25th December 2018 Current Affairs

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3 States Among Best Performing States Under Maternity Benefit Programme: WCD

  • Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were the top three performing states under the maternity benefit programme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).
  • Minister of State for the Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar stated PMMVY is a centrally-sponsored scheme under which the cost-sharing ratio between the Centre, states and the Union Territories with the legislation is 60:40.
  • For the eight northeastern states and the three Himalayan states it is 90:10, and 100 per cent central assistance for the Union Territories without the legislation.
  • About 51.70 lakh beneficiaries are covered annually under the PMMVY and grants-in-aid amounting to Rs 2,048.59 crores and Rs 369.31 crores have been sanctioned to the states and the Union Territories during the year 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.

PM inaugurates country's longest rail-cum-road Bogibeel Bridge

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge – Bogibeel Bridge on the Brahmaputra in Assam on 25 December.
  • The 4.9-kilometre-long bridge has a two-line railway track on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the top deck.
  • The Bridge is situated 17 km downstream of Dibrugarh city in Assam.

BVP Rao Elected Archery Association of India President

  • BVP Rao has been elected as the president of the Archery Association of India in the polls held under a High Court-appointed administrator.
  • Rao, who represented Archery Association of Assam, beat Rupak Debroy of Tripura at the elections held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
  • A retired IAS officer of Assam cadre, Rao earlier served as vice president of the archery association of the northeastern state.
  • He was also earlier associated with Sports Authority of India in various capacities.

Bharathi appointed as head of Corporation Bank

  • P V Bharathi has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation Bank on 24 December 2018.
  • She is at present Executive Director of Canara Bank.
  • She will take over the charge on or after 1 February 2019 and remain in the post till March 31, 2020 – the date of her superannuation.

Good Governance Day: 25 December

  • Good Governance Day is observed annually on 25th December, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • Good Governance Day was established by the government of India in 2014.
  • The aim of the day is to make people aware of the government’s commitment to providing a transparent and accountable administration in the country.

‘Super-Earth’ in ‘Cassiopeia’ discovered

  • Researchers have discovered a new exotic planet outside the solar system in the constellation ‘Cassiopeia’.
  • The planet has been named ‘HD219134 b’.
  • It is located 21 light years away from earth.
  • It has a mass of almost five times that of Earth, which is considered a so-called ‘super-Earth’.
  • It is rich in calcium and aluminum alongside magnesium and silicon.

‘Nightingale of Assam’ Dipali Borthakur Passes Away

  • Legendary Assamese singer Dipali Borthakur popularly referred to as the “Nightingale of Assam” passed away. She was 77.
  • Borthakur had been suffering from a motor neuron disease for the last four decades.
  • For her outstanding contributions to the field of arts, Borthakur was honored with the Padma Shri award in 1998.
  • The Silipi Bota conferred on her by the state government in 2010 and the Aideu Handique Silpi Award in 2012 are among the numerous accolades she received.

Former Minister Captain Nishad passed away

  • Former Union Minister Captain Jai Narayan Prasad Nishad passed away on 24 December 2018.
  • He had represented the Bihar’s Muzaffarpur parliamentary constituency in Lok Sabha.
  • He was elected to 11th Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996.
  • During 1996-97, he served as the Union Minister of State, Environment and Forests (Independent Charge).

Manipur Assembly Passes Anti-Mob Violence Bill

  • The Manipur Assembly has passed a bill which recommends life imprisonment for those involved in mob violence if it results in the death of a person.
  • Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who also holds charge of the Home department, moved the ‘The Manipur Protection from Mob Violence Bill, 2018’ in the state Assembly.
  • The bill was passed by the Assembly unanimously.
  • It recommends a rigorous life imprisonment term if the crime results in the death of a victim.
  • The bill was introduced in the Assembly in the wake of incidents of mob lynchings in the state.

UP approves setting up of 2 development boards

  • The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet gave its approval for setting up of development boards for Bundelkhand and Purvanchal.
  • It will be chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
  • Both boards will be formed for 3 years.
  • The Chairperson of the board will select two Vice-Chairmen, 11 non-government members and two experts for each board.

MSAMB appoints officers to facilitate trade

  • Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to appoint out-of-state trade representatives.
  • The Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) appointed six trade representatives to promote trade in semi-perishable commodities.
  • They will also collect relevant market information.
  • They have been posted in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam, and Tamil Nadu.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Minister of State for the Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar stated PMMVY is a centrally-sponsored scheme under which, what is the cost-sharing ratio between the Centre and states?

Correct! Wrong!

Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were the top three performing states under the maternity benefit programme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY). Minister of State for the Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar stated PMMVY is a centrally-sponsored scheme under which the cost-sharing ratio between the Centre, states and the Union Territories with the legislation is 60:40.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest rail-cum-road bridge - Bogibeel Bridge on the rive Brahmaputra in Assam. What is the length of this bridge?

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest rail-cum-road bridge - Bogibeel Bridge on the Brahmaputra in Assam on 25 December. The 4.9-kilometre-long bridge has a two-line railway track on the lower deck and a three-lane road on the top deck.

3. Who has been elected as the president of the Archery Association of India?

Correct! Wrong!

BVP Rao has been elected as the president of the Archery Association of India in the polls held under a High Court-appointed administrator.

4.Who has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation Bank?

Correct! Wrong!

P V Bharathi has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation Bank on 24 December 2018.

5. Singer Dipali Borthakur has passed away, she belongs to which state?

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Legendary Assamese singer Dipali Borthakur popularly referred to as the “Nightingale of Assam” passed away. She was 77.

6. Former Union Minister Captain Jai Narayan Prasad Nishad passed away, He had represented Which parliamentary constituency in Lok Sabha?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Union Minister Captain Jai Narayan Prasad Nishad passed away on 24 December 2018. He had represented the Bihar’s Muzaffarpur parliamentary constituency in Lok Sabha.

7. Which state Assembly has passed ‘Anti Mob Violence Bill 2018’?

Correct! Wrong!

Manipur Assembly Passes Anti-Mob Violence Bill

8. The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet gave its approval for setting up of development boards for Bundelkhand and Purvanchal, the board will be chaired by………..

Correct! Wrong!

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet gave its approval for setting up of development boards for Bundelkhand and Purvanchal. It will be chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

9. Name the first state in the country that will appoint trade representatives out-of-state trade?

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Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to appoint out-of-state trade representatives. The Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) appointed six trade representatives to promote trade in semi-perishable commodities.

10. Good Governance Day was established by the government of India in which year?

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Good Governance Day is observed annually on 25th December, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Good Governance Day was established by the government of India in 2014.

11. Researchers have discovered a new exotic planet outside the solar system, this planet situated how many light years away from earth?

Correct! Wrong!

Researchers have discovered a new exotic planet outside the solar system in the constellation ‘Cassiopeia’. The planet has been named ‘HD219134 b’. It is located 21 light years away from earth.

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