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December 01, 2018

1st December 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (1st 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 1st December 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (1st December) is World AIDS Day.
    • This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. 
    • According to a report by the UN International Children's Emergency Fund, Indians make up over 90% HIV-infected kids and teens in South Asia. An estimated 1,20,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV in India in 2017, followed by Pakistan's 5,800, Nepal's 1600 and Bangladesh's less than 1000. 
    • Globally, 3 million children and adolescents are living with HIV. 
    • Theme of World Aids Day 2018 :  “Know Your Status”
    • Importance of this year's Theme : UNAIDS estimates that more than 9.4 million people living with HIV still do not know their status.
    • Important Note :
      • World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
      • Remaining are,
        • World Health Day,
        • World Blood Donor Day,
        • World Immunization Week,
        • World Tuberculosis Day,
        • World No Tobacco Day,
        • World Malaria Day and
        • World Hepatitis Day.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the RIC (Russia-India-China) Trilateral Summit at the leaders' level after 12 years. 
    • The meeting took place on sidelines of the G20 Summit. 
    • During this summit, the three leaders discussed a wide range of subjects that would cement the friendship between the nations.
    • After the meet, PM Modi termed Japan, America and India as 'JAI'. In Hindi, which means success.
  • The UK government has confirmed an amendment to a new weapons bill going through the Parliament to ensure that it does not impact the right of the British Sikh community to possess and supply kirpans, or religious swords. 
    • The Offensive Weapons Bill 2018 has now been sent to the House of Lords for approval.
  • Australia has become the 1st country in the world to recognise 'Orphanage Trafficking' as a form of Modern Slavery
    • Children from smaller countries are recruited in orphanages in the West for the purpose of profit through foreign aid. 
    • As per estimates, 80% of children living in the world's orphanages have at least one living parent.
People in News
  • 4 Indian-origin women have been named in Forbes 'America's Top 50 Women In Tech' list. They are :
    • Padmasree Warrior - Former Cisco Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 
    • Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan - Founder, CEO of identity-management company Drawbridge 
    • Neha Narkhede - Co-founder, CTO of streaming platform Confluent 
    • Komal Mangtani - Senior Director at Uber.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • American multinational technology company  Microsoft dethroned Apple as the world's most valuable company after its market value was above Apple's at the close of trading at $851.2 billion, compared to Apple's $847.4 billion. 
MOUs & Agreements
  • US President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau signed the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
    • This will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    • USMCA will govern over a trillion dollars worth of trade between the three countries. 
Awards & Honors
  • India's Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra became the 1st Indian to be honoured with the Blue Cross by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for his contribution to the sport of shooting. 
    • Note : The Blue Cross is the highest laurel for shooters given by the ISSF. 
  • The city of Paris will strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her Freedom of Paris Award over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
    • With this, Suu Kyi would be the 1st person to lose the freedom of Paris award
    • Note : Earlier, Amnesty International stripped Suu Kyi of human rights award.
  • The 41st President of the US, George HW Bush (94) passed away.
    • Bush, the last veteran of World War II to serve as President, was officially the longest living President in US history
    • He had also served as the US Vice President for eight years.
  • British World War II veteran and political activist Harry Leslie Smith (95). 
    • Smith was an outspoken human rights activist and worked as an advocate of National Health Service to protect refugees.
New Appointments
  • David Tait has been appointed as the next Chef Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Gold Council
    • He is going to replace Aram Shishmanian, who served as CEO over the last 10 years.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained his title as World Chess Champion beating US opponent Fabiano Caruana in a tie-breaker event at the World Chess Championship held in London. 
    • Magnus Carlsen has won the Chess Championship thrice earlier. 
  • Varsha Varman of Madhya Pradesh, has won the Women’s Trap Gold at the ongoing 62nd National Championship for Shotgun events in New Delhi. 

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