Daily Current Affairs 9th December, 2019
December 9, 2019

Daily Current Affairs 9 December 2019 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Rajya Sabha forms informal group to study issues related to pornographic content on Internet, social media

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu announced the formation of a 14-member informal group to study issues related to pornographic content on the Internet and social media platforms.

    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh will co-ordinate the group which will submit its report within a month.

President lays foundation stone for Paika Rebellion memorial in Odisha

In Odisha, President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone for a memorial to mark completion of 200 years of Paika Rebellion, a valiant uprising of Paikas in 1817 against the British Rule which is often termed as the First War of Independence at Barunei Hill in Khordha.

    The proposed project will come up at the foothills of Barunei hills in Khurda district. The memorial is seen as an epitome of Odisha’s valour and will serve as an inspiration for the youth.

Haryana CM inaugurates Integrated Command and Control Centre in Gurgaon

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has inaugurated Gurgaon’s ambitious Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC). It has been developed as the nerve centre to provide multifaceted online smart services to people.

    It was built at the cost of 38 crore rupees.Currently 160 government buildings and police stations of the city have been connected with this network.

Karnataka govt. and NDMA conducts workshop on 2020 Heatwave

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, organized a two-day national workshop titled Preparedness, Mitigation, and Management of Heat Wave in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

    The workshop is conducted to emphasize the importance of Climate Change that has led to the rise of average summer temperature by 0.5 deg C in the past five years.

Human Library event held in Mysuru

In Karnataka, Human Library, a concept which seeks to replace books with humans, was held in the City of Palaces, Mysuru. The first event of Human Library aims to break past long-standing prejudices and stereotypes by creating a safe framework for conservation by using a library analogy of lending people rather than books.

    Copenhagen, Denmark-headquartered Human Library is a registered international non-profit organization.
    In India, Human Library is spread across various metropolitan cities including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru.

NMCG organises 4th India Water Impact Summit 2019 held in Delhi

Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) led by IIT Kanpur organized the 4th India Water Impact Summit from 5-7 December 2019 at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

    Day two of the summit was inaugurated with the theme ‘Valuing Water-Transforming Ganga’ by the Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

54th DGsP/IGsP Conference held in Pune

The 54th DGPs & IGPs Conference was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Pune, Maharashtra. The Prime Minister also awarded the President’s police medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau.

    Government’s plan to set up an All India Police University and All India Forensic Science University in Maharashtra was announced by home minister Amit Shah.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

PM Modi greets member countries on 35th SAARC Charter Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his greetings and felicitations to the people of member countries on the 35th SAARC Charter Day on 9th December.

    35th SAARC Charter Day, dedicate ourselves to the task of fulfilling the aspirations of our people for a prosperous and peaceful South Asia

India is 1st Asian Guest of Honour at Mexico Int’l Book Fair, MoS HRD inaugurates India Pavilion

Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resource Development (HRD) inaugurated the India Pavilion at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. Gandhi’s philosophy ‘Let Our Lives Be Open Books’ is the theme of the India pavilion.

    This is the 33rd edition of Guadalajara International Book Fair and India is the Guest of Honour nation in this edition, and is the first Asian country to have received this honour.

IAF chief RKS Bhadauria set to participate in PACS 2019 in US

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is set to participate in the Pacific Air Force Chiefs Conference (PACS-2019) at the American military base in Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, US. The theme of the conference is ‘Collaborative approach towards Regional Security’. The IAF chief is expected to present his views during the meeting.

7th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting concludes in Vienna, Austria

The 7th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting was held in Vienna, Austria under the Co-Chairmanship of OPEC’s President, HE Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez, People’s Minister of Petroleum of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and HE Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.

    The 18th Meeting of JMMC will be held during the first week of March 2020 in Vienna, Austria, with an OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting on the 6 March 2020.

8th edition of Embassy’s annual film festival inaugurated at Riyadh

The eighth edition of the Embassy’s annual film festival titled “Ambassador’s Choice: Screening of Films” was inaugurated at the auditorium of Embassy of India, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    The twelve-day festival, which is being held from 5th to 18th December, kicked off with the screening of three Arabic short movies titled: ‘The Swan Song’, ‘A Colourful Life’ and ‘Jaleed’, followed by an interactive session with the directors of the respective movies.

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI increases peer-to-peer lending limit from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased lending limit for Non-Banking Financial Company-Peer to Peer Lending platforms (NBFC-P2P) to Rs 50 lakh.

    Until now, the cap was at Rs 10 lakh. However, the exposure of a single lender to borrower is capped at Rs 50,000. This means that a lender on the P2P platform cannot lend more than Rs 50,000 to the same borrower across all P2P platforms at any point in time.

