Weekly Current Affairs

weekly current affairs

Manoj Mukund Naravane - Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the next Chief of Army Staff of India. Lt Gen Naravane will succeed Gen Bipin Rawat, who will retire on the 31st December.
Boris Johnson - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the historic UK General Election as his Conservative Party crossed the magic number of 326 required for a majority in the Parliament. He is re-elected as a Prime Minister of UK.
Impeachment of Donald Trump - Donald Trump has become the third US President in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The impeachment will led to setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether Trump will remain in office or not. The House of Representatives formally charged Donald Trump with abuse of power. Only two previous presidents have been impeached in the US history. The House in 1998 impeached President Bill Clinton while President Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune - Abdelmadjid Tebboune, former Prime Minister (PM) of Algeria was elected as the President of Algeria succeeding Abdelkader Bensalah.
Miss World 2019 - Tony-Ann Singh of Jamaica was announced as the winner of the Miss World 2019 beauty pageant held at the ExCeL London.
Sahitya Akademi Awards - Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages.
English - Shashi Tharoor – An Era of Darkness (Non-Fiction)
Hindi – Chheelate Hue Apne Ko (Poetry) – Nand Kishore Acharya
R N Ravi -­ Nagaland Governor R N Ravi has been given additional charge of Meghalaya. The decision has been taken by the President of India in the wake of the “absence of leave” of Tathagata Roy, Governor of Meghalaya.
Ravi Mittal - IAS officer Ravi Mittal took charge as the new Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Devesh Srivastava - Devesh Srivastava has been raised to the position of Chairman and Managing Director (MD) at the General Insurance Corporation India (GIC Re).
Sridhar Patra - Sridhar Patra was appointed as the chairman-cum-managing director of National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO).
SURYA KIRAN-XIV - A joint military training exercise “SURYA KIRAN-XIV” was held in Salijhandi, Rupendehi district of Nepal. The exercise was conducted between the armies of India and Nepal.
HDFC Bank Touched Milestone - HDFC Bank has become the 3rd Indian firm to cross $100 billion mark in market capitalisation. HDFC Bank has joined the league of Reliance Industries Ltd, which has a market cap of $140.74 billion, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) that has a market cap of $114.60 billion. With this achievement, HDFC Bank is now ranked 110th in the list of world’s most valued companies. Among the world’s most valued banks and financial companies which have a market cap of over $100 billion, HDFC Bank is ranked at 26th position.
Global Gender Gap Report - India has slipped four places to rank 112th globally as per the Global Gender Gap Report 2020. The report was released by World Economic Forum (WEF) headquartered at Geneva. Iceland has topped the report and remains the world’s most gender-neutral country while Yemen was ranked the worst (153rd) in the report.
National Broadband Mission - The Union government has launched National Broadband Mission to provide Broadband access to all villages by 2022. The mission aims to connect 600,000 villages across India with an investment of Rs 7 lakh crore in the next 4 years from both government and private sector. The mission is a part of the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018.
Mind Master - Viswanathan Anand has launched his autobiography ‘Mind Master’. Anand’s autobiography is co-authored by sports journalist Susan Ninann.
Rohit Sharma - The top tier of Spanish club football “La Liga” has announced cricketer Rohit Sharma as its brand ambassador in India.
BrahMos - India successfully conducted a developmental trial of the land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Chandipur Integrated Test Range, off Odisha coast.
NEFT and RTGS - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has waived NEFT, RTGS transfer charges for savings account holders. The new rule will be effective from January 1, 2020.
FASTags - FASTags or prepaid rechargeable tags for toll collection have become mandatory for all vehicles from 15th December 2019.
National Ganga Council - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council. The meeting was held in KanpurUttar Pradesh.
Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize - Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the setting up of a Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize. Portugal will be launching a Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize, each year inspired by his different thoughts and quotes.
Conference of Presiding Officers ­- Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla inaugurated the 79th Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies. The conference was held in Dehradun.
Vijay Diwas - The nation celebrates 16 December as Vijay Diwas to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war. The Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 which began on December 3 lasted for 13 days and officially ended on December 16, after which Pakistan surrendered to India.
Google Earth - Search engine giant Google has revealed that it’s powerful mapping service, Google Earth now covers more than 98 per cent of the world. Google Earth is the software that lets you browse the globe with 3D representation.
International Film Festival - The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath will inaugurate the International Film Festival in Shilpkala village of Khajuraho.
