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December 2018 Current Affairs

Current Affairs in Short: 21 December 2018

Dec 21, 2018
External Affair Minister Sushma and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi co-chaired the first-ever meeting of India-China High-Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges in New Delhi on December 21, 2018.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis resigns, cites differences with Trump

Dec 21, 2018
Jim Mattis, the Defence Secretary of the United States abruptly announced his resignation on December 20, 2018, citing policy differences with President Donald Trump as the main reason behind the move. Mattis would be retiring at the end of February 2019.

SDG India Index 2018: Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu ranked as Front Runners

Dec 21, 2018
The SDG India Index acts as a bridge between these mandates, aligning the SDGs with the Prime Minister’s clarion call of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, which embodies the five Ps of the global SDG movement – People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace.

States’ Startup Ranking 2018 released: Gujarat ranked Best Performer

Dec 21, 2018
Gujarat was ranked as the "Best Performer" in the States’ Start-up Ranking 2018. Gujarat allocated Rs 100 Crore budget for Startups and provided assistance to 200 projects.

WV Raman appointed new head coach of Indian national women’s cricket team

Dec 21, 2018
Former India opener Woorkeri Venkat Raman has been appointed as the new Head coach of the Indian women's national cricket team. The 53-year-old will take over the role from Ramesh Powar, whose contract was not renewed after the controversies and fall-out with senior women's cricket team player Mithali Raj.

Government launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project to conserve their population

Dec 21, 2018
The last census of the year 2015 showed the population of 523 Asiatic Lions in Gir Protected Area Network of 1648.79 sq. km. that includes Gir National Park, Gir Sanctuary, Pania Sanctuary, Mitiyala Sanctuary adjoining reserved forests, Protected Forests, and Unclassed Forests.

Union Government to set up panel to look into tax issues faced by start-ups

Dec 21, 2018
The Union Government has decided to set up an expert committee to look into all the taxation issues being faced by startups and angel investors. The key objective behind the move is the promotion of startups in India.

Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill, 2018

Dec 20, 2018
The Lok Sabha on December 20, 2018 passed the Consumer Protection Bill 2018. The bill calls for strict punishment, including jail terms and hefty fines for misleading advertisements and food adulteration. The bill will now go in the Rajya Sabha for discussion.

Current Affairs in Short: 20 December 2018

Dec 20, 2018
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari inaugurated projects worth Rs 9533 crore at separate events in Roing and Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 December 2018

Dec 20, 2018
The Lok Sabha has passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 which is aimed at prohibiting commercial surrogacy and unethical practices relating to it. The bill permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive a child.

Top Current Affairs Quiz: 20 December 2018

Dec 20, 2018
The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as ‘Strategy for New India @75’, WEF’s Global Gender Gap Index 2018 and the launch of new online app for health consolation among others.

Maruti Suzuki India, Ministry of Rural Development sign MoU for training rural youth under DDU-GKY

Dec 20, 2018
The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) was launched by the Union government on September 25, 2014. The Yojana was launched during the 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

Researchers discover evidence of water in 17 asteroids

Dec 20, 2018
Japanese researchers have detected evidence of water in 17 asteroids for the first time using data from the infrared satellite AKARI. The discovery is expected to contribute to the understanding of the distribution of water in our solar system, the evolution of asteroids and the origin of water on Earth.

NITI Aayog releases ‘Strategy for New India @75’; aims to make India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030

Dec 20, 2018
The Strategy document aims to further improve the policy environment in which private investors and other stakeholders can contribute their fullest towards achieving the goals set out for New India 2022 and propel India towards a USD 5 trillion economy by 2030.

Former Indian Kabaddi Captain, Anup Kumar announces retirement

Dec 20, 2018
Anup Kumar, legendary Indian Kabaddi player and former World Cup-winning captain, announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect on December 19, 2018, bringing an end to a 15-year-long career.

Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016: Lok Sabha passes Bill prohibiting commercial surrogacy

Dec 20, 2018
The intending couple must be Indian citizens and married for at least five years with at least one of them being infertile. It permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive a child.

ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-7A

Dec 19, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched geostationary communication satellite GSAT-7A onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11. The satellite with a mission life of eight years has been built to provide communication capability to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region.

Current Affairs in Short: 19 December 2018

Dec 19, 2018
M Nageswara Rao, who is holding post of interim CBI Director, was promoted to the rank of an additional director by the government on December 18, 2018. The Supreme Court has asked Rao not to take any policy decisions until it hears the petition related to the feud between Verma and Asthana.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 December 2018

Dec 19, 2018
The World Economic Forum (WEF) on December 18, 2018 released the Global Gender Gap Report 2018, reviewing 149 countries on the basis of their progress towards gender parity and then lists them accordingly in its Global Gender Gap Index.

Top Current Affairs Quiz: 19 December 2018

Dec 19, 2018
19 December 2018: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover the topics like law against sextortion, UN’s Global Compact on Refugees and International Migrants Day among others.

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