13th December 2018 Current Affairs

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President Kovind inaugurates 5th Enterprise India show in Yangon, Myanmar

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 5th Enterprise India show in Yangon, Myanmar.
  • The show hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce.
  • The focus of the conference was Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • Earlier, President offered his tributes at the mazaar of the last emperor of Mughal dynasty in India and offered prayers at famous Kali temple in the city.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has dedicated India assisted project ‘Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research & Education’ (ACARE) to the people of Myanmar.

Union Govt. formulates Crisis Management Plan to counter cyber attacks

  • According to Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, The Union government has formulated a Crisis Management Plan to counter Cyber-attacks and cyber terrorism.
  • It will be implemented by all Ministries and Departments of the Centre and the state governments in critical sectors.
  • The Government has empanelled 76 security audit organisations to ensure information security.
  • The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducts regular training programmes for network administrators to mitigate cyber-attacks.

EU Ambassador Opens India’s first CoE at MAHE

  • Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, ‘Tomasz Kozlowski’ has inaugurated India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (established by the European Union) at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in New Delhi.
  • This is the fifth time that MAHE has been awarded grants under the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet initiative.
  • The award comes with a grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.

PM hands over tricolour to Arunima Sinha on her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the tricolour flag to Arunima Sinha, marking the beginning of her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica.
  • Arunima Sinha is the first female Divyang to climb Mount Everest.
  • Mr Modi lauded her impressive achievements and extended his best wishes for her latest venture.

Manika won ‘Breakthrough Star award’

  • India’s Manika Batra became the first Indian Table Tennis player to be decorated with the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award.
  • She was honoured at the prestigious ‘International Table Tennis Federation Star Awards’ in Incheon.
  • Manika started the year on a high at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, guiding India to it’s first-ever gold medal in the Women’s Team category.

K Chandrasekhar Rao sworn in as Chief Minister of Telangana

  • Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao (65-years) took oath as the Chief Minister of the youngest state in the country, Telangana (second time).
  • Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, in Hyderabad.
  • According to KCR, a full-fledged cabinet will be formed in a few days to come.
  • TRS won 88 seats of the 119 seats state Assembly.

Shri Bharat Bhushan became member of UPSC

  • Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas, IAS (J&K 1986) (Retd.) took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • The Oath was administered by Shri Arvind Saxena, Chairman, UPSC. He was born on 15/11/1957.
  • He has done B.Sc. (Botany).
  • He joined Indian Administrative Service in 1986.

CAG Rajiv Mehrishi Appointed Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors

  • CAG has announced that Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi has become the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of Auditors.
  • The United Nations Panel of Auditors consists of External Auditors of the United Nations and its agencies.
  • Currently, the panel is chaired by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK, Sir Amyas Morse.
  • The panel also elected the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK as Chair of the Panel for another term (2019).

Zoramthanga to become Mizoram’s CM

  • In Mizoram, the new government of Mizo National Front (MNF), headed by Mr. Zoramthanga will be sworn in on 15th December.
  • It was decided at a meeting between Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan and a delegation of the MNF party led by Zoramthanga at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
  • In the 40-seated Assembly, MNF has secured a victory bagging 26 seats.

UN honoured Indian startup ‘HelpUsGreen’

  • Uttar Pradesh-based ‘HelpUsGreen’ named startup has been honoured by the UN.
  • The startup works to clean up the mighty river Ganga by recycling thousands of tonnes of floral waste from temples.
  • ‘HelpUsGreen’ has come up with the world’s first profitable solution to the monumental temple waste problem: ‘flowercycling’.

Delhi HC Bans Online Sale of Medicines Across India

  • The Delhi High Court ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country.
  • The court directed both Central and state government to ensure immediate implementation of the order.
  • The HC bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao passed the judgment while hearing a PIL filed by Delhi-based dermatologist Zaheer Ahmed who complained that lakhs of medicines were being sold on the internet every day without much regulation, posing a huge risk to patients and doctors alike.

Try out the quiz ?

Q.1 Where has President Kovind inaugurated 5th Enterprise India show?

Correct! Wrong!

President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 5th Enterprise India show in Yangon, Myanmar. The show hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce.

Q.2 Read the following sentences carefully
1. According to Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, The Union government has formulated a Crisis Management Plan to counter Cyber-attacks and cyber terrorism.
2. It will be implemented by all Ministries and Departments of the Centre and the state governments in critical sectors.
3. The Government has empanelled 02 security audit organisations to ensure information security. Which of the above sentences is /are correct?

Correct! Wrong!

According to Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, The Union government has formulated a Crisis Management Plan to counter Cyber-attacks and cyber terrorism. It will be implemented by all Ministries and Departments of the Centre and the state governments in critical sectors. The Government has empanelled 76 security audit organisations to ensure information security.

Q.3 Where has Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, 'Tomasz Kozlowski' has inaugurated India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence?

Correct! Wrong!

Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, 'Tomasz Kozlowski' has inaugurated India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (established by the European Union) at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in New Delhi.

Q.4 Which of the following sportsperson has received tricolour from Narendra Modi on her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica?

Correct! Wrong!

PM hands over tricolour to Arunima Sinha on her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica

Q.5 Manika Has won ‘Breakthrough Star award’ in which of the following sports?

Correct! Wrong!

India’s Manika Batra became the first Indian Table Tennis player to be decorated with the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award.

Q.6 How many seats has won by TRS in state assembly 2018 in making his government?

Correct! Wrong!

K Chandrasekhar Rao sworn in as Chief Minister of Telangana TRS won 88 seats of the 119 seats state Assembly.

Q.7 Recently who has became member of UPSC?

Correct! Wrong!

Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas, IAS (J&K 1986) (Retd.) took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Q.8 Who has became the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of Auditors?

Correct! Wrong!

CAG has announced that Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi has become the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of Auditors.

Q.9 Who will be new chief minister of Mizoram?

Correct! Wrong!

In Mizoram, the new government of Mizo National Front (MNF), headed by Mr. Zoramthanga will be sworn in on 15th December.

Q.10 UN honoured HElpUsGreen startup related to which of the following river?

Correct! Wrong!

Uttar Pradesh-based ‘HelpUsGreen’ named startup has been honoured by the UN. The startup works to clean up the mighty river Ganga by recycling thousands of tonnes of floral waste from temples.

Q.11 After which of the following doctor PIL ,Delhi court decided to ban on online selling of medicines in both state and centre?

Correct! Wrong!

The Delhi High Court ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country. The court directed both Central and state government to ensure immediate implementation of the order. The HC bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao passed the judgment while hearing a PIL filed by Delhi-based dermatologist Zaheer Ahmed who complained that lakhs of medicines were being sold on the internet every day without much regulation, posing a huge risk to patients and doctors alike.

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