SPORTS

Indian junior women’s hockey team wins three nations tournament

The Indian junior women’s hockey team won the three-nations tournament after finishing at the top of the points table.

    India had seven points from four matches, ahead of host Australia on goal difference, with New Zealand finishing third with only three points from its four matches

APPOINTMENTS

NSE appoints Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as chairman

Leading stock exchange NSE has appointed Public Interest Director Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as its new chairman.

    Chandra will be the successor of Ashok Chawla who resigned as the chairman of the National Stock Exchange(NSE) in January 2019

CSB Bank re-appoints Rajendran Chinna Veerappan as MD & CEO

The Kerala based CSB Bank, formerly known as formerly known as Catholic Syrianre-appointed Rajendran Chinna Veerappan as Managing Director and CEO of the Bank.

    Veerappan has been on CSB board since November 2016 and his tenure was to end on 8 December 2019.

Namibian President Hage Geingob secures second term

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has won the country’s Presidential elections securing a second term despite a recession and a corruption scandal that has fuelled popular discontent.

Sanna Marin elected the youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland

Former transport minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin elected as the Prime Minister of Finland. Marin is set to become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister.

    She is country’s youngest leader ever and third female PM of Finland
    Marin will take over from Antti Rinne, a former trade unionist who resigned last week after just six months in office when he lost the confidence of the Centre party

AWARDS

President of India presents the National Florence Nightingale Awards

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to 36 nursing personnel include Lini Puthussery, the nurse from Kerala who died due to Nipah virusin New Delhi on the occasion of International Nurses Day.

    The president informed that World Health Organisation has announced 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Mid-wife.

South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe

South Africa’s 26 year old Zozibini Tunzi is the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the Miss Universe title.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas tops the IMDb 2019 list of Indian celebrities

Actor and singer Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been named as the top star of Indian cinema and television series in 2019 in a list released by IMDb.

    Actor Disha Patani is on second spot, followed by Hrithik Roshan, Kiara Advani, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Rakul Preet Singh and Sobhita Dhulipala.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Anti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since 2005 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.

    This year’s theme for International Anti-Corruption Day 2019 is – “United Against Corruption – Take action – Lead the change – Be the change”



Daily Current Affairs 8th December, 2019
December 9, 2019

Daily Current Affairs 1 December 2019 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth arrives in India for a private visit

Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius since 2017, has arrived in India on a private visit. This is his fourth visit to India.

    Jugnauth, is set to meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, as both countries seek to take their ties to the next level amid the island nation’s increasing role in the Indian Ocean Region.

Govt implementing ICDS for develp of children of 0-6 yrs group

Union Minister Smriti Irani said that, the Centre is implementing an umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme for holistic development of children in the age group of 0-6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

    Ministry of Women and Child Development is also implementing an umbrella scheme mission for protection and empowerment of women as a centrally sponsored scheme to channelise holistic efforts for empowerment of women both economically and socially.

Over 400 Eklavya Model schools in tribal areas by 2022: PM Modi

In an effort to provide affordable and quality education facilities to children in tribal areas, the Narendra Modi led government has decided to build 400 Eklavya Model residential schools across the country in the next three years.

    These schools are also being developed to provide them with modern sports facilities.

Mahua Milan become 5500th railway station to get free Wi-Fi

Mahua Milan of East Central Railway became 5500th railway station of the country where free public Wi-Fi, Railwire.

    To transform the railway stations into the hub of digital inclusion, Indian Railways mandated RailTel, to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi at the Railway stations.

Centre releases list of 10 best Police Stations, Aberdeen in Andaman and Nicobar tops list

The Centre on Friday released the list of 10 best police stations across the country with Aberdeen Police Station in Andaman district of Andaman and Nicobar grabbing the first position.

    Balasinor in Mahisagar (Gujarat), Ajk Burhanpu in Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh), AWPS Theni in Theni (Tamil Nadu), Anini in Dibang Valley (Arunachal Pradesh), Baba Haridas Nagar, Dwarka in South West District (Delhi), Bakani in Jhalawar (Rajasthan), Choppadandi (M) in Karimnagar (Telangana), Bicholim in North Goa (Goa) and Bargawa in Sheopur (Madhya Pradesh) police station grabbed the second to tenth position in consecutive order.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

IEPFA signs MOU with Bank of Baroda for Investor Awareness

Investor Education & Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) signed a MOU with Bank of Baroda for Investor awareness.

    The objective of the MoU to work towards the creation of content (IEC material) and strategic use of all available marketing channels and brand assets with BoB viz.

