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December 16, 2018

16th December 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Gr8Ambitionists, here are today's (16th December 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :) 

Download PDF Version of 16th December 2018 Current Affairs from HERE 

International Current Affairs
  • The 18th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) was recently held in New Delhi.
    • Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Russian Defence Minister  General Sergei Shoigu jointly co-chaired the meeting. 
    • Both leaders discussed a wide range of issues regarding defence equipment, industry and technological cooperation between India and Russia.
    • Issues related to after sales support and upgradation of military equipment of Russian origin were also discussed.
National Current Affairs
  • Today (16th December 2018) is Vijay Diwas (Victory Day).   
    • We observe this day to remember the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation during 1971 India-Pakistan war.
  • Today is the 49th anniversary of the 1971 India–Pakistan war.
    • This is the 1st war after World War-II that the Indian Army won conclusively.
    • This is the only war that the independent Indian Army planned, executed and carried out with precision and captured 93,000 prisoners.
  • Today marks the 6th anniversary of brutal ‎Nirbhaya‬ gang rape case.
    • 6 years have passed since a young student in New Delhi died after she was gang raped on a moving bus by 6 men, including a minor.
    • Note : The juvenile convict of this case walked free on 20th December 2015 and currently working in a Dhaba in South India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched several development projects worth over Rs. 1000 crore rupees at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
    • He also flagged off the 900th coach and a rake of Humsafar train manufactured at Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli. 
  • The Andhra Pradesh government is going to install a 197-foot-tall statue of former Chief Minister of the state N T Rama Rao (NTR) in Amravati. 
    • Estimated cost of the project is around Rs. 406 cror.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has announced that it will install four new statues in the state, including a 25-foot-tall statue of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow.
    • A statue of Swami Vivekananda will be installed at Raj Bhawan, while 12.5-foot-tall statues of Mahant Avaidyanath and Mahant Digvijayanath will be installed in Gorakhpur.
  • The foundation stone for Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) was laid by Union Ministers Jitendra Singh and Shripad Yesso Naik (Ayush Ministry) at Bhaderwah, Doda district, Jammu & Kashmir.
    • It will provide research in medicinal plants and promote cultivation of medicinal plants. 
    • The institute will also provide employment and promote medicinal plant in foreign market.
  • Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has dedicated National Rail and Transportation Institution (NRTI) to the Nation in Vadodara
    • It is India’s 1st Railway university and the 3rd in the world after Russia and China.
  • Punjab Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution for seeking 30% reservation for women in Parliament and State legislative assembly
    • The resolution was moved by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, urging the Centre to enact it. 
  • Jammu and Kashmir has passed law to ban sexual extortion of woman in offices.
    • With this, Jammu & Kashmir has became the 1st state in India to amend law on Sextortion.  

Science & Technology
  • Russia’s Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s first Floating Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) has become operational.  
    • It was constructed by Russian state nuclear power firm Rosatom
    • It has length of 144 metres and width of 30 metres.
    • It has displacement of 21,500 tonnes and crew of 69 people. 

Awards & Honors
  • Indian-American Shree Saini has won Miss India Worldwide 2018 title at a pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey. 
    • Sakshi Sinha from Australia and Anusha Sareen from the United Kingdom were declared first and second runner-ups in the competition respectively.

Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India Post has started internet facility of the customers of Post office savings bank account
    • The facility was launched by Union Minister for Communication (independent charge) Manoj Sinha at National Media Centre, New Delhi. 
    • Revamped version of Indian Post website and e-commerce portal for rural artisans were also launched at event.

New Appointments
  • Bhupesh Baghel today named as the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
    • This is the 3rd time Baghel has won from the Patan seat in Chhattisgarh, winning twice when the constituency was part of undivided Madhya Pradesh.  
    • He is going to swea-in as the new CM tomorrow.
  • Ranil Wickremsinghe sworn-in as Sri Lankan Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena 
    • He was removed as Prime minister on October 26 and was replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa who resigned yesterday after failing to garner majority in Parliament.
    • Note : This is the 5th time Mr. Wickremsinghe has been sworn in as Prime minister which is a record in Sri Lanka.
  • Bharat Bhushan Vyas has been appointed as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
    • UPSC Chairman Arvind Saxena administered him the oath of office and secrecy. 
    • With this, Vyas has become the 1st IAS officer from J&K cadre to join any constitutional body.  

Sports Current Affairs
  • PV Sindhu defeated world number five Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to record her 300th career match victory across categories and clinch the BWF World Tour Finals women's singles title.  
    • With this, Sindhu becomes 1st Indian to lift Badminton World Federation World Tour Finals title.
  • Former England cricket team spinner Ashley Giles will succeed former captain Andrew Strauss as the Managing Director of England's Men's cricket in January 2019.

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