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December 05, 2014

5th December 2014 - Important Current Affairs updates


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International Affairs
  • Today (5th December) is International Volunteer Day.
    • 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).
  • The Maldives has declared a state of emergency after a fire at the capital's sole water sewage treatment plant has led to a shortage of drinking water in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
    • It has appealed for aid from India, Sri Lanka, the United States and China.
    • India sends an aircraft with 25 tons of drinking water
    • Defence and Security Minister of Maldives - Mohamed Nazim.
  • China is expected to build 8,500 km of subway systems by 2020, giving it the world’s longest metro rail network.
Awards & Honors
  • Singapore daily, The Straits Times chooses PM NarendraModi as Asian of the Year 2014.
  • A 1962 Nobel Prize medal won by biologist James Watson for the discovery of the structure of DNA has fetched more than USD 4.7 million, setting a world record for any Nobel Prize sold at auction.
National Affairs
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today expanded his Council of Ministers to include the Shiv Sena, which returns as the BJP's ally in the state after a brief parting.
    • 20 new ministers were sworn in today.
    • Of the 20 ministers sworn in today, 10 are of cabinet rank, five each from the BJP and the Shiv Sena.
    • Mr Fadnavis already has eight Cabinet rank ministers in his council.
    • There will be no deputy chief minister, a Shiv Sena demand that prolonged negotiations between the two parties through their acrimonious separation.
  • 21 persons including 11 security force personnel & 8 militants killed and several injured in a series of militant related incidents across Kashmir valley today.
  • Students in Kendriya Vidyalayas will not have to compulsorily appear for Sanskrit examination in the present academic session, the centre told today.
  • The Centre has amended rules in Indian Medical Council Regulations 2002, directing physicians to prescribe drugs with generic names in legible and capital letters.
    •  Health Minister - JP Nadda
People in News
  • Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, whose term is due to end on December 13, gets six-month extension.
Banking & Economy
  • The Union government has garnered Rs 1,715 crore from sale of its 5 per cent stake in steel giant SAIL.
    • The government's 5 per cent share has been sold at a floor price of Rs 83 per share.
    • The sale of 5 peer cent stake in SAIL is only a part of the government's divestment plan.
    • The NDA government's disinvestment plans also include 5 per cent stake sale in ONGC, 10 per cent in Coal India and 11.36 per cent in NHPC.
    • Government's stake in SAIL will come down to 75 per cent pursuant to this public issue, helping the company to meet Sebi's listing norms.
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) today cut its deposit rates for maturities of over one year by 0.25 per cent, making it the third bank after private sector rivals, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, to reduce deposit rates this week. 
  • A Reserve Bank panel has decided against the inclusion of any other national leader's image on banknotes saying that no other personality could better represent the ethos of India than Mahatma Gandhi. 
    • On the advice of government, RBI had constituted a committee for designing future currency note in October 2010. 
    • After due consideration, the committee came to the above decision.
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