19th December 2018 Current Affairs

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Govt releases a commemorative stamp on freedom fighter Rajkumar Shukla

  • The Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha has released a commemorative postage stamp (worth Rs 5) on freedom fighter Raj Kumar Shukla in New Delhi.
  • Rajkumar Shukla made a seminal contribution culminating in the launch of the ‘Champaran Satyagraha’ (in 1917) by Mahatma Gandhi ji.
  • With this stamp, the Communication Department has released 43 issues in the current calendar year.

Surrogacy Bill passed in Lok Sabha

  • Lok Sabha has passed the Surrogacy Bill, 2016 on 19 December 2018.
  • The bill is aimed at prohibiting commercial surrogacy and unethical practices relating to it.
  • The Bill has provisions to constitute National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of surrogacy.
  • It permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive a child.

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel resigns over migration spat

  • Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned due to ongoing upheaval within his minority Government over the signing of UN’s migration treaty.
  • Earlier, his biggest coalition partner (the right-wing N-VA party) quit the government over the issue.
  • Michel lost the backing of the party over his support for the UN migration pact, a cause celebre for European anti-immigration parties.

New Zealand to phase out plastic shopping bags

  • In New Zealand, regulations for mandatory phase-out of single-use plastic shopping bags will take effect from 1st July 2019.
  • Retailers will no longer be able to sell or give away single-use plastic shopping bags from July next year.
  • Plastic shopping bags are a hazard for nature, particularly marine wildlife.
  • They can also introduce harmful microplastics into the food chain.

WEF Gender gap index 2018 released

  • World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2018’ was released on 18 December 2018.
  • As per the report, India was ranked 108th in the World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index 2018.
  • Iceland was ranked 1st in the WEF gender gap index 2018.
  • WEF also noted that India continues to rank third-lowest in the world on health and survival.

Interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao elevated to Additional Director rank

  • The interim chief of Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) M Nageswara Rao (1986-batch IPS officer-Odisha cadre) has been promoted to the rank of an Additional Director by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
  • Rao was appointed as interim chief of the CBI (No. 3) after the government stepped in between the fight of CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana.
  • After his appointment, the Centre had sent both Verma and Asthana on a leave with immediate effect.

SEBI gets first full-time chief vigilance officer

  • Arti Chhabra Srivastava (Indian Ordinance Factory Services officer-1990-batch) has been appointed as the SEBI’s first full-time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO).
  • The appointment was duly approved by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
  • CVOs are considered an extended hand of the CVC, which is tasked with detecting graft by officials holding public office.
  • The SEBI CVO will mainly keep tabs on its officials and detect & punish corruption and other malpractices.

Capgemini named Srinivas Kandula as Chairman

  • Capgemini appointed Srinivas Kandula as the Chairman of Capgemini India on 18 December 2018.
  • Ashwin Yardi was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India.
  • Ashwin Yardi is the former Chief Operating Officer of Capgemini India.
  • Capgemini is a French multinational professional service and business consulting corporation headquartered in Paris, France.

ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-7A today

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched GSLV F 11 carrying GSAT-7A from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.
  • GSAT 7A is a geostationary communication satellite weighing 2250 kilogram.
  • It will provide communication services in Ku Band over the Indian region.
  • GSLV F 11 with indigenous cryogenic upper stage has a total of three stages before reaching the destined orbit using the onboard propulsion system.
  • Though the first stage will take place within 20 minutes of the lift-off, it might take one or two days after separation from the launcher to reach its final orbital stage.

Former PM of Nepal Tulsi Giri passes away

  • Former Prime Minister of Nepal Tulsi Giri (93-years) passed away at his residence in Kathmandu.
  • Giri was suffering from liver cancer for a long time.
  • Giri had served twice as the prime minister of Nepal first (1962 to 1964) and from (1975 to 1977).

Assam govt approves debt relief scheme for farmers

  • The Assam state cabinet headed by Chief Minister ‘Sarbanand Sonowal’ has approved the debt relief scheme for the farmers of the state.
  • The state cabinet decided to waive 25% of loan amount to the farmers.
  • The maximum relief per farmer would be capped at 25 thousand rupees.
  • The cabinet also decided that a farmer could avail a Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loan at 0% interest.
  • Farmers incentive scheme also approved by the state cabinet, under which 10 thousand rupees would be given to farmers having bad debts for taking a loan under KCC.

