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December 05, 2017

5th December 2017 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th December 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 5th December 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (5th December) is World Soil Day.
    • The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing.
    • Theme of World Soil Day 2017 : "Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground"
  • Today (5th December) is International Volunteer Day (IVD).
    • This day is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985.
    • It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    • Theme of IVD 2017 : "Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere"
  • The United States has pulled out of UN Global Compact on Migration.
    • The announcement of the US withdrawal from the pact came hours before the opening of a UN global conference on migration scheduled to begin  in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 
National Current Affairs
  • Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district was included in the National Capital Region (NCR), making it the 23rd district to be included in the region
    • Note : Centred upon National Capital Territory of Delhi, the NCR includes 13 districts of Haryana, 8 districts of UP, and 2 districts of Rajasthan.
  • The Supreme Court today began the final hearing in the Ayodhya dispute, a day before the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid's demolition in Ayodhya. 
    • A special 3-judge bench is hearing a total of 13 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment dividing the 2.77-acre site between the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla deity.
  • The 6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) 2017 was held in Guwahati, Assam. 
    • It was inaugurated by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and Union Tourism minister K L Alphons.
  • The Maharashtra government granted administrative approval to the Versova-Bandra sea link (VBSL) project.
  • The 1st International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness systems, International AROGYA 2017 is being organized in Delhi from 4th to 7th December 2017.
    • It was inaugurated by AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik.
    • Theme of International AROGYA 2017 :  ‘Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH’.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro has announced the creation of a new cryptocurrency 'Petro' in a bid to ease the country's economic crisis.
    • This new cryptocurrency will be backed by the nation's oil, gold, gas, and diamond reserves. 
  • Kerala Electricity Minister MM Mani today inaugurated India's largest floating solar power plant at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad district. 
    • The plant, worth approximately ₹9.25 crore, floats on 6,000 square metres of water surface. 
  • Banks have assured UIDAI that they will be able to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in the stipulated 10% of their branches by December-end. 
    • Note : The deadline for reaching the target was October 31.
Science & Technology
  • Technology giant Google has launched a lightweight Android Oreo Go edition operating system designed for devices with RAM up to 1 GB. 
    • The Android Go offers 30% faster startup time and up to 2 times optimisation of storage space. 
Deaths
  • Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor (79) passed away.
    • He was known for his films like 'Deewaar'. 
    • He had been honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2011 and the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
  • Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebel fighter.
    • This comes a day after the former President formally renounced his alliance with the Iran-backed rebel group and re-aligned his forces with Saudi Arabia.
Awards & Honors
  • A 16-year-old Syrian refugee, Mohamad Al Jounde, was honored with the International Children's Peace Prize for building a school and providing education to hundreds of children who fled to Lebanon to escape the Syrian civil war. 
    • Al Jounde received the prize from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai who had won the prize in 2013 for her activist work in education.
  • Indian-American Democratic Senator Kamala Harris has topped the Foreign Policy magazine's 50 Leading Global Thinkers' list.
    • Note : Harris, the first-ever Indian-American to be elected to the US Senate.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super Middleweight titles against Ghana's Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur on December 23. 
    • Olympic medallist Vijender, who has remained unbeaten in all his nine matches so far, will face Amuzu, who has 23 wins including 21 knockouts in 25 bouts so far.
  • Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness unveiled a stone statue of former sprinter Usain Bolt at Independence Park in Kingston as a tribute to the eight-time Olympic gold winner. 
    • The sculpture has been designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson.

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