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NationalNational Current Affairs | Access the Latest Happenings across India

 

 

1.  The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated 7th Edition of ‘Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival’ at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

 Kathakar is a special initiative to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world.

 

 

2. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the National Strategic Plan 2017-24 which aimed at eradicating HIV/AIDS by 2030.

 It was launched on the World AIDS Day.

 

 

3. The Telangana Government is going to set up the world’s first Information and Technology (IT) Campus for differently-abled persons (divyangs) in state capital Hyderabad.

 The aim is to focus on creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

 

 

4. The first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness Sector- AROGYA 2017 was held in New Delhi.

 It was organized by FICCI in collaboration with Union Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil).

 Its theme was ‘Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH’.

 

 

5. The 22nd Conference of Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) was recently held in New Delhi.

 The key objective of the conference was to develop and recommend approaches for convergence and harmonization of medical device regulations in Asia.

 

 

6. The first International Conference on Sports Medicine & Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was held in New Delhi.

 The aim was to promote scientific temperament in the country and inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports science and research to the next level.

 

 

7. The MSME has launched Public Procurement Portal MSME Sambandh for monitoring of Public Procurement Policy.

 The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by the Central Public-Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

 

 

8. Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has launched the Jai Kisaan App, a farmer engagement app packed with features and functions to fulfill the needs of the farmers community in India.

 It is a one-stop solution for agricultural information and cultivation, covering crop nutrition, protection, seeds, and diagnostic services.

 

 

9. The HUA Ministry has approved the construction of 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

 There will be an investment of Rs 8,105 crore for construction of these houses. The Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 1,681 crore for their construction.

 

 

10. The 6th International Tourism Mart was inaugurated by Assam Government in Guwahati, Assam on 5th December 2017.

 The mart aims to put special emphasis on India’s Act East Policy, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region and India’s emerging tourism markets.

 

 

11. Indian Railways will accept payments through UPI and BHIM app for booking railway tickets from reservation counters.

 

 

12. Karnataka is the second safest state in South India, after Andhra Pradesh, and has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

 The data has been provided according to Crime in India – 2016 report by the NCRB.

 

 

13. The central government has decided to set up two examination centres in Kashmir Valley- Srinagar and Baramulla, for the 2018 post-graduate National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

 

 

14. Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district was included in the National Capital Region (NCR), making it the 23rd district to be included in the region.

 The NCR includes thirteen districts of Haryana, eight districts of UP, and two districts of Rajasthan.

 

 

 

 

InternationalInternational Current Affairs | Know What’s happening around the World

 

 

1. In the first meeting of Working Group BIMSTEC, member countries discussed draft text of BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement.

 The objective of the agreement is to facilitate coastal shipping in the region to give a boost to trade between member countries.

 

 

2. Venezuela has launched its own cryptocurrency called Petro to circumvent US-led financial sanctions. It will be backed by the country’s vast natural resource reserves.

 

 

3. The International conference on climate change was held in Nepal.

  It was titled Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia.

  Its purpose was to draw attention towards adverse effects of global warming in Hindu Kush mountain range.

 

 

4. India was re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under Category B at an assembly in London.

  India secured the second-highest number of votes (144) from member-countries, just after Germany’s 146.

 

 

5. The annual SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Summit was held in Russia’s Sochi.

  It discussed issues related to the regional security scenario including the situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.

  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represented India at the summit.

 

 

6. The Global Partnership Summit (GPS) 2017 was scheduled to be held at Aerocity, New Delhi from 11th to 14th December 2017.

  It focused on clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure and logistics, energy, tourism, art and culture, agro-economy, banking and finance, education and skill development and information communication technology.

 

 

7. Japan will host a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on the 15th December 2017.

  The meeting will focus on finding peaceful ways to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests and de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula.

 

 

8. 11th Annual MedTech Summit was organized in New Delhi, under Bio Design Programme.

  The programme aims to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in the country.

 

9. UN Women in collaboration with Facebook inaugurated a two-day event in Mumbai entitled ‘We the Women’ to empower and recognize the magnificent contribution of women in our society.

 

 

 

 

 

MMOUsemorandum of Understanding (MoU) | Get the Best Information Out of Top Agreements

 

 

1. The CBDT has entered into 2 Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with the Netherlands.

  These two APAs pertain to Electronics and Technology sectors of the economy.

  It also covers international transactions that include Distribution, Provision of Business Support Services, Provision of Marketing Support Services etc.

