Current Affairs – December 04, 2018

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National - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018

Indian Navy Day: 4 December

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The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is led by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief. Navy Day is celebrated annually on December 4 every year to honor the maritime operations by the Navy during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and also work towards securing the country’s marine borders and bolstering relationships with other countries through humanitarian missions, calamity relief, and joint exercises.


Odisha launches PEETHA to create awareness about various schemes

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik 3rd December launched a new scheme named People’s Empowerment – Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiatives (PEETHA) in the state. “This is an initiative aimed at the creation of awareness about various government schemes and improves transparency in the distribution of individual and social benefits,” the Chief Minister told reporters here. This is part of the government’s 3T initiative–Technology, Transparency and Teamwork and a sub-scheme of Ama Gaon Ama Bikas programme, he said.


International Conference on Bears starts in Agra

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In Uttar Pradesh, more than 80 delegates from 11 countries are participating in an international conference on bears in Agra. The four-day conference is aimed at sharing knowledge on principles of the welfare of bears and other wild animals in zoos, sanctuaries and rescue centers.


Maharashtra allows citizens to inspect government records under RTI

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The Maharashtra government has issued a government resolution allowing citizens to inspect records in district-level offices and local bodies across the state under the Right To Information (RTI) for two hours every Monday. Officials from the General Administration Department (GAD) said the move was aimed at bringing transparency in the functioning of the government and to reduce RTI applications and appeals.


EX SHINYUU Maitri-2018 with JASDF commences in Agra

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The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) is in India for a bilateral air exercise SHINYUU Maitri-18 with Indian Air Force from 03-07 Dec 18 at A F Station Agra. The theme of the exercise is joint Mobility/Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) on Transport aircraft.


Business - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018
SEBI extends a deadline for the transfer of shares in demat form to 1 April 2019

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Markets regulator SEBI on 3rd December extended the deadline for the transfer of shares of listed companies only in demat form to April 1. The last date has been extended after taking into consideration representations from shareholders as the initial deadline was to end on December 5. Shares in the demat form will help in maintaining a transparent record of shareholding at companies amid rising concerns over beneficial ownership of entities.


Union Govt forms a panel to look at the selling of OIL, ONGC fields to private companies

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The government has constituted a six-member committee to look at selling as many as 149 small and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned ONGC and OIL to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output, sources said. The panel is headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and includes Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Oil Secretary M M Kutty, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, and ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker.


80th Session of the Policy Commission of the World Customs Organization (WCO) begins in Mumbai

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The 80th Session of the Policy Commission of the World Customs Organization (WCO) has started today at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. The 3-day long session is hosted by Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) and is being attended by Customs heads of 31 countries from all the six regions of the WCO. The session was addressed by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley via video link.
World Customs Organization (WCO) HQ: Brussels, Belgium


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Ajay Narayan Jha is the new Finance Secretary

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A N Jha, Secretary, Expenditure, has been appointed as new Finance Secretary, a government order said on 3rd December, December 3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared Jha’s appointment to the post after incumbent Hasmukh Adhia, a 1981-batch Gujarat cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), retired on November 30.


IL&FS Group appoints N Sivaraman as COO

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Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), on 3rd December, announced the appointment of N Sivaraman, a former L&T Group veteran, as Chief Operating Officer. The COO, who has expertise in mergers and acquisitions as well as building a financial services institution, will be a part of the Core Operating Committee. He will report to Vineet Nayyar, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, IL&FS Group.


MoUs 330 x 70 - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018
GoI and ADB sign $85 million loans to support Odisha Skill Development Project

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The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an $85 million loan on 03.12.2018 to improve the skill development ecosystem in Odisha and establish an advanced skill training center, the World Skill Center (WSC), in the state capital Bhubaneswar.


Science - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018
Russia’s Manned Soyuz MS 11 successfully blasts off towards ISS

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Russia’s state space agency, Roscosmos, successfully launched the manned Soyuz MS 11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian space agency’s astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA’s Anne McClain towards the International Space Station (ISS) on 3rd December.


Awards - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018
Delhi minister Imran Hussain gets PETA ‘Hero to Animals’ award for banning Chinese manjha

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Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest and Elections Imran Hussain was awarded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-India for banning the Chinese manjha, or the glass-coated kite strings, across Delhi — on December 1. The award, named ‘Hero to Animals,’ was also given to three other individuals and companies that have pushed animal rights forward.


Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, ending a decade of Ronaldo and Messi triumphs

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Luka Modric, the diminutive midfield maestro who won the Champions League title with Real Madrid and then helped lead Croatia to the World Cup final, was honored 3rd December with the Ballon d’Or as world player of the year. Modric’s victory ended a 10-year run in which Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi traded possession of the award, considered one of world soccer’s top individual honors.


Sports - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018
Ullas Narayan clinches India’s first-ever medal in ultra running

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Ullas Narayan on Sunday became the first ever medal winner from India in an international ultra running event by bagging the bronze medal in the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24-Hour Asia and Oceania Championships. He ended in the third place by completing a distance of 250 km after Japanese runners Yoshihiko Ishikawa (253 km) and Nobuyuki Takahashi (252 km).


International - Current Affairs - December 04, 2018
Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019

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Qatar announced on 3rd December that it will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in January, as the Persian Gulf state faces a prolonged regional clash with rival Saudi Arabia. Qatar framed the surprise decision, which ended nearly six decades of membership in OPEC, as a move to focus the country’s resources on exports of liquefied natural gas. The decision also comes amid a more than year-long feud between Qatar and its neighbors. Led by Saudi Arabia, a coalition of Arab Gulf states broke off relations with Qatar and imposed an economic and travel blockade in June 2017 after accusing Qatar’s government of sponsoring terrorism.
Qatar Capital: Doha, Currency: Qatari Riyal
OPEC HQ: Vienna, Austria

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