NTPC signs pact for Rs. 5,000 crores with SBI

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited has signed a term loan agreement for Rs. 5,000 crore with State Bank of India. The loan facility has been extended at an interest rate linked to 3 Months MCLR of the bank and has a door to door tenure of 15 years. The loan will be utilised to part finance the capital expenditure of NTPC.

SPORTS

Kiren Rijiju names Ripu Bevli ‘Plogging Ambassador of India’ at 50th Fit India Plogging Run

Minister of State(I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju felicitated Ripu Daman Bevli, popularly known as the Plogman of India and named him the Plogging Ambassador of India during the event conclusion programme ‘Fit India Plogging Run’ in Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.

Caroline Wozniacki, Former World No. 1, to retire after Australian Open

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced that she will retire from tennis after next month’s Australian Open.

APPOINTMENTS

K Vijay Kumar appointed as senior security advisor in MHA

A 1975 batch officer, K Vijay Kumar appointed as the new senior security advisor in the Ministry of Home Affairs for Jammu and Kashmir and left-wing extremism affected states for a period of one year.

    Kumar was earlier one of the five advisors to former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.

AWARDS

National Mission for Clean Ganga awarded at the 20th GeoSmart India Conference in Hyderabad

India’s largest geospatial event, 20th edition of GeoSmart India was held in Hyderabad, Telangana.

    National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was given the ‘Leadership in Rejuvenation and Protection of Fresh Water Systems in India’ award for its transformative initiatives in the water sector.

OBITUARIES

Former India TT coach Bhawani Mukherji passes away

Former India Table tennis head coach Bhawani Mukherji paased away. He was 68. Mukherji, who was bestowed with the Dronacharya Award in 2012, thus becoming the first coach to earn the recognition in table tennis..

    He was the head coach at NIS Patiala and became the head coach of the national team for a brief period after the 2010 Commonwealth Games.




ISRO to launch RISAT, the Spy satellite of India
December 9, 2019

The Indian Space Research Organization is gearing to launch RISAT-2BR1 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on December 11, 2019. It is the second satellite in the RISAT series. The first satellite RISAT-2B was launched earlier this year.

Highlights of the launch

The launch is the 50th mission of ISRO’s PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). Along with the RISAT-2BR1, it will also carry 9 commercial satellites. They are 6 from the US, and each from Italy, Israel and Japan.

The RISAT-2BR1 is a spy satellite that is launched to boost Indian military’s Earth surveillance.

RISAT

RISAT are Indian radar imaging reconnaissance satellites built by ISRO. These satellites provide all weather earth observations. So far, ISRO has put 310 foreign satellites into orbit.

Satellite Launch Market

So far India has launched satellites for 19 countries. Broadly, the US shares 40% of global launching services market. Following the US, European Union holds the second place. Though China plays a major role, it is not a consistent player and is not popular among the satellite customers namely USA and European Union. India has been launching satellites for foreign clients for 15 years now.

Chandrayaan 3

Apart from RISAT series, ISRO is also planning to launch Chandrayaan 3. Following the partial success of Chandrayaan 2 with the Vikram lander crashing on the moon’s surface, Chandrayaan 3 will help in fulfill the unaccomplished components. ISRO has sought Rs 75 crore from the Department of Economic Affairs to complete the mission. It is now official!



Hornbill Festival celebrated in Nagaland
December 9, 2019

Every year the “Hornbill Festival” is celebrated between December 1 and December 10. It is also called Festival of Festivals. The festival is organized by the State Tourism and art and culture department in Kohima.

Highlights of the festival

The festival is held every year in the Kisama village near Kohima, the state capital. The aim of the festival is to protect and revive the rich culture of Nagaland. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in the festival. Traditional arts of the state such as wood carvings, paintings and sculptures are displayed in the festival.

Tourism

The festival is a major tourist attraction. Till December 8, 2019, around 2,39,901 visitors have visited the festival.It includes 2,799 foreigners as well. The festival contributes a major share in boosting the economy of the state.

Naga Morungs

The Naga Morung is one of the major highlights of the festival. The Morung is a self-governing body that aims to protect the village men. Morungs were the community spaces in Nagaland where the young boys were trained. The boys are taught history and culture of the tribes in the land. They also learnt folk songs and tales during their stay. The boys were made Naga warriors in these Morungs.

At the Hornbill festival, the culture of the Morung tribes is exhibited. Their arts, paintings, lifestyle are displayed. Tourists stay at Morung cottages during the festival.

The name

Hornbill is a revered bird that is featured widely in the songs of Nagaland tribes. Hence the name horn bill is given to the festival. Hornbills are birds that are found in tropical and sub-tropical Asia, Africa and Melanesia.



 
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