 

 

2. India and Cuba have signed MoU for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.

  It aims at exchange and training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.

  It also aims at providing assistance in the development of human resources, health services and setting up of healthcare facilities.

 

 

3. The Union Health Ministry and Rotary International India National PolioPlus have signed MoU for intensive efforts achieving the immunization target.

   The MoU aims to provide collaborative support and accelerate efforts under Polio Eradication Programme, Routine Immunization including Mission Indradhanush.

 

 

4. The Maharashtra Government signed 34 MoUs with leading corporate houses to take ahead its ambitious project of social transformation of 1,000 villages across Maharashtra.

   The move aims at benefiting more than 75 lakh people with a budget of INR 335 crore.

 

 

 

BEconomicsanking Awareness & Economics Current Affairs | Understand the Top Trends in India

 

 

1.  CBDT has extended the date for linking Aadhaar with PAN till 31st of March 2018.

  All taxpayers having Aadhaar Number or Enrolment Number are required to link the same with Permanent Account Number.

 

 

2. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the Fifth Bi-Monthly Policy 2017-18. The key policy rates are: –

  Repo Rate- 6% (Unchanged)

  Reverse Repo Rate- 5.75% (Unchanged)

  Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) Rate- 6.25% (Unchanged)

  Bank Rate- 6.25% (Unchanged)

  Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR)- 4% (Unchanged)

  Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)- 19.5% (Changed from 201% to 19.5%).

  The Inflation forecast for the remainder of the current financial year was raised to 4.3-4.7 percent.

 

 

3. The Union Government has constituted a high-level committee headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to address the problem of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs).

  It comprises secretaries in the ministries of power, coal and department of financial services as its members.

 

 

4. Corporation Bank has launched its RuPay Select and RuPay Platinum Credit Cards.

   These credit cards are accepted at all RuPay-enabled 1.5 million plus PoS terminals, 80,000 + e-commerce merchants in India and all ICS Partner acceptance points (POS, e-commerce merchants) globally.

 

 

5. International Ratings Agency Fitch has lowered the country’s GDP growth projection for 2017-18 to 6.7 percent.

  According to Fitch’s December GEO, the agency reduced the growth forecast for the fiscal year to end-March 2018 (FY18) to 6.7 percent from 6.9 percent.

 

 

6. Federal Bank has launched a non-interest-bearing savings account targeting those whose beliefs do not permit them to accept interest payments.

   The ‘Noor Personal Account’ was launched on Milad-e-sherif.

 

 

7. The government has engaged private sector bank ICICI, to enable online payments at 470 mandis integrated with the national portal of electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM).

 

 

8. After the merger of its five associate banks, State Bank of India has changed names and IFSC Code of nearly 1300 of its branches.

   The bank has changed the names and IFSC codes of branches located in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow among others.

 

 

9. India’s 1 Rupee currency note completed 100 years on 30th November 2017.

   First 1 Rupee note was printed in England and was issued in India on 30th November 1917.

   Since its introduction, 1 Rupee note has undergone 28 design changes.

 

 

 

BillsBills [Amendments & New] – See How Many New Bills have been passed in 2017

 

 

1.  Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed Kapu Reservation Bill 2017 to provide 5% quota in education and employment.

 The reservation to Kapu community will be given by including them in the Backward Classes list.

 

 

2. The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak 2017 that will see rapists of girls of 12 years or below being hanged till death.

 With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes the first state where those convicted of such rapes will face the gallows.

 

 

3. Uttar Pradesh becomes the first state to endorse the Centre’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognizable and non-bailable offense.

 As per the draft law, there will be three years’ imprisonment and a fine to a Muslim man trying to divorce his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ three times.

 

 

ScienceScience & Technology Current Events | Stay Advanced with Latest Inventions

 

 

1. The Combined Military exercise Ajeya Warrior- 2017 between India and the UK was held at Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner of Rajasthan.

 The objective of this exercise is to increase mutual cooperation and coordination between two countries.

 

 

2. The Surface to Air Missile (SAM) AKASH was successfully tested with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target UAV Banshee.

 It was successfully launched from Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.

 

 

3. Technology giant Google has launched Datally app that lets users control and monitor their data usage in real-time.

 The app which is available to all Android users, lets users turn on the ‘Data Saver’ tab to block background data usage for the same purpose.

 

 

4. Kerala Electricity Minister has inaugurated India’s largest floating solar power plant at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad district.

