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    Current Affairs 09th December, 2018

    Posted on: 2018-12-09 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: General Knowledge

    Current Affairs

    9 December 2018


    1. Uttarakhand CM announces to recruit over 1,000 Home Guards

    • Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat announced to recruit over one thousand male and female Home Guards in the State. 
    • He also approved increase allocation in the welfare fund for the dependents of the Home Guards soldiers, who sacrificed their lives on duty.  

    2. Madhya Pradesh Tourism first in Asia hosts AdventureNext 18

    • Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat announced to recruit over one thousand male and female Home Guards in the State. 
    • He also approved increase allocation in the welfare fund for the dependents of the Home Guards soldiers, who sacrificed their lives on duty.

    3. Startup India venture capital summit 2018 to be held in Goa from December 7

    • The annual ‘startup India Venture Capital Summit’, a joint initiative by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) and the government of Goa is set to begin in Goa on Friday, Dec 7, 2018.
    • Startup India Venture Capital Summit 2018 promising to attract global capital in the Indian Setup Ecosystem, Goa is aiming to make it to the list of top 25 Startup destination in Asia.
    • The theme of the year 2018 is ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India’.
    • This year’s event aimed to ‘start-up opportunities to attract global capital to the Indian market’.

    4. Italy Wins Admirals Cup Sailing Regatta 2018

    • The ninth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta (2018) concluded with a glittering closing ceremony at Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.
    • The host country team (Indian Naval Academy) finished fourth in the overall position of Admiral’s Cup 2018.

    5. Exim Bank Extends USD 500 mn Loan To Tanzania

    • Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) extended a credit facility of USD 500 million to Tanzania for water supply projects in the country.
    • Exim Bank signed an agreement in May 2018, with the Tanzania government for making available a Government of India-supported line of credit of USD 500 million for the purpose of financing water supply schemes.

    6. NASA's 'OSIRIS-REx' reached asteroid Bennu

    • NASA’s ‘Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer’ (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at the asteroid named ‘Bennu’ on 3rd December 2018.
    • The spacecraft’s mission involves a close-up survey of the asteroid Bennu. It is the part of NASA’s New Frontiers Programme.
    • ‘OSIRIS-REx’ was launched in September 2016.

    7. Maharashtra CM launched 'SMART' initiative

    • In a bid to transform rural Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a unique initiative called "SMART", which stands for State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation.
    • The project will entail an investment of 300 million US dollars of which World Bank would contribute 210 million US dollars.
    • Almost 50 Memorandum of Understanding, involving top corporate houses like Amazon and Tata were signed on the occasion.
    • This World Bank assisted project aims to revamp agricultural value chains, with special focus on marginal farmers across 1,000 villages.

    8. Pune District Court becomes first in India to accept e-payments

    • After the approval of the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, a pilot project for e-payments of court fee, judicial deposits, fines and penalties is slated to start from the Pune District Court complex in Shivajinagar on December 15.
    • This will be the first time such a facility is being started anywhere in the country. 
    • As per the court records, every month about Rs 32 lakh is collected for fees less than Rs 2,000 and transactions above Rs 2,000 amount to Rs 11 crore.

    9. Centre approved SCord to tackle smuggling

    • In an attempt to tackle smuggling, the Central government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
    • All the border agencies like BSF, ITBP, Assam Rifles, SSB and Coast Guards would be the members of SCord, which will help India to formulate a national anti-smuggling policy.

    10. Professor Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018

    • Rattan Lal, a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management.
    • The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession.
    • Rattan Lal has been listed among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds (2012) and among the top one percent of all researchers in agriculture.

     

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