24th December 2018 Current Affairs

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PM Modi launches Rs 100 commemorative coin in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's honour

  • Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released Rs. 100 commemorative coin in honour of former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s anniversary will be celebrated tomorrow (25th December) as Good Governance Day.
  • Mr’ Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister thrice and led the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government from 1998 to 2004.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on 16th of August this year at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Science, AIIMS in New Delhi.

India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru

  • According to State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development Shri K Pandiarajan, Country’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu.
  • Thiruvaiyaru is the birthplace of Saint Tyagaraja (one of the Trinities of Carnatic music).
  • The Tyagaraja Aaradhana Music Festival which is held annually in January in Thiruvaiyaru attracts musical talents from all over the world.

China launched its first Satellite for Space-based Broadband Services

  • China has launched its first communication satellite to offer broadband internet services to users worldwide.
  • It is CASIC’s (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation) first satellite launch under China’s Hongyun project.
  • Under this project, China plans to give broadband internet connectivity to users all over the world by building a space-based communications network.
  • The satellite aims to rival Google and other companies which have similar plans for providing Internet services worldwide.

India's Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the globe

  • Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni (20-year) has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe.
  • Vedangi cycled into Kolkata in the wee hours, completing the 29,000 kilometres’ distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe.
  • She spent 159 days peddling up to 300 kilometres a day in 14 countries.
  • Now, She will be flying back to the Australian city to complete the record by cycling a 15-kilometre distance to reach the same place from where she started.

Real Madrid won the ‘Club World Cup 2018’

  • Real Madrid won the ‘FIFA Club World Cup 2018’ in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 December 2018.
  • They defeated Al Ain in the final match.
  • With this win, Real Madrid becomes the first ever to claim three straight Club World Cup or Intercontinental Cup.
  • They also became the first to win four Club World Cup titles.

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 (from 1st January).
  • Earlier, US Defence Secretary (26th) Jim Mattis has resigned from his post due to policy differences with President Donald Trump.
  • The Secretary of Defense is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate and is by custom a member of the Cabinet and by law a member of the National Security Council.

National Consumer Day: 24 December

  • National Consumer Day is observed in India every year on 24 December.
  • The theme for 2018 National Consumer Day is ‘Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints’.
  • On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President.
  • The Consumer Protection Act aims to provide consumers with effective safeguards against different types of exploitation.

India successfully test-fires Agni-IV ICBM from Odisha coast

  • India 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.
  • Agni-IV missile is equipped with advanced Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture.
  • Ballistic missiles like Agni-I, II and III and Prithvi have already been inducted in the arsenal of the armed forces.
  • It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.

Veteran CPI(M) leader Nirupam Sen passes away

  • Veteran CPI(M) leader Nirupam Sen (72-years) passed away at a city hospital after a prolonged illness.
  • He was the former West Bengal commerce and industry minister.

Mamata Banerjee is the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been awarded the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award 2017 for her contribution in the overall development of the state and emerging as the best chief minister in the country.
  • West Bengal has won 31 Skoch Awards this year for its performance in different fields and for executing unique projects.
  • The state’s Kanyashree scheme for the girl child has earned Banerjee much acclaim and the highest public service honour from the United Nations
  • The Skoch Group is a think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997.

Gitega named as the new capital of Burundi

  • Burundi government has declared Gitega as the country’s new political capital.
  • Previous capital Bujumbura will serve as the economic capital of the country.
  • Gitega’s population is around 30 000 as compared to Bujumbura’s 1.2 million.
  • The political system of Burundi is that of a presidential representative democratic republic.
  • Recently Burundi (156th) was ranked as the world’s least happy nation in the World Happiness Report 2018.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary celebrated as which day?

Correct! Wrong!

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released Rs. 100 commemorative coin in honour of former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. Atal Bihari Vajpayee's anniversary will be celebrated tomorrow (25th December) as Good Governance Day.

2. India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru, it is situated in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

According to State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development Shri K Pandiarajan, Country’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu.

3. Which country has launched its first communication satellite to offer broadband internet services to worldwide users?

Correct! Wrong!

China has launched its first communication satellite to offer broadband internet services to users worldwide.

4. Who has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni (20-year) has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe.

5. Who has won ‘FIFA Club World Cup 2018’ in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 December 2018?

Correct! Wrong!

Real Madrid won the ‘FIFA Club World Cup 2018’ in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 23 December 2018.

6. Who is new US Defence Secretary appointed by the President Donald Trump?

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United States President Donald Trump has announced that he will replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with his deputy Patrick Shanahan as acting Pentagon chief (from 1st January).

7. What is the theme for 2018 National Consumer Day?

Correct! Wrong!

National Consumer Day is observed in India every year on 24 December. The theme for 2018 National Consumer Day is ‘Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints’.

8. India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-IV from which coast?

Correct! Wrong!

India successfully test-fires Agni-IV ICBM from Odisha coast

9. Veteran leader Nirupam Sen passed away, he was leader of which party?

Correct! Wrong!

Veteran CPI(M) leader Nirupam Sen (72-years) passed away at a city hospital after a prolonged illness.

10. West Bengal has won how many Skoch Awards this year for its performance in different fields and for executing unique projects?

Correct! Wrong!

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been awarded the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award 2017 for her contribution in the overall development of the state and emerging as the best chief minister in the country. West Bengal has won 31 Skoch Awards this year for its performance in different fields and for executing unique projects.

11. Burundi government has declared Gitega as the country’s new ………….

Correct! Wrong!

Burundi government has declared Gitega as the country’s new political capital.

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