Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage Inaugurated
Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma has inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi. India is hosting the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.
BIMSTEC– The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation. This organization came into being on 6 June 1997.
The BIMSTEC member countries are India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
FIFA Ban on Kuwait lifted
The international football federation, FIFA, has lifted a two-year suspension against Kuwait’s football association that has prevented the country from participating in international tournaments. FIFA president Gianna Infantino confirmed the move in a video posted on the Instagram account of Kuwait’s minister of trade and industry and acting minister of youth affairs Khaled Al-Roudhan.
- The Capital of Kuwait is Kuwait City and its Currency is Kuwaiti dinar.
- The name of the FIFA President is Gianna Infantino.
Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari appointed President of Para-Sports Foundation of India
On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a renowned communication expert, Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, was appointed as the President of Para-Sports Foundation (PSF), India. The announcement was made at the National Award for Divyangjan 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Para Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization working towards the social welfare of persons with disabilities.
The PSF is founded by Pradeep Raj, an international athlete with a disability and a national youth awardee from the President of India.
India’s GDP to rise to 7.5 % in 2018: Morgan Stanley
The Indian economy is expected to witness cyclical growth recovery, with real GDP growth likely to accelerate from 6.4 percent this year to 7.5 percent in 2018 and further to 7.7 percent in 2019, says a report of Morgan Stanley. According to global financial services major Morgan Stanley, corporate return expectations and balance sheet fundamentals are improving, and a strengthening financial system should be able to meet investment credit demand.
Public Procurement Portal “MSME Sambandh” launched by Government
A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ was launched by Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME in New Delhi. The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises.
A.K. Panda is the Secretary, MSME.
MSME– Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.
IEA predicts Electricity for all in India by 2020
Half a billion people have gained access to electricity in India since 2000, almost doubling the country’s electrification rate, according to the World Energy Access report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This “remarkable” growth puts India on course to achieving access to electricity for all in the early 2020s, the report added. Since 2012, more than 100 million people per year have gained electricity access, an acceleration from the rate of 62 million people per year seen between 2000 and 2012.
- The IEA Executive Director is Fatih Birol.
- The IEA was established in 1974 and its Secretariat is in Paris.
India is free of Trachoma eye infection
India has been declared free from infectious Trachoma which is a contagious bacterial infection of the eye. It causes inflamed granulation on the inner surface of the lids. Health Minister J P Nadda released the National Trachoma Survey Report (2014-17) in New Delhi. The Survey results indicate that active Trachoma is no longer a public health problem in the country.
Bergamasco appointed Performance Director for women’s boxing
The man behind India’s best ever medal haul at the recently-concluded AIBA Women’s Youth Boxing Championship, Italian coach Raffaele Bergamasco, has been elevated to the position of Performance Director for senior women pugilists.
India wins five medals in 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships
India won five medals at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships in Japan. On the opening day of the competition at Wako City, Ravi Kumar won an individual bronze in the men’s 10 metre air rifle, while Arjun Babuta won individual silver in the corresponding junior men’s event. India also bagged three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events. However, Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang missed out on an individual podium finish.
Overall, India had seven individual finalists across the three events held on 8th December 2017.
This will be the same range where the shooting competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be hosted.
Jeeva Sagar appointed Indian Ambassador to Kuwait
On 7th December 2017, the Government announced that Jeeva Sagar has been appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Kuwait. He is an IFS officer of the 1991 batch and is presently a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza crowned ITF World Champions
On 8th December 2017, the International Tennis Federation
(ITF) announced that Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza
, both from Spain
were the world champions in the men’s and women’s
respectively. This is the first time in 19 years that the awards in both the categories have gone to players from the same country. The ITF headquarters is in London
and 211 nations are its affiliates.