Sonam Kapoor named PETA India’s 2018 Person of the Year

  • Bollywood actress ‘Sonam Kapoor’ has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year for 2018.
  • Sonam Kapoor has been feted as she sings in praise of vegan eating and because she keeps animal skins out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson, apart from taking other action for the welfare of animals.
  • In 2016, Sonam was named PETA India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity.
  • Earlier, Delhi Minister Imran Hussain has been recently awarded PETA ‘Hero to Animals’ Award.

IDFC Bank & Capital First merged

  • IDFC Bank completed the merger process with non-banking financial company ‘Capital First’ on 18 December 2018.
  • After the merger, ‘Capital First’ has been renamed as ‘IDFC First Bank’.
  • Vaidyanathan is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the merged entity.
  • Rajiv Lall, who was the MD & CEO of IDFC Bank, will now become part-time non-executive chairman of the merged entity.

Try out the quiz ?

Q.1 A commemorative stamp has been released on the name of which of the following Freedom fighter?

Correct! Wrong!

The Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha has released a commemorative postage stamp (worth Rs 5) on freedom fighter Raj Kumar Shukla in New Delhi.

Q.2 Which of the following bill has been passed in Lok Sabha on 19th December2018?

Correct! Wrong!

Lok Sabha has passed the Surrogacy Bill, 2016 on 19 December 2018. The bill is aimed at prohibiting commercial surrogacy and unethical practices relating to it.

Q.3 Read the sentences carefully
1. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned due to ongoing upheaval within his minority Government over the signing of UN's migration treaty.
2. Earlier, his biggest coalition partner (the right-wing N-VA party) quit the government over the issue.
3. Michel lost the backing of the party over his support for the UN migration pact, a cause celebre for European anti-immigration parties.
Which of the above sentences is/are Correct?

Correct! Wrong!

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned due to ongoing upheaval within his minority Government over the signing of UN's migration treaty. Earlier, his biggest coalition partner (the right-wing N-VA party) quit the government over the issue. Michel lost the backing of the party over his support for the UN migration pact, a cause celebre for European anti-immigration parties.

Q.4 Which of the following country has phase-out of single-use plastic shopping bags from 1st July 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

In New Zealand, regulations for mandatory phase-out of single-use plastic shopping bags will take effect from 1st July 2019.

Q.5 According to WEF report Which of the following country has acquired 1st rank?

Correct! Wrong!

World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2018’ was released on 18 December 2018. As per the report, India was ranked 108th in the World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index 2018. Iceland was ranked 1st in the WEF gender gap index 2018.

Q.6 Who is appointed as Additional Director of CBI chief by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet?

Correct! Wrong!

The interim chief of Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) M Nageswara Rao (1986-batch IPS officer-Odisha cadre) has been promoted to the rank of an Additional Director by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

Q.7 Who has become first full time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of SEBI?

Correct! Wrong!

Arti Chhabra Srivastava (Indian Ordinance Factory Services officer-1990-batch) has been appointed as the SEBI’s first full-time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO).

Q.8 Who is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India?

Correct! Wrong!

Capgemini appointed Srinivas Kandula as the Chairman of Capgemini India on 18 December 2018.

Q.9 From Which of the following space centre ISRO has launched communication satellite GSAT-7A?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched GSLV F 11 carrying GSAT-7A from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

Q.10 From which disease former prime minister of Nepal Tulshi Giri has been died?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Tulsi Giri (93-years) passed away at his residence in Kathmandu. Dr. Giri was suffering from liver cancer for a long time.

Q.11 What is the maximum debt relief given by Assam government to each farmer?

Correct! Wrong!

The Assam state cabinet headed by Chief Minister ‘Sarbanand Sonowal’ has approved the debt relief scheme for the farmers of the state. The state cabinet decided to waive 25% of loan amount to the farmers. The maximum relief per farmer would be capped at 25 thousand rupees.

Q.12 Who has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year for 2018?

Correct! Wrong!

Bollywood actress ‘Sonam Kapoor’ has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year for 2018.

Q.13 What will be new name of capital first after merge with IDFC bank?

Correct! Wrong!

IDFC Bank completed the merger process with non-banking financial company ‘Capital First’ on 18 December 2018. After the merger, ‘Capital First’ has been renamed as ‘IDFC First Bank’.

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