Indian peacekeepers - Indian peacekeepers have been recognized for their strong contribution to building peace in conflict-affected South Sudan as well as for going above and beyond their duties to support local communities.
Best Performance in PMGSY - Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been selected for the national award by Union Rural Development Ministry for best performance in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Virtual Police Station - Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated the Virtual Police Station at Andhra University. This is the first such facility in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
National Energy Conservation Awards - Bureau of Energy Efficiency has organised the “29th National Energy Conservation Awards” under the guidance of Ministry of Power, Government of India. India celebrates the National Energy Conservation Day every year on 14th December to recognise and celebrate the efforts towards energy conservation.
Nuad Thai - Thailand’s famous 2000-year-old massage, Nuad Thai was added to UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) prestigious heritage list.
Sustainable Development Cell - The Coal Ministry will establish ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ (SDC) for promoting sustainable coal mining in the country.
Bharat Bond ETF - Edelweiss Asset Management Company (AMC), a subsidiary of Edelweiss Capital Limited (ECL) has launched India’s 1st Corporate Bond ETF (exchange trade fund) called the Bharat Bond ETF.
Danny Aiello ­- Veteran film actor Danny Aiello, known for his roles in the movies Do The Right Thing and The Godfather Part II passed away.
Carnival of Aalst - UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), has removed the ‘Carnival of Aalst’ of Belgium from its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List.
Matrimonial Site for ITBP - In a unique approach, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has started a dedicated matrimonial site for its staff. The website started will be managed by ITBP and only the staff will be able to access it.
GeM Samvaad - Government e-commerce portal GeM has launched a national outreach programme, “GeM Samvaad”, to bring on-board more local sellers.
Tansen Samaroh - In Madhya Pradesh, popular classical music festival ‘Tansen Samaroh’ began with traditional style in Gwalior.
Orange festival - Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the State-level Orange festival at district Tamenglong in Manipur. Tamenglong district is largest producer of orange fruit in Manipur.
President’s colours - The state police of Gujarat were honoured with ‘President’s colours’. They were presented the president’s colours for their outstanding services. It is the highest honour given to a police force in India. The previously awarded states were Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Assam.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year - England cricketer Ben Stokes has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.
ADB Loan - The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $250 million loan for Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).
Shriram Lagoo - Veteran actor Shriram Lagoo passed away.
International Migrants Day - The International Migrants Day is organized across the world on 18th December to protect the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.
GST Council - The Goods and Services Tax or GST Council has fixed a uniform tax rate of 28% on both state-run and private lottery.
Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat - Indian Railways has decided to grant 50% concession for the youth participating in the “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” programme.
Madras Waste Exchange - Chennai Corporation, Tamil Nadu launched India’s first waste exchange platform namely “Madras Waste Exchange” (www.madraswasteexchange.com) to buy and sell municipal solid waste online.
India and US 2+2 Dialogue - India and the US have signed an agreement to facilitate the transfer of defence technology. During a 2+2 dialogue held at Washington DC, the top foreign affairs and defence leaders on growing strategic relations between the world`s largest and most powerful democracies.
Jalsathi Programme - Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched the ‘Jalsathi’ programme to ensure supply of safe drinking water to all households in the state.
Connected Home over IP - “Amazon.com Inc”, “Apple Inc” and Alphabet Inc’s “Google” have announced a partnership to lay the groundwork for better compatibility among their smart home products. Zigbee Alliance, whose members include IKEA and NXP Semiconductors among others, will also contribute to the project, titled ‘Connected Home over IP’.
Anti Hijacking Exercise - The Indian Navy, in collaboration with Indian Coast Guard, Cochin Port Trust and all other concerned stakeholders, conducted a large-scale anti-hijacking exercise off the Port of Kochi.
Summit Development - Summit on “Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development” was held in Delhi.
ADB and India Signed Agreement - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India has signed a $490 million loan. The loan is signed for public-private partnership (PPP) project through the hybrid-annuity model (HAM) to upgrade about 1,600 km of state highways and major district roads in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Pinaka - An upgraded version of the indigenously developed Pinaka-guided rocket system with enhanced strike range and guidance system was successfully test-fired from the DRDO’s Proof and Experimental Establishment firing test range off Odisha coast. The system has a maximum range of 40 km for Mark-I and 75 km for Mark-II and can fire a salvo of 12 HE rockets in 44 seconds. It is mounted on a Tatra truck for mobility.
Human Solidarity Day - International Human Solidarity Day is organized across the world on 20th December.