18th December 2018 Current Affairs

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CCEA approves setting up of tribal schools

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribals.
  • The schools will be set up in every block with more than 50% Scheduled Tribes population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.
  • It has also approved the constitution of an autonomous society under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to run the schools.

Transgender bill passed in Lok Sabha

  • On 17 December 2018, the Lok Sabha passed the ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill’, 2016.
  • The bill seeks to empower the transgender community by providing them with a separate identity.
  • The bill also seeks to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them.
  • The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016.

Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Sangeet Kala Sangam in New Delhi

  • The Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated ‘Sangeet Kala Sangam’, at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.
  • It has been organized under the aegis of Human Resource Ministry, to provide a National Platform to the Art and Music Teachers of KVS.
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Navoday Vidyalaya Samiti are two sister organizations of HRD Ministry.

Nigerian military lifts ban on UNICEF operations in ravaged northeast

  • The Nigerian military has lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the ravaged northeast.
  • Earlier, it had suspended the aid agency and accusing it of training spies supporting Boko Haram jihadists.
  • The ban was revoked following an intervention by well-meaning and concerned Nigerians.
  • Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed more than 27,000 people since in 2009 in the country.
  • The Nigerian army has accused UNICEF of ‘aiding Boko Haram’.

Zaheer is Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket

  • On 18 December 2018, Mumbai Indians appointed former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan as their director of cricket operations.
  • He represented Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009, 2010 and 2014.
  • He took 29 wickets in 30 matches for the franchise.
  • The Mumbai Indians is a franchise cricket team based in Mumbai and it is owned by Reliance Industries.

Jeff Bridges will be awarded ‘Cecil B deMille’

  • Veteran actor Jeff Bridges will receive the ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award 2018 at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.
  • The ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the world of entertainment.
  • Bridges’ first Golden Globe nomination came in 1984 for best actor in ‘Starman’.

International Migrants Day 2018 observed globally

  • The UN’s (United Nation) International Migration Day (IMD) is being observed every year on 18th December to protect the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.
  • The theme of this year is ‘Migration with Dignity’.
  • In 2018, close to 3,400 migrants and refugees already have lost their lives worldwide.

Most-distant object ever discovered

  • Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system.
  • The new object was given the provisional designation of ‘2018 VG18’ and nicknamed ‘Farout’.
  • It is located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun.
  • ‘2018 VG18’ is located about 120 astronomical units (AU) from earth.
  • 1 AU is defined as the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

Cabinet approves construction of new 4- lane bridge across river Ganga at Patna in Bihar

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a new bridge across the Ganga river at Patna (Bihar).
  • The project for construction of 5.634 km long new 4 lane bridge parallel to the existing Mahatma Gandhi Setu on NH-19.
  • The project is likely to be completed by January 2023.
  • The bridge is proposed to be built by the Union ministry of road, transport and highways utilizing an estimated outlay of Rs 2,961 crore.

PM releases the book ‘Timeless Laxman’

  • The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the coffee table book ‘Timeless Laxman’ on 18 December 2018.
  • The book is based on the famous cartoonist RK Laxman.
  • RK Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist.
  • He was best known for his creation ‘The Common Man’ and for his daily cartoon strip, ‘You Said It’ in The Times of India.

‘Period. End of Sentence’ in Oscars

  • ‘Period. End of Sentence’ has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.
  • The film is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham.
  • India’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Category, ‘Village Rockstars’ is out of the Oscar list.

Try out the quiz ?

1. ‘Eklavya Model Residential Schools’ for tribals will be set up in every block where minimum population of Tribes in a block should be____________________.

Correct! Wrong!

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools for tribals. The schools will be set up in every block with more than 50% Scheduled Tribes population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.

2. On 17 December 2018, the Lok Sabha passed the ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill’, 2016, which year this bill was introduced in Lok Sabha?

Correct! Wrong!

On 17 December 2018, the Lok Sabha passed the ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill’, 2016. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016.

3. The Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated ‘Sangeet Kala Sangam’ in which city?

Correct! Wrong!

The Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated ‘Sangeet Kala Sangam’, at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.

4. Boko Haram militants fighting against which national army?

Correct! Wrong!

The Nigerian military has lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the ravaged northeast. The Nigerian army has accused UNICEF of 'aiding Boko Haram'.

5. Who has been appointed as Mumbai Indians director of cricket operations?

Correct! Wrong!

On 18 December 2018, Mumbai Indians appointed former Indian bowler Zaheer Khan as their director of cricket operations.

6. Who has got ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award 2018 at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards?

Correct! Wrong!

Veteran actor Jeff Bridges will receive the ‘Cecil B DeMille’ award 2018 at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.

7. International Migration Day (IMD) is being observed every year on which date?

Correct! Wrong!

International Migrants Day 2018 observed globally

8. Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system, what is the nickname given by Scientists?

Correct! Wrong!

Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. The new object was given the provisional designation of ‘2018 VG18’ and nicknamed ‘Farout’.

9. Cabinet approves construction of new 4- lane bridge across river Ganga at Patna in Bihar what is estimated outlay for this bridge?

Correct! Wrong!

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a new bridge across the Ganga river at Patna (Bihar). The bridge is proposed to be built by the Union ministry of road, transport and highways utilizing an estimated outlay of Rs 2,961 crore.

10. Book ‘Timeless Laxman’ is based on the which of the following person?

Correct! Wrong!

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the coffee table book ‘Timeless Laxman’ on 18 December 2018. The book is based on the famous cartoonist RK Laxman.

11. what is ‘Period. End of Sentence’?

Correct! Wrong!

Period. End of Sentence’ has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category.

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