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07 December 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

07 December 2017 - Daily Current Affairs

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'The Silence Breakers' named Time’s Person of the Year for 2017

  • Time magazine has named 'the silence breakers' its Person of the Year for 2017 mentioning to those women and men who have raise a voice to sexual assault and harassment by powerful public figures in America.
  • Time magazine has interviewed the number of women across all the field who have experienced sexual harassment on the job, including actors and actresses, hotel maids, retail clerks, Silicon Valley programmers, farmers, and academics, among others.
  • The women featured on the cover include actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual.
  • The #MeToo movement which has seen many people come forward with allegations of harassment and abuse.
  • The runner-up for this year’s Person of the Year was President Donald Trump, who was Time’s Person of the Year in 2016.

ISA become Treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has become the treaty-based international intergovernmental organization one month after Guinea became the 15th country to ratify it.
  • Till now, 46 countries have signed and 19 ratified Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • It is the first treaty-based international government organisation to be based in India.
  • Its secretariat is located on the campus of National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gwalpahari, Gurgaon, Haryana.

About ISA 

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is jointly launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of COP-21 of UN Climate Conference in Paris in November 2015.
  • The ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries. The institutional structure of ISA consists of an Assembly, a Council and a Secretariat.
  • The alliance is also called International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (IASPA).

Taj Mahal named second-best UNESCO world heritage site

  • According to a survey, the Taj Mahal of Agra, India is the second-best UNESCO world heritage site in the world.
  • The survey was conducted by the world’s largest travel portal TripAdvisor which lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites which are rated by travellers around the globe.
  • Angkor Wat of Cambodia named as the Best UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.
  • Taj Mahal is followed by Great Wall, China; Machu Picchu, Peru; Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil; Sassi of Materia, Italy; Auschwitz, Poland; Old City of Jerusalem, Israel; Historic areas of Istanbul, Turkey; and Historic Krakow, Poland.

Venezuela Airlines banned from European Union skies

  • The Airline of Venezuela Avior has been barred from European Union skies after a committee determined it no longer meets international safety standards. 
  • The European Commission announced that Avior had been added to a list of international airlines prohibited from flying within the union because the European Aviation Safety Agency detected unaddressed safety deficiencies. 
  • Avior operates flights within Venezuela, throughout Latin America and to Miami, Florida.

Donald Trump recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

  • Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
  • He is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years, senior administration officials have said.
  • Trump will also direct the State Department to initiate the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  • According to the official, the move is being opposed by the countries in the Middle East, is unlikely to have an impact on the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

RBI retains GDP growth projection at 6.7% for FY'18

  • In its Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2017- 18 the Reserve Bank retained economic growth projection for 2017-18 at 6.7 percent.
  • Also, the central bank has retained the projection of real GVA growth for 2017-18 of the October resolution at 6.7 percent.
  • The central bank raised the inflation forecast for the remainder of the current financial year to 4.3-4.7 percent.
  • The 6-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, kept the repo rate unchanged at 6 percent and reverse repo at 5.75 percent.

India & Cuba signed agreement in Health Sector

  • India and Cuba have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.
  • The objective of this agreement is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between two countries in the field of health.
  • The main areas of cooperation under MoU include –training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts.
  • The agreement will also provide assistance in development of human resources, health services and setting up of healthcare facilities

Godrej Aero gets new contract for BrahMos Missile airframes

  • Godrej Aerospace has won the deal from BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) for supply of additional 100 units airframe fuel management systems for BrahMos Air-Launched Cruise Missile.
  • Godrej Aerospace had recently completed the supply of its 100th airframe for the missile.
  • Since 2000, it has been associated with BrahMos. It is a unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.

About BrahMos Missile

  • Brahmos is supersonic cruise missile developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint-venture between Russia’s Mashinostroyenia and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kilograms (both conventional as well as nuclear).
  • It is hailed as world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation.
  • It is a two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant.

Armed Forces Flag Day observed today

  • The Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on 07th December.
  • The day observed since 1949, has become a tradition to remember the sacrifices and commemorate the honour to the soldiers, airmen and sailors.
  • Flag Day is an opportunity for every Indian citizen to contribute most generously to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

Gurdeep creates three national records in IWF C'ships

  • Lifter Gurdeep Singh has created three new senior national records in +105 Kilogram weight category in IWF World Weightlifting Championships at Anaheim in USA.
  • He created national records in snatch, clean and jerk, and the total lift.
  • He finished at 13th rank with a total lift of 388kg (172 + 216).
  • He advanced his own earlier national record of 171kg by one kilogramme.
  • In the total lift also, he advanced the earlier national record of 384kg.

Sushil Kumar quits as National Sports Observer for wrestling

  • The double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar has resigned from the post of a National Sports Observer for wrestling. 
  • He was among the 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.
  • Earlier, Boxing Champion Mary Kom had resigned as the national observer for boxing after Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that active sports persons will not be considered for this position.
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