 The plant, worth approximately INR 9.25 crore, floats on 6,000 square metres of water surface

 With a capacity of 500 kilowatts, the plant comprises 1,938 solar panels and 17 inverters.

 

 

5. Google has launched the Two-wheeler mode on Maps in India, a feature which will show the fastest route and directions to two-wheeler riders to reach their entered destination.

  The feature will be available alongside the Drive, Train or Bus, and Walk options.

 

 

 

 

Sports Current Affairs | Read all the Major SportsAchievements in Popular Tournaments

 

 

S. No. Tournaments/Sports Names Winners Pictures
1. 2017 Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball)-World Player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo  Cristiano Ronaldo
2. World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship- Best Boxer Title Ankushita Boro (Assam)  Ankushita Boro
3. South Asian Badminton Title India  South Asian Badminton title winner
4. Asian Luge Championships Gold Medalist Shiva Keshavan  Shiva Keshavan
5. Indoor Archery World Cup Bronze Medalist Deepika Kumari (India)  Deepika Kumari
6. First Indian Captain to complete 1000 runs in a year twice Virat Kohli  Virat Kohli
7. Captain of India at 5th ODI World Cup Cricket Tournament for the Blind Ajay Kumar Reddy  Ajay Kumar Reddy
8. The country which got banned from 2018 Winter Olympics Russia  Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics
9. IWF World Weightlifting Championships Player who set 3 National Records Gurdeep Singh  Gurdeep Singh
10. First Indian to win a gold medal at the World Para-Swimming Championship, Mexico Kanchanmala Pande (Nagpur)  Kanchanmala Pande
11. ITF World Champions 2017 Winners Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza  Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza
12. Hockey World League Final Tournament Bronze Medalist India  Hockey World League Bronze Medalist
13. Host Country of Senior Women’s, Men’s Boxing World Championships India  India

 

 

 

 

Awards and Honours | Fetch the List of Top AwardsAwardees in Distinct Fields

 

 

S. No. Awards Names Awardees Names Pictures
1. The country which was awarded Certificate of Commendation by CITES for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade. India India
2. Times’ Person of the Year for 2017 ‘The Silence Breakers’ of #MeToo Movement  The Silence Breakers
3. Indian Festival which is recently Listed in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage Kumbh Mela  Kumbh Mela
4. World’s First 3D Sanskrit Film screened at IFFI Anurakthi  Anurakthi
5. Miss Supranational 2017 Jenny Kim (Miss Korea)  Jenny Kim
6. Cambridge dictionary’s ‘Word of the Year’ Populism  Populism
7. International Children’s Peace Prize 2017 Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria (for his efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children.  Mohamad Al Jounde
8. Star Screen Awards 2018 

Best Film (Critics)

Newton  Newton
Best Director Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal)  Nitesh Tiwari
Best Actress (Popular) Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu)  Vidya Balan
Best Actress (Critics) Konkana Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)  Konkana Sen Sharma
Best Actor (Critics) Rajkumar Rao (Newton)  Rajkumar Rao
Best Actor (Popular) Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)  Irrfan Khan
Best Supporting Actor- Male Rajkumar Rao (Bareily Ki Barfi)  Rajkumar Rao
Best Supporting Actor- Female Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu)  Neha Dhupia
Best Playback Singer- Male Arijit Singh (Raees and Jagga Jasoos)  Arijit Singh
Best Playback Singer- Female Shashaa Tirupati (Shubh Mangal Savdhaan)  Shashaa Tirupati
9. Best Bank in India in the Asia Money Corporate Client Choice Survey 2017. YES Bank  YES Bank
10. Times’ Person of the Year based on readers’ poll Mohammed bin Salman  Mohammed bin Salman
11. Second best UNESCO World Heritage Site Taj Mahal  Taj Mahal
12. Best Asian Film at Australian Gala Dangal  Dangal
13. State which topped the list of crimes against women in 2016 Uttar Pradesh  Uttar Pradesh
14. India’s Ranking in Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017 India ranks at 68th position among 137 countries  Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017
15. Variety’s 500 Influential People List Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra topped among Indians  Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra
16. Cultural Ambassador for Japanese City Hello Kitty and Pokémon’s Pikachu  Hello Kitty and Pokémon’s Pikachu
17. Most-Instagrammed Indian Cities of 2017 New Delhi  New Delhi
18. Safe Cities Index 2017 Delhi and Mumbai ranked 43 and 45 respectively  Safe Cities Index 2017
19. 2017 List of Most Followed Indians on Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi  Prime Minister Narendra Modi
20. Most Tweeted about Elected World Leader of 2017 Donald Trump  Donald Trump
21. Honorary Award at Dubai International Film Festival Irrfan Khan (awarded for the incredible body of work of more than 80 films in India as well as his work in British films and Hollywood.)  Irrfan Khan
22. Yahoo India’s Most Searched Personality 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi  Yahoo India’s Most Searched Personality 2017
23. UNESCO Intangible Heritage Status Italy’s Pizza Toss  Italy’s Pizza Toss
24. FE Best Banks Awards: Best Nationalized Bank Award State Bank of India  State Bank of India
25. Top Indian Actor of 2017 by IMDB Shah Rukh Khan  Shah Rukh Khan
26. 27th Vyas Samman Mamta Kalia- Hindi Writer  Mamta Kalia

