Current Affairs in Short: 24 December 2018

The Reserve Bank of India shortlisted six major IT companies, including TCS, Wipro and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters.

Dec 24, 2018 16:58 IST
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RBI shortlists TCS, Wipro, IBM, 3 others for setting up Public Credit Registry

• The Reserve Bank of India shortlisted six major IT companies, including TCS, Wipro and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters.
• The proposed PCR will also include data from entities like SEBI, the corporate affairs ministry, Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
• It will enable banks and financial institutions to get a 360-degree profile of the existing as well as prospective borrowers on a real-time basis.
• The other three shortlisted vendors are: Capgemini Technology Services India, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, and Mindtree Ltd.

PM releases commemorative Rs 100 coin in honour of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative Rs 100 coin in honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament house.
• Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at 05:05 pm on August 16, 2018 following a prolonged illness.
• Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, which falls on 25 December, is celebrated as 'Good Governance Day'.
• Vajpayee was the first non-Congress Prime Minister to serve a full five-year term. Vajpayee served three terms as the Prime Minister of India.
• He was conferred with the Bharat Ratna in 2015.

National Mathematics Day observed on 22 December

• The National Mathematics Day is observed every year on 22 December in India. It was initiated by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2012.
• It is observed to honour the birth anniversary of the famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who contributed towards mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions.
• Ramanujan lived during the British Rule in India. He died at a young age of 32 in London.
• He had almost no formal training in pure mathematics.
• In 1911, Ramanujan published the first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society.

NGT bans mining activities within 10 km radius of Sariska Tiger Reserve

• The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on December 22, 2018, banned all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger Reserve.
• It also said that any further mining activity is subject to the clearance of leases by the National Board of Wildlife.
• The order was issued while hearing an appeal challenging environmental clearance granted to 24 mining projects with 10 km radius of the reserve’s boundary.
• The Supreme Court had in 2006 prohibited any mining activity within 1 km of national parks and sanctuaries.

Odisha CM announces Rs 10000 crore assistance package for farmer

• Odisha Chief Minsister Naveen Patnaik announced a Rs 10180 crore program under which farmers will get up to Rs 10000 a year for purchase of seeds, fertilizers and insecticides as well as interest free loan of Rs 50000.
• The program is named as Krushak Assistant for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) and will be operational for three years.
• Landless households will be given Rs 12,500 each to take up activities such as rearing goats, pisciculture, mushroom cultivation and beekeeping.
• Farmers who may not be able to take up these livelihood options due to old age, disability, disease or other reasons, an annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per household will be provided to them.

NGT sets up Expert Panel to look into re-use of RO waste water

• The National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituted an expert committee to devise ways of re-filtration or secondary use of Reverse Osmosis (RO) waste water.
• The panel consists of representatives of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFFCC), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).
• It will look into ways of making re-filtration or the secondary use of the rejected waste water from RO systems viable.
• The expert group has to furnish its report with the tribunal by April 30, 2019.
• The tribunal constituted the panel while dealing with an application filed by an NGO ‘Friends’.

PM Modi releases commemorative stamp on National Police Memorial; launches Cyber Coordination Centre website

• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 23, 2018 released a commemorative postal stamp on the National Police Memorial.
• Prime Minister also released a special issue of Indian Police Journal on Police martyrdom.
• The PM suggested that a national level parade may be organized by Police forces of about 3-4 States near  the Statue of Unity every year on 31 October, the birthday of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.
• The Prime Minister launched the website of the Cyber Coordination Centre.  This is a one stop shop on all cyber related issues, whether it is cyber crime or cyber security.  It would also act as bridge between law enforcement agencies, and academia and private cyber security professionals.
• All these launches were made during the Conference of Director Generals of Police 2018 at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat, under the shadow of the Statue of Unity.

PM announces Sardar Patel Award for National Integration

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced annual Sardar Patel Award for National Integration at the DGPs/IGPs Conference at Kevadia.
• This award would be given for outstanding efforts to further national integration.
• The Sardar Patel Award for National Integration would be a fitting tribute to Sardar Patel and will inspire more people to work towards furthering India's unity and national integration.

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