and Coal Minister Shri Piyush Goyal to increase the transparency and use of information technology to streamline the system.
●    Vendors / contractors must register on an online information technology platform.
●    It has been developed by CIRS, New Delhi and its name is Indian Railways e-Purchase System (IREPS).
●    After registration, vendors and agencies will be able to get information about their billing status, etc. Through this platform they will be able to get their bills, amount and full details.
●    The vendor will also know the old details of the bills submitted. Bill Trekking is available for vendors / contractors related to convenience goods and services.
●    Information about the flaws or omissions of the bill will also be available.
●    A facilitator has also been added to facilitate the vendors.
●    Regarding this, a manual link is also available on the IRPS home page.

Signing of MOU on supply of sand for construction of highway between DCI and NHAI


A Memorandum of Understanding signed yesterday for the smooth supply of sand for the construction of a highway between the Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCI) and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
●    Units engaged in construction of National Highway have to face sand deficiency in many places.
●    With this agreement, sand will be easily available for the construction of National Highway.
●    DCI has employed large quantities of sand dredging at many places in South East Asia, which provides a large amount of sand.
●    According to the Memorandum of Understanding, this sand will be transported to different ports and its trade will be done.
●    NHAI will demonstrate the availability of sand in the reservoir of the harbor.


Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu met the President of Argentina


Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu participated in several bilateral meetings during the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina today.
●    Mr. Suresh Prabhu met the President of Argentina, Mr. Morrison Macari.
●    The two leaders discussed the broad issues of bilateral cooperation.
●    Mr. Prabhu also called on Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Minister of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland.
●    Both the ministers discussed the bilateral relations and the ongoing negotiations on the India-Effa Agreement.
●    Mr. Prabhu also met with Foreign Minister Mr. George Fori.
●    Both sides discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation such as political, economic, scientific and technological.
●    Mr. Suresh Prabhu today participated in trade forum during the Conference of the Ministry of Trade in the WTO.
●    During the debate, Lord emphasized the importance of food and nutrition for the people of India.


Minister of State for Defense Dr. Subhash Bhamre dedicated two important bridges to the nation in eastern Arunachal Pradesh


Union Minister of State for Defense Dr. Subhash Bhamre today dedicated two important bridges to the nation in eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
●    On the two-day visit to the Mohanbari Air Force Station, Dibrugarh, on arrival in the area, Maj Gen Gajendra Singh, GOC, Dao Division and Gp Capt V Ahluwalia, Station Commander of Air Force Station, Mohanbari welcomed Mr. Bhamare.
●    After this Bhamre reached Rowing, east of Arunachal Pradesh, where he inaugurated two Pulo.
●    He inaugurated the first 140 meter long Enzupi Bridge on Rowing-Koronu-Paya route, which is part of the trans-Arunachal highway.
●    With the completion of the Enjupi bridge, smooth access between the two important districts of Rowing and Teju will be possible.
●    After this, Mr. Bhamre inaugurated the three-hundred-meter-long Diopani / Is bridge on the river Rowing.
●    While devoting the bridge to the nation, he appreciated the BRO's entrepreneur project in this area.
●    Due to the completion of these bridges, the strategic presence of the border with the China border will continue to be connected with the important Dibang Valley.

Current Affairs 13th DECEMBER 2017: ECONOMY

India signs $250 million loan agreement with World Bank

Today, for signing a skill-building awareness program for skill development (Sankalp) for increasing livelihood, India has signed the USD 250 million IBRD loan agreement with World Bank.
●    On behalf of India, on behalf of the Department of Economic Affairs, Joint Secretary Sameer Kumar Khare and World Bank's Country Director, Country Bank Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmed signed in New Delhi.
●    The purpose of the project is to promote institutional mechanisms for skill development and increase access to quality and market-friendly training of workforce.
●    Planning, distribution and high quality market-friendly training in key areas of the project; Better quality and market related importance of skill development programs; To provide better access to the skills training of women trainees and other neglected groups and to strengthen the institutions at national and state levels to monitor the expansion of skill training through private-public participation.
●    The project expiry date is 31 March, 2023.

India will host the 3rd annual meeting of the Asian Board of Directors of the Infrastructure Investment Bank

India will host the 3rd annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank's Board of Directors between Mumbai and Mumbai between 25 and 26 June 2018.
●    The subject of this meeting of 2018 is - Financing of Finances: Innovation and Cooperation.
●    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today to determine the duties and responsibilities of the key partners involved in organizing the above mentioned annual meeting between the Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Secretariat.
●    On behalf of the Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institution Division), Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, and AIIB, Mr. A.D.I. Vice President and Corporate Secretary Mr. Danny Alexander.
●    Signature functions were held in the Ministry of Finance, located in North Block, New Delhi.
●    On this occasion Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary (Economic Affairs), Dr. MM Kutty, Additional Secretary (Economic Affairs) and many senior officials of Government of India and AIIB were present.
●    On this occasion, Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, Shri Subhash Chandra Garg said that it is very important that India is organizing the third annual meeting of AIIB in Mumbai.
●    India is not just the founding member of AIIB but it is also the second largest shareholder in AIIB.

Current Affairs 13th DECEMBER 2017: DEFENCE

Prime Minister will dedicate the Naval submarine INS Kalvari to the nation tomorrow

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicates Naval submarine INS Kalvari to the nation on Thursday in Mumbai.
●    INS Kalwari is a diesel-electric warfare submarine, created by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy.
●    This is the first submarine of those 6 submarines, which is to be included in the Indian Navy.
●    It reflects the success of 'Make in India' initiative.
●    This project is being run in cooperation with France.
●    Prime Minister dedicates this submarine to the nation at the Naval port in the presence of the Defense Minister, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Senior Naval officers.
●    He will address dignitaries present and inspect the submarine.

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