Current Affairs – December 14, 2017

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Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
India becomes the first team to score 300 plus 100 times in ODI Cricket     

India has become the first-ever team to register 300+ totals 100 times in ODIs, after posting 392/4 against Sri Lanka in Mohali. This was also the 25th instance of India scoring 350+ in an ODI innings, second-most by a team after South Africa (26). India was driven by Captain Rohit Sharma’s 208*, his third ODI double hundred which is also a record in ODIs.
ADB lowers India’s GDP forecast to 6.7 %     

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered India’s GDP forecast for the current fiscal by 0.3% to 6.7%. It has also revised downward the gross domestic product (GDP) outlook for next fiscal beginning from March 2018 to 7.3% from 7.4% mainly due to rising global crude oil prices and soft growth in private sector investment.  
  • Founded on 19 December 1966 ADB has its Headquarter in Manila, Philippines.  
  • President of ADB is Takehiko Nakao.         
  • India is the largest economy in South Asia.
RBI Raises limits for investment by foreign portfolio investors   

The Reserve Bank of India increased the limits for investment by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) for the January-March 2018 quarter by Rs 6,400 crore in Central Government Securities (G-Secs) and Rs 5,800 crore in State development loans (SDLs). With effect from January 1, 2018, the revised investment limit for FPIs in G-Secs will be Rs 2,56,400 crore against the existing limit of Rs 2,50,000 crore.
Shubhankar Sharma wins Johannesburg Open Golf Tournament           
21-year-old Indian Golfer Shubhankar Sharma claimed his maiden European Tour victory in the Joburg Open, in South Africa. He has defeated South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen. This was a maiden European Tour win for Shubhankar Sharma. He has five victories on the professional tour of India and he now has a European Tour title to add to his list of achievements. England’s Marcus Armitage was the top British finisher in Johannesburg.
Dhammapiya elected Secretary General of International Buddhist Confederation    

Buddhist monk Dhammapiya from Tripura has been elected as the new secretary general of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). He was elected to the post at the second general assembly of the IBC. The IBC is a global Buddhist forum for preservation and development of heritage sites of the religion in India and other parts of the world.
India to host 3rd Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB 

India will host the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at Mumbai in June 2018. The Theme of the Annual Meeting, 2018 will be “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration”. The Government of India and AIIB Secretariat signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to delineate the duties and responsibilities of major stakeholders who would be involved in organizing the aforesaid Annual Meeting.
  • AIIB is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia and beyond.           
  • AIIB Headquarter- Beijing, China, Commenced operations in– January 2016.   
  • AIIB President- Mr. Jin Liqun.
Rajasthan becomes the first state in the country to offer E-Mail addresses in Hindi        

Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to launch free email addresses in Hindi (in Devanagari script) for its residents, as per the state IT department Principal Secretary Akhil Arora. The initiative aims to ensure maximum participation of people towards e-governance and that maximum facilities are available in the vernacular language. The first e-mail ID was created for CM Vasundhara Raje.
Second UN World Tourism Organisation Conference held in Muscat   

The second UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture was held in Muscat, Capital city of Oman. The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma led the Indian delegation. The conference was focused on sustainable development, culture and tourism as a factor of peace and prosperity; tourism development and protection of cultural heritage.
NGT declares Amarnath Cave temple as silence zone      

National Green Tribunal, NGT has declared Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas as a silence zone and prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point. The NGT said that declaring the area around the shrine a silence zone would be helpful in preventing avalanches and maintaining its pristine nature. The green panel also directed the committee of experts headed by an additional secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests to submit an action plan on providing facilities to the pilgrims within three weeks.             
The Amarnath cave shrine is considered to be one of the holiest in Hinduism.

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