Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – December 23-24, 2018
National Consumer Day: 24 December
Every Year 24th December is observed as National Consumer Day with a specific theme in India. This year the National Consumer Day is celebrated with the theme “Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints”. On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the president. The enactment of this Act is considered as a historic milestone in the consumer movement in the country.
Kisan Diwas (National Farmers Day): 23rd December
The National Farmers Day (NFD), popularly known as Kisan Diwas, is celebrated every year in India on December 23 to acknowledge the role of farmers in India’s socio-economic development and to mark the birth anniversary of 5th Prime Minister Late Chaudhary Charan Singh.
India successfully test-fires Agni-IV ICBM from Odisha coast
India on 23rd December successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4,000 km. The test was part of a user trial by the Army. The strategic surface-to-surface missile was flight tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast at 8.30 am.
President inaugurates Centre of Excellence for Genetic Blood Disorders at PIMS in Karimnagar, Telangana
On 22nd December, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on his first visit to Karimnagar, inaugurated the Centre of Excellence Genetic Blood Disorders at the Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences in Karimnagar, Telangana. This center will work on Sickle Cell Anaemia, Thalassemia and Other Genetic Blood Disorders. The other dignitaries who were present at the inauguration include the Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, Governors of Telangana and Maharashtra ESL Narasimhan and Vidyasagar Rao, respectively.
Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates IFC-IOR in Gurugram, Haryana
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram. The IFC-IOR is aimed to engage with partner nations to develop maritime domain awareness and share information on vessels of interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu
The country’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, the birthplace of Saint Thyagaraja, one of the Trinities of Carnatic music. This was announced by the State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development K Pandiarajan in Madurai on 23rd December.
A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean), inaugurated at INCOIS, Hyderabad
On December 22, 2018, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, and Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the newly constructed International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Complex in the INCOIS campus at Hyderabad, Telangana. He dedicated the ITCOocean to the Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and named the academic building as Atal Bhavan and the Guest House as Atal Atithi Griha.
An Rs. 2250 crore scheme to help farmers named ‘Mukhya Mantri Krishi Yojana’ launched in Jharkhand
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das recently announced an Rs. 2,250-crore scheme to help 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers of the state double their income by 2022. The state government will give Rs. 5,000 per acre to 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers from the next financial year, Mr. Das said at a press conference.
Manipur Assembly Passes Anti-Mob Violence Bill
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds charge of the home department, moved the ‘The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018’ in the state Assembly. The bill was passed by the assembly unanimously. It recommends a rigorous life imprisonment term if the crime results in the death of a victim.
RBI shortlists Wipro, TCS, 4 others for PCR
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has shortlisted six major IT companies, including CS, Wipro, and IBM India, Capgemini Technology Services India, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, and Mindtree Ltd. to set up a digital public credit registry (PCR) for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters. The proposed PCR will also include data from entities such as markets regulator SEBI, the Corporate Affairs Ministry, Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), to enable banks and financial institutions to get a 360-degree profile of existing as well as prospective borrowers on a real-time basis.
31st GST Council meeting held in New Delhi
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said GST of 6 items reduced from 28% to 18% slab. Briefing media on decisions taken in GST Council Meeting in Delhi, he said these items include TV, tire, power bank and video games. He said, now 28% slab rate is applicable only on 28 items, which are luxury items like cement, auto parts, AC and dishwasher. The services supplied by the banks to Jan-Dhan account holders will be exempted from GST. The new GST rates will be effective from 1st January 2019.
Logistics Development Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman EAC-PM
On December 21, 2018, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) constituted a Logistics Development Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman EAC-PM. The committee would be working on challenges in logistics development and associated commerce and suggest policy reforms for ease of doing trade in India.
PM Narendra Modi announces a new award for national unity
PM Narendra Modi has announced annual Sardar Patel Award for National Integration at the DGPs/IGPs Conference at Kevadia, Gujarat on 22nd December. This award would be given for outstanding efforts to further national integration.
South Indian Education Society award for Manmohan Singh
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh received the South Indian Education Society (SIES) Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminence Award as part of the Kanchi Mahaswami festival. He was awarded for his contribution to the field of public leadership.
55th SKOCH Summit held in New Delhi; SKOCH awards were conferred
The 55th SKOCH Summit was held in Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on 22nd December. Skoch awards announced are:
Salman Ali wins Indian Idol Season 10
Salman Ali was declared the winner of singing reality show Indian Idol Season 10 on Sunday night. Zero stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, and Katrina Kaif graced the final to cheer on the finalists. Apart from Salman, the other finalists were Nitin Kumar, Ankush Bharadwaj, Neelanjana Ray, and Vibhor Parashar.
B V P Rao elected as president of Archery Association of India
B V P Rao was elected as the President of Archery Association of India(AAI), the election was held under the Supervision of former Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi.
India’s Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the globe
Vedangi, 20-year old, who hails from Pune, is a student of the University of Bournemouth in the UK, became the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. Starting off from Perth, cycled into Kolkata in the wee hours on 23rd December, completing the 29,000 km distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe. She spent 159 days peddling up to 300 kilometers a day in 14 countries. British adventurer Jenny Graham, 38, is the fastest woman to have cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018.
Real Madrid beats Al Ain 4-1 to win Club World Cup
Spain’s Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for a 3rd consecutive year, and record fourth in total, by beating Abu Dhabi side Al Ain in the final. This is Real Madrid’s third consecutive Club World Cup Crown and fourth overall. Real now hold the record for most victories in the competition, which was first held in 2000, moving one clear of Spanish rivals Barcelona.
India ranks 12th on ‘misperception index’
According to the MORI Perils of Perception Survey 2018, done by Ipsos India, an independent market research company, Indians stood at 12th rank in the “misperception index” out of 37 nations. Thailand scored the lowest in the rankings followed by Mexico, and Turkey.
Burundi names Gitega as new political capital
Burundi is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, confirmed the small central city of Gitega the country’s new political capital. The previous capital Bujumbura, on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, became a country‘s economic capital.
Capitals: Bujumbura, Gitega
Currency: Burundian franc
Capitals: Bujumbura, Gitega
Currency: Burundian franc
Patrick Shanahan to replace James Mattis as US Defense Secretary
United States President Donald Trump has announced that he will replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with his deputy Patrick Shanahan as acting Pentagon chief on January 1.
Assam Nightingale Dipali Borthakur passes away
Dipali Borthakur, known as the “Nightingale of Assam,” breathed her last at a private hospital in Assam. She was 77 and is survived by her painter husband Neel Pawan Barua. A Padma Shri, many fans fondly called Borthakur “Asomiya Lata Mangeskar.” With evergreen songs like Xonor kharu nelage mok, Konman boroxire sip, Dale dale gai kuli bulbuli and Kun xei rupowoti jai, among others, she made a place for herself in the hearts of lakhs of people.