 

 

 

 

Appointments Latest GK Updates | Upgrade AppointmentsYour Knowledge Cart with the List of Top Influencers

 

 

S. No. Position & Organization Name Pictures
1. Chairman of PNGRB Dinesh K Sarraf  Dinesh K Sarraf
2. DGOF and Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board S K Chourasia  S K Chourasia
3. Chairman of Prasar Bharati A. Surya Prakash  A. Surya Prakash
4. Player who resigns as boxing’s National Observer Mary Kom  Mary Kom
5. Infosys’s new CEO and Managing Director Salil S. Parekh (Capgemini executive)  Salil S. Parekh
6. UN Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador British singer-Ellie Goulding  Ellie Goulding
7. Actor who will promote Government’s Flagship Agri-Schemes Akshay Kumar  Akshay Kumar
8. Next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan Azar A.H. Khan  Azar A.H. Khan
9. UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India Día Mirza  Día Mirza
10. Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash  Anshu Prakash
11. One97 Communications’ New Director SoftBank’s Kabir Misra  Kabir Misra
12. New Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki  Mateusz Morawiecki
13. Face of Water Conservation Campaign Nawazuddin Siddiqui  Nawazuddin Siddiqui

 

 

 

 

IDatesmportant Days & Dates | Mark them to Boost up your General Knowledge

 

 

S. No. Important Days Dates
1. 52nd Raising Day of BSF 1 December
2. World AIDS Day 1 December
3. Nagaland Statehood Day 1 December
4. National Pollution Control Day 2 December
5. World Computer Literacy Day 2 December
6. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2 December
7. International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December
8. Navy Day 4 December
9. World Soil Day 5 December
10. International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 5 December
11. Indian Armed Force Flag Day 7 December
12. International Civil Aviation Day 7 December
13. International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December
14. International Human Rights Day 10 December

 

 

 

 

DeathRecent Deaths of Famous Personalities | Know who died today?

 

 

S. No. Names Pictures
1. Shashi Kapoor- Veteran Bollywood Actor  Shashi Kapoor
2. Adarsh Sein Anand- Former Chief Justice of India  Adarsh Sein Anand
3. Sreerupa Mukherjee- Former India woman cricketer  Sreerupa Mukherjee
4. Saraswati Tripathy- Freedom fighter Image not available
 5.  Michael I, Romania’s former king  Michael I
6. Aadhithyan- Music Director, composed songs for Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films  Aadhithyan

 

 

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List of Important Abbreviations asked in General Awareness | IBPS, SSC, RRB Exams

 

Fill up your knowledge cart with the Important Abbreviations that are asked in General Awareness & Current Affairs section of the competitive exams like – IBPS, SSC & RRB. Below, we are presenting you a list of Top Abbreviations that were used in this article. Please check it out –

 

 

S. No. Important Abbreviations Full Forms
1. FICCI Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
2. AHWP Asian Harmonization Working Party
3. MSME Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
4. CPSE Central Public- Sector Enterprises
5. HUA Housing and Urban Affairs
6. UPI Unified Payments Interface
7. BHIM Bharat Interface for Money
8. NCRB National Crime Records Bureau
9. BIMSTEC Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation
10. CBDT Central Board of Direct Taxes
11. RBI Reserve Bank of India
12. NITI National Institute for Transforming India
13. GEO Global Economic Outlook
14. ITF International Tennis Federation
15. ODI One Day International
16. IWF International Weightlifting Federation
17. UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
18. IFFI International Film Festival of India
19. IMDB Internet Movie Data Base
20. CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
21. PNGRB Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board
22. DGOF Director General of Ordnance Factories
23. BSF Border Security Force
24. POS Point of Sale

 

 

 

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