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December 09, 2017

9th December 2017 Events - Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (9th December 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 9th December 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (9th December) is International Anti-Corruption Day
    • This Day was launched on 9th October 2003 by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a way of raising awareness of corruption and highlighting the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. 
    • Theme of the International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 : 'United against corruption for development, peace and security'
  • India has been admitted to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the global body which controls the export of conventional weapons. 
    • India will become the body's 42nd member on completion of procedural arrangements. 
    • About Wassenaar Arrangement :
    • This is a group of countries which control the export of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies. 
    • The group, which came into being in 1996, aims at maintaining regional and international security and stability. 
    • Note : The membership of Wassenaar Arrangement is expected to build support for India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which has been blocked by China.
  • The US' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was condemned by United Nations' member states during an emergency meeting of the global body today over the issue. 
    • The UN said it has repeatedly declared that any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the status of Jerusalem could seriously undermine the efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine.
  • Afghanistan's second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish is in India on a five-day visit. 
    • During this visit, he is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on December 12. 
    • He will also attend the International conference on 'Harmony and Memorial of Mother Teresa'.
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has become the first treaty-based international government organisation to be based in India
    • This alliance aims to facilitate the deployment of solar energy by aggregating the demand for funding, technology, and innovation.
    • Note : The idea of a solar alliance of countries that receive sunshine for around 300 days a year was promoted by PM Narendra Modi.
  • According to the Brexit divorce deal which guarantees no hard border between Ireland and the UK, everyone born in Northern Ireland will retain their citizenship of the European Union (EU)
    • The deal also ensures that all British and Irish citizens will continue to have the freedom to work, study, access housing, healthcare, and pensions in each other's countries after Brexit.
  • Iraq has announced that its war against Islamic State is over.
    • Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.
    • This announcement comes two days after the Russian military declared it had accomplished its mission of defeating IS in neighbouring Syria.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Auctioneer Christie's has confirmed that Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism has acquired the ₹2,900-crore Salvator Mundi painting.
    • Note : This is the world's most expensive painting ever sold. 
  • Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin has become Singapore's richest person with a net worth of $10.4 billion. 
Awards & Honors
  • Singer Ed Sheeran has been honoured the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Prince Charles for his service to music and charity. 
Science & Technology
  • Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE's first astronaut programme.
    • The programme is designed to train four Emirati astronauts for various space missions, eventually sending them to the International Space Station (ISS) within five years. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • India won five medals at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships in Japan.
    • India also bagged three team silver medals in each of the three air rifle events. 

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