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December 12, 2018

12th December 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (12th December 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 12th December 2018

International Current Affairs
  • The 7th Hand-in-Hand Military exercise between India and China is being held at Chengdu (China). 
    • Aim of this Exercise : To improve capabilities of the two armies in fighting terrorism and promote mutual understanding. 
    • Note : The exercise was held after gap of one year as both the sides were locked in 73-day standoff in Doklam in Sikkim sector of the border in 2017. 
  • Myanmar is going to provide visa-on-arrival to Indian tourists entering the country through the international airports of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay.
  • The European Union (EU) has established India’s 1st Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in New Delhi. 
    • It comes with grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society.
  • Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) was adopted by 164 nations including India at Intergovermental Conference to adopt this compact held under auspices of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at Marrakesh, Morocco. 
    • It is 1st intergovernmental agreement to cover wide-ranging dimensions of international migration in holistic and comprehensive manner and agreed upon by all the UN member states minus United States.
    • This compat covers "all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner".
National Current Affairs
  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan tendered his resignation today.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje has tendered her resignation to state's Governor Kalyan Singh after conceding defeat in the state Assembly elections. "
  • Bharatiya Janata Party's longest-serving Chief Minister (15 years), Chhattisgarh's Raman Singh has submitted his resignation letter to the state's Governor Anandiben Patel. 
Awards & Honors
  • TIME magazine has named 'The Guardians' (a group of journalists and a news paper) as its 'Person of the Year 2018'. They are :
    • Jamal Khashoggi : Washington Post columnist murdered for his criticism of the Saudi crown prince.
    • Maria Ressa : Editor of a Philippine news website renowned for its critical coverage of its president’s controversially violent policies.
    • Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo : Two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.
    • The Capital Gazette : The news paper targeted by a gunman who opened fire into the newsroom, killing four journalists and a sales assistant.
  • Bollywood Actors Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan have been named India's Hottest Vegetarians of 2018 by the animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
    • Rajkummar Rao and Alia Bhatt were named India's Hottest Vegetarians by PETA last year.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a fine of ₹1 crore on state-owned Indian Bank for violating cyber security norms. 
    • The bank was penalised for failing to adhere to the guidelines and directions issued by RBI. 
  • Former Kerala Minister and senior Congress leader C N Balakrishnan passed away.
    • He served as the Cooperation and Khadi Minister in the Oommen Chandy government. 
    • He was also the Thrissur District Congress Committee president for 17 years and a long-standing aide of former Kerala CM K Karunakaran.
Science & Technology
  • Government policy think-tank NITI Aayog is developing a virtual assistant device like Amazon’s Alexa for Vernacular users
    • This device would be capable of handling queries in 18 languages.
    • The device will offer services such as voice interaction, music playback, to-do lists, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks and providing real-time information such as news, weather, traffic, and sports reports. 
    • Vernacular- the language spoken by a particular group or in a particular area
  • To spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched Twitter account titled @CyberDost
    • It is aimed at enhancing people’s basic knowledge about cybercrimes and precautions to be taken for prevention.
  • Indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has achieved important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude in Bengaluru (Karnataka).
    • With the completion of this milestone, LUH can now undertake high altitude cold weather trials planned in January 2019.
New Appointments
  • 1980 batch IAS Officer from Tamil Nadu cadre, Shaktikanta Das has assumed charge as the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), effective December 12, 2018. 
    • Das, who served as the Economic Affairs Secretary when demonetisation was announced, will be succeeding Dr Urjit R Patel who resigned on Monday citing personal reasons.
  • Walmart-owned online retailer Flipkart's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Sriram Venkataraman has been given additional charge as the company's Chief Operating Officer (COO).
    • The position remained vacant since previous COO Nitin Seth resigned in mid-2017. 
  • Facebook Inc’s photo-sharing app Instagram today promoted its director of product management Vishal Shah as the head of product, effective immediately.
    • Shah assumed the position previously held by Adam Mosseri, who was appointed as Instagram’s head in October. 
  • SWIFT India, the local unit of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), has appointed former SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya as its Chairperson. 
    • She will replace M V Nair who retires after about 5 years of heading SWIFT India. 
    • Note : SWIFT is a messaging network used by financial institutions to securely transmit information and instructions using a system of codes.
  • Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi was elected as Vice-Chair of United Nations (UN) Panel of Auditors at its annual meeting held in New York. 
    • In this meeting CAG of UK was also appointed as Chair of Panel for another term (2019).

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