Daily Current Affairs - 17th Dec 2018

12 Indians honoured on ‘Vijay Diwas’

  • Bangladesh has honoured 12 Indian war veterans as it celebrated the 47th anniversary of the ‘Victory Day’, marking its emergence as an independent nation following the 1971 Liberation War.
  • The Bangladesh government posthumously honoured 12 Indian armed forces personnel for sacrificing their lives during the 1971 war.
  • In India, Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is celebrated every year on this day to mark India’s decisive win over Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh.

37th Senior National Rowing Championship begins in Pune

  • The 37th Senior National Rowing Championship will start in the Army Rowing Node in Pune. Around 500 rowers and coaches from various rowing associations across the country will take part in the Championship which will run up to 22nd of this month.
  • The Rowers for the World Championships-2019 will be selected from this event. World Championship -2019 is the first qualifying Championship for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Belgium beat Netherlands in shootout to win Men's Hockey World Cup 2018

  • Belgium defeated former champions the Netherlands in a thrilling summit clash to win their maiden men's hockey World Cup title at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. With this win Belgium registered its second biggest international title after the Olympics silver in Rio in 2016

CM-elects Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot & Bhupesh Baghel to take oaths

  • Congress' Ashok Gehlot will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan today, while party leader Kamal Nath will take oath as the CM of Madhya Pradesh, and Bhupesh Baghel as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.
  • In Rajasthan, Governor Kalyan Singh will administer the oath of the office and secrecy to Mr Gehlot. This will be Mr Gehlot's third term as the Chief Minister, while Mr Pilot, a first time MLA, will become the Deputy CM for the first time.
  • In Madhya Pradesh, Governor Anandiben Patel will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Kamal Nath.
  • In Chhattisgarh, Governor Anandiben Patel will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Baghel.
  • Bhupesh Baghel will be the third chief minister of the state.

Cyclonic storm Phethai to hit Andhra Pradesh coast this afternoon

  • The severe cyclonic storm PHETHAI will hit Andhra coast near Kakinada this afternoon with a wind speed of 70-90 km per hour. Met officials have warned of heavy rain in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry.

Govt to launch Bharat-22 ETF follow on offer in Feb, to raise Rs 10,000 cr

  • The Union government is planning to raise about Rs. 10,000 crore through a follow on offer of Bharat-22 ETF in February, 2019. The offer is likely to have a base issue size of Rs. 5,000 crore, with a green-shoe option to retain an over-subscription of equal amount, taking the total issue size to Rs. 10,000 crore.

India recorded 95 tiger deaths in 2018, 41 outside reserves

  • According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) records till December 15, 2018, there were 95 cases of tiger deaths in the country. Of this, 41 cases of tiger deaths outside tiger reserves have been reported.
  • Of them, 14 occurred in Maharashtra, which accounted for over 34% of all deaths outside tiger reserves in the country. After Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh recorded 22 deaths (11 outside and 11 inside tiger reserves), followed by Karnataka, with 15 deaths (six outside tiger reserves and nine inside) being recorded.
  • Maharashtra is home to 190 tigers, but more than a third of its tigers, or about 74 of them, live outside tiger reserves in the State.

Indian Navy to helm centre on maritime security

  • The Indian Navy will formally inaugurate the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) later this week. Through this Centre, information on “white shipping”, or commercial shipping, will be exchanged with countries in the region to improve maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean.
  • The IFC has been established at the Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in Gurugram, which is the single point centre linking all the coastal radar chains to generate a seamless real-time picture of the nearly 7,500-km coastline.

Indian shuttler P V Sindhu lifts World Tour Finals trophy in China

  • Indian shuttler P V Sindhu lifted the prestigious season-ending World Tour Finals trophy at Guangzhou, China. She defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 in the summit clash. Sindhu accomplished the feat after losing seven successive summit clashes.
  • She had also won silvers at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships this year.

ISRO’s GSAT-7A to add muscle to Air Force

  • Military communication satellite GSAT-7A, due to be launched on December 19 evening from Sriharikota, is expected to add a new space-based dimension to the way Indian Air Force interlinks, operates and communicates with its aircraft.
  • GSAT-7A will be the first one built primarily for the IAF to qualitatively unify its assets and improve combined, common intelligence during operations.
  • The satellite using Ku band will enable superior real time aircraft-to-aircraft communication; and between planes that are in flight and their commanders on the ground.

Maharashtra to give leave to male staff for childcare

  • Male employees of the Maharashtra government are now entitled to child care leave in case their wives are bed-ridden or incapacitated due to mental health problems and unable to take care of their children.
  • As per the government order, male employees are now liable to leave for the exact time that his wife is bed ridden or unable to take care of the child due to mental health problems.
  • The maximum limit of leave would be 180 days and can be availed in three spells in a year. The child care leave can be linked to paternity leave as well.

MSMEs, traders witness loss of 35 lakh jobs: survey

  • According to a survey by the All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO), the TMSME segment (Traders, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) has seen job losses of 35 lakh in the last four-and-half years.
  • Job loss of 43% was reported in the trader segment, 32% in the micro segment, 35% in small segment and 24% in medium segment.
  • The worst-hit were sectors dominated by unorganised labour. These include plastic, matches, crackers, dyeing units, stitching units, stone units, tanneries, job work units and printing companies.
  • The worst is the elimination of self-employed categories such as tailors, cobblers, barbers, plumbers, and electricians. Traders are closing down shops due to stiff competition from e-commerce sales.

Renowned yoga exponent Geeta S. Iyengar passes away

  • Geeta S. Iyengar, the eldest daughter of legendary yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar and a noted yoga exponent in her own right, passed away, aged 74. Geeta S. Iyengar, described as the world’s leading female yoga exponent had carved out a niche for herself by adapting yogic principles for women.
  • Her book,Yoga: A Gem For Women, became the primer for women across the world and was translated into half-a-dozen European languages.

Sri Lankan president re-appoints PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

  • Sri Lanka’s president Maithirpala Sirisena has re-appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political stalemate in the South Asian island nation. A new cabinet is expected to be sworn in soon.
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa was controversially appointed Prime minister by President Maithirpala Sirisena on 26th October suddenly replacing Mr. Ranil Wickremsinghe. Rajapaksa failed to garner majority in Parliament and President attempt to dissolve parliament was nullified by Supreme court in a decision.

UN calls for credible probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder

  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for a credible probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
  • Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate.
  • Saudi Arabia has repeatedly rejected Turkish demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of Khashoggi.

UN Climate conference finalises rules to implement Paris climate treaty

  • After two weeks of intense negotiations at Katowice in Poland, ministers of 200 nations finally reached consensus on rules to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The concerns of developing nations including India and least developed nations on funding for carbon credit were finally addressed.
  • The affluent nations which were the main polluters agreed to pay for greening in the underdeveloped world.
  • The Paris accord aims to limit rise in global atmospheric temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial revolution levels.

Virat Kohli hits 25th Test ton; Second fastest to achieve feat after Sir Don Bradman

  • Indian captain Virat Kohli has became the second fastest person to score 25 Test centuries, only behind Sir Don Bradman. He achieved the feat when he scored 123 on the third day of the Perth Test against Australia.
  • Kohli also equalled Tendulkar's record of most Test tons by an Indian - that is six - in Australia.