28 December 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

28 December 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

28 December 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Dr. Santosh G Honavar conferred with AAO Life-Time achievement award

  • India's ophthalmologist Dr Santosh G Honavar has conferred with American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) highest award Life Achievement honour that is given to its members.
  • Dr Honavar is the first Indian chosen for the honour.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world's largest association of eye specialists.
  • Currently, Dr Honavar heads the Department of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ocular Oncology and National Retinoblastoma Foundation at Centre for Sight, Hyderabad.

2. Major Anoop Mishra awarded Army Design Bureau Excellence Award

  • Major Anoop Mishra has received the Army Design Bureau (ADB) Excellence Award by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for Developing bulletproof jacket ‘Sarvatra’.
  • Bulletproof jacket ‘Sarvatra’ that can effectively provide protection to troops from lethal sniper rifle bullets.
  • The ADB was set up to work together with industry and academia and develop indigenous solutions for the Indian Army.
  • Currently, Maj. Anoop posted as Instructor at College of Military Engineering, Pune.
Source: Economics Times
Books & Authors

3. S Gurumurthy releases book titled Politics of Opportunism

  • Noted Economist and Political Analyst S Gurumurthy has released a book titled Politics of Opportunism at a function in New Delhi.
  • The book was written by R P N Singh which throws light on the subject related to the rise of regional parties and Centre -States relation.
  • On the occasion, Mr Gurumurthy shared his views on the politics of opportunism.
  • Citizenship Amendment Act grants citizenship to the minority communities who have faced religious persecution in three neighbouring countries and came to India.
National Affairs

4. Dharmendra Pradhan flags off Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express showcasing Odisha's heritage

  • Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express depicting Odisha's Art and culture flagged off by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
  • The train has been draped in high-quality designs on vinyl wrapping showcasing dance forms, archaeological monuments, traditional Pattachitra, and flora and fauna of Odisha.
  • East Coast Railway (ECoR) and National Aluminium Limited Company (NALCO) had signed an agreement in this regard.
  • Mr. Pradhan also launched unreserved train tickets in Odia language, which will be available at 317 stations across the state.
Source: AIR News

5. India's first university for the transgender community to come up in UP's Kushinagar district

  • The country's first university for the transgender community will be opened in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district.
  • It will facilitate its members to study right from class one to PG and even do research and get a PhD degree.
  • The university is being built by the Akhil Bhartiya Kinnar Siksha Seva Trust (All-India transgender education service trust).
Source: News 18

6. MEA includes Madagascar, Comoros in Indian Ocean Division

  • Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has included Madagascar and Comoros in the Indian Ocean Region Division, which looks after India's maritime neighbours such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles.
  • Earlier these two island nations were looked after by East and South Africa Division of the MEA.
  • The recent step reflects the growing strategic importance of the Indian Ocean islands within the framework of Indo-Pacific.
  • Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros along with Reunion (French territory) are known as Vanilla Islands and are members of the Indian Ocean Commission.

7. Rajnath Singh launches the mobile app of forthcoming DefExpo 2020

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the mobile app of the forthcoming DefExpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The app provides detailed information about the day-to-day events, participating exhibitors, guest speakers of seminars, maps and directions of the venues.
  • According to the senior officials, a record number of over 880 exhibiters (including foreign companies) have registered so far.

8. China successfully launches largest carrier rocket

  • China has successfully launched the largest carrier rocket of the country ‘Long March-5’ from Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province.
  • The rocket (also known as CZ-5) blasted off with more than 1,000 tonnes of thrust.
  • The Chinese space authorities declared the mission a "complete success" just over half an hour after the lift-off when the Shijian-20 satellite it carried entered its designated orbit.
  • It is the country's third attempt (first and second failed) to launch the rocket.

9. Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad passes away

  • Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad Vimal (80-years) passed away in a road accident in southern Sri Lanka.
  • He was born in 1939 in Uttarkashi, in Uttarakhand,
  • Mr. Vimal wrote more than one dozen poetry collections, short story collections and novels.
  • His last novel, Manushkhor, was published in 2013
  • He received several Hindi literary awards.
Source: Indian Express

10. Veteran Political cartoonist Vikas Sabnis passes away

  • Veteran Political cartoonist Vikas Sabnis (69-years) passed away in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest.
  • Inspired by Bal Thackeray and RK Laxman, he had started his career in 1968.
  • Since then, for over 50 years, Sabnis has worked as a staff cartoonist at various newspapers, including The Times of India and the Mid-day.
  • He made caricatures and political cartoons on various subjects and issues.
Source: AIR News
State Affairs

11. National Tribal Dance Festival begins in Raipur

  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has inaugurated the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
  • The National Tribal Dance Festival is being organized in Chhattisgarh for the first time.
  • More than 1300 participants from 25 states & UTs of the country and six countries are participating in this three-day dance fest.
  • Nearly 1,400 artists belonging to 151 art troupes from 23 states and guest artists from six countries including Sri Lanka, Belarus, Uganda and Bangladesh will participate in this tribal folk cultural programme.
There are 4 different categories of dance for the competition:
  • Marriage and other rituals
  • Traditional Festivals and Rituals
  • Harvesting and Agriculture
  • Other different types of dance performed in Chhattisgarh
Source: DD News

12. Ladakhi New Year being celebrated

  • Newly born Union Territory (UT) Ladakh is celebrating Losar Festival, to mark the Ladakhi New Year.
  • People of various parts of Ladakh region, celebrate Losar on the 1st Day of the Eleventh Month of Tibetan Calendar correlating to a date in the Gregorian calendar.
  • The celebrations continue for three to nine days in different parts of Ladakh.
  • Losar Festival celebrations include making symbolic meals and offerings to God and Goddess.
  • Dough Models of Sun, Moon, Sheep, Goats, Ibex and Antelope are kept in kitchen shelves for a good omen.
  • This year, it will be joyous Losar festival celebrations in the newly born Union Territory Ladakh.
Source: AIR News
International Affairs

13. Pakistan receives second tranche of USD 452 mn from IMF

  • Pakistan on received USD 452.4 million as a second tranche of the USD 6 billion loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • The release of the second tranche amounting to over USD 452 million showed the IMF's confidence over the government's economic policies.
  • The IMF had approved the second tranche of the loan for Pakistan under the USD 6 billion Extended Fund Facility in a meeting of its executive board in Washington on December 20.
  • Pakistan had received the first tranche from IMF under its loan program in July.
  • The country has long suffered from a weak tax base, with only about one per cent of its 208 million population filing income tax returns and major industrial sectors dominated by powerful lobbies paying little or no tax.

14. Boxer Sumit Sangwan banned for one year for consuming prohibited substance

  • Former Asian Games silver medalist boxer Sumit Sangwan has been banned for one year with immediate effect by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for failing a doping test.
  • Sangwan's sample was collected by the body on October 10 during the Elite Men Boxing Championship.
  • The governing body for the anti-doping in sports announced its decision.
  • The boxer who was set to appear for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and was named in the Olympics Qualifiers list will surely miss the event.

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